Construction job gains were more widespread across the country and job losses were generally less severe in July than in June, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Twenty-six states added construction jobs in July, compared to 19 in June, while six states added construction jobs over the past year and most others are losing far fewer jobs than previously, association officials noted.“Encouraging as it is to see some modest signs of progress, it is increasingly unlikely we’ll keep seeing these kinds of gains over the next few months,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “There is little to indicate that construction will be adding workers to a significant extent any time soon.”Simonson noted that the largest year-over-year increase was in Kansas, where construction employment rose 6.9 percent (4,000 jobs), followed by New Hampshire (5.0 percent, 1,100 jobs); Oklahoma (1,900 jobs, 2.8 percent); West Virginia (2.4 percent, 800 jobs); Alaska (1.9 percent, 300 jobs); and Arkansas (1.5 percent, 800 jobs).The largest percentage job decrease compared to July 2009 was in Nevada, 22.4 percent (-17,300 jobs), followed by Illinois (14.8 percent; 32,000 jobs, including many idled by a strike in early July that has since ended); Idaho (13.9 percent, 4,600 jobs); and Colorado (13.7 percent, 17,400 jobs). California lost the largest number of jobs (54,400 or 9.1 percent).Vermont and Wyoming rebounded from the largest one-month percentage losses in June to the highestmonthly percent increase in construction employment in July. Vermont recouped all 600 jobs it had shed (5.5 percent) and Wyoming added 1,100 jobs (5.4 percent), followed by Oregon (5.3 percent, 3,500 jobs); New Mexico (4.0 percent, 1,700 jobs); and Louisiana (2.8 percent, 3,500 jobs).New York added the largest number of jobs in July, seasonally adjusted (1.4 percent, 4,400 jobs), closely followed by Texas (0.8 percent, 4,300 jobs). Illinois lost the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month (7.5 percent, 14,900 jobs, mostly strike-related); followed by Hawaii (6.6 percent, 2,000 jobs) and Montana (5.4 percent, 1,200 jobs).Simonson cautioned that the improved employment picture may be attributable to a bulge in federal stimulus-funded projects that could soon fade. “There are few signs of life in privately funded construction, and state and local budget deficit projections are forcing further cuts in non-stimulus public projects,” he said.Association officials urged Congress to act on long-stalled infrastructure bills that would build on momentum from the stimulus. “Continued neglect of our aging infrastructure will damage our economic competitiveness and plunge the construction industry into another cycle of layoffs and hardship,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.View construction employment figures by rank or by state.
Myhill savesThe other significant alteration saw Boaz Myhill coming in for goalkeeper Ben Foster, who also had an ankle problem, and the 33-year-old Welshman was called into immediate action.In the opening minutes, he was at a full-stretch dive to turn a Christian Eriksen free-kick around for a corner. Moments later, he did exceptionally well to palm a Harry Kane effort on to the post. And not long afterwards Myhill could only watch as an effort from Eriksen clipped the top of the crossbar.The breakthrough the home crowd desperately required eventually came with 12 minutes left in the first half.Eriksen whipped in a superb free-kick which caused panic in the Albion defence and the falling Dawson, who had been tussling with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net and through the legs of the unfortunate Myhill.Spurs should really have doubled their lead when a signature sweeping move in the 57th minute saw Ali releasing Eriksen into space.The Dane then fed Erik Lamela, whose effort bounced off the post, the third time Tottenham had hit the woodwork.Yet Tottenham, who had appeals for a second-half penalty rejected when Jonny Evans appeared to handle an Eriksen delivery, ended up ruing all their missed chances.They had plenty of warnings, with lone Albion striker Salomon Rondon heading wide and also forcing a one-handed save from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Then, from a Craig Gardner corner, right-back Dawson beat Lloris in the air to head home.Spurs midfielder Eric Dier was injured in the process and could be another absentee from the run-in.By the time Tottenham visit Chelsea on Monday, the Premier League race could be over.The only consolation for Spurs is that they are currently five points in front of Arsenal and in line to finish above their north London rivals for the first time since the 1994/95 season. Monday resultSpurs 1 West Brom 1LEICESTER’s final EPL games:May 1 – vs Man UnitedMay 7 – vs EvertonMay 15 – vs Chelsea.Tottenham Hotspur’s prospects of catching Leicester City in a thrilling Premier League title race suffered a major blow as they dropped two points in a frustrating 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Monday.Albion defender Craig Dawson made amends for his 33rd-minute own-goal by heading home an equaliser 17 minutes from time that has huge ramifications for the destiny of this season’s English title.Leicester are seven points clear of Spurs with three matches remaining and if they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will become English football champions for the first time, regardless of anything