MONTREAL – The head of Canada’s largest airline brushed off concerns around U.S.-China trade woes and wavering stock markets, saying demand for Air Canada flights will hold firm in the near term.“The trade dispute, the softening of the economy, the bumpy equity markets the last few weeks — despite that, in our markets we continue to see strong demand,” said chief executive Calin Rovinescu on a conference call with investors Wednesday.Despite a tumble in profits caused by rising fuel prices, the Montreal-based carrier saw premium fare classes and ancillary fees propel it to better yields in the third quarter, with a healthy outlook for the fourth.“We’ve invested very heavily in the top end of our business, and we think that that is something that helps sustain us,” Rovinescu told analysts.Air Canada’s net income fell 63 per cent year-over-year to $645 million — or $2.34 per diluted share — in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with $1.72 billion, or $6.22 per diluted share a year ago — when the company benefited from an income tax recovery of $758 million.Operating revenues jumped 11 per cent to $5.42 billion from $4.88 billion a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings decreased 39 per cent to $561 million or $2.03 per diluted share, from $922 million or $3.33 per share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of $2.09 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Fuel was the dragon slayer, the huge impact on the operating line,” said Robert Kokonis, president of Toronto-based consulting firm AirTrav Inc.Air Canada’s per-litre fuel costs skyrocketted 40 per cent to 83 cents in the third quarter from 59.4 cents a year earlier. Though its operating cost per available seat mile — a key cost-efficiency metric — ballooned by nearly 10 per cent, that same metric adjusted to exclude fuel costs nudged up by only 1.1 per cent.If the economy holds, so will demand, Kokonis said.“Air travel is one of the first sectors to show that there’s going to be an economic retraction because travel is such a discretionary expense — not as much for corporate travel, but certainly leisure travel.”Business and premium economy passengers helped Air Canada offset its fuel expense. Revenue from the business cabin rose by $98 million, a 13 per cent bump, said chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette. Premium fares helped produce a 4.2 per cent increase in passenger revenue per available seat mile.Ancillary revenues, meanwhile, shot up by 14 per cent over the past nine months compared to the same period last year, driven by baggage fees, upgrades and seat selection.Carriers have been adding fees for a decade and now charge more for seats with leg room, early boarding, meals and beverages, entertainment and wireless access. Air Canada earned more than $1 billion from these payments last year while WestJet Airlines Ltd. collected about $440 million.Rovinescu confirmed Wednesday that Air Canada still expects to seal the Aeroplan deal by the end of the year. In August, Aimia Inc. reached a tentative $450-million agreement to sell the rewards program to an Air Canada-led consortium that, if closed, would end more than a year of confusion over the airline’s commitment to the program it founded.The quarterly results should be viewed “favourably” given “volatile” fuel prices, said Canaccord Genuity Corp. analyst Doug Taylor. Air Canada’s 3.4 per cent uptick in passenger revenue per mile contrasted sharply with WestJet’s 4.4 per cent decline, he noted.“What will be striking over the next year is that even in a scenario where Air Canada’s performance is flat, there are enough other items — the loyalty program…the free cash flow of the company — that there’s a lot of catalysts for share price improvement.”Air Canada’s shares gained $1.50 or 6.4 per cent at $24.91 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA, TSX:AIM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported Air Canada’s net income per diluted share as $6.22.
Doha – Morocco won two awards at the fifth Intel Science Competition Arab World 2014 (ISC AW) in Doha, an annual pan-Arab science, technology, engineering and math competition for students in grades 9 to 12.Two 17-year old Moroccan students Ahmed Amrani and Dounia Jaoui won the “modern technologies award” for their project Smart Cane, a white cane designed to facilitate movement to visually impaired people.For their part, Houda Beldi and Zaineb Anaamaoui,17, won the “administration and the social sciences award” for their project “The Inbox,” a software solution that enhances e-mail security. The Grand Prix of the Intel Science Competition went to a group of Lebanese student who presented a collective project that helps preserve the coolness of vehicles parked under hot sun by taking advantage of solar energy.
