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Omicron “Horse has bolted” – UK scientist



The latest travel rule changes across the UK are “a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,” according to a leading British scientist.

Prof Mark Woolhouse says the new rules will come “too late” to make a “material difference” to stop the spread of omicron across the UK.

The changes include pre-departure tests for people arriving in the UK and Nigeria going on the travel red list.

But the UK government is hinting more countries could join the list, as omicron spreads around the world.

From Tuesday, travellers aged 12 and over will be required to show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken no earlier than 48 hours before departure.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid promises the measures are temporary.

Nigeria will also be added to the travel red list of countries from Monday, which means UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents returning from the country must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

But travel and airline groups have criticised the new rules, calling them a hammer blow to the struggling industry.

The British government promises ministers will stay “eternally vigilant” to the risks associated with the Omicron variant and that measures.

Masked up and worried – British citizens combat the new omicron wave.

Citing this week’s drop in the number of Covid hospital admissions and deaths and the “success” of the vaccination rollout.

“We have steadily and steadfastly created the resilient defences which means we can enjoy Christmas.”

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FAA uncovers Boeing quality control issues



The Federal Aviation Administration disclosed concerning findings from its 737 MAX production audit involving Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

The audit uncovered multiple instances where the companies allegedly failed to adhere to manufacturing quality control standards.

The FAA highlighted significant “non-compliance issues” within Boeing’s manufacturing processes, including concerns related to parts handling, storage, and product control.

While a summary of the audit findings has been shared with the companies involved, the details have not been made public due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Following a mid-air emergency on January 5 involving a new Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9, where a door plug was lost at 16,000 feet, the FAA initiated the audit.

This incident prompted a temporary grounding of the MAX 9 and raised questions about the aircraft’s safety protocols.

New acquisition

Boeing, in response to these revelations, has been in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems.

However, the company has not provided immediate comment regarding the audit findings.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the necessity for Boeing to implement comprehensive corrective measures to address what he termed as “systemic quality-control issues.”

Whitaker stated that Boeing must commit to substantial improvements, with clear milestones and expectations set forth by the FAA.

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Can U.S. Moon lander Odysseus recover from it’s dormancy?



The U.Ss moon lander Odysseus has gone dormant just a week after its somewhat lopsided touchdown on the lunar surface.

The mission, which aimed to conduct various experiments and collect valuable data, encountered an unexpected setback as the spacecraft’s systems initiated a dormant state.

Engineers and scientists at the space agency are working around the clock to analyze the situation and determine the cause of this unforeseen development.

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Trump wins disqualification case at U.S. supreme court



Former President Donald Trump has emerged triumphant in the Colorado ballot disqualification case, as the United States Supreme Court upheld the decision in his favour.

The ruling marks the conclusion of a contentious legal battle that began when Colorado sought to disqualify Trump from its ballot during the previous election.

The Supreme Court, in a close decision, sided with Trump, asserting that the grounds for disqualification lacked substantial evidence and did not meet the necessary legal criteria. #ticker today #featured

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