David Cameron said he looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan Government and he hopes that this new year will bring communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past. (Colombo Gazette) “But it is also a time to remember that Britain’s Tamil and Sinhalese communities are huge success stories and doing great things for our nation. I see this contribution every day. I see how Tamil and Sinhalese businessmen and women are boosting the economy by creating jobs and opportunities. I see how you contribute to our public services – as teachers in our schools, doctors in our hospitals. I see what you do in building strong communities. You play an immensely positive role,” he added. British Prime Minister David Cameron says he looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan Government.In a message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, David Cameron said that this is an incredibly important time when millions of people will be coming together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their new year. The British Prime Minister said that when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena in Malta last year, he announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights, recognising the considerable progress Sri Lanka has made and helping to ensure that President Sirisena can advance the important reform work he has already begun.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 6:43 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.Weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 4,750 to 299,000.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. As fewer people seek unemployment benefits, it suggests that employers are holding onto more workers and potentially looking to bolster their hiring.Applications have been under 300,000 for 11 of the past 12 weeks, an unusually low level that suggests employers are anticipating stronger economic growth. The four week average for jobless claims has plummeted 9 per cent over the past 12 months.Such sharp declines in applications are unlikely to continue, analysts said. But at sub-300,000 levels, they point to better job gains in the Labor Department’s employment report, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.“The trend probably has now flattened off, but at an extraordinarily low level, consistent with very strong payroll numbers,” Shepherdson said.The decline in application for unemployment benefits has been matched by a surge in hiring.Employers have added an average of 228,500 jobs a month this year, putting 2014 on pace to be strongest year for hiring since 1999. That’s up from an average of 194,000 last year. The unemployment rate has fallen to a six-year low of 5.8 per cent, down from 7.2 per cent just a year ago.The November jobs report being released Friday is expected to show gains of 225,000 last month, according to the data firm FactSet.The payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private companies added 208,000 jobs in November.Even with gains this year and five years removed from the end of the recession, nearly 9 million people are out of work. Before the recession began in 2007, there were 7.6 million unemployed Americans. Less than a quarter of the people counted as jobless by the Labor Department are collecting unemployment benefits.The recent job gains have not lifted wages by much, stifling the potential for the economy to grow more quickly. Average hourly pay rose 3 cents in October to $24.57. That’s just 2 per cent above the average wage 12 months earlier and barely ahead of a 1.7 per cent inflation rate. Applications for US jobless aid drop back below 300,000; evidence of continued hiring gains FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, automotive service technology students work on a car at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)