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Coronavirus: One death, 164 positive cases

Cyprus Mail - 6 min 40 sec fa

One person died on Tuesday from Covid-19, while 164 positive cases were identified.

This brings to 176 the total number of people who have died so far.

Meanwhile 194 patients remain in hospital, 59 of them in serious condition.

The total number of positive cases recorded since the start of the pandemic has reached 29,294.

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Coronavirus: Rapid testing sites for Wednesday

Cyprus Mail - 35 min 26 sec fa

The health ministry has announced 19 sites where rapid coronavirus tests will be available for the general population on Wednesday.

 

District Testing sites Time Limassol Sklavenitis supermarket car park, Yermasoyia  (Columbia) 8.30 am-4.30 pm Gregoris Afxentiou Square 8.30 am-4.30 pm “Lidl” supermarket car park, 45 Franklin Roosevelt street 8.30 am-4.30 pm Ypsonas Municipality (south entrance) 8.30 am-4.30 pm Apostolon Petrou and Pavlou and Artemiou, Kapsalos 8.30 am-4.30 pm Larnaca Ayios Yeorgios Kontou car park, Larnaca, opposite cemetery 8.30 am-4.30 pm Sklavenitis Larnaca supermarket car park, Spyros Kyprianou Avenue 8.30 am-4.30 pm “Lidl” supermarket car park, Aradippou, 8.30 am-4.30 pm Park next to Stelios Supermarket, Livadhia 8.30 am-4.30 pm Nicosia “Lidl” supermarket car park, Palliouriotissa, 79-81 John Kennedy street, 9.30 am-4.30 pm Saint Sophia Church, Strovolos 8.30 am-4.30 pm Ayia Paraskevi Church, Lakatamia 8.30 am-4.30 pm Sklavenitis Latsia supermarket car park 56, Archbishop Makarios avenue 9.30 am-4.30 pm State fair grounds, Engomi (in front of east entrance) 8.30 am-4.30 pm Triptolemos Evrychou club, Evrychou 10.30 am-4.30 pm Astromeritis community council (events hall)

  8.30 am-4.30 pm Paphos Emba community building (multipurpose hall) 8.30 am-5 pm Famagusta Sklavenitis Paralimni car park, 151 April 1 street 8.30 am-4.30 pm Liopetri Ethnikofrona somatia 8.30 am-4.30 pm

 

In addition, mobile units will operate at local businesses, factories, banks and departments of the public and wider public sector as part of checks of employees of businesses and organisations which continue to operate. Testing in care homes in all districts continues.

 

Test results will be sent within 24 hours by SMS. Results can also be issued in writing within 30 minutes.

 

 

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Search for missing woman called off for the night

Cyprus Mail - 45 min 47 sec fa

As night fell, the joint rescue coordination centre (JRCC) said it was suspending a search and rescue operation in the sea off Larnaca for a 70-year-old woman who has been missing since Sunday.

Tuesday’s search involved vessels from the coastguard, police helicopters, drones, the fire service’s disaster response unit (Emak) on jet skis, civil defence who combed the land area, lifeguards, British Bases personnel and volunteers.

The search for the missing woman will continue on Wednesday morning, it added.

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Cyprus hopes to tap niche glamping tourism market

Cyprus Mail - 57 min 26 sec fa

Cyprus hopes to tap a new niche market for tourists with luxury camping, or glamping, for which legislation is being drafted, deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios said on Tuesday after briefing the House trade and tourism committee.

He spoke of a new era in tourism because of growing interest in spending time in nature and said Cyprus could compete well, both as regards camping as we know it, and the new market – glamping.

“The opinions of various bodies will be sought in the final stages of preparation, and then a bill will be submitted to the law office so that it can be implemented in 2022,” he said.

Perdios said he had briefed MPs on the National Tourism Strategy, adding that this year’s plan comprises three pillars: advertising and marketing; upgrading of infrastructure focusing on specific forms of tourism; and improvement of the competitiveness of urban and mountain areas.

