Bulletstorm under fire by clinical psychologists

first_imgEven before Bulletstorm’s February 22 release date the “M” for mature rated game is under fire. Clinical psychologists are complaining it is too violent and carries sexual explicit language that could be damaging to the younger generation if they got hold of a copy of the game.With Bulletstorm featuring frequent F-words, rewards for shooting bad guys in their private parts, and a skill shot system that uses sexual references i.e. “topless” equals cutting a player in half and “gang bang” equals killing multiple enemies, it’s not hard to see why the game is coming under fire.Dr. Jerry Weichman, clinical psychologist at the Hoag Neuroscience Institute in California, believes that:If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm’s explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant. Violent video games like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems. Also Carol Lieberman, another psychologist and book author, feels that similar acts highlighted in the above game have led to real-world sexual violence:The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of sexual scenes in video games. Violence in video games has always caused arguments, which is one of the reasons why games of this nature are governed by a rating of “M” for mature by The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). This system allows parents to see what games are not suitable for their children, however a lot of analysts believe that the system is rubbish because it is not enforced at retail.Melanie Killen, a professor at the University of Maryland has been one such person to push for tighter laws on the sale of videogames. She believes that 9-year-olds are playing games similar to Bulletstorm and there is no real enforcement and no fixed penalties for retailers who are selling the games to kids.However, this is not entirely true as California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a “M” rated game to a minor, and if caught they face a $1,000 fine. Yet the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has been trying to overturn this law with Hal Halping, the president of the above company telling Fox News that:Between a great ratings system, parental controls on the consoles and the major retailers inhibiting the sale of Mature-rated games to minors, the matter is really one for parents and adults to consider, individually. I respect the creative rights of game developers to make a game like Bulletstorm in the same way that I appreciate Quentin Tarantino’s right to make over-the-top movies like Kill Bill. Either way the arguments will continue on both sides and no doubt you will have your own opinions about this, but you can judge for yourself to some degree by checking out this trailer.Read more at Fox Newslast_img read more

Greek Culture Ministry registers itself as official owner of Acropolis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The emblematic Parthenon and its surrounds nearly went down on the Greek registry as belonging to an ‘unknown owner’.Giorgos Dimitriou, head of the company in charge of the land registry, stated that the government had failed to register ownership of Acropolis Hill.Rectifying this, the Greek Ministry of Culture released a statement declaring its ownership while putting an end to speculation that ancient monuments had been turned over to foreign funds. In its announcement, the Greek Ministry of Culture said:“As is well-known, the ownership rights of the Greek public sector on monuments that comprise a special category of public property exempted from market transactions are non-negotiable and exercised by the Ministry of Culture on behalf of the Greek people, to whom they belong throughout time.“The services of the Ministry of Culture have filed statements for the properties it owns, for the archaeological sites and for the monuments. During this process, the parties involved raised the issue of property ownership documentation for the monuments themselves, without having understood their special status. The uniqueness of registering ancient monuments as “things” that do not carry ownership rights documentation has been noted repeatedly and has finally been understood, since the rights the Ministry of Culture has over them are based on archaeology-related legislation. In this way, the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture to register archaeological sites and monuments in the Greek Cadastre has been recognised.“Given the above, and after settling the nonexistent issue of the lack of property ownership for the Acropolis as well, the Ministry of Culture went ahead and registered itself as its ex lege rightful owner. The creation of false impressions around the above issues lacks meaning.”last_img read more

The cup is important to us Puel

first_imgThe Leicester City manager Claude Puel has said the match against Southampton tomorrow night at King Power Stadium will be very difficultLeicester City will play tomorrow night in the Carabao Cup against Southampton at King Power Stadium.And for manager Claude Puel, the match will be difficult, but they will treat it with the dignity it deserves.“I need to see my players and look at their recovery,” Puel told LeicestershireLive.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Maguire and Ghezzal are definitely not going to play – they will not be available.”“I don’t know for the moment what players we can use against Southampton but I’m sure we will continue with the spirit and we want to perform in this cup because it’s important for the squad, important for the club,” he explained.“It’s a possibility to win something at the end of the season and we will give our best every time and we will see the players at the start. We have to manage all the things and difficulties.”“The cup is important for us,” he concluded.last_img read more

