in Northern Ireland, “the world will not stop turning”

In the Titanic district of Belfast, the orange of the sky is reflected in a sea of ​​oil. On the old docks that saw the construction of the giant ocean liner at the turn of the last century, clusters of children try out their brand-new bikes and scooters. On Thursday, December 31, at 11 p.m., the United Kingdom left the European Union. A bitter day for Northern Ireland which voted 55.8% against Brexit.

A six-week lockdown and a curfew have emptied the city of its young people, but families intend to take advantage of the slightest ray of sunshine. Maria, in her forties, Philadelphia Eagles beanie pulled over her ears, shrugs her shoulders. “To be honest, I don’t understand a thing”, admits this saleswoman in a cosmetics store. “I still don’t know how it will affect my work. However, things are bound to change because we have European and British clients. “

“It’s a sad day, because we are European! “

The lack of clarity annoys him: “To believe that the government leaves us in the dark so that we can make mistakes and get fines!” “. But the prospect of having to apply for a visa to enter Europe leaves her unmoved: like 700,000 North Irish people, she holds an Irish passport which allows her to travel and work freely in the 27 countries of the Union. .

At the end of the pier, you can see the port. Huge cranes are busy there to unload the cargo ships. Not far away, the ferry terminal welcomes the few passengers from Scotland and Liverpool. “Yesterday, we were on a bench watching the boats coming from Sweden, Germany… I can’t help but think that it will be more complicated now”sighs Pol, who works at the local university. “It’s a sad day, because we are European! “

His mate, Colum, nods. “Being part of the EU made us feel more important than just being Northern Irish, he slips. People here tend to be islanders, and if they stay together it all ends up revolving around the question of Irish or British identity. We have just lost something important, all for a vague ideal of British sovereignty. “

The fear of the reawakening of “old wounds between Catholics and Protestants”

Like many, Colum is concerned that the new deal will “Awakens old wounds between Catholics and Protestants”. Because, if the former want the reunification of the Emerald Isle and are delighted that the land border remains open, the latter are worried about seeing their privileged relationship with Great Britain undermined by controls at sea. Ireland. “We still have hope”, tempers Pol. “Whatever happens, the world will not stop turning, the business will continue and we will always have the opportunity to go on vacation to Spain or France! “

At 19, Karl Duncan shares this optimism. Committed to the Social Democratic and Labor Party (SDLP), he wants to imagine a future where “Prosperity would replace divisions”. Too young to have voted in the referendum on Britain’s exit from the EU, he has followed the negotiations closely. “Much has changed in the past four years: the political scene has changed, in the south and in the north of Ireland. “ Thanks to Brexit? Maybe, he admits, even though he’s fiercely opposed to it. “I especially have the impression that we are at a turning point in our history”, he rejoices.

On the docks, the museum dedicated to the rutile Titanic, opposite the ultramodern studios that hosted the filming of the successful series Game of Thrones. Two projects which have participated in the transformation of the city, since the Peace Agreement of 1998. If pragmatism prevails today, who knows what new industries will complete this district in the coming years?


Final report of the Wende -ommission: The flags came first

With the German flags, the commission wants to strengthen the feeling of togetherness between East and West. There was never a lack of it.

Greeting the West Germans with flags on the first Christmas after the fall of the Wall Photo: image

It was already dark when I went home. Had been on the road, with friends, acquaintances rather. Through the courtyards of the concrete castle in Rostock, where I grew up. The roaring could be heard from different corners. No party, a seizure of power. Flags, fists, fireworks. The group, five or six people, wanted to go on, through some passage into the next courtyard between these prefabricated buildings, and I wanted to go home. “Would go in your place,” said one. Not at all unfriendly, not at all threatening, just noticing how it was. The claims staked out, it was their Night, their Court. There were plenty of admitted guests. The tick, however, went home better. If it wasn’t far either, nothing happened. This time. Then had the many more nights.

Three decades after October 3, 1990, the commission “30 Years of Peaceful Revolution and German Unity” presented its final report on Monday. Appointed by the federal government in 2019, the body should take stock of the uniform process and make recommendations for action for the coming years. The Federal Cabinet became aware of a problem: “Despite the impressive successes, the state of German unity does not satisfy all citizens equally. Especially in East Germany … “

Yes, you have your finger deep in the wound, right on the living pulse of time, so to speak. East Germany. After all, there is no longer any talk of the “five new countries”, but they still seem a bit strange.

The Commission’s report names a few possible reasons. The “difficult years of transformation” are written in sociological calligraphy. “Brutal comprehensive de-industrialization” might have sounded too harsh in this commemorative publication. But we all know that is exactly what is meant. “Especially in East Germany”, oh yes, there, “the wounds of the SED dictatorship still hurt today.” They hurt like a boil. Therefore, according to the recommendation of the commission, the life performance of the people in the last 30 years should also be the focus. An ointment on the sore spot. We’ve really talked long enough about the life’s achievements of East Germans before 1990, because they’re supposed to sit in their allotments, drink their pensions and tell each other stories from the GDR.

