The Carnation Revolution: Celeste Caeiro

Saraiva de Carvalho, the military man who led the coup that brought down Salazar’s dictatorship, has died in Portugal this week. But his story would have been very different if it had not been for a cafeteria worker who with her gesture changed the history of her country. She is Celeste Caeiro.

 

April 25, 1974 seemed like a day like any other in Portugal, a country that had not held elections since 1925. But the dictatorial regime of Salazar, succeeded by Marcello Caetano, was about to collapse thanks to the carnations of Celeste Caeiro, a humble worker in a Lisbon café.

Arriving at her workplace, she discovered that that day was anything but normal: during the previous night, there had been a military uprising against the Portuguese dictatorial regime; the soldiers had occupied strategic points in the country, such as ports and airports, and had asked the population to stay at home. The captain Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho led the operation.

Seeing that the situation could become critical, the manager of the café sent home all his workers with a request: since the situation made it impossible to celebrate the anniversary of the café as they had planned, he asked his employees to take home with them the carnations they had purchased for the celebration. 

Caeiro, however, ignored the warning of her boss and her friends. Instead of heading home, she decided to take the subway towards the centre of Lisbon, to the well-known Plaça de Rossío, to be able to observe how the events were evolving. 

 

The day flowers replaced weapons

Full of curiosity, she approached a soldier to ask him what was going on, and he asked her for a cigarette. Unfortunately, she didn’t have any, so she thought of buying him something to eat, but due to the coup, all the nearby shops and restaurants were closed. Therefore, she gave him the only thing she had at the time: a carnation.

The soldier did not hesitate to place the carnation in the hole of the rifle he was carrying, symbolizing the unwillingness to fire his weapon. Then the rest of the soldiers in the squad followed the example of the first soldier, and as Caeiro handed them the carnations she had, they were placed in the same way.

Ironically, this gesture spread like wildfire through the square and across the city, making visible the intention of the revolutionaries not to fire their weapons. Once the government of the regime surrendered, the carnations ended up becoming the symbol of the revolution and the reason for its name.

 

The absence of recognition for Celeste Caeiro

Many times we tend to focus on the most beautiful and positive parts of stories, but it’s also worth acknowledging the negative ones. In this case, the absence of recognition that Caeiro has suffered throughout her life.

Despite having given name to the revolution that changed the course of her country, Caeiro is still unknown to many of her countrymen. Instead of receiving tributes, she still survives with the minimum pension of 370 euros, which is largely spent on the rent of her flat. This situation should make us think about the treatment we sometimes give to those who give everything without asking for anything in return.

 

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After a year of pandemic, the festival returns to Barcelona stronger and more confident than ever. A must-attend event for lovers of design, innovation and craftsmanship.

 

What is Palo Market Fest?

The former Gal i Puigsech factory, in the middle of the industrial neighbourhood of Poblenou, has become a space of creative reference thanks to the Fundació Palo Alto, which has turned this venue into a cluster of artistic and cultural creation businesses. In addition, for some years now the venue has hosted the Palo Market Fest, which traditionally takes place on the first weekend of the month and, following the dynamics of the space, hosts a very special event where there is no shortage of brands of all kinds, culinary proposals from all over the world and live music to liven up the day.

 

The cradle of trends

Seven years after its creation, it has established itself as a reference market, both for locals and visitors, and currently has more than 30 design exhibitors for all tastes: jewellery, art, second-hand clothes, vintage, sustainable or accessories, in a selection of proposals for all sexes and ages. The wide range of artisan brands offers original and exclusive products that make the Market a unique experience.

Fourteen premium companies close the line-up with the most innovative proposals on the market, where emerging talent, design and functionality meet to create sustainable, quality products where less is always more.

 

The 3Ms of Palo Alto: eating, music and fashion

Live music fills every corner with the “Street music experience“, which livens up the day from different stages.

And also in terms of food, the Market has become the reference venue for the food-truck sector in the city. They manage to bring together all kinds of culinary and multicultural proposals, without forgetting healthy and vegetarian food.