Under a Council of Ministers decision, as of March 1, passengers from 56 countries will be able to visit Cyprus without being quarantined for 14 days, unless they test positive for Covid-19 upon their arrival.

Responding to a question, Perdios said it is too early for estimates about tourism as all countries are experiencing the second or third wave of the pandemic and it will be difficult for someone to travel today or in February and March.

“There is a hesitancy among our partners abroad to say what programme they expect to follow this year,” he said, adding that there should be a clearer picture in the next few weeks.

Asked about the possibility of a health passport for those who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus, he said this was an idea that was being discussed with opinion divided among supporters and opponents.

Committee chairman Andreas Kyprianou welcomed the new strategic plan which he said was focused on making Cyprus more than just a sun and sea destination focused on hotel tourism. Changes in the island’s tourism product will instead turn attention to the mountains, nature trails, traditional products and wine routes among others.

This will not only increase tourism flows but help combat rural depopulation, he said.

Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou said it was important that tourism revenue benefited all areas of Cyprus. And he said the party had submitted proposals on regulations for camping sites. “I am very concerned about the creation of large, luxury camping sites. I am not voicing opposition, but we need to very careful,” he said.

Camping in the forest is carried out in cooperation with the forestry department, so it was important to be careful as regards their presence in the forest, the number of people they will cater for and the activities that they will include.

“We do not want to see camping sites that are damaging to nature and the forest, and run counter to protection of the environment,” he said.

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Global transfer activity drops for the first time in a decade, says FIFA

Cyprus Mail - 1 ora 4 min fa

The amount spent on player transfers in international football fell by 23.4% last year as the impact of the COVID pandemic was felt across the game.

Figures released by FIFA showed that the total spend across the global game was $5.63 billion (USD) down from $7.35 billion in 2019.

The total was the lowest amount spent on players since 2016 when $4.6 billion exchanged hands over deals.

The bulk of transfer spend comes from European clubs and most faced a stoppage play after lockdown restrictions were brought in from March.

English clubs topped the spending charts with $1.627 billion invested, Italy was second on $731.5 million with Spain, Germany and France next. The biggest spending non-European nations were Brazil and the United States.

The top spending club in Europe in 2020 was Chelsea, followed by Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus.

Spain was top of the chart for revenue generated from transfers ($785.7 million).

The number of overall deals globally, including loans and free transfers, also fell, for the first time in a decade.

A total 17,077 deals took place during 2020, down from 18,047 in 2019, although the figure was still higher than in 2016.

The number of big money deals is a small part of the overall market – in terms of international transfers with transfer fees the majority (55.7%) involved fees of less than $500,000.

Those with fees above $5 million represented around 10% of those with transfer fees or 1.3% of the total transfers.

While spending on players in women’s soccer remains a tiny fraction of in the men’s game, the FIFA figures showed that growth in activity continued despite the pandemic.

Clubs completed 1,035 deals, an increase of 23.7% on the previous years.

Most deals in women’s football continue to feature out-of-contract players with no money exchanged (87.6%).

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Germany extends lockdown to Feb. 14 on fears of Covid variants

Cyprus Mail - 1 ora 42 min fa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers agreed on Tuesday to extend a lockdown for most shops and schools until Feb. 14 as part of a package of steps to try to rein in the coronavirus, sources told Reuters.

They also agreed to mandate medical masks for passengers on public transport, the sources familiar with the ongoing discussions said. The existing lockdown runs until Jan. 31.

New infections have been decreasing in recent days and pressure on intensive care units has eased slightly, but virologists are worried about the possible spread of more infectious variants of the virus.

The federal government has proposed that aid for companies should be improved due to the extension, a draft of the resolution to be discussed showed. The federal government would also create a working group to draw up a blueprint for a safe and fair opening strategy, said the draft.

“The infection numbers have been going down for several weeks, or stagnating, and that’s good,” Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller told German television. “Now we are facing a very aggressive mutation that we have to respond to.”

He said one focus would be boosting working from home.

