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African Union urged to press Gambia for proper probe into newspaper editor’s death

first_img News News August 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en January 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 African Union urged to press Gambia for proper probe into newspaper editor’s death In a letter to AU commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare and the current AU chairman, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Reporters Without Borders called on the African Union to “publicly condemn” Hydara’s murder. The press freedom organisation also urged them to ask President Jammeh to get the Banjul police to carry out an investigation that seriously considers the hypothesis that the murder was politically motivated. News GambiaAfrica Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia to go further Organisation News Follow the news on Gambia Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom January 27, 2020 Find out more GambiaAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called on African Union heads of state and government to tackle Gambian President Yahya Jammeh about the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara during the AU summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on 30-31 January.In a letter to AU commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare and the current AU chairman, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Reporters Without Borders called on the African Union to “publicly condemn” Hydara’s murder, “an event of extreme gravity for journalists all over the world and a terrifying threat coming from Gambia to all African journalists.”The press freedom organisation also urged them to ask President Jammeh to get the Banjul police to carry out an investigation that seriously considers the hypothesis that the murder was politically motivated, as all independent observers believe.”The investigation is going nowhere,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The only persons to have been detained had nothing to do with the murder. We are worried by the suspicious attitude of the police towards Hydara’s partner and the time being lost threatening foreign citizens. The police are basing their investigation on ridiculous assumptions.”Gunmen killed Hydara at the wheel of his car on the night of 16 December 2004, as he was taking two of his newspaper’s employees home. He had been Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent since 1994 and was one of Gambia’s most respected journalists. Co-founder and co-editor of The Point, a newspaper that appears three times a week, he was also the Agence France-Presse correspondent. He was one of the most outspoken critics of two laws drastically curtailing press freedom that were approved by the national assembly two days before his murder.Since his murder, the Gambian police have held two persons for questioning who had nothing to do with it. The first, arrested on 24 December, was a Banjul resident who had publicly criticised Hydara and his partner, Pap Saine, over an article about a conflict between imams in the capital. He was released five days later without being charged. The second was a Senegalese doctor who was detained by a plain-clothes policeman on 30 December as he was crossing Gambia to go from the north to the south of Senegal. A witness said he was arrested after publicly saying he thought the Jammeh government was “responsible for Deyda Hydara’s death.” He was held for six days and then released without being charged. A Banjul-based journalist of Nigerian origin, Sam Obi, has also been questioned for reasons indirectly related to the case. A presenter on the privately-owned radio station, City Limits, Obi was detained and questioned for six hours by the Serekunda district police after speaking on Radio France Internationale (RFI) about a march by journalists in Banjul on 22 December to protest against Hydara’s death. The police confiscated a recording of his interview and his passport, and then released him without bringing any charges.No serious consideration has been given to the probability that the murder was politically motivated, as Reporters Without Borders argued in its report of 6 January. On the contrary, four members of The Point’s staff, including Saine, have been questioned as witnesses in connection with a theory that the murder was contracted by a disgruntled supplier of the newspaper, supposedly a Nigerian businessman. A cleaning woman is said to have overheard Hydara having an agitated phone conversation with someone on the day of the murder.The police kept Saine an entire morning at the police station and pressed him to provide them with copies of the newspaper’s bank statements, but he refused. “I told them it was a murder investigation, not a tax audit, said Saine, who pointed out that The Point’s supplier was anyway a Gambian, not a Nigerian.In the report of its fact-finding visit, Reporters Without Borders stressed the “strong similarities in method of operation” between Hydara’s murder and a number of other unsolved cases in the past two years.Just before issuing its report, Reporters Without Borders requested a meeting with President Jammeh with the aim of presenting its conclusions and recommendation. The organisation has still not received any response. Receive email alerts Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Vermont unemployment rate declines one-tenth to 5.8 percent

