Le Matin – Global Entrepreneurship Week scheduled for November

Under the theme “Together for an inclusive relaunch”, the second edition of the SME aims to address and highlight the obstacles that Very Small Enterprises (VSEs) experience each year. Ph: DR

Organized by the Moroccan Business Movement Association (Modem) in partnership with Hassania Junior Entreprise (HJE), the 2nd edition of World Entrepreneurship Week (SME) will take place from November 18 to 21, by video conference. Under the theme “Gathering for an incelusive relaunch”., This event aims to address and highlight the obstacles that very small businesses (VSEs) undergo each year; to encourage all parties concerned to opt for a new model of economic and social development, said a statement.


quarantine leave will be possible on November 9 and 10

With the All Saints holidays being extended until November 11, many parents were wondering how they could combine their working day with childcare.

Good news: they will be able to have recourse to quarantine parental leave, tells us Clarisse Ramakers, director of the UCM’s Study Service.

It was a request from the League of Families. This quarantine parental leave makes it possible to suspend the employment contract of parents whose children can no longer attend their class, school, nursery or reception center for disabled children following a closure due to the coronavirus. Given that the decision to extend the Toussaint holidays is motivated by the health crisis, the situation of November 9 and 10 falls within this framework. “We have just had confirmation from ONEM,” said Clarisse Ramakers.

As a reminder, the employer is forced to accept the quarantine leave request of its employees, subject to a certificate from the school. “The ONEM allowance is the same as for temporary unemployment, ie 70% of the worker’s remuneration capped. In addition, until 12/31/2020, he still receives a supplement of 5.63 € / day in addition to his unemployment benefit, ”recalls the UCM.


On video | Van Damme: 60 years of life, martial arts and excesses

The image of the Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme performing a split (lateral opening of the legs) on any surface became a great reference in action cinema and martial arts. Its elasticity allowed him to create fantastic blows such as the flying kick with 360 ° rotation or helicopter kick, in which he mixed techniques of karate and classical ballet, something that aroused the interest of fans of this type of martial choreography.

In order to achieve world recognition, he had to migrate to the United States in 1982 with the illusion of venturing into Hollywood cinema. While that was happening, he made a living as a taxi driver, pizza delivery man, carpet installer, security guard and sparring partner for Chuck Norris, another action movie great.

His first role was as an extra in the 1984 film Missing in Action (known in Colombia as Prisoner of War), thanks to a recommendation from Norris. Two years later he begins to emerge after becoming the antagonist of the film Never Back Down, Never Surrender.

His first leading role was in the film Bloody Contact (1988), a tribute to Frank Dux, the greatest exponent of martial arts in Canada and the United States.

That movie co-starred Bolo Yeung, a Chinese bodybuilder also skilled in karate-do and kung fu. Bolo was a great friend of Bruce Lee and his success in the cinema is also due to Jean Claude Vandamme, with whom he still maintains a good friendship.

Among his most remembered films are: Kickboxer, Lawless Fighting Lion, Double Impact, Universal Soldier and The Colony.

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (his first name) celebrates 60 years of life today. He knows very well what it is like to reach the top, but also due to his excesses of liquor, hallucinogens and women, he headed towards a dark alley from which it is difficult to escape. “He spent up to $ 10,000 a week on cocaine,” said Steven De Souza, director of the film version of the video game Street Fighter, which Van Damme starred in in 1994.

For others, especially people of the new generations, the image of Van Damme is only referenced in their conversations on WhatsApp and social networks as a meme, a funny character who dances in a very peculiar way in a scene from Kickboxer, while drinking in a canteen.

Beyond that, in his film career he had to defeat great rivals like Tong Po in Kickboxer, but he also found great allies such as basketball star Dennis Rodman, his fellow adventurer in The Colony.

His name is still valid as an actor, producer and director. In this last aspect, he has stood out for films such as The Quest or Full love. Another successful film in which Jean Claude Van Damme starred is The Indestructibles 2 (2012), in which he is the main villain. A constellation of stars from the action movies led by Sylvester Stallone participates in this film. They are followed by: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Liam Hemsworth.

Julio Lara, teacher, critic and public educator, pointed out that Van Dame is a reference of the great exponents of martial arts in the film industry, and although he is not at the height of Bruce Lee or Yuen Woo-Ping, he remains in the Top 10.

