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The descent vehicle of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-16 with three crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) landed in Kazakhstan, Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner returned to Earth, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy. This was reported on the Roscosmos website.
Soyuz MS-16 undocked from the ISS at 02:32 Moscow time. At 05:54 Moscow time, the cosmonauts returned safely to Earth. As reported by Roskosmos, all the operations for the descent from the near-earth orbit and the landing took place in the normal mode.
Cosmonauts Ivanishin and Wagner will be delivered today by special board to the Chkalovsky airfield in the Moscow region. They will spend the next few weeks in the complex for prelaunch training and post-flight rehabilitation of cosmonauts (astronauts) in Star City under the supervision of doctors.
The Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft with three crew members undocked from the ISS
The flight of the 63rd long-term expedition members – Ivanishin, Wagner and Cassidy – lasted almost 196 days. During this time, the crew conducted dozens of experiments, including in the field of medicine, space biology, and physical and technical processes.
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma), winner of the Vuelta 2019, donned the first red jersey of this edition after winning the first day between Irun and Arrate, 173 kilometers. With an attack less than a kilometer from the finish line, Roglic finished the solo work with a time of 4.22.33, followed by 1 second by Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (Ineos) and Irishman Dan Martin (Israel).
In Lebanon, the change is obviously not for now. President Michel Aoun was to open, Thursday, October 15, official consultations to designate a head of government capable of getting the country out of the rut in which it finds itself. At the last minute, these were postponed for a week, to Thursday, October 22, “Due to the emergence of difficulties which need to be overcome”, announced the presidency.
In fact, informal negotiations have already started and we can already see the photos of the meetings between major party leaders circulating. And the result could have a bitter taste for the actors of the protest …
→ ANALYSIS. Lebanon: still deprived of government, the country is heading “towards hell”
As they prepare to celebrate, Saturday, October 17, the first anniversary of the thawra, the Lebanese revolution, it is Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister whose departure they have not without difficulty, who could make his big return to the Seraglio, the residence of the Prime Ministers. “I am convinced that the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron is the only and last opportunity to stop the collapse of the country and rebuild Beirut”, said in a statement the head of the Current of the Future, expressing his availability.
Son of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, himself already twice appointed to this post, in 2009 and 2016, Saad Hariri does not exactly have the profile requested by Emmanuel Macron in the roadmap he left on 1is September: “A government of specialists who do not belong to political parties” for “Implement the reforms” essential to the survival of the country.
Unperturbed, the Sunni leader wants to try his luck, even if nothing indicates that the blocking factors which led Moustapha Adib to give up in September have disappeared. In particular the refusal of the Shiite parties – Hezbollah and Amal – that a Sunni prime minister can appoint all the members of the cabinet.
Invoking the Constitution, article 95 of which provides that communities must be “Fairly represented in government”, Hezbollah is keen to uphold the tradition that each of them names ” his “ ministers, and also to retain the lucrative post of finance minister, regularly allocated to a Shiite in recent years.
→ READ. In Lebanon, Hezbollah on the defensive after Emmanuel Macron’s charge
For their part, other figures in the Lebanese political scene, such as Gebran Bassil, son-in-law of President Aoun and accustomed to ministerial cabinets, are reluctant to pass their turn if Saad Hariri was himself authorized to lead the crew. « Macron was greeted with smiles and promises, but as soon as he turned his back, the political blocs started arguing for power again and meanwhile the economic crisis worsened ”sighs a European diplomat.
Well aware of all these pitfalls, Saad Hariri could apply the same recipe as his predecessor, the ephemeral Hassan Diab, who resigned after the explosion that devastated the port of Beirut on August 4: let each camp name its « experts », officially to better focus on the essential: reforms. According to those close to him, the meetings of the last few days were organized for this purpose: to verify « l’engagement » Lebanese parties in favor of the reform plan he defends and “The absence of blocking practices”.
The demonstrators, convinced that the political class is responsible for the looting of the country, have stopped waiting for them to find a solution to their ills. “Immediately after his resignation, we knew that Saad Hariri was coming back: our only question was ‘when'”, ironically Hussein el-Achi, lawyer and head of the Menteshrin movement, born out of the October revolution. “He is just the Trojan horse of this whole clique of politicians that we know very well how it works. By bringing Hariri back, they think they are calming the Sunnis. By using violent incidents, they try to frighten Christians and then present Hariri to them as a savior. But the only thing he saved was his money in Switzerland and Luxembourg! “
→ PORTRAIT. Lebanon: Hussein El Achi, changing society through politics
Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October, when the actors of the thawra will celebrate the anniversary of their first parades just a year ago, Saad Hariri should not be spared by their slogans. “Some activists see his return to the head of government as a provocation”, denounces Hussein el-Achi.
