The Rio Carnival also a victim of Covid-19

(Ecofin Agency) – The famous Rio Carnival has also joined the list of postponed or canceled events, due to coronavirus. The organizers of this event, the most popular celebration in Brazil, announced Thursday that the 2021 edition scheduled for February, is postponed indefinitely.

« We came to the conclusion that the event should be postponed. We just can’t do it in February. Samba schools will not have the time, financial and organizational resources to be ready for February Said the president of the Independent League of Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro after the leaders’ meeting.

The announcement was expected, especially since the other big carnival in the country, that of Sao Paulo, had decided to postpone its event to next year.

« It is not a cancellation, but a postponement “, Assured the organizers who say they are looking” an alternative solution, something to do when health security Will allow it.

A popular event for tourists, the carnival brings together an average of more than 12 million people each year.

With 140,000 deaths and nearly 5 million recorded cases, Brazil is the second country most affected by Covid-19 in the world.

Octave A. Bruce

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Companies: P&O Cruises extends the cancellation of its cruises until 2021

The British cruise company P&O Cruises announced that it will extend the cancellation of its services until early 2021 due to the .

The largest cruise company in the explained that the decision is due to the “changing travel restrictions” in place to contain the spread of the .

The British firm, part of the group, revealed that all its Caribbean cruise services are canceled until the end of January next year and trips to and from Southampton (England) are suspended until next February, regardless of the cruises in which the ships Arcadia and Aurora, which had already been canceled until next spring.

Initially, before extending these suspensions, the company had canceled its services until November 12.

“With changing restrictions on travel from the UK, these itineraries have unfortunately needed to be canceled,” explained President Paul Ludlow.

The manager pointed out that new cancellations “vary” depending on different factors, such as “the complexity and duration of the itineraries.” “We are monitoring the situation closely and will certainly reintroduce cruise ships when the opportunity arises and it is feasible to do so,” he added.

Those customers whose reservations are affected by the measure will automatically receive a credit coupon so that they can invest it in the future worth 125% of the original cost of their trip or, if they wish, request a refund of the service.

The British Government recommended on July 9 to avoid cruise travel in the wake of the pandemic.

Ludlow also indicated that the company is already working with scientists and with the British Executive with the aim of “developing sanitary and hygiene systems for when cruises resume.”

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Leverkusen has to wait for Schick, Masopust is in Bratislava

Vlastimil Vacek, Right

The coronavirus infection of one of the members of the national team’s implementation team caused an alarm and, in several cases, a change in plans.

Three players, including two supports, did not travel to Slovakia for Friday’s opening match of the League of Nations. Midfielder Tomáš Souček and forward Patrik Schick were quarantined as a precaution, based on the decision of the hygiene station, because they came into close contact with the infected person. The tests are negative. At Slavia’s request, goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář did not go to Bratislava for preventive reasons.

National team shock: Souček and Schick in quarantine, Kolář returns to the club. What about Carnival?

The head of the stitcher, Jaroslav Tvrdík, stated on Twitter that midfielder Lukáš Masopust will also stay at home. In his case, however, the report was not confirmed.

“Lukáš Masopust traveled with the team to Bratislava today and is ready for Friday’s match against Slovakia’s home team,” assured Michal Jurman, the FACR’s spokesman, during Thursday afternoon.

Good catch, assures Kadlec

The German media is now eminently interested in the uproar over Schick.

“In Leverkusen, they had to register a report that the dream forward Schick would not play for the Czech Republic in Slovakia on Friday. Together with his colleague Tomáš Souček, he will be quarantined at home as a precaution until Monday, “notes Bild.

According to the newspaper, another check test is scheduled for 9:00 on Monday. Bild concludes that if he is negative, Schick could attend a medical examination in Leverkusen during the day. It is very unlikely that in the evening, after five days of quarantine, he would play for the national team in Olomouc against Scotland.

Schick will be the sixth Czech in the history of Leverkusen.

“Patrik is a good catch for the club! He enriches Bayer. It was hard in Rome, but in Leipzig he showed what he could do. German football may suit Patrick better than Italian. And the style of play in Leipzig is very similar to the speed of Bayer and many young and hungry, “said Michal Kadlec, a former Leverkusen player, to Bild.

The club, of course, asked the current Slovácko player about Schick.

“I talked about Patrik with sports director Simon Rolfes. I advised Patrik to go to Bayer and tell him that the club would be great for him, “Kadlec points out his merits.

