Boeing 747 and Airbus A380: The last giant jets in the sky

TA lot of onlookers were standing at Narita Airport near Tokyo when a huge airplane from Europe floated in for the first time in spring 2019, painted in a funny turtle design. When the Japanese All Nippon Airlines (ANA) offered its first scheduled flight with this jet shortly afterwards, it was sold out in no time. The airline called its new A380 “Flying Honu”, named after an endangered sea turtle in Hawaii. The fans stood upside down, had themselves photographed in front of the giant plane before the first flight with A380 models or with turtle actors in kitschy costumes.

The Airbus A380, the largest airliner in the world, has always sparked enthusiasm among passengers and airplane fans, since its first flight with paying guests in 2007 with Singapore Airlines. ANA was the last of 15 airlines to get their A380 – that was just over a year ago.


Injured against La Rochelle, Toulouse’s Clément Castets is uncertain for the European quarter-final against Ulster – Rugby – Top 14 – ST

Among the victims are the number 8 of the France team Grégory Alldritt and his Rochelais hooker teammate Pierre Bourgarit, both dismissed from the field for concussion and immediately replaced. Stunned, the two players never returned to the field. The manager of the Maritimes Jono Gibbes wanted to be reassuring after the meeting: “I saw them in the locker room at the end of the game, and they didn’t seem to be doing badly. “


The performing arts breathe – Culture / Next

Today, the Prime Minister went to the Ministry of Culture to meet representatives of the performing arts. It was a first. The gesture, symbolic, is up to the challenge: to save the industry, by specifying the large masses of the aid of 2 billion euros to Culture announced the day before. On the other side of the government table, the protagonists of the various sectors (current music, classical music, theater, dance and puppetry) went there confident but wary.

Last week, at the same ministry, meetings were also held between Roselyne Bachelot and these same representatives. The minister came out strong with one conviction: to deconfin the rooms. What she only got halfway during the last Defense Council. Yes, in the departments which are not in the red zone, the distance (and therefore the vacant seat between spectators or groups of spectators) disappears, which allows the venues to have a surplus of ticketing by presenting shows without any other restriction on the gauge than the general limit to 5,000 people. But the list of departments in the red zone is only growing – Île de France, just like Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux or Toulouse are part of it – and the progress hailed by professionals is ultimately almost of the status quo as as the epidemic gains ground.

“Primacy of the State”

The sector’s last hope therefore lies in this envelope. How will the live show be served? Rather well in reality. The result “Is positive. There is a strong commitment. And that is new, smiles Nicolas Dubourg, president of the Union of artistic and cultural enterprises (Syndéac), reached by phone when leaving the ministry. The Prime Minister insisted on reaffirming the primacy of the State in matters of cultural policy. And, beyond the amounts, insisted on the question of how: no question of putting gas plants back in place, but on the contrary of finding solutions so that the money is spent quickly, until 2022, and according to the needs.” Adding that, otherwise, it would be “Redeployed”.

Aurélie Hannedouche, general delegate of the Syndicat des musiques nouvelles (SMA), and representative of a sector at a complete standstill (standing concerts) also salutes the determination of the executive: “With the Minister, he listened to more than twenty organizations, gave a very mobilized, very concerned speech, saying in substance: culture is France, but it is also an economic sector. We will help you to continue to face up to it, help companies to resume their activity and not serve as a crutch for inactivity. ” Even if, moreover, a budget will compensate, via a mechanism to be put in place, the losses suffered during confinement.

Three main sectors

Aid for live shows announced yesterday would represent some 432 million euros in this envelope of 2 billion. And are directed to two major sectors: 220 million for private shows, including music (1), and 200 million for subsidized shows. “All this excluding the white year for intermittent workers and the financing of partial unemployment type activities. We are really on the recovery ”, adds Hannedouche.

In the share allocated to public theater, 100 million euros should be devoted to national operators (Paris Opera and the five national theaters), 30 to regional institutions (CDN), 30 to orchestras, ensembles and festivals, 20 for the ecological transition, 12 to finance artistic creation and employment (companies) … “It is now up to the unions to ensure that the recovery concerns artists, permanent staff and serves to defend employment”, adds Nicolas Dubourg.

