Estas son las nuevas restricciones nocturnas y los lugares con toque de queda en España

Ante un aumento cada vez mayor de incidencia acumulada en algunas comunidades y con UCIS cada vez más saturadas, algunas comunidades autónomas vuelven a imponer el cierre de bares y locales así como el que la gente no pueda salir a partir de determinada hora. Estas son las nuevas restricciones nocturnas y los lugares con … Continuar leyendo “Estas son las nuevas restricciones nocturnas y los lugares con toque de queda en España”
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Uber driver independence a bumpy road

Uber driver Mae Cee scoffs at the notion, touted by the global ride-share service, that she and her peers are self-employed contractors — and that most of them are happy with the arrangement. In California, labor legislation endorsed by voters last November in a referendum, known as Proposition 22, effectively overturned a state law requiring Uber, Lyft and other app-based, on-demand delivery services to reclassify their drivers and provide employee benefits. That legislation, heavily backed by the companies themselves with $200 million in campaign spending, may have officially resolved the status of so-called “gig workers.” But many of them are still bitter and angry, and say they have all the inconveniences of being independent, and none of the advantages. They also accuse Uber of rolling out benefits while Prop 22 was being debated — and then retracting them. “No way I’m an independent contractor — not even close, it’s such a joke,” said Cee, an activist in a Rideshare Drivers United group. Drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft use their own cars and chose their own work schedules in what the companies describe as cherished independence. But how work days turn out is orchestrated by a sophisticated computer algorithm that artfully nudges drivers to accept as many fares as possible — including less profitable routes. Some drivers see the situation as basically having a software version of a manager, making them tantamount to employees — without the security such an arrangement would give them. Prop 22 does guarantee some support such as pay topping the minimum wage and supplemented health care coverage — but it designates drivers as self-employed, meaning they do not have the right to some regular employee benefits such as collective bargaining. – Happy trails? – Uber says a recent survey found 82 percent of drivers are “happy” that Proposition 22 is in place. #photo1 But Nathan, a driver in San Diego who asked that his last name not be used to protect his privacy, said he felt some of the company’s promises went unfulfilled. “We had more independence, more freedom… we had more ability to control how much money we made,” he said. “Uber was finally working towards making drivers happy.” Transparency and price control are two things that Nathan wanted from Uber, and he thought he was getting those things. But within three months of Prop 22 passing, the company did away with an option to dictate fare prices using a “multiplier” during periods of high demand, he lamented. Drivers still have the option of picking which rides they want to provide, but say that the amount of information they get to see before deciding which fares to accept has dwindled. For example, Uber only starts sharing aspiring riders’ destinations after a driver has blindly accepted five out of 10 trips. An Uber spokesperson told AFP that about a third of drivers were refusing more than 80 percent of fares before the tweaks, which were made to improve the reliability of the service. “With the recovery from the pandemic, we wanted to make sure that passengers have a car when they need it and that all drivers have more trips on average,” the spokesperson said. – New horizons? – Critics argue that calculations regarding how much drivers earn hourly do not take into account time ride-share or delivery drivers spend waiting around. #photo2 They also contend that most drivers will not be eligible for the touted contributions to health insurance coverage. Meanwhile, Uber has been offering incentives to get drivers back on the road as rider demand picks up after being stalled by the coronavirus crisis. Drivers may still be wary of Covid-19, and could be getting financial help from government aid to the unemployed. And, as with the rest of the job market, the pandemic may have prompted some to shift gears on careers. “People did training, or they found other jobs,” Cee said. “The pandemic helped us realize we were hooked, trapped in an abusive relationship with Uber.” The Rideshare Drivers United group seeks to mobilize members against the Proposition 22 model, which Uber hopes to spread beyond California. The San Francisco-based company’s ride-share business was hard hit during the pandemic, but it has seen its food delivery and trucking units pick up speed. Uber has yet to post a profit.
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Another presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua

Another presidential candidate was arrested in Nicaragua on Saturday, police said — the seventh detained by Daniel Ortega’s government in the lead-up to elections on November 7. Noel Vidaurre was put under house arrest, accused of “undermining the sovereignty” of the country, in the latest of a series of arrests condemned by the United States and European Union. Long-term Nicaraguan leader Ortega is expected to seek a fourth consecutive presidential term in the elections. Ortega, 75, will be the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front’s candidate for the presidential vote, Gustavo Porras, the speaker of Nicaragua’s assembly, confirmed last week. Seven opposition presidential hopefuls have been among 28 people detained by Ortega’s government. In a clampdown that began on June 2, Ortega’s government has rounded up political rivals in a series of house raids and night-time arrests on charges of threatening Nicaragua’s “sovereignty.” On Saturday, political commentator Jaime Arellano was also put under custody at his home. Julie Chung, the top US diplomat for Latin America, said on Twitter the two were “just the latest victims of a despicable campaign to criminalize peaceful opposition.” The charges are rooted in a law initiated by Ortega and approved by lawmakers in December that has been widely criticized as a means of freezing out challengers and silencing opponents ahead of the election. #photo1 The law bars “those who ask for, celebrate and applaud the imposition of sanctions against the Nicaraguan state” from seeking public office. – Increasing authoritarianism – Vidaurre, 66, was one potential candidate for the Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad group standing against Ortega. Presidential candidates will be able to register from July 28 to August 2. Ortega says the people rounded up by his forces are “criminals” seeking to overthrow him with US backing. But the clampdown has drawn international condemnation and fresh sanctions, with the United States branding the long-term leader a “dictator.” The European Union has said it was “inconceivable” the November elections “will be anything remotely approaching a democratic competition.” A firebrand Marxist in his younger days, Ortega and his Sandinistas toppled a corrupt autocratic regime to popular applause and seized control of the country in 1979. #photo2 He was elected president in 1984 and ruled until 1990 when he was beaten by Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, then returned to power in 2007. He has won two successive re-elections. Cristiana Chamorro, ex-president Chamorro’s daughter and widely seen as the favorite to beat Ortega this year, was the first to be targeted and is now under house arrest on government claims of money laundering. Ortega has been accused of increasing authoritarianism, especially following the brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations in 2018, which left more than 300 dead and thousands in exile, according to rights bodies. His vice president since 2017 is his wife, Rosario Murillo.
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Djokovic launches Olympic quest on first day of medal action in Tokyo

Novak Djokovic launches his quest for Olympic tennis glory on day one of the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games on Saturday as Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar goes for one of 11 gold medals on offer. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lit the Olympic cauldron in Friday’s opening ceremony at an eerily empty stadium after the coronavirus forced organisers to ban spectators at all but a handful of venues. Games chiefs will be desperate to shift the focus to the sporting action from the pandemic, which forced a one-year postponement and has dominated the build-up to the start of the event. “Today is a moment of hope,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said at the low-key opening ceremony, which unfolded in front of fewer than 1,000 VIPs and several thousand athletes. “Yes, it is very different from what all of us had imagined. But let us cherish this moment because finally we are all here together.” But the virus cast a fresh shadow when German Olympic chiefs announced cyclist Simon Geschke had tested positive for coronavirus, forcing him out of the men’s road race. And Covid-19 claimed the opening game of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, with Czech pair Marketa Nausch Slukova and Barbora Hermannova forced to withdraw. More than 20 sports from archery to weightlifting start on Saturday. – Golden Grand Slam – Djokovic had cast doubt over whether he would participate because of the strict virus protocols and lack of crowds, but the possibility of the Golden Slam — winning all four majors and the Olympics in the same year — proved impossible to resist. “Without the key element of any sports events, the crowds, the fans, that energy, it’s different, but it is still the Olympic Games,” said the world number one. #photo1 Djokovic will face Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the opening round of a tournament missing half the men’s top 10 players, including 2008 Olympic champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The favourite and 2008 bronze medallist is hoping to emulate Steffi Graf’s 1988 feat of winning the Golden Slam after already snapping up the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year. Women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty will make her Olympic debut for Australia alongside friend and compatriot Storm Sanders in the doubles. #photo2 Osaka, who plays in the singles on Sunday, has not played since her shock French Open pull-out over mental health concerns in late May but the 23-year-old said she was “excited to play” after taking time out. – Pogacar eyes gold – The first gold medal in Tokyo will come in the women’s 10-metre air rifle, which started before the road race cyclists set off from Musashinonomori Park. The demanding 234-kilometre (145-mile) route climaxes at the Fuji International Speedway racing circuit, with riders facing five climbs around Mount Fuji, the highest point in Japan at an altitude of 3,776 metres (12,388 feet). Slovenia’s Pogacar, who this month won his second successive Tour de France, headlines a star-studded peloton that includes 2016 champion Greg Van Avermaet and his Belgian team-mates Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert. Medals are also up for grabs in archery, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting. Swimming begins with heats in the men’s 400m individual medley, where Japan’s Daiya Seto is the favourite, before Sweden’s reigning champion Sarah Sjostrom, still recovering from a fractured right elbow, lines up in the women’s 100m butterfly. Britain’s Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty is the one to watch in the men’s 100m breaststroke, while Hungarian great Katinka Hosszu starts her fifth Games in the women’s 400m medley. The US women’s football team will look to bounce back from a humbling 3-0 loss to Sweden when they take on New Zealand in the second round of group games. Three-on-three basketball, played with a single hoop, makes its debut at the Olympics, which features four new sports — karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
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Colombia authorizes export of dried cannabis flowers

