Cardiovascular disease and, specifically, coronary disease is one of the main causes of mortality in developed countries. Coronary disease is understood to be one that causes lesions in the arteries that nourish the heart (coronary arteries) […]

Cardiovascular Disease

The cardiovascular disease and in particular coronary heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in developed countries . Coronary disease is understood to be one that causes lesions in the arteries that nourish the heart (coronary arteries) and that manifests itself in the form of myocardial infarction or angina pectoris .


Cardiovascular diseases are, ahead of breast cancer, the leading cause of death among the Spanish female population.

Estrogens protect women from the onset of cardiovascular diseases until postmenopause.

The risk factors are similar in men and women (tobacco, sedentary lifestyle, dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension and overweight), but there are others linked to it (estrogens, breast cancer, hypertension in pregnancy).

Cardiovascular diseases have different incidence, evolution and prognosis in the population depending on sex. Mortality from cardiovascular disease in European women under 75 years of age is around 40% compared to 38% for men of the same age. The prevalence of coronary heart disease in women is not exactly known, as there are no comprehensive epidemiological data. This is because the large studies carried out on this pathology have been carried out in the male population. What we do know is that cardiovascular diseases are, ahead of breast cancer , the leading cause of death among the Spanish female population.

More protected?

According to a recently published study, women are more physiologically protected than men against cardiovascular disease.

The reason is not yet clear, but it appears that it may be due to two possible biological reasons. The first, thanks to female hormones: estrogens protect women from the onset of cardiovascular diseases until postmenopausal. Since then, a series of physical and metabolic changes appear in women that cause an increase in the incidence of classic risk factors (such as hypertension, diabetes, weight gain) and, therefore, increase their risk of suffering some cardiovascular disease.

Second, it has been seen that during pregnancy there are a series of changes in the anatomy and functioning of the heart (due to increased needs) that "train" it and would be responsible for reducing the cardiovascular risk to which they are exposed women. In fact, new drugs made from female hormones are currently being investigated as a possible treatment for heart failure.

Women tend to be older than men when they suffer from cardiovascular disease and this complicates their recovery. After menopause, women have a worse prognosis than men (due to the loss of estrogens), since they no longer receive the natural protection of estrogens and, with this, risk factors multiply.

Symptoms of cardiovascular disease in women

Regarding the difference in the presentation of symptoms, it has been seen that in women there is a lower frequency of appearance of classic chest pain (radiating to the left arm) and when it appears it is usually atypical. In addition, symptoms related to heart failure (such as shortness of breath or dyspnea) are more common.

Cardiovascular risk factors are similar in men and women (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension and overweight), although there are some differences with respect to these so-called classic factors. The measures aimed at preventing them, therefore, are similar in both sexes:

Physical activity: sedentary lifestyle is more common in women, men generally practice more sports.

Smoking: in recent years there has been an increase in tobacco in women, compared to the decrease in men, probably linked to social reasons.

Diabetes and overweight: in general, overweight and diabetes are more common in women, especially after 55 years.

Dyslipidemia: from the age of 50, women have higher cholesterol than men.

Hypertension: the prevalence of hypertension is higher in women from 65 years of age.

On the other hand, there are certain risk factors linked to women and that are not present in men:

Estrogens: the loss of estrogens after menopause eliminates the cardio protective capacity.

Breast cancer treatment: some drugs used in its treatment increase the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Appearance of high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Of interest

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE, Foundation Pro CNIC, and the Community of Madrid launch the “Women for the heart” campaign, to publicize the preventive measures that prevent the disease in women, its main symptoms, and how to act.

Enter the web and you can download the guide "Take care, heart" in which you can expand all this information and learn to prevent cardiovascular disease and recognize the symptoms of heart attack

Our main duty is to be guardians of our health, during any stage of our life.

In this way we help each other to have an optimal quality of life in all

cycles. Health is the state of physical, metal and social well-being. We say

that someone is healthy, when their organs and body systems can carry

out normally all the activities necessary for the proper functioning of the


health care

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a complete state

of physical, mental and social well-being; not only the absence of diseases

or illnesses. For this reason, we emphasize that, beyond pathologies,

health encompasses various factors that intervene in the quality of life of

each one. A healthy person is one who enjoys a full and happy life at all


So, should we take care of our health? Of course we do. We all want to feel

good and that leads us to be happy. That is why we must keep in mind a

series of habits that will help improve our health.

Care to consider

We all need a good diet, rich in nutrients and vitamins. We need

quantities and dierent types of food. We require more food when we

are in the growth phase, when we are working, doing high intensity

exercises and when we are sick. Eating large amounts can also harm

your health. Excess food causes our body to store unnecessary fats,

contributing to cardiovascular disorders and diabetes.

Playing sports or exercising helps us improve our physical form. It

strengthens the body's defenses, providing us with vitality and makes us

happy. When we exercise we release endorphins, giving us a feeling of

well-being. With just 30 minutes a day of some physical activity we can

obtain great benefits.

Our body needs to rest and replenish energy, therefore, we must

sleep well. Sleep is the decisive factor in being able to undertake daily

activities with energy and concentration.

