Giving the middle finger is a ‘God-given right’, Canadian judge states

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Giving the middle finger is a 'God-given right', Canadian judge states

A Canadian judge has ruled that giving the finger is a ‘God-given right’, remaining protected under the right of freedom of expression within the Canadian constitution.

Judge Dennis Galiatsatos dismissed a harassment case after a man was accused of harassing his neighbour in Montreal. “It is not a crime to give someone the finger,” the judge stated before he went on to state that “flipping the proverbial bird is a God-given, charter-enshrined right that belongs to every red-blooded Canadian.”

The judge then wrote that people have ‘weaponised’ the criminal justice system and often use it to exert revenge on innocent individuals for oftentimes trivial situations.

The accused, Neall Epstein, was arrested back in May 2021 for posing death threats and “criminal harassment” in May 2021.

Judge Galiatsatos then stated that, while not civil, polite or gentlemanly, giving the middle finger does not call for criminal liability, allowing Canadians to flip the bird as they please.

When’s the last time you flipped the bird?


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Sunsets and good vibes; Hush Sundays return at gorgeous new rooftop venue ‘The Chapels

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Sunsets, breeze and G&Ts; Hush Sundays return at gorgeous new venue 'The Chapels

Spring Sundays are back and better than ever before as beloved Sunday brand HUSH SUNDAYS returns at a totally new venue!


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Enjoy gorgeous sunsets, ice cold brews & cocktails and unmatched vibes at a brand new venue in The Chapels rooftop at The Brewhouse, enjoying industrial vibes and amazing open views.

Join DJs Debrii, D-Rey and Mari Mars on the 26th of March from 3PM onwards for the opening of Hush Sundays rooftop sessions.

Enjoying a wide array of delectable nibbles & cocktails as you dance the day away to a carefully-curated sunset soundtrack by some of your favourite local DJs, The Chapels is ready to welcome you. This brand new gastrobrewpub offers gorgeous spaces in its beer hall & garden, pour-your-own beer taps, jaw-dropping stained glass windows and murals and all the good vibes you could ever need to enjoy your Spring Sundays.


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That little sweet spot before the summer where the sunsets are golden and breeze hits just right is finally here, so capitalise on the perfect conditions and book your table at Hush Sundays now!


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Donkeys & deer treated to Twistees during Maltese couple’s safari trip in Puglia

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Whilst on holiday in Puglia, a Maltese couple were met with quite a surprise, as multiple animals rushed to their car window to see if they can get a taste of Twistees.


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During their visit to Puglia’s Zoosafari, the couple were casually driving by when the native donkeys and deer rushed to their car’s window to see if they can get a taste of th elocal favourite snack.

Tame in their approach, the animals were treated to a taste of the cheesy snack before the couple went on with their Zoosafari journey.


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Steward Health Care Malta terminates concession agreement with Malta government

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Steward Health Care Malta appeals court verdict and requests European Court of Justice ruling

Steward Health Care Malta (SHCM) has given notice to the Government to terminate the Services Concession Agreement and related contractual framework following breaches of commercial agreements.

A press release distributed by SHCM states that the concession agreement was terminated due to “non-rectifiable defaults on the part of the Government of Malta.” The communication went on to state that “The company believes that the operating environment and investment climate in Malta is not conducive for foreign companies to have a constructive partnership with the Government.”

The concession in question includes the management and operation of St Luke’s, Karin Grech and Gozo General hospitals and the Barts Medical School.

“SHCM and its parent company, Steward Health Care International (SHCI), have operated at all times in accordance with the highest professional standards and values, including a desire for good governance and transparency”, the communication read.

Steward went on to state that the government’s failure to appeal the Civil Court verdict of its ‘corrupt behaviour’ is an admission of guilt and failure in governance.

“SHCI’s exit from Malta will allow the company and its management to focus resources on jurisdictions that are more accommodating to and protective of investors, and more aligned with its high standards.”

Last February, Justice Francesco Depasquale’s ruling stated that there was fraud in three stages of the process. The shareholders of Vitals had already concluded a memorandum of understanding with the government before it published its intention to privatize the hospitals.

In a damning judgment, Judge Depasquale ruled that the Gozo General Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital, and Karin Grech Hospital should be returned to the government due to fraud and the failure to meet targets. 

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