Edouard Philippe’s successful bet in Le Havre

Will Edouard Philippe remain Prime Minister? The answer should be given by Emmanuel Macron in the coming days, at the time when the hypothesis of a reshuffle circulates to mark a turn in the quinquennium, following the health crisis of Covid-19, and facing the looming economic crisis.

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The only certainty on the evening of June 28: a defeat would undoubtedly have caused the departure of Edouard Philippe de Matignon, but he appeared on the contrary reinforced by his large victory at Le Havre. The Prime Minister, who came before his communist opponent Jean-Paul Lecoq with 58.83%, himself praised “Net results” and one “Act of trust”, from his town hall.

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Le Havre, the only presidential stronghold

And yet, nothing seemed to play out in advance, at the end of the first round. While he was re-elected in the first round in 2014, the juppeist was on waivers this time. Leading the way on March 15 with 43.60%, he could seem to have only a small reserve of votes, the PCF deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq having reached 35.88%, while the candidates of Europe Ecology-Les Greens and the National Rally had each collected around 8%. But the union of the left did not succeed in the Norman city. The candidate EELV Alexis Deck refused to side with the list of communists mixing candidates of the civil society, opening an uncertainty on the carry of the votes.

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So, while the municipal elections are proving to be a serious defeat for La République en Marche, Le Havre should be one of the only bastions in the presidential camp after this second round. What weigh in the equation of the President of the Republic, when deciding whether to yes or no, change the Prime Minister.


Lessons on how to deal with crises

Dusseldorf At the beginning of the two thousand years, Frank Thelen was left with nothing: The entrepreneur had credit debts with the bank, had to lay off employees, and file for his company Twisd Bankruptcy. Back then he rode on the IT and software wave, wanted to bring his company to the stock exchange. But then the dotcom bubble burst – and with it Thelen’s life plan.

Thelen no longer knew what to do next. He never cared about money, he says, but now he couldn’t even buy a used Golf. The worst thing for him: At a time when he should have supported his parents long ago, he moved back to the Hotel Mama. “May I eat with you?” – He didn’t even have money for food.

As bad as the defeat was: Today Thelen is one of the best-known German tech investors, the founder of a series and an expert in demand from entrepreneurs. He put money into successful start-ups like the flight taxi company Lilium or the mobility app Mytaxi (today: Free Now), especially in the early phase.

Thelen’s biggest defeat may have been 20 years ago. In the corona crisis, the example is still more relevant than ever. Everywhere in the republic, founders have existential fears. Even companies that have been successful for decades are facing the end. Tens of thousands of people are on short-time work and can no longer service loans, while others feel lonely in their home office.

There are also concerns about whether friends and relatives will fall victim to the virus. “It has reached a level that pushes many people to their limits,” says neuroscientist Raffael Kalisch from the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research in Mainz.

In a study released this week he and other European researchers have investigated the consequences of the pandemic on human psyche. The result: Almost 90 percent of the 5000 respondents are stressed by the lack of social contacts, a good 60 percent by the new work situation, for example in the home office, or about as many by family conflicts.

Kalisch fears that the pandemic will increase depression and anxiety. It is all the more important for managers and employees to improve their mental resilience or their “resilience”, as experts like to put it.

The technical term originally comes from materials science, describes the resilience and resilience of materials that are deformed and then return to their original shape. The longer the crisis lasts, the more important it is for people to get back to their original strength.

Experts advise that the crisis should even be seen as an opportunity – as investor Thelen did. But how can the defeats be overcome? How do managers and employees get out of the lack of motivation?

Rosberg’s retreat to the hotel room

Nico Rosberg can answer some of the questions. He does not want to compare his bitterest time as a racing driver with an entrepreneur whose life’s work is now threatened with existence. But he sees parallels: in 2015 he lost to competitor Lewis Hamilton for the second time in the fight for the world title. Rosberg doubted himself, thought that his dream would never come true.

“I locked myself up in the hotel room for a day, thinking in the dark,” he says. The greatest hope came from their own thoughts. He did a lot of mental training. “It became increasingly clear to me that I have to seize this opportunity now.”

One should not remain in the “dark spiral”. Especially in difficult moments, it is important to ask for help and to look for mentors. Rosberg got new motivation from the defeat. “It wasn’t even clear to me that I was able to do this,” he recalls.

Nico Rosberg (Formula 1 World Champion)

“Especially in difficult moments, it is important to get help, to find mentors.”

