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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: Contrast between Chinese progress and American paralysis has been growing.

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The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newton Gingrich has wrote in an opinion article that the contrast between Chinese progress and American paralysis has been growing greater and greater.

“As I watched the long, stale vaudeville-like performance over the infrastructure bill (in the United States), I kept noticing the amazing steady progress of the Chinese Communist Party as it continued to build. While we debate, impeach and campaign for office, they build,” wrote Newton Gingrich in the “Newsweek” magazine.

In his article, Newton Gingrich also criticized the current U.S. political divisiveness. He praised China’s rapid infrastructure development and called for American politicians, interest groups, lobbyists, unions and bureaucrats to “go ride a Chinese high-speed train” to “realize they had better get their national goals together.”.

“Then, they should compare comfort, cleanliness, convenience and service on the Chinese and American systems,” wrote Newton Gingrich.

Newton Gingrich is the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, having won the Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in 1978 and remained in office till 1999.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Fire incident reported again at the Villimalé State Care Shelter.

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A fire incident has been reported at the Villimalé State Care Shelter. This is the third such fire to break out at the shelter within the past two months.

According to the Maldives National Defence Force (MND), a fire was reported from the fourth floor of the Villimalé State Care Shelter. MNDF Fire and Rescue Service has put out the fire while no injuries have been reported in relation to the fire.

However, substantial damage was reported to the room where the fire had broken out at around 06:03 am. At this point it is unclear how the fire started but with the previous fire at the Villimalé State Care Shelter, Ministry of Gender and Family stated that it was an act of arson by some of the children at the shelter.

The Villimalé State Care Shelter currently only houses children who are above the age of 13 and under the care of the state.

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U.S. Ambassador to the Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz praises painting by Maldivian artist Shimha.

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Painting by Shimha Shakyb.

In a tweet made by the U.S. Ambassador today, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz stated that she was stunned by the painting by local Maldivian artists Shimha.

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz further stated that she was amazed by the “vision and skill” of Maldivian artists every time she visits the Maldives. She also stated that she was glad that a younger generation is working on keeping the creative traditions alive.

Known for her distinctive water painting depicting scenes from outside the Greater Malé Area, Shimha’s artworks sparks reminiscence and nostalgia on the island life, culture and history Maldivians enjoyed prior to urbanization.

For more of her artworks visit her official Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/art_by_shimha/

For those interested in purchasing her artwork, visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aquareldesign

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Germany announces that travelers will be tested for virus on entry.

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Germany declared on Tuesday that it will start testing visitors entering the country for the coronavirus in an effort to curb its spread.

 According to Deutsche Welle, the country’s Health Ministry said that all travelers, even those from low-risk areas, will undergo mandatory testing. The ministry is reportedly seeking “an expansion of test requirements upon entry as quickly as possible,” the outlet reported.

Sources say that air travelers entering Germany at this time are required to provide a negative coronavirus test or proof of their vaccination against the virus only if they are coming from high-risk areas.

The new move comes as Germany aims to take down the rise of delta variant infections. Health ministry officials have not yet made it clear as to whether or not the newly proposed testing requirements will apply to fully vaccinated individuals.

“The coordination in the government on this is underway,” a Health Ministry spokesperson told Reuters. Germany has reported more than 3.7 million coronavirus cases and more than 91,000 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins.

 

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