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People are selling government vouchers on Facebook

 - Business - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
People are selling government vouchers on Facebook

It seems as though not everyone is taking up the opportunity to spend government issued vouchers. Some have taken to online Maltese Facebook groups to advertise their selling of their very own governmental vouches. 

One person posted to a Facebook group stating that they are selling blue government vouchers, with 12 in total to sell. They will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some raised queries as to whether selling vouchers online in such a way should be allowed. 

The second round of vouchers due to the COVID-19 pandemic were made available for download online. The digitisation of the voucher purchase was, according to Economy and Industry Minister Silvio Schembri, a huge success in introducing the technological aspect of the economy to the Maltese population. 

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Kanye West breaks Instagram silence before new album release

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Kanye West breaks Instagram silence before new album release

Rapper Kanye West has been absent from Instagram for around two years. But in the early hours of Tuesday morning July 21st, the rapper released two new posts shared with just a few hours in between. The first post features close-up images of Kanye wearing gold necklaces featuring the names of his children. These are, of course, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm, who are 8, 5, 3 and 2 respectively. 

 

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With more snapshots of the rapper crouching on two metal cylinders in all-black, a second post surfaced featuring Sha’Carri Richardson. Richardson is the athlete who was unable to go to the Olympics after having been reported to have marijuana in her system. The athlete wears headphones and works up a sweat as she listens ‘No Child Left Behind.’ Serving as an advert for his 10th album ‘Donda’ set to be released on July 24th, the rapper’s 5.6 million followers were delighted that the musical force of nature is making his Instagram comeback. 

 

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Vaccines are the road out of the pandemic

 - COVID-19 - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
Vaccines are the road out of the pandemic

Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci reveals how the vaccination programme and the jab itself are leading to the curb of the virus. With most new daily and active cases being attributed to unvaccinated, the rollout is clearly the scientifically-proven weapon to beat the pandemic which has, quite frankly overstayed its welcome. Speaking on Times of Malta’s ‘Ask Charmaine Programme’, the interview revealed the following information; 

‘Transmission rates are lower among vaccinated.’

Studies reveal how the virus’ viral load is far less prominent with vaccinated people. This can be noted in Malta, with most cases being attributed to unvaccinated or imported cases. Those who have underlying health conditions are strongly encouraged to seek consultations from professionals to curb fear and maybe get specific jabs.

‘Vaccination should be a collective effort.’

Unfortunately, not getting your vaccine risks making herd immunity redundant. This is because it gives the virus room to mutate and would mean booster shots or possibly new vaccines. The Delta variant, Gauci revealed, is slowly becoming the main variant all over the world. This is not yet the case in Malta.

‘Low hospitalisations prove the vaccination’s efficacy.’

The fact that there is just one person in the ITU shows how the vaccination programme is working. The ITU patient is also stable. Many of those admitted are also done so before they know they are positive. They are admitted for other health conditions, only to discover the infection. 

‘We need to take it one step at a time.’ 

Health restrictions are still an important part of the process. The Superintendent acknowledged everyone’s frustration and exhaustion with measures in place. It is however crucial to push together and to be on the same boat. This means getting vaccinated as soon as possible, adhering to regulations and staying as safe as possible. 

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€50,000 donation to Responsible Gaming Foundation by MALTCO Lotteries

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€50,000 donation to Responsible Gaming Foundation by MALTCO Lotteries

Reaffirming its company’s commitment towards Responsible Gaming, Maltco lotteries announced a further €50,000 contribution to the Responsible Gaming Foundation in Malta as the ‘Balance is the Name of the Game – Play Responsibly’ campaign is launched. Speaking at the presentation, Minister for Economy and Industry Silvio Schembri pointed out how the pandemic left a negative impact as it exacerbated addiction issues due to stress and emotional uncertainty. 

The Minister stated how thankfully, the Responsible Gaming Foundation sought, and still seeks, to provide help for all those who fall victim to the devastating affliction. The foundation has carried out through research and is now better equipped with detailed information. Together with stakeholders, a holistic plan will be sought after which will improve care and social services in the field of gaming problems and addictions. 

During the press conference, which was held at Maltco’s head office in Iklin, the National Lottery operator announced its contribution to the Responsible Gaming Foundation which was conferred earlier this month. Maltco lotteries has remained committed to contribute towards actively promoting, designing and engaging in responsible gaming practices and principles.

Minister Schembri thanked Maltco for never missing a deadline and always being a worthy contributor to the sterling work executed by the Foundation. General Manager of the Responsible Gaming Foundation Mr. Kevin O’ Neill expressed the foundation’s will to keep strengthening its connection to Maltco. The partnership will seek to promote responsible gaming, with Mr. O’Neill stating that enjoying this activity is a possibility with the commitment and goodwill of all stakeholders. 

Malta Lotteris CEO Vasileios Kasiotakis stated that the company’s mission is to ensure that all players are entertained in a responsible fashion. The agents are constantly undergoing training to devote any required effort, daily, in a continuous endeavour to protect the players from any Problem Gambling issue. They will also be directed towards a secure and entertaining gaming experience. 


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