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Local rugby player starts fundraiser to pay for career shaping shoulder operation

Local rugby player starts fundraiser to pay for career shaping shoulder operation
Aug 17 2021 Share

Local rugby player Liam Scicluna, a.k.a Babaw, has opened a GoGetFunding page to raise money to pay for a shoulder operation which is crucial for him to achieve his athletic dream of representing Malta. In the fundraiser’s description he describes how following his first session four years ago, he was hooked onto the sport and did not stop since. His ultimate goal is to continue his journey as a Maltese national player and to be ‘part of the Malta Sevens squad for the 2023 Small Nations’ games.

He revealed how he was on the right track, but had to take a step back due to a shoulder injury which resulted in the tearing of the supraspinatus tendon along with a suspected capsular tear. Surveying all his options, the operation is the only thing that can get Scicluna back onto his path. As the waiting list for the operation is around three years, he is attempting to secure a private operation in order to return to the field quicker.

The quote for such an operation totalled around €4500. He acknowledged how it is a lot of money for any one individual and so decided to call on the public for help. His friends, family and club have all pitched in already, with the remaining input, he hopes, to come from the public. ‘Whatever you can give would be amazing and very much appreciated – no matter how small!’ he stated. As of writing this article, the fundraiser racked up €650.00. 

You can donate to Liam’s fundraiser here. 

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Warnings to avoid swimming as strong winds hit Malta until Thursday

Warnings to avoid swimming as strong winds hit Malta until Thursday
Aug 17 2021 Share

Facebook forecaster The Weather Page Malta released a post last night warning about incoming weather, which is set to be very strong winds which could make swimming dangerous. The post recommended no swimming and no diving in areas ‘exposed to the Northwest wind from tomorrow Tuesday afternoon till Thursday morning.’ 

Wind gusts are set to reach up to Force 5-6, or even 7. The post listed several popular beaches often frequented by families and tourists to avoid. These included the likes of Paradise Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Sliema, Armier, Comino and Cirkewwa. 

The page also highlighted how this note is ‘in no way issued and done to cause any alarm but intended to raise awareness to be more cautious and also to avoid what usually happens on windy days (especially in summer) when we take it for granted’. The Malta International Airport also emphasised the strong winds, particularly on Wednesday as temperatures fluctuate between 33 and 36 degrees Celsius. 

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54 COVID-19 cases registered with 57 recoveries

54 COVID-19 cases registered with 57 recoveries
Aug 17 2021 Share

Malta has registered 54 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,112 swab tests, while 57 patients have recovered. 2 deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Monday 16th August 2021, 786,015 vaccine doses were administered of which 408,546 were 1st doses. 405,578 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 35,434 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 34,001 have recovered, 433 died and 604 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 41 COVID-19 positive patients, three of whom are in the ITU.

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Muhammad Ali’s grandson wins first professional fight

Aug 17 2021 Share

Last Saturday, boxer Nico Ali Walsh beat Jordan Weeks to win his first ever professional fight. What’s special about Nico is that his grandfather is Muhammed Ali, known as ‘The Greatest’ by boxing fans all over the world. Nico won the fight by TKO (Technical Knock-out) in the latter stages of the first round.

 

 

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Nico is the son of Muhammed’s daughter Rasheda, who uses her platform to speak-out against social injustices. Nico, in an interview after the fight, said “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that supported me! I brought my grandfather in the ring with me by wearing his shorts for the first and final time as a professional fighter. I’m more than proud to say: The Legacy Continues.” About being under his grandfather’s shadow he had this to say “I’ve never been able to escape my grandfather, no matter what sport I played,” and continued to say “I’m starting to embrace it. It’s very hard to do, but you have to embrace the legacy, no matter what it is. Everybody becomes stronger when they embrace what they’re destined to do.”

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