‘One Love’ armbands will NOT be worn by team captains due to FIFA sanctions

 - International - Nov 21 2022 SHARE ON:
‘One Love’ armbands will NOT be worn by team captains due to FIFA sanctions

England, Germany and five other European teams will not be donning the One Love armbands at this year’s World Cup in Qatar after FIFA threatened to introduce sanctions.

The football captains were expected to wear the bands to show solidarity with the LGBTIQ+ community, especially given how homosexuality is still illegal in Qatar.

However, a statement shared on the 21st of November said that: ‘FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play.’

A yellow card can be shown to any players wearing kit that is not authorised by football’s world governing body. 

The armbands were expected to be worn by the likes of England captain Harry Kane, German captain Manuel Neuer and Welsh counterpart Gareth Bale to promote inclusivity. 

The federations in question said that they can’t put players ‘in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.’ 


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“There’s no us without without them”; activists & immigrants protest racism & violence in Malta

 - Local - Nov 21 2022 SHARE ON:
"There's no us without without them"; activists & immigrants protest racism & violence in Malta

A number of migrants and activists took to the streets of Valletta this weekend to protest against racism, discrimination and violence against minorities in Malta.

A number of locals NGOs came together to support the protest organised by Black Lives Matter, with Moviment Graffitti, aditus, Integra and MGRM in attendance amongst others.

Migrants make up 26.5% of Malta’s labour force, with refugees and asylum-seekers in Malta contributing to a considerable chunk of the local economy. Despite this, immigrants face abuse on a daily basis, with stories of racial violence and discourse becoming a mainstay in local media.

Taking to social media after the event, activist group Moviment Graffitti called for respect towards migrants in Malta, stating “there’s no us without them.” 

The group stated that despite the Government’s commitment to build a ‘cosmopolitan Malta’, all the public has received is “half-baked political statements, insulting platitudes, ongoing dehumanisation of black and brown people in discourse, policy, and practice, and an apparent total disregard for their wellbeing.”

What lies ahead for Malta?

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Tate, Trump, Ye and more back on Twitter after CEO Elon Musk unbans accounts

 - International - Nov 21 2022 SHARE ON:

It looks like Twitter CEO Elon Musk has started reinstating previously-banned accounts after controversial figures like Andrew Tate, Ye, Donald Trump, Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and more are back on the social media platform.

Tate returned on November 18th with a tweet stating  “Mastery is a funny thing. It’s almost as if, on a long enough time scale, losing simply isn’t an option.” Meanwhile, the artist formerly known as Kanye West returned with a tweet stating “Shalom” and a number of others after being banned due to a series of anti-semitic remarks.

Former President of the United States and prospective 2024 candidate Donald Trump was also reportedly unbanned. Despite Musk never being in favour of banning the polarising politician and issued a poll on whether he should be reinstated , Trump showed no interest in returning to the platform.

These moves are the latest in Musk’s series of questionable decisions in his alleged pursuit towards free speech on the platform.

What do you make of these accounts being reinstated?


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Bus suffers major damage after falling tree smashes windscreen in Tal-Barrani road

 - Local - Nov 21 2022 SHARE ON:

As a result of strong rain and heavy winds on Sunday morning, a bus in Tal-Barrani Road, Żejtun suffered major damage after a falling tree smashed its windscreen.

Two northbound lanes heading to Santa Luċija were closed off after the tree fell at 11am, with a brick wall also collapsing onto the lane.


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No injuries were sustained, with passengers aboard the affected bus being transferred to another one and dispatched by Malta Public Transport.

Civil Protection officials were on site to assist with the situation, with government cleaning and maintenance officials going on-site on Sunday after noon to clear the debris and reopen the road.


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