alleges cash problems and that the bank does not endorse it

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More economic problems for FC Barcelona. In the midst of the financial crisis due to the coronavirus hit, the Treasury has imposed a millionaire penalty to the Blaugrana entity.

The Central Delegation of Large Taxpayers of the Tax Agency claims almost nine million euros in withholdings for income from work / professional (January 2012-June 2015) not paid, to which adds a fine of another 14 million euros for this question: 23 million euros total.

This sanction was ratified by the Central Administrative Economic Court just before the summer, but the football club appealed to the National Court to have the payment suspended. The Catalan team has managed to get the contentious-administrative chamber of the high court to postpone this disbursement after alleging the damages and “its difficult repair” of the immediate payment of the same.

Former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.  (EFE)Former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.  (EFE)
Former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. (EFE)

In order to defer the payment of taxes and achieve oxygen thanks to this precautionary measure, FC Barcelona highlights before the magistrates “the exceptional situation of the covid-19 pandemic, which has generated a substantial reduction in your income, by carrying out its activity in one of the sectors most affected by the economic crisis derived from the health crisis (public entertainment), which justifies, in its opinion, the adoption of exceptional measures “.

On the one hand, Barça alludes to the decrease in the market value of your players: “Covid-19 has not only affected the club’s income and expenses, but has also temporarily devalued your most precious intangible, that is, the value of its staff “, reads the judicial order consulted by El Confidencial.

“The compromised situation of the treasury and the refusal of various financial institutions to grant it a guarantee do not preclude providing a guarantee”

On the other hand, the team that today leads a management committee after the resignation of its former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, highlights that the “significant decrease in its income has been reflected in the financial situation of the FCB”, and adds: “The decrease of the income and substantial maintenance of the FCB operating expenses [más de 16 millones de euros mensuales de media en el último semestre] have resulted in a pressing decrease in your result, which would prevent it from facing the amounts derived from the settlement and sanctioning agreements “.

For all the foregoing, the court that judges the case understands this precautionary measure to be appropriate, which was opposed by the State Bar. However, the magistrates do not grant him partial dispensation from guarantee that Barça also asked for. “The compromised situation of the club’s treasury, as well as the refusal of various financial entities to grant you a guarantee, it does not exclude the provision of a guarantee in any other of the forms admitted by law to respond, where appropriate, to the amount of the penalty “, explains the National Court.

Crisis at all levels

FC Barcelona is experiencing one of the worst crises in its history. To the economic problems must be added its difficult institutional situation (without a board in the absence of elections) and the bad sporting moment that the club is experiencing, twelfth in La Liga after only one victory in the last six games and with its franchise player, Lionel Messi, increasingly disenchanted.

As this media has advanced, the club barely has 30 million of its own funds to face its complicated day-to-day life, which places it increasingly close to bankruptcy (former suspension of payments). Against this background, the interim board led by Carles Tusquets He is trying to agree to a salary cut with his staff of 190 million euros, which would allow him to stay alive. Hence, the sanction imposed by the Treasury comes at the worst moment for the club, whose current financial crisis considers “conjunctural and exceptional”.

Agustin Marco

For this reason, Carles Tusquets, the current president of the management committee that presides over the club after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, has asked the players for a salary cut of close to 40%

This is not the first time that the club or its stars have had problems with the treasury. One of the tax controversies that persecute him comes from the tax treatment of agents and intermediaries who participate in the signings of footballers.

The Treasury detected that these agents billed the club for services rendered in the multimillion dollar transactions of football stars. However, since 2015, the Treasury has applied a criterion in which it understands that intermediaries do not provide these services to the club but to the player in question whom they represent.

This differentiation means that the agent’s fees have to be paid by the footballer, so if he wants to pass them on to the team, he has to do so by raising his income and later liquidating the services with the representative. TO tax effects, this represents a substantial change, since it goes from the agent billing the club with 21% VAT to the footballer paying a marginal rate of 52%.

