December 11, 2022

Top China Expert Says COVID ‘Spreading Rapidly’ After Rules Easing

  One of China’s top health experts has warned of a surge in COVID-19 cases, state media said Sunday, in the wake of the government’s decision to abandon its hardline coronavirus strategy. Shops and restaurants in Beijing are deserted as the country awaits a spike in infections following the decision to reduce the scope of mandatory testing, allow some positive cases to quarantine at home and end large-scale lockdowns. Top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan told state media in an interview published Sunday that the Omicron strain of the virus prevalent in China was highly transmissible and could lead to a surge


NASA’s Orion Capsule Blazes Home From Test Flight to Moon

NASA’s Orion capsule made a blisteringly fast return from the moon Sunday, parachuting into the Pacific off Mexico to conclude a test flight that should clear the way for astronauts on the next lunar flyby. The incoming capsule hit the atmosphere at Mach 32, or 32 times the speed of sound, and endured reentry temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius) before splashing down west of Baja California near Guadalupe Island. A Navy ship quickly moved in to recover the spacecraft and its silent occupants — three test dummies rigged with vibration sensors and radiation monitors. NASA needed a


THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Another successful edition of The President’s Solidarity Fun Run

The President of Malta George Vella thanked the participants who came together on Sunday morning for a solidarity walk and run during The President’s Solidarity Fun Run 2022. In a few words at the end of the event, President Vella said that such activities highlight the spirit of solidarity of the people of Malta and Gozo who eagerly gathered in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund. He added that this is an occasion that testifies to what unites us as Maltese and Gozitan people. “We are happy to see the people of Malta united because we are a small