Vancouver police union will start mediation Monday

first_imgApart by about $8 million in salaries — and a new random drug testing policy — Vancouver and its police union are set to start contract mediation Monday.The city and the Vancouver Police Guild, which represents about 180 rank-and-file officers, have been unable to agree on a new contract. The old one expired at the end of 2011. The sides agreed to a third-party mediator to attempt to unite the two proposed contracts.But that may be tricky: While the two sides are stuck on the size of salary increases and other financial issues, if the battle between Portland and its police union is any indication, the random drug testing policy may be the biggest battle.Portland and its police union sparred over the policy, which the city implemented against union wishes in January. Union members filed agrievance asking the city to “cease and desist,” objecting to the cost, and also to the inclusion of steroids in the testing.Vancouver’s random drug test policy seems couched from Portland’s policy, with both cities using the terminology that police and administration have a “joint desire to achieve a workforce that is 100 percent drug free.”At least half of all officers would be randomly chosen for testing each year. The test would screen officers for use of marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and phencyclidine or PCP. Anabolic steroids could also be included.last_img read more

UPDATE Some schools closed today due to icy roads

first_imgPersistent freezing rain has closed some schools in the central and north parts of Clark County today. Battle Ground, the county’s third-largest district, announced its north end schools would be closed, including BGHS, Tukes Valley, Amboy, Yacolt, CAM, SVHS and RHL.Private schools in the Battle Ground area were closed today, too.Several auto accidents were reported this morning as roads remained covered in black ice.In the metro area, temperatures rose overnight, melting a light skim of ice that fell as freezing rain after dark Monday. Vancouver’s temperature was measured at 34 degrees at Pearson Field at 4:53 a.m., according to National Weather Service equipment. No new precipitation was in the forecast.For up-to-date school closure information, click here: announced public school closuresThe National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of stagnant air, as high pressure builds into the area over the next few days. That in turn prompted the Southwest Clean Air Agency to issue a Stage 1 burn ban. People are not allowed to set fires outdoors, nor use fireplaces or older, non-certified woodstoves until air quality improves.Freezing fog is possible after dark for each of the next several days.last_img read more

Judiciary Police arrest one clear junkets over cryptocurrency subscription scheme

first_img Crown cites “robust process” for junket vetting as government calls for parliamentary inquiry Casinos can innovate – and win new fans The Only Way is Up Macau’s Judiciary Police have detained a local man for his involvement in a cryptocurrency subscription allegedly being falsely promoted by Lantai Digital Application Technology.In a media briefing on Friday, a Judiciary Police spokesman confirmed that the man – a 37-year-old named only as Hong – was linked to a group said to have falsely provided information designed to convince people to subscribe to the cryptocurrency. RelatedPosts Load More It follows a press conference held by Lantai Digital Application Technology last Tuesday in which the company claimed to be working with a number of Macau junket operators. Many of those operators officially denied any involvement.Speaking to media on Friday, Judiciary Police spokesman Lei Hon Nei confirmed that “we have not found any Macau junkets that have worked with [Lantai Digital Application Technology] on the development of its cryptocurrency.”The company had been looking to issue two billion subscriptions for a total realization of HK$6 billion.The Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) has also issued an official warning over potential fraud and criminal activities related to recent cryptocurrency subscription announcements.In a statement published on its website, the AMCM said it “warns residents in general about the need to be careful about any frauds that may exist or with the possibility of being exploited for the practice of any criminal activity, since bitcoin is a ‘virtual commodity’ – that is, it is neither a legal currency nor a financial instrument.“The AMCM once again emphasizes the possible breach of the provisions of the Legal Framework of the Financial System if an institution provides financial services subject to AMCM supervision by any means such as currency conversion, cross-border fund transfers or platform provision where financial transactions are traded, which have not been duly authorized.“AMCM has officially issued a notice to all banks and payment institutions that they will not participate in or provide, directly or indirectly, any financial services related to the virtual currency, including financial services where the virtual merchandise is adopted as the payment currency. In addition, the AMCM has repeatedly alerted, through the media, residents in general to the need to be careful about the risks that such practices involve.”last_img read more

