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Owen Bonnici acting prime minister as Robert Abela attends UN assembly

 - Local - Sep 23 SHARE ON:
Owen Bonnici acting prime minister as Robert Abela attends UN assembly

Culture Minister Owen Bonnici is currently acting prime minister as Robert Abela leads a delegation from Malta at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 

Bonnici has represented the Maltese government in Abela’s star during the Independence Day celebrations. 

As for the actual Prime Minister himself, he left Malta on Sunday as is currently in New York for the assembly. He is also expected to meet the Maltese community in New York and return to the island next Monday. 

He appointed an acting prime minister to take his place while absent, with the Government Gazette revealing that Chris Fearne and Owen Bonnici assumed the additional duties of prime minister as of Sunday 18th September. 

Fearne is also in New York and has been addressing meetings relating to public health. 

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So who will be headlining Notte Bianca 2022?!

 - Culture - Sep 23 SHARE ON:
So who will be headlining Notte Bianca 2022?!

Notte Bianca is fast approaching, and we just can’t wait to visit Valletta on the night for a celebration of arts, culture and entertainment. 

As part of the many performances and activities that will be available to enjoy during this 15th edition, Festivals Malta have announced that the hit Italian pop-rock band, The Kolors will be the headlining artists on this year’s main stage.

Performances at the main stage start at 7:30pm with Klinsmann, followed by the Mel Collective feat. Matthew James and Karin D and at 22:45pm, The Kolors will take the stage and rock the night away with their very first performance in Malta!

If you aren’t familiar with The Kolors and their music, you might want to know that they are winners of popular talent show Amici di Maria de Filippi and also competed in the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival. Are you hyped yet? Well, there’s more!

Not only have they topped the Italian charts multiple times, with platinum albums, they have also collaborated with artists such as Gucci Mane and J-AX. Their hit single, ‘Everytime’ has over 25 million views on YouTube.

Apart from the star-studded line-up on this year’s main stage, Notte Bianca will also feature a diverse programme of events, with 7 different artistic routes to choose from, namely Theatre, Alternative, Music, Classics, Kids, Dance and the Red route. 

Activities include Pastażuni an adult production penned by Trevor Zahra, comedy drama X-Voto, kids activities at Upper Barrakka gardens, a diverse dance choreography titled UNight, and much more.

With 7 stage spread all over Valletta, the music route is this year’s spectacular, with a star-studded lineup featuring Tribali, Fakawi and Manatapu, Freddie Portelli, George Curmi Puse, Marisa D’Amato and Marty Rivers, Versatile Brass, SterjoTipi and Skald, among many others.

As this year’s tagline goes ‘Anything you Want, You got it’ and this year’s Notte Bianca truly has something for everyone.

Take a look at the programme here.

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PETA calls for women to go on a sex strike against meat-eating men ‘to save the world’

 - News - Sep 23 SHARE ON:

Global animal welfare organisation PETA has called on every woman to go on a sex strike against meat-eating men in order to convince them to switch to a plant-based diet.

According to The Telegraph, PETA said that the strike can also help to end ‘toxic masculinity’ and ultimately ‘save the world’. Daniel Cox a member of PETA Germany, stated that men need to wake up and ‘smell the tofu.’

The German branch of Peta pointed to research last year from scientific journal Plos One, which showed that men caused 41% more pollution than women because they eat more meat. The group then went as far as to say that such “toxic masculinity” required enforced chastity and even a ban on having children.

However PETA’s calls for a sex ban has come under fire, with many calling the proposal sexist.

Conservative MP Alicia Kearns had this to say about the idea to Radio Station LBC: “It just feeds in to all the worst narratives of the ’90s that women use sex, it’s not something they enjoy, that they should use it as a tool against men.” and “It’s also incredibly focused on straight relationships.”

In Germany, a bratwurst seller had this to say: “I’m speechless, completely shocked by this statement. I sell bratwurst professionally and more women than men come to me.”

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The Queen’s funeral had less viewers than Princess Diana’s funeral

 - International - Sep 23 SHARE ON:
The Queen's funeral had less viewers than Princess Diana's funeral according to estimates

In a shocking turn of events, It is being estimated that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral actually clocked in less viewers than that of Princess Diana back in 1997.

Many predicted that the late monarch’s funeral would be the most-watched broadcast in British television history.

The actual viewing figures did beat out last year’s massive Euro 2020 final held in Wembley which saw English hearts broken once again over another penalty shootout.

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, around 26 million British people tuned in to see the Queen’s funeral service take place at Westminster Abby.

But Princess Diana’s influence in the USA is clear as day as back in the nineties, around 33 million Americans watched the funeral whilst only 11.4 million watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

The margin of viewers between the two funerals was closer in the UK however as Princess Diana’s funeral also comes on top as it had a total viewership of 32 million people.

This means that Diana’s funeral still remains the most-watched royal TV spectacle since records began in 1981, although it is not the most-watched broadcast in British history. That record goes to the 1966 World Cup final when England managed to beat West Germany in an epic match which was watched by 32.3 million people.

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