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New Zealand bans tobacco sales to anyone born after 2008

New Zealand bans tobacco sales to anyone born after 2008
Dec 14 2022 Share

On Tuesday, New Zealand parliament has passed a legislation which will effectively ban anyone born after 2008 from buying tobacco products.

The legislation was passed in a bid to shrink tobacco use each year, with Health Minister Ayesha Verrall calling the decision a step towards a “smoke-free future”.

The new law essentially means that by 2050, 40-year-olds in New Zealand will be too young to purchase tobacco.

“Thousands of people will live longer, healthier lives and the health system will be NZ$5 billion (US$3.2 billion) better off from not needing to treat the illnesses caused by smoking,” the Minister stated.

Meanwhile, the amount of retailers licensed to sell cigarettes and tobacco products will drop from 6,000 to 600 by the end of 2023.

Breaching the ban will be punishable with fins of up to NZ$150,000, amounting to almost €91,000.

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WATCH: Luka Modrić receives standing ovation from both sides in his last World Cup game

WATCH: Luka Modrić receives standing ovation from both sides in his last World Cup game
Dec 14 2022 Share

Football legend Luka Modrić received a standing ovation from fans of both national teams as he left the field during Croatia’s clash with Argentina on Tuesday.

 

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Fans of both Croatia and Argentina rose from their seats to bid farewell to the legend of the game, who made a 160 appearances for his country since debuting in 2006.

Addressing the star of yesterday’s show, Lionel Messi, Modrić stated “I hope Lionel Messi wins this World Cup, he is the best player in history and he deserves it.”

Croatia faced a heart-breaking 3-0 loss to Argentina yesterday, failing to secure a spot in the World Cup final.

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Messi’s wish granted as controversial Argentina-Netherlands referee sent home from Qatar

Messi's wish granted as controversial Argentina-Netherlands referee sent home from Qatar
Dec 13 2022 Share

Lionel Messi’s plea to FIFA has seemingly been heard after controversial Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz has been sent home from Qatar following a polarising quarter-final match between Argentina and Netherlands.

Lahoz got received a fair amount of flak from players and supporters worldwide after dishing out a whopping 15 yellow cards during Argentina’s clash with the Oranje.

The Spaniard’s officiating was ill-received by both teams, with a vocal majority of Argentina’s squad led by Messi himself criticising the official. “‘I think FIFA must take care of this, it cannot put a referee like that for a match of such magnitude, of such importance. The referee cannot fail to be up to the task,” Messi stated.

Lahoz has reportedly not been called to officiate in the semi-finals or final and will return home from Qatar following the mass backlash.

Argentina are set to face Croatia this evening in what is expected to be a heated semi-final match as all four remaining teams look to make World Cup history.

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Transport Malta launches Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign for festive season

Transport Malta launches Don't Drink and Drive Campaign for festive season
Dec 13 2022 Share

Transport Malta has officially launched its annual Don’t Drink and Drive campaign for 2022, hoping to appeal to the public to avoid alcohol consumptions whilst driving before and after a night out.

 

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“Don’t just be responsible for yourself, be responsible for others. Don’t drink and drive,” the caption read as its message attempts to shine a light on the consequences and implications of drunk driving.

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The promo video highlights how drinking and driving may not only cause harm to those behind the wheel but also passengers and other drivers, which is why it is of utmost importance to avoid driving at all costs whilst on a night out.

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