Health minister under fire: Spahn defends special corona rights

Health Minister Spahn’s powers for corona measures are criticized across all parties. The German Association of Judges also expresses concerns about the current special regulation. But the minister disagrees.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has defended the extension of corona-related special powers that he wanted, which are currently limited to March 2021.

“It is not somehow arbitrariness or coincidence that there are corresponding possibilities for the federal government, for the federal minister or for the states, but these are legal bases, bases decided by the Bundestag,” said Spahn in common Morning magazine from ARD and ZDF.

Extension of special rights planned

A draft law now states that the previous regulations should be “consolidated” “provided that this is necessary to protect the population from the risk of serious communicable diseases”.

When asked why the general conditions should not be set again by the Bundestag after the acute transitional situation, Spahn said: “They will continue to do so, as would be the case in our proposed Infection Protection Act for the Bundestag to lay down the rules.”

Spahn wants to regulate entry at the federal level

What Spahn, on the other hand, wants to standardize and put on a better legal basis are the regulations relating to entry. The issue of entry can only be regulated by the federal government and should not be handled differently by 16 federal states, said Spahn.

Across parties, there is currently criticism of the minor influence of parliaments on decisions about corona measures. For example, Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth called for a stronger role for parliament in decisions in the fight against the corona pandemic. “Something went wrong,” said Roth in the Deutschlandfunk. The powers would have to be shifted back to parliament. The coalition factions had delegated to the prime ministers for far too long, which is now taking revenge.

Roth calls for joint debates

“At a time when it is a matter of making this difficult balance again and again, protecting health, but also protecting freedom and civil rights, there must be a struggle for solutions, debates, speeches, counter-arguments, alternatives, considerations, decisions and controls, “said Roth with conviction.

There is resentment not only among the opposition, but also in the coalition factions. “Parliament must be the place where the central decisions are made,” said CDU parliamentary group vice-chairman Thorsten Frei of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”.

Criticism from the Left Party

The managing director of the German Association of Judges, Sven Rebehn, criticized the “Handelsblatt”: “In the first phase of the corona pandemic, it was justifiable to restrict rights of freedom through executive ordinances in order to be able to react as quickly as possible to acute dangers become permanent. “

The Left Party leader Katja Kipping also sees it this way: “An epidemiological emergency must not become a democratic emergency,” said Kipping after deliberations with the party leadership.

Spahn had always emphasized in the debate that he was not interested in preventing parliamentary debates. These are important because the measures to contain the current corona pandemic are about the “greatest restrictions on freedom” in the history of the Federal Republic as well as major “unreasonable demands on the individual”. In his opinion, the Bundestag could discuss the fight against the virus “more often”, added Spahn.

Inforadio reported on this topic on October 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


Silver abroad

Business adulation is a constant, but to understand what they think, you have to see what they do with their money. The data is not encouraging, every time less private capital arrives to the country. Net private equity withdrawals contracted 63% as of September 30, from US $ 9,645 million to US $ 3,588 million. It is normal for investors to withdraw from emerging markets to find refuge in the US in times of turmoil. This adjustment may go further than Colombia’s economic fundamentals. That US $ 6,057 million stop arriving is not a minor issue; if the withdrawal of private capital continues to increase, it is a message not only for the Government but for the country.

It is understandable that during the pandemic, foreign direct investment, which invests in tangible assets, is put off in the face of uncertainty. In Colombia, this decreased by US $ 1,880 million in September, 26% compared to the previous year, reaching only US $ 5,371 million. The improvement in other sectors, by US $ 432 million, does not compensate for the 43% drop in hydrocarbons. For what there is no covid is for the direct investments of Colombians abroad, which increased by US $ 5 million.

In the TES auction in September, foreign funds broke a record with net purchases of US $ 1.5 billion. These reflect the confidence of the financial community in the management of macroeconomic policy. Another country that had our debt figures, would have already lost investment grade. Colombia’s appetite for risk also reflects the US $ 10 trillion of global stimulus on account of the covid-19. Excess liquidity, together with interest rates close to 0%, makes Colombia’s yields attractive. This inflow of foreign capital should have led to an appreciation of the peso, but the exodus of local capital is what sustains the change at about $ 3,850.

