The Dépakine affair resurfaced Tuesday, February 4, 2020 with the investigation of the Sanofi laboratory for “aggravated deception and involuntary injuries”. Prescribed for pregnant women, this antiepileptic drug can lead to malformations and developmental delays in children. On July 2, the courts ruled that the state had breached its monitoring obligations, and ordered compensation for three families.
“I plan my holidays according to the ferias. I sometimes go to see about twenty a year. This summer, of course, I had to change all my plans… ” For Nicolas Rivière, Toulousain of 35 and « aficionado » confirmed – this adjective that designates bullfighting enthusiasts – the season will be white. No Olé! » in the arenas, colorful shows, popular fervor, even fewer huge parties in the streets of Nîmes, Arles, Béziers, Mont-de-Marsan, Bayonne or even Vic-Fezensac.
The southern arc of bullfighting, from Gard to Pyrénées-Atlantiques, through Gers and Hérault, has seen all its bullfights and ferias canceled due to the crisis due to the coronavirus, for a season that s ‘generally extends from March to the end of September. “It’s a trauma for everyone, we are all very worried and without much visibility”, admits Mr. Rivière. In Nîmes, where more than a million people wander during the September feria, or in Vic-Fezensac (Gers) – where, at Easter, 50,000 people attend four days of bullfighting in a village of 3,000 inhabitants – the whole industry had to stop: bullfighting clubs, breeders of fighting bulls (ganaderos), bullfighters, horsemen, volunteers and, of course, cafeterias and hoteliers.
“Rugby-Feria-Ham Fair Triptych”
For André Cabannes, president of the bullfighting club of Vic-Fezensac, “We limited the breakage because we had not yet paid the contracts with the bullfighters or breeders. With a budget of one million euros, we will be able to pass this catastrophic year. The concern is above all for the economy of the village. ” According to him, coffee makers and restaurateurs realize between 30% and 50% of their annual turnover in summer, during the feria, then during the Tempo Latin festival or the night markets, also canceled.
The Union of French Bullfighting Cities (UVTF) has launched “A call for solidarity for a new economic model to be implemented. “ With fifty member cities and seven first-class arenas, the association, chaired by the mayor of Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), Jean-René Etchegaray, called on the various communities to support all the links in the chain.
“In Bayonne, the rugby-feria-ham fair triptych represents 70% of the local economy”, underlines Alain Lartigue, representative for bullfights in the Basque city, Mont-de-Marsan and co-organizer of those in Arles (Gard). This former president of the bar, who takes care of the purchases of bullfighters and contracts concluded with bullfighters – oscillating between 15,000 euros and 140,000 euros for a bullfight -, is at the heart of a “Machine that was already seizing up. Our tradition is losing ground, the world of culture is evolving and changing very quickly. “
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The Versailles Prosecutor’s Office (south of Paris) asked that the Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, accused of “complicity in attempted blackmail” against the also footballer Matthieu Valbuena, be brought to trial.
This case about a video with sexual content, which exploded in 2015, ended Benzema’s international career, who has not been called up again with the French national team since November of that year, and also that of Valbuena, former player of Olympique de Marseille and Olympique de Lyon.
The Prosecutor’s Office also requested the prosecution for the same charges of four other men in the world of soccer, but requested the dismissal for Djibril Cissé, the first to inform Valbuena, now an Olympiakos player, of the existence of the video.
The case centers on an intimate video of Valbuena who was in the possession of three men, more or less close to the footballers, and who they allegedly used to try to extort the former Lyon player.
Karim Zenati, a childhood friend of Benzema and one of the alleged blackmailers, contacted the Real Madrid player, who was supposed to try to convince Valbuena to pay. Benzema discussed the video with Valbuena at the training center of the French team in Clairefontaine, according to him, in a friendly way, although the accusation claims that Benzema actually tried to pressure and threatened his partner.
Benzema was charged in November 2015a few months before the 2016 European Championship, which was held in France, for “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and “participation in an association of criminals”, crimes that can be punished with up to five years in prison. The Real Madrid player is also exposed to a fine of 75,000 euros.
