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All Apple products will have to use common charging point as deal struck

All Apple products will have to use common charging point as deal struck
Jun 8 2022 Share

All smartphones and tablets would have to use a common charger under a provisional European Union agreement which was struck on Tuesday.

Apple, among many other companies, will have to make sure their phones, tablets, e-readers and digital cameras use the USB-C charger. Around 15 product types are included, including headsets, video game consoles and headphones. 

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The plan was revealed last year, and was provisionally approved this Tuesday 7th June. It is set to save consumers up to €250 million each year, reports the European Commission. The EP and 27 EU countries still need to sign off the agreement. 

Phone and tablet manufacturers will have to comply by the end of 2024, whereas laptops will have more time to make the switch with 40 months extra from when the rules are set in motion approved. 

Lead negotiator for the European Parliament and Maltese MP Alex Agius Saliba said that the commission will be able to set standards for wireless charging in the future. Despite having angered the business at first, Apple is now testing future models which can use the charger. 

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Bernard Grech celebrates 51st birthday

Bernard Grech celebrates 51st birthday
Jun 8 2022 Share

Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech today celebrates his 51st birthday. Born on the 8th of June 1971 in Rahal Gdid, he went on to marry and have two kids, currently residing in Mosta. 

Grech worked as a lawyer far before he entered the political sphere, having been elected as Opposition leader on the 3rd of October 2020. He went on to get re-elected as PN leader very recently after he faced no competition in the leadership race of the party. 

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Grech graduated as a lawyer in 1995 from the University of Malta, but also worked as a volunteer with youth, persons with disabilities and the Malta Community Chest Fund. Spending time even as a visiting lecturer at the UOM, he also dabbled in theatre as an amateur singer. 

In August of 2020, he stood against leader Adrian Delia after the party congress voted to hold a new leadership contest. He won the election against Delia with 69.3% of the votes however he did not manage to win the Nationalist Party power in the 2022 general election. 

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Cancer completely disappears in patients during new drug trial

Cancer completely disappears in patients during new drug trial
Jun 8 2022 Share

A new drug which is being tested to address colorectal cancer baffled doctors after it registered a surprising 100% success rate in clinical trials. 

Dostarlimab, a drug with laboratory produced molecules acting as substitute antibodies in the human bodies, managed to get all 18 participants into remission one year after drug trial. 

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Doctors conducted physical exams, endoscopies, PET scans and MRI scans, but were still unable to find any trace of cancer in the patients’ bodies. 

Dr Luis A. Diaz Jr. of New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center said that this was the first time it happened in the history of cancer. A paper was published about the findings, which are now making waves in the world of medicine. 

Colorectal cancer specialist at the University of California Dr Alan P. Venook, who was not involved with the study, said that complete remission in every patient is unheard of. 

The 18 cancer patients involved faced gruelling previous treatments, which included chemotherapy, radiation and invasive surgery which could have resulted in bowel, urinary and sexual dysfunction. The new drug required the patients undergo no further treatment. 

This comes as another team of US doctors unveiled their own groundbreaking research which involves a genetically modified cancer killing virus. The drug – Vaxinia – was injected into the first ever human patient and had proved successful in animal trials. 

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‘Lamborghini of the Sea’ Tecnomar for LAMBORGHINI 63 makes port in Malta

‘Lamborghini of the Sea’ Tecnomar for LAMBORGHINI 63 makes port in Malta
Jun 8 2022 Share

The $3.5 Million 4000-hp Super Yacht Tecnomar for LAMBORGHINI 63 has just made port in Maltese waters and many avid fans are stoked about its appearance on our little island. 

The yacht, which is a blend between excellences in the yachting industry and super sports cars, won in the “Motor Yacht under 25 meters” category at the 2022  International Yacht & Aviation Awards. 

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Each of these yachts has a length of 63 feet and they are powered by twin MAN 24-liter V12 engines for a total output of 3,945 horsepower. Founded in 1987 and acquired by the Italian Sea Group in 2009, Tecnomar has launched 289 yachts through the years, also thanks to the Tecnomar Evo line, which has earned great success in the Asian market.

One such boat is owned by MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who recently took the yacht out so he could enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix to the full extent. 

In images posted to his Instagram, McGregor and his family could be seen enjoying the vessel’s many features. The yacht is inspired by the rare Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, which was a limited production hybrid supercar. 

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Photo Source: Stephen Borg, Malta Car Spotting 

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