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Liverpool power past Man Utd, go 16 points clear

Times of Malta - 59 min 22 sec fa

Liverpool stretched their commanding lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points and advantage over Manchester United to 30 as goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah earned a 2-0 win over their historic rivals at Anfield. A 13th straight league win since the sides last met at Old Trafford in October continues Liverpool's relentless run towards a first league title in 30 years, while United remain five points off the top four in fifth. Liverpool also have a game in hand to come on closest challengers Manchester City and could have been more comfortable winners after seeing two first half goals ruled out and a host of clear chances go astray. United are the only team to take Premier League points off the European champions this season, but it rarely looked like lightning would strike twice once the hosts went in front on 14 minutes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's game plan was undone by a simple set-piece as Van Dijk rose highest to power home Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner. The Norwegian had set up with a back five, with Luke Shaw forced to deputise out of position as a third centre-back, and only a great challenge from the former Southampton left-back denied Sadio Mane a...
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BMW reveals luxurious i3 Urban Suite Concept

Times of Malta - 1 ora 9 min fa

BMW has showcased a new take on its i3 electric car – the i3 Urban Suite Concept.  A fleet of the vehicles were used to chauffeur people around at the recent Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. It’s been designed to feel more like a lounge inside thanks to high-quality materials used on the seats, which comes alongside a small table next to the seat and a screen which flips down from the headliner to provide entertainment on the go. The vast majority of the materials used within the car have been sourced responsibly, with fabrics containing recycled materials and certified wood used throughout the interior.  [attach id=815838 size="medium" align="left" type="image"][/attach] BMW also says that the rear of the car has a ‘personal Sound Zone’, but doesn’t give much indication as to what this actually is.  Up front, the car remains much the same as the standard i3, and it’s the same story with the powertrain too. Though released just as a concept and not destined for sale, BMW has used a number of the Urban Suite Concepts around Las Vegas during the CES show.
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Skoda Kodiaq shows how clever it really is

Times of Malta - 1 ora 26 min fa

Skoda is one of those manufacturers that’s definitely on the up. There’s no doubt being part of the Volkswagen family has helped it grow from a company that was the butt of everyone’s jokes to one of the most popular brands in the motoring world. Now the brand has expanded into 4x4s. Yes, the Yeti was the company’s first proper outing into modern SUV life, but the Kodiaq is a completely different proposition. Where the Yeti was built on an adapted version of the old VW Golf platform, the Kodaiq has been designed as a large 4×4 from the very start, meaning you get the traditional off-roader shape with high ride height more befitting a go-anywhere car as well as that all-important throne-like driving position. [attach id=820980 size="medium" align="right" type="image"][/attach] That ride height also means that it’s more capable should you decide to take it a little bit further off the beaten track. Now, as I’m one of the ‘veteran’ long-term vehicle custodians of the company, I’m no stranger to 4x4s although I’ve never experienced one as a daily runner. One of my previous long-term loans was the Subaru Outback, but, while being a four-wheel drive, it was really more of an extreme...
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Challenging but very rewarding experience

Times of Malta - 1 ora 29 min fa

The group of voluntary workers together with some of the children they cared for at the Indian orphanage.

Medical doctor Georgiana Farrugia Bonnici spent some time in India doing voluntary work at an orphanage. She shares her thoughts and feelings with the aim of encouraging others to follow suit. I always had this wish to do voluntary work around the world as not everyone is as fortunate as we are to live in a well-established country. And I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to embark on this particular voluntary work experience in India with my husband, Hector, through Mission4Changes. We spent about 20 days in an orphanage, along with the sisters from the congregation of the Sacred Heart. Being a medical doctor, I conducted physical examinations on all the children residing there, compiled medical reports to build their medical history (which was missing), and proposed a sustainable management plan to address their conditions. Being an engineer, my husband evaluated all the buildings of the orphanage and gave his technical input on how to improve the structure, water and electricity plants, and also explored the possibility of investing in solar energy since the weather there is very warm. We were also accompanied by Simon, Thomas and Christopher, whose role was to do...
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The Malta connection to Angola's billionaire 'princess'

Times of Malta - 1 ora 39 min fa

 ICIJ.

