First death from covid in China in eight months

China announced this Thursday the first death from covid in eight months, shortly before the arrival of the team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of studying the origin of the coronavirus.

The WHO team, made up of 10 scientists of different nationalities, arrived today in Wuhan (center), where the virus emerged at the end of 2019, on a flight from Singapore.

China, where covid-19 was first detected a year ago, had managed to eradicate the pandemic since last spring, thanks to strong movement control measures, the widespread use of the mask and the confinements and tracking applications of mobile phones.

But in the last days several outbreaks have reappeared in the country, although it is still very far from the cases that are registered in other parts of the world.

Most of the new cases are registered in Hebei, a huge province that surrounds the capital Beijing, with 81 cases. According to the health authorities, the deceased person was precisely in this province.

The last death in China from covid-19, before this Thursday, dated from last May. According to the official balance, 4,635 people have died in the country from covid-19, which has already caused almost two million deaths in the world.

The news spread like wildfire on social media and already exceeds 100 million comments on Weibo, the equivalent of Twitter in China.

“It is shocking, it has been a long time since I have seen the words ‘virus dead'” in China, an Internet user was alarmed who quickly wishes the end of the epidemic.

This new death in China occurs after the appearance of several outbreaks that have led the authorities to act forcefully.

Heilongjiang, a neighboring province of Russia, declared a “state of emergency” on Wednesday. Its 37.5 million inhabitants cannot leave the province except in emergency cases and the planned congregations were canceled.

On the other hand, one of the cities in the province, Suihua, where more than five million inhabitants live, was quarantined on Monday. The inhabitants must stay in their houses and public transport has been suspended.

The increase in cases worries the government with the arrival of the Chinese New Year, which this year falls on February 12, and which generates millions of displacements of migrant workers who return with their families.

However, China is unlikely to see a “large-scale spread” of the coronavirus, Feng Zijian, deputy director of the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Wednesday.


Four months of the telework law: “The company does not pay for supplies, or buy tables or chairs, nothing at all”

The telework law spends four months between chaos and confusion over how to apply it, especially in times of confinement and widespread forced telework. Anna wrote to her bosses shortly after the law was published. “The answer was that the company has no capacity, that they don’t pay or will pay for electricity or water supplies, obviously, and that they won’t buy us a screen, a table or a chair, nothing at all,” he explains. . A few months later Anna made a second request, this time because she had a contracture from the middle back to the root of the head that forced her to wear a collar. The company reiterated that “it did not have the capacity to provide computers, tables and chairs to everyone.”

“I was very fucked up for 10 days. Seeing that I was going for a long time and they didn’t do anything about it, I bought a screen and a chair, and set up an office,” this worker told ACN.

Anna’s situation is shared by many Catalans, at a time when teleworking has gone from an incidence of 5% to around 30% of those employed, according to a Eurofund study. However, the Inspectorate has received virtually no complaints of such practices, according to sources in the Department of Labor.

This Saturday marks four months since the publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of Royal Decree-Law 28/2020, which establishes a difference between regular distance work and that developed in the context of the covid pandemic -19. Also this week expired the deadline to update agreements and contracts that already provided for telework before the pandemic, as three months have passed since the entry into force of the regulations.

While the rule is clear regarding the obligation to provide the means, equipment and tools required for the development of remote work, in the case of expenses the situation is more widespread, according to several lawyers consulted by the ‘ACN.

In the case of regular teleworking, the decree states that there must be individual agreements between workers and the company detailing an inventory of the means needed to do the work from home, listing the expenses and how to do it. will quantify the compensation.

In the remote work caused by the covid-19, the regulations say that “collective bargaining will establish the form of compensation for the costs arising” from the remote work. However, since the decree came into force, the extent of these agreements has been minimal. What happens if there is no agreement to offset the expenses? The professor of Labor Law at UPF, Eusebi Colàs-Neila, warns that the worker “loses strength to assert the right” he has as an employee not to cover business costs and, if superiors refuse to pay, only it remains for him to opt for the courts.

