On the picket line

first_imgMassachusetts teachers’ unions endorse trans* rights billDespite a wave of reactionary, anti-trans* legislation sweeping the country, most recently in North Carolina, the two largest teachers unions in Massachusetts have taken a bold stance for equality. (Trans* is used with an asterisk to indicate the spectrum of all the different genders of people who do not conform to the either/or of male/female or masculine/feminine.) The Massachusetts Teachers Association and American Federation of Teachers announced March 14 their support for a bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity in all places of public accommodation. The bill specifically protects the right of trans* people to use public rest­rooms or locker rooms in line with their gender identity. That right is under attack in state legislatures in Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and elsewhere. (transequality.org)Massachusetts banned anti-trans* discrimination in public schools, as well as employment, housing and lending in 2011, but lawmakers left out public restrooms and locker rooms. However, trans* access to these facilities has been successfully implemented for five years in Boston Public Schools. According to Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, which endorsed the bill, “We’ve done it in the schools, and I think that it can be done outside the schools.” (Boston Globe, March 14)California farmworkers march for overtime equalityFarmworkers in California, organized by the Farm Workers, are observing “Cesar Chavez Month” — the period between the influential labor organizer’s March 31 birthday and the anniversary of his death April 23 —by staging protest marches with supporters in agricultural centers, demanding the same overtime pay that most workers get and denouncing presidential candidate Donald Trump.The mass labor struggles of the 1930s won passage of the landmark 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, which guarantees a minimum wage and overtime for most U.S. workers. However, in a last-minute concession to Southern politicians and farmers who depended on super-exploited Black labor, legislators excluded farmworkers, as well as domestic and tipped workers, from the law’s protections. All these groups, including majority Black and Latino/a farmworkers, continue to be paid lower wages and enjoy fewer benefits.During the month, thousands of marchers will demand passage of AB 2757, which would mandate overtime pay for farmworkers who work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week, to be phased in by 2020. Supporters can sign a pledge and donate to the march effort at action.ufw.org/page/s/otpledge.Companies required to report union-busting effortsBosses have long used intimidation and anti-union propaganda to try to stop labor organizing efforts, but only recently has hiring anonymous anti-union “consultants” become common. It’s estimated that today they are hired by 75 percent of companies fighting unions.On March 23, the Department of Labor issued a new rule requiring companies to publicly report, as of July 1, all use of labor consulting firms and the amount of money spent on them. Federal law has required unions to publicly report the amount of money they spend on union campaigns since 1959. (New York Times, March 24)Many of these viciously anti-worker firms go so far as to advertise their rates of success and some even offer money-back guarantees. For in-depth information about them, visit jwj.org/unionbusters-101.Tyson forced to pay Iowa workers overtimeThe Supreme Court sided 6-2 on March 22 with thousands of workers at a pork processing plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, who banded together in a class-action suit to recover overtime pay from Tyson Foods. By deciding the plaintiffs could rely on statistics to prove their case, the court limited the sweep of its 2011 decision in Walmart Stores v. Dukes, which threw out an employment discrimination class-action suit brought on behalf of 1.6 million women workers and made it harder for workers, investors and consumers to join together to pursue claims. The workers sued in 2007 under the Fair Labor Standards Act, arguing they should have been compensated for the time it took to put on and take off the safety equipment they were required to wear while they worked. A jury agreed that Tyson was guilty of wage theft and awarded a $5.8 million judgment in favor of roughly 3,300 workers. (New York Times, March 23)WW hopes this ruling will help other workers whose bosses have refused to pay for the time they must spend preparing for and cleaning up after work.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

UK: Helicopter Carrier HMS Illustrious Comes through First ‘War’ Since USD 63 Million Refit

