United Nations Day 2014

In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

“UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For more: http://www.un.org/

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October 23, 2014 Presidential Proclamation — United Nations Day, 2014

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7/8/14 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that The United Nations now recognizes the gay marriages of all its staffers

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  1. WH

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks to the “The Duluth Model” Anti-Domestic Violence Program
    Duluth, Minnesota

    12:45 PM
    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    President Obama meets with members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
    Roosevelt Room

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends an event for Senator Mark Udall
    Exdo Center, Denver, Colorado

    3:15 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a rally with Representative Rick Nolan
    Hibbing Community College, Hibbing, Minnesota

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends an event for Governor John Hickenlooper and Democratic Candidate for Senate Mark Udall
    Lory Student Center Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

    4:45 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    Washington, DC.

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    President Obama speaks by telephone with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and, separately, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the diagnosis of an Ebola case in New York City
    White House

  2. United Nations Day 2014

    In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

    “UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more. More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    For more: http://www.un.org

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      UN recognizes gay marriages for staffers

      7/8/14 Associated Press

      The United Nations is recognizing the gay marriages of all its staffers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday.

      Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

      “This is a step forward that many of the staffers at the United Nations had been seeking for some time,” Haq said.

      The new policy became effective June 26, and will impact the U.N.’s approximately 43,000 employees worldwide. Employees of separate U.N. agencies, such as the children’s agency UNICEF and the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, are not affected by the change in policy, Haq said.

      According to the Pew Research Center, gay marriage is legal in 18 countries, plus parts of the United States and Mexico. But prejudice remains deep in many countries. An extreme case is Uganda, which in February passed a law making gay sex punishable by a life sentence.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/un-recognizes-gay-marriages-staffers-194318714.html

  3. Jobless CLaims in U.S. at 14-Year Low Over Past Month

    Oct 23, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in 14 years as an improving economy prompted employers to hold on to staff.

    The four-week average of jobless claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, dropped to 281,000, the lowest since May 2000, from 284,000 the week before, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The reading for the week ended Oct. 18 climbed by 17,000 to 283,000, in line with the median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

    Sustained demand for goods and services is encouraging companies to retain workers, even as economic growth slows abroad. As a result, firings have hovered near historically low levels while gains in payrolls also bolster total income, giving households the confidence and the means to spend.

    “The labor market seems to be expanding pretty steadily and healthily,” David Sloan, senior economist at 4Cast. Inc. in New York, said before the report. The downtrend in claims “suggests things are gaining momentum into October.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/fewest-americans-in-14-years-filed-jobless-claims-in-past-month.html

  4. U.S. Home Prices Rose 0.5% in August, FHFA Says

    Oct 23, 2014 6:11 AM PT By Prashant Gopal – bloomberg

    U.S. home prices rose more than economists estimated in August as employment growth fueled demand for housing.

    Prices climbed 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from July, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said today in a report from Washington. The average economist estimate was for a 0.3 percent increase, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Values have been rising as an improving economy drives demand for properties. Sales (ETSLTOTL) of previously owned homes increased 2.4 percent in September to the highest level in a year, the National Association of Realtors said earlier this week. The jobless rate dropped to a six-year low of 5.9 percent last month, according to the Labor Department.

    Improving demand and tight supplies are a “reason to think that the recent moderation in house-price growth will soon come to an end,” Paul Diggle, property economist for Capital Economics Ltd. in London, wrote in a note to clients on Oct. 21. “Although, a return to the double-digit gains of last year is not in the cards.”

    The FHFA’s report showed prices rose 4.8 percent in August from a year earlier. The U.S. index is 5.8 percent below its April 2007 peak and about the same as the August 2005 level.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/u-s-home-prices-rose-0-5-in-august-fhfa-says.html

  5. Consumer Comfort Rises on Increased Optimism About U.S. Economy

    Oct 23, 2014 6:45 AM PT By Danielle Trubow – bloomberg

    Consumer sentiment improved last week as Americans were more optimistic about the economy than at any time in almost seven years.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index climbed to 37.7 in the period ended Oct. 19, matching the second-highest level since August 2013, from 36.2. A gauge of attitudes about the world’s largest economy was the strongest since January 2008.

    Better job prospects and the cheapest gasoline prices since early 2011 are combining to undergird households’ spirits at the same time the stock market shows signs of stabilizing. Bigger wage gains would help propel sentiment further and lay the groundwork for more spending after sales cooled last month.

    Fewer jobless claims and lower fuel costs are “brightening consumer views,” Gary Langer, president of Langer Research Associates LLC in New York, which produces the data for Bloomberg, said in a statement. Still, “the recovery has lacked sustained momentum, held back by the stagnant wages and continued weakness in retail sales.’

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/consumer-comfort-rises-on-increased-optimism-about-u-s-economy.html

  6. Leading Economic Indicators Index in U.S. Rose 0.8% in September

    By Shobhana Chandra Oct 23, 2014 7:01 AM PT – Comments

    The Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months climbed 0.8 percent after an unchanged reading the prior month, the New York-based group said today.