Lawyer and professor of labor law at the UOC Pere Vidal considers that the rule “is unfortunate in making the distinction” between covid and non-covid telework, “and leaving in the hands of collective bargaining” the compensation of expenses, especially at a time when “collective bargaining is at a standstill.” In this sense, it indicates that “those who are not subject to the royal decree law may be more protected” because they work at a distance of less than 30% of the day. In this case, the Workers’ Statute already makes it clear that employees “do not have to bear any expenses arising from the work they do, and instead the Royal Decree-Law opens the door to the expenses that they can be captured through collective bargaining if they are not 100% compensation, ”the lawyer states.

Since the law was published, union delegates and workers have encountered “a multitude of problems” in agreeing on compensation and getting companies to pay for the means to work, according to Núria Gilgado, secretary of Trade Union Policy at the UGT. The unionist acknowledges that “there are still not too many agreements that have reflected the new regulations,” as “collective bargaining is paralyzed.”

Among the few advances in telework that have been achieved is that of the banking agreement, which is about to close, and which offers a computer, mobile phone, ergonomic chair and a maximum of 55 euros per month in expenses, according to have explained sources present in the negotiations.

The Department of Labor hopes that the situation will improve and begin to move once the Interprofessional Agreement of Catalonia is closed, which is being negotiated between unions and employers and which then reflects the collective bargaining by sectors and companies .

So far, most agreements have been reached individually, a context in which the worker “is in a state of helplessness,” Gilgado explains. The consequence of this practice are cases such as that of Anna, who is convinced that the reason for the cervical injury she suffers is the stress suffered at work, caused in part by doubts about losing her and by precarious conditions. in which he has worked until he was injured. “At home we organized ourselves as best we could, as the four people who reside in the home never work from there, normally,” he remarks.

One of the agreements in which the payment for supplies is being discussed is that of telemarketing – which has 10,000 employees working from home. The employer “offers absolutely ridiculous compensation, of 15 euros a month,” explains the leader of UGT. In these four months, in Gilgado’s opinion, it seems that “companies want telework not only to come out for free, but to earn profits from it, because it saves costs and they don’t want to offset expenses.”

Employees who are in Anna’s situation, that is, who have demanded that the company provide the necessary means to work without getting it, can inform the Labor Inspectorate or the social court. . “The quickest and easiest option is to report it to the Inspectorate,” said Labor lawyer Pere Vidal. The labor police have already required companies such as Indra to provide ergonomic chairs, footrests, keyboards or screens “urgently” to teleworkers in Madrid. For the time being, and taking into account that no complaints have been received, the Catalan Inspectorate has not sanctioned companies for violations of the telework law.

“The rule is not telling you that covid telecommuting should be precarious, if workers complain, and there is a requirement for Inspection and companies persist in not putting the means in place, this is punishable. These are rights that can be claimed by the workers “, explains the UOC professor and member of Augusta Abogados.

However, in the case of employee bill claims, such as heating, electricity or the Internet, inspectors will not be able to say anything until there is an agreement between unions and the company.

In the middle of winter and given that the next bill for electricity and gas can be exceptionally high, Vidal recalls that the non-agreement between unions and the company on supplies “does not mean that the worker can not claim compensation of the expenses he is having to work “. If the employee wants to claim this receipt in court, “it will not be a priority procedure and will be indicated one year in advance,” says Vidal.

In the same vein, the professor of Labor Law at the UFP, Eusebi Colas-Neila, warns that “it will be necessary to determine very clearly the origin of the expenditure and establish the causal link with the fact that it is teleworking.” The labor expert adds that “the problem with a rule that grants rights that require their development through collective bargaining is that, until it happens, it is difficult to make them effective because their determination would be left to the ‘interpretation of a judge as a last resort’. According to Colas-Neila, the “legal basis” in this case would be “very weak.”

The sources consulted predict that during the winter months staff will begin to put pressure on superiors and unions to reach a telework agreement.