The portfolio investment flow of Colombians abroad as of September went from US $ 985 million to US $ 4,698 million. This is explained by the increase in pension funds, trusts, and collective portfolios of US $ 4,531 million. The diversification of assets and currency, in the light of today, clearly benefits the Colombian pensioner. The mere fact that 37% of the pension portfolio is in dollars means that these investments are 17.6% higher in pesos. What is unfortunate is that there are no good investments in the country.

The phenomenon in Colombia is not unique, according to the IMF, 30% of the debt capital has been withdrawn in emerging markets. What is different is that usually in crises, foreigners get the money and locals stay, not the other way around. This year the government has repatriated US $ 8,896 million, halting the devaluation of the peso. Next year only US $ 2 billion of repatriation from the government is expected. Absent this phenomenon we can have foreign exchange surprises.

Now more than ever we need economic coordination and messages of stability. If the Government decides to return to the Banco de la República an appendix of the Ministry of Finance, it better have loose votes. A prolonged struggle to define its management does damage beyond the institutional one. If political uncertainty scares, the institutional struggle has just killed.


Koh-Lanta: Alix criticized, why her role as boss annoys Twitter

With the end of the regional teams, Alix became the captain of the yellow team that she composed herself. If the young woman knows how to unite around her, her behavior in episode 7 broadcast on October 9 during the comfort game did not please some Internet users who criticized her, among other things, for having taken a big head. On Instagram, she defended herself.


The American probe Osiris-Rex will “ kiss ” an asteroid this Tuesday

After 12 years of preparations and four years of travel, the big day has arrived for the American probe Osiris-Rex: it will hit the asteroid Bennu on Tuesday in an attempt to collect a few tens of grams of dust, a high-precision operation at 330 million kilometers away from Earth.

Last year, Japan managed with its Hayabusa2 probe to collect some dust from another asteroid, Ryugu, and it is on its way back. With Osiris-Rex, NASA hopes to collect a much larger sample, at least 60 grams, which it hopes will reveal the original ingredients of the solar system.

Sequence of the Osiris-REx mission and characteristics of the NASA robotic vehicle

The aircraft, the size of a minibus, is currently in position about a kilometer from Bennu, a body 490 meters in diameter. Engineers from NASA and Lockheed Martin sent him the final instructions on Tuesday to perform the sampling operation, which will be fully automated.

“We can’t fly the aircraft with a real-time joystick,” says Kenneth Getzandanner, flight operations manager.

At this distance, the signal takes 18 and a half minutes to travel from Earth to Bennu, and vice versa.

The first confirmation message for the operation will arrive on Earth at 22:12 GMT on Tuesday. The first images will reach us on Wednesday, and we will have to wait until Saturday to find out if Osiris-Rex has managed to collect enough samples.

“It’s not easy to navigate around such a small body,” said Heather Enos, deputy scientific leader of the mission, to which she has devoted the past 12 years.

Twelve years for a contact of less than 16 seconds, during which an arm will collect grains of two centimeters in diameter or less, which will have been lifted by a blast of compressed nitrogen.

“We can’t land on Bennu, we’ll just kiss the surface,” said Beth Buck of Lockheed Martin.

Lots of rocks

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Asteroid Bennu, photographed on December 2, 2018 by NASA’s Osiris-Rex probe

The interest in analyzing the composition of the asteroids in the solar system is that they are made of the same materials that formed the planets. Like a “Rosetta Stone”, says NASA chief scientist Thomas Zurbuchen, Bennu can “tell the story of the Earth and the solar system for several billion years”.

The samples will return to Earth on September 24, 2023, with a planned landing in the Utah desert.

Earth-based laboratories will allow their physical and chemical characteristics to be analyzed in much more detail than any probe could do in flight, said NASA’s planetary science division director Lori Glaze.