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Donald Trump uses the tactics of the autocrats he criticizes

MOSCOW – When the autocratic ruler of Belarus declared a landslide and implausible victory in the August elections and assumed a sixth term as presidentThe United States and other Western nations denounced what they said was a blatant defiance of the will of the electorate.

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared President Alexander Lukashenko’s victory a “fraud.” “We oppose the fact that he took an oath to himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. He wants something different, ”he added.

Just a month later, Pompeo’s boss, President Donald J. Trump, is copying the strategies from Lukashenko’s manual and he has joined the club of hostile leaders who, no matter what the voters have decided, declare themselves the winners of the elections.

Protesters in Minsk, Belarus, denouncing the presidential elections. Photo: Sergey Ponomarev / The New York Times.

Among the members of that club there are far more dictators, tyrants and potentates than leaders of what used to be known as the “free world”: countries that, led by the United States, for decades, have taught lessons about the need to hold elections and respect the results.

The parallelism is not exact. Trump participated in a free and fair democratic election. Most autocrats challenge voters even before they vote, by excluding real rivals from the ballot and flooding the airwaves with one-sided coverage.

But when the votes present real competition and the result works against them, they often ignore the result and claim that it is the work of foreign traitors, criminals and saboteurs and thus invalidate it. By refusing to accept the results of the election and working to delegitimize the vote, Trump is pursuing a similar strategy.

There is little indication that Trump can overcome the laws and institutions that ensure that the verdict of American voters prevails. The country has a free press, a strong and independent judiciary, election officials dedicated to an honest vote count, and strong political opposition, none of which exists in Belarus or Russia.

Yet the United States has never before had to force the incumbent president to admit a just defeat at the polls. And just by raising the possibility that he might have to be forced out of office, Trump has shattered the strong democratic tradition of a smooth transition.

The Damage already done by Trump’s stubbornness could be lasting. Ivan Krastev, an expert on Central and Eastern Europe at the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences, said Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat would “create a new model” for like-minded populists in Europe and elsewhere.

“When Trump won in 2016, the lesson was that they could trust democracy. Now they will not trust democracy and will do anything to stay in power, “he said. In what he called “the Lukashenko stage”, leaders will still want to hold elections, but “never lose.”

Among the undemocratic tactics that Trump has adopted are some commonly employed by leaders such as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia: refusing to accept defeat and launch unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.

Like Trump, those rulers feared that accepting defeat would expose them to prosecution once they left office. Trump doesn’t have to worry about being charged with war crimes and genocide, like Milosevic, but he does face a tangle of legal problems.

By insisting that he won a vote, although the results clearly show that he lost, he has drastically broken the rules of countries that consider themselves mature democracies.

That the United States has fallen into such bad company has sparked consternation and ridicule not only among Trump’s political enemies, but also among citizens of countries long accustomed to having leaders stick around longer than they should.

Even veteran dictators sometimes admit defeat. General Augusto Pinochet, who took power in 1973 in a military coup in Chile, accepted defeat in a 1988 constitutional referendum that would have allowed him to remain in office and resigned the presidency in 1990 after an opponent won a presidential vote.

But he remained Commander-in-Chief and became a senator for life immune from prosecution.

A 2018 study, based on elections around the world since 1950, found that only 12 percent of dictators who stand for election and lose at the polls they leave office peacefully.

“It is rare for dictators to resign, but when they do it is because, like Pinochet, they have a feasible alternative, such as rejoining the Army, which allows them to avoid accountability for human rights abuses,” states the One Earth study. Future, a research group.

Trump’s refusal to accept the election result has resonated in a special way in Latin America.

Trump used almost every tool in his foreign policy arsenal against the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, who fraudulently plotted a victory in the May 2018 elections, despite deep unpopularity and a disastrous economic crisis.

