December 23, 2022

THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT President George Vella visits the final preparations for l-Istrina with a new look

The President of Malta George Vella and Mrs Miriam Vella visited the Kirkop Sports Complex which on Monday 26th December will host l-Istrina 2022 with a new and fresher look between noon and midnight on local television stations.   While observing the final preparations of the entertainment area and the areas for answering phone calls and receiving pledges for The Malta Community Chest Fund, President Vella thanked all the workers and volunteers who have spent several days making preparations for the telethon.   “I am impressed that everything is almost ready, and we are now looking forward to start welcoming


Canada’s Hudson Bay Polar Bear Population Plummets

Canada’s Western Hudson Bay polar bear population has fallen 27% in just five years, according to a government report released this week, suggesting climate change is affecting the animals. Every autumn, the bears living along the western edge of the Bay pass through the sub-Arctic tourist town of Churchill, Manitoba, as they return to the sea ice. This has made the population not only the best-studied group in the world, but also the most famous, with the local bear-viewing economy valued at $5.30 million annually. However, Nunavut’s government assessment finds that just 618 bears remained in 2021 — a roughly


US Life Expectancy Drops to Lowest in a Generation

The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and high levels of opioid overdose deaths drove life expectancy in the United States down for the second consecutive year in 2021, with a child born in that year expected to live 76.4 years, the lowest figure since 1996, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, Americans born in 2019, the year before the pandemic took hold, could expect to live 78.8 years. In 2019, the U.S. experienced 715.2 deaths per 100,000 people. In 2021, that rate had climbed by 23%, to 897.7. While most countries in the