Folding phones: this will be the next phones from Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi

Though many wonder if folding screen phones make sense (and despite the fact that the first models have sold below expectations), manufacturers are still determined to offer us their approaches to the segment. So much so that 2021 is predicted the year in which these devices will flourish, thanks in part to an improvement in their value for money.

We review below the rumored terminals at the hands of Xiaomi, Samsung and the bitten apple itself.

Up to four smartphones from Samsung

Galaxy Z Flip 3 concept
Galaxy Z Flip 3 concept / Let’s Go digital

After the catastrophe with the original Galaxy Fold, the South Koreans tried their luck with a much more compelling clamshell design (on the Galaxy Z Flip). Thus, although the launch of a third-generation Fold this year is taken for granted, the manufacturer’s great hope lies in the future. ‘Z Flip 3‘.

The design of the second Z Flip (the 3 of its nomenclature is a mere question of marketing) will conform to what is seen in the new Galaxy S21, by adopting its module of triple rear optics. It will also integrate a renewed hinge and a 6.7-inch panel with narrow frames, without increasing the dimensions of the device.

With respect to Z Fold 3, there is talk of a 7.55-inch interior screen and 6.21 inches for the exterior (compared to 6.23 of the current model, to make room for the SPen). According to rumors, Samsung will also launch models’FE‘ and ‘Lite‘of the mentioned smartphones, in order to considerably lower their base prices.

Trio of aces for Xiaomi

Concept of one of Xiaomi's folding smartphones
Concept of one of Xiaomi’s folding smartphones

The quintessential Chinese manufacturer has been working on its first smartphones with a folding screen for some time, although it will be this year when they materialize. More specifically three models, if we pay attention to registered patents.

The first would fold ‘out’, in the style of what was seen in the prohibitive Huawei Mate X. Codenamed ‘Cetus’, it will house a screen of up to 8 inches at 120 hertz, protected by an ultra-thin UTG glass film manufactured by Samsung. In addition, its main camera would reach 108 megapixels, according to analyst Ross Young.

Less information exists about the other two phones, except that one would fold in reverse (‘inwards’) and the other would resemble the aforementioned Galaxy Z Flip, under a “more resistant” design. Another question in the air is the price at which they will be marketed, taking into account Xiaomi’s taste for shaming its opponents in that regard.

The first foldable iPhone

Concept of an iPhone with folding screen
Concept of an iPhone with folding screen

The supposed iPhone with a folding screen should be taken with a grain of salt. And it is that Apple usually develops prototypes that never see the light (or they do years after we read about them).

According to a source close to the project, those in Cupertino have been testing different types of panels for months, so they even have a proper device. The most appropriate size for the terminal screen has also to be decided, one of these being equivalent to that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max (of 6.7 inch).

Little else has transpired in this regard, except the use of a hinge similar to that used by Samsung. For now, the only certainty is that this year we will receive new iPhone models (12S in four variants) and iPad (a Pro model with a mini-LED screen and another standard under the 2019 iPad design).


Room 2 | Josh Hawley: What if the next Trump is not what you imagine?

15/12/2020 11:39Updated: 12/15/2020 12:06

With an impeccable side parting, the harsh voice of a ‘western’ actor and one of those Obamian smiles practiced in front of the mirror some six million times, the conservative Josh Hawley a media gap is being carved out in these days of transition. And not in the way one would expect from a Republican. The senator from Missouri, 40, appeared these days shoulder to shoulder with the socialist Bernie Sanders. The two demanded, as part of the second stimulus plan, a new round of checks to lower-middle-class families affected by the economic debacle unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

It was not the first time that Hawley advocated progressive policies. The senator has proposed to tax foreign capital, monitor the quality of university education according to its price and force the centers to pay half of the debt of students who cannot pay it. But above all, it has become one of the main scourges of Silicon Valley; both for its responsibility in addictions to technology and for the censorship, in the view of many Republicans, of conservative content.

Sometimes they could be put in the mouth of Sanders or Elizabeth Warren things that Hawley has said without making a difference, which has aroused misgivings among the conservative ranks. “They told us to shut up,” Hawley acknowledged, “while the party’s establishment focuses more on cut taxes and do favors for corporations. Multinational corporations that do not share our values, that will not uphold American principles, that were delighted to send American jobs abroad.

