Weekly unemployment claims continue upward climb

first_imgThere were 1,361 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, the second time in three weeks claims have spiked over 1,000 and now exceed the post Tropical Irene spike. This is an increase of 246 from the week before. Last summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last several weeks there has been mostly an increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August.Altogether 7,113 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 58 from a week ago, and 2,613 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,384 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 173 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 601 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 78 fewer more than 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 fell two-tenths in October to 5.6 percent. SEE STORY HERE.last_img read more

Brazil, U.S. Armies Reach Cooperation Agreement

first_imgBy U.S. Army South August 15, 2017 com fim do governo da máfia pt acabou isolamento do Brasil e sua cumplicidade com países de esquerda e terroristas U.S. Army South and Brazilian Army delegates reached consensus on 43 agreed actions- (ATA), during army-to-army staff talks in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 29th. Months earlier, multiple work groups involving staffs from both countries preceded the three days of executive talks, which concluded with senior leaders from the two armies signing a bilateral engagement plan. As the Army Service Component Command for U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Army South conducts staff talks in South and Central America. U.S. Army Major General K.K. Chinn, the Army South commander, signed the agreement on behalf of U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Milley. “The staff talks are a great team building event that strengthens our relationships and trust, but more importantly, they help each of us to learn more about how we can work together to address emerging challenges in the region, hemisphere, and globally,” said Maj. Gen. Chinn during the opening ceremony. The general said he was confident the constructive dialogue would provide a strategic framework tied to a five-year vision of increased interoperability between the armies of the two nations. Brazilian Army Lieutenant General William A.F. Abrahao, deputy chief of staff, led his delegation on behalf of Brazilian Army General Eduardo Villas Boas, the chief of staff. Lt. Gen. Abrahao highlighted the historical relationship the partner nations have had since World War II when 25,000 Brazilians crossed the Atlantic to fight side-by-side with the United States. He also pointed out similarities. “We were born as colonies and expanded into the West to become continental countries. Our soldiers have the same values and seek the same objectives,” Lt. Gen. Abrahao said. Several ATAs focused on the military personnel exchange program with the United States, described by the Brazilians as “maybe the most important and oldest.” As South America’s largest country, both by land mass and population, Brazil sends nearly three times more military members to work alongside or attend academies than South America’s second largest country, neighboring Argentina. The staff talks generated eight new positions for Brazilian soldiers, including added liaison officer slots at several infantry and sustainment commands, a research laboratory, an NCO position to one of the U.S. Army’s eight centers of excellence, and instructors to military schools. While Brazil holds staff talks with 18 other nations, it was the first country with which Army South began staff talks in 1984. Others were added, and Army South currently holds staff talks with the armies of Colombia, Chile, Peru, and El Salvador, and has liaison officers working in its headquarters from each of those countries except the latter. A small group of delegates briefly broke away from the staff talks to visit Cyber Defense Command, co-located in the Brazilian Army headquarters. Considered a joint operation with the Army, Air Force, and Navy leadership, it was established in 2015 and activated in 2016, and plays a part in the country’s national defense strategy. “You can say cyber crosses every domain of war,” said Brazilian Army Major Walbery Nogueira, a cyber joint staff officer, during a briefing to the group. He said cyber is considered a new military capability, and while the Brazilian Army develops a cyber doctrine across the Ministry of Defense, “everyone works together to coordinate cyber mobilization of cyber capabilities.” On July 25th a handful of delegates visited the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command in Goiania, about 2.5 hours from the capital city, where staff talks were being held. There, Maj. Gen. Chinn and his staff spoke to Brazilian Army Colonel Rene Durao, the deputy commander of the command, who explained the unit’s inception decades ago. In 1956 Brazilian Army Major Gilberto Antonio Azevedo e Silva, an infantry paratrooper took what he learned from U.S. training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and devised the first special operations course in which those involved were both students and instructors at the same time, he said. During a short discussion on the different sections within the command, army leaders from both countries agreed a subject matter expert exchange on CBRN — chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear — could prove beneficial to both armies. Col. Durao said his unit focuses on these exchanges because they are the best way to learn and improve and that these types of engagements helped with recent events like the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The visit concluded with the overview. After answering questions, delegates watched several dynamic demonstrations by the special operators, including a rapid-response action force securing a building and wind tunnel training by paratroopers.last_img read more