What this year holds

In fact, the beginning of the year for some businesses such as hospitality or commerce are affected by restrictions that directly affect our sector. According to a survey by FVET, four out of every five carriers assured that this year there will be closures of companies dedicated to transportation and logistics in our region. And it is that doubts in all economic sectors are latent and transport and logistics is one of them.

The insecurity generated by Brexit, marked in the first days by disorganization, has stabilized in terms of the supply of goods in the United Kingdom despite the restrictions imposed that affect the sector. The bureaucratic procedures generated by the customs steps are affecting us and making the flow of transport more expensive by requiring more time to carry out operations. There are still issues that require a clear and concrete response to bring peace of mind to the sector and trade, which is suffering from Brexit, but also due to the anti-covid measures imposed by each region. And we must add that we are a sector highly dependent on the price of fuel.

Faced with these doubts, it is necessary for the different administrations to take measures to ensure the viability of the sector and work hand in hand with the carriers to find a solution to the problems that arise, as is happening with the penalty system against late payment. We cannot ignore fundamental actions for the sector beyond those that the Covid crisis or Brexit will bring us.

It is vital to find a solution to the loading and unloading, something that we need to be solved at once. Nor miss strategic projects such as the northern expansion of the Port of València. Because what we need to overcome this crisis are initiatives that create jobs, revitalize the economy and create wealth in our territory. The transport and logistics sector is optimistic: if we row all the agents involved in the same direction, we have the ability to emerge stronger from this situation.


A year has been nothing

Years are human conventions, but by dint of talking about them, we end up internalizing the course of 365 days in our mind and body. Now, in these winter spring days, it has been a year since the outbreak of everything. In this period between four seasons, death and amazement seemed to have redefined customs, times and places. Just a year ago, to put a case, I set out with a my best good friend on a path and, until I reached Bierzo, the starting point, the main incident was the cutting of the roads of the forgotten rural world, plateau, interior. In Catalonia the independence movement was burning. Trump, Bolsonaro; the Brexi. Right back from Galicia, the confinement of the people was decreed. Collective unease arose, the folkloric display of solidarity at dusk, death in daily statistics: a part of a deaf war that seemed to have changed the way we exist. What was hot, vanished. Did?

All that is so far behind. An eternal year, but fleeting. Never have circumstances of fear and threat in the life of someone who did not experience an armed war have been so radical. The natural outbreak of global, national, and local conflicts was silenced. The pandemic emerged. Now, in this new March, we become aware, amidst the tribulation. Many have left prematurely, mostly the older ones. But the problems had only been deferred, at any level. Trump has fallen; his simple and enraged soul lives on. In Catalonia, the day before yesterday, the results of the regional elections again show, stark, a political conflict: the independence movement brings together conservative bourgeoisie, leftists of southern origin, anti-systems, against a Spain that is in doubt. It was about time! The water seeks its exit.

The interest gap between young people who do not die from the virus and their elders – parents and, above all, grandparents – has widened as perhaps never before. In this same weekend, the Police has been dedicated to intervene in parties, hundreds of parties: the revelry has also sought its way out. The one-day tourist flats – how can that be allowed, I ask – give ground to the desire to have fun among those who naturally throw themselves into the mountains. Meanwhile, hotels languish, prisoners of the regulations. A year of devastation has raised almost nothing; It seems that this year was a soap bubble, an illusion. Everything is ahead, again.


The year of the plague | Opinion

After almost a year of pandemic, and as a remedy to face this situation, I have decided to read again ‘Diary of the year of the plague’ (1722) by Daniel Defoe, also the author of the famous and extraordinary novel ‘The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’, where he describes in detail what happened in 1665 in London as a result of the plague. It contains a good number of teachings that lead us to think that what we are experiencing now has already been experienced by other people long ago.

