Johnson scores a goal for Europe ‘thanks’ to Brexit

Starting next week, the United Kingdom will become the first country in the world to massively vaccinate the population to stop the pandemic which has plagued every corner of the planet since last January. British authorities have proven to be much more agile than European ones when it comes to protecting the health of its citizens. The British drug regulatory agency, MHRA, has given the green light to Pzifer Y BioNTech to begin distributing the first 800,000 doses of its vaccine, which has an effectiveness rate that its developers place above 95%.

The first lucky ones will be the elderly English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish people who are admitted to nursing homes, as well as their caregivers. Subsequently, Downing Street will focus on the population over 80 years old and the rest of the health personnel. A strategy that shows that the United Kingdom had already established a vaccination plan for a long time, without the need to discuss it with 27 other nations. Meanwhile, in some countries of the Union, discussion continues on the population groups they should be the first to receive the miracle elixir when the vaccine arrives.

The British have not hesitated to point to the Brexit as the origin of the health advancement by the right to the European Union. Keep apart from centralized purchasing for the whole of the EU it will allow London to secure the first doses of the drug. A weapon that can be double-edged if we look at the cost it will have for His Majesty’s public coffers.

Being the first also has its price. The pfizer vaccine could suppose for the British treasury an approximate cost of 660 million euros. A resulting amount much more expensive than the treatment proposed by Oxford AstraZeneca. A dose of the latter is barely 3.3 euros, while that of Pfizer BioNTech adds up to 15.4 euros per unit. So things, each patient ‘saved’ will have a cost for the British health system of more than 30 euros, while Europeans can access other options for only 6 euros.

Each patient ‘saved’ will have a cost for the British health system of more than 30 euros, while for Europeans it will be only 6.

But nevertheless, Boris Johnson He does not seem to be frightened by these figures, ridiculous if we take into account the economic effects that the pandemic has left in the United Kingdom. As soon as the news was announced and with all the pageantry of the English Parliament, the ‘premier’ assured that it will be precisely the protection offered by vaccines “that will finally allow us to recover our lives and get the economy moving again “.

That long-awaited recovery was what led the British Government to secure 40 million doses of Pfizer BioNTech outside the EU. For its part, the community authorities have pre-contracted 200 million doses which is still in the authorization phase by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The placet is expected to arrive at the end of the month, but we will have to wait for the last permit from the European Commission, which will be the institution responsible for giving the final green light for the product to be marketed in the European Economic Area.

Undoubtedly, the UK has put a very important medal on its lapel. Many of the instigators of Brexit have not taken a second to claim the success of the operation. “We are the first thanks to our departure from Europe”, they cried yesterday in the streets of London, in an attempt more to reinforce their isolationist position than to congratulate themselves on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Regardless of Brexit and its greater or lesser influence on the UK being ahead of the EU in acquiring this global panacea, not everything is oregano in the English countryside. The characteristics of the Pzifer and BioNTech vaccine make hospitals will become the first vaccination centers. The cooling and maintenance requirements of the purchased doses reach -70 degrees. A temperature that only the large and advanced cameras located in the nerve centers of the British health system can reach.

Its chief executive officer, Sir Simon Stevens, stated that the health service was preparing to “the largest-scale vaccination campaign in the history of our country.” At least in a first phase, the meeting points of the vaccination campaign will have to have the British health system, which is already passing its particular stress tests before the effects that the second wave of the pandemic is leaving in the Kingdom United.

A failure, whatever it may be, in the vaccination campaign could put, even more, in question the management that the government of Boris Johnson is carrying out with respect to Covid-19. The high number of infections and restrictive measures that have not been welcomed by the population could derail Johnson’s efforts to take a step forward in the unbridled race for mass vaccination.

But this is not the last paradox the UK is experiencing. The first doses will have to depart from the warehouses of the Pfizer factory in Belgium. European trucks will have to access the United Kingdom via the English Channel in a complex logistical transfer and in which the EU will have to see how the long-awaited doses leave the European territory to land in another country outside the bureaucratic rules of Brussels.

