“Human rights are like air, they have no borders”, first lady of Ukraine addresses United Nations

 - International - Feb 22 SHARE ON:
“Human rights are like air, they have no borders", first lady of Ukraine addresses United Nations

In an initial address via video conference during the event addressing the “Gross Human Rights Violations due to The Aggression Against Ukraine” , the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska stated that Russia’s invasion is an issue which not only concerns Ukraine, due to its breach of human rights. 

The first lady went on to shine a light on the brutal and harsh human rights violations, with photos exhibiting the battered cities of Ukraine following attacks from Russia.

Throughout the address, Zelenska’s presentation exhibited multiple images of Ukrainian cities in the aftermath of Russia’s attacks, with victims including the cities of Bakhmut, Dnipro, Kyiv, Mariupol and others.

“Human rights are like air, they have no borders. Either we have them all or we have none… Therefore justice for Ukraine is justice for the whole world.”

Zelenska thereby called for a legal front for justice in the equal rights for men and women, quoting a 1945 United Nations document following WWII.

During his address, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated “Those responsible must be held fully accountable”, going on to appeal for closure of this chapter. “Let’s prove that everything that seems impossible is ultimately possible when justice is involved.”

The first event of Wednesday 22nd February was addressed by the First Lady of Ukraine, Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Netherlands Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, Estonia Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Guatemala Foreign Minister Mario Adolfo Búcaro Flores and Canada Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, amongst other speakers. Malta’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg will address various events whilst also chairing.

As of February 1, Malta began to hold the presidency of the UN security council, a body which holds the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security.

This month, the United Nations marks one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, with the UN general assembly to hold on a draft resolution stressing “the need to reach, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding United Nations Charter.


Photo Source: United Nations / rbc.ua via Wiki


Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin would have turned 61 today

 - Celebrities - Feb 22 SHARE ON:
Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin would have turned 61 today

Known as the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, wildlife educator and television personality popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. 

Irwin tragically lost his lief in September 2006 at the age of 44 due to a stingray injury to the heart, leaving a legacy of animal activism and education following his work. 

Irwin was well known for his daring adventures with animals, wrestling crocodiles, getting face to face with the planet’s most dangerous creatures but simultaneously teaching us all about the magnificent fauna that populates Earth. 


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On what would have been his 61st birthday on the 22nd of February 2023, his daughter Bindi Irwin paid tribute to her late father. 

‘Thank you for instilling a love for all species, courage to follow my heart and determination to make a difference in the world for wildlife and wild places. Your legacy lives on and the world is forever changed because of your dedication to conservation. Mum, Robert and I love and miss you so much’ she wrote. 

Do you remember Steve Irwin? 


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2022 was deadliest on record for road fatalities in Malta

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2022 was deadliest on record for road fatalities in Malta

According to data published by the European Commission, road safety in Malta is in a dire state as the rate of road traffic fatalities increased dramatically in 2022. 

The fatality rate in Malta increased by 189% from 2021 to 2022, which was almost 10 times higher than any other EU country. 

Only the Netherlands recorded an increase higher than 20%. In 2022, Malta had a road fatality rate of 50 per million inhabitants, making it the deadliest year on record with 26 road fatalities. 

This was the 11th highest fatality rate in Europe, higher than the EU average of 46 but lower than Romania’s 86 deaths per million inhabitants. 

In 2019, Malta’s fatality rate was 32 road deaths per million inhabitants.

Throughout the year, road fatalities across the EU increased by 3% to almost 20,000 deaths, which is 10% lower than the number recorded in 2019. 

Of the almost 9,000 victims, car occupants made up the majority, and a further 3,200 were pedestrians hit by cars, vans, trucks or buses. 

The EU aims to reduce road fatalities by 50% by 2030 and ultimately reach zero road deaths by 2050. A recent study showed that 80% of people are concerned about the frequency of serious traffic accidents.

Since 2018, there have been 83 road deaths in Malta, with 29 of them involving pedestrians, 14 of whom were over 65. In an attempt to fight road deaths, the government recently announced tougher penalties for drivers caught breaking traffic regulations.

Read full report here.


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Some of the amazing floats created for Carnival Malta 2023

 - Art - Feb 22 SHARE ON:
Some of the amazing floats created for Carnival Malta 2023

Carnival Malta 2023 has officially come to an end, registering an incredible turn-out as well as some of the most creative carnival art to ever walk the roads of various Maltese roads.

Here are just some images from Valletta’s carnival as the enthusiasts really gave it their all to make carnival’s comeback from pandemic restrictions a big one!

Which one is your favourite? 


Source: Carnival – National Event in Valletta, Floriana. Malta FB 

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