2022 World Cup: Australia, a very political outsider

First opponents of the Blues this Tuesday, November 22, the Australian “Socceroos” are not among the favorites of the World Cup. But as early as last October, their stand against Qatar shed light on this little-known team.

Far behind rugby and its local variant, Australian football, the round ball sport, locally called soccer, did not experience a strong rise in Australia. Few international players have broken into the major European championships.

Tim Cahill, living legend and top scorer of the selection, had remarkable passages in England, like attackers Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell. Too few, however, to consider the land of Oz as a breeding ground for great talent.

“The suffering of migrant workers cannot be ignored”

Several young binational players are also reluctant to accept a national team selection, for fear of definitively giving up a more attractive offer from their second country. For the World Cup in Qatar, coach Graham Arnold recently received a refusal from young Cristian Volpato (19), author of a promising start to the season with his club AS Roma. The midfielder hopes to one day join the ranks of the Squadra Azzurra, the Italian selection.

It is in the non-sporting field that Australia, 38e world nation in the FIFA rankings, stood out by becoming the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup to openly criticize Qatar. “We recognize the significant progress and legislative reforms that have taken place in Qatar in recent years, said the Australian federation last October. However, we have also learned that the tournament has been associated with the suffering of migrant workers and their families and this cannot be ignored. »

Players will no longer speak during the competition

The press release was accompanied by a video in which appear sixteen players of the selection. “For the past two years, we have been dedicated to understanding and getting to know the situation in Qatar better,” explain them there. “We are not experts but we have listened to groups such as Amnesty, Fifa and, more importantly, foreign workers in Qatar,” they continue, deploring the working conditions of the workers.

While there are several thousand deaths on World Cup construction sites, Australia can boast of having been the first to speak out, before being followed by others, such as the United States. United or Denmark. On the other hand, on their arrival in Doha, Monday, November 14, the Australians made it known that they would no longer speak on the subject.



Champions League: Gérald Darmanin tries to extinguish the controversy on TF1 news

A “fiasco”. This is the word that comes up the most to qualify the Champions League final on Sunday May 29, which pitted Real Madrid against English club Liverpool in Paris. The match started more than thirty minutes late as young spectators without tickets climbed the gates of the Stade de France enclosure to try to enter. The police tried to repel them, in particular with the help of tear gas. Gérald Darmanin spoke on TF1’s “20 heures” to try to contain the controversy.

→ ANALYSIS. After the Stade de France fiasco, the authorities’ strategy called into question

The Minister of the Interior stuck to the line he had taken so far: he blamed the English supporters, who he believed to be guilty of a “massive, industrial and organized fraud of counterfeit banknotes”. On the tray of the newspaper, he even drew two tickets, one real and the other fake, to show how difficult it was to distinguish them.

70% counterfeit notes, according to Darmanin

“Of the people checked, 70% had counterfeit notes”, he asserted. He also said that only Liverpool supporters were affected by these frauds. According to the Minister, it is these counterfeiting problems that have generated “a very important stopper”, and only the intervention of the police could prevent a ” drama “ to occur. Gérald Darmanin therefore defended the decisions taken on Sunday evening, even if he conceded that the techniques used by the police were “hard to see on television”.

However, the Minister of the Interior admitted that in some cases the use of force was not “not proportionate”. He indicated that he was ready to contact the victims to apologize.

False information about “delinquents”

Gérald Darmanin also wanted to come back to the “offences” denounced, and in particular the presence of pickpockets around the Stade de France. “There were 100 arrests, but a lot of nonsense was said, with harsh insults against the inhabitants of Seine-Saint-Denis”, he said, clarifying that claims that the alleged culprits were undocumented people were “false”. “The far right must not use this event for its nauseating campaign”, he asserted.

→ REREAD. Champions League: Darmanin defends the police, the rest of the world denounces his action

In order to overcome this problem for future sporting events, Gérald Darmanin expressed his wish that tickets would now be “tamper-proof”, and so “digital”. For its part, UEFA announced the opening of an independent investigation into the events.


