Covid and Filomena sank spending in bars by 46% in January


Updated:06/02/2021 01:30h


The recovery that began in the second half of last year had national consumption and demand as its great driver and, as a great conjunctural indicator, its evolution reflects the impact of the pandemic on activity in real time. Spending on a BBVA card or on bank terminals plummeted 11% in January compared to last year due to the new restrictions and the worsening of the epidemic last month, but also due to the effect of the storm Filomena on several inland regions.

«The reduction of face-to-face operations was higher in the first fortnight of the month, due to the storm Filomena and in the last one, due to the increase in the incidence


Filomena and climate change – Levante-EMV

Scientists have spent years researching the alterations in the climate caused by climate change, alterations caused among others by the emission of greenhouse gases by humans, as well as its consequences in ecosystems around the world. The evidence provided by science is deeply overwhelming and indisputable, as noted by the 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and the next draft assessment report, which is expected to see the light of day in 2022.

Climate change is usually associated with one of its main consequences, the warming of the globe, but it implies many other consequences, which we could summarize in that the meteorological phenomena will be increasingly extreme. Average temperatures will increase, and they are already doing so, but we will suffer more torrential and concentrated rains, increasingly long periods of drought, warmer and longer summers, delay in cold conditions in winter, new atmospheric phenomena to which we do not we were used to it, like the ‘medicanes’ or Mediterranean hurricanes, as well as more and more frequent sea sleeves. We have already forgotten the devastating effects of the storm Gloria last winter, whose consequences were devastating for the Valencian coastline.

Filomena is just one of these exceptional phenomena, which will be less and less so, to which we will have to get used to. Climate extremisms, associated with this process of climate change, will become everyday for everyone and we will have to learn to deal with these catastrophes more frequently.

For a few months, at the University Institute of Anthropology (IUA) of the Catholic University of Valencia we have been interviewing older people who live in rural areas and who are used to living with nature (farmers, fishermen, shepherds, beekeepers, etc. ) to collect testimonies about their perception of the differences between the climate of when they were young compared to today. The conclusions, still provisional, are unanimous and overwhelming, reporting the importance of the alterations in the environment, in the closest nature, of the interviewed actors. Less rain, and consequently more drought, fewer fountains and springs, but also more intense and torrential rains, less cold in winter and more heat in summer, but also more intense and disproportionate snowfalls, as well as strong frosts, generally out of season , which will lead to dire conclusions for early fruit crops. Woe to the early almond!

These alterations in the climate have effects that the rural environment clearly perceives and that affect crops, pastures, livestock yield, storms at sea and, therefore, working days to fish. The beekeepers tell us that these changes are altering the regime of honey harvests, causing significant declines in production, as farmers told us about the alterations in their harvests. Let us only remember the drought that we suffered this fall and that has prevented numerous cereal fields from being planted in conditions.

The consequences of these alterations are direct and close. They do not only affect the polar bears of the North Pole, the glaciers of the Himalayas or the Alps, or the nomadic herders of the Sahara desert, but they are already affecting our closest environment on a daily basis. Given this, we have no choice but, on the one hand, to take seriously the actions necessary to mitigate these effects in our society, which means changing our lifestyle to reduce the consumption of solid fuels, plastics, and the use of private vehicles. , polluting or not, but also promoting the consumption of seasonal products and proximity. How expensive are strawberries in December or oranges in August! And I don’t mean its price. We will also have to rethink travel. Do we have to visit Patagonia before getting to know Europe well? Every effort we make will be little to adapt to this new reality. On the other hand, we will spend more and more money, much more than that not destined to mitigate the effects, to repair the damage and destruction caused by this increasingly erratic weather and abrupt manifestations.

Many of the people interviewed at this time have finished their interventions by pointing out that “time is unbridled, unleashed”, but only a little later they concluded that “just as unbridled as people.” Only if we collectively and individually make firm and responsible decisions can we mitigate their effects in the medium term.


The storm ‘Filomena’ damages 1,100 hectares of Canarian crops

The storm Filomena has damaged at least 1,100 hectares of crops in the Canary Islands, where the storm caused gusts of winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour and continued rains, and almost 3,000 parcels have had an accident, according to data from Agroseguro.

In general, these are minor incidents, as reported by the combined agricultural insurance system, and 80% of the affected plots are banana plantations.

The island with the most affected area is Tenerife, with 595 hectares, of which 539 are banana trees. There has also been specific damage to other insured crops such as citrus, papaya, avocado (especially on La Palma), tropical pineapple (El Hierro) and cut flower farms (northern La Palma).

