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Eurovision 2023 to take place in the UK, broadcasting union announces

 - International - Jun 17 SHARE ON:
Eurovision 2023 to take place in the UK, broadcasting union announces

Earlier today the Eurovision Broadcasting Union announced that, due to ongoing security issues in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, next year’s song competition will be held in the United Kingdom.

Despite it being a tradition for the winner to host the song contest the following year, the current climate has made it impossible for Ukraine to host next year’s edition and thus, this year’s runner up, the United Kingdom, will host Eurovision 2023.

The Facebook statement read: “Following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organise and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC (Ukraine’s national broadcaster).”

The statement concluded that it is the Eurovision Broadcasting Union’s full intention that Ukraine’s win be reflected in next year’s shows.

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Men’s penis sizes are shrinking & it could greatly affect humankind, scientist warns

 - Science - Jun 17 SHARE ON:
Men's penis sizes are shrinking & it could greatly affect humankind, scientist warns

Award-winning reproductive epidemiologist Dr. Shanna Swan has noted that as society continues to develop, more and more men are suffering from increased rates of erectile dysfunction and babies are being born with smaller penises.

In her recent publication ‘Count Down’, Dr. Swan noted that microplastics and pollutants are affecting the development of babies and causing what she called a ‘feminisation of society’.

Such a revelation may be more worrying that one would assume because as penis sizes continue to shrink, sperm counts in Western countries have also dropped by over 50 percent over to past 40 or 50 years. Such an issue points to a global existential crisis, with toxic chemicals in food packaging and the sort affecting the production of hormones.

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Maltese grandparents should be paid for looking after grandchildren, Junior Minister proposes

 - Local - Jun 17 SHARE ON:
Maltese grandparents should be paid for looking after grandchildren, Junior Minister proposes

During a recent address by Parliamentary Secretary for Equality Rebecca Buttigieg, it was stated that grandparents should receive some form of compensation by the state for looking after their grandchildren.

Buttigieg stated that grandparents have taken on a more crucial role with the fast-pace nature of modern life, going on to highlight the fact, during house visits, many parents praised benefits like free child care, free school transport and scrapped exam fees.

Reiterating such sentiments in a Facebook post earlier today, Buttigieg argued that “with the lowest rate of unemployment in history, the help received from grandparents in children’s upbringing is indispensable. That’s why I believe that we should start discussions on whether or not financial aid should be given to recognise their service towards a stronger society.”

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Couple charged with gambling donations made towards 7-year-old son battling cancer

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Couple charged with gambling donations made towards 7-year-old son battling cancer

A couple living in Mosta have been arraigned in court on charges of gambling donations made towards the treatment of their seven-year-old son battling cancer.

A 27-year-old mother and 31-year-old father were charged with misappropriation, fraud and money laundering, pleading not guilty to the charges.

The Defense requested that the couple be released from custody and a ban be put on their names, arguing that they were both Maltese and cooperative with the police. Dr. Karl Muscat from the Attorney General’s Office testified that the father should not be released, claiming that the accused defrauded their own son and others.

Meanwhile, Puttinu Cares took to Facebook to highlight that the charitable organisation treated the child and his parents as it does other cases, going on to state that at no time were funds directly given from Puttinu Cares to the family. The Facebook post expressed sorrow in the fact that certain online comments were trying to besmirch the good name of such NGOs.

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