The Belarusian Handball Championship was finally stopped six days before the end due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The classification was frozen and it was Meshkov Brest by Frenchman William Accambray who won a twelfth coronation. “There were 6 matches left and we should have been champions in 1 or 2 days. We are champions now! And the Cup is postponed to the start of next season, “reacted the former international with joy. The triple world champion, also Olympic and European champion, who arrived in Belarus a year ago, will probably not have the opportunity to win the Belarus Cup, since he signed up with Aix-en -Provence from next season.
The Belarusian Federation decided to stop the championship in its turn, there were 6 games left and we should have been champion in 1 or 2 days. We are CHAMPIONS now! And the Cup is postponed to the start of next season. @meshkovbrest #handpic.twitter.com/KPSBg6ibB4
The European Handball Federation announced on Friday that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the eighth and quarter-finals of the Champions League could not be played, and that competition would resume directly with Final 4 on 28 and 29 December. The EHF therefore decided to qualify the first two teams of the two tall hens, including PSG, for this last four. Parisians will be accompanied by Barcelona, Kiel and Veszprem. However, no decision has yet been made for the women’s competition, although the option of playing in the quarterfinals in September is still under consideration.
The legend says that the inhabitants of a small town built a high tower that dominated the whole region to prevent the attacks of a fierce beast: a winged dragon, who was said to inhabit the blue throats, and who, from time to time he would get out of his den, fly to the village, and take a cow, a sheep, or a pig from some poor farmer to satiate his hunger.
This was one of the reasons why no one in the village dared approach the mysterious blue puddle, a name entirely suited to the deep blue of sea in its deep waters. The same legend also says that, many years ago, one day, a poor clueless farmer went to the blue puddle with a cart pulled by two cows, and when he encountered the dragon, he and his cart fell into their deep waters and nothing was ever heard of either the farmer, the wagon, or the cows.
Jordina, the naughty daughter of one of the village’s cow and pig ranchers, had heard this story many times in the mouth of her grandfather, and because of her curiosity for the blue-throated gorilla, she had never dared to approach. -she Every day after school, he would help his parents on the farm and at home. Most of all he liked to milk the cows and, moreover, to take care of the newborn calves and piglets. It wasn’t the job of her life. As a grown-up she wanted to be an aviator, nothing to do with cows and pigs, but since she was so fond of animals, her farm work was effortless.
April had arrived and Jordina was looking forward to St. George’s Day so she could buy a bunch of books about dragons and princesses, her favorite reading subject. But a few days earlier, one night, a loud noise and the desperate “muuuuuuuuuuu” of a cow woke her up. He looked out the window and saw nothing. In the morning, however, his father noticed that two cows were missing. When he reported the robbery to the Civil Guard, the latter told him that in recent days other farmers had also stolen cows, sheep and pigs, and despite proper investigations found no clue who the thief or thieves could be.
It was then that Jordina remembered the legend of the blue gorg dragon, so often told by his grandfather. “What if the dragon is back and it’s him?” He wondered. And without saying anything to anyone, he set off for the pool. Although the carriageway that was on it was badly damaged for so many years, it didn’t take long for anyone to get there. And he saw her, a few feet below, a large pool of clear blue water like the sea. The whole place seemed to come out of a fairy tale. He hid behind some branches, and he waited and waited.
“Chof! Chof! Chof!” Suddenly, Jordina saw him. He rubbed his eyes because he couldn’t believe it, but there he was, it was real: a big dragon bathing in the pool. Without thinking, he got out of his hiding place, grabbed a pole, ran low, and planted himself by the water.
– Hey dragon !!!! Where are my cows? She asked, shouting loudly as he threatened her with the long pole of his spear, “You must have already swallowed them.” Bad beast!
– Your cows? – answered her a feminine and honeyed voice – I do not know. And by the way, I’m not a beast, I’m a viper, a dragon nut. And I don’t eat meat, I’m vegan, I only eat fruits and vegetables from my vegetable garden. What do you think, I’m like the dragons of stories?
– Well … if you didn’t steal our cows, who was it?
– Ah! Well, look at the cows, I can help you the same way – the viper answered as he came out of the water and fluttered his wings – For several days now I have heard cows’ noises in the cave behind this little hill. , pigs and sheep. Do you want us to look at it? Get on my back!