While the number of those newly displaced as a result of skirmishes between the national army and fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is small in relation to DRC’s estimated 1.85 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the movement of people is noteworthy because the territory of Beni in North Kivu had until now hosted only 10,000 IDPs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Last week’s displacement was the first since 2006 caused by fighting involving the ADF, according to OCHA. Aid workers are concerned over the potential consequences of the latest clashes on civilians.“We are concerned by this development,” said Richard Dackam-Ngatchou, acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, who stressed the need to avoid causing suffering to civilians who are caught up in the clashes.The inter-agency Rapid Response to Movements of Population (RRMP) programme has sent a team to the affected area in a bid to ensure that life-saving assistance is urgently provided. A contingency humanitarian response plan is also being drafted to enhance preparedness in the event of more people being forced to flee.Humanitarian agencies currently estimate that at least 14,000 people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, shelter, water, and medical care. Of these, 2,000 have already been assisted through the RRMP.“We don’t know whether these violent attacks on civilians mark a renewed trend or an isolated incident,” said Mohamed Boukry, Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The ADF is a rebel group opposed to the Ugandan Government. It started carrying out attacks inside Uganda from hideouts in the west of the country and rear bases in neighbouring DRC in 1996, but has been rarely heard of since 2004 following a major offensive by the Ugandan army against it.The group is one of several foreign armed factions operating in eastern DRC, including the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which also has its roots in Uganda, and the Rwandan Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR).In a related development, a series of attacks affecting humanitarian actors were reported last week in North Kivu, OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva. A total of 68 attacks involving humanitarian organizations and their staff have been reported since the beginning of this year.Ms. Byrs also said that there were large numbers of sexual violence cases reported in the Isiro area of Haut-Uele district of Orientale province between last May and June, according to provincial authorities there. Perpetrators of those acts of violence are believed to be civilians, according to the reports.According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), 15,275 cases of rape – the vast majority by armed men – were reported in eastern DRC in 2009.On humanitarian funding, Ms. Byrs reported that this year’s consolidated appeal for DRC is currently 41 per cent funded with $335 million of the $827 million requested so far received. The funding gap, if not bridged, is likely to affect key humanitarian sectors including health, food, education and water and sanitation. 13 July 2010Clashes between the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and remnants of a Ugandan insurgency forced an estimated 20,000 people to flee their villages in the troubled North Kivu province of the vast African country, the United Nations reported today.
Inspite of all the sound and fury from MDMK leader Vaiko, the state government is going ahead with its preparations to welcome Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sanchi on September 21. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Vaiko said, “Many others would leave by train and flight and we expect nearly 3,000 workers to be in Sanchi to hold a black flag protest against Rajapakse.” He added: “Rajapaksa’s hands are stained with the blood of innocent Tamils killed during the war in Sri Lanka. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko has said that on September 17 he and his party activists would leave Chennai for Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh in a convoy of 30 buses. The objective: To protest the arrival of Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the world heritage site, 45 km from Bhopal, to inaugurate a Buddhist study centre on September 21.The MDMK as well as the DMK have been protesting Rajapaksa’s visit as they hold him responsible for the death of thousands of Tamils during the civil war in the island nation. While state government officials kept mum on the MDMK leader’s letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, they confirmed to HT that the arrangements are underway. “The programme will be held”, said principal secretary culture KK Singh. More than 250 delegates from outside the country would take part in it, he added. (Hindustan Times)
The army says over 860,000 mines and booby traps have been removed since the end of the war in 2009.Brigadier Dhananjith Karunaratne , Commander of the Army Engineer Brigade said that over 80% of the initial 5000 square kilometers that had been heavily mined by the LTTE have now been cleared. Brigadier Dhananjith Karunaratne pointed out that support from MLI has assisted in the success of Sri Lanka’s humanitarian demining project, that recently enabled the completion of resettling nearly 300,000 internally displaced people.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S Jaliya Wickramasuriya congratulated the award-winning team and thanked the MLI for its genuine efforts to help Sri Lankan people. The Sri Lankan Embassy in the United States quoted the Brigadier as saying in a statement that over 470,000 antipersonnel mines, 1400 antitank mines, 390,000 booby traps, and other improvised explosive devices have been removed since the end of the conflict in May 2009. “Before the internally displaced persons could be resettled, vast areas of land in the north and East needed to be cleared of land mines. The Sri Lanka Army worked quickly to handle the demining process , and they are benefitted greatly from the support of the Marshal Legacy institute and other NGO’s around the world”, he said. The statement said that the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of the United States has honored Sri Lanka Army sapper DKN Rohan and Mine Detection Dog Spartacus as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2012. The Sri Lankan team was selected for the prestigious award out of 107 teams representing 11 countries.
