Unemployment in Greece spirals to 219 per cent in March as austerity

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s unemployment shot up to 21.9 per cent in March, rising sharply from the 15.7 per cent rate in the same month last year and up from 21.4 per cent in February, the country’s statistics agency said Thursday.Greece has been struggling through a financial crisis for the past two years, and has been relying on billions of euros in international rescue loans from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund since May 2010. In return, it has made deep spending cuts and imposed major tax hikes, leaving the country mired in a deep recession.The statistics agency said Thursday that unemployment was up 37.8 per cent in March compared with the same month last year. Compared with February 2012, there were 21,625 more people unemployed this March, a 2.1 per cent increase.Young people have been the most affected by the job losses, with more than half — 52.8 per cent — of those in the 15-24 age group out of work in March, compared to 42 per cent in the same month last year.Greece’s financial crisis has also triggered political turmoil. Voters furious at spending cuts that have led to reductions in pensions and salaries and ever increasing taxes punished the two main political parties, the New Democracy conservatives and socialist PASOK, in May 6 elections, turning to smaller and more radical parties on the right and left of the political spectrum.No party won an outright majority on May 6 and coalition talks collapsed after 10 days, forcing the country into new elections on June 17. New Democracy has been running head-to-head with the radical left-wing Syriza party in recent opinion polls. Syrisza has vowed to pull Greece out of its bailout commitments if elected. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 6:11 am MDT Unemployment in Greece spirals to 21.9 per cent in March as austerity takes its toll read more

Uber proposes rideshare program in YYC

Uber proposes rideshare program in YYC by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2014 7:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgarians looking to make a few extra bucks by offering a taxi service may soon be able to do so.Uber Technologies is looking for approval from Calgary City Hall for a new program called uberX.Toronto recently gave the company the thumbs up to operate its rideshare program.Spokesperson Jeff Weshler told 660News, under the program, anybody can sign up to be a taxi driverAfter clearing rigorous police background checks, they can offer rides at rates lower than local cab companies.“It’s not an average Joe; [the drivers] are undergoing very stringent checks. It means that these are safe and reliable rides that are being provided through this platform,” said Weshler.He said his company is in talks with the City of Calgary, hoping eventually they will be allowed to launch uberX here. read more