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Jose Mourinho Dismissed From Roma After 2 And A Half Years

Jose Mourinho Dismissed From Roma After 2 And A Half Years
Jan 17 2024 Share

After a two-and-a-half-year tenure, Jose Mourinho has been dismissed from his role as Roma’s manager, with former captain Daniele De Rossi appointed as his replacement. 

The decision comes amid a series of setbacks for the Giallorossi, including a recent Coppa Italia elimination by city rivals Lazio, where Mourinho received a red card. 

Roma is currently ninth in Serie A, trailing league leaders Inter Milan by 22 points, having won only one of their last six league games.

Mourinho, who joined Roma in 2021, secured the Europa Conference League title in 2022 and led the team to the Europa League final last season. However, the 60-year-old’s contract was set to expire in June. De Rossi, announced as the successor, will reportedly manage until June, with the option for contract renewal based on performance.

Graham Potter and Antonio Conte were considered for the managerial role. 

The decision to part ways with Mourinho was not abrupt, with Roma owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin indicating a well-thought-out evaluation of the team’s recent performance. 

The club expressed gratitude to Mourinho, citing an immediate change as essential for the club’s best interests. The training session was canceled, signaling a shift in direction, and De Rossi will lead Roma in their upcoming match against Verona.

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201 Less Marriages Registered In Malta 2023

201 Less Marriages Registered In Malta 2023
Jan 17 2024 Share

The Public Registry recorded 2,036 marriages, a decrease of 201 from the previous year, and no civil unions were registered. Cohabitations increased to 36 from 31 in 2022. 

In total, 68,987 birth, marriage, and death certificates were issued in 2023, with 57% processed online and the remainder through the registry’s Marsa office.

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For the second consecutive year, Ġanni and Luċija retained their status as the most popular baby names among new parents in Malta, according to Identità (formerly Identity Malta). 

Three years after allowing Maltese characters in names, these two names have consistently topped the list for babies born in the country. 

The top four names for boys were Matteo, Noah, Luca, and Jack, while girls were most commonly named Emma, Valentina, Julia, or Nina in the past year.

Following the IT system update in 2020, allowing the use of Maltese fonts for registered names, Ġanni became the first child to be registered with such characters in their name. 

Notably, there was minimal change in the popular baby names between 2022 and 2023, with Luca, Noah, Matteo, Emma, and Nina maintaining their positions in the top five choices. Last year, Malta saw an increase of 5.7% in births, totaling 4,204, with 2,162 boys and 2,042 girls.

Additionally, registered deaths rose by 3.5%, reaching 3,915 in 2023, with 1,943 men and 1,972 women. The number of women who died increased by 136, while men increased by four. 

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Ġanni & Luċija Most Popular Maltese Names 2 Years In A Row

Ġanni & Luċija Most Popular Maltese Names 2 Years In A Row
Jan 17 2024 Share

For the second consecutive year, Ġanni and Luċija retained their status as the most popular baby names among new parents in Malta, according to Identità (formerly Identity Malta). 

Three years after allowing Maltese characters in names, these two names have consistently topped the list for babies born in the country. 

The top four names for boys were Matteo, Noah, Luca, and Jack, while girls were most commonly named Emma, Valentina, Julia, or Nina in the past year.

Following the IT system update in 2020, allowing the use of Maltese fonts for registered names, Ġanni became the first child to be registered with such characters in their name. 

Notably, there was minimal change in the popular baby names between 2022 and 2023, with Luca, Noah, Matteo, Emma, and Nina maintaining their positions in the top five choices. Last year, Malta saw an increase of 5.7% in births, totaling 4,204, with 2,162 boys and 2,042 girls.

Additionally, registered deaths rose by 3.5%, reaching 3,915 in 2023, with 1,943 men and 1,972 women. The number of women who died increased by 136, while men increased by four. 

The Public Registry recorded 2,036 marriages, a decrease of 201 from the previous year, and no civil unions were registered. Cohabitations increased to 36 from 31 in 2022. 

In total, 68,987 birth, marriage, and death certificates were issued in 2023, with 57% processed online and the remainder through the registry’s Marsa office.

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Malta-Flagged Vessel Hit By Missile Off Coast of Yemen

Jan 16 2024 Share

An empty bulk carrier bearing the Maltese flag has been hit by a missile off the coast of Yemen.

Zografia, a Greek-owned vessel sailing from Vietnam to Israel was hit 76 nautical mils northwest of a Yemeni Port, carrying 24 crew and no cargo. An unnamed source told Reuters that the missile hit rendered only material damage and no injuries.

The Malta-flagged vessel’s attack is only the latest in a string of attacks orchestrated by the Houthi rebel group. The Houthi militia, formally known as Ansar Allah, is a rebel group based in Yemen, primarily composed of Zaidi Shia Muslims. Emerging from the northern part of the country, the Houthis gained international attention for their armed opposition to the Yemeni government. The conflict escalated, leading to their takeover of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

Satellite imagery analysed by The Associated Press showed that the vessel was still moving after the attack.

In response to the recent attack on a Malta-flagged bulk carrier, 76 nautical miles northwest of the Yemeni port of Saleef, the Maritime Security Committee, presided by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works Chris Bonett, was convened to assess the ongoing situation. Based on the information available, there are no reported injuries among the crew and the vessel sustained damage to its structure. It appears that the vessel continued its course and is currently seeking a port for necessary repairs.

The incidents occurring in the Red Sea are a major concern for us, as the area is a major global shipping lane and vital for international maritime commerce. Ensuring the safety of shipping lanes is not just a regional concern but a matter of international importance.

The escalating situation emphasizes the importance of ensuring the safety of vessels from such attacks as they navigate through the area. Therefore, we advocate for and are ready to participate in a coordinated international action to restore and maintain normalcy in the area.

Photo Source: myKN – Kuehne + Nagel

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