Malta’s soft drink bottlers are the first in Europe to reduce content by 10%

Malta's soft drink bottlers are the first in Europe to reduce content by 10%
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Coca-Cola manufacturers GSD Marketing and PepsiCo manufacturers Simonds Farsons Cisk have announced that they have reached their pledge to reduce sugar content by 10% by 2020.

The pledge, made to the EU Soft Drinks Associations, was realised as a result of the companies reformulation of already-existing products with low-calorie sweeteners, reduced sugars, smaller packaging with portion control and promotion of products with zero sugars in an attempt to sway consumer choice to products with less sugar.

Such a pledge was made in 2017 by both companies, with GSDM Marketing CEO Maria Micallef stating that excess consumption of sugar “isn’t good for anyone” and that they want to enable their customer to better control their intake while Simonds Farsons Cisk CEO Norman Aquilina reiterated the UNESDA pledge, expressing the companies commitment to promoting choices for a better lifestyle.


WATCH: Akon’s 500-bottle afterparty shut down by police due to COVID-19 restrictions

Akon's 500-bottle afterparty shut down by police due to COVID-19 restrictions
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Wednesday evening’s afterparty event, which should have featured Senegalese-American singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Akon was shut down after it was found to be in breach of COVID-19 regulations. The event forms part of the SiGMA iGaming festival and promised to bring out 500 bottles of champagne to celebrate the gaming industry’s resilience during the pandemic.

Police intervened at 12am, initially stopping further people from entering the event before going into the venue and shutting down the music and beginning to escort partygoers outside. The officials found that little to no COVID-19 restrictions were being implemented such as COVID-19 vaccination checks and limitations as revellers were directed outside Sky Club in St. Julian’s. A ruckus from inside reportedly ensued with frustrated partygoers singing and chanting as they were escorted outside.

Sky Club management told Malta Daily that the venue was entirely rented to SiGMA, going on to say that the entire venue and its operations were the sole responsibility of SiGMA.

“Overall we’re blessed that we could hold the conference and save the year, given the rising numbers across Europe and the closing of borders once again. We were lucky and look forward to SiGMA 2022 next November,” a SiGMA spokesperson told MaltaDaily.

SiGMA is one of the largest iGaming conferences in the world, which launched back in 2014 and has expanded annually into what it is today. The conference is centred around online and land-based gaming and welcomes technology organisations from around the world. Malta plays a big part in the development of this conference, partially due to its central location in the Mediterranean and its popularity for being a key hospitality and entertainment hotspot, serving as a backdrop for SiGMA’s high-end events.


WATCH: Car overturns in Mriehel bypass after intense collision

Car oveturns in Mriehel bypass after intense collision
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Heavy traffic and delays are expected in Mriehel after a car overturned in the Mriehel Bypass going towards Rabat. The overturning was due to a collision between a Toyota Vitz and an Audi.

Officials from the Malta Police Force and Transport Malta were on site within minutes to redirect traffic and mitigate the situation as much as possible.

Avoiding the Mriehel Bypass area is advised as further delays are expected. Malta Daily has been informed that the individuals were taken to Mater Dei Hospital.

This is a developing story.


Seven arrested after heroine and cocaine busts in Marsa and Qormi

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The Malta Police Force has revealed that it has arrested seven individuals after discovering and seizing a considerable amount of heroin and cocaine ready for sale.

Two separate buildings in Triq it-Tiġrija and Triq is-Serkin were raided On Tuesday, where police officers arrested two men and two women aged between 17 and 24 years of age. Along with 120 baggies of heroin and cocaine, the police found an undisclosed amount of cash, some gold, electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras along with a BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes.

The Animal Welfare department was also on site due to reports of horses and a pit bull at one of the buildings.

On Wednesday, three other men aged between 20 and 30 years old were arrested in Qormi after the Police searched their homes and a car showroom to find what is suspected to be cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Magisterial inquiries have been set up on both cases, with the four men in the Marsa case expected to be charged today on counts of drug trafficking and money laundering.