Weekly unemployment claims rose steeply last week continuing an upward trend over the last couple of months. For the week of November 20, 2010, there were 1,401 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 508 from the week before. Altogether 9,563 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 795 from a week ago and 1,847 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,385 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 120 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 696 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 16 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
Lonely Planet included Istria in the prestigious list of “Best in Europe” Top 10 destinations in Europe in 2019. According to the CNTB, all materials will be used for advertising, which will be carried out in two parts. The first wave of advertising will last from May to the end of June and includes the promotion of Slavonia and Zadar. The second wave of advertising covers the period from September to the end of October and includes the promotion of Zagorje, Međimurje and Istria, promotion on social networks, display advertising activities, etc. The markets involved in the campaigns are Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy and Austria. “That Croatia is today deservedly in the center of attention of world travel lovers is confirmed by our creative team of screenwriters, cameramen and designers who stayed in Croatia. We are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of Croatia in the world because it is a destination rich in diversity that makes it the right place for research, ” said Lonely Planet creative director Matt Parish. More on that in the attachment. Take a look at the personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal at “Discover Croatia” “Effective tourism promotion today is unthinkable without collaboration with the world’s leading media platforms that can strongly influence tourism trends. Cooperation with Lonely Planet will provide Croatia with great promotional effects and visibility in key European markets from which we are visited by the largest number of tourists. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. The Croatian National Tourist Board and Lonely Planet have launched a personalized page dedicated to Croatia within the Lonely Planet portal “Discover Croatia” with four videos about Croatian destinations and various tourist information about Croatia. They are shown through four videos Slavonia as an undiscovered secret with an emphasis on the rich eno-gastronomic offer and cultural-historical heritage, Zadar and surroundings as destinations suitable for numerous excursions and activities such as hiking in NP Paklenica or sailing in NP Kornati, Zagorje and Međimurje with an emphasis on castles, and a video of Fr. Wife where all the details related to the tradition of truffle hunting and the preparation of products from this gastronomic delicacy were recorded. Certainly a great move by the CNTB, and the cooperation with Lonely Planet, the world’s leading specialized travel medium followed by 13 million people on a monthly basis, will certainly contribute to even better visibility of our tourist offer. For the seventh year in a row, Lonely Planet is compiling a reference list of Best in Europe, which contains ten priority destinations in Europe that should be on the radar of world travelers right now. RELATED NEWS:
Earlier this year Rangers recorded a loss of £65.4million for the period ending May 2013. Clubs are only entitled to be no more than £8million in the red under FFP rules. However, Fernandes has been seeking legal advice and has confirmed he will fight the sanctions in court. “Will we fight the fine?” said the Malaysian entrepreneur. “What do you think? After all we’ve been through, it’s my middle name – ‘Fight It’ Fernandes. “My view has been consistent, that it is very unfair for a club that has been relegated as the wage difference between the Premier League and Championship is impossible. There should be a time period for clubs to rectify their salaries. “If we were in the Championship in two years with that wage bill it wouldn’t be right. I’m in favour of FFP but it is unfair for a club coming down.” QPR will not be punished for their financial results during the 2012-13 season, when they were in the Premier League, but they will for the current campaign – during which they have carried a debt of £177million and a wage bill larger than that of Spanish champions and European Cup finalists Atletico Madrid. It would not be surprising if the threat of financial sanctions plays a significant role in the club’s transfer plans this summer. But Fernandes, the chief executive of AirAsia and the team principal of Formula One team Caterham, has invested heavily in Rangers since becoming the club’s majority shareholder in 2011 and he has hinted he is willing to spend again in the coming months ahead of the Londoners’ top-flight return. QPR co-owner Tony Fernandes has vowed to fight the prospect of a Financial Fair Play fine and plough much of his side’s promotion windfall back into the club. Press Association Rangers returned to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt by defeating Derby in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday. The victory, courtesy of Bobby Zamora’s 90th-minute goal, is reported to be worth in the region of £120million to QPR but the Londoners are now facing a fine of up to £50million for failing to comply with financial guidelines. “Harry Redknapp and me are very close and the manager is already talking about new players and next season,” said the 50-year-old. “He never stops. After the whistle he was mentioning a couple of players. I think he is relishing being back in the Premier League. “There is a massive gulf between us and those at the top of the Premier League but we have a great manager who has been up there. We are smarter owners and we will take our time over the summer. “Nobody is perfect. We will still make mistakes but we will be wiser and smarter.” As for the game itself, which saw QPR triumph against the odds following Gary O’Neil’s red card with half an hour still left to play, Fernandes said: “I feel honoured to have experienced that, privileged. “It feels great after all we went through in three years and the way we finished it, nobody can say the players didn’t play their hearts out. “When Gary was sent off there was 70 per cent of me that thought the dream would end – but too much had happened to us for the fairytale to end. “This is stuff that movies are made of, Roy of the Rovers stuff. When I was eight years old I was reading books where players were sent off and in the last minute someone scored the winner.”
