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At risk of holding Barça presidential elections scheduled for January 24 | The State

The electoral campaign for the presidency of FC Barcelona should start this Friday with the three candidates who have passed the minimum number of signatures required, Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Freixa, but now everything is at risk of being realized, especially the voting date of the January 24th.

Specifically, depends on the meeting that the Generalitat of Catalonia with the departments of Health, Interior and Sports, which will have friday morning with the president of the Management Committee, Carles Tusquets and other representatives of the club to assess the health situation and make a decision about the electoral process.

In any case, there are three possible paths for these elections: that the voting date of January 24 be maintained, that it be postponed until a later date in which the electoral campaign is resumed at the same point and until there is an electoral suspension and the process must start over from scratch.

In fact, the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés announced this Thursday that the final decision on the postponement or not of the elections will be made by the club. “There is a technical meeting with the club in which Health will explain the same as in all places: the current epidemiological situation and what we can find next week.”

The candidate who was most forceful on the subject was Joan Laporta, who was the one who collected the most signatures of the three and decided that it would be “A fraud against democracy” that the elections were not held on January 24. In addition, he considered that “the Generalitat should not intervene because Barça is a private entity.”

Victor Font explained that “if the club does not provide an alternative way of voting to the one proposed no elections can be held on the 24th ″. And he added that the fact that “only 15,000 members could vote for the pandemic would lead to problems of legitimacy.”

Furthermore, he said that “It must be borne in mind that more than 40,000 members are over 60 years old”. That is why he asked that if necessary “efforts be made to change protocols and facilitate voting by mail.” In this sense, he explained that “it cannot be that there is not a single partner who is afraid to leave and cannot exercise their right to vote ”.

Toni Freixa, for its part, reported that “will respect all decisions of the Electoral Board”And asked that“ the elections guarantee maximum participation ”.

Of the postponement or not of the elections Transcendental issues depend for the Blaugrana club, such as the possibility that the new board of directors start making decisions to reverse the serious economic situation of the club or that it can make a transfer in the winter market, with Manchester City center-back Eric García as the main name.

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Govt-farmers talks to take place as scheduled on Friday; Tomar says hopeful of positive discussion

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 14

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday confirmed tomorrow’s talks with farmers as union leaders also said that they will be attending the meeting.

The government’s ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions will take place as scheduled on Friday and the Centre is hopeful of positive discussions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.

“The government is ready to hold talks with farmers’ leaders with an open mind,” Tomar told reporters here.

Clearing the confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only outcome in the last meeting on January 8, in the wake of the Supreme Court on January 11 appointing a four-member panel to resolve the impasse and a key member of the proposed committee subsequently recusing himself, Tomar said the talks between the government and the union representatives will take place as scheduled for 12 pm on January 15.

The farmer unions have been maintaining that they were ready to attend the scheduled talks with the government, even as they have said they do not want to appear before the court-appointed panel and have also questioned its composition.

Earlier in the day, Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann said he is recusing himself from the four-member committee.

Farmer unions and opposition parties had called it a “pro-government” panel, insisting that its members have been in favour of the three laws in the past.

Mann said he is thankful to the apex court for nominating him on the panel but would give up any position to prevent farmers’ interests from being compromised.

“As a farmer myself and a union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst the farm unions and the public in general, I am ready to sacrifice any position offered or given to me so as to not compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers of the country,” he said in a statement.

“I am recusing myself from the committee and I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab,” Mann added.

The apex court had on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three central laws till further orders and announced the formation of a committee to hear the grievances of the farmers and the opinion of the government.

Apart from Mann, Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, International Food Policy Research Institute’s Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati were appointed on the panel.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the border of Delhi for several weeks, demanding the repeal of the laws they say will lead to the weakening of the minimum support price (MSP) system.

The three contentious laws are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. — With PTI

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Goldman Sachs quickly rebrands ‘Storm the Hill’ event scheduled for D.C. next week

Goldman Sachs has been forced to rebrand its unfortunately named ‘Storm the Hill’ conference scheduled for D.C. next week in light of Trump supporters on Wednesday violently breaking into the U.S. Capitol.