His lawyer, Sylvain Cormier, said “not at all surprised by charges as unjustified as they are artificial.” “It is in line with what the Prosecution does in this case from the beginning,” he insisted. The person in charge of the defense of Valbuena, Paul-Albert Iweins, celebrated for his part the notification of this Thursday, estimating that “the responsibilities are well established”.
Valbuena had seen in conversation with Benzema in October 2015, during the preparation of the friendly match against Armenia (French victory 4-0), an induction to pay. He filed a complaint and a police officer posed as his intermediary. Suspicions quickly led to Mustapha Zouaoui and Axel Angot, two men from the soccer scene in Marseille. Both would have devised several plans to contact Valbuena. One of them was to reach him through one of his teammates, which is why they would have contacted Karim Zenati, Benzema’s childhood friend.
Zenati and Benzema were initially suspected of “complicity in an attempt to blackmail” and “participation in an association of criminals”. That last charge was finally dismissed.
For its part, the Prosecutor’s Office requests prosecution for “attempted blackmail” for Axel Angot, Mustapha Zouaoui and Younes Houass, the latter another intermediary of the instigators of the extortion. It is now up to the investigating judge to rule on a possible trial.
During the five years of the procedure, the defense has tried to cancel the investigation. Benzema has not returned to the ‘bleus’ despite being considered one of the best attackers in Europe and being one of the great stars of Real Madrid. Therefore, it has not been able to be part of the squads that were runners-up in Europe in 2016 and world champions in 2018.
Millions work in Brazil for online delivery services, without rights and for little wages. Now they are fed up and are on strike for the first time.
Tired of bad working conditions: Supplier in São Paulo on Wednesday Photo: Amanda Perobelli / reuters
Sao Paulotaz | Paulo Lima, called Galo, the rooster, is a food supplier in São Paulo, actually just one of many in the growing army of online delivery services. But his life has changed fundamentally for a few weeks now: he is now fighting against those for whom he is working, against the tech companies.
Lima organizes workers who have no contracts, no bosses to speak to, and no union representation. That makes his job anything but easy, he tells the taz. “The aim of these companies is to divide and separate us,” says Paulo Lima. “This has come to an end now.” Like many of his colleagues, he took part in a nationwide strike on Wednesday – the first of its kind.
Online delivery services have been booming not only since Corona, various companies are competing in the Brazilian market. The drivers with the huge, square backpacks have become an integral part of the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, 3.8 million people are already said to deliver food that customers can order conveniently from home using apps on their smartphones.
The drivers work for multinational tech companies such as Uber and iFood, but are not employed by them and have no employment contracts. In Silicon Valley jargon, they are therefore considered to be “entrepreneurs”. Lima sees it differently: “We are workers. And we are being exploited. “
Hardly any wages, stress, accidents
The wages are low, drivers have to buy vehicles, and repair costs themselves. Due to the time stress there are many accidents. The strikers are now demanding higher hourly wages, accident insurance and less pressure.
Hardly any other industry makes the contradictions of digital capitalism so clear. Most of the suppliers in Brazil are young, black men from the suburbs. So also Lima, who lives in a poor district in the east of the megacity Metropolis São Paulo. His class consciousness, he explains proudly, comes from hip-hop.
Lima was at work at the end of March when a tire on his motorcycle burst. Since the food did not arrive, the platform temporarily blocked him. Out of anger, he rounded up a few colleagues with the aim of organizing himself. The group “Antifascist Suppliers” was created. When tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets against the government in May, Lima and his colleagues were there as well, raising their fists and publicly demonstrating for their rights for the first time.
Lima quickly became the spokesman for the group, eloquently denouncing the precarious working conditions with the slang of the suburbs. Videos of his speeches went viral and he became famous overnight. In one of these videos, the 31-year-old curly head says: “It is torture to be hungry and to carry food on your back.”
The companies reject the harsh criticism. The drivers knew exactly how much they earned. The numbers of the new drivers speak for themselves. In fact, the platforms are a blessing for many unskilled Brazilians during the Corona pandemic.
