“Fight against Covid-19: shadow and light”

The editorial of Figaro, by Cyrille Vanlerberghe.

Cyrille Vanlerberghe.
Cyrille Vanlerberghe. Le Figaro

You don’t have to be a professor of virology to understand that the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic is not well underway. The dreaded second wave is here, without a doubt. France set a sad record on Thursday: that of the highest number of new positive tests in all of Europe, with 41,622 confirmed cases in a single day. With an understandable lag effect, the death curve follows the same trend. The 162 deaths recorded on Thursday are comparable to what the country experienced on March 23, less than a week after the start of containment. A parallel that has certainly not escaped Jean Castex, who posed the threat of a new total blockage of the country by warning that it would be necessary “Consider much harsher measures” that the curfew if the epidemic was not contained in the coming days.

The temptation is strong to want to overwhelm the government, it is true guilty of a difficult to read strategy often giving a sad impression of improvisation

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China does not wait until the end of trials to start vaccinating

DECRYPTION – Beijing takes the lead in the global race for the vaccine against the Covid-19, at a forced march.

The Chinese laboratory Sinovac presented, on September 24, the press campaign for its vaccine against Covid-19.
The Chinese laboratory Sinovac presented, on September 24, the press campaign for its vaccine against Covid-19. WANG ZHAO / AFP

In Beijing

First come, first served. The Covid 19 vaccine is still a sea snake in Europe, but it is already available to early morning residents of Yiwu, a prosperous city in Zhejiang, an hour by train from Shanghai. “We do not accept reservations, you have to queue, those who arrive early can be vaccinated”, affirms an official of the city, questioned by the site sina.com. Only 500 doses are available in this commercial hub on the eve of this so-called vaccination campaign “emergency”, reserved primarily for people deemed vulnerable, workers and students going abroad, beyond the great protective wall, in a world infested by the Covid, as the official press reminds us at the right time. In practice, any person can come to obtain an injection of this vaccine still not approved, against a sum of 400 yuan (50 euros approximately) for two recommended doses, and a signature at the bottom of a form.

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Olot is training again with an eye on the visit to the Nstic

Olot returned to training yesterday with a morning session at the RoyalVerd facilities. There are ten days of voluntary confinement left behind after three coronavirus positives were detected in the squad just the day before the start of the Second B league in the Cornellà field. That match and last Sunday’s match against Barça B had to be postponed (they will be rescheduled for next week) and now the view is set for next Sunday in Tarragona (12 noon). Garrido was already able to have yesterday one of the players who tested positive, fully recovered. The squad will continue to be tested every three days, and plays tomorrow. The coach says the team is eager to compete.


Stéphanie Gicquel, confined by -50 ° C

From March 17 to May 10, France lived to the rhythm of exit certificates. The abrupt cessation of social life was a hardship for many, especially those who live in an apartment without a garden or balcony. In 2015, Stéphanie Gicquel experienced a confinement of another order, in Antarctica. With her husband Jérémie, the thirty-something crossed the South Pole in cross-country skiing, without a traction veil. A course of 2,045 kilometers in 74 days. This feat, which required four years of athletic and mental preparation, earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

In the frozen desert, she faced powerful waves of ice and temperatures down to -50 ° C. While they were walking, eight to sixteen hours a day, the spouses could not speak to each other because of the wind. Once sheltered in their tent, they did not communicate with their relatives in France. It was on their return that they learned of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks.

I struggled to readjust to the night – but also to noise, smells and urban pollution. It took me several weeks to get used to it

Stephanie Gicquel

Their “deconfinement” was difficult. “After 74 days in the middle of nature, in permanent daylight, I had a hard time readjusting to the night – but also to noise, smells and urban pollution. It took me several weeks to get used to it ”, explains the thirty-something in the report produced by Le Figaro.

Compared to what she endured five years ago, this year’s confinement seemed easy to Stéphanie Gicquel. “Digital tools have kept me in constant contact with my relatives”, appreciates the explorer. With the second wave, the ultra-trail competitions that she likes are postponed. The extreme sportswoman takes her trouble patiently. She has seen worse.

Report by Thomas Lestavel and Céline Freixe.


2021 Boston Marathon postponed from April to fall

The 125th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place in autumn 2021 at the earliest. Photo: Stew Milne / FR56276 AP / dpa (Image: dpa)
(Foto: Stew Milne / FR56276 AP / dpa)

Boston – After this year’s Boston Marathon had to be canceled for the first time in its history due to the corona pandemic, the 125th edition of the traditional race planned for April 19, 2021 will also be postponed.

As the organizers announced, the Boston Marathon should take place next autumn at the earliest due to the current Corona crisis. That year the marathon, which first took place in 1897, was postponed from April 20 to September 14 before it was finally canceled.

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“Rag boy”, “A secret life”, “DNA” … The films to see (or not) this week


Blumhouse, tension at the start

Jason Blum’s production company, known for its horrific hits, is streaming the first four in a series of eight on Amazon Prime. With the family as a common thread, it is an anthology that turns out to be more melodramatic than scary.


