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Jean Michel Jarre is renowned for following all the technological innovations of today and often incorporating them into his music projects. In the same spirit, he prepared a New Year’s Eve show at the turn of 2020 and 2021. The record “Welcome To The Other Side – Live in Notre-Dame VR” is now bringing the action closer.

In the case of this French music magician, we have already seen many special concerts. The most current one used the technological possibilities that his fans transferred to virtual reality (if you had compatible VR glasses). Jean Michel Jarre came up with the concept that he had the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (with the help of the VRrOOm team) transformed into virtual reality (he was guided by a set of computer games), then his own avatar was created (by the way, the upcoming Abby tour will take place) and in the final he prepared a special, dance-oriented set. Notre-Dame turned into a renowned music club for the occasion, the broadcast began about thirty minutes before midnight and was broadcast live from Studio Gabriel. Jean Michel played his compositions here and the creative team transformed his actions into a virtual simulation.

The mainstays of the whole set are the albums “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” and “Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise”, including collaborations with Tangerine Dream (“Zero Gravity”), Jeff Mills (“The Architect”) or Armin van Buuren. The stomped “Stardust”, which was created with the latter, then acts as a turning point in the countdown of midnight and is a fitting celebration of the first moments of 2021. Michel breathed new elements, for example by reworking previously published remixes. This is the case with a nipple in the form of the legendary “Oxygene 4”, in which he moved an adaptation from the workshop of the Astral Projection project. The finale belongs to “The Time Machine”, which was created in connection with Boys Noize and in which Jarre will leave for a while speak and his laser harp. The visual of the show plays with views from the outside of the illuminated Notre-Dame Cathedral, which alternates shots of what is happening inside. This corresponds to the individual tracks, so there are changes in the lighting apparatus and pictorial scenery (mostly levitating geometric shapes, or cosmic scenes). The whole grasp honors the majesty of the temple, but at the same time shows how virtual reality can change perceptions and that the transformation of such a space can be an infinite number. It’s a fantastic spectacle – especially gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the views into darker corners. However, it can be assumed that there will be listeners who will not like this pomp and pomp.

Amazon


© Jean-Michel Jarre

The “Welcome To The Other Side” concert set was not the only release by Jean Michel Jarre this year. In addition to him, we also saw his new series “Amazônia”, on which he returned to a tougher work with sound experiments. In many ways, this is a return to the album “En attendant Cousteau” from 1990. The music area again serves its imagination. “Amazônia” became the soundtrack to the exhibition of the same name by the Brazilian photographer and filmmaker Sebastião Salgado, who went to the Amazon rainforest several times and had the selection of films accompanied by this set. Jarre divided the album into nine fictional chapters, in which, in addition to the electronic background, the field recordings of the Geneva Museum of Ethnography (MEG) play an important role. In addition to the hustle and bustle of the forests, he plays with fragments of indigenous songs, rhetorical snippets, choral tunes or the sound of atypical local musical instruments. So in this aspect, don’t expect his more distinctive handwriting with long melodies and building individual layers of synthesizers. “Amazônia” is the backdrop of day and night in the rainforest and focuses more on the individual elements of the day. For good (as in the case of “Welcome To The Other Side”), a download coupon for downloading a special binaural mix for listening in headphones is included. Rating: 7/10

Blu-ray offers, in addition to the video described above, several other bonuses, including a recording in audio form (5.0 mix). For good, there are two blocks of a documentary nature. “Making Of, Behind The Scenes” in the area of ​​fifteen minutes brings the behind-the-scenes of the entire show, including Notre-Dam modeling, rehearsals and presentations to representatives of Paris City Hall. Jarre gradually introduces the whole team and rock fans who participated in the various stages of preparation. They will be pleased to have English subtitles available in this French-speaking review. However, the second film “Masterclass, Forum Des Images” does not have this, and although it is a record of a discussion with the main actor and CEO of VRrOOm, if you do not know French and Italian, you will not take much away from this over ninety-minute sequence of questions and answers.

“Welcome To The Other Side – Live in Notre-Dame VR” is again in many respects a little further in the creative vision of this musical magician. It started years ago with the visual set “Aero”, since then Jean Michel Jarre has come a long way and continues to show how current technologies can be used, including virtual reality and connectivity around the world. The question remains where (and whether) it will move on. However, this act is a successful reminder of the ingenious celebration of the arrival of the New Year in dance mode.

We would like to give thanks to the author of this article for this outstanding content

REVIEW: Jean Michel Jarre’s New Year’s virtual reality will engulf you

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Jean Michel Jarre is renowned for following all the technological innovations of today and often incorporating them into his music projects. In the same spirit, he prepared a New Year’s Eve show at the turn of 2020 and 2021. The record “Welcome To The Other Side – Live in Notre-Dame VR” is now bringing the action closer.

In the case of this French music magician, we have already seen many special concerts. The most current one used the technological possibilities that his fans transferred to virtual reality (if you had compatible VR glasses). Jean Michel Jarre came up with the concept that he had the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (with the help of the VRrOOm team) transformed into virtual reality (he was guided by a set of computer games), then his own avatar was created (by the way, the upcoming Abby tour will take place) and in the final he prepared a special, dance-oriented set. Notre-Dame turned into a renowned music club for the occasion, the broadcast began about thirty minutes before midnight and was broadcast live from Studio Gabriel. Jean Michel played his compositions here and the creative team transformed his actions into a virtual simulation.

The mainstays of the whole set are the albums “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” and “Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise”, including collaborations with Tangerine Dream (“Zero Gravity”), Jeff Mills (“The Architect”) or Armin van Buuren. The stomped “Stardust”, which was created with the latter, then acts as a turning point in the countdown of midnight and is a fitting celebration of the first moments of 2021. Michel breathed new elements, for example by reworking previously published remixes. This is the case with a nipple in the form of the legendary “Oxygene 4”, in which he moved an adaptation from the workshop of the Astral Projection project. The finale belongs to “The Time Machine”, which was created in connection with Boys Noize and in which Jarre will leave for a while speak and his laser harp. The visual of the show plays with views from the outside of the illuminated Notre-Dame Cathedral, which alternates shots of what is happening inside. This corresponds to the individual tracks, so there are changes in the lighting apparatus and pictorial scenery (mostly levitating geometric shapes, or cosmic scenes). The whole grasp honors the majesty of the temple, but at the same time shows how virtual reality can change perceptions and that the transformation of such a space can be an infinite number. It’s a fantastic spectacle – especially gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the views into darker corners. However, it can be assumed that there will be listeners who will not like this pomp and pomp.

Amazon


© Jean-Michel Jarre

The “Welcome To The Other Side” concert set was not the only release by Jean Michel Jarre this year. In addition to him, we also saw his new series “Amazônia”, on which he returned to a tougher work with sound experiments. In many ways, this is a return to the album “En attendant Cousteau” from 1990. The music area again serves its imagination. “Amazônia” became the soundtrack to the exhibition of the same name by the Brazilian photographer and filmmaker Sebastião Salgado, who went to the Amazon rainforest several times and had the selection of films accompanied by this set. Jarre divided the album into nine fictional chapters, in which, in addition to the electronic background, the field recordings of the Geneva Museum of Ethnography (MEG) play an important role. In addition to the hustle and bustle of the forests, he plays with fragments of indigenous songs, rhetorical snippets, choral tunes or the sound of atypical local musical instruments. So in this aspect, don’t expect his more distinctive handwriting with long melodies and building individual layers of synthesizers. “Amazônia” is the backdrop of day and night in the rainforest and focuses more on the individual elements of the day. For good (as in the case of “Welcome To The Other Side”), a download coupon for downloading a special binaural mix for listening in headphones is included. Rating: 7/10

Blu-ray offers, in addition to the video described above, several other bonuses, including a recording in audio form (5.0 mix). For good, there are two blocks of a documentary nature. “Making Of, Behind The Scenes” in the area of ​​fifteen minutes brings the behind-the-scenes of the entire show, including Notre-Dam modeling, rehearsals and presentations to representatives of Paris City Hall. Jarre gradually introduces the whole team and rock fans who participated in the various stages of preparation. They will be pleased to have English subtitles available in this French-speaking review. However, the second film “Masterclass, Forum Des Images” does not have this, and although it is a record of a discussion with the main actor and CEO of VRrOOm, if you do not know French and Italian, you will not take much away from this over ninety-minute sequence of questions and answers.