The effects of the plague in London, the most populous city in Europe at that time, were well described by Defoe and in this short paragraph he sums up the feelings of its inhabitants: “But I still have to speak of the plague in its paroxysm, when it caused the more devastating ravages and people lived in the most extreme consternation, reaching, as I have said, despair. ” He describes behaviors that are familiar to us today: “When they were seen from afar with strangers, they never stopped wearing preventives in their mouths and clothes to repel and keep infection at a distance.” Also the economic activities were paralyzed, especially the maritime export trade: “At the beginning, as the export abroad had been interrupted, or at least it was very difficult (…) it followed naturally a generalized strike of all industries who worked for export. “It must be remembered that at that time England was the first exporter of manufactures in Europe. Another comparison:” All kinds of manual trades in the city, whether they were craftsmen or shopkeepers, as I have said before They were left without a job (…) This made the countless people in London who lived alone without resources, as well as the families whose subsistence depended on the head of the family; this reduced them to extreme misery. “

In his ‘Diary of the Year of the Plague’, Daniel Defoe describes the reckless nonchalance with which many Londoners reacted when the impression spread that the disease had weakened

Defoe also warned that “now that the rumor spread that evil no longer contracted as easily as before, and that in case of contraction it was no longer mortal as before,l see countless people who had fallen really ill and who recovered every day, [los londinenses] they showed such unthinking courage and were so unconcerned about themselves and the epidemic that they paid no more attention to the plague than is paid to an ordinary fever (…) Not only did they recklessly mix with those who had tumors and suppurating pustules, and therefore contagious, but they ate and drank with them, and, even more, they went to their homes to visit them, and even, according to what they told me , they entered the same rooms of the sick “. The effect of excessive confidence would now not be similar in its causes to that described by Defoe, since we have vaccines, but precisely because of them, this same carelessness and overconfidence could occur, once they have been administered to a part of the population. population. Also, as now, there were awareness campaigns in London: “Doctors strongly opposed this insane attitude of the people, and they distributed printed advice that was distributed throughout the city.” Defoe concludes: “But it was all in vain.” In the end the consequences were dire and there were new victims: “This thoughtless and reckless proceeding cost the lives of many who had previously taken the greatest precautions, had shut themselves up in their homes and isolated themselves, so to speak, from the entire human race, and thanks to these measures and mediating the providence of God, they had avoided catching evil in the worst times of the epidemic. “

Recklessness caused new deaths

History never repeats itself in the same way, and certainly between seventeenth-century England and the world today, the differences are enormous. However, emotions and feelings may no longer differ so much, since we are all human, those of one era and those of another. It is then possible to admit that history does not repeat itself or is pre-established, although we can consider it as a reality that deserves to be scrutinized in order to search, if possible, for some clue that helps us better understand what is happening to us now. It would be good not to fall into the same error in the next few months as the Londoners of 1665.


Apple will double the storage capacity of its iPhone 13 | Smartphones

In any other smartphone In the market, the storage capacity is usually relative because we have an extraordinary ally, such as the microSD cards that we can install to multiply by two, three, four or more the capacity of our mobile. But in the case of Apple and its iPhones, Either we choose well the gigs that we will have available within the phone or our digital life could be distorted too much.

And it is that when acquiring one of these terminals it is important to bet on the models that have the greatest capacity, or if not the one with the most, at least the intermediate one since those from Cupertino usually play with three configurations in their smartphones more modern. Currently, with the iPhone 12, they go from 128 to 512GB through 256. More than enough amounts. Or not?

Apple will double the bet

Now, looking to the future iPhone 13 this year, it seems that Apple is going to decide to go one step further and the 512GB will no longer be the highest configuration available at their terminals, doubling that amount up to a full 1TB. That is, more or less (you know how these things about disk spaces are) about 1,000 gigs, which we can fill with photos, 4K videos and applications and video games with practically no limit.

Storage options on the iPhone 12 Pro. apple.es

Of course, it is not confirmed that those models with 1TB of storage are part of the default range, such as the 512GB of the iPhone 11 and 12 of the last two years, or if it will be a very specific edition that will be sold in more limited quantities. If we look at the background, it is more likely that it is a growth of that space available in a generic way, leaving the 256GB as the smallest size and the 512 as the intermediate. This is what Apple has been doing every two or three generations.

To this data, we must add another emerged in the last days on the iPhone 13 compatibility with 6E wifi networks (6GHz), which are an evolution of the famous wifi 6 only with a higher transfer speed and performance, as well as lower latency, which will offer an alternative to stop saturating the old frequencies of 2.4 and 5GHz. Although of course, to obtain those numbers, it will be necessary to change the wireless points of our network to make them compatible.

