Tomorrow, the presentation of a unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism intended for private renters in tourism

first_imgNamely, this is a long-announced Microcredit Program for private renters with favorable credit funds and interest subsidies in order to increase the quality and additional supply of household facilities. Tomorrow (March 27.03), the Ministry of Tourism will present a unique credit line intended for private renters in tourism. The lowest loan amount will be HRK 20.000, and the highest HRK 375.000 with an interest rate of 2,70% for loans in HRK and 2,00% interest for loans in euros, all with a repayment period of 10 years with a grace period of one year. Currently, more than 103 thousand private and family accommodation facilities are registered in Croatia, which puts the category of family accommodation and private renters in the largest share in Croatian tourism and concludes that renters have a significant role in further profiling Croatia as a destination of quality and authentic experience.  Along with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli, the signing of the agreement will be attended by the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tamara Perko and representatives of the first commercial banks involved in the project.center_img We will find out more details and exact conditions of the microcredit program for private renters tomorrow. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism points out that they pay great attention to this category of accommodation and the desire for family accommodation to be even better, internationally recognizable and desirable tourist product intended for targeted market niches throughout the year. As previously announced from the Ministry of Tourism, one credit line will be available to individuals – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household relating to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, campsite or campsite. last_img read more

First virus death in Nepal — a new mother

first_imgThe woman gave birth at a hospital in Kathmandu on May 6 and then returned to her home district a day later. She was treated at a local hospital after suffering from fever and respiratory problems. When her condition worsened, she was referred to another hospital.Read also: Empty trails and deserted villages: Pandemic brings Nepal mountain economy to a standstillHer newborn and other family members will be tested to see if they have contracted the virus, local media reported. Nepal reported its first coronavirus death late Saturday — a 29-year-old woman who recently gave birth — as the total number of people infected in the country reached 281.The victim — who was from Sindhupalchowk district, some 90 kilometres (about 55 miles) from the capital Kathmandu — was on her way to a hospital for treatment when she died.”It has been proven that is this the first case of death caused by COVID-19 in Nepal,” the deputy spokesman for the health ministry, Samir Kumar Adhikari, said in a statement.  Nepal, which has a population of 28 million, has conducted fewer than 100,000 tests so far. Experts say the lack of mass testing may have prevented identification of other fatalities. “I don’t think this is the first death. There have been cases of deaths where similar symptoms were seen, but the cause was unclear,” said epidemiologist Lhamo Sherpa. “There needs to be more tests, contact tracing… and more transparency.”In January, Nepal was the first south Asian country to report a case of coronavirus. The country has been under lockdown since March 24 after a second case was confirmed. Topics :last_img read more

Advocates call for targeted govt support to allay COVID-19 impacts on women-owned SMEs

