On video | Van Damme: 60 years of life, martial arts and excesses

The image of the Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme performing a split (lateral opening of the legs) on any surface became a great reference in action cinema and martial arts. Its elasticity allowed him to create fantastic blows such as the flying kick with 360 ° rotation or helicopter kick, in which he mixed techniques of karate and classical ballet, something that aroused the interest of fans of this type of martial choreography.

In order to achieve world recognition, he had to migrate to the United States in 1982 with the illusion of venturing into Hollywood cinema. While that was happening, he made a living as a taxi driver, pizza delivery man, carpet installer, security guard and sparring partner for Chuck Norris, another action movie great.

His first role was as an extra in the 1984 film Missing in Action (known in Colombia as Prisoner of War), thanks to a recommendation from Norris. Two years later he begins to emerge after becoming the antagonist of the film Never Back Down, Never Surrender.

His first leading role was in the film Bloody Contact (1988), a tribute to Frank Dux, the greatest exponent of martial arts in Canada and the United States.

That movie co-starred Bolo Yeung, a Chinese bodybuilder also skilled in karate-do and kung fu. Bolo was a great friend of Bruce Lee and his success in the cinema is also due to Jean Claude Vandamme, with whom he still maintains a good friendship.

Among his most remembered films are: Kickboxer, Lawless Fighting Lion, Double Impact, Universal Soldier and The Colony.

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (his first name) celebrates 60 years of life today. He knows very well what it is like to reach the top, but also due to his excesses of liquor, hallucinogens and women, he headed towards a dark alley from which it is difficult to escape. “He spent up to $ 10,000 a week on cocaine,” said Steven De Souza, director of the film version of the video game Street Fighter, which Van Damme starred in in 1994.

For others, especially people of the new generations, the image of Van Damme is only referenced in their conversations on WhatsApp and social networks as a meme, a funny character who dances in a very peculiar way in a scene from Kickboxer, while drinking in a canteen.

Beyond that, in his film career he had to defeat great rivals like Tong Po in Kickboxer, but he also found great allies such as basketball star Dennis Rodman, his fellow adventurer in The Colony.

His name is still valid as an actor, producer and director. In this last aspect, he has stood out for films such as The Quest or Full love. Another successful film in which Jean Claude Van Damme starred is The Indestructibles 2 (2012), in which he is the main villain. A constellation of stars from the action movies led by Sylvester Stallone participates in this film. They are followed by: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Liam Hemsworth.

Julio Lara, teacher, critic and public educator, pointed out that Van Dame is a reference of the great exponents of martial arts in the film industry, and although he is not at the height of Bruce Lee or Yuen Woo-Ping, he remains in the Top 10.

“The first reference I had of him was from the movie Bloody Contact, from there I began to notice that his career coincided with certain directors who suddenly sowed some kind of seed in Hollywood. A memorable film in his career is Universal Soldier, which marks the debut of German director Roland Emmerich, who later made Independence Day, Godzila, The Day After Tomorrow, among others ”.


Well-being in body and soul

According to an investigation by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the effects of the pandemic, now there is greater uncertainty and concern about suffering from Covid-19 or losing loved ones; a decrease in confidence and optimism, especially in women and in people in poor employment situations; and an increase in irritability, again with a greater impact on women and the unemployed.

If we do not act now, in concert with research with vaccines and treatments, the post-pandemic outlook will be bleak for the mental health of millions of people.

And taking action, obviously, is not prescribing more antidepressants or anxiolytics, or building more psychiatric hospitals. Both actions are necessary to address some consequences; however, the idea is to be proactive and avoid them.

In response to the feeling of anxiety, according to the consulting firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC), there has been a rapid and broad change that goes from the “concept of wellness [bienestar], centered on the individual, al by wellbeing [bienestar integral], a more holistic vision that includes different people and sectors of our societies ”.

What does this mean? A call for the participation of the whole society in the benefits of well-being.

