Chickens on a plane: Yom Kippur ritual performed by air for Jews in locked-down Melbourne – Jewish Lifestyle

A Melbourne, Australia, pilot took to the skies with three chickens Sunday to carry out a pre-Yom Kippur ritual that was otherwise off limits for that city’s locked-down Jews.

Kapparot, practiced by some Orthodox Jews, involves swinging a live chicken over one’s head three times and reciting a prayer to transfer sins to the bird. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor.

This year, with large gatherings

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‘Go To Travel’ discount cuts stir confusion in Japan as booking sites use up budgeted funds

a group of people walking on a city street: Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government's "Go To Travel" campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

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Hanamikoji Street in the Gion district of Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, western Japan, is seen bustling with visitors on Oct. 3, 2020, during the first weekend after the government’s “Go To Travel” campaign subsidies were made applicable to Tokyo. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

TOKYO — Concerns that the Japanese government’s “Go To Travel” subsidy campaign that aims to spur domestic tourism could cause public confusion arose after major hotel booking

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Surface Laptop Go review: Microsoft delivers a decent budget PC

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s second try at an affordable Surface, and it hits the mark better than the original Surface Go tablet did. It still offers compromises, with strategic cuts to keep the price competitive with a Chromebook. Still, they’re mostly smart decisions—even a sub-1080p display and Windows 10 in S Mode didn’t turn us off. Although the Surface Laptop Go lacks the easy expansion of some competing

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Philippine house ends leadership spat after Duterte budget plea

MANILA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Philippine lawmakers elected a new house speaker on Tuesday, ending a protracted leadership battle that was threatening to delay passage of a 4.5 trillion pesos ($92.67 billion) budget vital to rebuilding the country’s battered economy.

Lord Allan Velasco replaced Alan Peter Cayetano as speaker with support from 186 of the 299-member lower house, ahead of a four-day special session called by President Rodrigo Duterte to

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Budget Day is all about short-term changes to catch the eye while ignoring longer-term plans to address bigger picture

EACH year on Budget Day I ask a similar question — why do we cram so many economic changes into a single day?

Just a few issues catch sufficient media and public attention to get proper scrutiny, but the rest just goes by in a blur.

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrath


Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrathCredit: PA:Press Association

The Government’s insistence on increasing carbon taxes “per ton” is

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SAU 16 Joint Board approves $2.5M SAU operations budget – News –

EXETER — The SAU 16 Joint Board approved the 2020-21 SAU operations budget after a public hearing and board meeting on Sept. 28.

The $2,552,591 budget represents an increase of .68%, or $17,245.83, over the current year’s budget. It was approved by the Joint Board by a vote of 28-2.

About 91% of the budget is contractual and

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Katy Budget Books recommends these spooky reads for Halloween

Since Halloween is just around the corner, Katy Budget Books has some spooky book recommendations for readers of all ages.

After more than 30 years around the same Fry Road intersection, the bookstore moved to 870 S. Mason Road, Katy, in December 2019. This month is its 37th anniversary. It carries an extensive selection of new and used books, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles and other items that make great gifts.… Read More

Budget cut an important first step for tourism firms to survive winter

Without over-dramatising it, the budget was the most important day in the history of Ireland’s proud tourism industry. Budget 2021 at home and an international travel agreement at the European level were both hugely important to thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs.

The good news is that Ireland, along with the rest of the EU member states, signed up to a common framework that should in time,

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The rise of vacation shaming with COVID-19

We polled Budget Travel readers to understand how COVID-19 is influencing their travel attitudes and opinions.

Rediscovering America became the new light at the end of the tunnel for an uncertain COVID-19 world. The revival of road trips, camping, and van life changed how many of us see travel in 2020, but leaves many families and travelers unsure of the right move. Any travel outside of your home risks the

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In tough new rules, Muturi limits local travel to 7 MPs

Only seven MPs will be cleared to travel for field visits or public hearings on matters before the National Assembly departmental committees.

Speaker Justin Muturi, in the tough rules to tame spending by lawmakers, has asked MPs to form sub-committees for undertaking such trips.

