7 things you need to appreciate in your life

When you complain and constantly think about what you can not get or what you do not have, remember these 7 things you have.

1) You have a roof over your head.

2) You have food and water every day.

3) You have clothes to wear.

4) You can forgive the others

5) You have a good heart.

6) You have someone who cares about you.

7) You have your health and you breathe.

So learn to appreciate what you have because thousands of people would like to be in your place. Learn to enjoy every moment of your life with what you have and let the rest come by themselves. Do not complicate things, since they are so simple. Drive the negative thoughts out of your mind and add the positive ones, the ones that make you happy. The ones that will make you value your life without caring about anything. Be grateful for anything!

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J&J’s Janssen few years ago paid $8bn in Risperdal antipsychotic drug lawsuit

A jury at Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay $8bn in punitive damages over its marketing of Risperdal, an anti-psychotic drug.

The verdict was in favour of Nicholas Murray, who claimed that the company downplayed risks associated with the drug, which could cause female-like breast growth in men.

Risperdal is indicated to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia.

In 2015, a jury awarded Murray $1.75m after ruling that the company failed to warn the risk of gynecomastia, a condition that causes breast growth in boys and young men.

Murray was prescribed Risperdal from 2003-2008 for treating autism spectrum disorder symptoms.

Later in 2018, a state appeals court upheld the 2015 ruling but decreased the fine to $680,000. A separate plaintiff with similar claims was also awarded a $2.5m jury verdict in 2015.

According to Sheller, PC, which represents plaintiffs injured by defective and dangerous drugs and devices, there are over 1,600 individual Risperdal gynecomastia cases awaiting trial, most of them in Philadelphia.

Murray’s lawyers Tom Kline and Jason Itkin were quoted by Reuters as saying: “This jury, as have other juries in other litigations, once again imposed punitive damages on a corporation that valued profits over safety and profits over patients. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen chose billions over children.”
Responding to the latest jury verdict, J&J called the award ‘grossly disproportionate’. The company added that the jury did not hear evidence regarding Risperdal’s risks and benefits.

A statement from J&J read: “Further, the plaintiff’s attorneys failed to present any evidence that the plaintiff was actually harmed by the alleged conduct.

“This decision is inconsistent with multiple determinations outside of Philadelphia regarding the adequacy of the Risperdal labelling, the medicine’s efficacy and findings in support of the Company. We will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.”

The ruling comes after J&J agreed to pay $10m to settle all opioid-based lawsuits in Ohio counties, Cuyahoga and Summit.

Article from: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/jj-janssen-risperdal-lawsuit/?fbclid=IwAR38WksfcRockNGv5PH0doV96_2j5Q2x52O0vk6WpCc6gWZFLGlf8AqeJ4U

A moving short film that will touch you (The gift)

It is not unnatural to see a child today who would rather play video games than go out with his dog. But in a unique and moving shot of this very familiar scenario, the German animator Jacob Frey reveals to the world the special bond that a child can create with his pet.

“The Present” was released by Frey in 2014 and won 60 awards, promoting the four-minute animated short to virus status with over one million views on YouTube in recent weeks.

“The film tells the story of a boy who rather spends his time indoors playing video games instead of finding out what awaits him in front of the door,” Frey wrote in a blog post about the film. “One day his mom decides to get a little surprise for her son, which makes it difficult for him to focus on his video game.” The surprise the boy receives is an adorable, playful puppy with a disability. The boy tries to focus on his video game as the puppy tries to persuade him to play, but is eventually won over by the puppy’s determination and resilience.

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Don’t be afraid to touch the Patience-info-scanner.com

Be patient and the sky will become bluer as Alekos Sakellarios says in his lyrics. Strong lyrics from 1966. Think that since 1966 and before they were still talking about patience. Even before you were born, there were dark and icy roads. Their only company was the cloud and the storm and their only solution was patience. They were to wait but also to endure the blows of life. The dark situations they were experiencing at that time.