“The first reference I had of him was from the movie Bloody Contact, from there I began to notice that his career coincided with certain directors who suddenly sowed some kind of seed in Hollywood. A memorable film in his career is Universal Soldier, which marks the debut of German director Roland Emmerich, who later made Independence Day, Godzila, The Day After Tomorrow, among others ”.


Prosecutor’s Office occupies six Alex Saab properties valued at $ 38,000 million

The Specialized Directorate for Extinction of Domain Rights of the Prosecutor’s Office with support from the CTI This Saturday imposed precautionary measures on six properties of businessman Alex Naim Saab Morán, appointed figurehead of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

The investigating body indicated that these assets are valued at $ 38,000 million and the proceedings were carried out in Barranquilla and Cartagena, where these properties are located.

The decision for the process of extinction of the property right – affirms the Prosecutor’s Office – is related to the investigation carried out by the accusing body to Saab Morán, for the crimes of money laundering, illicit enrichment, fictitious export or import and conspiracy to commit a crime.


Well-being in body and soul

According to an investigation by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the effects of the pandemic, now there is greater uncertainty and concern about suffering from Covid-19 or losing loved ones; a decrease in confidence and optimism, especially in women and in people in poor employment situations; and an increase in irritability, again with a greater impact on women and the unemployed.

If we do not act now, in concert with research with vaccines and treatments, the post-pandemic outlook will be bleak for the mental health of millions of people.

And taking action, obviously, is not prescribing more antidepressants or anxiolytics, or building more psychiatric hospitals. Both actions are necessary to address some consequences; however, the idea is to be proactive and avoid them.

In response to the feeling of anxiety, according to the consulting firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC), there has been a rapid and broad change that goes from the “concept of wellness [bienestar], centered on the individual, al by wellbeing [bienestar integral], a more holistic vision that includes different people and sectors of our societies ”.

What does this mean? A call for the participation of the whole society in the benefits of well-being.

Wellbeing is defined as the state of satisfaction and tranquility that a person presents, thanks to their good physical and mental conditions.

“If societies and companies are unable to focus holistically on people’s well-being (including physical, emotional and spiritual health), it will be almost impossible to create safety nets that allow citizens to return to work and be productive ”, They explain from LLYC.

For this reason, I have always opted for wellness programs in all their aspects: emotional, physical, social and financial. This is what happens every November in the event “In Body and Soul”, which this year will be held in an online version, with more universal access, more experts and with the empowering and transforming energy of always.

To keep your balance in difficult times, “you have to grab the bull by the horns” and get going, as a popular saying reflects.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has disrupted or paralyzed mental health services in 93% of countries. And if, as the WHO itself says, mental health is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and treatment, then let’s look for our own tools. Healthy living is much more than curing or protecting yourself from disease.



Venezuelan lawyer believes that Cape Verde will “revoke” delivery of Saab to the US.

Venezuela’s lawyer in Cape Verde, Arnaldo Silva, believes that the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) of this African country will “revoke” the decision of a lower court to authorize the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman Álex Saab, accused of being a front man for the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

In statements made to Efe, Silva was “convinced” that the STJ “has no choice but to revoke the sentence in favor of the extradition of Álex Saab”, issued on July 31 by the Barlavento Court of Appeal (TA) , based on the island of Saint Vincent, in the north of this West African island country.

Saab, 48, was arrested on June 12 when his plane stopped to refuel at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the northern island of Sal (the most important in Cape Verde), in response to a request from the United States. through Interpol for alleged money laundering offenses.

The Court of Appeal came to endorse with its decision of July the position already expressed previously by the Cape Verdean Government in favor of extradition, although Saab’s lawyers filed an appeal before the STJ last Friday.

Background that may favor Saab

Silva, who has powers granted by the Attorney General of the Republic of Venezuela to represent the interests of Caracas in Cape Verde in matters concerning the case, considered “various reasons” to wait for a ruling favorable to Saab.

“For now, the grounds for the TA’s ruling are practically non-existent, consisting of a simple reproduction of what the Americans put into the process,” the lawyer explained to Efe in Praia, Cape Verdean capital on the southern island of Santiago and headquarters of the STJ.

In his opinion, the Barlavento court “ignored all the efforts made by the defense and did not pronounce a word on the legal reasoning presented by it.”

Likewise, he continued, there are judgments on cases similar to Saab’s, such as that of an Iranian citizen and another Pakistani – “with the aggravation of much more serious charges” – claimed by the US and whose extradition was approved by the Leeward Court of Appeals ( Praia), but later rejected by the STJ in 2017.

