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Large turnout for Moviment Graffiti vigil in memory of late migrant girl Loujin

Large turnout for Moviment Graffiti vigil in memory of late migrant girl Loujin
Sep 17 2022 Share

Activists from Moviment Graffiti were joined by many local notable faces to honour the memory of the young migrant Loujin Ahmed Nasif, who died of thirst after several days out at at sea.

Among the activists were Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi, President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, former St Albert headmaster Mario Mallia and PN MEP David Casa. 

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Loujin was one of 62 people who spent days in distress earlier this month whilst on a boat in Malta’s search and rescue zone. The people on board were later taken to Crete, but Loujin died of dehydration whilst being airlifted to hospital. 

Her alleged last words were, ‘Mum, I’m thirsty’, and was found unconscious during the rescue operation. The tragedy instigated many to speak out about the way asylum seekers are treated, with the Archbishop saying that her death reminded him of Christ’s last words on the Cross. 

Issuing a statement, Moviment Graffiti said that her death is not an ‘aberration’. Over 20,000 people died in the Mediterranean between 2015 and 2021 due to Maltese, EU and member state border practices, the statement pointed out. 

The statement urged the government to put an end to policies which dehumanise the most vulnerable people, to end the denial of asylum or policies which send people back to war zones and detention camps. 

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64 year old man in critical condition after Gozo car accident

64 year old man in critical condition after Gozo car accident
Sep 17 2022 Share

A 64-year-old man resident of Sannat, Għawdex, had to be taken to the Gozo General Hospital at around 1830pm yesterday following a car crash in Triq Għajn Qatet, Rabat, Għawdex. 

Preliminary investigations found that a crash had occurred between a Toyota Starlet, driven by a 46-year-old resident of Fontana Għawdex, and a Kymco motorcycle, driven by the victim.

The motorcycle driver was given immediate medical attention on site and taken to the hospital. He was later certified as having suffered grievous injuries. 

More investigations are ongoing. 

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WATCH: Żabbar footballer Cesco Gusman’s picture perfect goal solidifies 3 goals in 3 games

WATCH: Żabbar footballer Cesco Gusman’s picture perfect goal solidifies 3 goals in 3 games
Sep 16 2022 Share

Following a period of positive results, Żabbar St. Patrick’s Football Club took a moment to praise their players, particularly Cesco Gusman, who has had a string of impressive performances recently.

 

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Gusman locked in 3 goals in 3 games, with one of them being against Derby rivals Xgħajra Tornadoes to solidify Żabbar’s 3-1 victory.

Gusman’s picture perfect goal was shared by the club’s official page, garnering over 2.3 thousand views and multiple comments praising the player’s performance, with one user in particular comparing it to a goal scored by Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

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5 incredible facts you should know about Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

5 incredible facts you should know about Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Sep 16 2022 Share

On Thursday 8th September 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most iconic monarch’s in the UK’s history at age 96. Her funeral will be held on Monday September 19th at Westminster Abbey and here are 5 incredible facts you should know about the iconic royal figure’s funeral.

A two-minute silence will be held across the UK after the funeral

At 11.55am on Monday, following the conclusion of Elizabeth II’s state funeral, two minutes of silence will be held across the entirety of the United Kingdom. The brief period of silence will be held before the coffin is carried to the resting place at Windsor Castle, with the national anthem and the lament from the Queen’s piper soon after.

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It will be the first funeral to be held at Westminster Abbey since 1760

The last royal funeral (of a monarch or consort) to be held at Westminster Abbey was that of King George II in 1760. The church was built by King Edward the Confessor in the 11th century and from that point on, its name became woven in the UK’s history. The Abbey is the very same place Princess Elizabeth was crowned Queen on June 2nd 1953.

Only 2,000 specifically-invited guests can attend the Queen’s funeral

Only 2,000 guests can attend the official funeral at Westminster Abbey, with anyone wishing to watch the ceremony can do so at London’s The Mall, a road in Westminster. Elizabeth II’s funeral will be one of the largest gatherings of politicians and royalty in a long while, with everyone from Spain’s King Felipe & Queen Letizia to the United States’ President Joe Biden & Jill Biden.

President of Malta George Vella will be in attendance

Maltese President George Vella recently announced that he will be also be attending Elizabeth II’s funeral. In a recent radio interview, Vella recalled the last time he met Queen Elizabeth in 2020, where he and his wife Miriam Vella were the last two people to have an official meeting with her before the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools, offices and most banks, shops and establishments will be closed

As approved by King Charles III, the day of the funeral will be a bank holiday for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with schools offices and most banks, shops and post offices closed on the day. It is reportedly unlikely that the bank holiday will remain an annual tradition but a 100,000 person-strong petition has called for the holiday to remain permanent.

Will you be tuning in to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

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