“There is much more room for manoeuvre,” said Mueller, adding states aimed to get employees to have to justify why employees had to travel to work.

Leaders would also discuss curfews, already in place in some states, but it was unlikely they would be imposed everywhere, he said.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 11,369 to 2.05 million, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The death toll was up 989 at 47,622.

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Coronavirus: Cyprus secures additional Pfizer vaccines

Cyprus Mail - 1 ora 53 min fa

Cyprus has secured an additional 565,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, the health ministry said on Tuesday as it announced that if EU approval of other vaccines goes as planned, it expects 120,000 people to be vaccinated by the end of March.

The additional doses, obtained under supplementary European Commission procedures, brings the total of Cyprus’ orders of the specific vaccine – one of only two so far licenced in the EU — to 957,000 doses, it said. Each vaccine is administered in two doses.

Overall, this means Cyprus has orders for more than three million doses, the ministry added.

Amid a world shortage for coronavirus vaccines, there has been a general scramble to obtain vaccines. The European Commission, which has been negotiating on behalf of the 27 member states, has completed or is close to completing contracts with eight pharmaceutical companies.

Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have so far received the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), though a decision on the Astra-Zeneca vaccine is expected before the end of the month.

The ministry said that Cyprus secured about 195,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from the 100 million made available to the EU when it exercised its option to acquire them under the initial contract. It also placed an order for an additional 370,000 doses from an additional supply of 200 million doses negotiated under a supplementary contract.

Cyprus took part in both the procedures to increase availability of vaccines earlier than the initial plan so as to cover the needs of Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the ministry said. The additional quantities ordered from Pfizer/BioNTech are expected to be delivered mostly in the second and third quarter of 2021, it added.

According to initial delivery indications, in anticipation of the licensing of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of January and provided applications for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and CureVac vaccines are submitted and approved, Cyprus expects to have enough vaccines to cover about 120,000 people by the end of March and another 450,000 by the end of June.

Provided these vaccines are approved and based on the ministry’s initial plan, the aim is to cover the population by the end of September.

More details will be given once the quantities and delivery dates are finalised, the ministry.

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Heights-seeing: Medellín’s cable cars mark new era of access

Cyprus Mail - 2 ore 3 min fa

Medellín, Colombia has undergone an impressive transformation over recent years.

Once better-known for drug cartels and violence, today it is emerging as a champion of urbanism. In fact, in 2016, Medellín won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which honours efforts to further urban innovation and sustainable development.

In this video, urban designer and author, Mikael Colville-Andersen takes an in-depth look at the city’s Metrocable system, using cable cars normally reserved for ski resorts and tourism.

The urban gondolas have been implemented as a public transport solution, which bodes well for both local residents and overseas visitors to this evolving city.

Medellín is promoted internationally as a tourist destination, and considered a global city type ‘Gamma +’ by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

View the original video here.

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Coronavirus: Advisory committee to meet on relaxing measures

Cyprus Mail - 2 ore 30 min fa

The coronavirus advisory committee on will meet on Tuesday evening to lay down a framework for the potential relaxation of measures, committee member Maria Koliou said on Tuesday morning.

The committee will discuss how and when measures can be lifted, and the variables that must be considered. “Today we will set a basic model for the easing of measures. Suggestions will be reviewed by the ministry of health and final decisions will be up to them,” she said.

On whether there will be a total or gradual lifting of measures, Koliou said that it will definitely not happen all at once, but rather as a “gradual, careful and methodical” process. “If we open everything now, we’ll see the data take a turn for the worse once more, especially considering temperatures will keep dropping”.

Until more people are vaccinated, social distancing and mask mandates – both in a personal level and in workplaces – are likely to remain in place well into the summer months, she added.

People who have been seriously ill with coronavirus, especially those who have been intubated, still complain of lingering symptoms ranging from a weakened respiratory system to depression and fatigue, said Koliou. It will take some time to see data on long Covid for our own population, but it is being monitored through studies at the University of Cyprus.

Even though rapid and PCR test data show that infection rates have fallen across Cyprus, hospitalisations have not. “Our ICUs are filling up at an alarming rate and are almost full, something we are desperate to avoid,” said Koliou.

