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First three months of 2022 saw 23 cruise-liners dock in Malta

 - Lifestyle - May 3 SHARE ON:
First three months of 2022 saw 23 cruise-liners dock in Malta

Apart from 23 cruise-liners docking in Malta in the first quarter of 2022, the total cruise passenger traffic amounted to 25,200. The increase to 23 cruise liners was one of 14 compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. 

The National Statistics Office said that transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 24,559. 

On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,096 passengers, which is 211 more than 2021. This indicates a improvement as COVID-19 measures continue to be eased. 

Passengers from the EU made up 79.1% of total traffic, with the major markets being Germany. These accounted for 28.2% of total passengers, followed by a 18.3% of Italian passengers. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 5,276. 

38.9% came from the United States, and 37.3% came from the UK. 52.5% of the total were female passengers and the biggest share of passengers fell within the 40 to 59 age bracket. 

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24-hour charity swim this weekend by Victory Kitchen founders

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24-hour charity swim this weekend by Victory Kitchen founders

Founders of Victory Kitchen Rafel Sammut and Andrew Arrigo will be holding the annual charity swim this weekend, aiming to stay in the water for 24-hours to raise funds for the food charity. 

The duo has already held a charity swim every year to raise funds and this year, between May 7th and 8th, the pair will be swimming around the Neptunes pool in Balluta for 12 hours each. 

The initiative began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic after restaurants were forced to close down due to restrictions. A group of chefs committed to feeding families in need everyday, and last year, the pair swam around Gozo in 14 hours. 

The two managed to cover a distance of around 40 kilometres, after they swam from Cirkewwa to Dingli Cliffs in 2020. Victory Kitchen boasts having served 145,385 meals to 26,499. It also managed to increase its output to 1,350 meals served directly to families. Around 500 meals a week are also distributed through NGOs.

The pair aim to raise the output to 2,300 meals per week and expand facilities to Marsa, purchase a refrigerated van and even provide meals to refugees at the Ukrainian border. 

And if that isn’t enough, the pair plan to swim at least 35 kilometres each but also plan on setting up a live distance tracker that will increase their distance based on donation pledges from the business community. Their distance will increase based on the amount collected. 

Victory Kitchen is accepting donations via bank transfer to APS IBAN: MT10APSB77013000000044687710017 or through Revolut or BOV Mobile on +356 9944 1950. 

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

 - Celebrities - May 3 SHARE ON:
Elon Musk takes his supermodel mum, Maye, as a date to the Met Gala

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

 - International - May 3 SHARE ON:
Pope wants to meet Putin but the Russian president is not responding

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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