Liverpool is “banned” from playing at Anfield against Leipzig

And it was decided to transfer the match from Anfield in England to Budapest, as they would face the first leg, due to travel restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus.

The continental authority decided to postpone the match because if it had been held in England, Leipzig, who lost 0-2 in the Hungarian capital as well, would have to undergo a medical quarantine for 10 days upon his return to his country in accordance with the directions of the authorities to limit the spread of the mutated version of the Corona virus that appeared in Britain.

UEFA said in a statement: “UEFA can officially confirm that the second leg of the 16th round between Liverpool and Leipzig will now take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.”

He continued: “UEFA would like to express its gratitude to Liverpool and Leipzig for their support and close cooperation, as well as the Hungarian Federation for their assistance and agreement to hold the match.”

And in the first leg, he succeeded Leferball In achieving a perfect result thanks to my Egyptian goal Mohamed Salah And Senegalese Sadio Manet Who scored the two goals in the second half.

And suffer Leferball Among the many injuries that deprived him of the services of the Dutch Virgil Van Dyck, Senegalese Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in defense, Guinean Nabi Keita and Brazilian Fabinho in the defensive midfield, and Portuguese Diogo Jota in the attacking midfield.


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Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), António Vitorino spoke to the PUBLIC from Geneva in good weather. But the former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs does not confuse the Swiss weather bonanza with the world that will come after the planetary pandemic. Even so, Vitorino does not lose hope and considers, without denying the risks, that this crisis is an opportunity to do something new and different.


Travel certificate does not provide for data exchange nor is it limited to vaccines

The European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, guaranteed this Tuesday that the digital certificate for the covid-19 that will allow to travel within the European Union does not foresee any sharing of data between Member States.

“We want to avoid problems of fundamental rights and violation of data protection and also discrimination between citizens”, Reynders said today, in a press conference, adding that “it will be a very simple verification of data and that it will be coordinated through a legislative instrument”.

“It will be a certificate, not a passport, that will give an account of the situation of each person in relation to the disease: if he was sick, if he was vaccinated or if he had a PCR test”, he underlined.

The European Commission is preparing “a legislative instrument on the data that will appear on a digital numerical certificate” that allows the vaccinated persons, those who have developed antibodies or a negative PCR test, to circulate in the European Union (EU).

“We will continue to work on a way to organize free movement,” said the commissioner, guaranteeing that “there will be no discrimination in these certificates”.

“We want a legislative instrument that allows the same data to be collected on the same certificates issued through the EU. Then we will see what are the possible uses for the certificates”, he clarified.


This is what the corona vaccination certificate should look like

So that people in Europe can prove that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, a uniform vaccination certificate should be produced. How it should look – EU Commission President von der Leyen has now made a proposal.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to present a draft law for a “digital green passport” for people who have been vaccinated against corona this month. This makes it clear what the European vaccination certificate should look like, said von der Leyen in a speech to the CDU / CSU members in the European Parliament on Monday.

“We want to create the technical prerequisites in the next few months,” confirmed von der Leyen after making appropriate arrangements at the EU summit last week. And she added: “For the digital green passport to be a success, we need the support of all member states. You in Germany must also create the conditions for it.”

The vaccination certificate should be technically prepared in three months

According to the agreements of the EU summit, the digital European vaccination certificate should be technically prepared within three months. The aim is that corona-vaccinated persons can prove their immunization in a forgery-proof way. This could be done using a uniformly readable document with a QR code that you could carry with you on paper or on your smartphone, similar to a train ticket. To this end, the national systems of the 27 EU countries must be designed or linked in a comparable manner.

It remains to be seen whether this document would make traveling or visiting restaurants or events easier. It would probably be left to the individual EU states. In Israel, the “green passport” has advantages for vaccinated persons.


So divided Europe is entering the Corona spring

The number of cases is rising again, and at the same time there is a great longing for an end to the lockdown – not only in Germany. How are other countries in Europe dealing with the corona dilemma?

In the European Union, the states are continuing to take very different paths in the Corona crisis. While easing is pending in Denmark, the measures in the Czech Republic and in Norway’s capital Oslo are being tightened again. In Italy there are both tightening and easing, depending on the region. In Austria, the government decides three weeks after all shops have opened, how to proceed. The last time in the room was the restart of the catering and hotel industry before Easter.

However, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) described the development in the number of new infections as a “worrying trend reversal” on Sunday. The seven-day incidence in Austria is currently around 160. Recently, the number of new infections among younger people has increased significantly. At the weekend in Vienna, a party with 100 guests in a student dormitory was broken up by the police.

Italy is trying new zoning

In Italy, as of Monday, many students will again have to follow the lessons via the Internet. This applies to the regions of Basilicata and Molise in southern Italy, which will be locked down from Monday. Health Minister Roberto Speranza ordered the new zoning on Saturday. The corona situation had recently worsened again. Different variants of the virus spread. The incidence rose to 145 cases per 100,000 population between February 15 and 21.