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“This has to stop”. Republican Gabriel Sterling, supervisor of Georgia’s voting system, becomes a symbol of conservatives who want to protect the electoral system

The anti-elite stance of this young conservative, enthusiastic about the president Teddy Roosevelt, which broke the great monopolies of the early 20th century, can generate disbelief. Until we travel a few decades back in time. A time when the Republican Party retained some of the concerns that, for a few years, seem to us Democratic heritage.

Tectonic changes

San Francisco, August 1956. The Republican Convention meets to re-nominate the exgeneral Dwight Eisenhower as a candidate for reelection. Among the points of his program are to strengthen Social Security and expand it to 10 million more workers, protect the salary increase that Eisenhower himself had approved as president, increase unemployment insurance and “grant asylum to thousands of refugees, expelled and displaced ”. As if that were not enough, the party promised “to continue fighting (…) to ensure the same pay for equal work, regardless of the sex” of the worker.

He Republican PartyLike the Democrat, it was not always the same. Both political forces have been realigning their positions according to the time and context. The ‘great emancipator’, Abraham Lincoln, he was a Republican. In the second half of the 19th century, it was the party of the big cities, the industrial and cosmopolitan force that ended up going to war to end slavery. On the contrary, until almost the middle of the 20th century, the party mostly rural and segregationist it was the other, the Democratic Party.

One of the hinges of the turn that ended up happening was the New Deal of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Democratic president, who at that time was still courting the racist electorate of the South, added Italians and Irish from big cities like New York or Boston to his coalition of voters. Workers who had arrived at the beginning of the century, but who had remained on the margins of the system. This is how the Democrats, little by little, they were urbanizing. Roosevelt’s adoption of strong socialist policies also contributed to the change.

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Among many other lessons, these elections have invited us to recognize diversity within diversity, and to understand that the Democratic Party does not have a monopoly on minorities

From 1933 onward, the Democratic Party became the dominant machine of U.S. The output of the Great Depression and victory in the Second World War they consolidated their prestige. The dazzling rise of the young man (Irish) John F. Kennedy, finished off with a tragic ending, formed one of the most enduring legends of the 20th century. His successor, Lyndon Johnson, finished off the play by betting everything on the civil rights charter, passed in 1964. Democrats have earned the political loyalty of African Americans, to this day, and confirmed that great change of course.

Reagan’s Ordeal

The Republican Party, while retaining the support of the industrial and financial elites of the cities, was increasingly serving the rural world. That southern electorate that the Democrats, with their embrace of the minority cause, had abandoned. A profile voter more conservative and somewhat less wealthy. And this is where the reasonably social program with which Eisenhower won the 1956 elections again fits in. One of his star proposals, precisely, was an expensive investment plan in rural areas.

For years the Republicans therefore maintained a balance that did not bring them much profit. In the nearly half century from 1932 to 1980, Democrats ruled the country for 32 years. In 1975 a record 37 state congresses dominated, and in Washington both the Senate and the Supreme Court were nothing short of non-negotiable, its territory by divine right.

But the Democratic force, since the early 1970s, has faded. The oil crisis tightened the nuts of the industrial model, the welfare state was increasingly unsustainable and globalization was gaining strength. This was the window through which Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 ordeal: a conservative revolution that would return the Republicans to preeminence. An optimistic and vibrant rhetoric, a robust foreign policy and an incurable distrust of anything that smelled of social spending, of that government that was slipping towards bankruptcy.

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Once upon a time, progressives in the United States controlled the country, but now they are too focused on getting the presidency

The Republican Party that we have known for almost four decades is this: that of austerity, free trade and interventionism in middle East. The Bush party and Wall Street party, climate skepticism and the Chicago School. A paradigm that, like the previous ones, will not last forever.

As manufacturing jobs shifted to China, hinterlands became poorer, and cities became even more Democratic, the ground was paved for the rise of a new sect within the Republican religion. A movement that was already there, larvae in the Tea Party and in the books of Ann Coulter, and that Donald Trump He knew how to back up with his talents as a ‘showman’. National-populism, with its protectionist strands and its rhetoric more focused on the common people than on the big financial interests, took power in 2016.

The heir?

What we have seen for four years in the Republican Party is the struggle between two souls. An old, Reaganian, with that ‘establishment’ of interventionists and tax hawks. And the new, the bug that comes out of the chrysalis and that enjoys the sympathy of the constituencies: Trumpism.