“The STJ, with the same composition and the same judges as now, relied on the question of the penalties attributable to the accused in the country requesting the extradition, considering that there was no guarantee that these penalties were appropriate and adjusted to the practiced in Cape Verde for the same crimes, with the risk that both people would be sentenced to life imprisonment, “he recalled.

According to Silva, the 2017 sentence is applicable to the Saab case, so the STJ “is obliged to take that precedent into account and revoke the sentence of July 31 of the Barlavento TA, under pain of contradicting and discrediting itself.”

In its judgment of July 31, the TA assures that Saab will not incur “the death penalty or any other that may result in irreversible damage to the integrity of the person, that is, of a perpetual nature or of an indefinite duration” and that ” he will not be extradited to a third country. “

The ruling adds that the decision is also made on the principle of reciprocity, but recognizes that, due to the limitations imposed by its extradition and immigration laws, “the United States is not in a position to guarantee that same reciprocity.”

“I am convinced that the STJ will revoke the decision of the TA because that will be the most appropriate and appropriate result,” said Silva, calling the Barlavento court decision “very unfair”.

After the businessman’s arrest, Venezuela pointed out that Saab is a Venezuelan citizen and an “agent” of the Government, who was “in transit” in Cape Verde.

The defense maintains that “he had the right to personal inviolability as a special envoy from Venezuela.”

Last week, former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, who is a member of Saab’s legal team, accused the US of “orchestrating” the extradition of the Colombian businessman for political and electoral reasons.

Alleged laundering of hundreds and millions of dollars

Saab’s name appeared in the press when former Venezuelan prosecutor Luisa Ortega accused him in 2017 of being one of Maduro’s front men.

Saab, born in Barranquilla (Colombia) and of Lebanese origin, is related to several companies, including Group Grand Limited (GGL), accused of supplying the Maduro regime with food and supplies for the government Local Committees of Supply and Production ( CLAP).

A US government official indicated in July 2019 that with the CLAPs, which are delivered to the poorest, the Colombian businessman and three of Maduro’s stepsons apparently profited from “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Washington also brought charges against Saab and its right-hand man, Álvaro Enrique Pulido, whom it accuses of laundering up to 350 million dollars allegedly defrauded through the exchange control system in Venezuela.

According to the United States, between November 2011 and September 2015, Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder their illicit earnings and transfer them from Venezuela to US bank accounts, which is why Washington has jurisdiction in the case.


to win in November, Donald Trump wants to reopen in May

In late January, Donald Trump was in a meeting in Iowa, a few days before the start of the Democratic primaries. It was an opportunity for him to grind his campaign speech for the presidential election in November. In a room decorated with red banners with a unique word – “Jobs!” Jobs! Jobs! – the tenant of the White House reminded that the unemployment rate was at the lowest and declared that the country “ probably lived the best years in its history

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Over 22 million unemployed

But in just two months, the coronavirus changed everything. More than 22 million Americans have already lost their jobs and the unemployment rate could, according to Goldman Sachs economists, exceed 15% this summer. The International Monetary Fund reports a 3% recession in 2020.

A black scenario for the Americans, but also for their president, who was banking on the insolent health of the American economy – 3.5% unemployment in February – to sail for a quiet re-election. The slogan repeated in Iowa – ” Keep america great (“Let’s keep the greatness of America”) – clearly out of date when all the signals are now red.

A three-step “restart of America”

Hence the impatience of Donald Trump to see normal life resume its course. Thursday April 16, believing it was time to do “Restart America”, he encouraged the governors in charge of the states to lift the restrictions linked to the coronavirus by proposing a three-step plan.

The first stage could be triggered when a state registers a decrease in Covid-19 cases over a 14-day period and its hospitals are no longer submerged. Restaurants and sports clubs could then reopen, provided that social distancing is allowed.

In this phase, the most vulnerable people should remain confined, teleworking would always be the rule, and schools would remain closed, as would the bars. As for wearing the mask in public, it would be “Strongly” advised, without being compulsory.

At the same time, the authorities should set up large-scale screening. If none “Rebound” of the epidemic is not observed, phase two could start, including a reopening of schools and authorization to regroup up to 50 people. The lifting of restrictions and containment during a third phase, would intervene when the absence of a resurgence of the epidemic was confirmed.