Curiously a vaccine designed by Americans and Germans will have its first beneficiaries in a UK outside the European Union. An example of globalization that is coming and going.


Seven years after the death of Ricardo Fort, his children went out for a ride in his historic Rolls Royce: the photos

Ricardo Fort was an eccentric character. He liked the medium, he loved to sing and display all its splendor. But he also liked the good life and flaunted it. Jewels, fur covered and luxurious cars. Everything was part of his life, all of that was El Comandante, as he was affectionately called.

And seven years after the death of the chocolate entrepreneur, his children, Felipe and Marta, remembered him sharing photos with one of the cars he loved the most: an expensive Rolls Royce Phantom.

Felipe Fort (16) chose to share with his 342 thousand followers an image in which he is seen inside the car, which is driven by a driver. And Marta Fort (16), who is followed by more than 451 thousand people, chose to pose leaning on the glamorous car, surrounded by three friends.


But November 25, the date Ricardo died, was not the only day his children remembered him. On November 5, the day that would have been her birthday, Marta remembered him sharing a sweet anecdote.

“I didn’t know what to say today since it makes me uncomfortable talking about my dad. So I thought about sharing the first memory that I have a record of: the walks of my dad and Gustavo taking me in a stroller, walking the streets and the boulevard of Miami city ​​where we live) something very happy about him, “wrote the young woman at the bottom of a picture in which she sees her as a child with her brother, her father, Gustavo Martínez, her ex-partner and Marisa, the nanny.

“Today my memory is very blurry, but I also remember when with my brother we hid playing in a clothing store and my father closed the entire store to look for us while we cried with laughter,” he completed then.


Program of the fifth day

Madrid, Dec 1 (EFE) .- Program for the fifth day of the group stage that will take place next Thursday.


– Program of the fifth day.

. Thursday 3 December.

– From 21.00 (20.00 GMT):


Cluj (RUM) – CSKA Sofia (BUL)

Roma (ITA) – Young Boys (SUI)



Molde (NOR) – Dundalk (IRL)

Arsenal (ING) – Rapid Vienna (AUT)



Niza (FRA) – Bayer Leverkusen (ALE)

Slavia Praga (CZE) – Hapoel Beer Sheva (ISR)



Rangers (ESC) – Standard Lieja (BEL)

Benfica (POR) – Lech Poznan (POL)



Granada (ESP) – PSV Eindhoven (HOL)

Omonia Nicosia (CYP) – PAOK Salónica (GRE)



AZ Alkmaar (NED) – Naples (ITA)

Real Sociedad (ESP) – Rijeka (CRO)


– From 18.55 (17.55 GMT):


AEK Atenas (GRE) – Braga (POR)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR) – Leicester (ING)



Lille (FRA) – Sparta Prague (CZE)

Milan (ITA) – Celtic (ESC)



Qarabag (AZE) – Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)

Sivasspor (TUR) – Villarreal (ESP)


Grupo J.

LASK Linz (AUT) – Tottenham (ING)

Amberes (BEL) – Ludogorets (BUL)


Grupo K

CSKA Moscú (RUS) – Wolfsberg (AUT)

Feyenoord (NED) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)



Gante (BEL) – Slovan Liberec (SLO)

Red Star (SRB) – Hoffenheim (ALE). EFE

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Video: Barcelona’s tribute to Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi’s reaction

In the game that marked the return to the Spanish League in Barcelona after meeting on the last Wednesday of the death of Diego Armando Maradona, the club where the Argentine also left his mark dedicated an emotional tribute to him.

“Diego, always with us,” wrote the Culé club on its social networks, and showed the 10 jacket from the time Maradona wore it in the middle of the Camp Nou stalls.

Before the game there was a heartfelt dedication where the players of both teams surrounded the central circle of the game, with a shirt 10 in the center, silence and music to say goodbye to the Argentine star.

With the return of Lionel Messi and the need to win to improve their present, Barcelona against Osasuna, while Real Sociedad -leader together with Atlético de Madrid- will be local to Villarreal in the two outstanding games of the continuity of the date 11th. of the Spanish League.

