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Hundreds For Annual March For Life In Valletta

Hundreds For Annual March For Life In Valletta
Dec 4 2023 Share

On Sunday, pro-life activists gathered in Valletta for the annual March for Life, organized by the Life Foundation Network. With the theme “Il Ħajja Dritt” (Life is a Right), the march aimed to emphasise the significance of the right to life as fundamental to all human rights. 

Participants displayed Maltese flags, posters of newborns, and slogans like ‘Pro-life= Pro-Women’ and ‘Kun il-vuci tieghi’ (be our voice). The march traversed through Merchants’ Street, St John Street, and Republic Street, where activists delivered speeches.

During the event, Daniella Zerafa, a senior lecturer, highlighted the need for societal responsibility in supporting pregnant women facing difficult situations. Patrizia Sandoval, who had undergone three abortions in the USA, praised Malta for its pro-life stance and shared her personal post-abortion struggles.

Miriam Sciberras, leader of the Life Network Foundation, underscored the right to life for unborn children. Another event on Republic Street saw pro-life groups launching a petition against recent amendments to criminal law perceived as opening doors to abortion. 

The alliance, including political parties Partit Abba and Partit Populari, seeks an abrogative referendum to revert the law to its previous state, emphasizing the protection of women and children’s lives without loopholes for abortion. Last year, similar protests led to the modification of proposed legal amendments.

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X-Factor Contestant With Original “L-Aħħar Bidwi” Take

X-Factor Contestant With Original "L-Aħħar Bidwi" Take
Dec 4 2023 Share

X-Factor contestant Marija Bellia received a standing ovation after her unique take on the iconic Sammy Bartolo track ‘L-Aħħar Bidwi f’Wied il-Għasel.’ 

Taking the stage during the X-Factor Malta Six Chair Challenge, which would determine which girls would make it to the Judges’ Houses, Bellia transitioned from the piano into a rap reimagining of the classic Maltese song. 

Critiquing urban developments and a gradually abandoned traditional way of life, Bellia even through in Viva Malta to seal the deal for the absolute support of the crowd, the judges and the other contestants. 

The performance secured her presence in the next phase and potentially in the live shows. We’ll have to see! 

What do you make of Marija’s take on this iconic track?

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New CPD Recruits Begin 24 Weeks Of Training

New CPD Recruits Begin 24 Weeks Of Training
Dec 4 2023 Share

Following the announcement of 67 new recruits joining the Civil Protection Malta forces, the organisation shared the recruits’ commencement of their Trainee Assistance & Rescue Officers training. 

Sharing photos to their social media, Civil Protection Malta showed a large cohort of all ages and backgrounds gearing up to being 24 weeks of intense drills and education. 

With everything from how to handle fires, to physical tests and theoretical approaches, these recruits will be going on to serve and protect all around the Maltese islands. 

Good luck to all!

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Eating Pasta Scientifically Makes Us Happier

Eating Pasta Scientifically Makes Us Happier
Dec 4 2023 Share

An Italian study conducted by the “Behavior & Brain Lab” at the Free University of Languages and Communication IULM, in collaboration with Unione Italiana Food, has scientifically explored the emotional and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the joy experienced while eating pasta. 

Using neuro-scientific and brain tracking methods, similar to those employed in lie detectors, the researchers examined emotional reactions in 40 subjects aged 25 to 55 without food allergies.

The study discovered that consuming pasta triggers a powerful and lasting positive emotional-cognitive state, comparable to or even surpassing the joy induced by favourite activities like listening to music or watching sports. 

Professor Vincenzo Russo, founder of the Neuromarketing Behavior & Brain Lab IULM, asserts that pasta and happiness are inseparable, with the act of tasting and savouring pasta stimulating the most positive memories and emotions.

Analysing consumption habits, the study found that individuals associate pasta consumption with happiness, family sharing, and friendship. Approximately 40% of participants considered pasta a comfort food. Surveyed on the emotions associated with pasta, the immediate response was overwhelmingly happiness. 

A whopping 76% of respondents affirmed that eating pasta makes them very happy.

These findings underscore the deep emotional connection people have with pasta, explaining its enduring popularity. Beyond the emotional realm, scientific literature supports pasta’s positive impact on mood, attributing it to the presence of tryptophan and B vitamins. 

Carbohydrates in pasta, particularly complex ones, stimulate endorphins, ensuring a sufficient intake of tryptophan for mood regulation and providing essential B vitamins for muscle relaxation and serotonin production.

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