Finland, happiest country in the world

Finland
For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world.

For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named the « happiest country in the world », according to a report released on Friday.

And yet 2020 has been a year full of challenges, with the coronavirus pandemic claiming over two million lives and crippling much of the planet.

In this context, one of the biggest challenges was mental health, as millions of people lost a loved one, their job or had to experience the loneliness of isolation.

The World Happiness Report, released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network initiative, notes that Finland has been one of the countries that has adapted best to the challenges of the coronavirus.

Denmark is placed in second place, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.

This report evaluated data from inhabitants of 149 countries.

Carried out every year for 2 decades, it considers six indicators to assess the happiness of nations on a scale of 0 to 10.

Per capita income, social protection, health and life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and the absence of corruption are compared.

Source : BBC

Donald Trump will return to social networks … by creating his own platform

Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months with his own platform

The former US president was banned from Twitter in January after his supporters stormed the Capitol

The story does not say, at this time, whether messages will only appear in capital letters. Banned from Twitter since January, Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months « with his own platform, » said an adviser to the former president of the United States on Sunday.

« I think we will see President Trump back on social networks in two or three months, » said Jason Miller on the Fox News channel, without providing further details on the contours of this « platform », referring only to many meetings at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican billionaire’s Florida home.

@realDonaldTrump and its 88 million subscribers

“It’s not just a company that approached the president, there are a lot of companies,” and “this new platform will be something big, everyone wants it. It will bring millions and millions, tens of millions of subscribers to this new platform, ”he added.

The ex-president, who left the White House on January 20 after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, has also been temporarily or permanently banned by most other major social networks or platforms internet including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Snapchat.

How is it possible to be tested positive for covid-19 between the first and the second dose of the vaccine?

Illustration of a syringe with illustrations of the virus in the background.
It takes about 14 days for our bodies to make antibodies after receiving the vaccine.

Nurse Maria Angelica Sobrinho, 53, was the first to be vaccinated against covid-19 in the city of Bahia in Brazil. A few days later, she started showing symptoms and was diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.

Many of the vaccines already in use in different countries require two doses to ensure full protection, such as Pfizer, Oxford / AstraZeneca, Coronavac, Moderna or Sputnik V.

The time between doses varies depending on the manufacturer. Pfizer recommends 21 days and the University of Oxford about three months, for example.

« No vaccine available is able to protect within 14 days of the first dose, whether against covid-19 or another disease, » says Dr Isabella Ballalai, vice president of the Brazilian Immunization Society.

Regardless of the technology used, vaccines usually contain antigens, substances that interact with the immune system and create the antibodies needed to fight off a future viral invasion.

The point is, this process takes time: immune cells have to recognize the antigens, “interact” with them and create an effective response. This job usually takes about two weeks.

This is why it is necessary for a patient who receives a first dose to continue to protect himself by wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing, among other measures.

Getting both doses does not mean you are free to lead a « normal life » either. As far as we know, the vaccine protects against the most serious consequences of covid-19, but immune people could still pass the virus to others, ”adds Ballalai.

Whether the vaccination will also slow the spread of the virus is the subject of preliminary studies in the first months of the campaign.

Therefore, as long as the virus continues to circulate at high levels and a large portion of the population is unvaccinated, the recommendation is to follow control measures and adhere to restrictions.

Comment est-il possible d’être testé positif au covid-19 entre la première et la deuxième dose du vaccin ?

Illustration d'une seringue avec des illustrations du virus en arrière-plan.
Il faut environ 14 jours à notre corps pour produire des anticorps après avoir reçu le vaccin.

L’infirmière Maria Angelica Sobrinho, 53 ans, a été la première à être vaccinée contre le covid-19 dans la ville de Bahia au Brésil. Quelques jours plus tard, elle a commencé à présenter des symptômes et a été diagnostiquée avec une infection à coronavirus.

Plusieurs des vaccins déjà utilisés dans différents pays nécessitent deux doses pour assurer une protection complète, comme les vaccins Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Coronavac, Moderna ou Spoutnik V.

Le délai entre les doses varie selon le fabricant. Pfizer recommande 21 jours et l’Université d’Oxford environ trois mois, par exemple.

« Aucun vaccin disponible n’est capable de protéger dans les 14 jours suivant la première dose, que ce soit contre le covid-19 ou une autre maladie », déclare le Dr Isabella Ballalai, vice-présidente de la Société brésilienne d’immunisation.

Quelle que soit la technologie utilisée, les vaccins contiennent généralement des antigènes, des substances qui interagissent avec le système immunitaire et créent les anticorps nécessaires pour combattre une future invasion virale.

Le fait est que ce processus prend du temps : les cellules immunitaires doivent reconnaître les antigènes, « interagir » avec eux et créer une réaction efficace. Ce travail prend généralement environ deux semaines.

