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Here is what a Maltese doctor had to say about monkeypox

Here is what a Maltese doctor had to say about monkeypox
May 25 2022 Share

Doctor Malcolm Paul Agius Galea took to Facebook to address some concerns being raised by the reports of the spreading of monkeypox. ‘Monkeypox is a sickness caused by a virus which comes from the same family of viruses as small pox (which was eradicated with a vaccine)’ he said. 

He explained how we’ve known about this virus for around 50 years and it is called monkeypox because the first time it was noted was in a group of monkeys being used in research. ‘However, it has nothing to do with monkeys!’ 

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‘It is a sickness which impacts everyone and one could be infected with it for around 14 days before symptoms start to appear. During these first 14 days, an infected person would not be able to spread it around.’ Some of the symptoms include fatigue, fever, inflamed lymph nodes and a subsequent rash. It is at this stage that the virus becomes infective and treatment is more aimed at the lessening of symptoms rather than cure. 

After the rash dries up, the person remains able to spread it until the last bits of the rash fall off. It is transmitted through direct contact with the infected person or indirect contact with liquids coming from the person (towels or bedsheets). The symptoms of monkeypox resemble chickenpox but vary in the fact that monkeypox results in the inflammation of the lymph nodes. It usually takes up to two to three weeks for the infection to pass and no long term effects on the body have been reported. 

‘Even though it is important to stay informed about the virus, it is also crucial that one is informed well about the virus and that no excess alarm is caused’. 

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€1 million in fines from drivers using their phone in 2021

€1 million in fines from drivers using their phone in 2021
May 25 2022 Share

Up to a whopping €1 million were paid in fines for by people using a mobile phone whilst driving last year in Malta, revealed Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri.

The Minister was providing information as an answer to a parliamentary question tabled by Nationalist MP Ivan Bartolo. Camilleri said that €971,781.52 were paid for 9,599 phone contraventions. 

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The fines had increased back in 2016, increasing from €23.29 to €100 and carried a penalty of between three to six points. That year, 11,145 fines had been issued, but LESA officers said that higher fines did not deter drivers from using their phones. 

In the first three months of 2022, 9 people died due to traffic accidents – an unfortunate phenomenon which has become all too common on Maltese roads. Despite warnings and the use of speed guns, road accidents only seem to be on the increase. 

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19 children killed in horrific Texas school shooting

19 children killed in horrific Texas school shooting
May 25 2022 Share

A teenage gunman shot up a Texas primary school, killing 19 young children and three adults (two of them teachers) on Tuesday. 

The attack occurred in Uvalde, which is a small community an hour away from the Mexican border,  and was the deadliest US school shooting in years. 

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The incident spurred a furious denouncement of the US gun lobby by US president Joe Biden. ‘It’s time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country’ he said. 

“As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

Texas governor Greg Abbott named the suspect as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old resident and US citizen. CNN was informed by public safety officials that Ramos even shot his grandmother before heading to the school. 

The gunman was subsequently killed by responding officers. More than a dozen children were wounded in the attack at the school, which teaches more than 500, mostly Hispanic, students. 

This was the deadliest incident since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 children and six staff were killed. 

However, just this month on May 14th, another 18 year old man shot 10 people dead at a Buffalo, New York grocery store. The May 14th attack was a self-declared white supremacist who live-streamed his attack. Another man blocked a church door in California and shot and killed one person. 

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Kanye West teases first McDonald’s team up with blocky sandwich

Kanye West teases first McDonald’s team up with blocky sandwich
May 24 2022 Share

It’s finally happening – the frontier of collaborations has just been announced as rapper Kanye West works with fast food giant McDonald’s.

The rapper appeared to confirm the fast-food team up on Instagram Story, posting a blocky McDonald’s sandwich. The caption?: ‘Next week it’s the fries.’ 

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The post caption read: ‘Ye teams up with legendary Muji industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa to reimagine McDonald’s packaging.’ The latter two have yet to confirm the three-way team up. 

 

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Ye’s involvement with McDonald’s has a history. Back in October 2021, the rapper visited an outlet in Sweden to order one large caramel Frappé, one Chicken Tasty (a sandwich exclusive to Europe), one medium fries, one large chocolate milkshake, one three-pack of hot wings, and six barbecue dipping sauces.

He also later appeared in a Super Bowl ad for the fast food giant – a 30 second spot featuring Ye pulling up to a drive through in a massive tank. And in 2018, he tweeted out: McDonald’s is my favourite restaurant.’ 


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