 

Limited capacity and pre-sale tickets

This weekend is the last summer edition of the festival, which due to the pandemic restrictions is divided into two shifts: from 13:00 h to 18:00 h and from 18:30 h to 23:00 h, with a maximum capacity of 950 people. Admission costs €5 and can be purchased exclusively through the VERSE application. Children under the age of twelve and people with reduced mobility or disabilities and their companions will be admitted free of charge.

 

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When you hear the term summer hit, what comes to mind: Georgie Dann, The Refreshments, King Africa, Don Patricio? It depends on the generation you belong to. But what are the summer hits in Catalan?

 

Globalisation and the popularity of Catalan brands, especially beer brands, mean that the songs they use reach more people, but we can consider that the birth of the summer hit in Catalan took place in 1990, when TV3 commissioned the popular group La Trinca to compose a song to be used in the channel’s summer programme advert, which would be used for three summers, covered by different performers.

In 1993, the summer hit in Catalan was Munta-t’ho bé, by Els Pets. It was from this year onwards that the groups or singers chosen to provide the soundtrack for the TV3 summer advert opted to adapt their own songs, instead of composing one exclusively for television. In many cases, this has given them a popularity they did not have before. In recent years, radio stations have also signed up and commissioned versions for the summer campaign. A new channel of visibility for songs in Catalan.

 

Create your summer playlist

Beyond the world of advertising, here are 20 songs in Catalan that you can’t miss on your summer playlist:

 

What does a summer hit have to be like?

The phenomenon known as the summer hit has its origins in the Italian music festival “Un disco per l’estate” (1964), aimed at discovering new talent and imitating the success of the San Remo Festival.

The Italian idea crossed the Mediterranean, and in 1966 the summer hit hashtag became popular with the creation of the programme “Los 40 principales” on Radio Madrid, although other stations such as Radio Miramar and Radio Juventud were also already choosing their summer hits.

The summer hit, by definition, is “is a song that is released and peaks in its popularity during summer“. In this particular aspect, they became popular, especially thanks to Latin artists, but also artists of other nationalities who translated their songs into Spanish in order to succeed in this large market, such as Georgie Dann, a French national.

Today, radio and television in Catalonia also incorporate Catalan-language songs, marked by their energy or their lyrics. The challenge, however, is to get them to cross borders. And you, what song would you add to your summer playlist?

 

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In these turbulent and difficult times for the tourism sector, it seems that there is an area that resists and maintains a high level of activity: wine tourism, or visits to wine environments. What opportunities does this type of tourism offer to a sector currently below minimums due to the pandemic?

 

Tourism that adapts to the new normal

It has been more than a year since the fateful March 2020, but tourism figures in Catalonia are still well below what used to be normal. These harmful effects are not only due to the restrictions imposed by governments: many people, whether local or foreign, have changed their habits and prefer to avoid visiting crowded or claustrophobic places. 

Obviously, this point has harmed establishments in many parts of the Catalan geography that had specialized in this type of mass tourism. But, at the same time, and against all odds, it seems that it is increasing visits to wineries of our country.

This is an activity away from mass tourism and with many facilities for the visitor, who can spend a quiet time away from the stress of the city, and enjoy the gastronomic wonders that are offered. This favours the maintenance of social distance, which, together with the absence of overcrowding, provides a greater sense of security to visitors.

What interest does it have for tourists?

From the customer’s point of view, wine tourism offers many advantages over other types of tourism. For starters, Catalonia is a very rich country in wineries: there are many denominations of origin (Penedès, Priorat, Empordà…), all of them well distributed throughout the territory, so any Catalan has multiple wineries near their home that they can visit, either in a short getaway or for a few days.

The other key feature is its versatility. Wine tourism is not only visiting wineries. It also allows you to live other experiences such as wine tasting, visiting local museums, enjoying gastronomy, or simply taking the opportunity to visit the towns in the area, in a much more relaxed atmosphere than in large cities.

All this has allowed wine tourism to grow remarkably, and statistics confirm that more and more young and middle-aged people are interested in visiting wineries in their area. Today almost 20% of the visitors are less than thirty-five years of age, and more than 32% are between 35 and 45 years old, a trend that is increasing year after year. 

