The hagia Sophia of Istanbul, the christians to express their concerns

In a press release published Thursday, June 18, the catholic bishops of Turkey have announced their decision not to challenge the plans to transform the great early christian basilica Istanbul mosque.

Not that they want to. But “although we wish that hagia Sophia retains its character as a museum, it is not for us to intervene or even give our opinion on a decision that concerns only the Republic of Turkey “, they pointed out, indicating to be a Church deprived of legal status and could not therefore “give no advice on the internal issues of this country “. For a long time, the christian minorities complain about being discriminated against in Turkey, where they are struggling to recruit their clergy and to obtain a building permit.

Decision on 2 July

This statement came after calls from the Turkish government for that hagia Sophia be converted into a mosque have attracted many international protests. A plan of conversion must be approved by the highest court of Turkey on 2 July.

The catholic bishops have reminded that the hagia Sophia, that the popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis have visited, is born as “a church in communion with Rome “but became orthodox after the schism of 1054 between the Churches of east and west. The building then served as a mosque for nearly five centuries after the ottoman of Constantinople, in 1453.

On the side of the orthodox, the Church of neighboring Greece, for its part, rejected the plan of conversion provided, recalling that the hagia Sophia is a “a masterpiece of architectural genius, the world recognized as one of the monuments of eminent of christian civilization “. “Any change will cause a sharp protest and frustration among the christians of the whole world, and will harm Turkey itself,”said the synod, June 12.

In a tweet on 13 June, the archbishop Sahak Masalyan, patriarch of Armenian orthodox of Constantinople, proposed to allow muslims and christians to pray in the hagia Sophia, which attracted 3.3 million visitors per year before the pandemic. He said that the two faiths could not afford “the luxury of a new argument of the cross and the crescent “.

→ UNDERSTAND. The history of hagia Sophia Istanbul

A few days earlier, the Russian orthodox Church had also called on Turkey to maintain ” open access to all “, warning that a change of status to Sainte-Sophie “violates the fragile balance of inter-confessional “.

Unesco, which has declared hagia Sophia a world heritage site in 1985, recalled that a change in the use of the monument would require an international consultation.

A claim recurring islamist milieus

Do so again in the hagia Sophia of Istanbul, a place of worship a muslim is a claim recurring environments islamist turks for almost twenty years. The argument most frequently invoked is the lack of legal value of decree of 1934, which made the monument a museum : it would never have been published in The official Journal and the signature of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk would be a fake.

In recent years, especially since the missed putsch of July 2016, the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has multiplied the bursts in Sainte-Sophie. In 2017, he had discussed the possibility of making a new mosque in response to the recognition by the president Trump Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This idea was again revived in the year 2019, his Party, the justice and development party (AKP) to appear in a very bad position for the municipal.

In may, he confirmed that he hoped to cancel the decree of Ataturk and reopen the monument to the muslim cult. And on 15 June, the minister of justice Abdulahmit Gül stated that it was“a question of sovereignty “ and that this decision reflected the “common wish “ of all the citizens.


Parents of Saint-Jean-de-Passy convened to elect new representatives

A notice was sent Thursday, May 7 at the request of the Collectives de parents de Saint-Jean-de-Passy, ​​a Parisian establishment shaken since the layoff of its director and the prefect of the first and final classes. At the head of the school’s Apel, the document, sent using the Direct School software, is not signed by his office, but by the Collective of parents representing, ” at least a quarter of A membersPEL Saint-Jean de Passy

A “Hold-up”, according to Emmanuelle de La Guillonnière, current president of Apel Saint-Jean, whose eviction is desired by the collectives, the summons specifying that the families will have to decide, on May 22, on the revocation of the mandates of the whole directors of Apel and the appointment of 15 new directors.

We believe that current administrators are not representative of parents “Said Wencelas Betolaud, spokesperson for the Collectifs de parents.

Sanitary measures linked to the exit from containment oblige, this extraordinary general assembly should be held in a virtual way.

This invitation is not admissible, says Emmanuelle de la Guillonnière. However, I had told the spokesperson for the collectives that I was fully prepared to send a notice to a general meeting, under the conditions of legality required, after verifying that a sufficient number of families had appeared, at provided that the documents necessary for this are sent to me. However, I have not received anything like this, and it is a fraudulent summons which is sent without my knowledge.

