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Inter dramatically beat rivals Juventus to win Supercoppa Italiana

 - News - Jan 13 SHARE ON:

Inter, through a last minute Alexis Sanchez goal, won the 2021 Supercoppa Italiana over eternal rivals Juventus. The game has been played every year since 1988 and sees the previous year’s Coppa Italia winners (Juventus) face the latest Serie A champions (Inter).

The game was held at Inter’s home ground, San Siro in front of a capacity of around 38,000 people. This also signaled, Simone Inzaghi’s first ever trophy as Inter Milan coach having joined last summer.

 

 

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The first half started well for both teams, as Inter took more possession of the ball whilst Juventus looked like playing more of a counter attacking game. Juventus’ game plane seemed to have worked as after numerous failed chances from Inter, they managed to take the lead  in the 25th minute when Juve midfielder Weston Mckennie scored a header from a deflected Alvaro Morata cross.

All seemed well for Juventus after their surprising lead until in the 35th minute when right back Mattia De Sciglio tripped up Inter striker Edin Dzeko inside the box, resulting in a penalty for the Nerrazzuri. Under immense pressure, the penalty was scored convincingly by Argentinian striker Lautaro Martínez.

The second half started how the first ended, with both teams trying to create a goal scoring opportunity to get one hand on the coveted trophy. Alexis Sanchez, who replaced goalscorer Lautaro Martinez nearly scored an open header but missed by a few inches, whilst Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi also had a chance to take the lead. The full 90 minutes were up and the score was still 1-1, which meant that the match would have to go to extra time.

 

 

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It seemed that even extra time couldn’t divide the two teams and the match was destined to end in a penalty shootout. Incredibly, the Juve bench were urging their players to foul someone so that Leonardo Bonucci could come on in order to take a penalty. That distracted the Juventus players as in the last minute of the game  Alexis Sanchez managed to tap in a loose ball in the box, to hand Inter their first Supercoppa Italiana in over 11 years.

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PN calls on government to withdraw the January 17th measures

 - COVID-19 - Jan 12 SHARE ON:
PN calls pn government to withdraw the January 17th measures

Nationalist Party and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech issued a statement calling on the government to withdraw immediately the COVID measures coming into effect on the 17th of January. 

Taking to Facebook, Bernard Grech began his statement by clarifying that he fully supports the recommendation by medical health professionals for people to get vaccinated with both shots and the booster. However, he said, the right for a person to make their own decision should be respected. 

‘That a government enforces people to get vaccinated will not have the same results as when vaccine hesitant people consult inoculation with a trusted family doctor’. 

He went on to add that these measures, ‘which many consider excessive and discriminatory’, will be increasing pressure on the worker who is already facing difficulties in employment, an increase in costs and ‘an added bureaucracy.’ 

He went on to state that if the government plans to hold these measures in place, there needs to be more transparency about the science upon which these decisions are being made. 

The government, Grech said, should explain why Malta took a different route compared to that of other countries even in terms of periods of time between vaccination and booster shots. 

Finally, he added, the government should make self-testing kits legal and available, due to the increase in active cases and difficulty in accessing testing centres.

‘Measures should find an adequate balance between public health and people’s freedoms’ he concluded. The PN’s call to reconsider the measures was also echoed by many organisations and sectors around the island,. What do you think?  

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Many in tribute at Puttinu founder Victor Calvagna’s funeral

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Hundreds in tribute at Puttinu founder Victor Calvagna’s funeral

Celebrating the remarkable life and work of the good doctor, people turned up to Victor Calvagna’s funeral to pay tribute at Mosta Basilica. It was revealed on the 4th of January 2022 that Calvagna passed away at the age of 63 after having been fatally injured in a traffic incident. 

Calvagna was taken to hospital where his condition slowly deteriorated, initially being considered brain dead due to the severity of his injuries. With the case still under investigation, Calvagna passed away a few days later.Calvagna was known for being the president and founder of Puttinu Cares, which, alongside the doctor, helped thousands of people with severe diseases such as cancer. 

 

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Tributes poured in immediately after the incident was announced, with many unveiling how much Calvagna had helped them overcome their disease or helped people cope with such tragic events. Calvagna was known to have raised the recovery rate for cancer up to 80%, even dedicating his passion for sports to many of his kid patients. 

The loss of Calvagna shook the entire island, marking the doctor’s impact on the lives of many. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Calvagna family and all his loved ones. 

Rest in Peace Dr. Calvagna

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Novak Djokovic admits to breaking Covid rules whilst positive

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has recently admitted to his Instagram that he broke isolation rules whilst being positive last December. This comes after a  controversial few days that has seen the Serb be put in detention in Australia, for not showing the correct Covid documents needed to enter the country.

 

 

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In the post he addresses the “continuing misinformation” regarding what events he had attended in December whilst positive with the virus. He stated that he first received a positive PCR test on the 17th of December after attending a children tennis event the same day and a basketball event 3 days earlier.

The controversy around the post came next as the 20 time Grand Slam champion confessed that on the 18th of December, the day after he received his positive PCR test, he fulfilled “a long standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photo shoot”. He continued by saying that he “didn’t want to let the journalist down”and that he felt obliged to do the interview. He also confirmed that throughout the interview he social distanced and kept his mask on, except for the photo shoot and that he deeply regretted not rescheduling the commitment.

L’Equipe later confirmed in an article that the tennis star had worn a mask the entire time, even when their reporter asked him to take it off for five minutes. The interviewer, Franck Ramella, confirmed that he had been asked not to ask Novak about the upcoming Australian Open and whether or not the tennis star was vaccinated.

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