After the “rest” arranged by DT Ronald Koeman to Rosario, the Catalan team has the obligation to return to victory and improve its weak present in the Spanish League.

The one in Barcelona this Sunday is another setting where Diego Armando Maradona, who died last Wednesday at the age of 60, was remembered, who played for the Catalan team between 1982 and 1984.

The coach of Barcelona, ​​the Dutch Ronald Koeman, remembered Diego as “the best in the world in his time”, and avoided entering into comparisons with Messi, whom he directs.

“We enjoy his quality a lot. On the field you always see the quality of a player much more. He was the best in the world at that time,” the coach remarked in the preview.

“I played against him once against Sevilla. I remember he was late for the warm-up, but he did a lot of things and I was almost more aware of him than my warm-up,” he said.


Due to the improvement in the climate of South America, there was a general drop in grain prices in Chicago

The prices of grains in the Chicago futures market closed today with general falls, among which the falls of US $ 8.54 in soybeans and US $ 5.97 in wheat stood out.

In the case of soybeans, the contracts agreed for January fell 1.95% (US $ 8.54), ending at US $ 429.35, and fell 1.94% (US $ 8.53) in the sales agreed for March , which were traded at US $ 429.72.

The Rosario Stock Exchange indicated that the drop was based on “that doubts persist regarding Sino-US trade.”

“There is expectation regarding the possibility that China will resume important purchases of the bean this week, compared to last week with a much slower rate of purchases. The import of soybeans by Brazil from the United States could have cut losses”, added the Rosario entity.

With a similar trend, soybean by-products accompanied the decline with a decrease in oil of 2.11% (US $ 18.08) to US $ 835.10, and a decrease in flour of 1.35% (US $ 5.95) to $ 433.31.

The December corn contract ended the day down 1.35% (US $ 2.26) to US $ 165.25.

Recent rains reduce the impact of the drought in Brazil and Argentina, improving production expectations. The declines are lessened by external demand that remains strong for yellow beans, indicated the BCR.

Meanwhile, wheat in its position in December ended today’s wheel with a fall of 2.72% (US $ 5.97) to US $ 213.21.

The BCR explained that a very favorable climate in Australia improves production expectations, which expects a 10% increase this season, reaching 31.17 Mt. Likewise, a rise in the export quota of Russia, an important exporter, is expected. which would lower prices even more.


Vigo’s fishing fleet trusts “a minimum agreement” of Brexit

Last month of Brexit and fishing is at the heart of the final negotiation with the threat of a ‘no deal’ still present. “We remain optimistic and we trust that at the last minute we can reach a minimum agreement”, indicates the president of the Vigo Shipowners Cooperative (ARVI), a group with important interests in the agreement for the 43 ships it has in Malvinas. fishing ground that represents 25% of the imports of the port of Berbés. “Any option is worth us, except a non-agreement. There must be a high level of vision on both sides because very negative consequences can be produced for companies on both sides of the English Channel”, points out Javier Touza, who warns that a hard Brexit “It would aggravate the already delicate current economic situation due to the covid.” “It would be the worst moment, I do not think it will happen, we are optimistic that an agreement will be established in fishing, perhaps with transitory periods,” says the shipowner regarding a possibility that gains strength in the negotiation in London about a transitional period three years for the fishing sector.

Another obstacle to overcome is the distribution of fishing quotas in which Vigo shipowners claim “access to markets and waters”, in reference to the Malvinas and Gran Sol fishing grounds where 140 Galician capital ships have interests, many from Vigo and Marín associated with ARVI.

Given the possibility that there is no agreement, the Xunta proposes that contingency plans be approved for the fishing sector and that those regions affected by having more vessels concentrated in British waters benefit, as is the case of Galicia.