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No hope for carnival: Meat bouquet wants summer festival | 1Limburg

The Roermond carnival band Vleisboeket does not expect that there will be anything to celebrate in the coming fixed season season.

Vleisboeket assumes that little carnival can be celebrated in the winter of 2020-2021 as long as there is no vaccine against the corona virus.

Festival
In the hope that festivals can be held again next summer, Vleisboeket wants to set up a large carnival festival ‘somewhere in the province’ on 3 July next year. The band sees room for that, because the Limburg carnival has been developing towards increasingly larger festivals for years.

Vaccine
“With the current situation, we hope, next summer, the time is more than ripe. Then the vaccine should simply be there. And we celebrate that with a festival that fits in the Limburg tradition”, says Glenn Soentjens of the Roermond six.

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The new Kia Carnival officially: The stylish GPV offers practicality and luxury

Kia has officially introduced a new generation of its flagship carnival minivan in its home market. Instead of MPV, however, it refers to it as GPV.

Although the popularity of cars from the MPV segment has been declining in recent years, there are still brands that still trust their minivans and can still find sales for them in one of their global markets. And one of these brands is the Korean Kia, which has introduced the fourth generation of the Carnival model in its domestic market, also known as Sedona in some markets.

The carmaker itself does not use the term MPV, but GPV – Grand Utility Vehicle. However, this is not the only novelty in the fourth generation. It was based on a completely new platform and, unlike its predecessor, it also offers a significantly more sympathetic design, which was inspired by the brand’s SUV models.

This is evident when looking at the front bumper, which got interesting muscular shapes. Of course, there must be a mask in the shape of a tiger’s nose, lined with a chrome frame, which is seamlessly followed by LED daytime running lights. Narrow extended headlights then underline the dominance of the car.

The chrome decor also appears on the lower part of the front bumper, which is subtly followed by the emphasis on the side sill. The front and B-pillars are darkened, but the C-pillar is again highlighted by chrome plating. Distinctive brake lights stretch across the rear, while the rear bumper is decorated with decorative chrome plating at the bottom, following the SUV. Customers in the South Korean market will be able to choose from a total of eight exterior colors and several alloy wheel designs ranging in diameter from 17 to 19 inches.

The use of the new platform led to an extension of the length by 40 mm (total 5155 mm) and the wheelbase by 30 mm (total 3090 mm), which means even more space in the interior. Depending on the market, the Carnival / Sedona will be available with three or four rows of seats, offering a capacity of seven to eleven passengers.

The photographs show a fairly high variability of the interior space. For example, the seats in the second row can be variably rotated against the direction of travel, while the middle seat in the second row will also serve as a practical table when folded down.

In a seven-seater configuration, it is also possible to equip the second row of so-called “Premium Relaxation” seats, which offer an adjustable inclination of the backrest, armrests on both sides and an adjustable footrest for maximum comfort on the road. In a purely two-seater configuration, where only the front seats remain in the car, Carnival will offer up to 2905 liters of luggage space.

However, the new GPV Kia Carnival does not only attract with its style and spaciousness. It will also offer quite modern technological equipment. This is also evident at the first glance at the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which is followed by the 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. Both displays are under one piece of glass.

In addition to standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, the modern infotainment also offers access to Kia Live services, which include up-to-date traffic information, weather forecasts, information on points of interest and free parking spaces nearby.

Infotainment is also equipped with the “Rear Passenger View & Talk” function, which allows easy communication with people in the rear seats via a small camera, or a smart button for comfortable opening of the side doors and boot lid. In addition, thanks to the Safe Exit Assist function, the side doors do not open when the car is approaching from behind.

And what about motorization? The new Kia Carnival will be available on the domestic market with a 2.2-liter Smartstream diesel four-cylinder with an output of approximately 199 hp, a 3.5-liter six-cylinder MPi petrol with an output of approximately 268 hp and a 3.5-liter GDi six-cylinder with an output of approximately 290 hp. All engines will be combined as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a rotary selector in the center tunnel.

The chassis received a new system of independent suspension, but the driving characteristics should remain similar to the previous generation, which focused primarily on comfort and maximum safety in all situations. In addition, Kia has added more insulation material to shield noise and vibration from the cab.

Sales of the fourth generation Kia Carnival should start on the South Korean market during the third quarter of this year, and before the end of the year, the novelty should gradually begin to reach other global markets.

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After the scandal with the blockade, Olga Buzova angered with her appearance on May 9

Olga Buzova’s next venture provoked a new flood of popular anger. The leading singer angered the Russians with her appearance. But the public has not forgotten the scandalous tricks of the TV star, when she, sitting in a swimsuit at the table, licked a plate with the words “I’m a blockade.”

