Riots run rampant in France as government increases retirement age to 64

 - International - Mar 17 SHARE ON:

Large crowds of protestors clashed with French police this week after the French government forced through a pension age increase bill without a parliamentary vote.


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Waves of protestors met on Place de la Concorde after the retirement age was increased from 62 to 64, with initial plans sparking a wave of political debate and strikes across the nation.

Following the decision, thousands took to the streets of Paris and other cities to express the rejection of the move, raising union flags to the sky as they sang the national anthem. As the evening fell, fires were lit at Place de la Concorde as police with riots shields and batons sprayed tear gas to clear the square.

Paris police told AFP new agency that 120 people were arrested by nightfall.

As trade unions maintain their position on such a change, another day of demonstrations is reportedly scheduled for Thursday 23rd March.


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Maltese minister Clifton Grima appointed Chairperson amongst EU Socialists & Democrats group

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Maltese minister Clifton Grima appointed Chairperson amongst EU Socialists & Democrats group

Maltese Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima has been selected as Chairperson amongst all European education ministers forming part of the EU group of Socialists and Democrats.

This is the first time a Maltese Education Minister occupied such a prestigious role, with the minister himself pledging to strive to keep Malta on the forefront whilst creating the best opportunities for youth.

Through this new role, Grima will play an important part within the EU Socialist and Democrat group, moderating informal meetings amongst fellow education minister ahead of formal meetings within the Council of Europe.

“This is only possible by ensuring accessibility and abilities which, in turn, our children can develop entirely with them”, Grima wrote in a recent Facebook post.



AIDAN drops tracklist for debut album ahead of 31st March release date

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As AIDAN continues to tease the March 31st release of his debut album ‘This is Aidan’, the local singer-songwriter has dropped a new video revealing the tracklist.

With intense, pumpy music in the background, the video gave a track-by-track rundown of what fans can expect from the local favourite’s upcoming album.

With new tracks like Pupa, Sweet Talk, Blu, Loving Myself, Strawberry and Hey Anna alongside beloved singles like Ritmu, Reġina and Naħseb Fik, as well as the collaboration with Ira Losco ‘RIP’, Aidan’s loyal fanbase is definitely in for a treat.

Malta’s own pop queen Ira Losco even took to the comments in anticipation of the artist’s release and their collaboration, commenting “Hard work pays off! Well Done!”

Which track are you most looking forward to?


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Billie Eilish makes acting debut as new thriller TV show trailer drops

 - TV - Mar 17 SHARE ON:
Billie Eilish makes acting debut as new horror TV show trailer drops

After reaching global superstardom, Billie Eilish seems to have started completing side quests, making her acting debut on brand new thriller show ‘Swarm’.

The Swarm trailer shows Eilish delivering a dark, chilling performance alongside co-stars Dominique Fishback and Rickey Thomson, with Chloe Bailey, Damson Idris, Nirine S. Brown and Paris Jackson.

As soon as the trailer dropped, fans of the 21-year-old chart-topper set Twitter ablaze with tweets hyping up her appearance. Notably, one user suggested that Eilish may be on her way to be the youngest person to ever receive an EGOT: the acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Swarm, which is co-created by Janine Nabers and multi-faceted Donald Glover, tells the story of a young woman who is obsessed with a non-existent popstar, with a fanbase known as the swarm.

The project will air on Prime Video and if the creators’ past accomplishments are anything to go by, we are in for a treat.


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