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15% of Maltese believe early humans lived alongside dinosaurs

15% of Maltese believe early humans lived alongside dinosaurs
Sep 28 2021 Share

15% of Maltese believe that the earliest humans shared the planet with dinosaurs, according to a Eurobarometer survey which assessed attitudes towards science. This percentage improved from the previous 29% in 2005,  but a substantial 25% in 2021 responded with ‘I don’t know’ when asked whether humans and dinosaurs co-existed. This was one of the highest percentages in Europe, with Romania and Italy scoring the highest 34%. 

Around 74% of Maltese correctly believe that humans developed from earlier species of animals. 15% of Maltese do not believe this statement, with 11% remaining on the fence. A 41% majority of Maltese also incorrectly believe that the world population has surpassed the 10 billion mark. In terms of evolution, respondents from Ireland were more likely to support that view at 84%, with Luxembourg most likely to have respondents to correctly answer the population question at 63%. 

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WATCH: Bernard Grech recalls secondary school crush on English teacher

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As students across Malta and Gozo head back to the classroom to create some ‘back to school’ memories of their own, Bernard Grech took a call with JD, Abel and Martina from The Morning Vibe to share some of his memories… and it’s not what we expected.

 

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The Nationalist Party leader told the radio presenters that out of all his back to school memories, one of the most memorable is during the year he transitioned from a primary school being led by nuns to a secondary school with various different teachers, where he recalled the entire class resting their heads on the hands at the sight of the English teacher.

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“Who knows how many pencils and erasers were dropped those days”, the PN leader said to the thunderous laughs of the show’s presenters. After, they discussed Grech’s height, going on to state that in situations such as those, it was an advantage to be shorter.

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Parents step up – Dylan Agius calls out teenagers’ lack of discipline and maturity

Dylan Agius calls out teenagers’ lack of discipline and maturity
Sep 28 2021 Share

In a video posted to social media captioned ‘Disappointed in the younger generation!’, Dylan Agius, also known by his tattoo artist name The Mad Tatter, opened up on some troubling encounters with today’s youth. Agius spoke about how on a relaxed trip to Marsaskala, teenagers threw garbage on the floor and insulted other youth due to their size and appearance. He expressed that he was mistaken in thinking that upcoming generations were more conscious of such issues, calling for more discipline. 

He opened up about how such education begins in the home, praising his own guardians for teaching him such values. He also expressed how, despite wanting to speak up and inform them of their wrongdoing, he felt as if it wasn’t his place to do so. He called for parents and guardians all across the island to step up and educate their kids, knowing full well that these are not isolated cases. 

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No petrol for over half of UK’s 8000 fuel pumps following Brexit panic-buys

No petrol for over half of UK’s 8000 fuel pumps following Brexit panic-buys
Sep 27 2021 Share

The Petrol Retailers Association in Britain claims that around half of the country’s 8000 fuel pumps ran out of petrol on Sunday, with desperate drivers forming long queues to fill up tanks. Following panic-buying of motor fuel on Monday and a shortage of lorry drivers due to COVID and BREXIT, the government has been reportedly prompted to use the army to make deliveries. 

Brian Madderson, PRA chairman, told the BBC that shortages were down to panic buying ‘pure and simple.’ Business Secretary Kwasi Karteng said he suspended oil industry competition laws to ensure suppliers can ‘share vital information and work together more effectively to ensure disruption is minimised.’ 

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This comes as UK media sources report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering using soldiers to deliver fuel to petrol stations across the nation. Military assistance was not ruled out when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was asked over the weekend. 

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