Vaccines and Biden, the binomial of “strong profits” for Europe in 2021

As the second wave of the pandemic gradually recedes in most of Europe, experts and analysts are optimistic about growth in 2021. Mind you, green shoots will arrive after a “mediocre” winter, say Berenberg experts. The confinements and restrictions will continue to be the trend after Christmas, while the old continent awaits the ‘third wave’, but several factors show that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite serious short-term risks, the overall balance of risks for 2021 leans higher courtesy of US President-elect Joe Biden, the vaccine hopes and some progress on European tax issues, explain the experts of the German entity. “Once the second wave of the pandemic has run its course, the growth prospects are likely to be unusually positive for the European continent in 2021 and 2022,” they say.

Restrictions, soft closures, and behavior changes seem to be working. Germany is likely to extend its comparatively mild November restrictions for about three weeks in December. Some other major countries with more severe closures, including non-essential store closures, notably France and Poland, appear set to announce a partial easing of restrictions in the coming days, while the UK will move from a 2.0 nationwide closure to a regional tiered approach. “We can still look forward to a slightly brighter Christmas,” they say from Berenberg.

However, many experts warn that, after the Christmas holidays, the following two months, until March, the hit of a third wave of the pandemic could be seen if the citizenship does not maintain certain restrictions. It will also be then when the effect of the first vaccination campaigns will be felt, once the doses of the companies’ candidates are distributed Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, which are already initiating procedures with the regulatory authorities for its distribution. Therefore, closures and lockdowns could continue to be the trend in the first quarter of 2021.

However, the experts of the German entity predict that the good news of the candidates, plus the unlocking of the pandemic recovery fund in the EU, will fuel consumer confidence, which has returned to a minimum in November. The controversy generated by the veto of Hungary and Poland to the budgets of 1.8 billion euros, could last until the beginning of 2021. “But like the others 25 EU members are in a stronger negotiating position, it is unlikely that both countries will delay the payments of the EU tax mega-agreement for long, “the German entity said.

BIDEN AND THE BREXIT

In addition to the above, the rebound in global economic activity after the virus should benefit the European Union (EU), the world’s leading exporter, more than many other regions. Furthermore, “a calmer and cooperative trade policy of the United States under the direction of Biden will make a big difference for Europe“Explain the experts of the German entity. This period of rapprochement will come after in 2019 the uncertainty caused by Trump’s trade war against China and his threats against the EU reduced the growth of the eurozone by approximately one percentage point.

On a smaller scale, the looming end of Brexit uncertainty “will unlock some investment in 2021 as companies will finally know how to restructure their pan-European supply chains, one way or another,” Berenberg analysts round out.

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Ozil hits rock bottom: Arsenal also leaves him out of the list for the Premier League – Europa Directo

The German Mesut Özil has not been included by the London Arsenal in the list of players to dispute the Premier League. The former Real Madrid player will not be able to play for the Gunners until at least the next transfer window in January. Meanwhile, he will only be able to do so with the U21 team.

Mikel Arteta had to select a list of 25 players to play in the domestic championship and has left out Özil, whose contract ends next summer, and Sokratis.

Özil has not played for Arsenal since last March and this season he has not yet entered any call-ups with Arteta.

The German was already out of the list a few days ago to play the Europa League.

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73% of British companies see a bad climate for business in Spain

23/11/2020 11:52Updated: 11/23/2020 12:06 PM

United Kingdom stayed in the first semester of the year As the second country that has invested the most in Spain Despite the Covid crisis and Brexit, with 1,004 million euros, only behind Switzerland, although British investment in Spain decreased by 68% in the first six months of the year compared to 3,125 million last year.

In addition, 44% of British companies plan to reduce their investments this year in Spain and 45% to maintain them in 2021, while a 73% see bad or average weather to do business.

This is clear from the results of the VI Barometer on climate and prospects for British investment in Spain, presented this Monday by the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and developed jointly with Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi), which highlights that despite the lower investment, the positive records of British foreign direct investment (FDI) in Spain continue.