Most Western and Latin American nations denounced the vote. To punish Maduro, Trump banned Venezuelan bond transactions and imposed crippling sanctions on Venezuelan oil.

And in January 2019, Trump recognized the main opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as the legitimate ruler of the country. Within days, dozens of European and Latin American allies followed the example of the US.

Trump condemned Maduro’s “usurpation of power” and said that all options, including military intervention, were on the table to remove Maduro from office and install Guaidó into the presidency.

Now Trump also refuses to accept the results of the elections.

Geoff Ramsey, director for Venezuela of the Washington Office of Latin American Affairs, a Washington-based research group, commented: “How does the United States government expect to call for free and fair elections in Venezuela when our own president does not recognize the results of a clean electoral process In our country? It is a gift of propaganda for Maduro and for all the other autocrats in the world and I guarantee that they are enjoying every minute of this. “

© 2020 The New York Times

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Osceola Announces New COVID 19 Business Task Force

Published on: Nov 19, 2020

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Assistance Programs To Continue Through New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other CDC recommendations:

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

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

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

Other Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Osceola Announces COVID-19 Business Task Force

Assistance Programs Will Continue Through the New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other recommendations from the CDC:

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

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

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

Other information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Check out the Empire State Building Observatory this holiday season

New York (ots/PRNewswire) HOLIDAY WINDOW SHOWS LEGO STAR WARS (TM) SETS

The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced the details of its annual holiday celebrations. Guests who purchase tickets to visit the world-famous observatory on the 86th and 102nd floors will see more than just the iconic views. This holiday season, take Lonely Planet’s recommendation to visit the Empire State Building Observatory, New York’s No. 1 attraction.

It is the best time of the year for fans of Star Wars(TM) to take advantage of the visit to the ESB observatory. The seasonal window display of the ESB on Fifth Avenue, which is only visible to the tenants of the ESB and visitors to the ESB observatory when leaving the observatory, shows 3D LEGO® models of the Star Wars – kits, including the AT-AT kits(TM), Snowspeeder(TM), The Child(TM), The Razor Crest(TM), Sith TIE Fighter(TM), Poe Damerons X-Wing Fighter(TM) und die Millennium Falcon(TM) set up in a winter wonderland with dazzling LED lights. The modern window will also be adorned with clear geometric shapes and textures as well as a video screen on the festive LEGO® Star Wars Vacation video scenes are played.

The ESB holiday season is also celebrated with a first-ever photo opportunity for family holiday portraits. From November 30th through December 4th, families and guests are invited to make the Empire State Building the backdrop for their 2020-2021 Holiday Card. When purchasing a premium ticket for the observatory on the 102nd floor, guests choose a time slot in which they can have themselves professionally photographed on the grand staircase in the lobby of the observatory. Take a pose, smile, and capture your family’s moment in front of the festive red and green illuminated model of the Empire State Building. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.esbnyc.com/buy-tickets/2020-holiday-promot ion

“We’re excited about the reopening and part of New Yorkers’ vacation plans this year – there’s no better time to visit the world-famous Empire State Building. With our $ 165 million redesigned Observatory Experience and new security protocols , which includes reduced capacity and timed ticketing, guests are invited to experience the joy of the holiday season from the heart of New York City, “said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the observatory.

Even if the weather outside may be terrible, guests at our world-famous observatory on the 86th floor will stay warm with heat lamps installed on the 360 ​​degree open air deck.

Throughout the holiday season, the ESB will be decked out with holiday decorations and tower lights that will illuminate the New York City skyline to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Eve.

For the full tower lighting plan please visit http://www.esbnyc.com/explore/tower-lights/calendar.

