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Ona Cares – Make your own ready-to-go cutlery kit



Part of the Ona Cares video series – about living an almost plastic-free life in the Nyon area of Switzerland – this video shows how to avoid plastic cutlery. 9 year old Ona presents step-by-step instructions for making your own ready-to-go kit for your cutlery and metal straw 🙂

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When you get into the habit, it’s really easy to avoid throw-away plastics… to say ‘no’ to that plastic spoon before it appears in your ice cream: and ‘no’ to the plastic straw in your drink.

The key? Knowing you have your own picnic kit at the ready! At home, we made our own. Here’s how.

First pick up some old napkins from a local charity shop. In our case the armée de salut brocante in Nyon. (https://www.brocki.ch/fr/filiales/nyon/)

Find some ribbon to re-use. And the cutlery you’d like in your kit. (We use children’s cutlery for minimum bulk and weight.)

Place the cutlery in position on the napkin. Fold the bottom of the napkin up, and with a pencil make a mark where you will later stitch the divides.

Fold down the top and roll the napkin up with cutlery inside. Tie a ribbon around, cutting off any excess. And mark onto the napkin the position of the ribbon.

Now the stitching begins. First sew on the ribbon.

Then turn over the napkin and sew the dividing lines separating the different pieces of cutlery.

Hey presto! Now you’ve got a picnic kit ready to go!

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EU Finalizing Plans To Allow Vaccinated American Tourists Back



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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is finalizing plans to allow tourists from the United States to travel to the 27-nation bloc this summer, officials said Monday.

More than a year after the EU restricted travel to the region to a bare minimum in a bid to contain the pandemic, the European Commission said it would make a recommendation to member states to allow American travelers back.

The commission didn’t say when exactly tourists will be allowed back inside the bloc, and if a reciprocal approach will apply to European tourists willing to travel to the U.S.

European Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz told reporters that the EU’s executive body is hoping to restore nonessential “trans-Atlantic travel as soon as it is safe to do so.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if only full vaccination would be accepted for entry, or whether a negative PCR test or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 could be presented as well.

“These are among the questions we’ll still need to figure out,” Jahnz said. “The proposal is not yet made. For now, we have nothing more to go by than what the (European Commission) president said.”

On Sunday, The New York Times published an interview with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, reporting that fully vaccinated Americans would be able to visit EU countries this summer since all coronavirus vaccines currently used in the U.S. have also been approved by the EU’s drug regulator. But the report didn’t mention whether she was asked about whether Americans could also provide a negative PCR test or evidence of recovering from COVID-19.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said in the interview. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union. Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA.”

Jahnz insisted that the return of American tourists to EU nations will be conditioned on the epidemiological situation in both the U.S. and within the bloc.

The European Union is putting the finishing touches to a system of certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the region by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease. Under the plan discussed with their U.S. counterparts, American tourists could be included in the program.

With more than 15 million Americans estimated to travel to Europe annually before the crisis, the recommendation from the commission is manna from heaven for the heavily hit European tourism sector. But EU member states will have the final say on whether to implement the guidelines.

The commission said other third countries have made similar requests, but didn’t name them. Asked whether negotiations with the United Kingdom were ongoing, European Commission spokesman Christian Wigand said “no contact to this end” has been made.

Travel to the EU is currently extremely limited except for a handful of countries with low infection rates including Australia and New Zealand. But Greece, which is heavily reliant on tourism, has already lifted quarantine restrictions for the U.S., Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Israel, and non-EU members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland that are part of a European travel pact. Travelers from those countries will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement if they hold a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test.

“Uniliteral approaches, from our perspective should be avoided,” Jahnz said. “The objective is to continue to have a coordinated approach on the European level.”



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Pfizer And BioNTech To Donate Vaccines For Olympic Athletes



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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech will donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said Thursday.

Delivery of doses is set to begin this month to give Olympic delegations time to be fully vaccinated with a second shot before arriving in Tokyo for the games, which open on July 23.

It’s the second major vaccination deal for the International Olympic Committee. An agreement was announced in March between the IOC and Olympic officials in China to buy and distribute Chinese vaccines ahead of the Tokyo Games and next year’s Beijing Winter Games.