If I am sent the documents, e-mail addresses and identity documents of families requesting a GA, and the quorum is reached, I am quite ready to convene it in the forms Says Emmanuelle de la Guillonnière.

The president of Saint John’s Apel in the crosshairs of Parents’ Collective

Emmanuelle de la Guillonnière, who is also a member of the board of directors of Saint-Jean-de-Passy, ​​is in the crosshairs of the collectives, who request the lifting of the layoffs of François-Xavier Clément and Jean Ducret from May 11, as well as a new investigation. Apel president denounced as having ” authoritarian and irresponsible conduct “, In a letter sent by the Collectives Thursday, May 7 in the evening to Mgr Antoine de Romanet, bishop in the armies, charged by the archbishop of Paris with a mission of mediation. It is also seen by a number of supporters of François-Xavier Clément, the director who was laid off after an external audit “ detected the existence of dysfunctional managerial practices that undermine the physical and mental health and safety of employees “, As one of the cornerstones of the current dismissal procedure, alongside the chairman of the board of directors of Saint-Jean, Jacques Moreau, and the diocesan director of Catholic education, Jean-François Canteneur, also member of the council of Saint-Jean.

In addition, out of the 15 members of the Saint-Jean-de-Passy board of directors, five dissociated themselves from a letter sent on May 5 by the president, Jacques Moreau, letter explaining the reasons for the against François-Xavier Clément and Jean Ducret. They denounce the fact of not having been consulted before the sending of this letter, personal initiative of the president of the board of directors.

Meanwhile, the dismissal proceedings against François-Xavier Clément, who was notified to him during a prior interview on Tuesday April 21, are still running out, the 30-day period coming to an end at the very moment when the parents of students have been summoned to elect new representatives. A new Apel office, and therefore new representatives on the school board, could tip the majority needed to decide whether or not to dismiss the school head.

Saint-Jean-de-Passy seeks a way of appeasement


The École des Mines de Saint-Étienne integrates the international ranking of the Times Higher Education

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A pioneer in France in the field of sustainable development with its training, research, innovation, economic development, scientific and industrial culture activities, the École des Mines de Saint-Etienne obtains a new international recognition by integrating young people “IMPACT” ranking of the prestigious English magazine Times Higher Education, dedicated to sustainable development, social and environmental responsibility.

Since 2019, Times Higher Education (THE) has been referencing global higher education establishments according to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) announced by the United Nations (UN) based on their scientific production, their lessons and a questionnaire very detailed regarding their practices and policies in this area.

In 2020, 770 educational, research and innovation establishments were classified out of a total of 24,000 establishments from five continents. The École des Mines de Saint-Etienne is referenced in 2020 in 4 categories: partnerships, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, industry, innovation and infrastructure.

Its best classification is obtained in the category Consumption and responsible production, between the 100th and the 200th world rank. This result is the result of a strong proactive policy of the school in terms of sustainable development and social responsibility, carried out daily for 30 years with its students, alumni, staff and partners.


Dream or blasphemy? Toyota Celica with a new engine divided the “Japanese-philos” into two camps

Improved or spoiled, incidentally encroaching on the “holy” – that is the question.

How much criticism Toyota Celica received in the 7th generation is beyond words, so car tuners decided to return the good name to the Japanese girl by rewarding the car with rear-wheel drive and a Lexus V8 engine. I must say that the rear-wheel drive versions of the Selika also left the factory, moreover for 15 years, but quite a while ago – we are talking about the first 3 generations that were produced before 1985.

So, through the efforts of craftsmen Toyota Celica lost standard inline “four” with a volume of 1.8 liters and received a V-shaped 320-horsepower 4.3-liter “eight”, which was put on the Lexus LS430 and Lexus GS430. Due to the transfer to the rear-wheel drive, the Selika mass was redistributed along the axes in the ratio of 45 to 55 for the front and rear, respectively. Such a “kupeshka” is sold in Texas, USA, for 33 thousand dollars with a manual transmission. You can put and “automatic”, which will cost less – 29 thousand.