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A finding that many experts confirm. “Sometimes stress experiences can even create strengths in a person that the person concerned did not previously consider possible,” says psychologist Michael Kastner, head of the Institute for Occupational Psychology and Occupational Medicine in Herdecke. At Rosberg, going in and out led to success: the next season, the 34-year-old won seven races in a row – became world champion.

Today Rosberg also knows the entrepreneurial perspective. After the World Cup title in 2016, he ended his career. Now he employs 18 people in his family office in Monaco: to maintain the Nico Rosberg brand, for sponsorship and press work – and to make investments, just like a year ago in the e-scooter rental company Tier Mobility.

But the Berlin start-up is badly affected by the crisis. Tier wanted to bring more powerful scooters to the market. Due to the worldwide contact and curfews, hardly anyone borrows scooters. Rosberg still sees opportunities. He believes that animals can benefit from social distancing because “fewer people will take the bus” – and possibly switch to scooters.

Seeing opportunities in a crisis, making the best of the difficult situation – that’s what experts recommend to become more resilient. The current survey by the researcher Kalisch shows that people get through the corona crisis best when they try to assess the adversity positively and to think, communicate and act optimistically – provided they do not trivialize the situation.

On the other hand, people who only see the catastrophe come into a vicious circle of negative feelings and become mentally ill in the long run. Those who have existential fears may find it difficult to find positive facets. But that is exactly what is going to go further, says Kalisch: “Those who focus on their strengths and look for productive solutions will grow in the crisis.”

Thelen demands a new mentality

Star investor Thelen is also afraid that he will no longer be able to think positively in this country. “You are declared crazy,” he says. As so often, Thelen refers to the example Tesla. He also drives the electric car from Silicon Valley. “They accelerate and optimize their entire production facility.” That is why German medium-sized companies have to dare to invest right now – in order to bring the next product generation onto the market after the crisis.

For Thelen, a new mentality is needed on the executive floors. The German DNA is to get two to three percent better every year. “No one is allowed to lose, no Dax CEO wants to have a bad quarter,” says Thelen. But it also had to be okay if things didn’t work.

In order to try new things, it is important to maintain a culture of error. You just have to “pack a lot of capacity into innovative business models,” says Rosberg. Just like with his company Team Rosberg Engineering (TRE), the chassis developer that his father Keke once founded and in which the junior is involved. The company expanded the simulation area during the crisis.

“We proactively approached people who were not yet customers and had previously focused very much on physical testing,” explains Rosberg. In this way, TRE can become a crisis winner, he believes.

This is the right way for consultant Jutta Heller. The 58-year-old specialized in resilience years ago. “Companies must now think in a solution-oriented manner and adopt a proactive attitude.”

What Heller means can be seen in many places: swimwear manufacturers no longer manufacture bikinis, but respiratory masks, car manufacturers help build parts for respiratory machines, trade fair construction companies manufacture acrylic glass panes for infection protection. Companies that are so adaptable that they can even move away from their core business are considered crisis-proof.

And then Rosberg speaks about a term that is currently filling entire advice shelves: “Purpose” – which in German means “purpose” or “purpose”. And that is extremely important to get through such phases, says the former racing driver. The employees should come first – and only afterwards sales and profit striving.

What sounds like a slogan has actually brought him further. “This gives a company a lot of strength” and strengthens the team spirit, says Rosberg. “Working together is a huge power that you have to take advantage of.” In the crisis, this works via telephone or video conferences.

Frank Thelen (investor)

“We all fall down. The difference is who gets up again. “

(Photo: Dietmar Gust on behalf of Handelsblatt)

For expert Heller too, meaningfulness is a key to resilience: “If employees know why they are doing something, this gives them support and orientation in the crisis.” In Hellers coaching, managers and employees can train resilience. You can actually learn resilience, but experts also assume that some people have a certain level of resilience.

Thelen also thinks that when he stood with his back to the wall in 2000, he should have been looking for a safe job. But he was enthusiastic about a new software framework and started programming. “I shouldn’t have done that because my bankruptcy was in the background.”

But he did. And it got him out of the crisis. Even more: out of nowhere he created a world market leader in a small niche – the online photo service IP Labs. In 2008 Thelen and his partners sold the company to Fujifilm. He no longer had any money worries.

But what helps him? Knowing that even the tallest fall. “The difference is who gets up again.”