Another sector with great interests in the UK is canning, which also relies on a “just in time” agreement. “I believe that there will be understanding, although the terms can be extended or there is some extension of the commercial agreement,” says Juan Manuel Vieites, general secretary of the national employer Anfaco-Cecopesca, based in Vigo. And it is that the processing industry of fishery and aquaculture products has the United Kingdom among its main markets. “It became fourth, last year it dropped to sixth place in our exports and in 2020 it will regain fifth place. It is an important market and we would like to maintain it, but there would be alternatives,” Vieites points out.
In the event that there is no agreement, the tariffs foreseen by the United Kingdom for preserves would be 20% and could reach 25% in some species, such as bonito. The tariffs for the import of these products would reach a value of 6,600 million euros, according to Anfaco calculates.


English put the ‘eye’ on Gonzalo Plata

After the outstanding performances he had Gonzalo silver, with the Ecuadorian team, at the start of the qualifying rounds at Qatar World Cup 2022, several clubs in England have been interested in the current player of the Sporting Lisbon.

Since Portugal claim that the West Ham and the Newcastle they have asked about the ‘Ecuadorian jewel’ 20, for whom they would be willing to pay the $ 24 million in which it would be valued.

Diary Record published this Monday, November 30, that the team that wishes to acquire the 100% from his pass shall cancel the clause of termination in the contract, which exceeds $ 70 million.

Toño Valencia left Ecuador “to have peace”

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The payment was unveiled the previous year in the South American Sub 20 from Chile, after being one of the figures who had the selection of Ecuador, which was consecrated as champion of that tournament. Later, the national attacker was listed in the world of the category, which occurred in Poland, where the Mini-Three was located in third position.

His official approach to the selection greater than Ecuador, it happened this year, in the duels of the playoffs al Qatar World Cup 2022, that occurred before Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia.


The resurgence of the PC: the pandemic boosts the sales of HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Apple | Opinion

Opinion platform of Jorge Díaz-Cardiel, managing partner of Advice Strategic Consultants

The second wave of COVID-19, hitting many countries along with companies preparing for longer-term remote work environments, has pushed PC shipments to levels not seen since 2011, according to analyst firms.

Global shipments of laptops and mobile workstations in the third quarter of 2020 were 28.3% higher than a year ago, helping drive total PC shipments up 12.7% year-on-year to 79.2 million units.

The PC sector sold 64.6 million laptops (includes Chromebooks, but not tablets or removable ones). However, the shift to remote work reduced desktop shipments by 26% compared to a year ago.

This quarter’s growth in PC shipments outpaced the 9% year-over-year growth in PC shipments in the second quarter of 2020.

The pandemic has brought mixed results for Microsoft, which is experiencing a slowdown in demand from smaller companies but higher spending from large companies in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Smaller business stagnation and business closures resulted in Windows OEM professional revenue falling 4% year-over-year, while Windows OEM non-professional revenue increased 34% in the quarter.

On the other hand, people spend more time on their computers: more than four trillion minutes are spent on Windows 10 per month, an increase of 75% year over year.

Lenovo sold the majority of its PCs in the third quarter of 2020, with 19.27 million units, an increase of 11.4%, leaving it with a 24.3% market share. HP sales grew 11.9% compared to last year to 18.66 million units, resulting in a 23.6% share of the PC market. Dell sold 11.99 million units and has a 15.1% market share, but its sales are down 0.5% compared to the previous year. Apple’s Mac sales grew 13.2% to 6.37 million units, giving it an 8.1% share of the PC market and fourth place. Acer’s shipments grew 15% to 5.64 million units.

Bottom line: Laptop sales soared in the last quarter, with Lenovo and HP grabbing half the market.

Apple is a world apart. The company reported Mac sales of $ 7.08 billion in its third-quarter update in July, up 22% from a year ago. IPad sales also increased 31% to $ 6.58 billion.

“Vendors, the supply chain and the channel have now had time to stand up and allocate resources for the supply of laptops, which continue to be in massive demand from both businesses and consumers.”

The industry recognizes that remote work will require providers to focus on mobility, connectivity, battery life, and screen and audio quality. Growth is expected in computing for the educational market and mainstream games.

The next quarter also appears to bring positive news, as consumer spending during the holiday season increases computer sales.