first_imgExperts have highlighted the need to support industry sectors dominated by women, as the economic downturn from the pandemic was affecting a disproportionately high number of businesswomen.Women had been left in especially dire straits from the pandemic’s economic impacts, such as reduced work hours and mass layoffs in women-dominated sectors such as textile, tourism and health, according to women entrepreneurship program officer Pertiwi Triwidiahening of United Nations (UN) Women Indonesia.A 2017 report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that women make up 58 percent of employees in Indonesia’s garment, textile and footware industry. In addition to mass layoffs, a UN Women study found that women has seen an increase in unpaid care work, whereas women were already carrying three times the domestic workload of men before the Indonesian outbreak emerged in early March.The coronavirus-induced economic crisis is also affecting women-owned enterprises. According to the April 2020 survey of UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia program, produced in collaboration with the European Union and UN Women, 86 percent of all women entrepreneurs surveyed said that they had been negatively affected by the health crisis, while 34 percent of respondents said that they might have to permanently close their businesses. The impact has been greater on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as they had “lower capacity to absorb the shock to the supply chain and customer revenue,” said the UN Women Guidance Note for Action on supporting SMEs toward gender equality in COVID-19 recovery. Women entrepreneurs owned 60 percent of all SMEs in Indonesia, where SMEs accounted for more than half of gross domestic product (GDP), according to production and marketing undersecretary Victoria Simanungkalit of the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry.The government has earmarked an SME stimulus fund of Rp 123.46 trillion as part of its economic recovery program, out of which Rp 114.06 trillion is allocated for loan repayment relaxation and loan restructuring. Another Rp 7 trillion is for working capital financing that aims to reach 23 million SMEs and cooperatives that do not have access to financial institutions. Victoria noted, however, that women-owned SMEs had contributed just 9.1 percent to GDP. She added that common issues included business planning and strategies, and that women owners of SMEs needed support through training.“Training is an important aspect. It’s not enough to hold webinars only, it is more important [that they have] mentorship,” she said.Numerous organizations are making efforts to address the specific issues women are facing during the health crisis, like UN Women Indonesia’s WeLearn online training program for women entrepreneurs.Offered in collaboration with consumer goods giant Unilever, WeLearn had over 5,200 registered users as of May 31, according to Pertiwi of UN Women Indonesia.Some women business owners have taken advantage of the free training program, including Vidi Astuti Damayanti of MamaIbu Chicken Wings and Sauce. The 48-year-old homemaker told The Jakarta Post by text message on July 16 that she was able to expand her business by taking part in the WeLearn women entrepreneurs program.“The interactive learning was robust and continuous,” said Vidi, elaborating that she learned the how-tos of business plans and basic accounting, as well as digital marketing and the legal aspects of running her business. She now employs two other female homemakers in keeping with the spirit of women’s empowerment and social entrepreneurship, which she says she learned during the program. Nita Yudi, who chairs the Indonesian Businesswomen Association (IWAPI), said during last Thursday’s webinar that such initiatives were commendable and should be continued, but stressed that additional support programs were still needed. “The provision of WiFi or free internet [access] is necessary because right now, everything is done [online],” Nita suggested as a form of government support, pointing out that internet access was uneven between regions in the country, despite the facility’s vital importance during the health crisis.Topics : “If businesses do not support women during this time, then when the economy restarts, companies risk losing their women workers or workers becoming less productive as a result of dealing with [their own] difficulties during the crisis,” Pertiwi said in a webinar on July 16.The government estimates that some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year due to the economic crisis spawned by the public health crisis.According to a report from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) on July 14, tourism had lost Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) in total revenue with more than 95 percent of the industry’s workers furloughed without pay.Meanwhile, the latest Bank Indonesia (BI) survey shows that all manufacturing businesses tumbled in the second quarter of the year, with the deepest contraction recorded in the textile industry.last_img read more

SembMarine: Offshore spending rising, but not for new rigs. New orders expected in production units segment

first_imgSingapore’s offshore platform and rig builder Sembcorp Marine sees improvements in global spending on offshore exploration and production, however, it does not expect this to reflect on its near-term business volume. The company will focus on offshore production units as this is where it sees an increasing number of inquiries.Petrojarl Varg FPSO; Image source: Teekay OffshoreThe rig builder on Wednesday reported a net profit of $6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a profit of $117 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Worth reminding, the 4Q profit in 2017 was boosted by contract termination fees for three rigs, and the sale of Cosco shares.“The lower net profit of $6 million reported in 4Q 2018, compared with 4Q 2017, was due to the continued low overall business volume, impairment of an asset and accelerated depreciation costs. This was partially offset by increased margin recognition from the newly secured floater projects and the write-back of provisions for completed projects,” Sembcorp Marine said.For the full year, Sembmarine reported a net loss of $74 million, compared with a net profit of $260 million in FY 2017. New orders worth $1.2 billion were secured in FY 2018, bringing Sembmarine’s total net order book to $6.21 billion as at end December 2018.Wong Weng Sun, President & CEO at Sembcorp Marine said: “The improved outlook for the offshore and marine sector continues. Offshore rigs utilization and day rates for most segments have continued to stabilize or improve, underpinned by more drilling activities.“Offshore capex spending continues to improve with more production projects moving towards final investment decision (FID) stage.”Wong Weng Sun said that while offshore drilling activities have increased, offshore rig orders will take some time to recover as the market remains oversupplied.The CEO said: “While the overall industry outlook continues to improve, significant time and effort for project co-development with potential customers are required before new orders are secured, and competition remains intense.”“Offshore production units are expected to dominate orders pipeline and Sembcorp Marine is responding to increasing inquiries and tenders for innovative engineering solutions.”As reported earlier this week, Rystad Energy expects 33 floating, production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels to be sanctioned from 2019 to 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Sembcorp Marine has significant experience in this segment. It is currently working to finalize to the agreement signed in October last year for engineering, procurement and construction works relating to the modification, repair and life extension of the Petrojarl Varg FPSO, in a deal valued $166 million.The Singapore-based firm is also currently working on the construction of three offshore production units, two of which are FPSOs. The first newbuild FPSO hull and living quarters project is for Equinor, for the Johan Castberg field development in the Barents Sea, and the second is a newbuild FPSO hull, living quarters and topside modules, for TechnipFMC for deployment in the Energean-operated Karish and Tanin deepwater field in the Eastern Mediterranean.The third production unit SembMarine is currently building is not an FPSO but a TLP platform for Shell’s Vito development in the Gulf of Mexico.Apart from the production units, SembCorp is currently also busy with the construction of Sleipnir, the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) for Heerema; and the construction of two high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships for Transocean.Overall, the CEO said on Wednesday that the business volume and activity for the Group, while stabilizing, is expected to remain relatively low.“We will continue to take steps to manage our costs, cash flows and gearing to address our balance sheet to capitalize on new business opportunities,” Weng Sung said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Robredo sees Marcos’ poll protest junked after lead in PET recount