Jordina, determined, mounted on the back of the vitreous one, it was gotten strong where it could beautifully as it unfolded its wings, and they flew to the other side of the hill. They had not yet landed when they saw it. Two men unloaded a couple of pigs from a truck and pulled them into a dark cave where the mixed shouts of a bunch of animals came from.
When the men left the cave, the viper, with Jordina on his neck, plummeted in the direction of the two thieves before he could get on the truck. He opened his mouth wide and made a frightening shriek as he let out a few small fireballs that hit one of the wheels of the vehicle, busting the tire. The two men, terrified, rushed off to help me abandoning animals and trucks.
Jordina descended from the ridge on the ridge and ran to the cave to release all the animals to her home. He thought his father would already know what to do with them.
– Thank you very much, dear! And don’t worry, I’ll never talk to you about anyone. It will be our secret – Jordina told the wizard.
When her father saw her coming with that herd of cows, sheep, and pigs, he hurried to give her a big hug. He then warned the Civil Guard to search for all the stolen livestock and return it to their owners. Of course, Jordina didn’t say a word in the glass.
On St. George’s Day, in the afternoon, Jordina went to the Blue Bowl to visit her new friend, the witch, and show her the three books she had bought. The water of the pool had its characteristic blue color, but the glass was nowhere. Shouted and shouted at her, but nothing.
When he was leaving, he saw her. Near the water was a gorgeous red rose, the prettiest she had ever seen, and next to her was a small note that said, “Happy saint’s day.”
Now Jordina is old, she is flying planes and she is the mother of a beautiful girl, but every year, for Saint George, she goes back to the blue pool and every year she finds a beautiful rose next to the water. red, the nicest thing there is, with the same note on the side. This year 2020, however, was a little different, Jordina couldn’t go to the blue pool to find her rose because of the confinement we all suffer from a very bad virus, and she had to settle for staying go home and read the tale of the blue gorg with its daughter.
Last Tuesday, the National Handball League (NHL) decided to put an end to the Lidl Starligue and Proligue (D2) championships. A decision which prematurely offered the title of champion of France at Paris Saint-Germain, strong of its 17 victories in 18 games (for a draw). But to help their club, in financial difficulty like the others because of the cessation of competition, the players of the capital gave up receiving their bonus for winning the competition. A beautiful gesture, which should allow the institution to save several hundred thousand euros, as confirmed The Parisian.
Of these, one of the most prominent was Gonzalo Hevia, a well-versed pilot who, after shooting down a dozen targets between 1942 and 1943, became the “ace of aces” for the Spanish aviators in the USSR. At the end of his life he narrated his most outstanding bouts during World War II against pilots who, in his words, made things very difficult for him.
History has been elusive with Blue Squadrons to focus on his infantry colleagues, but along with the Blue Division also left dozens of volunteer pilots determined to fight in the branded as «Crusade against communism». His journey to the icy Soviet lands, halfway between learning and compensating for Luftwaffe for your support in Civil war, began in June 1941, after the assault of the Third Reich to the USSR on the call Operation Barbarossa.
The name of the units was born thanks to the organization of the volunteers. Although the Germans were convinced that the offensive on the lands of Iosif Stalin would last a few months (the example of Poland and France, traversed from end to end in just one month, so it was attested), the Spanish were more cautious and opted to divide the airmen into contingents that would be successively relieved as the months passed.
The distinguishing mark of the Squadrons was how ideological their members were. «The Air Force had been highly politicized before the Civil war. The communists were of great importance to him. When the war ended, in the National side were the Phalangists those who held the most positions. Ángel Salas created the entire “establishment” of the Blue Squadrons. He personally chose the volunteers and one of the main requirements was to be a blue shirt and, if possible, an old shirt, “explains the historian. José Antonio Alcaide (author of «Alas de España. Spanish Expeditionary Squadrons in Russia ») in an interview for “Modern times”.
