Canada adds 52,100 jobs in September

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Julian Beltrame The U.S. Labor department said Friday morning that 114,000 new jobs were created in September, More importantly, it revised upwards its data for July and August — adding 86,000 jobs to those two months. For the three months, job creation averaged 146,000 and took the unemployment rate to 7.8%, the lowest in four years. The Canadian dollar jumped more than half a cent on the news to 102.62 cents US, and markets were solidly up in morning trading in both Toronto and New York before backing off later in the day. “I think (the U.S.) is the bigger news today, even for Canada,” said Bank of Montreal deputy chief economist Doug Porter. “This is exactly what the Canadian economy needs right now because the consumer is close to being tapped out, housing doesn’t have any more room to grow, the government sector is cutting back (and) business are understandably cautious. So what we really need now is exports and exports need the U.S. economy to get going.” Some supporters of Republican challenger Mitt Romney suggested a conspiracy inside the Labor Department to save U.S. President Barack Obama was afoot, but CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld says if the data was pumped up, something less sinister may be involved. “The … survey, like Canada’s monthly survey, is notorious for producing fleeting outliers, albeit not this large,” he said. “Based on grossing up the results of a monthly sample of Americans, and comparing it to the prior month’s sample, the resulting count is not nearly as reliable as the payrolls report,” he said. In another promising signal, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ third-quarter survey found that 46% of senior executives expect the number of employees at their companies to increase in the next year. That’s up slightly from 41% in the second-quarter survey. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s office issued a statement that he was “encouraged” by the latest Canadian gains, noting that they bring to 820,000 the number of new jobs added since July 2009, when the economy started to recover from recession. Flaherty said it was the best job creation record in the G7. The gain in Canada was the third biggest of the year and surprised the experts, which had expected a pickup of just 10,000 jobs. But the gain wasn’t enough to put a dent in the unemployment rate, which edged up one-tenth of a point to 7.4%. That’s because while thousands of Canadians found work in September, even more — 72,600 — joined the labour force. Economist Erin Weir of the Progressive Economics Forum said the jump in Canadians entering the workforce suggests many “are still waiting in the wings” for prospects to improve. Economists also pointed out that the details were not as strong as the headline suggests, including the fact that two-thirds of the new jobs where in the self-employment category. Scotiabank’s Derek Holt noted that aggregate hours worked actually declined 0.3% despite there being more people working. “It’s hours worked that get people paid so this is a significant dent against the headline. It’s not clear to me how this happened if headline and full-time jobs were up so solidly,” he said. Still, the pop in new jobs was unexpected given that most economic indicators of the past few months have presented a picture of a domestic economy struggling to maintain momentum amid a general slowdown around the world, particularly the United States, Europe and China. September’s increase brought the number of jobs created since last September to 175,000. The report was even stronger than August’s 34,000 jobs increase, which were all part-time. Last month, the vast majority of new jobs were full-time and all in the private sector, although roughly two-thirds were in the self-employment category — jobs that economists say are often lower-paying and less productive. Statistics Canada said most of the new jobs were taken by workers in the core 25-54 age group, and mostly by men in the first notable increase in employment among men since March of last year. “With this increase, the employment level for core-aged men is back to its pre-recession peak of October 2008,” the agency said, although the rate of employment remains slightly below that of four years ago. Regionally, most of the action occurred in Ontario, which saw an increase of 31,600 jobs. Quebec and Manitoba also saw gains. Statistics Canada said the biggest gains occurred in the retail and wholesale trade sectors, which saw some 34,000 jobs created, while the number of jobs in construction, which has been weak in recent months, rose by 29,000. Work in the information, culture and recreation industries saw an increase of about 24,000, and there were about 8,700 new agriculture jobs in the month. Detracting from the positives were the loss of 19,000 workers in a general category called other services and a 17,000 decrease in business, building and other support services. Canada’s domestic economy turned in one of the strongest job creation months of the year in September, adding an eye-popping 52,100 new jobs that was five times more than economists expected. But it was the labour data south of the border, which suggest the U.S. recovery is finally underway, that demanded the attention of economists and markets. Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May U.S. jobless claims drop to new pandemic low U.S. employers added a modest 559k jobs in May Keywords Employment Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Patrick Frazee, fiancé of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, arrested for murder, solicitation to commit murder