“Welcome To The Other Side – Live in Notre-Dame VR” is again in many respects a little further in the creative vision of this musical magician. It started years ago with the visual set “Aero”, since then Jean Michel Jarre has come a long way and continues to show how current technologies can be used, including virtual reality and connectivity around the world. The question remains where (and whether) it will move on. However, this act is a successful reminder of the ingenious celebration of the arrival of the New Year in dance mode.

We would like to give thanks to the author of this article for this outstanding content

REVIEW: Jean Michel Jarre’s New Year’s virtual reality will engulf you

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To stay up to date with African news, subscribe to the “World Africa” newsletter from this link. Every Saturday at 6 am, find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of “Monde Afrique”.

The image is as implacable as it is evocative of the state of relations between France and its former colonies in Africa. Four years after the Ouagadougou speech of November 28, 2017, in which Emmanuel Macron presented his strategy to change the narrative and the nature of relations between Paris and Africa, it is in this same country, Burkina Faso, that a convoy of the French army has been blocked in recent days by demonstrators, accusing France in particular of delivering weapons to the jihadists.

Read also Emmanuel Macron’s Ouagadougou speech

Thomas Borrel, spokesperson for the Survie association and co-author of the book The Empire that does not want to die (Threshold, 1,008 pages, 25 euros), and Antoine Glaser, co-author of Macron’s African trap (Fayard, 272 pages, 19 euros), analyze, with very different perspectives, the reasons for France’s difficulties in renewing its policy and its image in Africa.

Why does France’s image continue to deteriorate in its former colonies?

Thomas Borrel: During the Ouagadougou speech, Emmanuel Macron went so far as to assert that there was no longer an African policy for France. There were symbolic announcements, suitable for creating a communication bubble, as with the restitution of works of art, but their scope remains limited. Faced with the protest against the CFA franc or against the military system in the Sahel, there are small adjustments that do not change anything in depth. It should therefore come as no surprise that Paris is increasingly unpopular with African youth.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Emmanuel Macron’s African policy, a project of renewal to the test of reality

Antoine Glaser : In my opinion, the common thread of “Françafrique” and therefore of this unpopularity, is the maintenance of the French army on the continent. It serves as a hide-and-seek for a generally dormant presence. In the imagination of Africans, these soldiers are the incarnation of old-fashioned “Françafrique”. We saw it in Chad after the death of Idriss Déby [le 20 avril 2021] : the son was knighted by France because there was no plan B. But this presence is also what gives the impression to other Europeans that, after having been the policeman of Africa against the Soviet Union, the French army is the gendarme against Islamism.

Would a renegotiation of defense agreements and the withdrawal of military bases calm relations?

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Thomas Borrel and Antoine Glaser: “A French military withdrawal from Africa would be a marker of rupture”

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To stay up to date with African news, subscribe to the “World Africa” newsletter from this link. Every Saturday at 6 am, find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of “Monde Afrique”.

The image is as implacable as it is evocative of the state of relations between France and its former colonies in Africa. Four years after the Ouagadougou speech of November 28, 2017, in which Emmanuel Macron presented his strategy to change the narrative and the nature of relations between Paris and Africa, it is in this same country, Burkina Faso, that a convoy of the French army has been blocked in recent days by demonstrators, accusing France in particular of delivering weapons to the jihadists.

Read also Emmanuel Macron’s Ouagadougou speech

Thomas Borrel, spokesperson for the Survie association and co-author of the book The Empire that does not want to die (Threshold, 1,008 pages, 25 euros), and Antoine Glaser, co-author of Macron’s African trap (Fayard, 272 pages, 19 euros), analyze, with very different perspectives, the reasons for France’s difficulties in renewing its policy and its image in Africa.

Why does France’s image continue to deteriorate in its former colonies?

Thomas Borrel: During the Ouagadougou speech, Emmanuel Macron went so far as to assert that there was no longer an African policy for France. There were symbolic announcements, suitable for creating a communication bubble, as with the restitution of works of art, but their scope remains limited. Faced with the protest against the CFA franc or against the military system in the Sahel, there are small adjustments that do not change anything in depth. It should therefore come as no surprise that Paris is increasingly unpopular with African youth.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Emmanuel Macron’s African policy, a project of renewal to the test of reality

Antoine Glaser : In my opinion, the common thread of “Françafrique” and therefore of this unpopularity, is the maintenance of the French army on the continent. It serves as a hide-and-seek for a generally dormant presence. In the imagination of Africans, these soldiers are the incarnation of old-fashioned “Françafrique”. We saw it in Chad after the death of Idriss Déby [le 20 avril 2021] : the son was knighted by France because there was no plan B. But this presence is also what gives the impression to other Europeans that, after having been the policeman of Africa against the Soviet Union, the French army is the gendarme against Islamism.

Would a renegotiation of defense agreements and the withdrawal of military bases calm relations?

You have 77.24% of this article to read. The rest is for subscribers only.

We want to give thanks to the author of this post for this amazing material

Thomas Borrel and Antoine Glaser: “A French military withdrawal from Africa would be a marker of rupture”

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638088161) } [2]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(51) "The risky bet of the Chinese settled in South Sudan" ["link"]=> string(82) "https://bofads.com/world-news/the-risky-bet-of-the-chinese-settled-in-south-sudan/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(12) "Paula Hooper" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 07:47:28 +0000" ["category"]=> string(42) "World NewsbetChineseriskysettledSouthSudan" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6499" ["description"]=> string(598) "Sitting on his concrete terrace overlooking the Nile, a porcelain teapot with floral motifs close at hand, Mr. Sheng, 65, takes his troubles patiently. “We are on stand-by, there are no opportunities at the moment”, he said. Arrived in 2006 in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, this native of the Chinese province of Jiangsu ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(12420) "

Sitting on his concrete terrace overlooking the Nile, a porcelain teapot with floral motifs close at hand, Mr. Sheng, 65, takes his troubles patiently. “We are on stand-by, there are no opportunities at the moment”, he said. Arrived in 2006 in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, this native of the Chinese province of Jiangsu is one of the pioneers who left to seek his fortune in a country where everything had to be built. “There was nothing and no one here at the time! I chose land for my farm and I rented it for a period of thirty years ”, he confides.

Since then, hangars, factories, farms and a slaughterhouse have sprung up in the middle of this peri-urban area of ​​the South Sudanese capital. Mr. Sheng now has nineteen industrial plants, mostly Chinese, along this road that runs along the Nile. “It has become China Street! “, he jokes. Installed with his wife and their son in this both grandiose and unfinished property, however, he has not yet achieved the expected profits.

Ms. Zhou Xing is a Chinese owner of a vegetable farm in Juba, South Sudan on November 20, 2021.
Kasimiro Luis grows a variety of long bean at a Chinese vegetable farm in Juba, South Sudan, November 21, 2021.

His farm of more than 54,000 square meters produces exclusively Chinese vegetables, which demand is insufficient to sell. But Mr. Sheng is not discouraged. “I still have fifteen years to make up for it!” “, he said, convinced that “South Sudan will be number one in Africa within a few years if peace prevails, because everything is there: space, fertile soil, water, and a small population”.

Clashes and looting

As early as 2005, at the end of the second Sudanese civil war, and even more after the independence of South Sudan in 2011, Beijing was involved in the construction of public buildings, and highways, or in the allocation of scholarships for students, even though China had supported the Khartoum regime against South Sudanese rebels. A small Chinese community had quickly formed in this new country, with more than 3,500 nationals at the height of its presence. But more than two-thirds have now left, after having gone bankrupt or feared in the face of the violence that affected the capital. First in 2013, when a new civil war started, then in 2016, when a first peace agreement failed, giving rise to clashes and looting which did not spare the Chinese.

Aid invests in South Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juba, South Sudan, November 25, 2021
Juba Hospital Emergency Medical Team, South Sudan, November 24, 2021.
Juba University Hospital built by
Episode 1 The 400,000 specters that haunt South Sudan’s sacked dream

Despite these upheavals, Beijing has worked to strengthen its presence. The bright red “China Aid” sign overlooking the entrance to the new buildings of the Juba University Hospital warns the visitor: these three-storey buildings, spread over an area of ​​13,450 m2 are a gift from China. They were inaugurated in 2019, “At the conclusion of phase 1 of the modernization and expansion project” hospital, says Dr Ding Zhen, head of the 9e Chinese medical mission to South Sudan. A partnership with Anhui Provincial University, China, established in 2012, which has enabled the establishment of a brand new medical imaging department.

