Key Islamic State figure captured in Turkey

International terrorism

An official of the Islamic State (IS) group, known under the nickname Basim and considered the right hand of the organization’s deceased leader, was captured by police in Istanbul, local media reported today.

For: Telam

The Afghan individual was arrested last Wednesday by the Turkish police and intelligence services in the eastern district of Astasehir, after entering Istanbul with false identity documents, the DHA news agency reported today.

“Basim”, also responsible for the armed wing of IS, helped the leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi hide in the Syrian province Idlib, where he was killed by US special forces during an operation carried out with Kurdish fighters in 2019, according to the network. NTV.

Turkey redoubled its efforts against ISIS fighters, who carried out deadly attacks in the country, including a mass bombing at an Istanbul nightclub in 2017 in which 39 people lost their lives, including 27 foreigners.


The key series for the week of May 3 on streaming platforms

1. ‘Pose’, the beginning of the end comes

Ryan Murphy’s co-creation of drag houses and the ballroom culture of the eighties is nearing its end. Not because it was canceled, but simply because the series sometimes end before decadence begins. In the third season we will see Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) juggling to be a good mother and a nursing assistant. And apparently, we will attend the wedding of Angel (Indya Moore) with Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel). HBO, as of Monday, the 3rd.

2. ‘The bad remittance’, animated portion of ‘Star wars’

While ‘The book of Bobba Fett’ arrives, scheduled for December, the most completeists of the ‘Star wars’ universe can entertain themselves by sinking their teeth into this sequel / spinoff of ‘Star wars: The clone wars’. Dave Filoni (essential brain of ‘The mandalorian’) here gives the work of supervising director to Brad Rau, hardened in ‘Rebels’ and’ The resistance. The series will explain what became of the experimental soldiers of the title after the last death throes of the Clone War. Disney +, from Tuesday, day 4.

3. ‘Mythic Quest’, game restart

At its premiere in February 2020, this huge work comedy went unfairly overlooked. But this creation of important people from ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, like fellow star Rob McElhenney, has ended up having a considerable following of admirers. Now there is expectation to know how the new battles will unfold in the impossible (but, apparently, very realistic) company Mythic Quest Studios. Apple TV +, from Friday, the 7th.

4. ‘Belgravia’, after ‘Downton Abbey’

The venerable Julian Fellowes adapts a novel of his own in ‘Belgravia’, a miniseries about forbidden loves and class struggle in the most exclusive district of Victorian London. A chance meeting between the newly rich Anne (Tamsin Greig) and an aristocrat of old ancestry, Mrs. Brockenhurst (Harriet Walter), reopens the connection between two families that are only a priori disparate. The father of ‘Downton Abbey’ returns to deliver drama, love and gossip in bulk. Movistar +, from Friday, day 7.

5. ‘Jupiter’s legacy’, super little offshoots

In this adaptation of a comic by Mark Millar (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Wanted’) y Frank Quitely, the first generation of superheroes, who received their powers in the 1930s, prepare to pass the baton on to their children. But these turn out not to live up to expectations in any way. The creator is Steven S. DeKnight, veteran of nerdy culture: wrote episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, created ‘Spartacus’ and directed ‘Pacific Rim: Insurrection’. Netflix, from Friday, the 7th.


Anniversary and previous week key

It is the yellow day of Ecuador. May 1, in addition to being Worker’s Day, is the foundation of Barcelona. And the Canaries live moments of happiness, intensity and above all of dreams, in LigaPro and Copa Libertadores. But at the same time, they will be accompanied by a key duel in LigaPro against Delfín.

Ismael Rescalvo will start the rotation in the clash against Orense

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Barcelona celebrates 96 years of creation, being the most popular and awarded national team of Ecuador.

Unfortunately, due to the curfew, all the points that the Barcelona leadership had planned with their followers, To fully celebrate this anniversary, they were suspended and there will only be a celebration via social networks.