Nikiski Teen Awarded 2019 State Youth of the Year

first_imgPerry has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula for 13 years, in an essay she wrote: “The supportive staff, empowering environment, and belief in my future inspired me to give back.” Perry is now an employee with the Boys and Girls Club: “I have worked there through my entire high school career. I still feel the love that I felt 13 years ago. There is nothing more rewarding than helping them discover that they too have unlimited potential.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A senior from Nikiski Middle High School was named the 2019 State of Alaska Youth of the Year, according to a release from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Perry will now travel to California in May to compete at the regional event for the chance to compete at the Boys and Girls Club of America’s National Youth of the Year event. Samantha Perry traveled to Fairbanks and competed with other Boys and Girls Club members from across the state.In a release from the Boys and Girls Club, in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, and student council, Perry also has a long list of school activities and community involvement.last_img read more

Former Anchorage man indicted in Iranian money laundering scheme

first_img(Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice)An indictment in a bizarre international money laundering scheme was released from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage today. $1 billion that was being held in Seoul South Korea, was spirited out of the country through a scheme perpetrated by a former Anchorage man. Assistant U.S. attorney Steve Skrocki prosecuted the case.Listen NowSkrocki said former Anchorage resident Kenneth Zong, created a scheme to assist several Iranian nationals and banks from Iran into subverting Korean government restrictions on the use of Iranian funds. He spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend:TOWNSEND: “What was Zong doing?”SKROCKI: “By creating this false scheme, the Iranian co-conspirators of his directed him to send Iranian held funds that should have stayed in Korea, by Korean law, out to various parts of the world to approximately $1 billion.”TOWNSEND: “Where, who was the money going to? What was the purpose of these transfers?”SKROCKI: “The indictment doesn’t list who the money was going to, but the indictment does list approximately 10 foreign countries ranging from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and those countries and others including the United States is where that $1 billion was transferred out of Korea to those countries and individuals in those countries.”TOWNSEND: “How did the scheme work?”SKROCKI: “As listed in the indictment, Mr Zong and his Iranian conspirators developed a false business, where they would falsely order marble from the Middle East and have it shipped through one of Mr Zong’s companies to Iran. They would falsify virtually all of the paperwork in connection with this false purchase and transport submitted to Korean authorities as legitimate and once the Korean authorities reviewed it, not knowing it was not legitimate, they would then issue payment to Mr Zong who then obtained the payment in Iranian money and then directed that money outside of that controlled environment to the worldwide financial market.”TOWNSEND: “How was Mr. Zong discovered?”SKROCKI: “Mr Zong’s activities were discovered by the Korean authorities and they were subsequently made available to us after that discovery.”TOWNSEND: “Is it known how much he made or members of his organization or his family?” The indictment charges that Mr Zong received anywhere from 10 million to 17 million dollars(U.S.) as commission or fees for orchestrating and being the center of this fraud. TOWNSEND: You mentioned earlier Mr. Skrocki that $1 billion had been laundered. Has that money been recovered?SKROCKI: “It has not.”TOWNSEND: “How about the money that was paid to Mr. Zong, the $10-17 million dollars? Has that been recovered?”SKROCKI: “As charged in the indictment again, the money that made it into Anchorage was approximately close to 10 million dollars and that was spent on personal residences, private property, vehicles, other investments. The majority of those properties and funds have been seized by the government and forfeited by the government last spring and so a substantial amount of that has been recovered.”TOWNSEND: Is there any reason he was doing this from Alaska?SKROCKI: “As charged, all of the activity that Mr Zong perpetrated in connection with this crime was all done in Korea, so the Alaska connection was his commission or the fees paid of the $10 million that was transferred from Korea to various banks here in Anchorage and that’s where the Anchorage connection is.”TOWNSEND: “Is it known what the $1 billion was to be used for?”SKROCKI: “We don’t have any idea as to what that money went to.”TOWNSEND: “Will there be more charges against him or others?”SKROCKI: “That’s not something I can comment on but the investigation is ongoing and has been for several years and we’ve not yet completed it.”TOWNSEMD: “Mr. Skrocki, is this the largest money laundering scheme the DOJ has ever handled?”SKROCKI: “I can’t speak for the Department of Justice, I would have to say, probably not but certainly for our office, $1 billion is probably the largest that our office has ever seen.”TOWNSEND: “There is so much concern about information on the Internet, what’s real and what isn’t. We’ve seen a lot of concern about that, especially recently. What’s learned after a case like this? Does it at all help to strengthen financial controls? Or what kind or what kind of things are learned and applied after you successfully prosecute a case such as this one?”SKROCKI: “As the indictment states, this case was primarily out of Seoul, South Korea. Once the Korean authorities became aware of the nature of the fraud, they implemented stricter controls with respect to their trade agreement with Iran and how money is transferred back and forth between the two countries because they do have their own sovereign trade agreements. So once they became aware of it, they strengthened their rules. Our rules under the charges that Mr. Zong is facing are very strict, without getting approval from the Office of Foreign Asset Control, American citizens cannot, for the most part, do any kind of business whatsoever with the government of Iran.”TOWNSNED: “Is it known how the money was spent in Alaska?”SKROCKI: “The indictment charges that Mr Zong and an unindicted co-conspirator, who’s not listed at this time, conspired to spend the money in Alaska in various different ways, with the purchase of homes, condominium complexes, a Bentley vehicle, a Porsche and other significant money transfers, including 800,000 dollars of the 10 million that came to Alaska was wired back to Mr Zong in South Korea.”TOWNSEND: “Have those properties been seized?”SKROCKI: “They have been seized. They were seized in April of 2014. They all have been under a forfeiture proceeding with the United States District Court here and over several months our forfeiture division in the office reached an accommodation with the people who owned the property so most of the property has been seized or disposed of.”last_img read more

