19 Year Old Youngest With Down’s Syndrome To Finish London Marathon

19 Year Old Youngest With Down's Syndrome To Finish London Marathon
Apr 22 2024 Share

Nineteen-year-old Lloyd Martin, a teenage runner with Down’s syndrome from Cardiff, has made history by becoming the youngest person in his learning disability category to finish a marathon.

Accompanied by his mother as his guide, Lloyd completed the London Marathon, a remarkable achievement recognized by Guinness World Records with a certificate at the finish line.

His mother, Ceri Hooper, expressed Lloyd’s accomplishment as “achieving his dream,” emphasizing the message that anything is achievable with determination and effort.

Lloyd’s marathon completion is particularly significant within the intellectual impairment category (II2), where he stands as the youngest record holder.

Ceri, an experienced runner herself, guided Lloyd through a rigorous training regimen over five months to prepare him for the marathon. Lloyd, previously accustomed to 5km Parkruns, steadily increased his endurance under Ceri’s coaching, culminating in a marathon debut that saw him running continuously for 14 miles before finishing with overwhelming support from the crowd.

Ceri highlighted the emotional impact of Lloyd’s achievement, underscoring its importance for individuals with Down’s syndrome. Lloyd’s participation in the marathon was facilitated by Special Olympics GB, where he also engages in gymnastics and football. Lloyd’s journey exemplifies resilience, determination, and the power of familial support in overcoming challenges and breaking barriers.


Teatru Manoel Announces Cast For New ‘God Of Carnage’ Production

Teatru Manoel Announces Cast For New ‘God Of Carnage’ Production
Apr 22 2024 Share

Written, originally in French, by Yasmina Reza and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, this new production of ‘God of Carnage’ which will be performed at Teatru Manoel, will be directed by Andrè Agius and performed in English by four renowned local actors: Chris Dingli, Charlotte Grech, Chiara Hyzler and Pierre Stafrace.

‘God of Carnage’ is an exceptional dark comedy and one of the most celebrated plays of the last two decades. It premiered in Zurich in 2006 before moving to Paris, where it won the Molière Award for Best Play. The play made its West End debut in 2008 starring an ensemble cast that included Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Grieg, Ken Stott and Janet McTeer.

In its Broadway debut in 2009 the cast included Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden. Since then, the play has been performed in theatres around the world, captivating audiences with its sharp wit and exploration of human behaviour.

The play takes you into the world of high-stakes parental conflict which delves into the chaos that ensues when two sets of parents come together to discuss a playground quarrel between their 11-year-old sons. As tensions rise and civility crumbles, this Olivier and Tony award-winning play offers a hilarious and scathing commentary on modern social dynamics.

Don’t miss this gripping exploration of human nature and the thin veneer of civilization! ‘God of Carnage’ is on at Teatru Manoel from the 6th to the 9th of June at 8pm. Tickets from www.teatrumanoel.mt or from Teatru Manoel’s box office in Valletta.


Malta & Antigua & Barbuda Sign Collaboration Agreement

Malta & Antigua & Barbuda Sign Collaboration Agreement
Apr 22 2024 Share

On April 22, 2024, Ian Borg, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta, warmly welcomed Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Trade, and Barbuda Affairs of Antigua & Barbuda, on an official visit to Malta.

Despite the geographical distance between them, Malta and Antigua & Barbuda share many commonalities as small island states and members of the Commonwealth. These shared attributes shape their values and priorities, particularly concerning climate change and other challenges they face.

During their meeting, the Ministers highlighted the growth of bilateral cooperation over the past few years, which initially began during the COVID-19 pandemic. They emphasized collaborative efforts on water management issues and celebrated positive momentum in relations. A significant achievement of the meeting was the joint signature on the founding document of the Global Maritime Sanctions Information Centre, aimed at promoting training and information sharing among ship registries worldwide to isolate problematic actors.

The discussions also covered bilateral interests, foreign and security issues on the global stage, and a shared commitment to peace, conflict resolution, and international cooperation. Both nations emphasized the importance of upholding international law and accountability. Additionally, they reaffirmed their dedication to promoting human rights, good governance, and the rule of law domestically.

The Ministers underscored the urgent environmental challenges facing their regions and stressed the need for increased international collaboration on climate issues. They expressed support for the upcoming COP 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2024.

Both countries acknowledged the necessity of advocating for small island states on the global stage. They agreed to collaborate on international advocacy efforts, particularly given Antigua’s upcoming hosting of the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States and Malta’s roles within the European Union and the UN Security Council.

To solidify their ongoing cooperation, the Ministers signed minutes outlining shared priorities for future collaboration between Malta and Antigua & Barbuda.


What To Expect From The Corinthia Caterers Weddings Open Day

What To Expect From The Corinthia Caterers Wedding Open Day
Apr 22 2024 Share

Planning your dream wedding can indeed be overwhelming and stressful. What if there were a way for you and your fiancé to try out different elements in one place, to truly see what works best for both of you?

Well, that’s where Corinthia Caterers Open Day comes in. It’s not just another event; it’s a chance for both of you to enjoy an evening at the stunning Villa Bologna, sample the delectable cuisine that Corinthia Caterers is known for, browse through wedding attire, and connect with over 35 reputable vendors. And the best part? The Corinthia Caterers expert team is right there, ready to offer guidance to plan a wedding that is tailored to your unique vision.

35+ Renowned Vendors Present

Meet and connect with over 35 esteemed local wedding vendors, ranging from professional photographers, décor experts, and entertainment providers to florists, wedding planners, invitation designers, bridal dress boutiques, and more. Take the opportunity to connect with them and explore whether their offerings align with your personal vision as a couple.

Taste the Corinthia Caterers Cuisine

From the first bite of savoury, delectable canapés to the sumptuous mains and decadent desserts, get ready for a culinary experience that delights the senses and leaves a lasting impression. The dedicated team will also help guide you on which menu selection best reflects your personal preferences, culinary desires, and overall wedding vision. Whether you envision a chic reception or an elegant sit-down dinner, the team will work closely with you to curate a bespoke menu that fits your expectations.

Parking & Shuttle Service

There will be organised parking and shuttle facilities in collaboration with Executive Malta. The shuttle services will be conveniently located opposite The Corinthia Palace, Attard and will transport guests from the parking area to Villa Bologna, ensuring a stress-free arrival on the day.

Beauty & Wedding Attire Court

Guests will also be able to explore a curated selection of wedding attire and beauty options for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, flower girls, groomsmen, and more. Some of Malta’s most renowned wedding suppliers will be on hand to guide you in discovering the perfect ensemble and aesthetic packages to ensure everyone looks and feels their best on this special day.

Dream Venues

Guests can also learn more about the various venue options offered by Corinthia Caterers. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, the experienced team will be able to provide you with all the specifications and possibilities of each venue so that you can make an informed decision.

Do not miss out on this stunning evening!

If you would like to attend the Corinthia Caterers Weddings Open Day on Friday, 26th April from 19:00-23:00 at Villa Bologna, kindly register your interest by emailing [email protected].

Spots are available on first come first served basis and are subject to confirmation.