Many accept the poor wages and working days of more than 12 hours. Better bad work than none, many think. Tech companies are benefiting from the dramatic economic crisis: unemployment is rising rapidly, according to the IGBE statistics institute, there were 1.2 million new unemployed in the first quarter of 2020 alone. The many new suppliers are again pushing down wages.
Customers boycott the apps
With the strike on Wednesday there was now a first rearing up. Many customers also support the suppliers and boycotted the apps. There were street protests in several cities, social movements showed solidarity, a left party even offered Lima to run him as a candidate for the municipal elections planned for October. But he refused. “I’m a street politician, that’s enough.”
It is remarkable that food suppliers are fighting for their labor rights. Because the industry is considered difficult to mobilize for industrial action. “Technological development has changed the understanding of work,” says Flávia Silva, project coordinator of the regional office of the DGB education center in São Paulo, the taz. “Many suppliers no longer feel like workers because they have no traditional employment.” And the unions that represent formally employed industrial workers are still struggling with this new type of working class.
In addition to precarious work and accidents, there is now another cause for alarm for the suppliers: Corona. No country has had as many new infections in recent days as Brazil. More than 60,000 people have officially died of COV-19, only more in the United States. Many food suppliers have been infected with the virus. Galo is also very afraid of illness because he lives with his family. But he depends on the money. That is why he will go out with his motorcycle again in the next few days and deliver food.
Bilbao Kirolak will undertake from the 13th the renovation of the Zorroza facility, inaugurated in 2000
The Zorroza athletics track faces its first major renovation in July after 20 years of service. On the 13th, work is scheduled to start that will last around twelve weeks, always depending on whether the rain does not appear during the work to be done.
With a cost of around 400,000 euros, the renovation
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Fasting in the South kitchen: For five days, Leonie (left), Gail (right), Trixi and Zlatan only consumed water, vegetable broth, tea and juice. Bild: Leon Falk Salner
Gluttony and unhealthy eating at the beginning of the Corona period led to five young people from Hamburg’s surprising need to fast a week for healing.
Knude and soft, fruity and coarse, finally pleasantly crisp and slightly warm: Even as my teeth penetrate the structure of whole grain toast, cheese and tomato, I feel a fantastic feeling of fulfillment. When I start chewing with relish and slowly, slowly and slowly let the bite melt in my mouth, I can’t help but close my eyes and feel completely at ease: Finally a cheese sandwich. hot!
We gave up our usual food for seven days. For the first two days there was yoghurt with fruit for breakfast, in the evening some curry soup – without rice. After that, it should be just water, vegetable broth and tea for the stomach for five days. Half a liter of squeezed juice was also allowed. We got a juicer for that. After Otto Buchinger, born in 1878 and died in 1966, therapeutic fasting is said to regenerate the body so that it builds up the body’s defenses and the immune system improves. So also a kind of corona occupation. For us, however, the motivation is primarily the one: away from too much food.
► Are the current fires hitting Siberia exceptional?
Far from the cameras, the taiga (boreal forest) is ravaged by flames. According to official figures, 1.37 million hectares (13,000 km2) are affected by more than a hundred fires including 800,000 hectares in the Republic of Sakha, the largest Siberian province in Russia. Since the start of the “season” of fires, which started early in March, 7.4 million hectares of forest have already gone up in smoke. Slightly lower than in 2019, a record year with 19 million hectares destroyed.
→ READ. Drought in Siberia stirs up fires
Between 2000 and 2020, the period when the Federal Forest Agency counted the ravages of the flames, the trend is upward, even if from one year to the next the curve can go down depending on precipitation and heat. Fires proliferate in these fragile natural spaces, composed of pines, spruces and birches which can take a century to regenerate at these latitudes. The rare urban areas of these extreme climate territories are most often spared.
► Does the global warming observed in Siberia have a direct link with these giant fires?