Empire State Building information

At 381 meters above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna tip), the Empire State Building, owned by the Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “Most Famous Building in the World.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public spaces and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted world-class renters from a wide variety of industries from around the world. The Empire State Building was named the World’s Most Popular Travel Destination in a study conducted by Uber and America’s Favorite Building in a survey by the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the Empire State Building please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, https://twitter.com/empirestatebldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding, www.youtube.com/esbnyc, https://www.tiktok.com/@empirestatebldg or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg

Empire State Realty Trust information

Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and greater New York, including the Empire State Building, “The World’s Most Famous Building.” ESRT is a leader in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability in its buildings and is the first commercial property portfolio in the US to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all types of buildings and facilities currently on Operational policies, maintenance logs and design strategies for a safe environment in the face of COVID-19 focused and addressing broader health and safety issues in the future. The company’s office and retail portfolio as of September 30, 2020 comprises 938,320 sq m of rentable space, consisting of 873,288 sq m of rentable space in 14 office buildings including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York as well as approx. 65,032 rentable m² in the retail portfolio.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2020 The LEGO Group

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and / or copyrights of Lucasfilm Ltd. in the United States and other countries. and / or their affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

Inquiries & contact:

Bianca Pappas
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jsteinberg@empirestaterealtytrust.com

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Mascherano’s career: His start in River, Barcelona and emblem of the National Team

El Jefecito debuted earlier with La Albiceleste than with River, which would be a hallmark for his entire career. He defended the national team’s jersey at 19, at the hands of Marcelo Bielsa, in a 2-2 draw against Uruguay on July 16, 2003. Later he had his debut at the Millionaire, where he played two seasons (and was 2004 Clausura champion) before signing with Corinthians in 2005.

After his experience in Brazilian football (where he won a title), he jumped to Europe: West Ham and Liverpool (reached the final of the Champions League in 2007) were the shirts he defended in England, before moving to Barcelona in 2010.

All Mascherano titles at Barcelona
In the culé team he adapted to playing as a central marker and won 18 titles accompanied by Lionel Messi: four Spanish Super Cups, four Leagues, four King’s Cups, two Champions League (2011 and 2015), two European Super Cups and two World Cups. Clubs

The experience in China and the return to Argentina
After eight years defending the Blaugrana jersey, he signed with Hebei China Fortune FC After his experience in Chinese football, Juan Sebastián Verón finally convinced him to join Estudiantes, in November 2019: he played eleven games in 2020 and decided to hang up the booties after the loss to Argentinos this afternoon.

Mascherano, an emblem of the Argentine National Team
Mascherano became an emblem of the Argentine National Team: the Jefecito won the Gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and was runner-up at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (with the unforgettable crossing of Arjen Robben in the semifinal against Holland).

He was also part of the Albiceleste that reached the finals of the Copa América in Peru 2004, Venezuela 2007, Chile 2015 and the United States 2016. The World Cup in Russia in 2018 was the end of 15 years defending the national team’s jersey.

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Godoy Cruz-River, the outstanding match on Saturday for the Professional League Cup

The third date of the Professional League Cup was launched this Friday and the contest has two teams that only know how to win: Banfield and Atlético Tucumán.

For Zone 3, Banfield defeated Rosario Central at the beginning of the day by a categorical 4-2 as a visitor and added the third victory in a row as did Atlético Tucumán, which for Zone 1 defeated Unión de Santa Fe at home. by 3-1.

This Saturday the date will continue with four matches and will have the presence of San Lorenzo, Racing and River. The Cyclone will seek to continue on the path of triumph in its visit to Mar del Plata to play with Aldosivi, the Academy will try to recover from the two initial defeats when it receives Arsenal and the Millionaire will appear in Mendoza against Godoy Cruz at the end of the day. In addition, Lanús will receive Newell’s at La Fortaleza.

The programing:

14.00 hours | Aldosivi vs San Lorenzo (Zone 5) / TV: FOX Sports Premium. Referee: Lucas Comesaña.

16.15 hours | Lanús vs Newell’s (Zone 4) / TV: TNT Sports. Referee: Pablo Dovalo.

