10 years ago - The Times

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Maltese scientist upbeat on Big Bang experiment

Although the largest and most expensive scientific experiment in history, conducted yesterday by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), was a success, it may take months – even years – to discover the new fundamentals of physics, not yet accessible to mankind, that should emerge from the Large Hadron Collider, Nicholas Sammut told The Times from the hub of the action in the control centre outside Geneva.

Just after initial success was registered and in between further testing, Dr Sammut, a research engineer on the project that has attracted the world’s attention, said he was “thrilled” at the results of the first LHC beam test that should unlock the secrets of the universe.

A beam of particles was successfully circulated around the 27-kilometre underground tunnel – the largest and most powerful scientific instrument ever constructed by mankind – to simulate the conditions of the so-called Big Bang that created the universe.

“We had no problems whatsoever; we reached our milestone in just 50 minutes, which was incredible. The machine worked perfectly, without any hitches, which was important for us because now we know it is on line.”

25 years ago - The Times

Saturday, September 11, 1993

Mideast developments ‘positive and courageous’

Foreign Minister Guido de Marco yesterday described developments in the Middle East as positive and courageous.

He said the decisions being made by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation should be admired.

Israel and the PLO are expected to sign a peace accord in Washington on Monday, signalling the end of decades of struggle over a territory both claim as their ancient homeland.

Prof. de Marco, who was speaking on arrival from Lisbon, where he had talks with his Portuguese counterpart, Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, said the decisions should mean cooperation between the two former enemies.

The foreign minister, who had already discussed the situation with Dr Barroso, said that, however, this did not remove the danger of the Mediterranean solution. Malta was conscious of it and it also had responsibilities to face.

Prof. de Marco said he also discussed with Dr Barroso the European Community’s avis on Malta and it seemed that in Portugal “there were people who understood us”.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Wednesday, September 11, 1968

Rotary Foundation fellowship

Mr Anthony Serracino-Inglott has been selected by the trustees of the Rotary Foundation to receive a Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 1969-70. The award is tenable at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The Rotary Foundation seeks to promote understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of different nations.

Cabaret Ball

The Cabaret Ball at the Kastel tak-Kanadi┼╝, Tarxien, tomorrow, promises to be a highlight in the entertainment calendar. The ball will start at 10pm and is expected to run until 2.30am. Singer/guitarist Max Stevens will introduce Malcolm Mitchell, the London night club star who is appearing at the Corinthia Palace Hotel.

Magician shows improvement

Magician Vonfred, regarded as one of the best magicians on the island, has lately introduced new tricks in his magic bag, enabling him to improve on his previous performances.

Having had a much-needed boost with a full engagement at the Buskett Roadhouse and at the Piali night clubs, Vonfred has shown that if given the necessary encouragement, he can provide a good cabaret act.


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