Authorities in Angola have compiled a list of at least 10 Maltese companies they believe the billionaire daughter of a former African dictator may have used to siphon money out of state enterprises. Isabel dos Santos and her husband Sindika Dokolo used local financial service practitioners, including a former MP, to set up the letterbox companies, some of which were given Angolan state contracts and funds.   One of those companies was Wise Intelligence Solutions Limited (WISL), a Maltese shell company set up by Ganado Advocates and administered by former Nationalist MP Noel Buttigieg Scicluna. [attach id=823806 type="video"]Video: ICIJ[/attach] WISL was given a €8.5 million contract to carry out consultancy services, despite having never traded since being set up in 2010. The contract was purportedly to help reform Angola’s struggling state-owned energy company Sonangol. WISL subcontracted the work out to Boston Global Consulting and PwC. WISL declared a profit of €2.4 million in 2016 on the back of the Sonangol contract as well as a contract with Angola Telecom, another state-owned entityLeaked e-mails obtained by the ICIJ and shared with its reporting partners, including Times...
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Ten-man Santa Lucia stun Gżira

Times of Malta - 2 ore 25 min fa

GŻIRA UNITED 1 Scerri 80 SANTA LUCIA 2 Tachikawa 13, 38 Two first-half goals from Rei Tachikawa gave Santa Lucia a valuable victory in their struggle for survival and dented Gżira's title ambitions. The nippy Japanese winger's double sealed Sta Lucia's first win of the new year in a whirlwind first half for the Saints after which they took control of game with Gżira being unable to find a way past Oliver Spiteri's gritty side. In the opening period, Santa Lucia contained Giovanni Tedesco's side well, restricting Gżira to the odd attack down the right. Rei Tachikawa and Diego Segura looked sharp in attack for the saints, and Justin Haber's first intervention was a sound one as the Gżira goalkeeper came out to head the ball away to block the Japanese winger. The determination and positive mindset of Santa Lucia players was evident when Adam Magri Overand retrieved possession just outside the box and flicked the ball towards Tachikawa who sped towards goal before beating Haber with a low drive. On 16 minutes, Jamie Zerafa played a short free-kick towards Gabriel Bohrer. In next to no time, the Brazilian defender let fly a stinging shot that Haber turned away for a corner. It took...
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Germany hosts summit on Libya, seeks to halt proxy fighting

The Malta Independent - 2 ore 37 min fa

Germany brought together the key players in Libya’s long-running civil war on Sunday, seeking to curb foreign military interference, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to stop the chaos in the North African nation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed leaders from 11 countries outside Libya as well as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League to the summit at the chancellery in Berlin. Germany’s months-long diplomatic drive seeks to bolster U.N. efforts to stop the fighting in Libya.

Among those attending were Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Libya's two main rival leaders, Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, also came to Berlin. Merkel and her foreign minister met both men at the chancellery before the summit began. They weren't in a group photo at the beginning of the event, and further details of their participation were not immediately available.

“We are here for an urgent and pressing reason: to stop Libya’s downward spiral,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the conference.

Its chances of producing any real progress on the ground were unclear, however. A truce brokered earlier this month by Russia and Turkey marked the first break in fighting in months, but the cease-fire has seen repeated violations.

Differences were in full view ahead of the meeting. Speaking Sunday in Istanbul, Erdogan said the world had failed to respond adequately to Hifter’s “reckless attacks” on Sarraj's U.N.-recognized government.

“Hopes that flourish again with the cease-fire and the Berlin summit should not be sacrificed to the ambitions of the merchants of blood and chaos," he said.

Erdogan met Putin in Berlin just before the summit. The Russian leader said "we will sincerely strive for the conflict to be resolved."

Libya has sunk further into chaos since the 2011 ouster and killing of its longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi. It is now divided into rival administrations, each backed by different nations: the U.N.-recognized government based in Tripoli, headed by Sarraj, and one based in the country's east, supported by Hifter's forces.

