Weekly unemployment claims spike, continue to climb

first_imgThere were 1,653 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 398 from the week before. Altogether 12,253 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 303 from a week ago and 1,636 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,008 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 861 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 5 from the week before. 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)  Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See storyHERE.last_img read more

Ronkonkoma Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Ronkonkoma man was killed when he crashed his car in Valley Stream on Thursday night.Nassau County police said Navado Pratt was driving an Infiniti G35 on Peninsula Boulevard when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the PSEG Long Island high tension transmission tower at 11:45 p.m.The victim, who was ejected from the vehicle and was found in the water, was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

WHO has draft agreement in virus-sharing dispute

first_img May 15 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again” The Reuters story said the draft resolution is the product of “arduous” negotiations among the WHO member countries. A draft resolution passed by a WHO committee today says the agency will develop rules to ensure timely sharing of viruses with the WHO and “fair and equitable distribution of pandemic influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the Associated Press (AP) reported. A proposal from developing countries led by Indonesia had called for the WHO to supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine makers only with the consent of the donor country. But the resolution adopted by the WHO committee says that during “public health emergencies of international concern,” manufacturers should have “full access” to viruses from the WHO, the AP reported. The agreement doesn’t precisely define a public health emergency, but WHO officials said a flu pandemic would qualify, according to the story. While the new rules are being developed, countries are expected to continue sharing virus samples with the WHO, Reuters reported. Researchers use the samples to develop vaccines and to monitor the viruses’ spread, its ability to infect humans, and its resistance to drugs. May 14 CIDRAP News story “Virus sharing high on agenda as WHO meeting begins” The negotiations were chaired by Viroj Tangcharoensathien of Thailand. He commented, “Trust has now gradually been regained in the work of the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network, which is the backbone of influenza containment.”center_img The draft agreement is a response to Indonesia’s complaint that drug companies can use H5N1 avian flu viruses provided by Indonesia to make vaccines the country can’t afford. In protest, Indonesia stopped sending virus samples to the WHO last December. Last week the Indonesian government said it had resumed sending specimens. But WHO officials said only three have been sent so far, according to Reuters, despite a string of more than 15 human H5N1 cases in Indonesia since the start of this year. But the resolution, which is expected to be approved by the World Health Assembly of 193 WHO members tomorrow, does not define “timely sharing” of samples or fair distribution of vaccines, the AP said. The WHO has coordinated the international sharing of flu virus samples by national and WHO collaborating laboratories for more than 50 years. Samples of both seasonal flu viruses and novel strains like H5N1 are analyzed. May 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has negotiated a preliminary agreement designed to maintain the international sharing of influenza virus samples while ensuring that developing countries can obtain pandemic flu vaccines, news services reported today. See also: Reuters reported that the resolution calls for setting up a working group to revise the “terms of reference” for WHO-affiliated laboratories that analyze viruses and to write rules for sharing them with other parties, including researchers and vaccine makers. The resolution sets a year-long timeline for completing those steps, with a goal of getting the plan approved at next year’s World Health Assembly.last_img read more

Tony Pulis leaves Crystal Palace

first_img Former Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis 1 Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has left the club with immediate effect after a disagreement over transfer policy.The Eagles manager reportedely believed he deserved a bigger transfer budget and has been left frustrated at missing out on a series of key targets, including Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michu and Steven Caulker.And that led co-chairman Steve Parish to hold crunch talks with Pulis in a meeting held in London on Thursday evening.Neither party has been able to come to an amicable agreement regarding the future of the club, leading the Palace boss to leave Selhurst Park less than two days before they kick off their Premier League campaign against Arsenal on Saturday evening.Pulis succeeded Ian Holloway at the south London club in November with Palace sat rock bottom of the Premier League and performed miracles to help them stave off relegation and finish 11th in the table.Current assistant manager Keith Millen is expected to lead the side in the opening game of the season against the Gunners, live on talkSPORT.Crystal Palace later confirmed they would hold a press conference at 3pm on Friday.More to follow.last_img read more