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Elon Musk takes his supermodel mum, Maye, as a date to the Met Gala

Elon Musk takes his supermodel mum, Maye, as a date to the Met Gala
May 3 2022 Share

Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk was one of many celebrities taking social media by storm after he walked the Met Gala red carpet arm-in-arm with his supermodel mum, Maye Musk. 

The 50-year-old entrepreneur wore a classic black tailcoat tuxedo for the ‘Gilded Glamour and White Tie’ themed night. 

However, his 74-year-old mother was the one turning heads as she strutted down the carpet in a crimson velvet Dior gown layered in Chopard jewellery. In light of the mother-son night out, people took to socials to claim that Mrs. Musk was the best-dressed. 

Maye is no stranger to fashion as she is in fact a former Miss South Africa and has been an in-demand model since she was just 15 years of age. In fact, in 2010, she posed nude on the cover of a health issue and posed as an ageing pregnant woman in 2011. 

The author of three books and a revered nutritionist, Maye was commended for taking out her son to the gala as the hard-working billionaire was deemed to be ‘in need of a night out.’ This comes just a week after Elon agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion. 

On the Vogue Met Gala 2022 Livestream, Musk said that his goal for the platform is that he wants to make Twitter as inclusive as possible and to have as broad a swathe of people on Twitter as possible. 

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Pope wants to meet Putin but the Russian president is not responding

Pope wants to meet Putin but the Russian president is not responding
May 3 2022 Share

Pope Francis revealed on Tuesday that he has requested a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine invasion.

However, the Russian leader has so far not responded back to the invitation. The 85-year-old church leader told newspaper Corriere Della Sera that he sent a message to Putin around 20 days into the invasion. 

‘We have not yet received a response and we are still insisting, though I fear that Putin cannot, and does not, want to have this meeting at this time’ said the pontiff. 

Despite never mentioning Putin by name, the pope has repeatedly called for peace in Ukraine, denouncing the war as cruel and senseless. The Pope revealed that he won’t be going to Ukraine anytime soon, as he believes he needs to go to Moscow first and see Putin. 

This also comes as Pope Francis critiques Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who defended the invasion of Ukraine as a fight against Russia’s external and internal enemies. 

Francis said that Kirill cannot become Putin’s altar boy. As Pope, Francis has a responsibility of engaging and continuing dialogue with the Orthodox Church after it split from the Roman Catholic church in the 11th century CE. 

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Should Malta use electronic tags even in cases of bail?

Should Malta use electronic tags even in cases of bail?
May 3 2022 Share

A local judge has called for the use of electronic tags in Malta’s criminal justice system in cases concerning bail. Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera said that the courts should be allowed to order an accused person to be electronically tagged when given bail decree. 

She wrote in a judgment passed last week saying that if this sort of system existed in our country, ‘the state would be in a better position to monitor people accused of crimes who have been granted bail.’

She went on to order that a copy of the judgment be sent to Justice Minister Jonathan Attard and Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in hopes that the law be scrutinised to reflect modern-day needs. 

Electronic tags remotely and automatically transmit their GPS location to law enforcement, which allows authorities to keep track of the person wearing it. 

The plans to introduce tags into local criminal justice procedures were revealed in September 2021, but the draft bill was not passed into law by the time parliament was dissolved prior to the election. 

The bill will thus have to be reintroduced from scratch once parliament is opened. Minister Camilleri said that only those guilty of minor crimes, prisoners granted parole and inmates on prison leave would be eligible for the tag. 

Judges will thus not be allowed to order their use when granting bail, a practice which takes place in many other countries that use electronic tags. 

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Families spending €100 extra monthly for food says new local study

Families spending €100 extra monthly for food says new local study
May 3 2022 Share

A new study by Caritas has found that families are spending at least €100 more per month on food. The study was done in February, right before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which led to spikes in food and energy costs. 

The study shows that basic food prices jumped by 20% between July 2020, when the study was last carried out, and February 2022. 

The study unveiled today used the same basket of goods used in its 2020 study, which was titled; ‘A Minimum Essential Budget for a Decent Living.’ Back in 2020, a family of four, two adults and two children, would spend €600 monthly, or a €7100 yearly, to live decently.

In less than two years later, the same family would have to spend €700 per month, or €8,400 annually, for the same products. A family of one adult and two kids would spend €430 monthly in 2020, going up to €526 in 2022.

The increase in price was also noted for medicine and healthcare, as the prior family of four would have to spend €307 yearly on such items at the start of COVID-19. The same family today would spend €355 for the same items. 

The main difference between the 2020 and 2022 studies was the inclusion of a COVID-19 protection package. The package includes a disposable mask per day per person, between 6 to 12 100ml bottles of sanitiser per year, and two extra boxes of paracetamol. 

The additional stuffs cost a family of four over €830 annually, with a family of three having to spend €630 on the package, over and above the essential medicine and healthcare items. 

Elderly folks were most impacted by this. In 2020, a basic basket of food would have cost an elderly couple €280 monthly, or €3,370 per year. In 2022, an elderly couple would have to spend €350 monthly, €4200 per year. 

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