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River Thames full of marine life after pronounced biologically dead

River Thames full of marine life after pronounced biologically dead
Dec 27 2021 Share

The UK’s river Thames was declared biologically dead back in 1957, but recent reports conducted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) highlighted the positive changes that happened since. 

According to the new study, the river has been revived with hundreds of wildlife species calling the London river home. This is around 60 years after the sad announcement was made about the body of water. 

The first major report into the state of the Thames in 60 years estimated that 115 species of fish can be found in the river. Now, it is housing seahorses, eels, seals and even shark species such as tope, starry smooth hound and spur dog sharks. 

Even an increase in birds and other species has been noted since the 1990s. A massive contributor to this could be the improvement of water quality, as dissolved oxygen concentration shows an increase from 2007 to last year. 

Unfortunately, climate change and sewage still remain the two biggest threats to the river. The former has increased the river’s temperature by 2 degrees annually and led to higher water levels which could impact wildlife.

Sewage discarded into the the river also raises concerns, as unfortunately nitrates from sewage are getting worse. This can cause algal blooms which are rapidly growing amounts of algae. This reduces oxygen in the water, possibly suffocating marine animals. 

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Lawyer Franco Debono speaks out against vaccine mandate

Lawyer Franco Debono speaks out against vaccine mandate
Dec 27 2021 Share

Taking to Facebook, lawyer Franco Debono expressed his disagreement with the government’s decision to make vaccination mandatory for most establishments. 

He opened his post by stating that he is not against vaccination and he is in favour of freedom of choice. ‘Whoever wants to take the jab, may do so. Whoever doesn’t, doesn’t.’

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However, he said that it will not bode well if the government is ‘sneakily’ taking the road of mandatory vaccination. 

He went on to ask several questions about the rate of hospitalisations and the alleged lesser impact of the newly discovered Omicron variant. He reiterated his initial statement calling for people to make their own choices in regards to vaccination. 

He concluded his post by suggesting that the government seems to be ‘making up’ for the ‘pathetic restrictions’ by having the people make do with their mistakes. 

The post was met with mixed reactions as some agreed with Debono whilst others criticised several aspects of the post. What do you think? 

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Photo Source: Franco Debono FB

Owning an android is officially 2021’s biggest turnoff apparently

Owning an android is officially 2021’s biggest turnoff apparently
Dec 27 2021 Share

Despite the battle between iPhone and Android raging on for years, a new survey has revealed the status of how the devices fit into the dating game. 

British dating app POM surveyed around 3,000 people to see what gives them the ‘ick.’ For those unfamiliar, the ‘ick’ is kind of like a red flag detector – a feeling that you get about a prospective partner that tells you something is off. 

Out of all the things that could possibly turn someone off, it seems like owning an Android phone is the top of people’s lists. It overcame every other category, including social media (or lack thereof), clothing, speech, etc. 

Why this is the case is beyond us, but running close to this was people who use pet names or talk about oneself in third person. People who wore muscle fit shirts also ended up high on the ‘ick’ list. 

78% of women found their partner’s refusal to learn how to drive the biggest ick, whereas 74% of men found dirty or unpainted nails as a turn off. 

Interestingly, over half of singles over 30 said it was awful if their partner had a TikTok account. Respondents under 21 found it a huge red flag if a date didn’t have a social media account on the likes of Facebook or Instagram. 

Here are some more ‘icks’ people listed: speaking in slang, smoking, laughing at your own jokes, getting food stuck in your teeth, singing wrong lyrics and incorrectly wearing a face mask.

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Photo Source: The Conversation, Android Authority

Anyone over the age of 18 can now apply for booster shot

Anyone over the age of 18 can now apply for booster shot
Dec 27 2021 Share

Registrations for all residents over the age of 18 to apply for their booster COVID-19 doses are officially open as of today. 

Only open to over 35s until Sunday, Malta’s booster campaign has now been extended to all adults. This comes after new rules were announced last week by Health Minister Chris Fearne.

As of today, all events must be in seated formats and all establishments must close by 1 am. These regulations will remain in force until at least January 17th, when access to cafes, restaurants and other such establishments will be restricted to holders of a valid vaccine certificate. 

Certificates will thus come with an expiry date as of that date, with certificates lapsing after three months of the final dose or nine months after receiving the booster. 

Healthcare workers are also vaccinating kids aged five to 11, with authorities saying they want to offer every child an initial dose by the end of the Christmas holidays. 

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Photo Source: Chris Fearne FB