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A figure that represents just over 1% of GDP, according to data from addmeet.com, a portal specializing in auctions and private online sales of plots and buildings.

Only in two of the last 15 years has British FDI in Spain registered more divestments than investments, which has allowed the United Kingdom to go from being the sixth largest investor in Spain in 2015 to the second today.

In addition, in the 16 quarters since the Brexit referendum, these British investment flows to Spain have amounted to 14,665 million euros and represented 13% of all foreign investment received by Spain.

Until June, Switzerland (2,963 million) led foreign direct investment in Spain, followed by the United Kingdom (1,004 million), France (766 million), Japan (514 million), Germany (465 million), USA (316 million) ) and the Netherlands (172 million).

In the first half of 2020, demarcation most benefited by British FDI was Madrid, with an investment of 773.1 million that almost multiplied by five those of the second classified, Catalonia, with 165.7 million, and by thirty those of the third, Andalusia, with 26.1 million.

Regarding the regions that have benefited the most from British investment in the recovery period since 2014, Madrid, with 10,671 million, once again leads a ranking completed by Catalonia (2,164.8 million) and the Basque Country (1,871.8 millions).

During the presentation of the barometer, the UK Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott, stressed that the data is an “excellent example of the strong commercial relationship between the United Kingdom and Spain”. “The United Kingdom is the main investor of the European Union in Spain, this close economic and friendly relationship will continue after the transition period,” he predicted.

For his part, the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has underlined “the stability of the relationship between Spain and the United Kingdom, and how 34% of the foreign investment made from the Community of Madrid is also directed to the British country”.

Almeida has guaranteed that the Community and the Madrid City Council will continue “with the model of the last decades, of openness, low fiscal pressure and continuous effort for the sake of regulatory simplification to provide the region with a framework of conditions and sufficient stability so that those who want to invest in Madrid can continue to do so. “

British installed investment reaches a new record

In 2018, the last year for which the stocks of foreign direct investment in Spain, United Kingdom was the second most important investor for the fourth consecutive time, continuing the uninterrupted growth of this stock since 2013 and placing it at a record figure of 63,225 million euros, which represents 14% of total FDI in Spain, only exceeded by the United States (17%) and ahead of France (12%), Germany (10%) and Italy (9%).

By sectors, this stock it is distributed above all by energy, with 10,745 million of installed investment, four times more than in 2016, that of telecommunications (8,917 million), tobacco (6,177 million) and the manufacture of basic products of iron, steel and ferro-alloys (4,982 million).

The president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Luis Pardo, has highlighted that the British stock is “markedly productive and supports 235,600 jobs, 60% direct”, a figure that together with others “prove the good health of the company. bilateral relationship between the two countries even in a context impacted by a global pandemic and the increasingly imminent outcome of Brexit. “

Most see bad or regular business climate

On the other hand, the VI Barometer on climate and prospects for British investment in Spain of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain also incorporates a survey conducted between the months of July and October this year to the more than 1,550 companies active in Spain with British majority capital.

The survey reflects a “notable deterioration” in the perception of the climate for doing business due to the collateral effects of the Covid crisis, since if a year ago only 19% of those surveyed called regulating the business climate in Spain and none They considered it bad, today 73% opt for those two options, a figure similar to that of those who in 2019 believed that it was good or acceptable (81%).

The climate data is also obtained averaging nine themes and the nine have worsened their scores compared to last year, including those related to political risk, the labor market or the degree of digitization of our economy.

In addition, prior to the covid crisis, 58% believed that it would grow in 2020, while in the post-Covid-19 world, 93% expect it to fall this year, and 47% that it will continue to do so in 2021.

Regarding their investment prospects in Spain, 44% of British companies plan to reduce them compared to 2019. Looking ahead to 2021, their maintenance predominates (45%) and, both this year and next, their main focus will be be taking advantage of opportunities derived from the pandemic.