Bad vices play a bad role in our body. We must eliminate tobacco,

alcohol and drugs; These are substances that are harmful to our body,

increasing the chances of contracting diseases.

The positive attitude towards life is a fundamental requirement to

establish healthy personal relationships, it helps us to handle stressful

situations; improving our mental health.

What happens when we don't take care of ourselves?

When we are sick our quality of life is diminished, our capacities are

diminished, altering the daily life of us and our close relatives. By not

following the recommendations to lead a healthy lifestyle, we can increase

the risk of suering from diseases (cardiovascular, infectious diseases or

psychiatric diseases such as depression or anxiety).

When we are not in good health, we cannot work, we do not feel well and

we cannot provide ourselves or our family with an income to live as usual.

The march of El Rubius to Andorra has put the Spanish tax system in the eye of the hurricane. Why are youtubers leaving, are they really paid less taxes in Andorra? And if so, aren't we talking about a tax haven?

How taxes work, in Andorra and in any country in the world

Benjamin Franklin said that "in this world there are only two things for sure: death and paying taxes." All countries have their own tax system , which includes different types of taxes.

Taxes are used to defray state spending and to redistribute the wealth of a country, at least in theory. That is one of the functions of the Personal Income Tax or income statement , for example, where those who earn the most also pay more because the personal income tax tables are progressive.

Along the same lines, the Wealth Tax levies the assets that a person has and is especially focused on the highest assets. But not all taxes work like this.

VAT, for example, is not a progressive type of tax, but a regressive one . The VAT percentage that is paid is the same regardless of the salary you earn or your assets. The only difference in VAT is the type of product on which it is applied. In the most basic it is 4% and in the majority it is 21%.

When it comes to paying more or less taxes, it is common to think of personal income tax. The reality is that the impact of VAT is much greater on your portfolio. If there is a tax that affects your economy, this is VAT. According to the data from the Fiscal Liberation Day report developed by the Civismo think tank, its impact is between 3,100 and 4,400 euros per household depending on the type of family.

And all this without having touched all the taxes directed exclusively to companies, such as Corporation Tax .

However, this is only in Spain. The reality is that taxes change in every country in the world . Not all have the same types of taxes or apply the same rates. There are states that even lack income tax or VAT.

What you should be clear about is that there is a certain correlation between the welfare state paid by the Government and taxes . As a general rule, a lower tax burden usually leads to fewer social benefits. Thus, for example, if you want to have access to healthcare, there are countries where you will need private health insurance.

It is something similar to what happens with pensions , which, however, do not depend on taxes but on your Social Security contributions. The lower the contribution, the lower the public pension as well. The solution, again, is through private savings and creating a plan to supplement the public pension , something that is done in most European countries.

Andorra is not different from other countries in tax terms. Andorrans and residents of Andorra also pay taxes, only these are different and lower than Spaniards.

How much could you save on taxes in Andorra

If youtubers go to Andorra to pay less taxes, which does not seem the only or the main motivation for ElRubius, it will be because tax savings are important. In other words, in Andorra they will pay less taxes. Is it really so

The key to finding out is in the taxes that exist in Andorra and their tax rate. This is a summary of the most important types of taxes in Andorra.

VAT Andorra vs Spain

Personal Income Tax Andorra vs Spain

These income tax tables work progressively and not having it is one of the mistakes when making the income .

For practical purposes, only in personal income tax the difference for income such as those that ElRubius generates in theory, would translate into paying 4.5 times less . Compared to 1.81 million euros in Spain, it will pay 386,800 euros.

And for a person with income closer to the average? The average salary in Spain is 24,009.12 euros and in Androrra no income taxes are paid until it exceeds 24,000 euros. It does not take many calculations to see the difference between just paying any personal income tax and doing it.

Just in case, the following table summarizes how much you would pay in taxes in Andorra based on your salary . The calculation is for a single person under 65 years of age in order to calculate the personal and family minimum.


Income        Taxes in Spain (IRPF) Taxes in Andorra (IRPF)

€ 16,000                € 1,995  € 0

€ 25,000                € 4,057.5              € 50

€ 30,000                € 5,515.5              € 300

€ 35,000                € 7,015.5              550 €

€ 40,000                € 8,515.5              € 800

€ 60,000                € 15,866.5            € 2,800

€ 80,000                € 24,426.5            € 4,800

€ 100,000             € 33,426.5            € 4,800

If you wonder why with € 16,000 you get to return the rent, remember that each month they withhold a part of your payroll as personal income tax withholding.

Now that you know what the real difference is between Spain and Andorra in terms of personal income tax and how much you could save if you also leave, it is easy for two questions to arise . The first, if Andorra is not really a tax haven . The second , if you could pay taxes in Andorra or what conditions must be met to do so.

So, is Andorra a tax haven?

The reality is, no. Andorra is not a tax haven. It is only a country in which few taxes are paid or, rather, less taxes than in Spain, and it is not the only one. In Ireland, for example, the tax burden on companies is also much lower and that does not mean that it is a tax haven, necessarily.


