Radoncic: «Winning without our best player and without Nicola has given us motivation to continue»

The faces this week at Josean Gasca are different after Sunday’s victory against Tenerife. After the two hard blows of the first weekend of the year, in which he lost to Bilbao Basket and Echenique was injured for the entire season, it was important to show that Acunsa GBC is still alive. Dino Radoncic explains that «when a team loses games it is very difficult to keep working, that’s why I think this victory gives us confidence, motivation and I’m sure there will be many more. Winning without our best player and without Marcelo has given us motivation to continue.

Regarding the latter, the Montenegrin reveals that «Marcelo has sent us a video congratulating us on the great game we played. Against Tenerife I saw the delegate continuously receiving messages from him, I’m sure he suffered a lot and I want to see him here soon. The Argentine is still confined infected by Covid-19 and, at least today, Iñaki Martín will again offer the press conference prior to Saturday’s match against Joventut (8:45 p.m.).

The first leg does not augur hopeful reasons for victory. The Catalans won 68-99 on the twelfth matchday. “It’s a team that beat us thirty points. It’s a very good group, they play very hard, each player knows their role and I think it will be difficult to win them, but if we do the job like against Tenerife we ​​will have our chance. Joventut is going to play the Cup, they have a great coach and we have to continue progressing without just looking at this game.

Personally, Radoncic, just turned 22, is the player who plays the most minutes on the squad (28:35 per game) and the second highest scorer, with 10.4 points. «Since I’ve been at the ACB, this is the moment I’ve been happiest of the last three years. From the first minute they have shown me that they really wanted to have me here, to put up with my mistakes and my youth ».


Bordils wins the first game of the season

A month later, the Bordils has returned to the competition of the Silver Honor Division. He did so in the postponed match for day 7 in the Sant Martí Adrianenc pavilion.

In the first half, with a solid defense and the offensive contribution in attack, which in recent games was missing, the Bordeaux team has tried to escape on the scoreboard with a maximum income of three goals in the final of the part (15-18).

At the beginning of the second, the push of the locals has caused them to be ahead in the result (20-19). However, the visitors did not wrinkle and got a necessary victory (27-30).


the party in power wins the legislative elections, without opposition

The ruling party in Kazakhstan largely won the legislative elections on Sunday January 10; an expected result in the absence of the only opposition formation authorized in this Central Asian country. The powerful majority party Nour Otan obtained nearly 72% of the vote, according to a poll carried out at the exit of the polling stations by a body approved by the authorities.

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President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, 67, has promised political reforms since his election two years ago with the support of his predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his surprise resignation in 2019 after almost three decades in power. Now in the shadows, Nursultan Nazarbayev, 80, nevertheless retains considerable influence and key functions, notably the party presidency. The latter has 800,000 inserts in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic four times the size of France but which has only a little less than 19 million inhabitants.

Four other parties in the running, none hostile to power

Four other parties, but none hostile to power, took part in Sunday’s ballot for the renewal of the lower house of parliament. No election in Kazakhstan has ever been recognized as fair by Western observers. Authorities announced a 63.1% stake, figures critics say inflated.

The National Social Democratic Party (NSDP), which claims to be in the opposition despite criticisms questioning this position, announced in November not to stand for election as a sign of “Protest”.

State shaped by authoritarianism

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, 57, was a candidate for the Nour Otan party. Last year, she was fired from her post as President of the Senate. His surprise departure, without official explanations, had been seen as a sign of a possible political struggle between the president and the Nazarbayev clan. However, Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev regularly praises his mentor and predecessor, whose strategic choices he defends. And the two men appeared together, in November.

Thanks to its wealth in minerals and hydrocarbons, Kazakhstan is considered a haven of prosperity in Central Asia. It has good relations with both the West and its Chinese and Russian neighbors. However, according to the World Bank, Kazakhstan’s GDP is expected to fall by 2.5% in 2020, the first recession in two decades, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In a state shaped by authoritarianism since its independence in 1991, few critical voices remain to express discontent. In the three previous elections, the NSDP party has consistently failed in its attempts to enter Parliament.


