Bordils wins the first game of the season

A month later, the Bordils has returned to the competition of the Silver Honor Division. He did so in the postponed match for day 7 in the Sant Martí Adrianenc pavilion.

In the first half, with a solid defense and the offensive contribution in attack, which in recent games was missing, the Bordeaux team has tried to escape on the scoreboard with a maximum income of three goals in the final of the part (15-18).

At the beginning of the second, the push of the locals has caused them to be ahead in the result (20-19). However, the visitors did not wrinkle and got a necessary victory (27-30).


The fall in employment in large companies is moderate

The average gross salary of large companies operating in Spain rose by 1.3% in November 2020, the same as the previous month and a level similar to the precovid increases, at the same time as employment recorded a 4.1% drop, the smallest decline since the start of the pandemic, in a context in which sales fell moderated to 3.5%.

In the first eleven months of 2020, sales fell by 9.7%, in parallel with a decrease in employment of 5.3% and a slight increase of 2% in wages. This is clear from the survey Sales, employment and wages of large companies, prepared by the Tax Agency, which explains that the improvement in employment goes in the same direction as the rise in sales, although it recalls that the two variables have followed different trajectories throughout the year due to the effect of ERTOs, which softened the fall in employment.


Second weekend with mobilizations of grassroots and amateur sports

Day by day, the world of sport is also showing its dissatisfaction with the restrictions carried out by the Generalitat. The last straw was the extension of the new measures that closed the covered sports facilities for another week, until 24 January. Since last week the platform Enough is Enough is showing its displeasure with the measures and already has 11,300 memberships.

Yesterday he went further after convening more than 70 mobilizations throughout Catalonia to demand a return to sports. In Girona, the Fontajau Pavilion was the point where dozens of people gathered to have their say. Among these disgruntled people from the world of sport was the Girona delegate of the Catalan Basketball Federation Xavier Santaló. “Sportingly speaking I don’t understand the measures and restrictions that have been put in place,” he commented, adding, “Statistics are saying that nine out of ten positive people for covid-19 are infected at home surrounded by their relatives. This means that not even 10% of people who have contracted this disease have done so by training or competing.

In fact, different sports institutions still wonder why they can’t train or compete. They even see with skepticism that they can compete again. Santaló is optimistic about this and sets out a possible formula for resuming the respective leagues. “What should be done is to create a bubble as is being done in the women’s basketball Euroleague. For example that in a weekend the competition can be decided ”. Despite this optimism, Santaló was also concerned about the physical and psychological appearance of girls and boys who engage in physical activity. “There is a lot of demotivation among the little ones. They are tired of playing between the same team, they want to compete. In addition, we are anticipating that there will be a deficit when it is played again and many children will not want to play sports again. Lloret de Mar, L’Escala and Palamós were also other venues in the Girona area that hosted the respective demonstrations. The extension of the restrictions will mean that the unified demonstration in Fontajau on the 23rd will have to be postponed.


The youthful Girona forgives and falls against San Francisco

The youthful Girona does not react in this 2021. The boys trained by Àlex Marçal fell (2-0) yesterday in their visit to the field of the San Francisco in a party where they dominated but they did not have the necessary success to materialize the occasions of goal.

2020 was a strange year for everyone. Any good news had to be exaggerated to have joy. Even if it was small. The youth Girona took the good news, and not small, to end the year with victory last year. This made the white-and-reds occupy leading positions. The goal in the new year was to continue this triumphant dynamic and continue in the notable squares. A fact that is not taking place after two disputes. In what started the year he fell at home against the Damm by 0-1; and yesterday in Palma, they lost again (2-0) and did not score a goal against a San Francisco that saw goal in each half. Girona dominated the game with the best chances but were unable to materialize. On the contrary and as if that were not enough, the locals saw door on the two occasions they had.


The Fourth obtains against the Lliçà the second consecutive triumph

The Fourth Brothers-Cruz chained the second consecutive victory and remains undefeated as a local, where he has won all three games of the season he has played so far (78-58).

The match started with a lot of equality. The locals were ahead in the first minutes but the visitors did not drop. However, the whole of Gironès began to be clearly dominating the duel and reached the break with a favorable result of 44-31.

Passing through the locker rooms cooled both teams. And this benefited the quarterback, who with the passing of the minutes, saw closer a well-deserved victory.


“Now I play like there’s no tomorrow”

Pianist. A talented ally of artists such as Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Chicuelo, and a generator of personal and shared projects, Marco Mezquida is right now a musician on the crest of the wave, even if the pandemic tries to avoid it. Its mission: to honor the spiritual and healing background of music.