Wellbeing is defined as the state of satisfaction and tranquility that a person presents, thanks to their good physical and mental conditions.

“If societies and companies are unable to focus holistically on people’s well-being (including physical, emotional and spiritual health), it will be almost impossible to create safety nets that allow citizens to return to work and be productive ”, They explain from LLYC.

For this reason, I have always opted for wellness programs in all their aspects: emotional, physical, social and financial. This is what happens every November in the event “In Body and Soul”, which this year will be held in an online version, with more universal access, more experts and with the empowering and transforming energy of always.

To keep your balance in difficult times, “you have to grab the bull by the horns” and get going, as a popular saying reflects.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has disrupted or paralyzed mental health services in 93% of countries. And if, as the WHO itself says, mental health is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and treatment, then let’s look for our own tools. Healthy living is much more than curing or protecting yourself from disease.



ANSES deposits the IFE and AUH: check when you get paid

Of the 9 million who collect Family Emergency Income, 5.6 million (61.7%) are informal workers or are unemployed; 2.4 million receive AUH or Pregnancy (AUE); 0.7 million (7.8%) are monotax of categories A, B or social monotax; 0.18 million (2.1%) are private home workers and 0.12 million (1.4%) are holders of the Progresar program.

If you received the previous income correctly, a new procedure is not necessary to collect the third.

When is the IFE charged?

  • Monday, August 10: documents ending in 0.
  • Tuesday, August 11: documents ending in 1.
  • Wednesday, August 12: Documents ending in 2.
  • Thursday, August 13: documents finished in 3.
  • Friday, August 14: Documents ending in 4.
  • Tuesday, August 18: Documents ending in 5.
  • Wednesday August 19: Documents ending in 6.
  • Thursday, August 20: documents finished in 7.
  • Friday, August 21: Documents ending in 8.
  • Monday, August 24: documents finished in 9.

Likewise, from August 25, the ANSES will begin to pay the IFE to the remaining beneficiaries who validated their Uniform Banking Code (CBU) in the application of the agency’s website.

  • Tuesday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 26: documents ending in 0.
  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August: documents ending in 1.
  • Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1: documents ending in 2.
  • Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September: Documents ending in 3.
  • Friday, September 4 and Monday, September 7: documents ending in 4.
  • Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9: Documents ending in 5.
  • Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11: Documents ending in 6.
  • Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15: documents finished in 7.
  • Wednesday 16 and Thursday of September: documents finished in 8.
  • Friday, September 18 and Monday, September 21: documents ending in 9.

In this way, the payment dates will be at the rate of two business days per DNI termination number; this means that the IFE will be paid to approximately 300,000 people per day. This will maintain a spaced payment schedule to take care of the health of the beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, those who receive this bonus must enter www.anses.gob.ar, section Emergency Family Income, to check the collection date.

The IFE is intended to provide economic and social care for the families of the most vulnerable sectors that are affected by the health emergency created by the coronavirus (Covid-19). The bonus will once again reach almost 9 million people.

What are the requirements to collect the IFE?

  • Be a native or naturalized Argentine and resident, with a legal residence in the country of no less than 2 years.
  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • That the owner or his family group does not have income from: a job in a dependent relationship in the public or private sector; be monotax category C or higher, or self-employed; an unemployment benefit; retirements, pensions or contributory or non-contributory national, provincial, municipal or of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires; social plans, complementary social salary, We Make the Future, Promote Work or other national, provincial or municipal social programs.
  • The IFE is compatible with the collection of the Universal Child Allowance, the Pregnancy Allowance and the Progresar program.


The city “clone” UAZ “hunter” from India first got an automatic transmission

Update AT Mahindra Thar has allowed models to become more versatile.

The current generation of the Mahindra Thar, source: Indiatoday

Indian automotive brand Mahindra launches the Thar SUV in 2010, and for all the existence among Russian drivers this model called this a “clone” UAZ “hunter”. Similar to “chopped” the shape of the body, same optics, frame design, no alternative “mechanics” – the reasons for such comparisons is more than enough.