THEARC Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

first_imgBuilding Bridges Across the River at THEARC will hold their final Double Time Jazz concert of the Spring on April 25 featuring Jazz flutist, Bobbi Humphrey. Sponsored WC Smith & the DC Commission On the Arts & Humanities, the concert series offers a schedule of offer world-class jazz performances to the communities east of the Anacostia River for affordable prices, as well as serves as a catalyst for inter-generational dialogue and collaboration. The first Double Time Jazz concert of 2014 featured the Grammy Award Winning band, Snarky Puppy; the second highlighted the string stylings of musician and songstress, Shana Tucker. Last year, Double Time Jazz at THEARC held a tribute concert to jazz legend, Donald Byrd, with a very special performance by The Blackbyrds. For three decades now, Humphrey has been playing her special brand of music to audiences around the world. Jazz great, Dizzy Gillespie first discovered Humphrey during a talent contest at Southern Methodist University, and encouraged her to pursue a musical career in New York City. After following his advice, she received her big break while performing at the Apollo Theatre on Amateur Night. She eventually began playing regularly throughout the city, and even met and performed with music legends including Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan and Stevie Wonder. This will be her second time at THEARC Theater during the Double Time Jazz concert series. For more information, visit: www.thearcdc.orglast_img read more

MacArthur Genius Recipient Jennifer Eberhardt Discusses Her New Book Biased

first_imgJennifer Eberhardt is a scientist, a social psychologist who studies how we interact with one another. For more than two decades, she has been unpacking implicit racial bias, how our perceptions of race play into our everyday interactions, even when we’re not aware of it. She’s trained police departments and guided tech startups on recognizing their own implicit bias and how it affects their work. Now she’s written about her research in a new book called “Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do.” Read the whole story: NPR MacArthur Genius recipient Jennifer Eberhardt has a new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do.last_img read more

Italy on opera singers mind

first_imgHe wanted to be a magician as a child, for connecting with people is what he enjoyed most. However, what got this boy noticed was not the tricks up his sleeve, but his voice. Toshannbor Singh Nongbet, perhaps one of India’s only Italian opera singers, didn’t look back ever since he started singing and he has come a long way.‘I heard a lot of Pavarotti and Placido Domingo,’ says 22-year-old Nongbet who was in the Capital recently to perform at Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). Accompanying him in an evening of jazz and opera were other artistes like pianist Ronojit Chaliha, guitarist Amarnath Hazarika and drummer Samuel Shullai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Popularly known as Toshan, Nongbet graduated in BA Music Honours in 2012 from St Anthony’s College, Shillong. He has been a member of the Aroha Choir from 2011. He filled in as a bass but he is truly a tenor and has featured as a soloist in many occasions. In 2012 end, Toshan reached the final round of the reality show India’s Got Talent Season 4 and was declared the fourth runner up.Stage fright is what kept Nongbet from acing the magic act perhaps, he ponders speaking to Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMillennium Post. ‘But singing made me overcome it all,’ says he adding that once he started singing he bonded better with people.Though his formal training started only when he was 19, Nongbet has made his mark in the music circuit. When he was younger, he dabbled in all genres but over time opera captured his imagination and the journey has begun.Italy is next in Nongbet’s line of sight, he wants to go there to train properly since opera is not a well known concept in India and the lucky guy has his whole family supporting him. While he makes it very clear that Bollywood is not on the cards at all, he just wishes the country could have offered more for his art.‘ICCR’s support to Aroha Choir led by Toshanbor is an attempt to diversify this support to the large number of artistes from Northeast and Meghalaya,’  said Dr. Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR.last_img read more