Assistance: Claudia Obmann

More: Listen to the complete conversation with Frank Thelen and Nico Rosberg in the podcast here.


Facebook launches option for video calls with up to 50 people without time limit – Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra

Facebook revealed that it is launching a tool called Messenger Rooms with which users will be able to make video calls with up to 50 people. This is the latest move by the social network ‘due to the popularity, in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, of other applications such as its Zoom or Houseparty with similar group video contact capabilities.

The news was given this Friday by the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg through Facebook Live.

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According to our sister station CNBC, the tool will be free will allow Facebook and Messenger users to create group video calls of up to 50 people at a time, increasing the current limit of the Messenger app from 8 people.

According to CNBC, the 50-person limit for Messenger Rooms will not be available immediately. Facebook users will see a lower limit at launch, but it will soon rise to 50 people, a company spokesperson told CNBC. The limit will vary for users at launch, the spokesperson said.

By comparison, Zoom allows up to 100 people to video chat for free for up to 40 minutes. Houseparty supports up to eight people.

Video calls in Messenger Rooms have no time limit and will include features like augmented reality filters that allow people to add masks to their faces. Video call hosts will also be able to block calls and delete users. Facebook and Messenger users can create Messenger rooms, and they can invite anyone to join, including people who don’t have a Facebook account.

Messenger Rooms will begin rolling out to users on Friday, and will expand to more regions in the coming weeks. “You can start and share video calls on Facebook through your wall, Groups and Events, so it is easy for people to visit it. We will soon add ways to create video call rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal too”, explained the social network.

WhatsApp also expands capacity

Facebook also announced that it is doubling the limit of people in WhatsApp video calls from four to eight people.

In addition, the company is introducing a video calling feature on Facebook Dating so that users of that service can have virtual dating.

Zoom improves your security

The video conferencing platform Zoom, which has achieved a sudden popularity success with the COVID-19 pandemic, announced this week an update to its software, where, it says, it has improved the encryption system to respond to criticism received for lack of security.

The San Jose, California-based firm explained in a statement that Zoom version 5.0 adds support for encryption with 256-bit AES encryption GCM, providing “increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. ”

The update available this week will also allow the account administrator to choose which regions of the data center their meetings and webinars use for real-time traffic at the account, group, or user level.

On the other hand, the company has grouped all the options related to security in the same icon, which is accessed through the menu bar of the digital meeting, the “waiting room” option has been activated by default and allows videoconference hosts report a user whose participation has not been allowed.

“I am proud to achieve this step in our 90 day plan, but this is only the beginning. We will earn the trust of our customers and bring them happiness with our firm goal of providing the safest platform, ”said Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan.

Zoom’s success and sudden growth as a result of the increase in teleworking and digital encounters following the confinement orders for the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by many complaints about failures in communication security and little respect for the privacy of users.

One of the most common problems that its users are encountering is that Internet users who have not been invited appear by surprise in teleconferences, a phenomenon baptized as “zoombombing” and which has caused educational institutions, governments and companies to stop using the platform. and, in the case of Google, their employees have even been banned.


the great success of online sailing races

“It is the first time that I have missed the Spi Ouest France in twenty-three years, it is heartbreaking, because it is the sailing festival and the first big meeting of the season, every sailors meet at Easter in La Trinité sur mer to race ”. As a top sailor, a former participant in the Tour de France sailing, Philippe Guigné is working his brakes from his home. And he will have to wait until the last weekend in September to participate in the actual – postponed – edition of his favorite race.

But as the boss of the company publishing Virtual Regatta, the famous online sailing race game which reproduces the Spi Ouest-France on a computer, he can only be satisfied. At around 11:00 a.m. on Monday April 13, 32,000 sailors had tried their luck since the start line opened three days earlier (it closes at 1:00 p.m. Monday, 13). This participation figure is a historic record for a so-called inshore race (near the coasts), knowing that the traditional virtual offshore races (offshore), Vendée Globe or Route du Rhum, are already well established.

140,000 participants in the Great Escape

400,000 sailors on screen accompanied the last Route du Rhum (French transatlantic race) in 2018, roughly as many who toured the world in 2017 with the solo sailors from the Vendée Globe. “The offshore games attract the general public, the inshore is more technical, you really need to know the sail, the navigation rules and the precise behavior of the boats to be well represented”, said Philippe Guigné, who still has all afternoon to try to improve the 10,000th place he is confined to, unworthy of his status as a former winner on the water.