The term tax haven is reserved for countries that meet certain conditions. The most general is that foreign investors with bank accounts or companies in their territory are exempt from paying taxes, not residents of the country, who will have to pay the same as you do in Spain or where you reside.

From there, the OECD establishes a series of specific criteria to define what a tax haven is :

The personal data of investors and shareholders of companies does not appear in the public records and the use of figureheads or formal representatives is allowed.

They keep bank secrecy as a rule, so that bank details are only shared in the case of crimes related to terrorism or drug trafficking, but not for basic tax crimes.

They do not have banking collaboration agreements with other countries.

They do not sign treaties to avoid double taxation.

In general terms, they are not very transparent countries, that do not share fiscal or banking information and where large fortunes tend to receive preferential treatment.

The Tax Agency has its own list of tax havens, just like the European Commission or the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Andorra ceased to be considered a tax haven in 2018 when it began to share the financial information of its residents.

Where you should pay: the risk of changing your country of residence

Could you pay taxes in Andorra? What do you have to pay to pay taxes in Andorra? The quick answer is: change your tax residence.

In other words, go live in Andorra and make this move real . For the Tax Agency, your tax residence is where you actually live most of the year, that is, more than 183 days. This is the first and foremost requirement to define where your tax residence is.

If you can prove that your home is in Andorra and that you live there, you will be able to pay taxes under the rules of the neighboring country and you will do so legally, in addition. The problem comes when these changes are not real. That is where the AEAT remains vigilant and on the lookout, as is logical.

This affects those who, for example, have a house in both countries. According to the agreement between Spain and Andorra, in those cases it will be necessary to pay taxes where the taxpayer's center of economic interests is. For this reason, for example, Moto Gp riders are advised not to have property in Spain and that is why the AEAT also investigated and fined Jorge Lorenzo.

In the case of youtubers, one of the keys would be the origin of their income. That is, if the base of its followers is in Spain or is it more global. Those who depend on our country, have moved just to pay less taxes, have a house in Spain and share their time almost equally between both countries are the ones who have the most options to be investigated.

And in your case? Unless you can go live in Andorra, you will continue to be a Spanish taxpayer and tax resident , with all the good and bad that that implies.

The world has already reached 109 million cases of coronavirus by the middle of this month of February, of which 3.06 million have occurred in Spain .

With these data, provided by organizations such as the WHO , Spain ranks sixth in terms of number of cases . Only the United States, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France, all of them countries with more population, are currently ahead.

coronavirus affected

In fact, if we compare these data by cumulative incidence per 100,000 inhabitants, Spain is in second place with 6,640 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. only behind the United States (8,440 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).

A pandemic that arrived in force before in other places

These high figures have opened a whole range of hypotheses about its causes, many of them convergent. Some of them will take time to verify, others will always remain within the probable.

What is unquestionable is that, unlike other areas in the world, Europe in general and Spain in particular, it was the geographical area hardest hit during the months of March and April with the first wave of the pandemic .

This led to a lower degree of knowledge and preparation and thus the mortality rates, not only in Spain, but also in other countries such as Italy were very high.

Thus, despite the virulence of the second or third wave , mortality is not comparable with the first, when the health system was not prepared.

Early coronavirus identification system

For many experts, in addition, one of the problems in Spain has been the deficiencies in early identification systems . If it is compared to how they were used in other countries like South Korea, for example.

Thus, except in some regions, and after the first wave of the pandemic, mass tests have not been widely used.

Meanwhile, in other countries this system helped detect those infected and cut the chains of transmission . With this, the coronavirus was prevented from reaching very vulnerable groups such as the elderly.

Geographical reasons

One of the reasons for its rapid spread is the position of Spain, which, like other European countries, has a large number of international travelers, both for business and leisure reasons.

This allowed that in the initial phase, possibly multiple infections occurred, of different origins, which multiplied until reaching the limit situation that led to strict confinement.

Population density

When a contagious disease like the coronavirus goes from controlled cases to community transmission, its incidence rate multiplies in the most densely populated areas .

Thus, for example, Madrid with a density of 840 inhabitants per km 2 (that of Spain is 94 km 2 ) has been one of the most affected regions of Spain.

It is not a unique case. In Italy, for example, the most affected area has also been Lombardy, where the population density is also one of the highest in the country.

High aging rate

But the pandemic has not only "primed" in highly populated areas. Other provinces, such as Segovia, Soria or Guadalajara, with very low densities have had very high incidences and mortalities per inhabitant.

This seems to be related to two points. The first is the proximity to a focus as important as Madrid, with many inhabitants with second homes. And the one that seems most important, the aging of the population .


A highly aged population has a higher proportion of other pathologies and the impact of the coronavirus is greater. If, in addition, it reaches nursing homes, as has happened, its effect is devastating.

Our way of relating

Finally, the high level of community transmission may also be related to the ways of relating to each other .

As is also the case with Italy, in Spain we tend not only to social gatherings, but also to physical closeness, which also multiplies infections.

In short, although in the coming months and years we will have many studies and analyzes, it seems clear that the confluence of different causes has motivated the important impact that Spain has suffered.