18.45 hours | Racing vs Arsenal (Zone 1) / TV: FOX Sports Premium. Referee: Pablo Echavarría.

21.15 hours | Godoy Cruz vs River (Zone 3) / TV: TNT Sports. Referee: Darío Herrera.

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Verstappen’s dominance over Turkey’s ice leaves Carlos Sainz in trouble

13/11/2020 10:45Updated: 11/13/2020 2:51 PM

Carlos Sainz has gotten off to a bad start to his weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix from Formula 1. He had to say goodbye to the session in the absence of just under half an hour due to engine problems in his McLaren and in the second session those of Woking have verified that they are not as competitive as they expected in Turkey. All to find a track that has been authentic ice for the pilots and that Mario Isola (Pirelli) himself acknowledged having made a mistake with the tires. Max Verstappen it was the fastest in both sessions where nobody has gone looking for competitive lap times. It could be said that everyone has come out with many doubts and everything is unknown for Saturday.

The circuit has been a real headache for the drivers. The track looked more like an ice track due to the poor grip that has caused a few spins by several riders. Therefore, most teams focused on testing aerodynamic aspects rather than trying to break the clock. The two Red Bulls signed a double in FP1 and Ferrari and Alpha Tauri once again demonstrate the step forward they already took at Imola. The red cars were third and fifth, with the AlphaTauri sandwiched between them. All this without the presence of Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas set the ninth fastest time and Lewis Hamilton, for example, barely rolled and finished 15th, almost 5 seconds slower than the leader. A time that he signed with 25 minutes remaining, at which time Carlos Sainz caused a virtual safety car after stopping his McLaren in one of the loopholes.

The Spanish pilot had an electrical problem shortly after hearing his team call him to the pits to understand something they could see on his engine telemetry. The trend is for the track to improve, especially in the second free practice session, when it should also be a bit warmer, as it will be played in the afternoon in Turkey. And also when the drivers will mainly use softer tires, which in theory are easier to warm up. Time to discover the reality of each team for tomorrow’s qualifying.

In Free 2 everything seemed like it would change drastically, but nothing could be further from the truth. The track remained very slippery and Max Verstappen was once again the one who best understood the track. A situation that can end the freehold. Hamilton and Bottas have occupied the third and fourth places, the two W11 suffer a lot to find temperature. Charles Leclerc finished ahead of them and Sainz finished 14th on his return to the track after morning problems. The teams used the second session to study the degradation of the soft and medium. A test that also left a few track starts and spins on the complicated new asphalt in Turkey.

Alonso, in Abu Dhabi this month

Beyond the free practice of the Turkish Grand Prix, the news of the day has been the new test that will face Fernando Alonso to prepare for his return to F1 in 2021. Just before starting Free Practice 1, Renault made official that it had organized a new test for the Asturian driver and his promise Guanyu Zhou. “More test for Fernando Alonso and Guanyu Zhou! They will both test the RS18 at Yas Marina. Fernando, on November 15 and 16 and Zhou, on November 17, “they announced.

The Spaniard will repeat his experience with the RS18 from two seasons ago as he did in Bahrain earlier this month where he took a real beating completing two sessions of 93 laps. On the other hand, Alonso still needs to know if the FIA ​​will allow his participation in the official end-of-season tests in Abu Dhabi, although Renault sees it increasingly difficult. That is why every minute on the track is gold, even with a different car, because the preseason will be tremendously short and a great handicap for a driver who has not competed in the great circus for two years.

“If I want to win, I have to prepare very well,” he confessed after the last test. “I am aware of the challenge that I may face in the first couple of races. Not only in terms of sheer speed, but also in the procedures, the steering wheel commands, things that are new to me and that could take a while. I know I will suffer a little, “he commented.

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Why isn’t Alan Ruiz starting at Arsenal?