The attraction for virtual events is not new in sailing, as in most sports where strategy plays a big role, racing, tennis or football. But the context of the Covid-19 epidemic has led to an influx of new participants: professional sailors usually excluded from virtual racing for the good reason that they live them at sea. Spi Ouest-France, but even more so in the deckchair organized since March 23 and which attracts 140,000 players. It was baptized The Great Escape, name chosen as a snub to containment.

The biggest names in ocean racing, Armel Le Cléach’ and Franck Cammas, have embarked on virtual boats. Second of the pros at the finish, Franck Cammas, the winner of the 2010 Route du Rhum, enjoyed the crossing. “The game is really very close to reality but a reality which is perhaps closer to that of a router than a runner proper. JI did this very seriously. And with the exception of the first night, when I experienced an alarm clock failure, I made adjustments at night during the whole race “, he says.

Great browser and handsome player

Unlike the Spi Ouest-France, disputed on an identical boat for all participants, the Great Escape is run on the main traditional categories of ocean racing. The fastest, the large multihulls or monohulls (Ultim and Imoca), are therefore already safely in Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean where the imaginary finish line has been drawn. Part of the Class 40 (13.20 m) is also docked, but many of the Figaro 3, 9.75 m monos close to the traditional cruising sailboat, are still battling in the South Atlantic.

Surprise: in almost all categories, the winners are amateurs, who have beaten the stars of sailing, not always aware of the latest software versions. A handsome player, Franck Cammas takes his hat off to them. “The community aspect and the friendliness with the other players are very nice. I chatted a lot online with the other gamers and they even advised me. Because if we have our usual routing software, they have dedicated sites and other high performance software “, He writes on his website.

A lesson in weather, physics and geography

This blend of friendliness and rivalry that sums up the spirit of sailing racing is even stronger in virtual racing than on water. There are many exchanges of advice via the game messaging system because many of the participants have a basic culture of sailing. “It is estimated that 50% of our players have never been on a boat, notes Philippe Guigné, emphasizing the democratic aspect of his game. “Sailing, an expensive and complicated sport to practice, accessible to all”.

The newspaper West France, partner of the virtual Spinnaker on board for the same reasons. “In racing, we also do weather, geography, physics, so we are in our educational role”, underlines Renaud Pelard, deputy chief editor of sports at the Breton daily newspaper, who takes over the race and publishes the results on his website.


Privacy and security issues shake up Zoom’s success | Innovation

A simple line of code has opened the Pandora box for the privacy and security of the Zoom video conferencing app. A line with which the company itself activated a software development kit – better known as the SDK for its Facebook acronym – that allowed both the social network and the application to collect certain data, such as IP, without the consent of the users. , the type of device, the operating system, and the location and time use of the connection. “It has only affected the Apple ecosystem. This Monday they already amended the error, but the damage has been done. They have amassed massive data whether you have a Facebook account or not. Now they can profile those who have connected, “says attorney Natalia Martos, founder of Legal Army.

These practices have prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to open a judicial investigation. In a letter sent to the organization, it asks that it specify what kind of information it collects, for what purposes and to what other entities it provides consumer data. “It is a company that does not take privacy into account. Although difficult to prove, this is a full-blown data sale. It has taken a slice. No one sells information for free. More or less is what happened with Cambridge Analytica ”, argues Martos. But this lack of privacy only represents the tip of the iceberg of all the controversies that the coronavirus-imposed quarantine has uncovered in an application whose downloads have grown thanks to 86% confinement in a month, according to the Crunchbase portal.

An investigation of The New York Times It has revealed this Thursday that the application had a data mining function, just start the session, which automatically linked user names and email addresses with LinkedIn profiles. It didn’t matter that during the call someone used a pseudonym or opted for anonymity. If a user activated the LinkedIn Sales Navigator service, they could access the profiles of this social network of other participants in the video call by clicking on an icon next to their names. The CEO of the company, Eric S. Yuan, has announced that for the next 90 days he will freeze these types of options to correct them and reverse the security and privacy problems detected.

Attacks of trolls, intrusion into external video calls, public links to the rooms, a default configuration for file sharing that allows sending malware… An excessive accumulation of vulnerabilities for recently reaped success. The use of Zoom has become popular during this crisis thanks to the arrival at forced marches of telework, video calls between friends and family, distance classes and all kinds of remote connections.