The company quickly remarketed the virtual event, created to urge lawmakers to provide more aid and resources to small business owners, on Thursday after four Trump rioters died in the clashes and a Capitol cop was left on life support.

The bank also called to attendants not to wear the ‘Storm the Hill’ t-shirts they had distributed in the mail beforehand, as the name of the January 13 event was changed to Virtual Capitol Hill Day.

Goldman had used the slogan as a rallying cry for thousands of small business owners to virtually descend on the Capitol to call for further economic relief strong the pandemic. 

Goldman Sachs has rebranded its ‘Storm the Hill’ even scheduled for next week after Wednesday’s violent scenes as Trump supporters rioted through the building

Goldman had used the slogan as a rallying cry for thousands of small business owners to virtually descend on the Capitol to call for further economic relief strong the pandemic

Goldman had used the slogan as a rallying cry for thousands of small business owners to virtually descend on the Capitol to call for further economic relief strong the pandemic

CEO David Solomon had been among the financial leaders to immediately speak out against the violence on Wednesday as he claimed in a statement that Americans need to ‘begin reinvesting’ in democracy and start to rebuild U.S. institutions.

‘For years, our democracy has built a reservoir of goodwill around the world that brings important benefits for our citizens,’ Solomon said.

‘Recently, we have squandered that goodwill at a rapid pace, and today’s attack on the U.S. Capitol does further damage. It’s time for all Americans to come together and move forward with a peaceful transition of power.’

CEO David Solomon, pictured above, had condemned the violence on Wednesday

CEO David Solomon, pictured above, had condemned the violence on Wednesday

Solomon has also previously congratulated Joe Biden on his win in the election

The event being sponsored by Goldman Sachs in D.C. next week is set to offer the opportunity for small business owners to meet with lawmakers, and participants include graduates of the bank’s entrepreneur-training program called 10,000 Small Businesses.

In a memo sent on Thursday to attendees, the company explained that the slogan was initially chosen ‘to represent our enthusiasm to take part in a democratic process to advocate for small business’.

‘If you have other 10,000 Small Businesses apparel, we would encourage you to wear it,’ the memo added, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The bank has been involved in lobbying on behalf of small business owners for rent and child-care assistance and favorable tax treatment for emergency pandemic loans that have kept their businesses running despite the shutdowns. 

It is also pushing for liability protection as employees return to work with the nation’s outbreak still worsening.

‘On June 9th -11th, 2,100 small business owners joined the 10,000 Small Businesses Voices Virtual Capitol Hill Week to connect with Members of Congress through 434 online meetings to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill,’ the event’s website states.

‘Participants also attended programming on topics such as adapting to a new operating environment, preparing for a phased re-opening, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities.’

Ahead of the conference, on Tuesday Goldman had 10,000 ‘Help Still Wanted’ signs on the lawn of Capitol Hill as they continued with its plea.

Solomon was also in D.C. this week where he met with small business owners and predicted that they will survive the current storm.

On Tuesday Goldman had 10,000 'Help Still Wanted' signs on the lawn of Capitol Hill as part of its push for lawmakers to offer more support for small businesses during the pandemic

On Tuesday Goldman had 10,000 ‘Help Still Wanted’ signs on the lawn of Capitol Hill as part of its push for lawmakers to offer more support for small businesses during the pandemic

‘A lot of small businesses have had to make some investment in digitization and technology to connect to their customers more digitally than directly,’ Solomon said, according to Axios.

‘Some of that will last and will help their businesses.

‘I think that there’s probably a good chance we’re going to need more to help us get to the light at the end of the tunnel and get past the pandemic,’ he added.

‘My guess is we’ll have to do a little bit more.’

There have now been four fatalities linked to the breach of the U.S. Capitol yesterday, as lawmakers have questioned how law enforcement had not prepared for the large crowds descending on D.C. given that Trump had been promoting the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally for weeks.

As of Thursday night, a Capitol police officer is also on life support after allegedly being hit with a fire extinguisher and suffering a stroke.


Private schools in Dubai to reopen next week as scheduled, KHDA says

Dubai: Private schools in Dubai will open “as usual” Sunday onwards, in the same manner that was followed during the previous term, the Knowledge and Human Development (KHDA) tweeted on Wednesday.