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Helicopter Carrier HMS Illustrious Comes through First ‘War’ Since USD 63 Million Refit View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: comes View post tag: 63 View post tag: USD View post tag: War November 11, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Navy UK: Helicopter Carrier HMS Illustrious Comes through First ‘War’ Since USD 63 Million Refit View post tag: Since View post tag: Illustrious View post tag: Naval View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: Carrier View post tag: Refit Helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious has come through her first mock war since her £40m revamp earlier this year as she continues her rigorous training ready for front-line duties in the new year.The 22,000-tonne warship is in the hands of the Navy’s premier trainers, Flag Officer Sea Training, who’ve lined up seven weeks of exacting tests, trials and exercises to prepare the ship’s company for impending tasks.The team at FOST devise various exercises through each week – air defence, submarine hunting, disaster relief, civilian evacuations, firefighting and damage control – and there’s one constant: Thursday is always all-out war.For Lusty’s first Thursday War in a couple of years, 50 FOST staff filed aboard to assess the performance of the ship’s company – and lay on a few surprises for them, such as dropping smoke canisters to simulate fire.She had to fend off fast jet attacks as they ‘launched’ missiles and ‘dropped’ bombs and thwart submarines’ attempts to cripple her with torpedoes – and at 686ft long and more than 100ft wide, she presents a very inviting target to air, surface and sub-surface targets.It would be too easy if the ship’s ring of defences simply smote all attackers, so the FOST team ensure that at least some of the bombs, torpedoes and missiles get through and cause fires, flooding and machinery breakdowns.“This was our first Thursday War and there’s no doubt that the operations room team have gained a great deal from the advice of the training staff,”said Warfare Officer Lt Colin Armstrong.“We listened carefully and, taking that forward, I’ve no doubt that we’ll develop our capability to deal with a multitude of threats quickly and effectively.”In the middle of all her training, Illustrious has also been visited by Britain’s second most senior sailor, Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, who commanded Lusty’s now-defunct sister HMS Invincible nearly a decade ago.He chatted with numerous members of the ship’s company and watched them tackle a variety of problems caused by the FOST staff – and was impressed by what he witnessed.“The team onboard look in great shape – they’re obviously receptive to their training, so I expect great things,”the Admiral said.“Following this period of Operational Sea Training, Lusty and her ship’s company need to be ready, very ready, to deploy on operations anywhere in the world at very short notice.”He’s now back on dry land, while the ship’s training continues until the beginning of next month.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, November 11, 2011 View post tag: HMS View post tag: million View post tag: firstlast_img read more

Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League to Restart Sept. 7

first_img4 Attachments PREMIER LEAGUEArsenal Fight Back from Two Goals Down to Hold SpursArsenal came from two goals down to claim a point yesterday from a full-blooded north London derby with Tottenham at Emirates Stadium.Christian Eriksen put the visitors ahead early on after Bernd Leno spilled Erik Lamela’s shot at the Danish international’s feet.Spurs were cruising when Harry Kane doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Granit Xhaka’s woefully misjudged challenge on Son Heung-min, but Alexandre Lacazette got on the end of Nicolas Pepe’s pass to give Arsenal hope in first-half stoppage time.And Maurcio Pochettino’s side were made to pay for a conservative approach after the break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned a Matteo Guendouzi cross beyond Hugo Lloris to secure a point for the Gunners.The hosts thought they may even have found a winner with time running out, but a back-post finish by Sokratis was ruled out because Sead Kolasinac drifted offside in the build-up – though the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) did check the decision.In the five added minutes, Spurs saw an appeal for a second penalty turned down as referee Martin Atkinson adjudged Kane to be at fault for a tangle with Sokratis which VAR did not review.The result lifts Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, while Tottenham head into September’s international break four places behind their rivals in ninth on five points. US OPEN 2019Nadal Through to Fourth Round, Kyrgios outRafael Nadal powered past Chung Hyeon into the US Open fourth round yesterday, capitalising on the extra rest he enjoyed before facing the South Korean.The Spanish second