As the days go by, the controversies multiply. Some users have confirmed that it is relatively easy for someone to monitor their activity while using the application. For example, the One Zoom feature alerts the caller if a guest has been more than 30 seconds without the open program in the foreground. That way a boss could know if someone has followed a meeting with more or less attention. The management of emails has also generated controversy. The app automatically adds other people to a user’s contact list if they sign in with a mail that shares the same domain. It can help in the search for a specific partner, although the hidden face is that the company, by unifying them as if they worked for the same organization, exposes the personal information among everyone. “If this occurs in the European Union, the fine would be impressive,” ditch Martos.

Zoom has defended itself against the allegations with an entry on its corporate blog. He argues that he does not sell any type of personal information; that it respects privacy laws such as the European Data Protection Regulation and the California regulations, known as CCPA; and that it does not control meetings or the content exchanged. The latter has raised a stir. It was advanced by the digital medium The Intercept by claiming that there is no true end-to-end encryption in video calls, but one TLS. That is, third parties do not access audio and video, but the app Yes, you can do it through the server through which the information runs. “We will continue to improve and evolve our privacy approach to ensure that we are doing the right thing for our users,” says the company.

In the meantime, the cybercriminals take advantage of the moment to scam users. Despite being a free application, in mobile stores we can find it for about four euros. It is an obvious example of phishing –A set of techniques that seek to deceive a victim, earning their trust by posing as a trusted person, company or service. They supplant the Zoom image with an identical one, as if they superimposed the false identity on the original one. “There are no magic recipes to detect it. You have to be very careful and check everything. If we look closely, companies often incorporate authenticity data, ”says Óscar Lage, a cybersecurity expert at Tecnalia.

Repairing part of the errors is already impossible. As Lage maintains, these problems are the result of products that simply focus on functionality. “Privacy and security are not included from the beginning. The only solution they have left is to patch the app. The ideal would be to use open source, community-maintained and auditable applications, ”he explains. There are more options to maintain digital contact or continue working from home. Each with its characteristics and limitations, but the success of Zoom has not monopolized video calls. “Google Hangouts and Skype would be good alternatives. They are subject to very strict privacy, “concludes Martos.


Keys to successfully making the Income statement | Economy

The campaign of the declaration of the Income of the exercise 2019 It is already running from Wednesday, April 1, and will run until June 30. It is expected that in this exceptional year, given the state of alarm in Spain for the coronavirus, bet more on the use of digital tools. And it is presented as a challenge to attend taxpayers in person if the restrictions continue. With everything, Estate maintains the calendar, which experts advise to thoroughly review the eraser and apply all the deductions to which you are entitled, which can make a difference in the result of the declaration.

To start, before confirming the draft you have to check and verify all the data. This is a declaration proposal that is calculated with the fiscal data available to the Treasury, and may contain errors or omissions. For example, it is key to confirm personal data if there have been changes in marital status or a child has been adopted or had during the fiscal year.

In addition to personal and family data, special attention requires information on the ownership of the estate, which as a novelty this year should be entered in a single section. And do not forget to declare tourist rentals.

Very important are also the tax deductions. There are 225 regional deductions, some compatible with the state ones, that can reduce the liquid quota, that is, what must finally be paid in the personal income tax. There are them for house purchase, for rent, for donations or for maternity, among others.

It should be remembered that they can only deduct for the Habitual housing Those taxpayers who purchased before January 1, 2013. They may do so for 15% of the amounts paid for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction, on a maximum of 9,040 euros per year. The deduction for rent remains in force for contracts signed before January 1, 2015. Thus, tenants with contracts prior to that date can continue to deduct 10.05% of the fees in the tax period for the rental of their habitual residence, provided that its tax base is less than 24,107.20 euros per year.

The technicians of the Treasury emphasize that in this campaign the increase of up to 1,000 additional euros in the amount of the maternity deduction (1,200 euros per year or 100 euros per month if requested in advance), when the taxpayer has expenses in nurseries or early childhood education centers for their children under three years of age.

There is also a deduction of 1,200 euros per year for single parent family with two children and by ascendant, descendant with disabilities as long as they do not have income, excluding exempt, exceeding 8,000 euros per year.

And the large familiess 600 extra euros can be deducted for each additional child since it is considered a large family.

