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Marsa wins first title of Town of Culture and €200,000 fund

Marsa wins first title of Town of Culture and €200,000 fund
Sep 3 2021 Share

Speaking at a press conference, Culture Minister Jose Herrera named Marsa as Malta’s first ever town of culture. The locality will be given a €200,000 fund to implement a cultural programme throughout all of next year 2022, which will see carnival activities, a Christmas village and various other music and fireworks shows. 

The Minister, who contests on the first district which also includes Marsa, praised the council of the locality for their win in the inaugural competition. Herrera described the locality as a hidden gem possessing a number of historical areas which have regenerating potential.Marsa mayor Josef Azzopardi highlighted how this prize will help upgrade Marsa, bringing in the public to see what it has to offer. 

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Photo Source: Jose Herrera FB, TheMayor.eu

England to make pet abduction new criminal offence as cases increase

England to make pet abduction new criminal offence as cases increase
Sep 3 2021 Share

Following a rise reported thefts during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, pet abduction is set to be made a criminal offence in England. The theft of a pet is currently treated as the loss of an owner’s property, but ministers are calling for a new law that acknowledges the emotional distress it can cause. The pet theft Taskforce found that around 2,000 dogs were reported stolen last year, with the proposal being set up to tackle the increase during the lockdown. The report found that seven in ten pet thefts recorded involved dogs. 

It is not known what the maximum sentence for a new offence of pet abduction might be. The report also reveals that the price for five of the UK’s most desirable dog breeds significantly increased during the first lockdown. Said to have risen as high as 89%, the Taskforce suggested this potentially made dog theft more appealing to criminals seeking profit. Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increased by over 160% in the months after England’s first nationwide lockdown began. 

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Photo Source: The Connexion

Fifa to investigate racist abuse and chanting at England players

Fifa to investigate racist abuse and chanting at England players
Sep 3 2021 Share

England has openly condemned the racist abuse directed at their players during a World Cup qualifier in Budapest, calling it completely unacceptable. Despite England winning the game 4-0, Manchester city forward Raheem Sterling and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham were targeted during the game. When the players took the knee before the kick-off, loud racist chanting could be heard as well as objects being thrown later in the game. 

Sterling was targeted with paper cups and bottles as he opened the score for England, with other members also being attacked. A flare was even thrown onto the pitch after Maguire scored. Ice was thrown at England manager Gareth Southgate during his post-match interview. Hungary’s players asked supporters to respect England’s knee gesture but the fans didn’t follow. Southgate said that everyone knows what the team stands for and, pointing to the match being filmed, that he hopes action is taken right away. 

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Photo Source: Sky Sports, Sky News

Priest says demons can send text messages to threaten victims

Priest says demons can send text messages to threaten victims
Sep 3 2021 Share

Licensed psychologist, counsellor and priest Stephen Rossettii, 70, has said that demons and evil spirits have figured out a way how to send threatening text messages. The malicious entities apparently use their hacker skills to taunt him and his team as they try to save people and families how have been haunted by them. The ‘phenomenon’ has allegedly been experienced on three instances, with the demons targeting ‘high value’ people who were texted by the demons. 

Rossetti believes that the messaging happens when he is about to perform an exorcism, which he does 20 times a week. All three cases involved high value targets such as people with priestly vocations amongst even their children. Working in Washington DC, with his demon-texting issue being covered in his book ‘Diary of an American Exorcist.’ One demon allegedly texted the pries; ‘Her torments start now, priest… all night. We will make her bleed.’ Next time your ex texts you make sure it isn’t the lord of hell himself!

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Photo Source: Mirror