Enthusiastic by nature and convinced that, if you stop pedaling, you fall off the bike, Marco Mezquida handles his many projects adapting to the sharp turns of the agenda.

After a few months in which, in spite of everything, he has been able to play at festivals such as the Sons del Món de Roses, the road is paved for him to star in the show All about Marco on January 21, within the Voll-Damm Barcelona, ​​which consists of three concerts in one.

Later, on May 7 at the Liceu, he will accompany Sílvia Pérez Cruz to the Liceu, as a member of the Farsa Circus Band, as she did at the Girona Auditorium in December, as part of the Temporada Alta festival.

If being a musician has always meant a willingness to improvise, now much more.
But in this profession, in times of crisis, you see who wants to add and move things forward, and who doesn’t. Now we can decide overnight that we are going to Prague to do a streaming concert. Three days earlier, the programmer didn’t know if it could be done! But we continue to work hard, because even though everything is on standby now, we have been sowing for a long time.

It’s no coincidence that he’s talking about planting, right?
No, because at home, in Sant Lluís, Menorca, we had an orchard where we grew potatoes, beans, chard, aubergines, melons, watermelons … I know what it’s like to sow, water, harvest. Making a CD is that. It is about understanding your job and dedicating a daily constancy to it. You can’t spend a lot of time in the garden today and don’t do anything else until next week, and it’s the same with music. And the more affection you put into it, the better the fruits come out.

Despite the closures and restrictions, he is one of the musicians who has worked hardest in recent months.
Since the summer, there have been 10 or 12 concerts a month, either with Sílvia (Pérez Cruz), taking advantage of Live in Tokyo, or with Chicuelo or Talismán. We have been able to be on the list of important festivals that other years were more dominated by international names. But it is also necessary to deal with small clubs and festivals, many of which cannot be developed now. There are many musicians who have not been able to do any concerts since March.

We also saw him with Alfonso de Vilallonga, approaching chanson and cabaret. Despite the stylistic distances, does your way of being in each situation not vary as much?
Accompanying Sílvia is a world, and accompanying Alfonso is another world. I always try to think about what I can create and offer to each artist. With Alfonso it is a wonderful challenge, because he is a great composer, he knows what he wants and he is a showman. With Sílvia it is another type of vertigo. They are different challenges.

His premiere with Pérez Cruz was in Peralada, in 2018. After two years and a half of filming, at what point would you say your relationship is on stage?
There is more involvement, dedication and generosity. We have become very friendly, and the pairing is very stimulating. We are already like a band. And the same with Chicuelo, and with the trio of Talismán, Aleix Tobias and Martín Meléndez.

Didn’t hesitate to postpone the launch of Talisman?
Yes, but with my manager we decided that the important thing was that my presence and intensity were not diminished. Since 2013 he boosted my leadership role. I have recorded 20 albums with different projects and this continuous presence has made a name, a brand. It was time to move on.

He is usually introduced as a jazz musician, but Talisman does not fit into any canonical category. The sound is open and promiscuous.
I fight for it. There are critics who label you in jazz, even if you’re playing a pasodoble. And I’m free: I can do a pasodoble, and a reggaeton, and death metal, and reggae … What do we mean by jazz? I’ve never done traditional jazz. With Sílvia we don’t try to do covers like Ella Fitzgerald did. When I compose, the same. I want to capture my freedom, whether it sounds like Argentine zamba or a more Iberian composition.

Jazz, is it for you this education that allows you to go beyond jazz?
Exactly, jazz is a universe, and then there’s the aesthetics and the outfit you put on it. Beethoven Collage, with David Xirgu, Masa Kamaguchi and Pablo Selnik, seeks free jazz mixed with classical and urban music, even reggaeton and funk. If we had a blood test, 10% of classical music, 22% of Turkish music, 3% of free improvisation would still come out … There would be many things. I don’t want to be a jazz musician, but a free 21st century musician. Today jazz has nothing to do with what it was 30, 50 or 100 years ago. What interests me is not the labels but the authors.

Would you say this idea is shared by musicians of your generation?
I hope I’m not a weird grandpa. I’ve made an effort not to be categorized as a jazz musician. I feel what I want to do in a natural way.

Talisman began to be made before the pandemic. Did he then change in any way to take into account the mood in the new reality?
I thought a lot and it was a necessity for it to become a luminous disk; a song to life. The first part is extroverted, popular, goes in crescendo, and then moves on to more introspective music.