This year there is no cake, but what is in the background is a LigaPro match. Delfín de Manta arrives at the Monumental with the idea of ​​taking the Idol out of the dream that lives in the local tournament, since if Barcelona wins today it would be a transitory pointer until tomorrow’s Emelec duel.

Precisely, at the beginning the Clásico del Astillero was scheduled against Bombillo -by date 11- but the suspension of LigaPro led to the immortal duel moving one more week. Dolphin is playing today.


Barcelona and Emelec: Leaders in South America

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The canaries have been concentrating for several weeks and will not come out until the end of the month. Barcelona, ​​in the next 11 days, It is played in four games: money, fame and sporting glory.

Today he must win against Delfín so that Emelec does not go alone in LigaPro. But the canaries have the mind in Tuesday’s clash for the Copa Libertadores against Boca Juniors, so today, Fabián Bustos has planned to give some players rest to dose loads.

Before Boca Juniors, on Wednesday at the Monumental, the mission is to break the history of bad results against xeneize and add three to continue as a leader in group C of the contest.

Carlos Garcés scored again with Barcelona, ​​he has two goals in the Copa Libertadores.

Barcelona stomps on Libertadores and waits for Boca Juniors

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But after that crash, on the weekend the Monumental will host the Clásico del Astillero, match that can define the first stage of LigaPro and therefore, the direct pass to the group stage of the Libertadores in 2022.

An anniversary, with pressure, that can extend his celebrations until the next week with his neighborhood brother: Emelech.


Internationalization is key to improving productivity | Opinion

In 2020 and early 2021, the evolution of Spanish exports has been deeply affected by Covid-19 and an international environment less conducive to commercial exchanges. The decline in exports of non-tourist goods and services has been similar to that experienced in neighboring countries. Important in this regard is the resistance shown by non-tourist services, which already account for more than 50% of total income from services exports and which show a surplus trade balance.

On the other hand, the export base of goods has not suffered significant damage so far, maintaining the number of regular exporters, those who carry out sales abroad for at least four consecutive years. We are, therefore, in a position to resume its driving role when mobility recovers. A separate issue is the damage that Covid-19 has produced in tourism, on which, in addition, the Spanish economy is highly dependent, which becomes a factor of weakness for the future that will require specific action.

Although the decline in the value of sales abroad has been generalized, exports of food and beverages have continued to grow, especially fruit, vegetables and meat products, despite the rise in North American tariffs on some products and the Brexit. Since 2010, agri-food exports are gaining weight in the Spanish export structure, almost five percentage points, as well as chemical products and consumer manufactures, although with less intensity. The rest of the chapters, with the exception of pharmaceutical products, have registered a decrease in the value of their sales abroad in the last twelve months, among them such important goods in the Spanish production and export structure such as automobiles.

By geographic scope, the only destination where exports of goods have increased significantly is China. Despite this, the trade deficit with this country is growing and of considerable magnitude, equivalent to the total trade deficit of Spain. For their part, the greatest reductions in our foreign sales have been located in Latin America and the European Union.

Looking ahead, the behavior of trade and the world economy will be decisive. We must remember that Spain is a very open and interconnected economy, whose exports account for 34% of GDP and the stock of foreign direct investment a percentage close to 50%.

Although world trade in goods has shown greater resilience than anticipated, numerous dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Covid-19 has revealed the weakness of global value chains and has accentuated their retreat. Added to this are the consequences of Brexit, the rise of protectionism and the decline in multilateralism, regardless of the diplomatic and trade tensions between China and the United States and Europe. These circumstances can weigh down the dynamism of foreign trade and cause a decrease in economic efficiency and an increase in prices.

However, the forces that drive globalization are still alive: technological advances that favor interdependence worldwide. In particular, digitization is reducing costs and streamlining transactions, which is especially relevant for smaller companies to more easily overcome sunk costs associated with internationalization.