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Party and State leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

Leaders of the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front laid wreaths and entered the mausoleum to pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh and offer incense to commemorate heroes and martyrs, on the morning of May 19.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc; National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue; Standing Secretary of the Secretariat Vo Van Thuong; Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Do Van Chien; former General Secretary Nong Duc Manh; Former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An… attended the visitation ceremony.

Leaders of the Party and State pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh. Image: TTX

A visitation ceremony on the occasion of the 132th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19). The delegates expressed gratitude, respect, and memory of President Ho Chi Minh for the cause of national liberation, reunification and construction. The delegation’s wreath bore the words “Eternal gratitude to the great President Ho Chi Minh”.

After that, the group went to lay flowers and incense at the Monument to Heroes and Martyrs on Bac Son Street.

In the morning of the same day, the delegations of the Ministry of National Defense, Public Security, and Hanoi came to lay wreaths, pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh and pay tribute to heroic martyrs.

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Proposal to abolish district inspection

The Government wanted to keep the three-level inspection organization system unchanged when amending the Inspection Law, but the Standing Committee of the Law Committee suggested removing the district level.

On the afternoon of April 18, the National Assembly Standing Committee gave opinions on the draft revised Inspection Law. Representative of the inspection agency, Chairman of the Legal Committee Hoang Thanh Tung said that the draft maintains three levels of administrative inspection including the Government, the province and the district. But through discussion, only a small part of Standing Committee members agreed with this proposal.

Most members of the Standing Committee of the Law Committee believe that it is necessary to research and have solutions to renovate the organization and operation of administrative inspectors at district level in accordance with the requirements of streamlining the apparatus and improving operational efficiency. , to overcome the shortcomings pointed out by summarizing the practical implementation of the Law on Inspection. These members suggested not to organize a district inspection agency.

Chairman of the Legal Committee Hoang Thanh Tung. Image: Media Quochoi

The final report on the implementation of the Law on Inspection indicated that the district level did not have much inspection demand, the staffing was very small, and it was not effective. On the other hand, reducing the focal point of specialized agencies under the district People’s Committee (713 district inspectors) is in line with the Party’s policy on streamlining the organizational apparatus and downsizing the staff; overcome the situation of staffing of district-level agencies evenly, supplementing human resources to improve the quality and performance of provincial inspectorates.

The removal of district-level inspection, according to Mr. Tung, still ensures the principle of “where there is a manager, there is an inspector” because when there is no district inspection agency, the functions and tasks of this agency are not will be transferred to the provincial level. The local inspection force was then centrally managed, creating favorable conditions for training to improve professional qualifications and standardize professional titles.

However, many members of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly did not agree with the proposal of the verification agency. National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Khac Dinh said that changing the system related to laws and inspection agencies also had other tasks. For example, the district inspector helps the People’s Committee of the district to settle complaints and denunciations, and to prevent corruption. “If quit, who will help the district do this work?”, Mr. Dinh said.

Many districts are very large, such as Thu Duc district (HCMC) with a population equal to the three merged districts, or Ha Long city (Quang Ninh) merging Hoanh Bo district, while the district is as large as Bac Ninh province. “If the district inspection function is left to the province to do, how many laws will it affect and how will other laws be changed?”, Mr. Dinh wondered.

National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Khac Dinh.  Photo: Media Quochoi

National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Khac Dinh. Image: Media Quochoi

Head of the Committee for Deputies Affairs Nguyen Thi Thanh agreed with the Government’s proposal to continue maintaining the current inspection system at all levels, but it is necessary to renovate the organization and improve the efficiency of the district-level force. “If the cases and matters are solved right from the grassroots, there will be no backlog, prolonged pressing, or pushing and becoming a burden for superiors,” said Ms. Thanh.

Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee Nguyen Phu Cuong also said that district inspection is very necessary because at present the commune does not have an inspector. Instead of quitting, he suggested increasing human resources for this level because the work is increasingly complicated in the locality. “The government level from the district to the commune without inspectors, while the provincial level cannot reach down, it will be very difficult”, Mr. Cuong emphasized.