The 1st Blue Squadron, in command of the Spanish myth of National Aviation Ángel Salas Larrazábal, arrived at the Eastern front in June 1941 made up of a total of three flight patrols (15 pilots in total) and a hundred operators. Unfortunately for them, their destiny was not the first line of battle, but the 27th German Hunting Wing (in which they were framed) assigned them to a Group destined to destroy ground objectives, carry out escort missions and shoot down bombers. . This is confirmed Carlos Caballero Jury in his magnum opus: The Blue Division. Complete history of Hitler’s Spanish volunteers ».
Although that decision reduced, at least in principle, his chances of obtaining victories against enemy fighters (necessary to be considered «aces»Of aviation), the five Blue Squadrons that fought in the WWII they treasured many such demolitions in the East. When the last Spanish contingent returned to their home in February 1944 they had managed 164 casualties in 6,000 missions. All this, in exchange for 19 fallen pilots.
Souvenirs from Russia
Gonzalo Hevia Álvarez-Quiñones, born in Pontevedra on September 11, 1916 and versed aviator during the Civil war, was assigned to the aforementioned Blue Squadrons after the beginning of the invasion of the USSR in the WWII. As stated by the late colonel (also responsible for the Madrid Historical Air Archive) Emilio Herrera Alonso in his dossier on this character prepared for the Royal Academy of History, started with the 3rd of these units to relieve the 2nd in Orel (a city located 350 kilometers south of Moscow) on November 30, 1942.
Both Hevia and his companions were put at the controls of aircraft such as the Messerschmitt (ME) Bf-109F, one of the latest versions of what was one of the best fighters of the first part of World War II for its versatility and characteristics. .
In one of the few interviews he gave throughout his life (the one published in number 3 of the Aeronautical History Magazine 1985), Hevia confirmed that she began training on these airplanes after the start of Operation Barbarossa: «For the training they granted us the Messer who were in Reus. There we went to look for them. […] Already in Orel, our first flights were to reconnoiter the area ».
Before long he also had the privilege of having the most modern Focke Wulf Fw-190. «The Focke Wulf were much more sophisticated, authentic masterpieces of fighter aviation equipped with a powerful radial engine BMW, faster, more far-reaching and capable of climbing higher than the 109, “says Philip Kaplan in “Luftwaffe Aces in World War II”. Hevia, who knew, among many other languages, German, was one of the Spanish pilots selected to familiarize himself with this device and then reveal its secrets to his fellow Blue Squadrons. That led him to be added to the Major Squad in the Mölders Squad, an honor for the time.
Fighting in World War II
Hevia, “ace of aces” of the Blue Squadron having credited a total of 12 casualties during his stay in the USSR, narrated several of his combats (nicknamed “dogs fights») In the interview given to the Aeronautical History Magazine.
One of the ones that marked him the most was a kind of test flight that he made with the lieutenant Ruy Ozores Ochoa to show him how he should proceed against a Soviet fighter. «We located on the front a clueless and lonely Russian. I got under it, very close, and I was climbing little by little, until I had it in helmet, I could not fail. At that moment I pulled the trigger and … nothing happened! I had forgotten about the weapon firing switch. The enemy escaped.
He was luckier in a “dog fight” that he starred in when he was part of the German squad. That day, Hevia explained, he and three other airmen left the aerodrome of Orel to carry out a diversionary attack on a Soviet fighter unit stationed in Kursk. His goal was to entertain them so that, a few kilometers away, 25 dive bombers Stuka they could launch their explosives without opposition. The Spanish, in charge of covering his commanding officer, the Fedldwebel Tandzer, soon sighted a bomber Petlyakov Pe-2. They both threw themselves face down on him. The hunt began.
“Tandzer’s Focke Wulf was going more than PE-2, so I didn’t understand why Tandzer didn’t slow down to the enemy’s speed to shoot better and longer. When it broke fire I could see that the tracers passed behind and below the Russian without hurting him at the same time that he ate it and surpassed him by ascending. In view of it […] I went after him. […] I opened fire and, almost immediately, the PE-2 reversed the direction of the turn to the right and kept turning more and more until entering a very open barrier. I followed him for a while with my eyes until I considered that he was not saved and I looked for my companions. Nobody, I found myself alone ».
The problems came soon after. And, while he was lost, Hevia ran into two fighters Yakovlev Yak-1 that flew in attack formation against him.