The new Pfizer offer gives the IOC greater coverage worldwide ahead of Tokyo with most countries yet to authorize emergency use of Chinese vaccines.

“We are inviting the athletes and participating delegations of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to lead by example and accept the vaccine where and when possible,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

The Pfizer donation followed talks between the firm’s chairman and CEO, Albert Bourla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

“Following this conversation, the Japanese government had a meeting with the IOC and now the donation plan has been realized,” Pfizer said in a statement.

The IOC said any vaccination program must be done “in accordance with each country’s vaccination guidelines and consistent with local regulations.”

The IOC-China vaccine deal includes two doses being made available to the general public for each dose received by an Olympic participant in that country.

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USA vs Czech Republic News Highlights | 2021 World Junior Championship | Preliminary Round



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Tokyo Olympics Bans Spectators From Abroad Over COVID-19 Fears



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TOKYO (AP) — Spectators from abroad will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics when they open in four months, the IOC and local organizers said Saturday.

The decision was announced after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee, and local organizers.

The move was expected and rumored for several months. Officials said the risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas during a pandemic, an idea strongly opposed by the Japanese public. Japan has attributed about 8,800 deaths to COVID-19 and has controlled the virus better than most countries.

“In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the Tokyo organizing committee said in a statement.

About 1 million tickets are reported to have been sold to fans from outside Japan. Organizers have promised refunds, but this will be determined by so-called Authorized Ticket Resellers that handle sales outside Japan. These dealers charge fees of up to 20% above the ticket price. It is not clear if the fees will be refunded.

“We could wait until the very last moment to decide, except for the spectators,” said Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee. “They have to secure accommodations and flights. So we have to decide early otherwise we will cause a lot of inconvenience from them. I know this is a very tough issue.”

IOC President Thomas Bach called it a “difficult decision.”

“We have to take decisions that may need sacrifice from everybody,” he said.

The financial burden of lost ticket sales falls on Japan. The local organizing committee budget called from $800 million income from ticket sales, the third largest income source in the privately finance budget. Any shortfall in the budget will have to be made up by Japanese government entities.

Overall, Japan is officially spending $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics. Several government audits say the actual cost may be twice that much. All but $6.7 billion is public money.

About 4.45 million tickets were sold to Japan residents. Organizers are expected next month to announce the capacity at venues, which will be filled by local residents.

The ban on fans from abroad comes just days before the Olympic torch relay starts Thursday from Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan. It will last for 121 days, crisscross Japan with 10,000 runners, and is to end on July 23 at the opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

The relay will be a test for the Olympics and Paralympics, which will involve 15,400 athletes entering Japan. They will be tested before leaving home, tested upon arrival in Japan, and tested frequently while they reside in a secure “bubble” in the Athletes Village alongside Tokyo Bay.

Athletes will not be required to be vaccinated to enter Japan, but many will be.

In the midst of Saturday’s meeting, Bach and others were given a reminder about earthquake-prone northeastern Japan — and Japan in general.

A strong earthquake shook Tokyo and triggered a tsunami warning as Bach and others made introductory remarks before the virtual meeting. The strength was put a 7.0 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the location was in northeastern Japan, an area hit by a huge earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

“I think the screen is shaking. Have you noticed the screen is shaking,” Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s Olympic minister, said as she made her presentation from Tokyo talking remotely to Bach visible on a screen in Switzerland. “We’re actually in the midst of an earthquake right now.”

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1983: Shining Encounters of the Sixth Kind [or how I learned to stop worrying and love the «Bomber»] (1983, 16mm, b&w/c, 11’00”)



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This short is definitely for the movie buffs. Quick test: If title and subtitle don’t make you think of at least three classic movies, you probably better skip it – you might find it weird. Well, maybe you do so, anyway!
I’ve always been a fond admirer of Stanley Kubrick. And as a SciFi-fan I also was familiar with the UFO and aliens hype of the seventies that culminated in Steven Spielbergs «Close encounters of the third kind».
My short is an «hommage», thus – throughout its 11 min. length – you’ll find references to several movies of the above mentioned directors: most of all in its soundtrack, but also in several shots, in the title and even in the dedication (with bits of Nadsat slang, which I was quite fluent with in those times).
But I won’t go into details and spoil your quest.
However there is one key reference that even the hardcore movie buff can’t know. In 1978 Honda had introduced the «CBX», the first in quantity produced motorbike with six cylinders (in a row). It was heavy (600 pounds!), but also powerful and fast. That was maybe the reason why German bike magazins nicknamed it «Der Bomber».
Now you’re ready to go! No, hold on a second. Please keep in mind, this short dates back to 1983. So no remote camcopters available for the opening aerial shot ─ and all analog special effects and tiny models…
And special thanks to Trudi Gerster and her marvellous (thoguh today politically highly incorrect) rendition of Wumbowum.

