Week Ending August 30, 2008There were 606 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 251 from the week before. Altogether 7,019 new and continuing claims were filed, 206 less than a week ago and 2,057 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,801 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, a decrease of 132 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
By Dialogo February 20, 2009 The level of violence related to drug trafficking and drug abuse has continued to rise in Latin America, despite all government efforts to combat it, According to an annual report published in Vienna by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), no countries in the region are free of drug problems, even though there are prominent differences related to production, commerce, and consumption. In this report, the Andean countries of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru are still considered the main producers of coca crops and cocaine, which is sold mainly to the United States and Europe by land, air, and sea routes through Central America, and increasingly through Africa. The report states that, in the three Latin American countries, the total area used for illegal coca crops rose 16%, up to 181,600 hectares, in comparison to 2007. Only in Colombia, which is still the main cocaine supplier, the area used for illegal crops reached 99,000 hectares, up 27% from 2006. The INCB, an autonomous entity of the UN, emphasizes in this document the increasing professionalization of South America’s drug trafficking networks. These networks have established a system of cooperation between some operations, which “employ specialists” as chemists, ship captains, pilots, and financial analysts for the diverse activities that their criminal business requires. In Central American countries, which mainly serve as drug routes from south to north, the principal concern is the involvement of criminal organizations called “maras” or street gangs. “About 5,000 gangs from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras work in Mexico,” composed of young people recruited by drug dealers based in Mexico, the report states. The INCB also warns that “the increase in deportations from the United States during the last three years has forced many gang members to return to their countries.” Consequently, 75% of Central American gangs maintain relations with other criminal groups in the United States, which strengthens international criminal associations. “Corruption, a judicial system short on resources, a lack of public trust, and weak acts of the law” are factors that still hinder the struggle against drugs in the countries of this region. On the other hand, in Mexico “drug cartels have responded with unprecedented violence” to the authorities’ efforts in combating them, and the number of police officers assassinated has doubled in 2007 and 2008. As regards consumption, the first comparative study on the use of illegal drugs in six countries in South America named Argentina as the main cocaine consumer, followed by Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. Argentina also has the highest number of young consumers, since 25% of them are under 16 years old. Another concern is that posed by “date rape drugs,” substances that criminals give their victims to enable them to commit various offences.
Luckily, the Schenectady County Health and Equitable Food Action Plan provides an incredible blueprint for how we can work together to alleviate food insecurity.We have already had initial conversations with Trinity Reformed and Bellevue Reformed’s Little Food Pantry, but much more coordination of services can be done, both locally and with larger Schenectady County entities like Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) and Concerned for the Hungry’s Food Providers Network.As we journey into a new year together, I pray everyone in our community will consider new ways to partner and strengthen our efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.Rev. Dustin G. WrightSchenectadyThe writer is pastor of the Messiah Lutheran Church.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% All too often we think of food insecurity as only something affecting rural and urban areas. Yet the face of hunger in America is quickly changing.In Rotterdam’s Mohonasen school district, for instance, about a third of students now receive free or reduced-cost lunches from the National School Lunch Program.In response to this need, we at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam opened the Bread of Life Food Pantry a bit over two years ago on Oct. 4, 2015.This ministry quickly grew to operate twice a month, serving roughly 130 meals in that time. Plans to expand our hours and facilities, as well as to provide skills building services like cooking classes or public speaking classes, are also in the works.Over the last two years, however, we realized that no individual congregation or organization can tackle the issue of food security in Rotterdam and other nearby communities alone. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Arsene Wenger fears Brexit may rob the Premier League it top place amongst European leagues LaLiga, the Bundesliga and Serie Acould overtake the Premier League in commercial and economic terms if they are able to purchase the top foreign players, with the UK due to leave the EU at the end of 2021 – and Wenger is fascinated to see how it will play out.“Certainly, subconsciously maybe for some people, it [Brexit] was to regain some sovereignty of their own destiny. And football is completely the reverse,’ Wenger told UK’s The Mirroryesterday.“How will that change? That will depend now on how Brexit will be applied to football.“I’ve asked many people, nobody knows. Will people inside Europe be considered as foreign players who cannot play in the English Premier League? I don’t know.”As of now, it is unclear how or if Brexit will drastically change the accessibility of foreign players to play in the UK.Yet Wenger, who still lives in London, warned that with restrictive regulations on the movement of people, it could be a blow to the Premier League’s worldwide brand as the best league in the world.“But if the rules are restrictive, they will kill the superiority of the Premier League.“Because today the Premier League depends on worldwide exposure, with the best players and worldwide ownership with multi-billion owners from around the world.”Meanwhile, the 70-year-old ruled himself outof the running to become Arsenal chairman over the weekend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Rules out taking over Arsenal as ChairmanArsene Wenger is concerned about how Brexitcould change the reputation and stature of the Premier League worldwide.The former Arsenalmanager, 70, who now has a role at FIFA as their chief of global football development, believes the influx of foreign players in English football could be in doubt, depending on the terms of how the UK leaves the European Union.
He was dragged out by the currents and drowned. 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo confirmed the death of 34-year-old Abirán M.I. from the State of Mexico. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — After a family day of food and beverages, a tourist to Isla Mujeres lost his life due to drowning. According to the police report, the man was vacationing with his wife and daughters when the accident occurred. The family were enjoying the day on a public beach when the man, who apparently had consumed alcoholic beverages, went swimming past the marked safety buoys.