“We have diminished the long infection chains we saw one and two months ago, but since there is a few weeks’ delay between infection rates and hospital admissions, time will tell if we will see them fall,” she added.

Referring to the recent hospitalisation of a 17-year-old, Koliou pointed out that the average age for ICU admissions has fallen to 67, which tells us more younger people are getting seriously ill.

It is still too early to see data on vaccine immune response for Cyprus, but no recipient has been reported ill as of yet, she said, adding that even the reported 60 per cent effectiveness of the first vaccine dose could prove important in lowering elderly hospital admissions.

Asked about the widely reported new coronavirus variants, Koliou said that being more infectious does not make a variant deadlier, “it just increases the general risk of infection. The more people are infected, the more elderly will end up in hospital. It’s all proportionate”.

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Master slashers: top 10 animals with biggest claws

Cyprus Mail - 2 ore 54 min fa

Which animal would you think has the bigger claws… an eagle or a grizzly bear?

While we may think of lions and other massive predators as having the largest claws, there are some other species on the list that may surprise you. For example, the African lion has a claw length of just one inch, while certain herbivores have 4- to 5-inch equivalents.

This video takes to the wilds to look at the surprising facts about which organisms sport the most impressive grab-and-slash appendages, irrespective of size.

View the original video here.

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Solidarity throws doubt on budget passing

Cyprus Mail - 3 ore 53 sec fa

After Edek, the Solidarity party on Tuesday threatened to throw a spanner in the state budget, setting conditions in return for their vote on Thursday.

Party head Eleni Theocharous said she had spoken to President Nicos Anastasiades and the Disy chief on the issue of the revised budget.

Theocharous said she expected their replies to the party’s demands, the most important being the suspension of foreclosures until the country had set up courts that would hear the cases of disgruntled borrowers.

“We submitted the proposal three years ago; we resubmitted it three weeks ago (and) we hope they will do something as regards the matter,” Theocharous said.

Her party also asked the central government to prepare a code of conduct regarding loan restructuring.

If their conditions were met, she said, then the party will be positive towards the budget. Solidarity has two seats in parliament.

Theocharous also expressed her annoyance because the government opted first to have meetings with the parties that created trouble while Solidarity had requested to see the president five weeks ago.

The government has been forced to go cap in hand to smaller parties to get a revised budget through, despite warnings of dire consequences if this bill too was rejected.

Until Tuesday, Edek was still unsatisfied with the demands the government had agreed to but following a meeting at the presidential palace, chairman Marinos Sizopoulos said they were a step closer to a budget deal.

The party’s key demand is a court to handle cases relating to foreclosures and excessive bank charges.

Not long after the meeting, House legal affairs committee chairman Giorgos Georgiou announced that on Friday the committee will examine on an amendment to the courts law that provides for courts to be granted special authority to hear cases relating to disagreements between banks and borrowers, the sale of mortgaged property used as collateral, and the acquisition of bank bonds between 2008 and 2013.

The current predicament emerged after the first bill was rejected in December when opposition Diko voted against because the government refused to allow the auditor-general to probe the island’s controversial citizenships for investment programme.

Diko had voted for state budgets throughout the current administration’s term despite disagreement on other issues.

The government accused the party of blackmail for using a matter that was not related to the budget as leverage.

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Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Cyprus Mail - 3 ore 31 min fa

Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

Under the law, which critics say stifles dissent, social media companies that do not appoint such representatives are liable for a series of penalties, including the latest move by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK).

The law allows authorities to remove content from platforms, rather than blocking access as they did in the past. It has caused concern as people turn more to online platforms after Ankara tightened its grip on mainstream media.

The latest decisions in the country’s Official Gazette said the advertising bans went into effect from Tuesday. Twitter, its live-streaming app Periscope, and image sharing app Pinterest were not immediately available to comment.