On the other hand, contributions to pension plans they deduct up to 8,000 euros or 30% of the taxpayer’s income from work and economic activities on the personal income tax base. In addition, contributions to pension plans of the taxpayer’s spouse may also be reduced in the tax base when the taxpayer does not receive income from work or economic activities, or is less than 8,000 euros per year. In this case, the deductible limit for the contribution is 2,500 euros.

Gestha recalls that the tax savings of these contributions ranges from a minimum of 19% to a maximum of 45% of the investment made -according to the marginal rate of taxpayer-, even higher in some autonomous communities.

Another aspect to consider when preparing the declaration is the possibility of offset savings income. That will allow only taxes to be paid on the net benefits of the investments made, offsetting the gains with the losses. Davinia Rogel, team director of the tax department of Baker McKenzie Barcelona, ​​explains that the money lost with an investment will be subtracted from what is earned and will only be taxed for the difference between both amounts (the net) if it is positive, it is that is, if there are more gains than losses.

The capital gains obtained in 2019, a good year for investment, may be reduced by up to 25% with the losses suffered, either in that year or in the three previous years, provided that there have remained losses pending compensation. And this formula can be used regardless of the source of the gains or losses, either from the sale of a property and an investment in funds, considered capital gains, or from deposits or debt securities, returns on capital. The net balance will be taxed at 19% for the first 6,000 euros, at 21% for the following 44,000 euros of capital gain and at 23% for what exceeds 50,000 euros.


Professional ‘Mentoring’ to break gender stereotypes | Economy

15 prestigious directives in Spain. 15 university students wanting to eat the world; 15 innovative projects or ideas, and three months to develop them together thanks to the knowledge that the mentors will bring to their young students. So is the shadowing I, boss, a mentoring initiative promoted by the communication agency Trescom With the collaboration of multiple Spanish companies and academic entities, and the objective of promoting and making female empowerment visible in the world of entrepreneurship, still largely dominated by men.

Presented at the beginning of March at the Esade Campus in Madrid, the program has barely suffered setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic, and mentors and students stay in touch a month later through videoconferences and emails. For Francisco Polo, High Commissioner for Spain Entrepreneurial Nation, “betting on equality is not only a matter of principle, but also of strategy: the data shows that companies led by women are twice as profitable, despite obtaining less than half the financing of men ”. In his opinion, “inequalities such as the gender gap, which affects 50% of the population, must be reduced.”

“The program serves to approach these girls and show them the reality, but also so that they know that it is possible, that it does come,” says Gloria Gubianas, co-founder of the sustainable fashion firm. Hemper and one of the mentors of I, boss. Juanita Bedoya, her mentor, wants to develop a brand of handbags and accessories made with denim cutouts from textile factories, thus reducing the waste of fabrics. But the projects are very varied, ranging from a platform to improve the quality of life for cancer patients (by Carla Montull) to a technology that helps children develop their soft skills (from Nur Younis) and a marketplace for future moms (by Patricia Aranda), to name a few examples.

“I think it is an important initiative for the new generations. We lack references that help to eliminate the mental limit that sometimes, as women, we impose ourselves, and that still put us in certain systems,” says Laura Nevola, CEO of IDP Pharma and another one of the mentors. “Also, working with such enthusiastic youth brings a lot of positive energy.”

A relationship with benefits for all

But what exactly does the mentoring? It is a professional accompaniment in which the transmission of knowledge is facilitated through learning with a mentor or tutor, who advises and guides another person in order to enhance their professional skills and abilities. “Any committed person, who is truly passionate about growing professionally and accelerating their potential, can benefit from such a program. This will help you learn from consolidated experience, connect with a world of new opportunities and access a network of networking ”, reveals Esther Cid, expert in mentoring digital and CEO of Tipscool, a startup of education technology.

Initiatives like Me boss They help young entrepreneurs to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make their ideas come true. “If I had not participated in several accelerators, where excellent professionals helped us in the process of creating our company, our journey would not have come this far,” confesses Fátima Lucas, CEO and co-founder of Zymvol Biomodeling, and mentor of the program. “This is why we are aware of the importance of contributing our own experiences in the development of talented young people.”

The advice these young women receive helps them shape their project, from establishing a business plan, analyzing its economic viability and studying the potential market to defining its financial, technological and human needs, benefiting from the knowledge that their mentors possess in each respective field, and in many occasions from their network of contacts. “At first I was a bit lost, because despite having entire notebooks full of sketches and ideas, I did not know how to organize them and reflect them in a business model. Thanks to my mentor, in a matter of two weeks I was able to make a business model canvas, mock-ups, start designing the web and do a lot of research, ”says Nur Younis, one of the participating students.