Checking several of the Trumpian boxes may be enough to give Hawley a bright future in 2024 or 2028

Now that the leader of the new sect is on his way out, even though he hasn’t recognized him yet, Josh Hawley is one of his most notorious heirs. The Missouri senator is halfway through the overworked and occasionally social rhetoric of the 1950s and Trump’s populist isolationism. Like other Republicans, he remains a staunch enemy of abortion, a radical critic of coastal elites, a supporter of protectionism and a recipient, despite his words, of substantial donations from the koch brothers.

The fact of check several of the Trumpian boxes it may be enough for Hawley to have a good future in 2024 or 2028. The street is not with Mitch McConnell, nor with Marco Rubio. He’s with Trump. The Republican lost the election, but he did so with more than 74 million votes. And a part of its base (50% of Republican voters) supports, for example, a wealth tax like the one who proposed leftist Elizabeth Warren. There is Hawley, at this precise intersection. Everything will depend on which soul, whether the new or the old, ends up imposing itself within the ‘Old Great Party’.


Outlook and risks in 2021: how to design a profitable portfolio | Opinion

A bond and equity mutual fund can be expected to perform well despite the difficult environment. The bonds of developed countries offer yields below 1% and are even negative for members of the eurozone. The Federal Reserve, the ECB and the central banks of most developed countries will maintain interest rates close to zero until 2022 to encourage economic activity until most of the population has been vaccinated. Investing in fixed income only makes sense if you buy bonds from relatively well-managed emerging powers. The 10-year bond yields of China (3.3%), India (5.8%) and Mexico (5.6%) are attractive, and the second world economy has overcome the pandemic. A more daring investor can add bonds from Indonesia (6.2%), Brazil (7.4%) and even Turkey (13%).

The Stock Market reflects the projection of the analysts of what will happen in the future. Developed countries are expected to have vaccinated most of their population by mid-2021 and GDP to rebound in the second half. This scenario is realistic considering that the imminent approval of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will allow 20 million (healthcare personnel and people in nursing homes) to receive them in the US before the end of the year. The US armed forces will distribute the vaccines to large pharmaceutical chains. Another 20 million Americans (police, firefighters, people 65 and older) will be vaccinated in January. Covid-19 in autumn 2021 should not cause more fatalities in developed countries than a severe flu season. But in its prestigious October World Economic Outlook, the IMF forecasts that in 2020 the international economy will decline at a rate of 4.4%, the GDP of developed economies will decline by 5.8% and that of the eurozone will contract. 8.3%. The worst declines in GDP in the EU will occur in the United Kingdom and France (9.8%), Italy (10.6%) and Spain (12.8%). No emerging economy with the exception of China will avoid severe GDP collapses: 5.8% in Brazil, 9% in Mexico and 10.3% in India.

Although the IMF predicts that the international economy will grow by 5.2% in 2021, the increases in GDP for most developed countries (average 3.9%) will be substantially lower than the decreases this year. The outlook for emerging countries is better, but they will need more time to control Covid-19. The long-term stock market always goes up. But the near-zero interest policies carried out by central banks to overcome the financial crisis and recession of 2008-2011 have inflated stock indexes before the outbreak of the pandemic.

In which countries and sectors is there an upward path for equities? Stock market declines this year in the CAC 40 in France (-7.2%), the FTSE 100 in the United Kingdom (-13%) and the IBEX 35 (-13.3%) will lead to recoveries in 2021. Contractions in Indices of countries with prospects for growth and control of the pandemic offer another buying possibility. In this group are Australia’s ASX (1.5% in 2020), Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (-5.9%), Singapore’s STI (-12.3%) and Israel’s TA-125 (- 7.5%). The third group of attractive stock markets is made up of those that have risen in 2020 –US, China, South Korea– and still have an upward path in 2021. In China and the developed economies of Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan) Covid-19 is currently minimal. The Dow Jones (30,069), S&P (3,691) and Nasdaq (12,519) record all-time highs. To the sustained vigor of the technological companies in the face of the deployment of the 5G network, the pharmaceutical companies and the health sector is added that of renewable energies, green technologies and manufacturers of electric vehicles.

