The musical explorations of Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez

World Circuit has just reissued on vinyl the solo album of the double bass player, a modern UFO in the Buena Vista galaxy.

Exclusive double bassist for the productions of the Buena Vista Social Club and nicknamed the “heartbeat “of the famous Cuban formation, Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez the solo album came out in 2001 Cachaito. The World Circuit label has just reissued on vinyl this deeply modern work by the master of Cuban swing and groove. While the Buena Vista made us rediscover the world, the Cuban cultural heritage with its Danzon, Mambo or other Son, Cachaito and his accomplice the conguero Miguel ‘Angà’ Diaz revisited Afro-Cuban traditions by plunging them into an explosive cocktail and ambient jazz, electronic sounds, reggae or hip hop.

Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez, passed away in 2009, leaving behind a considerable body of work, he who replaced at the age of 17 his uncle Israel “Cachao” López within the group of Arsenio Rodriguez, accompanied the national symphony orchestra for thirty years old, accompanied by Nat King Cole, Chucho Valdés, Irakere or Paquito d’Rivera. On his solo album he was accompanied by an All Stars of Cuban musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer but also by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela the great Pee Wee Ellis of JB’s or by the French DJ Dee Nasty.

Instead of the usual pianos and tres (traditional Cuban guitar), the basic set consists of the electric guitar, held by Manuel Galbàn the first Cuban surf guitarist of the 60s and a Hammond organ, played by the Jamaican Bigga Morrison. All the titles of this inventive work have nothing to envy to current productions and mergers of genres.

Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez cover © Other

Glickenhaus SCG007 LMP1: hypercar for Le Mans top class

The US racing team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus wants to build a car for the new LMP1 regulations for the 24h race in Le Mans. A street-legal hypercar is being developed as the basis for the SCG007 racing car. Now there are first dates.

Aston Martin and Toyota have already confirmed that they will build cars for the new regulations for the Le Mans top class, which will come into force in September 2020. US small series manufacturer Glickenhaus also shows a serious interest in entering and competing against the two major manufacturers.

With his new project, code name SCG007, company founder Jim Glickenhaus plans to build on the successes of American Le Mans heroes such as Briggs Cunningham, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall. The billionaire, who also enriches the 24-hour race with his team at the Nürburgring, is hot for Le Mans.

Glickenhaus wants Le Mans victory

More motorsport

Track test Glickenhaus SCG003C

Exceptional racing car with around 500 hp

read more

“Even if in the end only one of our cars will compete against the rest of the world, we will put this program together, no matter what it takes. Even if we have to do it,” says Glickenhaus. “It’s been 50 years since a car built in America won overall at Le Mans. We want to change that.”

In addition to the first computer photos of the planned racing car, the racing team has now spread the first information about the drive. This gives the racer a V8 twin-turbo engine developed by the French racing engine manufacturer Pipo Moteurs. Originally, a V6 engine with a displacement of three liters and double turbocharging was to be used. This 840 hp engine was to be supplied by Alfa Romeo.

Scuderia Glickenhaus SCG007 - LMP1 Hypercar - 2019


The design of the Glickenhaus hypercar looks very Italian.

Construction of two LMP1 racers planned

The company founder is considered a friend of Italian sports cars, which is also reflected in the design of the racing car. The 1,100 kilogram car is also to be delivered to customers on request. The price that Glickenhaus calls is steep, however: for two million euros you can get a racing car that can start in Le Mans. The first prototype’s shakedown is scheduled for September 2020.


EU justice paves the way for generics of an AIDS medicine

The American sports world, leading NBA basketball players, has started an unprecedented boycott of competitions in reaction to the Jacob Blake affair, named after the young African-American seriously injured by a police officer, who is reviving the anti-racist movement in the United States. United States.

Triggered by the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, which boycotted a game and forced the NBA to postpone several other games on Wednesday, the movement has spread at high speed.

“WE CALL FOR CHANGE. WE’RE TIRED”, tweeted Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. According to several media, the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have voted to drop the NBA season.

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has refused to play in the semi-final of the Cincinnnati tournament, whose organizers have postponed all matches scheduled for Thursday by one day. Football and baseball matches have also been postponed due to a player boycott.

“As a black woman, I feel like there are much more important issues that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis,” explained Naomi Osaka, 22, whose mother is Japanese and father Haitian, and who has often spoken out in recent months to denounce racial injustice.