Mentors and students participating in the 'Yo, jefa' program.

Mentors and students participating in the ‘Yo, jefa’ program.

But not only the students or employees who receive this professional support benefit. These programs also present numerous benefits for companies, since they not only keep them updated on current trends in their respective fields, but also “have people who inspire and are extra motivated to grow professionally, aligned with the loyalty strategy of the human capital ”, wields Cid. “The personal brand that the employee creates is generated in the company a positive value on the feeling of belonging and the specific training that each person gets.”

In most of those who engage in mentoring, there are also an underlying feeling of gratitude, of those who benefited in their day from the help of others and decide to use the accumulated experience to do the same with the new generations. “In my years as an entrepreneur, I have always highly valued the figure of the mentors who have guided me; in many ways they have been key both in learning and in different moments of support, recognizes Fátima Mulero, founder of AuTICmo and mentor of I, boss. “I believe that in the world of entrepreneurship there is a chain of favors that is very beautiful and must be maintained,” adds Gubianas. “When someone knocks on your door because they want to start their own company, from scratch, you immediately open it and you are willing to share your experience, because someone, in their day, also opened it for you.”

What does the mentor do and what does the mentor not do?

It is about guiding and helping them to get the talent they have inside, “and that perhaps no one had ever made it known to them before,” explains José Lozano, an expert in e-learning and mentor in the IEBS business school. “It is a continuous job that sometimes requires a face-to-face conversation, others online and, of course, a work plan with objectives. You have to make them see where their strengths are and where they can improve, how to focus their projects … But I don’t solve their problems or do the work for them, “he says. “I just put a mirror in front of them and say, ‘Look at you, that’s you. Maybe you don’t know yourself well, nor do you know the full potential that you have, but you must make the most of it ”.

For mentoring to be effective, therefore, one thing is needed above all: the will to learn and prosper personally and professionally. Like the students who participate in the program We create opportunities in hospitality, of the Mahou San Miguel Foundation. A social initiative developed for just over three years in collaboration with hospitality schools, social entities and the Public Administration, and aimed at young people in a socially disadvantaged situation in Madrid, Burgos and Barcelona. “In 2019, we had 70 professionals working as mentors; people who maintain constant involvement and commitment, and who also collaborate in the additional training that young people receive, offering masterclasses in professional competences and other matters of interest ”, shares Beatriz Herrera, director of the foundation.

For Gubianas, “mentoring It also serves to demystify the vision that we have of entrepreneurs of success… When I was studying, I saw women entrepreneurs as super distant, and I was convinced that this was something I could never achieve. ” But, as she herself is in charge of remembering, “power, you can”, a maxim that they are also in charge of remembering every day from Tipscool, where they have created mentoring and orientation programs for young talent focused on promoting STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) among young women.

“We collaborate with companies motivated to attract female talent, and recently launched the campaign I can be, to break with gender stereotypes and that girls and girls discover that they can become what they want, through the eyes of references that we currently have as inspiring mentors: great engineers, mathematics, scientists, researchers and leading technologists of our country ”, Cid wields. And it is that, with initiatives like this, it may soon be possible to break down that “glass ceiling”, those invisible barriers that continue to prevent many women from reaching those leadership positions for which they are undoubtedly trained.

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Eloquence, parody, buff … On how Uderzo and Goscinny turned Asterix into a universal character



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Beyond having been, along with René Goscinny, one of the creators of Asterix, Albert Uderzo was one of those cartoon professionals capable, technically, of tackle all the issues. Enjoyed a long 70-year career as a cartoonist, in which he showed his talent both in the realistic comic adventure (Michel Tanguy) as its most cartoonish, which was the one that stood out the most (Oumpah-Pah, Asterix).

He learned part of his craft as an animator, which helped him develop a agile, synthetic comic style, in which the characters took on a life of their own and as few expressed their feelings. His was a elegant, expressive graphics, attentive to the details but especially to the movements of his creatures, reflected with a extraordinary eloquence that made them closer to their readers.

his influence as a cartoonist It is evident in creators from various generations and from various countries, as has its ancestry in millions of readers around the world. Asterix, thanks to Uderzo and of course at Goscinny scripts, was created as a very French hero, but his imprint knew cross continents. In short, Goscinny and Uderzo spoke to us in Asterix about the essence of the human soul, of the theater of life, of our relationships and emotions, and also of social and political issues.