What does it mean for wineries?

As for the wineries, the fact of promoting themselves as a wine tourism proposal provides them with many benefits, starting with the income. During the first months of the pandemic, wine consumption fell almost 15%, which caused great financial problems for many small wine companies, many of them family-owned, which could not guarantee the payment of debts.

The rise of rural tourism, and by extension wine tourism, has been a great help to the sector. It has opened a new line of income thanks to visitors, who in general tend to have a higher purchasing power than in other tourist activities.

This avalanche of visitors indirectly helps the food sector too, as many of these wine tourists take the opportunity to live gastronomic experiences focused on local products.

Future perspectives and recommendations

Despite the advantages and synergies it provides, we must also see a negative point: so far, the full potential of wine tourism has not been exploited. We still have few visitors to our wineries, in relation to other countries in our area with a wine-making tradition, such as France or Italy. While these countries have between 15 and 10 million oenological tourists each year, the latest estimates say that in Catalonia we do not exceed one million. In Spain, there is a similar situation: just over 3 million visitors.

The advantages of wine tourism, as described, are an important potential for our wine companies and, therefore, the future of the sector must consider this activity and contribute to its promotion and popularization. This type of tourism, with a lot less seasonality (its peak is usually in the autumn and spring), can also help regulate tourism in our country, mostly sun and beach tourism concentrated in the summer period.

The recommendation for this summer is to visit a winery in our territory, in an original and enriching experience where you can enjoy nature and the surrounding environment. Catalonia has a wide range of wineries. However, if you do not know which to choose, we recommend one of the winners of this year’s Vinari Awards, such spending a few days at the BUIL&gINÉ Hotel (DOQ Priorat) awarded as the best wine tourism accommodation; spending a few hours at the Celler Llopart (Corpinnat-Penedès) awarded for the best proposal for “Live the harvest of 1887”; or pairing wine and food at the Garden Restaurant El Cellaret of the Família Torres winery (DO Penedès).

 

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Although we really like to spend the day on the beach, bathe, and enjoy a good time near the sea, it never hurts to remember a few tips so as not to suffer more than necessary under the strong and warm summer sun.

 

The sun is not bad for our skin, on the contrary: solar radiation is critical so that our body can synthesize vitamin D, an essential vitamin that helps absorb calcium and strengthen our immune system.

In fact, there are countries that, during the winter or some times of the year, almost cannot enjoy sunlight (such as various places in the Arctic Circle), and it is recommended that those who travel there during these times and stay there for a relatively long time take vitamin D in capsules, so as not to suffer harmful effects on the body. 

 

Between too little and too much sun

It is estimated that, given the power of the sun in summer, there is no need for more than 10 or 15 minutes of daily exposure to the sun to receive the amount of vitamin D needed per day. From here, then, a continuous and unprotected exposure can cause very harmful effects on our skin. 

That is why it is very important not to underestimate the effects of spending too many hours on the beach, and take sufficient protective measures to be able to enjoy a good holiday without having to suffer the negative consequences of excessive sun exposure.

Avoid noon

For starters, very important: the schedule. We all know that in the morning, when the sun is rising, it is less hot. The same happens at the end of the day, during sunset. This is because, due to the rotation of the Earth, there are times of the day when the sun’s rays hit us more directly: it is what is popularly known as “a burning sun”.

These hours of maximum solar power are usually around noon, from 12 to 4 p.m., and these are the times to avoid indiscriminate solar exposure: we will put ourselves in the shade, go for a drink, or go home for lunch. 

 

Sunscreen, all year round!

But while we avoid the most dangerous hours, the star king is still up there, so we need to protect our skin as well. This implies, above all, using a good sunscreen which helps us to withstand the harmful effects of excess ultraviolet rays.

It is best to use a +50 protection factor sunscreen in the exposed areas of the body, and apply it again at least every two hours. It should also be noted that if we go to the water to cool off, the protective effect of the cream will quite possibly last less, and we’ll have to apply it again sooner.