An explosive-rigged bicycle reportedly detonated in the Qalandarkhail area of Bagram district, as Afghan National Police and international military forces were on foot patrol nearby. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 12 civilians and six service personnel, and injured at least eight people.“A suicide attack amongst a group of children is beyond horrific,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš. “I reiterate UNAMA’s [UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan] repeated calls to the Taliban to immediately ban the use of indiscriminate weapons and to cease attacks in civilian populated areas,” added Mr. Kubis, who is also the head of the Mission.In its 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, UNAMA noted noted an increase of 34 per cent in the number of children killed or injured, as compared with the previous year. The Mission’s human rights team documented more than 1,750 child casualties, at least one-third of whom were killed by improvised explosive devices. Today’s attack comes as the country is awaiting the announcement of a new president. UNAMA noted that preliminary results were announced yesterday from the 14 June run-off vote between candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.“The Mission further notes that the results are not final and are subject to change, and that it would be premature for either of the candidates to claim victory,” it said, reiterating also its call for the candidates and their supporters to exercise restraint. UNAMA urged the electoral institutions – the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) – to cooperate within the framework of their mandates to conduct additional audits of polling stations in “rigorous, timely and expeditious manner,” in particular those which would provide for the investigation of ballots from more than 7,000 polling stations. The Mission encouraged the IEC and the IECC “to demonstrate their commitment to the future of the country by taking the responsibility to fully discharge their mandates while demonstrating the utmost impartiality, transparency and responsibility.” It also urged the institutions to consider other measures that would enhance the integrity of the electoral process.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has not directed the release of Kenneth Noye, however they have recommended that he be transferred to open conditions.”This is a recommendation only and the Ministry of Justice will now consider the advice and make the final decision.”Under current legislation, Mr Noye will be eligible for a further review within two years. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”The Parole Board review comes after a High Court judge overturned a ministerial decision to block the murderer being transferred to a less restricted jail. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Kenneth Noye wearing glasses and beard while travelling under a false before he was capturedCredit:FIONA HANSON Noye was already one of the country’s most feared gangsters when he stabbed Mr Cameron to death on a slip road of the M25 in front of his horrified girlfriend. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The independent Parole Board has made its recommendation. We will carefully consider this and make a decision in due course.” He had previously been acquitted of the murder of undercover police officer John Fordham after claiming he had mistaken him for an intruder and was acting in self-defence.But he served 14 years in jail for his part in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat bullion robbery.After killing Mr Cameron, Noye fled the country until a major manhunt traced him to Spain and he was extradited.When Noye was initially jailed for life, there was no minimum tariff set by the judge. But the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, later recommended that he serve at least 16 years.In September 2015 the Parole Board declined to order Noye’s release and recommended he be transferred to an open prison. But the recommendation was rejected by then justice secretary Michael Gove on November 5 2015.Following a High Court challenge by Noye earlier this year, Mr Justice Lavender quashed the refusal decision.He said in February: “It will be for the current Secretary of State to take a fresh decision whether or not to transfer the claimant to an open prison.”Edward Fitzgerald QC, for Noye, had argued the rejection decision was “unlawful and irrational”.But the judicial review challenge was contested by former justice secretary Liz Truss, who said there was “nothing irrational” in the decision taken. Stephen Cameron was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth NoyeCredit:PA Kenneth Noye, the road rage killer, could be moved to an open prison after a recommendation by the Parole Board.The 70-year-old was sentenced to life in April 2000 after being convicted of murdering a young man on the M25 in Kent.A review panel did not direct his release, but has concluded that Noye is suitable to be “transferred to open conditions”.The Parole Board stressed that the recommendation must now be considered by the Ministry of Justice before a final decision is made.Noye stabbed 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.