Colombia gave the green light Friday to export dried cannabis flowers for use in medical products in addition to allowing manufacturers to produce goods such as textiles or food containing the plant. In a bold embrace of a booming global market, President Ivan Duque signed a decree ending “the ban on the export of dried flower” in an event organized at Clever Leaves, one of the 18 multinationals that grows medicinal cannabis in Colombia. Colombia “is coming in as a major player in the international market” for cannabis, Duque said. Colombia, the world’s top producer of cocaine and which has major cannabis production, legalized the production of medical marijuana in 2016. Until now, however, it was only allowed to export extracts of the plant, not its flowers. Authorities had feared that exportation of the flowers would allow them to be diverted to the illegal side of the trade. In a letter sent to Duque on July 14, the cannabis cultivation company Canamonte argued that a rule against exportation of the flowers prevented growers from “accessing the largest and most profitable market segment of the medical cannabis industry.” Flowers, which concentrate the plant’s medicinal and psychoactive compounds, “may represent 53 percent of this market worldwide,” according to Duque. The new authorization also allows for the manufacture of “non-psychoactive derivatives” from the plant. “We are no longer only in pharmaceutical use. We are opening the space to do much more in cosmetics… food and beverages” and even textiles, the president said. Fabian Currea, Canamonte’s director of cultivation, told AFP that ending the ban on exporting flowers “gives us the chance to explore new markets” and take advantage of the plant’s low production costs in Colombia. #photo1 The rule also “helps control the informal market for fraudulent products” based on marijuana that has had a recent boom in Colombia, Currea said. The government estimates that by 2024 the medical cannabis business could become a $64 billion industry. Other countries in the region such as Uruguay, Ecuador and Peru have also legalized the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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Iraqi officials discuss US military presence on Washington visit

Senior officials from Baghdad were in Washington Thursday for preliminary talks on the US military presence in Iraq, ahead of an upcoming meeting between leaders of the two countries, the Pentagon said in a statement. US President Joe Biden is set to host Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi at the White House on Monday, and Kadhemi is expected to push for a concrete timetable of foreign troop withdrawal. On Thursday Mara Karlin, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, hosted Iraqi National Security Advisor Qassem al-Araji and a military delegation, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Both sides “reaffirmed the importance of the US-Iraq bilateral security relationship” as well as “the long-term US-Iraq security cooperation partnership and areas for cooperation beyond counterterrorism.” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin joined the group to reaffirm his support for “the US-Iraq strategic partnership.” Talks are set to resume on Friday. Some 3,500 foreign troops are in Iraqi territory, including 2,500 Americans, who have been posted to help fight the Islamic State group since 2014. The implementation of their withdrawal could take years. Iraq, long an arena for bitter rivalry between the United States and Iran despite their shared enmity towards the IS, has seen growing numbers of rocket and drone attacks on US targets in recent months. Last week Iraq’s leader met with visiting US envoy Brett McGurk in Baghdad to discuss foreign troop withdrawal, his office in statement.
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Markets await ‘clearer’ ECB language on stimulus path

The European Central Bank is expected to make it clear Thursday that monetary stimulus will keep flowing as concerns grow over economic risks from the latest, fast-spreading coronavirus variant. The ECB’s 25-member governing council is unlikely to tweak ultra-loose monetary policies at a meeting it holds every six weeks, observers say. But the Frankfurt institution is set to unveil a new-look “forward guidance” statement that will be scoured by investors for clues about future moves on interest rates and bond purchases. ECB President Christine Lagarde has described Thursday’s meeting as “important” and told Bloomberg News it would bring “interesting variations and changes” in how the bank communicates with the public. It comes just two weeks after the ECB announced a new inflation target of two percent for the eurozone, ditching the “close to, but below two percent” target that had been in place for 18 years. The bank’s revamped forward guidance is expected to be “shorter, clearer, crisper, and more straightforward” said Frederik Ducrozet of Pictet Wealth Management. The most obvious change would be the mention of the new inflation target, the result of an 18-month strategic review at the ECB — the first since 2003. Observers nonetheless expect the ECB to reiterate that interest rates will stay at record low and even negative levels until inflation is firmly on target. No tweaks are expected either to the ECB’s 1.85 trillion euro ($2.2 trillion) pandemic emergency bond-purchasing programme (PEPP), set to run until at least March 2022. The massive monthly bond buys are aimed at keeping borrowing costs low to encourage spending and investment in the 19-nation currency club. Although disagreement has emerged between ECB governors about when to start winding down the stimulus, “the recent surge in new Covid cases is likely to tip the balance of risks away from an early curtailment of the PEPP,” said Ducrozet. A solid economic rebound is underway across the eurozone thanks to mass vaccinations and the easing of pandemic-related restrictions. But the virus’ Delta variant is driving up cases again, forcing renewed restrictions in several countries. – ‘More patience’ – Lagarde has described the new two-percent inflation mark as a more “simple” and “symmetric” goal, meaning the bank will allow inflation to temporarily overshoot or undershoot before stepping in. She stressed however that the ECB was not going as far as the US Federal Reserve in offering more leeway for fluctuations. The Fed last year said it would allow inflation to rise above 2.0 percent “for some time” before raising interest rates, to boost employment. Eurozone inflation has remained low for years. #photo1 But the region has recently seen a surge in consumer prices, fuelled by one-off factors linked to the pandemic such as post-lockdown demand and shortages of semiconductors and timber. Former French finance minister Lagarde has repeatedly pledged to “look through” the spike, insisting that the eurozone still needs ample support to get through the pandemic crisis. “The new strategy, in our view, implies more patience but not necessarily immediate additional” measures, said Natixis economists in a client note. The ECB’s most recent estimates predict that inflation will reach 1.4 percent in 2023. Many analysts say the ECB is likely to hold off making policy changes until the next meeting in September, when the bank will have fresh inflation and growth estimates. Once the ECB does decide to start weaning markets off PEPP, it could ease the transition by increasing its pre-pandemic purchases of government and corporate bonds, some observers say. The pre-pandemic scheme is currently running at a pace of 20 billion euros a month.
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Cómo ver en directo el vuelo espacial de Jeff Bezos: Horario y dónde verlo

ICYMI: Después de meses de anticipación y un solo billete extra que se subastó a un precio estratosférico, el primer viaje turístico de la nave espacial New Sheperd, construida por el grupo aeroespacial Blue Origin , propiedad de Jeff Bezos , está a punto de partir  por lo que os explicamos cómo ver en directo este … Continuar leyendo “Cómo ver en directo el vuelo espacial de Jeff Bezos: Horario y dónde verlo”
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Cómo ver en directo el vuelo espacial de Jeff Bezos: Horario y dónde verlo

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Bucks focused as fans eye end to 50-year NBA title drought

Milwaukee Bucks supporters are buzzing about the possible end of a 50-year NBA title drought while star Giannis Antetokounmpo fights to keep his focus with a crown tantalyzingly near. The Bucks lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 3-2 over Phoenix with game six Tuesday at Milwaukee, where 20,000 fans will fill the arena and 25,000 more will jam the “Deer District” outside to watch on huge videoscreens. “You can feel the excitement in the city. But we got to focus,” Greek forward Antetokounmpo said Monday. “We got to do our job first. Then they can do their job celebrating at the end.” The Bucks, in their first finals since 1974, would capture their first crown since 1971 by winning Tuesday. “The whole city is buzzing,” Bucks guard P.J. Tucker said. “Everybody wants it.” That just makes it tougher to stay in the moment for Antetokounmpo, who knows the Suns must win to force a seventh game Thursday at Phoenix. “You work so hard to be in that moment. It’s hard not to get ahead of yourself,” Antetokounmpo said. “But this is the time that you got to be the most disciplined. Don’t get too excited. Don’t get too pumped up for the game. None of that. “It’s hard. Sometimes you sleep and you’re dreaming about the game. But this is the time that we have to be disciplined. We cannot worry about having plans of celebrating. None of that, until it’s done.” Antetokounmpo won’t let himself ponder how it would feel to win the title in Milwaukee, determined to stay in the moment. “It would be nice to celebrate with the fans inside and outside and with our families, because this is something historical that’s happening in the city right now,” he said. “I can’t focus on celebrating. You get too ahead of yourself. We got to focus on right now, focus on each possession, compete as hard as possible and put ourselves in a position to be able to win.” Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday wants the Bucks to play like they face elimination instead of celebration. “It’s about playing desperate, like our back is against the wall,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said. “The job is not done. “There would be no better place to do it than at home but we also have a team over there that doesn’t give up and plays well together.” The Bucks can become only the fifth team in NBA Finals history to win the title after losing the first two games, a fightback feat managed by such stars as LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Russell. “We don’t think about what’s at stake,” Bucks guard Khris Middleton said. “We’ve been doing a great job just blocking out distractions, focusing on the task at hand and what needs to be done.” – ‘Going to be dogfight’ – The Suns are focused as they face elimination for the first time in the playoffs. “It brings out a sense of desperation, a sense of urgency, a sense of collectiveness within your group, knowing what you’re battling,” Suns forward Jae Crowder said. “It’s going to be a dogfight. You have to leave it all out on the court.” The Suns were bolstered by rallying from a 16-point deficit to within a point with the ball in the dying seconds before losing game five at Phoenix. “It’s all in our hands we feel like, and the confidence is where it needs to be,” said Crowder. “We know what we have to do. We know the mental lapses we’ve been having are self-inflicted.” Suns coach Monty Williams has seen his team display resilience several times in the playoffs and knows it will help after dropping game five. “It’s certainly a point of focus moving forward,” Williams said. “We have a level of bounce-back on our team that allows for us to get the spirit back. “Those kinds of losses are hard, but if you’re going to do anything big, you have to overcome those kinds of ‘hards.’ We’ve talked about that, the deep playoff hurts that happen and the ability to bounce back from that. “We’re in the finals. We got here for a reason and our guys can glean confidence from that.”
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England lifts Covid curbs as scientists warn of surge in cases

