“January of low water makes the peasant rich”

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The saying of the day: “January of low water makes the peasant rich”. (illustrative image)

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Seen in the press

UKRAINE: Switzerland prohibits the sending of certain Swiss military equipment from Spain to Ukraine, reports Blick on Wednesday, which takes up information from Europapress. This Spanish-language newspaper quotes Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles during an interview with Spanish ambassadors. The equipment concerned is not specified, but Switzerland would prevent any transport of military equipment from Spain to Ukraine.

SUICIDE: Nearly three employees of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) and the Vaud University Hospital Center (CHUV) out of four (73%) approve of assisted suicide in hospitals, reveals a study relayed on Wednesday by Le Courrier and La Liberté.

Thirteen percent oppose it. More than 57% of caregivers say they plan to use this method themselves. As for the involvement of medical personnel in assisted suicide, 70% affirm that everyone should be given the choice to participate, against 20% who believe that professionals must comply with patient requests and 7, 2% judging that they should not commit.

CORONAVIRUS: Covid-19 contaminations are in free fall in Switzerland, reported the Tribune de Genève and 24 Hours on Wednesday, based on the latest data from the Federal Office of Public Health. In one week, 1,300 new cases were recorded, or 185 per day. During the 8th wave, in November, the number of daily infections was 3,500, almost 20 times more.

A year ago, when the Omicron variant hit Switzerland, daily contamination levels were over 35,000. The newspapers recall, however, that the tests have become chargeable since January 1 for people requesting them.

CORONAVIRUS BIS: The situation of patients who suffered serious complications after vaccination against Covid-19 remains difficult, say the Tages-Anzeiger, the Basler Zeitung, the Berner Zeitung and the Bund on Wednesday.

They report symptoms similar to those of long Covid. According to the Federal Office of Public Health, the complexity of the disease and the still limited knowledge place “specialists in front of great challenges”. An association defending their cause was created. She calls for recognition of their symptoms as post-vaccination syndrome, which is believed to be suffered by around 0.01 to 0.02% of all vaccinated people worldwide.

Anniversaries and Jubilees

– 10 years ago (2013): France launches Operation Serval in central Mali.

– 20 years ago (2003): death of French filmmaker Maurice Pialat, Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987 for “Under the Sun of Satan”.

– 100 years ago (1923): occupation of the Ruhr by Franco-Belgian troops to obtain payment of war reparations from Germany.

The saying of the day

“January of water-chicken makes the peasant rich”.

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“January of low water makes the peasant rich”