The provision of the European Next Generation EU Funds can be a unique opportunity for the Spanish economy to overcome some of its structural deficiencies and move as quickly as possible towards a more efficient, resilient and inclusive economy. In this sense, it would be convenient for these funds to also be dedicated in a sufficient amount to consolidate and enhance the advances that were being made in the internationalization of the Spanish economy before the arrival of the pandemic, making it possible for the unavoidable recomposition of the pattern exporter does not translate into a decline in the foreign presence of companies and a deterioration in the balance of the balance of goods and services

The data is irrefutable. Companies that operate abroad are more productive, invest more in innovation, offer better working conditions and are more resistant to the vicissitudes of the economic cycle. It is therefore essential to take the necessary measures to internationalize a greater number of SMEs and to increase the complexity of our exports, incorporating a greater technological component. At the same time, continue advancing in the geographical diversification of exports, with a greater presence in countries with better growth prospects, such as some countries in Africa and Asia.

It starts from a solid base that has been able to withstand the two great crises of the current century, which has acted as an engine of recovery, and which has brought clear benefits to Spanish society in terms of productivity, competition, wealth and employment. The rapid and profound changes in the political, commercial and business environment and the need to face environmental, technological and social challenges, make it essential to have powerful analytical instruments that allow a rapid reaction to these transformations, as well as reinforce the permanent interaction between the public administrations, companies and universities.

Gonzalo solana He is Director of the Nebrija Santander Chair in internationalization of companies


UK Gives Provisional Green Light to Merger of O2 and Virgin, Key for Pallete | Companies

Relief for Telefónica in the UK. The British competition authority, the CMA, has given a provisional green light to the merger of O2, the British subsidiary of the Spanish company, with Virgin Media, owned by the American LIberty Global. The operation is valued at 35,800 million and will create a telecommunications giant in the country, which with 46 million lines, between mobile, fixed broadband and television, seeks to threaten the historical leadership of BT. For this reason, the authorization of competition is key.

“A thorough analysis of the evidence gathered during our investigation has shown that the agreement is unlikely to lead to an increase in prices or a reduction in the quality of mobile services, which means that customers should continue to benefit from strong competition.” , has indicated the CMA. The competition authority, in this case the European Commission, has already thwarted a key operation of Telefónica O2, its sale to Hutchison in the spring of 2016.

Like the former, the integration of O2 and Virgin is key to the plans of the Spanish company and its president, José María Álvarez Pallete, in reducing debt. With the operation, teleco foresees a debt reduction of between 6,300 and 6,652 million euros, and an initial payment of 6,500 million euros. At the end of 2020, Telefónica’s debt was around 35,000 million, although the teleco pointed out that, with the pending operations, the merger of O2 and Virgin, and the sales of Movistar Costa Rica and the Telxius towers to American Tower, indebtedness would be around 26,000 million.

The operation was announced in May last year, in the midst of the pandemic, and a few months later the United Kingdom asked Brussels for the operation’s file, in view of its characteristics and the end of the post-Brexit transition process.

The CMA has indicated that its analysis has not focused on possible duplications in the retail markets, without considering whether the operation may reduce competition in the wholesale market, that is, in the rental of services to third-party operators.

Virgin rents lines to operators such as Vodafone or Three to complete its own networks, while O2 rents its network to alternative mobile operators. The CMA feared a price hike in these areas, but has provisionally ruled out this possibility, indicating that customers should continue to benefit from strong competition.

The final approval could take place during the month of May, according to industry sources, who point out that it is highly unlikely that the CMA could change the direction of its decisions. From the outset, Telefónica’s management has demanded approval without conditions, recalling that, in 2015, the United Kingdom gave the green light to a very similar transaction, the purchase of Everything Everywhere by BT, also without setting conditions.

Both partners have worked with that conviction. In fact, already in the second half of 2020, they completed the recapitalization of the joint venture, with the raising of more than 6,100 million euros between credits and bonds. Last week, Telefónica and Liberty announced the management structure of O2 Virgin Media. Thus, Lutz Schüler, from Virgin will be the CEO of the new operator, while Patricia Cobián, financial director of O2, will occupy the same position in the joint venture.

In addition, Liberty Global has accelerated in recent weeks the segregation of Virgin Media’s business in Ireland, which was not part of the agreement with Telefónica.

