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People with Down Syndrome Run a Cafe with Dignity and Purpose

 - Local - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

In a heartwarming event that radiated the spirit of inclusion and empowerment, individuals with Down Syndrome took center stage in a cafe for a day, showcasing their abilities, talents, and zest for life. Organised by the Maltese Down Syndrome Association, this initiative allowed these remarkable individuals to not only integrate further into society but also demonstrate their skills to the public. The event, which received widespread acclaim, aims to become a recurring monthly celebration of inclusivity.

On the day of the event, prominent figures including Prime Minister Robert Abela, Member of the European Parliament Cyrus Engerer, and Members of Parliament Randolph De Battista and Graziella Galea graced the occasion with their presence.

The event took place in the renovated offices of the Maltese Association of Down Syndrome, a project made possible through government investment in collaboration with the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary and Consumer Rights.


The Messi Effect: Record-Breaking Ticket Prices and Beyond!

 - Celebrities - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

The “Messi mania” continues to sweep the nation, setting new records and turning the sports world on its head. Todays’s highly anticipated clash between Inter Miami and Los Angeles FC is making headlines for all the right reasons.

According to TickPick, an online marketplace, ticket prices for this game have shattered previous records, making it the most expensive MLS match ever. The average ticket price stands at a staggering $690, marking a jaw-dropping 527% increase from the pre-Messi era when an MLS ticket cost a mere $110. And that’s not all—just days away from the game, the cheapest ticket to witness Messi in action comes with a hefty price tag of $785.

Leo Messi’s impact on the ticket market has been nothing short of extraordinary. With Messi’s arrival, ticket prices have soared to new heights, giving fans the opportunity to witness greatness live on the field. The euphoria surrounding Messi’s regular season debut led to ticket prices skyrocketing by almost 1,000% for a New York Red Bulls game. His arrival has created a wave of excitement that has redefined the football experience in the MLS.

The surge in demand, coupled with the presence of one of the world’s greatest athletes, has contributed to this unprecedented phenomenon. Los Angeles FC’s reputation as one of the most popular MLS teams further fuels the demand, making tickets for their matches highly sought-after. While the market may stabilise, the possibility of an upward shift in prices cannot be ruled out due to the ongoing heightened demand.

The Messi mania extends far beyond the pitch. Apple’s football streaming package subscriptions have surged since Messi’s arrival in July, showcasing his global appeal. Adidas, the sportswear giant, has witnessed an overwhelming demand for Messi’s jerseys, leading to an order backlog that stretches into October. The phenomenon has transcended borders, making Messi’s presence a game-changer not only for MLS but also for the world of sports.

Soccer.com revealed that the top eight best-selling jerseys on their platform are Messi-related, including his iconic Argentina kit and the Inter Miami shirt. The Inter Miami jersey has become the top-selling MLS club kit across nearly all US states. The Messi effect has turned the spotlight on jerseys, uniting fans from coast to coast in their admiration for the football legend.


Boy She’s Back! Denise’s Second Single ‘Forget Me (Not)’ is Out Now

 - Local - Sep 2 2023 SHARE ON:

After taking the scene by storm with her first single BOY, Denise is back with a follow-up banger by the name of ‘forget me (not)’ and we can’t get enough!

“forget me (not)” is a powerful anthem that celebrates a woman who knows her worth, unapologetically embracing her desires and warning potential suitors not to take her lightly. With its empowering message, Denise’s single promises to resonate with listeners on a deep level.

The track was produced and written by Matteo Depares, with lyrics penned by Georgia Meek. Denise herself also contributed her creative vision to the composition.

The single is out now on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Instagram Music, TikTok, Amazon Music, Pandora, Deezer, and more.

In addition to the release of the single, a Visualiser created under the Artistic Direction of Gary Bugeja will accompany the song to further enhance the experience for fans.

Denise’s unique style is beautifully accentuated by the fashion expertise of Stylist Malcolm Gauci, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating the visual representation of “forget me (not)”.

Have you heard the track yet?


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Fall for Films: 6 Must-Watch Movies to Get into the Autumn Mood

 - Movies - Sep 2 2023 SHARE ON:
Fall for Films: 6 Must-Watch Movies to Get into the Autumn Mood

The leaves are falling, and the pumpkin spice lattes are brewing! As the cozy season of autumn approaches, it’s time to snuggle up with some cinematic gems that capture the spirit of this enchanting time of year. We’ve handpicked six movies that will make your autumn evenings even more magical.

1. Knives Out

Get ready for a thrilling whodunit! “Knives Out” will keep you on the edge of your seat as you unravel the mysteries surrounding a wealthy family. This modern classic is as crisp as autumn air with its witty humour and intricate plot twists.

2. Amélie

Transport yourself to the charming streets of Paris in “Amélie.” Follow the whimsical journey of a young woman who decides to bring happiness to those around her. This heartwarming tale will make you feel warm and fuzzy on chilly autumn nights.

3. School of Rock

Jack Black brings the rock ‘n’ roll spirit to your fall playlist in “School of Rock.” Join him as he transforms a group of young students into a powerhouse band. It’s a musical journey that’ll have you tapping your feet in no time.

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox

Roald Dahl’s beloved characters come to life in “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” This stop-motion animation film is filled with adventure and mischief. Join Mr. Fox and his friends as they navigate the autumn woods in their quest for survival.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Step into the magical world of Hogwarts with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (or “Sorcerer’s Stone” for our friends across the pond). Follow the young wizard Harry Potter as he discovers his destiny in a world of wizards and wonder. Perfect for those cozy, rainy autumn evenings.

6. Donnie Darko

For those who prefer a dash of mystery and intrigue, “Donnie Darko” is your go-to pick. This cult classic delves into the mind-bending journey of a troubled teenager who encounters a mysterious figure in a haunting rabbit costume. Autumn nights will never be the same.

So there you have it, folks! Grab your popcorn, a warm blanket, and a cup of apple cider, and let these autumn-inspired films whisk you away into a world of cinematic enchantment. Whether you’re in the mood for laughter, mystery, or a touch of magic, these movies have got you covered.


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