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said.Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home.Her body has not been found but information is helping narrow down the search, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference Friday.The crime may have occurred at her home, police said.Berreth’s phone, however, ended up in Idaho, and authorities are working to recover it, police said.Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, the chief said.Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow.Additional arrests are possible, the chief said.Affidavits in this case were sealed by the court, prosecutors said.Frazee’s former attorney, Jeremy Loew, said last week his client “continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation.”Frazee was focusing “on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth,” Loew said at the time.Loew said on Friday that Frazee is now represented by public defender Adam Steigerwald.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Senate Passes Biggest Public Lands Package of the Decade With Sweeping Bipartisan Approval

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLegislators from both sides of the aisle are rejoicing in the sweeping bipartisan approval of the biggest public lands package of the decade.Earlier this week, the Senate passed a 662-page measure that will designate over 1.3 million acres as nationally-protected wilderness and create four new national monuments honoring Civil Rights and Union heroes.The bill was passed in a 92-8 vote, and White House officials have divulged that the president has agreed to sign it, according to The Washington Post. The S. 47 legislation includes a provision that will ensure the federal government fulfills its decades-old promise to provide allotments to Alaska Natives who served in the Vietnam War. Another provision will ban mining practices on more than 370,000 acres of land surrounding two national parks.RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the PlanetThe bill also expands the boundaries of six national parks, including Death Valley and the Mojave; it will allow elementary schoolers in fourth grade or below to visit parks with their families for free; and it will offer various protections against damming and pollution for roughly 620 miles of rivers.“We have worked for months on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to truly negotiate every single word in this bill — literally down to one one-tenth of a mile for [a] certain designation,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who is also the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman and co-author of the bill.Additionally, the legislation includes a notable provision that will permanently reauthorize a program that finances these conservation efforts by diverting money generated from off-shore drilling projects, which is expected to save taxpayers over $9 million.LOOK: 700 Acres of Massive 1,000-Year-old Redwoods Are Being Turned into a Public ParkIn the past, the program – known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, has been “described as one of the country’s most important conservation programs.” Over the course of the last five decades since its creation, it has supported more than 42,000 state and local projects throughout the United States.The LWCF has also been described as a key component of the nation’s booming outdoor recreational economy, which generates over $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million American jobs.MORE: Park Rangers Delighted to Find Elephant Seals Reclaimed Beach During Government ShutdownCongress failed to reauthorize the program in September, which was the second described as one of the country’s most important conservation programs – but thanks to S.47, the fund is now permanently authorized so that it can continue to support public parks and recreation spaces.“Today marks an overdue but critical victory for America’s most important conservation funding program and for protecting our wild lands,” said Jamie Williams, President of the Wilderness Society. “It’s encouraging to see the new Congress immediately moving bipartisan legislation that conserves our land and water for today and for future generations.”Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media; And On The Other Side Of The Aisle – File photo by Phaedra, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Fight Or Flight From The Ocean In Montauk?

