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Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

Health
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- When thousands of people across the European Union began rolling up their sleeves last month to get a coronavirus vaccination shot, one corner of the continent was left behind, feeling isolated and abandoned: the Balkans.Balkan nations have struggled to get access to COVID-19 vaccines from multiple companies and programs, but most of the nations on Europe's southeastern periphery are still waiting for their first vaccines to arrive, with no firm timeline for the start of their national inoculation drives.What is already clear is that Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia — home to some 20 million people — will lag far behind the EU's 27 nations and Britain in efforts to reach herd immunity by quickly vaccinating a large number of th...
Agents kick off hunt to offload Green’s flagship Topshop store

Agents kick off hunt to offload Green’s flagship Topshop store

Business
The dismantling of Sir Philip Green's high street empire is about to accelerate after the appointment of agents to oversee the sale of the tycoon's former flagship Topshop store.Sky News has learnt that administrators to Redcastle (214 Oxford Street) Limited, which owns the central London property next to Oxford Circus station, have appointed Eastdil and Savills to advise on the site's future. A source close to the situation said on Friday that Eastdil would oversee the sale strategy for the building, while Savills would advise on future leasing options. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...
Gigabit broadband: Watered-down plans a ‘kick in the teeth’

Gigabit broadband: Watered-down plans a ‘kick in the teeth’

Technology
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Austin Peay, Central Arkansas to kick off college football season

Austin Peay, Central Arkansas to kick off college football season

Sports
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Austin Peay Governors will take on the Central Arkansas Bears in the first game of the 2020 college football season when the squads kick off at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game will air on ESPN. The Cramton Bowl will be limited to 25% capacity or a maximum of about 6,250 fans. Advertisement Both schools compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, or FCS. The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the top-tier of Division I football, has 129 teams. The FCS, the other half of Division I, has 125 teams. Austin Peay is in the Ohio Valley Conference, which has allowed its teams to play up to four non-conference games before it resumes a league schedule in the spring. Central Arkansas is in the Southland Conference, which also postponed i...

The payroll tax holiday will kick off in two weeks. Your employer isn’t ready

Finance
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Yuma International Airport in Arizona on Aug. 18.Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty ImagesEmployers and payroll companies have less than two weeks to put President Donald Trump's payroll tax deferral in place. It's looking like an uphill battle.The president signed an executive order on Aug. 8 calling for a deferral of the employees' portion of the payroll tax from Sept. 1 through the end of the year.Currently, employers and employees share responsibility for a 12.4% levy that funds Social Security and a 2.9% tax to support Medicare.Social Security taxes are subject to an annually adjusted wage cap ($ 137,700 for 2020), but Medicare taxes are  assessed beyond that threshold.The executive order applies specifically to the Social Security ...