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Belgian Captain Kevin De Bruyne Argues With Supporters

Jun 27 2024 Share

Belgian captain and star player Kevin De Bruyne was booed off the pitch after a heated exchange with his own supporters following Belgium’s disappointing draw against Ukraine.

The European giants barely made it to the knockout stages, finishing second in a group they were widely expected to win comfortably. This underwhelming performance clearly did not sit well with the thousands of travelling Belgian fans.

At the end of the match, De Bruyne went to applaud the Belgian fans but instead was greeted with thousands of boos. After this event the captain quickly told his teammates to leave the pitch so that they do not also receive the hostile reception from the fans. This only angered the Belgians more.

Visibly angry after both his performance and the fans’ reaction, De Bruyne stormed off the field. However, he had to return to receive his player of the match award. To everyone’s surprise, Belgium’s star player was once again met with deafening boos from the crowd.

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Should Malta Send Astronauts To Space?

Should Malta Send Astronauts To Space?
Jun 27 2024 Share

Malta should aim to send its first astronaut to space, according to Ryan Callus, the PN’s research and innovation spokesperson.

Callus highlighted Malta’s capable scientists and their strides in space research during a parliamentary debate on Malta’s role in the European Space Agency (ESA).

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MPs ratified a new five-year agreement, upgrading Malta’s status to ‘European Cooperating State’. This agreement requires an annual €1.5 million investment in space research, mainly through competitive grants to local companies.

Parliamentary secretary Keith Azzopardi Tanti noted that this agreement would boost the space sector and attract foreign investment.

Callus expressed support but urged for full ESA membership to bring more research opportunities, particularly in biomedical fields. He cited University of Malta scientist Joseph Borg’s research on human blood in space, which could benefit thalassaemia patients.

Callus stressed the need for greater research funding, pointing out the University of Malta’s insufficient €1.3 million research budget and the challenges faced by applicants for Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) grants. He emphasized that increased investment in research is essential for Malta to advance in space exploration and innovation.

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Varjinġa Primary School Closes Its Doors After 170 Years

Varjinġa Primary School Closes Its Doors After 170 Years
Jun 27 2024 Share

The Gozo College Rabat Primary School, known as Varjinġa, closes its doors today, with headmaster Lelio Spiteri posting a touching message in tribute of the school.

With the school relocating premises for the new scholastic year, Lelio, known as the ‘Happy School’ headmaster, wrote how for the last time he will meet his students for the last year like a family in a courtyard that saw thousands of pupils and teachers.

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‘I’m afraid of being unable to finish this morning’s assembly’, he wrote. ‘I salute all the educators of the school’s history who gave their heart to our school.’

‘After today, the courtyard falls silent. But the walls will remain evidence of a family which found shelter, hope, love and opportunities to grow.’

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Original Harry Potter Art Work Sells For Record Breaking $1.9 Million

Jun 27 2024 Share

The first ever watercolor book cover of the first installment of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, has been sold at an auction for a surprising record breaking $1.9 million.

Sotheby’s a fine artwork company confirmed in a statement that the item became ‘the most valuable Harry Potter item ever sold at auction,’ and that the acquisition of the artwork was between four bidders.

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The work created by Thomas Taylor in 1997, when he was only 23-years old, was expected to be sold in the region of $400,000 – $600,000. Those expectations were however shattered with the piece ultimately being sold for a staggering $1.9 million.

This is not the first time that Taylor’s artwork was sold at an auction as in 2001, when only 4 books of the series were published, the work was sold for $108,500 a far cry from the insane $1.9 million it garnered in 2024.

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