Windscribe voucher free VPN with 50GB traffic included

first_imgWindscribe voucher: free VPN with 50GB traffic included by Martin Brinkmann on April 01, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: March 12, 2019 – 49 commentsThe VPN service Windscribe runs a promotion right now that bumps the monthly bandwidth of free users from 10 Gigabytes to 50 Gigabytes.Windscribe offers a free (called limited) and paid accounts. The main differences between free and paid accounts are the following ones:Free account has a traffic limit. Default is 10 Gigabytes per month, but you get 50 Gigabytes instead with the voucher.The free account may be used on only once device (at a time).Servers in eight countries are available for selection to free users, paying customers get servers in more than 45 countries.Pro accounts get faster upper speed limits (free up to 100 Mbps, pro up to 480Mbps)The Linux client and Android client is only available for paying customers.As far as other features are concerned, they are identical between free and paid accounts. The service has a strict no logging policy — including VPN usage, connection logs, IP addresses — and session data is discarded three minutes after termination of the session.The service supports P2P traffic, offers ad-blocking functionality built-in to its clients, and a firewall on top of that. The free version does not offer OpenVPN configurations on the other hand.Windscribe offers clients for Windows and Mac (also Linux for paying customers), for the Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers, an iOS app (Android only for Pro customers), and configuration tutorials for routers.Update: The voucher is no longer valid. You may use Expand20 instead to increase the monthly limit to 20 Gigabytes.Grab your 50 Gigabyte free Windscribe accountTo sign up for a 50 Gigabyte free account on Windscribe, do the following:Visit the main website of the service here: https://windscribe.com/Click on the “sign up” link in the top right corner of the page.Select the “use for free” option on the next page.Fill out your desired username and password. Email is optional, but you will only get 2GB per month if you don’t add one.Click on “have a voucher” on the sign up page.Add the voucher 50GBFREE.Complete the sign-up processThe new account has five times the regular bandwidth limit of 10 Gigabytes per month now if things worked well.Next step is to download one of the available clients to start using the service, or configure your router if it supports it.Windscribe’s offer is excellent, especially with the bump to 50 Gigabytes of traffic. That should be sufficient for all but the most demanding web applications such as video streaming or heavy P2P usage.Since it is free, it is excellent as a backup VPN even if you use a VPN service already.Now You: Do you use a VPN service? If so which, and why?SummaryArticle NameWindscribe voucher: free VPN with 50GB traffic includedDescriptionThe VPN service Windscribe runs a promotion right now that bumps the monthly bandwidth of free users from 10 Gigabytes to 50 Gigabytes.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Young girls involved in prostitution in LadysmithYoung girls involved in prostitution in

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite More and more prostitutes are seen in many areas of the Ladysmith CBD.What is shocking is that some of them are young girls who go so far as to “flash” passing motorists in an effort to attract potential customers.Motorists have seen prostitutes lighting fires to keep themselves warm in Settlers Drive and Buckingham Road. Not only that, but they dump leftover food and containers in these areas and leave a filthy mess.They are seen in Lyell and King Street as well, and motorists complain that these “ladies of the night” shout at drivers as they pass by.Many people feel sorry for these young girls who are selling their bodies on the streets. “I guess they see this is the only way they can make a living and survive, but it’s still really sad. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering whether their families know that this is the life they’ve chosen for themselves,” said one concerned resident.Read initial story: Prostitutes make a mess in Ladysmith streets? Also read: Update: Prostitutes make a mess in Ladysmith (video included)Also read: Update: More prostitutes taking over Forbes Street?Also read: Update: Are you likely to contract sexual infections from prostitutes?Residents say they have complained so many times to the media about the prostitution problem, hoping that this issue will get sorted out, but it looks like it is getting worse. “It is extremely heartbreaking to see so many young girls involved,” lamented another resident.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

