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Malta’s president interviewed on CNN about Queen Elizabeth

Malta’s president interviewed on CNN about Queen Elizabeth
Sep 20 2022 Share

Following his attendance of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in the UK, Malta’s president George Vella was interviewed about the time when the Queen lived in Malta and her special connection to it. 

Being the only place away from the UK to call home away from home, the President recounted how the Queen constantly referred to her time on the island as very happy. 

 

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He even recounted how when he was invited in 2020 by her Majesty, her eyes lit up when he mentioned Villa Guardamangia, her residence whilst in Malta. 

The villa, which the Queen lived in between 1949 and 1951, was bought by the government that very same year and formally entrusted to Heritage Malta to undergo restoration. 

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Almost half of the world’s population watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral

Almost half of the world’s population watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral
Sep 20 2022 Share

An estimated 4.1 billion viewers tuned in for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral yesterday, meaning that around half of the world population was watching. 

Queen Elizabeth was given the last salute yesterday 19th September 2022, with many of the world’s renowned political leaders invited to attend. 

 

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This isn’t the first time the Queen broke records, having broken records during her 1953 coronation, with 27 million local viewers. Taking a look at other records, the most viewed televised event in history before the funeral was the Atlanta Olympics Ceremony with 3.6 billion viewers. 

Viewerships In Comparison: 

Funeral of Princess Diana: 2.5 billion
Wedding of Harry and Meghan: 2.0 billion
2018 World Cup Final: 1.1 billion
Muhammed Ali memorial service: 1.0 billion
Apollo 11 moon landing: 652 million 

Not a single event had come close to matching the Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremony viewership. The moon landing however, for instance, did not have enough viewers given the fact that not everyone had access to TV, with people in the Soviet Union also not being able to watch. 

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Kids are waking up in middle of the night to check phones, study finds

Kids are waking up in middle of the night to check phones, study finds
Sep 20 2022 Share

A brand new research found that a large number of children are waking up in the middle of the night to check their phone notifications. 

De Montfort University in Leicester surveyed around 60 kids aged around 10-years-old and found that 12.5% of kids were waking themselves up to check their phones. 

Apart from this, the research found that children were getting, on average, 8.7 hours of sleep a night. This is slightly less for the recommended 9 to 11 hours which kids their age are recommended in getting. 

The ‘midnight doom scrolling’ is translating to losing around one night’s sleep every week. This adds up, the lead psychology lecturer leading the study claimed. 

The researchers pointed to a sense of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) as being a prime motivator for waking up smack in the middle of sleep to check on social media. This could perpetrate heightened sense of anxiety, the researchers said. 

Sleep scientists often recommend completely alienating phones from one’s sleep routine as it would hinder one from dozing off. Lack of sleep has serious consequences, and these are slightly more serious when kids are still growing and developing. 

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National gun salute given to late Queen at Upper Barrack Gardens

National gun salute given to late Queen at Upper Barrack Gardens
Sep 19 2022 Share

In honour of the late monarch Queen Elizabeth II, a 21 gun national salute was fired at the Upper Barrakka Gardens by gunners of the Armed Forces of Malta. 

The salute is reserved specifically to honour monarchs and heads of state, and given the late queen’s close connection with the islands, the salute came with more symbolic and emotional depth. 

The islands honoured the Queen in various ways, with the President attending the funeral in the UK in person and the Triton Fountain being lit up yesterday evening with the colours of the UK flag. 

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