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New Schumacher documentary reveals his insomnia problems and more

Sep 17 2021 Share

The documentary, which was released on the 15th of September, has been making the rounds on social media, revealing many aspects of Michael’s life that fans never knew. The part of the documentary that shocked many fans was when it was revealed that Michael was scared for his life driving and that he was passing through insomnia weeks after Ayrton Senna’s death in Imola 1994.

 

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Senna died at the age of 34 whilst going around the Tamburello corner at 130 mph. Michael was exactly behind his title challenger and didn’t think much of the incident until 2 hours after the race when his engineering director Tom Walkinshaw told him that its looking bad. In an interview captured after the crash Michael had this to say ‘It was two hours after the race where (engineering director) Mr (Tom) Walkinshaw came up to me after the race and said it’s looking very bad. I said “no he’s in a coma but a coma doesn’t mean anything bad”. He said “no it doesn’t look too good”. And then someone came to me later and said “he’s dead”. and ‘I still didn’t believe he’d be dead, I couldn’t think of that. That point I was like “no, he’s going to be the champion”. He maybe misses one or two races and then comes back again. The worst was really the two weeks after this as I had to accept he was dead.’

When Michael was asked whether after the death of Senna, it was easy for him to drive he said ‘Silverstone, I went there (afterwards) and suddenly you see things with different eyes.’ ‘I went through Silverstone in a road car and just thought “this is a point you could be dead, this is another point you could be dead”. Michael also admitted that after the death, he was suffering from insomnia ‘I wake up during the night and I’d sleep maybe three hours a night things like this.’ . Schumacher did continue on and won the his first ever championship that year after a dramatic final race where he crashed into Senna’s teammate Damon Hill.

His feelings about Senna’s death were made clear when in a press conference in 2000, he was asked how he felt after catching Senna’s 41 wins. Schumacher didn’t respond with words but instead started crying, which caused the press conference to halt after Mika Hakkinen’s request.

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More tools will help us do more say family doctors in proposal

More tools will help us do more say family doctors in proposal
Sep 17 2021 Share

The Association of Private Family Doctors and the Malta College of Family Doctors stated in their budget proposals that family doctors can do much more if they were provided with more tools. Decision-makers were encouraged through a joint statement to fully rollout the national electronic patient health records for primary care.

They also urged to improve communication between primary and secondary care through the investing of digital interfaces needed to put all patient information from different medical branches online. Patient experience would be greatly improved if, apart from this, a route for all family doctors to be able to apply for free medication on behalf of their patients were provided. They also asked to make more investigations available to all family doctors and to make permanent the shortcuts to bureaucratic triangulations which worked well during the past months. 

All these improvements would decrease the number of stops needed and days taken off work to access health services. Decision makers were also encouraged to invest in the participation of family doctors in cancer prevention. This would complement the massive investment made in the past years in screening, early diagnosis, treatment and hospital management. A research fund is also be called for, which includes research into cancer prevention in its broadest sense. 

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Ozone hole over South Pole is bigger than Antartica

Ozone hole over South Pole is bigger than Antartica
Sep 17 2021 Share

Worrying news about climate change and the crises it brings with it continues to surface as the ozone layer hole over the South Pole has been reported to have gotten bigger than the whole of Antartica. The ozone depletes and forms a hole over the Antarctic in the Southern Hemisphere spring (August to October). Its largest size is reached between mid-September and October. The past week saw it grow considerably as it is larger than 75% of previous years’ ozone holes at the same stage. 

Scientists from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service reported that forecasts show that this year’s hole has evolved into a rather larger than usual one. Damage to the layer, which acts as Earth’s shield from ultraviolet radiation, has led to different consequences. In Malta, most notably, climate got 1.4 degrees Celsius hotter over the last century. Fauna have also been impacted as Maltese waters have reported the sightings of alien fish disturbing the marine wildlife. 

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New Mercedes can now be driven using your thoughts

New Mercedes can now be driven using your thoughts
Sep 17 2021 Share

The future of driving cars might not be self-driving and definitely not steering wheels – it’s mind control! The Mercedes Vision AVTR is car powered not only through electricity but also by the driver’s brain. The vehicle was displayed this week in Germany at the IAA Mobility 2021, which is the world’s largest mobility of the future event. The car is still in the concept phase of development but the Brain Computer Interface is what captures the attention… quite literally. 

Changing the radio station or switching lights on and off all fall under the mind controlling technology. The new technology invites numerous possibilities. On the bright side, it offers people unable to drive cars physically to be able to pilot a car. However, the issue of traffic and accidents are always brought up. Do you think this technology would work on Malta’s roads? With a 60% increase in traffic accidents in the second quarter of 2021, it would be quite a gamble to see whether thought-powered cars would solve the issue.

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