first_imgESTIMATED NONFARM EMPLOYMENT IN VERMONT(Not Seasonally Adjusted) Current Employment Statistics Program (CES). Produced by the Vermont Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. TotalNumberNumberSept-11Aug-11Sept-10AreaLabor ForceEmployedUnemployedRate (%)Rate (%)Rate (%) Program Update: Starting with the March 2011 numbers, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates transitioned from the VT Department of Labor to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS implemented several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across states. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month to month variability of the estimates.  More information is available on the BLS website at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm(link is external). PrelimRevisedRevisedChanges From:% Changes From:INDUSTRY BY NAICSSep-11Aug-11Sep-10Aug-11Sep-10Aug-11Sep-10        Changes From Barre-Montpelier30,80029,2501,5505.05.35.4Bennington12,60011,7508006.66.96.3Bradford4,7504,4503006.16.26.2Brattleboro25,05023,6001,4505.85.55.5Burlington-South Burlington119,650114,6505,0504.24.64.7Hartford19,55018,7508004.03.63.8Manchester12,20011,4507005.86.06.3Middlebury18,65017,7509004.95.35.3Morristown-Stowe20,50019,3501,1005.55.65.9Newport13,70012,6501,0507.77.87.4Randolph8,7008,1505506.36.06.1Rutland28,05026,2001,8506.76.46.8Springfield11,45010,6508007.17.07.3St. Johnsbury14,60013,7508505.76.15.8Swanton-Enosburg14,95014,1008505.66.16.3Warren-Waitsfield4,2004,0002004.34.14.5Woodstock3,6003,4002005.94.74.6Vermont Total365,200346,05019,1505.25.45.5   Private Industries249.8250.0242.9-0.26.9-0.12.8    Construction13.113.313.3-0.2-0.2-1.5-1.5    Manufacturing31.832.330.8-0.51.0-1.53.2      Durable Goods23.023.521.7-0.51.3-2.16.0      Non-Durable Goods8.88.89.10.0-0.30.0-3.3 Trade, Transportation & Utilities56.656.956.2-0.30.4-0.50.7   Wholesale Trade9.89.79.70.10.11.01.0   Retail Trade 38.138.338.0-0.20.1-0.50.3   Trans., Warehousing & Utilities8.78.98.5-0.20.2-2.22.4 Financial Activities12.312.312.10.00.20.01.7    Professional & Business Services25.424.923.30.52.12.09.0      Professional., Scientific & Technical15.715.513.60.22.11.315.4      Administrative Support & Waste9.49.18.80.30.63.36.8 Education & Health Services60.560.559.10.01.40.02.4   Private Ed. Services12.612.812.5-0.20.1-1.60.8   Health Care & Social Assistance47.947.746.60.21.30.42.8    Leisure & Hospitality 34.334.032.00.32.30.97.2      Arts, Entertainment & Recreation3.83.63.70.20.15.62.7      Accommodation & Food Services30.530.428.30.12.20.37.8 Other Services9.99.910.00.0-0.10.0-1.0  Total Government53.552.654.20.9-0.71.7-1.3     State Government17.917.317.40.60.53.52.9     Local Government28.728.130.00.6-1.32.1-4.3Burlington-S. Burlington MSA Sep-11 Aug-11 Sep-10 Aug-11 Sep-10 Aug-11 Sep-10 Total – Nonfarm303.3302.6297.10.76.20.22.1 The Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2011 was 5.8 percent, a decrease of one-tenth of a percent from the August rate. Compared to a year ago, the rate is lower by one-tenth of a percentage point. The Vermont unemployment rate continues to be well below the national rate. In September 2011, the seasonally-adjusted national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. The United States has held steady at this rate for the last three months. ‘This monthly data was the first glimpse into the economic picture post-Irene. While the destruction caused by the storm was extensive and wide spread, it did create economic opportunities. The recovery effort generated job openings and enticed discouraged workers to return to the labor force. During the recovery, the Vermont Department of Labor’s Career Resource Centers’ services have effectively assisted employers by matching them with potential employees. Employers are encouraged to continue to leverage these services and list employment opportunities with the Department of Labor. Overall, weare excited to see tremendous cooperation between public and private entities working on Vermont’s recovery,’ said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.State of Vermont OverviewThe Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percent in Septemberto 5.8 percent. The comparable rateover the same time period for the United States was unchanged; remaining stable at 9.1 percent.The seasonally-adjusted Vermont data show the total Vermont labor force grew by 2,300. Total employmentincreased by 2,100 while total unemployment was unchanged over the month. Theover the month changesto the total labor force and total employment were statistically significant.September unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 4.0 percent