“I was neither scared nor nervous. I realized that they were climbing much less than me and wait. The two fired at the same time and without raising their nose, so I realized that their bursts were passing well below me. […] We keep going up and they come from wasting ammunition. When they got tired or ran out of it, they turned towards the field. With my height advantage catching the laggard was a matter of a moment. I opened fire when I considered that it was in a very good position and I could see that my tracers were getting into its fuselage. […] I did not follow him to the ground because the red “fuel short” light had come on a moment ago and it was best to go back. […] When passing through the command post, I made two passes: one through the PE-2 and the other through the Yak-1 ».
He June 8, 1943 Hevia participated in one of her last aerial battles before returning to Spain. The air battle followed when a “very large enemy formation” accompanied by an equally large escort set out to bomb a German airfield. Our protagonist’s unit was ordered to stop that attack. In a few minutes, the aviator of the Blue Squad he was found 7,000 meters high fighting a fighter Lávochkin-Gorbunov-Goudkov LaGG-3 at the controls of an experienced pilot. In this case they painted clubs.
That guy knew what he was doing. He was not one of those that we usually used to find. It was a real “dog fight”: […] That man […] he shot in any position. Several times I saw him shooting me in reverse flight. In more than a moment I thought that luck and goodbye would accompany him in one of those. However, luck was with me, because except in the first moments that I shot, […] I kept the ammunition almost intact. It will be over, I thought. And it’s over. At that moment it started to rise […]. It was hard for me to catch up with him, but I was willing to do it even if I ran out of fuel.
The minutes turned into hours for Hevia. His greatest fear was that the pilot sneaked into nearby clouds. If that happened, he would have managed to escape. Three seconds before it entered the clouds, I fired. It was a continuous blast with everything he carried: four cannons and two machine guns. I was certain that I had hit him, ”adds the aviator in the aforementioned interview. Although he did not see how it was falling, soon after the radio operators at the base confirmed that an apparatus with the characteristics he was describing had hit the ground in a nearby area. One more loss for Spanish.
That one, and another 10 or 11 others (attending to the author) earned him two Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class in the WWII.
In a video posted on social networks, the French football team supported the medical staff who are fighting against the coronavirus epidemic.
“We sing and applaud for you”, says the star of the round ball Kylian Mbappé, then supported by several team members and members of the management of the Blues. Sunday, April 5, the French football team broadcast a video on social networks. A gesture of support – as well as a call to stay at home – towards the nursing staff for whom everyone recorded part of the video message.
“You are going to win, we are sure of it,” continues Paul Pogba, while Olivier Giroud concludes: “You will bring victory against this virus home.”
A donation to Paris hospitals
The French Football Federation (FFF), the Blues and the staff of Didier Deschamps have also decided to donate a large sum of money to the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris foundation (AP-HP) to support the daily lives of caregivers and research, we learned earlier in the week from a source familiar with the matter.
The FFF is committed to offering healthcare staff a prize of 5,000 places for each of the Blues’ next matches played in 2020 at the Stade de France.
A thousand additional places will also be made available for the next meeting of the French women’s team in the provinces.
When you think of blue fish, the names of tuna, sardine, or salmon automatically come to mind. Even trout. The mackerel it is that forgotten candidacy, the one that always remains unfairly in the inkwell. And it will not be for lack of reasons, since its nutritional value is at the height of its teammates and, above all, at a very affordable price. Scomber scombrus is its scientific name, also known as Atlantic mackerel. It is a blue fish of the scommbid family, with an elongated and robust body, between 20 and 50 centimeters long, which allows it to swim at high speeds during migratory periods. Its natural habitat is the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. It usually lives in medium waters, about 250 meters deep, and only rises to the surface to hunt. In winter they go down to even greater depths, where they remain without eating. Spring and summer is their migration time, and it does so by forming large uniform banks near the surface. Those months are also the months of its fishing season, especially between February and May.
As a young man, mackerel is omnivorous and its diet consists of zooplankton and waste close to the coasts resulting from human activity. In her adulthood, as with other blue fish, she goes out to find her own menu and becomes a very efficient predator. His favorite menu consists of crustaceans, molluscs, sardines, anchovies and herrings. If no predator precipitates its end, mackerel can live up to nine years.