One of the great achievements of medicine has been the continuous increase in the life expectancy of the population. Spain is one of the countries with the highest life expectancy . However, this increase in life years is not always associated with quality of life or with our ability to take care of health.

Health Prevention Why is your health care important?

But, as a starting point…. what is health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being , and not only the absence of diseases or illnesses. In other words, health is a condition of well-being that goes beyond the absence of disease.

"Health is not everything but without it, everything else is nothing." A. Schopenhauer

How to take care of health?

Whether or not you are in good health depends on a multitude of factors. Sometimes there are hereditary (genetic) components that are not modifiable, but most risk factors can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of your health is easy if we follow the following tips:

1. Healthy and balanced diet

Maintaining a balanced diet is the key when it comes to taking care of your health . Refined sugars and all excessively sweetened products should be avoided, as well as saturated fats and trans fats. For this, it is important to effectively combine the intake of proteins (fish, meat), fats (oil, butter) and carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, pasta, bread). Likewise, it is essential to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day.

The amounts should be controlled and eating based on what the body needs of each one (according to their energy consumption).

2. Good hygiene

It is important to wash your hands well, maintain good oral hygiene , etc.

3. Exercise regularly

The  moderate exercise strengthens the heart, improves circulation and helps eliminate toxins among many other benefits. It is important to exercise regularly and according to age. The WHO recommends at least 30 minutes a day of exercise to avoid health problems.

As a daily exercise  we can also understand climbing the stairs or walking instead of taking other transport. That easy!

4. Avoid the consumption of toxic substances

We refer to the consumption of tobacco, alcohol or any other type of drug.

5. Create a good environment around us

Creating a good environment is achieved by promoting healthy personal relationships, avoiding stress, etc.

6. Have moments to relax

It is important to have  moments of relaxation , to think about other things that escape from the routine and daily worries. All this minimizes the appearance of stress and its symptoms.

7. Medical check-ups

Periodic medical check-ups are the best way to control our health and to be able to respond in time to any possible incident.

8. Ensure good rest

The brain and nervous system need to slow down, rest, and cleanse in order to continue to function at full capacity. This is achieved with sleep. Each person can have an optimal number of hours that they must meet and that is usually between 6 and a half hours and 8 hours.

Pay attention to the way you sit, use a good pillow and a good mattress; will help maintain healthy bones and muscles.

9. Watch the times

Our body works in a cyclical way and automatically gets used to performing certain functions at certain times of the day and does so involuntarily day after day. When these habits are voluntarily changed, certain functions are performed with less performance, so it is advisable to match involuntary acts with volunteers, making meals whenever possible at the same times every day, always at the same bedtime. and get up, etc.

10. Exercise the mind

Keep your mind busy with reading, crossword puzzles, puzzles or memory exercises, because in addition to helping the brain to stay awake, active and in good shape, it also helps to disconnect from the routine.

What happens if I don't take care of myself?

The disease influences the loss of quality of life , can reduce the patient's abilities and alter his daily life and that of family and friends around him.

Not following the recommendations of a healthy lifestyle can increase the risk of certain diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, infectious diseases or psychiatric diseases such as depression or anxiety.

According to experts, 80% of cardiovascular diseases - high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. - and a third of cancers could be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle.

Take care with Aegon

Take care of yourself and yours thanks to our health insurance . In important moments there is always someone supporting you, taking care of you and taking care of all those things that are important to you. What you expect from an insurer is that it is there whenever you need it. That is why at Aegon we are not satisfied with giving you the best service. Because we cannot replace friends, or family, or those who are always close, but what we can do is be there when you need us so that you feel as calm and accompanied as you feel with them.


Is it your daily struggle to overcome oily skin? Here is a selection of toner that will effectively regulate your sebum production.

oily skin

1-Mattifying tonic lotion

Based on clay, this toner promotes the absorption of excess sebum and controls the shine of the skin.

Bye Bye Pores, € 29


This alcohol-free toner promotes the elimination of impurities and the absorption of excess sebum while moisturizing.

Kiehl's, 20 €

3-Exfoliating toner

For smooth and purified skin, this exfoliating toner is our ally. It smooths the skin texture and eliminates the impurities responsible for oily skin.

Skinceuticals, 32.50 €

4-Mattifying toner

This toner promotes the rebalancing of our skin. Its components promote the regulation of oily skin and the reduction of pores.

Paula's Choice, € 24

5-Exfoliating toner

The combination of AHA and BHA acids, helps eliminate imperfections and fight against excess sebum. It allows you to find a smooth and hydrated skin that does not shine.

Björk and Berries, € 39

6-Purifying toner

This purifying toner promotes the natural balance of skin flora, for healthy skin and tightened pores.

Clarins, € 23.50

7-Mattifying toner

For skin without excess sebum, purified and tightened pores, this toner is ideal for refreshing our complexion without attacking the skin.


8-Perfecting care toner

Ideal for combating our oily skin, this toner tones, tightens pores and aims to improve skin texture.