C’est pourquoi il est nécessaire pour un patient qui reçoit une première dose de continuer à se protéger par le port de masques, la distanciation sociale et le lavage fréquent des mains, entre autres mesures.

L’obtention des deux doses ne signifie pas non plus que vous êtes libre de mener une « vie normale ». Pour autant que nous le sachions, le vaccin protège contre les conséquences les plus graves du covid-19, mais les personnes immunisées pourraient encore transmettre le virus à d’autres personnes », ajoute M. Ballalai.

La question de savoir si la vaccination ralentira également la propagation du virus fait l’objet d’études préliminaires au cours des premiers mois de la campagne.

Par conséquent, tant que le virus continue à circuler à des niveaux élevés et qu’une grande partie de la population n’est pas vaccinée, la recommandation est de suivre les mesures de contrôle et de respecter les restrictions.

Source : BBC

Donald Trump: the vertiginous fall of his fortune during his mandate

The former US president would have lost between 700 million and 2.3 billion dollars during his mandate, according to a study relayed by the BBC.

The former US president would have lost between 700 million and 2.3 billion dollars during his mandate

Donald Trump’s fortune melted like snow in the sun during his four years in the White House. According to the latest update of the Bloomberg Billionaires index, a ranking of the world’s largest fortunes, relayed by the BBC , the former US president would have lost between 700 million and 2.3 billion dollars during his mandate. This abysmal fall in wealth has been greatly amplified by the coronavirus crisis.

Indeed, since the start of  the Covid-19 pandemic , a large majority of office buildings, branded hotels and other hotel complexes owned by Donald Trump, which represent approximately 75% of his fortune, have lost income and their assets. value. This observation is the same for the fleet of planes and the nineteen  golf courses of the Republican billionaire . According to the various documents analyzed by Bloomberg Billionaires from May 2016 to January 2021, the valuation of the main real estate and commercial assets of the former head of state fell by 26%.

Memoirs on his presidency to replenish the coffers?

To breathe new life into his fortune, Donald Trump could use his past as a former president in order to sign lucrative media deals, such as the drafting of post-presidential memoirs, which could make him recover some of his heavy losses. economic. As proof, the BBC recalls that Barack and Michelle Obama were paid around $ 65 million for their Memoirs, while Bill Clinton won an advance of $ 15 million for his book published in 2004.

The prospect could catch the eye of the former US president as Deutsche Bank, which was the only bank to agree to lend him money after its bankruptcy in the 1990s, said after the riots of the Capitol , that she would no longer do business with him. With the support of his 74 million voters in the November 2020 US presidential election and due to his ban from Twitter and Facebook , the billionaire could also be tempted to create a news channel or social media platform, such as have suggested this to several American media in recent weeks.

WhatsApp warns users who do not agree to its terms that they will be logged out of the messaging

WhatsApp has established May 15 as the deadline for users to consent to the new privacy policy.

WhatsApp is not taking a break with the implementation of its controversial Terms of Service update. Over the past few days, the platform has sent out notifications warning users of the consequences they face if they do not consent, as the deadline for doing so approaches.

The company has given users until May 15 to agree to the new clauses. Although WhatsApp does not delete the accounts of those who do not follow this step, will be affected by limited functionality of the application.

“ Please accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp, ” read the reminders. “ WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you will not have all the functionality of WhatsApp until you accept […] For a short time, you will be able to receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read or send messages ”, specifies the society.

In addition, in an attempt to calm people down, the platform indicated that it “ is implementing new ways to chat or buy via WhatsApp which are completely optional ”. She also recalls that “ personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so that WhatsApp cannot read or listen to them ”.

The notice regarding the update that WhatsApp sent to users in early January sparked criticism and a massive leak of users to other messaging apps unhappy with how WhatsApp was going to share its data with parent company, Facebook. .

In ten years, the war in Syria has killed more than 388,000

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) published a new assessment on Sunday, March 14, as the conflict enters its eleventh year today.

Ten years after its start, the war in Syria has left at least 388,652 dead,

Ten years after its start, the war in Syria has left at least 388,652 dead, according to a new report published on Sunday March 14 from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). Triggered in the spring of 2011 with the repression of pro-democracy demonstrations by the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, the conflict today involves a multitude of belligerents and foreign powers. 

According to OSDH, nearly 117,388 civilians, including more than 22,000 children, have died since the start of the war in Syria. The UK-based NGO says attacks by the Syrian regime and allied militias are responsible for the majority of civilian deaths. The war also forced more than half of the pre-war population to flee, and some 200,000 people are missing.

OSDH has also documented at least 16,000 deaths in government prisons and detention centers. The NGO says, however, that this record is underestimated, because it does not include the approximately 88,000 people who are said to have died as a result of torture in the regime’s prisons.

