Silvia Tcherassi spoke about the future of her brand in Colombia and the world – Other Cities – Colombia

After the announcement of the termination of the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa brand from the two buildings it occupied in Cartagena, in the midst of the economic crisis left by the coronavirus in the tourism sector, in dialogue with EL TIEMPO, The Barranquilla designer looks optimistically at the future of her brand and the tourist potential of the Heroic City.

“The brand’s license agreement coincidentally expired on April 30 and was not renewed. The hotels will open when everything returns to normal with another name and another vision ”, Silvia Tcherassi told this newspaper.

Regarding the immediate future of the two buildings where their hotels in Cartagena operated and the brand that will govern them from now on, he noted: “The name will depend on the decisions made by the project partners.”

In a press release made public last weekend, through her Twitter account, the award-winning designer had said:

“Tcherassi Hotels continues to be an important component of our brand universe and it is expected to develop new projects in the future.”

In Cartagena, Tcherassi had opened his first hotel in 2009, in the premises of an old house. In 2016 the designer had opened a second hotel, this time under the concept of SPA. Both projects had been celebrated and awarded internationally.

The Historic Center of Cartagena and the entire city have been closed to tourism since last March 17. Hotels and the entire sector are closed in order to combat the pandemic.

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The interior garden of the Tcherassi Hotel Spa in Cartagena offered a cool space.


Courtesy of oxoHotel

Cartagena expects a soon return of the brand

The opening of Tcherassi Hotel in the last decade is considered one of the factors that contributed to the consolidation of Cartagena as an international destination.

The international brand gave the tourist offer of the Heroic City a component of glamor and sophistication that was celebrated by international media prestigiosos como Vogue, Financial Times, Forbes, The New York Times y Architectural Digest.

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I continue to believe in the potential of beautiful Cartagena and Colombia as a high-level international destination, and in our tourism industry that brings so much benefit to the country

The Tcherassi brand does not stop in the world of fashion

Regarding her brand’s operations on the planet, in the midst of the pandemic, the designer pointed out:

“Our operation in Colombia and internationally has not stopped. The boutiques in Europe and the United States are already open and the eleven Boutiques in Colombia have been opening as restrictions have been lifted. Bogotá and Cartagena will open in the next few days. During the pandemic, we relaunched our online operation and it has been totally successful ”,

Despite the sudden departure of the brand from the Corralito de Piedra Tcherassi promises to return.

“I continue to believe in the potential of beautiful Cartagena and Colombia as a high-level international destination and in our tourism industry that brings so much benefit to the country and to thousands of families. I hope to continue developing hotel and real estate projects in the future ”, concludes the Barranquillera, now based in Miami (USA).

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Mishustin signed a resolution to increase the size of preferential mortgages :: Society :: RBC

He added that in May, according to the Bank of Russia, the average rate on such loans fell to 7.4% and there is potential for a further reduction.

You can apply for a mortgage at a rate of 6.5% until November 1. The preferential mortgage provided for a minimum contribution of 20%. The difference between preferential and market mortgage rates for banks should be compensated by the state.

In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the launch of a preferential mortgage program with a rate of 6.5%. In June, Putin decided to extend the preferential mortgage to more expensive housing, earlier the mortgage extended to new housing worth up to 3 million rubles.

By mid-June, banks received 170 thousand applications for preferential mortgages, most of them were approved, said Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. Also issued 40 thousand loans worth about 100 billion rubles.


WHO warned of the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Europe :: Society :: RBC

In the coming fall, European countries may face a new wave of the coronavirus epidemic, which needs to be prepared. This was stated by the head of the European Bureau of the World Health Organization Hans Kluge in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

According to Kluge, now in some European countries, including France, Great Britain and Italy, the epidemic has subsided, but the abolition of restrictions may be a hasty decision. At the moment, countries have “time for preparation, not celebration,” he said.

Kluge noted that the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic could be complicated by coinciding in time with an outbreak of other diseases, such as flu or measles. “The pandemic has not ended,” Kluge emphasized, explaining that now countries must strengthen public health systems and build capacity in hospitals and primary and intensive care units.

European and Asian countries start lifting pandemic restrictions

Earlier, the Rospotrebnadzor warned about the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in the fall. The department indicated that the incidence could decline with the onset of hot weather, but in the fall the disease could “return with a new force.” Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States, also spoke about the “inevitability” of the second wave.


In the United States called the purchase of S-400 the main irritant in relations with Turkey :: Politics :: RBC

Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems is the main irritant in relations between Ankara and Washington. This was stated by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, writes Free News.

“The S-400 is a huge problem. This is an extremely complex issue, as it concerns the largest investment in defense of the United States and its allies since World War II – the F-35 fighter. Turkey’s actions are undermining the potential of this aircraft, ”said Jeffrey during a videoconference at the Hudson Institute.

Ankara announced delayed deployment of S-400 due to coronavirus

According to him, both sides are at an impasse on this issue. “Otherwise, we get along quite well with Turkey on most issues, including Libya, NATO, the Black Sea region, Syria and Iraq,” the diplomat added.

Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia in the fall of 2019. The cost of delivering an air defense system amounted to $ 2.5 billion. The deal aroused US discontent: Washington threatened Ankara with sanctions if it did not return or destroy Russian air defense systems.


Experts appreciated the statement of the head of the Ministry of Justice of Latvia about “donation” during the years of the USSR :: Politics :: RBC

The historian emphasized that over 20 years of independent development, the level of economic potential of Latvia ranged from 0.7 to 0.9 in 1913. For 20 years in the USSR, this level has grown 17.4 times.

Alexander Dyukov, a researcher at the Department of Economic History at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in turn, noted that Bordans did not mention the subsidies that came to the republic from the Union budget.

“The budget of the Union republics was, figuratively speaking, a pool with two pipes: on the one hand, contributions went to the Soviet budget, and on the other, subsidies from the all-Union budget,” the historian said.

The diet of Latvia has demanded that the Russian authorities abandon the distortion of history

He specified that as a result of a large-scale subsidy program from the USSR in 1950-1960, Latvia became one of the most industrialized regions of the Soviet Union.

Dyukov noted that currently the opposite picture is taking shape in Latvia: the population of the republic is progressively decreasing, and there is no competitive industry either. “The country is not a donor, but a consumer of the EU budget,” he concluded.


How to turn UAZ “Pickup” into a dream car

The market offers turnkey solutions that make it possible to unleash the potential of an SUV.

The Ulyanovsk truck is rather boring, and Russian motorists, being amateurs to go out into the countryside and drive off-road, will agree with this. However, more and more products are appearing on the market that make UAZ Pickup a dream car.

An example of this is the “Bear” kits, which are designed strictly for UAZ “Pickup”. This means that nothing will have to be “collective farmed” in the car, everything is ready for installation and adjusted for this.

So, there is a kit that provides for UAZ “Pickup” the installation of “nishtyak” essentials: larger wheels, snorkel, basic kung without side windows, aluminum sheathing of the cargo platform, roof racks and kung racks, an enlarged “reserve” bracket under the bottom and tailgate with organizer. It will cost about 130 thousand rubles, and this price can not be called popular, but those who decided to prepare the car for outdoor activities are ready for this.

And if you have enough money, then you can go beyond the listed “goodies”. The appearance of the UAZ “Pickup” can be transformed due to the body kit, and it will be not just decoration, but also protection. For example, brutal front (with optics) and a rear bumper, extended wheel arches with wings, as well as protection of steering rods will cost about 100 thousand rubles.

Total, for 230 thousand rubles it turns out quite a boring UAZ “Pickup”, the functionality of which opens up new horizons for him, and the appearance of the car will make passersby turn around. With such a handsome “Russian Prado” you can not wait, but go to the “secondary”, find a pickup truck (you can find a good one for 600 thousand rubles), and make a wheelbarrow out of it for the soul.


Coronavirus had potential to kill 40 million people




Scientists at Imperial College London have estimated the damage that SARS-CoV-2 could have done if no action had been taken to contain it. In the worst case scenario the virus could have infected 7 billion people and having caused 40 million deaths this year alone, as reported by the institution in a release.

This is just one of the conclusions obtained by a report in which epidemiologists have simulated several scenarios in which different measures were applied to contain the expansion of COVID-19. In addition to the situation in which the virus evolves without any type of control, they have also assessed what would happen if social distancing measures of different intensity were applied.

“We believe that the world will face an unprecedented acute public health emergency in the coming weeks and months, ”said Patrick Walker, one of the report’s authors. “Our findings suggest that all countries have to choose between deep and costly measures to suppress transmission or risk health systems quickly being overwhelmed.” Besides that, perhaps the most relevant thing is that his conclusions indicate that «quick, decisive and collective action can now save millions of lives next year”.

The importance of responding quickly

Models show that social distancing, which reduces contacts by 40% in the general population and 60% among the elderly, can reduce the impact of the coronavirus in half. However, even in this scenario, the health systems of all countries would be overwhelmed.

Therefore, this research stresses the importance of taking a series of measures as soon as possible, including testing and isolation of cases, as well as a wide social distancing. Last week, a study published in «Science» concluded that these containment measures must be applied as soon as the community transmission of the virus occurs (in Spain, this occurred at least on February 28, long before the measures of social confinement were decreed, on March 16).

According to Azra Ghani, another of the authors, early measures can have an incredible impact. If all countries applied them, there would only be 0.2 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants and week, saving the lives of 38.7 million people. Acting a little later would kill eight million more people.

Sharing resources and practices

Imperial College models also predict the likely collapse of health systems in less wealthy countries: “Our research adds to the growing evidence that the COVID1-19 pandemic is a serious threat to global public health. Countries must act collectively to respond quickly to this rapidly growing epidemic, ”said Neil Ferguson, another author. “Sharing resources and practices is critical if you want to avoid the catastrophic impacts that the pandemic can have».