Furthermore, it is important not to forget certain parts of the body, such as the ears or feet, because we often forget they are also exposed, so as not to wake up the next day with an unpleasant surprise in the form of burns.

 

The hat as a complement

Sunburn has a problem, however: there are areas that are not entirely accessible for it. One is obviously hair. Despite thinking that hair already protects ours capillary area, the truth is that continued exposure can cause us future problems.

So how can we avoid it? While spray sunscreens for hair are becoming more popular lately, the most logical and also the most traditional solution is very easy: use a cap or hat. In this way, we can protect our hair area without any problems.

If we follow all these tips, and we also hydrate ourselves well every few hours, nothing will stop us from enjoying a great summer on the beach, in the mountains, or in the place we prefer!

Have a nice summer!

 

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Just like a shopping centre, a marketplace describes the platform, in this case a digital one, where companies and consumers exchange products and money. An old concept that is taking on new life thanks to new technologies.

 

Virtually all consumers have become familiar with online shopping, especially in the wake of the pandemic. And most do so through marketplace platforms where the range of products on offer is wider, and they can therefore filter by price, the best value for money, or even be guided by user reviews.

The marketplace concept goes beyond shopping centres: brands are multiplying, price competition is fiercer and the days of poor quality products are numbered, as consumers are the main voice of the platform.

What does the marketplace offer?

The growth and consolidation of these platforms has reached its peak during the pandemic. Users especially value the possibility of shopping from home, being able to do so at any time, without having to travel and avoiding crowds, a key point at the present time.

But more than just as a consequence of the pandemic, why has the marketplace purchasing system increased so significantly? What advantages does it bring for the customer and for companies? Do we know the risks? Agent Jordi Sánchez explains in the following video.

The rise of the marketplace in figures

The agency “Elogia”, a specialist in digital commerce, concluded in its annual study that the marketplace was the most used means of purchase in 2020, and the trend continues to rise:

  • 72% of internet users between the ages of 16 and 70 shop online, especially in the 35-44 age bracket.
  • 70% of online shoppers use marketplaces to find information and compare products.
  • 8 out of 10 users end up buying on the platform.
  • They shop an average of 3.5 times a month.
  • Spending is €68 on average, although during the pandemic it increased by 51%.
  • Computers (83%) and mobile phones (55%) are the main purchasing devices.
  • Mobile devices, household appliances and technology are the top-selling products.

Despite the fact that some of these platforms are criticised for ethical issues or working conditions, their turnover continues to grow, pending the figures that reflect this year’s shopping trend.

 

 

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The term “single” refers to all single, separated, divorced or widowed people, regardless of whether they have children or not, who live alone and do not have a partner. 

 

This article does not pretend to be exhaustive; we just want to offer different options, traditional or innovative, that can serve all those single people who have to plan their holidays this year.

Holidays with children

There are plenty of holiday offers for singles with children to choose from: camping, holiday camps, trips -more or less organised, more or less conventional, closer or more exotic-, unorganised stays in rural accommodation, campsites, hotels… The list is endless.

Given that with children it is very easy for them to be the only ones who end up enjoying their holidays, holiday camp-type solutions are always a good resource and in our house we know a lot about this.

There are educational leisure activities, such as Eix Estels, with relaxation and fitness activities, such as yoga, zip line, elliptical bikes, strong by fitness, acrobatic park on the trees, aqua gym, via ferrata, mindfulness, zumba, archery, climbing wall…

If what keeps us awake at night is taking care of our diet, we can opt for Fundesplai, with menus based on the Mediterranean diet, healthy cuisine and types of diets that take into account allergies and intolerances. They also offer activities for children, such as orienteering races, Olympics, “little scientists”, aquatic gymkhana… Activities for mothers and fathers, for example, aqua gym, natur-yoga, wine and sausage tasting, cultural visits … And joint activities such as adventure park, archery, climbing wall, vegetarian cooking workshop, paddle-surfing, kayaking …

We can also find some that promote self-knowledge, creativity and emotional balance, such as Lleuredosmil. As for activities, we can enjoy the so-called “family wellness activities”, which would be family yoga, forest baths (shinrin yoku), mindfulness as a family, workshops in nature, laughter therapy, etc.