These sectors are also interesting in Europe because the EU Green Plan will invest 350,000 million euros per year between 2021 and 2030. The Democrats and Republicans will surely agree on a stimulus package of 908,000 million dollars with aid for companies and extension of the benefit for federal unemployment. The stock market euphoria in the US is also attributable to the imminent distribution of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Investors worry that Democrats will gain control of the Senate if they win both Georgia seats on January 5.

Even so, the tie at 50 senators would give the Democrats the narrowest possible majority through the vice president’s tiebreaker vote. The more conservative Democratic senators or from states with hydrocarbons or coal (West Virginia, Colorado) will not support the Green New Deal or the increase in corporation tax. The S&P market capitalization is $ 23 trillion, the Nasdaq’s is $ 17 trillion, and the Dow Jones’ is $ 8 trillion. The Shanghai one and the DAX 30 do not exceed a billion. The evolution of the US continues to set the course for the world economy.

Alexandre Muns is Professor at EAE Business School and international economics analyst


Milan, Tottenham, Villarreal and Granada seal their pass to the next round

A classification to be won on the last day by Real Sociedad, after being unable to get past the draw (2-2) at home against a Croatian Rijeka, who no longer had any option to progress in the competition.

Who will not have to wait any longer is Milan, the brand new leader of the Italian League, who sealed his passport for the next round, after beating Celtic Glasgow 4-2 this Thursday, in a clash in which the Italians lost to the 14 minutes by 0-2.

But this Milan of Stefano Pioli, who still does not know the defeat in the Italian championship, in little or nothing resembles the disappointing team of past seasons.

And that the “rossoneri” could not count against the Scottish team with their greatest star, the Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suffering from muscle problems.

Setback that did not prevent the Italian team’s comeback, in which the Spanish Samu Castillejo, who signed 2-2 after 24 minutes, and Brahim Díaz, who established the final 4-2 eight minutes before the end .

Along with Milan will also be in the round of 32 from group H, French Lille, which ensured its presence in the next round, by beating Sparta Prague 2-1, with a double in the final minutes from the Turkish Burak Yilmaz , which already has six goals in the competition.

The English Tottenham did not fail either, adding the point they needed to reach the round of 32 of the Europa League, despite missing the victory (3-3) on their visit to the Austrian LASK Liz field in the extension time.

With his mind more set on the meeting that will face him next Sunday with Arsenal and in which the “spurs” will try to defend the leadership of the English League, the Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho did not hesitate to introduce up to eight changes in the team initial.

Among them, the Welshman Gareth Bale, who signed in the extension time of the first half the momentary (1-1), in the only auction between the three clubs of the English team in the entire first period.

A goal that seemed to make Tottenham react, which improved notably in the second half, as evidenced by the goals of South Korean Son Heung-Ming and Dele Ali, who made it 2-3 in the 87th minute from eleven meters.

But even so, the English team could not take the victory, who saw the French Mamoudou Karamoko deprive them (3-3) of the victory in the extension time, but not of the classification.

A ticket that the other two English representatives already had insurance, Leicester, who fell 1-0 on Thursday against Ukrainian Zorya, and Arsenal, who beat Rapid Vienna in a match in which the of Mikel Arteta could count for the first time in the course with the support of the public in the stands, although limited to only 2,000 spectators.

For its part, German Bayer Leverkusen ensured its presence among the thirty-two best teams in the competition, after beating Nice 2-3, which was worthless even twice the score.

Villarreal also had to wait until the final stage to certify their qualification, which beat Turkish Sivasspor 0-1 this Thursday with a goal from Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze in the 75th minute.

Although the wait was worth it, since Unai Emery’s men sealed their ticket for the round of 32 with a spectacular triangulation between Manu Trigueros, Jaume Costa and Chukwueze himself.

More agonizing was Granada’s move to the next round, which achieved qualification thanks to the defeat of PAOK, who fell 2-1 on their visit to the Cypriot Omonia field, after losing at home (0-1) to PSV Eindhoven.

The Andalusian team was not able to equalize, despite accumulating a handful of good chances in the last half hour of play, the initial goal of Donyell Malen for the Dutch team, who with their triumph at Los Cármenes, like Granada, ensured their presence in the next roda.

