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Cool Ride Pooling rebrands as Cool with a mission to reduce single occupancy rides on Malta’s roads

 - Local - May 16 SHARE ON:
Cool Ride Pooling rebrands as Cool with a mission to reduce single occupancy rides on Malta’s roads

Cool Ride Pooling, Malta’s first ever ride sharing service launched in 2019, has rebranded as Cool with a customer promise of delivering an affordable everyday transportation service, available anytime and anywhere.

“We believe in making a positive impact on traffic congestion by aggregating multiple passengers into the same vehicle. We believe that sharing a ride is a win for our customers as it allows them to save money, and a win for the environment as it leads to less cars on the road. Cool continues to be the only ride sharing company on the island and facilitates the goal of living in a better Malta, one with less vehicles and more green spaces. We are a mobility company that is not scared to get its hands dirty in working for a better future – for our customers and for our community alike,” said Michael Debono, Executive Director at Cool.

Ride pooling is a sustainable alternative mode of transport that brings together several passengers travelling towards a similar direction and replaces a large number of private vehicles that would have only catered to the needs of one individual.

The principle benefit of Cool is to remove the need to constantly use a private vehicle for certain commutes, therefore reducing the number of vehicles on the Maltese roads and tackling the congestion problem. By removing the need for a private vehicle, Cool will also contribute to the replacement of car parks with greener community spaces.

The new and improved Cool will continue operating via its highly intuitive mobile application. Cool believes in addressing the needs of riders and drives and offers the peace of mind of fixed prices catering for riders that want to commute on a budget. Weekday fixed prices stand at Eur7.95 for a ride of up to 12km, and journeys over 12km cost Eur12. Shorter trips of up to 5km cost Eur5. In addition, Cool also offers customers the option of private rides.

Cool “rides with pride” and ensures that its drivers are treated with respect and are not exploited, whilst ensuring that its drivers provide excellent service so that riders can relax and enjoy themselves as they get to their destination. Cool is currently in the process of recruiting new drivers to join its ever-growing team on a full-time or part-time basis. Cool takes care of its drivers, offering attractive employment packages that also factor in work-life balance. Interested parties can contact Cool on [email protected] or +356 2014 7600

Cool is operated by Debono Group, a company that has deep roots in Malta’s automotive and mobility sector. For more than 60 years, Debono Group has been the agent of Toyota in Malta, entrenching the business as one of Malta’s leaders in the mobility scene. As the country and the rest of the world look towards a greener and more sustainable ways of commuting, Debono Group and Cool are on a mission to promote a holistic approach to mobility.

For more info and to download the app visit cool.mt.

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McDonald’s to sell all 850 Russian restaurants due to Ukraine invasion

 - Food - May 16 SHARE ON:
McDonald’s to sell all 850 Russian restaurants due to Ukraine invasion

Fast food giant McDonald’s will be exiting the Russian market and wills ell all of its 850 outlets in the country following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Back in March, McDonald’s announced it will be closing down the restaurants, where it employed upwards of 62,000 people. 

However, on Monday, the mega business went a step further and revealed that after more than 30 years of operations in Russia, it will be exiting the market in the country and will sell all. 

A statement issued by the brand revealed that ‘the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and thee precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald’s to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.’

After the sale, the restaurants will no longer be allowed to use the name, logo, branding or menu of McDonald’s. 

Russia accounts for 9% of the company’s revenue and 3% of its operating profit. Chief executive Chris Keempczinski said that the brand is exceptionally proud of the 62,000 employees who worked in the restaurants. ‘Their dedication and loyalty to McDonald’s make today’s announcement extremely difficult.’

Guess the Russian guy who hoarded Big Macs when the war broke out was right after all…

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PN call on government to continue hybrid car subsidies

 - Science - May 16 SHARE ON:
PN call on government to continue hybrid car subsidies

The Nationalist Party is calling on the government to continue subsidies for the purchase of plug-in-hybrid vehicles after this year’s fund was quickly taken up.

The call came from PN transport spokesperson Adrian Delia and climate change spokesperson Eve Borg Bonello one week after the government pledged to prioritise the climate change battle. 

The subsidies are designed to enable people buy new cars that are either electric or plug-in hybrids. The grant for plug-in hybrids will end in May. 

The two MPs said that this is either a mistake or a lack of communication between the ministries. ‘The PN appeals for these subsidies to continue being given, and increased further’ they said on Monday. 

‘Climate change is posing a serious threat, particularly for a country with a Mediterranean climate that is already hot… the government has to be proactive to reach its European goals of decarbonisation in the economy and infrastructure’ they said. 

Borg Bonello and Delia recalled the declaration by the government and the opposition of a climate emergency in 2019, with a resolution approved by parliament. 

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Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are officially legally married

 - Celebrities - May 16 SHARE ON:
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are officially legally married

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have officially tied the knot after just one year of dating. The couple exchanged vows on the steps of a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California. 

Kardashian was dressed in a classic white dress and veil as the Blink 182 drummer celebrated his big day in a black suit. The newlyweds did not opt for a big event but a small gathering of close friends and family. 

The couple left the venue in a black lowrider convertible, with a sign reading ‘Just Married’ attached to the vehicle as cans tied to the rear of the car clattered behind them in classic fashion. 

The ceremony was a step towards bigger plans, TMZ reported, saying that they had to get legally married ahead of their big Italian wedding set to happen very soon. 

This event was the second of three steps marking the couple’s move into married life. Earlier this year, the couple underwent a commitment ceremony at One Love Wedding Chapel, with a ceremony conducted by an Elvis Presley impersonator. 

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