Disney to lay off 28,000 theme park workers

Noble Horvath

The Walt Disney Co. said it will lay off 28,000 furloughed workers in the company’s California and Florida theme parks as it moves to recover from a sharp financial blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Disney World and Anaheim’s Disneyland closed in March as COVID-19 cases soared nationwide and state officials in California and Florida ordered businesses to temporarily shutter. Disney lost an estimated $500 million for every two weeks the attractions were shuttered, Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy said in May. Disney World reopened to limited capacity in July, but Disneyland remains closed under California state orders.

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro said a closed Disneyland is partly to blame for impending layoffs. In a statement, D’Amaro said that roughly two-thirds of the workers who will lose their jobs work part-time.

“Over the past several months, we’ve been forced to make a number of necessary adjustments to our business,”

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Top Retail News: Holiday Spending Looks Flat

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In today’s top retail news, holiday spending is expected to be flat this year, Bed Bath & Beyond rolls out same-day delivery and Target goes up against Amazon Prime Day with “Deal Days.” Also, J2 Global has agreed to buy RetailMeNot.

Q4 Outlook: Consumer Mindset Is The Wild Card

It’s fairly well accepted that holiday spending levels will be flat compared to 2019 — which, in the middle of a pandemic, is nothing short of miraculous. And the digital-first economy will drive the difference between success and failure for many retailers. But these are the easy points. What’s not so easy is to predict the nuances — and that’s where the next two weeks will fill in the blanks when it comes to planning for Q4 2020. The first nuance concerns exactly how much consumers will spend. Most predictions, as stated, show a

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Lesser-known Davis left frustrated by R.I. rental assistance red tape

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a group of people standing next to a building: Breanna Davis with her partner, Greg Pettinato, and daughter Bella Pettinato, in West Warwick. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

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Breanna Davis with her partner, Greg Pettinato, and daughter Bella Pettinato, in West Warwick. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

WEST WARWICK — Breanna Davis began calling the governor’s office months before the coronavirus pandemic began about her problems finding an apartment.

Eight months later, Davis says she has placed 116 calls to the governor’s office.

a person in a car: Breanna Davis, niece of Viola Davis, says she has been unable to secure assistance from the state and credits the federal government for sparing her eviction. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

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Breanna Davis, niece of Viola Davis, says she has been unable to secure assistance from the state and credits the federal government for sparing her eviction. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

“There was already a housing issue in Rhode Island before the virus,” Davis says.

The pandemic has only exacerbated Davis’s difficulties — and her frustration. She has tried without success, she says, to get assistance through state-coordinated programs to help Rhode Islanders facing eviction during the health crisis.

a group of people posing for the camera: Breanna Davis with her partner, Greg Pettinato, and daughter Bella Pettinato, in West Warwick. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

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The Ultimate Destination for The Latest Trends in Fashion Is Right Here

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House of CB Official has taken the fashion world by storm as it has become the one-stop solution for the fashion community to find luxury fashion pieces online.

New Rochelle, NY – September 28, 2020 – Fashion is immensely dynamic and continuously changes. Every changing season has a new theme that those in the fashion business must be aware of. With the changing dynamics of the fashion industry, it’s difficult to gauge what the next big trend will be. The new era has a different way of defining what’s in fashion. It’s not just about the runways anymore – the power is now on social media along with fashion influencers who play a major role in dictating the industry trends.

In such times, it can really be difficult for everybody to keep a tab on what’s in vogue and what isn’t. Most fashion websites tends to stock up on past

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US firms added 749,000 jobs in September, ADP report shows

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(Bloomberg) — US companies added 749,000 jobs in September, a private report showed, indicating the labor market’s gradual rebound is continuing as demand rises from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses’ payrolls increased after an upwardly revised 481,000 rise in August, according to ADP Research Institute data released Wednesday. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 649,000 gain in September.

While the gain could be viewed as good news for a labor market as businesses continue to hire in industries where demand is growing, ADP’s measure of private employment is still more than 10 million below its pre-pandemic level. The persistent spread of the coronavirus remains a challenge, while a stalemate over federal aid for businesses and the unemployed is limiting momentum in the economy.