TECH SPECS
Bolex H16 camera, Kodak 16mm reversal film b&w (4-X 7277 400 ASA) and color, magnetic soundtrack.
PSP (Post Scan Processing): I left the movie much as it was, including title and credits. I removed some nasty splice joints and adjusted the light and shadow levels a few times when they were far off. I also re-synced the magnetic mono track and replaced some of the music by stereo CD rips (especially in the midfilm color insert with videos by Jordan Belson and Ron Hays).
Since the short already was a b&w/color mix I could not completely refrain from applying some digital color FX on exactly three occasions (I’m also a fan of Edgar Reitz’ «Heimat»). But your guess is wrong: I did NOT use it in any UFO scene…
And finally I took the liberty of replacing my own voice with a british English female, Amy, which – though text-to-speech – is much sexier than mine and therefore more adequate to a «promotional spot»…

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UK, 4 Other Regulators To Fast-Track COVID-19 Vaccines Modified For Mutations



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Coronavirus vaccines tweaked to deal with variants will be fast-tracked without compromising on safety or effectiveness, the UK’s regulator has said.

The approach will be similar to the regulatory process for the modified flu vaccine, to deal with new strains each year, with a brand new approval not required.

Scientists have previously said a COVID-19 variant resistant to the current crop of vaccines is likely to emerge at some point, but vaccines can also be adapted quickly.

The guidance states coronavirus vaccine manufacturers will need to provide robust evidence that the modified shot produces an immune response. However, lengthy clinical studies deemed not to add to the regulatory understanding of their safety, quality or effectiveness will not be needed.

The U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said researchers are in a better position to measure protection by looking at antibodies in the blood after vaccination, reducing the need to wait and see whether people in a trial become infected with the virus.

It said this will “significantly reduce” the length of time it takes for the modified vaccine to be ready.

The guidance from the Access Consortium – a group made up of regulatory authorities from the U.K., Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland – requires that, as well as evidence on immune response, the modified vaccines must be shown to be safe and of the expected quality.

It says data from the original clinical trials and ongoing studies on real-world use in millions of people could be used to support any decision by the regulators.

Dr. Christian Schneider, chief scientific officer at the MHRA, said: “Our priority is to get effective vaccines to the public in as short a time as possible, without compromising on safety.

“Should any modifications to authorized COVID-19 vaccines be necessary, this regulatory approach should help to do just that.

“The announcement today also demonstrates the strength of our international partnerships with other regulators and how our global work can help ensure faster access to life-saving vaccines in the U.K. and around the world.

“The public should be confident that no vaccine would be approved unless the expected high standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.”

The news comes days after it was announced that a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

A study carried out by Cambridge University found a four-fold decrease in the risk of asymptomatic COVID-19 infection among healthcare workers who had been vaccinated for more than 12 days.

In further good news for the vaccination effort, a study published Tuesday found that both the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among older people aged 70 years and over.

Some European countries such as France had previously approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for under-65s only, citing a lack of evidence for older people, but the French health minister announced on Wednesday that older residents could have the jab.

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USA vs Finland SemiFinal News Highlights | 2021 World Junior Championship



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How to protect your data? | #Internet



This video show how important to choose appropriate provider if digital security is crucial for your company. Anapaya has unrivaled solutions for any business in any country and able to rout your data the best way possible.

