Brexit, in its eternal decisive week

If a year ago the breakup of the United Kingdom with the European Union seemed the greatest of recent European challenges, since this spring the covid has acted as a mute and has left no room for concern, at least in terms of citizenship. . However, the transition period ends at the end of the year and the European Commission’s expectations are not yet definitive with just over 30 days left. It is not just any nation but one of the largest contributors to the European fund and one of the relevant countries in the future of the continent both for its commercial relations and for its social and historical ties.
The countdown begins this week with a key meeting of the negotiating teams from Friday of which the progress is not yet known. EU officials have given themselves this week a deadline to test the degree of whether it activates contingency measures to address the real threat of the ‘no deal’ and provide member countries with the necessary mechanisms from January.
In principle, there is consensus on judicial cooperation, trade in goods and services, security coordination, and Von der Leyen calls for equal treatment on issues such as fiscal transparency, labor and environmental rights, as well as state subsidies. On the contrary, the harshness is refocusing on the much-claimed sovereignty of the island in aspects such as borders, state subsidies and the control of fishing waters, a central issue for Spanish interests. In this case, Foreign Affairs is uncertain about the case of Gibraltar, for which it will have to assume a common position from Brussels.
Boris Johnson is running out of time. Although it insists on its permanent inflexibility, it does not enjoy the best scenarios as far as the economy is concerned. With poor management of the pandemic and forecasts of a decline in GDP unprecedented in recent decades, a disagreement on Brexit would shrink British wealth by 8% more, according to a study by the London School of Economics (LSE). All hopes are pinned on this week’s attempt as there would be practically no time to put more extensions on the table at the wish of Johnson himself, despite the fact that the pandemic has disrupted negotiations throughout the year. In that last call for an agreement, the president of the European Commission contains the desire of European capitals to implement plan B. It is a matter of days. There is no more delay.


Culture: the plastic artist Antonio Caro pays tribute to Jaime Ávila – Art and Theater – Culture

Beyond my feelings, beyond his personal qualities, I want to express the thoughts that the early death of Jaime Ávila produces in me.
From his beginning as an artist, with his engineering training, Jaime Ávila defined a singular production, totally alien to the academic models and fashions of the moment.

His commercial capacity – he had a very famous boutique in Zipaquirá – gave him an economic independence that allowed him to stay away from the mirages and vagaries of the art market. Market that nowadays seduces and makes so many young people succumb with claims of an artist.

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In addition, his talent for graphic design – he did important work for entities as rigorous as the National Police – kept him away during the years of the consolidation of his work from the vagaries and ups and downs of the galleries.

His beginning was happy and playful, I remember the light bulbs of the trucks from his first paintings. After that first playful phase, he arrives with his works, with reference to the mythologies of Star Wars, to his transcendent epiphany: his media capacity. That is to say, its accurate, innate and incredible perception of the environment and the moment.
Away, surly, aloof from the artistic fields, his social capacity was reflected in an interesting work in Bogota’s prisons, carried out in the company of Penelope Richardson, an Australian artist who fell in love with Bogotá.

Talento pirata ‘, series of works by the artist Jaime Ávila.

Oblivious to discussions, poses and theories, with his work he incisively affects thought, politics and social problems. Let us remember his shaven and very hairy ‘Che’ who selflessly annulled all the clichés on the left and the appropriations on the right. And if that were not enough, there is his devastating writing, the result of his coexistence with a black African artist, in which, with a few simple words and with all the force of a political manifesto, he showed us Colombians that despite all our aspirations, convictions and pretensions, we only managed to be a shameful ‘fourth world’.

His successive never-repeated production cycles, always current in terms of his discourse, always innovative in terms of supports, supports treated with extreme professional rigor, were always surprising and, at the same time, totally forceful.
It remains for some lucky person the difficult and pleasant task of reviewing his work and locating him as a true champion of contemporary art in Colombia. And for us, his fans and for Colombian culture, the great emptiness of the absence of his future works, since death wanted to take away a great artist just reaching the fullness of his creative maturity.

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Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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Writer Javier Reverte dies at 76

The journalist and writer Javier Reverte, author of the Africa Trilogy Among other travel books, he has died at the age of 76, as confirmed by the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, who has conveyed his condolences to family and friends.

“The journalist and writer Javier Reverte has passed away. I’m very sorry. We still have his work, his excellent travel literature, that wonderful trilogy about Africa … My condolences to his family and friends. DEP”, Uribes said in a message on his official Twitter profile.

Javier Martínez Reverte, who signed his works as Javier Reverte, studied philosophy and journalism, a profession he practiced for almost 30 years, working as a press correspondent in London, Paris and Lisbon and as a special envoy in many countries. He also worked as a columnist, political columnist, interviewer, editorial writer, editor-in-chief, and reporter for the program. On the front page of TVE and deputy director of the newspaper Pueblo.

Javier Reverte achieved great sales success with his travel books with a special mention for his Africa Trilogy, formed by The dream of Africa, Vagabond in africa Y The lost roads of Africa.

This trilogy allowed Reverte to achieve his old aspiration to dedicate himself completely to literature, and he reserved his journalistic writings for specific collaborations with various media.

Reverte has also published the Central America Trilogy, consisting of three novels that take place in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. He has written more than 20 travel-based books, more than 10 novels, four memoirs and biographies, and as many poems.


▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

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Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at! #FrostGiant

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020