Finally, there continues to be a low impact of Brexit on the investment disposition of British companies in Spain, since only 20% attribute the decrease in their investments this year to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, a decision that they impart especially fears of the appearance of regulatory requirements or barriers (62%) or of tariff costs (43%).

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Erdogan calls on the G20 to make efforts to make the covid vaccine accessible to all

Riyadh, Nov 21 (EFE) .- The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asked this Saturday in his speech at the G20 virtual summit an international effort to make future covid-19 vaccines accessible to the whole world.

“We should offer the vaccines that are being developed as common heritage of humanity, instead of deepening the existing injustices,” said the president in his videoconference speech at the virtual summit, reproduced on the website of the Turkish Presidency.

“In this framework, we should prepare and implement in the G20 platform mechanisms to guarantee access for all in fairness and at appropriate prices,” Erdogan proposed.

“We maintain this position also in the 16 vaccines in which we work and of which one has already reached the stage of being tested in humans; a vaccine that is produced in Turkey will be offered to all of humanity,” promised the Turkish president.

In his speech, Erdogan also called for a greater opening of national markets and called for reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“We see that the tendency to isolate itself is reinforced, to raise customs walls again and to increase protections. But we know that two mistakes do not result in a success. Turkey is in favor of a trade that makes the world economy grow and the distribution of welfare on the basic principles of the WTO, and for that, progress must be made in the WTO reform process, “said the Turkish president.

Erdogan took advantage of the summit, which was to be held in Riyadh but moved to a purely virtual format due to the risks of the covid pandemic, to seek to improve relations with Saudi Arabia and the host of the meeting, King Salman bin Abdelaziz.

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh have been tense for months, partly because the two governments support opposing sides in Libya and the Persian Gulf and, last October, Turkish businessmen denounced an “unofficial embargo” by the Saudi authorities against Turkish imported goods. .

In the brief message of greeting that the G20 leaders sent today before the opening of the summit, Erdogan extended his thanks to his “dear brother, King Salman bin Abdulaziz” for the “successful” management of the rotating presidency of the G20 during this year “despite the difficult conditions of the pandemic.”

Hours earlier, in a phone call, Erdogan spoke with Salman about bilateral relations and both leaders agreed “to keep open channels of dialogue to overcome problems,” according to a note released by the Turkish Presidency. EFE

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Norauto proposes five gifts for lovers of the new mobility

Are you thinking of making the leap to electric mobility? Norauto offers five ideas to give this Christmas to lovers of technology and urban mobility: scooters, bicycles or an electric scooter.

In recent years, electric scooters have become one of the preferred options to travel around the nucleus of large cities. Convenience, low cost and sustainability are the main reasons why users choose this type of transport in their day to day. For all those who were thinking of getting a personal electric vehicle, Norauto proposes these five products to give this Christmas.

The products are available both in the physical autocentres and in the web, having the possibility of reserving the product and picking it up at the indicated center.

DGT: electric scooters (definitely) will not be able to ride on sidewalks

Electronic Wayscral Kickway E1

The Wayscral scooter, Norauto’s own brand of electric mobility vehicles, has been developed as a result of its experience of more than 12 years in this segment. It is foldable, so it is easy to transport and store. In addition, a pin-unlock anti-theft system and anti-theft system present in the fork of the scooter. Equip double disc brake, has a autonomy of 25 kilometers and it has an LCD display with 4 levels of assistance. It has a price of 379,99 euros.

Xiaomi 1S Electric Scooter

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The Xiaomi 1S is one of the most interesting electric scooters on the market thanks to its excellent price / product ratio. It is the latest novelty of the Asian brand and has up to 30 kilometers of autonomy. On the other hand, it is capable of achieving a top speed 25 km / h. A small screen has been installed on its handlebar that allows us to know the status of the battery as well as manage the different driving modes. In this sense, it should be noted that the maintenance of the scooter is assured since Norauto is an official authorized technical service of Xiaomi in Spain. The price of this model is 429,99 euros.