Asterix traveled by almost everyone, Hispania included, in a luck of parodies based on the clichés of each country, but they did it with intelligence and respect, without of course missing a certain critical load and buff.

Asterix is ​​one of those few series that can be read by child and adult readers, without distinction. Each of them will take advantage of different things, and deep down they will discover what we are like human beings. Maybe that’s why, and because of Goscinny’s brilliant scripts and Uderzo’s drawings, Asterix be universal character. A classic as well as modern character, who is still active thanks to Jean-Ives Ferri and Didier Conrad, who have managed to collect that essence, that imprint, marked by the creators of Asterix.


The explanation of the German success to contain the death of the coronavirus

“If we fail to implement the planned measures and reduce people-to-people contacts in the coming weeks, then we could have 10 million infected in two to three months.” It is the warning of the president of the Robert-Koch Institute (RKI),Lothar H. Wieler, and the message from scientists advising the German federal government since the coronavirus crisis broke out in Europe.

With nearly 11,000 cases and 20 deaths – according to provisional figures from theRKI-, Germany is within the group of five countries with the highest number of infected. However, it is striking that while Italy and Spain accumulate almost 4,000 deaths together, Germany continues to contain the official death toll.

“We are at the beginning of the epidemic, still one or two weeks from the situation in which Italy is now. The evolution will be exponential. The number of cases will grow and also the number of deaths,” Dr. Wieler insisted at a press conference. last Wednesday. German scientists add that thanks to the rapid reaction of the healthcare system and case detection, Germany could be in a better situation than other European countries.

Unknown reasons

TheWorld Health Organization (WHO)notes the great difference in deaths recorded in the countries of the Old Continent, but also acknowledges that, for the moment, the reasons are unknown. To this we must add that the way of accounting or reading the statistics could be playing a key role in these different mortality rates.

In the absence of morescientific certainty,Three elements appear to have helped contain the death toll in Germany. First, there is the ability to detect the infection: the Federal Association of Medical Insurers of Germany ensures that the country’s laboratories can perform 12,000 tests a day. In Spain, meanwhile, there is not even official data on the capacity for daily diagnoses.

Second, there is the ability to absorb severe cases by the health system. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, Germany currently has 28,000 intensive care beds, 25,000 of which are equipped with assisted breathing devices. For this reason, the main objective of the German Government is now to slow down the contagion curve: if it succeeds, the authorities are convinced that the health system will hold. At the moment, they seem to be achieving it despite having dispensed withconfinementof the population across the country.

And finally, we must take into account the predominant socialization in Germany: German is acolder, more individualistic society, less tending to physical contact and in which the family plays a less relevant role than in southern European countries such as Spain and Italy. It is less common, for example, that grandparents routinely take care of grandchildren. All this could have contributed to a lower number of people in the risk groups becoming infected, and therefore the virus is less lethal.


China claims to have “successfully” developed a coronavirus vaccine

The Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that developed a vaccine “successfully” against the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 pneumonia, and has authorized human testing, although the text did not specify when such trials would begin.

According to the note, the Chinese Defense Ministry has approved the human clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Military Academy of Sciences.

The vaccine was developed by the research team led by epidemiologist Chen Wei of the Military Academy of Medical Research, reporting to the Military Academy of Sciences. According to Chen, the vaccine -developed in line with “international standards and local regulations «– is prepared to carry out “large-scale, safe and effective production”.

On Tuesday, several Chinese institutions announced that they will launch clinical trials in April to test the efficacy of several vaccines that the country is developing against the virus. According to the Chinese Ministry of Education, there is on the table a vaccine based on viral influenza vectors It is currently in the animal testing phase that will begin its clinical trials in April with the participation of the universities of Beijing, Tsinghua and Xiamen, as well as other research institutions, according to the state news agency Xinhua.

On the other hand, the deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, Yi Chengdong, said that Chinese scientists have developed a vaccine on the mRNA platform that will enter clinical trials also in April. Yi pointed out that it has been developed based on viral proteins derived from proteins structural of a virus.

Meanwhile, three new products used in the diagnostic tests They have been clinically approved and applied to detect coronavirus in Shanghai, said Zhang Quan, director of the city’s science and technology commission, today.

To date, at least 3,226 people have died from COVID-19 in China out of the 80,881 SARS-CoV-2 infections registered since the epidemic began.