Now, however, one similarity was less, because 10 years from the start of the Assembly, Mahindra Thar finally got the automatic transmission for the first time in their short history. This became known after the vehicle noticed within the passage of a series of road tests of photospin recorded the appearance of a test “mule” on the streets of India.

Photographers portal Bharathautos was able to look into the interior Mahindra Thar at, but pictures of the interior users did not wait – had to settle for just the exterior, clad in thick layers of camouflage. However, the “spies” shared details regarding the city “clone” UAZ “hunter”.

The assurance of Indian journalists of the portal, in the new generation model will get a 6-speed automatic transmission that will offer an SUV with a 2.2-liter diesel engine BS6. As for the “top” of a petrol turbo on a 2 liter, specific information yet – as before, the engine will be equipped with a manual transmission with 6 speeds.

Mahindra Thar 2020 in camouflage, source: Bharathautos

Recall that in the Russian market of Mahindra Thar AT is not sold, while its “clone” in the face of UAZ “hunter” was only offered with a manual transmission and the atmospheric engines.


“It was a time in the East, Loves Russian and universal

It was a time in the East

Larissa Sadilova

Russian film, 1: 30 p.m.

At the exit of a village, a truck stops to take a self-stoppeuse. Far from being fortuitous, this meeting was intended by its two protagonists. Better : it repeats itself regularly. Neighbours, the driver of the truck and his passenger, both married, have a loving relationship clandestine. Deliveries of the heavy weight in Bryansk or Rostov offer opportunities for breakaways beautiful in head-to-head.

To leave her family home, Anna pretext, the sale to Moscow of the clothes she knits and embroiders with great care in the style of traditional Russian. Her husband bought her bus tickets for the capital, but she asked the driver to get out always in the same place. Her lover to find him again and takes him on his journey of a few days in which it sells its production from fashion stores. Everything is well-oiled machine, but a grain of sand could jam the arena of lovebirds.

From autumn to summer

A realization of the libertine captures the seasons the vicissitudes of the couple for a whole year. Each jump of a narrative, it leaves room for a little flutter, a slight suspense : where are Anna and her beloved ? All the snags caused by their lies, there is the shadow of a routine that threatens to overlap with the boredom that they have fled to their respective homes.

If the humor tendre is never far away, the film does not waive the depth by attaching also to Tamara and Ioura, the spouses of the two lovers. Cherish despite the infidelity and objects of torment, they remind us that, in love it is seldom good to be more than two.

It is love of Trubchevsk, a small town 500 km south-west of Moscow, and the surrounding Larissa Sadilova film It was a time in the East (whose original title is It was a time Trubchevsk). Far representations claims of Russia by his peers, it captures so bright the calm of bucolic landscapes, modest isbas and small churches are crowned by domes.

In addition to the four lead actors, the director rotates with the inhabitants of the neighborhood who are playing their own partition, as a very small and very old peasant woman telling with earthiness the history of his house, or teenagers engaged in a feast of local games of seduction not feigned. By doing this, it is life itself that feeds this tragicomedy accents universal.


Covid-19 coronavirus: The first universal pandemic

Diseases are as much a part of everyday life as births and deaths. These facts, however, do not usually go beyond the circle of the affected people. What has happened so that now we are more aware than ever of other people’s health? No one will be surprised if we say thatthe current Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. Even turning something as private as illness into a collective concern. The same hospitals and health centers where, until recently, dramas limited to personal and family life were lived, now lead a more collective story. The scientific definition of a pandemic, in fact, responds to this same logic. It is not a specific and localized problem, but a risk that already concerns everyone. Geographically and personally speaking.