Wayscral Takeaway E1 / 20 Electric Bike Black

Electric folding bike

This bike is perfect for commuting in the city. In addition, it is foldable so it can be combined with the use of public transport. It has a 250 W front electric motor and a small LED display to control the functions. This electric bike is equipped with an integrated Shimano transmission that allows you to change gears when stopped and prevents the chain from drifting. This product is available by 549,99 euros.

Wayscral E-start Electric Scooter White

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Ideal for moving around the city, this scooter with 1,200 watt Bosch electric motor, has two driving modes, Eco and Fast. Has a 45 km range, halogen headlight in the front and LED lights in turn signals, taillight and brake light. The price of this fully electric scooter is 1.499 euros.

Smart4U helmet

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Beyond protecting you against any fall, this helmet also increases visibility since the LED rear signaling light turns on when detecting darkness. This product is especially recommended for users of electric scooters and has an adjustable headband and different ventilation outlets. The light sensor offers an autonomy of use of up to 36 hours. Its price is 59,99 euros.


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XVI Annual Congress of Cogeneration “Essential cogeneration for reactivation: Industry, Energy and Climate”

ACOGEN and COGEN Spain celebrate the XVI Annual Congress of Cogeneration on Wednesday December 2 in Madrid, at The Westin Palace Hotel (Plaza de las Cortes, 7).

The event will take place in hybrid mode, that is, in person and online. In this way, people who cannot travel to Madrid, the venue of the celebration, will be able to follow it in streaming, prior inscription.

Under the motto “Essential cogeneration for reactivation: industry, energy and climate”, Attendees will discuss the role that cogeneration will play in the reactivation of the country and its development to ensure a successful energy transition. Sara Aagesen, Secretary of State for Energy, is scheduled to open the congress.

At the first round table Energy in industry: key to rebuilding, we will have the intervention of Galo Gutiérrez, general director of Industry and PYMES of MINCOTUR. Likewise, the political representatives of PSOE, PP, Compromís, Junts per Catalunya, Unidas Podemos, ERC, PNV, Ciudadanos and Vox, will show their energy proposals for the activation of the economy.

Next, the table will take place Cogeneration in the decarbonisation of Europe, With the participation of COGEN Europe, Sedigás, Siemens Energy Spain, Rolls Royce Spain, Veolia, Solvay Química and Enagás.

The afternoon will begin with the third table, Towards future-proof regulation, with the presence of the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), Red Eléctrica de España (REE), the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), OMIE and the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Challenge Demographic (MITECO).

In the last session of the congress will be discussed Cogeneration in the reactivation of sectors, hand in hand with the Association of Companies for the Environmental Disimpact of the Slurry (ADAP), the Apartnership National of Olive Pomace Oil Companies (ANEO), the Association Spanish of Manufacturers of Ceramic Tiles and Pavements (ASCER) and the Apartnership Spanish of Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Manufacturers (ASPAPEL).

The XVI Annual Cogeneration Congress will be closed by David Valle, general director of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Community of Madrid.

The event will take place under a secure space, complying with current regulations regarding capacity limitations and strict safety and hygiene measures.

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Boris Johnson already has a solution for the crisis and the pandemic: more military spending – Europa Directo

Boris Johnson has found a way to lift the spirits of Tory MPs and the rank and file of the party. Polls place the Conservatives fairly on par with Labor – some with Keir Starmer’s party. in front-, which is a big drop from the December 2019 elections, which the Tories won by 11.5 points difference. Dozens of Tory MPs are making no secret of their displeasure at the unfulfilled promises the prime minister made at the end of the summer. At that time, the government anticipated an imminent return to economic normality. The second wave of the coronavirus has required the return of the most drastic measures, so far without very positive results.

Everything is depressing for the Tories shortly before the final culmination of Brexit. The alternative that Johnson presents, the candy with which he tries to make his party and the population forget the hardships of the present, is to return to the past and the naval glories of the empire. It is time to brighten the great power character of the United Kingdom with a large increase in military spending.

Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House in January leaves London without a reliable ally in Washington, even though Donald Trump’s erratic character and his disinterest in European countries were not a guarantee for British foreign policy either. But Biden is a pragmatist that it will try to rebuild relations with Europe and the importance of NATO, and there the United Kingdom can play a relevant role. The downside for London is that a post-Brexit Britain is less interesting as an intermediary in the dialogue with the Europeans for the US. Furthermore, Biden has already made clear that the future of Ulster is a matter that interests you especially.

To remedy this, Johnson has opted for rearmament. An extra expense of £ 16 billion over the next four years. The largest increase in real terms since the time of Margaret Thatcher. There was a prior commitment to increase Defense spending by 0.5 points above inflation, so the final figure could be around 21,500 million.

“This is our opportunity to end the era of withdrawal, transform our Armed Forces, strengthen our global influence, unite our country, invest in new technologies and defend our people and their way of life,” said Boris Johnson.

The Ministry of Finance had resisted Defense requests until now. It was Johnson’s personal intervention that closed the debate. The increase in public spending during the pandemic will force Foreign Minister Rishi Sunak to completely review the budget that was presented in March. Next week, Sunak will present the new data to Parliament. Expected to confirm that UK finances have taken the hardest hit since World War II.

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Under current conditions, analysts see no alternative but to increase taxes – a very difficult drink for conservatives to accept – although no decision in that regard is expected until 2021 when the final economic impact of the pandemic is known.

The Bank of England has predicted that the drop in GDP will be 11% this year, the largest decline in the last three centuries.

Always ready to live up to imperial glories or to emulate Winston Churchill for whom the naval force was the best standard of British influence, Johnson intends to pay special attention to the Navy as a symbol of foreign policy and of the country’s global strength. The extra money will serve to complete the strike group of the two new aircraft carriers already delivered to the Navy, but still pending their final deployment (the first of them will do so next year). Frigates, support ships and aircraft what do you need they were still in the air due to budgetary problems. “More warships for the Royal Navy” is the goal that Johnson has announced.

The Green Party has compared the increase in spending to the £ 4 billion added for the fight against climate change. “We are walking blindly into a dystopian video game without a public debate” about the country’s priorities, has said its number two, Amelia Womack. Pacifist NGOs have been more aggressive in criticizing. “Tanks and warplanes will not keep us safe from the most serious threats we face: pandemic, poverty and the climate emergency. Covid-19 has revealed the superficiality of naive opinions that argue that weapons give us security. You cannot attack a virus with nuclear weapons “, has denounced Symon Hill, of the organization Peace Pledge Union.

The construction of the two aircraft carriers was commissioned by the Gordon Brown Government a decade ago. After coming to power and at the beginning of the era of austerity, David Cameron seriously considered selling one of them, still under construction, but the high price meant that there were no candidates. The contracts made made it more expensive to cancel the order than to carry it to the end, even though the deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan showed that the Army was most in need of the money.

As a symbol of the country’s military power, aircraft carriers belong to an earlier era. These giants of the sea are now much more vulnerable due to the advancement in missile technology. The Chinese anti-ship missile Dong-Feng 21 It is its most recognized adversary since it was put into action in the early 1990s. Mounted on a mobile platform from the ground, it has an operational range of about 1,700 kilometers. It is designed to attack large ships, especially aircraft carriers. It can land on its target at a maximum speed of Mach 10.

It’s not that China has kept its ability to make aircraft carriers obsolete a secret. In military parades, he has presented later versions of the Dong-Feng with a range of 3,000 kilometers.

The reality is that Boris Johnson is not interested in declaring war on China. It is enough for him to warm the patriotic spirits of the Tory deputies who cannot explain how the prime minister could so quickly lose the support he obtained at the polls less than a year ago.

