Anti-traffic banners hung off bridges by activists

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Anti-traffic banners hung off bridges by activists

Activist groups Moviment Graffiti, Friends of the Earth Malta and Rota.mt put up banners over gridlock traffic in Marsa and Msida to highlight the major shortcomings in Malta’s infrastructure. 

The banners bore the words ‘Prioritise people, not cars’ (“Prijorità nies, mhux karozzi”), criticising incessant prioritisation of private care use over safe, more inclusive and sustainable transport. 

Moviment Graffiti highlighted how the broken model led to more car traffic with around 40 cars added to our roads every day as well as an alarming number of accidents. 

‘Since pedestrians and cyclists are the most vulnerable commuters in dangerous roads, these statistics do not promote the voluntary uptake of active travel. Ironically, big infrastructural projects across the island have failed to abate traffic congestion, unsurprising to experts in the field who have been warning of the problem of induced demand.’ 

The groups proposed various ideas for ‘more socially just transport structure’, suggesting that kids and adults are safe when travelling on foot or bicycle on efficient and pleasant routes and that public transport services are made reliable to serve the diverse needs of the public. 

‘Moreover, car ownership should not be a necessity and a burdening cost, with those who cannot afford a private vehicle made to feel socially marginalised by our transport infrastructure’ they said. 


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Foreign Minister and EP President condemn Brazilian rioters

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Foreign Minister and EP President condemn Brazilian rioters

Both Foreign Minister Ian Borg and European Parliament Roberta Metsola condemned the riots which took place on Sunday as supports of former President Jair Bolsonaro overran police and ransacked key governmental buildings. 

Ian Borg wrote to social media, saying: ‘Malta condemns and expresses deep concern at the developments and violence reported in Brasilia and the illegal occupation of government headquarters. Full support to [President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva] and Brazilian democracy. 

EP President Roberta Metsola wrote in Portuguese saying that she expresses her deep concern at the riots and that democracy should always be respected. 

Conspiracies pushing the idea that the election in Brazil was rigged have been circulating among Bolsonaro supporters online for weeks. Many drew comparisons between this and the January 6th 2021 US Capitol riot as many MAGA supporters protested Biden’s victory over Trump. 

300 people have reportedly been arrested, with Lula himself describing the protestors as fanatical fascists. The support was also echoed by Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. 


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Meet Jonathan: Oldest known animal in the world at 190

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Meet Jonathan, At 190 He Is The Oldest-Known Animal In The World

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Study suggests energy drinks may lead to hair loss in men

 - Food - Jan 9 SHARE ON:
Study suggests energy drinks may lead to hair loss in men

If you’re pumping through the day by getting that needed boost through an energy drink, we might have some bad news for you. 

A new study published in a peer-reviewed journal called Nutrients has suggested a correlation between hair loss in men and the consumption of energy drinks and other sweetened beverages. 

The study performed a group of scientists in China from Tsinghua University found that those who chug large quantities of energy drinks as well as fizzy and/or sports drinks or sweetened teas or coffees are at greater risk of male pattern hair loss. 

The study required that participants consume one or more sweetened drink each day depending on which group they were in. The results showed that those who consumed more than one sweetened drink each day were at 42% greater risk of experiencing hair loss. 

Men who admitted to experiencing hair loss also claimed they consumed on average 12 sweetened drinks per week. Despite the results not solidifying the causation, the study of men aged between 18 and 45 did encourage more research to take place. 

Other factors were found to impact the hair loss, including mental health issues and anxiety. Healthy diets were also noted to be useful in mitigating it. 


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