November 19, 2022

New Measures for Size, As World’s Population Surpasses 8 Billion

  What is bigger: A ronna or a quetta? Scientists meeting outside of Paris on Friday — who have expanded the world’s measuring unit systems for the first time this century as the global population surges past 8 billion — have the answer. Rapid scientific advances and vast worldwide data storage on the web, in smartphones and in the cloud, mean that the very terms used to measure things in weight and size need extending too. And one British scientist led the push to incorporate bold new, tongue-twisting prefixes on the gigantic and even the minuscule scale. “Most people are


Historic Compensation Fund Approved at UN Climate Talks

  Negotiators early Sunday approved a historic deal that would create a fund for compensating poor nations that are victims of extreme weather worsened by rich countries’ carbon pollution, but an overall larger agreement still was up in the air because of a fight over emission reduction efforts. After the decision on the fund was approved, talks were put on hold for 30 minutes so delegates could read texts of other measures they were to vote on. The decision establishes a fund for what negotiators call loss and damage. It is a big win for poorer nations which have long


THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AND EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND TRADE AND THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EUROPEAN FUNDS: The Maltese Government and the Swiss Federal Council with an agreement to contribute €3.5 million in funds to our country

The Maltese Government and the Swiss Federal Council signed an agreement called the Second Swiss Contribution’ during an official visit by the President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis with the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg.   After the success of the first agreement in 2017, yesterday, Minister Ian Borg together with President Ignazio Cassis, in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Chris Bonett, signed this second agreement with a contribution of €3.5 million towards our country. These funds aim to reduce economic and social disparities in our country.   During the bilateral