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Osceola Announces New COVID 19 Business Task Force

Published on: Nov 19, 2020

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Assistance Programs To Continue Through New Year

Osceola County, Florida – With COVID-19 cases surging and a worrisome Thanksgiving Holiday approaching, Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer announced the launch of a COVID-19 Education and Compliance Task Force on Thursday.

The unit will visit businesses in an effort to provide information and resources to operate safely. Education and consistent application of CDC guidelines is seen as the best defense against the virus.

“I am calling on all businesses to ensure the safety of their patrons and their employees by requiring facial coverings and social distancing. Please do your part so we can continue to grow consumer confidence in the businesses serving our community.”

The Florida Department of Health Osceola and Osceola County Office of Emergency Management are preparing for distribution of the vaccine, when it becomes available.

“As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday, we are thankful and encouraged by the news of a vaccine that is very close to moving to the production stage. Please know that we are prepared to support the distribution efforts,” Janer said. “It is our understanding that Phase One will include long-term care facility residents and staff, hospital workers and first responders.”

Echoing the calls from national health leaders, Janer urged residents to use common sense when celebrating next week’s Thanksgiving Holiday – including limiting the circle of people in those gatherings, as well as practicing other safety guidelines.

“We are a week away from Thanksgiving and we have all seen the COVID-19 numbers rising at an alarming rate,” said Janer. “It is imperative to consider traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends as all the experts say they can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The CDC recommends that you limit the size of your gatherings to your immediate family only. This may be hard, but it the best decision for everyone’s health and safety.”

Other CDC recommendations:

  • If you have others visit who do not live in your home, allow everyone to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Host outdoor rather than indoor gatherings as much as possible. Even outdoors, guests need to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
  • Guests should avoid direct contact with others, including handshakes and hugs.

Coronavirus continues to impact this County on a daily basis. As of the last report from the Florida Department of Health, the total number of cases in Osceola is 16,491 with the average positivity rate for the last two weeks being 8.8%. It has taken the life of 229 residents in Osceola County.

As a reminder, Osceola’s mandatory face covering order, which was approved April 1st, remains in place – even though Gov. Ron DeSantis removed the penalty from such regulations. Key steps to slowing the spread have not changed: Wear facial coverings, practice social distancing, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.

Other Information

  • Available COVID-19 testing locations are at osceola.org/covid19testing.
  • The Board of County Commissioners recently revised its strategy for its share of $65.5 million in CARES Act funding. As a result, Osceola County will continue many programs beyond the December 30 deadline.

    • As of this week, the County has been able to help 1,900 families, utilizing $10.2 million in CARES and SHIP Coronavirus Relief Funds. Funds are still available to assist our residents. If you have previously applied and have been denied or still need help, please reapply.
  • The COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program helps Osceola County tenants who are in imminent danger of being evicted. To be considered eligible for the program, landlords and tenants must both apply, and payments will be sent directly to the landlord by our Human Services Department.
  • The Utility Assistance program supports residents that need help paying their electric, gas or water bills. Participants must be an Osceola County resident and show proof of impact from COVID-19. Utility bills do not need to be past due. There is no cap on the amount an applicant is eligible to receive. This program is open only to residential properties.

    • As of now, 506 payments have been approved, totaling $283,000. Again, funding is still available, so if you need help please apply.

Visit housing.osceola.org for more information on all of these programs.

The Board is prioritizing support for businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The grant process available with our “We’ve Opened Safely” program, Based on feedback from applicants, we working to streamline the program to make it even easier for businesses to apply.

  • Currently, 488 applications have been approved, providing $2.7 million to support the recovery. To our business community, please know that money is still available! As mentioned, the application process has been modified to make it even easier to apply for a grant.

If your business was negatively affected by the pandemic, visit www.weveopenedsafely.com.


Osceola Announces COVID-19 Business Task Force

Assistance Programs Will Continue Through the New Year

Osceola County, Florida – With COVID-19 cases on the rise and a worrying Thanksgiving approaching, Osceola County Board of Commissioners Chair Viviana Janer announced the launch of a COVID Education and Compliance Task Force -19, Thursday.

