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Germany: Erika Rischko, TikTok star at 81

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At 81 years old, Erika Rischko displays her incredible energy in her videos which she posts on TikTok. She films herself in the process of strengthening her arms or legs. His short, rhythmic clips impress Internet users all over the world. For example, a push-up session garnered two million views.

The goal of the one we nicknamed Granny Fitness is to motivate as many people as possible. “It’s mostly dancing that we should do more. I would like to dance more often “, entrusts Erika Rischko, amused. Her husband had no choice: he too is now making the buzz around the world thanks to his interventions in his wife’s videos. To reach this level, no secret: you have to train. Erika Rischko signed up at the age of 55 in a gym, but without imagining such success. Her daughter started posting the videos at the start of the first lockdown last year. “I have never had more confidence in myself than at the moment, all this gives me energy”, slide Erika Rischko.

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License renewal: the new rules for the Covid emergency, documents, costs

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February 25, 2021 – 10:28 am

Many forget it and circulate with the expired document, risking important fines. The government circular and the suggestions of Automobile.it

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Following the extension of the Covid state of emergency, the Government issued a new provision, defining the new terms of validity of the driving qualifications and the documents necessary for their release or confirmation of validity. The new circular establishes that licenses and pink papers expired or expiring in the period of national health emergency remain valid until 29 July 2021 throughout the national territory.

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the fake video of the Perseverance robot

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A desolate landscape, made of stones and orange earth, traversed over more than 180 degrees by a rotating camera. These impressive images were seen more than five million times last Friday on social networks, and in particular on Twitter. And for good reason: the accounts that shared them ensured that they were the first images captured by the Perseverance robot, which arrived on the planet Mars the night before.

Some, including journalists who, realizing their blunder, now have almost all deleted their tweets, even praised the quality of the images, but also the sound, since this new American mission on the red planet is one of the few to have carried a microphone.

Problem: Friday, the rover freshly landed on Martian soil had yet transmitted only a few low-quality pictures. However, the images in question do indeed come from the red planet. But these were taken by another robot, named Curiosity, sent in 2012. To be convinced, just wait for the last second of the video: its name appears at the bottom left of the images.

It is not, moreover, a film as such, but a succession of 1000 photos in very high resolution – nearly 2 billion pixels – taken between November 24 and December 1, 2019. Quant to the sound we hear, it was added to the edit, Curiosity not being equipped with a microphone. This will therefore be the case, on the other hand, with the Perseverance mission, whose “supercam”, produced by a Toulouse team, will also make it possible, thanks to a laser, to analyze the Martian rock.

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Anwar al-Bunni, the Syrian “criminal hunter”, behind a historic trial in Germany

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For the first time in the world, a Syrian officer in Bashar al-Assad’s regime has been convicted of his abuses. A trial made possible, thanks, in particular, to Anwar al-Bunni, a Syrian lawyer, who became a tireless investigator of the crimes of the regime.

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This is a historic first: German justice sentenced an ex-agent of the Syrian intelligence service to four and a half years in prison on Wednesday February 24 for “complicity in crimes against humanity”. The Koblenz Regional High Court found Eyad al-Gharib guilty of participating in the arrest in September or October 2011 of at least 30 demonstrators in Douma, near Damascus, and their transfer to a service detention center intelligence.

This trial, the first in the world to judge the abuses attributed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, owes a lot to Anwar al-Bunni. This 62-year-old Syrian lawyer has been a refugee in Berlin for almost seven years. Since then, he has collected testimonies, identified those responsible, gathered evidence and put together court cases. For this Koblenz trial, he brought 24 testimonies from victims, in addition to his own.

The lawyer spends his time receiving messages, reports, screenshots, photos of horrors. Anwar al-Bunni must then carry out research and verification work. “It’s my life, he believes. The heroes are all these witnesses, these victims who tell their story, even if it costs them. No matter the pain, and if it could endanger their families in Syria. “These witnesses “are even more numerous since the media coverage of the Koblenz trial”.

“What is happening in Koblenz is a game changer for dictators around the world.”

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“They thought they were safe, that has changed. All these dictators today are afraid”, he said with a big smile. German justice is the first to seize the file of the exactions of the Syrian regime, which Anwar al-Bunni describes as “devilish machine”. He has filed cases in several European countries, including France, Sweden, Norway and Austria.

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Facebook to invest “at least” a billion dollars in news content in 3 years

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This announcement is made official the day after the end of a standoff between Mark Zuckerberg’s group and the Australian government.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s group claims to want to inject money into the media. Facebook announced, Wednesday, February 24, to invest “at least” $ 1 billion in news content over the next three years. This new envelope, communicated on Wednesday in a blog post by Nick Clegg, the public affairs manager of the social media giant, is in addition to the $ 600 million injected into the media since 2018.

It was formalized the day after the end of a standoff between Facebook and the Australian government over a law intended to regulate relations between traditional media, in great financial difficulty, and the behemoths that dominate the internet and capture a significant portion of advertising revenue.