first_img After deducting votes from sustained objections and adding ones earned due to admitted claims, the PET found that Robredo got 1,510,178 votes from the pilot provinces as opposed to Marcos’ 204,512. Robredo said in a television interview that Marcos’ poll protest should be dismissed as he failed to show a “substantial recovery” of votes after a revision and re-appreciation of ballots from his pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. “Kaya ngayon na nilabas na iyong resulta ng recount, inaasahan namin na very soon idi-dismiss na iyong protesta,” Robredo said. “So iyon iyong hinihingi natin ngayon: huwag magpapalit ng rules in the middle of the game.” She added: “Mayroon silang resulta nitong recount. Even before ilabas ito ng Supreme Court, mayroon na silang resulta kasi mayroon na silang mga representatives doon sa recount at alam nila na lalo pang lumamang iyong boto ko,” she added. Robredo slammed allegations thrown by the Marcos camp, saying “it is impossible to manipulate the results of the manual recount as watchers of both camps and Presidential Electoral Tribunal officials were present.” The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), said Robredo’s lead in the three provinces protested by Marcos increased by some 15,000 votes.center_img These figures are higher than the votes Robredo and Marcos got as reflected in the provincial certificates of canvass: 1,493,517 for Robredo and 202,136 for Marcos./PN MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo expects former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s poll protest to be dismissed after results of a manual recount in three pilot provinces have been revealed and showed her increasing her lead by some 15,000 votes. “After the revision and appreciation, the overall, nationwide vote lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” the PET said in a resolution. “Ang hindi ko naiintindihan kasi parang iyong pagsisinungaling, nakakahawa pala. Kasi pati iyong abogado nagsisinungaling na rin; kasi sila iyong nagpadala ng sarili nilang watchers,” Robredo said.last_img read more

Bruening gets best of Deery Series foes in 30th annual Late Model tour

first_imgTyler Bruening was champion of the 30th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)DECORAH, Iowa – Tyler Bruening admits that there were a few sleepless nights before the end of his Deery Brothers Summer Series dream season.Bruening and Jeff Aikey took their race to the 2016 IMCA Late Model tour title down to the final event. While engine issues sidelined the seven-time champion, Bruening rocketed from 21st starting to sixth at the finish to capture his career first crown.“This was a huge dream come true. When I started racing, my goal was to not get lapped so we’ve obviously come a long way. We have come leaps and bounds with our entire program,” he said. “I’m really proud of becoming the Deery Series champion. When my dad (Greg) raced, this was a goal of his. I’m very proud to have accomplished this feat.”From Decorah, Iowa, Bruening qualified for his first Deery feature in 2005 and has been a series regular since 2009.He won the Yankee Dirt Track Classis and $7,500 at Farley Speedway – all three of his career tour wins have come at the Yankee – and recorded another six top five finishes in 16 series starts this season.“The whole year was a highlight for us. Winning a third Yankee was definitely a huge feat. We’d gone through a dry spell and one year didn’t even make the show at Farley,” said Bruening. “When I went to Farley the first time, I loved the track. It’s super racy and had been one of the tracks we’ve gone to and had success.”Forced to take a provisional after mechanical problems sidelined him in both his heat and ‘B’ feature, Bruening proved his mettle in the 30th annual series’ finale at West Liberty Raceway.“It was nerve wracking, to be honest. I didn’t sleep well the couple nights before and with the way the night started it seemed like the cards were stacked against us,” he said. “I knew I had a good car and definitely raced well to get to sixth.”He celebrated his birthday and the Deery Series championship with a friendly get together in October. Friendly nemesis Aikey and his crew were among the guests.Starts: 16Wins: 1Additional Top Fives: 6HIS CREW: Father Greg and Zeb Holkesvik. HIS SPONSORS: Bruening Rock Products, Skyline Construction, Truck Country, Olson Explosives and Hovden Oil, all of Decorah; Bennett Explosives of Manchester; Minnowa Construction of Harmony, Minn.; Capital Race Cars of Woodstock, Ga.; and Clement Racing Engines of Spartanburg, S.C.last_img read more