“Thanks for your messages — private schools in Dubai are not affected by the recent announcement & will be open as ‘usual’ next week,” KHDA tweeted.

It follows today’s announcement that public and private schools in Abu Dhabi will have distance learning for the first two weeks of the second term, which starts on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Education had tweeted that public schools will have distance learning for the first two weeks of the new term.

Private schools in Dubai are offering a mix of in-person and online classes for those who wish to continue distance learning. All schools are currently closed for the winter break.

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Woman, 24, who jumped to her death scheduled suicide note to post on Instagram the next day

A New York City woman scheduled her suicide note stating she was ‘no longer in pain’ to post on Instagram the day after she jumped to her death from the Vessel sculpture in Hudson Yards.  

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, of Brooklyn, died December 22 after she fell from the 150-foot walkable sculpture at about noon, police told the Village Sun.

The next day, on December 23, her apparent suicide note was shared in a posthumous post on her Instagram account.

Yocheved Gourarie, 24, scheduled this photo and a farewell message to go live on Instagram the day after she jumped to her death from New York City’s Vessel sculpture in Hudson Yard

Gourarie's Instagram post warned her followers to sit down before they read the caption

Gourarie's Instagram post

Gourarie’s Instagram post warned her followers to sit down before they read the caption

Gourarie ended her posthumous Instagram post by noting that she is 'no longer in pain'

Gourarie ended her posthumous Instagram post by noting that she is ‘no longer in pain’

Gourarie noted that she had planned for her final post – a photo of herself with her face turned up toward the sun accompanied by a lengthy caption – to go live on social media in the wake of her death. 

At the top of the post, which was shared with her 891 followers, Gourarie added a warning in all capital letters, noting that the information in the post was ‘sensitive and shocking’ and suggested people ‘sit down before reading’ it.  

Gourarie then wrote: ‘Hey. This is pretty surreal isn’t it? One might say uncomfortable. Jarring. Just close the app now if you want. I guess if you don’t know by now you should probably sit down.

‘If you’re reading this, I’m gone. Either that or somehow incapacitated in the hospital so I can’t delete this scheduled post. I really hope I’m not though.’

Gourarie wrote that she didn’t ‘care to go into the reasons why I’m gone, but there are certainly more than thirteen,’ referencing the popular young adult novel and Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why, about high school students in the wake of a classmate’s suicide. 

Gourarie's previous social media posts noted that she had been struggling with anorexia and depression and that she had recently returned from inpatient therapy treatment

Gourarie’s previous social media posts noted that she had been struggling with anorexia and depression and that she had recently returned from inpatient therapy treatment 

Gourarie is the second person to have jumped to their death from the Vessel (picture), a 16-story tall walkable sculpture in New York City's Hudson Yard

Gourarie is the second person to have jumped to their death from the Vessel (picture), a 16-story tall walkable sculpture in New York City’s Hudson Yard

Earlier posts on Gourarie’s Instagram account made reference to the fact that she struggled with anorexia and depression, while also advocating for mental health.

In May 2019, she wrote that she had finally started seeking help for her depression and was ‘Wondering whether I can change. Wondering whether I want to change. But there is one thing I do know: I am experiencing small joys again.’  

Several of her TikTok videos posted in recent months appeared to take a humorous approach to therapy sessions and also referenced overcoming suicidal thoughts. Her latest videos showcased her singing and solicited tips for improvement.  

In her final Instagram post, Gourarie wrote that she had scheduled a ‘note to send to my parents posthumously’ which included more details about her apparent decision to take her own life. 

She acknowledged that posting a public suicide note on Instagram might cause her parents pain. 

‘I don’t want to do that, I just want to leave my last mark on this world,’ Gourarie wrote.

‘All of you have made my life so much more full, brighter, and happier than it would have been without you. Your support, your encouragement, your hugs, your invitations, your smiles, your texts, your tagging me in memes you think I’d find funny.’

She went on to say that ‘None of you could have done anything – or done more – to prevent this from happening. You all did your absolute best and for that I am eternally grateful. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing I am no longer in pain.’

