U.S. employment and wage picture brightens

first_imgWASHINGTON – The nation’s employment health – it turns out – is not dangerously deteriorating after all. Tweaking a phrase from Mark Twain, worries about the job market’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Fears that the country could slide into a recession eased in September as employers created the most jobs in four months and workers’ wages grew solidly. The unemployment rate crept up to 4.7 percent, the highest in over a year but still low by historical standards. “After a couple more tests, it now looks like the patient is in much better health,” said Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWall Street breathed a sigh of relief. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 91.70 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the measure most closely followed by market watchers, reached a new closing high of 1,557.59. The tally of 110,000 net new jobs generated in September clearly heartened investors and analysts. Yet what they really took comfort in was the revelation that the job market – a main pillar for the economy – didn’t crack under the pressure of a painful credit crunch and housing slump in August after all. The Labor Department’s fresh snapshot of employment conditions nationwide, released Friday, showed the economy actually created 89,000 jobs in August. That was a huge and crucial turnaround from the loss of 4,000 jobs – the first decline in four years – reported a month earlier. At the time, that news had sent Wall Street into a nosedive, stoked fears the economy was heading toward recession and was seen as cementing the Federal Reserve’s decision to lower interest rates. To be sure, the ill effects of the housing and credit problems have hurt some employers, slowing national job growth this year. But the situation is nowhere near as dire as many were led to believe from the initial August employment report. “We are on much sounder footing,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. “To be fair, it is clear the pace of monthly job creation has slowed and the unemployment rate is creeping higher but neither measure is indicative of an imminent recession, which was the scenario on everyone’s lips just a month ago.” The main reason behind the turnaround in the August payroll figure? A big gain in government employment, especially in hiring teachers at local schools. The bump up in the unemployment rate from 4.6 percent in August came as hundreds of thousands of people – perhaps feeling better about their prospects – resumed job searches. The new rate of 4.7 percent, the highest since the summer of 2006, is still considered low by historical standards. After the country’s last recession, in 2001, the unemployment rate peaked at 6.3 percent. More than two decades ago, meanwhile, civilian unemployment went over 10 percent as the economy suffered through deep downturns. President George W. Bush, coping with record-low approval ratings for his handling of the economy, welcomed the new employment figures.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Economic relief

first_img“Our very hardworking members need to raise $35,000 just to pay for the uniforms and shoes” every year, said Operation School Bell co-chairwoman RoDonna Diggs. “And I’m sure that if I felt the need to go before our board and request more money for it because people needed it, they would give it to us.” Families are referred for Operation School Bell by their schools, Diggs said, and schools have their own forms to determine eligibility. If families qualify, they’re eligible to receive $40 Mervyns uniform vouchers for each child, plus $15 vouchers for Payless Shoesource. In addition, Mervyns takes $5 off the total purchase if parents with vouchers spend an additional $10 at the store, said Maryann Smith, department supervisor of store support. “Mervyns is all about community,” Smith said. “This is a great program, and it’s nice to see the community come together to help families in need.” Now that Mervyns has signed on for Operation School Bell, they will stock school uniforms in their Whittwood store all year long. Before, uniforms were more of a seasonal item. “We’d hate to give out these vouchers and not have them here for families when they show up,” Smith said. For Medina’s family, the vouchers paid for five uniform shirts and two pairs of pants for her children, with promises from store workers to call other stores to help find an extra skirt or pants for her daughter. “This really has helped us out and I’m very grateful,” Medina said. “Sometimes, you just don’t have enough money to buy everything your kids need.” Assistance League also provides local schools with head-lice medication and offers emergency funds for needy students. For information on the league, call (562) 693-6533. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“She said they would help me buy clothes and shoes, and they did,” Medina said last week as she shopped for her children’s school uniforms at Mervyns with $40 vouchers given to her by the Assistance League. “It’s a good program. And it’s helped us out a lot,” said Medina, 42, of South Whittier. By the end of the school year, Medina’s children will be among 700 local youngsters with new uniforms and 400 with new shoes provided by Operation School Bell, a nationwide program that started up in Whittier more than a decade ago. It was in 1996 that the local chapter of the Assistance League realized there was a need for such a program, officials said. And it’s been going strong ever since, serving students in the East Whittier City, South Whittier and Whittier City school districts this year. WHITTIER – Maria Medina is a married, stay-at-home mom of three children who, like many one-income families, has found it difficult to stretch household dollars to cover all expenses. It got worse when school started last month, as Medina was faced with a possibly hefty bill to buy new mandatory uniforms for her son and daughter – not to mention regular clothes for her high-schooler. “I went to the school secretary and told her I couldn’t do it. My children weren’t going to wear uniforms because I couldn’t afford to buy them,” Medina said. And that was that – or so Medina thought, just before the secretary told her about Operation School Bell, a program for needy families organized by the nonprofit Assistance League of Whittier. last_img read more