“Very good announcements”

Aid for music will be entrusted to the recent National Music Center (CNM), to relieve the entire industry, record and live, producers, authors and broadcasters. “There is a real effort on the music, continues Aurélie Hannedouche. In addition, we have had confirmation of a strengthening and extension of tax credits until 2024 ”, instead of 2022. The Board of Directors of the CNM, of which she is a member, “Should meet in October to decide on the breakdown of this aid”.

The question of distance in theaters in the red zone was also raised. The unions believe that maintaining limited gauges while relaunching the live performance would prove unproductive while giving a bad image of the sector. “The fact that I did not manage to write down the answer to this question from the Prime Minister shows that there was a vagueness”, smiles a protagonist. Nicolas Dubourg notes: “We are happy with the reaffirmation of the role of the state. The ball is now rue de Valois as to the device. “ Joined by Aurélie Hannedouche, who concludes: “The announcements are very good. We will see if the production meets our expectations. “

(1) And not outside the musical sector which would collect an additional 200 million, as we had written yesterday by mistake according to the figures given by the participants.

Guillaume Tion


Ricardo Mexia: ″ We are all a little apprehensive about what is going to happen now ″

On Wednesday, 362 more cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal were confirmed. This Thursday, the same indicator rose to 399. The growth of daily cases, in the last two days, may be nothing more than a statistical adjustment, reminded yesterday (26th) the Minister of Health, but it is still an alert for “the fragility of our achievements “, said Marta Temido.

At a time when the number of new infections has increased significantly in Spain, France or the United Kingdom, for example, the Portuguese government announced, on Thursday, more preventive measures. The president of the National Association of Public Health Doctors recalls that the pandemic has not disappeared and that September will bring new challenges (such as returning to face-to-face classes), which may have an impact on the number of cases of covid. “We are all a little apprehensive about what is going to happen now,” says Ricardo Mexia to DN.

“We cannot let our guard down, especially in this period of resumption, the end of holidays, the beginning of school activity. All of this will have an important impact, especially if we start this period with a number of cases of this nature”, points out the public health specialist at the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge.

Since Monday, the Directorate-General for Health has confirmed a further 1076 cases of covid-19, even though, on the first two days of the week, daily infections did not reach the 200 barrier. the 399 cases are the highest number of records in 24 hours since the 10th of June (when 402 were notified). The region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where the two mortal victims of the last day lived, is the one with the most infections (186), followed by the north (161).

There are 37 more new cases than the day before, when the Minister of Health, in a press conference, spoke about the possibility that the numbers at the beginning of the week are “artificially lower than in reality”. “We hope that these numbers will fade in the next few days. Which we can confirm over time,” continued Marta Temido.

The increase in cases in the last 48 hours, which is not reflected in the number of deaths or hospitalizations, can still be interpreted, according to the minister, as an example of the “fragility of our conquests” in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. “We have had an epidemiological situation that has been accommodating from the point of view of the response of the Portuguese health system, and specifically the National Health Service”, but at any moment the situation can be reversed.


Comment: Job cuts at MAN: Söder must make Augsburg a top priority

Kuka and Premium Aerotec were already Augsburg’s problem children. Now, MAN is threatened with massive job cuts. That is why a comprehensive concept for the city is needed.

The region Augsburg is one of the most important industrial locations Germany. Again and again massive structural crises had to be overcome, like after the collapse of the textile industry. In the process, something new was reliably created in the city, where the old no longer paid off. And in the past few years of a massive upswing, Augsburg has also developed into an at first glance strong economic center. But industrial plaster in particular has been crumbling for some time, which cannot be masked by the success of some start-up companies. Because traditional industrial companies disappear completely, as the Osram and later Ledvance tragedy made painfully clear.

Kuka, Premium Aerotec and MAN: Many industrial heavyweights cut jobs in Augsburg

But what is really dangerous, especially in times of crisis: Many city heavyweights are controlled externally, the robot manufacturer Kuka China, the Airbus supplier Premium Aerotec from Toulouse, France and the engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions from Volkswagen out Wolfsburg. There are plenty of jobs in all three companies. Kuka gets off the most lightly. It is an advantage for the company that the Chinese owners do not want to appear as Rambos even under political pressure from their own country. The situation is less comfortable with Premium Aerotec and now also with MAN. There is a massive job cut in each case. For both companies, the problems are partly cyclical, which is also a result of the corona epidemic. The companies also suffer from structural problems, i.e. at high costs. This is a dangerous situation, reminiscent of the 1990s, when domestic industrial companies massively relocated production to cheaper countries abroad.