Episode 3 In Juba, odd jobs and big contracts for foreigners

But behind the smooth facade of a relationship based on « respect » and the “Mutual benefits”, the reality is more nuanced. The South Sudanese crisis has claimed Chinese victims: two peacekeepers killed in 2016, and an engineer shot dead in May on the Juba-Rumbek highway construction site. In addition, the “revitalized” peace agreement of 2018 has still not produced a unified army, a project backed by China, the main donor of tents, uniforms and food for the training camps. Finally, the desire for greater regulation of the oil sector, and in particular the establishment of more advantageous salary scales for South Sudanese employees, do not please Beijing.

Anger of the South Sudanese

“Oil first, then tropical timber, finally the strategic position, between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, such are the current interests of China in South Sudan, summarizes Jean-Pierre Cabestan, director of research at the CNRS. However, the wells operated by the Chinese national company are running out and require significant investments if it is to continue, which is not certain. “

For those who have staked everything on South Sudan, however, it seems difficult to turn back. Behind his large office on the third floor of a building “Built in six months” and inaugurated in 2010, Wu Yanhua says he invested 8 million dollars (7 million euros) in Juba. “All my family’s money, I brought it here, and so far, I haven’t gotten anything back”, loose the one who owns two hotels, a large supermarket, a farm and a hospital in the South Sudanese capital, instead of the textile factories it owned in Beijing. Like her, many Chinese entrepreneurs employ local staff. A godsend in a country in a situation of economic collapse and humanitarian crisis, but which goes hand in hand with low wages and sometimes difficult working conditions.

Mr Sundafu, a Chinese businessman, arranges the items in his wholesale store where he sells women's body creams and baby clothes, in Juba, South Sudan on November 20, 2021

If Joseph Salah, salesman in a cosmetics store, is satisfied with the 50,000 pounds (about 100 euros) he receives each month, many South Sudanese working for Chinese wholesalers in the Konyo-Konyo market do not hide their anger. : “The Chinese do not respect human rights! They make you work from Monday to Monday, for a ridiculous salary! “, launches one of them, who prefers not to be named.

Li Guangdong, 24, is convinced: “We cannot treat the South Sudanese as mere labor. Without training local staff, we will never be able to survive here. “ He holds a commercial position for the Shandong Dejian company, which specializes in construction. In Juba for three years, the lively and pleasant young man is savoring his expat life in Africa, which he imagines to be long.

We wish to thank the author of this short article for this awesome web content

The risky bet of the Chinese settled in South Sudan

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Sitting on his concrete terrace overlooking the Nile, a porcelain teapot with floral motifs close at hand, Mr. Sheng, 65, takes his troubles patiently. “We are on stand-by, there are no opportunities at the moment”, he said. Arrived in 2006 in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, this native of the Chinese province of Jiangsu is one of the pioneers who left to seek his fortune in a country where everything had to be built. “There was nothing and no one here at the time! I chose land for my farm and I rented it for a period of thirty years ”, he confides.

Since then, hangars, factories, farms and a slaughterhouse have sprung up in the middle of this peri-urban area of ​​the South Sudanese capital. Mr. Sheng now has nineteen industrial plants, mostly Chinese, along this road that runs along the Nile. “It has become China Street! “, he jokes. Installed with his wife and their son in this both grandiose and unfinished property, however, he has not yet achieved the expected profits.

Ms. Zhou Xing is a Chinese owner of a vegetable farm in Juba, South Sudan on November 20, 2021.
Kasimiro Luis grows a variety of long bean at a Chinese vegetable farm in Juba, South Sudan, November 21, 2021.

His farm of more than 54,000 square meters produces exclusively Chinese vegetables, which demand is insufficient to sell. But Mr. Sheng is not discouraged. “I still have fifteen years to make up for it!” “, he said, convinced that “South Sudan will be number one in Africa within a few years if peace prevails, because everything is there: space, fertile soil, water, and a small population”.

Clashes and looting

As early as 2005, at the end of the second Sudanese civil war, and even more after the independence of South Sudan in 2011, Beijing was involved in the construction of public buildings, and highways, or in the allocation of scholarships for students, even though China had supported the Khartoum regime against South Sudanese rebels. A small Chinese community had quickly formed in this new country, with more than 3,500 nationals at the height of its presence. But more than two-thirds have now left, after having gone bankrupt or feared in the face of the violence that affected the capital. First in 2013, when a new civil war started, then in 2016, when a first peace agreement failed, giving rise to clashes and looting which did not spare the Chinese.

Aid invests in South Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juba, South Sudan, November 25, 2021
Juba Hospital Emergency Medical Team, South Sudan, November 24, 2021.
Juba University Hospital built by
Episode 1 The 400,000 specters that haunt South Sudan’s sacked dream

Despite these upheavals, Beijing has worked to strengthen its presence. The bright red “China Aid” sign overlooking the entrance to the new buildings of the Juba University Hospital warns the visitor: these three-storey buildings, spread over an area of ​​13,450 m2 are a gift from China. They were inaugurated in 2019, “At the conclusion of phase 1 of the modernization and expansion project” hospital, says Dr Ding Zhen, head of the 9e Chinese medical mission to South Sudan. A partnership with Anhui Provincial University, China, established in 2012, which has enabled the establishment of a brand new medical imaging department.

Episode 3 In Juba, odd jobs and big contracts for foreigners

But behind the smooth facade of a relationship based on « respect » and the “Mutual benefits”, the reality is more nuanced. The South Sudanese crisis has claimed Chinese victims: two peacekeepers killed in 2016, and an engineer shot dead in May on the Juba-Rumbek highway construction site. In addition, the “revitalized” peace agreement of 2018 has still not produced a unified army, a project backed by China, the main donor of tents, uniforms and food for the training camps. Finally, the desire for greater regulation of the oil sector, and in particular the establishment of more advantageous salary scales for South Sudanese employees, do not please Beijing.

Anger of the South Sudanese

“Oil first, then tropical timber, finally the strategic position, between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, such are the current interests of China in South Sudan, summarizes Jean-Pierre Cabestan, director of research at the CNRS. However, the wells operated by the Chinese national company are running out and require significant investments if it is to continue, which is not certain. “

For those who have staked everything on South Sudan, however, it seems difficult to turn back. Behind his large office on the third floor of a building “Built in six months” and inaugurated in 2010, Wu Yanhua says he invested 8 million dollars (7 million euros) in Juba. “All my family’s money, I brought it here, and so far, I haven’t gotten anything back”, loose the one who owns two hotels, a large supermarket, a farm and a hospital in the South Sudanese capital, instead of the textile factories it owned in Beijing. Like her, many Chinese entrepreneurs employ local staff. A godsend in a country in a situation of economic collapse and humanitarian crisis, but which goes hand in hand with low wages and sometimes difficult working conditions.

Mr Sundafu, a Chinese businessman, arranges the items in his wholesale store where he sells women's body creams and baby clothes, in Juba, South Sudan on November 20, 2021

If Joseph Salah, salesman in a cosmetics store, is satisfied with the 50,000 pounds (about 100 euros) he receives each month, many South Sudanese working for Chinese wholesalers in the Konyo-Konyo market do not hide their anger. : “The Chinese do not respect human rights! They make you work from Monday to Monday, for a ridiculous salary! “, launches one of them, who prefers not to be named.

Li Guangdong, 24, is convinced: “We cannot treat the South Sudanese as mere labor. Without training local staff, we will never be able to survive here. “ He holds a commercial position for the Shandong Dejian company, which specializes in construction. In Juba for three years, the lively and pleasant young man is savoring his expat life in Africa, which he imagines to be long.