Alfons Jiménez wins the Golden Brush of watercolorists

Alfons Jiménez has won the Golden Brush 2020 at the awards organized by the Association of Watercolorists of Girona and Counties (AAG). The awards, presented this week in Llançà in an intimate ceremony due to health restrictions, have also recognized Joan Felipe with the Salvadó Castellà award.

All the works participating in this edition of the painting awards are on display at the Martínez Lozano Watercolor Museum in Llançà until 6 March.


Caleb Ewan wants to win in Giro, Tour and Vuelta this year

With races in his native Australia suspended and enormous travel difficulties, Caleb Ewan (Lotto) is in Europe. The 26-year-old sprinter has completed the first part of the preseason at his residence in Monaco and from now on he will work with the rest of his teammates, who these days train in three separate bubbles on the Levantine coast. Perhaps this change in plans has inspired the little sprinter (1.65 meters) to devise a bold plan for the season: “I want to win in Giro, Tour and Vuelta this year.”

Ewan is probably the number one sprint right now and that allows him to take on such a difficult challenge. Only three riders have managed to win in the three great tours in the same year in all history: Miguel Poblet (1956), Pierino Baffi (1958) and Alessandro Petacchi (2003).

The Australian runner already knows victory in the three rounds of three weeks. He has five stages in the Giro and Tour and one in the Vuelta, where he opened his account in 2015. Ewan knows that the challenge is very complicated and has explained that he will modulate it depending on whether or not he obtains the desired results: «If I win in the Giro , I will continue with the Tour and then I will do the same with the Vuelta. But if I do not achieve victory in the Giro, I will not go to the Vuelta “, he advanced in ‘Cyclingpro’.

Another goal he sets for himself is the Tour green jersey, which he has never managed to wear in Paris. For this reason, he makes it clear that if he has already won before, he will choose “not to reach the end of the Giro” and thus save himself the very hard last week of the corsa rosa.

Three precedents

If Ewan won the Giro, Tour and Vuelta in the same year, he would achieve a remarkable feat, but it is difficult to imagine that he can achieve it to the extent that the three men who have already achieved it so far did.

The one with the worst record was Pierino Baffi. The Lombard cyclist, a partner of Fiorenzo Magni, scored a stage in the Giro in 1958, three in the Tour and two in the Vuelta. ‘Only’ six victories, which did not exceed those achieved by Miguel Poblet two years before. The Barcelona, ​​double winner of the Milan-San Remo, had prevailed in 1956 in four arrivals of the Giro, one of the Tour and three of the Vuelta. Eight incredible victories that would be surpassed by Alessandro Petacchi in 2003, with six stages of the Giro, four of the Tour and five of the Vuelta, to reach 15.

Ewan has a contract with his current formation until 2022, as well as the two henchmen of his ‘train’, Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst.



Big door task of the ‘Matador’ to close the first week

The first week of Dakar 2021 closes as it started: with Carlos Sainz celebrating a victory and sending a warning to his rivals. The ‘Matador’ did not speculate on the sixth day of the raid, marked in red for all participants as it was the previous one to the rest stage, and after seeing how navigation and the new ‘roadbook’ were a nightmare, he took off the sleeve a perfect stage.

Literal: Sainz was the leader from start to finish. The fastest in all the control steps of the stage, shorter than initially planned because they reduced the special by 100 kilometers towards the end of the day. The nightmare of the previous stage and, above all, the unanimous complaints, made David Castera, Dakar race director, take them into account. The official reason was that he wanted to give all the competitors time, but really wanted to avoid a riot in the camp.

In these conditions and in a day of sand and dunes, Sainz gave the ‘do’ of heart. Lucas Cruz this time he was brilliant, as in most of the occasions, and they did not give margin to his rivals. Yazeed Al-Rajhi took advantage of the conservative strategy of Peterhansel and Al-Attiyah, more focused on not losing than winning, and took second place of the day, but four minutes behind Sainz, with Toyota’s Qatari third more than seven minutes and the French slightly behind.