Beyond the option of holiday camps, we can find companies specialising in trips and leisure activities exclusively for single-parent families, such as Op & Kids, which also operate beyond our country and which promote and encourage traditional, cultural and natural activities.

There are also specialised travel agencies, or others that have already incorporated the single-parent modality into their portfolio of services.

Singles’ holidays without children

If we are single and without children, or if we are on holiday and the children stay with someone else, we find ourselves in a much less restrictive situation, which offers an even wider range of alternatives.

If we are in favour of not resorting to anything organised, we can always create our own singles group and plan activities of all kinds, where the only limit will be our imagination.

Here we could consider trips with a high content of adventure, where we only have to establish one or more destinations -or a specific itinerary-, dates, and a luggage and expenses plan, while the rest can be left to the adventure.

It is even necessary not to rule out the brave option of setting off on a solo trip, more or less planned, along itineraries or places we have not yet explored, where, in addition to discovering unknown places, we will surely end up meeting more people than we thought we would, because, often, what makes a difference is usually a mere question of having the right attitude.

If these alternatives make us feel a bit lazy, on the Internet we can find many singles groups dedicated to all kinds of activities: cultural, sporting, leisure, etc.

For example, we can find cultural and nature trips at the Centre Europeu de Barcelona, a cultural centre specialising in trips for singles and committed to sustainable tourism.

 We should not forget the more traditional organised options, which offer everything from conventional trips to cruises and all kinds of routes.

If it doesn’t matter, then… Let’s be original!

In this section, we propose ideas for singles holidays that can be taken with or without children.

The option of travelling in a caravan or motorhome gives you a lot of freedom, autonomy and flexibility, and you can choose to do it in the company of whomever you want. On the other hand, it is important to be aware of all the logistical and legal details: supply, routes, time availability, weather, camping or parking facilities and requirements, etc.

Hiking or mountain biking are also popular options these days. In addition to the obligatory requirement of being in a good physical shape, this alternative requires careful initial planning of logistics and catering, taking for granted that the trips, even the shortest, involve a few days outdoors and, usually, in sparsely populated or unpopulated areas.

Another interesting option is the so-called nautical charter, which is the activity of renting pleasure boats, with or without a skipper. This alternative allows you to enjoy marine landscapes that are only accessible from the sea, to learn a little about navigation and on-board tasks, and to enjoy a peace and silence that you will hardly find anywhere else. If you are lucky, you will also be able to see cetaceans and swim in waters where perhaps no one has ever been before. It is best to choose a sailing boat; this way, we do not pollute the marine ecosystem, and we also save noise pollution to our ears.

The yacht charter sector is in full evolution, especially in terms of marketing through the Internet. There are companies using tools such as 360° recordings and chatbots, among other innovations.

Whichever option we finally opt for, our recommendation is that it should be people-friendly and environmentally sustainable. And we must not forget possible restrictions and COVID-19 risks depending on the areas and countries of our itinerary.

 

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Catalonia will have a constellation of up to six satellites in space, with a public investment of 18 million euros over four years. The project involves 30 emerging companies and several research centres.

 

Until very recently, only state space agencies and rich countries could put satellites into orbit. As sending satellites into space is weight-based (literally) and the satellites can weigh tons, it was very difficult to have access to them. Catalonia is committed to the NewSpace strategy.

NewSpace or SpaceIndustry 4.0 transforms the ideas and methods known until recently in the conquest of space, the technologies that allow it, and the businesses that can be derived from it.

It departs from the models promoted by government space agencies in at least five key respects. First, NewSpace arises driven by private initiative and emerging business potential. Second, it proposes a relaxation of the design and construction procedures of space widgets. Third, it seeks a reduction in development time. Fourth, it takes advantage of new technologies. Fifth, as a result of the above, it achieves a drastic decrease in the costs of the development cycle. 