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father, was seriously injured when a police officer shot him seven times in the back on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he resisted his arrest, in a context still unclear.

According to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, police were dispatched to the scene following a call from a woman saying that “her boy friend“was at home and “was not meant” be there. Once there, the statement added, the agents have, “unsuccessful”, “tried to stop“Jacob Blake using a taser.

Wave of emotion

The man had warned them that he “was in possession of a knife”, say local authorities. Investigators have indeed found a knife on the floor of the vehicle, in which was no other weapon, specifies the ministry by revealing the name of the police officer who fired seven times: Rusten Sheskey. He has so far been laid off with one of his colleagues.

Filmed by witnesses and broadcast on social networks, the scene sparked a wave of emotion in the country and triggered a dangerous cocktail in Kenosha involving rioters and vigilante groups.

Three months after the death of George Floyd, a black forty-something suffocated under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis, anger is again strong in the United States in the face of racism and police violence.

Protesters in the streets after the gunfire that injured Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 26, 2020.

Reflection of growing anger, the processions degenerated into violence every night in Kenosha, with clashes between protesters and the police and numerous degradations despite a curfew, the deployment of 250 soldiers of the National Guard and appeals for calm from Jacob Blake’s family.

In this context of extreme tension, two people were shot dead and a third injured in circumstances which remain rather unclear.

A 17-year-old boy is suspected of being the author of the shootings and has been arraigned for murder charges, police said without giving further details.

Protests in Wisconsin.

Protests in Wisconsin.

According to local media, he was seen in the presence of armed men who pose as “militias” or some “self-defense groups”, eager to protect the city. County Sheriff David Beth has confirmed their presence in the area, without specifying whether the shooter was from those groups.

Some 200 people gathered in Kenosha in a peaceful march overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, shouting “No justice, no peace”. Another demonstration is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in front of the city courthouse.

In downtown Los Angeles, where around 300 anti-racism protesters gathered early in the morning, scuffles broke out with police firing rubber bullets after trying to carry out arrests at a rally in a tunnel, according to images broadcast by ABC News.

“The anarchy”

President Donald Trump, who has regularly defended the right to carry arms and self-defense, a speech dear to his electoral base, did not speak about this dramatic episode, emphasizing the excesses committed by the protesters.

We will not tolerate looting, arson, violence and lawlessness on American streets “, Mr. Trump tweeted promising, according to his November 3 presidential campaign slogan, to “restore LAW and ORDER!” in Kenosha.

To do this, said the Republican president, the governor of Wisconsin has accepted the sending of new reinforcements, both members of the federal police and soldiers of the National Guard, in this city of 100,000 inhabitants.

His Democratic rival Joe Biden has adopted the posture of reconciler. “Once again a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by the police. His children watched. It makes me sick.”, he tweeted.

Kenosha’s drama follows in the wake of a major anti-racist protest movement born after George Floyd’s death on May 25.

Demonstrations across the country have called for structural police reforms and a rethinking of US history to make more room for the suffering endured by minorities. Sometimes accompanied by looting and clashes with the police, they had run out of steam in recent weeks.


In the English city of Boston, the “Brexitland” in doubt

The mocking laugh of the seagulls envelope the city early in the morning and until mid-evening. Taunt the voters here in Boston trépignent not see the Brexit run fast enough? Or those who had voted for, but today see glimpses of the doubt, and sometimes guilt?

Two years ago, this little corner of coastline in the east of England distinguished himself by becoming the county british placing at the top the “Leave” : 75,6 % of votes in favour of a departure from the United Kingdom to the european Union, versus 52% on average in the uk. Crowning Boston the title of ” Brexit-land “. But in this city of 35 000 inhabitants in the small houses of brick-red or ochre, the certainty of massive vote has lost ground to scepticism.

The end of the afternoon. Rick and Shawn are sitting in terrace, pints of lager in sight. Both voted for the Brexit. The first referred, without hesitation, finds that the EU interferes too much in the affairs of the country. The second hesitates. “The referendum… everything has been very rapid, it has not been well informed,” says with hindsight Shawn, an employee at the hospital around the corner, hair ras become rare.

“Why we didn’t have all the info ? “

Informed of what ? He speaks of the large companies that are beginning to set sail, the recent announcement that Airbus – 15,000 jobs in the Uk – might withdraw. It also reminds us, and many will spontaneously in the streets of Boston, the case of the ” bus “.