The British government on Monday lifted pandemic restrictions on daily life in England, scrapping all social distancing in a step slammed by scientists and opposition parties as a dangerous leap into the unknown. From midnight (2300 GMT Sunday), nightclubs were able to reopen and other indoor venues allowed to run at full capacity, while legal mandates covering the wearing of masks and working from home were scrapped. Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who is self-isolating after his health minister was infected — urged the public to remain prudent and for any laggards to join the two-thirds of UK adults who are now fully vaccinated. He defended the reopening — dubbed “freedom day” by some media — despite scientists’ grave misgivings after daily infection rates in Britain topped 50,000, behind only Indonesia and Brazil. “If we don’t do it now, then we’ll be opening up in the autumn, the winter months, when the virus has the advantage of the cold weather,” the prime minister said in a video message. This week’s start of summer school holidays offered a “precious firebreak”, he said. “If we don’t do it now, we’ve got to ask ourselves, when will we ever do it? So this is the right moment, but we’ve got to do it cautiously.” Jonathan Ashworth, the opposition Labour party’s health spokesman, said the government was being “reckless”, echoing experts who say the reopening endangers global health. #photo1 “We are against opening up without any precautions in place,” Ashworth told BBC television, attacking in particular the government’s plan on masks. After the success of the vaccination programme — which has now offered at least one dose to every adult in Britain — the government says any risks to hospital care are manageable. But professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London warned that Britain was on course for 100,000 cases a day, as the Delta variant of Covid runs out of control. “The real question is, do we get to double that or even higher? And that’s where the crystal ball starts to fail,” he told BBC television. “We could get to 2,000 hospitalisations a day, 200,000 cases a day, but it’s much less certain,” he said. – ‘Flashing red’ – Even if Britain is suffering far fewer deaths than in previous waves, such a caseload would still put severe pressure on the National Health Service (NHS) and risks seeding new variants, medics warned. Senior Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt, a former health secretary, said the government should learn from Israel and the Netherlands, which have been forced to reverse recent relaxations. “The warning light on the NHS dashboard is not flashing amber, it is flashing red,” he told BBC radio. #photo2 Scotland and Wales, whose devolved governments set their own health policy, said they would maintain the mandate on face coverings among other restrictions. But in England, all restrictions on social mixing were lifted. Sports stadia, cinemas and theatres can now return to full houses. Fully vaccinated residents returning from “amber list” destinations in Europe no longer have to quarantine — although in a last-minute policy shift, the government has kept the requirement in place for France. Also staying in place are requirements to self-isolate after a close contact, which have forced millions off work or school in recent weeks, leading to industry warnings of severe economic disruption. #photo3 After their contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak initially tried to use an official testing pilot scheme that enables participants to escape full self-isolation. But after a public and political outcry, Downing Street staged a hurried U-turn. – ‘Epidemiological stupidity’ – Johnson, who nearly died of Covid last year, will remain at the prime minister’s country retreat at Chequers northwest of London until July 26. “We did look briefly at the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme which allows people to test daily,” he said. “But I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rule.” #photo4 Others urged the government to stick to the cautious global consensus on tackling the pandemic, rather than acceding to the libertarian instincts of Johnson and other Conservatives. The government’s stated approach of lifting controls now before any winter surge of respiratory disease is marked by “moral emptiness and epidemiological stupidity”, said University of Bristol public health expert Gabriel Scally.
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Who’s who on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight

Blue Origin’s maiden crewed flight on Tuesday involves four people who will cross the Karman line, which separates Earth’s atmosphere from space, for the very first time. He is a brief look at the quartet of soon-to-be astronauts. – The tycoon, Jeff Bezos – Jeff Bezos, 57, will leave behind the planet where he made his vast fortune for a few minutes on a spaceship built by the company he founded in 2000, when he was still merely a single-digit billionaire. Six years before that, he started a small online bookstore called Amazon.com out of his garage. Bezos’ net worth is today estimated at more than $200 billion. – The brother, Mark Bezos – Jeff Bezos has invited along his brother Mark, a financier who directs the Bezos Family Foundation and works as a volunteer firefighter. The pair are best friends, and Jeff shared the moment he surprised his sibling, six years his junior, by asking him to join the mission in a video that went viral on Instagram last month. – Trailblazer Wally Funk – At 82, barrier-breaking woman aviator Wally Funk is about to become the oldest ever astronaut, fulfilling a lifelong dream that was thwarted by the sexism of the early space era. Funk, who took her first flying lesson aged nine, excelled in the Mercury 13 project which was intended to train women for space using the same standards as male astronauts, but the program was eventually nixed. She nevertheless had an accomplished career in aviation, becoming the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, and serving as chief pilot in several flight schools. – Dutch teen Oliver Daemen – Oliver Daemen, 18, is set to become the youngest astronaut. He holds a private pilot’s license and is a space enthusiast who will study physics in university this fall. #photo1 The Dutch teen is flying in place of the still anonymous winner of a $28 million public auction, who asked to pass this time because of “scheduling conflicts,” and will go on a later trip. Daemen’s ticket was paid for by his father, the CEO of a private equity firm, CNBC reported.
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Earth’s richest man Bezos to blast off into space

Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is set to join the astronaut club Tuesday on the first crewed launch by Blue Origin, another key moment in a big month for the fledgling space tourism industry. The mission comes days after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson crossed the final frontier, narrowly besting the Amazon magnate in their battle of the billionaires. Blue Origin’s sights are, however, set higher: both literally in terms of the altitude to which its reusable New Shepard craft will ascend compared to Virgin’s spaceplane, but also in its future ambitions. Bezos founded Blue Origin back in 2000, with the goal of one day building floating space colonies with artificial gravity where millions of people will work and live. Today, the company is developing a heavy-lift orbital rocket called New Glenn and also a Moon lander it is hoping to contract to NASA under the Artemis program. “They’ve had 15 successful New Shepard uncrewed flights and we’ve been waiting years to see when they’re going to start flying people,” Laura Forczyk, founder of space consulting firm Astralytical, told AFP, calling it an “exciting time” for enthusiasts. New Shepard will blast off at 8:00 am Central Time (1300 GMT) on July 20 from a remote facility in the west Texas desert called Launch Site One, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of the nearest town, Van Horn. #photo1 The event will be live streamed on BlueOrigin.com beginning an hour and a half before. – Richest, oldest and youngest – Joining Bezos on the fully autonomous flight will be barrier-breaking female aviator Wally Funk, who at 82 is set to be the oldest ever astronaut, Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen, the company’s first paying customer, who will become the youngest astronaut. #photo2 Rounding out the four-member crew is Jeff Bezos’ brother Mark, a financier who directs the Bezos Family Foundation and works as a volunteer firefighter. The pair are best friends, and Jeff shared the moment he asked his younger sibling to join him in a viral video on Instagram last month. Notably absent is the mysterious winner of a $28 million auction for a seat, who had “scheduling conflicts” and will take part in a future flight, and has asked to remain anonymous, the company said. After lift-off, New Shepard will accelerate towards space at speeds exceeding Mach 3 using a liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine with no carbon emissions. The capsule soon separates from its booster, and the astronauts unbuckle and begin to experience weightlessness. The crew will spend a few minutes beyond the Karman line — the internationally recognized boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space, at 62 miles altitude (100 kilometers), as the spacecraft peaks at 65 miles high (106 kilometers). They will be able to admire the curvature of the planet — and the inky black of the rest of the universe — from large windows that comprise a third of the cabin’s surface area. The booster returns autonomously to a landing pad just north of its launch site, while the capsule freefalls back to Earth before deploying three giant parachutes, and finally a thruster, to land gently in the west Texas desert. – Bigger prizes – Beyond the first flight, relatively little is known about Blue Origin’s future tourism plans. The company has a history of secrecy, its existence only becoming public knowledge three years after its creation. It then pursued a policy of “self-imposed silence” until 2015. Unlike Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin hasn’t officially started selling tickets — Daemen won his spot through the auction process. The company wants two more flights this year, then “many more” in 2022, it told AFP. #photo3 Forczyk, the analyst, said it will all depend on the level of demand that is generated by these early flights, and how well the industry recovers from accidents “which there inevitably will be, because spaceflight is inherently risky.” Elon Musk’s SpaceX will enter the fray in September with an all-civilian orbital expedition on its Crew Dragon, and is tying up with another company, Axiom, for visits to the International Space Station. Beyond tourism, Blue Origin would like to supplant SpaceX as NASA’s leading private sector partner, and sees New Shepard as “sort of the stepping stone and also the way to make money along the way for the greater ambition,” said Forczyk.
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Aena gana todos los pleitos a los pequeños comercios, pero los pierde con las grandes cadenas

ICYMI: Aena está ganando casi todos los pleitos a los pequeños locales comerciales de los aeropuertos que pidieron medidas cautelares para que no se ejecuten los avales por no haber pagado el alquiler mínimo garantizado de 2020. Sin embargo, no está corriendo la misma suerte con las grandes multinacionales propietarias de cadenas de tiendas o restaurantes, … Continuar leyendo “Aena gana todos los pleitos a los pequeños comercios, pero los pierde con las grandes cadenas”
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Del profit warning a los aranceles de EEUU: ¿Siemens Gamesa seguirá cayendo en Bolsa?

ICYMI: El fabricante de aerogeneradores acaba de informar de su segunda reducción de previsiones, conocido como profit warnign, en a penas un año y medio y lo ha hecho en la misma semana en la que EEUU ha confirmado los aranceles para las torres eólicas fabricadas en España. Con una caída acumulada ya del 32% desde … Continuar leyendo “Del profit warning a los aranceles de EEUU: ¿Siemens Gamesa seguirá cayendo en Bolsa?”
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La Audiencia de Almería anula una sentencia por «pérdida de imparcialidad» de la juez y ordena que se repita el juicio

ICYMI: La Audiencia Provincial de Almería, en funciones de apelación, ha anulado una sentencia del Juzgado de lo Penal 5 de esa ciudad por «pérdida de la debida imparcialidad» de la juez titular. Y ordena que se repita el juicio bajo la Presidencia de otro magistrado diferente al de la primera instancia. Así lo acuerda el […]
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El dictador Maduro encierra al opositor Freddy Guevara en la cárcel del Sebin acusado de terrorismo

ICYMI: La brutal dictadura de Maduro aprovecha la represión en Cuba para continuar con su plan para amedrentar y silenciar a la oposición venezolana. La última víctima de la narcodictadura ha sido Freddy Guevara, diputado de la Asamblea Nacional por la Alternativa Democrática, secuestrado el mismo día que fuerzas del régimen intentaron secuestrar al presidente encargado … Continuar leyendo “El dictador Maduro encierra al opositor Freddy Guevara en la cárcel del Sebin acusado de terrorismo”
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Aena gana todos los pleitos a los pequeños comercios, pero los pierde con las grandes cadenas

Aena está ganando casi todos los pleitos a los pequeños locales comerciales de los aeropuertos que pidieron medidas cautelares para que no se ejecuten los avales por no haber pagado el alquiler mínimo garantizado de 2020. Sin embargo, no está corriendo la misma suerte con las grandes multinacionales propietarias de cadenas de tiendas o restaurantes, … Continuar leyendo “Aena gana todos los pleitos a los pequeños comercios, pero los pierde con las grandes cadenas”
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Del profit warning a los aranceles de EEUU: ¿Siemens Gamesa seguirá cayendo en Bolsa?