Olga Buzova on the occasion of May 9, I decided to talk about the feat of my great-grandfathersthan incredibly inspired her fans. However, then she began to publish photos and videos on which posed in a military uniform with bright makeup with a cap on his head. The artist threw a nurse’s handbag over her shoulder, and held a dandelion in her manicured fingers.

Olga Buzova went to the forest for a bright photo

“May 9th is the main, holy date in the life of each of us. This is a day of immense pride in the feat of true heroes who, without sparing life, defended our Motherland! We will forever keep in our hearts the memory of their courage! Thanks to you, we live 75 years under a peaceful sky! Tears of happiness for the Great Victory pour out of my eyes and tears of grief for those who are gone … “, reads the caption to the photo.

Great holiday

Wherein take off gold and platinum bracelets Buzova did not guess. Or did not consider it necessary. She read the poem Wind of War by Stepan Kadashnikov in memory of those killed at the front, and then presented with her boyfriend David Manukyan a cover for the song “Cranes”.

This finally infuriated users of the social network. They began to leave indignant messages, recalling the actress and the recent scandal with the blockade, and the glamorous Mother of God, and embarrassment at Epiphany.

Cranes.Premiere cover, 2020

“They don’t go to make-up in the war!”, “Show-off!”, “What are you doing again?”, “Have you tried any less makeup?”, “Why are you doing carnival on this day?”, “I made up and came to the forest for a photo “,” Cheap masquerade “,” This is called Spanish shame when she does it, but we are all ashamed “,” Very funny, you need to remove the bracelets, “the fans are indignant.

We are for peace … For love … May the war never return again …

Olga never responds to criticism and indignation of fans. Her favorite hate phrase: “The dog barks, and the caravan goes.”

Olga Buzova: from a cleaning lady to a millionaire.Who doesn’t know Buzova? Everyone knows Olya. Some love her, while others hate her. Sometimes it seems that there is simply no one indifferent to the ex-participant of “House-2” …

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Carnival 2021 will come: traditions in times of crisis

DThe carnival strongholds in North Rhine-Westphalia are expecting a session in 2021. How it will look exactly is still unclear, the presidents of the Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Aachen carnivalists announced on Monday. For example, small and digital events are being considered.

The next carnival season will not be easy, said the President of the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee, Christoph Kuckelkorn. After all, the carnival lives “from closeness and togetherness” – that is, everything that is prevented by the Corona crisis. “Nevertheless, we are sure that there will and must be a session in the coming year,” said Kuckelkorn. “The carnival is a centuries-old tradition in the region with a high social relevance. People need such traditions and connections, especially in times of crisis, in order to draw strength and courage from them. “

The President of the Aachen Carnival Festival Committee, Frank Prömpeler, said: “Perhaps this will be a session back to the origins: celebrate in a small circle in the Veedeln instead of on the stages of the grand ceremonial meetings. Digital solutions are also possible. “

As a spokesman for the Dusseldorf carnivalists added, the plan was only made to go public after a decision had been made about the permission of major events. They are prohibited until at least August 31. No pair of princes will be introduced beforehand. In Bonn too, people don’t want to present the madness until after the summer break.

Carnival starts traditionally on 11.11. – which is usually celebrated with large and central events in Düsseldorf and Cologne, among others.

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Carnival 2021 is coming – just how?

DThe carnival strongholds in North Rhine-Westphalia are expecting a session in 2021. How it will look exactly is still unclear, the presidents of the Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Aachen carnivalists announced on Monday. For example, small and digital events are being considered.

The next carnival season will not be easy, said the President of the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee, Christoph Kuckelkorn. After all, the carnival lives “from closeness and togetherness” – that is, everything that is prevented by the Corona crisis. “Nevertheless, we are sure that there will and must be a session in the coming year,” said Kuckelkorn. “The carnival is a centuries-old tradition in the region with a high social relevance. People need such traditions and connections, especially in times of crisis, in order to draw strength and courage from them. “

The President of the Aachen Carnival Festival Committee, Frank Prömpeler, said: “Perhaps this will be a session back to the origins: celebrate in a small circle in the Veedeln instead of on the stages of the grand ceremonial meetings. Digital solutions are also possible. “

As a spokesman for the Dusseldorf carnivalists added, the plan was only made to go public after a decision had been made about the permission of major events. They are prohibited until at least August 31. No pair of princes will be introduced beforehand. In Bonn too, people don’t want to present the madness until after the summer break.