Toyota Celica with the new engine divided the “Japanese-philos” into two camps who tried to figure out what the result of this motor swap was – a dream or sacrilege. Most motorists agreed that a powerful engine will make Selika even more attractive, they say, finally she went, and expressed their desire to purchase a modified version of the Japanese, if such a machine was delivered to Russia in the factory version: “Finally, normal Selika!”

But the other part of users, despite the data indicated, indicating the optimal distribution of masses, doubted thatThat replacing the engine will benefit Toyota Celica – they say that the advantage will still remain. “He put pressure on the gas, and Selika spins on its axis,” users joke. And someone even said that the new unit is almost the most problematic in the Lexus lineup, so putting it on a Toyota for the sake of improvement is strange.

There is even an opinion that such a swap can only be called blasphemous because the Toyota Celica for its price / quality ratio was a wonderful car, that is, a small and pretty “near-sports” coupe for relatively little money. And the new motor and weight distribution make Selika a completely different, one can say “collective farm” car, without the aura of the original.

Mia Gronskaya

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Sant Jordi: Calm on the street, bustle on the net

Empty streets in an unusual Sant Jordi, with a calm and silence that contrasts with the usual frenzy of the day. Not a trace of books and roses, beyond those distributed these days by the establishments that serve at home, and even less than the agglomerations of rambling badocs in areas that are traditionally the epicenter of activity every April 23rd.

In one of those days when grays rise and that would have made florists and booksellers suffer, Girona woke up with a silence that has already become the norm since the beginning of confinement. Neither in Plaça Catalunya nor in Rambla de Girona, the nerve center of the party, it was noticeable that yesterday was Sant Jordi, because it lacked the usual stopwatch mounting and the traffic of book boxes and flower buckets to have everything ready for the more early-morning shoppers.

While the shutters of shops, bars and restaurants continued to be lowered, the most representative elements of the legend occupied balconies and windows – except in Ripoll, where the dragon went out in a carriage to walk to cheer the town – and the effervescent activity of the day moved to the net to be lived, like all these days, from home.

This is the case of the traditional continuous reading of the work of Josep Pla, which has been organized in Palafrugell for more than a decade. The last winner of the award named after the writer, Laia Aguilar, was in charge of starting the virtual chain of readers, which was closed by the Minister of Culture, Mariàngela Vilallonga, and the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, who had 200 participants who sent videos of his speech.

One of the municipalities with the most activity on the net yesterday was in La Bisbal d’Empordà. In addition to the concerts of Miquel Abras and Mazoni and a virtual guided tour, also yesterday awarded the third Empordà Novel Prize, to which some thirty originals have been presented and which has fallen to the journalist Josep Maria Hernández Ripoll for The death of King Gaspart.

The events scheduled throughout the demarcation also involved children, such as the proposal of the Girona Art Museum to look for and paint the dragons represented in its collection; a reading of stories organized by the libraries of Girona or Salt, which suggested that children take photos giving roses to their favorite fictional characters. In Tossa de Mar the city council enabled a Facebook page to share actions, such as a dance from the balconies in collaboration with the Local Police; while in Caldes de Malavella, they proposed to the neighbors a menu with dishes prepared during El Gust de la Paraula, the festival that combines literature and gastronomy.

In Roses they organized the Sant Jordi Confinat festival, with about twenty artists who recorded their creations to spread them on the net; while twenty readers of the Provincial Council libraries enjoyed an individual virtual meeting with the writer Jordi Lara, who improvised a handwritten portrait of each one.

Telematic meetings with authors was another of the unpublished prints of the day; and also the Dalí Foundation joined the virtual celebration of the day, vindicating the literary facet of the Empordà painter or sending love postcards to symbolically skip the quarantine in the most surreal St. George’s Day of all.