The ex-minister of foreign Affairs Boris Johnson had posted on a bus that come out of the EU could enable the british health system to recover 350 million pounds per week. A amount completely fanciful. “I don’t regret my vote in for the exit… but why we didn’t have all the info ?” asks as Brian, a former executive in the CONSTRUCTION industry, a little further away.

READ ALSO > The British bite the fingers

“We were especially told that we could better control immigration “, stare at Shawn. Because this was the major concern of a large part of the voters, here. “We need aliens… but it was too much,” slides Brian. Since 2003 and the opening by Tony Blair of the borders to workers from the east – then recently entered the Union – Boston became a port of the host important for Poles, Estonians, Lithuanians, and Romanians. The local economy has always been very resource-intensive labour low-skilled (cultivation of fruit and vegetables), was in need of arms.

“People feel threatened, then they accuse the EU “

But in this city led by the Conservatives, this has boosted the voting xenophobic, worn by the party Ukip. And the Brexit has been praised to the skies. “People feel threatened, then they accuse the EU,” said Paul Gleeson, local elected representative of the Labour Party (left) and in opposition to the output. He accused successive governments have wanted to attract workers without ever investing to facilitate their integration.

In 2016, Steven has voted in favour of the Brexit. But if it was to do over again, he would vote “may be “against”./LP/Quentin Laurent

The current government, led by Theresa May, opens itself to the criticism of the ” brexiters “, convinced as repented. “I voted to get out, but if I had to vote again, I’d say maybe stay (Editor’s NOTE : stay), loose Steven, a truck driver for 49 years, malabar overfed to the tattooed arms. Right now we’re in limbo, we don’t know where we are, or where we are going. “

The back-and-forth between “soft” Brexit ” and ” hard Brexit “, the resignations of the ministers concerned. The small twenty spotty freckles, anti-Brexit, Chris tackle the procrastination of May : “The current situation is not right, it is better to make a decision and stick to it. “”She wants to make everyone happy, it won’t work,” says Hazel, the sixty dainty, she was always a strong supporter of the ” Leave “.

“The uncertainty is too great for the economy “, maugrée Shawn. The hospital worker rests his beer, raising his eyebrows. “We’re in a good boat “.

In the English city of Boston, “Brexitland” in the grip of doubt

The mocking laughter of seagulls envelops the city from morning until mid-evening. Are they mocking the voters here in Boston who tremble for not seeing Brexit run fast enough? Or those who had voted in favor, but who today see doubts, and sometimes remorse, emerging?

Two years ago, this little corner of coast to the east of England stood out by becoming the British county placing the highest “Leave”: 75.6% of the vote in favor of leaving the United United of the European Union, against 52% on average across the Channel. Crowning Boston with the title of “Brexit-land”. But in this city of 35,000 inhabitants with small red or ocher brick houses, the certainty of a massive vote has given way to skepticism.

Late afternoon. Rick and Shawn are seated on the terrace, pints of blonde in sight. The two voted for Brexit. The former would do it again without hesitation, finding that the EU is too much involved in the country’s affairs. The second hesitates. “The referendum … everything was very fast, we were not well informed,” said Shawn, an employee at the local hospital, with short hair that has become rare.

“Why didn’t we have all the info?” “

Know what? He talks about the big companies that are starting to set sail, the recent announcement that Airbus – 15,000 jobs in the UK – could withdraw. He also recalls, and many will do so spontaneously in the streets of Boston, the “bus” affair.

Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson posted on a coach that leaving the EU could save the British health care system £ 350 million a week. A completely fanciful amount. “I don’t regret my vote for the exit … but why didn’t we have all the info?” Asks Brian, a former manager in the construction industry, a little further.

READ ALSO> The British bite their fingers

“We were mainly told that we could better control immigration,” rehashed Shawn. Because it was the major concern of a large part of the voters here. “We need strangers … but we have too many,” says Brian. Since 2003 and the opening by Tony Blair of borders to workers from the east – then recently joined the Union – Boston has become an important port of reception for Poles, Estonians, Lithuanians, Romanians. The local economy, which has always been very greedy in unskilled labor (growing fruits and vegetables), needed help.

