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Largest marijuana plantation in Europe busted by police

 - International - Oct 20 SHARE ON:
Largest marijuana plantation in Europe busted by police

A facility in Huerta de Valdecarábanos, Toledo, Spain, spanned around 120,000 square metres and was supposedly being used to grow hemp for industrial use. However, the zone which is approximately the size of 16 standard football fields, was discovered to be growing Cannabis sativa. Police officers from the Civil Guard inspected the farm and found the plant, genetically modified to look like legal hemp. Upon return, officers seized a whopping 135,000 marijuana plants – the largest seizure ever made in Europe. 

With three arrests, a further 30 tonnes of dried marijuana and 3,720kg of buds were intercepted in nearby warehouses which were ready for distribution. Another 112kg of buds which were declared to be simply plants were been seized at Madrid’s main airport. A civil guard spokesperson revealed that the workers at the farm were mostly foreigners, employed in an unofficial manner and housed in an area which did not meet the most minimal conditions of habitability. 

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How well are Malta’s domestic animals protected?

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How well are Malta's domestic animals protected?

On October 13, Anthony Vella was given a 2-year prison sentence suspended for four years and a €20,000 fine for keeping around 50 dogs in an unacceptable state in his Zejtun home. Beyond the fine and the suspended prison sentence, the dogs in Vella’s residence were released and immediately fell under the custody of the Animal Welfare Directorate.

The case, dating back to May 2018, also revealed that some dogs were being kept in cages in the man’s garage, triggering a national discussion on animal welfare in Malta. Minister for Justice and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis took to Facebook to condemn such acts and highlight the importance of the recent legal amendments affecting animal abusers.

Being a dog owner and animal lover himself, Zammit Lewis shared his sentiments attached to a photo which included his dog, Charlie. The Minister called upon the public to show love to each and every animal because our treatment of animals reflects on ourselves.

In 2021, the Minister for Justice, together with the Minister for Agriculture Anton Refalo and Commissioner for Animal Welfare Alison Bezzina put forward a legal amendment which prohibited animal abusers from owning or being in the same household as an abused animal, even if it is not the same animal which was abused. The amendment came as a breath of fresh after multiple calls for increased laws protecting animals and speaks volumes about the commitment to Malta’s animal population.

Are you aware of the current laws protecting animals?

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Will Smith shows off results of going from ‘worst’ to ‘best’ shape of his life

 - Celebrities - Oct 20 SHARE ON:
Will Smith shows off results of going from ‘worst’ to ‘best’ shape of his life

Will Smith is beaming with energy and motivation as he hits the gym, progressing on a daily basis towards what he deems the best shape of his life. The 53-year-old ‘I am Legend’ actor posted to social media in May, revealing that the ‘dad bod’ he developed throughout the pandemic was the worst shape of his life. He had stated how the body carried him throughout the pandemic and that he loved it, but he wants to feel better. Now, he is posing photos and videos hitting the gym and doing everything from sit-ups to dumbbell presses. 

 

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Smith’s initial ‘dad post’ even inspired other celebrities to post similar photos and outline their fitness goals. The workout videos Smith posts seem intense as he flips tires and does heavy-weight back squats. ‘No more midnight muffins…this is it!’ The actor also announced that he is documenting his transformation with YouTube through a partnership for a new original series premiering next year. 

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World Cup every 2 years as FIFA plans leaked

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World Cup every 2 years as FIFA plans leaked

A massive and significant change to the game of football has just been leaked as FIFA’s plans to reduce the waiting time between World Cups to two years makes waves. FIFA plan to hold the match every two years starting in 2026, with the idea having been on FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s mind for a while. He seems keen on implementing the concept into reality, along with some more massive changes to the game. 

The modification starting in five years’ time will also reduce the time each player will leave their respective clubs for international duty from 50 days a year to 30. This is also one of the reasons why FIFA justifies the initiative.  Cadena Ser’s show ‘El Larguero’ leaked the documents, revealing that the World Cup Qualifiers will have a maximum of seven encounters, reducing also the number of international windows to two at best. One will be held in October and the other in March. The new schedule would be voted for in December and it seems as though there is a strong motion for it to be approved. 

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