On the record there are accents of popular music, flamenco … He has talked about Iberian music before. What is?
There are many things, and that is why I dedicate a piece, Vientos eliseos, to Eliseo Parra, who has studied Iberian music and has done so with the utmost modernity. Aleix Tobias is an emblem of this: he has studied the square tambourines, the tambourines and the string of instruments that appear in the album.

With the pandemic, music has played a role in home gathering, and has accompanied liberation episodes: concerts as rewarding spaces, of social encounter in the midst of chaos. Has our relationship with music changed?
People have needed to listen to a lot of music, and that’s because it heals us. It is medicine for the soul. The relationship with music has been strengthened, and has been seen in the huge public support for the concerts that have been scheduled. This is very important. It could have been the other way around, for people to stay home with their Spotify. That’s why I don’t regret having pursued my projects in this weird year.

Now every concert is an exceptional event.
We experience something profound every time. As Alfonso (from Vilallonga) said: “Welcome to the last concert of your lives!”. It’s my attitude – I play like there’s no tomorrow. Just in case. And that makes things more vital and powerful, and creates a sacred, carpe diem, deeper moment, like an experience to be remembered.

Did he say sacred?
Well, let’s say better spiritual. You see the faces of the audience more excited than before, and you know they’ve made an effort to come. When there are difficulties, art impacts you even more.


The electricity bill in Spain is one of the most expensive in the EU

The cost of electricity for households in Spain is the fifth highest in the European Union because it has a “limited” market and high taxes, experts point out. The price of light in Spain has soared to 30% coinciding with the storm Filomena and has generated a lot of public tension. Within the European context, Spain has been paying more than the EU average for more than four years. “Energy markets with the highest prices are very closed and relatively limited markets,” says Stefan Bouzarovski, director of the International Conference on Energy Research. Expert Ignacio Arróniz highlights how “European dependence on foreign supplies” influences the energy market.

Storm Filomena has caused an increase in demand to combat the cold and a decline in solar energy production due to weather conditions. Factors that have contributed to the rise in electricity bills that have reopened the public debate on energy poverty.

Rising electricity prices are following the growing trend in the cost of electricity. Specifically, the price that Spanish households have had to pay for electricity in 2020 has been 0.223 euros per kilowatt / hour, compared to the eurozone average that has paid 0.213, according to the latest report from Eurostat.

The list of countries with the most expensive household electricity bill is headed by Germany, followed by Denmark, Belgium and Ireland, where prices per kilowatt hour exceed 0.27 euros. Just after, Spain is located there. By contrast, the countries in Europe that pay the least for electricity in homes are Bulgaria, Hungary and Estonia, where they do not reach € 0.13 per kilowatt hour.

“The energy markets with the highest prices are very closed and relatively limited markets,” says Stefan Bouzarovski, a professor at the University of Manchester and director of the International Conference on Energy Research. In addition, he adds the tax burden on electricity as a problem: “One of the challenges is that there are many taxes on the bill, especially in northern Europe.”

The data show that in 2020, taxes accounted for 66% of the total receipt price in Denmark, and more than 50% in Germany. Of these levies, VAT represents around 20%. Just after these Nordic countries, Spain is also among the EU states with the most taxes on electricity, close to 50%, according to Eurostat data. In Spain, electricity is taxed at 21% VAT, very above the VAT on receipts from countries such as Malta, Greece and Luxembourg, which do not reach 10%.

The VAT tax has also been added to the public debate, after the Ministry of Finance assured that they could not lower the concept because the European Commission was not allowed to “reduce VAT abuse ». On the other hand, and as can be seen in countries with much lower VAT, Brussels does not indicate any reason to prevent the Spanish government from lowering VAT on electricity.

The decision to reduce this tax is up to each member state and is allowed as long as there is no risk of distortion of competition, according to European regulations. However, it is preferable to consult the European Union’s VAT Committee, although the reduction can still be made effective.

Despite the recent global rise in electricity prices, widespread blockade measures in much of Europe to deal with covid-19 have had an unprecedented impact on the European Union’s electricity market.

According to the European Commission’s report on the European Electricity Markets in 2020, the pandemic has led to a drop in electricity demand that has put wholesale electricity prices at very low levels, with decreases of between 30 and 50%.

The fall in the price of wholesale electricity has also affected domestic electricity, which has fallen slightly in the first half of 2020 in Europe, according to the latest Eurostat. The European average has been 0.213 euros per kilowatt hour, while the same period in 2019 stood at 0.216 euros. While it is true that the reduction is almost minimal, electricity prices had not stopped rising in recent years in Europe.