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved the rules change no longer requiring players to head to the locker room after being penalized for targeting. All other aspects of the rule discouraging above-the-shoulders contact remain the same.SOUTH KOREA-BASEBALLSouth Korean season to begin in May without fansSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone. Djokovic says he may reconsider stance on vaccinationBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has reiterated he is against taking an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel, but says he’s open to changing his mind.The top-ranked Djokovic caused a stir when he suggested in a live Facebook chat over the weekend that if a vaccination becomes compulsory on the world tennis tour then he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone” to take it.Djokovic says in a statement emailed to the AP that despite his personal objection to a vaccine, “if it becomes compulsory, I will have to make a decision whether to do it or not.”OLYMPICS-POSTPONEMENT COSTS A-Rod interested in buying MetsNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets were very interested in acquiring Alex Rodriguez through free agency almost 20 years. The situation is now reversed.A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision.The three-time AL MVP retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.BASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTION Minor leagues prepared to accept contraction planNEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the minor leagues are prepared to agree to Major League Baseball’s proposal to cut guaranteed affiliations from 160 to 120 next year.The plan would impact hundreds of prospects and cut player development expenses. An electronic negotiating session is scheduled for Wednesday.MLB last year proposed cutting 42 affiliates. The minors have fought the plan, but the new coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamic and sapped minor league teams of revenue and willingness to fight.VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVIC Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-BUCCANEERS-GRONKOWSKIBucs acquiring GronkTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski spent nine seasons catching passes from Tom Brady in New England. The two are about to reunite in Tampa Bay. Gronkowski’s agent says the tight end is about to come out of retirement and has accepted a trade to the Buccaneers. The Patriots also would send a seventh-round pick to the Bucs for a fourth-rounder.The deal is pending a physical and would give Brady one of his most dependable pass-catchers. Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last month.Gronkowski has caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 regular-season games. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has another 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 TDs in 16 playoff games.The tight end position already was considered one of Tampa Bay’s biggest strengths, with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate teaming with Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They form the best collection of targets Brady has had to work with in more than a decade.MLB-A-ROD-METS — The Associated Press has learned the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts of 10% to 20% because of the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the Olympics back one year and triggered losses across the nation’s sports organizations. The AP received a copy of a letter CEO Sarah Hirshland sent to leaders across the U.S. Olympic world in which she said the exact nature of the cuts would be determined by the end of May.— A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo organizers say it’s a male employee in his 30s who worked at the headquarters building in a part of Tokyo known as Harumi. Organizers say the man is in quarantine at home. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The general manager of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya says Formula One organizers are open to renegotiating hosting fees for races that may take place without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Joan Fontseré tells The Associated Press that Liberty Media is “conscious” that if races need to go on without fans then the contracts with event promoters will have to be somehow renegotiated. Nine of the 22 races this season have already been postponed or canceled.NFL-OBIT-CURTISFormer Colts linebacker Mike Curtis dead at 77 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The hard-hitting, no-nonsense linebacker Mike Curtis has died. He died Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.Son Clay says on Twitter his father died of “complications from CTE,” a degenerative brain disease.Curtis helped the Colts win a Super Bowl during a 14-year career spent predominantly in Baltimore. He earned the nickname “Mad Dog” because of his fierce play in the middle of a strong Baltimore defense. His interception in the waning minutes of the 1970 Super Bowl set up the winning field goal in the Colts’ win over Dallas.Mike Curtis was 77 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Conflict over who will pay for the Olympic delayTOKYO (AP) — An open conflict has broken out between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will be paying for the unprecedented year-long postponement.Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says the organizing committee asked the Switzerland-based IOC to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that Japan would pay most of the postponement costs.Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.Takaya says it was not appropriate for Abe’s name to be linked. The IOC removed the reference. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulls punished for recruiting issuesUNDATED (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season.The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached today. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation. April 22, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: The Spanish club’s executive board says it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.In other virus-related developments:— Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson admits it was “bad timing.” The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw footballs to teammate Marquise Brown and former NFL star Antonio Brown during an informal workout in Florida on April 1, without regard to social distancing. Jackson told reporters today that he’s now working out alone.— The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league. Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month. Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.” Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.— The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours plan to create a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments. Neither tour provided any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed. No tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest. The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.SOCCER-BARCELONA STADIUMNaming rights to be sold to iconic Barcelona stadium to benefit virus fightBARCELONA (AP) — Barcelona’s soccer team will sell the title rights to its famed stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus. In other college basketball news:— Ball State guard K.J. Walton will return for his sixth college season after receiving a waiver from the NCAA and the approval of the Mid-American Conference. The former Missouri player sat out the 2017-18 because of college basketball’s transfer rule and played just 10 games last season because of an ankle injury that required surgery. He has started 35 games of the 42 he’s appeared in with the Cardinals and averages 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NCAA RULESNCAA alters video reviews, targeting rulesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has announced a pace-of-play guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes of a college football game.