The gigantic military disaster of the English in the Spanish Caribbean that does not appear in history books



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If, as the British nationalist account assumes after the invincible Navy, England assumed the trident of the seas to the detriment of Spain, it seems that the Neptune instrument weighed heavily on him. In 1625, both countries fought a brief but intense war where the monarchy of Philip IV He came out triumphant. Under the protectorate of Oliver CromwellYears later, there was another defeat in the Caribbean of Dantesque dimensions. Both British setbacks barely occupy a few lines in traditional historiography …

As Spain entered a declining phase in the Thirty Years’ War, the two powerful Atlantic countries collided again in a warlike conflict because of trade rivalry in Cromwell’s time. The accusation, so many times repeated, that the Spanish monopoly was a focus of delay for the entire globe, served as a trigger for the conflict. It is still paradoxical that England, which always justified its wars and its pirate attacks against Spain in the need for global trade, was enormously restrictive in its colonies. Only English ships (neither Scottish nor Irish) could dock in American ports.

Cromwell’s messianic plan

Oliver Cromwell, the Protestant politician and military man who beheaded Charles I, started a real shipbuilding project in the second half of the 17th century. As the historian explains Esteban Mira Horses in your book “The armies of the empire” (The Sphere of Books 2020), it was at that time and not before when England began to rise as “an indisputable naval power.” By 1652 it is estimated that they already had a fleet of 180 ships. Spain, by contrast, experienced a moment of total fragility with assaults, looting and fires in more than 18 cities, four towns and 35 villages between 1655 and 1671.

Oliver Cromwell portrait

Immersed in several long and painful wars, Philip IV he was forced to fight with England in 1655 a conflict that he did not want and that surprised the Spanish ambassador in London, Alonso de Cárdenas, negotiating an alliance offer that even included freedom of worship for the English in Spain. The King habsburg he could at least be content that the first phase of Western Design, Cromwell’s messianic plan to wrest Spain’s American empire, failed miserably.

Without a prior declaration by the English, Cromwell organized a foray into the Spanish Indies. On December 26, 1654, he set sail from Portsmouth for the Caribbean. western design an expedition made up of 18 warships and twenty transport ships under the command of Admiral William Penn, with 2,500 infantry soldiers, with the aim of occupying one or more islands and taking over the Spanish treasure fleet. In Barbados they recruited another 5,000 men, who far from joining forces subtracted them due to their indiscipline and the impossibility of feeding so many mouths.

As in past and future expeditions to America, British logistics failed to adapt to the peculiarities of the terrain and the climate, so they were exposed to epidemics of all kinds. Inexperience, disease and hunger were too much for an army that was already ill equipped and worse fed on its departure, there was even a shortage of brandy. Most of the recruiting was carried out by Cromwell’s brother-in-law, Major General John Disbowe, who drummed up inexperienced people from London’s slums, joined by farmers without military training from the English possessions of Barbados and St. Kitts.

Three days of marching under the scorching sun on a dry and sandy area did not distract the Spaniards at all

The relationship between the admiral William Penn, in charge of the fleet, and the general Robert Venables, in charge of the army, was not the best possible either. When they opened, upon arrival in the Antilles, the secret instructions by which they were ordered to attack Santo Domingo, each one proposed his own strategy and, in the end, a mixture of both with the worst of each was assumed.

On April 14, 1655, the squad took control of the southwest coast of Santo Domingo. A small detachment landed near the city, whose defense was led by Governor Bernardino de Meneses, and the bulk of the British forces, led by Venables, made it 40 kilometers in order to distract the Spanish and divide their forces. Three days of marching in the scorching sun on dry, sandy ground did not distract the Spaniards at all. Rather it strengthened them.

Jamaica, a minor dam

As soon as both armies managed to meet, on April 18, the English suffered a first ambush. Although the Spanish could not gather more than a thousand valid soldiers, concentrated in the Primate City, Bernardino de Meneses knew how to play with the advantage that the rugged terrain gave him and he raised a resistance using wooded areas and caves.

The English lacked the most basic knowledge of the geographical situation and characteristics of Santo Domingo. It is told, between myth and reality, that the noise caused by the crabs on the beaches at night kept the English in a state of permanent tension, making them think that the Spanish were landing more troops on the island. The soldiers spent the nights shooting into the darkness, believing that the insects’ luminosity was flint sparks produced by the enemy.