Hifter's forces have been on the offensive since April, laying siege to Tripoli in an effort to capture the capital. Hifter’s forces are backed by Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, while the Tripoli government has turned to Turkey for troops and weapons.

On Sunday, Libya's National Oil Corporation said that guards under the command of Hifter’s forces shut down two key oil fields in the country’s southwestern desert, following the earlier closure of all eastern export terminals. Only offshore fields and one smaller facility remain operational, the corporation said.

Germany's priority is to try to get the outside players that have interests in the conflict on the same page, stem the flow of weapons to Libya and ensure that the cease-fire sticks -- creating space for U.N.-led efforts to re-establish a political process in Libya.

“At the Libya conference, we must see above all that the arms embargo is once again complied with — it has been agreed in principle at U.N. level but unfortunately not kept to,” Merkel said.

Germany is also keen to keep the fighting in Libya from further destabilizing the region, potentially setting off new waves of migrants seeking safety in Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who met Hifter in Libya on Thursday, said the general pledged to respect the cease-fire even though he had left Moscow days before without signing a draft on the truce. Sarraj did sign the document.

U.N. chief Gutteres said it is time to “seize the momentum and strengthen cease-fire arrangements.”

“We reiterate our call to all those directly or indirectly involved in the conflict to do everything to support an effective cessation of hostilities and silence the guns,” Guterres said in remarks released by his office.

“Incessant, blatant violations of the Security Council-imposed arms embargo must stop,” he said.

German officials have been careful to keep expectations in check, saying that the conference can only be the start of a process toward peace.

Pope Francis offered his encouragement from the Vatican on Sunday.

“I strongly hope that this summit, so important, is the start of a path toward the cessation of violence and a negotiated solution that leads to peace and much desired stability,” Francis said in St. Peter’s Square.

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Legendary cassatella sparks food memory explosion

Times of Malta - 3 ore 20 min fa

Fresh Maltese prawns in a delicate broth.

Rubino Ristorante e Dolceria53, Old Bakery StreetVallettaTel: 2122 4656 Food: 9/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 My mother’s family hails from Old Bakery Street in Valletta and much has changed over these past four decades, including our family home, which has been turned into the smart offices of one of these law firms defined only by an eclecticcollection of surnames. I have two fond memories of eating at my nanna’s house when I was young, the first, more of a chore than the second, involved me going down to Zammit Bakery on St Patrick’s Street to pick up the roast potatoes and the roast meat from an ageing man who I only knew as Lolu. Later I found out that this man had sired some of Valletta’s greatest water polo players – the Zammits – who went on to have their name deeply etched in the successes of the various swimming and water polo teams they joined over the years. Anyhow, I digress. The second was to head up the street to Rubino to pick up a Cassatella Siciliana, the undisputed reason why the family gathered at my grandma’s on alternate Sundays. Suffice to say I would get into much trouble for dipping my fingers into the soft ricotta of the...
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Gaming firm averts sanctions after record fine

Times of Malta - 3 ore 23 min fa

One of the websites run by Blackrock Enterainment, the parent company of the Malta-based Blackrock Media.

A company that illegally processed millions of euros worth of payments for an online gambling operation will not face any criminal charges after reaching a €2.34 million settlement with the Malta Gaming Authority. An industry source familiar with the settlement said the authorities had decided to close off the case with a fine, rather than pursuing the Malta-based company on money laundering charges. The “suspicious” transactions, which passed through Satabank, were only flagged after the Malta Financial Services Authority placed EY in charge in October 2018 following concerns about the bank’s anti-money laundering controls. When contacted, a Satabank representative declined to comment on individual customers. Blackrock Media Ltd, which is owned by a Curucao-registered company called Blackrock Entertainment, does not have an MGA gaming licence. The settlement raised questions as to why the authorities decided to settle with the company through the MGA, allowing those involved to walk away without any criminal action being brought against them. In a statement earlier in January, the MGA said Blackrock Media had paid a €2.34 million fine for operating a gaming service through a...
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‘Lanċa ġejja u oħra sejra’

Times of Malta - 3 ore 32 min fa

Dancing on water in the Grand Harbour.