Although it was a reasonably successful day for Sainz, it was by no means an easy day. For an entire motorsports legend like Sebastien Loeb it was, in fact, a nightmare: at kilometer 97 he blew out the suspension arm of his Hunter T1 and lost all his options not only for victory, but also for podium or top 5. . The Corsican has not done well in this raid, and now it will be his teammate, Nani Roma, who will support Prodrive’s aspirations for the remainder of Dakar. The Catalan entered almost 20 minutes from Sainz, in a day that was not easy for him.

With this result, Sainz and Cruz keep their distance from Peterhansel, but the feeling was very different from the day before. Although he still has 40 minutes to make up, with a marathon stage and the very long penultimate day on the horizon, anything is possible.

Barreda, at the height of Arcarons

Three victories in six days is the balance with which Joan Barreda closes the first week of Dakar competition, with just over six and a half minutes behind the general leader, Toby Price. The Castellón culminated his 27th victory (three out of six in 2021) on the Dakar stage, thus reaching the historic Jordi Arcarons as the most successful Spanish rider in the history of the two-wheel raid, at least in the statistics of partial victories .

Barreda took advantage, again, to leave behind and not have to open the track. In this shortened day, ‘Bang-Bang’ gave his best, while his rivals ahead sank, starting with a Kevin Benavides who after his great Thursday was very far and gave more than 11 minutes with the Spanish. Barreda’s fight was with Daniel Sanders, a very promising ‘rookie’ from KTM who aims very far, and with Ross Branch, who contested the stage until the last kilometers. Only 13 seconds separated the Yamaha from the Honda, to complete a podium with three brands that is the dream of every Dakar organizer.

In addition to Benavides, one of the great losers of the day was Ricky Brabec, who promised them happy until halfway through the day he got lost and spent more than three minutes on the road until he found the right course. The smartest was Toby Price, who took advantage of the high pace set by those who opened the track to hook up with them and regain first place in the general classification. Tighter than ever, Barreda has ‘only’ 6:25 the Australian and is clear that the marathon that starts on Sunday will be a golden opportunity.


Paula Badosa wins in her Abu Dhabi tournament premiere

The Begur tennis player Paula Badosa premiered in 2021 with a victory in Abu Dhabi tournament, of category 500 by the WTA, when winning (6-2, 5-7 and 6-2) the Latvian Anastasia Sevastova in the first round. In a match that lasted almost two hours, Girona was more aggressive, especially in the third and final set, to take the duel.

Badosa attacked in the first bars of the game and added two consecutive breaks to take the heat. However, in another tight half, this one with five breaks, Sevastova forced the third set in a very tight hose (5-7).

In the last, the two tennis players had saved their best service, but Badosa broke the first ball at a key moment that shook his rival. With 5-2, a new break gave the victory to Begur, who will now face, in the second round, the winner of the duel between the Belgian Elise Mertens and the French Alizé Cornet. A match being played this morning.

Paula Badosa is right now the number 70 in the WTA rankings after completing a great 2020, reaching the round of 16 of Roland Garros and knocking out two champions of the Paris tournament like Sloane Stephen and Jelena Ostapenko. However, she was eliminated against the German Laura Siegemund, but this great result in Paris would make her reach number 65 in the WTA rankings, the best position in which she has been the tennis player of Begur throughout her career .

This past 2020, Badosa also won its first match in a final table of a Grand Slam. Earlier this year, he had managed to defeat Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in the first round of the Australian Open. He could no longer then with the Czech Petra Kvitová, a finalist in 2019 in the Australian tournament.