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The risky bet of the Chinese settled in South Sudan

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638085648) } [3]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(59) "Blinding Suns: 16 wins in a row. This is how Brooklyn fell" ["link"]=> string(82) "https://bofads.com/sport/blinding-suns-16-wins-in-a-row-this-is-how-brooklyn-fell/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(8) "Tim Hall" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 07:24:28 +0000" ["category"]=> string(36) "SportBlindingBrooklynfellrowSunswins" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6496" ["description"]=> string(571) "Led by Booker and Paul, Phoenix passes 113-107 at the Nets home and extends her second best streak ever The last time Phoenix had won 16 games in a row, Mike D’Antoni was coaching her and Steve Nash was her star. It was January 2007: almost 15 years later, Nash is the Brooklyn coach who ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(5455) "

Led by Booker and Paul, Phoenix passes 113-107 at the Nets home and extends her second best streak ever

The last time Phoenix had won 16 games in a row, Mike D’Antoni was coaching her and Steve Nash was her star. It was January 2007: almost 15 years later, Nash is the Brooklyn coach who applauds the Suns for the convinced 113-107 that it is worth the second best winning streak in the history of the franchise, with the first hour just one success away. The team coached today by Monty Williams wins and convinces at the Barclays Center, full as never before (18,071 spectators) for a game of the Nets: Devin Booker (30 points) and Chris Paul (22 with 5 assists) are the two-headed monster of a team that plays by heart, knows how to make a difference, what its strengths and weaknesses are. A team that, after last year’s Finals, has every intention of playing to win. What Brooklyn would like to do, too, who is still looking for the best version of herself).

High beam

Only Golden State has a better record than Phoenix (17 won-3 lost to date). The Suns are blinding: careful defense, lethal attack with CP3 orchestrating and Booker willingly lends itself to being the arm. The Tokyo gold is playing as well as ever: he has always been a serial scorer, but compared to when he preached in the desert, in the dark years of the Suns, he is learning thanks to Paul how to be a leader and how to turn the team on in times of need. . In addition to the two stars, in the Suns he blinds Bridges’ defense (13 points and 7 steals), who also deserves the compliments of James Harden (“He really did a great job on me”). DeAndre Ayton did not shine (10 points and 6 rebounds) but he put in some heavy baskets; JaVale McGee off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds) was a spectacular change. Phoenix goes fast because he already knows how to do it: continuity is a strength for this team, with the race to the series for last season’s title convincing everyone of how strong they can be.

Work in progress

Continuity is just what Brooklyn (14-6) needs, knocked out after 4 wins. “We had a demonstration of what it takes to play at a high level in the NBA,” explained Nash. We are a team still under construction, which is looking for its own identity as opposed to Phoenix, which instead is very clear. We sometimes forget who we are, especially when we go under, but they are the signs of a team that is still forming ”. Nash hopes that the 20 turnovers are too (15 in the first half alone), the real Achilles heel of the evening. Male James Harden, disaster in attack (4/15 from the field) despite the triple double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. “I’m still trying to figure out when you need to be a point guard and when a scorer,” Barba explained. With Kevin Durant finishing with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists but remained at least two steps below his best nights, the mvp for the Nets was DeAndre Bembry, 18 points, 9 rebounds and that inexhaustible energy of which Brooklyn feels she needs. The Nets are still the best team in the East but they have enormous room for improvement.

The match

Booker with 16 points in the first quarter launches the escape of the Suns, who reach 51-31 with Paul at 6’39 “from the rest. Brooklyn shakes up with a 15-0 run, but Paul puts in the last 5 points of the first half and Phoenix goes to rest at 56-46. The Nets shorten to 70-61, but Phoenix puts in a 9-0 run and restores the distance, with Payne before the third siren sounds and Shamet from 3 who scores 97-75 with 10’35 “on the clock. It seems over, but Brooklyn has the merit of not giving up, making the ending more interesting thanks to Durant (15 points in the fourth period) and Bembry’s infectious energy. Mills misses the triple of -4 twice, and when Crowder opens the last minute with the layup of 110-101 the match is virtually on file.

Brooklyn:Durant 39 (9/21 of two, 4/7 of three, 9/11 free throws), Bembry 18, Aldridge 18. Rebounds: Harden 13. Assists: Harden 14.

Phoenix:Booker 30 (5/12, 4/6, 8/8 tl), Paul 22, Bridges 13. Rimbalzi: McGee 10. Assist: Paul 5.

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Led by Booker and Paul, Phoenix passes 113-107 at the Nets home and extends her second best streak ever

The last time Phoenix had won 16 games in a row, Mike D’Antoni was coaching her and Steve Nash was her star. It was January 2007: almost 15 years later, Nash is the Brooklyn coach who applauds the Suns for the convinced 113-107 that it is worth the second best winning streak in the history of the franchise, with the first hour just one success away. The team coached today by Monty Williams wins and convinces at the Barclays Center, full as never before (18,071 spectators) for a game of the Nets: Devin Booker (30 points) and Chris Paul (22 with 5 assists) are the two-headed monster of a team that plays by heart, knows how to make a difference, what its strengths and weaknesses are. A team that, after last year’s Finals, has every intention of playing to win. What Brooklyn would like to do, too, who is still looking for the best version of herself).

High beam

Only Golden State has a better record than Phoenix (17 won-3 lost to date). The Suns are blinding: careful defense, lethal attack with CP3 orchestrating and Booker willingly lends itself to being the arm. The Tokyo gold is playing as well as ever: he has always been a serial scorer, but compared to when he preached in the desert, in the dark years of the Suns, he is learning thanks to Paul how to be a leader and how to turn the team on in times of need. . In addition to the two stars, in the Suns he blinds Bridges’ defense (13 points and 7 steals), who also deserves the compliments of James Harden (“He really did a great job on me”). DeAndre Ayton did not shine (10 points and 6 rebounds) but he put in some heavy baskets; JaVale McGee off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds) was a spectacular change. Phoenix goes fast because he already knows how to do it: continuity is a strength for this team, with the race to the series for last season’s title convincing everyone of how strong they can be.

Work in progress

Continuity is just what Brooklyn (14-6) needs, knocked out after 4 wins. “We had a demonstration of what it takes to play at a high level in the NBA,” explained Nash. We are a team still under construction, which is looking for its own identity as opposed to Phoenix, which instead is very clear. We sometimes forget who we are, especially when we go under, but they are the signs of a team that is still forming ”. Nash hopes that the 20 turnovers are too (15 in the first half alone), the real Achilles heel of the evening. Male James Harden, disaster in attack (4/15 from the field) despite the triple double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. “I’m still trying to figure out when you need to be a point guard and when a scorer,” Barba explained. With Kevin Durant finishing with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists but remained at least two steps below his best nights, the mvp for the Nets was DeAndre Bembry, 18 points, 9 rebounds and that inexhaustible energy of which Brooklyn feels she needs. The Nets are still the best team in the East but they have enormous room for improvement.

The match

Booker with 16 points in the first quarter launches the escape of the Suns, who reach 51-31 with Paul at 6’39 “from the rest. Brooklyn shakes up with a 15-0 run, but Paul puts in the last 5 points of the first half and Phoenix goes to rest at 56-46. The Nets shorten to 70-61, but Phoenix puts in a 9-0 run and restores the distance, with Payne before the third siren sounds and Shamet from 3 who scores 97-75 with 10’35 “on the clock. It seems over, but Brooklyn has the merit of not giving up, making the ending more interesting thanks to Durant (15 points in the fourth period) and Bembry’s infectious energy. Mills misses the triple of -4 twice, and when Crowder opens the last minute with the layup of 110-101 the match is virtually on file.

Brooklyn:Durant 39 (9/21 of two, 4/7 of three, 9/11 free throws), Bembry 18, Aldridge 18. Rebounds: Harden 13. Assists: Harden 14.

Phoenix:Booker 30 (5/12, 4/6, 8/8 tl), Paul 22, Bridges 13. Rimbalzi: McGee 10. Assist: Paul 5.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638084268) } [4]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(64) "“In Africa, China strikes back on the legacy of colonialism”" ["link"]=> string(88) "https://bofads.com/world-news/in-africa-china-strikes-back-on-the-legacy-of-colonialism/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(12) "Paula Hooper" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 07:05:41 +0000" ["category"]=> string(45) "World NewsAfricaChinacolonialismlegacystrikes" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6493" ["description"]=> string(624) "To not miss anything on African news, subscribe to the newsletter of World Africa from this link. Every Saturday at 6 a.m., find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of World Africa. Kenya Railways agents on a railway line built by the Chinese company CRBC, in Ongata Rongai (Kenya), ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(5081) "

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The initiative is aimed, without naming them, at Westerners. On September 29, China tabled a resolution denouncing it “The legacy of colonialism” before the UN Human Rights Council, which brings together 47 states. The text, adopted on October 8 without major consequences, denounces “Economic exploitation, inequalities within states between them, systemic racism, violations of the rights of indigenous peoples, contemporary forms of slavery and attacks on cultural heritage”. A parade against the critics against the brutal colonial practices of Beijing towards the Tibetan and Uighur minorities.