Deputy Transport Minister Omer Fatih Sayan said Twitter and Pinterest’s bandwidth would be cut by 50% in April and by 90% in May. Twitter said last month it would shut down Periscope by March due to declining usage.

“We are determined to do whatever is necessary to protect the data, privacy and rights of our nation,” Sayan said on Twitter. “We will never allow digital fascism and disregard of rules to prevail in Turkey,” he said, echoing tough comments by President Tayyip Erdogan.

On Monday, Facebook Inc joined other companies in saying it would appoint a local representative, but added it would withdraw the person if it faced pressure regarding what is allowed on its platform.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, said a month ago it would abide the new law, which Ankara says enhances local oversight of foreign companies.

The decisions by Facebook, Google and YouTube leaves them “in serious danger of becoming an instrument of state censorship,” Milena Buyum, Amnesty International’s Turkey Campaigner, wrote on Twitter. She called on them to say exactly how they would avoid this.

In previous months Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had faced fines in Turkey for not complying. Companies that do not abide the law will ultimately have their bandwidth slashed, essentially blocking access.

Erdogan said last week that those who control data can establish “digital dictatorships by disregarding democracy, the law, rights and freedoms”. He vowed to defend what he described as the country’s “cyber homeland”.

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As a capital of music, Vienna scores highest marks

Cyprus Mail - 3 ore 45 min fa

What is it that makes Vienna one of the world’s capitals of music? As you will learn by watching this video, the reasons are many!

From its craftspeople creating beautiful instruments by hand, to the superior musical education on offer, to being the site of some of the most famed concert venues and musical events. Not to mention, Hollywood itself trusts the musical expertise of Vienna when it comes to recording scores for cinematic works.

You might say that, when it comes to music, Austria’s beautiful capital strikes the right note, again and again.

View the original video here.

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Skincare ingredients to look out for in 2021

Cyprus Mail - 3 ore 45 min fa

By Prudence Wade

If you’re the kind of person who practises self-care through skincare, there are plenty of buzzy new ingredients to get excited about.

Whether you’re looking for products to boost your glow, minimise the look of fine lines or fight acne, there are a whole host of ingredients set to make a splash.

“At the heart of 2021 will be skin integrity and the resurgence of the importance of skin health,” predicts facialist Fiona Brackenbury. “The skin is vulnerable to many factors: this could be emotional stress, environmental trauma like central heating, extreme temperature changes or overuse of skincare actives that will all leave their mark on the skin.”

The coolest new ingredients of the year will help address these issues…

  1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms aren’t just for risottos, so don’t rule out this secret skincare powerhouse. According to Brandy Hoffman, co-founder of beauty brand Volition (available on Cult Beauty), mushrooms are an “undiscovered hero for skin hydration”. She says: “The snow mushroom (tremella fuciformis) is nature’s moisture magnet and can hold 500 times its weight in water.

“Some consumers have already begun to hear about mushrooms like reishi and lion’s mane in beauty formulas, but soon skincare enthusiasts in 2021 will appreciate why the snow mushroom is the new star in the skincare ingredient firmament.”

Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum, £52, Cult Beauty

Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Fortifying Emulsion, £32, Origins

  1. Olive oil

After a series of teasers, in 2021 Jennifer Lopez is finally blessing the world with a skincare collection. After all, who wouldn’t want to get that JLo glow?

Her secret ingredient is an old school one: olive oil. She told Vogue: “My mum used to say that olive oil was the cure-all for everything”, and made it the central ingredient of her JLo Beauty Olive Complex product. JLo Beauty launched in the US on January 1, and the collection available to buy on Amazon from January 14.

Where Lopez goes, everyone else will follow – so expect to see products laden with olive oil this year. It’s packed with antioxidants and is an all-natural way to moisturise your skin; what’s not to love?

DHC Olive Concentrated Cleansing Oil, £25, LookFantastic

BeautyPro Nourishing Collagen Sheet Mask with Olive Extract, £4.95

  1. Tranexamic acid

If you’ve mastered everything from niacinamide to hyaluronic acid, it’s time to look to the next science-y skincare ingredient set to take over: tranexamic acid.