Telefónica and Liberty have argued that the merger combines the mobile strength of O2, with an ambitious 5G deployment, and the weight of Virgin Media in fixed broadband. One of the promises of both partners is the acceleration of the deployments of the next generation infrastructures, both mobile 5G and fiber. In this case, the Spanish group has highlighted that it will contribute its experience in the deployment in markets such as Spain and Brazil.

Telefónica shares started the session with slight decreases, amid the doubts that surround the markets. In the first minutes of trading, they are left around 0.7%, up to 3.71 euros. Various analysts have agreed that the approval of the merger of O2 and Virgin Media should be a catalyst for the recovery of the matildes.


Columbia – PSG – Keylor Navas: four key matches between Ligue 1 and Champions to be French champion

Between the participations against Bayern Munich, the final games of Ligue 1 and the coronavirus that did not leave them alone this year either, PSG is risking their lives in Europe.

To repeat the French championship, the PSG team of our compatriot Keylor Navas must overcome a closure of heart attack, first on April 3 they must face Lille and on April 11, Racing de Strasbourg in two crucial matches for Ligue 1.

In that same period, they will have again the litmus test for the Champions League, a repetition of the great final lost the previous season, against the powerful Bayern Munich in two fast-paced games on April 7 and 13.

PSG is aiming once again to win its tenth Ligue 1 tournament, the Coupe de France (quarter-finals), and give the big surprise by leaving Bayern on the road.

If he wins the local league, he will become the top winner over Olympique de Marseille, both tied with nine titles, since the Qatari company took over the Blue and Red from the capital.

But it must be remembered that injuries, one of the hardest stages they have experienced, suspensions for COVID-19, since a total of 17 players have been infected so far, they have become their worst enemies in the last two years.

“(A total of) 17 Parisians out of a staff of 25 have tested positive for Covid-19 this season. The proportion is enormous compared to other groups, both in L 1 and in other parts of society, “the influential French daily Le Parisien commented in a journalistic note this day.

“The disease has already affected stars, from Kylian Mbappé to Neymar through Marco Verratti. Bad news, you can get it again. The last victim, Moise Kean, had to isolate himself for ten days, forcing him to miss four games, including the return to Barcelona, ​​”the newspaper detailed.

For this reason, the future winner of PSG depends only on them and on how lucky they are with the respect that injuries and the coronavirus give them, which have not left the French champions alone.


Road transport, key to vaccine logistics | Opinion

At the risk of being repetitive, we must insist: the road freight transport sector is strategic. It is so for any country and even more so for ours, whose goods export capacity has more than 66% of its destinations in its EU partners. And it will also be necessary to insist that its professionals are among those who should be considered “essential”, those who cannot stay at home when confinements are decreed to prevent the spread of infections. Those for which you have to start implementing the protection measures that are becoming known, from EPI to the first vaccines.

The embarrassing Brexit episodes in December, in which thousands of professional drivers saw them taken hostage for several days, returned to television screens, radio stations and the front pages of newspapers, reflected reality. that without the road logistics sector the operation of the productive activity and the consumption of the population cannot be conceived, in short, the real economy and the well-being of the citizenry. Finally, at the beginning of February, the European Council recommended to its 27 Member States that they guarantee the passage of road transport companies through the green lanes or green corridors in the face of retentions at border crossings caused by the Covid-19 test controls.

For weeks, beyond this well-being, the vaccination campaign has now been added. Everyone has been able to verify that the enormous scientific effort carried out by the laboratories of the largest companies in the pharmaceutical sector and universities on the planet to design, first, the vaccine and then manufacture the billions of doses required would be in danger of being rendered useless if distribution logistics, with road transport as its key link, should fail. Thousands of excellent health professionals in health centers would also see how their willingness to serve and their know-how would be impotent if the containers with the doses necessary to fulfill their mission of immunizing millions of patients as soon as possible were not delivered to each vaccination center. citizens.

