Johnson Faces Leadership Threat Without UK Blockade Exit Plan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a threat to his leadership from conservative lawmakers demanding a clear plan to emerge from an economically damaging third pandemic lockdown.

Steve Baker, a senior member of Parliament, said in a letter to his Conservative colleagues that a lockdown that lasted until the spring could be “a disaster.”

He urged them to write to Johnson’s team to warn that the prime minister’s position will be at risk unless he announces a route out of current restrictions.

“The government has adopted a strategy devoid of any commitment to freedom without any clarification as to when our most basic freedoms will be restored and with no guarantee that they will never be taken away again,” Baker wrote. “If we continue with a strategy that hits freedom, hits the private sector, hits small business owners and hits the poor, inevitably the prime minister’s leadership will be on the table.”

The UK entered its third national shutdown last week, with schools, non-essential retail businesses and hotels forced to close. The economy has already suffered its deepest recession in more than 300 years as a result of last year’s first shutdown and is at risk of falling into a double contraction.

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Minsalud reports 114,720 active cases of covid-19, today there were 15,537 new positives

Margarita Coneo Rincón – mconeo@larepublica.com.co

The Ministry of Health reported 15,537 new cases of covid-19 in the country according to its latest report for a total of 1,786,900; There were 330 deaths and 55,727 tests processed in the last day, of which 42,276 were PCR type and 13,451 antigen type.

Currently the country has 114,720 active cases. Today the highest number of cases was presented in Bogotá with 4,294 positives, Antioquia in 2,837, Cundinamarca with 1,130, Tolima in 757 and Boyacá closes the first five in 613.

The situation in the country continues to worsen as they are confirmed the positives of those infected in the last days of agglomerations such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations and matches in the final of Colombian Professional Soccer, according to the health minister, Fernando Ruiz Gómez.

“These agglomerations and these events generate an impact that is more contagious five or six days after each of these dates have been presented, which has been accumulating and generates an impact on the consumption of intensive care units at the level national ”, he assured.

Meanwhile, ICU occupancy has already reached 70% throughout the country, taking into account that of the total, 11,700 beds, only 5,400 are being occupied by patients suspected or positive for covid-19; the remaining are non-covid patients who require this care.

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How ‘the Mandalorian’ was the key to the Star Wars reinvention

Yahoo.-At some point we believed that the times of Star Wars they had finished, but Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and took over the rights to this universe.

The company set to work to blow the dust of the old intergalactic saga with one goal: take it to the new generations.

When everything seemed to be going very well with this goal they released “The Rise of Skywalker”, the last film in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, directed by JJ Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley y Adam Driver.

The specialized critics stoned the feature film with a rating “rotten” in Rotten Tomatoes, with only 51% positive reviews.

The opinions of different experts agreed that “The Rise of Skywalker” was a poorly directed, poorly filmed, clumsily edited, poorly written and poorly acted movie. Ouch!

However, years later things changed.

I send and Yellow, the protagonists of “The Mandalorianthe first series live action inspired by Disney’s Star Wars – revived the public’s love for the saga.

Less than two weeks after debuting, “The Mandalorian” became the Most requested television series in America on all platforms, according to data provided to Observer by the research company Parrot Analytics.

Observer He also noted that the demand for Disney + tripled every week since the premiere of “The Mandalorian” (on November 12, 2019), as this new streaming platform opted for a weekly launch model instead of Netflix’s marathon method ( which premieres all episodes of the series at the same time).

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Ministry of Health reports 15,795 new cases of covid-19 for a total of 1.7 million

Margarita Coneo Rincón – mconeo@larepublica.com.co

The health ministry has already published its latest report of covid-19 in the country, in which 15,795 new confirmed cases were evidenced in the country for a total of 1,771,363 confirmed positive cases; although the assets are 111,004.

The deaths registered were 335 of which 318 corresponded to previous days and add up to a total of 45,784 in the course of the pandemic. On the other hand, those recovered are already 1,609,564. Regarding the tests, 70,263, 42,169 PCR type and 28,094 antigen were processed.

Bogotá is once again the sector of the country with the highest number of confirmed cases with 6,198 cases, followed by Antioquia with 3,117, Valle in 1,000, Cundinamarca with 708 and Caldas closes the top five with 574.