El fabricante de aerogeneradores acaba de informar de su segunda reducción de previsiones, conocido como profit warnign, en a penas un año y medio y lo ha hecho en la misma semana en la que EEUU ha confirmado los aranceles para las torres eólicas fabricadas en España. Con una caída acumulada ya del 32% desde … Continuar leyendo “Del profit warning a los aranceles de EEUU: ¿Siemens Gamesa seguirá cayendo en Bolsa?”
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La Audiencia de Almería anula una sentencia por «pérdida de imparcialidad» de la juez y ordena que se repita el juicio

La Audiencia Provincial de Almería, en funciones de apelación, ha anulado una sentencia del Juzgado de lo Penal 5 de esa ciudad por «pérdida de la debida imparcialidad» de la juez titular. Y ordena que se repita el juicio bajo la Presidencia de otro magistrado diferente al de la primera instancia. Así lo acuerda el […]
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El dictador Maduro encierra al opositor Freddy Guevara en la cárcel del Sebin acusado de terrorismo

La brutal dictadura de Maduro aprovecha la represión en Cuba para continuar con su plan para amedrentar y silenciar a la oposición venezolana. La última víctima de la narcodictadura ha sido Freddy Guevara, diputado de la Asamblea Nacional por la Alternativa Democrática, secuestrado el mismo día que fuerzas del régimen intentaron secuestrar al presidente encargado … Continuar leyendo “El dictador Maduro encierra al opositor Freddy Guevara en la cárcel del Sebin acusado de terrorismo”
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El plan de recuperación para el automóvil del Gobierno no ayuda a CIE y Gestamp en Bolsa

ICYMI: El anunciado PERTE del automóvil por el Gobierno no tendrá impacto en las cotizaciones de CIE Automotive y Gestamp, las únicas empresas de este sector en la Bolsa española. Sin embargo, ambos valores intentan poner en precio los cambios en el sector y las mejores previsiones en una recuperación marcada por la crisis de los … Continuar leyendo “El plan de recuperación para el automóvil del Gobierno no ayuda a CIE y Gestamp en Bolsa”
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Disuelto por la Policía Nacional un botellón con 140 jóvenes sin mascarilla en El Postiguet

ICYMI: Pese a que el Régimen Sancionador Covid considera el botellón como una falta grave con multas de hasta 30.000 euros, esta práctica sigue de plena vigencia entre los jóvenes y la alicantina playa de El Postiguet fue anoche testigo de otro incidente. La Policía Nacional disolvió un botellón con más de un centenar de jóvenes que se encontraban consumiendo bebidas alcohólicas, sin llevar mascarilla y sin guardar distancia de seguridad entre ellos. La intervención se saldó con más de 20 actas de sanción por incumplir la normativa vigente de medidas de prevención ante la Covid-19. La mayoría de actas fueron por consumo de alcohol en la vía pública y desobediencia leve, según ha informado la Policía. Muchos de los participantes en el botellón intentaron huir pero algunos fueron interceptados por las patrullas. Los hechos han ocurrido en la madrugada de este martes cuando varias dotaciones de Policía Nacional de Alicante tuvieron que intervenir en la playa del Postiguet ante una aglomeración de entre 100 y 140 jóvenes que se encontraban de botellón sin respetar las medidas sanitarias
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Korda sister act, defending champions lead LPGA invitational

World number one Nelly Korda and sister Jessica fired a five-under-par 65 to join a four-way tie at the top of the first-round leaderboard at the LPGA’s Great Lakes Bay Invitational team tournament on Wednesday. Nelly Korda is chasing a fourth title this season after individual wins at the Gainbridge LPGA, Meijer LPGA Classic and the Women’s PGA Championship. The competition in Midland, Michigan, offers elder sister Jessica Korda a chance for a second victory of 2021 after her win at the Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in January. The tournament, which was launched in 2019 but cancelled last year due to the pandemic, follows an alternate shot or foursome format in the first and third rounds and better ball, or fourball, in the second and final round. Joining the Kordas at the top of the leaderboard were 2019 defending champions Cydney Clanton of the United States and partner Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand, also on five under. Clanton said she and Suwannapura bring out the best in each other. “We played off each other really well,” Clanton said. “Our putters were hot today, we made a lot of really clutch putts which I think just helped with momentum moving forward. “We try not to apologize for anything because you’re going to hit bad shots and it’s like OK, well let’s just figure out what to do next…I think we blended really well today.” India’s Aditi Ashok and Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukam were also on five under along with US duo Jillian Hollis and Lauren Stephenson. Thai duo Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan were one off the lead on four under, tied for second with Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and England’s Mel Reid. Two all South-Korean pairings — Park In-bee and Ryu So-yeon, and Hur Mi-jung with Lee6 Jeong-eun, were on three under alongside Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn.
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Disuelto por la Policía Nacional un botellón con 140 jóvenes sin mascarilla en El Postiguet

Pese a que el Régimen Sancionador Covid considera el botellón como una falta grave con multas de hasta 30.000 euros, esta práctica sigue de plena vigencia entre los jóvenes y la alicantina playa de El Postiguet fue anoche testigo de otro incidente. La Policía Nacional disolvió un botellón con más de un centenar de jóvenes que se encontraban consumiendo bebidas alcohólicas, sin llevar mascarilla y sin guardar distancia de seguridad entre ellos. La intervención se saldó con más de 20 actas de sanción por incumplir la normativa vigente de medidas de prevención ante la Covid-19. La mayoría de actas fueron por consumo de alcohol en la vía pública y desobediencia leve, según ha informado la Policía. Muchos de los participantes en el botellón intentaron huir pero algunos fueron interceptados por las patrullas. Los hechos han ocurrido en la madrugada de este martes cuando varias dotaciones de Policía Nacional de Alicante tuvieron que intervenir en la playa del Postiguet ante una aglomeración de entre 100 y 140 jóvenes que se encontraban de botellón sin respetar las medidas sanitarias
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El plan de recuperación para el automóvil del Gobierno no ayuda a CIE y Gestamp en Bolsa

El anunciado PERTE del automóvil por el Gobierno no tendrá impacto en las cotizaciones de CIE Automotive y Gestamp, las únicas empresas de este sector en la Bolsa española. Sin embargo, ambos valores intentan poner en precio los cambios en el sector y las mejores previsiones en una recuperación marcada por la crisis de los … Continuar leyendo “El plan de recuperación para el automóvil del Gobierno no ayuda a CIE y Gestamp en Bolsa”
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US to seek global rules on AI misuse, Blinken says

The United States will seek global rules on how to prevent misuse of artificial intelligence, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday, as he renewed warnings against Russia over hacking. Speaking at a conference on emerging technologies, the top US diplomat voiced alarm that a growing number of authoritarian states led by China are using the internet as well as new technologies to curb dissent and exert greater control. “So the world is at a tipping point. And our choice is between giving up on our vision for the internet — or stepping up the fight. We will step up the fight,” Blinken said. “We’ll defend the principles of an open, secure, reliable and interoperable internet across the full spectrum of our engagement — from trade agreements to governance to hardware.” His remarks come amid mounting concern about hacking for ransom, including an attack that shut down a major fuel pipeline in the United States. US officials say many such attacks come from Russia, although the extent of ties with the government is murky. President Joe Biden said he warned his counterpart Vladimir Putin in a telephone call on Friday that the United States would take action — a message reiterated by Blinken. “Our message is clear: countries that harbor cyber criminals have a responsibility to take action –- or we will.” Blinken said that the United States will deploy similar measures, using diplomatic as well as security leverage, on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. “If they’re going to be used as part of our national defense, we want the world to have a shared understanding of how to do that responsibly — in the same way that we’ve hammered out rules for how to use conventional and nuclear weapons,” Blinken said. “That’s how we reduce the risk of proliferation and prevent escalation or unintended incidents.” Blinken said he was had ordered recommendations on how the State Department can focus better on technology, saying he was determined to leave his successor “with strong capabilities in cyber and tech diplomacy.”
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Widow of Haiti’s slain leader speaks as political intrigue swirls

The widow of slain Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was critically wounded in the attack that claimed his life, on Saturday issued her first public remarks since the assault, calling on the nation not to “lose its way.” Martine Moise’s comments came three days after she was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of grave wounds suffered early Wednesday when gunmen stormed the family home in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. They also come as the impoverished Caribbean nation reels from the slaying of its leader, with no clear succession plan on the horizon. “I am alive, thanks to God,” Martine Moise said in an audio message in Creole that was posted on her official Twitter account, and verified as authentic to AFP by Haiti’s minister of culture and communications, Pradel Henriquez. “In the blink of an eye, the mercenaries entered my home and riddled my husband with bullets … without even giving him a chance to say a word,” she said. According to Haitian authorities, a hit squad of 28 men — 26 Colombians, many of them retired soldiers, and two Haitian-Americans — burst in and opened fire on the couple in their home. So far, 17 have been arrested, and at least three were killed. A handful remain at large, police say. But no motive has been made public, and questions are swirling about who might have masterminded the audacious assassination. Martine Moise pointed at a variety of possible reasons: saying the killers could have been sent by people who might have been displeased with her husband’s plans to provide “roads, water and electricity, a (constitutional) referendum and elections set for the end of the year.” She suggested that perhaps those behind the killing “do not want to see a transition in the country.” “I am crying, it is true, but we cannot let the country lose its way,” she said. “We cannot let his blood… have been spilled in vain.” – No clear path forward – Moise’s assassination has plunged already troubled Haiti — the poorest country in the Americas — into chaos. #photo1 Amid deep uncertainty over its political future, the international community has called on the impoverished Caribbean country to go ahead with presidential and legislative elections slated for later this year. As for a transition of power, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph says he is still in charge. But a group of senators, with the backing of several opposition groups, have endorsed a plan to install Senate leader Joseph Lambert as the provisional president, with Ariel Henry — who had been appointed by Moise earlier this week — as the new prime minister. It is not clear how Lambert could move ahead with his plan. And for now, Joseph seems to have the police and other security forces on his side. “The constitution is clear: I have to organize elections and actually pass the power to someone else who is elected,” Joseph said in an interview broadcast Saturday on CNN. US officials say Port-au-Prince has asked Washington for “security and investigative assistance,” and FBI agents have already been dispatched but a Haitian minister said troops were also requested. A senior US administration official has told US media that troops are off the table. In Port-au-Prince, businesses slowly reopened and people returned to the streets of the capital on Saturday. But at the US embassy in the suburbs, more than 200 people worried about the country’s uncertain future gathered in hopes of asking for political asylum, their passports and other documents in hand, though generally, people must be on US soil to make such a request. #photo2 “If the president can be assassinated here, I — a simple citizen — won’t be spared. I have to ask for asylum, to seek a better life elsewhere,” Louis Limage told AFP outside the guarded building. As for Martine Moise, she promised to engage with Haitians via Facebook “in the near future.” “I will not abandon you,” she said.
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Cuba approves emergency use of home-grown Covid vaccine, Latin America’s first

