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Gap Between PL And PN Down To 23,000 Votes (So Far)

Gap Between PL And PN Down To 23,000 Votes (So Far)
Jun 14 2024 Share

As vote counting for Malta’s local council elections enters its final day, Labour has lost over 11,000 votes compared to 2019, narrowing the gap between the parties to 23,000 votes.

This translates to a 13% gap, down from 18% in 2019. The gap is expected to shrink further, with many PN-leaning towns yet to be called.

Labour’s losses have been matched by gains for both the PN and independent or third-party candidates. Of the 68 councils, 44 have been counted so far, with PN gaining 6,500 votes and independents gaining 4,200.

Labour’s heaviest losses occurred in key localities like Żebbuġ, Birkirkara, Marsaxlokk, Pietá, and Xagħra.

PN’s gains, though modest, have been significant in Pietá, Pembroke, and St Paul’s Bay. Labour holds the majority in 27 councils, PN in 13, including Msida and San Ġwann, while four councils are deadlocked.

PN has increased its seat tally by 14, now holding 134 seats, with independents and third-parties holding five more seats than in the previous term. Labour has dropped 11 seats since 2019 but still maintains a lead with 174 seats, 30 more than PN.

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Source: Electoral Commission Malta

Former Love Island Winner Chelsea Posts Heartfelt Message to Marie

Former Love Island Winner Chelsea Posts Heartfelt Message to Marie
Jun 14 2024 Share

Former Love Island Winner Chelsea, shares a heartfelt message on her Instagram story as Marie is in the villa for her second experience on Love Island.

In the story , Chelsea shows her love by expressing that Marie is “…such a strong, beautiful, loving woman”. She also goes on to state how “It’s not easy living with someone you have history with.”. She also expresses how much she misses her and loves her as Marie is going through a difficult time in the villa with everything that has been going on with Edward.

We can’t wait to see this duo together again outside the villa!

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Italy Manager’s Strict EURO 2024 Rules For Players

Italy Manager's Strict EURO 2024 Rules For Players
Jun 14 2024 Share

Italy manager Luciano Spalletti has implemented four strict rules to instill discipline in his squad for Euro 2024. Spalletti, who guided Napoli to a Serie A title last season, now leads the Azzurri in their quest to defend their Euro 2020 crown in Germany.

Italy, seeded fourth, faces a challenging group with Spain, Albania, and Croatia.

To enhance his team’s focus, Spalletti has banned PlayStations and gaming after midnight.

Players are also prohibited from wearing headphones while with the squad and from using phones at the massage table. These measures aim to foster unity and concentration among the players.

Fans reacted with surprise to Spalletti’s rules. Some questioned the bans, particularly on headphones and gaming, while others expressed concern that such strict regulations could harm team dynamics.

Spalletti’s approach mirrors that of fellow Italian Enzo Maresca, recently appointed Chelsea’s manager, known for imposing dietary restrictions. Despite initial skepticism, Spalletti’s tenure has been marked by success, winning six of his ten matches since taking over from Roberto Mancini.

Italy’s path to Euro 2024 was secured by edging out Ukraine in qualifying.

The team is in a transitional phase, with Spalletti aiming to integrate young talent. Their preparation included a goalless draw against Turkey and a narrow win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Italy’s campaign kicks off against Albania in Dortmund on Saturday.

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Microchipped Balls And Other Rules For EURO 2024

Microchipped Balls And Other Rules For EURO 2024
Jun 14 2024 Share

EURO 2024 is set to kick off in Germany, with Scotland facing the hosts in Munich on Friday and England starting their campaign against Serbia on Sunday.

The tournament promises thrilling football over the next month, drawing fans from across the continent. Top referees from around Europe will officiate, aiming to avoid the contentious officiating often seen in the Premier League.

However, there are several new rules in place for the tournament. Long stoppage times, seen in the 2022 World Cup and Premier League, will not be implemented, with stoppage times likely reverting to the usual 3-5 minutes.

VAR will be used for all games, operating from a hub in Leipzig, with fewer assistants to speed up decisions. Big screens in stadiums will show VAR replays and decisions.

Semi-automated offsides will replace line drawing, utilising Connected Ball Technology and specialised cameras to quickly assess offsides.

A new rule will book players who crowd referees, allowing only captains to discuss decisions, except when the captain is a goalkeeper. Teams are also allowed 26-man squads instead of the usual 23.

Lastly, the tournament balls will have microchips to assist referees in detecting handball situations.

Will you be watching?

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