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Employment Agencies

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgAn employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 16 for info about the chambers of commerce in Yuba County.last_img read more

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Vermont unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgTotal Labor Force358,000358,200360,000-200-2,000   Employment339,200338,700340,900       500-1,700   Unemployment18,80019,60019,100-800-300   Rate (%)5.25.55.3-0.3-0.1Vermonts labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling.  The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.The Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths of a percent to 5.2 percent in November.  The comparable rate for the United States decreased two-tenths of a percent to 7.7 percent.  The seasonally adjusted Vermont data for November show the Vermont total labor force decreased by 200 from the October estimates.  Total Employment increased by 500 while Total Unemployment increased by 800.  Both the over-the-month declines in the unemployment rate and the Total Unemployment were statistically significant. November unemployment rates for Vermonts 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.0 percent in Hartford to 6.1 percent in Newport and Springfield (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted).  For comparison, the November unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent which reflects no change from the October level and a decline of three-tenths of a percent from a year ago. Analysis of Job Changes by Industry The preliminary not-seasonally-adjusted jobs estimates for November show a decrease of 500 jobs when compared to the revised October numbers.  This reported over-the-month change does not include the 900 job increase between the preliminary and the revised October estimates due to the inclusion of more data.  Retail trade saw a significant increase from the prior month (+950 jobs or 2.4 percent).  The broader economic trends can be detected by focusing on the changes between November 2012 and November 2011 data.  As detailed in the preliminary not seasonally adjusted November data, Total Private Industries have increased by 1.8 percent (4,350 jobs) and Government has decreased by 2.1 percent (-1,150 jobs) within the last year.  The seasonally adjusted data for November reports an increase of 2,200 jobs from the revised October data.  As with the not-seasonally-adjusted data, this over-the-month change is from the revised October numbers which experienced an upward revision from the preliminary estimates by 700 jobs.  Based on a review of the seasonally adjusted over-the-month changes in November, the following four sectors had the largest percent increases: Construction (+600 jobs or 4.4 percent), Leisure & Hospitality (+500 jobs or 1.5 percent), Trade, Transportation & Utilities (800 jobs or 1.4 percent) and Manufacturing (+400 jobs or 1.3 percent).  Total Government declined by 200 jobs (-0.4 percent).        Changes From November2012October2012November2011October2012November2011center_img For the first time since last summer, the state’s jobless rate went down. It had increased each of the last five months. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2012 decreased by three-tenths of a percent from the prior month to 5.2 percent. It reached its lowest point, 4.6 percent, last May. Vermonts seasonally-adjusted rate remains significantly lower than the national average of 7.7 percent which decreased by two-tenths of one percent from the prior month. Perhaps more importantly than the overall rate, the measure of Total Employment in Vermont increased for the third straight month, though still well below last November’s total. We were very pleased to see the monthly unemployment number decrease this month, as well as the gains in total employment.  VDOLs regional Career Resource Centers are helping businesses find qualified applicants, and registering more jobs and job seekers into our JobLink system each day.  The Departments focus on reemployment versus unemployment is making a difference.  Our Reemployment Eligibility Assistance and Career Resource staff members are actually bending the curve downward on participating claimants unemployment duration, helping claimants get reemployed 30% faster than before we instituted our REA program. The Department is also doing more extensive Job Search verification on claimants work searches, and that work is also helping to increase participation in our career resource services, said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. State of Vermont Overview Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)last_img read more

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ValleyNet celebrates 10 years of facilitating ECFiber’s success