The region of Sakha, also called Yakoutia, experienced a sad heat record with 38 degrees recorded on June 20 in Verkhoyansk, a large village which also holds the record for cold in the northern hemisphere (- 67.8 degrees in 1892). Beyond this peak, “The weather reports in the region are 12 to 14 degrees higher than the seasonal norms” since the start of the year, said Ronan Vilfand, head of forecasting at the Russian Meteorological Center.
Out of the ordinary observations that are repeated from one year to the next. “It is the north of the planet that is warming the fastest. Heat dries up forests and makes them more likely to catch fire, estimates the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Since 2010, the average temperature over a year has regularly reached +10 degrees compared to seasonal norms.
“Global warming has caused disruptions in the rate of precipitation, recalls Konstantin Kobyakov, forest manager at the WWF office in Moscow. There is an increase in drought periods, which increases the risk of fire. “ It is not uncommon now to see trees burn at the beginning of March, while snow still covers the taiga.
→ DOSSIER. Forest fires, a new climate challenge
But if drought is a fire factor, man remains primarily responsible for these disasters. “We estimate that 90 to 95% of forest fires are caused by people, either involuntarily, or because of brushcutting operations of dry grass around buildings which degenerate”, ajoute Konstantin Kobyakov.
► How are the Russian authorities reacting to these fires?
The Russian authorities are regularly accused of not doing enough against the fires of the Russian forests which, with 800 million hectares, represent 1/5 of the forest surface of the planet. Too large, too sparsely populated, too remote: they would require colossal means, according to the provincial governments which are not obliged to intervene in the so-called control zones, in other words remote or uninhabited territories, if they consider that the cost of the fight against flames is more important than that of potential destruction.
“There are a lot of fires and not enough money to fight them, we see at WWF. Even in Soviet times, when there were ten times as many firefighters and forest guards, we did not act against all fires. “
Conference, drawing workshop and exhibition in Ebersberg
The partnership for democracy invites to a democracy conference. The aim is to discuss which anti-democratic incidents occurred in the district last year and how one could actively counter them in the future. In the first place, the conference should not be a scientific discourse, rather it is about the personal experience of citizens, what they get in association, association and volunteer work or in everyday life.
The results of the discussion will then also be processed artistically: In a cartoon workshop by André Sedlaczek, the participants learn to express their experiences in a creative, satirical manner. Sedlaczek has worked for the satirical magazine since 1998 Owl mirror. In line with the democracy conference, a traveling exhibition will also be on view from Wednesday, July 8th to Thursday, July 23rd in the district office in Ebersberg: “Oh, a stupid thing – right-wing extremism and misanthropy in caricature and satire”. In addition to the site visit, there should also be the option of a virtual tour.
The democracy conference starts on Thursday, July 9, at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The cartoon workshop begins at 4 p.m. at the latest. It is possible to register for only one of the offers, discussion round or workshop. Registration and participation is free – please send an email with your full name to email@example.com by Wednesday, July 8th at the latest. The Coordination and Specialist Unit of the Partnership for Democracy will answer questions at (0160) 162 21 04.
Right now, people on the ATP circuit do not know how to take what has happened.
Perhaps with indignation.
Novak Djokovic (32), the third leg of the triple divinity –Federer, Nadal, Djokovic–, has for months been disavowing specialists in the pandemic.
In these weeks, Djokovic has said that he plans to turn his back on the US Open (as of August 31) if the organizers maintain the security measures required by international institutions, such as the WHO.
Other times, he was portrayed breaking the confinement, training in Marbella, when no one had authorized it.
Or said he would not be vaccinated against the coronavirus even if it was mandatory for travel.
Since the start of the pandemic, Djokovic has been skeptical, denying security measures.
Now the Serb, the world leader in the circuit, has gone too far.
This Tuesday it has announced that it has tested positive for Covid-19.
He and his wife.
And there they have already jumped into the jugular. It has, for example, Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the circuit:
–Now we already know that we can easily catch it. So we will be very careful. This is like when your kids start riding a bike and tell them to put on a helmet. They tell you no, no and no. Then they get on the bike and they fall. From there they already put on the helmet – he said.