This was “originally a medication used to treat blood loss in patients, but due to the fantastic impact it can have on the skin, it can also be used topically”, explains Dr Preema Vig, medical director of the Dr Preema London Clinic.

“Tranexamic acid reduces skin discolouration and evens pigmentation, it also targets photo damage, brightens the skin and improves fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient is fantastic for people who suffer with hyperpigmentation.”

While it can be used on its own, you’ll likely see products incorporating it alongside other ingredients like vitamin C, which Vig says helps “give your skin a brightening boost”. She recommends using it “once a day at first, and then increase to twice a day”.

Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C Dark Spot Correcting Peel, £80, Cult Beauty

Scientia Peach & Glow Hydra Skin Tonic, £24

  1. Wheatgrass

“Night-time will always be the easiest way to press pause and reset the skin,” says Brackenbury. “Inflammation builds up in the day, the skin becomes dehydrated, the skin becomes stressed.” We’re always looking for new ways to soothe the skin and boost moisture, and this year, Brackenbury thinks the hero ingredient will be wheatgrass.

“Wheatgrass is a skin rescuer – its antibacterial properties make it perfect for breakouts,” she explains. “It’s also an anti-inflammatory champion, so perfect for even the most sensitive skins.”

Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask, £30, LookFantastic

Lush Skin’s Shangri La, £38

  1. Beaiuty2Firming Night Serum Botanical Blend With Nopal, £24, available from Typology. PA Photo/Handout.

    Immortelle

Brackenbury loves immortelle extract for its “powerful” anti-ageing benefits: “Thanks to the collagen and elastin-boosting properties, immortelle delivers visible results on slackness, lines, and wrinkles.”

The pandemic has caused many of us to shift our beauty routines away from make-up and more into skincare, so anything that can give us a natural, healthy glow will likely be big in 2021.

L’Occitane Overnight Reset Eye Serum, £45

Typology Firming Night Serum Botanical Blend With Nopal, £24

 

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King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck

Cyprus Mail - 4 ore 10 min fa

Indy Mellink, a Dutch card fan, was explaining a game to her cousins last summer when she asked herself: why should a king be worth more than a queen?

The 23-year-old forensic psychology graduate, encouraged by her father, decided it was time to break with the centuries-old tradition of sexual inequality in playing card decks that rank men above women.

“If we have this hierarchy that the king is worth more than the queen then this subtle inequality influences people in their daily life because it’s just another way of saying ‘hey, you’re less important,” she said in an interview. “Even subtle inequalities like this do play a big role.”

After a lot of trial and error, she designed a genderless deck in which the images of a king, queen and jack were replaced with gold, silver and bronze.

Friends and family snapped up the first 50 decks of GSB (Gold, Silver, Bronze) cards, which have images of gold bars, silver coins and a bronze shield. Mellink had more made and began selling them online.

Within a few months, she had sent out around 1,500 packs, including to Belgium, Germany, France and the United States. Game shops have also shown interest, she said.

Mellink has been testing the cards out on players, who said they had never been conscious of sexual inequality in decks before. Switching would take some getting used to.

“It is good that we reflect on gender neutrality,” said Berit van Dobbenburgh, head of the Dutch Bridge Association, while playing with the new cards. It would be complicated to make a formal switch because that would require updating the rules, she said.

“I wonder if it’s worth it. But gender neutrality, I am all for it! It’s great that someone of this age has noticed this. It’s the new generation.”

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Remand for man suspected of involvement in insurance fraud

Cyprus Mail - 4 ore 15 min fa

A 60-year-old man was remanded in custody for three days on Tuesday on suspicion of falsely reporting a car as stolen to collect the insurance.

The car in question belongs to a 34-year-old man currently in custody for similar cases and possession of 35 kilos of cannabis and 400 kilos of fireworks found in Limassol in December.

The 34-year-old had reported the car stolen on November 29, 2019, filing a €25,000 claim with the insurance company.

