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New barn owl hatchlings born as species returns to Maltese islands

New barn owl hatchlings born as species returns to Maltese islands
Jul 8 2022 Share

In new fascinating footage captured mere hours after the birth, new barn owls were successfully hatched by the FKNK as they work to reintroduce the species on the island. 

These barn owl hatchlings will begin their process at 46 days old of being trained to be returned to the wild and thus survive in their natural element. 

 

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Despite not yet being able to fly, the owls will reside in a big ‘hacking box’ on the roof of a farm in Buskett. They will start to adapt to the surrounding environment and will start to explore the territory when they learn to fly. 

The FKNK said that they will continue to provide them with food and other important care until they learn to hunt on their own and become independent. 

Learn more about the process of reintegrating the species here.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot and in critical condition

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo shot and in critical condition
Jul 8 2022 Share

Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is currently in critical condition and at risk of dying after being shot in the street, in broad daylight, whilst making a campaign speech in Nara. 

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated in a press conference on Friday that Abe is receiving emergency treatment at the Nara Medical University hospital.

Kishida described this as an ‘unforgivable act’ and said that they will comprehend the situation and take appropriate measures. 

Abe’s younger brother, who is Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi, told reporters Abe was receiving a blood transfusion, and an official from the Nara City Fire Department confirmed to CNN that Abe was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest – which describes a sudden loss of heart function and breathing. 

Abe is the former Liberal Democratic Party leader as well as Japan’s longest serving prime minister. He held office from 2006 to 2007 and then gain from 2012 to 2020, before resigning due to health reasons. 

He still remained in the public eye after stepping down to discuss current affairs. Following the shooting, the former PM was rushed to hospital via helicopter and he is believed to have been shot twice, in the chest and neck. 

A suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested and charged with attempted murder. The 40-year-old suspect used a handmade gun in the attack, but the motive remains unclear. 

UPDATE: the former prime minister of Japan has passed away due to the injuries suffered after he was shot. Doctors spent four and a half hours trying to save him but have since announced that Abe bled to death. 

No vital signs were detected by the time he had arrived at the hospital. The former Japanese prime minister suffered wounds to the right side of his neck and to the left collarbone, before being rushed to hospital where he received a blood transfusion.

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Forestals double the price of smartwatch to donate to Puttinu after man comes forward

Forestals double the price of smartwatch to donate to Puttinu after man comes forward
Jul 8 2022 Share

Yesterday, electronics company Forestals issued out a reward for any details about an unidentified man who was caught stealing a Smartwatch from their establishment in Mrieħel.

However, the company later took to social media to reveal that the man had come forward later during the day to pay for the Smartwatch. 

The company jumped at the opportunity to create more good in the world by doubling the price of the smartwatch and donate it to NGO Puttinu Cares, which helps cancer patients, most notably children.

Taking to social media, Forestals thanked all those who helped with providing information to them and the Malta Police Force. 

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25-year-old slightly injured after car overturns in Santa Venera

25-year-old slightly injured after car overturns in Santa Venera
Jul 8 2022 Share

A 25-year-old teenage male from Rahal Gdid was slightly injured after the vehicle he was driving overturned. The incident occurred yesterday in 11:15pm in Santa Venera, with the vehicle being driven a Toyota Fun Cargo.

 

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A 20-year-old woman from Swieqi was in the passenger seat of the car and was thankfully not injured in the incident. The young man was taken to Mater Dei via ambulance, where he was certified to have only suffered light injuries.

Investigations are ongoing. 

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