A shutdown reactor at the Zaporizhia power plant, funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev, postponement of the take-off of the mega-rocket… The five facts to remember from the weekend

Did you catch the news this past week before the school year starts? We have summarized the main information of the last two days.

Ukraine: a reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was shut down

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine on August 4, 2022.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian forces, has “connection lost again” of the electricity network, announced on Saturday, September 3, in a press release by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose representatives have been on site since Thursday to assess the situation and the risks. This event happened “after the new bombing of the area”, according to information provided by the Ukrainian authorities to the UN body. However, the plant continues to operate “thanks for a helpline” which feeds it, thus allowing the cooling of the nuclear fuel, determined the IAEA.

Saturday, during a phone interview, “President Erdogan said [à Vladimir Poutine] that Turkey can play a facilitating role in the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, as it did in the grain agreement” in July, the presidency of Turkey said in a statement. The Kremlin confirmed the discussion between MM. Putin and Erdogan, who say they really want to “increase their economic and commercial relations”through “Joint strategic projects in the field of energy”. The Turkish press release did not specify whether Ankara has formally offered its mediation to Ukraine as well.

Also read: In Ukraine, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from the electricity grid again

In Moscow, thousands of Russians at the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev

People lay flowers at the grave of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev during his funeral at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022.

The funeral of the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Mikhail Gorbachev, took place last Saturday in Moscow, in the presence of thousands of Russians. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and journalist Dmitry Muratov, the winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, were also present at the ceremony, which was marked by a major absence, that of President Putin, a sign of the controversial legacy of the father of perestroika in Russia.

Great political figure of the XXe century, Mikhail Gorbachev died Tuesday night, at the age of 91, after a “long and severe illness”, depending on the hospital where he was treated. He made history by reluctantly bringing about the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, while he tried to save it through democratic and economic reforms, thus ending the Cold War. He was buried on Saturday at Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery, alongside his wife, Raisa, who died in 1999, while a military orchestra played the Russian national anthem.

Also read: In Moscow, thousands of Russians at the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin was conspicuously absent

Mission Artemis-1: second postponement of takeoff on the Moon by NASA’s mega-rocket

NASA's next-generation lunar rocket at the launch complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, September 3, 2022.

The launch of NASA’s new mega-rocket to the Moon has been postponed again. During the final preparations, the teams tried, on Saturday September 3, to solve the problem of the fuel leak, but did not succeed. Launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson ultimately made the decision to cancel the liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a NASA commentator said in a video broadcast.

On Monday, in the first attempt, the launch was canceled for the last time due to technical problems, especially with regard to engine cooling. After a second failed takeoff attempt on Saturday due to a fuel leak, NASA will not attempt to launch its new mega-rocket to the Moon in the coming days. The launch period ends on Tuesday, September 6 “off the table”said NASA associate administrator Jim Free.

Also read: Mission Artemis-1: second postponement of takeoff on the Moon by NASA’s mega-rocket

Gabriel Attal announced the increase of the tariff shield in 2023

During the Medef summer school day in the presence of Gabriel Attal, Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts, on August 30, 2022.

The delegate of the minister in charge of public accounts, Gabriel Attal, announced on Saturday France Inter that the government will “Continuing a shield system in 2023” to cope with rising energy prices. “We will continue to protect the French and their purchasing power”added the Minister. “We will block at a certain level of increase”explained Gabriel Attal, stating that “Final arbitrations should be awarded in the coming days”. “But we will maintain a protective system [pour les concitoyens] and for purchasing power”he added.

In place since autumn 2021, this set of measures mitigates the impact of inflation on households: the freezing of regulated gas prices at their level in October 2021; the capping of the increase in regulated electricity sales tariffs, which resulted in an increase of only 4% in the year; finally, the discount at the pump, which goes this Thursday from 18 to 30 cents per liter.

Also read: Inflation: Gabriel Attal announced the extension of the tariff shield in 2023

In Chile, a tense referendum on the new Constitution

Opponents of Chile's new Constitution at the closing rally of the campaign in Santiago, September 1, 2022.

Fifteen million registered voters were called to the polls on Sunday to vote on the text that will replace the current Constitution drawn up under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) which, despite several successive reforms, is considered still a brake on any standard. social reform. The neoliberal basis of a model that has enabled decades of stability and economic growth, it has produced a deeply unequal society.

The proposal aims in particular that the State can guarantee the citizens of Chile the right to education, public health, retirement and decent housing. It aims to protect the right to abortion, a divisive issue in the country where abortion has only been allowed since 2017 and if there is rape or danger to the mother or child, as well as environmental rights or more recognition of natives.

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Policy. Former Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve launched a manifesto for “another left”

UNITED STATES. Donald Trump responds to Joe Biden’s attacks by calling him an “enemy of the state”

Argentina. A “legionella bacterium” is the cause of pneumonia that killed four people

Euro basketball. The French men’s team won against Lithuania

Formula 1. In Zandvoort, Netherlands, the driver Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix

Visa Festival for Image. Visa d’Or news of Ukrainian photographer Evgeniy Maloletka

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