But 2021 today and most of us have lost and ignore the word – patience. It is difficult to cultivate patience when we ourselves are completely unaware of it and are constantly in tension. We are constantly running to reach the same thing again and again. We are completely anxious and that is one reason we lost our patience. We can make things simpler if we look at reality a little bit. If we see how we move and how we talk. Our movements. Let’s see a little inside us. Very hard to doing that. But not at all difficult if we dare to touch patience once. Instead of getting upset because the car broke down and we could not go to work and did not manage to do all this today, we can wait again. We may not do that today. The issue is simple, we make it complicated. Once we say “ok it does not matter” or prefer another option in our lives. But this is how things are sometimes, we just want to do everything perfectly in our lives and everything is rosy. But what kind of life is this? Without rain, a rainbow never comes out, not even by force. We do not all have the same disadvantages or advantages. But let us not worry about them. Everything in its time.

Many of us say “I can not be patient”, and what about that? The truth is we can not or do not want to gain patience? Do we not want to struggle once or do we not want to grow a little spiritually? Unfortunately, most of the time we prefer easy roads. Those without virtues. Life is simpler than we imagine but in our own eyes it is so difficult to see. We are afraid or we don’t dare to touch patience.
One truth from life is that it does not help to worry about things we cannot control. The Bible aptly states: “Which of you by being anxious can by reason of length prolong his life even by a few inches?” – Luke 12:25, The New Testament — A Handbook of Study and Life.

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Big protest by Cypriot people in Cyprus for their freedom, about the measures οf Covid19 and the vaccine mandatory..

Cypriot Protest: Angelos Konstantinidis and his lawyer Savvas Savvidis speak in Cyprus for their freedom (video)

To many people and lawyers in the free part of Cyprus (Larnaca,Paphos,Nicosia,Limassol) , they decided to organize protests about the measures of Covid19 and the vaccine mandatory. We found some of this people, the cypriot Angelos Konstantinidis, that Angelos denounced by the government for “illegal protests”, which then proceeded to court for his victory.


“We will win because we have the right on our side and the triune God shield!” Angelos Konstantinides and Savvas Savvidis

With the support of 20 of his fellow human beings and his lawyer Savva Savvidis out of court before few days ago .. INNOCENT the accused for the charge of inciting demonstrations after the court acquitted him of the charges ..
Lawyer Savvas Savvidis accepted the decision to acquit the accused Angelos Konstantinidis but asked the court to proceed with the unconstitutionality of the decree.
The court responds to Mr. S. Savvidis since there is no case, we can not proceed on our own, to the unconstitutionality.
The conclusions to the readers .. !!!

Also Thousands of people at 15 of May in Nicosia and Paphos have shouted with one voice saying a great end to fascism of all shades.
The cypriot people can no longer continue to accept the unconstitutional and anti-popular fascist measures of the government and the partisanship where it whistled indifferently.


Watch the video below: Cypriot Angelos Konstantinidis and his lawyer Savvas Savvidis speak in Cyprus for the freedom (greek,english subs)

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Great celebration for Orthodoxy – The memory of Saints Constantine and Helen is honored today, Friday 21 May.

Saint Constantine and Saint Helen: Who are the Apostles who celebrate today

Saint Constantine

This is the Roman Emperor, during whose days secularism was established and the Christian faith was promoted, which until then had been persecuted.

At the time when his father Constantius was serving in the Palace, Constantine was in the court of the emperor Diocletian in Nicomedia, holding the office of Chiliarch. But when the two Augustians, Diocletian and Maximian, resign from their positions, Constantius for the West and Galerius for the East are promoted to the position of Augustus.

When Constantius (306) died, the western army recognized Constantine as Augustus.

Constantine, therefore, was proclaimed in August after his victory against Maxentius.

The historian Eusebius states that Constantine did not know exactly to whom God to pray to face Maxentius. When, however, he began to return prayers, in the afternoon a sign appeared in the sky, the Cross with the famous inscription “in spite of victory”.

Thus, having the certainty of divine support, he attacks Maxentius, whom he defeats.

After these events and since he is now the only ruler of the Empire, Constantine will make a decision that was to change the course of mankind: he moves the capital of the Empire from Rome to a fishing village on the Bosphorus and builds Constantinople on the old Byzantium .

A notable event, among others, is the signing of the edict of Milan in 313, which provided for the cessation of persecution and the release of the faithful. The decree was signed on the occasion of Likinios’ marriage to his sister Konstantias.

With the predominance of Christianity begin the first disputes in the body of the Church. The first bomb that will shake its foundations is Arius who will support the one and only nature of Jesus Christ.

