Puppy with broken front legs handed to Association for Abandoned Animals

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Puppy with broken front legs handed to Association for Abandoned Animals

The NGO Association for Abandond Animals took to social media to share the story of Philip, a 6 month old dog with two broken front legs.

Philip was handed to Animal Welfare and now brought to AAA sanctuary. The latter forwarded the X-Rays handed by Animal Welfare to a vet, with the clinic making space for him so he could be operated. 

‘Thank you Dr Trevor’s Clinic. Thank you for being there in all of our emergency cases and all medical issues.’

The NGO expressed frustration at the constant influx of abandonment cases. People are reportedly throwing their dogs in the streets whilst others call animal welfare and sanctuaries ‘pretending they found a dog in the streets so they don’t go to the vet when their pet gets injured and then just buying a brand new dog.’ 

‘One vicious cruel cycle’ the AAA said, condemning it. 

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Clean Malta quickly on the job after Carnival celebrations

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Clean Malta, the Cleansing and Maintenance Division operating through the Tourism Ministry, were highly praised for their quick response in Valletta following the carnival celebrations. 

The division’s Ramon Deguara shared some images of division hard at work cleaning up the capital city to ensure that the next day, the festival goers will be greeted with a clean capital city! 

‘After every carnival event in Valletta and Floriana, we saw workers cleaning and washing all the zones involved in the carnival. A heartfelt thank you to all those working on these days’ he said. 


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Girl who claims to be Madeleine McCann alleges family asked for DNA test

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Girl who claims to be Madeleine McCann alleges family asked for DNA test

A woman named Julia Wandelt has taken the internet by storm with claims that she may actually be Madeleine McCann, the young British girl who went missing in Portugal in May 2007. 

Wandelt, a 21-year-old from Poland, says that she bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine and has a freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same places as the missing girl. 

She also claims that she has been contacted by the McCann family and has been asked to take a DNA test to prove her identity. 

Wandelt has created an Instagram account called @iammadeleinemcann, which has already gained more than 370,000 followers.

Wandelt’s claims have attracted the attention of the media and the public, with many people expressing their support for her and urging the McCann family to investigate her claims. 

On the other hand, many are simply not buying it. Still, most are concerned about the Polish girl’s situation due to worries of an actual kidnapping. 

There has been no official response from the McCanns, and it is unclear whether they will agree to a DNA test. Madeleine’s disappearance has remained a mystery for more than a decade, and Wandelt’s claims have raised new questions about what really happened to the young girl. 



93 kilometer indoor cycling super highway planned for Dubai

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93 kilometer indoor cycling super highway planned for Dubai

Dubai could be transformed into a hub for sustainability and wellness, thanks to URB, a Dubai-based development firm. 

URB has unveiled plans for two ambitious projects that are focused on the environment and aim to create a more sustainable future for the emirate.

One of the proposed developments, “The Loop,” is an indoor climate-controlled “sustainable urban highway” that would stretch over 93 kilometers and create a car-free green corridor for walking and cycling around the city. 

URB’s CEO, Baharash Bagherian, believes that if built, it would be the world’s smartest cycling and running infrastructure, and make Dubai the most connected city on Earth by foot or bike.

The second project, the “Agri Hub,” would be a massive agritourism site in the desert, covering roughly 40 hectares. It would host spaces for education and research, as well as eco-lodges, farm shops, and farm-to-table restaurants and cafes. 

The site is designed to be a benchmark for sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and green tourism in the region.

URB says both projects would be zero-waste, and on-site transport would be fossil-fuel-free, with its own biogas plant to generate energy from organic waste. Both projects would use recycled gray water for irrigation and feature drought-tolerant plants as well as rain gardens and bioretention areas that require no irrigation and create habitat for birds and insects.

URB is currently undertaking feasibility studies to establish the best site for the development of the Agri Hub, with construction planned to begin in 2024. Meanwhile, The Loop could be ready for Dubai’s cyclists and runners by 2040. URB hopes that these projects will put Dubai at the forefront of the world’s green economy, and create a more sustainable future for the city and its residents.

This comes as Maltese NGOs and activist continue to issue calls for better infrastructure for bike users on the islands due to severe accidents impacting those who utilise the alternative mode of transportation. 

Most recently, three groups came together to call for the urgent redesign of the Sir Temi Żammit Road in Mġarr by issuing an open letter to the Infrastructure and Transport authorities. 


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