For Antoine Kernen, specialist in “Chinafrique” at the University of Lausanne, who co-edited the “Emerging States in Africa” dossier in the journal International critic (number 89), China knew “To build cheaply the image of a generous power” on the continent, but its critical discourse on colonialism could backfire.

Where does the idea for Beijing to denounce the Western colonial heritage come from?

For China, accused of neocolonialism in Africa and elsewhere, this is clearly a counterattack. Beijing takes up the argument and sends it back to Europeans and Westerners who have a colonial past. This rhetorical game takes place in international arenas where China is often in a weak position on human rights. It is not badly played on her part and she has arguments, having herself undergone Western colonialism. Especially since, at the same time, in academic circles, the questioning of the colonial heritage and questions of race are on the rise.

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Would she have done it twenty years ago?

No, because China was then almost non-existent at the international level. Above all, she sought not to be accused of human rights violations. The big change came with Xi Jinping [le président chinois]. He wants to show that China does not submit to a Western world order. Twenty years ago, the country only had a foreign economic policy, today it has a story that goes with it.

Can the message carry to African governments?

In West African countries, there is often a background of anti-colonialism denouncing France or the West. Africa therefore did not need China to develop such a discourse. Moreover, this discourse is not really new in China either: it goes back to the Bandung conference in 1955, then to the non-aligned movement. From the 1950s, when China invented a foreign policy and sought to position itself as a leader of the third world, it highlighted its past as a country colonized by the Western powers. Even today, this story allows him to cultivate his difference with them.

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The initiative is aimed, without naming them, at Westerners. On September 29, China tabled a resolution denouncing it “The legacy of colonialism” before the UN Human Rights Council, which brings together 47 states. The text, adopted on October 8 without major consequences, denounces “Economic exploitation, inequalities within states between them, systemic racism, violations of the rights of indigenous peoples, contemporary forms of slavery and attacks on cultural heritage”. A parade against the critics against the brutal colonial practices of Beijing towards the Tibetan and Uighur minorities.

For Antoine Kernen, specialist in “Chinafrique” at the University of Lausanne, who co-edited the “Emerging States in Africa” dossier in the journal International critic (number 89), China knew “To build cheaply the image of a generous power” on the continent, but its critical discourse on colonialism could backfire.

Where does the idea for Beijing to denounce the Western colonial heritage come from?

For China, accused of neocolonialism in Africa and elsewhere, this is clearly a counterattack. Beijing takes up the argument and sends it back to Europeans and Westerners who have a colonial past. This rhetorical game takes place in international arenas where China is often in a weak position on human rights. It is not badly played on her part and she has arguments, having herself undergone Western colonialism. Especially since, at the same time, in academic circles, the questioning of the colonial heritage and questions of race are on the rise.

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Would she have done it twenty years ago?

No, because China was then almost non-existent at the international level. Above all, she sought not to be accused of human rights violations. The big change came with Xi Jinping [le président chinois]. He wants to show that China does not submit to a Western world order. Twenty years ago, the country only had a foreign economic policy, today it has a story that goes with it.

Can the message carry to African governments?

In West African countries, there is often a background of anti-colonialism denouncing France or the West. Africa therefore did not need China to develop such a discourse. Moreover, this discourse is not really new in China either: it goes back to the Bandung conference in 1955, then to the non-aligned movement. From the 1950s, when China invented a foreign policy and sought to position itself as a leader of the third world, it highlighted its past as a country colonized by the Western powers. Even today, this story allows him to cultivate his difference with them.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638083141) } [5]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(53) "Troubled France: “Make masks!” », They said …" ["link"]=> string(63) "https://bofads.com/planet/troubled-france-make-masks-they-said/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(12) "Paula Hooper" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:40:39 +0000" ["category"]=> string(25) "PlanetFrancemaskstroubled" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6490" ["description"]=> string(588) "Vincent Bernard in the premises of his clothing workshop in La Séguinière (Maine-et-Loire)., DATE? FP Ct was a year and a half ago, at the start of the Covidian crisis: France was in dire need of masks; to manufacture them was in the collective interest, in the national duty. Patron of the Ateliers Pulsion Design, ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(4572) "

Ct was a year and a half ago, at the start of the Covidian crisis: France was in dire need of masks; to manufacture them was in the collective interest, in the national duty. Patron of the Ateliers Pulsion Design, a textile clothing and screen printing company located in La Séguinière (Maine-et-Loire), near Cholet, Vincent Bernard did not hesitate to participate in the” war effort “, as he says. Very badly took him. His company is now on the verge of bankruptcy, weighed down by stocks of fabric masks that it will never run out and by its ineligibility for the solidarity fund set up by the State. “A crazy story, totally incongruous”, sums up the manager, who has already had to part with 16 of his 32 employees.

“It was not conceivable to make money on the back of the Covid. I also thought that “whatever the cost” would come to our rescue, ”continues Vincent Bernard.

Specialized in the flocking of clothing and the personalization of tote bags (soft canvas bags), Pulsion Design was growing rapidly before the crisis. The suspension of sports competitions, festivals and trade fairs brought its activity to an abrupt halt. “There was a lack of masks all over the country. I couldn’t see myself not producing any. We decided to reinvent ourselves ”, says Vincent Bernard, 45 years old. The six seamstresses of the house will get to work immediately. Ditto for the small hands of the Tunisian workshop to which the SME subcontracts part of its orders.

Overproduction not really calculated

But there is no question of deriving the slightest benefit from the situation. A low margin of 9% is achieved throughout this period, or 7 cents per mask sold – barely enough to cover its costs. “We had to play solidarity. It was not conceivable to make money on the back of the Covid, continues Vincent Bernard. I also thought that “whatever the cost” would come to our rescue. “ Alas: while the health authorities will quickly favor the use of disposable masks to the detriment of fabric protections, the small business of La Séguinière will see its turnover (turnover) increase artificially, over a short period, due to this overproduction not really calculated.

What does the solidarity fund rule say in the sector concerned? This: can only claim aid from companies whose turnover, in addition to having fallen by at least 50% monthly, must also have fallen by at least 80% during the first confinement. Failed: the sewing machines were running at full speed precisely during this period. The law is hard, but the law. Pulsion Design now finds itself with an (unsaleable) stock of 2,500 fabric masks, 350,000 euros in negative equity and 200,000 euros in debt. ” If I had known… “, sighs the entrepreneur who went to tell his troubles to the deputy of his constituency, Denis Masséglia (LRM), and to Sarah El Haïry, the secretary of state for youth, originally from Nantes, not far from there. Neither could unblock the situation with Bercy.

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Troubled France: “Make masks!” », They said …

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Ct was a year and a half ago, at the start of the Covidian crisis: France was in dire need of masks; to manufacture them was in the collective interest, in the national duty. Patron of the Ateliers Pulsion Design, a textile clothing and screen printing company located in La Séguinière (Maine-et-Loire), near Cholet, Vincent Bernard did not hesitate to participate in the” war effort “, as he says. Very badly took him. His company is now on the verge of bankruptcy, weighed down by stocks of fabric masks that it will never run out and by its ineligibility for the solidarity fund set up by the State. “A crazy story, totally incongruous”, sums up the manager, who has already had to part with 16 of his 32 employees.

“It was not conceivable to make money on the back of the Covid. I also thought that “whatever the cost” would come to our rescue, ”continues Vincent Bernard.

Specialized in the flocking of clothing and the personalization of tote bags (soft canvas bags), Pulsion Design was growing rapidly before the crisis. The suspension of sports competitions, festivals and trade fairs brought its activity to an abrupt halt. “There was a lack of masks all over the country. I couldn’t see myself not producing any. We decided to reinvent ourselves ”, says Vincent Bernard, 45 years old. The six seamstresses of the house will get to work immediately. Ditto for the small hands of the Tunisian workshop to which the SME subcontracts part of its orders.

Overproduction not really calculated

But there is no question of deriving the slightest benefit from the situation. A low margin of 9% is achieved throughout this period, or 7 cents per mask sold – barely enough to cover its costs. “We had to play solidarity. It was not conceivable to make money on the back of the Covid, continues Vincent Bernard. I also thought that “whatever the cost” would come to our rescue. “ Alas: while the health authorities will quickly favor the use of disposable masks to the detriment of fabric protections, the small business of La Séguinière will see its turnover (turnover) increase artificially, over a short period, due to this overproduction not really calculated.