William Penn portrait

On April 25, 6,000 soldiers finally made their way to the capital, being attacked by a cavalry of 120 horsemen who ambushed them in a narrow passage. When arriving in front of the walls, a new Spanish attack caused the definitive collapse of English discipline. Spanish troops led by the governor Bernardino de MenesesAlong with the black and mulatto slaves, they harassed them in their retreat in what was a whole lesson on guerrilla warfare and in which at least one woman, Doña Juana de Sotomayor, participated, who “reported having fought in the campaign dressed as a man with weapons ».

The English fleet tried in vain to bombard the city during the retreat, but eventually the army re-embarked again and withdrew from the scene in mid-May, leaving behind a thousand deaths and 200 prisoners. Many of the officers, including the Cromwell commissioner, died during the flight or in the weeks dozing on ships infected with misery. The seafarers continued to mock the actions of the ground soldiers, which in turn increased hostility between William Penn and Robert Venables.

A few Spaniards continued to live in the interior of the island as if there was such a thing waiting for help that finally never came.

Following this setback conveniently erased from the history books, the expedition marched against the neighboring island of Jamaica, which defended itself with a scorched earth strategy. The few defenders preferred in this way that the English went into the interior of the island, whose economic importance was nil, and wasted away by hunger. A few Hispanics continued to live in the interior of the island as if they were waiting for help that finally never came. The English stayed with Jamaica more out of boredom and Spanish laziness than out of their own merits.

Even when a brief peace was reached with the English and their possession over Jamaica, the former Spanish governor, was recognized, Christopher Sasi ArnoldoHe tried to fight back knowing how weak British control was on the island. However, his little out-of-invasion from Cuba crashed with colonel doyley’s resistance and he was unable to shake hands with the Spaniards in the interior. Nor could it be achieved in 1660, with even fewer troops, so that the survivors of the interior finally abandoned their posts.

The collapse of the Habsburg empire

The British commanders, in open discord, returned in 1655 to the british isles each on their own, where they would be charged for leaving their post and sent to the tower of London. Only time, and propaganda, revalued what sounded like a miserable conquest. Jamaica was a minor dam. That same summer, the English admiral Robert Blake He kept the Strait of Gibraltar blocked with an army of 28 ships, hoping to catch the Fleet of the Indies off guard, which was to return to Cádiz. Warned of the English threat, the Spanish fleet wintered in the Caribbean, forcing Blake to return to England without having established contact with her.

That year the British arms left empty.

Robert Blake's St. George, in the attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1657.
Robert Blake’s St. George, in the attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1657.

Despite the British failure in 1655, the Duke of Medina Sidonia warned Felipe IV of the precarious position of the Atlantic trade: “You cannot believe that the English have to break the public faith and the peace that exists between this and that Crown, and thus there is no need to prevent anything, but to send to raise the four vessels and patache and hurry to the dispatch of the fleet ». And indeed, a year later, luck would favor Blake in one of the few captures that the Fleet of the Indies suffered in its entire history. Almost within sight of Cadiz, Blake intercepted a first fleet returning from Tierra Firme. He took the captain and a merchant ship, which reported loot of two million pesos.

The New Spain fleet, who was behind, took refuge in the Canary Islands at the notice that Blake was waiting in Cádiz. It was not enough. Most of the ships were destroyed, although at least they were able to land the silver from their warehouses in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In the following years, Cromwell’s alliance with France placed Spain in both the Netherlands as in the Caribbean on the verge of collapse. The Battle of the Dunes in June 1659 staged the lowest moment of the Habsburg Kings’ arms.


The Booksellers Guild finds few sales in a “sad” St. George’s Day with the “party” of July on the horizon

The Booksellers’ Guild says it has experienced a “sad” Saint George’s Day with “very difficult” feelings, although it says that the day has been “more lively” than expected due to the support that readers have had with the establishments. Online book sales – by Libelista, Llibreries Obertes and direct bookstore websites or channels – have tripled during this Saint George’s Day compared to a normal day. Some data that the president of the Guild, Maria Carme Ferrer, warns that they are very low compared to the sales of a Sant Jordi. “It hasn’t been a St. George’s Day. We’ve moved Book Day to July, which is when we need repercussions,” Ferrer told ACN. The sector considers the quarter economically lost.