Sustaining the economic rebound depends on the extent to which the government controls the spread of the coronavirus and

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STA Travel Shuts Down – Heavily In Debt With Over 600 Creditors

Noble Horvath

Singapore’s travel and tourism industry is battered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has seen yet another loss.

STA Travel, a company focused on providing package holidays for students and young people, has been reported to be closing down for good.

An announcement on the STA Travel website states that they are unable to assist anyone, and those who had previous or live bookings will “receive further communication in the coming days.”

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An announcement on the STA Travel website / Image Credit: STA Travel

On Facebook, the tour agency is listed as “permanently closed”, with its last post on the page dated August 19 this year.

STA Travel stopped operating after its parent company in Switzerland filed for insolvency last month.

This year, the company was reported to have had almost “2,200 people working in over 200 stores around the globe“.

It is unclear how many Singaporean staff will be

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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten’s Favorite Places to Wine and Dine in Paris

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Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten made a name for herself in the food world thanks to her Hamptons-inspired recipes and “easy entertaining” style. But, Garten also loves to travel and enjoy food from different countries and cultures. One of her favorite places abroad is Paris. Not only does Garten have an apartment in the City of Lights, she also has favorite places to wine and dine.

Food Network’s ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten | Mike Smith/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Ina Garten’s dream was to have an apartment in Paris

Barefoot Contessa fans know that Garten’s Instagram feed is dominated with posts about food and entertaining. However, she sometimes shares pics of her family – especially her husband, Jeffrey.

When Ina and Jeffrey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018, she posted some throwback pics of the couple. She also shared the story of how Jeffrey made

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Already Weak, Air Travel Demand Is Fading. And Business Travel Demand Will Be Soft Whenever It Returns

Noble Horvath

The global decline in air travel will be worse than previously forecast and a new report on corporations’ plans for travel through 2021 shows that the recovery of business travel demand will continue to be sluggish even after one or more Covid-19 vaccines become available, hopefully, in the first half of 2021.

The International Air Transport Association, the airline industry’s global trade group, said Tuesday that global passenger traffic this year will be down a whopping 66% from 2019. Previously IATA had forecast a decline of 63%.

While the revised view is only 3 percentage points worse than IATA’s previous forecast, the enormous numbers of passenger miles

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FMC Fast Chat: LIVE Virtual Event Lineup

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The Fair Media Council announces its upcoming virtual event lineup, featuring notables in news, media and business. The following events are free to attend, but preregistration to ensure a seat for the live shows is necessary.

FMC Fast Chat is a live talk show on Zoom, where the audience gets to drive the conversation by asking questions in advance (during registration) or during the show via the Q&A box. The recorded version is turned into a podcast available on the C-Suite Radio Network, as well as iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Expect real, powerful and relevant conversations with notables in news, media and business that put you in the know in just 30 minutes.

Upcoming Fast Chats:

OCT. 6, 2 p.m., EDT: America’s Growing Need for Public Service & Volunteerism with RITA COSBY, Emmy-Winning TV Host, Female Legend of the Year in Radio, Best-Selling Author & Chair, Global

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Lakefront salmon and trout lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report, but there is also early catch-and-release inland trout in Illinois beginning Saturday, and fall truly arrives this week.

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(UPDATE 1) Ken O’Malley’s lakes and Kankakee River reports added)

Lakefront salmon and trout continue to lead the sprawling raw-fie Midwest Fishing Report, but with fall truly arriving this week so does fall fishing around Chicago and early catch-and-release fall trout season opens Saturday at a few spots in Illinois.


See the Fish of the Week for some examples for shoreline salmon and trout in Illinois.

A.J. Cwiok messaged the photo at the top Wednesday night and this:

There’s still silver to be found in Waukegan.

A mixed bag of reports, both for action and types of fish, including kings, coho and browns come around the southern end of the lake.

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

Some nice Kings being caught ,mostly dusk to dawn so predominantly glow spoons & crankbaits. The few caught during the day on anything shiny. Coho & Trout on

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