Sharing the same opinion, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man suggested that the district inspector should not be abandoned because this is the agency that inspects management activities, socio-economic development and settles complaints on behalf of the State. reports from local citizens. “If quit, who will? This is a matter that must be studied carefully,” Mr. Man commented.

National Assembly Vice Chairman Tran Quang Phuong affirmed that district inspection is an indispensable level. The inspection system in Vietnam “is like an inverted cone, that is, too much above is too little below”. Meanwhile, inspectors at the district level have very little staff but a lot of work. Therefore, he suggested that it is necessary to organize three levels and improve the capacity of the district level.

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue said that there is a flow of opinion that only two levels of inspection should be allowed, the Central and the provincial, because it is related to the industry development strategy to 2020, with a vision to 2030. This document says to having two levels of inspection. “I think this should be discussed by the National Assembly, we should not finalize it,” said Mr. Hue, asking the drafting committee and the examining body to clearly argue why it should be at two or three levels.

The current Law on Inspection was approved by the 11th National Assembly in 2010. The revised Law on Inspection will institutionalize the views of the Party, the State and the 2013 Constitution on the organization and operation of inspection agencies. and overcome the limitations of the current legal regulations on inspection. The bill will be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and comments for the first time at its third session, which opens in May.



Presidential 2022: the champions dodge the match

And where are they? Not in the meetings, nor on the lists of support for the candidates that one can seek, in vain, this year. The 2022 presidential election will be played without athletes, retained by other occupations.

→ LARGE FORMAT. Presidential 2022: six questions to ask yourself before voting

It is a long time ago when Jacques Chirac could display during his 1995 campaign a “support committee for high-level athletes” chaired by the ice dancer and vice-world champion Sophie Moniotte. Where Nicolas Sarkozy embarked at his side in 2007 many former glories like Alain Prost, David Douillet, Bernard Laporte, Richard Virenque, and many others. Where François Hollande benefited in 2012 from the reinforcement of a hundred athletes and coaches behind him from the first round. Emmanuel Macron was able to pull out of his sleeve a list, in 2017, of only sixty names, but late, before the second round, to block Marine Le Pen.

Positions that are too radical are frightening

And then this year, nothing. Dreary plain. “Behind this phenomenon, we can read the end of the traditional parties, which with their many militants tried to recruit in all areas of civil society, with real efficiency for the Socialist Party, the RPR then the UMP, and even the Front leftist in 2012analyzes the sociologist William Gasparini, professor of sports sciences at the University of Strasbourg. Athletes, like many artists, have gone from a partisan commitment to a more societal commitment, in favor of the environment, sport-health or other more identity-based fights carried by American champions who serve more and more models with us. »

This change, the quadruple Paralympic wheelchair tennis medalist Michaël Jéremiasz measures it perfectly. He had committed himself behind the Socialist Party in the Île-de-France region about fifteen years ago, then had advised François Hollande at his request during his mandate, before investing in 2017 to make people talk about disability in the countryside. Requested this year, he preferred to decline. “I no longer find this ‘political family’ side which prevailed before and which is disappearing in favor of multiple camps which are lost in a very divisive campaign and on themes which I find nauseous, judges the ex-champion. Athletes inevitably have less desire to get involved suddenly, especially as there are blows to take, with increasingly violent reactions. »

→ FILE. Presidential 2022: compare candidate programs (immigration, education, family, etc.)