David wants to win again: Paralympic pitcher dreams of being in Tokyo

Nine years after the accident, this 33-year-old from Tinete is the Spanish champion in the adapted shot put in the F57 modality, with the Spanish record, which he set at 12.34 meters last November.. He goes twice a week and returns from Tineo to León, where he trains at the High Performance Center under the command of Manolo Martínez, the only Spanish Olympic medalist in shot put.

His goal, like that of any athlete, is to qualify for the Paralympic Games to be held next summer in Tokyo. That is the victory he is pursuing now after having managed to have a “normal” life again: “When I had the accident I had a girlfriend, in the end when something traumatic happens it is also for the people who are with you; my family, my parents, my sister, my girlfriend, who today is my wife; Nine years after the accident we have a three and a half year old daughter, whose name is Noa. I managed to rebuild everything and lead a normal life, “he explains.

The process was not easy at all and had an inevitable component of physical pain to be able to rebuild a body that had been left battered. The accident caused him “many injuries, the most obvious being the amputation of the right leg at the knee, then many traumas that resulted in a five-month stay in the old HUCA and 43 days in a coma, in the ICU ”. A year after leaving the hospital, he realized that he had to do something: “One day talking to a friend I told him that I needed to strengthen myself and he told me that there were people with disabilities in the Palacio de los Deportes, in Oviedo, who did adapted weightlifting , I went down there and met the one who is still my coach, Lodario Ramón, and when he saw me the first thing he told me was that I needed a bit of rehabilitation and a little muscle ”.

That meeting was definitive for David to realize that he might be able to “go back to doing things he did before. When I went down through the Palace it was enough for me to walk with two sticks I was not able to do anything else. That’s where my adventure with sports began ”, he explains. An adventure not without challenges: “At first it was very hard because improving muscle level after five months in the hospital is complicated, in the end it is almost pain, but I felt that I was feeling a little better and was able to do things that Before I did not do like falling down and being able to get up myself, take things from the cupboards without unbalanced, when you start to notice that physical condition allows you to do things that you could not, it calls you, then I learned about adapted sport, first it was weightlifting ”.

In an adapted weightlifting competition someone told him about athletics and he changed his life again: “I liked the idea, I spoke with the Asturian Federation and they put me in contact with my first pitching coach, Miguel Álvarez, with whom I was three years; he taught me everything, I didn’t know how to catch a ball, or a puck, or a javelin or anything ”. The reason why he opted for weight was that he was good at it, so much so that he managed to beat the Spanish record for the first time and hence came the opportunity to train in León, with Manolo Martínez: “I improved my record a lot, I got be ninth in the world, “he says. Now, after a “difficult” year, he has two goals and both come in the summer: the European Championship and, above all, the Games: “It is what any athlete aspires to”.


The Ibex 35 gains 4.13% in the first week of 2021 and conquers 8,400 integers

The Ibex 35 has concluded the first week of the year with gains of 4.13%. Specifically this Friday, the selective has advanced a slight 0.26% and has been placed at 8,407.7 integers.

The main Spanish index has behaved like this in a context in which the still president of the United States, Donald Trump, has recognized his defeat in the elections and has condemned his followers that “desecrated the seat of democracy“, in relation to the altercations in the Capitol.

Also this Friday it was known that the US economy destroyed 140,000 jobs in the month of December as a consequence mainly of the impact of the measures implemented to stop the spread of the second wave of Covid-19 infections, although the country’s unemployment rate remained stable in 6.7%.

In Spain, the Public Treasury has reduced its initial forecast of a net issuance of public debt of 110,000 million in the 2020 Budgets by 10,000 million euros, setting it at 100,000 million euros, 9% less than in 2020, due to the better performance of income last year, although foresees a record gross debt issuance of 289,138 million euros, 4.4% more than last year.

At the close of this Friday, higher rises They have been led by Naturgy (+ 2.61%), Ferrovial (+ 1.88%), Inditex (+ 1.87%), Meliá (+ 1.81%), Iberdrola (+ 1.79%), Indra ( + 1.73%) and Cellnex (+ 1.45%).