According to the latest Minsalud report, the cities with the highest UCIS occupancy rate are: Ibagué 92%, Cúcuta 11.3% and Cali 87%; although Bogotá is also on a red alert as announced by Mayor Claudia López.

It is expected that with the measures taken for the bridge of kings the numbers of the number of infections will be reduced due to the fact that the capacity of the health system in the country is increasingly reduced.

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Daisy Ridley: Angst vor Film-Fans

Daisy Ridley is afraid of ‘Star Wars’ fans showing up at her house.

The 28-year-old became a household name when she was cast as Rey in the most recent ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and although she had the best time of her life making the films, she now admitted that such a high profile role was a lot brought unwanted attention.

The actress told Tatler magazine: “‘Star What’ was this huge thing and then it was this thing that suddenly ended. It wasn’t always easy. There are things to do with ‘Star Wars’ that I don’t like to talk about because it’s not the good side. ” The actress had particular problems with fanatical followers who even stalked her at home in her own front yard. “People come on the doorstep, that’s scary. And I’ve been followed, it’s a bit overwhelming.” Still, she doesn’t want to miss this part of her life and career. “But in terms of the actual experience? I had the best time. And now I’m out. I feel like I want to work really hard and honor the decision of the people who brought me on board.”

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FC Barcelona seeks investors due to the increase in losses registered by covid-19

FC Barcelona is reaching out to investors to buy a portion of the business off the field in an effort to stop the losses caused by covid-19.

In an investment dossier sent to potential investors and to which Bloomberg had access, the club proposes to divide its digital assets, world soccer academies, sports knowledge groups and marketing businesses into a new affiliate. The team would sell between 30% and 49% of the stake in the new entity to outside investors, where the priority would be for a club that is owned by its members and that would have to approve said agreement.

The new entity’s annual revenue is expected to reach 386.1 million euros (US $ 471.4 million) with benefits of 210.7 million euros in 2024-2025, according to the document. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is advising on the potential deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Barcelona declined to comment on the matter.

The finances of FC Barcelona, ​​home of Lionel Messi, have been particularly affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Debt doubled to € 488 million and the club reported a decrease in revenue of more than € 200 million in 2020, as fans have not been able to attend games for almost a year.

In recent years, Barcelona have spent large sums on players such as Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, but the success in the area of ​​transfers has not carried over to the field. Last season, Barcelona finished second to Real Madrid in the Spanish league and suffered an embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The proposed restructuring comes at a turbulent time for the world-famous club.

Messi spent much of the offseason negotiating to be released from his contract before resigning to play what will likely be his last season at the Camp Nou. At the executive offices, the team will hold an election on January 24 to elect a new team president after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned in October after his conflict with Messi disrupted his relationship with fans.

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Baby Yoda from Star Wars: The New Icon of the LGBTQ + Community

Recently through a note published on the newspaper’s site Millennium, it was announced that the famous Star Wars thread that replaced the “Niño Dios” by Baby Yoda AKA Grogu, has unleashed a gigantic discontent between the Mexican religious community, and the infamous and unnecessary National Front for the Family.

And given the speed with which it angered absolutely every conservative in the country, the community LGBTQ+ decided to make Baby Yoda a new icon for movement.

And while conservatives cry, unfortunately fans of Star Wars Also, since although this is hilarious, the reality is that we will not even see Baby Yoda by a The Mandalorian until 2022, but go, let it not be said that the force is not with him, because making those of the “Empire” (National Front) get mad, it’s the most rebellious thing you can do Yellow.

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Samsung Electronics Co. loses estimates as 5G competition with Apple heats up

Samsung Electronics Co.’s earnings for the fourth quarter fell short of analysts’ estimates due to tepid smartphone sales and low prices for memory chips.

South Korea’s largest company posted operating income of 9 trillion won ($ 8.3 billion) for the three months ending December in preliminary results released on Friday. That compares with an average of 9.52 trillion won from analyst forecasts. Sales for the quarter were 61 trillion won. The company did not provide net income or break down the performance of the divisions, which it will report later this month when it publishes the final results.