Not all samples will be analyzed immediately, like those brought back from the Moon by the Apollo astronauts, which NASA is still opening up 50 years later. “Bennu’s samples will allow future planetologists to ask questions that we don’t think about today, with techniques that have yet to be invented,” says Lori Glaze.

The risk of a last-minute cancellation is 6%, the team estimates. Osiris-Rex will approach in three phases. Around 5:45 p.m. GMT, it will begin a slow first movement to get to the correct side of the asteroid and at a distance of only 100 meters.

A second maneuver will turn the probe towards the surface and lower it to 50 meters.

The last maneuver will slow it down to 10 centimeters per second. Up to 5 meters above the ground, an automatic system on board will be able to cancel the operation if too large rocks are detected at the point of contact.

Because Bennu is not the smooth asteroid, covered with a harmless “beach” of fine sand, that NASA was hoping for. After the arrival at the end of 2018, the scientists were surprised to receive photographs showing that it was covered with pebbles and rocks sometimes 30 meters high.

They have since mapped the asteroid to centimeter resolution, and chosen the least risky landing site: Nightingale Crater, 25 meters wide, with a target just eight meters in diameter for the Heavenly Kiss.


Cardi B explains why she recovered with Offset

In a live Instagram, she explains why she got closer to the rapper. “I just started to miss him… It’s hard not to talk about his best friend. And it’s really hard not to have sex,” she said on Tuesday. She also mentions the people who accuse her of being a materialist if she “takes over” Offset after he has offered her a Rolls Royce in particular. “I like material things,” she said bluntly, shrugging off the remarks. “What would you have wanted me to do? The guy offers me a Rolls, and I snob?” She explains. “We’re no different from you and your dysfunctional relationships. We’re the same, we’re just more public, and I’m dumber,” she adds.

On October 12, Offset had shared a post on Instagram clearly indicating a possible “return to normal”:
However, if the couple in the process of divorce seems to definitely be getting closer, some internet users express their incomprehension:


Nicki Minaj mom, she reveals the sex of her baby

Became a mother at the end of September, Nicki Minaj revealed the gender of her baby in an Instagram post.

In early October, the American press announced that Nicki Minaj had given birth to her first child with her husband Kenneth Petty. According to the E! News, who was one of the media to announce the happy event, the 37-year-old rapper gave birth on September 30, 2020 in a Los Angeles hospital. No other information had been shared and fans of the star still did not know the child’s first name or gender.

Thursday, October 15, 2020, the interpreter of the hit “Starships” mentioned for the first time the birth of her baby. In a message, Nicki Minaj thanked famous friends who sent her gifts for her newborn baby. This is how the young mother revealed that she had had a son, without however mentioning his first name, which therefore remains a mystery. “Thank you Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & all the people who sent me their good wishes during this period. It meant a lot to me. I am so grateful and in love with my son. So in love. My favorite boy in the whole world, ”she wrote.

Nicki Minaj announced her first pregnancy in July on social networks, posting a photo of her showing her rounded belly in her underwear. The arrival of this first child comes exactly one year after her nuptials with Kenneth Petty celebrated in October 2019. A month before this union, the singer had explained to her fans on Twitter that she had chosen to put her career on hold to focus about his private life. “I decided to retire to start a family. (…) To my fans, I love you, ”she said in particular.

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Renaud: Romane Serda reveals the exact reasons for his hospitalization (Video excluded)

This weekend, Jacques Sanchez received Romane Serda on his show “What have they become?” The opportunity for the latter to give news on the state of health of Renaud, he who was hospitalized a few days ago in Montpellier. She also took the opportunity to reveal the exact reasons for her stay in the hospital. Non Stop People tells you more.


AIRPORT: Traffic down 45% in September

Health crisis obliges, Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes airport recorded a 45% drop in traffic in September. And this despite the resumption in early July of transatlantic traffic and the gradual increase in flights on the regional network. The occupancy rates are still much lower than those observed in previous years. Only freight is doing well.