Dana Carvey back on a small screen to celebrate films

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Dana Carvey was approached to host an online celebration of popular movies, the comedian couldn’t resist adding a few flourishes. Working in what he describes as a “miniature TV studio” set up in a spare bedroom of his Northern California home, Carvey taped comic riffs on films including “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and “The Exorcist.” “Down in Front with Dana Carvey,” which plays online Friday and Saturday at movie rental service Netflix.com, gives Carvey the chance to show off the impersonation chops he displayed on “Saturday Night Live” and indulge his love of movies. “I’m a movie fanatic,” Carvey said. “I occasionally watch movies on my cell phone, but how are you supposed to be afraid of King Kong when his head is the size of a Chiclet?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAlthough he’s remained busy doing standup gigs, Carvey has been largely off the movie and TV scene for several years. He wanted to join his wife in rearing their two sons, he said. “I know people whose kids have British and French accents from the nanny,” he said, dropping into an imaginary conversation between a parent with a thick Brooklyn-style accent and a child speaking in haughty English tones. Then he turned serious. “Some people can go full-bore with their career and still be there for their kids. I wasn’t very good at that. I needed to back off,” Carvey said. He fondly recalled a visit one of his boys, then about 2, paid to the set of “Wayne’s World,” the hit movie he made with Mike Myers. Seeing Carvey as slacker Garth in his shaggy blond wig, the toddler burst into tears and exclaimed, “Daddy, no funny hair!” Now that his children are teenagers Carvey, 52, is starting to sign up for more time-intensive projects, with a standup special in the works and a movie in development. A “Tonight Show” appearance is set for Wednesday.last_img read more

Shield law would safeguard democracy

first_imgThe newspaper had been the subject of a grand jury subpoena so broad that one constitutional law expert at Arizona State University, James Weinstein, called it “outrageous.” The subpoena demanded not just information from reporters, but information about all the newspaper’s online readers, including their Internet domain names and the Web sites they visited before reading New Times. The newspaper’s supposed offense? It published an article saying that the county sheriff, Joe Arpaio, kept his home address private to shield nearly $1 million in cash real-estate transactions. The Phoenix New Times printed that address, allegedly in violation of a state law. Citizens in a democracy need a free flow of information, and the sources of that information sometimes need protection. A shield law provides not all, but some of that protection.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some wondered if this would ever happen, but the House of Representatives last week passed a bill that is close to the heart of a democracy because it helps assure a free flow of information. Moreover, the vote was by a wide and veto-proof margin. The act, in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is “fundamental to our democracy and ? to the security of our country.” Usually referred to as a shield law, it would support the right of journalists to protect confidential sources. Many states, including California, already have shield laws, but the federal government has been the holdout. Various administrations, including the current one, have tried to maintain that Justice Department policies already protect journalists’ confidential sources. The current administration makes the same point, which no one should take seriously. The White House has said the president would veto the act if it is passed by both houses. The time has come to pass a federal shield law. The margin in the House vote makes the point forcefully: 398-21. Among the few opposing the measure are those disappointed that it isn’t stronger. The bill in its present form covers only those who practice journalism as a substantial part of their livelihood or substantially for private gain. It ought to cover bloggers and others as well. The First Amendment protections of a free press safeguard the rights of all Americans, not just those on certain payrolls. There have been many wrongdoings corrected only with the help of confidential sources, the most celebrated being the Watergate crimes in the Nixon administration. But such wrongs exist at all levels. And the protection is essential at many levels, not all of them in the big-city centers of journalism that brought down the Nixon White House. For example, an alternative weekly newspaper, the Phoenix New Times, is the target of a potentially devastating onslaught by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The weekly reported on its plight Thursday, at its own peril because of grand jury secrecy rules. The owners, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were quickly arrested on misdemeanor charges of violating those secrecy rules. last_img read more