On the other hand, a new problem that the union teams have detected is the unnecessary imposition of face-to-face work. In fact, a study by human resources firm Hays published this week indicated that 22% of workers believe they could work remotely but don’t because of company reluctance. An example of this problem was given to the telemarketing company Konnecta, where the return to work not agreed upon after the Christmas holidays led to a strike every Monday in February, which ended up being called off when the company stepped back.

In some cases, non-adoption of teleworking can lead to a health risk when there is a case of covid in the workforce. This week in Albert’s management (fictitious name) they met a positive superior who had been having symptoms for days, but was going to work. “The boss and two other people went for a private test, but the rest were not offered to us, arbitrarily,” he told ACN. Before he returned, the workers called the CAP directly, which processed the 10-day termination of all contacts. “When we said we had resigned there was a commotion. ‘The head was unprepared and tried to tell us that we had not been direct contacts,” he says.

“We should do telecommuting, of course. It’s a totally unnecessary risk, with a remote control on the computer at home you do exactly the same job,” says this worker who does not believe the experience will serve to change the situation. “They’re a bit square and obtuse and they have the idea that if we go home we won’t work which is a lie because you have to do the work anyway because if you don’t your hair falls out,” he adds.

Unions encourage workers to report non-compliance with labor regulations and to fight “teleprecarity” but many, like Anna, do not want to risk reporting. “I’m sure no one will say to me, ‘We’ll pay you the bill for everything you’ve paid for yourself and for all the expenses you’ve made.’ The pandemic has helped everyone in small businesses roll up their sleeves. at home and in the end no matter how much a law says that employers have to pay you I don’t know what, many of us have resigned ourselves “, laments this worker.


The soldier was prescribed a strict regime for a long time – Accidents – Kommersant

Conscript Ramil Shamsutdinov, who killed eight of his colleagues in a military unit in the Trans-Baikal Territory and wounded two, was sentenced by the court to 24 years and 6 months in a strict regime colony. The verdict was passed on the basis of the jury’s verdict, who found the defendant guilty, but deserves leniency, since the tragedy occurred as a result of conflicts with senior officials. Both the defendant’s lawyers and the victims were dissatisfied with the decision of the court. Both sides said they would appeal it.

In the Second Eastern District Military Court in Chita, the sentence to soldier Ramil Shamsutdinov was announced. By a court decision, he will spend 24 years and 6 months in a strict regime colony. The countdown of punishment begins on October 25, 2019, when the conscript who shot his colleagues was taken into custody.

The court found Shamsutdinov sane and not in a state of passion at the time of the tragedy. In addition, the claims of the victims were partially satisfied, which they filed for compensation for moral damage in the total amount of 28 million rubles. According to the court decision, Ramil Shamsutdinov will have to pay 9.8 million rubles to the relatives of the victims and survivors. Also, costs in the amount of about 100 thousand rubles were collected from him. for travel and accommodation in Chita for one of the victims.

“We do not agree with the verdict and will appeal,” Ramil Shamsutdinov’s lawyer Ruslan Nagiyev told Kommersant. He added that the judge’s decision showed that jury trials in the judiciary did not really matter.

«The jury showed leniency. And we hoped for a milder sentence, ”Ruslan Nagiyev noted.

He also said that the verdict would be appealed in the military court of appeal in Moscow.

The victims were also dissatisfied with the court decision. Their lawyers said they would appeal it after they were able to read the text of the verdict. The wife of the deceased captain Vladimir Yevseyev, after the announcement procedure, told reporters that “the sentence is mild,” and “25 years is nothing.”

«For us now the only hope is a life sentence, ”said the victim.

Earlier, on Tuesday, during the court hearings, the military prosecutor demanded 25 years in a maximum security colony as punishment for Ramil Shamsutdinov. The state prosecutor said that there are no grounds for commuting the defendant’s sentence. Ramil Shamsutdinov’s lawyer Ruslan Nagiyev then told Kommersant that this is the maximum punishment possible in this situation, given that the jury found him guilty, but deserving of leniency. The defense side then expressed hope for a “lighter punishment”, stating that Ramil Shamsutdinov had become a victim of hazing, and also indicating that he admitted guilt and repented.