Constantine, realizing the problem caused by the heresies in the cohesion of the Empire, convened the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in Bithynia in 325, which ruled that Arius taught heretical views.

After the end of the work of the Synod, Constantine himself undertook the notification of the relevant decisions to the whole territory of the Empire.

Arios, however, and his contemporaries deceived Constantine by practicing their philological and philosophical art and convinced Constantine that their teaching did not depart from the doctrine of the Ecumenical Council.

The result of this intervention of Areios was the convening of a new synod in 327 AD, which recalled Areios from exile and restored his like-minded Bishops Nicomedia Eusebius and Nicaea Theognio. This action provoked reactions from the Orthodox, so both Alexandria of Alexandria and Athanasius the Great did not compromise with the decisions of the Synod, even though the Emperor threatened to overthrow him.

Subsequently, a new Synod of Heretical Bishops, convened in Antioch in 330, deposed and exiled Saint Eustathius, Bishop of Antioch, and then in 335, another Synod, held in Tire, Syria, sentenced Athanasius the Great to death. who, therefore, asked Constantine to listen to him, but the Emperor, at first, did not accept the proposal of Athanasius, until this great theologian said to him: “Judge Lord ἀνὰ μέσον ἐμοῦ καὶ σοῦ”.

After the hearing, and after Constantine invited all those who participated in the Council of Tire, Eusebius of Nicomedia appeared, with another argument before the Emperor, this time, raising the issue of the alleged obstruction of the transportation of wheat. The Emperor finally exiled Athanasius the Great to Trevira, France, but did not ratify the decision of that Synod and at the same time did not proceed to the replacement of the episcopal see of Alexandria. The issue of Arios was solved at that time by the Providence of God, since on the eve of the solemn recognition of Arios, he died in a horrible way while he was in the toilet.

Despite the fact that he had worshiped the god Helios all his life, shortly before his death he decided to be baptized a Christian. During the sacrament he also said the famous phrase: “Now it is true because of the bliss of us, now it is worthy of immortal life, now the divine light is received, I believed”. From then until the day of his sleep in 337 in the suburb of Nicomedia no royal cloak was worn. His death occurred nine years after his mother died at the age of 63 and took place on the day of Pentecost, according to historian Eusebius.

Saint Helen

Saint Helen was the mother of Constantine the Great. He was born in Drepano of Bithynia (Gialova, Central Asia) in the middle of the 3rd century AD. About twenty years after her birth, Eleni met Constantius Chloros, an official of the Empire, whom she married in 270, under a special law, which allowed officials to marry women of popular descent. Constantius was a relative of Claudius, who reigned before Diocletian and was hired by Diocletian. The fruit of the marriage of Helen and Constantius was Constantine, the later monarch of the Roman Empire, whom Saint Helen gave birth to in Naissos of Moisia (Nissa, Serbia).

However, in order for Constantius to be promoted by Diocletian to Caesar of Galatia, Spain and Britain, he divorced Saint Helen and married the niece of Maximian Theodora. At that time, Saint Helen and Constantine remained under the protection of Diocletian and then Galerius, so that they could control Constantius. However, Constantius assumed the office of Caesar’s office worked well for the Church, since even during the period of persecution unleashed by Diocletian, the faithful in this area were not persecuted. Also, with the rise of Chloros to this position, the way was opened for his son Konstantinos.

Saint Helen returned to public life when Constantine was promoted to Caesar in 306, when Constantine brought her to Trevira and then took her with him to Rome, when he was to be proclaimed in August. The Saint was proclaimed in Augusta by Constantine, when he remained emperor defeating Licinius, while in the process she acted as his advisor and collaborator. This love and respect of Constantine to his mother was shown by the erection of two columns in the large square “Foros”, one in the name of St. Helen and the other in his name, and between them a cross, which bore the inscription : “To the Saint, to the Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, Amen”. Also, in order to honor her, she minted coins with her name and form and renamed Drepano to Elenopolis.

Among other things, he gave his mother the palace in Cesorio of Lateranos, where he built a church, so that she could perform charitable and spiritual work. Subsequently, St. Helen, with the consent of Constantine, took responsibility for the reconstruction of temples and the construction of new churches and auspicious institutions throughout the territory of the Empire. The historian Eusebius states in this regard: “Eleni Augusta … founded pious presumptions of disposition”.