The president of the Guild has assured that “it has nothing to do with a Sant Jordi with the shops and the streets full”, after a day in which for the booksellers it has been “very difficult not to feel the nerves of the morning for what time would do “.

Ferrer does not venture to calculate what percentage of sales have been made this St. George’s Day compared to a regular day, when more than 20 million euros are billed. What the Book Chamber has calculated is that the losses are equivalent to those in the first quarter of the year. “Once bookstores had to close, turnover has fallen progressively, an evil to which must be added the cancellation of various forums and festivals and the same Book Day,” the Guild said in a statement.

The president of the Guild has lamented that on a day like today with bookstores closed, there have been establishments such as stationery stores that do not specialize in books that “have been used” to do business in the midst of a pandemic. “I’m sorry that someone can take advantage of these circumstances,” he pointed out.

Although on Book Day postponed to July he does not anticipate that sales can recover, Ferrer is “optimistic” about holding a literary party in which “everyone will enter bookstores.” “If we have to do activities in bookstores all week, we’ll do them, and whatever it takes. It won’t be a normal, ordinary St. George’s Day but it will be a book party,” he said.

Sales to Libelista

Libelista has broken its sales records for St. George’s Day with more than 1,600 books sold during the day. The platform driven by the Booksellers Guild “has exceeded all expectations” and the majority of customers, 67%, have chosen to receive the books at home.

The three best-selling titles in Catalan have been ‘Boulder’ by Eva Baltasar, ‘Canto jo i la muntanya balla’ by Irene Solà and ‘Guillem’ by Núria Cadenes. In Spanish, the best-selling books are ‘La madre de Frankenstein’ by Almudena Grandes, ‘Terra Alta’ by Javier Cercas and ‘La cara norte del corazón’ by Dolores Redondo.

During the confinement Libelista has doubled orders and sold a total of more than 9,000 books.

Open Bookstores

The initiative taken by Òmnium Cultural to buy books in advance Llibreries Obertes has reached 45,000 books sold, an injection of almost one million euros for the 457 participating bookstores. The best-selling books in fiction during this day have been ‘Canto jo i la muntanya balla’ by Irene Solà, ‘Boulder’ by Eva Baltasar, ‘Guillem’, by Núria Cadenes, ‘Que no t’expliquin contes’, by Natza Farré and Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’.

In non-fiction, ‘Brave Women’ by Txell Feixas, ‘The strength of the people’ by Jordi Borràs, ‘Sàpiens’ by Yuval Harari, ‘We will do it again’ by Jordi Cuixart and ‘Talking to you about love and freedom’ by Oriol Junqueras.


The Rambla de Girona still has Sant Jordi confined in silence and emptiness

The Rambla de Girona rose this Thursday with a sepulchral silence which has already become commonplace since the beginning of confinement. Usually, this walk is filled with books and roses, while thousands of people walk up and down. This year, however, there is no trace of the books, nor of the roses, much less of the people. On the other hand, the Diada has moved to the networks, where most Girona city councils and also cultural facilities and entities have proposed telematic activities. Workshops to make paper roses, virtual visits or storytelling on the networks are some of the proposals.

The day has risen partly cloudy in the city of Girona. A bad omen that would have brought the concern of florists and booksellers if this 2020 had been one Saint George normal. A start to the day that would have taken everyone by surprise if the rain would stop and if people would go out to buy the book and the rose anyway. But that feeling has been quite different this year, due to the state of alarm caused by the coronavirus.

The Rambla de Girona has risen calm, humid and silent. Without the usual hustle and bustle of a Sant Jordi in which florists and booksellers set up their stalls against the clock to get everything ready and start selling. Without the comings and goings of boxes full of books and buckets stuffed with roses. This year, the only activity there was the four drops of rain that were still left that night that were slowly draining down the drains.

Meanwhile, the shutters of bookstores, florists, bars, restaurants and other shops were still down. And is that this 2020, the Day has moved in the virtual world to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Literary proposals and rose workshops

In Girona, the municipal libraries have posted some forty reading proposals which have been made by several well-known people of the city. These are videos that can be viewed on the town hall’s Youtube channel. At 11 in the morning, the libraries have also organized the activity Word box where they try to recover sayings, words, sayings and riddles. In the afternoon, a reading of stories has been scheduled in which Meritxell Yanes has explained ‘Cecilia is looking for the dragon!’.