Cuba on Friday approved its home-grown Abdala vaccine for emergency use, the first Latin American coronavirus jab to reach this stage and a possible lifeline for a region trying to battle a killer pandemic with modest means. The country’s CECMED health regulator gave the go-ahead after Abdala’s makers last month announced the vaccine candidate was more than 92 percent effective at preventing Covid-19 disease after three doses. Cuba is working on five coronavirus vaccines, and in May started immunizing its population using two of them — Abdala and Soberana 2 — even before they received approval. By this week, 6.8 million of Cuba’s 11.2 million people have received at least one dose of either vaccine, while 1.6 million have the required three doses. The country has not bought or sought vaccines from elsewhere, and aims to immunize its population before the end of the year. In June, the state-run BioCubaFarma laboratory said Abdala “shows efficacy of 92.28 percent in its three-dose scheme.” The World Health Organization has set a 50-percent efficacy threshold for coronavirus vaccines to qualify for approved global roll-out, though individual countries can green-light jabs without the UN stamp for domestic use. The CECMED said approval of Abdala was based on its analysis that it met requirements for “quality, safety and effectiveness.” And Aica Laboratories, where the vaccine is produced, said there had been “a rigorous process of evaluation of the dossier and… inspections of the plants involved.” Under American sanctions, communist Cuba has a long tradition of making its own vaccines, dating back to the 1980s. Nearly 80 percent of its inoculations are produced locally. – Soberana 2 next? – On Thursday, the Finlay Institute which makes Soberana 2 said it, too, showed efficacy exceeding 91 percent after three doses. #photo1 Eduardo Martinez, president of BioCubaFarma, said Soberana 2 will be submitted to the regulatory authority in the coming days for its own emergency approval. Cuba has recorded more than 224,000 Covid-19 cases among its population of 11.2 million, and some 1,450 deaths. It has seen a recent spike in infections, with a new daily infection record reported Friday. On Wednesday, authorities sent an urgent deployment of doctors and medical equipment to the province of Matanzas — where foreign tourists have continued to visit — after hospitals there reached capacity. A local company has been commissioned to make more hospital beds for Matanzas and there is a social media campaign to raise donations. Elsewhere in Latin America, the situation remains worrying. Brazil has the world’s second-highest death toll — more than 530,000. Colombia recently crossed the grim threshold of 100,000 coronavirus deaths and Peru is now the country with the world’s highest death toll per capita. Mexico, whose recorded death toll of 234,000 is the fourth-highest in the world, said Tuesday it is battling a fresh pandemic wave. A locally produced vaccine offers a glimpse of hope for Latin America and the Caribbean, a region which the UN says has fully vaccinated just over 13.6 percent of its population compared to 34.9 percent in the European Union and 46.3 percent in North America. The region comprises a third of the world’s coronavirus death toll despite representing just 8.4 percent of the global population. Venezuela has signed a contract to purchase 12 million doses of Abdala and has already started using the Cuban jab in its vaccination campaign. Argentina’s health minister visited the island in May to discuss a possible vaccine deal and Mexico has expressed interest. There is no requirement for the WHO to approve such bilateral vaccine deals. Abdala and Soberana 2 are recombinant protein vaccines that work by recreating the “spikes” on the surface of the coronavirus and introducing it to the body, training the immune system to recognize intruders and fight back in case of a real infection. Recombinant vaccines, unlike some coronavirus shots already in use, do not need extreme refrigeration.
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El OK y KO del sábado, 10 de julio de 2021

OK: Isabel Díaz AyusoPor decirle a Sánchez en Moncloa que no aceptará más impuestos a los madrileños.OK: Tobías Martínez GimenoPorque Cellnex ha cerrado la compra de la polaca Polkomtel.OK: Mark CavendishPor igualar el récord de victorias en el Tour de Merckx: 34.OK: Gonzalo Ortiz ZevallosPor querellarse contra el presidente de Perú por fraude electoral.KO: Carmen … Continuar leyendo “El OK y KO del sábado, 10 de julio de 2021”
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Italy beat Spain on penalties to set up Euro 2020 final with England or Denmark

Italy beat Spain 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a magnificent Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday, as Jorginho converted the decisive kick to take the Azzurri through to the final where they will face either England or Denmark. Italy were not always on top though, with Spain the better side for long spells of an epic contest before Federico Chiesa, the Juventus forward, gave Italy the lead with a fabulous finish an hour into a match watched by a crowd of almost 58,000. The much-maligned Alvaro Morata, who was dropped from the starting line-up, came off the bench to equalise with 10 minutes of normal time left. No further scoring in extra time meant penalties again for Spain, who had beaten Switzerland in a shoot-out in the quarter-finals. They had also beaten Italy on penalties at Euro 2008, but this time misses from Dani Olmo and then Morata saw Spain give up the advantage they had been handed when Manuel Locatelli failed with the first kick in the shoot-out. The Italians celebrated at the end with a large contingent of their UK-based supporters, and a team that has been rejuvenated under Roberto Mancini continues to dream of winning a first European Championship since 1968. Now unbeaten in 33 games, they go through to Sunday’s final to face either England or Denmark, who meet in Wednesday’s second last-four tie. “I have to thank the players because they believed right from day one that we could do something incredible,” said Mancini. “We haven’t yet done everything we need to though, there is still one step to go.” It is nine years since Spain mauled Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev to win a third consecutive major tournament, and this was the fourth successive Euro in which these powerhouses had met. Spain won the first two of those meetings, but the last two have now gone to Italy. “It is not a sad night for me by any means,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique. “We can go home knowing we competed and were among the best teams.” – Wembley comes to life – This meeting took place in the chill of a damp July evening in London, but the atmosphere at Wembley was no damp squib. #photo1 There were no travelling supporters, given the obligatory quarantine for all visitors to the United Kingdom. However, the large Spanish and Italian communities already in Britain meant a combined 20,000 fans of the two teams were in the 57,811-crowd allowed inside Wembley. They added a noise and colour so sadly lacking at major sporting events since the pandemic began, and that provided the perfect stage. The football itself was absorbing and of the highest quality, particularly in midfield where Italy’s outstanding trio of Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella met their match in Spain’s Sergio Busquets, Koke and the brilliant Pedri, a frightening talent at just 18. But it was Italy who reached their 10th major tournament final and ended Spain’s hopes of a record fourth European crown. – Southgate’s England ‘breaking barriers’ – Standing in the Azzurri’s way will either be England, who have never reached a Euro final, or Denmark, playing in their first major semi-final since surprisingly winning the competition in 1992. #photo2 Yet to concede a goal in their five unbeaten matches in the tournament, England underlined their potential with a 2-0 last-16 win against old rivals Germany. In the quarter-finals, a 4-0 rout of Ukraine in Rome fuelled dreams of Euro glory and ensured Gareth Southgate’s men would be heading back to Wembley. “We don’t have as a good a football history as we like to believe sometimes,” said England manager Southgate. “These players are making massive strides and breaking barriers all the time, we have broken barriers in this tournament and we have another opportunity to do that tomorrow.” Rocked by the cardiac arrest suffered by their star midfielder Christian Eriksen during their first match against Finland, Denmark went into their last group game without a point. But, with Eriksen on the mend after the shocking incident, Kasper Hjulmand’s team have embarked on a three-match winning run which has taken them to a first semi-final in 29 years. “We still play for and with him. There’s no doubt about that. That’s the only thing I can say about Christian,” said Danish coach Hjulmand.
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Unas 600 personas se concentran en Barcelona para condenar el asesinato de Samuel Luiz

ICYMI: Unas 600 personas se han concentrado en Barcelona para mostrar su rechazo al asesinato de Samuel Luiz. El joven, de 24 años, falleció la madrugada del sábado tras recibir una brutal paliza a las puertas de una discoteca en La Coruña (Galicia). Se trata de un crimen homófobo, enmarcado dentro de los crecientes discursos de odio que se han registrado recientemente en el país. Convocada por el Observatorio Contra la Homofobia y la plataforma LGTBIcat, la manifestación se ha celebrado en el cruce de las calles Comte Borrell y Parlament y sus alrededores. Estos se han llenado de gente con pancartas de rechazo al asesinato y banderas del colectivo LGTBI. En ella han participado la alcaldesa de Barcelona, Ada Colau, y las conselleras Tània Verge y Violant Cervera, entre otros representantes públicos. “La homofobia mata” La concentración ha empezado a las ocho de la tarde con un sentido aplauso por parte de los asistentes y ha concluido con un minuto de silencio en memoria de la víctima. A lo largo de la manifestación se han podido escuchar varias proclamas, como “Samuel, hermano, nosotros no olvidamos”, “No pasarán” o “Ninguna agresión sin respuesta”. “La homofobia mata y creemos que los poderes públicos tienen que actuar inmediatamente porque queremos poder estar tranquilos en las calles”, ha expresado a los medios de comunicación Eugeni Rodríguez, presidente del Observatorio Contra la Homofobia. Asimismo, ha manifestado que, en lo que va de año, la entidad ya ha registrado 113 incidencias en Cataluña. Impulsar campañas de concentración El asesinato de Samuel Luiz se está investigando y la Policía Nacional está interrogando a varios testigos, pero todavía no hay ningún detenido. En esta línea, Rodríguez ha reclamado que hay que “cambiar el imaginario de la impunidad”. De este modo, para poner fin al aumento de agresiones e incidencias que la entidad está registrando últimamente, Eugeni Rodríguez ha pedido a las administraciones públicas “ponerle freno”. Para ello, propone reforzar los servicios que ofrecen las asociaciones e impulsar campañas de concienciación.
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Unas 600 personas se concentran en Barcelona para condenar el asesinato de Samuel Luiz