But apart from the life and work of Saint Helen at the side of her son, the most important event that sealed her was her transition to the Holy Land. There, according to Tradition, following a divine sign, he found the Holy and Animal Cross of the Lord in 326 AD. When he arrived in Jerusalem, then, at the suggestion of Saint Kyriakos, who was a Jew and then called Judas, but also based on a tradition that said that after the Apostasy the Holy Cross was thrown into a pit near Golgotha, he immediately began the relevant investigations .

But because it was a tremendous amount of work, the research turned to the part where the basil flower bloomed, whose fragrance was intense. The chronographer George the monk notes the fact of the discovery as follows: “And the Bishop (Makarios) learned the things of the Royal Coming … he always asked for peace and made a more important wish in favor of it, to God he offered … God showed the Bishop the place where the unclean demon, the temple and the statue of Aphrodite existed. Then the queen, a large number of craftsmen and workers gathered and from the bottom destroyed the infamous building. As a result, the divine Memory, the place of the skull and three registered crosses were revealed … Embarrassment and sadness seized the Queen, since no one knew who the Holy Cross was.

And the Bishop answered the question by faith … A sick woman, desperate in all respects and the wind blowing, they brought between the crosses … With the shadow of the Holy Cross the patient … jumped straight, glorifying God with a loud voice. ..And Queen Eleni, with great joy received the Cross … and handed over part of it to the Bishop of the city “(George Monk, On the Finding of the Cross, 110.620-621).

Also, St. John Chrysostom mentions that three crosses were found on Golgotha, one of which was diagnosed as belonging to Jesus Christ. The Synaxari of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross states: “And when the Queen (ie Saint Helen) passed away, the miracle of the Lord Stavros is shown to the dying widow; two crosses of the Robbers, zero indicated in this miraculous model “.

After the point Saint Helen decided to build the Church of the Resurrection on the spot, another temple above the Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem and two others, one on the Ascension Mountain and one on Mount Tabor.

Then, Saint Helen left for Constantinople, carrying with her pieces of the Sacred Wood. On her way she passed for the second time from Cyprus. So he landed south of the island near today’s Libra. The area where he landed was a river, then called the royal river, near which he deposited the crosses – traditionally, because the three crosses had remained together for many years, he disconnected them, mixed their wood and rebuilt them. From the wood of the foot of the cross of Christ he also made another small cross.

There, exhausted as she was, the eighty-year-old Saint leaned down to rest for a while, so that she could continue her journey to Constantinople. According to Tradition, during her sleep, a young man in angelic form said to her: “My dear queen, I am an envoy of God Almighty, to express His will to you. Just as you built temples there in Jerusalem, so that God may be glorified and praised, so here, on this blessed island, you should do the same. To build a holy temple here, which in fact to be founded with the Holy Wood, so that the Cross of the Lord can be worshiped and glorified for centuries by the inhabitants of this place. “Christians will live here until the end of the world.”

When the Saint woke up, she immediately ordered it to be done as that brilliant young man had indicated to her. However, one of the big crosses had disappeared and was seen on the top of Mount Olympus. There, then, was found the Sacred Wood, which had been lost for a moment. Then, Agia Eleni and her associates built a church which they inaugurated with the Holy Wood and since then (327) this mountain is called Stavrovouni, where until today there is the homonymous Holy Monastery.

Then the Saint left for the Queen, where Constantine welcomed the Holy Cross, the four Nails (= nails) and his mother with all splendor. We note that of these four Ilos, two were placed in the Crown, which was worn by King Constantine.

Agia Eleni was buried a year later, at the age of about 81 years (328-329) while today, most of the Holy Wood is kept in the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamos on Mount Athos.

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The Greek genocide (Greek: Γενοκτονία των Ελλήνων, Genoktonia ton Ellinon), including the Pontic genocide, was the systematic killing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population of Anatolia which was carried out during World War I and its aftermath (1914–1922) on the basis of their religion and ethnicity. It was instigated by the government of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish national movement against the indigenous Greek population of the Empire and included massacres, forced conversion to Islam, forced deportations involving death marches[where?], expulsions, summary execution, and the destruction of Eastern Orthodox cultural, historical, and religious monuments. Several hundred thousand Ottoman Greeks died during this period. Most of the refugees and survivors fled to Greece (adding over a quarter to the prior population of Greece). Some, especially those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighbouring Russian Empire.