I think there are not many better examples than this of how essential and strategic logistics can be due to its efficiency and effectiveness. Huge efforts of the highest scientific and industrial level, on the one hand, with the enormous needs of the population in the hands of their toilets, on the other, they would be impossible to connect without those trucks traveling the roads in all corners of the geography, driven by professionals who, unfortunately, are about to add to the list of endangered species without the authorities or road transport users appearing to be very concerned.

In view of all the above, it is difficult to believe the systematic neglect that professionals, companies and their sectoral representatives have suffered from the most varied echelons of the Administration, both from the field of transport itself and from the labor perspective , road safety, training or digital agenda. We have another recent example of collective amnesia about the backbone role of road freight transport, which generates almost 5% of Spain’s GDP. Their companies have been left out of the 7,000 million direct government aid, despite suffering an economic footprint of 5,000 million due to the pandemic.

Many things seem to be changing due to the fight against Covid, but nothing seems to alter the historical disinterest in providing this country with a business fabric capable of solidifying road transport so that it can create and maintain quality jobs , correct the overwhelming gender imbalance that is suffered, with only 3% women among professional drivers, minimize environmental impact and deepen digitization.
If this ostrich policy is not corrected, we will not take long to regret it, since it will not be possible to maintain, much less perfect, the constant, reliable and sustainable interconnection that our modern societies demand between the centers of production and the consumers of goods or, in in this case, the vaccine recipients. A vital connection for the economic prosperity and well-being of the population, which only the road is capable of offering.

Marcos Basante is president of the International Road Transport Association (Astic)


Summer will be key to measure if the covid «stays with us»

The First World War was not called that until the Second happened. Similarly, the SARS-CoV-1, which emerged in November 2002 in the Chinese province of Canton, did not need that digit until the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan. On that occasion, the respiratory virus disappeared after nine months, leaving almost a thousand deaths in its wake. The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed 2.5 million fatalities and the affected countries have battled with the vaccination. Will this virus die forever like the one twenty years ago? Are we attending the first vaccination campaign of others that will follow in the future? Will covid vaccines become common like flu vaccines?

“We still do not have enough data to draw definitive conclusions, but summer will probably be the key moment to know if the covid remains with us as a seasonal virus,” he says Adonina Tardón, Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Oviedo. “First of all, if everything goes as planned, in summer we will achieve group immunity and then we will have to observe how the virus will behave. And it will also be necessary to check if it survives the highest temperatures of those months. It must be remembered that in the first months of the pandemic the possibility that its transmission would decrease in summer was pointed out and it did not, it continued to circulate, “says Tardón.

Venancio Martínez, pediatrician and member of the Principality Vaccine Advisory Committee, is also cautious in prognoses: «The protective immune response in vaccinated people lasts for months, but we do not know how many. Nor do we know what will happen to those who have suffered from the disease. It will only be known as phase IV of the clinical trial progresses. ‘ According to the doctor, “there are also very limited studies on the mutability and relevance of changes in its structure, and this is of great importance for the future of vaccinations.”

Watch out for variations

Precisely that aspect of the “mutability” of SARS-CoV-2 is, according to specialists, essential to intuit whether in the future immunization deployments as massive as the present will be necessary. At the moment, the health authorities have already detected a dozen strains, among which the British one stands out, which in the case of Asturias it already represents 80% of the cases. Virologists and epidemiologists agree that this variant is more easily transmitted than the original pathogen, but it is not yet clear whether it is more aggressive and causes more mortality. Data from Asturias from the third wave suggest that this strain attacks younger people, but it is not as lethal.

Pedro Arcos, director of the Emergency Research Unit at the University of Oviedo, believes that “probably the virus will remain as something endemic and seasonal, with a relatively low prevalence and that it produces specific outbreaks in some countries.” In this case, says Arcos, “if each year a certain group of the infected population is located, it will be necessary to analyze in terms of cost-benefit whether it is better to treat only that specific group or mount a large-scale vaccination.” The epidemiologist estimates that the virus “will continue to circulate but will surely be more benign.”

In a similar vein, Tardón remarks that “the flu has large mutations, while, for now, the variants that have appeared of SARS-CoV-2 are minor, and I hope they stay that way.”

