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As foreigners depart, Singapore sees population drop for first time since 2003

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s population has shrunk for the first time since 2003 as travel curbs and job losses brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have pushed foreign workers from the global business hub.

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk past shops, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore, August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

The overall population dropped by about 18,000 people, or 0.3%, to 5.69 million, according to an annual population report.

A sharp drop in foreigners, down 2% to 1.64 million, as well as a marginal fall in permanent residents, outweighed a modest rise in citizens, some of whom returned from overseas as the pandemic spread globally.

“These trends were largely due to COVID-19 related challenges, brought about by weak demand and travel restrictions,” the report said, citing job losses in services, a sector heavily reliant on low-paid foreign labour.

As the economy faces the

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Laura Painia Jackson, manager of the celebrated Dew Drop Inn in Central City, dies at 91 | Music

Laura Painia Jackson, the business manager of the legendary Dew Drop Inn, died Sept. 11 of kidney failure at her New Orleans home, her son, Kenneth Jackson, said. She was 91.



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The Dew Drop, at 2836 LaSalle St. in Central City, was a magnet for Black entertainers when segregation was the rule. It was also a family business that Jackson’s father, Frank Painia, founded in 1939. In addition to a performing area, the Dew Drop had a barber shop, a restaurant and a hotel for traveling performers who, in the Jim Crow era, could neither eat nor sleep in New Orleans’ famed establishments.

“Deacon John” Moore, who played there frequently, called the Dew Drop “a one-stop shop” where traveling musicians could get free lodging in exchange for performing.

Ray Charles, who lived at the Dew Drop, frequently practiced on the piano at the home where Jackson lived

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Drop in Bay Area restaurant business has Tomatero Farm ‘working hard for half as much’

The way Adriana Silva of Tomatero Farm in Watsonville sees it, farmers are well placed for precariousness — especially organic farmers. They constantly have to adapt to conditions outside of their control, including droughts and diseases, floods and fires, and pests and predators that can damage produce destined for dining tables.

Silva’s not fazed. “There’s always something. I think farmers are uniquely equipped to deal with everything going wrong,” says the seasoned grower as she surveys the tidy rows of crops at the 100-acre ranch of the farm business she runs with Chris Tuohig, her partner in work and life.

Tuohig is checking on people and plants and fielding messages from supervisors in other fields. A crew of farmworkers picks cauliflower from the rich Pajaro Valley soil. Between the rows, tiny, scented sweet alyssum flowers offer a refuge to beneficial insects.

“We’re always learning how to manage problems. That’s our

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N.J. unemployment claims drop below 20K for first time in 5 weeks. $300-a-week extra payment expected next month.

New weekly unemployment claims dipped 14% for the week ending Sept. 12, bringing the weekly claims filing to a new low for the first time in five weeks, the state Department of Labor said.

About 19,600 new unemployment claims were filed last week — the fewest applications since the 13,822 during the week ending Aug. 8, which saw the lowest number of new claims during the pandemic.

It brings the total number of New Jersey workers who applied for unemployment benefits since the pandemic hit in mid-March to 1.58 million people, with 1.38 million of those being eligible. Of those, 96% have received at least one payment.

“We’re grateful to see more New Jerseyans returning to work, but we are also keenly aware of how many employees and small business owners remain unemployed, often for the first time in their lives,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “It’s these workers —

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College distinctions, a young entrepreneurs class and a drop dead graduation date on tap | St. Tammany community news

D.J. Jackson, a business administration major from Slidell, has been named to the Residence Life staff in Shannon Hall at Culver-Stockton College. Jackson and the other 25 other RAs selected returned to school in August to train and prepare for the semester now beginning. They are responsible for developing a healthy, open, safe and welcoming community for all students in residence at the Canton, Mo., college.

Isabel Yarborough, an 18-year-old Covington resident and owner of Flora + Wild, says it was her participation in a previous “Young Entrepreneurs Academy” at Southeastern University in Hammond that taught her the life and business skills that now serve as her career guideposts. “I have found a career path now — what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she said.

It is now time to sign up for local students in grades six through 12 to apply to

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