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Minister Ian Borg Welcomes Ambassadors & Head Of Missions For New Year’s Greetings

Minister Ian Borg Welcomes Ambassadors & Head Of Missions For New Year’s Greetings
Jan 17 2024 Share

In a New Year address during a dinner for accredited Ambassadors and Heads of Missions, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Ian Borg expressed gratitude for the continued engagement with Malta and outlined the key diplomatic priorities for the coming year.

In his address, Minister Borg highlighted Malta’s commitment to effective multilateralism, citing the nation’s role in the UN Security Council and the adoption of Resolution 2712, advocating for peace in the Middle East. The Minister reiterated Malta’s commitment to continue addressing the conflict in Ukraine whilst also addressing thematic issues like climate diplomacy, human rights, and migration challenges.

As Malta marks its 20th anniversary in the European Union, Minister Borg stressed the importance of reflecting on European values. “The upcoming months are crucial for strengthening the EU’s strategic autonomy and competitiveness. Malta remains committed to a merit-based approach for EU enlargement and fostering political engagement with partners,” claimed Minister Borg.

Discussing bilateral engagements, Minister Borg underscored the significance of exchanges with counterparts worldwide, emphasising Malta’s focus on regional cooperation in Mediterranean affairs. The Minister expressed support for the Libyan people, strengthened diplomatic ties with Gulf States, Africa, Asia, and transatlantic partners, showcasing Malta’s commitment to economic collaboration and regional stability.

The Ministry’s dedication to commercial and cultural diplomacy was also highlighted, with initiatives like the Consul-on-the-Move programme and Citizenship Certificate Award Ceremonies, emphasising connections with the Maltese diaspora.

Addressing the challenges of 2023, Minister Borg affirmed Malta’s commitment to peace through diplomacy. “As Malta assumes the Chairpersonship of the OSCE and various key positions, the nation pledges to continue engaging in dialogue for mutual benefit,” said Minister Ian Borg.

The Minister concluded by toasting to the good health of the distinguished guests and their families.

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Coachella 2024 Line-Up Announced with Lana Del Rey, Tyler The Creator & Doja Cat Headlining

Jan 17 2024 Share

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a cultural phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music enthusiasts & festivalgoers, has recently unveiled its star-studded lineup for the 2024 edition. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Indio, California, this year’s roster is nothing short of spectacular.

 

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Leading the pack are the three heavyweight headliners: Lana Del Rey, Tyler, The Creator, and Doja Cat. Each possessing their own super-committed fanbase, Coachella 2024’s stars promise a weekend of singalongs, selfies and core memories. Adding to the excitement, Coachella is set to witness a remarkable reunion as Gwen Stefani’s iconic band No Doubt takes the stage after a decade-long hiatus.

The festival’s global appeal extends beyond its headliners, with a diverse array of artists spanning various genres. Electronic music enthusiasts can rejoice as Peggy Gou, Justice, Blur, Ice Spice, J Balvin, Anyma, and many more are set to deliver electrifying sets.

Coachella 2023 definitely left a mark on global music culture with performances from Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. Although Ocean had to cancel his Weekend 2 appearance, the festival pivoted by bringing together Fred again.., Skrillex, and Four Tet for an unforgettable trio DJ set.

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January Babies Actually Get Less Gifts Than Others

January Babies Actually Get Less Gifts Than Others
Jan 17 2024 Share

People born in January receive fewer birthday presents than those born in other months, losing out on an estimated £1,120.11 in gifts over their lifetime, according to research by money.co.uk. 

One in 10 individuals admit to spending 34% less (£13.82) on January birthdays compared to other months. 

In the UK, the average adult is projected to spend £392 on birthday gifts in 2020, totaling nearly £26 billion for the UK. 

The highest spending is on partners (£91), followed by children (£72) and parents (£45).

The study also reveals a preference for mothers, with individuals spending 16% more (£6.78) on gifts for their mothers than for their fathers. 

Salman Haqqi, a personal finance expert at money.co.uk, suggests that the financial aftermath of Christmas prompts many to tighten their budgets in January, impacting birthday gift spending. 

He emphasizes the need for individuals to plan and budget not only for birthdays but also for other celebrations like weddings, christenings, and anniversaries. 

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New President Needs To Be Progressive, Says Prime Minister

New President Needs To Be Progressive, Says Prime Minister
Jan 17 2024 Share

On TVM, during an interview on XTRA with Saviour Balzan, Prime Minister Robert Abela outlined what kind of person he would like to see being elected as the new president of Malta.

Robert Abela said that the new President should be a progressive person distanced from conservatism as well as a person who

 

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can bring national unity. 

The Prime Minister said that his position as such will prevent him from going to the Opposition with a name that does not have these credentials. 

He added how he wants to see the Opposition making similar proposals for candidates, saying that Nationalist Leader Bernard Grech put forth proposals which his own parliamentary group rejected outright. 

He concluded by saying that this choice for a new president could help make those skeptical of politics understand that the parties are not fully entrenched in political back-and-forth.

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