Carnival starts traditionally on 11.11. – which is usually celebrated with large and central events in Düsseldorf and Cologne, among others.

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The Ramadan austerity program could lead to a recession

Berlin When the crescent moon can be seen above Mecca this Thursday, Ramadan begins. For the 1.5 billion Muslims, the holy fasting month is influenced by the corona crisis in a similar way to Easter for Christians.

There were hardly any Easter celebrations in Europe two weeks ago. Now the world-famous mosques in the holy places of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia remain closed, as do most places of worship for Sunnis and Shiites.

The world-famous Kaaba in Mecca, a central place of pilgrimage for Islam, does not open either. Dense crowds of people pilgrimage around the black cube every day, but now the space is empty – this has never happened before during Ramadan.

But especially in the Arab world, the economic consequences of the corona-related Ramadan austerity program are far more devastating than the Easter holidays in Christian countries. At Iftar, the breaking of fasting every evening, rich families on the Gulf often invite you to a noble meal in luxury hotels, many also fly to relatives and friends in their residences on the other side of the globe. Pilgrimages to the holiest mosques, the hajj, are prohibited. But these rituals are now canceled because of the virus.

Abdul Latif al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Religious Affairs, announced that all Muslims in his country can only pray at home during Ramadan. Any gatherings or prayers together in the country’s mosques are prohibited during the month of Lent. “Our hearts are crying,” said Ali Mulla, the muezzin – the prayer caller – of the Great Mosque of Mecca because of the forced closure.

Big sales during Ramadan

Meanwhile, the Dubai government announced on Thursday that the temple of consumerism – the famous, world’s largest shopping malls – is now on stand-by for reopening. The centers are therefore preparing to open – under strict conditions.

During Ramadan, when people fast during the day and actually pray several times in mosques and eat and celebrate all the more after sunset, sales in the Muslim world are by far the highest sales in the Muslim world for retail.

Already in the previous years, a lot of retail sales had been redirected to online retail, in the two previous years alone, e-commerce had doubled in the Gulf States during Ramadan.

Since the outbreak of the corona crisis, life retail chains such as the French, which are strongly represented in the Gulf, have also been involved CarrefourGroup, online sales have increased dramatically. Driving services like Over or Careem, which comes from Dubai and has been taken over by the US industry leader, is now increasingly transporting food and medicine purchases to private customers instead of passengers.

In the shadow of the crisis, a consortium led by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, the main emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), bought around a fifth of the Gulf retail chain Lulu for around one billion on Thursday accepted. With Lulu, the Indian entrepreneur Yusuff Ali became a billionaire.

Economic burden

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF, meanwhile, started a shopping tour with European and American groups shortly before the fasting month: Riyadh’s billion-dollar PIF has large packages with the cruise company Carnival and with European oil companies like Equinor, Total, Eni and Shell and bought the majority at the British football club Newcastle United.

Whether the billion-dollar carousel consumption in stationary shops is picking up again and how strongly sales are slumping due to canceled Iftar fasting festivals and travel bans mainly depends on the further spread of the corona virus: So far, the number of infected and dead people in the Gulf has continued to increase, but is With 12,272 cases so far in Saudi Arabia alone, it is even behind those in small Israel and above all significantly behind the vast majority of European countries.

Economically, however, the Gulf States suffer extremely. Emirates, the world’s largest provider of intercontinental flights from the UAE Emirate of Dubai, has buried its hope of significantly expanding flight operations again shortly.

So far only a few homecoming flights have been made. According to the magazine “Arabian Business”, scheduled flights are to be started up slowly on July 1 at the earliest. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi airline and its distressed holdings such as Alitalia and Virgin Australia, is suffering even more severely. The low-cost airlines flydubai and Air Arabia from the Emirate of Schrjah also had to largely discontinue flight operations.

Aviation and trade are the most important sectors for Dubai. Abu Dhabi, Iran and Saudi Arabia are mainly dependent on the oil business. And the violent turmoil on the oil markets is putting considerable strain on the largest economies in the Gulf: Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is likely to more than double its budget deficit to 15 percent of GDP due to the demand shock caused by the corona crisis. Mohamed Abu Basha, head of macroeconomic forecasts at Cairo Investment Bank EFG Hermes, believes that.

The unexpectedly violent oil price shock “changed everything,” says Monica Malik, chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. “The recent upturn was largely due to the fact that the oil price was over $ 50-60 to support economic activity, and that has only just been decimated.”