Traffic to the metropolis severely degraded

Traffic to mainland France fell by more than 40% in September, with 47,000 passengers compared to 78,000 last year, ie a decrease of 31,000 passengers. The airlines Air France, Air Caraïbes and Corsair have maintained daily frequencies to Paris, i.e. a capacity in terms of number of seats, corresponding to 71% of the 2019 level, for the same period. However, the occupancy rates remain significantly below the values ​​observed in September 2019, the average load factor being only 64%.

The regional network hard hit

Traffic to the Northern Islands (Saint Martin Grand Case and Saint Barthélémy) is down 32%, with just over 8,500 passengers compared to around 12,500 last year over the same period. Despite the increase in the frequencies of flights operated by Air Caraïbes and Air Antilles, the resurgence of the epidemic in Guadeloupe, from the middle of the month, weighed on traffic.
Towards Martinique and Guyana, traffic, down 50% (13,000 passengers transported against 26,000 last year), remains severely impacted by the resurgence of the epidemic, first in Guyana, then in the territory Guadeloupe, despite 3 to 4 daily frequencies operated by regional carriers and the absence of travel restrictions between Guadeloupe and Martinique, until the end of September.
Remember that since October 1, travel between the two islands, as well as to Saint Martin Grand Case and Cayenne, are once again subject to overriding personal, family or health reasons, which should strengthen the downward trend. , already observed on this beam.

Towards North America and the Caribbean, traffic at a standstill

Traffic to destinations in the Caribbean (excluding the French Antilles) and North America is also in significant decline with respectively -74% and -62%. Despite a resumption of flights to Canada in July and August, the quarantine measures imposed by the country on arrival and the low level of traffic led to the suspension of the line to Montreal in September and October.
Connections to the USA have not restarted, as have flights to Caribbean destinations, with a few rare exceptions.

Total traffic down by around 50% in 2020

Total traffic at Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes airport fell by 47% over the first nine months of the year. At the end of September, a little less than 1,030,000 passengers were received, compared to nearly 1,930,000 passengers at the end of September 2019, ie around 900,000 fewer passengers.
The deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Guadeloupe, but also in France Hexagonal and in Europe, reinforces the uncertainty on the reopening of borders and the date of resumption of certain links (USA, …)
As of December 31, the Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes airport is planning a 50% drop in passenger traffic, for a total of 1.2 million passengers received, against 2.5 million last year!

Freight transport returns to its 2019 level

After a 22% drop in volume over the first 9 months, freight traffic has improved thanks to the return of long-haul aircraft capacity since July. The freight activity, in September, slightly exceeded its level of September 2019, with an increase of 2%, attributable to the sharp increase in the transport of medical and medical freight, linked to the health crisis. Thus, on transatlantic routes, more than 66 additional tonnes were transported in September 2020, divided between Air Caraïbes (38 tonnes), Air France (20 tonnes), Corsair (5.5 tonnes), not to mention Air Belgium which, with two weekly rotations to Brussels-Charleroi, transported 2.1 tonnes.


Alizée and Maxime from “Pékin Express” are parents

BIRTH – “Her mom’s lips, her daddy’s feet.” ?? This Sunday, October 18, Maxime Langlais and Alizée Williot, former contestants of M6’s game show “Beijing Express“??, announced on Instagram the birth of their first child, a little girl named Thi-Wai ?? ….

“The fruit of our love is born” ??, wrote the father in the caption of the cliché featuring his family. The healthy baby is 52 centimeters tall and weighs 3,750 kilograms.

She was born a few days earlier, Thursday, October 15. “We are so happy and fulfilled by this little being that we already love with an indescribable love” ??, said the mother on her Instagram account.

It was last May that the two parents revealed that they were expecting a child. “No words can express the happiness that life offers us. This year promises to be full of changes,” said Alizée Williot. The dad confided: “In 2008, if I had been told that eleven years later, I would be married ?? and soon father of Alizée’s child, I would never have believed it. Thank you, life , thank you doe for giving me so much. “??

Former candidates of “Pékin Express” ??, Maxime Langlais and his partner participated in the last season of the adventure game. Despite their efforts, they did not manage to reach the gates of the final, won by Corsicans Julie and Denis.

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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.