Parliament has been gobbling up millions in local and foreign trips, and the Speaker’s move is seen as a bold attempt to contain the spending.


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Mayor Lightfoot considering job cuts to balance budget

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering cutting city jobs in an effort to fill the massive $1.2 billion budget deficit.

The mayor is calling her plan the “pandemic budget” and says this could be the toughest vote city council may have to take.

The Chicago Tribune reports the city is considering a mix of layoffs and furloughs to cut costs by up to $200 million.

Lightfoot has said “all

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Budget 2021: From a Carbon Tax hike to the Help to Buy extension

At lunchtime the Government will reveal details of the Budget 2021. Here’s everything we know so far…

Social Protection

■ The Christmas Bonus for welfare recipients like pensioners and jobseekers will be paid this year. It will also be paid to most people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Ordinarily, a person must be on a welfare support for 15 months to qualify for the Christmas bonus. However,

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Sneaky ‘inactivity’ fee on travel cards stings Aussies amid travel ban

Our passports, suitcases and other holiday gear have collecting dust for months now.

But with most international travel unlikely to return this year, if you have an overseas travel money card loaded with foreign currency, there’s a good reason to dust it off, log into your account and make sure you’re not being slugged with unexpected charges.

Many travel money cards — which customers pre-load with foreign currency to spend

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DOT signs MOA with SB Corp to finalize CARES for TRAVEL program

The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Monday to finalize the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) for Tourism Rehabilitation and Vitalization of Enterprises and Livelihood (TRAVEL) program that will extend loan assistance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the tourism industry.

Signed by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and SB Corp’s President and Chief Executive Officer

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The 10 best day trips in the US Midwest

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In the Midwest, you’ll find friendly small towns as well as urban sprawls. Roll call for the region’s cities starts with Chicago, which unfurls what is arguably the country’s mightiest skyline. In Cleveland, the best action is in its walkable neighborhoods. Detroit rocks, plain and simple. Day trips in this region have everything from parks and museums to architectural delights to breweries.

Editor’s note: Please

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With federal aid stalled, no help for California budget cuts


FILE – In this May 26, 2020, file photo, members of the state Assembly meet to discuss the state budget at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With more coronavirus aid for states still tied up in Congress, California is looking at implementing billions of dollars of budget cuts later this week.


When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they

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Travel firms slash ‘Go To Travel’ max discount by up to 75% after Tokyo joins campaign

A poster for the “Go To Travel” campaign is seen at a travel company in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Oct. 1, 2020. (Mainichi/Kota Yoshida)

TOKYO — Major hotel booking sites offering discounts as part of the Japanese government’s “Go To Travel” tourism promotion campaign are reducing the maximum limit of the spending they’ll cover for holidaymakers by as much as 75%.


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With Federal Aid Stalled, No Help for California Budget Cuts | California News

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When state lawmakers in July cut $150 million from the California court system, they offered this hope to stressed-out administrators: The cuts would vanish if Congress sent the state more money before Oct. 15.

Riverside County Superior Court officials were optimistic. They stopped buying things and halted all travel and training but put off more painful cuts while they waited for

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The federal budget might offer write-offs and subsidies, but for Victoria’s recovery, the ball is in Dan Andrews’ court

The federal budget has left the field open for the Andrews government to develop a strategy for the state’s recovery, including targeted measures that revive Melbourne as Australia’s leading city for tourism, sports, entertainment, arts, culture, major events and population growth.

Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews are posing for a picture: Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews

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Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews

Victoria’s reputation has been battered in this crisis, and it’s not enough to leave the recovery to individual businesses.

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What we know so far

Here’s everything we know so far about tomorrow’s Budget

■ Between €4bn and €5bn for a ‘super fund’ to deal with the twin-threat posed by Covid-19 and Brexit is being discussed. It is unclear whether the planned National Recovery Fund will form part of this or is separate.

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■ At least €1bn in extra funding for Capital Expenditure in 2021 over and above what was budgeted for in

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