“People feel threatened, so they accuse the EU”

But in this city led by the Conservatives, it boosted the xenophobic vote, carried by the Ukip party. And Brexit has been brought to the skies. “People feel threatened, so they accuse the EU,” laments Paul Gleeson, local elected representative of the Labor Party (left) and opponent of the exit. He criticizes successive governments for wanting to attract workers without ever investing to facilitate their integration.

In 2016, Steven voted for Brexit. But if it had to be done again, he would vote “maybe” against./LP/Quentin Laurent

The current government, led by Theresa May, lends itself to criticism from the “brexiters”, convinced as repentant. “I voted to go out, but if I had to vote again, I might say stay ((Editor’s note: stay), coward Steven, 49-year-old truck driver, paunchy malabar with tattooed arms. Here we are in limbo, we do not know where we are or where we are going. “

The back and forth between “soft Brexit” and “hard Brexit”, the resignations of ministers are worrying. In his early twenties, freckled, anti-Brexit, Chris also tackles May’s procrastination: “The current situation is not going well, it’s better to make a decision and stick to it. “She wants to please everyone, it will not work,” says Hazel, the dapper sixty, she always fervent defender of “Leave”.

“The uncertainty is too great for the economy,” grumbles Shawn. The hospital worker puts down his beer, raises his eyebrows. “We are in a good galley”.

Charles Esten: “The end of Nashville should delight fans from the start” [INTERVIEW] – News Series

After 6 seasons and 124 episodes, the musical series “Nashville” will end Thursday evening in the United States. Met in June at the Monte-Carlo television festival, Charles Esten, the interpreter of Deacon Claybourne, teased us the end of the series.

Screenrush: Nashville will stop on July 26 in the United States after six seasons. Now that this adventure is over, that you have finished filming, what do you think of these past six years spent in Deacon’s shoes?

Charles Esten : My years in the Nashville cast were full of magic. I am extremely grateful because this series has completely changed my life. When I was offered the role of Deacon I felt like I had reached a stage in my career where I had the necessary background as an actor and as a singer to embody this character. So I didn’t hesitate much before accepting but I could never have imagined how much this role would make me evolve. And then I was lucky to have great game partners with whom I have forged very strong relationships. I saw them give life to their characters and give themselves fully on stage, as in the studio, episode after episode.

The bonds that I have created with the rest of the team and with the public are truly the legacy that I will always remember in my years in Nashville. And I really think we owe it all to music. Most series, we watch them and we move on to something else while waiting for the next episode. But with a series like Nashville, fans take us with them in their headphones, in their car. This creates a really strong bond, and I had proof of this during each of the tours that we were able to do with the rest of my partners on screen.

Was it difficult for you to say goodbye to Deacon after all this time?

Yes really. I spent six years in his boots. Literally (laughs). He only has one pair of boots and I’ve worn them over and over for six seasons. Emotionally, it was not easy because I began to have empathy for Deacon over the episodes, to worry about his future. But what is really good is that I can say that I am satisfied with the end. The writers have really managed to finish things off in a very nice way. They knew in advance that it would be our last season, which is not always the case with the American series. They were able to finish the series in an appropriate manner. The end of the series should delight fans from the start. And then, even if the series is over, all these characters will continue their fictional life in Nashville. We just won’t be around to watch them love each other or tear each other apart.

What can you teaser on the end of the series?

One of the things I like most about Nashville is that the character of Deacon has been constantly getting up and learning from his mistakes and the hardships he has faced. This is really the story of Deacon, and it continues to be the case until the end, until the last episode of the series. What’s great about the last six episodes of this final season is that they explore Deacon’s deepest wound: his complicated relationship with his father. Much of the pain he may have felt in his lifetime stems from this relationship. Without that, everything would have been different, he might not have become addicted, would not have had the same relationship with Rayna. He managed to move on anyway, but now it’s time for him to confront his father, to put his finger on the last missing piece of the puzzle. It is the only way for Deacon to be truly happy and to heal.

It is therefore a relationship that is fully at the center of season 6B and continues to be treated by the writers until the very last scene from Deacon. And I have the chance to play all these scenes with the great Ronny Cox, which we have seen in cult films like Deliverance, The Beverly Hills Cop, RoboCop. Being able to bring him into the series to play my father was a real gift from the production.


And on a romantic level, can we hope for a happy ending for Deacon?