    The median forecast of 45 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a rise of 0.7 percent. Estimates ranged from gains of 0.2 percent to 0.9 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/leading-economic-indicators-index-in-u-s-rose-0-8-in-september.html

  7. 1:45 PM ET
    President Obama meets with members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
    Roosevelt Room

  8. October 24, 2014

    Remarks by the First Lady at a Grassroots Campaign Event with Democratic Candidate for Senate Mark Udall — Denver, Colorado

    Exdo Center
    Denver, Colorado

    1:13 P.M. MDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hey! (Applause.) How are you guys doing? Are we ready to get this done? (Applause.) Good. I’m really thrilled to be here today. Can you all hear me?

    AUDIENCE: Yes!

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, I can’t tell. You can hear me? (Applause.) I’m very excited to be here today to support your outstanding Senator, Mark Udall. (Applause.)

    Now, as I’m sure you all know by now, Mark is the real deal. In fact, I think it says a lot about Mark that years ago, he served as Executive Director of Colorado Outward Bound, and he’s spent his life scaling some of highest, hardest mountains here in this state and around the world. And that tells you that he knows what it means to run a business, which is why he’s fought so hard to support clean energy, aerospace, and high-tech businesses here in this state so they can create good jobs here.

    Mark’s background also tells you that he’s practical and tenacious, which is why he’s never gotten caught up in the bickering and partisanship back in Washington. Instead, time and again, Mark has reached out across the aisles to get things done for this state. And Mark is focused on real solutions — that’s why I’m here — whether it’s getting the best services for our veterans, or working to balance our budget, or ensuring that folks here in Colorado had the relief they needed after those devastating floods and the wildfires.

    And as a fifth generation Coloradan, Mark understands what makes this state special. He understands the values of independence and fairness — all the things that folks here believe in. And that’s why Mark has fought so hard to make sure women get equal pay for their work. (Applause.) It’s why he will always stand up for women’s right to make our own decisions about our bodies and about our health care. (Applause.)

    So make no mistake about it, if you all want a Senator who truly shares your values and will keep on standing up for you and your families every day out there in Washington, then you need to do everything in your power to reelect Mark Udall as your Senator. We’ve got to get this done, and I know that we can. (Applause.)

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/24/remarks-first-lady-grassroots-campaign-event-democratic-candidate-senate

  9. 3:15 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a rally with Representative Rick Nolan
    Hibbing Community College, Hibbing, Minnesota

  10. October 24, 2014

    Remarks by the First Lady at a Grassroots Campaign Event with Democratic Candidate for Governor John Hickenlooper and Democratic Candidate for Senate Mark Udall — Fort Collins, Colorado

    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, Colorado

    :21 P.M. MDT

    MRS. OBAMA: This is a crowd! Oh, my goodness! Yes! (Applause.) Look at you guys. You all are fired up, I love it. Oh, my goodness. You guys sound so good. This sounds like a lot of work is going to be happening, right? (Applause.) Thank you guys so much.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: I see you, First Lady!

    MRS. OBAMA: I see you! I see you — see you! (Applause.) Now I want to see you vote. (Applause.) Well, if you haven’t noticed, I’m thrilled to be here at CSU with all of you guys. And I’m thrilled to be here to support your Senator and Governor, our friends Mark Udall and John Hickenlooper. Let’s give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

    Now, I just want to start with Mark, because I think it says a lot about Mark that, as you heard, years ago, he served as the Executive Director of Colorado Outward Bound. And he’s spent his life scaling some of biggest, baddest mountains here in this state and around the world. That’s pretty cool.

    That tells you that he knows what it means to run a business, which is why he has fought to support clean energy, aerospace, and high-tech businesses here in this state so that they can keep creating good jobs. Mark’s background also tells us that he is practical and tenacious, which is why Mark has reached out across party lines out in Washington. And he’s focused on real solutions, like getting the best services for our veterans, working to balance our budget, ensuring that folks in this state had the relief they needed after those devastating floods and wildfires. (Applause.)

    So this is a man after my own heart. And he’s a good family man, too, a decent man, man with good values.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/24/remarks-first-lady-grassroots-campaign-event-democratic-candidate-govern

  11. October 24, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Calls with New York Officials

    The President spoke by telephone Thursday night with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and, separately, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding the diagnosis of an Ebola case in New York City. The President noted the extensive preparations that New York City and, in particular, Bellevue Hospital Center, where the patient is being treated, have undertaken to prepare for this contingency. They discussed the deployment of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of whom were already on the ground in New York City, and the President noted that an additional CDC response team would be in New York City by late Thursday night. The President offered the Governor and Mayor any additional federal support necessary to provide the highest standard of patient care, maintain the strictest safety protocols for healthcare workers, and to identify and, as necessary, monitor any contacts of the patient potentially at risk of exposure. The President expressed that his thoughts and prayers are with the patient and concluded the call by asking the Governor and Mayor to remain in close contact with his team, including Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, and CDC Director Tom Frieden.

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