Gipuzkoa hosts next Tuesday the first stage of the Back to Spain “Responsibly” and “keeping a distance”, as there will be no public, especially at the finish line of Alto de Arrate, in Eibar.
The Deputy for Culture and Sports of Gipuzkoa, Rock Millan, and the mayors of Irun and Eibar, Jose Antonio Santano Y Miguel de los Toyos, respectively, have presented this first stage of the round in San Sebastián this Friday, which will unite both municipalities in a route of 169.5 kilometers.
The stage will start in Irun and will pass through Errenteria, San Sebastián, Usurbil, Orio, Zumaia, Azkoitia, Zumarraga, Oñati, Soraluze and Eibar, among other Gipuzkoan towns, until ending with a arrival high, in the port of Arrate, second-rate.
“Gipuzkoa lives cycling with passion and the Vuelta is one of the greatest events in the sport of cycling, which has a multitude of followers among our fans,” said Millán, who stated that it is a “magnificent opportunity” to show the organizational capacity of the institutions of the territory and “show all the positive values that are experienced around sport.”
Millán has admitted that the organizers and institutions involved would have liked all of this to have been reflected in the enthusiasm of the fans as the peloton passed by, “but this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “Prudence rules” and the Vuelta can only be enjoyed “with responsibility and keeping the distance”.
The mayor of Irun, Jose Antonio Santano, has affirmed that for the border city it constitutes «an honor and a challenge «organize the exit» in a year as special as this «. “We have been working with Ficoba for weeks, with the organization of the tour and with many collaborators to guarantee all the security measures and not subtract one iota from the sporting event that is a stage of La Vuelta,” he added.
For his part, De los Toyos recalled that Eibar has always been linked to cycling, so “being able to host the end of the first stage of La Vuelta on its 75th anniversary is an unbeatable opportunity.”
With the Giro besieged by the pandemic, the 2020 Vuelta that will begin in Irun on Tuesday It tries to shield itself in its bubble so as not to leave a crack of access to the coronavirus. Their survival is at stake. Among the anti-Covid measures is the change in the act of signatures prior to each stage, which is mandatory. To avoid tampering with
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The humor of ‘Vaya Semanita’ is back on EiTB. From this Thursday, videos of ‘Vaya Semanita Xtream’ will be offered on eitb.eus. It will be available on all platforms on websites, mobile applications, smart TVs and social networks.
The comedy show “Vaya Semanita” premiered in September 2003 on ETB2. Now, seventeen years later, it will return via eitb.eus to become a “VS Xtream” to be broadcast on EiTB’s digital platforms. The goal is the same as before: to laugh at everyday life and current affairs, and to humorously reflect on what is happening around us.
Produced by Pausoka, Javier Garcia de Vicuña is directed by Iker Galartza, Andoni Agirrekomezkorta, Maribel Salas, Miriam Cabeza and Lorea Intxausti. They will work on sketches for about a minute and a half on current events. “While COVID-19 covers much of the news, the‘ VS Xtream ’session will also address other issues, offering a fresh and fun look,” the director explained.
Some of the videos will be in Basque, others in Spanish, and the network will be disseminated. «As we have seen on eitb.eus, young viewers, many young people who did not follow the session live in their time, have now seen and shared the sketches on various social networks. In this way, we believe that the initiative will be well received, ”said Iñako Gurrutxaga, Head of Content at EITBnet. Garcia de Vicuña also added that the network is very well suited to the format of Vaya Semanita. Every day they will open a new sketch from their website, which will then be shared on Twitter and Facebook as well.
What did that 1996 Catalan League give Valvi?
Mostly it gave credibility to a project that was just beginning. I remember that in the team there was Pep Cargol, Corchiani himself, who was a highly valued base in Europe … It was a situation quite similar to the current one, with Bàsquet Girona able to win the title against a former ACB like Lleida, well consolidated, in addition, in the LEB Or. This Catalan League gives impetus to the project led by Marc Gasol, which has more and more people behind it. I’ve been a partner since my freshman year and I don’t know how many there are now, but the progression must have been growing.
What do you know about Corchiani?
He is in North Carolina. We follow him on Instagram, he’s a businessman who opened a restaurant on the North Carolina State campus. He is still linked to the university but from outside. It was key that day in Manresa. He gave us a lot, not only with that basket that was worth a title, but all year round, because it was a pure base that he organized on the track. From Quim Costa that Valvi did not have a reference with that domain in the base position. He carried the ball and you knew we wouldn’t do beasts. He was a good shooter and very good tio. There were three Americans on the team, him, Middleton and Pelle, and each had their specialty. Then you could have players from the country. That team worked well because we were 5 or 6 players from the country and that makes it easier for there to be chemistry in the locker room. With good judgment, Bàsquet Girona has made a team this year they also know very well what they wanted, with young players from here, and an excellent relationship with ACB clubs to reach agreements for transfers.
