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Jenise Spiteri impresses and wins Olympics’ audiences’ hearts

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Maltese American snowboarder Jenise Spiteri has placed 21st out of 22 in the Half Pipe qualifiers. She also became the first ever snowboarder to represent Malta at the Olympics. She unfortunately fell on her first round of the event but managed to successfully complete  the second round. Spiteri ended the preliminary with a score of 25.25, ending any chances to represent Malta one step further in the final.

Even though her performance wasn’t what she was hoping for, Jenise instantly became a fan favourite with press and fans. This unexpected fame came from her post event interview, where she took a bao bun out of her jacket’s pocket and started eating it. This plus her joyful personality and tri colour hair led to her being written about by the New York Times and being badgered with questions from fans and press alike, even posting a story on her Instagram stating that this might be the “Most press attention a 21st place has ever gotten”.


Spiteri later on said “They’re my favourite thing to eat at the Olympic village, I’ve been eating six red bean paste buns every day, two for breakfast, two for lunch and two for dinner,”

“This morning I was too nervous to swallow any food so I put them in my backpack. I didn’t realise that I still had one in my pocket when I did the run, so I was like ‘Oh okay! Now I can finally eat’.”

We congratulate Jenise for making Maltese people around the world proud and on her newfound fame!



Roberta Metsola’s first visit in Malta as European Parliament president

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Roberta Metsola’s first visit in Malta as European Parliament president

After being elected to the role in January, Roberta Metsola has visited Malta for the first time as the European Parliament President. 

The Nationalist Party MEP started off her visit to her home country with a meeting with President George Vella on Thursday. She said ahead of her arrival that it is important to the European Parliament that we reach out to people in all member stats and bring the European project closer.

‘Of course, on a personal note, I could not be more pleased to be coming home to Malta and Gozo on an official visit and am very much looking forward to my discussion with President George Vella’ she said. 

She later described it as a cordial meeting, and revealed how they discussed the role of Malta in a new renewable European Union. They also discussed issues such as the impact of the pandemic, the challenges facing the Mediterranean and the current Uranian-Russian crisis. 

Metsola will also be joining festivities which mark the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, being celebrated today, 10th of February 2022. Metsola also plans on visiting the site of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, where she is expected to lay wreaths. 

‘During my visit, I will reiterate the European Parliament’s commitment to uphold the fundamental values of the European Union and I will represent the European Parliament by laying flowers at the site of the assassination of investigative journalist Caruana Galizia. 


Photo Source: Roberta Metsola FB

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Confirmed visit by Pope in April fuels March election rumours

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Confirmed visit by Pope in April sparks March election rumours

Prime Minister Robert Abela has just unveiled the confirmation that Pope Francis will be visiting Malta on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2022. 

This has sparked rumours, and a higher probability, of a general election being announced for March. Sources had revealed earlier this year that the Vatican expressed their wish for the pope’s visit to take place after an election so as not to give the impression of any political influence. 

The papal visit had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Pope Francis being the third pontiff to visit Malta after St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. 

In a Facebook statement, the Prime Minister said that the visit by the Pope will be a wonderful occasion for the Maltese and Gozitan population. He however did not give any indication in regards to the election, despite rumours mounting with every passing day. 

Cats taken away from Kurt Zouma after abuse video and fined £250K

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Cats taken away from Kurt Zouma after abuse video and fined £250K

The RSPCA have taken way Kurt Zouma’s cats after a disturbing video of the player hitting, dropping and kicking his pet across the kitchen floor surfaced. 

The 27-year-old West Ham defender issued an apology since then, but Essex Police have confirmed that urgent enquiries were underway in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). 

West Ham also fined the player two weeks wages, which are understood to amount around £250,000. The money will all be donated to animal welfare charities. 

Despite the club condemning the player’s actions, it also backed manager David Moyes’ decision to start the player against Watford on Tuesday. Moyes confirmed that Zouma would remain available for selection while the clubs internal investigation ran its course. Adidas also confirmed that Zouma is no longer associated with the company after the investigation. 

A statement read: ‘We have concluded our investigation and can confirm Kurt Zouma is no longer an Adidas contracted athlete’, saying that no animal should be subject to cruel and unwarranted abuse. 

West Ham itself is resisting pressure, with other sensors withdrawing their support for their weak response to his behaviour. Heineken said they were appalled, with Experience Kissimmee and Yield App now evaluating their relationship. 

With Zouma himself allegedly being sent on an animal awareness course by his club, Moyes defended not dropping the player by saying that he was one of the better players and that he wants the best team on the field – a statement which received much criticism. 


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