Verdel is something else
It is not only forgotten in the enumerations. In the market they confuse you with other similar fish. For example, the verdel or starling. And that has the back of a lighter color and with more irregular drawings. Verdel abounds, above all, in southern Spain and in the Mediterranean area. Fortunately, this is a minor error, since the nutritional characteristics of both species are very similar.
A very nutritious snack
As a good blue fish, it has an important fat content (11.9 grams for every 100 grams of clean product), especially unsaturated fatty acids, among which omega-3s (EPA and DHA) stand out, of which it contains almost 1 gram. for every 100 g. A value that represents almost five times more than the recommendations for one day (200 mg). These types of fats are necessary to maintain good cardiovascular health and keep blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides at bay. In addition, it provides 18.7 grams of protein of high biological value.
As for minerals, it is a source of selenium (39 mcg), iodine (51 mcg) phosphorus (244 gr) and potassium (386 mg). 100 grams of mackerel (the ration is usually around 125 -175 grams clean) provides 35% of the recommended daily intakes of phosphorus, a key mineral for metabolism and to preserve healthy teeth and bones. As for selenium, one of its functions is to protect cells from oxidative damage. Iodine is vital for the normal functioning of thyroid hormones, and lastly, potassium ensures a good state of muscles and nervous system, while maintaining blood pressure at normal levels.
Vitamins B12 undoubtedly stand out: 9 mcg that quadruple the recommended daily intake for this nutrient. Its 16 mcg of vitamin D already exceed 300% of the recommended daily amount (5 mcg). This vitamin intervenes in the metabolism of calcium and contributes to maintaining the bones and the immune system in normal conditions. Vitamin B12, meanwhile, is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. The contributions of niacin (12.47 grams) and vitamin B6 (0.63 mg) represent around 78% and 45% of the daily recommendations respectively. Niacin contributes to the normal metabolism of energy and also intervenes in the functioning of the nervous system and maintains healthy skin. For its part, vitamin B6 participates in the immune system.
Canned mackerel in oil is not lacking on the shelves of any supermarket. To its high content of vitamins, minerals and omega 3, two other advantages are added: an affordable price and more tranquility for the whole family, since, despite being a blue fish, being smaller, it accumulates much less heavy metals than other larger species. The only thing to keep in mind is that if we consume it canned it can have a significant contribution of salt (almost 1 gram per 100), but we can compensate it with the foods of the day, or choose those that have reduced salt content . Excess salt in the diet is associated with an increased risk of hypertension, which in turn is one of the main cardiovascular risk factors.
Healthy and versatile
The normal thing is to present it in the oven or grilled, although it can also be marinated (a recipe similar to that of the dogfish) and even presented in meatballs or breaded fillets. Its canned version works very well in omelette or as a protein addition to salads.
The one-year time lag of the Tokyo Games could prove beneficial to some. Starting with the French men’s handball team, which will have more time to work.
Be careful, an obvious prerequisite, but it should be recalled in the preamble to this article, it will never occur to anyone to rejoice in the dramatic coronavirus pandemic that is hitting the world. This is not the subject. Simply, since this Tuesday and the official announcement of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, it is permissible to wonder if certain athletes could not, with their bodies defending and very involuntarily, take advantage of this additional delay in order to be able to appear in the Japanese capital with much better assets than if the Olympic High Mass had been maintained at its initial dates, from July 24 to August 9. Among these, in France, the gaze can only turn to the men’s handball team, which we left moribund last January. Eliminated as it was on 1er around the Euro through Norway and Portugal.