By late 1922, most of the Greeks of Asia Minor had either fled or had been killed. Those remaining were transferred to Greece under the terms of the later 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, which formalized the exodus and barred the return of the refugees. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Armenians, and some scholars and organizations have recognized these events as part of the same genocidal policy.

The Allies of World War I condemned the Ottoman government–sponsored massacres. In 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars passed a resolution recognising the Ottoman campaign against its Christian minorities, including the Greeks, as genocide. Some other organisations have also passed resolutions recognising the Ottoman campaign against these Christian minorities as genocide, as have the national legislatures of Greece, Cyprus, the United States, Sweden, Armenia, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Many victims

The question of the number of victims of persecution during the decade that lasted until the Asia Minor Catastrophe concerns scholars and activists seeking the recognition of the events as genocide and is related to the question of the multitude of Greeks living in Asia Minor at the beginning of World War II. In the case of Pontus, the scholar and refugee Georgios Valavanis himself established in 1925 the number of 353 thousand victims, which was then reproduced by the activists of the Pontian genocide, as a result of which it was officially accepted and repeated in all relevant commemorative ceremonies. Political scientist Rudolf Rammel estimates that it cost the lives of approximately 326,000-382,000 Greeks. The number of 350,000 dead in the Pontus during the period of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923, is repeated by the genocide scholars Samuel Totten and Paul Bartrop. As the journalist Tassos Costopoulos proved, however, this number of Valavanis came with the arbitrary addition of 50,000 to the number of 303,238 displaced mentioned in a 1922 pamphlet, who were presented not as displaced but as exterminated. Costopoulos estimates that about 100-150,000 were exterminated in the period 1912-1924 in Pontos.

Global recognition

On February 24, 1994, the Greek Parliament unanimously voted to declare May 19 a “Day of Remembrance for the Greek Genocide in Asia Minor,” the day Mustafa Kemal landed in Samsun. Also in 1998, Parliament unanimously voted to declare “September 14th as a day of national remembrance of the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor by the Turkish State.”

In December 2007, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) officially recognized the Greek genocide, along with the Assyrian genocide, and issued the following resolution:

"CONSIDERING that the denial of a genocide is universally recognized as the final stage of genocide, ensuring impunity for the perpetrators of genocide, and well-prepared the ground for future genocides,
CONSIDERING that the Ottoman genocide against the minority populations during and after the First World War is usually presented as genocide against the Armenians only, with little recognition of the qualitatively similar genocides against other Christian minorities,
DECIDES that it is the belief of the International Union of Genocide Scholars that the Ottoman campaign against the Christian minorities of the empire, between 1914 and 1923, constituted genocide against the Armenians, Assyrians, Pontians and Greeks.
"THE UNION DECIDES to ask the Turkish Government to recognize the genocides against these populations, to formally apologize, and to take appropriate and important steps towards restoration (non-repetition)."

Commemorative plaque of the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia for the exterminated Pontians in Adelaide, Australia.

The Pontian genocide is officially recognized as such by four states, Greece by law of 1994 (N. 2193/1994), Sweden by a vote in the Swedish parliament on March 11, 2010, Armenia by March 2015, along with the genocide of the Assyrians and the Netherlands, together with the genocide of the Armenians and Assyrians, on April 9, 2015.

Turkey does not acknowledge that there was genocide and attributes the deaths to war losses, plague and disease and does not admit that there was genocide. Most modern Turks are partially or completely ignorant of these events. However, Turkish historians have publicly described the events as genocide.

Links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_genocide

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Let’s go with a new short film, in this case “The Black Hole” by Philip Sansom and Olly Williams, an amazing story published in 2008 and although the name may suggest something else, they are portals. One night, a sleep-deprived office worker copies a “black hole.” Suddenly, the possibilities seem endless and he is finally trapped in his greed.

For fans of short films, check out the Future Shorts channel, which has been publishing short films from around the world (over 40 countries) to an audience of over half a million people since 2004.

Watch it!!

Denmark is one of the first countries in Europe to implement such a system and the government said it should remain in place until the entire adult population has had access to the vaccine which should be before the end of the summer.

It cannot however be used for travel although the government hopes it will eventually be used that way. The European Commission is working on the launch of a digital “green certificate” to travel freely in the EU again.