After blocking the publication of links to news articles from local or international media in response to the bill, the owner of Instagram and WhatsApp has finally backed down, sealing a last-minute deal with Canberra over remuneration of the media for their content broadcast on its platforms.

“We absolutely recognize that quality journalism is central to the way our societies operate, informing and empowering citizens and holding the powerful accountable.” for their actions, justifies Nick Clegg. Payments, partnerships? The leader does not give the details of the distribution of the group’s future investments in the media nor the form they will take.

“Facebook wants more than ever to partner with press editors”, says Nick Clegg, who takes the opportunity to make a mea culpa on the initial firmness of Facebook in Australia. “It was not a decision taken lightly”, he explains. “We had to make a decision quickly because it was legally necessary to do so before the law came into force. So we made a mistake in applying it too harshly. In doing so we blocked some content inadvertently. Fortunately, this was canceled quite quickly “, he concluded.

Tiger, the Hyundai vehicle for space exploration – Corriere.it

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Exploration robots are not an absolute novelty for the automotive industry and the newfound desire to go into space is stimulating designers and engineers in the design of cutting-edge vehicles, with extraordinary equipment. It is easy to think of Perseverance – the NASA rover, which is currently wandering on Mars – but also of the Lunar Cruiser that Toyota is building with the Japanese Space Agency. Hyundai is now also competing in the competition with the new TIGER, acronym for Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot: the second UMV (Ultimate Mobility Vehicle) built by the Korean company but the first to be able to operate unmanned. It is a real ‘intelligent’ excursion robot, capable of transforming itself and carrying different types of loads on any terrain. And it moves on four wheels.

The New Horizons Studio is developing it of Hyundai based in Mountain View, California, in partnership with Autodesk, an engineering design firm, and concept design experts Sundberg-Ferar. The vehicle moves through long articulated ‘legs’ and the aforementioned wheels, has 360 directional control and a range of sensors for remote observation. TIGER was conceived to function as a mobile scientific exploration platform in extreme and remote locations, and also to connect to unmanned aerial vehicles (so-called UAVs, which Hyundai is actively working on), which can easily load it and deliver it to inaccessible places.

TIGER moves like an all-wheel drive vehicle. Just like Elevate – the first UMV concept presented by the manufacturer – when it risks getting stuck or has to move on terrain that is too difficult and impracticable for the wheels alone, it uses the ability to walk to unlock or move more easily. But while Elevate was carrying passengers, the TIGER also operates unmanned. The first version shown by Hyundai formed by a light and resistant structure, with the legs and some elements of the frame created using additive carbon fiber printing. Hyundai calls it ‘an ideal tool for 360-degree surface assessment in areas hit by natural disasters, while tackling challenging terrain or exploring the surface of a satellite or another planet.’ Perhaps, his true destiny.

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50 million cars produced – Corriere.it

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a Mercedes Maybach S-Class, the car that allows the Stuttgart company to reach 50 million cars sold globally: a historic milestone. “Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury – explains Jrg Burzer, member of the board of directors of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain -. That is why I am very proud of this special anniversary: ​​50 million vehicles are a significant milestone in the history of our company and an outstanding achievement for the team ”. From pioneering 75 years ago to the global network of factories, connected thanks to the digital ecosystem MO360: a technology that allows you to organize global production by dividing production capacity among the individual factories. It is a considerable advantage, which allows the creation of synergies, the reduction of costs and the increase of efficiency and productivity within the international network.

The car that made history the Maybach version of the S-Class, 18 cm longer than the standard version (length, width and height are respectively 547 cm, 192 cm and 151 cm), with a passenger compartment where, if anything, ample decorative elements make their debut: precious wood surround the back of the driver and passenger seat, while in the First Class rear compartment an equally refined decorative element in wood, the space between the two passengers. Top-of-the-line active noise compensation for super-quiet interiors: as with noise-canceling headphones, this system reduces unwanted low-frequency sounds, using phase-opposition sound waves reproduced by the Burmester Surround Sound System subwoofers High End 4D.

The attention to detail is obsessive, especially for rear passengers, for whom both space and comfort functions grow. Standard executive armchairs with the second row that can be transformed at will into a mobile office, or into a small five-star hotel room. Suffice it to say that in the seats there are the massage function of the calf support as well as the heating for the neck and shoulders. For this seventh generation, up to five screens are available, including those for those who sit in the back: as standard there is a 12.8-inch OLED that acts as a control unit for the infotainment. In addition, a 12.3-inch 3D driver display is proposed, with three-dimensional representation of other road users and an impressive depth and shading effect. The Maybach S-Class will arrive in the summer of 2021, with a price tag of around 200,000 euros, without counting the infinite customizations.