Social networks have been there. Champions are no longer reluctant to display their civic engagement in favor of great shared causes. Defense of the environment, support for the Uyghurs, the Ukrainian people, the fight against racism, homophobia. “The sponsors who sponsor them have also understood very well the interest for their champions of positioning themselves on these great causes, emphasizes William Gasparini. On the other hand, other subjects are not invested, for fear in particular of a volley of green wood on social networks: secularism for example. On a campaign like this year with sometimes very radical positions, they prefer to abstain. »

The societal impact of sport undervalued

Which does not mean that athletes are deserting the political field. “On municipal elections or other local polls, on more concrete and local issues, the champions are less hesitant to join us, notes Patrick Appéré, deputy mayor of Grenoble and president since 2020 of the National Association of elected officials in charge of sport (Andes). But there, they are much less comfortable in a campaign where we are more on a very partisan election than on an election of values. And all the more so since they realize how sport is not one of the main concerns of the candidates. »

Michaël Jéremiasz, member of the Paris 2024 Athletes’ Commission, also deplores this lack of visibility of sports themes in the campaign, barely two years before the next Olympic Games in the capital: “Athletes know very well that sport is a wonderful tool for having a transversal impact on our society, in terms of health, inclusiveness, the fight against inequalities, but they also see clearly that national policy is not on point in this regard. This campaign shows once again that France is not a sporting country. That sport does not have a lot of space in the programs, and probably not enough either in the media. How do you expect athletes to push behind candidates who ignore them? All of this is quite catastrophic. »


Sport, the poor relation of the countryside

On March 17, the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) organized a “grand oral” at its Paris headquarters for the candidates for the election to present their sports programs. The institution had invited eight of them, wishing to receive them in person and not possible representatives. Result: barely three moved: Anne Hidalgo, Yannick Jadot and Fabien Roussel. Sports leaders pretended to be satisfied, not without recalling the need to wake up, as the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 will take place at the heart of the next five-year term. “We want to see the maximum of our proposals appear, especially after the campaign. There is an urgent need to change things.” said Brigitte Henriques, the president of the CNOSF, hoping not to have to deplore a missed opportunity tomorrow.

→ VIDEO. Presidential, they tell their campaign: in the spotlight


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Foreign films shot in Vietnam may have to provide detailed scripts

The National Assembly deputy said that foreign films set in Vietnam only need to provide a summary script, but the drafting agency requires a detailed script.

On the morning of March 29, a conference of full-time National Assembly deputies gave opinions on the (amended) motion picture bill. One of the content that the Chairman of the Committee for Culture and Education Nguyen Dac Vinh submitted to consult is the provision of film production services to foreign organizations and individuals, as specified in Article 13.

According to Mr. Vinh, a delegate suggested not to require foreign organizations and individuals to provide movie scripts to the authorities; or only provide the script when using the shooting scene in Vietnam, using Vietnamese actors. The Standing Committee of the Committee receives and regulates that the application for a license only requires a film summary script and a detailed script of the content shot in Vietnam instead of the full movie script.

However, the drafting agency, which is the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, proposes to keep it as a draft and submit it to the National Assembly at the second session, ie requesting a full script appraisal. Due to different opinions, the Standing Committee of Culture and Education submitted to consult two options. One is to ask for a movie summary script and a detailed script for the content shot in Vietnam. The second is the full script requirement.

Choosing option 1, delegate Nguyen Thi Viet Nga analyzed and revised the film law in order to untie the knots in recent years and create mechanisms and policies for Vietnamese cinema to develop commensurate with its potential. Attracting foreign organizations to Vietnam to make films is very important, contributing to improving the professionalism of the film-making team, promoting the image of the country and people of Vietnam, promoting cinema, tourism and related industry development.

According to the bill, foreign organizations making films using filming locations in Vietnam, film production services provided by Vietnamese organizations are entitled to tax incentives including tax reduction, tax deduction, tax refund, and tax incentives. incremental value. However, Ms. Nga said that despite many incentives, if they encounter a barrier to provide a full screenplay, they will not be interested in using the service in Vietnam.

Delegate Nguyen Thi Viet Nga (Deputy Delegation of Hai Duong). Photo: Media Quochoi

The reason is that the movie script is fully related to copyright and creative ideas. Works are sometimes kept secret to avoid copying, and a film is only considered a complete work when it is released to the audience. “What if the film has not been released to the audience but the script idea has been stolen or copied,” asked Ms. Nga.