Since then, water has flowed under the bridge. The coach, Didier Dinart, has given way to his assistant, Guillaume Gille, and he has surrounded himself with new members of his staff. Half a palace revolution, therefore. But before imagining being able to take advantage of this additional working time, Gille wanted to emphasize the absolute necessity of this postponement, as he confided on the Federation website: “There is a lot of uncertainty about the development of the virus in countries of the world in which it has just spread. The postponement, given the health situation in the world, seems obvious to me. ” An opinion shared by his players, including Luka Karabatic, who took the time to respond to Le Figaro: “I had been wondering for a few days how it would be possible to organize the Games when we see everything that is happening in France and in the world. It seemed untenable. So I think it’s really good that it’s offbeat. This will allow each athlete to focus on this health crisis, with one less concern. Because even if the most important thing today is health, the Games still remained in a corner of our heads. “
True sporting comfort, as Valentin Porte also explained to us: “If we got out of confinement in mid-May for example, that meant that we had two or three weeks maximum to recover after two months without anything, which would have been an additional stress before competing in the Olympic Qualification Tournament (TQO). The fact that the Games are postponed takes away a first thorn in the side regarding the players’ physical condition. ” “This TQO had become a real concern,” confirms Karabatic. One day we were told that we would have to play it behind closed doors, and then afterwards it was postponed without any date. All of these uncertainties were already complicated to manage. ” Today, even if no date has yet been advanced, it still seems obvious that the Blues will have time to prepare it well.
From where this feeling that this postponement can prove to be beneficial, a term returning in the remarks of Porte as of Karabatic. Thus, the former readily admits that “for us, this is not bad news in sport. With the new staff in place, we would have had very little time to prepare for the TQO deadline. There, with a year more, it should give us time to work well, to evolve certain aspects of our game. It can only be beneficial, I’m sure. ” An opinion supported by his Parisian partner: “It is certain that we must always try to look at the positive in each situation. That’s what I’m trying to do too. So it’s true that the French team was in a somewhat special, unprecedented situation. We were in a failure during the last Euro and this TQO arrived at a crazy speed. We realized that we were only going to have a few days of preparation to prepare for this very tough tournament (against Spain, Tunisia and Portugal). Having more time to train, to make our mark with the new staff, this can only be beneficial for our team. “
Now the reigning champion of nothing, the French team has time to rebuild themselves and to resolve the problems that arose during the last Euro, and even before, on and off the pitch. Not to mention the question of those who wanted to retire this summer, like Michaël Guigou and Luc Abalo, and who might be tempted to continue. “I don’t know what their decision will be,” admits Karabatic on the subject. However, for the youngest, it does not change much in 2021. ” A year to raise your head will not be luxury even if, before the Tokyo Games, will take place in January 2021 of the World Championships which could serve as the first life-size test. Unless the TQO is inserted before in the calendar. Like what, all the calendar uncertainties have not yet been settled. “But we can see a little more clearly anyway,” concludes Porte with hope.
Handball will be no exception. Like almost all sporting events in recent days, the six Olympic Qualification Tournaments have been postponed. Thus, the three women’s tournaments, which were to take place from March 20 to 22, and the three men’s, originally scheduled from April 17 to 19, have been postponed to June.
“The International Handball Federation has just announced the postponement of the six Olympic Qualification Tournaments which were to take place in March and April. France, the organizer of one of them (in men, editor’s note) with the aim of qualifying its national men’s team, remains awaiting the decisions of international handball bodies, ”reads the official press release of the French Handball Federation (FFH).
In addition, the French women were to meet two weeks before the TQO. That’s no longer news. “The two weeks of gathering of the French women’s teams A and A ‘which were to take place between the Maison du Handball, Croatia and Montbéliard are entirely canceled. Indeed, taking into account the arrangements made by the EHF this Friday March 13 concerning the holding of sporting events, the qualification matches for the EHF Euro 2020 opposing the French women’s team to Croatia on Wednesday March 25 and Sunday March 29 in Osijek and Montbéliard are officially reported ”, informs the FFH.
The French handball team inherited this Monday during the draw made in Vienna (Austria) of North Macedonia in the play-offs to qualify for the World Cup-2021 in Egypt (January 14 to 31). After the fiasco of Euro-2020, the Blues, eliminated in the 1st round, will have to go through a round-trip confrontation to qualify for the next Handball World Cup, of which they have not missed any edition since 1990. The French team, which has risen on the podium of the last three world championships, will play the first leg in North Macedonia between June 5 and 7 (the precise date remains to be determined) before returning to France between 9 and June 11. The top three in the European championship directly validated their ticket for the 2021 World Cup, the first to 32 teams, but the Blues were only ranked 14th after defeats against Portugal and Norway. A rout that cost the former coach Didier Dinart replaced by Guillaume Gille.