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Labour Party commemorate 10 years since Dom Mintoff’s passing

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Labour Party commemorate 10 years since Dom Mintoff’s passing

The Labour Party released an animated video capturing highlights and moments from former leader and prime minister Dominic Mintoff, 10 years on from his passing. 

The video, entitled ’10 years from the Death of the Father of a Free Malta: Dom Mintoff’ captures several instances and speeches given by the former prime minister, who is still considered by many Labour supporters  as being one of the party’s greatest leaders. 

Mintoff was no stranger to controversy either, as his tenure as prime minister saw the creation of a welfare state, the nationalisation of large corporations and the establishment of the Maltese republic. 

Mintoff was the 8th Prime Minister of Malta between 1955 to 1958, when Malta was still a British Colony, and then again from 1971 to 1984, following independence. 

Mintoff passed away at the age of 96, on the 20th of August, 2012. 

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Earth could hit 8 billion total population mark by November 2022

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Earth could hit 8 billion total population mark by November 2022

Our home planet of Earth is slowly creeping towards hitting the 8 billion mark in terms of total population. 

The United Nations’ prediction is that Earth is set to hit the mark by the middle of this November. If we were to compare population growth rates, the estimated global population figure back in 1952 was 2.5 billion. 

If we look ahead however, estimations indicate that the planet could add another 2.5 billion by the year 2092. 

It is unclear amongst many population focused researchers and other experts whether or not the rate of growth seen in recent decades will continue. And this also brings concerns of whether or not this will be sustainable for the coming future. 

Michael Hermann, Senior Adviser of Economics and Demography of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated how unrealistic many aspects of the current response to population concerns is. 

He proposed three possible solutions for such worries. Among them was the need for a forward thinking set of plans. Governments should aim to enable and construct institutions which can withstand expected changes whilst keeping a human centred approach. 

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Rare and massive barrel jellyfish beaches in Xlendi, Malta

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Rare and massive barrel jellyfish beaches in Xlendi, Malta

A snapshot of a massive barrel jellyfish  (Rhizostoma pulmo) beached in Xlendi was uploaded to social media by marine biologist Alan Deidun to inform the public about the fascinating species. 

The species is not common within Maltese waters and, despite its large size, does not pose a serious threat to humans. It can still give a nasty sting however, and this could result in burning sensations and even ulcers. 

It is known to inhabit parts of the Mediterranean but it’s commonality in Maltese is scarce, Deidun revealed. 

The creatures are actually a favourite delicacy of the leatherback turtle, but the endangerment of the latter species has been known to lead to the increase of jellyfish such as this particular one. 

The species could typically grow up to one meter and can weigh up to 25 kilograms. The photo was captured by Mark Busuttil as part of the Spot the Jellyfish Campaign.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic spotted chilling on Maltese registered super yacht

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic spotted chilling on Maltese registered super yacht

Swedish professional footballer and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was spotted chilling on a super yacht registered in Malta. 

Ibrahimovic reportedly owned the Riva Corsaro yacht called ‘Unknown’, with the vessel costing somewhere up to €10 million. Those numbers come nowhere near Ibrahimovic’s own net worth, which is estimated to stand at around $ 190 million. 

 

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The yacht is suspected to be 34.36 metres long with a beam of 7.70 metres. It is allegedly able to fit up to ten guests, as well as seen crew members, with five rooms and a master suite on the main deck. Another two VIP suites and two twin cabins are also part of the vessel’s infrastructure. 

It was reported earlier in July 2022 that a total of 1,030 super yachts around the world now don the Maltese flag after Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia revealed that the country registered a record 51% in registrations. 

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