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

Noble Horvath

(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

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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.

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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

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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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Mankato Children’s Museum reopening this week | Local News

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The Free Press

MANKATO — The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is set to reopen Thursday after closing its doors more than six months ago to avoid an outbreak of the coronavirus among patrons and museum staff.

When the museum’s doors at 224 Lamm St., unlock to admit the public at 9 a.m. Thursday, several changes will be in place, including a reduction in hours.

The museum’s new schedule is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Following state and federal guidelines, the museum will be operating at 25% capacity, which translates to 132 guests at any given time. When the limit is reached, additional guests will be asked to wait until space opens up.

Signs will be posted indicating which doors are to be used as entrances and exits. Visitors will be required to wash their hands when

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Cunard Queen Elizabeth’s 2021 Cruises Now Available For Booking – Cruise Industry News

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Cunard Line has announced a resumption of Queen Elizabeth cruises starting from March 26, 2021, according to a press release.

The first few sailings will be shorter, three- and four-nights, and depart from Southampton, featuring the British Isles.

The ship will sail three- to 14-day cruises around Europe for the season before heading to Asia and Australia.

There is also a return to Mediterranean fly-cruising from Barcelona.

Cunard president, Simon Palethorpe, said: “We are thrilled to announce such a broad new program for Queen Elizabeth, with sailings from Southampton and, later in 2021, from Barcelona.

“For her first few sailings, we are introducing new, shorter scenic voyages that will sail along some of the UK’s most magnificent coastlines, from the Isles of Scilly, off Cornwall to Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.  

“And, for the first time since 2014, Queen Elizabeth will also be sailing a series of fly-cruises in the Mediterranean, departing

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Himachal experiences driest September in at least 17 years

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THE SOUTHWEST monsoon withdrew from Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, with the state recording a deficient rainfall this season and the driest September in at least the last 17 years, weather officials said.

During the monsoon season (June 1 till September 30), Himachal recorded 567.2 mm rainfall, which is 26 per cent below the long period average (LPA (50 years)) value of 763.5 mm, said a season summary report by IMD’s meteorological centre at Shimla. Last year, the monsoon rainfall was 10 per cent below normal and in 2018, it was 12 per cent above normal, it said. The total seasonal rainfall this year was the least since 2014, when a 37 per cent deficit was recorded.

The southwest monsoon had arrived in the state on June 24 this year, a day ahead of its normal date of arrival, and withdrew five days after its

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Harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in E China village

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Children take part in a painting competition with their parents during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)


Children have fun on a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)


Children take part in a painting competition with their parents during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)


Tourists admire scenery of farm fields during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)


Tourists admire scenery of farm fields during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday

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