Lunchtime News Tuesday 9th February 2021


45-year-old woman dies after fall at Cap Canaille - A 45-year-old woman has died while out hiking near the town of La Ciotat on the Philemon trail in the Var on Monday afternoon. The victim slipped and fell 20 metres at Cap Canaille, one of the highest cliffs in Europe and a popular spot for hikers.  Emergency services were alerted by those accompanying the woman but were unable to save the woman.

21-year-old injured following gunfire in the Var - A 21-year-old man has been injured after being targeted by gunfire on Monday night in La Garde in the Var on chemin de Rabasson. Firefighters intervened and the victim was taken to hospital in Toulon in a critical condition. Police have opened an instigation into the incident.

Nice’s ban on seasonal rentals suspended - The administrative court has suspended the decision by the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi to ban seasonal rentals in Nice during the February holidays. After examining the case on Monday, the court called to rule on the legality of the anti-seasonal rentals decree of the city of Nice

For the UPLT, which is made up of around fifteen seasonal rental professionals, real estate agencies and also travel agencies, the decision to ban seasonal rentals from February 6th to 20th violated fundamental freedoms. The court has suspended the decree despite arguments presented by the city of Nice.

Marseille hospital concerned about growing number of younger patients with Covid - A hospital in the north of Marseille has warned of the “worrying” situation concerning younger patients being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19. For several weeks’ patients ranging from 18 to 47 years old have been admitted to Covid intensive care units at the Hôpital-Nord in Marseille. To cope with the new influx of patients, an additional unit with eight beds has just been created.

Speaking of the situation Dr Gary Duclos says "A patient has just died, the patient was young, 30 years old”. Duclos has been observing the situation for several weeks and adds that "Patients under 65 represent at times more than half of those admitted". On Monday, February 8th, of the 32 covid beds in intensive care, 18 are occupied by "young" patients. All the patients present a risk factor, obesity, hypertension or diabetes.

Skip the queue vaccination - French media has reported this morning that members of the board of directors of the American Hospital in Paris Neuilly have benefited from "queue-cut vaccines". While the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 is taking place in stages in France, some health establishments are practicing "skip-the-queue" vaccination. This is the case of the American Hospital of Paris, a private establishment in Neuilly-sur-Seine, which in January vaccinated some of its "governors" while doctors and nursing staff at the American Hospital in Paris working in areas potentially exposed to Covid-19 are still awaiting their first injection. According to several senior hospital officials from the public and private sectors, this form of privilege for faster access to vaccination is not isolated.

Health Minister Olivier Véran has said this morning following the reports, that the situation will be looked into and that "should this be the case, he deplores that some members of the board and family members would have profited from the situation". 

Facebook updates rules on spread of false information about Covid-19 vaccinations - Facebook has updated its rules of use to stop the spread of false information about Covid-19 vaccines. Faced with the influx of false publications about Covid-19 vaccines  Facebook says it is to ban any publication claiming that vaccines against the coronavirus are "dangerous". However the platform does not specify how the controls will be carried out, nor the means put in place to fight against false information about vaccines against Covid-19.

After Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg assured last September that the social network would not tackle discussions about vaccines, the company announced a new list of claims now banned on the platform.

International Woman’s Day - The theme for this year’s International Woman’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. To seek out and celebrate women’s achievements and to call out gender bias and inequality. A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Ahead of the day marked annually on March 8th the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women's Rights has launched preparations for its annual #8MarsMonaco operation. This year the event will highlight the women on the front line during the lockdown of March 2020, everyday heroines.  Artist Anthony Alberti, alias Mr One Teas, will once again create portraits which will be assembled into photographic works with the final result being displayed coming into the Principality, on the Rocher, and in the Fontvieille shopping centre. A video will also be broadcast on the Committee's social networks and on Monaco Info from March 8th allowing you to discover all the works displayed in the city.

International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. The colours of International Women’s Day which originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908 are purple, green and white.

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Monaco, Yachting Capital of the world - The International University of Monaco (IUM) together with Young Professionals in Yachting Monaco (YPY Monaco), Cluster Yachting Monaco and Onboard with Marcela have joined forces to promote the yachting Industry around the world, focusing on education, sustainable values and networking opportunities for professionals in the yachting Industry.

Presenting Monaco as the capital of sustainable yachting as well as the capital of the superyacht world is key importance for HSH Prince Albert II. For this reason, the participants of this conglomerate feel particularly proud to be Monaco based with ambitious projects in mind to position Monaco as the yachting luxury capital of the world.

Upcoming events for 2021 include the Monaco Symposium on Luxury held from 7th to the 9th April. The Mark Challenge; Grand Final – The six finalists are invited to Monaco to present their business concepts. The event will be held in Monaco on May 19th at the Monaco Yacht Club. During the event, the Final Jury will select one winning team per category, and special Guests will present Prizes and Awards. And the Yachting Ventures; The first yachting accelerator helping entrepreneurs in yachting thrive. Applications start February 2021.



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