Skin had a boa?
(Laughs) Yes, he had a snake. He took her a couple of times to the locker room. In the end we told him not to do it anymore …
What can Saturday’s title give Girona?
The first, a certain status. So far Marc Gasol’s project has been growing slowly. A title like this makes the basketball world say “alert, these are already here!”. That this is serious, go. Everyone says that Girona has made a good team, probably one of the youngest in the category, and they look good, they look nice. Now, this season there is only one promotion to ACB and the clear favorites are from other clubs like Breogan, Palencia or A Coruña. Girona must consolidate in LEB Or, without giving up anything, of course, because it has quality and talent. But the money that has been spent on other clubs like the ones I said makes them favorites to fight to get up.
Girona is a benchmark in women’s basketball thanks to Uni. Do the 20 years at the ACB still make it a respected place in men’s basketball?
Girona has an indisputable pedigree. One example is Fontajau. There are few pavilions like this one in LEB Or, maybe only those of exACB and A Coruña teams. Fontajau also dresses. The three players I represent who have signed for Girona (Dani Garcia, Aleix Font and Pep Busquets) when they came to the presentation freaked out with Fontajau. They know that they are in a place that has already been ACB basketball, and that top international players have retired here. At the time of Valvi, everyone knew that when you came to Girona you were probably charged because there was a patron named Joaquim Vidal. It is similar now. It is known that Bàsquet Girona is a serious club where it is paid daily. When a player has to choose between Girona and another destination, he will come here for that, and for the organizational structure that they have set up … and that makes them go ahead of ACB clubs.
Is there a risk that Gasol will repeat the same mistakes as Akasvayu or San Jose?
No. Impossible. Mainly because they are their limes. I think people are excited about the club and the project but Marc can’t be left alone. Companies have to come in to collaborate, and I know that this is being done and done well, involving people from Girona and young people, who are more eager to work than to go out to the newspapers.
Is it sustainable in Girona to have elite football and first-class women’s and men’s basketball?
Elite sport is impossible to be sustainable. For years, Bàsquet Girona has been walking around the schools talking about the values of sport and doing it in English to make children and young people aware of the importance of the language. What value does this have economically? This is where institutions need to create exchanges of values, not give money because they do. Marc is doing very well. Whether it is sustainable or not will be seen in the end. Initially, betting on Catalan players who want to vindicate themselves is a good decision.
What was the most valued title of that Valvi?
The Korac semifinals were the second step. It was that the Catalan league was not a coincidence. At that time Spanish basketball was going to a level like what is being experienced now in ACB, which Tenerife or Burgos in the past are able to win the third European competition. Limoges had a team coached by Dusko, top-notch people from France and two Americans top. The most beautiful thing was the trip. It is not the destination, but the journey. Rimini, Imola and Rome was to win and not lose, for something beautiful. Those years are the most beautiful. The first two years sportingly were beautiful. Seeing Gasol, Sada, San Emeterio was very nice, but it had an unhappy ending.
What will the club find in the LEB Gold?
The coronavirus now marks everything, it is a bitch because it generates a situation of great uncertainty. If it happens at the ACB that a match has to be canceled the day before, imagine what can happen to LEB Gold or LEB Silver. I know that PCRs are done in Girona but you don’t know if the rival is too. There is no protocol from the Federation, which has left it in the hands of regional governments and clubs. Beyond this uncertainty will be a nice league, which due to the crisis and budget cuts has many Spanish players, young, some from LEB Plata, and with few American players. It will be a competitive league where everyone can win.
Do you see Girona again in the ACB?
It is very difficult for me to decide between medium, long or short term, but yes, I see it in the ACB. Girona has everything to play in the ACB again. Now the promotions are real, we have a pavilion ready and also the club has a patron who if you have to put a canon, will put it. But I repeat, you can’t leave him alone. Marc needs the help of companies, institutions and the fans.
Photo: Alexey Pavlishak / TASS
In Russia, the second stage of the program of sales of tours around the country has begun with the possibility of a partial refund in the form of a cashback. You can buy a trip from October 15 to midnight on December 5, and you can go on a trip until January 10 inclusive.
The conditions of the second stage of the program have changed compared to the first. Now the program includes trips from two nights (previously it was from four nights), and a 20% refund applies to tours of any value. In addition, the maximum amount of the return was increased to 20 thousand rubles. (earlier it was 15 thousand rubles).
To participate in the program, you must pay for your trip with a Mir card. Cashback will be credited automatically within five days from the date of payment for the trip.
ATOR predicted an increase in demand for tours with cashback
For the first time, the government announced the tourist cashback program at the end of July. This program ran for a week from 20 to 28 August. According to the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova, travelers have purchased tours for 1.4 billion rubles during this time. In total, 15 billion rubles were allocated from the budget for tourist cashbacks.