The latest closure in the region hits Ledvance - on October 12, 2018, production was finally discontinued.

These traditional companies in the region got into trouble

Picture: Ulrich Wagner

An “Augustana 2030 Agenda” is needed to maintain the important location

In such a sensitive phase, one thing above all helps: Companies must also take countermeasures with political support. It works best with innovation. Bavaria’s Economics Minister Aiwanger has recognized this and is strongly committed to Premium Aerotec and MAN. However, according to the MAN Job Hammer, the Augsburg industrial location requires more intensive funding. The fact that a traditional house like MAN wants to cut up to 1,800 jobs in the city is reminiscent of the worst economic times for the city. Therefore, Prime Minister Söder as Franke must make the fate of the Swabian metropolis a top priority. Augsburg needs a comprehensive concept, a kind of “Augustana 2030 Agenda” to maintain Bavaria’s important industrial location.

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In Toulouse, the Visigoths emerged from the shadows and their graves

It was a flourishing and fleeting kingdom – it did not have more than a century of existence in the north of the Pyrenees -, of which the official history has so far made little mention … Extended from Aquitaine to Septimania (ancient Narbonne Gaul), its territory, granted in 418 by the Western Roman emperor Honorius, however included two thirds of the Iberian peninsula at its peak; and its capital Toulouse (Tolosa for the Gallo-Romans at the time), a prosperous city surrounded by a rampart, was conveniently served by important road and river axes.

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In short, until the defeat against the Franks at the Battle of Vouillé in 507, the Visigoth kingdom of Toulouse was not the barbaric parenthesis, from sacking to looting (and vice versa) on the margins of a decayed empire, unfairly portrayed by bad historians and pop culture. Moreover, in recent years, the knowledge acquired through archeology has profoundly changed the view of scientists on this forgotten dynasty of the Ve century of our era. A destiny that proposes to retrace a skilful and unprecedented exhibition at the Saint-Raymond museum until the end of the year, 1,600 years after the occupation of the premises by the Visigoths.

Jewels (bronze buckle-plate, fibula, three pearls) attributed to the Visigoths found in a tomb dated from the end of the 5th century in Estagel (Pyrénées Orientales). Visigothic jewelry (bronze buckle plate, fibula and three pearls) found in a tomb dated from the end of the Ve century in Estagel (Pyrénées-Orientales) and exhibited at the Saint-Raymond museum in Toulouse. Photo DR

What can we learn there during a short hour of wandering among the 250 objects of this temporary collection (many gold jewels in particular, as well as combs or coins) and for some loaned by prestigious European institutions? (Warsaw Archaeological Museum, National History Museum of Romania, etc.)? First, that recent excavations have made it possible to archaeologically attest to the installation of this Germanic people, originally from present-day Romania and Moldavia, in the south-west of ancient Gaul. “Preventive archeology and the recent discovery of ten fundamental Visigoth sites have shattered many postulates and theories”, underlines in this regard Laure Barthet, curator of the exhibition and curator of the Toulouse museum.

Goldsmith pieces

Unearthed in Seysses (Haute-Garonne) in 2018 by the office of archaeological investigations Hades, along an ancient road connecting Toulouse and Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, a cemetery dated Ve century composed of about 150 burials has, for example, delivered the human remains of individuals of all ages and all sexes with skulls elongated backwards, a common practice among Eastern Germanic peoples such as the Goths or the Burgundians. But in this necropolis was also unearthed a unique tomb: that of a young woman of high social rank, nicknamed the “Lady of Seysses”. Looted several times, his tomb, a limestone sarcophagus – the only one found on the site – indeed contained vestiges of adornment (a swastika-shaped ring and an ornate iron belt buckle), including goldsmith’s work bear witness to great wealth. “We know the Visigoths mainly thanks to the Visigoths, recalls in this regard the archaeologist Laure Barthet. It is in the tombs of women that we found East Germanic ornaments or the evidence of very particular funerary furniture. ”

The exhibition is also a healthy reminder of the forgotten imprint of the “Goths of the West” on Toulouse, then an early Christian city of 92 hectares with its primitive churches and its public buildings inherited from the ancient city. Despite their ephemeral reign – the kingdom was truly autonomous from 466 to 507, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire under Euric and Alaric II – and the maintenance of identical Roman administrative structures. “The Visigothic kings maintained the urban fabric of the city and the water supply network, adds the director of the Saint-Raymond museum. The town plan and the plot still bear traces of the Visigoths, like the churches they have known: Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines and Sainte-Marie la Daurade. “

Illustration of the palace of the Visigoth kings of Toulouse, the site of which was located on the current Place de Bologne.  Photo Christian Darles.  DR
Illustration of the palace of the Visigoth kings of Toulouse, whose site was located on what is now Place de Bologne. Photo Christian Darles. DR

A revival of historical interest?