On the other hand, filmmaking is also a process of artistic creation, a detailed script is available just as the initial frame, depending on the actual filmmaking process, the director may change, add or subtract. Therefore, the detailed scenario appraisal according to Ms. Nga is “not very meaningful”.

Sharing the same opinion, delegate Tran Van Lam (permanent of the Finance and Budget Committee) said, Vietnam wishes to attract filmmakers to use Vietnamese contexts to promote the country’s image to the world, but the Regulations are too tight. “I feel it is only necessary to ask for a summary and detailed script for filming in Vietnam,” Mr. Lam stated.

Mr. Lam further analyzed, when the work does not violate the prohibitions of this law such as spreading and supporting terrorism and extremism; inciting or offending beliefs or religions; propagating and promoting illegal religious and belief activities, etc., may consent to the filming of such scenes in Vietnam.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung.  Photo: Media Quochoi

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung. Photo: Media Quochoi

Although many delegates agreed with option 1, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that the drafting agency’s point of view is that it wants partners to provide a comprehensive and complete script.

He said, recently there was a film produced by the Americans, the footage shot in Vietnam is the image of a person participating in the war. “The script shot in Vietnam is correct, but when the Vietnamese went to the US, the filming scene in the US had different technology, and people said the war in Vietnam was pointless.” Vietnam does not allow the release of this film in Vietnam, but it is still circulating in other countries.

“If we don’t understand the scenario now but accept the segment in Vietnam, later affecting political security, national defense and security, who will be responsible?”, Minister Hung raised the issue.

The Law on Cinema (amended) will be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval at its 3rd session, opening in May.

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Does the case of Russian Kamila Valieva discredit the IOC’s anti-doping policy?

► “We cannot tax the CIO with laxity”

Bruno Genevois, State Councilor, former President of the French Anti-Doping Agency

Regarding the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), rendered at first instance, it should be noted that Kamila Valieva is a minor. The first instance judgment of the CAS is enlightening on this point. He insists that she is a protected person under the latest version of the World Anti-Doping Code, which mitigates her liability without removing it.

The rule remains that all athletes are responsible for the substances found in a sample of their urine. In addition, her status as a minor is taken into consideration in the absence of publicity of a possible sanction, which would be covered by anonymity because of her age.

→ CONTEXT. Beijing Olympics: skater Kamila Valieva, suspected of doping, authorized to continue the competition

The judges of the court decided not to suspend her in order to let her try her luck. This is undoubtedly what provokes debate. Moreover, this decision leaves open the possibility of a subsequent sanction, all the more so since the CAS decision is rendered in the first instance and is subject to appeal. Let’s not forget that an athlete has the right to defend himself, to present pieces. It is to the honor of sports justice, of which the CAS is the supreme authority.

It should be noted that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) intervened against the sportswoman and that the substance detected in her urine – trimetazidine – is a drug administered to adults suffering from heart problems, and not to minors. We’ll see what happens next. I don’t think we can interpret this decision as laxity on the part of CIO. It is indeed he who, like the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Skating Union, seized the CAS, against the decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency to let Kamila Valieva compete.

In addition, the practice of having so-called retrospective analyzes carried out also pleads in favor of the IOC. Samples are kept to be the subject of subsequent analyzes benefiting from progress in detection methods, this can lead to modifying the results obtained. It should be noted that the IOC applied the sanctions imposed on Russia following the falsification of the controls operated during the Sochi Games in 2014.

For a competition of the magnitude of the Olympic Games, the competence of the IOC to organize anti-doping controls, with the CAS as a remedy, is justified. On the other hand, as former president of the French Anti-Doping Agency, I was in favor of competitions taking place in France, whether national or international, being controlled by WADA, in agreement with the international federation concerned. It will be interesting to see how the control of the next Olympic Games, which will take place in Paris, will be organised.