A goal for which Real Sociedad will still have to continue fighting, which will play the ticket on the last day of its visit to the Naples field, after being unable to pass this Thursday from the draw (2-2) at home with Rijeka

It could even be, but for the Donostiarras who managed to equalize the contest with a goal in the 69th minute from Nacho Monreal, who keeps alive the qualifying options of Imanol Alguacil’s

Although for this, Real Sociedad will have to win next week in the field of Naples, which would be enough, after drawing 1-1 against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, with a point against the Guipuzcoans to ensure their presence in the round of 32.

A round in which Benfica will be, who beat Polish Lech Poznan 4-0, in a match in which Uruguayan Darwin Núñez scored again, and Scottish Rangers, who beat Standard de 3-2 Liège.

Slavia Prague, Braga, Antwerp, Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade completed the roster of teams classified this Thursday for the Europa League round of 32.

Source: EFE Agency


UK is ahead of Europe and US and gives the green light to Pfizer’s vaccine | Companies

The UK has become the first Western country to approve a vaccine for Covid-19, with the pharmaceutical supervisor giving the green light to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech. London is ahead of the EU and the United States in the emergency permit for the antidote, which is expected to be key to halting the global pandemic. The European and American authorities are currently processing the permission of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNtech, analyzing the safety and efficacy of the trials carried out on tens of thousands of patients.

The vaccine will be available in Britain from next week, according to a statement from the UK government. London had already indicated that it would try to accelerate the approval of the vaccine as much as possible to protect its population, and doctors are on hold for a possible deployment. The so-called Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) is expected to publish its recommendation on which groups will be the first to receive the vaccine, but it is expected that it will be the elderly and health personnel. The country has agreed to purchase 40 million doses of the drug (two are administered per person) to immunize 20 million citizens.

The Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency has indicated that the vaccine “complied with the strict standards of safety, quality and efficacy” required. Pfizer, along with Moderna and AstraZeneca (associated with Oxfrod University), have been ahead of the race to deliver a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. Processes that usually take between five and 10 years have been advanced to less than one. In addition, China has licensed three different vaccines for emergency use, and Russia approved another known as Sputnik V.

The British government, in late November, invoked a rule that allows the regulator to speed up approval processes. The news is a relief for the Government of Boris Johnson, harassed by its management of the pandemic, which has caused 60,000 deaths in the country, which faces the rebellion by its party over restrictive measures while trying to close a last-minute agreement with the EU for Brexit.

European reviews

However, European medical authorities have criticized the speed with which London has processed the permit. “The EMA considers conditional marketing authorization to be the most appropriate mechanism for use in the current pandemic,” the authority was quoted as saying by Reuters. The slower process in the EU will give the drug the green light on December 29; the EMA argues that in this way it has more data and performs more checks on the convenience and safety of the drug.

According to European standards, the EMA is responsible for giving the vaccine a conditional green light, and subsequently member states can approve its emergency use. The UK, although it left the EU this year, remains subject to these rules, at least until the end of 2021, but changed the rules to speed up approval.

MEPs from the two main groups, the Socialist and the Popular, have criticized the London decision, and advocated a longer process. The German Peter Liese, from the CDU, has described the decision as “problematic” and urged that other countries not follow this path.


“” Bullish momentum. Transitional week, but positive. Next catalyst: central banks “

We are facing a week full of relevant macro and rather weak bias. Employment data will be released in both the US and Europe. Predictably they will loosen. Something logical given the re-outbreak of the virus and the containment measures imposed. The ISM / PMI Manufacturing and Services data will have the same bias. The OECD will review its macro forecasts, but we estimate little change.

They are very much in line with the recent IMF WEO update. OPEC will meet. We think it will delay the reduction in production cuts scheduled for January. The positive counterweight will come from the US with the first figures of the Christmas shopping campaign. The first estimates point to an advance in online sales of + 22% y / y on Blackfriday and anticipate growth of + 15% / + 35% for Cyber ​​Monday. For the campaign as a whole, the National Retail Federation estimates a sales increase of +3.6% / + 5.2%. A very positive figure in the current context. In fact, it compares with the advance of + 4.0% in 2019 and an average of + 3.5% in the last five years. In any event, we face a transitional week before the next great catalyst: the meetings of the world’s leading central banks. In the next few days we will have news of all of them: the ECB could announce an increase / extension of its purchase program on December 10, the Fed will foreseeably do the same on December 16 and on December 17/18 the BoE and the BoJ ( respectively) will return to ultra dovish.