else Tottenham do this season.To make matters worse for Spurs, they could be missing one of their key players in the closing stages of the season after video footage emerged on Twitter which showed Dele Alli appearing to punch Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach during the first half.The incident was missed by the referee Mike Jones and England’s governing Football Association are now likely to review the incident.If Alli, the newly-crowned Professional Footballers Association’ Young Player of the Year is punished retrospectively, he could be banned from the remainder of north London club Tottenham’s campaign.On Sunday, Leicester consolidated their position at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 home thumping of Swansea.That result meant there was no margin of error for Tottenham.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino fielded the same side that overwhelmed Stoke City 4-0 a week earlier, while Albion were forced into making changes.Saido Berahino, whom Tottenham tried but failed to sign in pre-season, was removed from the starting line-up having aggravated an ankle injury against Arsenal last Thursday. London, United Kingdom | AFP Share on: WhatsApp
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Sabatos is famous for its larger-than-life bull on the rooftop, which has had its fair share of run-ins over the years. Twenty-five years ago, the bull was taken off the roof and was found straddling the Middletown North sign as a prank. The Sabatos’ bull is now bolted down and surrounded by barbed wire.These days Doris sits on the front porch of the house her late husband built, and revels in the excitement of drivers passing by, who wave and honk at the sight of Buffy’s return.On a recent day Keansburg resident John Gilsey happened to be passing by, and couldn’t help but to pull in to the driveway.“This is the first time I’ve seen him up (since it fell),” said Gilsey, who passes Buffy each day on his trip to the Middletown library.Doris is surprised, yet grateful, for the outpouring of support by the community surrounding this hardship with a happy ending.“I want to thank each and every person who came here to show their concern, of course,” she said. By Jay CookMIDDLETOWN – Albert “Herk” Adams was driving down Cherry Tree Farm Road in mid-July when, just before reaching the Belford Junction, his eye noted something amiss.In the middle of a curved gravel driveway in front of a ranch home, the iconic life-sized red-and-brown buffalo known in town as “Buffy the Buffalo,” which had proudly stood guard on a front lawn for a decade, was laying on its side, forlorn, its horn and back leg snapped off.Adams, who works with front-ends on heavy-duty work trucks everyday at his Belford company, Certified Truck Repair and Bedliners, recognized Buffy was made of fiberglass. He knows how to fix fiberglass. He felt it was his duty to act.Within days, he was at the doorstep at 49 Cherry Tree Farm Road, introducing himself to the heartbroken homeowner. “I want to fix your buffalo, because it’s the right thing to do,” he told Buffy’s owner, an 88-year old woman named Doris, a modest lady who’d rather not see her last name in the paper.Doris consented, and Buffy’s parts were rounded up and driven to Adams’ Center Avenue shop for repair, where they were affixed with a strong glue. Buffy was also given a makeover, painted back to his original color scheme of rust and brown; much less flamboyant than the fire-engine red mane he had for the past four years. He was herded to his place of honor on Aug. 21.Buffy’s “doctor,” Albert Adams, stands inside a painting bay at his shop located on Center Avenue in Belford, where Buffy was corralled for his three-day repair. Photo by Jay CookAs documented on the “Buffalo of Middletown” Facebook page, Buffy’s trip home included a stopover with another Middletown landmark, Calico the Clown, the sinister-looking character watching over Route 35 traffic from the Spirits Unlimited parking lot on Route 35.Doris was pleased. “The gentleman who reconstructed Buffy did excellent work and I’m very grateful for that.”The police were never able to corral the culprit, or culprits, who cut Buffy down on the night before the Fourth of July holiday, when Doris awoke to find him in pieces.“I always look out at him first thing, stand at the sink and turn off the outside lights here,” she said as she pointed to the window at the front of her house. “I came out, and he was laying there, his leg was laying there. And it was horrible.” Adams was pleased to right a wrong. “When you’re no longer 12 years old, and on the other side of the spectrum, it’s all about the little simple things,” he said.For Doris, the buffalo is also wrapped in sentimental memory. Back in 2006, her husband wanted to give his wife a gift, to replace the void left by a blue spruce that was uprooted in a windstorm. “The buffalo was a present from him for our anniversary that year, and he died three days before our anniversary, so he never got to see the buffalo,” said Doris, looking onto a photo of her husband, nailed to the front door.The Sabatos Bull, which is surrounded by barbed wire above the meat market in the Belford Junction, has seen its fair share of Middletown mischief. Photo by Jay CookFor Andy Sabatos, the owner of the Sabatos Prime Meats in nearby Campbell’s Junction, the damage to his neighbor’s lawn ornament was reprehensible. “This wasn’t a prank, it was malicious,” he said.