The incidence is small in the case of potatoes, as the passage of the rains coincides with a change in the crop cycle, and there have been occasional damages by wind in tomato facilities.

According to Agroseguro, the speed of the insured producers in sending the claim reports is facilitating the work of the appraisers, so that in the coming days an economic assessment of the effects of the storm on the agriculture of the Canary Islands will be available. .


The perfect Storm

I don’t know about you, but I start 2021 with the unpleasant feeling that 2020 has just been the appetizer of what is to come; come on, the storm Filomena this first weekend has done nothing but enlarge that health, economic and social fatalism with which we had reached the strangest and most ominous Christmas in decades, even though all the official instances have tried to inoculate us with some optimism after the arrival of the first vaccines against covid-19.

Twenty years ago George Clooney starred in a movie, The perfect Storm, where the shipwreck, in 1991, of some fishermen from Sable Island (Canada), victims of the melting of the hurricane remains Grace and a tropical storm, which, in an unexpected turn of events, ended up becoming an explosive cyclogenesis with twenty-meter waves that swept the ship away.

Half a meter of snow shouldn’t be a turn of events in Spain; in fact, in 1961 our grandparents lived with another shovel in hand because the snowplows were neither there nor expected. Their organisms hardened in a post-civil war of hunger and cold, and in the hope of a better future for themselves and their children, were the best vaccine against fatalism; his was only a way station to the future, our fatalism is heading for disenchantment.

We are richer and more studied than our ancestors 60 years ago, we live in better flats, when not semi-detached or chalets, and we have more and better vehicles … to which putting chains costs us a world

We are going to need more than the € 72.7 billion from the European recovery fund. We are richer and more studied than our grandparents, yes, we live in better flats when not semi-detached or chalets, too, and we have more and better vehicles … but putting chains on them costs us a world. That is, we are more fragile in every way, starting with the physical: hundreds, thousands of falls due to the ice, the trauma emergencies of some hospitals whose ICUs are already collapsed, in turn, due to the third wave of the pandemic, and continuing mentally: we believe that our children are going to live worse than us.

If to all this we add that millions of Spaniards will lose the first working week of the “recovery” year because, as the mayor of Madrid has said, Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, is going to take “Several more weeks” dissolve the thousands of tons of snow accumulated on sidewalks and driveways, thus giving the feeling of an extension of the confinement with which we have lived a good part of 2020, what do you want me to tell you … it doesn’t look good.

The devastating report by former Minister Sebastian on the pandemic this Monday: “61,422 cases since Friday, more than double than a week ago, and 401 deaths, double. Weekly growth + 60%. Brutal”.

The former socialist minister explains it very clearly Miguel Sebastian, nothing suspicious of being a furious critic against this Government, when he points out in one of his last comments regarding the third wave of covid-19 the following: “61,422 cases since Friday, more than double than a week ago, and 401 deaths, double. The IA-14 shoots up to 435.6 (85 points more than Friday, 166.4 more than a week ago). Weekly growth + 60%. Brutal ”, said one of the most influential politicians of the Zapatero era this Monday.

And he added about the situation in our country: “Negative records day. Record in incidence at seven days (245) that exceeds the maximum of the second hello reached 10N (238). The 14-day cumulative incidence (AI) rose at the same rate as on Friday (28.4 points per day), reaching 436 for the first time since 19N. The scenarios suggest that the record of the second wave (529) reached on November 9, during the month of January, will be surpassed. Historical record in cases with symptom onset in seven days, which is nine days ahead of IA-14. Madrid is no longer ahead of the rest of Spain in incidence to seven days. It moves with some delay. And, with 352, it remains close to the peak of the second wave (370) reached on September 22. Spain, in these 11 days of January, is no longer the best country of the five great Europeans. We have overtaken France and Italy. Something that did not happen in December ”.

With such a health outlook, the only positive thing about Filomena is that in two weeks, when the infected data is known this weekend, it will surely fall a lot by the forced confinement of the snow. The rest, including the economic outlook, is all worse than bad: delay in vaccination, the Monarchy in question thanks to the wanderings of Juan Carlos I, Moody’s alert this Monday against the risk / country that Spain begins to suffer, extreme polarization in politics and social networks …

Elections in Catalonia

And I am afraid that the result of the Catalan elections of February 14, if they are finally held, will do nothing to cover that black hole what politics has become in that community for a decade. Pedro Sanchez He plays it by putting himself as a candidate for Salvador Illa, because it is not at all clear that the resulting panorama will be enlightening even if I win them the today still part-time Minister of Health.