What does the solidarity fund rule say in the sector concerned? This: can only claim aid from companies whose turnover, in addition to having fallen by at least 50% monthly, must also have fallen by at least 80% during the first confinement. Failed: the sewing machines were running at full speed precisely during this period. The law is hard, but the law. Pulsion Design now finds itself with an (unsaleable) stock of 2,500 fabric masks, 350,000 euros in negative equity and 200,000 euros in debt. ” If I had known… “, sighs the entrepreneur who went to tell his troubles to the deputy of his constituency, Denis Masséglia (LRM), and to Sarah El Haïry, the secretary of state for youth, originally from Nantes, not far from there. Neither could unblock the situation with Bercy.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638081639) } [6]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(56) "In Lebanon, industry victim of tensions with Gulf States" ["link"]=> string(86) "https://bofads.com/world-news/in-lebanon-industry-victim-of-tensions-with-gulf-states/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(12) "Paula Hooper" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:24:04 +0000" ["category"]=> string(43) "World NewsGulfindustryLebanonTensionsvictim" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6487" ["description"]=> string(603) "After more than a year and a half of closure of the Saudi market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lebanese industrialist Ziad Bekdache, specializing in paper, was preparing to send his first delivery to Saudi Arabia, when the news broke. fallen like a cleaver. On October 29, Riyadh recalled its ambassador and banned imports from ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(3715) "

After more than a year and a half of closure of the Saudi market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lebanese industrialist Ziad Bekdache, specializing in paper, was preparing to send his first delivery to Saudi Arabia, when the news broke. fallen like a cleaver. On October 29, Riyadh recalled its ambassador and banned imports from Lebanon in protest against criticism from the Minister of Information, Georges Kordahi, against the war in Yemen.

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The Sunni Gulf monarchies are thus putting pressure on the Cedar Country to extricate itself from the grip of the Shiite Hezbollah party, which supports the Houthi rebellion in Yemen. Collateral victim of this showdown, Mr. Bekdache found himself with $ 50,000 worth of notebooks on his hands, a shipment still stored in the Oriental Paper Products factory in Roumieh, on the outskirts of Beirut.

“The problem between the Gulf and Lebanon is political. I was amazed that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ban imports. It is punishing a majority of the population for the actions of a minority ”, deplores Mr. Bekdache, of which Saudi Arabia is the biggest export customer. Other manufacturers find themselves with containers blocked in Saudi ports, like Georges Nasraoui, CEO of Sonaco, which owns the Lebanese fine grocery brand Arabiya. “It’s a small amount – $ 200,000 [177 000 euros] –, but colleagues have 1.5 million goods blocked ”, he said.

The effect could be devastating

Even at the height of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Saudi market remained one of their main outlets. According to the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, $ 1 billion in industrial exports were made to the Gulf in 2020, out of a total of $ 2.3 billion in exports, and Saudi Arabia alone accounted for , $ 217 million. “The ambition was to return to 500 million dollars of industrial exports to Riyadh in 2022-2023”, says Nicolas Chammas, president of the Beirut Traders Association.

Manufacturers were betting on the comparative advantage induced by the collapse of the Lebanese pound against the dollar, and the resulting drop in production costs, to gain market share. Now, they fear that the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, which have contented themselves with recalling their ambassadors, will decree the same bans. The effect could be devastating for the Lebanese economy, already in the throes of slump. With the fall in tourism and investment, expatriate remittances and exports are the main sources of dollar supply.

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After more than a year and a half of closure of the Saudi market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lebanese industrialist Ziad Bekdache, specializing in paper, was preparing to send his first delivery to Saudi Arabia, when the news broke. fallen like a cleaver. On October 29, Riyadh recalled its ambassador and banned imports from Lebanon in protest against criticism from the Minister of Information, Georges Kordahi, against the war in Yemen.

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The Sunni Gulf monarchies are thus putting pressure on the Cedar Country to extricate itself from the grip of the Shiite Hezbollah party, which supports the Houthi rebellion in Yemen. Collateral victim of this showdown, Mr. Bekdache found himself with $ 50,000 worth of notebooks on his hands, a shipment still stored in the Oriental Paper Products factory in Roumieh, on the outskirts of Beirut.

“The problem between the Gulf and Lebanon is political. I was amazed that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ban imports. It is punishing a majority of the population for the actions of a minority ”, deplores Mr. Bekdache, of which Saudi Arabia is the biggest export customer. Other manufacturers find themselves with containers blocked in Saudi ports, like Georges Nasraoui, CEO of Sonaco, which owns the Lebanese fine grocery brand Arabiya. “It’s a small amount – $ 200,000 [177 000 euros] –, but colleagues have 1.5 million goods blocked ”, he said.

The effect could be devastating

Even at the height of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Saudi market remained one of their main outlets. According to the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, $ 1 billion in industrial exports were made to the Gulf in 2020, out of a total of $ 2.3 billion in exports, and Saudi Arabia alone accounted for , $ 217 million. “The ambition was to return to 500 million dollars of industrial exports to Riyadh in 2022-2023”, says Nicolas Chammas, president of the Beirut Traders Association.

Manufacturers were betting on the comparative advantage induced by the collapse of the Lebanese pound against the dollar, and the resulting drop in production costs, to gain market share. Now, they fear that the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, which have contented themselves with recalling their ambassadors, will decree the same bans. The effect could be devastating for the Lebanese economy, already in the throes of slump. With the fall in tourism and investment, expatriate remittances and exports are the main sources of dollar supply.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1638080644) } [7]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(79) "Davis Cup: France beaten and almost eliminated, the Kazakhtan overthrows Sweden" ["link"]=> string(103) "https://bofads.com/sport/davis-cup-france-beaten-and-almost-eliminated-the-kazakhtan-overthrows-sweden/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(8) "Tim Hall" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sun, 28 Nov 2021 05:54:25 +0000" ["category"]=> string(60) "SportbeatenCupDaviseliminatedFranceKazakhtanoverthrowsSweden" ["guid"]=> string(26) "https://bofads.com/?p=6484" ["description"]=> string(667) "If they win against Canada on Sunday morning, in the last head-to-head in Group B, Kazakhstan will be sure to finish first in their pool and qualify for the quarter-finals. Otherwise Sweden will be in the best position. Victorious 3-0 over Canada for their first duel on Thursday, the Ymer brothers’ Sweden came very close ... Read more" ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(5133) "

If they win against Canada on Sunday morning, in the last head-to-head in Group B, Kazakhstan will be sure to finish first in their pool and qualify for the quarter-finals. Otherwise Sweden will be in the best position.

Victorious 3-0 over Canada for their first duel on Thursday, the Ymer brothers’ Sweden came very close to winning their second duel and, at the same time, confirming their qualification on Saturday. Elder Elias (25, 171st) first dominated Mikhail Kukushkin (183rd) 6-3, 7-6. Then the younger Mikael (23 years old, 93rd) approached two games from victory against the Kazakh No.1 Alexander Bublik.

But, from 4-4 in the second set, Bublik (36th) chained eight consecutive games to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

And the Kazakh double, composed of Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov, finished the job quite calmly (6-3, 6-3 against Goransson and Lindstedt).

The final phase of the new-look Davis Cup, of which this is the second edition (after 2019, it had been canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19), consists of a group stage with six groups of three teams, divided this year in three different cities, Madrid, Innsbruck (Austria) and Turin (Italy), followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The Blues beaten by Great Britain and almost eliminated

Without demerit, France was beaten on Saturday in Innsbruck by Great Britain (2-1) and thus almost drew a line on the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup, even if mathematically it can still hope to qualify.

The so disparaged new formula of the national team competition has this paradoxical fact that it allows the Blues not yet to be officially eliminated when they have lost three of the four singles played in the group stage.

On Saturday, Adrian Mannarino (71st) fought against Daniel Evans (25th) before losing 7-5, 6-4, and Arthur Rinderknech (58th) honored his first selection by facing off against Cameron Norrie (12th) 6-2, 7-6 (10/8). With Richard Gasquet’s loss on Thursday against Czech Tomas Machac, only Mannarino won in singles, against Czech Jiri Vesely.

Facing Evans, “Manna” felt that the fate of the meeting had played “very little”.

“I made mistakes at key moments and when it was tight at the end of the game, he was better than me physically,” he said.