And it has also jumped Nick Kyrgios, the bad boy of the circuit, loosening up in the networks:
–I will pray for all the players who have contracted the virus. But don’t tag me more for something that is described as “irresponsible” or “stupidity”, because this takes the cake – he posted on Twitter.
What takes the cake is Djokovic’s exercise in irreverence, unfortunate in his approach and in his outcome, when he organized and sponsored the Adria Tour, a double exhibition tournament with matches in Belgrade and Zadar whose benefits would go to the fight against pandemic.
The will was good.
But the execution …
Security measures were never taken in both tournaments. Neither masks, nor minimum distances. The stands were filled and activities were organized in the city and various parties in various gambling dens. The players hugged each other and the fans.
The consequence was a revival of the pandemic, which in those days flew free.
Contact Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki. And also a technician from Djokovic and Troicki’s wife, who is pregnant.
In Haskovo, Dimitrov’s hometown, a quarantine has been decreed for all those who came to see his training and were portrayed at his side.
Djordje Djokovic, brother of Novak Djokovic, announced the suspension of the Adria Tour, which was due to continue next week in Banja Luka and Sarajevo.
And Andrea Gaudenzi does not know what face to put.
And now, how are you going to reopen the circuit? ¿It is possible to keep the new calendar, with the start of the US Open in late August and the relocation of Roland Garros in the last leg of September?
Who is going to look out to a stand?
Who will buy a ticket?
And with what face will Djokovic apologize to the fans? How will you get them to love you, to put you on a par with Federer and Nadal, when you ignore the guidelines that should be followed by those who aspire to become a true leader of the masses?
HHave you ever been annoyed that the smartphone consumes so much energy and the battery is empty quickly? A visit to the Technoseum in Mannheim puts this emotion in the right relationship. Because in the new “Experience Energy” area of the permanent exhibition, which opened on June 17, it’s also about the smartphone. And its energy consumption during its period of use is very minimal compared to the amount of energy that is used for its production, explains curator Daniel Römer: If you look at the energy balance over the entire life cycle, then charging at the socket is just two hundredths.
The museum guests can try out for themselves how much power is required to charge the battery of a cell phone: to generate 5 watts, it is sufficient to turn a crank handle that is coupled with a dynamo. On the other hand, there is no chance of a cup of hot tea on the phone. Because in a second station water is brought to a boil by pedaling an exercise bike. Anyone who knows the power consumption of their domestic kettle (we have 1850 to 2200 watts) suspects that the electricity generated by pedaling is not sufficient for this. The insight of the cranking and kicking museum visitor: Anyone who wants to achieve the savings targets of the energy transition as efficiently as possible should start with the generation of heat.
In addition to such moments of wonder, the expansion of the permanent exhibition on level F of the Technoseum convinces with the classification of the exhibits in the technical and industrial history of modern energy technology since the industrial revolution. That extends to the hydrogen economy, which is receiving enormous political tailwind these days. “This is actually not new,” says curator Römer. The corresponding ideas – including the conversion of solar power to hydrogen on an industrial scale – from 40 years ago are documented in the museum. The museum itself is a decade younger; it was opened in 1990 as a state museum for work and technology by the state and city of Mannheim.
Energy generation, distribution and consumption influence modern everyday life in many places. This makes the exhibition clear not only with the large product panels, but also with exemplary individual pieces. For example, if you automatically think of a modern automobile when it comes to the prefix “hybrid”, you should take a look at the earliest electric cookers. There was also a version that could be heated with electricity as well as coal. The combination of both energy sources was primarily intended for reasons of redundancy in view of the vulnerability of early power grids away from cities.
The new area of the permanent exhibition is on level F of the Technoseum. This completes their redesign. Exhibition architecture and museum pedagogical approach refer to neighboring areas related to automobile construction and media history. A look at how energy is used in the past and present should appeal to all generations – especially children, the researchers and inventors of the future. A highlight of the exhibition is the museum’s steam engine, built in Esslingen in 1908 and used as a local power generator until 1963.
In the future, the museum will again demonstrate the 80-ton giant in operation – with real steam, but with a flywheel that has been throttled to 40 revolutions per minute compared to the previous full-load operation.