“In western societies we are used to seeing serious diseases become chronic or degenerative. The word epidemic, in fact, was used until recently as an ‘alarm signal’ to warn of the risk of social problems such astraffic accidentswavegender violencemore than to talk about strictly health issues, “he explainsCarlos Tabernero, biologist and professor at the Center for the History of Science (CEHIC). Meanwhile, in the collective imagination, the danger of a pandemic disease had been relegated for years to the big screen. Like a cold and conscientious evil that, sooner or later, would appear to shake the sanitary, political, social and economic foundations of a civilization. And now, with this image well present, the pandemic ofcoronavirushas emerged asone of those dangers that, although they are announced, we did not see coming. Hence the fear and uncertainty caused by this event on a global scale.

Until now, infectious disease pandemics were experienced as something remote. As if Ebola was only a problem of Africa and HIV, of the groups that were exposed to risky practices. But the pandemics concern us all. coronavirus is making this clear. Both the problem and the solution pass through the community. Its expansion and its brake start from collective responsibility. Something that is paradoxical at least in such an individualistic society … “adds Tabernero, also an expert in analysis of scientific discourse in the media field. We are, therefore, beforethe first truly universal pandemic. Because of its scope. And for its visibility. The disease that everyone inevitably talks about.

Apocalyptic stories

Before continuing with this story let us remember that pandemic is not synonymous with apocalypse. Not the end of the world. “Pandemics are something that occurs in nature, although until now people believed that it was only a thing of the past or, at best, of science fiction stories. So it does not surprise me that, these days, there are those who repeat ad nauseam that it is something artificial, created to destroy. If people only know about pandemics from the movies, it’s also understandable that they try to interpret their evolution that way. Here the problem is that there is a lack of a basic scientific culture to understand what is happening, “defends the biologist and scientific popularizerDaniel Arbos, who, together with the physicist and communicatorMàrius Belles, reflects on what are the potential threats that our species could face in the book ’14 ways to destroy humanity ‘.

If we go through the apocalyptic threats, viruses and bacteria stand out as much (or more) than the impact of an asteroid or the effects of climate change. Let’s not forget that outbreaks of infectious diseases have wreaked real havoc. In the fourteenth century,the black plague left about 50 million dead. Measles, 200 million. Smallpox, 300 million more. More recently, already at the beginning of the last century, the misnamed “Spanish flu” killed between 50 and 100 million lives. “The good news is that, unlike other health crises, science is managing to respond quickly. In the 1980s, it took two years to understand that AIDS was caused by a virus. Now, SARS-CoV- 2 has been identified in just a few days, in a week we had its genome sequenced and after 15 days there were already diagnostic tests, “explains Arbós. History, therefore, does not have to repeat itself.

The world has never had so much live information about a global epidemicas with the covid-19. The consequences of the 1918 flu are still debated today. Now, however, the retransmission is practically instantaneous. Science works against the clock to offer an explanation of what is happening.Medicine is updated on the fly to respond to the need. And the consequences of the pandemic are narrated in real time through, for example, the pages of this newspaper. The pandemic is global and its visibility, too.

A drama in three acts

Still, past events can serve to interpret the present. The historian of medicineCharles Rosenbergexplains that epidemics unfold as a drama in three acts. In the first, citizens try to maintain at all costs the appearance of tranquility and thereby ignore the clues that indicate the progression of the disease. In the second, when it is impossible to ignore reality, people react by demanding explanations from public officials.In the third, the crisis “of an individual and collective nature” continues to grow and, finally, leads to the inevitable closure. This strangely familiar script repeats itself in virtually every health crisis, from the 14th-century outbreaks of plague to the current coronavirus pandemic. The future of the story is always the same, only the characters and the setting change.

