Carter, Clinton, Bush and Obama call on Americans to get vaccinated

The four former heads of state underline the importance of the vaccine, with personal anecdotes to support it. A big absentee: Donald Trump.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama,

Four former US presidents and one message: get vaccinated. In a video released on Thursday titled « It depends on you. » Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama stress the importance of the vaccine, supporting personal anecdotes.

« This vaccine is synonymous with hope », underlines Barack Obama in front of the camera. “They will protect you and protect those you love. « I want to go back to work and I want to be able to move, » says Bill Clinton.

George W. Bush says he is « impatient » to find « a full stadium » to cheer on his Texas Rangers baseball team. « To overcome this pandemic, it is important that our fellow citizens get vaccinated, » he insists.null

Two major absentees in this initiative which brings together all the ex-presidents still alive: Donald and Melania Trump. The latter were vaccinated in January, a few weeks before their departure from the White House. But the information was not revealed by their relatives until several weeks later.

Elon Musk pockets $ 25 billion in one day

It is good to be a billionaire in new technologies. Tuesday, Jeff Bezos potentially won $ 6 billion and Mark Zuckerberg 3.8 billion … But the prize goes to the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who touched a jackpot of $ 25 billion.

Billionaires are profiting from the infatuation of investors on the New York Stock Exchange for technology stocks.  

The billionaires in new technologies lived, Tuesday, a rather enriching day … The vaccinations in the United States, the recovery plan in the country or the prospects of an economic recovery have indeed put them back in the saddle. technology stocks on Wall Street.

The Nasdaq, which brings together the main new technology companies in the United States, recovered in the space of a day more than 3.6%, while the trend was rather trending downwards since the beginning of the year . As a result, the potential fortune of the main billionaires has grown considerably.

Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, won 6 billion dollars, Mark Zuckerberg 3.8 billion … But the big winner is Elon Musk . In one day, it touched almost the equivalent of the annual GDP of Iceland or Estonia – a trifle of $ 25.1 billion. According to Bloomberg, his wealth was valued at $ 149 billion at the start of the week, now to $ 174 billion.

A boost from Bitcoin

The boss of SpaceX has mainly benefited from a positive note from an analyst for his brand of electric cars Tesla. Unlike the others, the analyst estimated that the group can achieve earnings per share of $ 12 by 2023, nearly double the current consensus of industry experts.

This note woke up investors. Tesla shares climbed 20% during the day … Elon Musk also took advantage of the craze for the virtual currency Bitcoin, which exceeded the mark of 46,600 euros, and in which he invested nearly 1, $ 5 billion.

Elon Musk is also getting closer to Jeff Bezos to become the richest man on the planet again, a place he had occupied at the beginning of the year . According to Bloomberg, he is now only $ 6 billion from the founder of Amazon.

Ronaldo’s inexcusable attitude

The Juventus can not do it. After Ajax Amsterdam in 2019 and Olympique Lyonnais in 2020, this time it was FC Porto who thwarted the forecasts and caused the loss of the Old Lady. Three weeks after winning in Portugal (2-1), the Dragons certainly lost 3-2 in Piedmont, but the two goals scored at the Olympic Stadium allowed them to win their ticket to the quarter-finals.

Reduced to ten shortly before the hour mark, the champions of Portugal seemed to be on the brink of the abyss when attacking extra time, but a distant free kick was going to make the men of Sergio Conceicao happy. Already a goal scorer from the 19 th minute, Sergio Oliveira would afford an improbable double thanks to a low shot from 30 meters. The fault, in particular, to Cristiano Ronaldo , according to Fabio Capello.

He has no excuse

“Cristiano Ronaldo jumps and turns in the wall. Whoever is in the wall cannot be afraid to take the ball. It is an unforgivable mistake, he has no excuse, ” thus launched the former coach of Juve (2004-06) at the microphone of Sky Italia. The five-time Golden Ball is not the only fault, but the Portuguese effectively turns around when his partner strikes in selection, allowing the ball to pass through the wall.

If he was more evasive, Andrea Pirlo did not fail to regret the mistakes made by his troops at the end of the meeting. « Four mistakes in two games cost us our qualification and in a competition like this, you can’t make so many mistakes » , regretted the Turin coach.

Politics: In Africa the participation of women in political institutions a long way to go

In Mali, out of 147 deputies, women are only 47

Despite the 6 countries which are in the top 20 which have more women integrated in political institutions, especially in parliament, among 1.3 billion (2019) Africans, more than 50% of them are women, the gap in participation in politics between men and women remains observable.