Unas 600 personas se han concentrado en Barcelona para mostrar su rechazo al asesinato de Samuel Luiz. El joven, de 24 años, falleció la madrugada del sábado tras recibir una brutal paliza a las puertas de una discoteca en La Coruña (Galicia). Se trata de un crimen homófobo, enmarcado dentro de los crecientes discursos de odio que se han registrado recientemente en el país. Convocada por el Observatorio Contra la Homofobia y la plataforma LGTBIcat, la manifestación se ha celebrado en el cruce de las calles Comte Borrell y Parlament y sus alrededores. Estos se han llenado de gente con pancartas de rechazo al asesinato y banderas del colectivo LGTBI. En ella han participado la alcaldesa de Barcelona, Ada Colau, y las conselleras Tània Verge y Violant Cervera, entre otros representantes públicos. “La homofobia mata” La concentración ha empezado a las ocho de la tarde con un sentido aplauso por parte de los asistentes y ha concluido con un minuto de silencio en memoria de la víctima. A lo largo de la manifestación se han podido escuchar varias proclamas, como “Samuel, hermano, nosotros no olvidamos”, “No pasarán” o “Ninguna agresión sin respuesta”. “La homofobia mata y creemos que los poderes públicos tienen que actuar inmediatamente porque queremos poder estar tranquilos en las calles”, ha expresado a los medios de comunicación Eugeni Rodríguez, presidente del Observatorio Contra la Homofobia. Asimismo, ha manifestado que, en lo que va de año, la entidad ya ha registrado 113 incidencias en Cataluña. Impulsar campañas de concentración El asesinato de Samuel Luiz se está investigando y la Policía Nacional está interrogando a varios testigos, pero todavía no hay ningún detenido. En esta línea, Rodríguez ha reclamado que hay que “cambiar el imaginario de la impunidad”. De este modo, para poner fin al aumento de agresiones e incidencias que la entidad está registrando últimamente, Eugeni Rodríguez ha pedido a las administraciones públicas “ponerle freno”. Para ello, propone reforzar los servicios que ofrecen las asociaciones e impulsar campañas de concienciación.
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El sorteo extraordinario de vacaciones deja un primer premio de 2 millones en Valladolid

ICYMI: La Administración de Lotería número 14 de Valladolid ha vendido una serie del número 1.882 agraciado con el primer premio en el sorteo extraordinario de vacaciones celebrado este sábado, por lo que ha dejado un premio de 2.000.000 euros a sus clientes. Según ha explicado la lotera, el número era de libre disposición y se ha vendido casi todo en ventanilla, además se vendió todo lo recibido por la administración, situada en el paseo Hospital Militar, ha informado Ical. También, ha destacado que era un número especial para ellos y valoró que en estos momentos tan difíciles se «dé una alegría» a las personas que tan mal lo están pasando por la pandemia y sus efectos económicos y sociales.
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Dirigente de Cs tuvieron que ser escoltados por la Policía durante la marcha del Orgullo

ICYMI: La Policía tuvo que intervenir y escoltar a dirigentes de Ciudadanos durante la marcha del Orgullo este sábado en la capital de España. No es el primer año que han tenido que ser protegidos debido a que muchos manifestantes les achacan hacer política contraria a sus libertades. Precisamente en la pancarta de Ciudadanos figuraba el … Continuar leyendo “Dirigente de Cs tuvieron que ser escoltados por la Policía durante la marcha del Orgullo”
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El sorteo extraordinario de vacaciones deja un primer premio de 2 millones en Valladolid

La Administración de Lotería número 14 de Valladolid ha vendido una serie del número 1.882 agraciado con el primer premio en el sorteo extraordinario de vacaciones celebrado este sábado, por lo que ha dejado un premio de 2.000.000 euros a sus clientes. Según ha explicado la lotera, el número era de libre disposición y se ha vendido casi todo en ventanilla, además se vendió todo lo recibido por la administración, situada en el paseo Hospital Militar, ha informado Ical. También, ha destacado que era un número especial para ellos y valoró que en estos momentos tan difíciles se «dé una alegría» a las personas que tan mal lo están pasando por la pandemia y sus efectos económicos y sociales.
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Markram, de Kock set West Indies stiff target in deciding T20

Aiden Markram’s highest T20 International score and another half-century from the consistent Quinton de Kock paced South Africa to 168 for four batting first against the West Indies in the decisive fifth and final match of their series at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Saturday. Markram’s 70 off 48 balls with four sixes and three fours came as he and de Kock (60 off 42 balls with two sixes and four fours) put on 128 for the second wicket after their captain, Temba Bavuma, fell without scoring in the first over of the match bowled by Fidel Edwards. That partnership was the highest for any wicket by South Africa in T20 Internationals against the West Indies. Bavuma had chosen to bat first on winning the toss, the first time a captain opted to do so in this series. It was a decision no doubt influenced by the tourists’ failure to chase a target of 168 in the previous fixture two days earlier, a result which allowed the home side to pull level at 2-2 and set up the finale as a series decider. Despite the excellent platform provided by Markram and de Kock though, the innings lost momentum over the final 10 overs, especially when Edwards separated the pair by having de Kock, who tallied 256 runs in five innings in the series, caught by Andre Russell at long-on. Edwards’ figures of two for 19 were the best for the West Indies bowlers with captain Kieron Pollard using seven bowling options, including himself, on a pitch where run-scoring was again increasingly difficult as the innings wore on. Obed McCoy, who lacked the control of earlier matches, accounted for Markram while Dwayne Bravo, “Man of the Match” with career-best T20I figures of four for 19 in the fourth match two days earlier, had Rassie van der Dussen caught and bowled. With West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen sidelined by a shoulder injury sustained in the field on Tuesday, his place was taken by Akeal Hosein, who also bowls left-arm orthodox spin. Hosein bowled two overs for 24 runs in his T20 international debut. South Africa also had an injury concern going into the match with pace bowler Anrich Nortje resting a bruised knee. Mindful of the spin-friendly conditions in the previous matches, the Proteas drafted in another left-arm spinner, Bjorn Fortuin, in place of Nortje while their batting line-up was adjusted with opening batsman Reeza Hendricks dropped and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder coming into the middle-order.
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Dirigente de Cs tuvieron que ser escoltados por la Policía durante la marcha del Orgullo

La Policía tuvo que intervenir y escoltar a dirigentes de Ciudadanos durante la marcha del Orgullo este sábado en la capital de España. No es el primer año que han tenido que ser protegidos debido a que muchos manifestantes les achacan hacer política contraria a sus libertades. Precisamente en la pancarta de Ciudadanos figuraba el … Continuar leyendo “Dirigente de Cs tuvieron que ser escoltados por la Policía durante la marcha del Orgullo”
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Cuenta atrás para la refundación de TV3

