Sri Lanka said Thursday it planned to set up sanctuaries for stray dogs in a bid to remove them from the streets and tackle a growing rabies problem.The mainly Buddhist nation has banned the killing of stray dogs since 2005 but is spending over five million dollars annually to treat dog bite victims, the health ministry said."We want to keep stray dogs in sanctuaries so that public areas can be safer for people," a ministry official told AFP, adding that the first open-air shelter will be in the north-central Buddhist pilgrim town of Anuradhapura.
As I continue to ponder reported rising retail sales, I note that Bloomberg reports New Jersey Jobless Rate Increases to 35-Year High of 9.8%New Jersey’s unemployment rate jumped to a 35-year high of 9.8 percent in July, the state Labor Department said.
Firefighters have rescued some people from a blaze burning in a high rise in Los Angeles. The flames took off in a commercial building on the corner of Olympic and Union in the city's Westlake District around 7:45 Tuesday night. LA City Fire officials say the flames were located in the southwest corner of the building's 5th floor. The LAFD says one person was evaluated on scene for a non-life threatening injury.
Guest blog post by the International Trade Administration's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services Kenneth E. Hyatt.If you haven’t heard the news, the U.S. travel and tourism
industry is on pace for a record-setting year of creating American jobs and
growing the economy.
In fact, a new report
released today by the Outdoor Industry Association shows the impressive impact
of America’s outdoor recreation on the economy.
The study found that the outdoor industry has created 6.1
million jobs nationally and puts $646 billion into the U.S. economy each year.
The study also shows that each year, three out of four Americans
participate in active outdoor recreation — activities like fishing, hunting,
hiking, running, swimming and camping all contribute to refueling the economy.
new study comes on the heels of new Commerce Department data released last
week, which showed that international travelers are spending more while
visiting the United States – and that the receipts for U.S. businesses are
reaching record highs. International visitors spent an estimated $14 billion on
travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in April
2012 — $1.5 billion more (or a 12 percent increase) than was spent in April
2011. International visitors have spent an estimated $54.6 billion in
2012 so far, which is an increase of 13 percent when compared to the same four
month period last year.