Fighting that declined in 2020

The Observatory’s previous count, published in December 2020, stood at more than 387,000 people who have died since the start of the war. According to its director, Rami Abdel Rahmane, this is the lowest annual increase in the number of deaths recorded since the start of the conflict. The fighting did indeed decrease in 2020, due to a ceasefire in northwestern Syria and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having achieved a string of victories against the jihadists and rebels since 2015, Damascus currently controls more than 60% of Syrian territory. Among the areas still outside the control of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime are the last rebel enclave of Idleb in the north-west of the country, the areas controlled by Turkey along the northern border and the north-eastern parts. of the country under the control of Kurdish forces.

A virus rages on Messenger: The advice to avoid falling into the trap

virus rages on Messenger

 A scam is currently in progress on Messenger. You risk having your personal data stolen. To avoid being fooled, follow The advice.

You may have already been the victim of the ongoing scam on Messenger, Facebook’s instant messaging system. And you may have escaped it thanks to your vigilance. This scam, which has been rampant for several years, seems to have experienced a resurgence of interest in recent weeks.

The principle ? You receive a message from one of your contacts with the mention: « is that you in this video? » or « looks like you », along with a URL link you can click.

To avoid the trap, do not click on this link. Otherwise, you will be redirected to a malicious site that will ask you to enter your Facebook password to play the sent video. If you do, the message will be sent automatically to all your contacts. At the same time, the hackers behind this scam will have access to your Facebook account and can continue to send the same type of message to your contacts indefinitely.

What if you clicked?

If you clicked on the link, you can renew your password, advises the specialized site Numérama . To do this, on a PC, click on the arrow at the top right of the screen. In the drop-down menu, click on « settings and privacy » then « settings ». Then in the left column of the screen, choose « security and connection », « change your password » and « modify ».

How to strengthen the security of your account?

To strengthen the security of its users, Facebook has implemented a more secure two-factor authentication. The American giant asks you to enter your password and at the same time sends you a code on your phone which is renewed every thirty seconds. To activate this security option, you must go to the « security and connection » section of your Facebook account, mentioned above.

The mystery of the 2000-year-old “first computer” finally uncovered?

Part of the Antikythera Mechanism was exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Athens in 2014.
Part of the Antikythera Mechanism was exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Athens in 2014.

Researchers around the world have been wondering about the Antikythera mechanism for more than a century  . This machine, discovered by divers in 1901, has since been considered the world’s first analog computer, designed there? 2,000 years old. Today, scientists from London’s Global University (UCL), recognized worldwide for its academic excellence, believe they have solved the mystery of this pioneering computational object. Well, in part. They began to build a replica of the device with modern means, before doing the same with the techniques of Antiquity, revealed  The Guardian on  Friday March 12.

This astronomical calculator would have been able to display the movement of the Universe and predict the movement of the five planets known at the time, but also the phases of the Moon and solar and lunar eclipses.

Brass, cogwheels, dials?

Discovered in the middle of a treasure recovered from a merchant ship that languished off the Greek island of Antikythera, this supercomputer is made up of damaged fragments of brass and 30 bronze cogwheels connected to dials and pointers. However, two-thirds of the structure has not been found. After decades of academic work, scientists have concluded that this discovery is indeed a masterpiece of mechanical engineering.

Le mystère du « premier ordinateur », vieux de 2 000 ans, enfin percé à jour ?

Une partie du mécanisme d'Anticythère a été exposée au musée archéologique d'Athènes en 2014.
Une partie du mécanisme d’Anticythère a été exposée au musée archéologique d’Athènes en 2014.

Cela fait plus d’un siècle que les chercheurs du monde entier s’interrogent sur le mécanisme d’Anticythère. Cette machine, découverte par des plongeurs en 1901, est considérée depuis comme le premier ordinateur analogique au monde, conçu il y a? 2 000 ans. Aujourd’hui, des scientifiques de la London’s Global University (UCL), reconnue mondialement pour son excellence académique, pensent avoir résolu le mystère de cet objet de calcul précurseur. Enfin, en partie. Ils ont commencé à construire une réplique de l’appareil avec les moyens modernes, avant de faire de même avec les techniques de l’Antiquité, révèle The Guardian vendredi 12 mars.

Cette calculatrice astronomique aurait été capable d’afficher le mouvement de l’Univers et de prédire le mouvement des cinq planètes connues à l’époque, mais aussi les phases de la Lune et les éclipses solaires et lunaires.

Du laiton, des roues dentées, des cadrans?

Découvert au milieu d’un trésor récupéré sur un navire marchand qui croupissait au large de l’île grecque d’Anticythère, ce supercalculateur est composé de fragments abîmés de laiton et de 30 roues dentées en bronze reliées à des cadrans et des pointeurs. Cependant, les deux tiers de la structure n’ont pas été retrouvés. Après des décennies de travaux universitaires, les scientifiques ont conclu que cette découverte était bien un chef-d’?uvre de l’ingénierie mécanique.

Source :le point

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