One of the most important reinforcements that Arsenal added in the last transfer market to face the Professional League Cup is Alan Ruiz , champion with San Lorenzo of the Initial Tournament 2013 and great passage through Colón and Sporting de Lisboa. The midfielder who debuted in Gymnastics and who also played in Gremio, He came free from Aldosivi to the Sarandí club and signed a contract until December 2021. However, it is not the holder …

Sergio Rondina He did not call him for the first date against Unión (1-1) in Santa Fe and put it only 10 minutes against Atlético Tucumán (1-2). Why? The same coach counted his motive on the latest Let’s Talk Arsenal supporter show: “It did not come well from the physical and it is difficult for him to get into what we want” . The platense played the friendlies against Excursionistas and Dock Sud.

Then when asked if he imagines it putting it as a hitch, being the link between the steering wheels and the forwards, he replied: “Yes, I think it is the place where he feels most comfortable. There we would have to give up”. And he added: “It can give us pause and clarity in the attack from three quarters of the court onwards.”

While on the football present of his team he analyzed: We grew a little from the match with Unión to Atlético. But we are far from what we are looking for. We fight more than we play it. There are players who need to let go and get more involved in the game. It is logical because there are new boys and others who have not played 90 minutes of football for two years. “

Finally, he expressed that he was very clear with his coaching staff and the older footballers to the younger ones that “It is rare that in First they have these possibilities” with respect to being a season in which the results do not influence the averages, nor are there decreases. “It will depend on them that in the December recess he asks the leaders to bring two or three players or six. I see that they are willing and have improved a lot but they have to continue growing,” he closed.

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Manufacturers of computer and video games are cautiously optimistic about the Christmas business

Despite the pandemic, the video game industry is confident about the holiday season. Games are increasingly being bought digitally instead of on physical data carriers.

Vienna (OTS) In the weeks leading up to Christmas, more computer and video games are purchased than any other period of the year. Another thing that will boost the Christmas business this year: November brings new video game consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have been available since November 10, 2020. Sony’s PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be released on November 19th.

“The pandemic does not pass any industry without a trace,” says Niki Laber, President of the Austrian Association for Entertainment Software ÖVUS. “Two new hardware platforms and, above all, the huge repertoire of new games for all systems and age groups still make us optimistic about this year’s Christmas business. The economic development in the wake of the pandemic will of course remain a factor of uncertainty, ”continues Laber.

Digital sales on the rise

A study by GfK from the previous year shows that games in Austria are increasingly being bought as digital versions (downloads) rather than physical data carriers. 45 percent of those surveyed state that they buy games mainly on data carriers. 40 percent already buy mainly digitally. Among the 14-19 year olds, the proportion of digital fans already exceeds that of data carrier buyers (52 to 35 percent).

With this in mind, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S can also be seen. The manufacturers do without a disc drive for both consoles.

PEGI rating provides guidance when buying games

Regardless of whether games are bought physically or digitally: It is always important to know which age group a game is suitable for. “Computer and video games are a hobby for the whole family, so the range is accordingly diverse,” says Laber. “That means there are games for adults that don’t belong in children’s hands. The PEGI age recommendation system helps consumers, and especially parents, to make the right choice when buying games, ”said Laber.

The PEGI classification provides assistance when buying games. It is prominently printed in the lower left corner of the game packs and is also available in the manufacturers’ online stores. The PEGI rating indicates the age at which the respective game is considered appropriate. A game labeled “PEGI 7” is therefore not recommended for children under seven years of age. The classification is based on various factors – for example: If the game contains depictions of violence, vulgar language, it could frighten children, etc.

Joint play.at supports parents and legal guardians

All modern video game platforms are equipped with parental control functions. This can be used, for example, to set maximum playing times or to set age restrictions. The website www.gemeinsamspielen.at explains these functions in detail for each platform. The site also provides everything you need to know about the PEGI system. “The protection of minors is very important to us as an industry. With www.gemeinsamspielen.at we give parents and legal guardians all important information so that they can regulate their children’s game consumption, ”says Laber.