During the trial, the private himself stated that his superiors forced him to learn the regulations at the time set for sleeping, and threatened to “wipe the rim of the toilet bowl with his face” if he did not clean the army toilet. The victims asked the court to impose the most severe punishment, and in their claims indicated that they did not consider his remorse and apology to be sincere.

Recall that on October 25, 2019, Ramil Shamsutdinov shot conscripts and officers in a military unit located in the village of Gorny in the Trans-Baikal Territory. He was charged with attempted murder of two or more persons, committed in a generally dangerous way (part 3 of Art. 30 and item “a”, item “e” of Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and of the murder of two or more persons (item “a”, item “e”, part 2 of article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the investigation, the soldier arrived on the territory of the training complex for the duty shift and went to the “shop equipment table (clips)”. He had an AK-74M assault rifle with him. After receiving four magazines with 30 5.45 mm live rounds, he began to shoot his colleagues in the head, chest and back. Eight servicemen were killed, two more were seriously injured. Shamsutdinov admitted his guilt and explained his actions by bullying in the unit.

Ekaterina Eremenko, Irkutsk


“I’ve been closed for six months and it’s useless”

It’s alreadyumpteenth time the Espai Gironès has had to close its doors in just under a year. The fear and urgency of the first time has turned into resignation and anger. Traders do not understand how, while in other European countries strong and effective measures are taken, here aid does not arrive and ICUs do not stop receiving patients.

«I have been closed for six months and it has been useless», Protest Ernest Freixes, manager of the Lizarran tapas restaurant. He says that the primitive has touched him because he belongs to the guild ofhospitality and besides, it is inside a mall. He regrets that, although it has been shown that the measures taken by the Government since the confinement of spring they have not yielded results, he has been forced to close the doors. “The postures that are halfway have not served. We are suffering for nothing, that this is the most pathetic ».

He has his workers in an ERTO and in all this time it has gone plugging holes how could he spending the savings which had brought him the smooth running of the business in previous years. “I don’t expect anything from the grants, because anyone who runs a restaurant knows that for 2,000 euros does not exceed the viability of the business», Considers Freixes, who warns that the only solution is a closed house and limited in time, as they have done in other parts of the world.

Psychological bill

Laura Sanchez is the responsible from Intimissimi lingerie store in the Espai Gironès. “The store is my only support, and that’s starting to be one guirigall without any planning. If they tell me: look, we will do this and with these conditions … Well, let’s close and make the effort, because nobody says that there is no pandemic. But that ofbe choosing whom to sacrifice it’s being very dramatic. “

Her workers go start charging ERTO for March last month, and adds that passes bill psychologically. “You’re leaving someone in misery, who has virtually nothing to eat. You have to make the effort, because they are your workers, and you say, ‘I’ll make an advance, whatever it takes.’ But that’s a shame, “he said. As a freelancer, she criticizes that has been paying all dues religiously, although they have forced him to close the activity. In this sense, he denounces that the administration has had an “improvisation” and a “brutal lack of foresight”.

Blow on essential services

A l’Espai Gironès he 60% of businesses are franchisees and small businesses and currently about 600 workers are in an ERTO, 85% of all employees. With the latest restrictions, only those establishments considered “essential” are open. One of these is the BSFarma pharmacy. But it is not because of these characteristics that he has been saved from the measures of the third wave. Your manager, Anna Bros, explain what municipal confinement has left them literally without users. “The people who come are from all over the region, which is where we serve. But with the confinement, we were left here without anyone. Most customers don’t understand how you can’t come here, when there is all the security at the entrance, every store has its control … And you can go to Girona in a street that is full ». The pharmacist explains that the only way for users to come is when they have to make a justified trip to Salt, such as the Santa Caterina hospital. “People call us, say what they need and we leave them ready for when they have to come for a moment and pick it up.”

