Israel ‘Jellyfish apocalypse’ to reach Malta as a result of climate change, experts warn

Israel 'Jellyfish apocalypse' to reach Malta as a result of climate change, experts warn
Aug 3 2022 Share

Swarms of jellyfish in Israeli waters are costing the country’s economy $10 million in lost revenue, and the reason behind it will shock you.

Hundreds of millions of eye-catching but venomous nomadic jellyfish have swarmed the Mediterranean sea due to rising water temperatures, causing the explosion in numbers. Beaches which would be normally packed with tourists and beachgoers have been abandoned in fear of being stung by jellyfish.

The species, which is not normally native to the Mediterranean, entered through the Suez Canal as it expanded and its waters continued to warn. Israeli marine biologist Bella Galil told CNN that the concerning spread “now reaches Tunisia, Malta & Sicily and with the expected continue warning, it may reach European coasts.”

The jellyfish in question possesses a more painful sting than those native to the Mediterranean, Galil noted. In some cases, it may even cause people to go into anaphylactic shock or coma.

Maltese Marine biologist Alan Deidun has stated that while some may complain in Malta, Israel is facing the true ‘jellyfish apocalypse’, stating that it has already been spotted in Maltese waters.

Are you concerned about the Maltese jellyfish crisis?

Photo source: CNN / Joe Ambrogio (left) / Alan Deidun (right)

Demi Lovato starts using ‘she/her’ pronouns again

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Music star Demi Lovato has revealed that she has started using ‘she/her’ pronouns once again. This news comes after last year when Lovato announced that she was non-binary and would start using the ‘they/them’ pronouns. Lovato did however confirm that she will be using both sets of pronouns

This news was announced in an interview on the podcast Sprout, where Lovato said that she had ‘been feeling more feminine.’ “I’m such a fluid person when it comes to my gender, my sexuality, my music, my creativity,” the artist said.

In the past she had also confirmed that she identifies as both queer and pansexual. During the podcast Lovato also explained the reasoning behind last year’s decision stating: “I felt like, especially last year, my energy was balanced in my masculine and feminine energy,”

She continued on by saying “I didn’t feel like a woman, I didn’t feel like a man. I just felt like a human. That’s what they/them is about for me — feeling human at your core.”

The former Disney star did also reveal that she understands the confusion certain people feel towards which pronouns, saying “everybody messes up pronouns at some point, especially when people are learning. It’s just about respect.”


Non-smokers given six extra paid days off to compensate for smoke breaks

Non-smokers given six extra off days to compensate for smoke breaks
Aug 3 2022 Share

A number of companies in Japan have granted their workers an extra number of vacation days to non-smokers to compensate for the smoke breaks that they do not take.

While smoke breaks take around five to ten minutes, a break or two will eventually add up. Moreover, Japan’s is engorged in its own smoking culture, with around 20,000,000 people presumed to be smokers within one of the world’s largest tobacco markets.

In what started as a simple thought in the company suggestion box, Japanese companies eventually ended up rewarding non-smoking employees with six extra paid leave days for their work. Piala Inc CEO Takao Asuka opted for such a measure to “encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion.”

What would YOU choose? Smoke breaks or paid vacation days?



“How will passengers enter the bus?” Awkward railing removed following online intervention

"How will passengers enter the bus?" Awkward railing removed following online intervention
Aug 3 2022 Share

Infrastructure Malta has removed an awkwardly-placed railing in the newly-reformed Triq Sant Andrija in San Gwann, after the confusion it created for obstructing entry at a bus stop.

Originally erected to provide pedestrian safety, the railing was sarcastically called “Pure genius” by Nationalist MP Adrian Delia and hundreds of commenters before Infrastructure Malta”s intervention.

A note from Infrastructure Malta to Adrian Delia stated that the temporary railing was ordered to be removed, and it eventually was. IM also highlighted that such works are part of a larger project meant to upgrade the area’s infrastructure, ‘including a new stormwater system and new road surfaces and alignments’. 

What do you make of this?