"For a third consecutive month, card spending on the long-lasting goods remained at higher levels than last year, after falling sharply during April's COVID-19 lockdown when stores were shut," retail statistics manager Kathy Hicks said in a statement. … [Read more...] about Post-lockdown retail card spending picks up in New Zealand
“The situation is still evolving, presenting new challenges on an almost daily basis. Despite these significant challenges, this balanced budget is a work product the people of Florida can be proud of,” Galvano said. “Key priorities are funded, and our state remains on solid financial footing heading into the new fiscal year. ” … [Read more...] about Florida governor signs $92.2B budget after slashing $1B
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday pushed back after a reporter questioned whether rioters and looters who caused more than $60 million in property damage overnight had been emboldened by the “lack of consequences” during summer rioting in the city after the police custody death of George Floyd. … [Read more...] about Chicago Mayor Lightfoot pushes back against question about rioters being encouraged by ‘lack of consequences’
Farmers in Maharashtra can now sell their produce to anyone – they no longer have to go via Agriculture Market Produce Committees (APMC) or mandis. The state government on Saturday announced a set of reforms fully opening up agricultural trade, which will allow farmers to sell grains, cereals, oilseeds and pulses directly to individual buyers and corporate clients. The previous state government had freed trade in fruit and vegetables from control of APMCs in July 2016. Farmers’ organisations have cautiously welcomed the decision; it was a longstanding demand of theirs that the APMCs’ monopoly over agricultural trade should be abolished. They accused APMC traders of forming cartels in order to depress the price of produce. The state government’s move followed the Centre’s decision to this effect in June. (As agriculture comes under the Concurrent List of the Constitution, each state had to issue a separate notification.) “Now big retail chains can … [Read more...] about Farmers can now sell their produce to anyone – they no longer have to go via APMCs or mandis.
And Halloween is being viewed as another escape and an opportunity to add some normalcy and joy to what has been a serious and uncertain time, he said, citing a recent survey conducted on behalf of the confectioners association, which found that 74% of millennial moms and young parents said Halloween is more important than ever this year. … [Read more...] about Trick-or-treating is in doubt this year, so Halloween candy is coming early
Safe Scream Mask, $12.49, available at Redbubble The reason why face masks have been selling so well on Redbubble is simple: with more than one million independent artists on the site, you’re almost guaranteed to find a unique face covering, whether you’re looking for pop culture-inspired prints, or museum-worthy paintings. Redbubble’s designers have created masks for every personal style too, with everything from a classic floral print (say, to wear with your T-shirt and jeans) to more avant-garde designs, for those with more adventurous tastes. … [Read more...] about Independent Artists Find a New Canvas: Face Masks