Although it has practically run out of customers, Bros is bound to open its establishment because it is an essential service, and this prevents him from accessing grants that other businesses in a similar situation can. “We have a characteristic infrastructure, size and stock. We are people with a lot of staff, who are now in ERTO, and we need a lot of stock and rotation. He believes the solution lies in equate business in its situation with those of the rest of the sector. “This and making pots in the population.”

Private support

Pau Jordà, manager of the Espai Gironès, emphasizes that “we have always complied with what we have been told, we have put it into practice all the measures they have ordered us, we are safe spaces, we have asked the Administration what else we need to do, and they have not been able to tell us. They just don’t know any more. We are paying the consequences of poor management».

Remember that throughout 2020 the owners of the mall have helped the tenants with a substantial reduction in the rent of the premises, and they have invested 360,000 euros in security and awareness campaigns, measures that are expected to intensify throughout this 2020. “But the Generalitat does not give us an answer. When we’ve had meetings at the highest level, they just shut up. They start looking at the mobile phone in the middle of a video conference. When we tell them that we comply with everything, that what else needs to be done … They close and stay so wide. No one has ever come to check if we complied with the measures. Whoever makes these decisions has never been in a mall. Jordà also claims to be equated with the rest of the shops: “We are not the bad guys in the film, we want to be treated the same.” And he criticizes that the new aid announced by the Government has not yet been published anywhere.

For now, none of the shops in the Espai Gironès have had to close their doors. All of them, however, hold their breath, pending how a new wave of restrictions may affect them.


The Uni poses rumb cap in Schio

L’Spar Girona has set course this afternoon towards Schio (Italy) where the second and final “bubble” of the Euroleague group stage will take place. An appointment with which the set directed by Alfred Julbe he arrives in second place with a record of two wins and one loss. A position that, if they manage to defend, will serve for the Girona team to play for the first time in its history a quarterfinal of the Euroleague.

On Tuesday (5pm), Uni will play their first match against Riga, the last of the group with three defeats. On Thursday (5pm), they will face the all-powerful Ekaterinburg, the first in the group with three victories. And on Friday (8pm) he will face the host of this “bubble”, the Famila Schio, with whom, on paper, he will compete for second place in the group. The three duels can be followed live on Sport 3.


Worked victory of the Uni in Zaragoza

L‘Spar Girona has achieved a new victory. He did it on the track of the Saragossa (76-80) in a very hard-fought match by the team coached by Alfred Julbe and that they have not been able to sentence until the end because some Aragonese very well planted on the track have put the things very difficult to those of Fontajau.

Uni has had moments where it looked like they were escaping on the scoreboard, with 7-18 in the first period or 29-37 in the second. But the locals did not let themselves be intimidated and came to the break with a point below (46-47), although they had previously managed to put themselves above (46-43).

In the last quarter, Girona once again had an advantage of 11 points (62-73) which they did not know how to take advantage of, and they had to suffer until the end to seal the victory. With 76-78, Reisingerova and Elonu missed their shots, but the locals did not know how to concretize the defensive rebound and Chelsea Gray sentenced from the free kick (76-80).


Specialist doctors leave Tartagal due to a two-month debt

January 3, 2021 – 19:59
Hospital manager Juan Domingo Perón confirmed that the Province owes them fees and manages a solution for patients.

Adults and parents of children who are under long treatment, many of them cancer, expressed throughout the previous week their anguish over the absence of specialist doctors at the Juan Domingo Perón de Tartagal hospital, all from the city of Salta, who left of attending several weeks ago for non-payment of his professional fees.

Renowned and prestigious specialist doctors who work in the city of Salta, both in private sanatoriums and in the public sphere, had made a place to come to Tartagal after a commitment made by the then Minister of Health Josefina Medrano, and even the own Governor of the Province Gustavo Sáenz, with a single objective: to decentralize care in the capital and promote the provision of medical services in oncology, urology, child neurology, dialysis, among others, to bring these specialties closer to patients in the northern province.

The objective was to avoid in this way that they have to be transferred by referrals to the city of Salta, with all the disorder that this implies, even more so because most of them are patients with limited economic resources who do not have medical coverage of work Social.