It found that overall, obese commuters who travelled to work by car had the highest likelihood of early death, with a 32 per cent raised chance of mortality compared to cyclists or walkers of normal weight. The research by Glasgow University tracked more than 150,000 adults for five years. But if obese adults travelled to work by foot or bike, their risk was similar to active commuters of a healthy weight. Being inactive could be more dangerous for the health than being obese, research suggests. Slim motorists fared far worse – and were 21 per cent more… A British study shows that corpulent commuters who cycle to work are far less likely to die prematurely than slim people who rely on the car.
Sixty-six-year-old Latchman Sukhu, a Rural Constable attached to the Mibicuri Police Station and late resident of Lot 86 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne Berbice, was struck from the bicycle he was riding by an allegedly speeding car on the village public road on Thursday at about 09:40h, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mibicuri Public Hospital, where he was rushed after the incident.According to reports, motor car HB 8230, being driven by a 35-year-old male of Belvedere, Corentyne, was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road allegedly at a fast rate when it collided with the cyclist, who reportedly rode out from a street in the area.A breathalyzer test conducted on the driver found no trace of alcohol in his blood.He, however, remains in custody assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related11-year-old killed by car allegedly speedingDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Cyclist killed in Berbice accident by reportedly speeding carJanuary 15, 2018In “Crime”Pensioner killed in EBD accidentAugust 31, 2019In “Crime”
Cengiz Under believes European Champions Real Madrid will show mutual respect when they play Roma owing to last season’s performance in the competition.Roma completed an astonishing comeback in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, winning 3-0 at the Olimpico to progress on away goals after a 4-1 defeat in Catalonia.And Turkish forward Under is confident that Los Blancos and everyone else” will have more respect for the Giallorossi after last year’s win over Barcelona.“Against Barcelona, we got a result which was unlikely after the first leg,” Under recalled, speaking to Sky.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“It was an extraordinary thing that no-one expected. I think Real Madrid and everyone else will have more respect for us.“In the meantime, we have Chievo on Sunday, we’re aiming to win that and then concentrate on Real Madrid.“Once we overcome Chievo we can concentrate on Real Madrid as soon as possible.”Eusebio’s men will be hoping to improve on last season’s performance as they hope to win the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /50:32 On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new report from the Texas Tribune says while many public defenders across the country are overwhelmed with cases, that’s not the case with those in Harris County’s juvenile division. We talk with Neena Satija, the reporter behind the story.Also this hour: Last week, it was reported that the Trump administration is considering “narrowly defining gender, legally, as a biological immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” We learn what this all means in practical terms for transgender people here in Greater Houston.Then, cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu, who grew up in Houston, tells us how she created Check, Please! — her popular web comic about a college hockey player who loves to bake.And, with a new album called Post-Truth coming out this week, we revisit a conversation and performance we had in 2014 with local band The Wheel Workers.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
As Congress weighs a Washington, D.C. law that decriminalizes possession of a small amount of marijuana, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia has released a statement explaining its policy on the issue. According to the statement, under the D.C. bill signed by Mayor Vincent Gray in March. smoking marijuana in public would remain a criminal offense. Anyone who smokes marijuana on federal property could still be prosecuted under the D.C. law. “Individuals arrested for merely possessing, but not using, less than one ounce of marijuana on federal property would be presented to our office for potential prosecution under federal law,” said William Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. “We will assess each case on an individualized basis, weighing all available information and evidence, consistent with Justice Department enforcement priorities and the need to use our limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats to public safety. We rely heavily on diversion programs in our local marijuana prosecutions, and would likely do the same with respect to federal offenses.” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen himself has not yet made a statement on the issue. In March, Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill which makes the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense subject to a $25 fine. Smoking marijuana would still be a crime, but the maximum punishment would be reduced from a $1,000 fine and six months in jail to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. But Congress must review the law before it can take effect. The bill was introduced by Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Marion Barry and was passed in response to two studies of law enforcement records in the District. The studies found that nine out of 10 arrests for simple drug possession were of African Americans. A 2010 American Civil Liberties Union report found police in D.C. made 836 arrests per 100,000 residents for possession of marijuana. Nationally, 256 people out of every 100,000 were arrested for possession.