The weekly balance will be positive. Inertia in bags is still clearly bullish. And is that everything that could go well has gone even better than estimated and what remains to come presents very good prospects. Let’s go in order.

(i) The American elections are in practice resolved. Trump accepts the transition of power to Biden and the cast in the chambers is the best we could imagine for the market.

(ii) Brexit progresses very slowly. Nothing new. We have been with this open front since 2016. But in practice the positions are not as far apart as it sometimes seems and in the end an orderly exit from the United Kingdom will be closed.

(iii) The flow of news about vaccines is only getting better. More and more drugstores announce very high efficacy of their vaccines (70% / 95%) and the distribution of some of them could arrive very soon. The FDA will decide on December 10 whether to authorize Pfizer’s vaccine. If approved, vaccination would begin immediately after in the US (Dec 11/12).


The Aemet warns of heavy rains and storms this afternoon and of the arrival in the Canary Islands of another storm in the coming days

The State Meteorological Agency, Aemet, highlighted this Thursday that the country is still under the influence of a wide Atlantic storm, which is centered in the southwest of Portugal. “If we except the areas of the north of the peninsula, rainfall is practically generalized in the Peninsula and in the Canary Islands, they can be accompanied by storms and be locally strong or persistent in areas of the south of the peninsula, Central System and in the Canary Islands and, from the afternoon , in points of Catalonia and north of the Valencian Community “, affirms the report published this Thursday.

In addition, he adds that the strong wind will continue with very strong gusts in the Canary Islands, in Castilla la Mancha “and locally in storm areas.”

Throughout Friday and Saturday the storm will move towards the east, placing itself over the western Mediterranean and favoring the entry of east winds over the Peninsula, with high humidity content. Rainfall, which will move from the interior and south of the peninsula to the Mediterranean area and the Balearic Islands, may be locally strong and be accompanied by storms and, especially in areas close to the coast, be persistent.

Throughout Saturday a new Atlantic storm will be located west of Portugal, with a new front that will leave rainfall during the afternoon in the southwest of the peninsula. In the Canary Islands, rainfall on Friday and Saturday morning will be weaker, although with persistence in the north of the islands of greater relief, and the wind will tend to subside. Throughout Saturday afternoon the new Atlantic front will also affect the islands, intensifying rainfall, adds Aemet.

It is very likely that on Sunday the Mediterranean storm will continue its displacement towards the east, with an improvement in the Mediterranean area. Simultaneously, the front associated with the new Atlantic storm will leave increasingly dispersed rainfall over the western peninsula and over the Canary Islands.

“There is uncertainty regarding the evolution of this new storm. The most likely scenario places it for several days between the Peninsula and the Canary Islands, with particularly intense showers over the islands, for which AEMET recommends monitoring the warnings and forecast bulletins that they will be broadcast over the next few days, “concludes the report.

A new subtropical cyclone next to the Islands

The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC), located in Miami, also contemplates the possibility of a new tropical cyclone forming in the north of the Canary Islands in the next 5 days. In fact, calculate these probabilities at 20%.

“A non-tropical low pressure area is expected to form in the far eastern Atlantic over the weekend. This system could gradually take on subtropical characteristics as it slowly moves south until early next week,” the NHC reports in your share of this Thursday.


Europe warns Turkey: next days will be crucial – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

Spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy Peter Stano said: “Brussels is still awaiting real Turkish approaches to de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean.”

He added: “On this ground, we will see if we move to a positive dialogue or other options.”

The Italian news agency AKI quoted Stano as saying that “the next few days will be decisive”, referring to the European summit scheduled for December 10 and 11, during which the countries and institutions of the Union will evaluate Turkish practices and take advantage of the characteristics of the next phase of relations between the two parties.



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.


Barcelona elections poised to take place on January 17

FC Barcelona’s presidential elections could happen on Sunday, January 17, 2021, according to La Vanguardia.


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Some pre-candidates are working on the basis, with December 20, 2020 the date chosen for the management committee to call the elections.

The elections could be on 16/17 Jan, 23/24 Jan or 30/31 Jan, allowing for the 33 day gap that must exist between them being called and the day of the vote.

If the elections are called for Jan 17, this would allow the new board time to get involved in the winter transfer window, which shuts on Jan 31, 2021.