Saeve, 15 €

9-Purifying toner

This concentrate of energy helps our skin to maintain good health and fight against the excess sebum responsible for oily skin.

Sentéalas, € 45

10-Exfoliating toner

To eliminate impurities and reduce the excess sebum responsible for oily skin, this exfoliating toner should be included in your beauty routine. As a bonus, it will leave the feeling of fresher skin.

Clinic, € 28.99

11-Purifying toner

To go from shiny skin to luminous skin, this toner is your ally. Its tea tree concentrate promotes the elimination of excess sebum without dehydrating our skin.

The Body Shop, 11.50 €

12-Anti-blemish lotion

This toner with essential oils gives the skin smooth and promotes the elimination of excess sebum responsible for oily skin. Without leaving a greasy film, this toner deeply purifies and nourishes our skin.

Unscathed, € 14.36

Whether you have oily skin or permanently shiny skin, toners are undeniable allies in our beauty routine. What a perfect time for the arrival of sunny days to update your beauty kit to show off skin that shines thanks to the sun and not naturally. Here are our favorite toners that will effectively regulate your sebum production for glowy but not oily skin .

Oily skin: why adopt a lotion?

Toners, also called tonic lotions , are real essentials in the beauty routine of people with oily skin. Between the cold, the pollution and the masks, all the factors are there for our skin to produce more sebum than it needs to be hydrated. Result: dilated pores, oily skin and the appearance of small pimples , in short everything that we do not want on our face. The toner, is the care of the care. To be applied just after our cleanser, it promotes the penetration and effectiveness of the treatments that are applied immediately after. Depending on the toner chosen, it will purify, mattify and sometimes exfoliateour face to avoid shining. What gives them their place on the podium of products to have in your beauty kit, are their components that remove all traces of the oily side of our skin. Bright skin yes, but shiny skin, no thank you.

When we are looking for purified and mattified skin our heart leans for the mattifying toner from Paula's Choice , but if our desire is to offer our skin a very gentle exfoliant, no doubt, it is the Clinique toner that we are looking for. embark with us. If these toners are all equally effective, our choice will be influenced by the desired result and the tendency of our skin to be oily. What is certain is that for healthy, glowing, but not shiny skin , toner should not be neglected in our beauty routine.

With its many benefits, castor oil is a must in our beauty routine. We give you tips to benefit from it in your daily care.

1-Castor oil for eyelashes

To fortify and hydrate your eyelashes (or your eyebrows) regularly do castor oil cures for 3 to 4 weeks. With your fingers (clean) or with a dry mascara brush cleaned before each use, pour a few drops of castor oil and apply to your eyelashes. Adopt this routine every night before bed, then rinse your lashes gently the next morning.

Daily Beauty Routine

2-Castor oil against blemishes

Castor oil is a great ally in the fight against pimples or against the signs of aging. To make this oil your natural remedy, apply it as a treatment before sleeping. On clean, dry skin, apply a few drops of castor oil to your blemishes and rinse them off in the morning.

3-Castor oil for lips

To say goodbye to dry lips lacking vitality, swap your usual lip balm for castor oil. Using your fingers, regularly apply a small drop of oil to your lips and massage to make it penetrate well. Another solution, opt for a balm with castor oil as the main ingredient. Goodbye chapped lips, and hello soft pink lips.

4-Castor oil for hair

Ahhh, the essential castor oil mask for our hair. Once every two weeks, give your hair an ultra nourishing mask that will strengthen your hair fiber. For best results, combine an egg yolk, two tablespoons of castor oil and a tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Leave on for at least half an hour, and rinse thoroughly with clean water before shampooing.

5-Castor oil for nails

The arrival of spring signals the return of our most beautiful manicures (and pedicures). To display pretty hands with long and fortified tabs, offer them a daily care based on castor oil. Apply a few drops on your fingers and massage your cuticles to make the oil penetrate properly. Adopt this routine daily for healthy nails that you will be proud to show off.

6-Castor oil for stretch marks

Do you have scars or stretch marks that you want to disappear? Castor oil massages will be your new favorite gestures. In addition to hydrating your skin by massaging yourself, castor oil promotes tissue regeneration to reduce stretch mark marks and scars. Once a day apply a few drops to the areas to be massaged, then let your hands do the work.

Recognized for its many miraculous virtues, castor oil is essential in our daily life. Natural and safe, this oil can be appreciated by our hair , our nails, our eyelashes , and not even our skin . If castor oil has all the arguments to convince us to include it in our beauty routine, we still need to know how to use it properly.

Castor oil: its benefits for our hair and eyelashes

While it has never been scientifically proven that castor oil makes eyelashes grow faster, its virtues cannot be taken away to keep them healthy . And healthy eyelashes are eyelashes that tend to grow faster. Since the dawn of time (maybe not so far), this oil from tropical Africa has the power to deeply hydrate our eyelashes and strengthen them. Adopting in our daily beauty routine, castor oil gives us eyelashes that are less brittle, fuller and above all, radiant.

