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French fries may have links to anxiety & depression, study suggests

French fries may have links to anxiety & depression, study suggests
Apr 25 2023 Share

We might not be swearing off French fries anytime soon, even in the face of a new study claiming a link found between the comfort greasy food to link.

A research team in Hangzhou, China, found that frequent consumption of fried foods, including fried potatoes, was linked with a 12% higher risk of anxiety and 7% higher risk of depression than in those who do not consume the starchy goodies.

The link was even more pronounced among young men and younger consumers, and opened a link to reducing fried foods not just for physical health reasons but also mentally attributed ones. 

Still, experts who study nutrition say that the results are preliminary and it is not necessarily clear whether the fried foods were driving mental health issues or whether people experiencing the mental health issues were turning towards fried foods.

The study evaluated 140,728 people over 11.3 years. Excluding participants diagnosed with depression within the first two years, a total of 8,294 cases of anxiety and 12,735 cases of depression were found in those who consumed fried food. 

Specifically, fried potatoes were found to have a 2% increase link in risk of depression over fried white meat. The study also found that participants consuming more than one serving of fried food regularly were more likely to be younger men. 

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Youth protesting for Jean Paul Sofia escorted away by police

Youth protesting for Jean Paul Sofia escorted away by police
Apr 25 2023 Share

A youth hanging a banner outside Parliament reading ‘Justice for Jean Paul Sofia’ was escorted away after an individual filed a report claiming that he was wearing a balaclava and acting suspicious. 

The youth, donning a red hoodie, hung a banner outside Malta’s parliament to call for justice for the death of his late friend, Jean Paul Sofia, who died after the Corradino building he was protesting in collapsed.

Times of Malta revealed that the youth was taken away for further interrogations, but it was clarified that he was not in fact wearing a balaclava. 

A police spokesperson also told Times of Malta that the man fled the scene when he saw police officers approaching him. He was released after it was established that nothing sinister was taking place. 

The incident spurred reactions from various figures, including PN MP Eve Borg Bonello. 

The youngest MP to hold a seat in Parliament expressed absolute solidarity with the youth, going on to say that ‘we arrest innocent people protesting peacefully, just like what is done in North Korea.’

Jerome Caruana Cilia also issued a statement, asking how many people will a public inquiry bother. 

‘Ironically, despite those who are allegedly guilty not yet being arrested and taken to court, the person who hung a banner for justice for Jean Paul was arrested immediately over a false report.’

Meanwhile, Alex Borg also commented, saying that the police were reacting over an order and that there is no need to attack the officials. 

‘One should ask where the order came from. The speed with which the order was given to interrogate and escort the protesting youth lies in stark contrast with the dragging of feet when it comes to revealing the cause of death of (Jean Paul).’

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Heavy traffic as motorcycle crash blocks St Venera tunnel

Heavy traffic as motorcycle crash blocks St Venera tunnel
Apr 25 2023 Share

Rush hour traffic has reportedly come to a standstill due to a motorcycle crash which blocked off the southbound Santa Venera tunnel.

Times of Malta reported that an accident occurred at 0739hrs, with a motorcycle ending up wedged between two cars on both lanes. 

Officials and an ambulance were on site quickly, the newsroom reported. It is unclear as of yet whether someone was injured in the incident. 

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Source: Times of Malta 

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Air Malta will not hire new employees, Finance Minister states

Air Malta will not hire new employees, Finance Minister states
Apr 25 2023 Share

Speaking in parliament on Monday, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana confirmed that Air Malta will not be employing any more people.

The Finance Minister responded to various parliamentary questions by stating that the airline’s workforce has been reduced to 375 from 1,000 whilst under his watch.

He also insisted that, regardless of the outcome of the Brussels negotiations, Malta will have a national airline. Should the airline continue to operate eight planes, the minister said that the current staffing is optimal. 

This comes after Times of Malta reported how the European Commission forbade any more state aid for the government as the airline’s era comes to an end.

Chairman of the airline David Curmi also confirmed to the same newsroom that a new airline should be introduced by the end of this year. This was not confirmed by the Finance Minister himself, who instead pointed to the ongoing negotiations with the Commission.

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