Police determined that the report was false after finding the vehicle in the possession of the 34-year-old’s company, but with number plates of a vehicle belonging to the 60-year-old.

The 34-year-old was also arrested as a formality. The pair could face charges relating to conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain money under false pretences, and money laundering.

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BoC warns clients to be on alert for scammers

Cyprus Mail - 4 ore 41 min fa

Bank of Cyprus on Tuesday warned clients to be on alert against scammers trying to access their accounts and urged them not share any information.

In a written statement, the bank said in the past few days, clients have been recipients of misleading text messages, emails and messages through popular Apps by scammers trying to defraud them.

Clients were being asked to share sensitive information such as their user name and password on ibank, one time passwords (OTPs) and credit card numbers in an attempt to access their accounts and make transfers or use their cards.

“Bank of Cyprus urges its clients not to respond to the fraudulent messages and not to reveal or submit sensitive information,” it said.

It also assured that bank personnel would never ask client for personal information such user names and passwords of their ibank account, OTPs or  verification codes, credit card numbers and details by email, sms, telephone calls, pop ups or links.

Clients should forward any suspicious message to the email address: abuse@bankofcyprus.com. Persons who believe they have shared personal data in anyway should immediately contact the bank on telephone 800 00 800 or if from abroad on telephone +357 22 128000.

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Russia’s second vaccine ‘100% effective’, watchdog tells media

Cyprus Mail - 4 ore 43 min fa

A candidate COVID-19 vaccine known as EpiVacCorona, Russia’s second to be registered, proved “100% effective” in early-stage trials, Russian consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has told local media.

The data, based on Phase I and II trials, were released before the start of a larger Phase III trial which would normally involve thousands of participants and a placebo group as a comparison.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine is made up of its immunological effectiveness and preventative effectiveness,” the TASS news agency reported, citing Rospotrebnadzor.

“According to results of the first and second phases of clinical trials, the immunological effectiveness of the EpiVacCorona vaccine is 100%.”

The Phase I and II studies tested the safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity of the potential vaccine in 100 people aged 18-60, according to the state trials register.

Russia began testing EpiVacCorona, which is being developed by Siberia’s Vector Institute, in November.

Earlier that month, Moscow said its other approved vaccine, Sputnik V, was 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 based on interim results.

Russia has said it can inoculate 60% of its population against COVID-19 this year, and although the Sputnik V vaccine has been readily available in Moscow, the rollout across the country has been slow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered mass vaccinations to start this week.

EpiVacCorona will be used in mass vaccinations from March, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova told the Interfax news agency.

Russia has reported 3,612,800 coronavirus cases, the world’s fourth-highest total. Its death toll from the virus stands at 66,623.

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Petrides noticed serious shortcomings in citizenship programme in 2017, probe hears

Cyprus Mail - 5 ore 9 min fa

In 2017, interior minister at the time, Constantinos Petrides, had noticed serious shortcomings in the citizenship by investment programme’s procedures and started working on a code of ethics that would strengthen them, former finance minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday.

Georgiades appeared before a four-member panel probing the controversial programme, which was terminated late last year after a damning report.

Responding to questions, Georgiades said in 2017 Petrides sought to strengthen procedures after he noticed serious shortcomings. The minister drafted a code of ethics and introduced a registry of approved service providers.

According to Georgiades, Petrides had communicated his thoughts to him and other members of the cabinet, as well as President Nicos Anastasiades.

The panel did not probe further on what the shortcomings were.

The former finance minister said he could not recall any of his colleagues in cabinet stating a conflict of interest during discussion of applications.

Georgiades said there was no such matter as far as he was concerned.

“If there was such a case, the correct procedure would have been for person involved to declare conflict of interest and abstain from voting.”

Tuesday’s was the first session of the panel that was open to the public. The four members were appointed by the attorney-general in September to probe the programme following a series of damning reports.

 

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New Year’s resolutions to help your home in 2021

Cyprus Mail - 5 ore 14 min fa

By Luke Rix-Standing

You don’t have to spend long on social media to see that New Year’s resolutions appear to be taking 2021 off. Around this time, Facebook and Twitter are normally awash with fitness challenges, life-changing trips and planned major career moves, as people face the new year with an optimism that generally lasts about two weeks.