In addition to giving us the doe look of our dreams, castor oil allows us to take care of our beloved hair . Thanks to its content of fatty acids and nutrients, castor oil plays an important role in the shine and softness of our hair. And as if that were not enough, this miracle oil promotes growth and prevents breakage of our hair. It is also a great ally for strengthening our hair fiber. Clearly, on our eyes or on our head, castor oil must be there.

Castor oil: its benefits on our skin

When we tell you it's a miracle oil. In addition to pampering our hair, castor oil is our ally for taking care of our skin. With its cleansing properties , this oil acts against small acne pimples and fights against small cysts. Thanks to its vitamin E content, it is in itself an assuredly effective natural anti-aging remedy . We would never have thought about it, but this oil also offers us a quality natural care to fight against chapped lips . And yes, your lip balm had better watch out, castor oil is a big competitor.

The icing on the cake, castor oil does not stop at our face to offer us a complete care. A new quality is added to its long list: its action against stretch marks . Used daily, this oil has regenerative properties that help reduce scars and stretch marks. No matter how hard we look, we see no reason not to make this oil our favorite natural beauty product.

In an artisanal perfume shop in Belgrade, the spirit of the passing times

AFP) - Tucked away in Belgrade's Old Town, the artisanal Sava perfume store is the last of its kind to stand up to the passing decades. Fragrances have been mixed here for three generations for the olfactory pleasure of regulars and tourists.

In an artisanal perfume shop in Belgrade, the spirit of the passing times

The Serbian capital has changed over the years but the tiny shop seems timeless, with its vials and pipettes handed down from father to son.

For the Jovanovs, this work is a passion even if it does not quite allow them to make a living from it.

"We stayed, by tradition, love, affection and a desire to do a job which at times does not provide enough sources of income," boss Nenad Jovanov, 71, told AFP, mixing an eau de toilette in a back room similar to a laboratory.

Perfumery was born during World War II but did not take its current name until a decade later, when the Yugoslav communist authorities authorized private enterprise.

The 1950s and 1960s were the "golden age" of artisanal perfumeries in Belgrade, recalls Nenad Jovanov.

But the former Yugoslavia opened up to imports, and mass-produced fragrances eventually eclipsed the craft industry.

The sanctions imposed on Belgrade in the 1990s during the bloody explosion of Yugoslavia further accentuated the decline.

- Floral notes -

"One by one, they started to close. At the end, it was just us," adds the perfumer.

When the customer arrives in the tiny wood-paneled stall, Nenad or his son Nemanja, who works in the film industry, helps him navigate the shelves full of glass bottles.

"We don't have brand names. Our bottles don't have names. Our packaging doesn't have a name. We have simplified our packaging and interior so that customers can discover their preferences for themselves." , explains Nemanja.

Perfumers inquire about the customer's preferences, between floral, woody, fruity notes or even the range of citrus fruits, before sprinkling it with an old-fashioned sprayer.

People are encouraged to go for walks to allow the scent to evolve on contact with the skin. Most of the ingredients come from France, the cradle of world perfumery.

The store survives thanks to a clientele of regulars but also to the growing interest of tourists for this "living museum" as Nenad calls it.

With Covid-19, which has deprived many patients of their sense of smell, there has also been an awareness of the importance of this sense.

“He can transport us to other places, to other times,” says Nenad.

Actress Emma Waston has denied, through her agent, the rumor that she would end her career.

Launched Thursday, February 25 by the tabloid The Daily Mail , the rumor according to which the actress Emma Watson would end her career caused a stir on social networks. According to the British newspaper, the star of the Harry Potter saga, who began to interpret the role of Hermione at the age of 9, has indeed decided to retire from the spotlight to focus on his personal life and move from time with her fiancé, Leo Robinton, with whom she has been in a relationship for a year and a half.

Emma Watson denies the rumor announcing the end of her career

Comments denied by Jason Weinberg, the manager of Emma Watson, in the magazine  Entertainment Weekly . “Emma's social networks are dormant, but not her career,” he said, reassuring the star's millions of fans. Indeed, the actress has not made any publication on Instagram since last June.

"Emma Watson is quitting playing," her agent told  the Daily Mail . The star of the Harry Potter saga, who began to interpret the role of Hermione at the age of 9, is said to have decided to withdraw from the spotlight to focus on his personal life and spend time with her fiancé, Leo Robinton, with whom she has been in a relationship for a year and a half, according to the British newspaper.

The 30-year-old actress was recently spotted with her in Los Angeles. She would have put her film career on hold and would no longer make new commitments, according to her agent. An announcement that provoked many reactions from fans of the actress, on social networks.

Emma Watson is also known for her commitment to women at the UN. She also campaigns for sustainable development and fair trade.

Pupils in zone C (Toulouse and Montpellier) should experience saliva tests in schools from Monday, March 1 to fight against the risks of the virus spreading

A little saliva in a bottle for a result in less than 24 hours. The saliva test campaign begins this Monday, March 1 for students in zone C returning from vacation (Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse and Versailles). Validated by the High Authority for Health (HAS) on February 11, these Covid-19 detection tests, 85% reliable, will spread to all primary schools, initially, to counter the epidemic and a possible recrudescence linked to the variants.

saliva tests in schools

We should not expect a massive deployment since several schools in France have still not been provided with equipment. This is in fact a new step in the fight against the virus when the health situation is considered very worrying, especially in the North and the Alpes-Maritimes.