Obstacles of feminism in Africa

The various feminist movements with the objective of empowering women by ensuring their equality with men have been on the ground for about 60 years, these movements declare that there have been changes in the political field but that they There are still a long way to go as the change of mentalities where in several African countries women themselves accept to remain under the domination of their husbands, African cultures which favor men is the example where a woman does not cannot inherit with her brothers to share her parents’ property, which pushes the wife to obey her husband’s orders in any case because the latter is in her husband’s property. In addition, There are the 2 main regions namely Catholic and Islam which are also the factors which do not promote equality between men and women in society.

Low participation

Among the 54 states of African countries, Sahle Work zewde (Ethiopia) is the only woman and all 53 (presidents of African states) are men. But we cannot deny women like Ellen Johnson (Liberia), Joyce Banda (Malawi) and Ameenah Gurib Fakin (Mauritius) who have been the presidents in their countries.

« If we follow the current trend, we will need 107 years to achieve parity » affirmed the president of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinasa Garés in March 2019 during an event planning to support the participation of women in power.

Mali, Nigeria, The Central African Republic, The Comoros Islands Benin and Eswatini are the least developed countries in terms of equality between men and women within political institutions.

With a regional average of 23.9% of women in Parliament (single or lower house), Sub-Saharan Africa ranks 5th behind the Nordic countries, America and Europe (Nordic countries included and not included). According to the classification of the UN Woman and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Countries like Rwanda, Senegal, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique are among the 20 countries where the rate of women’s participation in parliament is high.

Politique: En Afrique la participation des femmes dans les institutions politiques un long chemin à parcourir

Au Mali sur les 147 députés les femmes sont 47 seulement

Malgré les 6 pays qui sont dans les top 20 qui ont plus des femmes intégrées dans les institutions politiques notamment dans le parlement, parmis 1,3 milliards(2019) des africains plus de 50% entre eux sont les femmes, l’écart dans la participation en politique entre les hommes et les femmes reste observable.

Les obstacles du féminisme en Afrique

Les différents mouvements féministes avec l’objectif de donner le pouvoir aux femmes en assurant leurs égalité avec les hommes sont sur les terrains depuis environ les 60 ans, ces mouvements déclarent qu’il y a eu des changements dans le domaine politique mais qu’il reste un long chemin à parcourir comme le changement des mentalités là où dans en plusieurs pays africains les femmes acceptent elles mêmes de rester sous la domination de leurs maris, des cultures africaines qui favorisent l’homme c’est l’exemple  où une femme ne peut pas hériter avec ses frères pour partager les biens des ses parents, ce qui pousse la femme à obéir quoi qu’il en soit les ordres de son mari car ce dernière est dans les biens  de son époux, en plus Il ya les 2 grandes régions à savoir le catholique et l’islam qui sont aussi les facteurs qui ne favorisent pas l’égalité entre l’homme et la femme dans la société.

Une faible participation

Parmis les 54 États des pays africains, Sahle Work zewde(Ethiopie) est la seule femme et tous  les 53  (présidents des Etats africains) sont des hommes. Mais on ne peut pas Nier des femmes comme Ellen Johnson (Liberia), Joyce banda(Malawi) et Ameenah Gurib Fakin(île Maurice) qui ont été les présidentes dans leurs pays.

« si nous suivons la tendance actuelle il nous faudra 107 pour atteindre la parité » affirmait la présidente de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU Maria Fernanda Espinasa Garés en mars 2019 lors d’un événement envisant a soutenir la participation de la femme au sein du pouvoir.

Le Mali, le Nigéria, la République centrafricaine, les îles comores le Bénin et l’Eswatini sont les pays les moins avancés en matière de l’égalité entre l’homme et la femme au sein des institutions politiques.

Avec une moyenne régionale de 23,9% de femmes au Parlement (chambre unique ou basse), l’Afrique subsaharienne se place à la 5e place derrière les pays nordiques, l’Amérique et l’Europe (pays nordiques inclus et non inclus). Selon le classement de l’ONU femme et l’Union interparlementaire (UIP).

Les pays comme le Rwanda le Sénégal, la Namibie, l’Afrique du Sud et le Mozambique sont parmis les 20 pays où le taux de la participation des femmes au parlement est élevé.

No, Elon Musk isn’t really dead (he just lost a lot of money)

On social networks, some are spreading the rumor of Elon Musk’s death. If the rumor has been denied, it comes at a bad time for the boss of Tesla.

© Elon Musk

At the end of the day on Friday, a funny rumor appeared on social networks, under the hashtag #RIPElon. Some internet users have tried to pretend that Tesla’s boss was dead. Elon Musk has not officially responded. We would have imagined him repeating with humor the words of Mark Twain: “the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated”. But it is likely that he was satisfied with a simple incredulous smiley on Friday March 5 to express his state of mind.

Elon Musk facing colossal losses

We don’t really know the why and how of this affair. But some US sites believe that individuals may have wanted to benefit economically. We have seen screenshots of fake titles circulating, for example blaming a Tesla battery. Another article questioned the “consequences for the financial markets” of the death of the boss of the automobile manufacturer. Another even tried to impersonate Tesla’s communications department… which had been dissolved by Elon Musk.