ICYMI: Pere Aragonès da los toques finales a su sottogoverno, esto es, la designación de los altos cargos de las consejerías. Sin embargo, queda por resolver uno de los escollos más importantes: el control de TV3. Hoy arranca la cuenta atrás para la renovación de los cargos de la televisión y la radio públicas catalanas, así como de la presidencia de la Corporación Catalana de Medios Audiovisuales (CCMA). Según contempla la ley que regula este ente, aprobada en octubre de 2019 –y que las pugnas independentistas impidieron aplicar–, antes de abordar el proceso de selección de los nuevos cargos es necesario consultar a las entidades significativas del sector. Personas con méritos profesionales relevantes, que presenten un proyecto de gestión y con garantías de independencia y no sometimiento a la orientación de ningún partido. if(document.querySelector(‘.news_ext_video_wrapper’)){ document.querySelector(‘.news_ext_video_wrapper’).style.paddingBottom = ‘0px’; }; Y esos testimonios comienzan a comparecer en la Comisión de Control de la Actuación de la CCMA. La agilidad de estos trámites depende de una renovación que, por primera vez desde el gobierno tripartito, permitirá a ERC hacerse con el control de TV3. Desde hace diez años, la cadena ha estado en manos de CDC primero y de Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) después, y ha ejercido de altavoz procesista. Los acuerdos entre ERC y JxCat contemplan que los republicanos dirijan la televisión catalana y presidan la CCMA. Posibles candidatos Ya en la anterior legislatura, ambas negociaron posibles candidatos, en contra de lo establecido por la citada reforma de la ley de la CCMA, que obliga a aplicar criterios de profesionalidad en la elección de los cargos y recupera la mayoría de dos tercios para elegir a los miembros, exigida hasta 2012, cuando CiU y PP pactaron que solo fuera necesaria una mayoría simple. De ahí que, en esa renovación, el PSC-Units –que tiene 33 diputados– vaya a tener un papel decisivo. Los socialistas exigen una profunda renovación del modelo de televisión pública que ponga fin a su sesgo ideológico, y así lo reflejaron en un documento enviado a los grupos parlamentarios y a los profesionales que hoy desfilarán por la Comisión de la CCMA. El Parlament ha citado para hoy a los representantes del comité de empresa de TV3 y Catalunya Ràdio, así como del Consejo Profesional de Informativos y Deportes de ambos medios. La cita se hace extensiva aportavoces del Consejo Profesional de Programas y Contenidos Culturales y de Entretenimiento de los medios públicos. Todos ellos deben informar de sus propuestas para la elección del consejo de gobierno de la CCMA. Las denuncias de los profesionales de TV3 De hecho, estos representantes de los trabajadores, además del Sindicato de Periodistas de Cataluña (SPC), llevan años con la reclamación, no solo de la aprobación de esa ley, sino de su aplicación con la finalidad de acabar con la politización de TV3. Sus comunicados han sido demoledores. El pasado 21 de mayo, el Comité de Empresa, el Consejo Profesional de Programas y el Consejo Profesional de Informativos de TV3 reclamaban la aplicación de la nueva norma “que establece que los consejeros sean designados por mayorías cualificadas de al menos dos terceras partes del Parlament a propuesta de al menos tres grupos, y cumplan los requisitos para reforzar su independencia y su profesionalidad. Y también que los directores de los medios de la Corporación se escojan por concurso público”. Pactos “cremallera” “Por ello, para dejar atrás los pactos cremallera de reparto de cargos entre los partidos del gobierno, reclamamos a los grupos parlamentarios que se pongan ya a acordar un Consejo profesionalizado, independiente del gobierno y de los partidos, que garantice una programación de los medios de la Corporación abierta al conjunto de la ciudadanía”, añadían. Espacios de opinión unipersonal en TV3 de septiembre a diciembre pasado / CAC Más recientemente, el SPC denunciaba que la nueva ley de la CCMA “sigue sin aplicarse todavía por cálculos políticos partidistas”, pues “a estas alturas, la CCMA continúa con un Consejo de gobierno agotado y caducado de cuatro miembros, y las Comisiones de control siguen reproduciendo el esquema de una oposición que critica la gestión y los contenidos, y unos grupos del gobierno que la defienden, en sintonía con los directivos que colocaron”. La actuación del CAC La ley de 2019 exige que los candidatos acrediten experiencia en el ámbito mediático, que presenten un plan de gestión –ambos requisitos supervisados por el Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluña (CAC)– y someterse a un hearing en el Parlament. Tras las elecciones catalanas del 14F, la renovación de la CCMA se convirtió en uno de los principales escollos de las negociaciones entre ERC y JxCat, que necesitarán de los votos del PSC-Units para aprobar a sus candidatos. Pero los socialistas, con Salvador Illa al frente, han convertido la refundación de TV3 en una de sus prioridades para esta legislatura. Sus condiciones están reflejadas en el documento La refundación de la CCMA, debatido hoy en la ejecutiva del partido [se puede leer en este enlace], donde se denunciaba que “la última década de la Corporación Catalana de Medios de Comunicación (CCMA) se caracteriza por una progresiva conversión de la televisión y la radio públicas en un altavoz de contenidos independentistas cada vez más radicalizados, en contraposición con el principio fundamental de pluralidad, inherente al servicio público audiovisual”. Tiempo de palabra de entidades independentistas y constitucionalistas / CAC Pero la CCMA ha contado con un importante aliado, el Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC), que sistemáticamente ha impuesto su rodillo independentista –en algunos momentos, su presidente, Roger Loppacher, ha utilizado su voto de calidad para decantar el resultado final– para negar que exista falta de neutralidad en los contenidos de TV3. El caso más reciente se produjo el miércoles, cuando aprobó un informe en el que presentaba los informativos de la cadena pública catalana como los de más pluralidad política de septiembre a diciembre de 2020. Desproporción El dictamen del CAC contó con el voto particular recurrente de Carme Figueras, quien aportaba los siguientes datos: por cada entrevista efectuada a un político no independentista en el programa Més 324, se entrevistaron a seis que sí lo eran. La proporción en el caso de FAQS era de uno a tres, y en Tot es mou, de uno a cinco. Asimismo, las entidades independentistas –ANC, Òmnium, Plataforma 3 d’Octubre…– ocuparon un 97,8% de tiempo de palabra en TV3, frente a un 2,2% de entidades constitucionalistas –Impulso Ciudadano, ya que Sociedad Civil Catalana no apareció en ningún espacio de la cadena televisiva–. Daniel Sirera, consejero del CAC que también presentó voto particular, denunció también esa desproporción, así como el hecho de que el informe obviara “la anomalía que, desde el punto de vista de la neutralidad de los medios públicos, significa que haya personas que dispongan de programas de opinión fijos semanales en los que puedan expresar su opinión política sin que nadie pueda ejercer la contradicción o la expresión de un punto de vista diferente”. Pilar Rahola o Antoni Bassas, entre ellos.
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Pablo Díaz se lleva el bote de ‘Pasapalabra’

ICYMI: Pablo Díaz se ha llevado el premio millonario de Pasapalabra este jueves. 1.828.000 euros es el bote que ha conseguido el concursante. Y eso sin contar el dinero que llevaba acumulado por su participación en el programa de Antena 3, 215.400 euros más. Pablo Díaz ha logrado completar el famoso rosco después de responder correctamente a la X. El sábado Pablo cumpliría un año seguido concursando en Pasapalabra. 260 programas en los que el concursante ha superado todo tipo de récords y se ha quedado, en numerosas ocasiones, a las puertas del bote final. Muchos sustos, muchas sorpresas, pero finalmente ha conseguido el premio que tanto ansiaba. Pequeño adelanto Tanto en redes sociales como en la parrilla de la cadena, ya anunciaban un breve adelanto en el que el concursante se quedaba sin respiración ante la temida X. Los responsables de Pasapalabra afirmaban que “comienza una nueva semana, os aseguramos que… ¡muy emocionante!”. Finalmente, y después de muchos nervios, ha podido revelar la palabra que se escondía detrás. En Twitter también corría el rumor de que Díaz se iba a llevar el bote este jueves. El Hormiguero, que siempre adelanta quiénes serán sus invitados para la próxima semana, anunciaba que el jueves tenían a un “invitad@ sorpresa”. Eso hizo saltar todas las alarmas y apuntó directamente al concursante de Pasapalabra. Destino del bote El ansaido bote se ha hecho de esperar. Esta tarde las redes estallaban contra la programación de Antena 3. Normalmente, Pasapalabra se emite de 20 a 21 horas de la tarde. Sin embargo, durante esa fraja horaria han dado un Especial Pablo Díaz, indicando así que el canario se iba a llevar el bote. Finalmente, a las 22 horas se ha emitido el programa con su habitual normalidad. Pablo ya ha revelado en qué tiene pensado gastarse el dinero: “Ayudaría a mis padres, que no les falte de nada. Anque la salud es lo más importante”. También le gustaría independizarse en Madrid. “Y con lo que sobrase haría un colchón muy fuerte para estudiar, que me encanta”, confiesa el concursante. Unos deseos que, ahora que ha completado el famoso rosco de Pasapalabra, ya puede cumplir.
http://dlvr.it/S2xqHd

