Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

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The UK’s new points-based immigration system went live on Tuesday under which the European Union (EU) and non-EU citizens, like Indians, will be treated equally. The government has said that the new visa system is aimed at attracting the “brightest and the best” around the world and cutting down on cheap, low-skilled labour.

There are several routes available for people to get the UK visa, including skilled worker route, global talent route, graduate route, and intra-company transfer, among others. Although the applications under the new system are now open, people on the new skilled worker visa will be able to live and work in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends.

UK home secretary Priti Patel said that the government has delivered on the promise to end free movement, take back control of the country’s borders and introduce a new points-based immigration system. “Today,

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Tudor Montague, owner of Sprit Mountain Roasting Company, pouring beans. Photo courtesy of author.

If the pandemic and the election have taught us anything, it is patience. Assume nothing; nothing is stable, and anything can change at any moment.

The one thing I do know for sure is that the pandemic and election season have shown us why systemic change is so necessary. Both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named systemic racism in their acceptance speeches as a top concern. The pandemic itself has revealed enormous cracks in our economic, social, and healthcare systems, exposing those most vulnerable to COVID-19: businesses, employees, essential workers, students, teachers, families. The list of impacts goes on.

What does all this mean for local business? We need to examine systems and how locally owned businesses and social enterprises participate in, contribute to, and evolve the system. As the pandemic traversed the

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SINGAPORE – Customers can now choose from about 17,000 items on the iShopChangi platform, more than triple the number available before the coronavirus outbreak struck.

That is one of the ways Changi Airport Group (CAG) has moved to help retailers at the airport reach out to non-travellers in Singapore, as international travel remains at a standstill amid the pandemic.

CAG said online sales by Changi Airport retailers have surpassed pre-pandemic numbers, though it did not provide specific figures.

Said CAG spokesman Ivan Tan: “Currently, more than 90 per cent of our customers are non-travellers… Wines and spirits, beauty and electronics continue to be most popular with our customers.”

The pivot to online sales comes with barely any travellers passing though the airport. Passenger traffic remains at less than 5 per cent of what it was before the pandemic, and retail sales at Changi Airport have plunged 74 per cent this

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LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement.

As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “I think we are into the last week or so of substantive negotiations.”

The U.K. left the EU early this year, but remained part of the 27-nation bloc’s economic embrace during an 11-month transition as the two sides tried to negotiate a new free-trade deal to take effect Jan. 1. Talks have already slipped past the mid-November date long set as a deadline for agreement to be reached if it is to be approved by lawmakers in Britain and the EU before year’s end.

Despite the stalemate, Raab told Sky News that “there’s a deal to be done.”

He

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“Commerce’s temporary Workforce Recovery program was launched to support businesses that are ready to bring jobs back,” Commerce Director Tara Rice said. “Businesses will be reimbursed for rehiring workers and sustaining those jobs into the future.”

The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Workforce Recovery program will reimburse a business for the wages of full-time, permanent jobs that are created and retained for at least six months, up to a maximum of 25 jobs per business. Businesses apply directly to the program. A reimbursement of up to $7,500 per job is available to businesses in high-poverty counties. The business must match $3,750 per job. A reimbursement of up to $5,000 per job, with a $5,000 match, is available for businesses in all other counties.

The Workforce Recovery program is in direct response to supporting businesses impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. The ability to create the temporary program

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Despite some blustery weather, downtown Aiken was buzzing with shoppers, diners and visitors during Small Business Saturday.

The buying-and-selling holiday ushered in “a nice, steady stream” of customers at 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts, according to co-owner Sallye Rich. The Laurens Street store sells home decor, jewelry, accessories and more.

“In general, Small Business Saturday is always a big day for us,” Rich said, adding that community support is greatly appreciated.

This year’s local-shopping bonanza, wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is more consequential than others.

The coronavirus pandemic has stunted the U.S. economy, and retailers, merchants and service providers have suffered; some 163,700 businesses have closed nationwide since March, around the start of the pandemic, according to a Yelp economic impact report published in September.



SBS, Laurens Street, Crowds, Aiken Center for the Arts

Small Business Saturday was first observed years ago as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many small businesses are located in downtown

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Parent company Snap is launching Spotlight, a new section of its app that will show user-created videos.

Snap is putting a lot of money into the effort.

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When Shawnee County issued a stay-at-home order this past spring, the Red Door Home Store in Topeka lost its main source of revenue: in-person traffic.

During the downtime brought on by the pandemic, owner Jesse Borjon realized he needed to start selling his products online.

“We had plenty of time on our hands … we looked at it as an opportunity to really beef up our business,” Borjon said.

What started as a decision to keep his business active during the shutdown has now put Borjon, and Red Door Home Store, in a better place to sell to customers during Cyber Monday and the upcoming shopping season.

An April 2020 Statista report found that Cyber Monday was the largest online-shopping holiday in the U.S., bringing in $9.4 billion in 2019. This year’s Cyber Monday comes as the U.S. Department of Commerce found e-commerce sales are increasing from last year.

Alan

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Kelly Schuster, owner of The Linen Tree in southwest Topeka, is looking forward to Saturday.

Like other small businesses, this year has been especially difficult for The Linen Tree, Schuster said. The store completely shut down between St. Patrick’s Day and May 7 in the confusing first few weeks of the pandemic.

When the store reopened, Schuster said she could usually get a pretty good handle on the county’s COVID-19 case numbers without looking at the actual data, because the number of customers has been fluctuating as cases have soared or flattened out.

Now, with stringent sanitation and COVID-19 mitigation measures, Schuster said the store is ready to take on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

“Small Business Saturday is probably the single biggest day for us, as well as the majority of small businesses like us,” Schuster said. “It’s so exciting for us, because we get

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