►”It’s catastrophic for the image of the IOC”

Patrick Clastreshistorian, specialist in Olympism

“This alleged doping case of young Russian skater Kamila Valieva is very embarrassing for the IOC, as it is part of the endless series of scandals involving the Russian state since the Sochi Games in 2014. Of course , since the revelations about the organization of a system intended to hide the doping practices of Russian athletes, the IOC has mobilized to obtain sanctions, and the stables of Augeas have been partly cleaned. But the Valieva case sheds a layer on the systemic aspect of doping in Russia, and on the fact that everything may not be settled. The Russian champions are still under surveillance and, obviously, the page cannot yet be turned. The case promises long legal developments, and it is catastrophic for the image of the IOC.

→ ANALYSIS. The lament of Russian athletes deprived of the flag

Many questions arise, concerning the influence or not of the supervision of the champion, who is minor, or the very long time that elapsed between the control carried out on December 25, 2021 and the notification of the positivity of the skater, who only intervened once the Games had started. The anti-doping laboratory concerned in Stockholm argues that it is understaffed in this Covid period, and perhaps it also did not process the sample quickly by not prioritizing an athlete under the age of 16. . Still, the affair broke out at the worst time for the IOC.

It can be argued that, in this story, the IOC can hardly intervene and must rely on the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS, which finally authorized Kamila Valieva to compete. Certainly. But the IOC is only following the procedure that it has put in place. And perhaps it is necessary to wonder about this procedure, of which one can clearly see when such a complex scenario arises that it does not offer a very satisfactory solution. The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, can play the white knights here, arguing that it is the CAS that allows Kamila Valieva to continue her Games, not them. Still, the fight against doping once again shows flaws.

→ UNDERSTAND. Doping at the Beijing Olympics: Russian skater Kamila Valieva tested positive

The Russian question remains a major thorn in the side of the IOC. Is the participation of the Russians under the banner of their Olympic committee and not their national flag a sufficient sanction? The IOC, already grappling with politically and environmentally controversial Games, faces an additional problem. It’s a much more tormented context than during the 2008 Summer Games because, at the time, social networks were not as powerful as they are today. So far, athletes have largely refrained from expressing reservations during the Games. Nothing says that it will be the same in the weeks to come. If Kamila Valieva is a gold medalist – and even if the IOC is awaiting a judgment on the merits before giving her her medal or not – the debate is likely to be exacerbated. »


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Politburo member can rent a 500 m2 large official villa

Politburo members, Secretary of the Party Central Committee can rent official villas with a campus land area from 450 to 500 m2.

According to the decision on standards and norms of official residences issued by the Prime Minister on February 18, the furniture to be moved in the official villa for the Politburo member and Secretary of the Party Central Committee is to rent, including: Living room there is a set of tables and chairs and a TV shelf; the kitchen has a dining table and chairs, a refrigerator; the bedroom has a wardrobe, a bed, a mattress; a set of desks and chairs; a washing machine. The maximum cost norm for moving furniture for the official villa is 350 million VND.

The titles of General Secretary, State President, Prime Minister, and President of the National Assembly are arranged with official houses to ensure working conditions and security requirements.

Compared with the 2015 regulations, the regulations on renting official villas with the titles of Politburo member and Secretary of the Party Central Committee have not changed much. However, the cost of furnishing is increased. Previously, the most furnished villa was 250 million VND.

The President of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Vice President of the State, the Vice President of the National Assembly, the Deputy Prime Minister and the equivalent level or higher may rent an official villa with an area of ​​350-400 m2. The maximum cost of furnishing this villa is 300 million VND.

Members of the Party Central Committee, Heads of Central Party Committees, Chairs of Committees of the National Assembly, ministers, heads of central mass organizations, heads of Government-affiliated agencies may rent adjacent houses with an area of ​​200-250 m2. or apartment 145-160 m2. The cost of moving furniture for adjacent houses or apartments is 250 million VND.

Deputy Head of the Central Party Committee, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Vice Chairmen of Committees of the National Assembly, Deputy Ministers and Scientists assigned to chair national-level science and technology tasks. especially important households, are allowed to rent out apartments with the size of 100-145 m2; furnished 200 million VND.