The unit will visit businesses and provide information and resources to help them operate safely. Education and consistent application of CDC guidelines is the best defense against this virus.

“I ask all businesses to help ensure the safety of their customers and employees by requiring that they wear face coverings and maintain social distance. Please do your part so that we can continue to increase consumer confidence in businesses that serve our community, ”said Janer.a

The Florida Osceola Department of Health and the Osceola County Office of Emergency Management are preparing to distribute the vaccine, when it becomes available.

“As we enter Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful and encouraged by the news of a vaccine that is very close to moving into production. Please know that we are willing to support distribution efforts, ”said Janer. “Phase One will include residents and staff of long-term care facilities, hospital workers, and first responders.”

Echoing calls from national health leaders, Janer urged residents to use common sense when celebrating Thanksgiving next week, including limiting people at those gatherings, as well as practicing other guidelines. of security.

“We are a week away from Thanksgiving and we have all seen the COVID-19 numbers increase at an alarming rate,” said Janer. “It is imperative to consider traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends, as all experts say they can increase the chances of catching or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The CDC recommends that you limit the size of your gatherings to only your immediate family. This may be difficult, but it is the best decision for everyone’s health and safety. “

Other recommendations from the CDC:

  • If you are visited by people who do not live in your home – maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times.
  • Organize outdoor gatherings as much as possible. Even outside, everyone should wear face coverings when not eating or drinking.
  • They should avoid direct contact with other people – such as shaking hands or hugs.

The coronavirus continues to affect this county on a daily basis. According to the latest report from the Florida Department of Health, the total number of cases in Osceola is 16,491, with an average positive rate of 8.8%, the last two weeks. 229 people have died in Osceola County.

As a reminder, Osceola’s mandatory face covering order, which was passed on April 1, remains in effect, even though Governor Ron DeSantis removed the sanction from those regulations. The key steps to curbing the spread haven’t changed: wear face coverings, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and use hand sanitizer.

Other information

  • Available COVID-19 testing locations are at osceola.org/covid19testing/.
  • The Board of County Commissioners recently reviewed its strategy for its $ 65.5 million in Federal CARES Act funding. As a result, Osceola County will continue with many programs beyond the December 30 deadline.

    • As of this week, we have been able to help 1,900 families, using $ 10.2 million in Federal CARES Act and coronavirus relief funds. Funds are still available to help our residents. If you have previously applied and been denied or still need help, please reapply.
  • The COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program to assist Osceola County tenants who are in imminent danger of being evicted. To be considered eligible for the program, landlords and tenants must apply, and payments will be sent directly to the landlord by our Department of Human Services.
  • Our Utility Assistance program helps residents who have been unable to pay their electric, gas, or water bills. Participants must be Osceola County residents and show proof of COVID-19 impact. There is no limit to the amount an applicant can receive. This program is only open to residential properties.

    • So far, 506 payments have been approved, totaling $ 283,000. The funds are still available, so if you need help, please apply.

Visit housing.osceola.org to learn more about all of these programs.

The Board continues to prioritize supporting our businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The grant process is still available with our “We’ve Opened Safely” program. The County is working to make the application process easier.

  • Currently, 488 applications have been approved, providing $ 2.7 million to support recovery. For our business community, know that there is still money available.

If your business has been adversely affected by the pandemic, please apply to our grant program at: weveopenedsafely.com.

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ANSA / GB: Johnson’s Billionaire Plan for Military Spending

By Alessandro Logroscino (ANSA) – LONDON, NOV 19 – The British government launched a multi-million dollar program of additional military spending, not seen in 30 years, to protect “the safety of the British”, share more “global responsibilities with the allies NATO “and” extend UK influence “after Brexit

All of this, British Premier Boris Johnson considered, in a world “never so dangerous and intensely competitive since the Cold War.”