Objective of 200,000 to 300,000 tests per week

The pupils of zone A (Bordeaux, Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand in particular), that is to say 50,000 to 80,000 schoolchildren, should in theory experiment these saliva tests this Monday, February 22, on return from vacation. But in New Aquitaine, for example, "the arrival of these tests is late for 1st degree students," observes Stéphanie Anfray, president of FCPE 33 and national administration. While in the Loire, schoolchildren have already been tested at the start of the week.

A preventive operation in accordance with the wishes of the government, which has always said so that schools remain open. Schools, colleges, high schools and even universities are affected by this detection campaign which should increase crescendo. It aims to allow children to return to class, in complete safety.

The government expects 200,000 to 300,000 saliva tests per week. These tests are not compulsory. They can only be carried out with a written and signed agreement from the parents or legal guardians. Concretely, this Monday morning, the students of the Academy of Toulouse, provided with this authorization can be tested.

The operation consists of spitting out a milliliter of saliva in a bottle, which is immediately sent to a laboratory, within a period of less than five hours maximum, for an analysis return in less than 24 hours. Saliva can also be collected by a small pipette on the tongue. This type of test is considered less restrictive than the nasopharyngeal swab, made unpleasant and sometimes painful by passing the swab through the nose. Clarification from the official website of the public service: the sample "must be carried out thirty minutes after the last intake of drink, food, cigarette (or e-cigarette), brushing of teeth or rinsing mouth -dental ”.

"Not up to the stakes"

The sample, which must be analyzed at the latest within 24 hours in the laboratory. If a test comes back positive, the pupil concerned must be notified before 8 am the next day, so that he does not show up to school. He must then be placed in solitary confinement for a period of 7 days. Furthermore, a screening will be done on this test to look for a possible variant.


“This policy of testing, tracing and isolation is not up to the health challenges, regrets Stéphanie Anfray. We do not yet know which personnel will carry out these tests even if in New Aquitaine, the Region, the National Education and the ARS are piloting these operations. There should be a clear rule about class closures, based on the same principle when a positive Covid case is discovered, whether it is the variant or not. At the FCPE we are in favor of closing a class as soon as there is a proven positive case, variant or not ”.

Twenty departments "under surveillance": what new drastic measures could be taken in these territories?

Confinement on weekends, strict confinement for a limited period, advanced curfew, compulsory teleworking ... What restrictions could be considered by the executive in the territories where the epidemic worries?

Prime Minister Jean Castex unveiled, Thursday, February 25, a list of 20 departments placed "enhanced surveillance" where the Covid-19 is actively circulating. In these areas, the incidence rate is over 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the share of variants represents more than half of new infections.

What measures could the executive put in place in these departments, from March 6 and after consultation with local elected officials, to slow the circulation of the virus?

Twenty departments "under surveillance"

Containment on weekends?

Thursday, Jean Castex reiterated the government's desire to avoid general confinement at the national level, too impacting on the morale of the French: "It is a lever to which we must resort when we cannot do otherwise. do everything to delay it, to give the vaccination time to produce effects. " And the head of government to expose his credo: "Our choice not to confine has a counterpart: to be extremely reactive to the first signs of epidemic recovery."

The government has therefore changed its strategy to fight the epidemic and now favors territorial measures. This is already the case in the Alpes-Maritimes on the Nice coast and in the agglomeration of Dunkirk where weekend containment takes effect from this Friday February 26 at 6 p.m.

Jean Castex specified that he had asked the prefects of the twenty departments under surveillance "to engage in consultations with elected officials in order to consider, in all or part of these territories, braking measures similar to those implemented in Nice and Dunkirk. ". The government will provide an update on any restrictions put in place next week, but containment at the weekend seems to be a measure that holds the line for many of the territories concerned.

Strict but short confinement?

However, the executive does not rule out taking "additional measures", "on a case-by-case basis", without further clarification, in the departments where the virus is actively circulating. In Paris, the town hall wishes to put "several options on the table". Guest of Franceinfo , Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy at the mayor of Paris, opposed a confinement at the weekend: "We are rather opposed to this measure because it is very restrictive in terms of societal impact and not very effective in terms of health, according to scientists, "he said.

The mayor of Paris will propose a strict confinement of three weeks to the prefect and the regional health agency, in the hope of being able to "reopen everything" at the end of this period of restriction. A measure which "would only make sense on the scale of Ile-de-France," said Emmanuel Grégoire who therefore hopes to establish  "a broad dialogue in the days to come" with the communities concerned.

This Friday morning, Gabriel Attal, government spokesperson, indicated on France Inter that "the proposal of the mayor of Paris will obviously be studied". But he also expressed reservations: "There are quite a few scientists who consider that, with a three-week confinement, we can overcome the virus and open everything, as the elected officials of the mayor of Paris have said."