What’s more, if the famous triple tie that show the latest polls between PSC, ERC and Junts pel Cat by the famous Illa effect is resolved with a new victory of those of a Carles Puigdemont fled in Brussels and now a refugee under the protection of his MEP act, Spain, not the PSOE or Sánchez, is going to have a long-term chronic problem.

I know that the panorama described is susceptible to turning around, indeed, I fervently wish it, and I know that we have to row to get out of this situation at times agonizing for the country, but what do you want me to tell you, I am subscribing to the thesis that a pessimist is a well-informed optimist … Ah! and Happy 2021 despite everything.


the perfect storm for vegetables, olives and citrus


Updated:13/01/2021 01: 18h


Filomena carpeted the Spanish countryside in white this weekend, especially in the center of the country, but it has also come to put the icing on some very difficult months for farmers and ranchers, marked by protests against low prices and the pandemic, which led to a sharp increase in demand along with restrictions on mobility.

Madrid, «ground zero»

The sixth storm of the 2020-2021 season leaves the center of the Peninsula as “ground zero”, especially the Madrid’s community. For example, in towns like Villa del Prado or Fuenlabrada, horticulture has been particularly hit. From UPA they estimate that they have been affected more than 60,000 square meters of greenhouses with a total cost of close to two million euros and crop losses of about 350,000 euros. For its part, from the majority Asaja they warn of the consequences on the olive grove of Filomena, since there is still to be collected between 35% and 40% of olive production. In particular, it is feared that the accumulation of snow will damage the olive trees. Especially the younger ones. In this sense, provinces such as Cuenca, Toledo and Ciudad Real point out.

They also point from this same agrarian organization to other crops such as early garlic or purple garlic, which could also be damaged or see its production cycle slowed down.

Valencia, in danger vegetables and some citrus

“Filomena” has also affected the agriculture of the Valencian Community, although the real effects will still take a few days to be seen, they say in the sector: from AVA-ASAJA they emphasize that the crops most affected by snow and, above all, the consequent frosts are seasonal vegetables, such as artichoke, broad beans, cabbage and lettuce. It is expected to affect some varieties of citrus, very sensitive to cold. Among the affected regions such as Camp de Túria, Camp de Morvedre, La Safor or La Ribera. In this sense, the majority agrarian organization has already issued a warning: Mercavalencia the price of products such as zucchini, artichoke or tomato have multiplied their price by two or three in recent weeks. For this reason they ask Agroseguro to accelerate its expert work and payment of the corresponding compensation.

In Murcia, it is not the snowfalls that are causing the most headaches but the frosts of these days, which on Monday Asaja warned of damage to artichoke, broad bean and zucchini production, while predicting a slowdown in the production of other vegetables such as lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli.

Almeria and Murcia

Further south in Almeria, the fears are repeated and the frosts put in check the greenhouse crops like tomatoes or zucchini. In this sense, it is expected from UPA production losses of up to 40% and prices are already experiencing increases. Furthermore, in this case and in that of Murcia It rains when it is wet, since in the first days of this year they had already been suffering frosts that would have affected 250 hectares, especially tomato and zucchini either outdoors or in the greenhouse.

From COAG they carry out an analysis similar to that of their counterparts and point to the seasonal vegetables such as the great victims of the moment, as well as citrus and olive groves. In this sense, they point to autonomous communities such as Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Aragón, Navarra, La Rioja, Murcia, Almería and Catalonia. In the latter, the head of olive trees at COAG Lluís Gaya, estimates that in Lleida and Tarragona between 20% and 25% of olive plantations have been affected by accumulated snow, up to 40 centimeters.

Specifically, Gaya hopes that at least the sun continues to rise in the morning despite the strong collapse of mercury because in his opinion the opposite will be a “catastrophe” as in 2001, “When many branches and olive trees had to be cut.”

Cattle raising

Regarding livestock, the main problems affect the access of the farms for the supply of feed to extensive and intensive livestockas there is no pasture available, and continue to feed the animals. Besides the fact that the snow puts it, it forces the cattlemen to double the work so that the cattle sleep warm and can use the water troughs normally.

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He temporary Filomena whipped Spain On the weekend, with winds, snowfalls and temperatures that had not been registered in that country for a long time, also affecting football, both large and small clubs.