She ended the post by writing ‘I love you.’ 

According to her TikTok videos, Gourarie had traveled to Utah for inpatient treatment for her eating disorder in August and returned to New York City in late October, after having had her discharge date postponed by two weeks. 

Gourarie was a bright student, who was valedictorian of her graduating class at Shalhevet High School. She then graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Macauly Honors College at CUNY, according to the Village Sun.

She had spent the past two and a half years interning at New York City’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.  

Gourarie is now the second person to have apparently committed suicide by falling from the Vessel since it was opened in March 2019. 

In February, Connecticut college student Peter DeSalvo, 19, jumped from the top of the 16-story sculpture. 

 Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

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Tony La Russa scheduled to change plea in drunken driving case

PHOENIX — Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa is scheduled to change his plea to misdemeanor charges stemming from his drunken driving arrest nine months ago on a freeway in Phoenix.

The Hall of Fame manager, who had previously pleaded not guilty to the two drunken driving charges, is scheduled to change his plea on Dec. 21 in Maricopa County Justice Court.

Authorities say La Russa, who won a World Series with Oakland and two more with St. Louis, blew out a tire on the grey Lexus he was driving in a collision with a curb that left the vehicle smoking. Tests taken the night of his arrest showed his blood alcohol concentration was .095 — above the legal limit of .08.

The arrest occurred on Feb. 24, but the charges were filed on Oct. 28 — one day before his hiring by Chicago.

La Russa pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Florida in 2007 after police found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stop light and smelling of alcohol.

La Russa was hired by Chicago in a surprise move after Rick Renteria was let go in what the team said was a mutual decision.

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Huami Amazfit GTS 2 mini Scheduled to Launch on December 1

Huami Amazfit GTS 2 mini will launch in China on December 1, the company has announced. Huami has shared a teaser post which not only confirms the date but also delves out key information about the upcoming smartwatch. It says the wearable will feature a smaller screen, a lighter design and a thinner profile compared to the original Amazfit GTS 2 that was launched in September. According to a teaser video, this smartwatch will be available in Black, Green, and Pink colour options. It will feature a single dial button on the right side.

As per a post on its official Weibo handle, Huami Technology will launch the Amazfit GTS 2 mini smartwatch in China on December 1. The company’s CEO Huang Wang has reportedly shared a short video that teases the design of the wearable. The top executive says that the mini variant will be lighter, thinner, more refined, as well as smaller than the Amazfit GTS 2, and is targeted at youth.

The video of the Amazfit GTS 2 mini shows a curved screen and a single button on the right side. The wearable will be launched in Black, Green, and Pink colours with matching straps. It will have 5ATM water-resistance and a heart rate sensor. The GTS 2 mini will also come with the PAI health assessment system, various sports modes, and customisable watch faces.

The Amazfit GTS 2 mini is likely to be a watered-down version of the Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch that was launched in September. It features a rectangular 1.65-inch display with 341ppi pixel density and a peak brightness of 450 nits. The smartwatch packs a 246mAh battery that is claimed to offer a week of regular use or up to 20 days of battery life when using the power-saving mode.

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The Canadian GP scheduled for June 13

The F1 authorities will release the 2021 season calendar this morning, which will include a record 23 stopovers.

This is obviously a provisional list. Certain events must therefore be confirmed shortly with the promoters concerned. It also remains to be seen whether these events will take place on the dates selected, in the context of the pandemic and the health situation prevailing in each country.

Thus, according to information obtained by Le Journal, the start of the new season will still be given in Melbourne, although it will take place a week later than usual, on March 21, 2021. Let us recall that the Australia had to cancel its Grand Prix hours before the start of free practice this year due to COVID-19.

Montreal the 8th stage

The Montreal stage, which was also canceled for the same reasons, is scheduled for June 13. The Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be the eighth stopover of the season. A week earlier, the F1 circus will move to Baku, Azerbaijan.

In 2020, the initial calendar had 22 unprecedented stages, but the pandemic has forced F1 executives to reduce that number to 17. None of the five circuits not on this calendar – but which have replaced races canceled this year – is not included in the programming in 2021.

Portugal is taking over?

