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Kylian Mbappe Officially Moves To Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe Officially Moves To Real Madrid
Jun 4 2024 Share

Kylian Mbappe has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid, departing from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Spanish club announced on Monday.

This marks the end of Real’s long pursuit of the prolific forward. Mbappe, 25, expressed his excitement on social media, calling the move a “dream come true” and thanking fans for their support.

He will earn €35 million annually. Mbappe had verbally agreed to the move in February and confirmed his departure from PSG in May.

 

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Real Madrid, having just won their 15th Champions League title, finalized the deal before Mbappe joins the French national team for pre-Euro 2024 friendlies. Mbappe, a World Cup winner at 19, scored a club record 256 goals for PSG since his initial loan from Monaco in 2017, which later became a €180 million permanent move.

He helped PSG secure six Ligue 1 titles and reach the 2020 Champions League final, which they lost to Bayern Munich. Despite a hat-trick in the 2022 World Cup final, Mbappe’s France lost to Argentina.

At Real Madrid, Mbappe will join forces with Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham, bolstering the club’s formidable attack. His transfer follows extensive efforts, including intervention from French President Emmanuel Macron to keep him at PSG in 2022.

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Malta This Morning: Stormy Weather Hits Islands

Malta This Morning: Stormy Weather Hits Islands
Jun 4 2024 Share

This fine summer morning in Malta was characterised by surprising stormy weather, flashing all over the islands as rain poured down in various localities.

Weather forecasters had predicted the weather pattern coalescing above the Mediterranean islands, with temperatures reaching highs of 25 degrees Celsius.

This is set to climb to 29 degrees celsius by tomorrow, Wednesday 5th June.

Facebook weather page ‘It-Temp Madwarna’ shared a visual of the weather above the island this morning, as the stormy weather starts to give way to a sunnier week ahead.

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“Youths not interested in direct political confrontations” – Robert Abela

Jun 3 2024 Share

Earlier today, Prime Minister Robert Abela responded to questions from MaltaDaily’s Keane Cutajar regarding potential protests before future court sessions and the role of political parties in engaging young voters.

Court Proceedings and Speculation

When asked if he would be against the idea of people protesting or showing support to former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat outside of court before the next proceedings, Prime Minister Abela emphasised the speculative nature of the question. He reiterated his focus on the upcoming eighth of June and stressed the importance of allowing judicial processes to proceed without interference. Abela stated, “There are lawyers, the prosecution, the Attorney General, and the Police who all have their roles in the process. The courts will decide, and it is crucial to respect their judgment, even if one disagrees.”

Abela pointed out the importance of focusing on the country’s leadership and progression rather than commenting on judicial matters. He emphasised his commitment to improving the lives of citizens, mentioning initiatives such as tax reductions and strengthening rights for pensioners, parents, and the middle class. “Our goal is to leave more money in the pockets of our middle class and to implement our electoral promises to lower the tax rate for commercial societies,” he said.

Abela also highlighted the confidence shown in Malta through significant investments, which he views as a testament to the country’s positive direction. “On Saturday, the people will have the opportunity to show their support for our vision of moving the country forward,” he concluded.

Engagement with Young Voters

When asked about whether political parties are doing enough to gain the trust of young voters, Abela focused on the Labour Party’s efforts. He noted his interactions with students at higher secondary schools and Junior College, where he observed that young people are more interested in substantive issues rather than direct confrontations.

Abela criticised the Opposition’s campaign tactics, describing them as focused on personal attacks rather than constructive dialogue. He highlighted the Labour Party’s achievements, such as granting the ‘Vot Sittax’ and fulfilling key promises from their electoral manifesto, including environmental projects like the inauguration of a park in Birgu and the opening of Sannat Square.

Abela also spoke about creating opportunities for young people, citing the partnership with a major aviation company that offers specialised courses and guaranteed employment for graduates. “Today, young people have jobs chasing after them, not the other way around,” he said, emphasising the quality and opportunities available in Malta.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of sustainable development, aligning with the aspirations of young people for responsible growth. He encouraged young people to remain active in politics, asserting that responsible politics can bring about positive change. “I believe that with collective work, and with young people as catalysts, we can achieve a lot for this country,” Abela said.

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Artist’s Jean Paul Sofia Dedicated Painting Wins At Malta Biennale

Artist's Jean Paul Sofia Dedicated Painting Wins At Malta Biennale
Jun 3 2024 Share

A painting dedicated to Jean Paul Sofia and his mother, Isabelle Bonnici, has won an award at maltabiennale.art.

 

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The artwork, “Deposizione,” by Italian artist Teresa Antignani, received the prize for the best work in the main pavilion at the inaugural event, held at Verdala Palace, Times of Malta reported.

 

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An international jury of experts selected the winner. Antignani, an artist, researcher, and activist, invited Bonnici to the ceremony, stating, “I did not win. Her courage won.”

The painting, an oil on canvas, portrays a modern deposition scene amidst construction site rubble, with cranes replacing crosses and a grieving mother holding her deceased child.

 

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Antignani became aware of Jean Paul Sofia during a visit to Malta in November, after seeing his banner in front of parliament. Moved by his story and Bonnici’s fight for justice, she created the artwork. Bonnici saw the final piece in May and described the experience as “an overwhelming feeling” that brought tears to her eyes, feeling proud that her son’s story inspired the artwork.

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