Overconfidence and crowding led to incidents. The Daily Malta Chronicle of February 13, 1907, reported: “When the Marsamuscetto pier was crowded with intended passengers for Misida [sic], the steam launch came alongside. Being the last trip of the evening and the number of passengers being to all appearances in excess of the accommodation, there was a rush for places during which some of the most determined of those who were in the rear pushed their way forward. “A young lady named Miss E. Portanier lost her footing and fell into the water. Being between the launch and the pier, her position was a most critical one, so much so that a priest who witnessed the accident administered absolution to the unfortunate young lady. At this moment, a man named Crocifisso Sapiano promptly bent down and seized hold of the lady who had managed to support herself and succeeded in rescuing her.” [attach id=823728 size="medium" align="right" type="image"]The coxswains would cry ‘Ejja mmorru - sijja - suq bil-mod’ as the boats set sail.[/attach] Spitting was a pernicious local habit and the ferries were not spared. The Malta Herald of October 5, 1910, insisted on measures to combat this...
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Public health warning for travellers to Wuhan, China

The Malta Independent - 3 ore 32 min fa

The Superintendence of Public Health is monitoring the situation of the clusters of pneumonia detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

On 12 January 2020 it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified in samples obtained from cases and that initial analysis of virus genetic sequences suggested that this was the cause of the outbreak. Some coronaviruses transmit easily from person to person, while others do not. The WHO has reported that there is no clear evidence on human-to-human transmission of this novel coronavirus to date.  However, all precautions are being taken to limit spread.

From the risk assessment carried out by ECDC based on the current knowledge and of the several unknowns, ECDC considers that:

1.     There is a low likelihood of importation of cases in EU/EEA countries, due to the less extensive traffic of people with Wuhan.

2.     There is currently a moderate likelihood of infection for EU/EEA travellers visiting Wuhan.

3.     There is a high likelihood of case importation in countries with the greatest volume of people travelling to and from Wuhan (i.e. countries in Asia). 

4.     Adherence to appropriate infection prevention and control practices, in particular in healthcare settings, in EU/EEA countries, and the evidence of limited person-to-person transmissibility, make the assessed likelihood that a case reported in the EU would result in secondary cases within the EU/EEA very low. 

Travellers planning to visit Wuhan, China should:

  1. Avoid visiting wet markets or places where live or dead animals are handled and contact with sick persons, in particular with respiratory symptoms.

  2. Adhere to good hand and food hygiene

  3. Avoid contact with animals, their excretions or droppings. 

Travellers with acute respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan are advised to contact their doctor and indicate their travel history to Wuhan and contact the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit on 21324086. 

In addition, due to the currently high activity of the seasonal influenza epidemic in China, travellers should receive seasonal influenza vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel to prevent severe disease. 

The risk to the Maltese population, as for other EU countries is low. The Maltese authorities have arrangements to manage emerging infectious diseases. 

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A spider in the computer network

Times of Malta - 4 ore 5 min fa

Resembling a giant spider with black, hydraulic legs, the three-metre-high structure rests on a 19-ton steel plate. The system fills the large, windowless room. Neel Jani climbs up and into the cockpit of the simulator. At first glance, the monocoque looks like a soapbox, but in fact it has all the elements of the new Porsche 99X Electric that are decisive for the simulator test. The field of vision is correct; Jani holds a genuine 99X Electric steering wheel in his hands—each button has exactly the same functions as in the actual sports car. The 180-degree panorama of the Paris racetrack unfolds in front of him. In the control room behind Jani, engineers are seated in front of their computers, observing him through safety glass. “Loud and clear,” he says, confirming radio contact. For four hours today, the 35-year-old will rage through the French street circuit, where the ninth E-Prix of the sixth Formula E season will take place on April 18, 2020. The room grows louder as Jani goes at top speed. Walls and curves are literally flying towards the driver, who can sense even the slightest bump in the cockpit above. What he doesn’t feel in the simulator are the g-forces that affect...
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Sirens overpower Mosta