Venancio Martínez, for his part, shows reservations: «The experience of a few months only allows us to affirm that SARS-cOV-2 has not behaved like a typical seasonal virus typical of cold months. This is another concern raised by the epidemic. Many things are in a ‘we will see’, so researchers must be given room to publish their results.

Francisco Álvarez, also a pediatrician and also a member of the Vaccine Advisory Committee, sums it up like this: «At the moment everything is pure speculation and futurology. That the virus remains seasonal is a possible hypothesis, but it may not be perfectly fulfilled. There is no data yet to support any conclusion. ‘


Spotify’s podcast service will overtake Apple’s in the US through 2021

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The constant work of Spotify to develop its podcast service could lead it to exceed this year in terms of volume of subscribers and listeners in the United States to that of Apple.

This is predicted by the market research firm eMarketer, which gives Spotify a total of 19.9 million followers of its podcasts by the end of 2020. In addition, it indicates that in 2021 “28.2 million people will listen to podcasts on Spotify at least once a month, while 28.0 million will do so through Apple Podcasts”.

Likewise, eMarketer assumes that the difference will be greater in 2023, when it calculates that Spotify will already have 37.5 million podcast listeners in the US, above Apple’s 28.8 million.

Spotify has not broken down its podcast audience in the US in its global reports. At the end of last year, 25% of Spotify’s monthly active users were listening to podcasts, which was just over 86 million people. If that 25% figure were applied to Spotify’s results in the North American country, the total of its listeners would amount to 20.7 million.


The ECB turns to Italy in its extraordinary debt purchase plan | Markets

Italy is not the euro country to which the ECB has acquired more sovereign debt in its extraordinary anti-pandemic program (PEPP), launched in March of last year. It is Germany, for a volume of more than 188,000 million euros. An amount that corresponds to the fact that Germany is by far the country that has the most weight in the capital of the ECB, 21.43% of the total.

But the extraordinary status of the PEPP program does not lie only in its voluminous amount – forecast at a total of 1.85 trillion euros – but in the option that the ECB has given itself of having enough flexibility to deviate in its purchases of the so-called capital key, for which it must acquire sovereign debt in proportion to the weight of the issuing country in its capital. And in that unusual freedom that Christine Lagarde has given herself, Italy – with a debt-to-GDP ratio close to 160% – is the great beneficiary.

The ECB has acquired Italian sovereign bonds in the PEPP program for 136,310 million euros, at the end of January, which is equivalent to 17.75% of the total. The percentage is 3.9 percentage points higher than the 13.81% of the capital that corresponds to Italy in the ECB. This is the biggest deviation from that capital rule among euro zone countries. Above 3.13 percentage points in which German debt purchases exceed the capital key or 2 points in the case of Spanish sovereign debt. The PEPP has allocated 11.7% of its purchases of public debt to Spain. Above 9.69% of Spanish capital in the ECB.

The Draghi government will allow to reduce the pressure in favor of Italian bonds

These percentages of the shareholding distribution in the ECB were reviewed on February 1 on the occasion of the formalization of Brexit. Thus, all EU countries are part of the capital of the ECB and those of the euro zone account for 81.32% of the shareholding. But if the composition of the ECB’s capital were adjusted only to the euro countries, Italy would once again be the great beneficiary of the PEPP, even more clearly.

In that case, and according to calculations by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group – Japan’s largest bank – the ECB would continue to deviate by 2.18 points in favor of Italian debt from the new capital key, which would rise to 15.55% for the country. The deviation in favor of Germany would instead be reduced to 0.42 points and 0.77 in the case of Spain.

The ECB has made a clear commitment to making its debt purchases more flexible in the face of the current crisis, which has served to keep state financing costs at bay. The newly launched government of Mario Draghi has triggered investor interest in Italian debt and will undoubtedly be a support so that the ECB does not have to go much further in its purchases in favor of Rome, without forgetting that Italy will be the country of the euro that more debt will issue this year.