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Maltese personalities recount touching experiences from HopeXchange

Maltese personalities recount touching experiences from HopeXchange
Nov 14 2022 Share

A group of young personalities had the opportunity to visit Ghana and experience Africa from a fresh new perspective. 

Most of their time in Kumasi was spent at the HopeXchange Medical Centre, set up by the Institute for World Evangelisation, an international association recognised by the Vatican. 

The Maltese group was formed by artists, singers, TV personalities and social media content creators and had very positive words for the way the medical centre was professionally run. 

Speaking about the hospital, the group from Malta said that it was impressed with the state-of-the- art equipment. One person mentioned the highly sophisticated pathology Laboratory, the Imaging and diagnostic Department, and the Pediatric department as examples.

The HopeXchange Medical Center houses high quality Operating Theaters as well as a modern Ophthalmolgy Department that provides laser treatment apart from other services.

Speaking about their experience at the HopeXchange Medical Centre, TV presenter and Producer Keane Cutajar said that he felt privileged to witness first hand what the Ghana Mission Foundation managed to accomplish throughout the years.

Singer Megan May Caruana highlighted the warm hospitality of the Ghanaians and social media content creator Amy Borg was delighted to have met children who are receiving education through the foundation.

On their end, Kevin Paul Calleja and Daniel Umanah reflected on the African culture add the natural beauty of the area as even a tourist destination, not to mention the many resilient, peaceful, happy people encountered.

Videographer Victor Abela recounted the experience with a group of students he met and how the Maltese group inspired them to study hard and aim towards becoming effective leaders of the future. 

Ghana Mission Foundation Development Director, Nikol Baldacchino, from his end, spoke highly of the doctors at the HopeXchange Medical Center, the high quality clinical care, medical and scientific formation and translation research.

The HopeXchange Medical Center has been running since 2016 thanks to a positive collaboration and support from the Government of Ghana and the Catholic Church. The Medical Center aspires to keep growing and serving the wonderful people of the region.

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Xlendi valley hit by massive flooding due to rainfall

Xlendi valley hit by massive flooding due to rainfall
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A video uploaded to local Facebook page ‘Malta Dizastru Total’ shows the Xlendi valley road completely flooded with a large body of water. 

The water made it’s way down what seems to be Triq tal-Għajn, damaging various structures and vehicles in its pathway. The area has been the site of similar incidents whenever storms hit the Maltese islands. 

The water accumulated at the bottom of the valley which usually brings various visitors having a tour of Gozo. It is unknown to what extent the damage was done or if anyone was injured. 

 

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Source: Malta Dizastru Totali

Man passes away in Paris airport he lived in for 18 years

Man passes away in Paris airport he lived in for 18 years
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A man by the name of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who lived in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for 18 years, has passed away in the building. 

The Iranian born man was born in 1945, but when landing in France in 1988, it was revealed he lacked the necessary residency papers. This forced him to stay at the airport after not being allowed to leave. 

And it apparently became his home for the rest of his life. He was unable to return to Iran as he had been expelled from the country without a passport. This led to him seeking asylum in Europe and was given the right to seek refuge in Belgium. However, he said his luggage containing his official documents was stolen in a train station. 

He was later arrested by French police, but they could not deport him anywhere due to him lacking any sort of official documents. He thus ended up in Charles de Gaulle airport in August 1988.

He spent most of his time in the airport’s Terminal 1 in legal limbo. When the refuge papers cleared in 1999, he was nervous about leaving and refused to sign them, deciding to stick to his new abode. 

He slept on a red plastic bench inside the airport and befriended the staff there. He was nicknamed Lord Alfred and became a famous face for passengers. He had to be hospitalised and lived in a shelter in 2006, but decided to return to the airport weeks before his death. 

He unfortunately passed away from a heart attack in the airport’s Terminal 2F on the 12th of November. His life inspired the 2004 movie ‘The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks, which portrays a man unable to return to his home country and forced to live in an airport. 

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Monday blues exist and they’re called social jet lag

Monday blues exist and they’re called social jet lag
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As you sip your Monday morning coffee ahead of a new week, you might be reading this article all disoriented and not particularly in the best of moods. 

Sleep experts are now suggesting that, following a weekend of late nights, people may be experiencing ‘social jet lag’ which could be induced through inconsistent sleep schedules which could impact people the same way lack of sleep does. 

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open, around half of US adults experience some social jet lag. 

This term refers to the mismatch between a person’s biological time, which is determined by the roughly 24-hour cycles of the body clock known as circadian rhythms, and their social clock.

The social clock is determined by a person’s obligations, ranging from work to school and other social activities. Like travel jet-lag, social jet lag hits when there is a circadian misalignment between the body and the environment. 

Unlike airline jet lag however, which is temporary, social jet lag can be chronic and cause less obvious symptoms. This is measured by calculating the difference in time between the midpoint of sleep on work days and off days. 

There have been higher risks of depression, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems associated with it, as well as unhealthy eating habits and poorer academic performance. 

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