The first evening of Sanremo 2023

the photo of a frame taken from one of the rai videos of the sanremo festival

Yesterday the first evening of the sanremo festival of italian song and music took place. I haven’t watched it due to various commitments but it seems that the first evening lived up to expectations. In fact, this Sanremo had the record number of listeners in recent years, reaching a 62% share.
Furthermore, this year for the first time the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella was present at the Ariston theater in Sanremo. The expectations
have probably increased in recent days when it was announced that Zelensky would no longer participate in the last evening, after the storm of criticism in choosing to have the Ukrainian president. In terms of songs, I think it’s a recovering Sanremo although there are some unusual or out of the standard episodes such as the destruction of the stage flowers by the singer Blanco.



World Cup draw Qatar 2022: Germany in Group E with Spain

DOHA (QATAR) – The draws for the final phase of the World Cup took place in Doha. There will be no Italy of Roberto Mancini who, after winning the European title in the summer, failed to win the pass for the world championship event: third time in history, second consecutive for the Azzurri (Sweden 1958, Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022) . 29 national teams have already qualified, while the other three teams will come out of the playoffs scheduled for 13 and 14 June, when Wales, victorious in the semifinal against Austria, will challenge the winner of Scotland-Ukraine, Costa Rica, third in the Concacaf qualifiers for Central and North America, will face New Zealand, who beat the Solomon Islands 5-0, and Lapadula’s Peru will face one between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Clash between ‘titans’ in group E of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In fact, together with the top-seeded Spain, Germany was drawn. Challenges between European national teams also between Belgium and Croatia and between France and Denmark. Qatar 2022 will propose in the first phase a challenge with a not only football flavor. In fact, Iran and the United States will face each other, drawn in group B which also includes England vice-champion of Europe.

Ukraine-Russia war: ‘Russian attack on Wednesday 16 February’.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been informed that the day of the Russian attack will be Wednesday 16 February.

CNN reports it in a breaking news.

Zelensky declared Wednesday, February 16, the potential date of the Russian attack according to the US alert, “day of unity”.

There has been a “dramatic acceleration” in the deployment of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this, calling on “all Americans still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately”.

Some Russian troops near the Ukrainian border have started moving into “attack positions”. CBS reports this, quoting an American official, according to whom Moscow has moved part of the long-range artillery into firing position.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed that “an opportunity remains” to resolve the crisis in Ukraine “with diplomacy”. Downing Street made it known after the phone call between the two leaders.

“We do not believe that Vladimir Putin has already made a final decision” on the possible attack against Ukraine: Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, reiterating that military action is possible “at any time”. Kirby, however, did not want to enter into the merits of intelligence information that the scheduled day for the attack would be Wednesday.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin will be visiting Brussels, Poland and Lithuania from Tuesday: US Defense spokesman John Kirby announced this.

“There is a chance of finding an agreement with the West,” Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told President Putin. While Defense Minister Shoigu announced that ‘part of the exercises’ of the armed forces in Moscow ‘is ending, another will be completed in the near future’. During the same meeting, the Russian president, quoted by TASS, said that the expansion of NATO eastwards ‘is infinite, very dangerous and takes place at the expense of the former Soviet republics, including Ukraine’.

But the Pentagon reveals: ‘Russia strengthened its military device on the border with Ukraine over the weekend’

After 22 seasons and 7 Superbowl Tom Brady has announced his retirement.

After days of back and forth, leaks and denials, Tom Brady announced his retirement in a long Instagram post. The American football legend, winner of seven Super Bowls (six with the Patriots and one with the Buccaneers), has decided that at 44 it is time to leave the field to “focus his energies” on something else. The news had been anticipated Saturday by Espn and Boston Globe but had been denied by Brady’s father and his agent Don Yee. Until a few hours before the official announcement, the superstar of the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay said he was still in a “phase of reflection” on his future. A difficult decision to make and communicate, as he himself explained to his millions of fans thanking them for having accompanied him along this journey. Brady’s has been an extraordinary career, with impressive numbers: 22 seasons played, seven Super Bowls won and a series of touchdown records and passes ringed year after year. “On paper he was remarkable, he became a legend on the pitch,” headlines the Washington Post in one of the many articles in American newspapers celebrating the epic of ‘Tom the Terrific’ or ‘Tb12’, from the number of his jersey. And to think that in his first team, the New England Patriots had come as a reserve reserve. Recovered as 199th, started from the bench and remained for almost twenty years becoming the most loved ever. Then in 2020 the arrival in Florida, the start of a new season of records and the victory of his seventh Super Bowl.

Rafael Nadal Wins the Australia Open with one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history

Rafa Nadal triumphs at the Australian Open 2022 in Melbourne, setting the all-time record for tennis Grand Slam tournaments. The Spanish champion has in fact reached 21, one more than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal, who defeated the blue Berrettini in the semifinals, in the final defeated the Russian Daniil Medvedev, world number 2, in five sets, after losing the first two. 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 7-5 the final score. “I will carry this tournament forever in my heart: I lived three incredible weeks and today one of the most exciting days of my career”, Rafa’s hot comment after the victory, which came after a difficult period, during which he himself revealed of having feared until a month ago of having to stop playing tennis.