Barbara Jean (Carter) Miller

first_imgBarbara Jean (Carter) Miller, 78, of Oak Ridge, Missouri, passed on to her eternal reward on June 25, 2019, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.Barb was born March 25, 1941, in Charleston, West Virginia to Faye Sarver. She was adopted by Grace and Harrison Carter on July 28, 1942. She went to school in Moore’s Hill, Indiana, graduating in 1959. She loved memories of her high school days and for many years faithfully attended the All School Reunion.After high school Barb attended Patricia Stevens Finishing & Airline Training School in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in October of 1959.Barb married Darryl Eugene Miller on March 2, 1962, and to this union they had one son, Mitchell Graham.Barb was a dedicated worker from early on. She began her full time career as a secretary working for the box factory in Aurora, Indiana in 1960 before going to National Lead in Cincinnati in the Quality Control department from 1962 until 1972. She was a secretary at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri for four years before beginning a fourteen year career with the local 3M plant where she advanced to executive secretary for a succession of plant managers. She worked for Messer Construction in Cincinnati for a number of years before finishing her career at the Bethany House. She truly enjoyed working, as well as helping others when able.Barb was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nevada, Missouri.Barb always had a friendly smile and loved talking to people. She enjoyed music and watching sports, especially baseball and college basketball. A highlight was when she went to the Cincinnati Reds last spring training held in Sarasota, Florida. Barb really enjoyed traveling and new adventures. She also loved animals from the time she was a little girl.Barb is survived by her son Mitch and daughter-in-law Cathy.Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana, followed by burial in St. Johns Cemetery Bellaire.Those who wish to contribute to Barb’s memory may do so to the Bollinger County Stray Project c/o Rullman Hunger Funeral Home or to your local animal shelter.last_img read more

Tamadhor stars at Fairyhouse

first_imgTamadhor returned to winning ways when producing an impressive display to land the feature race at Fairyhouse, the Book Tickets On-Line @ Fairyhouse.ie Race. Coming into this on the back of a promising sixth-placed finish in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, the daughter of Arcano was sent off the 9-10 favourite and duly justified those cramped odds, readily leaving her rivals behind at the two furlong marker on the way to a two length success from Slipper Orchid who finished well to pick up the silver medal. Trainer Kevin Prendergast is now targeting a return to Group One company: “They went no pace and it turned into a bit of a sprint from the top of the home straight. “She will go now for the Pretty Polly if the boss agrees. That was the plan we had for her, and after that we will see what happens. She is pretty smart and she wants a mile and a quarter.” Mick Halford looks to have another smart juvenile on his hands in Vitello who opened her account at the second time of asking in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. The 1-1 favourite shaped with an abundance of promise when third on her introduction at the Curragh last month and had clearly benefited from that initial experience, breaking quickly from the gates before recording a cosy pillar-to-post half a length success. Halford said: “She jumped smart and Shane said she was idling a bit in front and he just kept her up to her job. “She likes the ground, is very straightforward, with a good temperament, and could go for the fillies Group 3 (Balanchine Stakes) at the Curragh on Derby weekend.” There was a cracking finish to the Whole Lotta Voltage @ Fairyhouse July 1st Handicap as long-time leader Madame Nobel just failed to deny late challenges from eventual neck winner Ishebayorgrey (7-2 fav) and Split The Atom while 2-1 market leader Stop And Linger continued a good night for favourite backers when running out a two and three quarter length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester United Congratulates Fan Jofra Archer, England Team