In any case, they have ensured that their models do not predict what will happen, but that they illustrate the magnitude of the problem and the benefits of a rapid, decisive and collective response. To facilitate this, researchers are sharing information with various countries to facilitate their planning.


Clinical trial of a potential Covid-19 vaccine begins this Monday in the United States

“The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, said an American government official on condition of anonymity because the trial has not yet been publicly announced,” said the AP news agency. It will take between a year and 18 months to fully validate any potential vaccine.

As a reminder, the 2,000 death mark due to the new coronavirus in Europe was crossed on Sunday, bringing the toll to more than 6,000 deaths worldwide, where population confinements and border closings are increasing.

The country hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic, Italy on Sunday recorded a record number of 368 new deaths in 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,809.

Starting point for the epidemic, China remains the country with the highest number of deaths (3,199), but it is in Europe that the epidemic is progressing rapidly, with 2,291 deaths, most of them in Italy and Spain , where the number of contaminations identified jumped, with 2,000 additional cases in 24 hours.

And there are now more deaths recorded elsewhere in the world (3.221) than in China which seems to have now stopped the spread of the virus (20 new infections on Sunday). A total of 6,420 people have officially died from Covid-19 disease, out of 159,844 cases worldwide, according to a report by the AFP from official sources at 5:00 p.m. GMT.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe is the “epicenter” of the disease. The European Union has placed restrictions on exports of protective medical equipment to ensure its own supply.

The second most affected country in Europe, Spain has confined its population and declared a state of alert for 15 days.


3 coronavirus cases transported to Contra Costa County for medical treatment – NBC Bay Area

Contra Costa health service officials confirmed Tuesday that three new coronavirus patients in a group of international travelers quarantined at Travis Air Force Base were transferred to Contra Costa County for treatment.

All three patients will be placed in quarantine indefinitely while fighting the virus while county health officials aim to minimize the potential for public exposure.

Patients were taken to hospitals in Contra Costa county due to a lack of space in the hospitals closest to the Air Force base in Solano county, according to local health officials. While the three patients tested positive for the virus, neither started showing symptoms such as fever or breathing difficulties.

According to Contra Costa’s health services, the cases were part of a group of quarantined travelers who were evacuated from the Princess Diamond cruise ship in Japan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that 40 people who were on board the ship so far have tested positive for the COVID-19 test, the official medical name of the virus.

“Our county’s health system is ready to handle COVID-19,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, health manager of Contra Costa county. “We worked with our hospital partners to follow safety protocols to protect patients and healthcare professionals and minimize the risk of spreading the virus in Contra Costa.”

According to public health officials, practicing good hygiene is the easiest way to reduce the risk of contracting a virus like COVID-19. This includes washing your hands with soap and water, covering your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding work when you are sick, and avoiding touching mucous membranes such as eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

People who have traveled to the United States from China since February 2 are also invited to quarantine for at least two weeks under the guidance of their local public health department.


The ‘apps’ of ‘proptech’, insurance, ‘fintech’ and health have great growth potential | Innovation

Barcelona has become an urban campus of entrepreneurship. One of the main culprits of this transformation has been Barcelona Tech City, a non-profit association created by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs. Its president, Miguel Vicente, recalls that the project has simply put the pieces of the ecosystem together – “by vertical sectors and with specific spaces,” he says – in order to create the magic of innovation. The disruption is not entirely new in the Catalan capital, because in the last two decades it has raised its flag as a hallmark. “The fabric already existed. With the technological revolution, simply, SMEs are called startups and entrepreneurial entrepreneurs, ”he says.

Within this almost endemic world with which Barcelona lives, apps They have become a technology that is practically transversal to all sectors. In Vicente’s words, the ambition of his projects and the ability to attract talent responds to this capacity for ubiquity that they have if we talk about technology. Even so, their growth potential differs depending on the area in which they focus their efforts. “The proptech, the insurance, the fintech and health are the businesses in which an application has more growth potential and shake the market, ”he says. The example he puts on the table of this reality is Medictor, a app which employs artificial intelligence to identify the ailments of the user.

Vicente also does not want to forget other areas in which they have a promising future. The integration with the internet of things and industry must be taken into account for those entrepreneurs passionate about applications. “There is a tremendous revolution around these two fields. I think the next big technology adoption will be precisely in the industry, ”ditch. Aware that the technological era is not going to stop, the president of Barcelona Tech City only expects more and more growth of the entire ecosystem. You do not have the precise recipe with which to succeed in all projects, but some of the trends, especially for mobile applications, have already reviewed them.

So sure is his statement that puts a piece of data on the table to encourage any entrepreneur: “There are more than 250 billion euros of venture capital funds seeking startups and projects with global vocation.” All this liquidity available to the system will not only go to apps, but their transversality helps them receive a good portion of all those zeros. “In this sector it is competing in talent and capital. Our startups compete globally without any blemish, ”he concludes. Whether in Barcelona or any other friendly city with disruptive initiatives, the potential is there. We just need to know them and find their place among the different stores of the phones.