FirstTime Jobless Claims Drop Sharply

first_img October 25, 2012 412 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Service Providers Unemployment 2012-10-25 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing First-Time Jobless Claims Drop Sharplycenter_img Share First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 23,000 to 369,000 for the week ended October 20, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2012/102512.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected initial claims to fall to 372,000.[IMAGE]The previous week’s report was revised upward to 392,000 first-time claims–the highest level since mid-June–from the originally reported 388,000.The initial claims report has been unusually volatile for the last month with wide swings in the seasonal adjustment factors used by the Labor Department to “”normalize”” the data. However, the factor used for this week’s report was virtually the same as the factor used a week ago, suggesting the sharp drop in claims reflects a truer reading of the labor market.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–edged down 2,000 to 3,254,000, the lowest level since the end of April. The previous week’s initial report of 3,252,000 continuing claims was revised up to 3,256,000. The continuing claims report tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. The continuing claims report covered the same week used for the upcoming Employment Situation report to be released on November 2 and hints at further positive news regarding jobs. Since mid-September, the number of individuals receiving benefits (continuing claims) is down 28,250. However, the number of first-time claims is up 7,000 since from mid-September to mid-October. [COLUMN_BREAK]The November 2 release will be the last reading of the unemployment rate ahead of the November 6 election.On a longer-range trend basis, the four week moving average of initial claims rose 1.500 to 368,000, and the four week moving average of continuing claims fell 6,750 to 3,269,750, its lowest level since May.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 6 was 4,917,460, a decrease of 84,525 from the previous week. There were 6,679,024 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 6. According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,088,000 in September, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 7.17 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 7.09 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of October 23, 20 states have an aggregate $27.0 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, up from $26.8 billion one week earlier. Absent Congressional action, interest on those loans could lead to states increasing contribution rates required from employers.States reported 2,052,957 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 6, a decrease of 45,836 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. There were 2,921,937 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail–also reported on a one-week lag–the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 13 were in California (+26,935), Florida (+3,947), Ohio (+1,936), Washington (+1,435), and Alaska (+1,383), while the largest decreases were in New York (-3,395), New Jersey (-1,311), Georgia (-1,285), Massachusetts (-1,141), and Kentucky (-982).last_img read more