Atlético de Madrid had to suspend the game before Athletic Bilbao, who could not travel to the capital of Spain, while the displacement of Real Madrid a Pamplona became a real odyssey. The team had to wait more than three three hours inside the plane at Barajas airport waiting for the game, it left on the last authorized flight, then played against Osasuna over heavily affected terrain and then flew directly to Málaga, where on Thursday he must play the semifinal of the Super Cup against Athletic.

“We are not puppets that we always have to play,” the Real Madrid coach complained. Zinedine Zidane

Meanwhile, the Getafe tried unsuccessfully to postpone his visit to the Elche, arguing that he could not gather the entire squad because several footballers could not leave their homes due to accumulated snow.

The modest teams also suffered from the storm. In the Second Division B (third category) 16 games were suspended and others could be played thanks to the goodwill of the fans, who went to their respective stadiums to collaborate in removing the snow from the court.

For example, the club star (Navarra) made the following call through social networks to receive the Ebro on its stage: “Izarra makes a call to all the volunteers of Estella and the area who want to go to the field to remove the snow so that this afternoon’s game against the Ebro is played. Izarra needs personnel and material to remove the snow ”.

According to the Spanish press, about 30 fans attended, who were joined by the members of the coaching staff. Coach Pablo Alvarez He brought a snowmobile, which was fitted with a bench to function as a snow blower.

In order to play against the Oviedo subsidiary, Burgos leaders, together with volunteers and employees from a flower shop near the stadium, participated in cleaning the playing field. ..

Several games started late because the buses from the campuses had to circulate slowly because of the snow.


Covid, Brexit, and Filomena | Nexotrans

Although it seems like the title of an Almodóvar movie, Covid, Brexit and FilomenaUnfortunately, these three evils are a reality that has directly and profoundly affected a service that politicians describe as “essential“when they need it and” polluting, damaging to infrastructure and dangerous for road safety “, the rest of the time, and only valid to pay more and more taxes, (tolls, ITV, hydrocarbon taxes, Municipal tax, etc., etc.).

100,000 companies, direct employment to 300,000

But the reality is that the public transport of goods by road, with its more than 100,000 companies, directly employs some 300,000 people in Spain.

Transportation brings us vaccines, medicines, food … and everything essential to live

And also, and for us to understand each other, it is the one that takes vaccines to hospitals, medicines to pharmacies, gasoline to service stations, food to supermarkets, clothes to stores and all those goods and products. that different industries and companies need for their operation …, yes, of that We speak.

Fegatramer denounces the treatment of transport leaders, key to life

The Galician Federation of Transport, Fegatramer, considers that Covid-19 deeply damaged the economy of Spain and continues to do so, and therefore also the Transport sector, a Sector that had to face the administration at first to to be able to hit the road, “because at the beginning of the pandemic they wanted to limit the output of trucks”, Until their attention was called and they were made to see that trucks were needed more than ever to provide their services, from that first moment of confrontation, public transport of goods by road was considered as an essential service during the pandemic, But little or nothing has earned him this small recognition, because in a short time he has returned to the previous situation, that is, of abandonment and indifference, which the different administrations have traditionally maintained with with respect to the sector, with exceptions.

Brexit and Covid, daggers for Transport

Brexit, road freight transport companies and their drivers have paid the price not only for mismanagement of Covid-19 by different governments and the EU itself, but also and especially for tense negotiations in the United Kingdom and the European Union, and as a result, last December we have seen professional drivers and their trucks, literally dumped on hard shoulders, service areas, port areas and makeshift car parks in unused airports, and this, due to laziness and the closure of the political leaders, the images that could be seen spoke for themselves of the abandonment and the little value that is given to a fundamental activity for today’s society to maintain its way of life.

But, Unfortunately, these tails are not something new, logically to a much lesser extent, but they can be seen daily., in many ports and cargo centers in different parts of Spain, where drivers must wait hours to load and unload, and in many cases do it themselves, without any administration taking measures or caring, including those responsible for the prevention of occupational hazards.

Filomena, beyond the name, are its consequences, those, which we do not know because they could not be foreseen with the current means and consequently having taken some preventive measures to alleviate them at least in part, but the reality is that they were trapped more than 11,000 professional drivers throughout Spain with their trucks and goods. Nothing had been planned and few or at least insufficient measures were taken before and after, except for some for the gallery, such as prohibiting the circulation of trucks in Catalonia, once they were trapped, but without providing real solutions or means to To solve the problem, it is true that the snowfalls have been historical, but the current means of forecasting and action are not the same as those of 50 years ago, but of course you have to start them and know how to use them.