Meanwhile, the island of Sardinia will be the first Italian region to fall into the White Zone on Monday and can hope for more normalcy with a possible opening of gyms. Sardinia had achieved a seven-day incidence of less than 50 cases per 100,000 population for three consecutive weeks.

Significantly stricter rules in the Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, a much tougher corona lockdown will apply from Monday. People are only allowed to leave their respective district for three weeks in exceptional cases. Trips to work, to the doctor and to the authorities are permitted if written evidence is provided. The size of the 77 districts corresponds to the rural districts in Germany. More than 25,000 police officers and up to 5,000 soldiers are supposed to monitor compliance with the strict measures. Failure to comply could result in fines of the equivalent of more than 400 euros.

Walks and sports are only allowed in their own town or municipality. Visiting relatives is prohibited. Only absolutely necessary shops are still allowed to open. The background to this is that the Czech Republic has the highest rate of new corona infections of all EU countries.

The British variant is used in Norway

In Norway’s capital Oslo, all restaurants and shops are closed due to the spread of the British virus variant. The chairman of the city government, Raymond Johansen, announced on Sunday evening at a press conference. Restaurants are only allowed to offer take-away food, exceptions to the temporary business closure apply to supermarkets and pharmacies. Organized leisure activities for adults are also discouraged, as is private gatherings and visits.

In Germany’s northernmost neighbor, Denmark, most retailers will be able to welcome customers into their shops again from Monday. After more than two months of closure in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, stores with an area of ​​less than 5,000 square meters are allowed to reopen, provided they are not in a mall. Larger shops are also allowed to reopen their doors, albeit strictly limited. Customers need to book a time to shop here in advance.

Open-air cultural institutions such as zoos can now receive visitors again if the guests can show a negative corona test that is no more than 72 hours old. The meeting restriction for outdoor and organized sports and club activities will be increased from 5 to a maximum of 25 participants. The number of new infections in Denmark has fallen sharply since the end of 2020.


Vaccines, the EU flops but it is forbidden to talk on TV – Il Tempo

Gianluigi Paragone

The other evening Lilli Gruber came out saying that she was sorry about Europe’s failure on vaccines because it would have fueled the arguments of the Eurosceptics and sovereignists. Obviously this is a sentence steeped not only in blind fanaticism but also in a certain journalistic stupidity as the news bends to opinion. And propaganda prevails over truth. It is not the first time. Europe has not only failed in vaccination, but has failed on the entire Covid emergency from its first alarms to a common protocol. It is not new that Brussels fails on emergencies (immigration is the best known example, although we have also seen the differences in treatment on banking matters).

The fanaticism that wraps in a protective film what cannot be criticized regardless is a cornerstone of the rhetoric of the Good and the Righteous: woe to dwell too much on the errors of what must be preserved in its sacredness. Europe has not failed on vaccines due to myopia but because the error has screwed into the original sin of the project itself, which is to favor lobbies, multinationals, finance. The negotiation with the multinationals of the drug had been protected by secrecy and the signature on the contracts sends all criticism to the nettles: the power of Big Pharma is black and white, even in its asymmetry. The fact is that, in an emergency, it is now necessary to make do with the help of mainstream communication: the vaccine becomes effective after the first dose only; the vaccine preserves its effectiveness even in the face of variants; doses prevail over vials and so on. From dance to dance.

The paradox of this whole affair is that Britain has done better than all the eurozone countries by successfully passing the first post-Brexit exam. Therefore, Europe has no choice but to patch and unload any responsibility on governments and citizens, such as that of the vaccination passport (legal nonsense given that in the absence of mandatory vaccination the principle of free movement within the European Union is no longer valid). Consequently, instead of admitting that the Union is by no means equipped to be even remotely like the United States of Europe, we proceed with propaganda.

A similar tactic is being followed in Italy across the board. We have already said about vaccines: we are behind with respect to requests, ampoules, facilities and medical / nursing staff are missing. Fortunately, the primroses designed by Boeri and immediately adopted by the Arcuri eagle were sent to the attic; but the holes remain. And we will not fail to know all the flaws of the vaccine operation as soon as the judiciary will put their nose in it.