in Hartford to 7.7 percent in Newport (note: local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted). For comparison, theSeptember unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.2 percent which reflects a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the August level and a decline of three-tenths of a percent from a year ago.Analysis of Job Changes by IndustryThe preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for September show anincrease of 7,600 jobs when compared to the revised August numbers. This reported over the month change does not include the 100 job increase between the preliminary and the revised August estimates due to the inclusion of more data. As detailed in the preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’September data, Total Private displays a decrease of 2,950 jobs and Government reports an increase of 10,550 jobs. The positive increase to Government was driven by typical seasonal fluctuations in the public education system as reflected in the over the month changes in both State Government Education and Local Government Education, +2,400 and +9,150 jobs, respectively.In the private sector, Educational and Health Services (+1,200 jobs) reported the largest nominal increase while Leisure and Hospitality (-2,800 jobs) reported the largest nominal decrease.The seasonally adjusted data for Septemberreports an increase of 700 jobs from the revised August data.  As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised August numbers which experienced a downward revision from the preliminary estimates by300 jobs.  A review of the seasonally adjusted Septembernumbers reflects that the large nominal over the month changes reported in the non-seasonally adjusted data were seasonal in nature and typical.  The seasonally adjusted data had few over the month changes of significant magnitude.  Vermont’s Private Industries reported a decrease of 200 jobs while Total Government reported a 900 job increase.  The private industries of note were Manufacturing (-500 jobs) and Professional & Business Services (+500 jobs).  VERMONT LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENTLABOR MARKET AREAS BY RESIDENCE (Not Seasonally Adjusted)September 2011 Estimatescenter_img Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) Total Labor Force362,100359,800360,1002,3002,000   Employment340,900338,800338,8002,1002,100   Unemployment21,10021,10021,3000-200   Rate (%)5.85.95.9-0.1-0.1Vermont’s 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.Vermont Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment in ThousandsBY NAICSPrelim.RevisedRevisedChange From:% Change From: Note: CES PROGRAM DATA ARE PRDUCED IN COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICSESTIMATES ARE PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO REVISION.  SEE ANNUAL SUMMARY FOR DETAILS Notes: Statewide Total Nonfarm is a summed total and Wholesale Trade has been added as a seasonally adjusted series in 2011.           Mining & Logging and Information are not published seasonally adjusted because the seasonal component, which is                  small relative to the trend-cycle and irregular components, cannot be separated with sufficient precision. Note: Unemployment rate is calculated as the number of unemployed divided by total labor force and expressed as a percent.Source: Vermont Department of Labor LAUS program in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics TOTAL NONFARM305,450297,850298,9507,6006,5002.6%2.2% TOTAL PRIVATE251,600254,550244,650-2,9506,950-1.2%2.8% GOODS PRODUCING47,45048,60046,750-1,150700-2.4%1.5%   MANUFACTURING31,95032,45031,150-500800-1.5%2.6%     Durable Goods23,10023,50021,950-4001,150-1.7%5.2%       Computer & Electrical Equipment Mfg.8,0508,1508,200-100-150-1.2%-1.8%       Fabricated Metal Products Mfg.2,4002,4002,400000.0%0.0%     Non-Durable Goods8,8508,9509,200-100-350-1.1%-3.8%       Food Mfg.4,3504,3504,20001500.0%3.6%   CONSTRUCTION14,75015,35014,800-600-50-3.9%-0.3%   MINING & LOGGING750800800-50-50-6.3%-6.3%  SERVICE-PROVIDING258,000249,250252,2008,7505,8003.5%2.3%    TRADE, TRANSPORTATION AND UTILITIES56,75057,05055,950-300800-0.5%1.4%      Wholesale Trade9,8509,7509,6501002001.0%2.1%      Retail Trade38,05038,65037,700-600350-1.6%0.9%        Food & Beverage Stores9,6009,8509,700-250-100-2.5%-1.0%        General Merchandise Store2,9502,9502,9000500.0%1.7%      Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities8,8508,6508,6002002502.3%2.9%         Utilities1,8001,8501,800-500-2.7%0.0%         Transportation & Warehousing7,0506,8006,8002502503.7%3.7%    INFORMATION5,1005,1505,250-50-150-1.0%-2.9%    FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES12,30012,40012,100-100200-0.8%1.7%      Finance & Insurance9,3009,3509,100-50200-0.5%2.2%      Real Estate, Rental & Leasing3,0003,0503,000-500-1.6%0.0%    PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES25,90025,75023,6501502,2500.6%9.5%      Professional, Scientific and Technical15,60015,65013,500-502,100-0.3%15.6%      Administrative, Support and Waste9,9509,7009,2502507002.6%7.6%    EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES60,80059,60059,3501,2001,4502.0%2.4%      Educational Services12,90011,75012,8501,150509.8%0.4%        College, Universities and Professional7,8006,6007,4001,20040018.2%5.4%      Health Care and Social Assistance47,90047,85046,500501,4000.1%3.0%        Ambulatory Health Care Services16,30016,20015,4001009000.6%5.8%        Hospitals12,75012,75012,60001500.0%1.2%        Nursing and Residential Care Facilities7,2007,3007,100-100100-1.4%1.4%    LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY33,25036,05031,650-2,8001,600-7.8%5.1%      Arts, Entertainment and Recreation4,0504,3504,100-300-50-6.9%-1.2%      Accommodation and Food Services29,20031,70027,550-2,5001,650-7.9%6.0%         Accommodations9,10010,5009,050-1,40050-13.3%0.6%            Hotels & Motels7,6008,4008,000-800-400-9.5%-5.0%         Food Services and Drinking Places20,10021,20018,500-1,1001,600-5.2%8.6%    OTHER SERVICES10,0509,9509,9501001001.0%1.0%    GOVERNMENT53,85043,30054,30010,550-45024.4%-0.8%       Federal Government6,5506,6006,400-50150-0.8%2.3%       State Government Education9,3006,9008,6002,40070034.8%8.1%       Local Government Education21,50012,35023,1009,150-1,60074.1%-6.9%       Other State Government8,9509,3009,150-350-200-3.8%-2.2%       Other Local Government7,5508,1507,050-600500-7.4%7.1%  Total – Nonfarm115.1114.7111.80.43.30.33.0 September2011August2011September2010August2011September2010last_img read more

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Poyet issues challenge to Defoe

first_img “First, he wants to get back into the Barclays Premier League, prove that he can keep scoring goals, help us and then it’s up to Mr Roy Hodgson. “But that’s the second step. The first one is to get back into business.” Defoe headed back to England having served just 11 months of his four-year MLS contract with homesickness and injuries having played their part in his decision. However, he managed 11 goals in 16 league appearances for Toronto, and while the Premier League may represent a sterner test of his enduring ability, he is delighted to be back. Defoe said: “I am delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.” His arrival could hardly be more timely for Poyet, who both played with and coached the striker during their time together at Spurs. Sunderland have managed a paltry 18 goals in 21 league fixtures to date this season, a return which has left them flirting with yet another battle for top-flight survival. But having seen at close hand exactly what Defoe can do, Poyet is convinced he has found the missing piece of the jigsaw. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has challenged striker Jermain Defoe to fire his way back into the England squad after his return home as part of an almost “perfect deal”. The 32-year-old Toronto frontman completed his swap move with Jozy Altidore on Friday afternoon and goes straight into the Black Cats’ squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to former club Tottenham with Poyet insisting international football should still be in his sights. He said: “I haven’t talked to him about that, but that’s a consequence. If he plays and he’s fit and he scores goals, I’m sure that any manager of the national team is going to try to get him. He said: “I have got no doubt. I don’t like excuses – I know every now and then, something comes out of me, because it’s natural, because there are plenty of things, unfortunately, that happen in football and they can sound like excuses. “Now I hope there are no more. That means that we have got as many players fit as possible, we can be organised but at the same time, we can score goals because we have got a proven goalscorer at the club, so there are no excuses. “I played with him, so I was on the pitch with him and the training ground every day, and he’s a player you want in your side because you know he is going to score goals and then if the rest of the team do their jobs, you have got a better chance of winning.” Defoe’s arrival signalled the end of a frustrating time on Wearside for 25-year-old United States skipper Altidore, who managed just three goals in 18 months and only one in the league following his £6.5million switch from AZ Alkmaar. The Black Cats, and in particular sporting director Lee Congerton, beat off stiff competition to land Defoe with a lucrative pay packet, and Poyet admitted it had worked out well for all involved. He said: “It’s nearly, with all respect to Jozy, the perfect deal. I’m a believer that those perfect deals don’t happen quite often in football. They are practically impossible, so we are in a great position. “Of course, the Jozy situation was simple: unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him for whatever reason. “He is going to go back home as a very, very important player and as the captain of the national team, and on the other hand, we are getting a proven Premier League goalscorer, so it was a good option for everybody.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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