Galaxy smartphone sales were weaker in the quarter as Apple Inc. launched its first 5G-compatible iPhones and Chinese rivals launched aggressive campaigns to secure market share that vacated the sanctioned consumer business of Huawei Technologies Co. Samsung. shipped 41 million 5G devices last year, according to Strategy Analytics estimates, lagging behind Apple’s 52 million and Huawei’s 80 million sold primarily in China.

The Korean company plans to present its next flagship series, the Galaxy S21, ahead of its regular annual show with an online event on January 14. Rivals like Xiaomi Corp., Oppo, and Vivo are aggressively positioning themselves to fill the void Huawei is expected to leave in international markets.

Read more: Apple provider Murata expects half a billion 5G phones in New Years

Memory chip prices fell due to a slowdown in server demand, although it is expected to pick up from the current quarter, according to CW Chung, head of pan-Asia technology at Nomura Financial Investment. A stronger Korean won during the previous quarter also eroded Samsung’s earnings.

“The company’s memory and mobile device businesses are expected to recover from the first quarter,” Chung said before the release of results. “Demand for servers is increasing due to a possible Dram shortage later this year. The upward trend in the memory market will accelerate and is likely to continue until the end of 2021. “

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Historian compares “Baby Yoda” from Star Wars to the Child God

Without a doubt, one of the few good things about 2020 was the broadcast of the second season of The Mandalorian, the current star content of Disney+; and to tell the truth, of the entire franchise. That is largely due to “Yellow” (formerly known as “Baby Yoda“), Who was in charge of hooking the vulnerable hearts of the fandom Star Wars.

Since then, the green and heartwarming figure has flooded our cell phone screens, and it was only a matter of time before she made the leap into the material world. It was recently made known via social networks to the “Mandarrosca”, which is the thematic version of the traditional Rosca de Reyes In our country.

The peculiarity of this gastronomic treasure is that instead of containing the child Jesus, the one that hides among its fluffy filling is nothing more and nothing less than the infamous “Baby Yoda”.

However, the popularity of Yellow it was not enough for a certain percentage of the citizenry to consider the fact as disrespectful, since it offends the story behind the iconic Rosca de Reyes.

It turns out that, according to tradition, Rosca de Reyes commemorates the visit made by the 3 Magi, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar since Orientand auction Jerusalem, guided by a star to worship the child God. This meeting is known as Epiphany, and it is what the traditional thread symbolizes.

The doll hidden in the bread, symbolizes when José and Mary they decided to hide the child Jesus King Herod, because it would kill all the children born in Belen under two years, due to the refusal of the wise men in revealing the child’s birthplace God.

On the other side of the coin we have the specialist in art history, Elisa gonzalez, who assured that in reality the child Jesus and Baby Yoda they bear many similarities to each other; so fans of the intergalactic saga should not be considered pagan.

If we pay attention to their tragic life stories, we will realize that both infants are persecuted by the authority (Hérodes / The Empire); and that in the same way, both are hidden to avoid their death (Mary and Joseph / Djin Djarin). “A Rosca with Padawans is historically successful“, Assured González.

Anyway. If despite everything you still want Mandarrosca, you can order it here.

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published by Elisa gonzalez in Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Xiaomi for the first time exceeded the US $ 100,000 million valuation in the market

Ximena González – xgonzalez@larepublica.com.co

For the first time, Xiaomi surpassed the US $ 100 billion valuation in the market and its share price reached an all-time high of US $ 31.90 from Hong Kong. This was announced by the company through a statement.

It is worth noting that Xiaomi’s enhanced “Smartphone x AIoT” strategy, launched in 2020, continues to be recognized by the capital market. Precisely, in the third quarter, Xiaomi’s global shipments of smartphones reached 46.6 million units, which places the company among the top three in the world.

On the other hand, the number of IoT devices connected to its AIoT platform (excluding smartphones and laptops) reached a staggering 289 million, consolidating Xiaomi’s position as the world’s leading consumer IoT platform. world. According to the company, since the beginning of last year, Xiaomi’s share price has increased by more than 180%.

Xiaomi stressed that “it will tirelessly continue to offer incredible products at honest prices so that everyone can enjoy a better life through the most modern technologies. We will also continue to lead the industry with original innovations and focus on surprising and being friends with our users” .

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