For the moment what is leaking is related to the masks. In these days we are not only witnessing yet another passage on the colors of the regions and even some provinces, but we are also affected by the usual pistolotti on the gatherings and on the so-called irresponsible attitudes of the citizens, in full spirit “blame the victim” that is to blame the victim. The propaganda conceals that if there is an ongoing responsibility it is not that of the citizens (who leave because they can), but of a system that has been repeating the same errors and the same falsehoods for a year. I make it short: people go out because they can go out; and goes out with masks on. Yet no one has said for a year that those masks, for the most part, are the product of “self-certifications” guaranteed by the production companies as if we were still in the emergency phase when there were no masks. Here, after a year nothing has changed. There is no format of requirements common to all goggles divided by “type”, there are no standards that allow homologation at European level (such as helmets for example: helmets that are not approved cannot be put on the market): therefore we are “protecting” ourselves with masks whose effectiveness is not certain at all, so much so that laboratory tests show what I am saying. Striscia la Notizia, for example, had “unmasked” the effectiveness of the masks made by FCA on behalf of the Prime Minister. And the same is happening for the Ffp2 masks. For the sake of country, I am silent (but only in this article) on the ongoing investigations concerning the import of masks from China.

Now, while the finger of the media is pointed on the gatherings and the colors, after a year, the Italians do not know the truth about the profitable market of the so-called protection systems. Yet the rhetoric is all about people’s irresponsibility. Just to close, I would like to inform you that for months Minister Speranza has had some of my questions on these topics and does not deign to answer. Perhaps because he fears having to tell the Italians that he is the first not to know how effective these miraculous masks are. And that we’re only wearing them because we don’t want to be bummed.

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EU rules: New energy labels for household appliances

The new classification replaces the previous classification of A +, A ++, A +++ to D.
Image: dpa

As of today, the new EU markings for energy levels A to G will apply to refrigerators, washing machines and televisions. In addition, manufacturers will have to keep spare parts in stock for up to ten years and provide repair information with them.

FFor household appliances, new energy labels for consumption will apply from this Monday. The information A +, A ++ and A +++ are a thing of the past. From now on, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and televisions must bear the revised EU energy label, where the seven levels are marked with the letters A to G and the guide values ​​for the individual consumption levels are stricter than before. In addition, the devices must contain additional information, such as volume and capacity, as well as a QR code that can be used to call up further information.

New electrical appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and televisions should also be easier to repair in the future. From this Monday, manufacturers will have to keep spare parts in stock for up to ten years. This is to prevent devices from having to be scrapped due to minor defects.

In addition, repair information will have to be supplied with the device in the future so that consumers can pick up tools themselves and do not necessarily have to rely on expensive customer service.


Russia’s corona vaccine Sputnik V most in demand almost worldwide

Dhe official Twitter account of “Sputnik V” reports new successes every day. Last week alone, the Russian corona vaccine was approved in Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Honduras, Guatemala and the Republic of Moldova; Deliveries have arrived in Mexico and Serbia, and the first doses have been administered in Paraguay.

Katharina Wagner

Business correspondent for Russia and the CIS based in Moscow.

38 countries have now registered “Sputnik V”; With Hungary, there is also an EU country that did not want to wait for the examination by the EU Medicines Agency (EMA) and now bears the risks itself. The Czech government also announced on Saturday that it had turned to President Vladimir Putin about a delivery of the Russian vaccine. The vaccine is particularly popular in poorer countries, as it is rather cheap at just under $ 20 for the two doses and can be stored in the refrigerator. A study in the specialist journal “The Lancet” also confirmed that “Sputnik V” is highly effective and safe.

It is still unclear whether Russia will be able to keep its delivery promises, as it is dependent on factories abroad, for example in India and Brazil, some of which, according to media reports, are not yet producing at all. So far, the Russian delivery volumes are nowhere near that of Western producers. This is probably one of the reasons why Russia has announced that it will be offering a “light version” of its vaccine from March onwards, which will only provide one vaccine instead of two.

Doubts are branded as “politicization”

This could also solve the problem that “Sputnik V” is apparently not that much cheaper than the competition, as claimed by Kirill Dmitrijew, the head of the state investment fund RDIF, which co-financed the development of “Sputnik V” and the vaccine now marketed abroad. According to the “Financial Times”, the African Union has negotiated significantly better prices than for the Russian vaccine, for example with Biontech and Astra-Zeneca.

Nevertheless, “Sputnik V” is already a success: In terms of orders, it is currently one of the most popular vaccines in the world. So was the skepticism that has long been shown to him, especially in the West, inappropriate? Those responsible in Moscow portray it that way. Doubts or criticism are branded as “politicizing” the search for vaccines. When the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen recently expressed surprise why Moscow was offering millions of doses of its vaccine to other countries while the vaccination campaign was making slow progress in its own country, Russia’s permanent representation to the EU tweeted in response: “No to the politicization of Covid- Vaccine Question “.

So far, the skepticism has mainly to do with scientific concerns. Until the publication in “The Lancet” at the beginning of February, the safety and effectiveness of “Sputnik V” could not be assessed independently because the developers hardly released any data. When Russia approved the vaccine last summer, fewer than 100 people took part in the clinical tests; the crucial, third phase of the study was still pending and has not yet been completed. This rushing ahead and the disregard for international standards fueled distrust.


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