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Peaky Blinders final Season 6 returning 27th February 2022

Peaky Blinders final Season 6 returning 27th February 2022
Feb 15 2022 Share

The release date for the sixth season of Peaky Blinders has finally been announced, with the Shelbys returning to our screens for the last time. The final instalment was delayed due to the pandemic, with the release date for the Birmingham-based crime drama having been teased on numerous occasions. 

Director Anthony Bryne shared a teaser clip in November, captioning the post saying; ‘we’re coming for you sooner than you think.’ Plenty of speculation was circling when this might be, but at last, it was revealed that it will return on Sunday 27th February. Each episode will be airing weekly on Netflix from that date. Unfortunately, Helen McCrory will not be present, having tragically passed away of cancer last year aged 52.

McCrory played matriarch Polly Gray, with main character Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) saying that it was really difficult to make the show without her. ‘She would have been in series six if the pandemic hadn’t put everything on hold’ he had said. 

‘We were just five days away from shooting in March 2020 when the lockdown was announced. Helen was the heart of that show and it was hard to make it without her. There was a huge absence on the set. We all felt it. She died while we were shooting.’ The new series will also be welcoming Stephen Graham to the cast, while Tom Hardy’s character Alfie Solomons will also be returning to the how. So set your reminders for one last ride of Peaky Blinders! 

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Studies ongoing about fourth COVID-19 booster dose

Studies ongoing about fourth COVID-19 booster dose
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently undergoing research into a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose due to the fact that the effect of the third dose is starting to diminish. 

Speaking on this morning’s TVAM programme, Director of WHO’s regional office in Europe, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, said that the organisation is working hand in hand with pharmaceutical companies on the development of a best quality vaccine.

She said that it has yet to establish the number of variants the fourth dose will cover, when it should be administered, who will be the first to be inoculated and if it will be available to everyone. 

Dr Azzopardi Muscat also said that a study is underway on the situation in countries where vaccination started with the fourth dose, such as Israel. She also revealed that talks are underway for the entry into force of different systems of testing for COVID-19. 

Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci recently also spoke to TVMnews, revealing that there are preparations in case the fourth dose is required. 

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Calls for Malta to decriminalise abortion by Council of Europe

Calls for Malta to decriminalise abortion by Council of Europe commissioner
Feb 15 2022 Share

Malta is being called upon by the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights to decriminalise abortion. The call reiterates one made by her predecessor who in 2018 called for new legislation to provide abortion care to women who request it. Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic strongly urged the authorities to repeal provisions criminalising abortion in a report published on Tuesday.

This follows a trip she made to Malta last October, going on to urge the development of comprehensive regulation of women’ access to legal and safe abortion as well as to improve the availability of sexual and reproductive health services. She noted that despite there being a list of pharmacies stocking emergency contraception, women in Malta are often left without access to the necessary medication. 

Reports all show that numerous pharmacies refuse to dispense such contraceptives on grounds of conscience. There are no measures in place to enforce the obligation of pharmacists referring patients to other professionals. This follows former commissioner Nils Muiznieks saying in 2018 that Malta should ensure its ban on abortion does not deprive women of a range of fundamental human rights. 

In may 2021, independent MP Marlene Farrugia tabled draft legislation to decriminalise abortion. However, the bill was not discussed in parliament. The commissioner expressed disappointment at learning that despite this bill, authorities did not have a timeline for decriminalising abortion. 

“The authorities did not consider it likely that such a bill could be adopted in the near future, although they admitted that the prohibition of abortion did not stop women, including girls, from seeking abortions.

“The commissioner was disturbed, furthermore, by the authorities’ apparent lack of concern about the serious risks incurred by women who seek or undergo abortions in unauthorised circumstances, which are aggravated by the lack of access to post-abortion care in Malta, both in the public and private health sectors.”The government, in reaction to the observations, said it was working to improve reproductive health services. Malta did not however agree with the interpretation that the right to sexual and reproductive health services includes an intrinsic right to abortion. 

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Prime Minister denies drone accusations by Bernard Grech

Prime Minister denies drone accusations by Bernard Grech
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Prime Minister Robert Abela has addressed the claim made by Opposition Leader Bernard Grech that a drone was flown over his home, categorically denying it. 

The Prime Minister told journalists that he condemned the incident if it happened and said that he had no knowledge about the incident. Grech, who has filed a complaint to the police commissioner about the incident, took to Facebook to make the accusation. 

In the post, Grech accused Abela of ordering Labour media to fly a drone over his Mosta home to film it. He confirmed that he informed Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa about it and said police are investigating the matter.

Grech believed ONE News were sent to film as part of a scheme to sway attention away from questions about property deals the Prime Minister took as a lawyer. A ONE News journalist at the news conference also repeatedly denied that the media organisation was at the PN leader’ house. 

The Prime Minister said that he absolutely denies any involvement. ‘I did not even know about it. If it happened, not only do I condemn it, but I believe that family life should not mix with the political roles we have. Respect for family privacy should be absolute.’ 

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