But at 5-5 in the first set “it didn’t depend on him, it only depended on me and my service,” said the Frenchman. “I rushed a bit, maybe I lost my temper a bit and it played out very little,” Mannarino said.

– Successful start for Rinderknech –

“He gives me a winning return to one hand, topspin, on one of my first balls. It happens to him maybe once a year and he does it at 5-5 in the first set, on an important point. times it is played out for a few things, also for a little success, “he continued.

A “miraculous half volley” and a serve “off the line” for Evans, “faults of a few inches” for Mannarino and so the second set and the game were lost.

“He took his chance, maybe a little more than me and that made the difference,” according to the Habs.

So much so that for his first Davis Cup match, Rinderknech found himself with his back to the wall as he entered the court to face Norrie.

“It was very hard, and I would have liked to go to the third set to see what would have happened,” he commented.

Yes, but Norrie wanted to avoid this decisive set and he scored the decisive point to secure the British victory.

“For his debut, Rinderknech was difficult to maneuver,” honored England captain Leon Smith.

The games being made, the novice was lined up in doubles alongside Nicolas Mahut, replacing at the last minute the usual friend of the latter, Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

“From the moment it was all over, I was asked if I wanted to play the double,” explained Rinderknech, illustrating the few hopes on the French side of a qualification for the quarters.

Minutes after his single, he played a great doubles match to save France’s honor with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the dreaded British pair Jo Silisbury / Neal Skupski.

We will have to wait until Sunday and the end of the group stage to know if the Blues get a place in the quarterfinals.

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Davis Cup: France beaten and almost eliminated, the Kazakhtan overthrows Sweden

" } ["summary"]=> string(667) "If they win against Canada on Sunday morning, in the last head-to-head in Group B, Kazakhstan will be sure to finish first in their pool and qualify for the quarter-finals. Otherwise Sweden will be in the best position. Victorious 3-0 over Canada for their first duel on Thursday, the Ymer brothers’ Sweden came very close ... Read more" ["atom_content"]=> string(5133) "

If they win against Canada on Sunday morning, in the last head-to-head in Group B, Kazakhstan will be sure to finish first in their pool and qualify for the quarter-finals. Otherwise Sweden will be in the best position.

Victorious 3-0 over Canada for their first duel on Thursday, the Ymer brothers’ Sweden came very close to winning their second duel and, at the same time, confirming their qualification on Saturday. Elder Elias (25, 171st) first dominated Mikhail Kukushkin (183rd) 6-3, 7-6. Then the younger Mikael (23 years old, 93rd) approached two games from victory against the Kazakh No.1 Alexander Bublik.

But, from 4-4 in the second set, Bublik (36th) chained eight consecutive games to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

And the Kazakh double, composed of Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov, finished the job quite calmly (6-3, 6-3 against Goransson and Lindstedt).

The final phase of the new-look Davis Cup, of which this is the second edition (after 2019, it had been canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19), consists of a group stage with six groups of three teams, divided this year in three different cities, Madrid, Innsbruck (Austria) and Turin (Italy), followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The Blues beaten by Great Britain and almost eliminated

Without demerit, France was beaten on Saturday in Innsbruck by Great Britain (2-1) and thus almost drew a line on the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup, even if mathematically it can still hope to qualify.

The so disparaged new formula of the national team competition has this paradoxical fact that it allows the Blues not yet to be officially eliminated when they have lost three of the four singles played in the group stage.

On Saturday, Adrian Mannarino (71st) fought against Daniel Evans (25th) before losing 7-5, 6-4, and Arthur Rinderknech (58th) honored his first selection by facing off against Cameron Norrie (12th) 6-2, 7-6 (10/8). With Richard Gasquet’s loss on Thursday against Czech Tomas Machac, only Mannarino won in singles, against Czech Jiri Vesely.

Facing Evans, “Manna” felt that the fate of the meeting had played “very little”.

“I made mistakes at key moments and when it was tight at the end of the game, he was better than me physically,” he said.

But at 5-5 in the first set “it didn’t depend on him, it only depended on me and my service,” said the Frenchman. “I rushed a bit, maybe I lost my temper a bit and it played out very little,” Mannarino said.

– Successful start for Rinderknech –

“He gives me a winning return to one hand, topspin, on one of my first balls. It happens to him maybe once a year and he does it at 5-5 in the first set, on an important point. times it is played out for a few things, also for a little success, “he continued.

A “miraculous half volley” and a serve “off the line” for Evans, “faults of a few inches” for Mannarino and so the second set and the game were lost.

“He took his chance, maybe a little more than me and that made the difference,” according to the Habs.

So much so that for his first Davis Cup match, Rinderknech found himself with his back to the wall as he entered the court to face Norrie.

“It was very hard, and I would have liked to go to the third set to see what would have happened,” he commented.

Yes, but Norrie wanted to avoid this decisive set and he scored the decisive point to secure the British victory.

“For his debut, Rinderknech was difficult to maneuver,” honored England captain Leon Smith.

The games being made, the novice was lined up in doubles alongside Nicolas Mahut, replacing at the last minute the usual friend of the latter, Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

“From the moment it was all over, I was asked if I wanted to play the double,” explained Rinderknech, illustrating the few hopes on the French side of a qualification for the quarters.

Minutes after his single, he played a great doubles match to save France’s honor with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the dreaded British pair Jo Silisbury / Neal Skupski.

We will have to wait until Sunday and the end of the group stage to know if the Blues get a place in the quarterfinals.

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Davis Cup: France beaten and almost eliminated, the Kazakhtan overthrows Sweden

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The Swiss vote, Sunday, November 28, on the Covid-19 law which made it possible to create the health pass, at the end of a stormy electoral campaign. A sign of unusual tensions in Switzerland, the police blocked the square in front of the seat of government and parliament in Bern on Sunday, in anticipation of the protests.

According to the polls, however, the population should accept the law even if the antivax and antipasse have been able to make their voice heard in recent weeks by organizing numerous demonstrations, sometimes banned and punctuated by violence, but which nevertheless remain far from the real riots in the United States. Netherlands or Guadeloupe.

The rise of tensions in Switzerland, a country renowned for its culture of dialogue and compromise and where referendums are organized several times a year in a peaceful climate, had the effect of an electric shock. Many politicians, including the Minister of Health Alain Berset, who for two years has come to embody the fight against Covid in the Alpine country, have been threatened with death and are now placed under police protection.

This referendum comes as the new Omicron variant, detected in South Africa and described as “Worrying” by the World Health Organization, has plunged the planet into a state of alert.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Covid-19: in Switzerland, the fifth wave sweeps over the least vaccinated population in Western Europe

Lagging behind on immunization coverage

The Swiss also vote on Sunday on a popular initiative on nursing care which calls on the confederation to guarantee a “Appropriate remuneration” care services.

The votes come as Switzerland, like other countries, has experienced an outbreak of infections since mid-October due to the Delta variant. But unlike other countries in the same case, the government has so far refused to toughen national control measures, arguing that the occupancy of intensive care beds by Covid patients was relatively low at this time. day (20%).

“The situation is under control for the moment. If the cases were to increase exponentially, we would have to adapt as we go “Mr. Berset said at a press conference on Wednesday. The government, however, urged the cantons to take action and called on the population to respect basic health measures.

With a rate of fully vaccinated people of around 65%, Switzerland lags behind in vaccination coverage compared to other countries in Western Europe.

This is the second time in less than six months that the population must vote on the Covid law. In June, citizens supported it with 60% of the vote in a first referendum. But the law having been amended to give the authorities more latitude to fight the pandemic and allow the establishment of the Covid certificate, the antipasse decided to launch a second referendum.

Read also Covid-19: Switzerland will extend the health pass obligation

“Extreme and unnecessary hardening”

The referendum committee refuses this “Extreme and unnecessary tightening of the Covid law” and in particular denounces the Covid certificate, “Which implicitly induces a forced vaccination”. For Agnès Aédo, spokesperson for “Friends of the Constitution”, one of the groups behind the referendum, this law “Will create a two-speed society”.

All political movements, with the exception of the right-wing populist UDC, the country’s largest party, support the law. “Suddenly we are supposed to be divided between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. We must refuse this split “, denounced the president of the SVP, Marco Chiesa, who calls for “Restore freedom, fundamental rights and normality”.