Actually, the vast majority of economists and entrepreneurs in the Gulf had an economic recovery in 2020 after years of weak growth. Now forecasts predict an at least three percent recession in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has to incur more debt

But Riyadh’s finance minister Mohamed Al-Jadaan officially sees it as loosely: “We have been through worse things,” says Al-Jadaan, referring to previous oil price crashes and a budget deficit of 17 percent in 2016. His country, which is currently trying to support companies with billions of euros in bailout funds, be financially strong enough to master the crisis.

Saudi Arabia could expand its debts significantly this year. So far, the country only has a national debt of around one fifth of GDP – Europe’s Maastricht criteria, which are often broken, allow EU countries 60 percent.

Saudi Arabia could record $ 58 billion in debt in 2020. Almost half have already been raised via bonds on domestic and international capital markets. The UAE has also recently placed multi-oversubscribed billion-dollar bonds.

It is an open question whether at least the sugar festival, the traditionally generous end of Ramadan, can be celebrated publicly and economically. Only prisoners are lucky: Dubai Emir, Sheikh Mohammed, released 874 prisoners on the occasion of the beginning of Ramadan.

More: The Saudi Crown Prince is considered hungry for power and hardly predictable. Now he should have missed it with US President Donald Trump.

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Dow Jones closes in the red – Netflix shares rise seven percent

new York The US standard values ​​suffered losses at the start of the new trading week. The upcoming balance sheet season casts its shadows ahead, experts said. Many investors expected weaker results from the corona virus outbreak and the resulting paralysis of business life. In addition, signs of the long-term effects of the pandemic clouded the mood on the floor.

While the Dow and the S&P 500 gave way, the Nasdaq technology exchange put on the upswing of the online retailer Amazon to. Oil prices showed no clear trend after the leading crude oil producers agreed on a record cut in production.

The Dow Jones index of standard values ​​closed 1.4 percent weaker at 23,390 points. The broader S&P 500 lost one percent to 2,761 points. In contrast, the index of the technology exchange Nasdaq advanced by 0.5 percent to 8192 jobs.

On Tuesday, the US banks give JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo the starting signal for the balance sheet season. Analysts expect a weak outlook for the rest of the year to be reflected in the number of financial institutions.

This also applies to other industries, said Mike Loewengart, investment strategist E-Trade Financial Corp. The numbers also offer a lot of opportunity for coffee grounds reading – for example on the question of whether the downturn has already been fully factored in or whether it will come even more violently.

Focus on individual values

On the oil market, prices reacted to the cut in production with occasionally significant fluctuations, which US industry stocks like ExxonMobil and Chevron followed. In the end, the latter only increased moderately by 0.7 percent, whereas the former, at a discount of 0.9 percent, did not become a profiteer. Expert Neil Mehta from Goldman Sachs Expressed his preference for chevron in a study on Monday.

The values ​​from the travel and leisure industry are not revving up sustainably. After last week’s recovery, things went downhill again for the airlines, especially for United Airlines by more than eight percent. Hotel and cruise providers and travel portal operators followed the example: Marriott, Expedia and Carnival lost up to 7.4 percent.

The bottom of the Dow were shares of Caterpillar, for which the experts of the Bank of America became a stumbling block on her recovery path. They slumped by 8.7 percent after expert Ross Gilardi expressed pessimistic comments about the construction machine manufacturer’s prospects in key customer segments.

On the technology-heavy Nasdaq exchange, the mood of price gains for shares such as Netflix and Amazon brightened. The two stocks, which have recently been traded as beneficiaries of the corona crisis, continued their recent rally with increases of seven and 6.2 percent respectively. Both are gradually starting to run up to their previous highs.

While the papers stood by the carmaker ford and General Motors suffered from virus worries on Wall Street with taxes of 3.9 and 4.4 percent respectively Tesla-Share still a rosy picture. They jumped to the top in the Nasdaq 100 with a price jump of 13.6 percent. For the titles of the electric car maker, this was the sixth day in a row to win.

Among the winners were also those at the Nasdaq Ebay-Shares with a course increase of almost three percent. The online marketplace has found a new boss – Jamie Iannone comes from the US shopping giant Walmart. Its shares rose by almost three percent at the top of the Dow.

On the oil markets, the North Sea Brent rose by 1.3 percent to $ 31.87 a barrel. By contrast, US crude was trading 1.3 percent lower at $ 22.47.

More: The US institutes are threatened with the “triple whammy”: the idle economy, provisions for loan defaults and lower key interest rates are depressing profits.

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