seed, who had a walkover in the previous round, had not played since Tuesday and it showed in a dominant 6-3 6-4 6-2 win.By contrast, Chung had come through three rounds of qualifying and spent nine hours more on court.Nadal faces Marin Cilic next, while sixth seed Alexander Zverev also won.Australian 28th seed Nick Kyrgios failed in his bid to progress past the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time after losing 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to Russian Andrey Rublev.With defending champion Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the opposite side of the draw, Nadal has – on paper at least – a more favourable route to a potential fifth US Open final.Any concerns over the Spaniard’s fitness after he withdrew from the recent Cincinnati Masters because of fatigue have been dispelled here with two ruthless displays in his two matches.The 18-time Grand Slam champion did not face a single break point against Chung, who was a top-20 player and Australian Open semi-finalist last year.He sealed the first set with an ace, the second when he forced the South Korean to hit long and then took victory on his first match point with a rasping forehand winner.“Nadal is merciless,” former player Jeff Tarango said in BBC Radio 5 Live commentary.“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a human being, animal, or any kind of species, more competitive than Rafa Nadal. Ever. The dude is always competing. He always has to be playing something or winning at something. He never stops.”Last year Nadal reached the semi-finals here but was forced retire at the end of the second set against Juan Martin del Potro because of a knee injury.On his way there he had come through two four-setters and a five-setter, which he says took their toll, and so the fact he has reached the second week at Flushing Meadows by spending little more than four hours on court could help him.Against Chung, he had dispensed with the tape he usually has strapped around his knees.“The tape is not working any more,” he told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd with a smile. “But I’m happy to be playing on the hard court. I’m trying to play a bit more aggressive. I’m happy to be in the fourth round one more time.”Meanwhile, women’s second seed Ashleigh Barty has been knocked out of the US Open 6-2 6-4 by China’s Wang Qiang in the fourth round.French Open champion Barty was out of sorts throughout, making 39 unforced errors and failing to convert all nine of her break points.Wang, the 18th seed, secured victory when a Barty return went long.The 27-year-old is through to her first Grand Slam quarter-final where she will face six-time champion n Serena Williams or Croatia’s Petra Martic. …Federer Beats Goffin to Reach Q’finalRoger Federer cruised into the US Open quarter-finals, thrashing 15th seed David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0 in just 78 minutes.The Swiss five-time champion fell a break down early in the first set but then won six games in a row to establish control in the fourth-round match.Federer, 38, hit 34 winners while Belgian Goffin could only manage eight.He will face Grigor Dimitrov or Alex de Minaur in the last eight.“It was great. David didn’t have his best day either, he was struggling,” said Federer. “I was down on the score early so had to come back mentally.“But then when I was up a break I started to feel like he wasn’t playing the same way and I was very happy with my level of play.”The third seed had dropped the first sets in both of his opening two matches, but played with a swagger when he beat British number two Dan Evans in 80 minutes in the last round.That form continued against Goffin, with the Belgian winning less than half Federer’s total of 83 with 39.Federer booked his place in the quarter-finals for the 13th time in New York with a stunning passing shot down the line and remains on course to face world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals – a rematch of the epic Wimbledon final which the Serb won in a fifth-set tie-break.And should Federer make it to the last day for the first time since his defeat by Djokovic in 2015, he could come up against Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open in the final. Hammed Shittu in IlorinThe Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) at the weekend elevated three amateur boxers in Kwara State to become professional boxers in the country.President of NBB of C, Dr Rafiu Ladipo who announced the elevation named the trio to include Alaba Omotola, Uhibudon Okafor and Abolade Akintunde.The new professional were among the 13 amateur boxers that emerged at the two-day boxing tournament sponsored by MultiChoice -GOTV held at the indoor sports hall of Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin.Speaking at the closing of the tournament, Dr Ladipo said that MultiChoice GOTV who are the sponsors