Hamrun Spartans supporters back their team despite 1-0 loss

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Hamrun Spartans supporters back their team despite 1-0 loss

Hamrun Spartans supporters still showed up to the stadium and chanted in favour of their favourite team, despite a 1-0 loss against Bulgarian giants Levski Sofia. 

The heartbreaking defeat came deep into stoppage time when Filip Krastev found the net during the opening leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League at the National Stadium. 

The Spartans themselves created a lot of opportunities to score, but did not manage to execute the final score needed to beat the Bulgarian team. Spartans will still head to Sofia next week, with the main objective of turning the tide into their favour. 


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The team’s coach, Branko Nisevic, still kept his hopes up, touting the team’s previous successes as a potential reason for Hamrun Spartans rewriting their history books. 

The supporters, as always, showed massive love to their players. Filling up the stadium seats, the fans waved flags, played music and gave the footballers the praise and support they truly deserved for their performance. 

Read more about the match here.



Balenciaga releases ‘most expensive trash bag in the world’ for nearly €1,750

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Fashion brand Balenciaga have released the ‘most expensive trash bag in the world’ which will be sold for a whopping $1,790.

Translated into Euros, the price for the peculiar item comes to exactly €1,751.33.  The product is called ‘trash pouch’ and was simply ‘inspired by a garbage bag’.

The controversial bag is made out of calfskin leather, emblazoned with a subtle Balenciaga logo and comes in four different colours. These colours include the iconic black, the colour most associated with garbage bags, a sleek white colour as well as blue and yellow.

The bag is currently in Balenciaga stores after making it’s debut during the Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection in Paris last March. When asked about the design, Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia told Women’s Wear Daily “I couldn’t miss an opportunity to make the most expensive trash bag in the world, because who doesn’t love a fashion scandal?”

The design hasn’t gone down well with everyone, with some either finding it disgraceful and others having a laugh about it. On an Instagram post about the bag, one comment read “Hmm this is rude,” whilst another joked around writing “I got 40 of those under my sink,”. To many people’s surprise there was one commenter who simply wrote “need.”



Apple to get rid of passwords starting from next month

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Apple to get rid of passwords starting from next month

Apple is set to get rid of all password use on all of its devices starting next month. 

The tech giant is rumoured to be introducing password-less logins starting September 2022 when the IOS 16 launches along with the also speculative iPhone 14 and MacOS Ventura. 

Instead of remembering a password (we all know how confusing that gets!), users will now be asked for a Passkey, which is authenticated using your fingerprint or face on an iPhone or Mac.

This new security process means that Apple users will have a login that cannot be leaked, and yet still maintaining the login speed of inputting a password. 

The Passkeys will be stored on the users’ devices but will sync across multiple gadgets using the iCloud Keychain, which already exists to track passwords. The keys can’t be read by anyone, not even Apple. 

The goal for Apple is to have Passkeys working in conjunction with non-Apple devices as well, such as Windows laptops and Android phones. The innovation was described by Apple vice-president Darin Adler as the ‘next-gen credential that’s more secure, easier to use, and aims to replace passwords for good’. 


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Hamrun Spartans suffer final minute heartbreak as Hibernians manage a well earned draw

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Maltese side Ħamrun Spartans and Hibernians have played their first leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League.


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Hibernians put out a solid display and managed to hold Latvian champions FK RFS at a 1-1 draw despite only playing with ten men for the majority of the game.

Hibernians started the game on top but doubts quickly rose when, in the 26th minute, Brazilian right back Thylon received his second yellow card of the game and had to be sent off. Despite the numerical disadvantage the Maltese champions managed to score a first thanks to Dunstan Vella.

The star man for Hibs however was keeper Ibrahim Kone who massively stepped up in the second half, saving a penalty and other chances. The hosts finally equalized in the 85th minute, meaning that the teams will enter their next game in Malta next week on equal terms.

Things were a bit more unfortunate for Ħamrun Spartans as, after performing at a very high level against Bulgarian giants Levski Sofia, the Spartans conceded in the last minute to make the result a 1-0 win for Levski.

After a very rocky start wherein Levski Sofia fortunately missed a penalty in the 11th minute, Ħamrun found their stride and looked more comfortable.

They had numerous chances to open the scoresheet but they lacked the composure to finish off their chances. The goal Ħamrun conceded in the 94th minute was scored by Filip Krastev, who managed to find the ball in the box from a rebounded shot and calmly guided it in the goal.

Ħamrun were the only Maltese team out of the three still in European competition to play in Malta this week. This time around they played in Ta’ Qali after a request was sent to the MFA to change the venue to allow more fans to watch the all important game. The massive turnout of Ħamrun fans made sure their support was heard all throughout the ninety minutes as they tried to lead the Spartans players to a surprising goal.

Hibernians will be hoping for a similar reception to that of Ħamrun as they welcome FK RFS to Malta next week as they search to become the first ever Maltese team to make the playoff round. The Spartans will be eyeing a historic come back in Sofia to rewrite the history books and also make the playoff round.


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