Actually, Denmark launched a COVID-19 “passport” , that will help to allow non-essential businesses to reopen to customers.

WHAT IS CORONA PASS

The “coronapas” is available via a secure application or in paper format to people who have either been fully vaccinated, have tested positive for COVID-19 two to 12 weeks previously or negative over the previous 72 hours.

HOW WILL THE PASSES WORK

Key to the EU’s digital certificate is a QR code – a machine-readable graphic code made up of black and white squares – that contains personal data and the EU’s Commission says it will be safe and secure. It is working with the World Health Organization to ensure the certificate is recognised beyond Europe.

The 27 member states also want to include non-EU countries such as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, with officials saying earlier this week that vaccinated travellers from the US may also be able to visit Europe this summer.

So in Denmark, the Businesses that allow customers in without a valid “coronapas” will be fined €400 and up to €6,000 for repeat offences while clients will be fined €330, the Ministry of Justice has warned.

Some retailers are unhappy about the coercive measure.

“It is an unreasonable responsibility to impose (this control) on a small trader. It would have been much better if, for example, the police made inspection visits, like train inspectors,” said Jakob Brandt, head of the SMVdanmark federation of small and medium sized businesses, in an interview with the daily Politiken.

The “Men in Black” — who regularly protest against restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the deadly virus — have called for a protest against the “coronapas” and mass testing programme on Saturday.

“The Corona passport and the mass surveillance and registration of Danes that we put up with testify to a society based on distrust in citizens,” the group said in a Facebook post

Gyms, theatres and cinemas on Thursday welcomed Danes back thanks to a new round of Covid-19 restriction easing and a reliance on a “corona pass”.

Armed with the pass people in Denmark can already visit restaurants, museums or the hairdresser.

Now the new certificate — confirming that they have either tested negative in the past 72 hours, been vaccinated, or recently recovered from Covid-19 — will also give them access to other places that have been off limits due to the pandemic.

“I don’t mind showing the corona pass at all. I think it’s very good, you feel safe while everything is reopening,” 22-year-old student Ottilia, told AFP as she stopped by to buy tickets for an upcoming show at the Falkoner cinema in central Copenhagen.

“I’m very excited, I have missed going to the cinema. I’m looking forward to seeing a movie on a big screen again,” project manager Stina, who had arrived with a group of few friends to watch a new Danish movie, said.

Launched in early March, as zoos reopened, the use of the pass has been a requirement for each new stage of Denmark’s reopening.

“It’s a major success because it has combined the reopening of the economy and has boosted testing,” Lars Ramme, head of tourism at the Danish Chamber of Commerce, said.

Bars, cafes and restaurants have been using it since April 21.

“I honestly think that after four, five months of lockdown, at least in Copenhagen, people will do anything to go and grab a beer and get some food,” Mikkel Bjergso, founder of micro-brewery Mikkeler.

It currently allows people to enter certain businesses — including hairdressers, beauty salons and driving schools — with the aim to gradually reopen the economy by the end of May.

Some 7 per cent of Denmark’s 5.8 million inhabitants have been fully vaccinated and a total of 13.3 per cent have received at least one dose.

Vaccinations in the country have slowed down in recent weeks after it suspended the use of the jab developed by AstraZeneca over concerns about rare but serious blood clot events in vaccinated people. The use of the vaccine remains suspended pending further assessments of its side effects.

CYPRUS OF GOVERNMENT

The requirement of a special pass to enter malls, churches and restaurants is a temporary one to ensure a smooth transition into the next phase of less restrictive measures, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Thursday.

The minister said that the return “to more normal conditions” must be done safely and carefully. For this reason, he said, not all restrictions can be completely removed at this stage, but they are adapting to the data of the current period.

“The de-escalation of measures will be gradual and depending on the epidemiological picture as it evolves,” he added.

He added that to ensure more safety during people’s presence in specific areas where crowds gather such as shopping malls, restaurants, churches, along with the use of a mask and the observance of other personal protection measures, it was decided that people need to:

To have been vaccinated with at least the first dose at least three weeks earlier or to have been infected by Covid-19 in the past six months

If one of the two above measures does not apply, and as a temporary solution and until vaccination coverage progresses further people aged over 12 should present a negative PCR or rapid test, with a validity of 72 hours, he said.