I can’t exactly tell you what’s going to happen at that level. But what is certain is that there was a lot of magic from the start in the relationship that united Deacon and Rayna. And all I can say is that there will also be a lot of magic at the very end of the series. Something very special happens at the end. All the fans have always wanted is for Deacon to be happy. During the first season, Rayna says to him “I just want you to be happy” and Deacon answers to him “Happiness and I don’t get along very well”. And maybe he will finally manage to find that happiness somewhere. It will be a different kind of happiness, because it will be without Rayna. But yes, there may well be some hope for Deacon.

It goes back over a year now, but what was your reaction when you learned that Connie Britton was going to leave Nashville in the middle of season 5?

Like everyone else, the announcement of Connie’s departure broke my heart. I knew Rayna was the essence that made Deacon work. His reason of being. And I was wondering if the series would be able to continue without it. But then, thinking about it, I thought it was a real gamble to survive this. And these events, these trials are extremely strong because they speak to viewers, they touch them because they are anchored in a certain reality. Many fans have already come to me to say “My father was addicted” or “My father had liver cancer and in a way the series is helping me move forward”. And in the case of Rayna’s death, many people were able to identify with what Deacon feels. He lost the great love of his life. And as an actor the challenge comes from the fact that we say that we must do everything to do justice to such a plot. And on a more personal level, I also had to accept the fact that I could no longer respond to Connie Britton. She is so great, she is one of my great friends. It was a tough time but it forced the series to find a way to overcome it and find a new path to follow.

I guess you have no right to answer, but can we expect a cameo from Connie Britton during the finale?

You are right, I have no right to answer (laughs). It is well seen on your part. No, more seriously, all I can say is that we know what matters to our fans and that we share this love for the Rayna-Deacon relationship. We do not forget it.

The teaser for the Nashville final series, which will air on Thursday evening on CMT in the United States:

Ormuz, a strategic strait under high tension

Tension is escalating in the Strait of Hormuz. On Thursday, June 20, Tehran shot down an American spy drone RQ-4, an act described as “a huge mistake” by US President Donald Trump. In response, several airlines have decided to stop flying over this area deemed too tight for the moment. For the past few months, the region has been the subject of regular verbal clashes between Iran and its adversaries, led by the United States. Iranian President Hassan Rohani has already brandished the threat of blocking the crossing in response to economic and political pressure from Donald Trump. But what does this strait really represent? How important is it for the oil market? And what would be the consequences of such a blockage? Le Figaro make the point.

• Where is the Strait of Hormuz?

This strait is at the end of the waters of the Persian Gulf, between Iran in the north and Oman and the United Arab Emirates in the south. It is 63 kilometers wide and is the only seaway that links the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea and then to the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most strategic maritime corridors in the world. It is controlled by Iran and Oman.

Figaro infographic

• How much oil transits this strait?

According to the United States Energy Agency (AEI), this strait is even more important than that of Malacca which is located in south-east Asia, between Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2016 (latest figures available), 18.5 million barrels per day passed through, i.e. almost 30% of the oil transported by sea. 80% of this black gold, produced by the main producers in the Gulf, is intended for Asian countries (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore). Note that this strait is also vital for the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in particular by Qatar.

• What is Iran threatening to do in concrete terms?

The Tehran regime regularly threatens to block this strait. “We will make the enemy understand that the strait must be open to everyone or anyone,” said Commander in Chief of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohamad Ali Jafari, last summer. “We have always been responsible for the security of this strait, do not play with the lion’s tail, you will regret it,” also threatened President Hassan Rohani. Iranians could use sea mines, submarines and frigates to put the blockade in place, experts say. The Revolutionary Guard Corps does not have a powerful navy, but has developed asymmetric combat means, with speedboats, portable surface-to-sea missile batteries and marine mines.

SEE ALSO – Trump to Iran: “Never threaten the United States again”

Iran had previously threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in 2011, in the midst of a standoff with the West over the nuclear and sanctions issue. But the threat was never carried out. The country had only carried out naval maneuvers. The Americans had then dispatched their fifth fleet based in the Gulf, in Bahrain. No significant incidents were reported and vessel traffic was ensured. The Strait, on the other hand, was the scene of clashes during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). The two countries had fought a “tanker war” from 1984 to 1987 during which more than 600 ships were attacked, hit by anti-ship missiles and by mines, recalls Hugues Eudeline, former naval officer, in a study published by Cairn in 2010.

• What consequences would a blockage of the strait have on the oil market?