The government told him that the certificate facilitates travel and stays abroad, allows demonstrations to be held and is “Available to all” because people who have not been vaccinated and who have not had the virus can be tested.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers In Switzerland, Kosovars accused of spreading Covid-19

According to the latest survey by the gfs.bern institute carried out on November 7, 61% of people wishing to participate in the vote then supported the Covid-19 law and 67% the nursing initiative. In the latter case, as it is a popular initiative, a majority of the cantons is also required for the text to be adopted.

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The Swiss once again called to the polls to vote on the health pass

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The Swiss vote, Sunday, November 28, on the Covid-19 law which made it possible to create the health pass, at the end of a stormy electoral campaign. A sign of unusual tensions in Switzerland, the police blocked the square in front of the seat of government and parliament in Bern on Sunday, in anticipation of the protests.

According to the polls, however, the population should accept the law even if the antivax and antipasse have been able to make their voice heard in recent weeks by organizing numerous demonstrations, sometimes banned and punctuated by violence, but which nevertheless remain far from the real riots in the United States. Netherlands or Guadeloupe.

The rise of tensions in Switzerland, a country renowned for its culture of dialogue and compromise and where referendums are organized several times a year in a peaceful climate, had the effect of an electric shock. Many politicians, including the Minister of Health Alain Berset, who for two years has come to embody the fight against Covid in the Alpine country, have been threatened with death and are now placed under police protection.

This referendum comes as the new Omicron variant, detected in South Africa and described as “Worrying” by the World Health Organization, has plunged the planet into a state of alert.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Covid-19: in Switzerland, the fifth wave sweeps over the least vaccinated population in Western Europe

Lagging behind on immunization coverage

The Swiss also vote on Sunday on a popular initiative on nursing care which calls on the confederation to guarantee a “Appropriate remuneration” care services.

The votes come as Switzerland, like other countries, has experienced an outbreak of infections since mid-October due to the Delta variant. But unlike other countries in the same case, the government has so far refused to toughen national control measures, arguing that the occupancy of intensive care beds by Covid patients was relatively low at this time. day (20%).

“The situation is under control for the moment. If the cases were to increase exponentially, we would have to adapt as we go “Mr. Berset said at a press conference on Wednesday. The government, however, urged the cantons to take action and called on the population to respect basic health measures.

With a rate of fully vaccinated people of around 65%, Switzerland lags behind in vaccination coverage compared to other countries in Western Europe.

This is the second time in less than six months that the population must vote on the Covid law. In June, citizens supported it with 60% of the vote in a first referendum. But the law having been amended to give the authorities more latitude to fight the pandemic and allow the establishment of the Covid certificate, the antipasse decided to launch a second referendum.

Read also Covid-19: Switzerland will extend the health pass obligation

“Extreme and unnecessary hardening”

The referendum committee refuses this “Extreme and unnecessary tightening of the Covid law” and in particular denounces the Covid certificate, “Which implicitly induces a forced vaccination”. For Agnès Aédo, spokesperson for “Friends of the Constitution”, one of the groups behind the referendum, this law “Will create a two-speed society”.

All political movements, with the exception of the right-wing populist UDC, the country’s largest party, support the law. “Suddenly we are supposed to be divided between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. We must refuse this split “, denounced the president of the SVP, Marco Chiesa, who calls for “Restore freedom, fundamental rights and normality”.

The government told him that the certificate facilitates travel and stays abroad, allows demonstrations to be held and is “Available to all” because people who have not been vaccinated and who have not had the virus can be tested.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers In Switzerland, Kosovars accused of spreading Covid-19

According to the latest survey by the gfs.bern institute carried out on November 7, 61% of people wishing to participate in the vote then supported the Covid-19 law and 67% the nursing initiative. In the latter case, as it is a popular initiative, a majority of the cantons is also required for the text to be adopted.

Our selection of articles on the health pass

The World with AFP

We wish to say thanks to the writer of this short article for this incredible material

The Swiss once again called to the polls to vote on the health pass

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Lhe “new GMOs” are, for a few more months, at the heart of a discreet but intense battle, the outcome of which could have a major impact on agribusiness, the environment and the health of Europeans. It is first played out in speeches and words.

In October, in his presentation of the France 2030 plan, President Emmanuel Macron slipped it in one sentence on the future of agriculture: “We must invest in three revolutions which will in a way be the continuation of the mechanical revolution and the chemical revolution that we have known: digital technology, robotics, genetics. “

As we can see, the head of state evokes ” genetic “ evasively, rather than the arrival in the fields of “new GMOs” – a precaution which is undoubtedly explained initially by the seal of infamy with which these three letters are struck in a large part of the opinion. Today, Directive 2001/18 governs the placing on the market, traceability and labeling of genetically modified crops. And it does so so closely that GMOs are pretty much absent, in Europe, both from human food and from the fields.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers An NGO warns of delays in Europe in the detection of last generation GMOs

But in recent years, new genome editing techniques – NBT (new breeding techniques) or NGT (new genomic techniques) – make it possible to make changes presumed to be more subtle than the good old transgenesis (transfer of a gene of interest from one species to another). Genetic alterations so fine that they could, it is said, occur naturally. They should therefore not have to undergo the fussy scrutiny of the regulator to be authorized.

Standardization of practices

The European Commission shares this vision, and is considering a relaxation of the law, by placing certain genetic manipulations outside the framework which currently regulates GMOs. In short, it is a question of no longer considering these “new GMOs” as GMOs. A legislative proposal is planned by Brussels for 2023.

The project meets the enthusiasm of some (including France) and triggers the protests of others (unions for the defense of peasant agriculture and NGOs). Supporters of NGTs highlight the fact that deregulation of the sector would promote innovation and the development of varieties adapted to climate change, drought, certain pests or provided with better nutritional qualities.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers For the European Commission, the law on GMOs “is not adapted” to new biotechnologies

To which their opponents retort that the resilience of agriculture depends more on agroecology, diversified and smaller farms, varieties adapted to their land, etc. They also ensure that NGTs, ultra-precise in theory, can cause unforeseen genetic modifications and that results comparable to those of these technologies could very often be obtained by crossing traditional varieties.

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“Western agriculture has already experienced a genetic revolution whose promises have not been kept”

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Lhe “new GMOs” are, for a few more months, at the heart of a discreet but intense battle, the outcome of which could have a major impact on agribusiness, the environment and the health of Europeans. It is first played out in speeches and words.

In October, in his presentation of the France 2030 plan, President Emmanuel Macron slipped it in one sentence on the future of agriculture: “We must invest in three revolutions which will in a way be the continuation of the mechanical revolution and the chemical revolution that we have known: digital technology, robotics, genetics. “

As we can see, the head of state evokes ” genetic “ evasively, rather than the arrival in the fields of “new GMOs” – a precaution which is undoubtedly explained initially by the seal of infamy with which these three letters are struck in a large part of the opinion. Today, Directive 2001/18 governs the placing on the market, traceability and labeling of genetically modified crops. And it does so so closely that GMOs are pretty much absent, in Europe, both from human food and from the fields.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers An NGO warns of delays in Europe in the detection of last generation GMOs

But in recent years, new genome editing techniques – NBT (new breeding techniques) or NGT (new genomic techniques) – make it possible to make changes presumed to be more subtle than the good old transgenesis (transfer of a gene of interest from one species to another). Genetic alterations so fine that they could, it is said, occur naturally. They should therefore not have to undergo the fussy scrutiny of the regulator to be authorized.

Standardization of practices

The European Commission shares this vision, and is considering a relaxation of the law, by placing certain genetic manipulations outside the framework which currently regulates GMOs. In short, it is a question of no longer considering these “new GMOs” as GMOs. A legislative proposal is planned by Brussels for 2023.

The project meets the enthusiasm of some (including France) and triggers the protests of others (unions for the defense of peasant agriculture and NGOs). Supporters of NGTs highlight the fact that deregulation of the sector would promote innovation and the development of varieties adapted to climate change, drought, certain pests or provided with better nutritional qualities.

Read also Article reserved for our subscribers For the European Commission, the law on GMOs “is not adapted” to new biotechnologies

To which their opponents retort that the resilience of agriculture depends more on agroecology, diversified and smaller farms, varieties adapted to their land, etc. They also ensure that NGTs, ultra-precise in theory, can cause unforeseen genetic modifications and that results comparable to those of these technologies could very often be obtained by crossing traditional varieties.

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“Western agriculture has already experienced a genetic revolution whose promises have not been kept”

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