We named the complexes of Nürburgring (Germany), Mugello and Imola (Italy), Portimão (Portugal) as well as Istanbul, where the Turkish Grand Prix will take place on Sunday.

F1 was due to make its first stop this year in Vietnam, but the race did not take place. However, internal disputes within the organization may also jeopardize the presentation of the event next year. For this reason, the date of April 25 is marked with an asterisk.

If Vietnam does not live up to their commitment, it could well be that this round of the championship will be awarded to Portugal, a country neighboring Spain, which will host F1 on 23 May.

Triple program

From this 2021 calendar, we also remember that in September, F1 will visit three countries in three weeks, namely Belgium (August 29) on return from vacation, the Netherlands (September 5) and Italy (September 12. ) In the case of the Netherlands, it will be a return to F1 after 26 years of absence.

We also note that October will be the scene of four Grands Prix and that the single-seaters will be racing for the first time in Saudi Arabia in the coastal city of Jeddah. A race that will be contested in the evening.

While this is a new experience for this country, events have been organized for several years in some neighboring Gulf nations, including Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. It is in this last place that the season will end on December 5, 2021.

* This date is reserved for the Vietnam Grand Prix, but the performance of the race is far from certain.

** Subject to approval by relevant promoters and F1. In the case of Brazil, the event could be held in the Rio de Janeiro area rather than at the Interlagos circuit.

– With the collaboration of Mathieu Boulay

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MLS: playoffs scheduled for November 20

Major League Soccer unveiled its playoff schedule on Friday, with the kick-off only on Friday, November 20.

The big tournament will continue through December 12 with the MLS Cup Final. Everything will be presented on TVA Sports in particular.

Exceptionally this year, 18 clubs will participate in the competition, which will total 17 matches.

The evening of November 20 will be devoted to the Eastern Association playoffs in which the Montreal Impact could be in action, depending on the result of its Sunday game against D.C. United. The club finishing seventh in the Eastern standings will then face the 10th-place squad as the eighth and ninth-place teams face off.

Interesting news for the Impact: if its captain Jukka Raitala leaves the team to play three games on the international scene with Finland by November 18, the unveiling of the schedule suggests a possible return of the defender in the event that Montreal is progressing a bit. Quarantine would nevertheless be expected for Raitala on his return to North America.

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An international competition scheduled for Montreal is canceled

It is largely to ensure the sustainability of the event that the International Gymnix preferred, without further ado, to cancel its 30th edition, which was scheduled for March 3 to 7.

This decision seemed difficult to avoid for the organizers in a context where the resumption of gymnastics competitions is greatly weakened, everywhere in the world, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the Quebec and Canadian level, there is no competition calendar that has come out yet. Internationally, it comes out in a trickle and most cancel. So it’s very difficult to imagine that we could hold a competition in March, ”said International Gymnix General Manager Anne-Maud Jan Viau.

“There was too much uncertainty about the situation and for us it was too great a risk,” she continued. We didn’t have the resources, human or financial, to start something and say at the last minute that we can’t do it. “

Despite the cancellation of the 2021 edition, Jan Viau has no fear at all for the future of the event, which will be able to come back in force in 2022, she believes, if sanitary conditions allow. Moreover, all the private partners have pledged to return.

“We were lucky to be held in 2020,” she said. So on that, we didn’t lose a lot of money. And this year, as planned in advance, we incurred no costs. We are not at all afraid for the sustainability of the event. This is precisely why we decided to announce it now. That way, we can continue to think about the 2022 edition. “

30 years

The next presentation of the event will be special since the International Gymnix will mark its 30th anniversary there. Despite the postponement of the celebrations, which were to take place next spring, Ms. Jan Viau promises to resume in 2022.

“We want to seek out as many clubs and countries as possible that have helped us over the years, such as Russia, which has not been able to come in the last few years,” said the general manager of the International Gymnix. It also hopes to attract Japan, Romania and the United States for the international component, which brings together eight countries.

“We want to recognize the work of those who helped us build the event. We have over 15 world and Olympic champions who have come over the years and who we want to push forward, one way or another. “

More than 1,200 provincial to Olympic level athletes from fifteen countries should be present in spring 2022 at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex.

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