The high demand for laptops as people work and learn remotely helped HP Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc. soften the impact of a slowdown in spending on office equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

HP reported that laptop sales rose 30% in the July quarter from a year earlier, helping the company limit its revenue decline to 2%, as it reported $ 14.29 billion in sales, surpassing Wall Street’s projection of $ 13.34 billion. The drop was driven by the printer business, as well as lower sales of desktops and workstations, and companies invested less in office equipment because employees work from home.

Meanwhile, Dell said consumer revenue was up 18% for the business that includes computer sales, while commercial customer sales fell 11%. Overall revenue, like HP’s, fell 3% to $ 22.7 billion.

“We saw strength in the government and education sectors, with orders increasing 16% and 24%, respectively, as parents, teachers and school districts prepare for a new frontier in virtual learning,” said the director of operations. Dell’s Jeff Clarke in a statement. .

The pandemic has also posed problems for the two tech companies due to lower spending on office equipment. Dell saw sales of servers and data storage equipment drop, the company said, and customers shifted spending to facilitate remote work.

HP says its printing business, smaller in revenue than the computer business but generally more lucrative, saw sales drop to $ 3.93 billion, driven by lower sales of printers and supplies.

The consumer printer market, however, was a bright spot, with people trapped in home buying devices. Chief Executive Enrique Lores said those sales should boost the printing business as people return to buy more ink and other “consumables.”

Earlier this year, HP warned that the last quarter would be more difficult than the previous one for the company’s printing business as corporate customers cut spending on office equipment. Enrique Lores said that the supply chain challenges the company encountered during the pandemic affected printer sales early in the quarter, particularly on the consumer side. But, the CEO said, the consumer printing business, which posted a 7% revenue increase in the quarter, should strengthen. Furthermore, he said, commercial print sales, while still low, were improving and supply chain problems had lessened.

Xerox Holdings Corp., which last year launched an unsuccessful hostile takeover offer for HP, saying the printing industry was decades behind in consolidation, reported that its sales in the most recent quarter fell by more than a third from the previous year.

Laptop and tablet sales drive sales for HP, Dell and Apple

With so many people working, learning, and playing at home, you might think laptop and tablet sales would be strong. And you would be right.

HP and Dell reported quarterly earnings showing strong laptop and gaming system sales.

And market watcher IDC just reported that Western European unit shipments of “detachable tablets” – that is, tablets with dockable keyboards – were up 170% in the third quarter of the year. By supplier, Apple rules the roost.

HP: notebooks on the rise

HP reported its fiscal fourth quarter earnings yesterday, and overall, things are pretty heavy. Total revenue reached $ 15.3 billion, a drop of one percentage point from the prior-year quarter.

Similarly, the company’s personal systems group reported fixed revenue of $ 10.4 billion. That was despite unit shipments rising 7% year-on-year. In other words, the average selling price (APC) has dropped.

In the fourth quarter, laptop revenue increased 18% while laptop unit shipments increased 25%. Desktops, however, declined: unit shipments fell 31% and revenue fell 28%.

Another way to look at it: HP’s fourth-quarter notebook revenue accounted for nearly half of the company’s total revenue. Desktop computer revenue was just 15%.

Dell: double digit growth

Things were a bit brighter at Dell, which reported earnings for its fiscal third quarter. The company reported total revenue for the quarter of nearly $ 23.5 billion, a 3% year-on-year increase.

Things were even brighter for Dell’s Customer Solutions group, which is Dell’s language for PCs. It reported record shipments, record revenue of $ 12.3 billion and record operating income of $ 1 billion.

Of those $ 12.3 billion in PC revenue, 28% came from consumer sales, while the remaining 72% came from commercial sales. In dollars, consumer sales in the quarter totaled $ 3.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 14%. And commercial sales totaled $ 8.8 billion, an increase of 5%.

Dell says it enjoyed double-digit growth in most of its consumer and business lines, as well as gaming systems.

More specifically, Dell’s business PC revenue was driven by double-digit growth for Latitude and Precision notebooks, and triple-digit growth for business Chromebooks.

