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Bye Bye Basic Netflix Plan, Hello Annoying Ads

Bye Bye Basic Netflix Plan, Hello Annoying Ads
Jan 25 2024 Share

Netflix , the streaming service giant  has just announced some major changes within their subscription tiers that upset fans worldwide. 

The streaming service’s cheapest plan currently works well if you’re on a tighter budget and allows you to enjoy the Netflix experience without any ads.

Unfortunately this has changed, as of January 2024, there are now three subscription plans, standard with adverts @ £4.99 / month, standard @ £10.99/month, and premium @ £17.99 / month.

For anyone looking to enjoy their favourite shows on a budget Netflix’s standard with adverts plan seems like a good deal as it allows you to download on two devices at  a time with full HD video quality. The two main drawbacks which angered fans are of course, adverts in between shows, and that some movies and TV programmes are unavailable with the basic plan.

With the introduction of the new basic plan, comes the removal of one its most popular ad-free plans. Netflix’s most basic ad-free experiences will no longer be available to new and rejoining users.

On its website, Netflix has placed a warning stating that “The Basic plan is no longer available for new or rejoining members. If you are currently on the Basic plan, you can remain on this plan until your plan is changed or your account is cancelled.”

What do you think of Netflix’s new subscription plan ?

( Prices will vary once implementation is placed in Malta)

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Lidl And PAVI/PAMA Engage In Social Media War Over Prices

Lidl And PAVI/PAMA Engage In Social Media War Over Prices
Jan 25 2024 Share

Malta is witnessing a supermarket rivalry between giants LIDL and PAVI/PAMA, captivating shoppers with a dispute over the cheaper can of Coca Cola. 

The feud began when PAVI/PAMA claimed their Coca Cola was €0.75 compared to LIDL’s €0.79. In response, LIDL posted a receipt showing PAVI charged €0.99, not €0.75, vowing to reduce their price to €0.69. 

This public spat is unusual in Malta, where direct price comparisons are infrequent. Such price wars are common in Europe and have grown amid consumer concerns over inflation.

In the UK, advertising price wars contributed to reduced costs for various products. Rising living costs are a major concern in Malta, leading to a government initiative to cut the recommended retail price of 400 basic food items by at least 15%. 

LIDL and PAVI/PAMA are engaged in a competitive advertising battle, comparing prices of items like Kinder Bueno and ragú sauce. As both supermarket giants are part of the upcoming government scheme, it remains to be seen if this price war signals a new era in Maltese supermarket advertising as they vie for customer attention.

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Do We Highlight Crimes By Foreigners Like We Do Locals? – Popolin

Do We Highlight Crimes By Foreigners Like We Do Locals? - Popolin
Jan 25 2024 Share

Appearing on Popolin, Dr Sean Zammit addressed the issue of whether we highlight crimes in the same way when it comes to foreigners in Malta or Gozo when compared to locals themselves.

Zammit said that, in his day, there wasn’t the same amount of foreigners in Malta. Today, however, he feels that the foreign population is being scapegoated for most crimes.

 

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He questioned whether we put the same emphasis or use the same adjectives when it comes to locals doing crimes. 

What do you think of this?

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‘What We Do For Peace Today Will Help Determine Tomorrow’, Ian Borg

“WHAT WE DO FOR PEACE TODAY WILL HELP DETERMINE WHETHER WE LIVE IN WAR TOMORROW” - IAN BORG
Jan 25 2024 Share

Malta has taken a historic step by assuming the Chairpersonship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for the first time.

Foreign Minister Ian Borg, who was formally appointed as chairman-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), acknowledged the challenging times and stressed the importance of upholding the principles outlined in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris. He affirmed Malta’s Chairpersonship dedication to reciprocal trust, emphasising that the shared obligations agreed upon by all participating states are not optional.

The Chairpersonship’s priorities include a resolute commitment to addressing Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine. Borg condemned recent intensified attacks and called for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukrainian territory within its internationally recognised borders.

Malta’s engagement in the OSCE is guided by three core considerations: the imperative need for global peace, the role as a bridge between East and West, and a steadfast commitment to multilateralism. Borg highlighted Malta’s unique position at the crossroads of Europe and Africa.

 

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The Chairpersonship will actively contribute to resolving protracted conflicts across the OSCE region, with a focus on Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Efforts will be made to support field operations in various regions and strengthen national capacities.

Malta aims to ensure the OSCE’s functionality and address leadership challenges. The Chairpersonship intends to build on North Macedonia’s success in keeping the region’s people at the centre of OSCE initiatives. Borg emphasised an inclusive approach to security, incorporating gender mainstreaming and increased youth engagement.

In light of Malta’s concurrent membership in the UN Security Council, the Chairpersonship seeks to identify constructive synergies between the two multilateral institutions, particularly on issues related to peace and security. Initiatives to strengthen resilience against cyber threats, address transnational threats, and promote compliance with arms control commitments are also on the agenda.

The Chairpersonship will pay attention to bridging digital divides, promoting access to digital technologies, and addressing climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation. Additionally, efforts to combat violence against women, human trafficking, and initiatives on media literacy and journalist safety, especially for female journalists, are prioritised.

Malta’s commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms remains unwavering. The Chairpersonship calls on participating states to honour their commitments and invites the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to observe their elections.

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