For its part, the Girona Art Museum has proposed a paper roses workshop and he has also hung some of his paintings where dragons appear so that children can paint them. Everyone who sends them photos of their creations will win a children’s story. In addition, they propose that children look for all the dragons, roses, Saint George and princesses in the museum’s works from a virtual gallery.

In Salt, the Iu Bohigas library proposes the writing of micro-stories and for participants to post it with the hashtag # quinahistòria_salt. They also ask the little ones to upload photos by handing a rose to their favorite story characters and tag them in the library profile.

A Roses, 24 artists from the municipality have recorded a video with different artistic creations. Each of them performs a piece of music, reads a fragment of a play or reads a poem. The video will be available from 6 p.m. At noon, the Library of Roses has organized a reading of a story through the networks.

One of the most active municipalities for this Day is that of la Bisbal d’Empordà. Throughout this week he has asked his neighbors to participate in a bookface contest and today will announce the winners. There will also be several concerts (Miquel Abras from noon and Mazoni from seven in the evening), as well as a virtual musical vermouth. In the afternoon, those who wish can visit the Castle of the municipality through a virtual guided tour.

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Home delivery of roses so as not to lose the tradition of Sant Jordi despite the covid-19

Some 200 florists from all over Catalonia have delivered roses at home Sant Jordand not to lose the tradition in spite of the coronavirus. The Guild of Florists has named the initiative #rosadesantjordiacasa and earlier this week it was announced that a “technical collapse “by the number of lawsuits. This is the case of Flors Català de Tàrrega, which on Wednesday did not take any more orders and this Day they distribute 400 roses, 10% of which would be sold in a normal Sant Jordi. The head of the florist, Magda Pedrós, said that although the situation is “complicated” they did not want to miss the opportunity to send a message of “light and energy” with the roses at home.

About 200 florists from all over Catalonia have been involved in the #rosadesantjordiacasa campaign which he has sent to the houses of those who have commissioned the roses for St. George’s Day. Already on Tuesday, the president of the Guild of Florists of Catalonia, Joan Guillén, explained that they had reached a “technical collapse” due to the number of orders they were receiving across the country and the difficulties of working and distributing the flower in the current conditions of lack of staff. This has caused many of the florists to have already closed orders the day before yesterday. The goal set by the Guild was toget to sell about 300,000 roses (5% of the usual), in this Sant Jordi “of minimums”.

Magda Pedrós, from Flors Català in Tàrrega, explained that they had to act quickly to prepare the roses as the stock was quite small and they did not work as in a normal Sant Jordi. In this regard, he noted that in their case they had to prepare a website to manage orders and that this has meant working for them online for the first time. However, in a normal St. George’s Day they usually sell about 4,000 roses from their establishment and this year they will only reach 10% of this figure, with about 400 roses at home, which is the maximum that has been done.

And this Wednesday they had to stop taking orders. According to Pedrós, people’s response has been “correct and good” but late, as many of those who were used to going to the store have not been in time to order the rose, and instead those who have thought of doing it online, if they could.

The need for strengthen security measures for covid-19 nor has he made things easy for this florist, as working with the mask, gloves, and safety distances “is not at all agile.” In addition, only 20% of the staff is available, as the rest are in an ERTO. Pedrós explained that they have enabled the customer service area to be able to work more comfortably when preparing roses.

The price of the rose has not risen despite home delivery in the case of this florist and a basic rose costs 7 euros. Flors Català has not been able to sell all the roses it would have wanted because they have been sold out in Catalonia and its suppliers have not been able to buy more because very few imports have arrived.

“the tradition of giving the rose must be maintained”

Oriol Sala is a resident of Tàrrega who has placed an order for three roses from Flors Català. At quarter past eleven Xavier rang the doorbell and Oriol went down with his young daughter to pick up the three roses. He explained that St. George is a “very important day” and that the tradition of giving the rose “to the women we love cannot be missed“. He has three at home and every year he went to the store to look for them but this year he has opted for home delivery, to continue the tradition without having to leave home and thus ensure safety to curb the coronavirus.

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