If you are wondering what that heck that p-looking symbol is, it’s the greek letter ρ (pronounced rho) and it’s the variable for density. Chemists often use “d” for density—but that’s just because they aren’t as cool as physicists. Oh, and if you put something in water it has a density of around 1000 kilograms per cubic meter. The V in the above formula is the volume of the water displaced and g is the gravitational field.OK, now for an experiment. What happens if you partially submerge an object in water? Is there a way to measure this buoyancy force in a fun way? Yes, there is. Here’s what I’m going to do. I have an aluminum cylinder. I can partially put it in water and suspend it from a scale.Rhett AllainIn this case, there are three forces acting on the aluminum cylinder: the gravitational force pulling down, the spring scale pulling up, and finally the buoyancy force from the part of the cylinder that is underwater. What happens when the cylinder is lowered even more into the water? The scale reading decreases and the buoyancy force increases. Since the volume of water displaced by the cylinder will increase with the depth of the cylinder in the water, I can get the following expression for the total force.This looks bad, but really it’s not so bad. Let me go over the key parts.The Fs term is just the force the scale pulls up on the mass. This is something that I will read off the scale.Again, the ρ is the density of water and g is the gravitational field.The h is the distance of the cylinder that is under the water. If I know the cross-sectional area (A) of the cylinder, then hA is the volume of the water displaced.The mg is just the weight of the cylinder.Notice that as I lower the the cylinder in the water, the depth changes and the scale reading changes—everything else is constant. Since the force from the scale and the height have a linear relationship, I should be able to plot Fs vs. h and get a straight line. That’s exactly what I’m going to do. Here is what I get.[embedded content]Boom. That looks pretty linear to me (as it should be). But wait! There’s more. When I fit a linear equation to the data, I get a slope of -5.1335 Newtons per meter and a vertical intercept of 1.088 Newtons. Both of these values mean something related to the experiment. With a tiny bit of algebra (just a tiny bit), I can modify the force equation above to look like this:In this more familiar form (remember I am plotting Fs vs. h), it’s easier to see that the slope should be ρgA and the intercept should be the weight (mg). I can check these two things. If I measure the diameter of cylinder, I can get a calculated cross-sectional area of 0.00049 m2 for an expected slope of 4.81 N/m. That’s pretty close. For the intercept, I get an expected value of 1.079 N. Again close.See. Graphs are our friends. It is a great way to show a linear relationship between two things. I try to tell my students this all the time, but they don’t believe me.More Great WIRED StoriesThe key to a long life has little to do with “good genes”Bitcoin will burn the planet down. The question: how fast?Apple will keep throttling iPhones. Here’s how to stop itIs today’s true crime fascination really about true crime?An aging marathoner tries to run fast after 40Looking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories What’s so great about getting in a swimming pool? The answer is that it can make you feel like a superhero. Even in the shallow end, you can easily lift another person—even someone larger than you. You become the hero of the pool area (until you get out of the water). Even just floating in the pool, you feel like you are defying gravity.OK, maybe this is just how I act in the water. Maybe you just swim laps or splash in the water. That’s fine too, I guess (but try the superhero thing some time).The reason you are so strong in the water is because of the buoyancy force. This is a force that every object in water or even in the air has pushing up on it. OK, you rarely notice this buoyancy force in the air, but it’s there (just small) To help you see it, here’s a quick experiment to show how the buoyancy force works in water.Let’s say you have a glass of still water sitting on a table. It’s important that the water is still. Now imagine a small section of water inside that water. Maybe it’s a cube of water that is 1 cm on a side. Here’s a diagram that might help. Rhett AllainI put a dotted line around the special water-in-the-water so you can see it. I mean, it’s still just water (even though it’s special). But what happens to this special water in the rest of the water? This is not a trick question. The answer is that that water just sits there. It’s in water, it doesn’t move. You could say it floats in water. Really, it has to float. Otherwise it would accelerate down and then the water wouldn’t be still. But this is still water.If the water is just sitting there with zero acceleration, the total force on it must be zero—that’s the nature of forces. This total force is a sum of two forces. The first force has to be the gravitational force pulling down. There is a gravitational force because the special water has mass. Objects with mass have a gravitational interaction with the Earth. The magnitude of this gravitational force is equal to the mass (in kilograms) multiplied by the local gravitational field (g = 9.8 N/kg).Now suppose I replace this cube of water with some other object—let’s use a metal block of the exact same dimensions. Like this:Rhett AllainSince the metal has the exact same shape and size as the water cube, the rest of the water in the cup should interact with the metal block in exactly the same way. The net buoyancy force on this block would be equal to the net buoyancy force on which the special water floated. That means that if I calculate the gravitational force on the water that the block displaces, that would be equal to the buoyancy force. I can write this as the following expression:
