Swiss experts play down risk of Delta virus variant

Switzerland is well prepared for the Delta variant of Covid-19 and there is no reason for particular concern at the moment, says Christoph Berger, head of the Federal Commission for Vaccinations. In an interview with the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper, he acknowledged that this variant is more contagious than others, but  said people vaccinated twice with a messenger… Continue reading Swiss experts play down risk of Delta virus variant

Spain relieves required mask-wearing outdoors

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated on Friday, June 18, that the government is thinking about lessening required mask-wearing, and facemasks will no longer be compulsory outdoors from June 26. He revealed that the government is going to bring up the suggestion next Thursday at the cabinet gathering. He told a business meeting in Barcelona… Continue reading Spain relieves required mask-wearing outdoors

Norway football clubs to decide on World Cup boycott

Norway’s football community will on Sunday decide whether to boycott next year’s World Cup in Qatar. Under pressure from grassroots activists the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) is holding an extraordinary congress to decide whether to pass up football’s showpiece event. “Both sides have been active. I am very uncertain about the result,” the federation’s president… Continue reading Norway football clubs to decide on World Cup boycott

Netherlands Princess Catharina-Amalia rejects $2.5 million yearly allowance

The heir to the throne of the Netherlands, Princess Catharina-Amalia Carmen Victoria, has rejected a A$2.5 million yearly allowance about to kick in at the end of the year. Catharina-Amalia turns 18 in December, which is when she can start getting €1.6 million (A$2.5 million) from the royal treasury. However, the princess is having none… Continue reading Netherlands Princess Catharina-Amalia rejects $2.5 million yearly allowance

FM heading to Luxembourg for EU foreign ministers council

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, departs Sunday for Luxembourg where he is due to attend the meeting the EU Foreign Affairs Council ahead of the main summit in Brussels late in the week. According to the foreign ministry, in the course of the Council’s deliberations, the EU ministers will discuss EU-Turkey relations, Lebanon and Indonesia. They… Continue reading FM heading to Luxembourg for EU foreign ministers council

Nuclear talks resume in Vienna after Iran elects hardliner Raisi as president

World powers resumed another round of nuclear deal negotiations with Iran on June 20, a day after hardliner judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi won presidential elections that could see the sanctioned OPEC producer seek to increase oil output this year. Several weeks of talks have failed to achieve a breakthrough on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of… Continue reading Nuclear talks resume in Vienna after Iran elects hardliner Raisi as president

Nuclear talks resume in Vienna after Iran elects hardliner Raisi as president

World powers resumed another round of nuclear deal negotiations with Iran on June 20, a day after hardliner judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi won presidential elections that could see the sanctioned OPEC producer seek to increase oil output this year. Several weeks of talks have failed to achieve a breakthrough on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of… Continue reading Nuclear talks resume in Vienna after Iran elects hardliner Raisi as president

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for North Carolina

A tropical storm warning has been issued for large swaths of the North Carolina coast as Tropical Depression Claudette continues to dump heavy rain across much of the southeastern US Sunday morning.Claudette was was located about 85 miles west-southwest of Atlanta as of 5 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).The storm is… Continue reading Tropical storm warnings are in effect for North Carolina

Shakespeare, Sappho risk ban under Hungary’s anti-LGBT+ law

Shakespeare’s plays and the poems of Sappho could be banned from Hungarian classrooms and restricted in bookshops, publishers said on Thursday, under a sweeping new law that prohibits the promotion of “homosexuality or gender change” to under-18s. The association that represents Hungarian publishers said it was not at all clear how the ban, which passed… Continue reading Shakespeare, Sappho risk ban under Hungary’s anti-LGBT+ law

Australia’s New South Wales Scraps Taxes on Electric Vehicles

Australia’s largest state economy will waive levies on electric vehicles and will offer other incentives, which add up to as much as A$490 million ($366.5 million), in an effort to increase the size of the EV market to half of all new sales within a decade. The package includes a A$3,000 rebate for the first 25,000 new… Continue reading Australia’s New South Wales Scraps Taxes on Electric Vehicles