first_imgSandbags used to shore up the beach at Montauk were exposed during an earlier storm. Independent/Gordon M. GrantChoosing between fight or flight from the Atlantic Ocean in downtown Montauk was on the minds of many speakers at the public hearing concerning the Montauk hamlet study held by the East Hampton Town Board on December 6.“This plan isn’t really a plan at all, but rather a guiding vision,” Laura Tooman, the head of the Concerned Citizens of Montauk, said about the study, which has been a couple of years in the making, and is available online. That is how the East Hampton Town Planning Department has presented the studies, which were prepared under the guidance of several outside advisors, headed by the consulting firm of Dodson and Plinker.The December 6 hearing was the fifth and final one, with each of the town’s five hamlets being the focus of one meeting. The final product will be added to the town’s comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 2005.“It is going to take a long time,” Tooman said, adding that action must be taken now, particularly when it comes to erosion.About 20 speakers took to the podium, and at least one took exception to the methodology used in the study. Bonnie Brady told the town board that the study was not inclusive enough, and did not reflect the views of many year-round Montauk residents. She also was critical of the Army Corps of Engineers’ work on the Atlantic Ocean beaches in downtown Montauk, saying it had destroyed the dunes and the beach. “Montauk is tired of being a guinea pig,” she said.Carl Irace spoke, representing the advocacy group Defend H2O. He was critical of both the current practice of replenishing the sand on beaches, and the idea of funding that practice by creating a special tax district in downtown Montauk. “The public has heard a lot about nourishment plans that would take sand from offshore sites for downtown beaches,” he said. “The public has also heard a lot about an erosion control tax district. We are here to disavow the notion that beach nourishment is a suitable solution. Funding beach nourishment through an erosion control district is an enabler of that unsuitable solution.” He called the whole process “a false panacea,” adding that “such a district would commit substantial public money to protect private interests.”He called for an orderly retreat from the rising sea level in downtown Montauk. “Either the buildings are removed from harm’s way voluntarily, without destruction and loss of property, or Mother Nature takes it by force, with destruction, loss of property, or worse,” Irace said.Allen Axelowitz presented a different point of view. He told the board that his family had purchased a couple of units many years ago in what is now known as the Montauk Blue Hotel, which faces the ocean. “To take us away is unfair. Our kids grew up there,” he said. “I want my children’s children to grow up there. To just take us away is unacceptable.”Kevin McAllister, of Defend H2O, spoke about rising sea levels, saying that in the past 40 years, sea levels have risen four inches, but that in the next 40, that rise is going to accelerate to anywhere between 11 and 30 inches. He called for the use of the Community Preservation Funds to purchase what he called the “front row” of motels and resorts in downtown Montauk.Thomas Muse spoke about the erosion control tax district in Montauk, calling the condition of the beaches a “dangerous situation.” He said that he had been on the beach that morning, walking his dog, as he often does, and that the erosion of sand brought to the beach to replenish it has created a 15-foot tall cliff of “brown sand.” Photographs show that, not only have many tons of sand dumped to nourish the beach again washed away, but the giant sandbags installed by the corps, at the town’s expense, are now exposed.Chris Carillo told the board he was speaking on behalf of the 90 or so homeowners in the Surfside Estates Association, which is just east of downtown Montauk. He said their deeded beach access is no longer safe to use, and that the condition of the beaches “needs to be addressed immediately.”Immediacy concerning the beachfront was a frequent refrain for speakers, despite the long-term nature of the hamlet study.Andrew Brosnan of the Surfriders Foundation said that the Army Corps beach revetment project, which was built at federal expense in 2015, and is maintained at town expense, exacerbated erosion all along the beach, and called for a “managed retreat” from the rising Atlantic.Paul Fiondella read from the federal report on climate change released the day after Thanksgiving this year. He said that the report indicates that ocean warming will be at its worst in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country. He said the report “basically says we are a target for global warming, because things are happening faster than elsewhere.”Henry Uhlein, who owns businesses and a marina in the dock area, said he would like more time to understand the study. “My property is for sale if anyone wants to buy it,” he said. The board agreed to keep the hearing open for 30 days, to allow members of the public to weigh in in writing on any of the hamlet [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Wembley Sales Top 37,000

first_imgSteve Cotterill’s side will visit Wembley on Sunday, March 22nd to compete against the Saddlers for silverware. More than 25,000 City fans have already secured seats during the initial priority periods, and general sale has already seen that figure rise to 37,000. Walsall, meanwhile, have sold 28,000 tickets. Tickets are limited in the lower tier, including the singing section and family section. Tickets are being sold exclusively through Ticketmaster, either by calling 0844 453 9015 or online via this link: read more

Mullen rumors, Dak winning and Malik Newman

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:45aa1c0b3caf7d483a0e0e85 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-921432-4644452759001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.The Clarion-Ledger’s Michal Bonner discusses all things Mississippi State including Dan Mullen rumors, Dak Prescott winning the Conerly Trophy and Malik Newman.last_img read more