The worst of waiting

The manager of the Tartagal hospital, Juan López, was consulted about this situation and confirmed that in effect “the specialists are not coming due to lack of payment; last March we began an important task so that oncologists, urologists, doctors, began to arrive in Tartagal a child neurologist together with his team and the professionals we needed to avoid referrals, since we are convinced that at the Juan Domingo Perón hospital we can solve 80% of the problems that arise. The pandemic suspended their visits due to circulation restrictions, and in August they resumed their consultations, treatments and surgical interventions when necessary. “

“But it’s been two months since their fees have been paid, and like any worker, doctors need to charge for the provision of their services. We take care of taking them and bringing them with vehicles from the hospital but we cannot expect that they continue to come without charging. “explained López, and regretted” the large number of patients who are under treatment with different specialists and cannot continue with them. “

Report on dialysis

López explained that “during the months of the pandemic and as a result of the fact that no private dialysis center wanted to receive patients, even with social work, we decided to install a dialysis room to attend to patients who urgently required the service.”

“The turning point was a 40-year-old boy who arrived in a very delicate condition and we had to refer him to the Oñativia hospital because here we had no way to solve the problem because no one wanted to treat him and he literally died,” he said.

“We put the solution to this issue on our shoulders and the reaction of the private sector was to denounce us, arguing that the Perón hospital was not authorized. In the months of the pandemic, no one wanted to take care of these patients, but as doctors we are left with the enormous satisfaction of having saved the lives of many patients “, emphasized Juan López.


Uni saves at the last minute what they had won at halftime

Very few people, Azu Muguruza and his players sure do, of course, as they showed, would have said after watching the second quarter of the Uni yesterday in Palau (24-6 to leave at the dominant break of 17, 38 -21), that the match against IDK could end up being complicated. The women of Girona had done almost everything well. In defense they excelled, and in attack, the arsenal was so and so good that if Araújo did not write down Reisingerova did and, if not, Gray, Vasic or Palau appeared. In 10 minutes they had corrected a rather thick start, which the visitors had taken advantage of to dominate during the first quarter (14-15). And throughout the second half, they almost end up ruining everything.

The IDK, led by Coulibay and Cousseins Smith, gradually, little by little, cut back. By the end of the third quarter they were only losing by eight (49-41, below that psychological barrier of the ten), and two minutes from the end they culminated the comeback tying at 56 thanks to two free throws from the pivot of Mali. The feat of the Basque team stayed there, at the gates, because Uni ended up finding clairvoyance in the last minute and a half. And between a 2 + 1 by Reisingerova, a basketball by Elonu after stealing the ball halfway, and a couple more baskets by Vasic and Araújo, prevented a defeat that would have been famous. The final 9-2 saved the game, but it doesn’t explain why the two sides were so different that the team showed up.

IDK is a mid-range team capable of embittering you in the afternoon if you get lost. The second quarter of the Uni was very good. With minutes for everyone, and as Julbe remembered at the end of the match, with tactical surprises and with Júlia Soler grabbing gallons and coming out on the starting five. Spar Girona was on its way to tearing IDK apart with an endless display of resources. First starting with a defense that left the Basque team with only 6 points, with everyone biting, with a suffocating pressure that blocked the Basque team, with Vasic putting a spectacular cap on Cousseins Smith, with Júlia Soler stealing balls to serve -the counterattack … this explains how the Girona team immediately reversed the trend of an even first quarter, which had ended with the IDK ahead (14-15). Alfred Julbe’s men didn’t attack either. First, between Elonu and Reisingerova they started to widen the score (22-15), and then Gray joined the party with his repertoire of (im) possible assists and fantasy penetrations. Pure talent, guaranteed fun for the spectator, who, once again, had to follow the match from a distance. The IDK took almost five minutes to make the first basketball of the partial, and not even the two timeouts requested by Azu Muguruza could stop the local rage. Everything was so round that even Eldebrink, in the last possession before the break, rolled up the sleeve of the first triple of the Uni (who had missed eight previously) to shoot the difference at +17 (38 -21).