“This measure is temporary and will be applied for a transitional period in order to ensure that our travels and social contacts are made as safe as possible for our health and for public health,” Ioannou said. The goal, he said, is to achieve the desired immunity through vaccinations.

He also clarified that the responsibility for the control of possession of proof is not the responsibility of the businesses but of police and officials of competent ministries and departments depending on their areas of responsibility.

The cabinet on Wednesday night decided, from Monday, to lift the obligation of sending an SMS before going out, to reopen most closed businesses and to introduce a so-called Covid pass for people to be allowed into hospitality venues, churches, gyms, shops and other places.

Ioannou said that an application will be introduced for obtaining a digital Covid pass but more information would be given by the deputy ministry for innovation. The pass was originally being referred to in ministry announcements as a ‘coronapass’. However, CoronaPass is a trademarked app developed by Microsoft and specifically refers to a digital-only system.

A digital pass is not expected to be implemented right away in Cyprus and people will likely have to present paper evidence of test, vaccine or proof of past illness when the measure starts from Monday, and until a digital version is available.

However after Denmark and Cyprus, they follow other countries such the Flemish government is considering introducing a system with a “corona pass” to give people in Flanders back some freedom from 11 July, according to Flemish Welfare Minister Wouter Beke.

Also France wants to be the first EU member country to put in place a COVID-19 travel pass, a first example of digital green pass the European Commission wants to roll out across the bloc by mid-June.

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From :

https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/06/covid-19-denmark-launches-coronapas-certificate-to-reopen-economy

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210506-denmark-eases-more-covid-restrictions-with-new-corona-pass

https://www.politico.eu/article/france-launch-coronavirus-travel-pass/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56912667

International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in most countries and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on May Day (1 May).

While it may belong to a tradition of spring festivals, the date was chosen in 1889 for political reasons by the Marxist International Socialist Congress, which met in Paris and established the Second International as a successor to the earlier International Workingmen’s Association. They adopted a resolution for a “great international demonstration” in support of working-class demands for the eight-hour day. The date had been chosen by the American Federation of Labor to continue an earlier campaign for the eight-hour day in the United States, which had culminated in the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886. May Day subsequently became an annual event. The 1904 Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the eight-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.”

The first of May is a national, public holiday in many countries across the world, in most cases as “International Workers’ Day” or a similar name. Some countries celebrate a Labour Day on other dates significant to them, such as the United States and Canada, which celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September.

Origin

On 21 April 1856, Australian stonemasons in Victoria undertook a mass stoppage as part of the eight-hour workday movement. It became a yearly commemoration, inspiring American workers to have their first stoppage. 1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. The police responded by firing on the workers. The event led to the deaths of seven police officers and at least thirty-eight civilians; sixty police officers were injured, as were one hundred and fifteen civilians. Hundreds of labour leaders and sympathizers were later rounded-up and four were executed by hanging, after a trial that was seen as a miscarriage of justice. The following day on 5 May, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the state militia fired on a crowd of strikers killing seven, including a schoolboy and a man feeding chickens in his yard.

In 1889, a meeting in Paris was held by the first congress of the Second International, following a proposal by Raymond Lavigne that called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago protests. On May 1, 1890, the call encouraged May Day demonstrations took place in the United States and most countries in Europe Demonstrations were also held in Chile and Peru. May Day was formally recognized as an annual event at the International’s second congress in 1891. Subsequently, the May Day riots of 1894 occurred. The International Socialist Congress, Amsterdam 1904 called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The congress made it “mandatory upon the proletarian organisations of all countries to stop work on 1 May, wherever it is possible without injury to the workers.”

In the United States and Canada, a September holiday, called Labor or Labour Day, was first proposed in the 1880s. In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed a Labor Day holiday on the first Monday of September while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty US states officially celebrated Labor Day. Thus by 1887 in North America, Labour Day was an established, official holiday but in September, not on 1 May.

A 1 May rally in Bucharest in 1967

May Day has been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International. May Day is one of the most important holidays in communist countries such as China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union countries. May Day celebrations in these countries typically feature elaborate workforce parades, including displays of military hardware and soldiers.

In 1955, the Catholic Church dedicated 1 May to “Saint Joseph the Worker”. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and craftsmen, among others.

Today, the majority of countries around the world celebrate a workers’ day on 1 May.

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