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Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Summary Federal Reserve Housing Market Jobs U.S. Economy 2015-11-06 Seth Welborn October Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations & May Nudge Fed to Raise Rates October’s healthy job gains of 271,000 reported in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) October 2015 Employment Summary released Friday make a December liftoff by the Fed an extremely likely possibility.The number of jobs added in October beat analysts’ expectations of 180,000 by about 50 percent. With revisions to the weak job gains in August and September, employment growth in those two months was 12,000 more than originally reported, and the average three-month job gain for August through October is 187,000.The unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons were virtually unchanged from September to October at 5.0 percent and 7.9 million, respectively, but are down by 0.7 percentage points and 1.1 million.The report follows the announcement earlier this week by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen before Congress that a short-term rate hike is likely in December if the October and November jobs reports were strong.“As disappointing as last month’s jobs report was, this one more than makes up for it,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist of the National Associations of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). “Job gains surged past analysts’ expectations, while the unemployment rate dropped even as 300,000 workers joined the labor force. Meanwhile, year-over-year wage growth hit its highest mark since mid-2009. Barring catastrophe, everything looks set for the Fed to raise rates in December.”The better-than-expected October jobs report could drive a demand for household formation in the next year as well as an increase in mortgage rates to higher than 4 percent, according to one economist.“We should see continuing strong demand for housing in the months ahead if today’s strong jobs report reflects a true return back to a strong growth trend we’ve seen over the last few years,” Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “The healthy strong employment results for the past two years created an uptick in household formation, which has driven increased demand for home purchases and rentals. Today’s job report will influence the long-term bond market, so mortgage rates will increase in response. The average 30-year conforming rate was 3.99 percent yesterday, having increased 9 basis points in one week due to the consensus view of a strong, but not this strong, employment report. The 30-year conforming rate will likely top 4 percent as a result of this news.””Barring catastrophe, everything looks set for the Fed to raise rates in December.”Curt Long, NAFCU Chief EconomistOne notable aspect of October’s employment summary is that the U-6 unemployment rate, which is defined as the total number of unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, fell below double digits in October at 9.8 percent. It has not been under 10 percent since May 2008. It was 11.1 percent in October 2014, which calculates to a year-over-year decline of 1.3 percentage points, according to the BLS.Average hourly wage gains jumped by nine cents in October up to $25.20 and have increased by 2.5 percent year-over-year.“The headline unemployment rate edged down for the right reasons, and more importantly, the broader U-6 unemployment rate also ticked down to a nine-handle, the lowest since May 2008,” Fannie Mae SVP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan said. “Another piece of good news is the outsized jump in average hourly earnings, sending the annual gain to the best showing since July 2009. Recent comments from the Fed chair appear to prime the market for a December rate hike, and today’s report serves to fuel market expectations that a hike this year is very likely. We see the jobs report as a positive for housing for several reasons, including the reported biggest gain in construction payrolls since February 2015 and rosier wage prospects. Our expectation of a gradual pace of Fed moves in the coming months does not suggest a dramatic change in mortgage rates in 2016, and the housing market should continue to improve with a stronger overall economy.”To view the complete October 2015 Employment Summary, click here. November 6, 2015 513 Views Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News
Director Jason Reitman attends a press conference to promote the movie “The Front Runner” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Collectively, Montreal-raised filmmaker Reitman, American journalist Matt Bai and one-time political operative Jay Carson half-jokingly refer to themselves the “three-headed monster of popular culture.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill The ‘three-headed monster’ behind Jason Reitman’s political biopic by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 8:45 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Collectively, Montreal-raised filmmaker Jason Reitman, American journalist Matt Bai and one-time political operative Jay Carson half-jokingly refer to themselves the “three-headed monster of popular culture.”But in an age when the lines between entertainment, journalism and politics have been blurred, perhaps there’s no more appropriate trio to bring the story where “The Front Runner” team says it all began to the big screen.