Continuing with the literary metaphor, the historian argues that we can understandpandemics as stories that reveal the “latent problems” of a society. Structural failures that might not otherwise be so obvious. As the deficiencies of the health system, which are crudely shown in the most extreme moments. Like the need forstrengthen public health measures, including hygiene and vaccines, to prevent something like this from happening again. Like the authorities’ attempt to apply more or less authoritarian measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Or, of course, the spontaneous emergence of healers and phonies trying to sell miraculous solutions to the disease. “Historians have already seen everything,” he jokes.David S. Jones, an expert in the culture of medicine, in an analysis of the ‘historical lessons’ that we could (or should) apply to the current coronavirus pandemic.

The lessons of the past

HistoriansAngel CasalsYMaria-Milagros Rivera Garretas, from the Department of History and Archeology of the University of Barcelona (UB), explain that, to understand past epidemics, the context is almost more important than the disease itself. Let’s not forget that even now experts remember that the evolution of a health crisis ddepends on biological factors(how is the pathogen that causes it)and social(how a society reacts in this type of situation). The chronicles of the plague of Justinian in the 6th century in Constantinople or the stories of Leonor López de Córdoba of the plague of the 15th century in Spain can be read, even today, as a universal account of social frustration with ‘the power of nature’ .

The plagues of the ancient world broke out causing real havoc. For its unexpected nature. For the lack of understanding of what was happening. For the lack of knowledge on how to react. “In the introduction to Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’, the reaction of people to a plague outbreak is exceptionally described. And, broadly speaking, we can see similarities with some aspects of today. People did not know what to do. Many they were fleeing from the cities. The doctors were overwhelmed. And everyone was trying to understand what made some people die and others seemed immune to the disease, “explains Rivera Garretas. People, then,I went to religion so much to find an explanationto what was happening to beg for the end of the epidemic. And, “what at first was experienced as penance and resignation (a way of reflecting and repenting of excesses), later became a will to celebrate, to make up for lost time,” added the historian.

The scientific answer

At the nineteenth century, history changes. “Science is the new religion“Casals wields. Scientific and medical advances, in fact, are interpellated both to avoid the emergence of these infectious diseases and to mitigate their effect.” Knowledge of microbes, the application of public health measures and the development of vaccines they will mark modern pandemics, “he adds. Still, science by itself is not the holy grail. Because emerging diseases have always been there and always will be. And because, once again, scientific knowledge is of little use without a consistent social reaction. The science journalistLaura Spinney, author of ‘The Pale Horseman’, explains that the 1918 flu epidemic spread, in part, due to lack of knowledge about what was happening. In a world of information censored by the First World War, the pandemic spread silently. An error that, at least now, we have managed not to repeat.

Anything we can learn then? Daniel Arbós, who for years has focused his outreach work on denouncing pseudoscientific practices, remembersfalse news about epidemics has always existed. And there is an anecdote at least interesting, just to look at the news with a certain context … When seventeenth-century Barcelona faced a black plague epidemic, smoke peddlers also appeared everywhere to proclaim miraculous remedies to end this evil. Of course, as soon as it was clear that it was a scam, the local authorities sent to kill and dismember these healers and asked to hang their limbs so that the public understood that health is not a game.


Apple introduces universal apps for Mac & iOS

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Coronavirus Reignites Universal Health Coverage Debate In California

While measures had been taken previously at the local level, notably in Silicon Valley, the governor of California took the plunge, Thursday, March 19, by announcing the confinement of the population until further notice to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

If the state currently has only 675 confirmed cases and about 20 deaths, a large population without health insurance, or poorly insured, raises fears of a darker reality.

Care at very high costs

Emergency evacuated from Wuhan in early February, Frank Wucinski and his 3-year-old daughter Annabel were confined for two weeks on an American army base in San Diego, California. Both were ultimately tested negative for the coronavirus. But their relief was short-lived: when they left the military camp, the father was given a medical bill of 3,918 dollars (around 3,500 €).

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The story of Frank Wucinski, reported by the New York Times, caused a panic in California, where some 2.67 million people do not have access to health insurance, according to published state statistics in 2018. Among Californians who have insurance, around 7.4 million remain poorly covered and regularly hesitate to go to a doctor.

