Leaders in business growth

Cepyme 500. The Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (Cepyme) has been drawing up a list of companies located in locations throughout the country and in various activity sectors that are leaders in growth for four years, both for their results and for their ability to generate added value, employment, innovation and international projection. The organization has just renewed this sort of ranking, made up of 500 SMEs, and has decided to reward 8 of them for the sustained growth registered since 2017. One of them, Aragonese, is Fútbol Emotion, the company founded by the ex-footballer Javier Sánchez Broto that started its journey as Soloporteros and that has become a benchmark in the sale of material for soccer practice. The growth of this SME has been exponential until this year, due to the economic crisis caused by covid-19, but there is no doubt that this upward trend will be reactivated once the pandemic is controlled. After billing 22 million euros in 2018 and exceeding 30 million in sales volume in 2019, Fútbol Emotion had growth targets in 2020 that it had to postpone, as it recently pointed out to this newspaper. Carlos Sánchez Broto, co-owner and CEO of the firm. With brand-new facilities in Plaza today partially empty because many employees are teleworking, 65% of its sales come from the ‘online’ channel, with 50% of that business generated outside of Spain.

Event. To deliver the awards to these eight outstanding companies on the Cepyme 500 list, the SME employers’ association held an event last Thursday at the Madrid Stock Exchange with the presence of the third vice president and Minister of Economy of the Government, Nadia Calviño. An event in which it was precisely Carlos Sánchez Broto who spoke on behalf of the winners, “a source of pride for a company that was born 20 years ago in a small room in Zaragoza, now a benchmark in the sale of soccer sports equipment.” The little brother of the former goalkeeper Real Zaragoza and other teams such as Celtic de Glasgow thanked the president of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva, for holding an act that “praises the work of businessmen,” whom he referred to as “heroes who have been on the front line in this war of the economy, just like the sanitary ». Carlos Sánchez Broto stressed that the covid has made entrepreneurs go through “very hard months, months that are not taught in a master’s degree” and that in their case they have made all the company’s fixed costs more flexible due to the drop in demand. At the end he launched a message of optimism “in this time of change, a time to undertake more and more and digitize companies”, looking to the future “because the customer is faster in consumption and is increasingly demanding.” To Minister Calviño, the Aragonese asked him to “row all together.”

Others awards. In recent days, other notable awards have been handed out. One of them is the Ricardo Pereda of Communication, granted by the Aragonese communication directors to Balaand, Aragonese brand of BSH, for his campaign ‘There is no like things done well at home’. The other one that I highlight here is the one received by Ibercaja for the activity of its ‘call center’ in Zaragoza, a recognition from the Spanish Association of Experts in Customer Relations (Aeerc).


Biden contacts European leaders as EU prepares to revitalize transatlantic relations

The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has already started speaking with European heads of government. The last four years of the presidency of Donald Trump, who resists leaving the White House as evidenced by his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, have been marked by all kinds of conflicts between the United States and the European Union: from one more and more complicated trade war, to Trump’s threats to remove his country from NATO, through the abandonment of the Paris Climate Agreement to support for Brexit and the rupture of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. And finally, in a race towards a kind of new Cold War with China.

Despite Biden’s victory, the secretary of state affirms that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration”

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Biden, aware of this like the European leaders, has begun to take steps towards a normalization of relations that everyone expects in Brussels supposes, at least, a change of tone although there are issues that remain, such as a more Asian than European look and a less multilateralism than in previous stages.

Thus, the president-elect of the United States has received a call from the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, an old ally of Trump to whom the electoral result in the United States can encourage him to close the Brexit agreement with the EU for the commercial relationship from 1 of next January, whose negotiations were resumed this week. “I just spoke to Joe Biden,” Johnson said, “to congratulate him on his election. I look forward to strengthening the relationship between our countries and working with him on shared priorities, from climate change to promoting democracy and post-pandemic reconstruction. “.

French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke to Biden: “We will have a lot to do together to promote shared priorities (climate, global health, international security) and effective multilateral action.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also been able to speak with the US president-elect, and, as reported by the Chancellery, “they agreed that transatlantic cooperation is of great importance in view of the many global challenges.”

With a view to the meeting of EU leaders in December (10-11), the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will organize videoconference meetings with Heads of State and Government to address the revitalization of transatlantic relations after the American elections.

“The objective is to strengthen political dialogue,” explain community sources: “The president intends to focus the discussion on five key issues of common interest: COVID-19; values ​​and multilateralism; climate; trade; and security and common geopolitical interests.

Michel intends to invite President-elect Joe Biden to a video conference, which will be followed at a later stage by a summit in Brussels.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for her part, said to the EU ambassadors: “I think it is time for a new transatlantic agenda adapted to today’s world and I believe that it is Europe that should take the initiative , with an offer to work with the new Administration in areas that can strengthen our bilateral and multilateral partnership. ”


Atlético Tucumán beat Arsenal as a visitor in the final and is the leader of their group

Atlético Tucumán defeated Arsenal 2-1 today at the Julio Humberto Grondona stadium, for the second date of Zone 1 of the Professional League Cup. Gabriel Risso Patron opened the scoring for the visit in the first half and Mateo Carabajal tied it in the second for the homeowner, in a controversial play. At the end, already in added time, Lucas Melano gave the victory to the Dean.

It was a first time in which the owner of the house had possession, although without clarity, and the visit invoiced the only one he had. Maximiliano Gagliardo covered Leonardo Heredia’s heads up, but Risso Patron took advantage of the rebound to convert his first goal in the First Division.

The second period started in the same vein, until at 11 minutes Nicolás Castro crashed a free kick in the upper left corner, Lucas Albertengo involuntarily gave the ball to Carabajal with his right arm and the defender tied the game with a violent right hand . According to current rules, the play should have been invalidated, but referee Leandro Rey Hilfer validated the conquest.