In the process, Emmanuel Grégoire held a press conference, relayed by BFMTV , during which he did not reiterate his proposal for a confinement of Paris, simply announcing that his team would work on proposals this weekend.

Mandatory teleworking?

Another option defended by the City of Paris, "the use of teleworking in a mandatory way" in business. Already encouraged by the government, it has not yet been imposed. “The trajectory is worrying and undoubtedly requires thinking about additional measures,” said Emmanuel Grégoire. Friday morning, during his press conference, the latter reiterated these arguments, asking for "a strengthening of targeted screening" and therefore again "the compulsory establishment of telework".

An even earlier curfew?

Another measure mentioned for a time to slow the epidemic, the advance of the curfew schedule. Already passed from 8 pm to 6 pm in January, the advancement of the curfew "to 2 or 4 pm" on weekends had notably been mentioned for the Moselle by Patrick Weiten, president of the County Council on February 12. Olivier Véran had however ruled out this option the same day.

Synonymous with congestion in transport and shops, an advance in the curfew could appear counterproductive while the effects of this measure on the circulation of the epidemic are disputed, as in Toulouse, where it worsened it.

As stated in KTZ, the guy violated safety rules when crossing the railway tracks

NUR-SULTAN, 25 Feb - Sputnik . An eighteen-year-old resident of Karaganda, Pavel Zhanzakov, lost both legs after being hit by a train, portal reports .

© Sputnik / Elena Berezhnaya
© Sputnik / Elena Berezhnaya

The accident occurred at 2 am on February 19. Pavel tried to cross the road over the rails on which the train was traveling at that time. As noted in regional publics, the young man is an orphan living with his aunt. And that night he went on a date to the girl. It is noted that he saw moving cars, but slipped and his legs got under the train. At the same time, he was conscious and in a state of shock called his acquaintances, thereby saving his life.

According to the Health Department, the boy's condition is assessed as stable without deterioration. He was transferred to the surgical department.

As the press service of the national railway carrier Kazakstan Temir Zholy JSC explained, the guy was hit by a train of 53 wagons, which were independently rolling off the marshalling hill. The company claims that all movements of the rolling stock are announced over the loudspeaker.

"The cause of the traumatic incident was a gross violation by the victim of the rules for finding citizens in the zone of increased danger of railway transport, crossing the railway tracks in an unidentified place," the KTZh noted.

© Photo:
© Photo:

"Despite the presence of two pedestrian bridges for crossing the railway tracks of the Karaganda-Sortirovochnaya station, a service passage for railway workers, information and warning signs and notices about the high-risk zone, people continue to cross paths in unidentified places, forgetting about personal safety, creating threat to their life and health ", - summed up in KTZh.

Two-year-old child died under train wheels in Shymkent

The boy was with his mother, they tried to climb under the carriages in an unidentified place

ALMATY, 19 Dec - Sputnik. A two-year-old child died under the wheels of a train in Shymkent. The accident occurred during a maneuver to rearrange the cars, reports .

© Sputnik / Timur Batyrshin
© Sputnik / Timur Batyrshin

The child was with his mother - they wanted to climb under the carriages in an unidentified place.

At this moment, the train set off - the child fell under the wheels of the first and second carriages. The injuries turned out to be incompatible with life: the baby died on the way to the hospital.

This fact is under investigation.

Barys's away victory allowed him to retain the sixth line in the KHL Eastern Conference standings


NUR-SULTAN, 26 Feb - Sputnik . In the match against the worst team of the Eastern Conference "Kunlun Red Star" "Barys" won a landslide victory with a score of 3: 0.


© Photo: HC "Barys"
© Photo: HC "Barys"

The starting lineup of Barys has undergone changes again: Matt Frattin, who has just recovered from an injury, missed the match with the Chinese team, and Alikhan Asetov took his place in the first line. In addition, after a break, Samat Daniyar and Valery Orekhov were again included in the squad. Having missed the match with Ak Bars, Roman Starchenko returned to the second link, joining Linus Videll and Anton Sagadeev.


“Barys” created a huge reserve for the victory in the first minutes: in the fourth minute Kirill Panyukov took the game into his own hands, giving a spectacular pass to Darren Ditz, and the captain of “Barys” distinguished himself in the second game in a row - 0: 1. And a couple of minutes after Linus Videll's hit, Anton Sagadeev successfully substituted his club and doubled the score in favor of Barys 0: 2.

In the second period, “Barys” had problems with discipline: the team spent six minutes in the minority, but “Kunlun” never managed to convert the majority. And in the middle of the third period, the guests made the score devastating: Nikita Mikhailis scored his nineteenth goal of the season with a filigree pass from Videll, having realized the majority - 0: 3. “Barys” thus brought the match to victory, keeping Henrik Karlsson's goal intact.

The victory of “Barys” and the defeat of “Torpedo” from “Traktor” in a parallel match ensured the capital's team at least seventh place in the standings of the Eastern Conference. At the moment, Barys scored 69 points and is in sixth place, one point ahead of Avtomobilist.


The last match of the KHL regular season "Barys" will play on the road on February 27 against the Omsk "Avangard".


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