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Romanian billionaire and his family die in Milan plane crash

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Romanian billionaire and his family die in Milan plane crash

A horrific plane crash resulted in the deaths of Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, his wife, son and five others aboard the light aircraft. The plane, a single-engine Pilatus PC-12, crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday after taking off from the Linate airport shortly after 1pm. It was heading for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia, but crashed just a few minutes later in San Donato Malinese, with aviation agency ANSV opening an investigation. 

Witnesses claimed that the aircraft was already in flames before it crashed into an office building which was thankfully empty due to ongoing renovations. Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men, heading a construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. His wife, 65, and son, 30, were killed, along with a child. 

May they all rest in peace.

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You can cross Malta 30 times on a single charge of this new electric car

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You can cross Malta 30 times on a single charge of this new electric car

The Lucid Air Dream Edition was recently rated by the Environmental Protection Agency with an estimated driving range of 520 miles on a full charge. This is the longest range of any battery-powered car yet rated by the EPA, including Tesla’s Model S Long Range. The Air goes an estimated 115 miles farther on a charge than the Tesla variant, going every farther than most gasoline cars go on a full tank. 

For any locals considering getting their hands on this $169,000 vehicle, this means that you can cross Malta from side to side around 30.5 times on a single charge. Lucid’s chief executive Peter Rawlinson however stated that the distance isn’t actually important. Rawlinson thinks that efficiency will determine the winners and losers of the electric car future. The greater energy efficiency will make such vehicles more accessible at all price ranges. 

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Rape victim’s interview by authorities postponed by over a year and raises concerns

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Rape victim’s interview by authorities postponed by over a year and raises concerns

Deep concern has been expressed by the Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) over alleged reports that police took well over a year to hear a rape victim’s story. The association released a statement on Monday highlighting how ‘cases like this demonstrate the importance of having a victim-focused criminal justice system. The #MeToo movement made it clear that society needs a culture where victims, especially women and children, are given a space to be heard.’ 

Times of Malta released a story claiming that a woman was brutally sexually assaulted for around an hour, but has been waiting for over a year to tell authorities the story. The assault occurred in June 2020, but police are yet to interview her. MASW said that despite advocating for victims to have a voice with authorities, such cases show the exact opposite. This creates more barriers for victims and, despite applauding the creation of the Victims Support Unity, it maintains more needs to be done. 

MASW is hoping that this particular case is investigate without further delay and the victim is interviewed. Failure to do so, the association says, will continue to cause victim to re-live trauma induced because of the assault. The Malta Women’s Lobby also denounced the indifference shown by the police. Also thanking authorities who helped the victim during the assault, the lobby also points to the inaction over such a lengthy period as being unacceptable. 

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6-year-old grievously injured in dog attack

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6-year-old grievously injured in dog attack

Police reports have revealed that a 6-year-old boy was grievously injured after being attacked and bitten by a dog. The police were informed yesterday at around 15:45hrs that assistance was needed in the family park in Triq Sant’Antnin, Wied il-Ghajn. 

A medical team and an ambulance convened on the site, taking the child to Mater Dei Hospital. There, the boy, whose identity has not been disclosed, was certified as having suffered injuries of a grievous nature. Police investigations are still ongoing. It is also unknown whether the dog was a stray or belonged to an owner, and what lead to the attack.

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