Jansson having medical ahead of Brentford move

first_imgSee also:Brentford complete signing of keeper RayaFrank keen to keep Bees stars Maupay and BenrahmaBees move for Jansson and reject offer for SawyersPinnock determined to help improve Brentford’s defendingNo approach from Sheffield United for Maupay Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is having a medical ahead of a move to Brentford. Jansson, 28, is set to sign for the Bees, who have had an offer for the Swedish centre-back accepted.He is a popular figure at Leeds, who signed him from Torino in 2017 after he spent a season on loan at Elland Road from the Italian club.AdChoices广告He has three years remaining on his contract at Leeds and played a key role in helping them reach the Championship play-off final last season.His signing would therefore be a coup for Brentford, who have rejected an offer from Celtic for Romaine Sawyers and as of Monday morning had still not received an approach for Neal Maupay, who has been linked with Sheffield United.last_img read more

Warriors turn the tables

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT PAKENHAM Warriors have recorded one of their best wins of the Big V basketball Division 2 men’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

South African economy improving

first_imgSouth Africa’s position on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance improved from fifth to fourth thanks to improvements in the economy and infrastructure development. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa• Buy local to build South Africa’s economy• Agoa open up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs• Stalled on the Trans-Africa Highway• G20: Africa’s growth can stabilise the world economyShamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s economy is on the mend, if the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance is anything to go by.The country’s level of sustainable economic opportunity score improved to 71.9 points out of 100, up more than three points on the previous year. Out of 52 African countries surveyed, South Africa came out second in this particular category, behind Mauritius, which has 79.7 points.The sustainable economic opportunity category is divided into four sub-categories: public management, business environment, infrastructure, and rural sector. These analyse 31 features that make up a country’s economy, such as fiscal policy, level of bureaucracy, access to water for low income and rural populations, and road, rail and air transport.The 2014 Ibrahim Index, published on Monday, 29 September, ranks a country’s overall governance within the African context. It is based not only on economic opportunity but also on safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, and human development. Taking all these categories into account, South Africa’s overall position also improved, from fifth in 2013 to fourth this year.The index is named after billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul Mo Ibrahim. He established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, and created the index the following year . Sudanese-British mobile communications mogul, Mo Ibrahim, warned major African states like South Africa to remain vigilant and avoid complacency. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation) Infrastructure development boostedBrand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola was encouraged by this year’s results, particularly regarding the improvements the country has made in infrastructure development. “Good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively,” he pointed out.In the index, South Africa’s infrastructure development score shot up from 67.5 in 2013 to 77.1 this year. The country now ranks third in this category behind the Seychelles and Mauritius. This comes after the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Institute of Management Development (IMD) also announced South Africa’s improvement in infrastructure development. In the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015, the country moved up from 66 to 60 out of 144 countries. In the IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook, South Africa improved by three places from last year to 55.Despite these advances, Matola was concerned by the drop in rule and safety – from seventh in 2013 to eighth this year – and in participation and human rights – from third last year to fourth. “These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment,” he said. African governance improvement too slow – IbrahimWriting for the Institute for Security Studies weekly online newsletter, Independent Newspapers’ foreign editor, Peter Fabricius, said the Ibrahim Index suggested overall governance in Africa was slowing down.According to the index, governance on the continent rose by just 0.9 points out of 100 over the last five years, whereas before 2009 it improved by 1.2 points. “African governance as a whole has improved in some ways and deteriorated in others, resulting in this slight net improvement,” wrote Fabricius.For Ibrahim, Africa was still progressing but “the story is complex and doesn’t fit the stereotypes”. He also warned that the continent should remain vigilant, avoid complacency and adopt Afro-realism as a stance instead of Afro-pessimism or the current Africa Rising narrative.“More pertinently perhaps,” wrote Fabricius, “the index suggests that Africa still has a long way to go, and has to move much faster, if it is to overcome its chronic problems of poverty, underdevelopment and insecurity.”last_img read more