Spotify removes Neil Young’s music tracks after a controversy by the artist controversy with no-vax

Spotify ditched Neil Young’s music after the singer’s refusal to come to milder advice about his objection to being on the same platform as Joe Rogan’s podcast, a no-vax commentator. The “Wall Street Journal” writes it today, confirmed by the “Hollywood Reporter”. Young had written an open letter in the past few days threatening to remove all of his songs from Spotify – an action that would have resulted in a deadweight loss of 60% of his streaming proceeds for him – if Rogan had continued to have citizenship rights on the platform. : “They can have Young or Rogan, not both of them.” The “Heart of Gold” singer posted the letter on his website and after two days he removed it. Despite this, Spotify has begun to remove Young’s songs from the site, a spokesperson told the “Hollywood Reporter”. Spotify entered into an over $ 100 million deal two years ago to get the Rogan podcast exclusive. “We want all the music and audio content in the world to be available to our customers. With that comes the great responsibility of balancing the safety of listeners and the freedom of creators,” said a Spotify spokesperson hoping that Young “will be back soon in between. we”.

Mexican GP, Bottas pole! Then Hamilton and Verstappen. Sainz 6th, Leclerc 8th

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing. 06.11.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 18, Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, Qualifying Day

The two mercedes, After suffering and struggling, disappointed in the three free practice sessions, the star has resumed to shine in the supreme moment. Bottas on pole, Hamilton in the front row, in front of both Verstappen and Perez. And now what seemed like a very favorable race for Verstappen has turned into another uncertain chapter of the challenge.

In Istanbul, Yuki Tsunoda had ‘publicly’ revealed his support for Max Verstappen in the Dutchman’s world championship battle with Lewis Hamilton, stressing that he had done everything on that occasion to keep the British driver behind him. Today, however, in a completely involuntary way and in an attempt to make himself useful, the Japanese has instead created many problems not only for the Dutchman, but for the entire Red Bull team.

The Mexican Grand Prix takes place on the track dedicated to the Rodriguez brothers in Mexico City at 2,240 meters above sea level. The high altitude causes an air thinning of over 30% compared to the density at sea level. On the one hand, this phenomenon leads to a drastic reduction in the resistance to advancement of the cars, but in fact this is the only positive consequence, counterbalanced by many other decidedly negative factors. In fact, it is no exaggeration to consider rarefaction a ruthless killer of single-seater performance as well as constituting a tangible danger to the reliability of the power units.

Incredible incident on film set: Alec Baldwin kills the director of photography with a gun (which had to be loaded with blanks)

In the coming months we will certainly investigate more thoroughly what happened on the set of the film “Rust”, where the well-known actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot (at least for the moment) the director of the photography, killing her.

I vaguely remember other incidents of the kind, but more than anything else they were accidents due to stuntmen who had to do stunts or dangerous scenes …

I don’t remember pistol accidents. Now, while admitting the actor’s good faith, it’s amazing to think how a gun was loaded with live bullets when it only needed to be loaded with blanks.

Baldwin is among the producers of the film while behind the camera of the independent film “Rust” is the director Joel Souza, 48, who was also injured and is now hospitalized at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. However, there was nothing to do for director of photography Halyna Hutchins, who was shot and transported in serious condition by air ambulance to the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, where she died shortly after the arrival of she.

Trump launches his social network: it will be called TRUTH and will challenge Big Tech

Former US President Donald Trump unveiled the new social platform that was announced several months ago as an alternative to the social networks from which he was removed for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Congress. calls TRUTH Social (“truth” means “truth”), it will arrive next year and will replace the blog with which Trump had briefly returned to be heard online. In a statement released Wednesday, Trump said he created TRUTH Social “to oppose the tyranny of Big Tech companies” and “to fight them,” arguing that the goal of the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) – the company that has developed – both “to give a voice to everyone”. “We live in a world where the Taliban have a large presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced. This is unacceptable ».

After January 6, all the major social platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, had suspended or blocked Trump’s profiles, accusing him of inciting their supporters to carry out the assault on Congress, where the certification was being certified. election victory of President Joe Biden. Trump had never acknowledged the defeat and according to the companies that manage the main social networks had violated the guidelines of the platforms, which prohibit sharing content that promotes violence and fake news.

Trump had also been subjected to an impeachment trial accused of fomenting the attack on Congress: then he was acquitted, thanks to the votes of the Republicans.

The first tests on TRUTH Social will be carried out in November and the platform will be ready by the first months of 2022; later it should also offer news, podcasts, entertainment programs and a subscription service for video on demand. The resources for its realization come from the merger between TMTG and another company, the Digital World Acquisition Corp, which in recent months has raised 294 million dollars from various investors (it is not said, however, that all investors will remain in the deal. , and Digital World’s equity may shrink).

The tension between China and Taiwan is still rising.Xi warns the world: “Taiwan will be reunited with China, no one will interfere”

Yesterday evening Beijing rejected the offer of talks made by the president of the Asian island Tsai Ing-wen. The president then said today that Taiwan will strengthen its defenses so that no one can force it to accept the path traced by China without freedom and democracy.

The Taiwan independence movement is “the biggest obstacle to national reunification, a serious threat to China’s rejuvenation: it never ends well for those who forget their ancestors, betray their homeland or divide the country. They will certainly be despised by the people and judged by history ”. The peremptory tones of President Xi Jinping, echoed in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, gave a clear representation of the woodworm well rooted in the Communist leadership because “the historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled and it certainly will be. “.
Xi warned the world on the rebel island, 130 km away from the coasts of Fujian, so close and at the same time far from mainland China for institutional arrangements: never before, despite the pressure from Beijing and the almost 150 military aircraft and fighters sent to violate the defense space from 1 to 4 October.
Only the 23 million Taiwanese have the right to decide “the future and development” of the island, was the reply of the Taipei Council for Business with China: in the face of the ambitions of the Communist Party, President Tsai Ing- Wen has repeatedly reiterated that he “will neither yield nor advance”, strongly defending national sovereignty and security and continuing to deepen relations with friendly countries and maintain the “status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.