While the story may seem anecdotal, this story does not come at the best time for Elon Musk. At the weekend, billionaire Ron Baron sold Tesla stock for $ 1.8 million, causing its market value to plummet. However, since Elon Musk’s wealth is mainly linked to the price of his share, he has also dropped dramatically. According to Bloomberg’s ranking, he is now $ 20 billion behind Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon (177 versus 157 billion). In total, Tesla stock has lost 11% of its value over the past week. A drop in the bucket when we know that the stock jumped 743% in 2020, but it also illustrates the volatility of Tesla’s stock and the stock market in general. Elon Musk himself has been playing it in recent weeks,by promoting Dogecoin among others . There is no guarantee that the last few days will make him calm down. One thing’s for sure, he’s alive and well, as he proved by tweeting again over the weekend.null

The good news ? His mother will be able to continue to rejoice us with pictures of Elon Musk as a child or with his school reports . On the financial side, the one who is still the 2nd richest man in the world should get by. We trust him.

Twitter founder’s first tweet is for sale

The highest bid is $ 2.5 million, a sign of appetite for these new blockchain-authenticated virtual collectibles.Article written by

The Twitter logo on a smartphone screen, January 9, 2021 in Paris.  (XOSE BOUZAS / HANS LUCAS / AFP)
The Twitter logo on a smartphone screen, January 9, 2021 in Paris. (XOSE BOUZAS / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

A remnant of the internet is for sale. On March 21, 2006, Jack Dorsey tweeted: « I created my Twttr account » . Almost fifteen years later, the Twitter boss auctioned off his very first tweet. On Friday March 5, he tweeted a link to the Valuables site, where collectors of digital antiques can bid.

Buying a tweet means acquiring « a digital certificate of the tweet, unique because it was signed and verified by the creator, » like an autograph, the tweet auction site says on its question-and-answer page. The creator of the tweet decides if he wants to issue it on blockchain, the core technology of cryptocurrencies, to create a uniquely authenticated version, the company explains. This tweet becomes an « NFT » (« non-fungible token »), or non-fungible token: a virtual object with indisputable and inviolable identity, authenticity and traceability in theory, thanks to the blockchain. The tweet itself remains visible to everyone, as long as Jack Dorsey or Twitter leaves it online.

One-upmanship among blockchain bosses

In a sign of appetite for these new virtual collectibles, the highest bid for Jack Dorsey’s tweet was $ 2.5 million on Saturday. It was made by Sina Estavi, the boss of Bridge Oracle and Cryptoland, which exploit this blockchain technology  . He outbid the offer of  Justin Sun, the founder of Tron, a blockchain platform, and the boss of the streaming platform BitTorrent. The « NFT » have been all the rage among collectors for a few months, to the point that the Christie’s house auctioned, at the end of February, for the first time, an entirely digital work sold thanks to this technology.

Source: franceinfo with AFP

Fast & Furious 9: (again) bad news for fans!

Fast & Furious 9: (again) bad news for fans!

Universal has just announced the postponement of several of its expected releases. Among the films affected by this new decision, Fast & Furious 9 , already postponed several times.

Fast & Furious 9 release date postponed again!

One of the main victims of these new changes is called … Fast & Furious 9 ! Not a first for the new adventure of Dom and his friends who love beautiful bodies. Highly anticipated, FF9 (the code name of the film) did not have a very quiet production since in July 2019, the shooting had to be interrupted due to the serious injury of a stuntman on the set. A year ago, from the first confinement, the film was postponed … by one year , to be fixed in April 2021, then on March 31. At the start of the school year, Michelle Rodriguez made an astonishing revelation on the plot of this ninth episode. And now Universal, the producer and distributor of the film, is now announcing the release of FF9 in theaters for … June 30, 2021!

Besides FF9 , The Croods 2 and The Minions 2 also rejected

Other Universal titles are also offbeat. Announced in December and then for April 7, The Croods 2 is now set for July 7. Even more distant horizon for The Minions 2 , which was originally due out in July 2020! Already postponed to July 2021 , the little yellow creatures are now expected for … July 6, 2022! Patience, patience …

This photo of Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani is historic

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, highest authority;  religious for most Shiite Muslims in Iraq and the world, Pope Francis, leader of the 1.3 billion Catholics, received on Saturday.
AFP PHOTO / HO / VATICAN NEWSGrand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the highest religious authority for most Shia Muslims in Iraq and the world, received Pope Francis, head of the 1.3 billion Catholics, on Saturday.

This is the first time in history that the leader of the Catholics has met with the Grand Ayatollah of Najaf, a benchmark for the majority of Shiite Muslims.

