Malta now has its very first handball pavilion, designed specifically for this sport. The pavilion, located in Ħamrun’s Maria Assunta sport complex, was inaugurated by Sport Minister Clifton Grima and is named after Louis Borg. The project cost €2.5 million and has a seating capacity of 155 spectators.
The investment in the handball pavilion and the Maria Assunta sport complex is part of the government’s efforts to improve sports facilities in Malta. Minister Grima said that the facilities aim to attract investment to the country and bring the sport industry to new heights. The complex also includes the first Snooker Academy in Malta and a football pitch, with plans to add more facilities such as a pavilion for various sports, a table football hall, and a boċċi game hall.
Animal Rights Activists March in Valletta Demanding Ban of Horse-Drawn Carriages
Animal Liberation Malta organised a protest march in Valletta to ban karozzini, horse-drawn carriages that are primarily used for tourist attractions. The activists marched from The Mall Floriana to Castille Square, chanting slogans like “You ride – they die”.
Animal Liberation Malta opposes karozzini because they believe that there is no need for them in a fully motorised world. Cities around the world, including Montreal, Barcelona, Prague, Melbourne, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Palma de Mallorca, have already banned horse-drawn carriages. Palma de Mallorca has announced a ban that will come into effect in 2024 and intends to replace all horse-drawn carriages with electric carriages.
Animal Liberation Malta proposes that Transport Malta should issue a special grant for cabby drivers to switch to electric carriages, and no new licenses for cabby drivers should be issued. Existing horses will be allowed to continue working, but upon retirement, cabby owners should switch to electric options. Animal Liberation Malta also suggests that all other horse-drawn carriages, including horse-drawn hearses, should be banned.
Penises are growing at an alarming rate new study suggests
Scientists from Stanford University and several universities in Italy have found that the average length of an erect penis has increased by just over an inch, or almost 25%, over the past 30 years. The study looked at data from 55,761 adult men and found that the average erection length increased from 4.8 inches to 6 inches.
Researchers were surprised by the findings as they expected a decline in penis length, along with lower sperm counts and testosterone levels. The study also disproves previous research that suggested that penis sizes were decreasing.
The cause of this increase in penis length is not clear, but researchers are concerned about such a significant change in a short period. It’s important to note that the study has limitations, and further research is needed to confirm these findings.
ATTENTION STUDENTS: Turnitin Develops New Tool to Detect AI-Based Cheating in Academic Writing
The issue of AI-based cheating has become a major concern, leading universities to review their assessment policies. A well-known essay plagiarism detector is reportedly developing a new tool to detect the use of ChatGPT and other AI bots. This tool is already being used to identify instances where students have used AI in their writing. ChatGPT’s fluidity in producing essays, poems, prompts, contracts, lecture notes, and computer code has astounded people, though occasionally at the expense of accuracy or creativity.
The popularity of these bots among students has led to many academics questioning the way education is now being provided. The technology’s ability to shake the education system has resulted in some universities creating their own AI innovation lab to detect the use of AI writing tools.
Last month, Turnitin’s developer, David Adamson, provided a demonstration of the new software’s functionality. The system was able to identify that 50% of an essay written and edited by ChatGPT was created by AI, identifying 22 of the essay’s 43 sentences as not being human-written. The tool has been trained specifically on academic writing sourced from a comprehensive database.
Although Turnitin’s current products provide some level of AI detection, CEO Chris Caren stated that more would be required in the future. The team is hoping that the new tool, currently in testing, will be ready soon. Some students have already revealed in Tiktok videos that their essays were detected for plagiarism after using AI technology, suggesting that the trails have proven successful.
Despite the improvements, some have developed even better AI systems that would make it harder for Turnitin to outsmart the bots. Therefore, it is a matter of determining who will be faster with technology developments.