Discovered at the end of the 80s during excavations on the current Place de Bologne (north-west of the ancient city), the remains of a palatial residence on the edge of the Garonne, dated Ve century, moreover attest “A gesture of town planning by the Visigothic power” like the remains of a mausoleum unearthed in 2011, during the construction of the Toulouse School of Economics.

The gradual rediscovery of a history passed in silence, unlike Spain where the Visigoth period ended by the Arab conquest of 711 is integrated into the national narrative? “In France, the Visigoths were seen only as a barbaric episode, but this notion used since the XIXe century is detrimental to their history and to Visigothic archeology, which does not have much funding, concludes Laure Barthet. However, many questions remain unanswered: how much can we, for example, estimate the Visigoth population? What was the extent of their settlement? ” A revival of historical interest for the period (1) and new archaeological clues may be able to answer them.

(1) To go further, read the Visigothic Kingdom of Occitania, by Joël Schmidt, Perrin editions, 2008.

“Visigoths. Rois de Toulouse ”, at the Saint-Raymond museum, Toulouse, until December 27.

Florian Bardou special correspondent in Toulouse


Ligue 1, Toulouse and Amiens won the appeal

For the Council of State, to whom were referred the two clubs after the relegation to the cause of the suspension to the Coronavirus, it should be ridiscussa the convention that regulates the conduct of the tournament. But the championship should not leave

The Ligue 1 title again, but the next season may be held to 22 teams. Is how it appears from the judgment of the Council of State upholding the appeal of Toulouse, and Amiens, returned following the suspension of the championship at the end of April, despite missing ten days. The judgment of the highest administrative authority unmount then part of the procedure adopted by the League, after the government, in full pandemic, was expressed to permanently stop the football championship. Indication and was immediately accepted by the Football association, and then endorsed by the board of directors of the League, forced now to change everything. In fact, for the Council of State, in the light of the events that led to stop the competition, must be ridiscussa the convention that regulates the carrying out of the Ligue 1, without excluding the possibility of the membership to 22 teams.


In the next season, in addition to receiving the neopromosse Lorient and Lens, may be reinstated even Toulouse, and Amiens, whose relegation was suspended. Rejected instead the use of the Lyon asking to resume the championship, perhaps with a system of playoffs. Season 2019-20, it is permanently stored and the team of Rudi Garcia, the seventh-and-out of the european cup, must beat Psg in the final of the League cup to qualify at least for Europa League.


Coming back to the studio for the Ballet du Capitole

They are six masked dancers to follow the “1,2,3, bent” of the ballet master Minh Pham for the dancing lessons a bit special. From the first notes of the pianist, accompanist, hidden in a corner of the studio, legs swinging in the air with elegance, rhythm. But at a distance.

For an hour and a quarter, the dancers resume possession of their body. First to the bar, spaced three metres, and then in the middle, with small jumps on the spot. Kader Belarbi, director of the Ballet du Capitole, is applied to taping of the cross white, 5 yards of each other on the lino black of the studio, in the suburbs of toulouse : “These tags serve as landmarks, but the dancers know instinctively how to highlight their body in a limited space. “

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The not moving is done one by one, and the floor exercises remain banned. Funny dance as the déconfinement. The director must juggle between freedom of movement and safety : “The last space of freedom for a man, it is his body. Today this freedom is measured, or even stopped. However, it is through the body that the dancer is expressing. At this point his body is hidden, so his word is too. It upsets our article “

The masked dance

If the distance does not pose great difficulty, however, the mask quickly becomes annoying and it is with eagerness that Safia Caminiti removes the end-of-course : “I was starting to feel bad. It is not obvious how to breathe while doing a sport continuous. One feels the drops of sweat on the inside and it is quite scary to look at themselves in the mirrors with. “

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This protection, which is mandatory, requires extra effort to communicate in a ballet, bringing together 14 different nationalities : “I don’t speak French very well it’s not easy for me to not have the task to understand the indications of the ballet master “says Ruslan Savdenov, a native of Kazakhstan. “4,5,6, rl, and 8, heel, folded. Go luck, I know it is difficult “, promotes Minh Pham, under the eyes amused of the pianist. It’s 30 °C outside and the atmosphere quickly becomes heavy.

