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Ronaldo signs for Al-Nassr

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a two-year deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.

The Portuguese star, was a free agent after his contract at Manchester United was mutually terminated.

Ronaldo had previously turned down a £305m Saudi Arabia move in the summer and has now signed a similar deal reported to be paying him around 200 million per year.

 

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Malta’s National Costume for Miss Universe – THE MALTESE LIRA

 - Art - Dec 30 SHARE ON:
The National Costume with which Maxine Formosa Gruppetta will be representing Malta at the 71st Miss Universe on January 14th has been revealed. She will be leaving Malta on January 4th and head all the way to New Orleans, USA, to represent Malta against 86 countries from all around the world. Miss Universe is the most followed beauty pageant in the World. Alan J. Darmanin is the National Director of Malta at Miss Universe.
The inspiration behind the costume is the Maltese Lira, which was the currency of Malta from 1972 to 2007, after which it was replaced by Euro.
THE DRESS, which is a collection piece from worldwide renowned Maltese fashion designer duo ‘Charles & Ron’ depicts the LM 10 banknote which has been digitally manipulated into graphic design. Banknotes issued by the Government of Malta and then by the Central Bank of Malta were written in English up to 1972. From 1973 to 1985, they were written in Maltese on the obverse (with the currency identified as “lira”), and in English on the reverse (identifying the currency as pound). From 1986 to 2007, Maltese was used on both sides.
THE JEWELLERY, which are collection pieces from popular Maltese sibling jewellery makers with their brand name ‘Carisma Collections’, depicts the coins used in the Maltese Lira currency. A new coinage was issued in 1986 in denominations of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c and Lm 1. A third series was introduced in 1991 due to the change in Malta’s coat of arms. The one of a kind statement set of earrings consist of 2 Cents Maltese coins issued in 1995, which symbolize the Peace and Prosperity of an olive tree alongside their brand logo signifying Diversity, Charisma & Self-Love. Other coins depict the octagonal shape Maltese 25 Cent which displays a typical Maltese coastal scene including a rising sun and a traditional Maltese boat – The “Luzzu”, the Great Siege Monument and Queen Penthesilea depicting the ‘Woman as Hero’.
THE BIG BACK PIECE, in the shape of a coin, depicts the Maltese coat of arms, which signifies the Courage & Determination of the Maltese nation, which is found on the back side of some of the Maltese Lira Coins. The 2000 on the coin symbolizes the year of birth of Miss Universe Malta 2022 – Maxine Formose Gruppetta!
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The famous faces we lost in 2022

 - Celebrities - Dec 30 SHARE ON:
The famous faces we lost in 2022

Queen Elizabeth (1926-2022): The longest reigning British monarch whose death shocked the entire world. Died aged 96 on September 8th. 

Taylor Hawkins (1972-2022): Foo Fighters’ drummer and rock ’n’ roll icon. Died aged 50 in March. 

Robbie Coltrane (1950-2022): The iconic actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series. Died aged 72 on October 14th. 

Meat Loaf (1947-2022): Bat Out Of Hell rock singer with a larger than life personality. Died aged 74 on January 20th. 

Christine McVie (1943-2022): Fleetwood Mac songwriter behind hits such as ‘The Chain’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’. Died aged 79 on November 30th. 

Shane Warne (1969-2022): Cricketing world icon, spin bowler and former Australian cricket captan. Died aged 52 on March 4th. 

Dame Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022): Australian Grease star and Hopelessly Devoted singer. Died aged 73 on August 8th.

Pele (1940-2022): Iconic football legend and the only footballer to win 3 World Cups in his lifetime. Died aged 82 on December 29th.

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World famous Instagram creator leaves positive notes all over Malta

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World famous Instagram creator leaves positive notes all over Malta

Andy Leek, who leaves notes to strangers all over the world wherever he goes, is currently in Malta and undertaking his mission on the island. 

 

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Leek’s site explains his mission, called ‘notestostrangers’, as ‘a project started after experiencing a mental health issue’ which he used to ‘try to help strangers that might be having a hard time.’

Leek has already left various notes all over Malta: ‘Allow the adversity to strengthen your resolve’ reads one. Another next to the Mediterranean Conference Centre reads:

‘It might just be an off day. Tomorrow might feel completely different’. Another cheekier one reads The ability to ignore is extremely useful’. 

 

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Leek has already made waves abroad, being interviewed by BBC News and London Live. Boasting 112K followers, Leek has created a movement through these little notes to encourage people to stay strong and giving them little motivational boosts in times of hardship.

 

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