End of containment depends on governors, not the White House

But, when he said a few days ago that he had “all authority” to set his pace, Donald Trump leaves it to the governors of the states to decide. And for good reason : “Health and policing are the responsibility of the states, not the federal government”, says a European diplomat stationed in Washington. The tenth amendment to the Constitution indeed limits the powers of the federal government to the areas explicitly mentioned (diplomacy, taxes, army, etc.).

However, only a handful of rural states, such as Wyoming or Arkansas, resist containment. And the trend elsewhere is rather lengthening: shortly before the press conference of Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York State, had announced an extension of the confinement until May 15 ” at least “.

But the pressure exerted by the White House weighs on local officials, even more when it is relayed locally by supporters of the president. Armed pro-Trump protesters gathered in Lansing, capital of Michigan, on Wednesday April 16 to denounce the Democratic Governor’s decision to extend the confinement until the end of April.


The Miura-Roozeman-Varvara trio will perform in November

The concert that the trio Miura-Roozeman-Varvara had to offer on April 5 at the Girona Auditorium moves to Tuesday, November 10 because of the health emergency. The recital, included in the Ibercamera season in Girona, is the union of three young soloists – Fumiaki Miura (violin), Jonathan Roozeman (cello) and Varvara (piano) – performing pieces by Schubert, Beethoven and Shostalovich.

Tickets and tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date.


Health insurance for employees, referendum discussions on Madison school board agenda Monday Local education

The tax impact of the $ 317 million application would cost about $ 140 a year in property taxes on the average home, according to district data.

The operational referendum, meanwhile, would allow the district to increase its tax base beyond the state’s otherwise permitted withdrawal limits. Without an approved operational referendum, the district will have to cut $ 3.5 million this year and more than $ 12 million in the coming years, depending on the state budget.

Since the referendum is on the November vote, months after the budget approval, the board will have to approve two budgets, one for a failed question and one for a successful question. If the tax authority were approved, it would allow the district to exceed the withdrawal limits of this amount in perpetuity.

The discussion mostly focused on a four-year hike, with $ 8 million in each of the first two years and $ 10 million in the past two. But some board members asked staff to try to lower those numbers, given the capital referendum and to want to be aware of what they ask taxpayers.

[MMSD capital referendum gets ‘general support’ in early outreach sessions, district says]


North Korea launches two missiles to the sea | International

North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles from the city of Wonsan, on its east coast, as reported by the General Staff of South Korea in a statement. The two projectiles reached a maximum height of 35 kilometers and traveled a distance of 240 kilometers before falling into the sea. “Our Army is monitoring the situation in case there are other launches,” the South Korean General Staff said in its brief statement. The Security Council in Seoul has expressed its “strong concern” over the testing of northern weapons in the Wonsan area, 180 kilometers from Seoul.

With this launch, North Korea seems to begin its annual missile launch season. This country usually tests its armament during the warmer months and suspends the launches during the winter. Until now, the last North Korean weapons test had occurred on November 28, when Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles from Wonsan.

Last Friday the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, had appeared in public to supervise some maneuvers of his Army.

The launch comes amid uncertainty over the Covid-19 epidemic, which has already claimed more than 3,000 lives worldwide. The two most affected countries – China, with 80,000 infected, and South Korea, with about 4,000 – have borders with North Korea. Precisely, one of the events that South Korea has canceled due to the epidemic is the military maneuvers it celebrates in April with the United States, and to which the North usually responds with missile tests.

Pyongyang has not reported any cases within its borders, but prepares the evacuation of diplomats and representatives of foreign NGOs, according to CNN, which has indicated that the departure flight could take place next Friday to Vladivostok, in Russia.

In his statements on Friday, Kim Jong-un warned that “if the infectious disease that spreads without control finds its way to our country, it will have serious consequences.” “No special cases should be allowed within the state system against epidemics,” he added, quoted by the state agency KCNA. He also gave orders to “close every space and channel through which infectious disease can arrive, and strengthen controls, tests and quarantines.”

South Korea has offered to collaborate with the North to prevent the spread of the epidemic, although so far the neighboring country has not responded to the offer. “Our Government will prepare for inter-Korean cooperation in matters of health, disease prevention, climate change, natural disasters and other areas when the right conditions exist,” the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Seoul said in a press conference, Yoh Sang-key, cited by the South Korean agency Yonhap.