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Despite not qualifying, Emma Muscat’s song ‘I Am What I Am’ is going viral across Europe

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Despite not qualifying, Emma Muscat's song 'I Am What I Am' is going viral across Europe

While Malta’s failure to qualify on Thursday’s Eurovision Semi Final came as an unfortunate blow to local Eurovision fans, there seems to be a silver lining for Emma Muscat and Maltese music.

Emma’s track ‘I Am What I Am’ has found itself in the Viral 50 of multiple European countries such as Sweden, Norway and The Netherlands. The playlist in question, on streaming platform Spotify, algorithmically award tracks which are being listened to frequently on the same platform.

Emma’s self-titled album ‘I Am Emma’ also went live on streaming platforms this week and features ‘I Am What I Am’, Eurovision Song Malta winner ‘Out of Sight’ and a number of others.

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Maltese photographer wins gold at prestigious London Photography Awards

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Maltese photographer wins gold at prestigious London Photography Awards

Maltese photographer Domenic Aquilina has been awarded a gold award at the prestigious London Photography Awards for his work ‘Fan Water Splash’ in the Sports category.

The water polo shot features a water splash creating an optical illusion as it lands opposite a Romania national team player and captain Marius Tic during the LEN European Water Polo Championships Qualifying Tournament Group C on February 20th of this year.

The London Photography Awards and this year’s theme ‘Forge Your Time-Lapse’ “honours those who step out of their comfort zone and capture astounding photographs that would be etched within history itself.”

Aquilina is a respected photographer in the local scene, garnering a number of accolades for his works including awards for Sports Photographer of the Year in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the annual Malta Journalistic Awards by the Institute of Maltese Journalists, amongst many others.

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Malta accused of leaving 24 in danger of death at sea as rescue charity coordinates operation

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Malta accused of leaving 24 in danger of death at sea as rescue charity coordinates operation

Malta has been accused of refusing to coordinate a rescue operation after a distress call was sent from migrants at sea within Maltese waters.

Non-profit- and civil sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye conducted a rescue operation, carrying 58 people to safety, after receiving a distress call on their Sea-Eye 4 vessel. The at risk migrants reportedly fled from Benghazi, Libya on 8 May and are from Eritrea, Sudan, Chad, Libya, Syria and Egypt.

Sea-Eye have reported that the oil tanker Ross Sea approached the wooden boat on 12 May, with the tanker captain stating that he attempted to reach Malta’s rescue coordination centre to no avail. “RCC Malta told me to keep on monitoring. They asked me to just stay around and keep on monitoring from distance,” the captain told the Sea-Eye 4.

The Chairman of Sea e, Gordon Isler, said the following “We regularly receive no response from the rescue centre in Malta during maritime emergencies as well. Why didn’t Malta directly ask Ross Sea to rescue the people? Malta did not send any help for three days! By now, Malta stops at nothing to prevent people seeking protection from being able to reach Malta.”

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The Maltese Pope? Gozitan cardinal Grech eyed as potential successor to Pope Francis

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The Maltese Pope? Gozitan cardinal Grech eyed as potential successor to Pope Francis

Cardinal Mario Grech has been mentioned among a list of cardinals eyeing a potential successor of Pope Francis at the next conclave.

Concerns towards the current Pope’s health have been rising after he was forced to cancel commitments due to a knee problem and also recently appearing in a wheelchair for the first time.

The Times of London have stated that the succession seems to be a battle between conservatives who heavily disagree with Pope Francis’ ‘mercy-before-dogma’ approach and more liberals who have supported his approach to gay Catholics and divorcees.

John Allen, editor of Catholic news site Crux stated that “Malta’s Mario Grech is also interesting since he had a conservative reputation but became pro-Francis, although some conservatives may hope he would revert to form if elected Pope.”

The list includes many candidates who are both conservative and liberal, with 117 cardinals under 80 years of age being eligible to vote.

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