Official house at CT1-CT2 apartment building, Yen Hoa urban area, Cau Giay, Hanoi. Photo: Giang Huy

LocallyThe Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee may rent an adjacent house with an area of ​​​​200-250 m2 or an apartment of 145-160 m2; The cost of interior decoration is 250 million VND.

Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, may rent an adjacent house of 120-150 m2; apartment apartments 100-145 m2; The cost of interior decoration is 200 million VND.

Chairpersons of district-level People’s Committees, directors of departments, senior experts, scientists assigned to preside over important national science and technology tasks, public officials (teachers, doctors and medical staff) ) belonging to non-business units that are leaders, managers equivalent to department directors may rent apartments with an area of ​​80-100 m2; furniture 150 million dong.

Cadres, civil servants and public employees (teachers, doctors and medical staff) who are leaders and managers are assigned to work in remote communes and areas with extremely difficult socio-economic conditions. , border areas and islands can rent a house with a width of 36-48 m2 (excluding auxiliary works); furniture 80 million dong.

Cadres, civil servants and public employees (teachers, doctors and medical staff) working in specialized fields, working in remote communes, areas with extremely difficult socio-economic conditions, border areas On the island, it is possible to rent out dormitories with a width of 24-36 m2 (minimum 12 m2/person); Furnishings 60 million dong.

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Tennis: Novak Djokovic loses appeal and leaves Australia

The decision definitively buries Novak Djokovic’s hopes of winning a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17. The Australian Federal Court on Sunday rejected the appeal of the 34-year-old Serbian tennis player against his expulsion from the country, ordered by the government which considered that the world number one, not vaccinated against Covid-19, represented a “health risk”.

→ CONTEXT. Novak Djokovic returned to detention in Australia

At midday, Novak Djokovic left Melbourne on a flight to Dubai. “Extremely disappointed” by the Court’s decision on his expulsion, he had a few hours earlier said in a statement that he respected the verdict and was preparing to leave the country.

“Civil Unrest”

Allowed to leave the detention center where he was placed on Saturday, Novak Djokovic followed the hearing online, which lasted four hours, from the offices of his lawyers in Melbourne.

In his conclusions filed on Saturday before the Court, the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke had maintained that the presence of Novak Djokovic in the country was “likely to represent a health risk”. According to him, she encouraged “anti-vaccination sentiment” and could deter Australians from getting their booster shots, as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country. The presence in Australia of the champion could even “lead to an upsurge in civil unrest”, added the minister.

→ READ. Antivax, esotericism and mysterious pyramid: Novak Djokovic, follower of pseudosciences

Although he had described the risk of the player himself infecting Australians as “negligible”, the Minister had estimated that his “contempt” Passing health rules against Covid was a bad example.

Sufficient evidence

Sunday before the Court, the tennis player’s lawyers described the detention of their client and his possible expulsion as“illogical”, “irrational” and “unreasonable”.

The government “don’t know what Novak Djokovic’s opinions are at the moment”, pleaded lawyer Nick Wood, saying that his client has never publicly supported the anti-vaccination movement.

Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd responded that the champion’s failure to be vaccinated nearly two years into the pandemic and his repeated disregard of health rules, including failing to isolate when he knew he was infected, constituted sufficient proof of his position.

This twisty soap opera took place in a country whose inhabitants have endured for almost two years some of the strictest anti-Covid restrictions in the world, and where elections are scheduled for May. Hence a charged political context. Pressure had intensified in recent days around Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accused of“incompetence” by the Labor opposition.

“A loss for tennis”

The Australian government thus welcomed its legal victory on Sunday. ‘Australia’s strong border protection policy has kept us safe during the pandemic’, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement. “Australians have made great sacrifices to get here and the Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting this position” he added.

→ ANALYSIS. The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

In Serbia, where Novak Djokovic is revered and considered a national hero, Australia’s decision unsurprisingly went down badly. “They humiliated themselves, Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high and look everyone straight in the eye”, President Aleksandar Vucic got carried away about the Australian leaders.