Everything this makes NewSpace become, in some respects, a serious competitor of the traditional spatial strategy: OldSpace. This new technological paradigm shift will have commercial and industrial implications that will go far beyond the aerospace sector itself.

In January 2021, the Government gave the green light to the preliminary report of the Draft Law on the Creation of the Space Agency of Catalonia. The Agency, as a key element of the NewSpace strategy, will implement the national economic development policy in this area and will be the reference entity for public and private agents in everything related to the space sector in the country.

Nanosatellites

Nanosatellites weigh little (up to 10 kg), orbit in space at low altitudes — which allows more protection against cosmic and solar radiation, and require much less energy to transmit data compared to conventional satellites — and they have a lifespan of four years, until gravity attracts them, and they fall to Earth. They are built by assembling CubeSats, unitary elements with a volume of 10 cubic cm (slightly more than a Rubik’s cube) and an approximate weight of 1 kg.

Unlike large traditional satellites, they are not geostationary, so in order to be efficient, they need to operate in a “constellation” or network, so that there are always some that can offer coverage due to their position.

The function of these AEC nanosatellites will be to increase 5G coverage for the Internet of Things (IoT), terrestrial observation, the Generalitat’s own services, or, for example, fire control and rescue in natural spaces and isolated areas. 

Enxaneta

The first satellite, Enxaneta — a nanosatellite the size of a shoebox and weighing 10 kilograms — was launched into space aboard a Soyuz rocket on March 22, 2021, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 

Enxaneta orbits the Earth every hour and a half, in a polar orbit, that is, in the direction of the Earth’s meridians, at an altitude of only 500 kilometres, and flies over Catalonia twice a day.

The Enxaneta in particular, which consists of 3 CubeSats, will deploy global connectivity services of the Internet of Things, allowing: the communication and obtaining of data from sensors located throughout Catalonia, even in areas that are difficult to access or that do not have coverage; monitor the flow of rivers and water reserves, and of wildlife in order to protect it; receive weather data from stations in remote locations; monitor herds and crops in order to detect diseases, and define more efficient strategies.

Who participates?

Today, the NewSpace ecosystem in Catalonia is made up of 30 emerging companies, some of which, such as Sateliot, OpenCosmos, Pangea, or Zero2Infinity, world leaders in the nanosatellite sector, have grown driven by many years of cooperation in projects, studies, and space missions with the European Space Agency (ESA). 

But, in addition, in Catalonia we also have 13 R&D centres, of which UPC Nanosat Lab and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) stand out, as well as one of the European Space Agency’s business incubation centres, ESA BIC Barcelona, based in Castelldefels. 

Finally, and in collaboration with IEEC, UPC Nanosat Lab has developed the ground satellite monitoring and control station located in IEEC’s Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM).

Uses of Catalonia’s NewSpace strategy nanosatellites

  • Geographical, geological, and meteorological analysis
  • Monitoring
  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Security and emergencies
  • Telecommunications and the audiovisual sector
  • Transport and logistics
  • Research
  • Environment, energy, and water
  • Forests
  • Smart cities

What is to come

According to the Government, 1,200 new high value-added jobs and a turnover of around 280 million euros will be generated by 2025. Six nanosatellites will take off before 2023, with a total budget of 18 million euros.

The Lleida-Alguaire Airport will host a spaceport dedicated to suborbital flight missions, as well as a propulsion test centre for rocket-launchers (the second in Europe), and a business park and training centre for technology companies linked to space.

 

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Funds Society, the leading publication for investment professionals, explains how the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has certified over 50 11Onze agents.

 

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), the international certifier of the financial sector, has examined more than 50 agents from the fintech community 11Onze, which is based in London, is aimed at the Catalan market and will soon offer its financial services to individuals and companies.

The 50 or so professionals have received training through the Barcelona-based IFA Financial Institute, a CISI-accredited training centre. The agents have studied the International Introduction to Securities and Investment qualification, recognised by the CNMV to comply with MiFID II, the European directive on markets in financial instruments.

