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President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

 - COVID-19 - Jul 22 SHARE ON:
President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19

US President Joe Biden has revealed Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and experiencing mild symptoms. Saying that he will continue to work despite the ordeal, he told millions of Americans that he is doing well. 

He also said that he is triple vaccinated and that he really appreciates inquiries and concerns by the public. ‘But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done and in the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith. It’s gonna be OK’. 

In terms of COVID-19 statistics, the United States registered a whopping 90 million cases, adding 153K over the past 24 hours. It also resisted 1.02 million deaths, adding 548 deaths in the past 24 hours.

When compared to Malta, the island registered a total number of 111,833 cases, with 105,872 having recovered. The death toll has amassed up to 780, with the number of active cases dropping to 4,785. 

In Malta, 1.32 million doses of the COVID vaccine were given, with 470k being fully vaccinated, bringing up the percentage total of the population fully vaccinated to 89.5%. 

Comparatively, 601M doses were given across the US, with 223 million people having been fully vaccinated. 67.7% of the entire US population is currently fully vaccinated. 

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US alleges Malta does not meet minimal standards to eliminate human trafficking

 - International - Jul 22 SHARE ON:
US alleges Malta does not meet minimal standards to eliminate human trafficking

According to a report published by the United State of America’s Department of State, Malta’s government does not meet the required standards to eliminate human trafficking. 

According to ‘Aġenzija Appoġġ’, Malta identified 18 cases where there was a potential case of human trafficking of foreign individuals into the country just last year. 

This is worrying due to the number being a substantial increase (of around 12) from the previous year. During 2020, a pandemic year, 6 cases had been reported. This was a decrease over 2019 when 11 cases were reported. 

The Department of State research analyses what countries are doing globally to fight against this international phenomenon. Malta was deemed as not having reached the minimal standards to eliminate the threat. 

A decrease in the number of investigations was also noted as no one was taken to court over trafficking, no one was found guilty of the crime in 2021 and that no monitoring of massage parlours was conducted. 

Out of the 18 cases, 16 were women from 13 different countries, the majority being from the Philippines. It was found that some victims have their work contracts changed upon arrival, ending up doing jobs not disclosed in the first agreement. 

However, the report does highlight some of the good done by the Maltese government – highlighting the opening of homes for victims of trafficking, a team focused on helping immigrants, as well as the raising of funds to protect such victims. 

Read full report here.

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New brand ‘Bajja’ highlights diverse bodies during Malta Fashion Week

 - Fashion - Jul 22 SHARE ON:
New brand ‘Bajja’ highlights diverse bodies during Malta Fashion Week

Taking to the Malta Fashion Week for their grand debut, new fashion brand ‘Bajja’ was massively praised for highlighting diversity during their turn at the cat walk. 

Their emphasis on different body types and women from all walks of life was very well received by both audience and critics. 

Creators and siblings Vincienne and Samaria Bezzina have joined forces to share their mutual passion for the fashion industry. Furthermore, their work gives space for all women to be part of this industry and highlight their raw beauty. 

 

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Wholesome group sing in Tal-Linja to spread some positive vibes

 - Local - Jul 22 SHARE ON:
Wholesome group sing in Tal-Linja to spread some positive vibes

If you’re ever catching a bus ride around Malta and happen to be going through a bit of a rough day – then you might just encounter this youthful group who will try to lift your spirits up.

A video posted to social media shows a friendly group of youth singing along to ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ by Rupert Holmes whilst on board a bus on the island. 

 

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And even though they might not exactly be the next One Direction, this flash-mob style group seem keen on making people’s bus trips at least a tad more interesting and musical. 

What do you make of this? 

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