Times of Malta - 4 ore 7 min fa

SIRENS 2 Faria 50, 75 MOSTA 0 A fine team performance put Sirens into fourth spot with a comfortable win over Mosta. Flavio Cheveresan should have put Sirens ahead on 11 minutes when he ghosted on to a deep ball by Ige Adeshina but his effort was blocked by Andreas Vella. Shy the half hour mark, Emanuel Okoye hit wide from an angled position after Vella failed to hold Thiago Espindola's cross. Chevereson illuminated an indifferent game and also came closest to breaking the impasse five minutes from half-time. Demostrating his strength and ability to run with the ball he twisted past Luiz Gusso before hitting a shot which Vella parried at point-blank range. Led by Steve D'Amato, Sirens responded with a positive start to the second half and took the lead after 5o minutes with Ricardo Faria's powerful header from Adeshina's cross. The only time Sirens really looked in trouble was when Matias Muchardi found space on the right flank but fizzed a low shot across the box and wide of the upright. Cheveresan demostrated huge appetite for work when he won a ball in midfield outsped his marker and cross low into the Mosta penalty area as Faria swooped in some style to beat Vella from close...
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Watch: James scores 31 as Lakers shoot down Rockets, Bucks cruise past Nets

Times of Malta - 4 ore 39 min fa

LeBron James scored 31 points and handed out 12 assists Saturday as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a 124-115 NBA victory over the Houston Rockets. Los Angeles outscored the Rockets 32-17 in the third quarter to turn around the game, rebounding from a Wednesday loss to the Orlando Magic that snapped the Western Conference-leading Lakers' nine-game winning streak. "We want to continue to get better," James said. "We want to stay on an even keel throughout the season, it's an 82-game season, and we did that. "We had a chance to reshape, refocus and start the second half of the season the right way, and we did that." Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points, and Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 20 points apiece for Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook scored 35 points and James Harden had 34 for Houston, who dropped their third straight. The Rockets looked determined to turn their fortunes around in an energetic first quarter, and they led 65-59 at halftime. But the Lakers responded after the break, pushing their lead to as many as 16 early in the fourth quarter. As the Lakers reasserted themselves in the West, the Milwaukee Bucks continued to roll in the East. Led by 29 points...
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Watch: McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon

Times of Malta - 4 ore 42 min fa

Conor McGregor made a triumphant return to the UFC octagon on Saturday, pummelling Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone for a technical knockout victory in just 40 seconds. The mixed martial arts superstar from Ireland -- returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the first time since he was battered into submission by arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 -- overpowered his American foe without ever being tested. After charging in with a left and missing, McGregor immediately bloodied a clinching Cerrone's nose with an upward shoulder strike -- quickly followed by another. As soon as Cerrone stepped back, McGregor caught him on the jaw with a high kick, then buried him under a hail of punches. Referee Herb Dean stepped in to call a halt to the welterweight bout 40 seconds into the first round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. "I made history here tonight," McGregor said. "I'm the first UFC fighter to secure knockouts in featherweight, lightweight and now welterweight. "Etch my name in the history books one more time," he said. "For the Irish people. For my mom back home." McGregor who took his record to 22-4, was the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts at...
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Sliema – lost city (part one)

Times of Malta - 4 ore 55 min fa

Feast day in Church Street, Sliema, c. 1900.

Sliema, after Mount Xebberas, was probably the geographical area in Malta that underwent the most spectacular changes in the shortest time. [attach id=823692 size="medium" align="right" type="image"]Part of the Stella Maris external festivities, c. 1920.[/attach] Under the rule of the Knights, and until the mid-Victorian era, the unbuilt countryside looked no different than the most secluded rural areas of the island: uninterrupted expanses of fields, some razzett, the rare, and diminutive, country church, and the very sparse villas of some rich notable for whom privacy had more urgent priority than comfort. This pictorial series aims at documenting the development of Sliema since the affirmation of photography in Malta, namely, after 1840. It seems that the more consistent first colonisers of that area were the British, and in fact a special ‘colonial’ type of architecture prevailed in the early urbanisation. Not surprisingly, many Maltese started aping their imperial owners – if the British sought new havens far from crowded cities, so would the colonised. At first, to the locals, Sliema proved more attractive as a summer getaway – villeġġjatura, but eventually, in parallel...
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Rebic brace snatches late win for Milan

