Vietnam health ministry reports 9,580 new COVID-19 cases
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s health ministry on Sunday reported 9,580 new COVID-19 infections, exceeding more than 9,000 new cases for a fourth day running, as the Southeast Asian country battles against its worst outbreak yet.
Musk says Starship orbital stack to be ready for flight in few weeks
- SpaceX in May successfully landed its Starship prototype, SN15, a reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle that could eventually carry astronauts and large cargo payloads to the moon and Mars.
- The touchdown came after four prototype landing attempts had ended in explosions.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk said on Saturday the first orbital stack of the Starship rocket should be ready for flight in the coming weeks, taking the unorthodox billionaire a step closer to his dream of orbital and then interplanetary travel.
SpaceX in May successfully landed its Starship prototype, SN15, a reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle that could eventually carry astronauts and large cargo payloads to the moon and Mars.
The touchdown came after four prototype landing attempts had ended in explosions.
"First orbital stack of Starship should be ready for flight in a few weeks, pending only regulatory approval," Musk tweeted.
The complete Starship rocket, SpaceX's next-generation launch vehicle, stands 394 feet (120 meters) tall when coupled with its super-heavy first-stage booster.
It is at the center of the Tesla Inc CEO's ambitions to make human space travel more affordable and routine.
An orbital Starship flight is planned for year's end, and Musk has said he intends to fly Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa around the moon in the Starship in 2023.
LAUSD Reopens On-Campus Schooling Monday: Masks Required, Temp Checks, And Mandatory Teacher Vaccines By October
The long-awaited return of on-campus students and teacher interactions begins on Monday for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which was forced into remote teaching by the pandemic.
Returning students face a brave new world of learning, but some familiar practices will be in place. Recess, lunch on campus, after-school programs, athletics and other extracurricular activities will be in place.
Masks will be required when inside classrooms or other school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. The surge of the delta variation has skyrocketed new cases, and the worrisome lambda variation has made its first area appearance.
All LAUSD employees, regular contractors and parent volunteers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15, interim Supt. Megan Reilly has ordered. Students are not affected by the order, which has been backed by the teachers union.
As of today, an LAUSD spokeswoman said more than 12,500 students selected online independent learning rather than return to campus. That total is just under 3% of the district’s total enrollment.
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CDOT closes, quickly reopens I-70 in Glenwood Canyon after flash flood threat – The Denver Post
The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon again Sunday afternoon for about half an hour at 5 p.m. because of a flash flood threat.
Radar showed a few showers and storms in the area but the National Weather Service had not issued a flash flood advisory or warning for the area as of 5:15 p.m.
CDOT then lifted the closure at 5:25 p.m.
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