‘Filomena’, Covid and Trump: 3×1 storms

The incidence of Covid goes up and up; it snows from the storm Filomena, but then it will freeze; and what happened in the assault on the Capitol in Washington on the 6th, with thousands of demonstrators treated with deference by a usually expeditious Police, freezes the blood. They are three storms in one; It is the warning that the first ten days of 2021 leave as an appetizer of a year that is announced very intense.

In the battle of the pandemic, we are now paying the bill for Christmas excesses. We were warned. From the storm Filomena We already received enough alerts, although no one expected it to be the worst snowfall in 50 years. But the third storm, the one promoted by Donald Trump, shocked the whole world with its symbolism: a powerful democracy is threatened by interrupting the parliamentary proclamation of the president-elect by the action of a mob encouraged by the outgoing president in an act of total irresponsibility.

It cannot be said that this violent exit, institutionally, was not as warned as the other two storms. Half a year earlier, in the epilogue of the book Breaking off, published by The vanguard, Professor Manuel Castells, current Minister of Universities, warned that “Trump will not surrender just like that and the consequence could be a semi-coup in the oldest democracy in the world.” The networks had announced it, especially the fascists Gab and Parker; and they had even given clues about the plans for the occupation operation. It seems that everyone knew it except the Washington Police and the National Guard, which in other protests have had decisive interventions to control order. They did not know, or rather Donald Trump himself blocked their intervention. Two hours after the assault, the National Guard arrived; but because it was activated by the vice president, Mike Pence, from his refuge in the basement of the Capitol. All worthy of a fiction series.

The shock at what happened in the US was followed by a scuffle in almost every country in which some populists distanced themselves from Trump. Excessive polarization fueled by fake news and irresponsibility in managing the networks lead to these unfortunate episodes. That Twitter and Facebook have blocked the US president himself for his content encouraging violence is as unusual as it is revealing of the gravity of the situation.

In Spain, the right wing told Podemos that what happened in Washington looks a lot like mobilization Surrounds Congress. They responded indignantly, but former Citizen Deputy Patricia Reyes remembers the stone that hit her. The left told the right that the accusation of “illegitimate government”, with which Pedro Sánchez is insulted, is identical to the one that Trump uses to not accept that he has lost the elections. Steve Bannon, designer of those campaigns, advised Tump, Vox and Bolsonaro. And, in addition, Catalonia. The director of a Catalan newspaper, with eight surnames of that autonomy, tells us about the events in Washington: “We have already experienced that here with an assault on the Parliament and a president breaking the law. Nothing new. “The challenge continues: do not consider Trump, or any populism for finished, not even weakened, The tension and polarization are electorally profitable. A threat.


The last effects of the storm Filomena

The storm Filomena had its effects until yesterday Saturday throughout the island, but it was noticed in a very special way in Arrecife, although not with the virulence of last Thursday.

Still yesterday, despite the fact that only during the night of Friday more than 6 liters per square meter fell, according to data from the Emergency Consortium, the puddles formed in some areas of the capital were still notable. A good example is the Charco de San Ginés.


VIRAL VIDEO: Snowstorm in Spain makes a Dog Sled work?

Filomena, the snowstorm that fell this weekend in Madrid, has left unusual images of that Spanish region.

Such is the case of a video broadcast on social networks in which residents of one of the main avenues captured a funny moment.

The video shows how a man amuses himself on a sled that is pulled by three dogs.

The man who stars in the video, presumably his name is Javier Tarancn, who participates in international competitions of “mushing“.

The dog sled race o mushing, although it is currently considered a sport, it has been a form of transportation nrdica characterized by the use of draft dogs and skis, which served to move through snowy surfaces quickly.

Traffic and mobility

The storm had caused severe disruption or shutdown of more than 650 roads throughout the country, according to traffic authorities, who asked the population to stay home and avoid non-essential travel.

The unusual snowfall also brought unusual images for many Madrid residents. Some dared to go out with their ski equipment and walked the main commercial avenue of Madrid, lto Great Va, and the Puerta del Sol.

They took the opportunity

Luca VallsA coach for a Madrid ski club who usually has to travel to distant mountains with her clients, she was thrilled to see the white layers of snow literally piling up on her doorstep.

I never, never would have imagined it. It was a gift.But I have never had so many photos taken! He added as he passed the late 18th century building that houses the Prado Museum.

The storm is expected to be followed by a severe drop in temperature in the coming days. Photo: AP

With information from AP