HSBC to move forward with plans for monthly €5 fee

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HSBC have confirmed that one in every four of its customers will be charged with a monthly €5 banking fee despite previous requests for reconsideration from the Central Bank and financial regulator.

The bank had first announced the plans back in January but halted due to public outcry and the aforementioned requests from the Central Bank and MFSA but will now move ahead with a revised version which will not affect 75% of its customer base.

This will affect customers under the age of 61 who deposit less than €2,300 per three months into their accounts while those over 61 will have to deposit at least €1,250 every three months to avoid fees.

Exemptions also include those with home loans, personal loans or wealth products as well as disabled people who do not qualify for social security benefits and part-timers who get paid into their HSBC account.


Italian authorities say Etna eruption poses no danger

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Following Mount Etna’s eruption, intimidating clouds of smoke and ashes covered the Catania skyline but Italian Authorities have revealed that it poses no immediate danger to surrounding areas.

Stefano Branco, head of INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology stated that they’ve seen worse and that the volcanoes activity was nothing to worry about.

Etna with Mosta Rotunda this morning photographed from the fields between Laferla Cross and Wardija ta’ San Ġorġ behind…

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Despite this, a decision was made to temporarily close the Catania international airport and the situation will be closely monitored to assure overall safety.


The Umbrella Academy season 3 begins filming

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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy has risen to the top of our list when it comes to quirky superhero series and every season finale leaves us on the edge of our seat waiting for the next update, and that may be soon.

Series star Elliot Page posted an umbrella logo with the number 3 Instagram, captioned ‘Omg we’re back again’, which means that the squad are on set once more.


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Netflix has yet to reveal any plot details but given how we left our favourite superhero family at the end of season 3, you better believe that things are getting a whole lot stranger.

“Gozo is next”: Gozitan-American filmmaker protests Gozo construction works

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Youth activists have spoken out against the recent proposal for a block of 71 apartments and 74 garages in a dead-end street in Nadur, stating that further development will destroy Gozo’s natural beauty.

In a series of articles, journals and media, the young activists have called for the objection of the Nadur Development, with Gozitan-American filmmaker Chelsea Muscat making a touching short film highlighting the island’s exceptional wonder and the danger it is in.

As the church bells ring and birds chirp, the droning noise of construction work increases in Gozo and these activists want to do something about it and urge anyone interested to join the cause.