According to several experts, the scenario of total blockage would propel oil prices to the heights. Some even suggest an amount greater than 200 dollars per barrel. The most affected, on the export side, are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq, all of whose ports are located in the Persian Gulf, but also Saudi Arabia, which exports by sea. On the importing side, Asian countries but also Europe and the United States would suffer the consequences.

• Is there a way around this strait?

Only Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pipelines that can transport oil outside the Persian Gulf. For Saudi Arabia, there is the possibility of using the “East-West” pipeline, whose total capacity is 5 million barrels per day and which allows oil to be transported to the Red Sea. Problem: this level is lower than the exported volumes which exceed 7 mb / d. In 2016, the Saudi oil giant, Saudi Aramco, announced its wish to increase the capacity of this pipeline. The works were due to be completed by the end of 2018, but “to date, there has been little progress in expanding the pipeline,” said the AEI. The United Arab Emirates also has a 360-kilometer pipeline capable of transporting oil from the Habshan fields (southwest of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi) to the port of Fujairah (east of the Emirates on the Gulf of ‘Oman), without having to transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Its capacity is 1.5 mb / d. But “most of the potential options to bypass Ormuz are currently not operational,” says the AEI.

Figaro infographic

• Is an American intervention possible in this area?

To many observers, it seems obvious that the Americans would intervene in the event of a military attack or blockage. “They cannot take the risk of seeing the oil market explode,” said Thierry Coville, researcher at Iris, specialist in Iran. The latest statements from the Trump administration seem to confirm this. “What you need to keep in mind is that we are going to guarantee freedom of navigation through the strait,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The latter, who openly accuses Tehran of being behind the attack on the two oil tankers on June 13, said that it was “an international challenge, important for the world as a whole. The United States will ensure that all diplomatic and other decisions are made to achieve this goal. ” Navy Commander Bill Urban said, “The United States and its partners provide and defend security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce wherever international law permits. ” Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have in any case asked the international community to “cooperate” to guarantee traffic in the Strait of Hormuz.

• Can the Iranians really carry out their threat?

Observers don’t believe it. “All of this remains theoretical because a regional war is not at all in the interest of the country. I believe the Iranians respond verbally to US sanctions and try to put pressure to negotiate, “said Figaro an expert, on condition of anonymity. A sentiment shared by Thierry Coville: “It would seem that the Iranians are brandishing this threat as a weapon of last resort. What the United States is doing is seen as an act of war. Restore sanctions, dry up the oil industry when it represents 80% of the country’s foreign exchange resources … The government had to respond. Besides, this type of threat is new from Hassan Rohani. This says a lot about the Iranians’ perception of the sanctions, ”notes the specialist. “Iran is trying to keep the nuclear deal, the country is negotiating with the Europeans. Iranians are pragmatic when faced with a government that seeks to destabilize them. By threatening to block the strait, they maintain the pressure. It’s a way of saying “respect us”.


reviews, price, Columbia trail shoes

Passed under the name Columbia Montrail since the takeover of the Montrail firm, the venerable American firm Columbia, born in 1938 in Oregon, seeks to stand out from a conventional image, by offering a range of shoes geared towards fast hiking. . Whatever your favorite playground, you will find in this range THE shoe that will meet your expectations in terms of cushioning, protection and stability. Having become an emblematic partner of the famous UTMB, Columbian Montrail is now at the forefront of the trail running scene and imposes its style thanks to a good number of innovations; just like what the brand knows how to do in textiles.

Detroit Motor Show 2020: Auto Show takes place on June 8th

The Detroit Motorshow will take place every week around June 8, 2020. So far, the auto show in early January marked the start of the auto year.

DThe Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA), which organizes the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) every year, has now announced a date change. With the transformation of the automotive industry in recent years, the auto show must also change, it is said as the reason for the postponement. Car manufacturers are looking for new creative ways to present their vehicles and get in touch with customers. For more than a year, the organizers have been working on plans to completely reorganize NAIAS in order to offer hundreds of brands a fresh international platform.

“If we break out of the traditional auto show format, we don’t have to follow the normal trade fair season anymore,” said Doug North, DADA President.

NAIAS 2020 like Goodwood


NAIAS wants to be young and hip. This also includes involving the entire city in the trade fair.

