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Children Call For Climate Change Action

Apr 18 2024 Share

In a stirring call to action, MP Eve Borg Bonello spearheaded a climate change conference in Malta’s Parliament today.

Titled ‘Ġenerazzjoni Klima,’ the event brought together a diverse array of voices, including activists, scientists, and perhaps most poignantly, children, to candidly discuss and confront the pressing issue of climate change.

The inclusion of children in the discussion was not merely symbolic but a testament to the urgency of the climate crisis.

Martina, a nine-year-old student from St. Monica School Gzira, encapsulated the sentiment of many young attendees when she expressed her desire to grow up in a country that prioritizes her well-being.

Similarly, sixteen-year-old Andre from the Malta Foundation for Wellbeing in Society voiced his frustration with the concrete jungle that Malta has become, echoing the sentiments of many youth who yearn for a greener, more sustainable future.

Key themes that emerged from the discussion included the urgent need for efficient public transport infrastructure, a transition to renewable energy sources, and the imperative of adopting a holistic approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Scientists presented sobering heatmaps depicting the areas of Malta most at risk, underscoring the stark reality that not enough is being done to safeguard the nation against this existential threat.

One of the most poignant moments came when children lamented the sight of more tower cranes than trees, highlighting the rampant development that has come at the expense of Malta’s natural environment. The Leader of the Opposition echoed these concerns, drawing attention to the phenomenon of greenwashing and emphasizing the need for genuine, substantive action.

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Naxxar Woman Collecting VAT Receipts to Help Stray Cats

Naxxar Woman Collecting VAT Receipts to Help Stray Cats
Apr 18 2024 Share

A woman in Naxxar, Malta, has found a unique way to support over 200 stray cats each month by collecting VAT receipts. Anna Vella, residing on Triq il-Kbira, encourages the public to contribute their receipts from the 1st until the end of each month as a method to aid these animals without the need for cash donations.

Taking to social media, Vella has called on the community to participate in this initiative not only to support the welfare of stray cats but also to help clean up the streets by recycling excess paper waste. This approach allows everyone to contribute to a charitable cause while promoting environmental cleanliness.

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Photos shared online show bags filled with collected VAT receipts, demonstrating the community’s support. Vella emphasizes that this collective effort not only benefits the cats but also strengthens community bonds by bringing people together for a common purpose.

This initiative offers a practical way for individuals to make a difference in their community, supporting animal welfare and environmental health simultaneously.

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Malta’s First Metro Arriving in 2032 Imagined by Reddit User

Malta's First Metro Arriving in 2032 Imagined by Reddit User
Apr 18 2024 Share

A Reddit user known as ‘the_wise_man_’ has captured the attention of the online community by posting a mock-up image depicting Malta’s first metro, purportedly arriving in Rabat, Gozo on 4th May 2032. The imaginative visual came as a playful response to a speculative map of a tram network potentially linking Valletta with various other Maltese villages.

The caption “actual photo of the first Metro arriving in Rabat, Gozo on 4th May, 2032” added a humorous touch, leading to a lively discussion in the comment section. Many users commented on the proposed date, suggesting that 2032 might be an optimistic timeframe for such an ambitious public transport project.

This virtual depiction follows discussions about enhancing Malta’s public transportation infrastructure. While Malta does not currently have a metro system, the idea has been a topic of conversation among residents interested in alternative transportation solutions to alleviate road congestion and improve environmental sustainability.

The post has not only sparked debate about the feasibility and planning of such major infrastructure projects but also highlighted the community’s interest in future transport developments. The interaction on Reddit reflects a blend of skepticism and hope regarding Malta’s transport future.

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Heinz Actually Launch Pink Barbie Sauce

Heinz Actually Launch Pink Barbie Sauce
Apr 18 2024 Share

Heinz have officially launched a new vegan condiment named “Barbiecue Sauce” in collaboration with Mattel to mark Barbie’s 65th birthday.

This pink BBQ-flavoured mayonnaise follows the success of the Barbie movie, which featured Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and was the top-grossing film of 2023, earning $1.36 billion. The idea for the Barbie-themed sauce first appeared on Heinz’s Instagram as a mockup, which, after receiving significant public interest, led to its production.

Thiago Rapp, Heinz’s director of taste elevation, stated that the overwhelming positive response from British fans to Barbie last year inspired the decision to create the sauce. He emphasised Heinz’s commitment to innovation and satisfying customer demands through exciting partnerships like this one with Mattel.

The sauce, described by Heinz as “the perfect pink pairing for burgers,” is designed to enhance a variety of foods from chips to pizzas with a smoky flavor. It is now available for purchase at Tesco stores and through Heinz’s online platform.

Heinz continues to expand its vegan product range, having previously introduced plant-based versions of its mayonnaise, salad cream, tomato soup, and a vegan “Beanz and Sausages” tin, catering to the growing vegan and flexitarian market.

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