Consumer revenue was driven by double-digit growth in the XPS and Alienware premium gaming systems, both notebooks and desktops.

Apple: tablets

Do all those kids go to school from home now? They (or maybe their parents) are buying a lot of tablets.

New figures from market watcher IDC show that unit shipments of detachable tablets in Western Europe increased 170% in the third quarter of this year, which ended on September 30. These devices now account for 40% of all tablets shipped in the region.

By contrast, third-quarter unit shipments of slate tablets (that is, those without a keyboard) in Western Europe fell 16%, according to IDC.

By verticals, education is now the fastest growing sector in the region for tablet sales. Total tablet shipments to the Western European education market in the third quarter increased 89%, according to IDC.

By vendor, the loot goes to Apple. IDC says the company’s share of the Western European educational market for tablets has risen to a dominant 64%.

Apple also dominates the overall tablet market, with a share of nearly 32% in the third quarter, IDC says. The market watcher says Apple shipped more than 2.6 million tablets in the region during the quarter, a year-on-year increase of nearly 31%.

Jorge Díaz-Cardiel. Managing Director of Advice Strategic Consultants. Economist, Sociologist, Lawyer, Historian, Philosopher and Journalist. He has been Managing Director of Ipsos Public Affairs, Managing Partner of Brodeur Worldwide and Porter Novelli International; Director of Sales and Marketing for Intel Corporation and Director of Investor Relations for Shandwick Consultants. Author of thousands of articles on economics and international relations, he has published around twenty books on economics, innovation, digitization and business success. He is the 1991 Economy Award


Global Covid-19 cases reach 61.6 million

The deceased amount to 1.44 million, 11,000 of them registered in the last day, a daily rate that is still one of the highest of the whole year.

America adds 26.2 million cases of Covid-19, 720,000 deaths, and its graphs in this second wave still do not show a clear decrease.

Yes they are in decline, especially in the number of daily infections, the graphs of Europe, with 18.2 million cases and 407,000 deaths.

Related note: Europe is the region with the most Covid cases in the world

The United States, which is close to 13 million cases of coronavirus, remains the most affected country, followed by India with 9.3 million, Brazil with 6.2 million and Russia with 2.2 million.

Among the 10 countries in the world with the highest absolute numbers of cases are also France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina and Colombia.

The United States, Brazil, Russia and Colombia still show a stable or ascending graph in the number of daily cases, while in the rest of the countries mentioned it decreases.

Recovered patients exceed 43 million, and 0.6% of the 18 million active cases, that is, about 105,000, are in serious or critical condition.

Source: EFE


The Mexican Raúl Jiménez, hospitalized after a brutal blow to the head

London, 29 Nov 2020 (AFP) -Wolverhampton’s Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez was taken to a hospital after suffering a brutal blow to the head in an action with Arsenal defender David Luiz, this Sunday in the 10th day of the Premier League .

In the 6th minute of the game, in a corner kick in favor of Arsenal, David Luiz tried to finish the ball at the near post, but what he found was the head of the Mexican forward.

Both players were lying on the grass and their teammates immediately demanded the assistance of medical services.

David Luiz was able to rejoin and continue the game with a bulky bandage on his head, before being substituted at half-time, but Jiménez was taken off the field on a stretcher after being treated by doctors for more than 10 minutes.

According to the Sky Sports chain, Jiménez arrived consciously at the hospital and was responding to treatment.

This action will once again bring to light the frequent debate on the protection of footballers in cases of severe concussion to the head and provide arguments for those who defend that players are immediately substituted in cases like these.

One of them is former Chelsea and Celtic Glasgow striker Chris Sutton, who has become one of the champions of the research on neurodegenerative damage suffered by many former footballers.

“Terrifying head clash between Jiménez and Luiz. It is time for football to get smarter and immediately authorize temporary substitutions due to shock,” Sutton tweeted.

“Clearly, Jiménez was not well, but has David Luiz been adequately checked?” He asked himself.

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