Spears driving ban sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kevin Federline doesn’t want ex-wife Britney Spears behind the wheel when their two sons are in her car, and a court commissioner said he wants her to respond faster when a drug lab calls to set up appointments for testing. Los Angeles Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled that he would not modify existing custody orders except to emphasize that a drug testing lab must be able to reach Spears at a single phone number. The driving restriction will be discussed at a Nov. 26 hearing.last_img read more

PERFECT DATE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS AT VILLA ROSE WEDDING FAYRE

first_imgThe 4 star, Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey, Co Donegal are holding their annual wedding fayre on Sunday, February 1st from 1-4pm.Showcasing over 40 top exhibitors from the wedding industry, the Villa Rose wedding fayre is an unmissable event for prospective wedding couples.Their dedicated wedding co-ordinators Rhonda & Nicole will be in attendance on the day to help with every aspect of wedding day planning. Take this opportunity to view their fine ballroom, civil wedding suite, bridal suites and wedding gardens. While you are there meet with their entire professional wedding team.The Villa Rose is a family owned, boutique, spa hotel located in the centre of Ballybofey.It has earned its reputation as Donegal’s finest wedding venue with first class food accompanied by elegant surroundings and top class service.An ideal venue for all wedding styles from small intimate gatherings and in-house civil ceremonies to large traditional family weddings. The hotel maintains high standards with only one wedding a day making the bride & groom the only priority on their special day.If you can’t make the wedding fayre simply contact Rhonda or Nicole on +353749132266 or email weddings@villarose.net and they will schedule a one to one appointment to discuss your wedding needs.         PERFECT DATE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS AT VILLA ROSE WEDDING FAYRE was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The man Giggs replaced at Man United tips ‘Giggsy’ to be boss ahead of Mourinho

first_imgManchester United should replace Louis van Gaal with Ryan Giggs, NOT Jose Mourinho, claims Lee Sharpe.Reports in the Spanish press claim the Portuguese has signed a pre-contract agreement to take over from the Dutchman in the summer.Former Red Devil Sharpe, though, has revealed he doesn’t want the club to employ ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho.Sharpe won seven major trophies during his Old Trafford career after bursting into Alex Ferguson’s side as an exciting teenage attacker, but was replaced by Giggs as both United teen prodigy and on the left wing.And he believes if anyone should replace current United boss Louis van Gaal, it’s his assistant manager Giggs.“I really don’t want Jose Mourinho in charge,” he told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast show.“As entertaining as he is, and as good as he is, I just don’t think his teams are Manchester United teams.“He plays to spoil rather than to go out and win and let people express themselves and I think Ryan Giggs would do that. I think Giggsy would be perfect.“Giggsy is perfect for the job. Manchester United need someone who knows the club and knows the way they should be playing and that has a comradery with the fans and he’s got all that.“I know it’s a risk because he’s a brand new manager and he’s still young, but he’s worked under the best. He’s been under Sir Alex Ferguson, he’s seen David Moyes there, who was a bit of a tactician, and now he’s seen Louis van Gaal there for a couple of years.“I think he’s got plenty of experience, plenty of knowledge and plenty of know-how to have a proper go at it.”last_img read more