At 33, Méndez saw his second yellow card for a child attack in front of the referee’s eyes and left the local with one less man. The Dean had his chance at 44 with a shot from Ramiro Carrera that Gagliardo covered well. Two minutes later, Melano picked up a rebound and sent the ball into the net for Atlético to lead with an ideal score.

Sergio Rondina’s team continues without winning in the tournament, because in the debut they tied as a visitor against Unión in Santa Fe. Atlético Tucumán, meanwhile, beat Racing in the Cilindro in its debut, so it leads the group with 6 units.


Republican leaders revolt at Trump’s fraud accusations without evidence

President Donald Trump’s efforts to insist without proof on the existence of electoral fraud is being responded to by some Republican leaders. “If you count the legal votes, I have won easily,” Trump said in a short speech from the White House on Thursday night. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the elections from us.”

The president of the United States has come so far that the television networks ABC, CBS and MSNBC stopped broadcasting the president’s intervention for suggesting without proof that there is an immense electoral fraud for Joe Biden to win the presidency. ABC News journalist Terry Moran has stated live that “this is not a reality show, but the US elections.” Lucía Hernández reports.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has responded to allegations by Republican President and candidate Donald Trump without proof. “Everyone in the United States wants free and fair elections, they want every vote to be counted,” he said: “The frivolous demands to prolong this if there is no evidence are absolutely damaging to the country.”

“There is no defense for the president’s comments tonight that undermine our democratic process,” Hogan insisted. “The United States is counting the votes and we must respect the results as we have always done before. No election or person is more important than our democracy.”

Mitt Romney, senator from Utah, has also responded to Trump: “Counting every vote is at the heart of democracy. That process is often long and, for those who run it, frustrating. The votes will be counted. If there are reported irregularities, they will be investigated and finally resolved in court. Have faith in democracy, in our Constitution and in the American people. ”

“We want all votes to be counted, yes, all legal votes (of course),” said Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger. “If you have legitimate concerns about fraud, present evidence and take it to court. Stop spreading discredited misinformation. This is freaking out.”

“Taking days to count the votes cast legally is NOT a fraud,” said Republican Senator Marc Rubio from Florida. “And judicial challenges to votes cast after the legal voting deadline is NOT a deletion.”

“If a candidate believes that a state is violating electoral laws, he has the right to challenge it in court and present evidence to support his claims,” ​​Rubio said.


The climate is overheating after the attempted takeover of the Municipality and leaders linked to Saintout and Grabois are targeted

In the municipal corridors, government officials of Mayor Julio Garro dispatched anger against the “Turkish” Jalil a reference linked to UTEP and with arrival at Juan Grabois, Ramiro “Vasco” Berdesegar, of the CCC, and former candidate for councilor last year on the deputy list Florencia Saintout, who is also a benchmark of the space led by the national deputy for the Frente de Todos, Juan Carlos Alderete, Y Daniel Menendez, the latter official of the national government in the Ministry of Social Development. “Some of them ask for meetings, others act distracted afterwards, and others are directly involved in miserable attitudes”, they denied.

Even this morning the mayor himself Julio Garro said in statements to Radio Miter: “What happened yesterday was something we never imagined.”

“” More than seven months ago we established an ordinance by which we meet in neighborhood committees every Friday in each neighborhood “ commented and added: “Two social organizations had requested a meeting, the CCC and the UTEP, and it had been set for today at noon; but strikingly yesterday they entered the Municipality with violence. ”

“This is not the way or does it lead to a solution, for an issue that we do not know what it is … because this is clearly not a social or food issue, but a political one; there is no other explanation”said the president.

Added: “It caught our attention a lot, especially the violence that was carried out trying to take over the municipality.”

“This is, in my opinion, a way of extorting, intimidating and scarying; but there are limits and we are not going to tolerate this”, Held.

Added: “You have to think about the level of violence, which for several weeks has been escalating in our country.”

“Extortion is the way to start a spiral that we do not know how far it can go”, he lamented.

Barrios de Pie takes off and points to Menéndez

“From Barrios de Pie / Libres del Sur we detach any responsibility with the events of public knowledge that occurred at the gates of the Municipality of La Plata carried out this morning” says a communiqué distributed to the press yesterday.

They add: “We clarify that Barrios de Pie is the territorial space of Libres del Sur and that Silvia Saravia coordinates it at the national level.”

“The social organization that today was one of the protagonists in the events that occurred at the gates of the Municipality is Barrios de Pie / Somos, led by Daniel Menéndez (official of the National Social Development portfolio) and that since 2018 no longer is part of our organization “they add.

Then they say: “We also denounce that Menéndez has been making use of the name Barrios de Pie, dirtying the construction that for years we have built together with the most humble sectors of the country.”


Bryant, a great influence; Anthony Davis, marked by Black Mamba


The figure of the legendary Kobe Bryant has impacted Anthony Davis for many years.

Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gigi and nine other people in late January, lived with Davis when they joined the United States Olympic team in London 2012.

Kobe, who is considered the Lakers, most relevant in history, told the parents of Anthony Davis, then 19 years old and recently chosen as the first draft selection by New Orleans, that he would take care of their son during his stay in London, according to a report from the US network ESPN.

The young forward published on his social networks that experience of living with what is now his partner, LeBron James, with Carmelo Anthony and with Bryant.

Now, eight years away from that experience, Davis is one of the best players in the NBA and faces this postseason with the memory of Bryant present at every moment. Giving a title to the memory of the deceased Los Angeles star is an extra motivation for the new star of the team and his teammates.


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