Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Concern that the jewels of the British sporting summer will be threatened by the Covid-19 virus is increasing, with heightened uncertainty over Wimbledon and the Open at Royal St George’s. Wimbledon is still planning to stage the championships from 29 June to 12 July unless the government’s emergency planning means otherwise. However, it is understood the All England Club, which has been contingency planning since January, has a growing realisation the unprecedented situation with the virus could scupper its summer centrepiece. While a decision is not expected until next month, training for…

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Enel says digital drive provides protection against coronavirus threats

Enel says digital drive provides protection against coronavirus threats

Italy’s biggest utility, Enel, does not expect the coronavirus epidemic to have any major impact on its results and says its drive to digitalise operations has given it an advantage. Enel has been ramping up spending on digital networks to offer clients services like remote home appliance controls and car charging points since 2015. Last year it became the first big European utility to move all its data to the cloud. “Being an early mover is key. Digitalisation offers us a hedge against sudden crises like coronavirus for business continuity,”…

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Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 recession, U.S. aircraft rates are taking effect.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 recession, U.S. aircraft rates are taking effect.

The Trump administration enacted its planned duty rate increase for aircraft imported from the EU on Wednesday (18 March), amid the continuing spread of COVID-19 and fears of a subsequent recession. These measures will increase the rate from 10 to 15%, particularly impacting Airbus. With Europe’s airlines already reeling from cancelled flights and the US COVID-19 travel ban, the White House dealt another blow to the European air travel industry as duty increases on EU aircraft came into effect at midnight. This came despite recent pleas from US airlines to…

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