As a general trend in Europe, covid-19 has also exacerbated energy poverty in some cases. The response from several EU countries has been national and with measures such as “lowering prices, freezing them, not allowing energy disconnections, forgiving bills, providing financial support to the most vulnerable or making additional investments,” he says energy research expert Stefan Bouzarovski. But the prospect of a longer-term pandemic “worries” if financial support is not maintained and vulnerabilities increase.

While the European Union has a package of policies to prevent and combat energy poverty, “more can be done,” says energy researcher and professor at the University of Manchester Stefan Bouzarovski.

The differences in energy prices are due to the fact that “there is no easy way to standardize electricity prices in Europe because the powers in energy and taxation are quite nationalized,” says the expert. in energy policy and member of the “Sustainable Prosperity for Europe” program, Ignacio Arróniz. “Generating and harmonizing energy prices to make us all play with the same conditions is very complicated because it is a very difficult product to move and infrastructure is very expensive,” he adds.

The energy prices of the European Union, therefore, are decided on the basis of several conditions: the main one is the fluctuation of supply and demand, but also others such as the geopolitical situation, the national energy mix, the diversification of imports or network costs and environmental protection. Also weather conditions or excise tax levels.

“European dependence on foreign supplies marks energy decisions,” says expert Ignacio Arróniz, “we depend on foreign imports because we have no gas or oil … any event outside the European Union can affect us, from a political problem in Algeria to a change in energy conditions in Asia ».

One of the purposes of the European Union with the creation of the Energy Union strategy, presented in 2015, is to reduce foreign energy dependence.

Russia is one of the leading exporters of energy in Europe and this 2020 has decreased net imports of kilowatts per hour, compared to 2019: the first half of 2020 only added net imports of 2 kilowatts per hour, while in 2019 it had reached 12 kilowatts / hour for the whole year.


The Friends of the Arts are preparing a musical with Marc Artigau

The Friends of the Arts have announced through social media that they are preparing a musical show with the writer and playwright Marc Artigau and the producer Minoria Absoluta.

According to the members of the Girona group, this is one of their “oldest” dreams, and they have been working for two years to create the story, the characters who play it and the songs they will sing “from scratch”.

This Friday the promoters of the project did the first full reading of the text and songs and claim that it was “very exciting” to present the work “for so long” to the team that will work to bring the creation up on stage.

Now the people in charge of the project are entering the phase of “outlining” what has been achieved so far to make “the best possible show,” according to the band.

“It’s time to rewrite, retouch and rethink based on today’s impressions,” say the Friends of the Arts, who added that “very soon” they will give details about “what, what, how and when.”


The concert of Valery Gergiev, a day earlier than expected

Ibercamera is one day ahead of the performance at the Girona Auditorium by conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, scheduled for Sunday 24 January. The suspension of two concerts due to the closure of auditoriums in Alicante has forced the organization to “restructure the tour in order to fulfill the commitment acquired by Maestro Gergiev and Ibercamera” with the Girona public. The concert will take place on Saturday 23, with a modified program to adapt it to the format without intermission and in two passes (at 5 and 8) due to capacity limitations.


Dakar crowns Benavides and Peterhansel confirms

Point and end in the Dakar 2021. Exciting for the Argentine Kevin Benavides, winner in motorcycles. Another day in the office by the Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, winner once again in cars. And bitter at the same time for the death of Pierre Cherpin, 52, who lost his life when he was transported by medical plane from Jeddah to France. Last day to make assessments, to celebrate. And to corroborate that the role of Team Rieju and FN Speed ​​Team, based in Figueres and Llagostera, respectively, has not been bad.

Rieju has placed two of its riders in the top 20 of the general classification in motorcycles. Joan Pedrero finished fifteenth while Oriol Mena finished in sixteenth place. For his part, debutant Marc Calmet closed his first adventure in the Dakar in 34th place. FN Speed ​​has not been out of tune, not by a long shot. With a presence in four categories, the team has placed Jaume Betriu in twelfth position in the general in motorcycles, where Tosha Shareina has been thirteenth. In SSV, the Arbucian Gael Queralt has closed his seventeenth participation, accompanied by Juan El Pato Silva.

Stéphane Peterhansel is a legend and yesterday he won his fourteenth title, while Carlos Sainz, winner of the last stage, settled for third place in the final. A little further down we had to look to find Isidre Esteve and his co-pilot, the Calongian Txema Villalobos. They finish in 28th place behind the wheel of their Toyota Hilux Overdrive. Kevin Benavides has been the other big name of his own, leading the race with his bike ahead of the American Ricky Brabec.