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


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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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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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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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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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Five things the Ministers need to aim for in Budget 2021

It will be a budget like nothing we have seen before – framed by the extraordinary circumstances and unprecedented uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Even in the last week, the backdrop has changed.

New restrictions have been imposed on much of the country, pushing many in the hospitality sector to close up – for now anyway. And the threat of a wider lockdown remains and will influence business and consumer

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DOT provides P8-M budget for COVID-19 testing in Boracay

The Department of Tourism (DOT), through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), will provide a total of P8 million to the provincial government of Aklan to cover the cost of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for the island’s 4,000 tourism workers, as it expects more local tourist arrivals in the coming months.

“By supporting RT-PCR testing among workers in Boracay, the Department reiterates that safety is the unparalleled priority

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Tips for Travelling on a Budget | Focus

Tips for Travelling on a Budget

Most people have the urge to travel the world and experience as much as they can, but unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. Travelling is expensive, and a luxury not everyone can have.

Have you ever heard of someone travelling the world, and wondered how on earth they can afford it? Between travel costs, accommodation, and food, going on a trip might make your wallet a lot thinner. And those

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Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR) Stock Rating Upgraded by BidaskClub

Avis Budget Group (NASDAQ:CAR) was upgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday, BidAskClub reports.

Several other research analysts have also recently issued reports on CAR. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price target on Avis Budget Group from $13.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, June 19th.

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Pure announces travel-friendly budget portable DAB+ radios

Pure has announced a trio of portable DAB radios designed to please music lovers and streaming fans alike. 

a stereo sitting on a table: Pure announces travel-friendy budget portable DAB+ radios

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Pure announces travel-friendy budget portable DAB+ radios

The travel-friendly Elan DAB+ (£39.99), Elan Connect (£69.99) and Elan Connect+ (£89.99) pick up FM and DAB/DAB+ stations, but can also be paired with with smartphones and laptops via Bluetooth.


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Looks-wise, Pure has kept things simple with a choice

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Budget 2021:Information Ministry to Spend N1.3bn on Travel, Miscellaneous, Refreshment, Others

2021 Budget: North East Debt Commission gets zero allocation for capital expenditure
President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2021 budget to the National Assembly.

By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Ministry of Information and Culture is to spend N249.114 million on travels and another N285.964 million on miscellaneous expenses, according to   the details of the 2021 federal government budget which   was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

The amount is to be spent out of N8.206 billion budgeted for the

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Federal Budget 2020 reveals Australia headed to record debt of almost $1 trillion

Billions of dollars in fast-tracked tax cuts and younger worker wage subsidies underline the Federal Government’s budget recovery pitch, as Australia’s recession sends debt and deficits to record levels.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s coronavirus-delayed Budget includes $50 billion to bring forward tax cuts and $4 billion in subsidies for businesses to hire unemployed workers aged between 16 and 35.

The focus of the Budget is getting those who lost their jobs

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Japan May Need to Consider Compiling Third Extra Budget: Senior LDP Lawmaker | Investing News

By Kaori Kaneko and Izumi Nakagawa

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may need to consider compiling another extra budget to help its economy if the current reserve fund is not enough to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Friday.

Hakubun Shimomura, the policy research council chief for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said the reserve would likely be enough to cover support for the economy

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Australia budget to bolster supply chains, domestic industry post-coronavirus and amid China turmoil

Australia’s new budget commits funding to help diversify supply chains and support domestic manufacturing as disruptions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak and continued trade frictions with China have reinforced the need for self-sufficiency.

The Australian government will spend A$107.2 million (US$76.7 million) on a Supply Chain Resilience Initiative that will map out existing vulnerabilities and offer solutions to strengthen them, Canberra announced on Tuesday.

The scheme is paired with a

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