Length: 2 minutes
Format: 2d animated explainer with character stories
Type: Explainer Video
Animated Client: Anapaya (Switzerland)
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CG Artist: Kate Filipova
Animator: Yuriy Ivanov

Data is transmitted everywhere. We send documents, orders, and use digitized processes.
Billions of bytes of data are exchanged every single day. But do you know where your data travels?
While it stays within an organization, data travels safely through private networks. But, when connecting external partners, sharing to the cloud, or sending information between countries, private networks are expensive or inflexible.
So could the internet offer a viable alternative?
Internet traffic can be hijacked, and your data can end up in the wrong hands. It may take the cheapest, but slowest route, impacting service quality or performance
It is crucial to trust your network. To know it’s reliable… To know it’s secure… To be in control – end to end.
So what is the solution?
Anapaya gives you that control bringing the Next Generation internet to your business. When connected, you get real control over where your data travels: Enforce compliance by defining jurisdictions and the routes your data takes. Improve business continuity by instantly switching between multiple paths in case of failure. And with inherent routing attack immunity, regain trust in the network.
Now you can replace dated MPLS links or augment your SDWAN, saving costs, bringing greater control, and delivering increased performance. We provide you with secure and reliable communication over a public network. Our networking and connectivity solutions will transform the way you connect and share data.
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Least Corrupt Nations Produce Best Virus Response, Watchdog Finds


BERLIN (AP) — Countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a closely-watched annual study released Thursday by an anti-graft organization.

Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, concluded that countries that performed well invested more in health care, were “better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms.”

“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis,” said Transparency head Delia Ferreira Rubio. “It is a corruption crisis – and one that we are currently failing to manage.”

This year’s index showed the United States hitting a new low amid a steady decline under the presidency of Donald Trump, with a score of 67 on a scale where 0 is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean.”

That still put the U.S. 25th on the list in a tie with Chile, but behind many other western democracies. It dropped from scores of 69 in 2019, 71 in 2018 and 75 in 2017, and was down to the lowest level since figures for comparison have been available.

“In addition to alleged conflicts of interest and abuse of office at the highest level, in 2020 weak oversight of the $1 trillion COVID-19 relief package raised serious concerns and marked a retreat from longstanding democratic norms promoting accountable government,” said the report by Transparency, which is based in Berlin.

The link between corruption and coronavirus response could be widely seen around the world, according to the report’s analysis.

For example, Uruguay scored 71 — putting it at 21st place on the list. It invests heavily in health care and has a strong epidemiological surveillance system, which has helped not only with COVID-19 but also other diseases like yellow fever and Zika, Transparency said.

A girl hands over a coin to a Candombe artist performing at the Rambla of Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 23, 2021. Countries wi



A girl hands over a coin to a Candombe artist performing at the Rambla of Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 23, 2021. Countries with the least corruption have been best positioned to weather the health and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a closely-watched annual study released Thursday by anti-graft watchdog organization, Transparency International. Uruguay scored 71, putting it at 21st place on the list. 

By contrast, Bangladesh, which scored 26 and placed 146th on the list, “invests little in health care while corruption flourishes during COVID-19, ranging from bribery in health clinics to misappropriated aid,” Transparency wrote. “Corruption is also pervasive in the procurement of medical supplies.”

Even in New Zealand, which placed No. 1 as the least corrupt nation with a score of 88 and has been lauded for its pandemic response, there was room for improvement, Transparency noted.

“While the government communicates openly about the measures and policies it puts in place, more transparency is needed around public procurement for COVID-19 recovery,” the organization wrote.

Overall, of 180 countries surveyed, two-thirds scored below 50 out of 100 and the average score was 43.

Denmark and New Zealand tied in first place as the countries seen as least corrupt, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden with scores of 85, Norway at 84, the Netherlands at 82, and Germany and Luxembourg at 80 to round out the top 10.

Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Britain all scored 77 in 11th place.

Somalia and South Sudan fared the worst with scores of 12 to put them at 179th place, behind Syria with a score of 14, Yemen and Venezuela at 15, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea with 16, Libya with 17, and North Korea, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo with 18.

Since 2012, the earliest point of comparison available using the current methodology, 26 countries have significantly improved, including Greece, which increased by 14 points to 50, Myanmar, which rose 13 points to 28, and Ecuador, which rose 7 points to 39.

At the same time, 22 countries have significantly decreased, including Lebanon, which dropped 5 points to 25, Malawi and Bosnia & Herzegovina which both dropped 7 points to 30 and 35 respectively.

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