Times of Malta - 4 ore 58 min fa

Ante Rebic hit a brace to snatch a late 3-2 win as troubled Milan took back-to-back Serie A wins on Sunday against Udinese to close in on the Europa League berths. Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his first start in the San Siro after scoring last weekend against Cagliari. The 38-year-old Swede did not get to celebrate on front of the home crowd but he has provided a confidence-boost for the northern giants who have taken seven points in three matches since his return. "We started a little tense," said Milan coach Stefano Pioli. "But I'm satisfied with our performance, we put our heart and soul into winning it.  "The arrival of Ibrahimovic has given us even more depth and conviction, which has helped us." However, Pioli's side needed to fight back after conceding a goal after just seven minutes to Udinese who were coming off a run of three consecutive wins. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma left his line allowing Jens Stryger Larsen to finish off into an empty net. But the hosts upped the pace in the second half with former Eintracht Franckfurt player Rebic coming on after the break to equalise minutes later. Theo Hernandez put Milan ahead with a powerful volley on 72 minutes,...
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Seasonal influenza can infect up to 20% of the population

Times of Malta - 6 ore 17 min fa

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Influenza is a highly-infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It occurs every season between the months of October and May, although the peak is usually reached by the end of January. Through sentinel surveillance carried out by public health authorities supported by family doctors, the rate of influenza in the community is monitored. With an ongoing upward trend, the highest community rate reached last year was of 16 persons from every 100 who visit the family doctor. Currently, the rate is of 10 persons from every 100. Influenza poses a substantial burden on countries each year. Flu viruses cause many illnesses, hospital admissions and deaths. During the winter months, seasonal influenza can infect up to 20 per cent of the population, depending on which viruses are circulating, and can cause substantial mortality. A global study found that, worldwide, up to 650,000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal influenza each year, and up to 72,000 of these deaths occur in the World Health Organisation European region. Influenza viruses are spread mainly by droplets that are dispersed when a sick person coughs...
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China reports 17 new cases of mystery virus 

Times of Malta - 6 ore 34 min fa

Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China.

China reported 17 new cases of the mysterious SARS-like virus on Sunday, including three people in serious condition, heightening fears ahead of China's Lunar New Year holiday when hundreds of millions of people move around the country. The new coronavirus strain has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Of the 17 new cases in the central city of Wuhan -- believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak -- three were described as "severe", of which two patients were too critical to be moved, authorities said. Those infected range from 30 to 79 years old. The virus has now infected 62 people in Wuhan, city authorities said, with eight in a severe condition, 19 recovered and discharged from hospital, and the rest in isolation receiving treatment. Two people have died so far from the virus, including a 69-year-old man on Wednesday after the disease caused pulmonary tuberculosis and damaged multiple organ functions. Authorities said they had begun "optimised" testing of pneumonia cases across the city to identify those infected, and would begin "detection work...
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To new beginnings

Times of Malta - 6 ore 51 min fa

The Happy Chinese New Year Performance will feature artists from Hebei province.

While most of us have gone back to our usual (or possibly new) routines, others are making their way back home to celebrate their New Year, this Saturday. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, has gained popularity in recent years, possibly due to the fact that it stems from values which advocate notions of peace, harmony, family reunion and universal celebration. Although the follow-up to New Year is full of activity and lively performances, the eve and day are family affairs. During New Year’s Eve dinner with family, for example, the Chinese gather to eat lavish dishes of chicken, fish  and bean curd which are essential, as the words themselves (‘ji’, ‘yu’, and ‘doufu’, respectively) imply auspiciousness, abundance and richness. And these are all good things for the coming year.   The preparations for the New Year started here in Malta last Tuesday, with the inauguration ceremony of the Inspired in China fine arts exhibition, held at the Maltese Parliament. The beauty of the work the China Cultural Centre undertakes lies in the nature in which it tries to engage Maltese society in the Chinese culture. This exhibition, for example, happens to be an annual...
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