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the car as an art gallery – Corriere.it

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The concept of customization, now feasible for every car, disappears in the face of what is accustomed to creating Bespoke, the special Rolls Royce division, which has the advantage of a clientele with unlimited budgets with needs so complicated as to earn a fortune. It is clear that much of the market is located in the Gulf countries (the demand has never been so high as in the last two years) where Bespoke continues to place special editions that have unique features and ideas, especially in the configuration of the interiors. It is no coincidence that the latest creations bear original names such as Arabian Gulf, Digital Soul and Horology. Now, presented in Abu Dhabi, ‘Iridescent Opulence’ is making its début, which embodied a concept conceived in 2017 by Nature Squared, a Swiss studio specializing in high-tech finishes, starting from eco-sustainable materials.

The operation was made possible for a choice previously made by the Rolls-Royce Design Team: the awareness that almost all fans of the brand are collectors of refined and contemporary art, has led to the creation of a space in the cockpit where they can enjoy their passion even while traveling and show it to passengers. A space called ‘The Gallery’, which is a glass application that occupies the right side of the Phantom’s dashboard. The operation is carried out at the Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood in a sterile environment where it is possible to assemble delicate and highly customized items: you can be satisfied with a simple application of wood or metal or request a complex mix of materials, not normally practicable in an automotive context.

The customer in question expressed his mania for bird feathers: an expression of extreme luxury but at the same time a bold aesthetic choice to be incorporated into an automotive context. Nature Squared has conducted extensive research to identify a sustainable species, with rich and dense plumage, to adorn The Gallery. Over 3,000 tail feathers were selected for their iridescence, individually shaped to accentuate the sheen and rich hue of natural feathers, then hand-sewn onto a special fabric. Finally, the application on the dashboard, around the iconic Rolls Royce watch with the extra touch of the mother-of-pearl edge, which emphasizes the shiny texture of the feathers. Madness, perhaps. But brilliant.

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The supercars of the Faw-Silk Ev agreement will be signed by Walter de Silva- Corriere.it

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“I can’t say much about the range I’m designing, except that, as usual in our profession, we have set ourselves benchmarks: these are essentially Ferrari and Porsche, as well as names like Lamborghini and McLaren. Clearly we will have to work hard to build a brand image, with humility and without presumption ”. Walter de Silva, one of the greatest designers in the world, offers a first glimpse of the work he is doing for the joint venture between Faw and Silk Ev, certainly one of the most ambitious of the last period. On the one hand there is the largest Chinese auto manufacturer with nearly 4 million vehicles sold at home and with 90 billion dollars in turnover; on the other Silk Ev, an international company specializing in engineering and car design. De Silva, for the record, vice president of Styling & Design of the new company that has decided to invest over a billion euros in the project.

The ambitious goal: create a family of Chinese supercars that will be developed and produced in the Emilian Motor Valley as well as in Changchun (China), where Faw’s headquarters are located. For now there is no information on the exact location of the new production plant, but the latest rumors indicate it in the province of Bologna or Modena. “We will choose it together” announced Stefano Bonacini, president of the Emilia Romagna Region at the press conference, who added: “We are facing a project of extraordinary importance. The fact that the choice fell on our Motor Valley, the only one in the world, fills us with pride and rewards the investments we have made in every area, focusing on quality. All the more so since the project fits perfectly into the Green New Deal that Europe looks to, a sustainable development towards which our automotive supply chain has also decided to go “.

The first fruit of the joint venture will be called S9 and will be inspired, at least as a technical approach, by the homonymous concept car presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019 with the Hongqi brand, which exhibited a 4.0-liter V8 petrol associated with an electrical system, for a total power of 1,400 hp. An S7 will follow, also destined for the lines of the Italian factory, and an S5, plus two other unspecified models, which could instead come off the assembly lines of the plant in China. Having said that the CEO of Silk EV, Jonathan Krane, defined the S9 as an “ultraluxury new energy sportscar”, the assessment of the designer from Lecco is more interesting: “There is an entire range on the agenda, we are not talking about one-offs but mass production, although made up of small numbers. This gives me confidence, as it allows us to work in synergy not only in terms of engineering but also in terms of style, with the possibility of creating a strong identity “. If the road-map does not find any hitches, the start of production is set for 2022.

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French border workers fear a closure of the border with Germany

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Luc Kretz, resident of Blies-Ebersing (Moselle) and frontier worker, is a baker. Every day, he crosses the border to join his company located in Germany. “We are thousands of French people who go to work, who cross the border every day, the so-called border that there is no longer today”, he confides. In the bakery where he works, half of his colleagues are French.

Here, the Covid-19 epidemic has not degraded relations between the French and the Germans. Despite everything, everyone has heard the rumors of the border closing. They can hardly believe it. The most annoyed would be the boss, David Mischo, for whom the French are an essential workforce. However, the epidemic situation of the Moselle worries Germany, with an incidence rate of 315 cases per 100,000 inhabitants against 61 for the neighboring Land of the Saar.

By closing the border, Germany would however deprive itself of 16,000 frontier workers, the vast majority of workers in the automobile industry. The country could also impose PCR tests for all border workers.

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