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McDonald’s new chicken nugget box lets you dunk into sauce

McDonald’s new chicken nugget box lets you dunk into sauce
Jul 2 2021 Share

McDonald’s Canada is promoting its McNuggets menu item to coincide with the NBA playoffs. Called the Raptors NuggNet, McDonald’s lovers in Ontario can literally watch the NBA dunks whilst dunking their own nuggets in their favourite sauce. The limited edition package will be launched at a special event in Toronto on April 13th and includes television advertising featuring Raptors players Danny Green and OG Anunoby. 

 

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Created by Cossette, the promotion is part of McDonald’s ongoing campaign with the Toronto Raptors basketball team. Jon Freir, the group creative director at Cossette, stated that the design is an engaging way to extend the Raptors experience to more fans across Ontario. What we are asking however is whether this limited edition package could be brought to Maltese shores so we can also dunk our nuggets. 

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COVID-19 death toll surpasses 400,000 in India

COVID-19 death toll surpasses 400,000 in India
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India’s COVID-19 linked death toll surpasses the 400,000 mark as the country attempts to ramp up its vaccine rollout programme. The third country behind the US and Brazil to record 400,000 deaths, the country has recorded 30 million cases. This is second only to the US. Average daily cases in India has fallen to over 40,000 in recent days, following peaks of 400,000 last May. Despite the strict lockdown by states contributing to the significant drop, a third wave is being predicted. 

Less than 5% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated since the beginning of the push last January. The plans by the government to vaccinate all of India by the end of the year have been met with resistance due to a slow pace, shortage of doses and vaccine hesitancy. Using two homegrown vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, the government is racing to increase its supplies following the deadly second wave which greatly overwhelmed the medical system. 

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Australia to cut by half the number of international arrivals

Australia to cut by half the number of international arrivals
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Amidst COVID-19 outbreaks putting half the population into lockdown just this week, Australia will be cutting by half the number of international arrivals it accepts. From the 14th of July, Australia will be accepting just over 3000 people a week. With the measure likely lasting until next year, the announcement sparked dismay amongst Australians living abroad and separated from their families. This measure is set to reduce pressure on the country’s quarantine system, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 

The source of numerous outbreaks across the country have been linked to leaks from the hotel quarantine which is mandatory for all arrivals. Australia just has 8% of the population vaccinated so far. Around 37,000 Australians remain stranded overseas, with the government temporarily blocking its citizens from returning from India amidst the deadly wave in April. The border policies have sparked much criticism as it does not allow for many Australians to return home to their families. 

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Malta International Airport welcomes recognition of digital documents by health authorities

Malta International Airport welcomes recognition of digital documents by health authorities
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The Malta International Airport announced today that they welcome the decision by the health authorities to recognise the digital versions of documents which are required for entry into Malta. This includes the UK digital vaccine certificate and the Malta digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) which forms part of a wider EU system. Stating this is an important step in the right direction, it is expected to contribute to a much improved experience for all guests arriving in Malta. 

Despite this, passengers arriving with missing or paper-based documents are still to be expected. This requires manual verification by public health representatives. The airport would like to appeal in this light to prospective travellers for their cooperation by presenting and submitting required entry documents digitally whenever possible. The Malta International Airport also reminds departing and arriving passengers of the country-specific requirements which can all be found on the airport’s COVID-19 page. 

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