PSG star brushes off Arsenal and Tottenham transfer talk

first_img Adrien Rabiot in action for France Under-21s 1 Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is refusing to be drawn on speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal or Tottenham.The 20-year-old has struggled for action at the Parc des Princes this season and voiced his concerns over the situation during the January transfer window.?The Frenchman was eventually persuaded to stay at PSG, but Arsenal and Tottenham’s interest has grown and it is thought he could leave this summer.However, Rabiot will not discuss a transfer until the end of the season and is instead focused on performing for the French champions.“I am living life in the present. I did not say anything against PSG or any individual in particular,” Rabiot told Le Parisien.“I look at my life like this in everyday. I take things as they come, maybe because I know that everything is fragile.“So I do not think too far ahead.”last_img read more

Euro 2016: Live stream England v Russia in Group B on talkSPORT

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM ENGLAND V RUSSIA LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 20:00BST.England get their Euro 2016 campaign underway on Saturday evening, taking on Russia at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.The Three Lions are considered favourites to top Group B, and Roy Hodgson will be hoping to break England’s dreadful run of form in European Championship opening matches.They have never won their first game in the competition, but Leonid Slutsky’s team provide a very beatable opponent.A number of injury issues have disrupted Russia’s preparations for the Euros, and the CSKA Moscow boss is being forced to field a heavily weakened team.This is just the third time the two countries have faced off, having first clashed in qualifying for Euro 2008.Both teams claimed a home victory – England won 3-0, before Russia won 2-1 – and it was Sbornaya who emerged from the group along with Croatia – leaving Steve McClaren’s men missing out on the tournament.Team NewsEngland: Hodgson has no injury worries ahead of the game, England having come through training with all players proving their fitness.Harry Kane has been named upfront, with Wayne Rooney captaining the side from midfield. Kyle Walker has been given the nod at right-back ahead of Nathaniel Clyne, with Spurs teammate Danny Rose on the left side of defence.Confirmed line-up: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney; Sterling, Kane, LallanaRussia: Along with the players Slutsky has lost in the run up to the tournament, it is expected that he will be without Denis Glushakov and Dmitri Torbinski for the clash with England. Artem Dzyuba – who scored 23 goals for Zenit this season – leads the line for the Russians.Confirmed line-up: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, V.Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Neustadter, Golovin; Kokorin, Shatov, Smolov; DzyubaLIVE ON TALKSPORT: ENGLAND V RUSSIA COMMENTARY FROM MARSEILLE, KICK-OFF 20:00BST 1 The Three Lions get their Euro 2016 campaign underway against Leonid Slutsky’s Russia last_img read more

NHL roundup: Crosby loses his debut in Canada

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson at N.Y. Islanders 1 Martin St. Louis’ short-handed breakaway goal with 4:57 left gave the Lightning the victory and spoiled a brilliant goaltending performance by the Islanders’ Garth Snow, who made 41 saves. Philadelphia 1, at Boston 0 Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for his second career shutout, and Jeff Carter scored the lone goal to lead the Flyers, who improved to 5-1 on an 11-game trip. at Calgary 3, Chicago 2 Matthew Lombardi scored with 7:04 left to give the Flames their third straight victory. Calgary moved within three points of Detroit for first place in the Western Conference. at St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1 Mike Sillinger had two goals and an assist as the Blues won for just the fifth time at home this season. The Canucks lost for the seventh time in their past eight games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryan McCabe spoiled Sidney Crosby’s NHL debut in Canada, scoring 1:02 into overtime to lead the Maple Leafs to their season-high sixth straight win. Tampa Bay 2, center_img at Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT) last_img read more