At falls side highlighted by Solaria (-13.51%), Siemens Gamesa (-3.3%), Banco Sabadell (-2.97%), ArcelorMittal (-2.26%), Repsol (-1.76%) and BBVA (-1.75%).

He The rest of European stock exchanges have concluded the session this Friday in positive, with advances of 0.24% for London, 0.65% for Paris, 0.58% for Frankfurt and 0.21% for Milan.

Regarding raw materials, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil, the reference for the United States, was priced at 51.7 dollars, while Brent crude, the reference for Europe, marked a price of 55.47 dollars . Regarding currencies, the price of the euro against the dollar it was placed at 1.2259 ‘greenbacks’, while the Spanish risk premium stood at 59 basis points, with the interest required on the ten-year bond at 0.038%.

XTB analyst Miguel Momobela has underlined the “success” with which the Ibex 35 has faced its first week of 2021, derived from the high intensity experienced in the equity markets. “The European and American index futures have reflected strong movements in the last 48 hours, mainly due to what happened recently in Washington (USA), with the assault by Trump’s defenders on Congress,” he said.

According to Momobela, waiting to meet the scale of Joe Biden’s stimulus planAs well as in the scenario of outbreaks in the numbers of those infected by Covid-19 at a global level, the recovery of the main macro factors will play an important role in economic growth.


Maria Barbal wins the 53rd Josep Pla Prize with the novel Tndem

The writer Maria Barbal was proclaimed the winner of the 53rd Josep Pla Prize yesterday with the novel Tandem, while Najat El Hachmi won the 77th Christmas Prize with Monday they will love us. The names of the winners were announced to journalists at an event held at the Hotel Palace in Barcelona.

In an edition marked by the covid-19 pandemic, the literary evening of Kings has not been able to count on the traditional gala and the dinner in which the names of the winners of the two awards, granted by the Destino publishing house, belonging to the Planeta group, are announced.

Tandem, in the words of Maria Barbal, is a story about happiness starring a man and a woman who are given the opportunity to start again and “live fully”. Monday they will love us it tells the story of two friends who grow up on the outskirts of a neighborhood and who see how their origin, sex or social class condition their freedom.

Both Barbal and El Hachmi presented the works with a fictitious title –Solveig song in the case of the first and Instrusas in the case of the second — with a pseudonym.

Readers will be able to find the award-winning books in bookstores next February. The work of Barbal, TandemWill be published on February 3 and February 17, Catalan in Spanish. Monday they will love us will be published on February 10 in Catalan and Spanish.

Maria Barbal explained that the novel is based on when a man and a woman meet and become aware of “everything that has them trapped” and struggle to regain spontaneity. The author stressed that the novel explores the human capacity to banish routine and get carried away by life: “Maybe they will pedal together and form a tandem,” said the author, who places the story in Barcelona current.

The writer said that she had not taken part in any awards for years, but that she was happy to have presented herself to Josep Pla and dedicated the award to her family and friends who “have suffered a lot lately”. Born in Tremp in 1949, Maria Barbal became known for her novel Scree stone in the mid-1980s, which opened a novelistic cycle with Pallars as a point of reference. She is also the author of other successful novels such as Intimate country, In the skin of the other O To the Scottish friend.

Najat El Hachmi said yesterday when picking up the award that the novel is about two friends who live in “the periphery of the periphery.” The author added that they are two young people from Muslim families living in a neighborhood that “conditions their lives and have everything against them to conquer this freedom,” crossed by multiple conditions. He dedicated the award to all women living in circumstances in which this freedom seems distant and stressed that there are possibilities to move forward“There is no dignified life without freedom,” he stressed.

Hachmi (Beni Sidel, Morocco, 1979) moved to Vic at the age of 8, where he grew up, has been a mediator and reception technician, and has published books such as The last patriarch, The body hunter O The foreign daughter.

Maria Barbal will receive an endowment of 6,000 euros for this award Najat El Hachmi will take home the 18,000 euros with which the Christmas Prize is endowed.