Ready or Not? Tips for Improving and Maintaining Crisis Management Programs

first_imgWhat should retailers be doing to prepare for the next disaster? Coming off a year of devastating weather events in which just one of the many hurricanes was estimated to have cost retailers $700 million, it’s not a surprise that the topic was in focus at the NRF Protect conference in June. “Crisis management programs could not be more important,” said Brett Abbott, senior corporate security manager at Target.Brett AbbottTarget has undergone a several-year effort to modernize and upgrade its crisis management program, starting with an honest SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and data collection. “It was an important exercise for refining our priorities and to understand where we were and what we wanted, and to gather information on our contact centers, our people, our distribution centers, everything,” said Abbott. “It’s important to understand the full scope of what you’re trying to protect.”At this early process stage, Abbott identified several elements that helped to drive Target’s effort in the right direction.- Sponsor – “Structure follows strategy, so start with what you’re trying to accomplish,” said Abbott.Attract crisis management team members who bring a combination of experience and curiosity.Remove emotion from planning and be willing to bring critics to the table.Be accountable. “Put it all in a plan and share progress.”Be prepared to be in ‘learning mode’ for a substantial period.Progress in your crisis management preparedness by following a “maturity map” for and understand what the different states look like.Abbott also suggested that crisis management teams should keep a narrow focus on significant events, and not be drawn into the more day-to-day events that could be classified as “crises.” “There was an idea that we would bring intrusion alarm management into crisis management, but we resisted because we wanted to stay true to the mission and not be distracted.”To facilitate crisis response, Target employs a team that includes one expert in each corporate function. For these support members, training is “absolutely important,” said Abbott. To get it done, they build a 12-month learning calendar “to build their muscle memory so they don’t need to refer to a plan” and which focuses on making it easy for members to stay engaged. “We create opportunities to make it easy for team members because it is their second job,” he added.Ultimately, Target’s effort to improve its readiness focused on upstream activities and post-event improvements. “We were pretty good with response, but we were needing to do more ahead of time: planning, education, team meetings, brown bag events, training calls, exercises,” said Abbott. “And after-action reviews that identify action items are critical to make improvements to the plan.”Program MaintenanceBryant McAnnallyRestructuring crisis management is a substantial undertaking, but program maintenance is also a challenge, noted Bryant McAnnally, CFI, manager of LP operations for Disney Store North America, in the same NRF Protect presentation titled “Preparing for the Next Disaster: An Outline for Impact Mitigation, Management, and Resiliency.” The company takes a Plan, Do, Check, Act approach to continuous improvement and works hard to ensure its plan “is a living element and not a document on the shelf,” McAnnally said.“You need to keep it fresh and aligned with new business needs, such as BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store),” said McAnnally, a point echoed by Abbott. He said that new business models introduce new risk, so it’s important to get a seat at the table early in the process of those discussion to understand what the impact might be on crisis management and response. “It’s much easier than going backward,” said Abbott.Another way to keep crisis management in focus is to expand opportunities for lesson-learning. “Review other people’s disasters for opportunities to improve your readiness,” advised McAnnally. You can almost always find an issue that your plan doesn’t cover, he suggested:If banks are closed, have you planned to be able to extend financial assistance to store associates?How confident are you in your ability to get help and materials when suppliers are inundated with requests? What do your contracts say?Can you build better relationships with government agencies so that you are kept in the loop and more likely to be extended commendation?Do you have satellite phones at stores in case of disruption in cell phone service?Do you annually go to people and ask for them to update contact information?“You want to drive a culture of preparedness by keeping the program evergreen,” said McAnnally. He said Disney Stores uses a variety of on-going activities to keep preparedness top of mind, including tabletop exercises, annual crisis fairs, awareness months and activities for stores, distributing checklists, wallet cards, and reminders. “We get great feedback from people that shows they understand we worry about them as people as well as the company.”Finally, as crisis management programs mature, the challenge often shifts from getting information to utilizing and prioritizing it. Experts say that it’s important to ask about this question about the tool or system that your company uses to manage crisis incidents: How is relevant static information made available to the incident command center?A retail organization is likely to have information in the emergency plan, and in related plans and databases, that can help individuals in the command center manage an event in progress. For example, in a warehouse fire, it is useful to have immediate access to the facility’s current inventory list and the schematic plans for it and adjacent buildings. But plans and records are also certain to contain information irrelevant to the crisis at hand. An important planning element, therefore, is the process by which appropriate information from planning documents—and only appropriate information—filters into the incident handling process.A good incident management tool will allow a user to ‘create’ an incident and then pull relevant information into it, such as information from the HR database that relates to the specific crisis. Integration between the crisis management tool and other documents is extremely important because it allows crisis managers to draw from current files, lists, and updated information. An incident management tool that doesn’t draw directly from these other information sources at the time of the event would more than likely be working off a certain amount of outdated information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more