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Nationalist Party Raises €271,000 During Fundraiser

Nationalist Party Raises €271,000 During Fundraiser
Mar 5 2024 Share

The Nationalist Party raised €271,600 in donations through a fundraising marathon under the theme ‘The Change We Need’.

The marathon continued until noon on Sunday, during which the party’s leader, Bernard Grech, visited locations across Malta and Gozo to personally collect donations from various sectional committees and candidates for Local Council elections.

Additionally, €54,585 was collected during a special telethon aired on Net Television commemorating the former Prime Minister and Nationalist Party leader, Eddie Fenech Adami, on February 7th.

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Israel Agrees To Change Eurovision Song Lyrics

Israel Agrees To Change Eurovision Song Lyrics
Mar 5 2024 Share

After being threatened with potential exclusion from the competition this year, Israel has agreed to compromise and change the lyrics to the song ‘October Rain.’

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) hinted at rejecting Israel’s candidate Eden Golan, a 20-year-old Russian-Israeli singer, due to the political nature of her song. 

The song referenced the Hamas 7th October attack on Israel, with lyrics like: ‘There’s no air left to breathe / There is no place for me’ and ‘They were all good children, each one of them’. 

Israeli broadcaster KAN initially threatened to withdraw from the contest if the event organisers censored their entry, with president Isaac Herzog insisting that Israel’s voice must be heard from the Eurovision stage. 

Since then, necessary adjustments have been quoted to be made to the song, allowing it to continue on in the contest. Second place finalist ‘Dance Forever’ will also be revising its lyrics, with Israel choosing a song to send to the committee. 

The inclusion of Israel has faced a lot of controversy, with an open letter issued to the EBU and signed by over 1,000 Swedish artists calling for Israel to withdraw. 

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BirdLife Malta Presents Finch Trapping Abuse Evidence To EU Court

BirdLife Malta Presents Finch Trapping Abuse Evidence To EU Court
Mar 5 2024 Share

BirdLife Malta has compiled evidence of widespread abuse within finch trapping sites, intending to present it to the European Court of Justice. Despite a ban on trapping protected finches by the European Court of Justice in 2018, Malta proceeded to open the trapping season in 2020 under the guise of scientific research. 

However, activists have criticized this “catch-and-release study” as a cover for poaching. Following Brussels’ announcement of taking legal action against Malta in 2021, a hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

BirdLife Malta has submitted a detailed report with video evidence from last year to the ECJ, revealing numerous illegal trapping sites beyond the 2,600 registered ones. Even legally operating sites were found to be abusing the derogation conditions, with captured finches not being released. 

Estimates suggest over 51,400 finches were trapped and held captive without scientific purpose.

Moreover, BirdLife contends that even if birds were released, they were likely recaptured, undermining any scientific validity. The derogation also facilitated the illicit wildlife trade, with thousands of finches smuggled into Malta for decoy use. 

Overall, BirdLife denounces the derogation as a sham, alleging it as a cover for illegal activities and unjustifiable bird killings, devoid of scientific merit.

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France Makes Abortion Rights Constitutional

France Makes Abortion Rights Constitutional
Mar 5 2024 Share

French lawmakers voted in a joint session of parliament to amend the Constitution, ensuring the right to abortion. 

The amendment, which required three-fifths majority approval from both houses, garnered 780 votes in favour and 72 against, easily surpassing the necessary threshold. 

This vote followed prior approval from the Senate and the National Assembly.

Prime Minister Gabriel Attal expressed pride in the historic moment, emphasizing the inclusion of women’s freedom in fundamental law. National Assembly President Yaël Braun-Pivet pledged to uphold this newfound freedom, both domestically and globally.

The constitutional amendment was prompted by concerns over threats to abortion rights, highlighted by the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade in 2022. The legislation draws attention to similar challenges in Europe, such as Poland’s near-total abortion ban following a 2020 court ruling.

Marta Lempart, a leader of the Polish Women’s Strike, praised France’s vote, seeing it as a beacon of hope for European efforts to address abortion rights.

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