Johnson also promised a shower of pounds both to “modernize” conventional arsenals and nuclear deterrents, as well as to meet with “cutting edge technology” the new challenges of cyber defense, space competition and artificial intelligence applied to the war apparatus.

The announcement was made in front of the House of Commons, with a “Tory” prime minister forced to connect by video in the wake of the isolation imposed by Covid-19, but still determined to try to restore shine to the image of his government. Despite internal disputes, the controversy over the emergence of the coronavirus, and the unknowns about the crucial negotiations with the EU for future relations

There are 16.5 billion in the plan spread over 4 years, which will be added to the 24.1 planned in the same period of time as a basic increase in the budget of the Armed Forces by 0.5% higher than inflation: up to a total of more than 40 billion additional and a final sum estimated between now and 2024 at 190 billion pounds (212 billion euros), or 2.2% of GDP

A quota of more than 2% requested by the Atlantic Alliance from all Member States and aimed at consolidating both the European primacy of the United Kingdom and its second place behind the United States only in the absolute number of defense allocations among the partners of the NATO

Not without the parallel prospect of stimulating 40,000 jobs thanks to military orders, from shipbuilding to aerospace.

For the premier, the need is to “stop the decline” and the possibility of defending the interests and values ​​of the Kingdom as well as the Western chessboard in a reality in which – following his narrative – there are “enemies” (not mentioned openly, but among others it seems obvious to evoke the profile of China or Russia) who conspire “in an increasingly sophisticated way, even in cyberspace”

“I made the decision” to launch this transcendental “generational” program, “in the face of the pandemic since the defense sector is a priority,” the premier proclaimed to the deputies, listing among the different projects in a few words the creation of an ad hoc military agency to deal with artificial intelligence, development of a National Cyber ​​Force, establishment of a new command structure of the Space Forces tasked with launching a first carrier rocket in 2022

Limiting ourselves to “hope for the best” in the face of threats from “terrorism” or “hostile states” is not a prudent option, Johnson said.

Meanwhile, he does not hesitate to reject the withdrawal from Afghanistan announced by his friend, outgoing President Donald Trump, reserving the right to discuss the security of that country and the future of British contingents in other areas of conflict with the new “American friends. of the elected administration “by Joe Biden. (ANSA)

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Weather: scant rains are expected for the next few days in the entire agricultural region of the country

Producers continue to plant soybeans after the weekend rains, in which almost 5 million hectares of the 17.2 million projected for the 2020/21 season have been incorporated. According to data from the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange, the greatest interweekly advances were reported in the South of Córdoba, the North of La Pampa-West of Buenos Aires, the South Nucleus and San Luis, after an improvement in surface humidity during the last week.

In addition, to date, 31.4% of the 6.3 million hectares estimated for the current campaign have already been sown in corn, while for the cultivation of sunflower, of the 1.4 million hectares estimated for the current campaign. 94% of the area has been implanted.

In this productive context, the Buenos Aires entity launched a new Agroclimatic Outlook Report on what will happen to the climate in the next 15 days.

For the first week, from 19 to 25 of this month, minimum temperatures will continue to be observed below normal, caused by the entry of southeast winds during the preceding days.

The winds from the tropics will return rapidly, beginning a long period of warmth, with temperatures above normal in most of the agricultural area. The persistent tropical circulation will impede the passage of storm fronts, making lhe rainfall remains scarce in most of the agricultural area, except for its central portion, which will observe some foci with moderate to abundant records, caused by the entry of winds from the southeast.

At the beginning of the second stage of the outlook, from November 26 to December 2, the entry of tropical winds will continue, although with somewhat less intensity than in the first stage, so that maximum temperatures will moderate somewhat.


Parallel, the passage of the storm front will take place, producing abundant rainfall, with wide foci of storms in the north and the center of the agricultural area, while the south will receive moderate to little contributions.

Along with the front, the polar winds will advance, causing a marked late thermal decline in the south and the center of the agricultural area, while the north will remain under the influence of tropical circulation.

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