Ian Borg reacts to Russian UN representative’s harsh criticism of Malta presidency

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Ian Borg reacts to Russian UN representative's harsh criticism of Malta presidency

Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Minister Ian Borg has stated that Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya’s harsh remarks towards Malta’s Security Council presidency were expected, as were the many other states’ words of praise.


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Speaking to Malta Daily while in New York for Malta’s UN Security Council Presidency, Minister Borg stated that Nebenzya’s comments on Malta’s presidency were anticipated since Malta called for a debate on Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. Borg went on to state that the Maltese delegation also welcomed other states thanking Malta for its leadership during the month of February.

On February 24, the Russian Representative criticised Malta’s leadership, stating “we regret the fact that the Maltese president time and time again ignored the procedures of the council and placed its national position, the position of the EU above the presidency.”

“We must acknowledge that Malta is not carrying out this tasks… There is no added value to expand the council with Western countries because you are turning the council into your own instrument”, Nebenzya stated.


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Zendaya set to make $1 million an episode for Euphoria role

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Zendaya set to make $1 million an episode for Euphoria role

Zendaya is set to reportedly get a massive raise ahead of the third season of the hit HBO series Euphoria. 

According to Matthew Belloni at Puck, the 26-year-old actress is reportedly set to earn around $1 million per episode of the series. Despite the series being an ensemble piece, Zendaya being the narrator and arguably the most prominent star on the show could’ve led to her new salary deal.

The $1 million mark is notable for having been achieved by the entire cast of sitcom FRIENDS during the show’s final three seasons. 

Zendaya would still be paid significantly less than the FRIENDS cast due to inflation but hey, a million is a million. This would likely make Zendaya’s pay the highest of the show, which is one of HBO’s most popular current series on offer. 

Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.



3 hospitalised following car crash in Attard Central Link

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3 hospitalised following car crash in Attard Central Link

Yesterday, at around 1900hrs, police were informed that their assistance was needed in the Ħ’Attard Central Link.

From preliminary investigations, it was discovered that a crash had occurred between a Toyota Vitz driven by a 53-year-old man resident of Ħaż-Żabbar and a Porsche Cayenne driven by a 39-year-old man resident of Attard.

A 50-year-old woman resident of Imsida was riding passenger in the Toyota. A medial team and Civil Protection Department officers gave their assistance to the persons in the Toyota as they were taken to Mater Dei. 

The woman was certified as having suffered serious injuries whereas the 53-year-old man was certified as having suffered grievous injuries. Later on, the 39-year-old man was taken to Mater Dei due to suffering shock.

Magistrate Dr Victor Axiak was informed of the case and opened an inquiry. Police investigations are still ongoing. 


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New Bold Glamour TikTok filter slammed on social media

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New Bold Glamour TikTok filter slammed on social media

The new ‘bold glamour’ TikTok filter, which has already been used millions of times in recent days, has received immense criticism for setting up unrealistic beauty standards for women. 


How beauty filters have impacted my self esteem. Your sign to unfollow people that dont bring you joy 🤍 social media should make people feel connected and inspired, not critical of their appearance #beautyfilter #bereal #tiktokfilter #unrealisticexpectations #beautytok

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Facial filters, interactive AI-programmed masks accessed via a phone’s front camera, drastically alter the appearance of a person’s face. Despite first beginning for novelty purposes, like giving dog-like ears and nose, they have been worked upon to become more precise as time went on. 

And now, this new filter is being criticised by social media users who point towards negative impacts on mental health, low self-esteem and body dysmorphia as potential consequences. 

Unlike many filters, the ‘bold glamour’ filter is seemingly not impacted by waving one’s hand over one’s face, making the filter more difficult to distinguish from reality. 

“I don’t wanna be known as the tiktok filter guy, but ICYMI after attacking GenX w teenage filter, tiktok just dropped a new filter to take out Millennials & GenZ. ‘Beauty filters’ are not new, but the precision on this is beyond uncanny. This is psychological warfare & pure evil,” wrote computational artist Memo Akten.

The same concerns were echoed by many on various platforms, most notably TikTok and Instagram. 

What do you think of this filter? 


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