“I Voted!”: Former Florida Convicts Voting for the First Time in 150 Years

Yraida Guanipa’s sentence did not end when she was released from jail in 2007. For her, that moment began to arrive when she voted early in the US presidential election, after a long and stumbled fight to regain the suffrage of Florida ex-convicts.

The line at one of the early voting centers in Miami was long and punishing by the midday sun. But it was worth it for this 58-year-old who spent the last 11 fighting to vote.

Since 1868, people with a past conviction were banned from voting forever in Florida. This law had been designed by white leaders who were looking for a way to prevent slaves recently freed by the Civil War from being able to vote.

This changed 150 years later, in 2018, when Floridians decided in a referendum to restore the suffrage of those convicted who have already paid their debt to society, unless they had committed rape or homicide.

Thanks to Amendment 4, Guanipa was able to choose between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

“When I took the pencil to fill in the circle of my selection,” he says after leaving the voting center, “I felt that it was one more step towards complete freedom, which we still do not have, because the problem is that here when you have a sentence , that sentence has no end “.

“But with this step I am getting back to being that person I was before having a sentence,” he adds.

A Venezuelan-American with almost 40 years in the United States, Guanipa served almost 12 years in prison for a drug-related charge. Upon leaving, he founded the YG Institute, an NGO to help other ex-convicts in their transition to freedom.

Since 2009, he has helped promote Amendment 4, gathering signatures and participating in a federal lawsuit for incarcerated people to regain the right to vote upon release from prison, as is the case in most other states in the country.

“So many years collecting signatures, litigating in court … and this fight has this beautiful ending. Electing the president,” he tells AFP, with a sticker that says “I voted!” on the chest.

But not all ex-convicts in Florida can vote.

– “The first time” –

The “state of the Sun” is crucial in the elections that end on November 3 because your vote – which is unpredictable – has the potential to decide the presidency.

It is not known with certainty how many of the 1.4 million “returned citizens” who regained their voting rights in 2018 registered to vote in Florida.

An analysis of electoral records from the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald and ProPublica put this figure at 31,400, while the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), an NGO that advocates for the rights of ex-convicts, estimates that they were 67,000.

Of those, it is unknown how many can actually vote due to a series of restrictions designed by Republican congressmen and then signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally.

SB 7066 of 2019 diluted the power of Amendment 4 by imposing an obligation on expresses to pay all of their fines, court fees, and restitutions before registering to vote.

The legislators who designed this measure argued that ex-convicts do not serve their sentences until they pay all their monetary obligations.

The law disproportionately impacts African Americans and Hispanics.

The FRRC, aided by former Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg, raised $ 25 million from donors across the country to help ex-convicts pay off their debts, but about 900,000 were left out.

He added that in seven states, including Florida, more than one in seven African Americans cannot vote, twice the national average.

“I am 53 years old and it is the first presidential election I have voted in,” Desmond Meade, also a former con and leader of the FRRC, told reporters as he left his voting center in Orlando wearing a T-shirt that read “Let my people vote. “.


From the Giro de Hesjedal to that of Geoghegan Hart and Hindley, passing through the Girona field

On one of the walls of the McKiernans, the now deserted brewery on the Rambla de Girona, hangs a visible pink sweater of the Giro d’Italia. It is by Ryder Hesjedal, who, with dedication included, gave it to the people in charge of a place that is very close to the apartment where he lived when, in 2012, he was proclaimed champion of the Italian round by overcoming by only sixteen seconds. Catalan Joaquim Purito Rodriguez. Now, like that time, the Italian round has been settled in a time trial on the last day between two cyclists who, like Hesjedal, are part of the almost endless list of professional cyclists who, at one time or another in their careers, have chosen Girona to live and as the basis of his training. The kilometers recorded on Strava’s account indicate that, just a few days before the start of the Giro, the Australian Jai Hindley was training in Girona when he probably still did not dream that he would fight until the last day to win the Italian round. Nor would he do so by playing with an Englishman, Tao Geoghegan Hart, with whom he shared that, like him, he did not appear on the rounds to win the race and that he had also lived and trained in Girona until relatively recently. And, in addition, both Geoghegan Hart and Hindley took advantage of Girona’s two seasons in the First Division to go through Montilivi to watch football.

On Sunday evening, after Catalunya Ràdio recovered a photo of the winner of the Giro in Montilivi, Girona hurried to congratulate the INEOS cyclist for his victory, but from the club they overlooked the Australian from Sunweb , who had just lost the pink sweater for only 39 seconds, he had also supported them at the stadium. On Jai Hindley’s Instagram there is an image of him in Montilivi from March 2018 in which he himself remembers that that day Girona defeated Deportivo de La Coruña 2-0. With Pablo Machín on the bench, Girona added the three points with goals from Stuani and Juanpe.