The visibility of East Germans who entered life after 1990 should be increased, talented people from the developing area should be given special support and encounters for a better understanding between East and West should be made possible. A remnant of social democracy (the ex-SPD leader and friendly model ossi Matthias Platzeck heads the committee) can be found in the proposal to strengthen the social partnership in the East in a special way. Those who earn collective wages may find themselves in better hands in this country: Certainly not the stupidest thought. It is reserved for the section “Let the symbols of democracy shine”.

“Anyone wearing the national colors on October 3rd should be able to use public transport free of charge (or at least at a heavily reduced rate).” A positive reference to the symbols of nation and democracy, at least according to the theory, strengthens the feeling of belonging.

Only: A lack of black, red and gold flags and the willingness to show them doesn’t really seem to prevail. Definitely not in East Germany. After all, the flags were the first thing that came before the unit. Quite a few will still cherish even the scraps from the night of October 2nd to 3rd, 1990. The flag that came with the fireworks. And with your fists. They were never gone, “despite the great successes” of these 30 years.


Labor leader Keir Starmer wants to turn the page on Brexit

Turning the page on Brexit. The new leader of the British Labor Party, Keir Starmer dreams of it, especially since this issue poisons and divides his own party. While the suspense over the future of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union drags on – an agreement must be reached by December 31 – he would like to convince Labor to support a “possible” trade agreement with Brussels that the government of Boris Johnson would sign in order to quickly move on to other issues that are more important in his eyes and more mobilizing.

A deep fracture within Labor

Since the 2016 referendum, Brexit has caused a deep divide within Labor between its supporters – mainly the working class in the center and north of the country – and those who oppose it, rather intellectuals, academics, etc. For them, leaving the EU in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis is a heresy that could lead to a major economic crisis with a drop from 2.5% to 5% of GDP. And they do not rule out a resignation of several ministers within the shadow cabinet if their leader were to force them to vote the agreement, which would place them, according to them, in the position of accomplices in the announced disaster.

But for the one who took the head of the party – he succeeded Jeremy Corbyn on April 4, 2020 -, and who is trying to rejuvenate Labor after its defeat in the general election in December 2019, a year ago, it is a question of survival for the party.

In this election, the Conservatives under the leadership of Boris Johnson, won 365 seats (+48) out of 650, and therefore the absolute majority in parliament, leaving only 203 seats for Labor, its worst score since 1935. La Labor’s collapse has been particularly severe in the workers’ strongholds of northern England, which have been won over for decades by Labor but which, in favor of Brexit, have swung into the conservative camp.

The reconquest of the Labor electorate

For Starmer, it is therefore urgent to set out to reconquer this electorate of the “red belt”, the economically depressed regions of Wales, Yorkshire, the Midlands, Cumbria and Lancashire), battered by the successive policies of the conservatives, especially since the government of Margaret Thatcher, which Boris Johnson has won through promises of heavy investments to open them up. A new strategy that would consist in moving quickly to other things more essential in his eyes: the management of the post-Covid crisis which will not fail to be felt and the pressure to be maintained on the government by attacking it on his incompetence.

The former human rights lawyer, who entered politics only six years ago, will not have it easy. On the one hand, the shadow of Jeremy Corbyn, whom he succeeded, still hangs over Labor and for many members of his party, Keir Starmer has not yet convinced of his convictions and the values ​​that drive him.

His colleagues have not forgotten that, since 2016, Starmer had been in charge of Brexit, within Labor, that he had voted at the time for a new referendum and for the maintenance of the United Kingdom in the Union. European. Just after the vote that had seen the « leave » win 52% in June 2016, he was part of the rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn, crushed for his weak campaign!


Endocrinologist named the most dangerous diseases in coronavirus


19 Nov 2020.

Diabetes mellitus and concomitant heart diseases are the most dangerous pathologies in coronavirus, said Valentin Fadeev, head of the department and director of the endocrinology clinic at Sechenov University. It is reported by “”.

According to the endocrinologist, these diseases are among the top 10 risk factors for severe COVID-19. So, diseases of the cardiovascular system were found in 61% of those hospitalized with coronavirus, and another 25% had type 2 diabetes. In addition, 25% of patients were obese.

The coronavirus, in turn, can exacerbate diabetes in people at risk. The fact is that the virus in some cases provokes hyperglycemia and impaired insulin metabolism, and stress due to illness, in turn, accelerates metabolic complications, Fadeev explained.

He noted that some COVID-infected people had diabetes for the first time due to the work of the mechanism of the virus.

Earlier LIVE24 reported that a professor at the First Moscow State Medical University. I.M.Sechenov Andrey Demin told how smoking can affect the course of coronavirus. According to the expert, this addiction most of all reduces the internal reserves inherent in the human body by nature. Moreover, the greatest blow is inflicted on the respiratory system.


Renault “does not value” Russia – editorial investigation

Outdated models have long become boring for our motorists, and “novya” can not wait in any way.

The clouds are gathering over Renault, source: Renault
The clouds are gathering over Renault, source: Renault

Our market has to be content with “leftovers” from the French “table”, while India and other third world countries receive Renault’s new products in the first place, the editorial board of believes and gives 3 examples at once.