“The Front Runner” serves as a cinematic tick-tock of the doomed 1988 U.S. presidential bid of former Colorado senator Gary Hart, who in a matter of weeks went from being the leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination, to becoming one of the first political casualties of the modern American sex scandal, according to the film’s reading of history, and the personal became political in a way that would alter American democracy.It was in that moment that a fuse was lit that burns straight to today, Carson said, and one could argue “exploded” a few years ago — and while he does not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name, it’s not hard to infer what the source of the purported explosion might be.“I’m like anyone else alive today, I think. I look around and I wonder, ‘How the hell did we get here?’” director Reitman said in an interview with his co-screenwriters at the Toronto International Film Festival. “There was this thread that I wanted to pull on. It was a story that spoke to so many of the questions we seem to have right now about … what kind of flaws are we willing to put up with in a leader, and where does the line between public and private start and end?”In the movie, Hart, played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, is an axe-throwing policy wonk whose steely demeanour only falters in the presence of comely young women. When his infidelity is clumsily uncovered by a group of reporters, Hart reacts to the scandal with righteous indignation how the violation of his private life fits into a broader deterioration of the public discourse.The film also shows the internal deliberations of newsroom veterans mourning the days when reporters had no place inside the bedrooms of politicians, while sensation-seeking upstarts drive media outlets into a journalistic arms race to hunt down lurid headlines.For Bai, who wrote the 2014 book on which “The Front Runner” based, conducting a journalistic autopsy of what the media missed in covering the Hart affair — including his own profile on the then-retired senator in the early 2000s — forced him to confront uncomfortable truths about what information high-minded reporters would deem to be in the public interest versus the stories the public is interested in. “That was the moment, when for a lot of factors that made it inevitable, politics and entertainment in the U.S. collided. From that moment on, politicians became more like celebrities, and less like public servants,” said Bai, a national political columnist for Yahoo! News.“I think that collision manifests itself, in different ways, throughout all the decades that followed it, and of course, became self-evident to everybody in this moment, and I think that’s part of the searing relevance of this story.”Carson, who was press secretary for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign, is all too familiar with pressure on candidates to be both versed in the issues and charmed with the gift of charisma. In former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, he said, the electorate chose candidates with a proven record of governance and a prowess for public oration, but Carson fears the scales have now tipped too far in one direction with a former reality TV star occupying the Oval Office.“Look what we have today — pure entertainer, absolutely no idea how to do the job — the entertainer part becomes the most important part of the job in a way that it hadn’t before,” said Carson. This has given rise to a “broken system,” said Reitman, that punishes candidates who possess the many of the qualities one would traditionally associate with strong leadership — integrity, accountability, a mastery of the bureaucratic business of government — and instead rewards “shamelessness.”“In the current system, if you’re someone who experiences shame, you drop out of the race,” said Reitman. “If you’re someone who does not experience shame, not only do you stay in, but you succeed, you soar.”“The Front Runner” raises questions about whether a candidate’s sexual proclivities should factor into their viability for office, he said. But as a member of Hollywood, Reitman acknowledges that we’re in the midst of a “conflicted moment” in reckoning with the relationship between sex and abuses of power.“Sex, it’s white hot. It’s a subject that once it comes up, it’s very hard to talk about anything else,” said Reitman.“That makes it a very conflicted moment because there’s a very important conversation about sexuality that’s happening in 2018 … and at the same time, we have to remember that when we talk about sex, we’re not talking about other things.”Sitting around a coffee table in a swanky downtown Toronto hotel, it would be easy to caricature Reitman, Carson and Bai as members of the so-called elites that populist politicians like Trump often accuse of working to indoctrinate the masses with their liberal agenda.But it’s just that sort of divisive rhetoric that Reitman said “The Front Runner” is trying to interrogate and, away from the social media silos and screaming matches that dominate today’s politics, will hopefully inspire the same self-reflection among audience members that it has in the “three-headed monster” behind the film’s making.“We’re not coming with answers, we’re coming with questions, and it’s going to bounce differently off of every audience member,” said Reitman. “To have this story from 30 years ago, this prism through which we can actually have a conversation, and really challenge some of our thoughts … (instinctively), it felt right.”“The Front Runner” hits theatres in Toronto and Vancouver on Nov. 16, before opening in additional Canadian cities on Nov. 21.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
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