Humanising customer service

In its first phase of the launch, 11Onze has opted for around 50 human agents as an alternative to the artificial intelligence chatbots and call centres that abound in the financial sector for customer service and advice. The team will offer fintech customers personalised information and advice on their personal finances to help them make informed and wise decisions; it is gender-balanced and age-balanced, and is coordinated by Lara de Castro. The bank has introduced the professionals to customers – with whom they share a private social network, La Plaça – through video presentations in which they show their personal and professional profiles and their daily lives.

Chaired by James Sène and with innovation and proximity as its flagship, 11Onze was born thanks to the initiative of nearly 150 founding shareholders and is defined as a digital financial community in which knowledge is shared among peers to achieve financial wellbeing and advice is given to customers to help them plan their financial future successfully. The Catalan fintech aims to empower individuals and SMEs by offering them an alternative to big banking, and to build community by providing them with a platform where they can interact with each other and even do business.

The assessments

CISI’s director in Spain, Rosa Mateus, said: “It gives us immense satisfaction to be able to collaborate in the training of professionals from new players in the sector such as the fintech 11Onze, whom we thank for their trust. From the Spanish office of the Institute, we hope to be able to certify the knowledge of the teams of many more entities in the new digital financial world: neobanks, challenger banks, fintechs, BaaS… The prestige, rigour and value of the CISI brand are within your reach and at your disposal”.

Natàlia Cugueró, Chief Revenue Officer of 11Onze, said: “The appropriate training of our agents, with very diverse profiles, is essential in order to provide an excellent service to our customers and advise them on their financial decisions. We have chosen the CISI to certify our team because of its reputation as a leading professional body in the financial services sector, its reputation and its worldwide presence.”

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Who decides the colours of the summer? Do you know the Pantone Color Institute? We explain why you find what you find on the street and on social media.


We are already well into summer and, as with every change of season, what we will wear or see on the street or on the beach has been meticulously studied by experts who analyse the trends. Today we want to update you on the trends for this summer 2021, and we will do it with three small brushstrokes: we will delve into the current colours, we will review the trend predictions, and we will find out what the fashion is like online.a

 

Coral, lilac, yellow or fuchsia, the trendy colours of the summer

Who decides what fashion colours we see in magazines, what TV presenters and influencers wear, or what we will see people wearing during summer? This is the work of the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone’s trend forecasting and colour consultancy. They are, to a large extent, the ones who set the colours that will be worn. Each season they produce a report suggesting the top ten colours and the five classic neutral colours to wear.

For this summer, Pantone goes for vitality through bright colours, such as orangey yellow, sky blue, navy blue, earthy brown, light green, mint green, coral, lilac, yellow and fuchsia. As for the season’s classics, they suggest blackened blue, grey, cream, earthy and willow green. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, this summer’s colours combine energy, relaxation and comfort in order to improve our mood, which is probably what we need most right now.

Trends for all tastes

As with colours, fashion trends are also analysed and prepared in advance. There are companies that are dedicated to making reports on what will be worn, anticipating two years in advance the fashion that we will find on the street. According to the analyst and trend forecaster Rosalina Villanueva, from WGSN – a company dedicated exclusively to forecasting trends – this summer’s trends are comfort, futuristic style, retro, pop, sailor style, safari looks, evaporated materials, floral, minimalism and environmentally friendly materials.

Social media, the new trend incubator

But fashion is not only found in the colours decided by Pantone or the most expert analysts. Fashion can also be found in social networks. Every surfer and with a little attention everyone can observe the top trends of this summer: Bucket hats, crochet clothing and accessories, colourful jewellery, espadrilles, XXL shirts, flip-flops sandals, net bags, asymmetrical pieces, Bermuda shorts, Vichy checks, tie-dye or Ibiza-style dresses and clothes, are just some of the fashion trends that we can find this summer, according to the fashion that is followed on social media.

Finally, let’s remember that this summer fashion is full of happiness; it’s not about being the most modern or the one who wears the latest trends, but about bringing out our personality and the most authentic energy interpreted through the pieces we wear. And last but not least, don’t miss these seasonal basics: The smile and the good mood; which are the most upward trend that we will always find, season after season.

 

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