By last, it seems to confirm that the screens of future models will be LTPS technology (low-temperature polycrystalline silicon screens) that boast better performance and will feature 60Hz models for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and 120 for the Pro and Pro Max.


What has happened to each work group during the Covid year | Economy

The emergence of covid-19 caused a shock in the economy and in the labor market, from which it recovers very slowly, with different speeds for each group, and from which all will emerge transformed, and some of them, destroyed. We analyze here what has happened to each of them in the four quarters of year I of the covid in light of the information revealed by the Labor Force Survey (EPA).

Actual employment and apparent employment

In the four quarters of 2020, 622,600 jobs have been statistically destroyed, which is the way that best suits the public perception of the group. This means a loss of just over 3% of employment, when the loss of GDP is much, much higher, of the order of 11%, a figure about which we will have more certainty this week with the first balance sheet of the Accounting National.

Therefore, and considering employment to a classical elasticity of at least 1, both in creation and in destruction, it would have had to register a decrease of 11% last year. But company and workforce protection schemes have sweetened apparent employment, which is still hanging by a thread in countless companies with low activity. In the files of temporary employment regulation there are another 755,000 jobs housed according to Social Security as of December 31, and that they will maintain such condition by regulation until May 31. Their continuity in employment (real or apparent) will depend on the evolution of the economy and the rules of protection, and will lead to unemployment.

Employees and self-employed

As in all crises, the major victim is the employee, and with more vehemence the employee with a temporary contract, since their termination has no cost for companies, or is more limited; thus, for every fixed wage earner who has lost his job, two temporary ones have lost it. But the group of businessmen without salaried employees, the pure and hard self-employed, have increased by a similar percentage to that where salaried employment has been destroyed. It is common practice that expulsion from the labor market results in self-employment in many cases in the search for a replacement income. It is also noteworthy that employers (businessmen with employees) have lost nearly 100,000 units, a figure consistent with the decline in companies contributing to Social Security.

Part time and job quality

The distribution of the destruction of employment in the year has been primed in relative terms more with part-time work, since it has lost almost twice that of full-time work; the explanation is still in the price of rescissions, as in the case of temporary ones. But it is striking that in the reconstruction of the labor market in the last quarter of the year (a partial reconstruction because partial is the recovery of the economy) part-time employment gains power, which increases by 144,000 people, compared to 23,000 full-time ones. . Logically, it is a reaction of circumstances, since countless activities in the service sector have time limitations, and opt for four-hour or weekend contracts to meet a demand that also drags its feet due to regulatory impositions, such as curfews. of the state of alarm, more pronounced in some regions than in others. The National Accounts will shed more light on this issue in the computation of full-time jobs equivalent to production.

Gender bias

In this exuberant advance of part-time at the end of the year, there is a brutal imbalance in favor of women, who account for no less than 97% of part-time contracts (139,900 contracts out of 144,000), while in the meager advance of hiring full time is gender balanced.


Head of household and spouse

As a consequence of this behavior towards part time, the unemployment rate of the reference persons of the household, the head of the family traditionally incarnated by men, exceeds for the first time in many years that of spouses or partners, generally incarnated by women . The search for employment of this second group when the household reference loses the main income has promoted employment among women or among household spouses. This phenomenon also occurred when the strong crisis of 2009-2010 destroyed a lot of capital employment of the heads of the family, something that we could identify as the Scheffield syndrome, named after the sudden incorporation of women into the labor market in this industrious British city when the steel crisis massively destroyed high-income male employment, and that is graphically well reflected in the movie Full Monthy. The partiality rate in Spain is now close to 15%, something very rarely seen.

Public employment and private employment

This contractionary behavior of the private and expansive employment of the public does not surprise anyone, and it has been repeated this time. While companies have had to do without 748,400 employed workers in their workforce, public administrations have increased theirs by 126,000 people. It is neither good nor bad: it is different. But, in addition, the new public employment is mainly concentrated in health and education, and with temporary contracts, whose penetration rate already exceeds the private sector. If you want to combat precariousness / temporality, you must start with your own home by setting an example.