Even if before re-entering the studio, each member of the ballet has undergone medical tests proving its ability to resume the dance. “We paid very close attention to the physical condition of the dancers. As in all professions, for the containment, some have worked, others less “note Kader Belarbi.

But the choreographer did not let go of his foals for two months. “We had dance classes on Zoom all day and we even got sent the lino to work the spikes “stresses Ruslan Savdenov. Once the course is completed, an employee in a white suit comes in and sanitizes the room. This choreography sanitary is repeated throughout the day.

Soon shows for the long-term care facilities

The crisis has been a source of reflection for the Ballet du Capitole : “I prepare choreography without contact between the dancers. And I have the opportunity, moreover, to have four couples in a team, which allows me to play on a difference of the writing arts “says Kader Belarbi. The director is also looking to the clean directory to the ballet in toulouse to adjust to works from the classical to the current and envisaged a dissemination of shows focused on the region.

“Our whole proposal stage will be renewed, but at least it regains its vigor. Culture is not a priority in times of crisis, but she brings a bubbling of life for the society. “ This is confirmed in a Clear Roserot Of Melin, general manager of the Capitol Theatre. She prepares for mid-June dance performances in long-term care facilities and leisure centres of Toulouse, accompanied by members of the Choir and Orchestra of the Capitole. “The gradual recovery of the ballet motivates us to raise our other cultural activities and to continue to keep a link with the public, waiting to re-open our rooms. “

On the 28th of may would have had to be the first of Toulouse-Lautrec, creation of Kader Belarbi, postponed to 4 November next. Finally it was the first day of dance post-containment. The emotion was different, but palpable.


The Ballet du Capitole

The Ballet du Capitole is the second dance company to resume its activities after the Ballet du Rhin in Strasbourg.

The Capitol has seen the emergence of a troupe of dancers as early as the XVIIIe century, but it only occurs while in the opera performances. It is in 1949 that the Ballet emancipating itself from the tutelage of the lyric and becomes a real dance company.

It is headed since 2012 by the star dancer (Paris Opera) and choreographer Kader Belarbi and consists of 35 dancers, including 4-star.

For the season 2019-2020, the Ballet had scheduled 33 performances in Toulouse and 25 in tours, France, and Spain.


Terror at 7 and 522: fierce shooting after a chase

The passers-by and motorists who circulated this afternoon with absolute calm and normality in the area of ​​Avenida 7 and 522 were shocked by a scene of terror. Within seconds, a shootout broke out between police officers and the occupants of a car that was reportedly intercepted.

Apparently and according to the first information provided by police sources and witnesses at the scene, the police officers intercepted a Renault 9 that they had been tracking as a suspect and at the corner of 6 and 521 they stopped it to – in principle – identify its two occupants.

What followed was a sequence of terror that may have ended in tragedy. First an escape attempt and later a fierce shooting in the confrontation between the police and the alleged criminals just meters from the corner of Avenida 7 and 522.

According to what witnesses have provided, there are at least a dozen shell cases at the site.

The balance of the episode yielded one casualty from each side. A cash with an impact on a leg that had to be transferred to the San Roque de Gonnet hospital and a criminal with a gunshot wound.

While the other accomplice ended up apprehended on the spot.


Toulouse: agreement for lower wages during the 2020-2021 season – Rugby – Top 14

After Castres and Toulon, it is Toulouse which officially communicated this Wednesday on the sensitive subject of salaries while the finances of the clubs are affected by the interruption of competitions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

“An agreement has been reached between the club management and the players in the professional workforce for a reduction in their remuneration for the 2020-2021 season, explains the club in a press release. […] VShe project, which had been exposed to the entire workforce by President Didier Lacroix, was approved unanimously. It provides for a reduction in wages of a maximum amount of 15% on the remuneration of the professional staff during the 2020-2021 season, on the condition of a normal resumption of competitions next September. Similar negotiations will soon be conducted with the sports staff. “