first_imgManchester: Football giants Manchester United congratulated their big fan Jofra Archer and the England team for lifting their maiden World Cup at Lord’s on Sunday.“When you wake up and realise you’re a #CWC19 world champion…Incredible stuff, @JofraArcher congratulations to you and @EnglandCricket,” Manchester United tweeted with a picture of England’s leading wicket taker Archer wearing a United jersey.Just in the England setup and playing his first World Cup, 24-year old Barbados-born Jofra was another reason why England won the World Cup. The gun-quick nabbed 20 wickets in 11 matches and bowled the Super Over in the final against New Zealand, holding his nerve. Although he gave away 15 runs for the Kiwis to match the target, England won on superior boundary count.Archer yorked, bounced and changed pace with the ball during the entire tournament, bamboozling batsmen and creating all sorts of problems which will make him a crucial cog in England’s wheel for years to come.England won the World Cup by hitting more boundaries than New Zealand after the rip-roaring final which was tied both at the end of 100 overs and a Super Over. IANS Also Read: Staying Calm Is The Mantra For Success, Feels Jofra Archerlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMaloney inherited a team that had finished 2-9 in Schwartzwalder’s final season and guided the Orange for seven seasons. His teams went 32-46 from 1974-80. He resigned after the 1980 season and served 27 years as director of ticket operations for the Chicago Cubs until retiring in 2010.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NCAA-GRADUATION RATES STUDYStudy: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teamsUNDATED (AP) — A diversity report on graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year.The racial gap on the men’s side had declined the past two years in studies by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida.The institute annually examines graduation rates for men’s and women’s teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. It used final bracket projections from ESPN as a substitute with the tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. — The Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL team announced the update Wednesday but didn’t specify if the people affected are players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the virus have recovered.— New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has ended his quarantine after recovering from the coronavirus. He is now working out of the sprawling new Dixie Brewery in an industrial section of eastern New Orleans. The brewery, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is closed to normal operations. But the coach, general manager Mickey Loomis, college scouting director Jeff Ireland and a few other staffers have set up in an expansive room where they can keep their distance from one another and communicate with area scouts through video conferences.— NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the NFL draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. The league is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic by forbidding teams from hosting prospects or traveling to interview them as they normally do. The pandemic also scuttled many college pro timing days that prospects were hoping to use to make impressions on NFL scouts, so teams will have to rely on game film more than ever. The NFL still plans to open the season as scheduled on Sept. 10.— IndyCar’s second virtual race has been picked up by NBC Sports Network after the inaugural event drew 600,000 viewers to various online streams. The race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama will be aired Saturday and called by NBC’s booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. NASCAR has twice set the esports record for viewers, with more than 1 million tuning into its virtual race last week aired on various Fox Sports platforms.— The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern region of Fukushima. The public will have limited access to view the flame. Organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week. The Fukushima region was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021. April 1, 2020 NFL-NEWSPayton unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020UNDATED (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he didn’t mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans that he doesn’t know if this is Brees’ last year.On Tuesday, Payton was being interviewed on ESPN when he mentioned the Saints had a “unique” quarterback situation because Brees was coming back for a “final season.” He clarified on Wednesday he really meant to convey the idea that the Saints can’t really know for sure if Brees will keep playing in 2021 until the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns passing makes that call himself. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Brees is 41 and entering his 20th season. Shortly before becoming a free agent in March, he signed a two-year, $50 million contract to remain with the club he joined in 2006.Brees has said repeatedly during the past few years that at his age, he believes it is best to re-evaluate his desire to continue playing after each season.In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson from the Jets to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $20 million. The 26-year-old Anderson finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Jets. He joins a young — and crowded — Panthers receiving corps that now includes nine wideouts, five of which have signed this offseason as free agents.— The Chicago Bears have finalized a one-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Ifedi made 60 starts at guard and tackle over four seasons for Seattle after being drafted out of Texas A&M with the No. 31 overall pick in 2016. He figures to replace Kyle Long at right guard after the Bears released the three-time Pro Bowl pick who was limited the past four seasons by injuries. Chicago’s offense ranked among the worst in the NFL last season. The study also found male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-MALONEYFormer Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney has died. He was 79.Maloney played center and guard at Michigan from 1959-61 and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before being hired at Syracuse to succeed Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWIIUNDATED (AP) — Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.In other developments related to the pandemic:— Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees on Wednesday. MLB said March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Opening day was to have been March 26, and MLB has delayed the start of its season until mid-May at the earliest.— Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free. The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Marks said during a conference call today that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing.last_img read more