Active, inactive and unemployed

Remote worker
Remote worker EFE

The group of assets has fallen by 94,700 people in the year, but has registered a spectacular advance in the fourth quarter, which has a lot to do with the willingness to work due to household needs or the good expectations of finding a job, the latter more uncertain possibility. But it has been the group that has posed the most statistical difficulties this year, with a transition between activity and constant inactivity, in which at the same time groups of people were considered employees or unemployed based on their situation in the company, their willingness to seek employment, or the very fact of seeking it. Refugee groups in ERTE continue to be considered employed by statutory grace of Eurostat, which modified the classification in spring, when before only the employed status of employees in ERTE was respected for the first three months.

But the group of no less than 933,600 people who were willing to work, but who have not actively sought employment due to unforeseen circumstances, and who, therefore, should be considered inactive, and not unemployed, when in reality they seem, is striking. because they do not meet the three conditions to be classified as such: being unemployed, willing to work and actively seeking an occupation. This group has decreased, however, by more than 200,000 people in the last quarter of the year, and it is assumed that it is a reaction to the best job search options and the greater chances of finding it.

Telework penetration

It is evident that the penetration of teleworking was going to intensify with the pandemic, although its regulation remains very generic and the agreements are beginning to incorporate it in detail now, as has happened with the pre-agreement in banking. In 2019 4.8% of employees teleworked more than half of the days, and in the fourth quarter of 2020 9.9% did so (almost two million people). These groups will be reduced somewhat in 2021 and following, but they will always exceed those that were usual before the covid. There have been no changes in the number of people who worked on weekends (Saturday or Sunday), reaching a third of the wage earners.


Julio César Falcioni assumes a club with a rarefied climate due to the electoral year

2020 was undoubtedly the worst year in the management of Hugo Moyano in Independiente. The serious economic problems that erupted in the middle of the quarantine added to the sporting frustrations made a lethal combo that ended with the team without a manager and without a coach. The first position is still vacant, while Julio Falcioni was surprisingly chosen for the second, who this Thursday will appear before the squad and will sign your contract until December. Pedro Monzón will accompany him as a field assistant.

However, 2021 will also be very busy in the Avellaneda club since to the problems that it has been dragging it is added that in december there will be elections and the political climate has already settled in the bowels of the Diablo. This is the scenario that awaits Emperor in his second cycle in Avellaneda, after 15 years.

The current Board of Directors has less than 12 months to finish its second term with numbers and football at least in a better situation than the current one, which arouses concern inside and outside the institution that accumulates a liability of 2,807,225,559 pesos according to the balance as of June 30.

Hugo and Pablo Moyano, leaders of the assembly in Independiente who had important leadership absences. Photo: Independent

The Moyano and company have several fronts to attend to to try to rearrange the jumbled shelves of the Red. They had managed to lift the club when they took over after the premature departure of Javier Cantero. However, after the 2017 elections they entered a tunnel full of bad decisions and mistakes that had a direct impact on sports and, above all, on institutional matters until they reached this complex scenario, with several lawsuits against FIFA for millions of dollars that are pending resolution and that if unfavorable will increase the debt even more.

The economic aspect will be the transcendental issue and this will have an impact on football. The creation of a trust has already been approved in order to face the obligations and give them order. One of the actors that will play a major role in this regard is Sergio Palazzo, leader of the Banking Association, who went from being a member to occupying the position of Sports Secretary after the departure of Jorge Damiani due to differences with the Moyano management. Together with Héctor Maldonado (secretary general) they were in charge of Falcioni’s arrival.

In the last meeting of the Board of Directors, this 58-year-old from Mendoza, who has a good relationship with the financial system, was one of the singing voices, advised on the management of the trust and mentioned some names that could collaborate.

At the same time, the leadership will try to straighten the boat on the football level. Today, Independiente does not have a manager but a DT. The original idea was to close the first to choose the second, but before the refusal of Nicolás Burdisso That plan was aborted and now it is the small table itself that looked for the coach.

