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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas welcome first child via surrogate

Jan 22 2022 Share

Actress Priyanka Chopra and singer-songwriter Nick Jonas have welcomed their first child via surrogate, the couple revealed on Instagram.

In a screenshot from their notes, the couple stated: “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family”. They did not share their baby’s name or sex.

29-year-old Jonas and 39-year-old Chopra got married in 2018 in a luxurious three-day ceremony in India after first meeting in 2017. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Chopra had discussed them having a baby in the future but did not reveal that they were already expecting. “By God’s grace when it happens, it happens,” the Indian actress stated.

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Malta drops in ECDC concern list as national COVID-19 cases begin to decline

Jan 22 2022 Share

One month ago, Malta had the most concerning COVID-19 situation in Europe according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; the latest ratings have shown that Malta is now the second lowest in terms of concern.

The swift movement comes as a result of the substantial decline in Omicron cases after an alarming surge in December, where Malta had been given a 9 by the ECDC, the highest concern score across all of Europe. The most recent review puts Malta at 6.5, with only Austria achieving a better score at 5.8. Anything country scoring between 6.4 and 8.2 is still to be considered of “high” concern but it seems that Malta is moving in the right direction.

Scoring is based on a number of factors: case notification rates, testing rates and test positivity, rates of hospitalisation and intensive care admission, occupancy and mortality.

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Consumers in the EU shocked at energy price increases

Consumers in the EU shocked at energy price increases
Jan 21 2022 Share

Millions of consumers all throughout the EuroZone have been surprised by the great increase in the energy bills they are receiving. With some reporting a tripling of their normal bill, the Reuters News Agency said that the increases have shocked millions of consumers and several energy companies have gone bankrupt. 

This is because of increases in gas prices while others have passed the increases on to consumers. Families are finding it difficult to maintain heating and maintain driving costs, with increases also being forecast to impact economic growth in many countries. This is particularly prevalent due to the pandemic. 

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The report explained that during 2020, EuroZone families spent about an average of €1,200 annually in energy and gas bills. According to BofA analysts, it is expected o go up to €1,850, mostly due to geopolitical tensions expected to impact prices for natural gas. 

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National Football Centre in Ta’ Qali approved for development

National Football Centre in Ta’ Qali approved for development
Jan 21 2022 Share

The Malta Football Association has revealed that the Planning Authority approved the full development permit for the construction of a National Football Centre in Ta’ Qali. 

The project consists in the construction of a set of facilities that would be the home of the Malta National Football Teams, ‘from the very early ages through a development pathway to the elite.’ 

The Malta Football Association states that it will also feature ‘the latest in sports science research labs, medical facilities, physiotherapy clinic, gymnasium, dressing rooms, catering facilities, multi-function meeting and lecture rooms, relaxation room and technical offices’. 

Designed with ‘environment protection and sustainability in mind’, the facility is also set to serve as the home of the development arm of the Association, the Inħobb il-Futbol Foundation. 

The foundation is still in its early stages but is considered as a key pillar of the MFA’s strategy and its task with implementing a performance strategy through a unified football philosophy, increasing participation levels, protection player welfare and enhancing the social mission through football. 

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