The new “Duster” will never reach

First of all, it is worth recalling the Renault Duster, the next generation of which will never reach Russia. Moreover, the second “Duster” has been on sale in Europe and neighboring Ukraine for two years now. And the level of equipment in the European version is an order of magnitude higher, while the Russians have to be content with outdated technologies.

Renault Arkana Beta Test

The same situation is developing with the cross-coupe, which has been on sale in Russia for more than a year, but only recently arrived in Europe. But if a rather “raw” version of the French cross-coupe is still available on the domestic market, then a more “packed” car is sold to Europeans. In a word, the European Renault Arkana can say “thank you” for a kind of beta test for the brand, which is the Russian version of the popular model.

Photo: Renault Duster showroom, source: Renault
Photo: Renault Duster salon, source: Renault

The stripped-down “cart”

Let us also recall the supposedly new platform for the next Renault and LADA models, which wants to supplant the old carts. The French were cheating here too – we will assemble vehicles based on CMF-B-LS. In fact, the chassis will be stripped down and will be a kind of hybrid between B0 and CMF. It turns out that the novelties of the French company will be developed only on a slightly updated architecture.

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In Austria, the Viennese turn their backs on the far right

It is an inglorious return for Heinz-Christian Strache, the former leader of the Austrian far-right, deposed in May 2019, following a scandal. His new party, “Team HC Strache – Alliance for Austria”, obtained only 3.6% of the vote, Sunday, October 11, in the municipal elections of Vienna; below the 5% threshold required to sit on the municipal council.

→ IN MAY 2019. In Austria, the leader of the far right, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigns

What’s more, his former party, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), now led by Norbert Hofer, collapsed with 7.7% of the vote, a loss of more than 20 points compared to the last elections. , in 2015.

Social democrats comforted in their bastion

The Social Democrats, in charge of the municipality of Vienna without interruption since the end of the Second World War, came in first with 42.1% of the vote (+2.5 points). In second position, the Popular Party (ÖVP) of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz more than doubled its result (18.8%, + 9.6 points) by recovering a good part of the voters of the extreme right. The Social Democrats should renew their coalition with the Greens, who came in third (14.1% of the vote and +2.2 points), and renew in office the outgoing Social Democratic mayor Michael Ludwig. The Liberals won 7.8% of the vote (+ 1.7 points).

The Ibiza case

The implosion of the Austrian far right and its former leader shows that Austrian voters have not forgotten ” the Ibiza case “. In May 2019, a video published in the German press brought his rise to an abrupt end. It shows Heinz-Christian Strache, on the Spanish island of Ibiza, promising a woman, believed to be the daughter of a Russian oligarch, public contracts in exchange for illegal donations to the FPÖ and redemption of the main Austrian daily.

The next day, Heinz-Christian Strache resigned from the government and the leadership of the FPÖ. Following a motion of no confidence in parliament, the whole government fell with him and the FPÖ lost 10% of its supporters in the legislative elections, held a few months later. Winner of the election, the conservative party of Sebastian Kurz now governs at the federal level in coalition with the Greens.

→ EXPLANATION. In Austria, Sebastian Kurz returns to power with his friend Green

Since then, revelations about Heinz-Christian Strache’s lifestyle have multiplied and the prosecution has opened an investigation to verify whether he had charged his personal expenses by the FPÖ, to the tune of more than € 580,000. A vertiginous fall for this native of Vienna who had almost ravished his red bastion on the left, collecting more than 30% of the votes in 2015.


PSA-Zaragoza incorporates a night shift and returns to its pre-Covid production figures

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The Zaragoza plant of Groupe PSA will start up a team on the night shift on line 1, where it will produce from October 4 the Opel Crossland X and Citroën C3 Aircross. This team, made up of about 700 people, will join the one that has already been working since June on line 2, where the Opel Corsa is manufactured in all its versions: gasoline, diesel and 100% electric.

The Aragonese plant currently produces 1,800 vehicles per day (Monday to Friday) plus additional weekend shifts. Incorporating this second team in the evening will allow the factory to increase production by 350 additional cars and go on to produce 2,150 cars per day. A similar figure to that registered until March, prior to the Covid.

PSA Group in Zaragoza, with the support of the INAEM (Aragonese Employment Institute) and the Government of Aragon, has launched a Program for the selection of candidates and Training in the specialty of Assembly Operator with a Contracting Commitment to cover the anticipation of 150 new recruits necessary to complete the second team of the night shift.

The Program has been developed, since last August 31, in the simulated work environment installation – Simulated Work Environment – of the Zaragoza plant, following a special anti-Covid security protocol.

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Us Open: Berrettini ahead, I knew out – Last Hour

(ANSA) – ROME, 2 SEPT – Matteo Berrettini and Salvatore Caruso enter the second round of the US Open. Eliminated instead Andreas Seppi and Gianluca Mager.

Number 6 on the scoreboard, Berrettini beat the Japanese Go Soeda 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-4. Caruso instead eliminated the Australian James Duckworth in four sets, with a score of 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-2.

Seppi was beaten by the American Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-5. He fought for five sets Mager, eliminated 6-4 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-2 by the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.