• Covid-19: 4 new positive cases and 5 recoveries this Tuesday, November 24

    Four new positive cases for Covid-19 were revealed on Tuesday. The Principality's health record therefore amounts to 587 people affected by the coronavirus since the start of the health crisis. This evening, 19 patients are taken care of at the CHPG: fourteen patients including seven residents are hospitalized. In addition, five patients including three residents are treated in intensive care. There are 5 additional healings. The total number of people cured is therefore 523. This Tuesday evening, 24 people are followed by the Home Monitoring Center which medically supports patients, with few symptoms, invited to confine themselves at home. To comply with the practices adopted by the World Health Organization and neighboring countries in this area, this daily report only reports residents affected by the coronavirus. SOURCE : Government MONACO

  • Launch of the city's illuminations

    Mayor Georges Marsan surrounded by members of the Communal Council and Olivia Novaretti Paulmier, Head of the City's Animation Department, kicked off the city's illuminations on Friday November 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the foot of the large Christmas tree in the Parade. Due to health constraints, this traditional event which marks the launch of activities linked to the end-of-year celebrations could only be held in a small committee, without a guest unlike in other years. Started at the end of September by the teams of the City's Animation Department and the company Adage, a subsidiary of Blachère Illumination, the fitting of the light ornaments was recently completed. No district of Monaco has been forgotten and a total of 112 transverse motifs and 615 motifs on candelabra have been installed in the streets of the Principality. Figures to which must be added 19 scenographies set up, whether they are luminous ceilings, giant subjects or decorations on the ground. Once again this year, the City's Animation Department, under the leadership of Jean-Marc Deoriti-Castellini, Deputy Mayor in charge of Animation and Leisure, wanted to offer a fun and participatory experience. It will indeed be possible to interact with the illuminations and installations scattered throughout the Principality. Two interactive applications will be accessible to the public: Playmagic and Playcolor Monaco. The first will allow, thanks to the technology of augmented reality, to photograph oneself with Santa Claus in front of the sparkling decor or to play with different characters. The second will offer the possibility of becoming the “master of lights” and thus changing the color of certain illuminations. As a reminder, for several years, the Monaco City Hall has been committed to an approach in favor of ecology and sustainable development. She has therefore chosen to work with a company that shares the same values ​​and guarantees 100% LED and eco-designed light decorations. The structures are 100% biodegradable from sugar cane, recycled and recyclable aluminum, and the electric fairy lights will be collected and recycled after use. Finally, the management of electrical resources is also mastered and controlled by the City's Animation Department using an intelligent remote control system. In order to reduce light pollution in the city and as part of an energy saving, a large majority of illuminations will go out every night between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. with the exception of December 24, 25 and 31, 2020. Until January 3, 2021, all districts of Monaco will be illuminated in Christmas colors. Source : CITY OF MONACO

  • Elon Musk now world's second wealthiest person

    Elon Musk, the charismatic chief of electric automaker Tesla, has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world's second richest person, according to the Bloomberg list of billionaires. The South African-born Musk, 49, added $7.2 billion in wealth on Monday alone following Tesla's latest surge. He now has an estimated $128 billion. The outspoken Musk, who is also cofounder of SpaceX, had already overtaken numerous luminaries in recent weeks, including Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Bernard Arnault, the head of French luxury giant LVMH. Now the only person he stands behind is Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, whose wealth is estimated at $182 billion. The upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the ultra-rich to amass even more wealth as technology companies have gobbled up more market share of the economy. In 2020, Tesla shares have surged more than 500 percent and the company is now valued at more than $500 billion. Musk, who owns about 18 percent of the shares, has made some $100 billion during this stretch. Tesla shares have gained further since the presidential election of Joe Biden, who favors more aggressive policies to address climate change. Tesla was also boosted by an announcement that it is being added to the prestigious S&P 500 index.

  • Two hurt in suspected terror incident at supermarket in Swiss city of Lugano

    A Swiss woman attacked two other women in a supermarket in southern Switzerland on Tuesday, regional police said, adding that "terrorist motives" could not be excluded. Police in Switzerland's Italian-speaking Ticino region said they had been alerted to a stabbing in a department store in the city of Lugano shortly before 2:00 pm (1300 GMT). Initial investigations had established that a 28-year-old Swiss woman had attacked two other women, attempting to choke one with her hands, and injuring a second by cutting her neck with a knife. Other shoppers managed to subdue the attacker, who was arrested, the police statement said. An initial medical evaluation showed that one of the victims had suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other had minor injuries, police said. Regional police said it did "not exclude terrorist motives", adding that it was working with federal authorities and the local Lugano police on the case.

  • Prince William Praises New COVID Vaccine: 'I'm So Thrilled That You've Cracked It'

    Prince William congratulated Oxford scientists on producing a COVID vaccine which is up to 90 percent effective—saying "I'm so thrilled that you've cracked it." The Duke of Cambridge had a video call with researchers behind the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca trials after their success was announced today. And he told them how the hard work that went into the research was visible on their faces when he met them in person during a visit in June. The prince this morning spoke to Professor Andy Pollard, who led the study, Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology, and vice chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. William said: "Well done, I'm so pleased for all of you, I really am. "I saw it in everyone's faces back in June how much time and effort was going into this, and I could see that there was a lot of pressure on everyone, so I'm so thrilled that you've cracked it—so really well done." The Oxford vaccine is slightly less effective than the Pfizer and Moderna ones which were shown to be 95 percent and 94.5 percent. Officially titled AZD1222, it achieved a 90 percent effectiveness when a half dose was given a month before a full dose. It came as Kate Middleton announced she was preparing to release the results of a landmark survey on pre-school children. In a video on the Kensington Palace Twitter feed, she said: "Earlier this year we asked you five big questions about raising our under-fives. "We wanted to hear what you think about the importance of the earliest years of our children's lives. "More than half a million of you answered that call, so we've taken your input and combined it with even more public research to produce the UK's biggest ever study on the early years. "This year has been a hugely challenging time for us all and there hasn't been a more important time to talk about families."

  • Dubai's Princess Haya gave over Rs 12 crore, expensive gifts to hide affair with bodyguard

    Princess Haya, the sixth wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was having her affair with her British bodyguard and she paid him a whopping GBP 1.2 million to remain silent about their two-year affair. Princess Haya also gave several expensive gifts to the bodyguard named Russell Flowers, including a £12,000 watch and vintage shotgun. Mail Online reported that Princess Haya "seduced" the 37-year-old Russell Flowers and used her money to ensure that Flowers alWays remain by her side. "Russell's wife believed he was seduced by the money and gifts. She gave him lots of expensive gifts and made sure that he was always by her side," a friend of Russell Flowers's wife told Mail Online. Mail Online reported that when Flowers wife came to know about the affair, she was totally broken and she decided to divorce FLowers. The secret relationship between Princess Haya and Flowers got exposed during a High Court hearing between Princess Haya and her 70-year-old estranged husband. The detail emerged in a child-custody fact-finding in a High Court in London, which stated that she “embarked upon an adulterous relationship with one of her male bodyguards." Princess Haya won custody of her two children and she currently lives with her children at Kensington, West London.

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