Initial Jobless Claims Up Less Than Expected

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-09-19 Mark Lieberman Unemployment,Initial Jobless Claims Up Less Than Expected Following a sharp drop in first-time claims for unemployment insurance a week earlier, initial filings rose 15,000 for the week ending September 14 to 309,000, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/091913.asp reported Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists had expected the number of claims to jump up 49,000 to 341,000, from the 292,000 originally reported for the week ending September 7. The number of filings for that week was revised up to 294,000.The four-week moving average of first-time filings fell to 314,750, the lowest level since October 2007.Continuing claims for jobless benefits–reported on a one-week lag–fell 28,000 to 2,787,000 for the week ending September 7, the lowest level since January 2008. The number of continuing claims for the week ending August 31 was revised down to 2,815,000 from the originally reported 2,871,000.The four-week moving average of continuing claims dropped 54,000 to 2,885,000, the lowest since March 2008.Initial claims data for the week ended September 7 had been affected by the Labor Day holiday and because California and one other unidentified state upgraded their computer systems, which delayed claims processing. There were no similar exogenous events for the week covered by Thursday’s report. The reports have been affected as well by favorable seasonal adjustment factors built around recurring historic events, including tropical storms. Those storms did not materialize this year, but the adjustment factors anticipated and accounted for them nonetheless.Initial claims generally reflect layoffs, while continuing claims reflect hiring. A decrease in continuing claim suggests employers have a collective need for more workers, while an increase in first-time claims suggests companies may be overstaffed.The week covered by Thursday’s first-time claims report is the same as the “”reference week”” used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in preparing the monthly employment situation release for September to be reported October 4. [COLUMN_BREAK]That this week’s claims data remained significantly lower than recent weeks could suggest an important shift in labor trends. However, workers hired for summer jobs at retailers or restaurants and hotels could swell unemployment ranks when those jobs end with the close of the summer. Retail and restaurant and hotel jobs represented nearly half of the increase in employment in the last three months.From mid-August to mid-September, the number of first-time claims dropped 28,000, and the four-week moving average fell 15,750, suggesting layoffs were less of a drag on payrolls. That said, the four-week moving average of initial claims fell 16,000 from mid-July to mid-August, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported payrolls grew a disappointing 169,000 in August as the unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, largely because dropout from the labor force, which fell 312,000, or 0.2 percent–five times the average decline in the labor force in the previous 12 months.The Labor Department said the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 31 was 4,037,491, a decrease of 235,250 from the previous week. There were 5,173,597 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012. No state was providing Extended Benefits program during the week ending August 31. Extended benefits have been affected by the federal government sequestration. States have responded to the reduced federal funds by either cutting the number of weeks of eligibility or lowering weekly payments.According to the BLS, 11,316,000 persons were officially considered unemployed in August, with 4,290,000 “”long-term”” unemployed–that is, out of work for at least 27 weeks. Of those individuals counted as unemployed, 7.27 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance for the week ending August 31, up from 7.04 million one week earlier.The Labor Department also reported 1,454,824 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending August 31, unchanged from the prior week. There were 2,162,532 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC benefits this year were also directly threatened by the federal budget sequester. According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 7 were in Tennessee (+681), Oklahoma (+601), Mississippi (+298), Maine (+219), and South Carolina (+192), while the largest decreases were in California (-25,412), New York (-2,260), Florida (-1,808), Oregon (-1,738), and Pennsylvania (-1,295)._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ September 19, 2013 454 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals are officially under .500 for the first time all season. After a red-hot start, it is hard to believe that the Cardinals have lost their last five games and find themselves at 4-5. Entering their bye week, the Cardinals have more questions than answers. Luckily for head coach Ken Whisenhunt, a week off will give him an opportunity to look at what exactly isn’t working for his team. “It gives a chance to work on some of our inconsistencies, to look at our scheme and what we are doing, look at our players that we are doing it with,” Whisenhunt said. “Plus it gives us a chance to get healthier, that’s a big thing.” Coming so late in the season, Whisenhunt feels that this bye week will give him a chance to learn more about his team. At certain positions, it may lead to a change in personnel. “This gives us a chance with some of our players, to evaluate them over more than a one game, or two game or three game period,” Whisenhunt said. “You can look at a body of work and say we are not getting it done and we are willing to make a change and go with the next guy and see what he can do.”Whisenhunt explained that usually changes happen on a weekly basis, but the coaching staff rarely has enough time to look at the entire season, like they will during the bye. Despite the Cardinals’ lack of success in the past few weeks, Whisenhunt remains optimistic that his team has what it takes to get back on track. “As tough as it is to say, we have had situations in all of these (past five) games that we could have made a difference, and we haven’t done it,” Whisenhunt said. “But we have done it at one point this season and I think we can get back to that.”last_img read more

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first_imgCyprus will on Friday mark the 44th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion with air raid sirens at 5.30am and memorial services islandwide.Air raid sirens will sound at the same time the Turkish invasion was launched and Turkish troops landed on the island`s northern shores at dawn.Throughout the island memorial services and other events will take place to honour the victims of the war and condemn the ongoing occupation.President Nicos Anastasiades will in the morning attend a service for the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion at the Tomb of Makedonitissa in Nicosia, where he will also lay a wreath.He will also unveil an aircraft similar to Noratlas transport plane sent in from Greece during the invasion which was shot down by friendly fire. The aircraft had been transferred from Greece last month and assembled at the Tomb of Makedonitissa.He will later attend another memorial service held at the church of Phaneromeni in central Nicosia in memory of those killed during the invasion.Late in the afternoon, he will receive the second deputy speaker of the Greek Parliament, Georgios Varemenos, at the Presidential Palace. At 8.45pm, he will address an event at the Presidential Palace marking the anniversaries of both the coup and the Turkish invasion.In the north, the anniversary will be marked with celebrations and a military parade in the morning.  Celebrations began on Thursday with a 21-gun salute and the address of Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.On Friday afternoon, the Turkish Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team, The Turkish Stars, will perform a show at around 6pm, in Kyrenia.  Akinci and his wife, Meral Akinci, will host a reception in the evening.You May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Things That Happen To Your Body If You Eat A Banana Every DayHealth & Human ResearchUndo100JournalNewsThe Most Luxurious Restaurants in London100JournalNewsUndoEveryday HealthA New Initiative in MS: Brain PreservationEveryday HealthUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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