Cuenta atrás para la refundación de TV3

Pere Aragonès da los toques finales a su sottogoverno, esto es, la designación de los altos cargos de las consejerías. Sin embargo, queda por resolver uno de los escollos más importantes: el control de TV3. Hoy arranca la cuenta atrás para la renovación de los cargos de la televisión y la radio públicas catalanas, así como de la presidencia de la Corporación Catalana de Medios Audiovisuales (CCMA). Según contempla la ley que regula este ente, aprobada en octubre de 2019 –y que las pugnas independentistas impidieron aplicar–, antes de abordar el proceso de selección de los nuevos cargos es necesario consultar a las entidades significativas del sector. Personas con méritos profesionales relevantes, que presenten un proyecto de gestión y con garantías de independencia y no sometimiento a la orientación de ningún partido. if(document.querySelector(‘.news_ext_video_wrapper’)){ document.querySelector(‘.news_ext_video_wrapper’).style.paddingBottom = ‘0px’; }; Y esos testimonios comienzan a comparecer en la Comisión de Control de la Actuación de la CCMA. La agilidad de estos trámites depende de una renovación que, por primera vez desde el gobierno tripartito, permitirá a ERC hacerse con el control de TV3. Desde hace diez años, la cadena ha estado en manos de CDC primero y de Junts per Catalunya (JxCat) después, y ha ejercido de altavoz procesista. Los acuerdos entre ERC y JxCat contemplan que los republicanos dirijan la televisión catalana y presidan la CCMA. Posibles candidatos Ya en la anterior legislatura, ambas negociaron posibles candidatos, en contra de lo establecido por la citada reforma de la ley de la CCMA, que obliga a aplicar criterios de profesionalidad en la elección de los cargos y recupera la mayoría de dos tercios para elegir a los miembros, exigida hasta 2012, cuando CiU y PP pactaron que solo fuera necesaria una mayoría simple. De ahí que, en esa renovación, el PSC-Units –que tiene 33 diputados– vaya a tener un papel decisivo. Los socialistas exigen una profunda renovación del modelo de televisión pública que ponga fin a su sesgo ideológico, y así lo reflejaron en un documento enviado a los grupos parlamentarios y a los profesionales que hoy desfilarán por la Comisión de la CCMA. El Parlament ha citado para hoy a los representantes del comité de empresa de TV3 y Catalunya Ràdio, así como del Consejo Profesional de Informativos y Deportes de ambos medios. La cita se hace extensiva aportavoces del Consejo Profesional de Programas y Contenidos Culturales y de Entretenimiento de los medios públicos. Todos ellos deben informar de sus propuestas para la elección del consejo de gobierno de la CCMA. Las denuncias de los profesionales de TV3 De hecho, estos representantes de los trabajadores, además del Sindicato de Periodistas de Cataluña (SPC), llevan años con la reclamación, no solo de la aprobación de esa ley, sino de su aplicación con la finalidad de acabar con la politización de TV3. Sus comunicados han sido demoledores. El pasado 21 de mayo, el Comité de Empresa, el Consejo Profesional de Programas y el Consejo Profesional de Informativos de TV3 reclamaban la aplicación de la nueva norma “que establece que los consejeros sean designados por mayorías cualificadas de al menos dos terceras partes del Parlament a propuesta de al menos tres grupos, y cumplan los requisitos para reforzar su independencia y su profesionalidad. Y también que los directores de los medios de la Corporación se escojan por concurso público”. Pactos “cremallera” “Por ello, para dejar atrás los pactos cremallera de reparto de cargos entre los partidos del gobierno, reclamamos a los grupos parlamentarios que se pongan ya a acordar un Consejo profesionalizado, independiente del gobierno y de los partidos, que garantice una programación de los medios de la Corporación abierta al conjunto de la ciudadanía”, añadían. Espacios de opinión unipersonal en TV3 de septiembre a diciembre pasado / CAC Más recientemente, el SPC denunciaba que la nueva ley de la CCMA “sigue sin aplicarse todavía por cálculos políticos partidistas”, pues “a estas alturas, la CCMA continúa con un Consejo de gobierno agotado y caducado de cuatro miembros, y las Comisiones de control siguen reproduciendo el esquema de una oposición que critica la gestión y los contenidos, y unos grupos del gobierno que la defienden, en sintonía con los directivos que colocaron”. La actuación del CAC La ley de 2019 exige que los candidatos acrediten experiencia en el ámbito mediático, que presenten un plan de gestión –ambos requisitos supervisados por el Consejo Audiovisual de Cataluña (CAC)– y someterse a un hearing en el Parlament. Tras las elecciones catalanas del 14F, la renovación de la CCMA se convirtió en uno de los principales escollos de las negociaciones entre ERC y JxCat, que necesitarán de los votos del PSC-Units para aprobar a sus candidatos. Pero los socialistas, con Salvador Illa al frente, han convertido la refundación de TV3 en una de sus prioridades para esta legislatura. Sus condiciones están reflejadas en el documento La refundación de la CCMA, debatido hoy en la ejecutiva del partido [se puede leer en este enlace], donde se denunciaba que “la última década de la Corporación Catalana de Medios de Comunicación (CCMA) se caracteriza por una progresiva conversión de la televisión y la radio públicas en un altavoz de contenidos independentistas cada vez más radicalizados, en contraposición con el principio fundamental de pluralidad, inherente al servicio público audiovisual”. Tiempo de palabra de entidades independentistas y constitucionalistas / CAC Pero la CCMA ha contado con un importante aliado, el Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC), que sistemáticamente ha impuesto su rodillo independentista –en algunos momentos, su presidente, Roger Loppacher, ha utilizado su voto de calidad para decantar el resultado final– para negar que exista falta de neutralidad en los contenidos de TV3. El caso más reciente se produjo el miércoles, cuando aprobó un informe en el que presentaba los informativos de la cadena pública catalana como los de más pluralidad política de septiembre a diciembre de 2020. Desproporción El dictamen del CAC contó con el voto particular recurrente de Carme Figueras, quien aportaba los siguientes datos: por cada entrevista efectuada a un político no independentista en el programa Més 324, se entrevistaron a seis que sí lo eran. La proporción en el caso de FAQS era de uno a tres, y en Tot es mou, de uno a cinco. Asimismo, las entidades independentistas –ANC, Òmnium, Plataforma 3 d’Octubre…– ocuparon un 97,8% de tiempo de palabra en TV3, frente a un 2,2% de entidades constitucionalistas –Impulso Ciudadano, ya que Sociedad Civil Catalana no apareció en ningún espacio de la cadena televisiva–. Daniel Sirera, consejero del CAC que también presentó voto particular, denunció también esa desproporción, así como el hecho de que el informe obviara “la anomalía que, desde el punto de vista de la neutralidad de los medios públicos, significa que haya personas que dispongan de programas de opinión fijos semanales en los que puedan expresar su opinión política sin que nadie pueda ejercer la contradicción o la expresión de un punto de vista diferente”. Pilar Rahola o Antoni Bassas, entre ellos.
http://dlvr.it/S2t9Mc

Pablo Díaz se lleva el bote de ‘Pasapalabra’

Pablo Díaz se ha llevado el premio millonario de Pasapalabra este jueves. 1.828.000 euros es el bote que ha conseguido el concursante. Y eso sin contar el dinero que llevaba acumulado por su participación en el programa de Antena 3, 215.400 euros más. Pablo Díaz ha logrado completar el famoso rosco después de responder correctamente a la X. El sábado Pablo cumpliría un año seguido concursando en Pasapalabra. 260 programas en los que el concursante ha superado todo tipo de récords y se ha quedado, en numerosas ocasiones, a las puertas del bote final. Muchos sustos, muchas sorpresas, pero finalmente ha conseguido el premio que tanto ansiaba. Pequeño adelanto Tanto en redes sociales como en la parrilla de la cadena, ya anunciaban un breve adelanto en el que el concursante se quedaba sin respiración ante la temida X. Los responsables de Pasapalabra afirmaban que “comienza una nueva semana, os aseguramos que… ¡muy emocionante!”. Finalmente, y después de muchos nervios, ha podido revelar la palabra que se escondía detrás. En Twitter también corría el rumor de que Díaz se iba a llevar el bote este jueves. El Hormiguero, que siempre adelanta quiénes serán sus invitados para la próxima semana, anunciaba que el jueves tenían a un “invitad@ sorpresa”. Eso hizo saltar todas las alarmas y apuntó directamente al concursante de Pasapalabra. Destino del bote El ansaido bote se ha hecho de esperar. Esta tarde las redes estallaban contra la programación de Antena 3. Normalmente, Pasapalabra se emite de 20 a 21 horas de la tarde. Sin embargo, durante esa fraja horaria han dado un Especial Pablo Díaz, indicando así que el canario se iba a llevar el bote. Finalmente, a las 22 horas se ha emitido el programa con su habitual normalidad. Pablo ya ha revelado en qué tiene pensado gastarse el dinero: “Ayudaría a mis padres, que no les falte de nada. Anque la salud es lo más importante”. También le gustaría independizarse en Madrid. “Y con lo que sobrase haría un colchón muy fuerte para estudiar, que me encanta”, confiesa el concursante. Unos deseos que, ahora que ha completado el famoso rosco de Pasapalabra, ya puede cumplir.
http://dlvr.it/S2t2NG

Acciona pisa el freno en la OPV: fija el precio mínimo y sólo sacará el 15%

ICYMI: La filial de renovables de Acciona se estrenará el próximo jueves en el parqué, aunque con unos números sensiblemente rebajados respecto al planteamiento inicial y, sobre todo, las expectativas levantadas. Finalmente, la compañía controlada por los Entrecanales ha fijado el precio mínimo de la banda de precios no vinculante (26,73 euros por acción) y, además, tan sólo pondrá en el parqué el 15% del capital, frente al 25% que se había planteado inicialmente. De este modo, Acciona Energía, que agrupa los activos de renovables del grupo también de construcción e infraestructuras, queda valorada en su totalidad en 8.800 millones de euros, mientras que su matriz ingresará en torno a 1.320 millones de euros por la operación. 200 millones adicionales Las características de la oferta han sido dadas a conocer a última hora de este martes, después de que Acciona deliberara con sus asesores en la operación (Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley y JP Morgan) qué era lo más conveniente, habida cuenta del ambiente de incertidumbre que se respira en el mercado en torno al sector de las energías limpias. Precisamente con vistas a las entidades que han colaborado en la operación, Acciona podría poner en el mercado un 2,25% adicional de su filial en el caso de que todos ejercieran su derecho a tomar un porcetaje del capital (lo que se conoce en los procesos de salida a bolsa como ‘green-shoe’). En el caso de que así fuera, la compañía podría ingresar unos 200 millones adicionales. (NOTICIA EN AMPLIACIÓN)
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Dovbyk heads Ukraine into Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with England

Artem Dovbyk’s header in the 121st minute sent Ukraine through to a Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with England on Saturday as they beat Sweden 2-1 after extra time in Glasgow. Ukraine squeezed through to the last 16 despite taking just three points in the group stage, qualifying in part because Sweden beat Poland to top Group E ahead of Spain. But Andriy Shevchenko’s side were determined to show they deserved their place in the knockout phase as Oleksandr Zinchenko fired them into an early lead. Emil Forsberg’s deflected strike brought Sweden level before half-time and the RB Leipzig midfielder twice hit the woodwork in the second half. However, a red card for Marcus Danielson nine minutes into extra time left Sweden hanging on for penalties until Dovbyk latched onto Zinchenko’s inviting cross to spark wild scenes of celebration among the small band of Ukrainian fans at Hampden Park. Shevchenko said before the game his side had already achieved their objective by making it through the group. But the former AC Milan striker got the reaction he desired after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Austria in their final group game with a fast start. #photo1 Sweden’s Robin Olsen was forced into the first save to deny Roman Yaremchuk after he was teed up by the impressive Andriy Yarmolenko. The West Ham United winger has been his country’s driving force all tournament, scoring or assisting in all but two of their six goals. Yarmolenko’s teasing cross with the outside of his left foot fell kindly for Zinchenko on 27 minutes and the Manchester City man drilled in a low shot that had too much power for Olsen. That was the first time Sweden had trailed all tournament, but Janne Andersson’s men responded well to the questions asked of whether they could chase a game after their defensive discipline shone through in the group stage. Forsberg has been just as influential for Sweden as Yarmolenko for Ukraine and he equalised two minutes before the break with his fourth goal of the tournament. Chances came and went for both sides as an entertaining second half raged from end to end. Yarmolenko teed up Serhiy Sydorchuk to smash against the post, but Sweden posed the bigger threat. Forsberg hit the woodwork twice, curling a shot onto the base of the post before a more powerful effort from the edge of the box cannoned back off the bar. #photo2 In between times, Georgiy Bushchan produced a stunning save to tip over Dejan Kulusevski’s dipping shot. Ukraine survived to take the game into extra time and were gifted a golden chance to reach the last eight of a major tournament for just the second time as an independent nation when Sweden were reduced to 10 men. Danielson won the ball but followed through with a dangerous challenge on Artem Besedin that forced the Dynamo Kiev striker to be come off injured. Yarmolenko also had to be replaced midway through extra time in what will be a concern for Shevchenko if Ukraine are to have any chance of shocking England in Rome. But his replacement Dovbyk was the hero as he chose the perfect time to score his first international goal.
http://dlvr.it/S2kTSC