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Audi’s shape-shifting concept car is the definition of ‘future’

Audi’s shape-shifting concept car is the definition of ‘future’
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Audi have released the concept for their skysphere car, which, upon shifting from human driving to autopilot, expands 10 inches from ened-to-end. The shapeshifting vehicle screams futurism as the long hood extends forward and the steering wheel and pedals fold away. With the driver’s side of the dashboard and the gear selector pulling away, the car creates a comfortable space for the driver to relax. 

Powered by a motor that’s mounted behind the seats, the sky sphere is an electric car which acts like a touring car in self-driving mode. It is an elegant two seater designed for fast and comfortable long distance travel which allows the driver to stretch and relax as the steering wheel and pedals embed themselves into the vehicle. The shape-shifting feature is Audi’s attempt to answer a conundrum – which is how to both satisfy drivers and ensure the safety which comes with self-driving cars. 

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Malta receives praise from WHO top brass after donating vaccines and testing kits to Libya

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The Maltese government’s donation of 40,000 COVID-19 vaccines and 40,000 Rapid COVID-19 kits to Libya has been met with praise from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top brass.

Following a tweet from Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne noting the donation, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took a moment to express his gratitude via the social media site, with WHO Europe Regional Director Hans Kluge also commenting on the move.

Kluge thanked Fearne and the Maltese government, going on to praise Malta’s altruistic act saying “You show that international solidarity & national leadership go hand in hand: No one is safe until everyone is safe”. The consignment of vaccines and testing kits was flown to Tripoli this morning through Air Malta.

Libya has registered a total of 284,618 COVID-19 infections and 3,933 deaths so far, with 862,974 people having received the vaccine out of a 6.9 million strong population.

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How Messi is helping Michael Jordan’s financial problems

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Ever since the pandemic hit, basketball legend Michael Jordan has reportedly lost 24% of his money. Michael Jordan’s clothing brand ‘Jordan’, along with Nike, are the new kit manufactures for Paris Saint-Germain and ever since the Parisians signed Leo Messi, Michael’s finances have started to rise significantly.

 

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Michael Jordan reportedly receives around 5% of every shirt PSG sold. Messi’s arrival changed the whole game though, as it is estimated that around 2.5 million people will buy the shirt with the Argentinian’s name and number on it.  Since PSG officially began selling Messi shirts, they have received a whopping 120 million euros, which saw Jordan earn approximately 6 million in one single weekend.

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Popeye Village: A historical landmark and tourist attraction

Popeye Village: A historical landmark and tourist attraction
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Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is an immensely popular tourist attraction in Mellieha, Malta. How did this construct of wooden and rustic buildings come to be and how did it acquire its both local and international fame as a tourist hotspot? 

The village was purposely built as a film set which was later converted into a small attraction fun park. The live-action musical feature film ‘Popeye’, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions, brought famous actors Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall to film the movie on the island. 

With construction beginning in June 1979, a construction crew of over 165 workers built the village over seven months. Hundreds of logs and thousands of wooden planks were brought from the Netherlands, whilst wood shingles were brought from Canada. A 60-75 metre breakwater was built around Anchor Bay’s mouth to protect the set during the filming. 

The set is open seven days a week to the public, offering not just the film set as an attraction but also several other experiences. With props and dresses from the original film, a boat trip around anchor bay takes visitors for a 15-minute ride whenever the weather permits.

A cinema also shows a 15-minute audio-visual show detailing history and information about the filming and construction. Puppet shows also entertain visitors, especially children. The set also neighbours a beautiful bay known to be enjoyed by tourists and the Maltese alike. 

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