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first_imgECFiber,Vermont Business Magazine ValleyNet has issued a press release reminding Upper Valley customers that it is still operating despite the recent announcement by FirstLight that it has discontinuing service to former ValleyNet email account holders. When ValleyNet divested its dial-up accounts and email addresses to SoverNet (now FirstLight) in 2006, it “pivoted” to bringing universally available broadband to the region, the press release said. Since 2008, ValleyNet has been assisting the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber) in financing, building and operating its fiber-to-the-home network in 24 Vermont municipalities. ECFiber now has close to 700 miles of optical fiber network and will soon add its 3,000 customer.By 2020 ECFiber expects to have invested approximately $48 million to cover all unserved* neighborhoods in 23 of its member towns, maintain 1,400 miles of fiber-to-the-home network, and serve nearly 7,000 customers. ValleyNet and its 20 employees in Royalton continue to operate the system under contract to ECFiber.ValleyNet Board chair and CFO Stan Williams said in a statement, “I’m extremely pleased to acknowledge our tenth year of partnering with ECFiber by announcing that we have been able to help ECFiber issue revenue bonds this summer at a spread to 10 year treasury bonds of 117 basis points lower than last year.  This is a concrete indication that the financial markets recognize the progress we have made in growing ECFiber from a self-funded startup to a stable Internet utility.  In the future, ValleyNet hopes to be able to assist other groups in the Upper Valley to achieve universal broadband coverage in their towns.”Click HERE for story.ValleyNet and ECFiber have benefitted from thousands of hours of community volunteer effort over the years, and we thank past and present ValleyNet board members, ECFiber Governing Board members, and ECFiber investors and customers that have supported our community-centered efforts.*Because of the limited bandwidth capacity of copper wire over rural distances, ValleyNet and ECFiber define unserved premises as: those premises being served only with copper-based telecommunications facilities.ValleyNet History(ValleyNet’s non-profit mission is to serve the Upper Valley by advocating for universal and effective Internet access and providing services to facilitate Internet use and increase citizen community engagement.)In 1994, the Upper Valley had an Internet problem – Internet access in the Upper Valley provided by national ISPs such as AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy required a then-expensive long distance phone call to Manchester or Burlington. The non-profit organization ValleyNet was created to fix this in 1994 using surplus dial-up modems donated by Dartmouth College and, by 2006, provided local dial-up access to over 6,000 households.  It also created local “listservs” (now administered by Vital Communities) that serve over 25,000 users in over 20 towns, offered web hosting/design services, helped recycle e-waste, and provided computer education programs.By 2006, there were multiple local dial-up options in the Upper Valley and it was clear that dial-up Internet had run its course.  At that time, the ValleyNet board made a difficult and controversial decision to sell its dial up accounts to SoverNet (now FirstLight) and pursue its mission via other means (see below.)ValleyNet/ECFiber Partnership(ECFiber’s mission is to build and operate a universal, open access, fiber-to-the premises network, bringing state-of-the art connectivity to every home, business and civic institution in all of our member towns.)In 2008 ValleyNet, using capital from the sale of its dial-up accounts as well as loans from insiders, partnered with a number of VT towns unsatisfied with their broadband service to create ECFiber (http://www.ecfiber.net/mission/(link is external),) a municipally owned and controlled organization.  ValleyNet has been ECFiber’s “Design/Build/Operate” partner since that time. After unsuccessfully attempting to raise $90M in 2008 in one fell swoop, the partners attempted for several years to raise capital from slowly recovering public capital markets and federal stimulus.  Then, using loans from insiders, a successful 20 mile pilot fiber-to-the-home network in Barnard was completed, and operations began in 2011.  As neighborhoods contiguous to the pilot network asked for service, the partners developed an innovative bootstrap “crowd financing” mechanism which ultimately raised $7M from over 450 local investors.  This locally funded effort covered over 300 miles of roads and served over 1,500 customers by 2015. By 2016 the public capital markets took notice and ECFiber has now successfully tapped the bond market for over $32M in revenue bonds since then.  (All original “crowd financing” investors were repaid with interest in 2016 and 2017.)  By 2020 ECFiber expects to have invested approximately $48M to cover all 20,000 unserved premises in its 24 member towns and to serve nearly 7,000 customers.Source: ValleyNet 9.7.2018last_img read more

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Sebamed Brighton and Hove Triathlon sold out

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first_imgThe 2017 Sebamed Brighton and Hove Triathlon has sold out and closed entries early. The event, taking place on Sunday 17 September, will see over 1000 athletes take off from Brighton beach on England’s South Coast to begin the second Brighton and Hove Triathlon, picking up from last year’s inaugural event.After a sea swim, competitors will then cycle along the fast, flat, closed-road course before crossing the finish line with a promenade run. The athletes will be racing over various distances, with the shortest beginner distance a 400m swim, 5km bike and 2.5km run.This year Brighton and Hove Triathlon has also introduced a children’s triathlon (for 8-14yrs) in partnership with Frog Bikes. This will see over 50 young athletes taking part on Sunday morning. The Saturday of race weekend will also host the Frog Bikes Mini’s Race whereby over 90 younger children aged, 3-8 years, will scoot, cycle and run along Brighton seafront. With a free to attend family fitness show taking place over the race weekend, the organising team feel that this year is set to be another hugely successful event.Brighton and Hove Triathlon Event Director, John Lunt, said “I’m delighted we have sold out the event. Triathlon continues to go from strength to strength; and I’m sure [we] will also fill up in record time next year.”With over 45% of entries first-time triathletes, 40% female competitors and the inclusion of a Diversity and Inclusion Rainbow Wave (supported by Stonewall) the team have continued to present triathlon as a sport which embraces all.After a first year event in 2016 with 800 entrants, Brighton and Hove Triathlon returns on Sunday 17 September 2017. The race will see participants take on the challenge of a sea swim (which ‘was a mill pond for the 2016 event’), a scenic cycle along the seafront on the closed-road cycle leg and a flat run along the beach lined promenade.Super Sprint (15+) – 400m/5km/2.5kmSprint (15+) – 750m/20km/5kmOlympic (18+) – 1500m/40km/10kmKids 8 – 50m/1.5km/500mKids 9-10 – 100m/4km/1.5kmKids 11-12 – 200m/4km/1.5kmKids 13-14 – 200m/4km/2.5kmCo-ordinated by an experienced team, many of whom have worked on Olympic and Commonwealth events, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon is ‘set to grow into one of the biggest events in the triathlon calendar.’www.brightonandhovetriathlon.com Relatedlast_img read more

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U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Support Student Veterans