Illegal workers, particularly vulnerable

In early March, in a letter to the federal and state authorities in the country, some 800 health experts warned of the risks of a worsening of the epidemic if the uninsured or ill-insured were not cared for free or inexpensively. Shortly thereafter, Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, partially heeded their appeal: he asked insurance companies to cover the full cost of testing some 24 million Californians.

→ LIVE. Coronavirus: more than 10,000 deaths worldwide, including 5,000 in Europe

“For the uninsured, there are also special care centers which should be able to carry out free screening tests”says Deborah Kelch, director of Insure the Uninsured Project, a health NGO in Sacramento. “What worries me a lot is that among those who are not covered, a large proportion are undocumented. Given the current climate on migration issues, many people are at risk of avoiding testing for fear of being arrested, which could worsen the epidemic. ”, she believes.

Risk for the homeless

The 130,000 homeless people living in California are also at risk. Given the very limited number of washrooms available to the homeless, it will be nearly “impossible” to contain the epidemic on the streets, said Barbara Ferrer, director of health services in Los Angeles County, recently.

→ THE FACTS. Coronavirus: the United States faces the specter of overwhelmed hospitals

Finally, “Another factor that could worsen the crisis is that many workers, especially the self-employed, are not entitled to sick days. They will be forced to go to work even when sick, notes Richard Carpiano, professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California at Riverside. The coronavirus epidemic is reminding us of the importance of having strong public health policies and a social safety net to protect the population. “.


The “Mario Kart Tour” multiplayer mode is finally online and you can share your friend codes here – TouchArcade

Last week, Nintendo announced when online multiplayer entered Mario Kart tour (Free) would go live for everyone. The multiplayer is available for friends or nearby players, standard races with rule changes and special races for Gold Pass subscribers. Multiplayer support was added a few days ago in Mario Kart tour 2.0. This update also added a camera feature to view gameplay from different angles. The multiplayer for Mario Kart tour went live a few hours ago. Watch the trailer for Mario Kart tour multiplayer below:

Despite the various tours based on seasons, holidays or places around the world, many people were waiting for the correct multiplayer to arrive Mario Kart tour. It will be interesting to see how this evolves over time with the change of rules and what other features get stuck behind the paid subscription.

If you haven’t verified it yet, Mario Kart tour it is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. Make sure to check out the discussion in our forums for more discussion around Mario Kart tour. Share your friend codes here in our thread for friend codes for Mario Kart tour Did you try multiplayer in the game during the beta test?


Florida theme parks take measures to address Coronavirus concerns – NBC 6 South Florida

Florida’s major theme parks are taking steps to address coronavirus concerns by employing advanced cleaning practices and other preventative measures.

In a statement on Thursday, Universal Orlando officials said they have been in frequent contact with health officials and their health experts and are closely monitoring the situation.

“We are communicating with our team members and strengthening our best practice hygiene and sanitation procedures. We are also instructing them on basic preventive measures,” reads the Universal statement. “In addition, we are reviewing and improving our already aggressive cleaning protocols. And for the comfort and convenience of our guests, we are increasing the number of hand sanitizers in our parks.”

Officials at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando have said they monitor the situation and have regular contact with the CDC and other health agencies and will continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations. Disney has also placed additional hand sanitizers in their parks and resorts and are communicating with cast members about disease prevention, officials said.

The Legoland Florida resort said that in addition to improving cleaning practices, they limited employee travel to high-risk countries.

Officials with Busch Gardens in Tampa have told the Tampa Bay Times that they “apply strict hygiene standards in our parks and will continue to work with health officials, monitor the situation for changes and act accordingly.”

Less than a handful of people in Florida had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, but the state was awaiting results from 69 people who had been tested, officials said.

Erika Gomez, a 24-year-old Southern California teacher living in China, was quarantined in her studio for 40 days. He shared his experience as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world.