Fun fact: Putin Turns down Japanese dog gift

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned down the offer of a dog as a gift from the Japanese government, according to Japanese MP.

Japan gave Mr Putin a female Akita (which originates from northern Japan) called Yume in 2012. This new dog was intended as a companion for her. If accepted, the gift would have been presented to the Russian President at a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan next week.

Mr Putin also owns a male Bulgarian Sheperd called Buffy, which was given to him by the Bulgarian prime minister in 2010. His Labrador, konni, was given to him as a gift by Sergey Shoigu, currently Russian defense Minister, but unfortunatelly he died in 2014.

Mr Putin once brought Konni to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whi is scare of dogs. Some press reports at the time that he had done so to intimidate her. But earlier this year, Mr Putin told a German newspapper that he did not know about her fear, “when I learned that she does not like dogs, I apologised of course”.

by Clara & Léa


Rest in peace Etienne

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Rest in peace Etienne


Today, INSA Lyon is plunged into mourning. Last Saturday, Etienne Fabre, student at INSA in group 37, died in a tragical mountain accident. He was hiking with 4 of his friends in the Bauges Mountains and accidentally sliped on a plate of snow, falling 350 meters. Etienne was in the Sport-études group at INSA. He was cycling at a professional level and was part of the AG2r french cycling team. He lead his Chambéry training center to the victory in the French Cup this year. He also won the “Circuit des Quatre Cantons” and the “Tour du Charolais”. Embodying the academic and sporting excellence promoted by the “Sport-études” section at INSA, Etienne could look forward to a bright future. Unfortunately, he left us this week-end and his loss will be felt. We convey our sympathy, condolences and our prayers to his family. A tribute will be made today, Monday December 12th at 1:30 p.m. in the Freyssinet Amphitheatre.


Pierre Renaudie & Alexander Maclennan

Did Clinton won more votes than any white man in History?

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The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama didi in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives.

Mrs Clinton’s lead is the largest of the five times when a US presidential candidate won the popular vote but failed to win the election. In fact, it is said that, aside from Mr Obama’s 2008 win, Mrs Clinton has received more votes than any other US presidential candidate in History.

The US has seen a dramatic rise in population over the last century, which would partly explain why Mrs Clinton received more votes than previous candidates. This year the US had 200 million registered voters for the first time in History. Clinton’s popular vote margin of 2.5 million falls short of the 3 million votes of G. W Bush victory in 2004. But this was a winning margin.

The last time a candidate won the popular vote but lost the election was in 2000, when President Bush received 500 000 fewer votes than Al Gore and still took the White House.

But does it really matter?

Mr Trump is well over the 270 Electoral college threshold with his insurmountabke lead of 306 votes to Mrs Clinton’s 232, which means that the recount campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania is unlikely to change the electoral result.

The disproportionate effect of her vote is focused in democratic dependent states like California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. “It reflects where the population shift is in America and that the population has become very coastal” said Mr Whalen.

by Clara & Léa

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French rugby : a new beggining ?

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The rugby world just finished this week-end the November tour. During the month, the rugby teams play 3 exhibition games against each other in order to prepare the international competitions of 2017. The French team, which is at the 8th position on the World Rugby ranking, lost 2 of its 3 games. However, the players have shown a great cohesion and many signs of progress during this month of November.

At the beggining of the year, the French Federation of Rugby decided to change the head coach. Guy Novès was chosen to replace Philippe Saint-André after 5 years being in charge of the national team. For his first year at the head of the French team, his results haven’t been the one expected : a 5th place at the Six Nations Championship in March and these two defeats this month. However, the progress made by the team are obvious, and it seems to be just a matter of time before all this work pays off on the field.

Saturday November the 26, the last game of the tour took place at the Stade the France against New-Zealand. We can draw quite the same conclusions. France made a very good beginning but did not manage to conclude during its highlights. They finally lost 19-24. Even if the game’s configuration can leave a bitter taste, the French players can hold their heads high while finishing this tour against the best team in the world.



Bernard Laporte, the new President of the French Rugby Federation


Last Friday, the French Federation also elected a new President, Bernard Laporte. The former international player, who was RC Toulon’s manager since 2011, has been elected with 85% of the votes. From 2007 to 2009 he was the French sport’s minister under Nicolas Sarkozy’s Presidence. During his mandate at the head of the French Rugby Federation, Laporte wants to reconsider the priorities in terms of politics. He clearly said that he would return to the roots of the sport, that is to say promoting amateur rugby in France. For instance, he rejected the idea of building a new Stadium in Paris to give the 85 millions of euros allocated to this project to the small clubs that didn’t have much grants from the Federation until now. He also made the promise to meet an amateur club every week and even to put on the tracksuit to coach the teams if necessary “because it is a personal pleasure, a passion” he said. He would then be the first FFR’s President ever to take in charge a training session.

The 2017 Six Nations Championship will begin on February 4th. In the meantime, the players went back in their respective clubs before meeting up again at the end of January for the preparation of the tournament.

The French Rugby seems to be at a turning point of its history. We all hope that it lead us to a bright future for the sport.

To be continued…


Alexander Maclennan & Pierre Renaudie




COP 21

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2015_Climate_Conference.svgDecember 11 was the last day of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. After almost two weeks of debates, the 21st yearly session of the United Nations Climate Change conferences (also named Conference of the Parties, hence the name COP21) which was held in Paris, France, reached an agreement.

The objective for the delegates of the 196 participating countries was to reach a global and binding agreement on climate change. And for the very first time in the climate conferences history, the Paris agreement reached a consensus. Its main point is to maintain the increase of the global average temperature below 2°C by 2100 and to do the best to limit it to 1.5°C.

But if the intention is commendable, some critics have been brought up – and they are considered. First of all, if most of the participants agreed on this, the accord has not been signed yet. This is expected for April 2016: let’s hope that the countries will keep their word. Along the same lines, the agreement will only be considered as legally effective if 55 UNFCCC Parties, accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, sign.
Also, the convention does not set any intermediate deadlines or quantified goals for each country. These decisions are let to the countries themselves.

Despite these few drawbacks, the Paris agreement is on the right track and the countries seem to be involved. Let’s hope for the best.

Written by Laurie Jacot