of the tournament decided to move it to various places in the country because it believed that Nigeria has lots of potentials.He said, “This competition started in 2017, we have gone to places including Ibadan, Abeokuta, Lagos, Benin, Kano and Ilorin because we believe that we have potentials and World champions can come from those areas”.He advised those that were successful in the tournament to continue to train and imbibe discipline adding that boxing is a discipline sports and urged those that were not selected in this tournament to continue to train and correct where they went wrong in preparation for future events.Ladipo said, ” For the 27 participants who were not selected in this competition, you should not be discouraged, you have to continue to train and correct where you go wrong.“To those selected, it is the beginning of a journey, if you want to take boxing as a profession and you want to become professional boxers, you have to continue to train and imbibe discipline, boxing is a discipline sports”, he said.Ms Jennifer Ukoh, Public Relations Manager, GOtv said that the boxing tournament which started in 2016 was aimed at imparting skills and knowledge in the youth who constituted larger percentage of the population of the country.The Coordinator of the competition, Johnson Bamidele said that 20 bouts were held in the two days competition adding that 40 amateur boxers took part out of which 13 were successful while three were elevated go professional.Bamidele said that MultiChoice would foot the registration and licence fee of the three elevated boxers.He therefore advised other boxers who could not make the final choice should not relent in their efforts saying that, they can still make it the nearest future of the competition.Meanwhile, some boxers who could not make the list were given consolation prizes by the organisers as a way of motivating them ahead of future participation. NBB of C Elevates Three Kwara Boxers to Professional Rank center_img The centres are: South West (Ibadan), South East (Akure), North West (Zaria) and North Central (Abuja).In Ibadan, the Indoor Sports hall of the Liberty Stadium will host First bank, Dolphins, Oluyole Babes, Ogun Babes and Ekiti Angels. Akure is the home of the South East centre with Delta Force, IGP Queens, MFM Queens, Coal City Queens, First Deepwaters and Sunshine Angels.Zaria is the base for the North West centre which hosts Taraba Hurricanes, Kebbi Angels, Adamawa Angels, Zamfara Babes, Exousia Angels, GT 2000 Queens, Nigeria Army Amazons and AHIP.North Central base is Abuja with Nigeria Customs, Benue Princess, Plateau Rocks, Nasarawa Amazons, Blackgold Queens, Air Warriors Babes, FCT Wings and Kanem Queens of Borno competing for honours.These teams featured in the first round hostilities shortly before the Afrobasket competition which D’Tigress won in Senegal recently.According to a release signed by the Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, the second phase will end on September 12 as teams are expected to depart on September 13.Defending Champions First Bank, Dolphins, MFM and Nigeria Customs are some of the teams with superb run in the first phase.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, charged the players to double their efforts to make the cut for the women’s national team, D’Tigress.“We expect a keen contest and it is important for the players to put up their best to enable them to break into the national team, D’Tigress,” Onyeagwu said. The National Women’s Basketball League that went on break after first round hostilities is expected to resume this weekend in four centres nationwide. The competition is sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc.After the Technical Committee meeting and arrival of teams on Friday September 6, the jump ball at the four centres are to take place on Saturday September 7. PG 2Caption 1Nadal…through to fourth round of US Open 2019Caption 2Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) has scored in each of his last seven starts at Emirates Stadium. He was on target against Spurs yesterdayCaption 3L-R: Abolade Akintunde (3rd place), Alaba Omotola (1st place) and Uhibudon Okafor (2nd place) during the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 5 held at the Indoor Sports Hall of Kwara State Stadium …last Friday Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Stephanie Skilton’s one goal is to lead Syracuse to its first NCAA tournament since 2001