Sergio Palazzo, leader of La Bancaria, is the new Sports Secretary of Independiente.  Photo: Andrés D'Elia

Sergio Palazzo, leader of La Bancaria, is the new Sports Secretary of Independiente. Photo: Andrés D’Elia

The target at all times was Hernan Crespo, who on Saturday plays the final of the South American Cup with his Defense and Justice against Lanús. But Crespo warned that he will not sit down to speak until after the decisive duel this weekend. This went against the trouble of the Diablo I was claiming a guarantee in advance. Therefore, the Emperor Plan.

The 64-year-old coach knows that he is coming to a club where he will have financial restrictions. Unless an opportunity arises for a drinkable name that comes free or that does not require a large investment, no reinforcements will be added. Like his predecessor Pusineri, he will have to make do with what he has and give wings to the kids of the club.

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Much of the attention of the priests of Avellaneda will also have to be placed on the political plane. The fire in the ruling party grew again after the last Assembly. The absences of many managers were notorious. The leaders who are not part of the truck leg they marked their disagreement by not showing up.

Julio Cesar Falcioni will sign this Thursday with Independiente.  Photo: Marcelo Carroll

Julio Cesar Falcioni will sign this Thursday with Independiente. Photo: Marcelo Carroll

Damiani asked for leave for a year and could resign. And several analyze following the same steps since they understand that all the determinations were exclusively in the hands of three people: Hugo Moyano, his son Pablo (vice president) and Maldonado.

Moyano father He has not yet spoken about his political future at the club. Pablo, meanwhile, warned in several interviews that when the time comes he will evaluate his candidacy to run for the presidency. The opposition, for its part, is constantly on the move. Months of talks, threads and alliances are coming.

Opponents know that to ensure the end of the Moyano era they will have to form a common front, something that will not be easy to achieve. Will the gastronomic entrepreneur Fabio Fernández (owner of the Pertutti chain) the head of this unit?

Meanwhile, Independiente continues to move in step with the decisions of the Moyano, who will seek to change the image in a year that will be measured by the thermometer of the polls. And they chose Julio César Falcioni to redirect the team with his experience and personality.


Republic gets fresh capital for the first time in the new year | 01/12/21

Today, Tuesday, for the first time in the new year, the Republic of Austria brought fresh capital to the market. The Oesterreichische Bundesfinanzierungsagentur (OeBFA) announced that a total of 1.38 billion euros could be flushed into the state coffers by increasing a ten- and a 30-year federal bond.

In an interview with the APA, OeBFA boss Markus Stix said that both papers had the lowest yields that have ever been achieved on these bonds with today’s issue. The ten-year bond achieved a negative issuance yield of minus 0.399 percent, while the longer-term 30-year bond was plus 0.159 percent.

The latest statements from the European Central Bank (ECB) support the low interest rate level, said the OeBFA boss. The ECB once again expanded the emergency purchase program at its interest rate meeting in December. This is now 1.85 billion. In addition, the duration of the program was extended by nine months until at least the end of March 2022. All these measures would have a supportive effect in view of the veritable flood of government bond issues, which will continue this year so that states can continue to finance the effects of the pandemic, said Stix.

The interest rate gap between the two papers and the German benchmark bonds has narrowed further. This further improved the financing conditions for Austria. The ten-year bond now has a total volume of over EUR 10 billion. The volume of the 30-year bond is currently around EUR 4.4 billion.

Today’s auction was not only the first of this year, but also the first since Brexit. British banks and also US banks that previously participated in the auction via the financial center in London are now handling the auctions via their EU units, for example in Ireland or Frankfurt. Despite the change, everything worked fine, says Stix. So far, Brexit has not had any impact on the composition of primary dealers in Austria.

Stix does not expect any negative effects of Brexit on the domestic bond market in the long term either. “The banks would be badly advised if they left the business to the other European banks,” said the OeBFA boss on Tuesday. The corona pandemic had triggered a sharp increase in government bond issues, which is also good business for banks.

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Star Wars toys from 1978 are being restored

Toys inspire young and old, and some will also have some from their childhood days. After all this time, some of it probably doesn’t look so nice anymore – colors have faded or yellowing has formed. One shop specializes in giving old toys a new shine.