The summer auto show is also set to become an outdoor auto event around the Cobo Center exhibition hall and other landmarks of the city. These include Hart Plaza, Detroit River Walk, Campus Martius, Woodward Avenue and Grand Circus Park. The expansion beyond the city center to the historic automobile locations is also possible. Accordingly, the organizers are planning test drives and technology demonstrations on the roof of the Cobo Center and in the nearby streets, including off-road courses and autonomous driving.

In addition to the events, NAIAS should also be able to be set up much faster in summer (three instead of eight weeks). Visitors are also expected to be more involved than in winter. Here, NAIAS attracted around 750,000 visitors to the city of Detroit in 2018, which generated $ 480 million.

According to the “Detroit News”, Ford, one of the three major Detroit car manufacturers, has pushed the organizers to postpone it. The background is, among other things, the success of the Festival of Speed ​​in Goodwood, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and attracts more vehicles and spectators each year with its mix of show and driving events. Ford has been a sponsor here for years.

Detroit 2019: BMW, Mercedes and Audi cancel

Other reasons for the shift are certainly that the L.A. Auto Show in November and the steadily growing Chicago Auto Show in February are in direct competition with NAIAS. In addition, well-known car manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW or Audi have already canceled their arrival in 2019. In addition, Detroit is currently experiencing an upswing. The once dilapidated automobile metropolis is gradually becoming a hip city, and Ford has also bought the station, which has been empty for decades, in order to build an innovation center there and in the surrounding area.

In our photo show we show you the highlights of the Detroit Auto Show 2018.


Do not let your guard down, despite progress against AIDS

More money, prevention and less repression of populations at risk: these messages will be hammered out from Monday in Amsterdam during the International AIDS Conference, to avoid a rebound in this epidemic which has killed 35 million people .

Celebrities like Prince Harry, actress Charlize Theron or singer Elton John – as well as 15,000 experts and activists – are expected from Monday to Friday at this high mass, which takes place every two years.

Today 36.9 million people are living with the HIV virus, hoping it does not get worse into AIDS. Almost three in five take antiretroviral treatment to avoid it, the highest proportion ever.

The number of infections is falling and for the first time since the turn of the century, the annual death toll fell under one million in 2016 (990,000) and then 2017 (940,000).

But paradoxically, this progress is leading to a relaxation in prevention which, combined with a drop in international funding, raises fears of a rebound in the epidemic.

“The last time I spoke here, in 1992, I never thought I would come back 26 years later, alive and in good health,” said David Barr, an HIV-positive American activist, on Sunday. ‘a colloquium organized on the eve of the Conference.

But this success is “incredibly fragile”, he warned, fearing that it would return to “the horror of 1992”, with a surge in infections and deaths.

First and foremost: the question of funding.

>> Read also: For lack of money, the world risks “losing control of the AIDS epidemic”

“We will have problems if we do not have more money,” said American researcher Mark Dybul, former head of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, on Sunday.

The worst scenario according to him: that the lack of funding is added to an explosion of new infections because of the galloping demography in some hard-hit countries, particularly in Africa.

“Mix these two elements together and you will end up with a major crisis,” he warned, fearing that “the world will lose control of the epidemic”.

Budget cuts

Last year, 20.6 billion euros were spent on programs to fight AIDS in low and middle-income countries, which themselves finance 56%, according to UNAIDS.

But the UN body to fight AIDS estimates that there is a shortage of $ 7 billion a year for this disease to no longer be a threat to global public health by 2030.

The community of researchers and associations fears above all a drop in American endowments.

Since the election of Donald Trump, the United States, the first historical contributor to the fight against AIDS, has planned budget cuts, which have not yet materialized.

On the face of the epidemic, if the situation is improving globally in the world, this hides strong disparities.

Infections are on the rise in around fifty countries, for lack of prevention or because of repressive legislation against populations at risk (homosexuals, drug addicts).

This is why the associations urge international political leaders to stop cracking down on drug addiction and to prioritize risk reduction programs (provision of sterile syringes, consumption rooms, etc.).

“Say no to the war on drugs,” pleads Coalition PLUS, a group of associations, in a campaign that hijacks a famous American drug slogan of the 1980s.

It is called “Just say no to the war on drugs”, in reference to the “Just say no” (“Say no” to drugs) of the Reagan administration.

The war on drugs is “the best ally of the epidemics of HIV and viral hepatitis” and “has led to a real health catastrophe”, accuses Coalition PLUS.

With AFP