first_imgIt was 7 a.m. and 4-year-old Stephanie Skilton was fast asleep. But downstairs in her Auckland, New Zealand home, Adrienne Skilton, Stephanie’s mom, had been up for hours. Her oldest daughter, Erica, was getting ready to play a match for her local club team, Clendon United. It was a typical morning at the Skilton household. Another day, another game.All of a sudden, a thought stopped Adrienne in her tracks as she was getting ready.Stephanie’s never seen a soccer game, she realized.Soon after, Stephanie was in the back of the car heading to the Clendon United Football Grounds. Saturday soccer was a ritual for the Skilton family, yet she had no clue what all the fuss was about.As the game began, Stephanie gazed across the field. She was taken aback. The game captivated her. The crisp passes and powerful volleys. The huge roars from the crowd around her. Love at first sight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe little girl wanted to get on the field; she felt like she belonged there. She wanted to put on a pair of cleats and kick the ball too.Stephanie couldn’t get enough. Soon after, she begged her mom to let her attend her sister’s practices. She craved cheering her big sister on from the sidelines. She later called herself “Erica’s little mascot.”Ever since, soccer has been Skilton’s life. Every decision she’s made has been in pursuit of becoming the best. That’s how she went from local club reserve to an upper-league star. From U-17 New Zealand to its senior national team. From foreign freshman to senior captain, who is the Orange’s (6-1-1) leading scorer the past three seasons.Skilton isn’t focusing on being the best now. She wants only one thing in her last year with the Orange: To lead SU to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001.“It’s been my goal ever since I’ve been here,” Skilton said. “… This is our time.”…A month had passed since Stephanie first saw Erica play. She loved watching, but wished she could fast-forward to being a grown-up so she could finally play.One of Erica’s coaches walked over to Skilton’s parents. He, like many on the team, had noticed Stephanie’s constant appearances at practices and games. Adrienne Skilton told him that she adores soccer. The coach smiled.“Well, a young boys’ team is starting up for children her age,” the coach said. “She’s more than welcome to join.”Skilton cared little that she was the only girl playing. She just wanted to put on her first pair of cleats.Ten minutes into her first game at the Clendon United Football Fairgrounds, Skilton started complaining. She wanted to get off the field.Maybe Skilton didn’t like soccer after all, her parents thought.Liam Kennedy | Contributing Photographer Published on September 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm Contact Byron: [email protected] They couldn’t have been more wrong.“Stephanie felt that the boys weren’t playing the game properly,” Adrienne recalled. “She didn’t think they took the game seriously.”Adrienne and Briv encouraged Stephanie to stick with it. She reluctantly agreed and dashed back onto the field.It became evident that Skilton was the most talented player on the team. She possessed an acute sense of the game and a powerful shot. Naturally, her teammates were impressed — she quickly became the most popular player among her teammates.From then on, there were two girls to transport to the Clendon United Football grounds for the Skiltons.…The seeds of Skilton’s move to the United States were planted at the U-17 World Cup in 2010. Although New Zealand lost all three games and was eliminated, the experience proved essential.She developed a close friendship with Katie Bowen, a defender who played for the Glenfield Rovers. Bowen pleaded with Skilton to transfer to Glenfield and Skilton agreed.“Playing with your best friend is not something everyone can say, but I was able to do that with Steph,” Bowen said. “It wasn’t a stressful environment because we had so much fun playing together. I didn’t want it to end.”Bowen then told Skilton how she wanted to play college soccer in America, and she thought Skilton should do the same — specifically, in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“I explained to her that in the ACC you have tough games week in and week out,” Bowen said. “This environment is what you need to get yourself into to improve your game. … I knew it was for Steph and that she would have so much fun.”Bowen eventually committed to North Carolina and won the national championship as a freshman.The benefits, from a soccer perspective, were clear to Skilton. But she was still conflicted. Night after night, she grappled with the decision. Skilton lived in New Zealand, 18 hours away by plane, her entire life. No one in Skilton’s family had ever been to the U.S. before. And most of all, Skilton’s parents were uneasy with the idea.But everything changed when her parents came around.“We were apprehensive at first about losing our youngest daughter whom we love dearly to the other side of the world for four years,” Adrienne Skilton said. “But it was obvious that it was a fantastic opportunity.”Now the only question was where Skilton would play. Bowen acted as a mentor for Skilton, who asked for Bowen’s opinion when a school approached.Syracuse head coach Wheddon was the man who brought Skilton across the earth. He recalled receiving video on Stephanie from a friend in New Zealand. He watched it several times and decided he needed to get Skilton in orange.He immediately contacted her family. Her national team coaches. Her club coaches. Everyone who had seen Stephanie play.Wheddon typically flies to check out international players. He didn’t need to with Skilton.