A photo for history … and for peace. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a benchmark for the majority of Shiite Muslims , and Pope Francis , heads of 1.3 billion Catholics around the world, posed together this Saturday, March 6 during an unprecedented interview in Iraq .

This is the first time in history that the Sovereign Pontiff has met with the Grand Ayatollah of Najaf. From this meeting at the top (behind closed doors) only this photo of the two men filtered: the Grand Ayatollah, black turban of the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad and matching outfit, and in front of him the Pope, all dressed in white.

This photo is all the more historic as Ayatollah Ali Sistani, 90, long beard and frail build, never appears in public. He answers in writing the questions addressed to him and he has his sermons read every Friday by representatives.

This time, however, he had a press release issued, personally thanking Pope Francis for coming to Najaf after a 50-minute closed session between the two men.

The rights of Christians in Iraq

With this religious meeting at the top, one of the most important in history, the Argentine Pope wanted to reach out to Shia Islam but also to support the cause of the Christians of Iraq (1% of the population in this Muslim country ) who regularly claim to be victims of discrimination.

At the end of this interview, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani declared in a statement to pay attention that the Christians in Iraq live “in peace” and with “all the rights”.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is the highest authority for the majority of the world’s 200 million Shiites – a minority among the 1.8 billion Muslims. His only religious rival is the Iranian Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Of Iranian nationality, Grand Ayatollah Sistani has stood for decades as guarantor of the independence of Iraq and runs a theological school which advocates the withdrawal of religious from politics (they must only advise), unlike the school of Qom in Iran.

Here’s what will kill all life on Earth in a billion years

The evolution of the Earth does not bode well: the oxygen, so precious to life, will be eliminated from the atmosphere in a billion years due to the lack of photosynthesis. Oxygen was thus only a small parenthesis in the evolution of the Planet.

In 5 to 7 billion years, the Sun will have used up its helium and will turn into a red giant , multiplying its radius by 1,000, and gradually snapping up the Earth in its burning halo. The temperature on the Earth’s surface will then be so high that the oceans will evaporate. But most of the life forms will have been wiped from the surface of the planet long before and this, due to the lack of oxygen , estimates a new study published in Nature Geoscience .

In reality, it is first of all the lack of carbon dioxide that will lead to this cataclysmic scenario. Indeed, as the Earth warms, more and more water vapor will form, which will result in a regular absorption of carbon dioxide, necessary for the photosynthesis of plants. These will then be unable to survive and produce oxygen .  »  The collapse of the oxygen level will be dizzying,  » warns Christopher Reinhard, one of the two authors of the article. In a billion years, the atmosphere will contain only 1% oxygen compared to 20 to 21% today.

Evolution of the concentration of oxygen, methane and CO2 over time.  © Kazumi Ozaki and Christopher Reinhard, Nature Geoscience, 2021
Evolution of the concentration of oxygen, methane and CO 2 over time. © Kazumi Ozaki and Christopher Reinhard,  Nature Geoscience , 2021

A super-rapid oxygen collapse

And the fall will be particularly brutal: according to the researchers’ models , all the oxygen could disappear in less than 10,000 years. At the same time, the methane content in the atmosphere will be multiplied by 10,000.  »  The composition of the atmosphere will then resemble that experienced by the Earth before the Great Oxidation , which occurred around 2.4 billion years ago,  » warns Christopher Reinhard.

The consequences on the biosphere will be catastrophic. Deprived of oxygen, terrestrial and aquatic plants will die, along with all animals that depend on them for their food. The disappearance of oxygen will also cause ozone to disappear , exposing the Earth to ultraviolet radiation from the Sun which will burn marine organisms on the water surface and plants.  »  Then only anaerobic and primitive bacteria will remain , » says Christopher Reinhard.

The disappearance of the ozone layer will result in the death of most living organisms.  © sarayut_sy, Adobe Stock
The disappearance of the ozone layer will result in the death of most living organisms. © sarayut_sy, Adobe Stock

Oxygen, a small parenthesis in the history of the Earth

These predictions roughly match that of a previous study conducted in 2013 (see below) which calculated that the Earth would cease to be habitable between 1.75 and 3.25 billion years ago. The authors estimated that the least resistant plant species (C3 plants) will disappear in 500 million years and that only a few microbes will still survive in 2.8 billion years. Man, for his part, will have disappeared long before all this . Perhaps decimated by a giant asteroid like dinosaurs or a devastating virus.

In the history of the Earth, atmospheric oxygenation will therefore have been only a small parenthesis. If we place the appearance of the Earth at 4.5 billion years and its death at about 5 billion years, we will have had only 3.5 billion years with a sufficient level of oxygen to aerobic life , or one third of earthly existence. In other words, finding a planet in the universe with an atmosphere comparable to ours would be an extraordinary coincidence .

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