The ATP, which manages the men’s professional circuit, estimated for its part that the decision of the Australian justice “put an end to a series of deeply regrettable events”. “Judicial decisions on public health issues must be respected”, she added, recalling that she “continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players”. Before recalling that Djokovic “is one of the greatest champions in our sport and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for tennis”.



Can the Olympics and politics go hand in hand?

Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics, but sport, for the time being, there is little question. Media attention has been focused primarily on international relations, especially since the announcement on December 6 of the diplomatic boycott of the competition by the United States. No representative of the US government will be present during the Olympic fortnight in Beijing, to protest against “Flagrant violations of human rights” concerning the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang.

→ READ. Beijing Olympics: no diplomatic boycott of France

A few nations very quickly aligned themselves with Washington: Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Others procrastinated before defining their position. China responded with the threat of sanctions, after pointing out that “Mixing politics and sport went against the Olympic spirit”.

Can the Games and politics go hand in hand? The question is as old as the renovation of the Games in the twilight of the 19th century.e century. Pierre de Coubertin himself asserts from the outset that his project must be “From any political interference”. He is not naive, the refounding baron. But he knows that the claimed apolitism is the surest way to avoid criticism and ensure the independence of the nascent sports movement.

A long political history

Except that very quickly, another music is essential. “In the first three editions of the Games, in Athens in 1896, in Paris in 1900 and in Saint-Louis in 1904, the athletes compete in a private capacity or for their clubs, indicates historian Patrick Clastres, specialist in Olympic history. The drama – but also the success – of the Games is that from 1908 in London, they belong to national selections, and that changes everything. “

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State interests get involved, we know the rest: the vanquished excluded from the Games after the First World War in Antwerp in 1920, Nazi propaganda at the Berlin Games in 1936, the pride of Italy in 1960 or of Japan in 1964 which relaunched in the concert of nations with their Games in Rome and Tokyo, the successive boycotts of the Montreal Games in 1976 (the African nations against South Africa), of Moscow in 1980 and of Los Angeles in 1984, other areas of the Cold War, the attacks in Munich in 1972 (Palestinians) and Atlanta in 1996 (supremacists).

We could continue the enumeration, until the last episode of the series, this diplomatic boycott, therefore, against Beijing. “This type of boycott is not new, it was already under discussion when the 2008 Summer Games were awarded to China or the 2014 Winter Games to Russia,” recalls Carole Gomez, specialized in the geopolitics of sport at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (Iris). This time, its scope will depend on the number of countries which adopt it and on the diversity of these countries, in particular on the participation or not of Asian or African nations. The International Olympic Committee in any case welcomes it, too happy to have avoided the sports boycott. “

A facade of apoliticalism

In fact, the IOC hastened to put forward, as usual, its “Political neutrality”, even considering that the diplomatic boycott, while respecting the participation of athletes in the Beijing Games, showed a contrario and “Clearly” than the olympic games “Transcend political considerations”. Lady! The reasoning is very convenient.

“The IOC can hide behind this apoliticalism, these decisions are anyway interpreted politically, continues Patrick Clastres. So of course, we must remember that the IOC had little choice for these Winter Games, four European candidates having finally withdrawn their files, leaving only China and Kazakhstan in the race. The IOC was therefore somewhat trapped. However, he is making a serious mistake by not taking a position on human rights. It gives credence to the idea that these are not universal, as China in fact repeats. “

Even if the IOC clings to it in desperation, the apoliticalism of the Games does not resist contradiction. Better to keep your back round than to expose yourself to extreme complications or even more marked instrumentalisation. “The sport and political debate will last until the end of 2022 with the next World Cup in Qatar, predicts Carole Gomez. For the International Football Federation as for the IOC, this is a difficult course to pass. But the IOC can console itself by hoping for a future calmer streak on this front, with the series Paris (2024), Milan (2026), Los Angeles (2028) and Brisbane (2032). “ On this “democratic boulevard”, we will no doubt speak more of the medals than of their reverse.