Born in London and a fan of Arsenal, Tao Geoghegan Hart has often talked about Girona in its networks. Beyond the photo in Montilivi with the club’s cap and scarf, on Sunday on Catalunya Ràdio they also retrieved a tweet from Sant Narcís Day three years ago: Long live Catalonia!”. That day, Machín’s team beat Madrid (Stuani and Portu / Isco) 2-1 in a match that, in the previous days, was marked by doubts generated by the Madrid press about the reception that the Zidane’s team would have in Girona, a few weeks after October 1 and with the newly proclaimed DUI. The “Visca Catalunya” with which Tao Geoghegan Hart ended his tweet made it clear that the London cyclist was no stranger to the political climate in a city he frequented from a very young age when he began to excel in amateur hand cycling. of Axel Merckx.

With the team of the son of the legendary Eddy Merckx, Tao Geoghegan Hart grew, spending seasons in Girona itself where he had also lived, for a few months, his idol Bradley Wiggins, until he became a promising cyclist. Sure, the Englishman has not had the rapid explosion of Pogacar or Bernal, but at the age of 25 he has already managed to win a Giro d’Italia.

A growth that, as has happened in many cyclists who used to live in Girona, or with other young people of the future who have been maturing the INEOS, has happened in recent times more in Andorra and its mountains (and its taxation) than not because of the cycling atmosphere of Girona’s Barri Vell. However, his great rival in this Giro d’Italia, Jai Hindley, did not leave Girona until a few days before the Italian round began in Sicily. The Sunweb climber has set his residence in the city, as Ryder Hesjedal had it when he won the 2012 Giro, or as many professionals have, or have had, since the Danish Jonhy Weltz paved the way from the Garrotxa that Joan Llaneras had advised him and that the troupe by Lance Armstrong made it popular. Without going any further, one of the great gumgoers of the Jumbo in the Tour and the Giro, the Dutch veteran Robert Gesink, lives in Girona, as does, for example, the American Joey Rosskopf, who has just completed the Italian test with the CCC Nation, or the Australian Rory Sutherland, who is vying for the Vuelta with the Israel Start Up Nation trying to help its leader: another who knows the city very well, the Irishman Dan Martin.


FSB released a video from the search of the former head of Chelyabinsk after his verdict

The FSB Directorate for the Chelyabinsk Region, ten months after the arrest of the former head of Chelyabinsk, Yevgeny Tetfelev, and two hours after the announcement of the court’s verdict, published a video with a search of the former official’s house. The information was sent to the media by the press service of the department.

frame from FSB video

The video shows the very first search of Teftelev’s house. He behaves calmly, opens the door, says that he lives alone, gets acquainted with the decision to initiate a case. The decor in the cottage is quite simple, on the table there is a tablecloth and thermo napkins for food, sausage and cheese are cut into a saucer in the same place.

Teftelev’s awards are laid out in the drawers of the chest of drawers, which the FSB officers take out and purposefully remove. On the wall there is a painting depicting a young man in the form of a hussar, similar to Yevgeny Teftelev, and souvenir edged weapons. Also shown are boxes with cufflinks, apparently made of precious metals.

From several safes Teftelev gets money – from one thousand rubles, from the second – a shoebox with packs of five thousandth bills.

Recall that for accepting a bribe, the court sentenced Evgeny Teftelev to 3 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 37.5 million rubles, against 75 million and 6.5 years, which the state prosecution requested in the debate. The prosecutor has already announced that he will appeal the decision.

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The head of the Khabarovsk Territory “strengthens security” because “does not feel safe”

Acting Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev said that “he does not feel safe”, therefore “he strengthens the security.” “I don’t feel safe. I am strengthening security, I am introducing, in accordance with the recommendations of the security service, measures that have been introduced in all constituent entities of the Russian Federation and in all state authorities of the country. For some reason, they were not introduced in the government of the Khabarovsk Territory. Anyone can go to the government house. This not normal. There is undercover information that threats are coming. We have dragged too many “out of the trough”. And many people don’t like it. And the security service is working and will continue to work, “Degtyarev said during a press conference following the results of 100 days as acting governor.

Mikhail Degtyarev’s page / Instagram

Continuing the topic of safety, Degtyarev said that he considered it “normal” that the fans booed him at a hockey match at the Platinum Arena. “My entire career has been associated with entering a hostile environment. This has been the case since my first day in politics. But I will continue to go to hockey games. I’m the chairman of the board of trustees! I am responsible for the club, for its future, for the fans to enjoy victories. And if one of them shouted something there, whistled – it does not bother me in the least. I love all our fans and I am not offended, ”explained the acting governor.

In addition, Mikhail Degtyarev told reporters about his trip to Moscow, the program for the development of the Far East, instructions of the head of government Mikhail Mishustin on several objects (the Vanino – Sovetskaya Gavan road, the second and third stages of the dam in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, resettlement of emergency housing, etc. ), budgeting.

Mikhail Degtyarev was appointed acting governor of the Khabarovsk Territory on July 21 after Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked former head of the region Sergei Furgal, who was accused of a series of contract killings, over the loss of confidence. The arrest of Furgal and the appointment of Degtyarev caused outrage among the residents of the region, protests in Khabarovsk do not stop to this day.

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