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgU.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján CONGRESSIONAL News: “Our commitment to our servicemembers – those who bravely put their lives on the line to protect our country – must extend beyond the theater of war and into the classroom. Not only do theses courageous men and women deserve our utmost appreciation, but they also need the academic opportunities to further their careers and live up to their own potential. With the introduction of the Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School (WAVES) Act, we can reaffirm our responsibility to support our student veterans and help them secure a prosperous financial future for them and their loved ones,” Gomez said. The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage – ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work. Full time or 3/4-time students who served in the military and are pursuing a college degree, vocational, or professional program are eligible to receive a VA work-study allowance for a VA-related work-study job while using their education benefits. “Veterans have put their lives on the line to serve our nation and keep Americans safe. In states across the country – including New Mexico – veterans are being shortchanged and struggling to make ends meet as the result of wage disparities. We must fix this issue and support student veterans as they work toward achieving their education goals,” Luján said. “I’m proud to introduce legislation to uplift student veterans and deliver on our promise to those who served our country.” The hourly wage for the work-study program is the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. However, this does not account for the 44 localities nationwide that have higher minimum wage standards than their state, resulting in veterans being underpaid across 11 states.center_img “I’ve been a longtime supporter of a higher minimum wage, partnering with workers to help draft Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage bill in 2014 and securing House passage of the Raise the Wage Act this summer. This bill closes a glaring loophole in the Veterans Work Study Program to protect student veterans from being shortchanged. Student veterans should be able to earn the same serving their fellow veterans on-campus or at a nearby VA facility as they would working a fast food job,” Jayapal said. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Luján and Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), and was co-sponsored by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). “At a time when costs of living continue to rise and as we have failed to raise the federal minimum wage for over a decade, many localities, like my home of Los Angeles, have stepped up to provide a living wage for their communities. But our student veterans, who served with pride and selflessness to protect our homeland and our freedoms, are not allowed to benefit from these local efforts. This legislation would fix that so that our student veterans get the due wages for the work they are doing through the VA work-study program,” Roybal-Allard said. “I’m proud to join Congressman Luján in introducing this bipartisan legislation to support student veterans,” Raskin said. “Yesterday, America observed Veterans Day and I met with vets across my community who would have greatly benefited from increased wages created by this legislation. We owe our veterans immediate and serious improvements in the delivery of higher education, health care, affordable housing, therapeutic services, and economic opportunity. I’m committed to working with veterans in Maryland and my colleagues in Congress to improve the lives of all our nation’s veterans and am a proud cosponsors of the Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act.”last_img read more

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RBS drops dead weight

By on October 18, 2020

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Dashed Brexit hopes may clip airports’ wings

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AWE: Drilling continues at Pateke-4H, New Zealand

By on October 6, 2020

first_imgAWE Limited reports that as at 6:00 am NZDT today the Pateke-4H development well was at a measured depth of 3,863m and drilling ahead on the planned trajectory with an 8 1/2 inch drilling assembly after successfully side-tracking from the 9 5/8 inch casing at 3,587m.The second sidetrack (ST-2) will be drilled to a depth of approximately 4,055m and intersect the F10 reservoir at a horizontal angle of approximately 90 degrees. Drilling will continue through the F10 reservoir section to a planned total measured depth of 5,381m, following which a 6 5/8 inch production liner will be installed.The Kapuni F10 sandstone objective has already been intersected on prognosis with oil shows and real time logging measurements indicating the likely presence of an oil bearing reservoir. The commercial significance of the oil shows will not be clear until the horizontal drilling is completed and the reservoir size and quality is fully assessed.The Pateke-4H development well is in PMP 38158 and AWE is the Operator. Located in the offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, PMP 38158 contains the Tui, Amokura and Pateke fields and has been producing since 2007.Pateke-4H is targeting a mapped northern extension of the currently producing Pateke field. The well is being drilled in water depth of approximately 124m with a planned total measured depth of 5,381m, including a 1,326m horizontal section. If successful, the well will be completed for subsequent tie-back to the Tui FPSO (“Umuroa”) for production in 2015.[mappress]Press Release, April 22, 2014last_img read more

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Listen and learn

By on September 30, 2020

first_img Stephen Taylor, Senior associate, BanksideLaw, London SE1 I enjoyed reading Gordon Turner’s reflections on his experience of acting as a juror (see [2010] Gazette, 27 May, 10). It is good advice to instruct solicitors to act less like lawyers, given the impact that the profession’s rights and obligations seem to have on its practitioners’ attitudes and mannerisms. However, I think that part of Mr Turner’s sense of enlightenment at having undertaken the task of deciding a fellow citizen’s fate may also be due to the fact that acting in the capacity of a juror is almost like harking back to the days when a litigator was a trainee solicitor. My memory of that time is highlighted by the many opportunities I had to sit and observe not only the proceedings, but also my mentors, opponents and the judiciary, with little or none of the pressure associated with presenting the case. The wealth of knowledge that is acquired through that experience is something that lawyers involved in the preparation of cases have little or no time to engage in. Perhaps, part of the mantra, ‘try to be a little less like lawyers’, includes taking the time to observe and learn. last_img read more

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