These are the top games in the 2020 Christmas season

The shelves are full again with new games for every age group. From action for adults to evergreen football: an incomplete look at some of the highlights in the Christmas business.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft, PEGI 18)
Was: Open-World-Action as Wikinger
For: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

EA SPORTS FIFA 21 (EA, PEGI 3)
Was: What: football in the stadium and on the street, online or offline
For: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (Legacy Edition), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S (Buyers of the PS4 / Xbox One version receive a free upgrade to the sockets for PS5 / Xbox Series X | S)

Gears Tactics (Microsoft, PEGI 18)
Was: Round-by-turn tactical game based on the Xbox-exclusive cult shooter “Gears of War”
For: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Ghost of Tsushima (Sony Interactive Entertainment, PEGI 18)
Was: PlayStation-exclusive open-world adventure in feudal Japan
For: PlayStation 4 (runs improved on PlayStation 5)

Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft, PEGI 12)
Was: Open-world action in the Greek gods
For: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo, PEGI 3)
Was: Kart racing in the living room with a real, remote-controlled kart. The camera image is transmitted live to the Nintendo Switch console and the real track is expanded with virtual content.
For: Nintendo Switch

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft, PEGI 3)
Was: Realistic flight simulator, thanks to the cloud, with the entire earth in photo-realistic graphics
For: PC

Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Nintendo, PEGI 3)
Was: Guide small, cute creatures through all sorts of dangers … A graphically revamped remake of the action strategy hit from the Wii U days.
For: Nintendo Switch

Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sony Interactive Entertainment, PEGI 7)
Was: Jump and run suitable for children with the iconic “Sackboy” in the lead role
For: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Sea of Thieves (Microsoft, PEGI 12)
Was: The pirate adventure, in which you go on a treasure hunt with and against other players online, is a constant seller and is regularly expanded with content updates.
For: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

The Sims 4 Off to the snow paradise (EA, PEGI 12)
Was: With the new expansion pack, the Sims go on a well-deserved winter vacation.
For: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Star Wars: Squadrons (EA, PEGI 12)
Was: Space battles solo or online against other players
For: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (VR support on PC and PS4)

Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo, PEGI 7)
Was: One memory card, 3 games: The jump-and-run classics Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy with revised graphics and Joy-Con controls.
For: Nintendo Switch

The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment, PEGI 18)
Was: PlayStation-exclusive, cinema-ready action adventure in the post-apocalypse
For: PlayStation 4 (also runs on PlayStation 5)

Watch Dogs Legion (Ubisoft, PEGI 18)
Was: Hacker action in a fictional surveillance state in the near future
For: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Inquiries & contact:

ÖVUS
+43 664 104 77 99
pr@ovus.at
https://www.ovus.at/

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Union: Fernando Cuqui Márquez tested positive for coronavirus

Unión suffered an unexpected loss ahead of the match against Atlético Tucumán for the Professional League Cup and it is the player Fernando Márquez, who had a positive result for Covid-19.

Tetengue made it known through a statement on their social networks and added that “all the remaining tests of the professional team and Technical Corps gave negative results” and regarding the scorer they specified that “he is asymptomatic starting the isolation period until epidemiological discharge “.

With this positive result, Cuqui will not be able to play the match against the Dean and Arsenal for the local tournament and will be in doubt if he reaches the round of 16 of the Copa Sudamericana. On the recommendation of Conmebol, there are 10 days of isolation from the PCR test. That is to say, that on Wednesday 18 he will have the epidemiological discharge and if everything goes well he would not lose the duels against Bahia for international competition.

For his part, Juan Manuel Azconzábal, tested some changes in the starting line-up to visit next Friday in Tucumán, where he will put the leadership of Group 1 into play. After the first two days, the Dean accumulates six units and is followed by Unión, who has four after equalizing against Arsenal and beating the Academy.

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