Of three, the second half also began (38-24), but the IDK’s declaration of intent found an answer, also from 6.75, through Elonú. From the exchange of baskets was passed to the cut. Gradually the Basque team was getting back into the game, while the Spar had more and more problems to score. The match came alive in the last quarter. The Basques celebrated as never before the two free throws that tied the game two minutes from the end, but then their leads melted, or Uni activated theirs, and the game remained in Palau.


Iniesta, four months off after being operated on for a muscle tear

The Japanese Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta He was operated on Tuesday for a muscle tear in his right leg, so will be off for about four monthsThe Japanese club and the player announced this Wednesday.

«I broke the rectus femoris in my right leg. After various tests and consulting with the medical team, we valued that the best option was to operate and thus have more security in recovery, “Iniesta said in a statement. “The operation has been a success and I feel very well,” said the Vissel Kobe midfielder, who underwent surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday. «My goal is to be able to return as soon as possible to enjoy what I like the most. So all my energy is already put into recovery and the work that lies ahead, “he added.

Iniesta’s time off “is estimated at about four months,” said Vissel Kobe, in which the Spanish has played since he left Barcelona in 2018.

Iniesta was injured on December 10 in the Asian Champions League quarter-final match against Suwon Samsung Korean, who won Vissel 7-6 on penalties, after finishing the match 1-1 in Qatar.

Iniesta had retired with discomfort in the round of 16 match against the Chinese Shanghai SIPG (2-0 win), but in the quarterfinals he took the field in extra time and scored in the penalty shoot-out, before being injured. Vissel Kobe ended up losing in the semifinals 2-1 in overtime last Sunday against Korean Ulsan Hyundai.


The Christmas Circus banishes Uni and Bsquet Girona back to the Palau pavilion

The celebration one more year of the traditional Christmas circus in Fontajau will force theSpar Girona and the Girona basketball yet forced exile in the Palau pavilion from next Monday. This will mean that all the training that these two teams can do during the holidays will be in this facility, and even a match, the Uni-IDK, scheduled for next Tuesday evening (19.30) and, as it is mandatory, behind closed doors. It will be nothing new, neither for the women’s team nor for the men’s team, to move their operations center to Palau, because it has already been a common phenomenon when, for whatever reason, Fontajau could not be used. The most recent case, the flood by the storm Gloria that damaged the pavilion at the end of last January and that, for three weeks, forced to take the day to day of the Women’s League and the then LEB Plata team to the old installation.

The Christmas Circus show is scheduled for Dec. 25-29, but the complexity of the assembly needs a few days both front and back, to assemble and disassemble. In this way the parquet must be removed and, later, to adapt Fontajau to the needs of the show, which this season is entitled Adrenaline. That is why from Monday the two basketball teams will have to work in Palau. Uni will be the only one to do so, to prepare for the Women’s League match the next day against IDK Guipúzcoa. He Girona basketball, currently confined to the positive cases that have been detected in the squad, cannot return to activity until the 22nd. It will also do so in Palau, pending rescheduling of the three pending matches (Canoe, Lleida and Alicante) because of the virus. Girona rests on the weekend of December 26-27, but Uni has a game in Gernika (27, 18.00).

The performances of the Christmas Circus will end on the 29th, but then it will take a few days to dismantle the infrastructure and put the parquet back. In principle, however, all indications are that both Uni and Bàsquet Girona will be able to return to Fontajau on 3 January. That Sunday there will be a double basketball session in the city, although it will be behind closed doors. As some changes in the Uni calendar meant that there were some coincidences, the two clubs agreed that on this day it would be the men’s team that would play in the morning, and that the women’s team would do it in the afternoon. In this way, Bàsquet Girona will host Palma at noon, at a time yet to be determined, while Spar will play its duel with Gran Canaria on the same stage from 6 p.m. While the Christmas Circus may have had an audience, as a cultural spectacle, matches must continue to be played without an audience in accordance with the guidelines set by the Procicat.