This year: nothing. The consensus seems to be that getting through 2020 was enough, and in 2021, anything extra will be a bonus. So, with the pandemic ensuring that our homes are still our primary ecosystems, why not opt for something a little more domestic? Here are a few resolutions that could help your home in 2021…

 

Clear out the kitchen cupboards

If there’s one area of the home that delivers interesting discoveries, it’s the dark recesses of your kitchen cupboards. Long-forgotten tin cans, out-of-date packages with hazardous contents, dusty bottles of unlabelled spirit – every kitchen contains at least one item from the old millennium, and weeding them out is a simple way to give 2021 a fresh start. Taking up valuable storage space at best, spawning new life forms at worst, purging old items is a strangely satisfying process – it’s just rarely at the top of your to-do list.

 

Get DIY-savvy

We’re still spending so much time in our own four walls that we might as well start improving them, and competent DIY is one of those skills you’ll keep for life. The learning curve is steep but climbable, and YouTube tutorials mean that even intermediate tasks are within novice reach. Bleeding radiators, putting up shelves, and filling cracks in the masonry are all simple starters for the enthusiastic beginner, and before you know it, you’ll be building your own garden shed.

 

Establish a proper home office

It’s probably long overdue, but it is far better late than never. A proper desk, a chair that won’t turn your spine into a boomerang, a filing system that keeps the paper piles at bay, a well-stocked stationary cupboard, ample charging ports, and most of all, a designated space away from your bed. Homeworking in some form is here to stay – through Covid and beyond – and a proper office space will quickly repay itself in answered emails and work-life balance.

 

Declutter

It’s quite remarkable how much ‘stuff’ the average human can accumulate in a short space of time. From unopened mail to the margarita maker you used once in 2015, and whatever horrors lurk down the back of the sofa, it’s always the season for a spring clean. The Marie Kondo method (‘does it spark joy?’) is tried and tested, but the simpler ‘will I ever use this again?’ may well suffice. Homes are just more usable when they’re less crammed, and in this era of home-working, usability is at a premium.

 

Feature2 2a woman assessing her home’s green credentials. iStock/PA.

Cut your energy use

One to work on through the year, this win-win resolution can cut both your carbon footprint and your utility bills. There are any number of ways to slash your energy usage, from turning lights off when you leave the room to using energy-efficient light bulbs and installing a smart thermostat. Power off appliances rather than letting them stew on standby, and fix dripping taps to save a surprising quantity of water. Save the planet and your wallet, a few small steps at a time.

 

Book annual maintenance

Some parts of your home need annual maintenance, and although you might remember to schedule them in the coming months, you can save yourself the doubt and the hassle by booking in bulk now. Different seasons bring different demands – air con units before summer, chimneys with open fires before winter, and gutters at least before Autumn – while ever-present items like boilers require regular attention.

 

Deal with bills immediately

There aren’t many things as tempting to put off as paying bills and dealing with fiddly contracts, but there’s very rarely a good reason to put off something only likely to get pricier as time passes. If you’ve been meaning to switch supplier: just do it. There will never be a ‘right time’, and the longer you put it off, the more likely it is that you will continue to do so. Otherwise, the best part of this resolution is that you probably don’t have to do anything right now. How’s that for not procrastinating?

 

Clear up your shoes and coats

Your front hall is the window to your home, at least when other people are allowed in, and all too often our instinct on entering is to discard shoes and coats respectively on the floor and the backs of chairs. A proper shoe rack and coat stand will clean up your home’s aesthetic, while making crucial outdoor-wear much easier to find.

 

Make your home more pleasant

Your home is your constant companion, and the only location you can truly call your own, so use this dismal January to make it a really nice place to spend time. Scented candles, extra lamps, a new lick of paint, and as many unnecessary soft furnishings as you fancy. The world is rubbish. Indulge.

 

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