There is something fascinating and at the same time comforting when a 43-year-old toy is returned to its original state. Rescue & Restore has specialized in this and this time an employee has an old “Star Wars” favorite in his hands – the “X-Wing Starfighter” from Kenner, which came onto the market in 1978.

Using a method called Retrobright, the plastic was bleached to remove the yellowing. The end result can definitely be seen and maybe it looks even more beautiful than before.


A decisive year for the future of cinema

2020 will go down in history as a year of great upheaval within the film industry. The pandemic has accelerated many of the changes that were already looming on the horizon and the closure of cinemas for a few months, which became eternal, did nothing more than fuel the strategies of the “majors” not to succumb to the debacle.

The first sign of transformation came in late summer with the premiere of “Mulan” directly on Disney +. It is a film conceived to be seen on the big screen and whose desertion from the theaters set off all the alarms within the exhibition sector, which verified with concern how the most anticipated blockbusters were being delayed without a release date. The most important exhibition circuits in the United States cried out against the situation and warned that this was not the solution to the sector’s problems, but Disney, for now, has turned a deaf ear to the complaints.

The game of “for himself who can” began in a desperate way. Each of the assets involved began to move their chips so as not to be left behind in this new and chaotic map whose layout is still redesigning its borders. Disney continued to stoke the fire with the decision to prioritize its platform and not only limited the streaming view of its big bet for Christmas, the Pixar production “Soul”, but also presented an ambitious plan to become the leader of home entertainment with a mammoth production bet.

Warner also veered course and announced that all films scheduled for 2021, at least in the United States, would be released simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max platform, where they will be available for 30 days to their subscribers. But not everything seems so clear for the majors willing to fly the flag of the video on demand platforms. Shortly after “Wonder Woman 1984” was released, the industrial bonanza of free streaming premieres was called into question due to the huge amount of unauthorized downloads the film had on torrent. No one, at the moment, has said anything about the piracy issue.

“American studios are the ones that set the trend and have broken the window system,” says Álvaro Longoria, head of Morena Films, producer, among others, of the successful “Campeones.” “Each one is positioning themselves, but it is clear that they are not going to return to the previous situation, it no longer makes sense, the rules have changed and it is useless to continue clinging to them,” he explains with respect to the previous model of exploitation, in the that a certain time was stipulated between the official premiere in cinemas and its passage to the platforms.

One of his productions, “Lamentable Stories”, by Javier Fesser, ruled out its premiere in cinemas after being bought by Amazon to go to its Prime Video catalog, something that it will repeat with “Bajocero”, Lluís Quílez’s debut feature, starring Javier Gutiérrez, which can be seen on Netflix from next day 29. “We are experiencing a revolution that is going to change everything, little by little the pieces will fit into their place, but the important thing is not to limit the life of the films, that there is a flexible model in which each one finds its space ”, Longoria certifies.

Generally, we only talk about the direct impact that the effects of the crisis and the strength of streaming will have in the showrooms with a specific cinema model, when not all of them make a living from projecting Marvel, DC, James Bond, Mission movies: Impossible, Star wars and other blockbusters, including author’s, like the film that Steven Spielberg already has ready, “West Side Story”, or the one that Martin Scorsese is starting to shoot with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, “Killers of the Flower Moon” .

Many cinemas are betting on other types of films (independent, European, Asian), although the impact of large productions on smaller films is evident. For José Tito, one of the partners of La Aventura, the company that distributed the multi-award-winning “Parasites”, “independent films have a significant collection. There are some rooms in which the mix of independent films and the ‘majors’ makes them attract a wide audience and have fairly healthy box offices, since an adult and movie-goer audience goes that, for example, wants to see the American productions of the ” Oscar ‘”.

For Tito, the new reality of the exhibition windows is worrisome, since “the fact that the ‘majors’ are going to share the premieres in cinema with the streaming windows will cause these types of rooms to suffer financially, and that for dealers like us is very bad. Theaters oriented only towards our type of product are not strong enough to justify popular European cinema by themselves, which is the highlight of independent distributors ”.

The healthy coexistence in a multiplex of a Marvel film, “Parasites”, a French production and, for example, the last Greek film awarded at a festival is also in crisis.