“It was never a question,” Wheddon said. “Any time you can get a girl like her, as well as someone from the national team, it’s special for a coach. It was a no-brainer.”…Syracuse’s forwards were out of gas during the tail end of a Sept. 4 game against Cornell on a scorching hot day. The Orange was coming off a loss to Bucknell three days earlier to halt its undefeated start to the season.One week before, Wheddon said every game the rest of the way matters in the playoff push. In extra time, Skilton, Syracuse’s most prolific scorer, emerged once again.Alex Lamontagne hooked a cross into the box toward Sydney Brackett, whose shot was saved. The ball bounced to Skilton who fired it in, winning the game.Skilton’s come a long way since that morning in Auckland. She’s morphed from a curious child solely focused on being the best to the one trying to carry the Orange. She dreams of playing professionally someday. But that’s the last thing on her mind. She has one last season to finish what she came here to do. To make the tournament.“I wake up and I just want to live and breathe soccer,” Skilton said. “If I could just play soccer forever that would be amazing… ending my collegiate career making the tournament would just be a dream come true.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Two apprehended in Caldwell for possible drug possession and gun charges

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Another bites dust · 364 weeks ago Good job Caldwell PD and Sumner County Sheriffs Deputies. Report Reply 0 replies · active 364 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wichita residents were apprehended in Caldwell Saturday during a demolition derby held there.Brian Devin Ouano, 30, and Drexler Thach, 20, both of Wichita were apprehended and are in custody at the Sumner County Jail in Wellington for drug possession and gun charges stemming from a traffic stop made by the Caldwell Police.Ouano is being detained for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a weapon, not having a drug stamp and felony obstruction of an officer, according to the Sumner County Sheriff weekly report. Thach is being detained for possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a weapon, possession with intent to distribute, and no drug tax stamp.The two have yet to be formally charged in district court by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.Alan Albright, Caldwell Police Chief, said the two were leaving the demolition derby, and were looking at police suspiciously as they were leaving town. The police followed and the driver failed to use proper turn signals when exiting town. He was subsequently stopped.At the stop, Caldwell police conducted a search for which they found a combination of methamphetamine and marijuana, two handguns that were not concealed and paraphernalia supplies such as scales.last_img read more

WATCH: Trump Celebrates as Jobless Rate Falls To 13.3%

first_imgThis morning’s report from the Labor Department is vastly better than what analysts feared. The experts were forecasting a jobless rate near 20%, which would have been the worst since the Great Depression.President Trump will hold a news conference at the White House around 10:00 this morning, Eastern time. He announced the event in a tweet while cheering the new monthly jobs figures. The Labor Department says two and-a-half million jobs were added last month, far exceeding expectations from economic analysts. The unemployment rate fell to 13-point-three percent. It was 14.7% in April.The numbers reflect a slight recovery of economic activity after two months of free-fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump tweeted that the numbers are “Really Big” and added — “Great going President Trump (kidding but true)!” Trump also took a political shot at Democrats, saying they are “worried again.” He argued that the “only one that can kill this comeback is Sleepy Joe Biden!” Meantime, the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of leveling off. The American death rate is now more than 108-thousand. Confirmed cases in the U.S. have exceeded one-point-eight million. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center is tracking the pandemic worldwide. (Undated) — The president is celebrating as the nation’s economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.The stock market spiked in response to the more favorable jobs report.The numbers reflect a slight recovery of economic activity after two months of free-fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more