Levelling-up ambitions make way for a levelling down as London takes a hit

This comes despite it having the biggest proportion on furlough at more than 17pc of eligible workers, compared to the national average of just over 15pc, according to HMRC.

A report commissioned by London Councils predicts unemployment in the capital could hit 9.4pc by the year’s end, after furlough ends. “This crisis is particularly affecting job-rich, youth-friendly industries like hospitality, retail and tourism,” says Tony Wilson at the Institute of

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Cyclists hit full steam, this week in Abilene

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Abilene Parks and Recreation will present the 28th annual Steam-N-Wheels Bike Race at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sea Bee Park, 6525 W. Lake Road, with routes of 11, 28 and 48 miles available.

Race-day registration will open at 8 a.m. To register, or for information, go to abilenetx.gov/parksandrec or bikereg.com.

Young musicians compete

The final round of the Nelda Hodges Young Artist Competition will be presented at 2 p.m.

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Now’s best time of year to hit the Lamorinda trails

With the new time change (I still think Daylight Saving Time was designed just to keep us in a constant state of confusion) and warmer weather, now is the best time of year in Lafayette and Lamorinda. Also, as more people get their vaccinations, more of us will enjoy all that our little part of the planet has to offer — superb dining and shopping, green hills, great views and

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Newsom promised 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations. California can’t tell if he hit his goal

California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 14. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Gov. Gavin Newsom urged Californians to “hold me accountable” to a goal of administering 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 10 days, but nearly two weeks later a series of data collection problems have left state officials

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SC’s pandemic-related economic blows range from glancing to direct hit | Business

The coronavirus pandemic has had divergent impacts on South Carolina’s economic sectors, with the state’s hospitality industry taking the brunt of the financial fallout. Although every industry took a hit in the early months, some are well on the way to recovery, while others continue to lag.

Here’s a look at how COVID-19 has affected some of the Palmetto State’s key business sectors: 

Hospitality

Even within the hard-hit tourism industry,

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How Covid-19 hit the comedy industry

For comedian Ayo Edebiri the coronavirus pandemic has been no laughing matter – in more ways than one.

People losing their lives to a deadly virus – or Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the shocking death of George Floyd – hardly provided rich picking for jokes.

And then there was the problem with comedy venues closing en masse during lockdown. Back in March she correctly predicted to

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Florida Cases Hit Record; Push to Open Schools: Virus Update

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Florida reported its highest-ever increase of Covid-19 cases, 15,300, or a 6% rise compared to a 4.8% average over the last week. Reported deaths dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and

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A new #MeToo movement is erupting online as allegations of sexual misconduct hit celebrities, influencers, and streamers

Demonstrators in a #MeToo survivors' March in response to high-profile sexual-harassment scandals, on November 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Demonstrators in a #MeToo survivors’ March in response to high-profile sexual-harassment scandals, on November 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

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  • Waves of social activism and callout culture have defined quarantine, starting with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, followed by viral workplace-inequality stories, and now hundreds of new allegations of sexual harassment and assault being disseminated online.

  • The surge of allegations echoes the 2017 #MeToo movement

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Why Some Remote Workers Might Get Hit by Surprise Taxes

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Following widespread office closures and stay-at-home orders, Americans are now working in new locations, sometimes in new states.

Other front-line workers have traveled to pandemic hot spots to help care for the sick and support the health care response. Still others are providing services, such as telemedicine, remotely.

These new work arrangements could ensnare unsuspecting individuals and businesses in new and complicated tax

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Downtown Sacramento is hit hard by coronavirus and violence. How does it make a comeback?

Peter Navin was still cleaning shattered glass out of his downtown Sacramento clothing store late last week. People passing by were bringing him neckties, brass buttons and other goods they found strewn on the grass outside.

All the while, the 72-year-old clothier was pondering the future of his business, Navin’s Custom Clothing, and the outlook for his beloved corner of the city.

“Downtown still has a lot to offer,” he

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