Study Exposes Smartphone Dependency In Parenting

 - News - Aug 26 2023 SHARE ON:

An astounding 43% of parents are utterly clueless about how previous generations managed to raise children before the advent of smartphones.

This alarming statistic emerged from a UK-based study conducted by OnePoll.com, in collaboration with the renowned phone company Three UK, leaving experts flabbergasted.

This new research has spotlighted the unprecedented role that these pocket-sized devices play in modern parenting. The study delved deep into the habits of 1,000 respondents with children aged 6 and under, revealing a dependency on smartphones that has left many scratching their heads.

Gone are the days of relying on traditional parenting wisdom, as the study uncovered that moms and dads now resort to their trusty smartphones for a wide array of parenting tasks. Whether it’s shopping for their little ones or seeking advice on child-rearing conundrums, these handheld gadgets have become an integral part of the parental toolkit. Astoundingly, parents reportedly use their smartphones up to a staggering 77 times a week in their quest for guidance.

In fact, an overwhelming 61% of respondents attested that their smartphones were the most helpful tool in their child-rearing journey, overshadowing age-old wisdom passed down through generations.

The study found that a staggering 34% of parents have had to increase their data plans to accommodate their skyrocketing phone usage. In an era of boundless connectivity, most parents confessed to exceeding their data limits by a substantial five gigabytes each month. 

The study uncovered that a whopping 36% of parents attribute their data usage to downloading and streaming content for their little ones. With an astonishing average of 12 hours of streamed content each week, it’s clear that screens have taken center stage in the world of modern childhood entertainment.


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Collaboration in Heart of Local Communities: A Proactive Approach to Crime Prevention

 - Local - Aug 26 2023 SHARE ON:

The diligent efforts of the Police Force in local communities remain a cornerstone of their daily operations, as they continue to employ a proactive strategy to prevent crime and ensure public safety. Through a multi-faceted approach, law enforcement units are working together to carry out regular checks and inspections aimed at maintaining order and swiftly addressing any potential threats.

Integral to this effort are the District and Community Police teams, whose primary focus lies within the heart of cities and villages, where they engage with residents, monitor activities, and respond swiftly to emerging issues. These units are augmented by specialised teams that collaborate with the Police on a daily basis, contributing to a comprehensive and coordinated approach to maintaining law and order.

One significant aspect of these operations is the inspection and monitoring of immigration-related matters. The Police, working in tandem with officers from the Detention Services, conduct thorough inspections that encompass residences, vehicles, and specific areas. Recent immigration-related checks were conducted in various localities including Marsa, Qormi, Wied il-Għajn, and Birżebbuġa.

Individuals found to be residing irregularly in Malta are swiftly detained and transferred to the Detention Centre. From there, arrangements are made for their repatriation to their country of origin or another suitable destination where they can legally reside. The diverse nationalities encountered in the recent inspections reflect the complex nature of immigration, with individuals hailing from Serbia, Morocco, Syria, Ghana, Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, and Guinea.

Collaboration with various entities is a recurring theme in the Police’s efforts, highlighting their commitment to a multi-agency approach to tackling a range of issues. For instance, in matters related to road safety and the enforcement of traffic laws, joint efforts are undertaken with Transport Malta and LESA (Land and Transport Authority). This synergy allows for a more comprehensive approach to maintaining order on the roads and ensuring public safety.

This proactive strategy forms an essential part of the Police’s commitment to the communities they serve. Through their presence, education, and swift actions when necessary, they are not only deterring criminal activities but also fostering a sense of security and public order.

As the Police continue to work closely with local communities, other agencies, and stakeholders, their dedication to preventing crime and ensuring the well-being of citizens remains steadfast. The message is clear: by working hand in hand, they are building safer neighbourhoods and sending a resounding signal in favour of public order and security.

Photos: Uffiċċju tal-Komunikazzjoni, Il-Korp tal-Pulizija ta’ Malta.


Donald Trump Faces Charges And Has First Mugshot Taken

 - Celebrities - Aug 26 2023 SHARE ON:

The unprecedented arrest of former US President Donald Trump marked the first time that a former US president’s mugshot has been taken.

The arrest unfolded with Trump being required to post a bail bond of $200,000 to secure his release from an Atlanta jail, where he will remain while awaiting trial.

Reacting to his arrest, Trump labeled the case as “a travesty of justice.” This marked his fourth arrest within five months in connection with various criminal cases, yet it was the first instance of him being subjected to a police booking photo.

Following his release, Trump resurfaced on X, his first post since January 2021. He shared his website’s address and the recently taken mugshot, accompanied by a message in all capital letters: “Election interference. Never surrender!”

This incident places Donald Trump among the ranks of notable American public figures who have been captured in arrest booking photos, a list that includes names like Frank Sinatra, Al Capone, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Trump asserts that the charges against him are politically motivated, given his prominent role in leading the Republican race to challenge President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in the upcoming presidential election.

The legal charges stem from his alleged interference in Georgia’s election aftermath, following his narrow defeat by President Biden by less than 12,000 votes in the state. The crux of the accusations revolves around a phone call during which Mr. Trump reportedly pressured Georgia’s top election official to “find 11,780 votes” during the vote counting process.

Among the 13 charges he faces are racketeering, solicitation of a public official to violate their oath of office, conspiracy to impersonate a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery, and making false statements. Despite the gravity of these charges, Trump adamantly denies all counts.

With his bail release come restrictions that prevent him from intimidating witnesses or co-defendants through any form of communication, including social media. He is also prohibited from direct communication with his co-defendants, except through legal representatives.


Two Separate Robberies in Msida & Żurrieq Cause Concern Amongst Residents

 - Local - Aug 26 2023 SHARE ON:

The peaceful town of Żurrieq bore witness to a disturbing incident that has sent shockwaves through the community. Police were urgently summoned to a gold shop located on Triq Dun Ġużepp Żammit, responding to reports of a robbery in progress.

Upon arrival, officers were met with a locked door, behind which they could glimpse a man bound and bearing visible injuries. Swift action was taken as a medical team and members from the Department of Civil Protection were called to the scene to render assistance.

The man, suffering from his injuries, was carefully transported to Mater Dei Hospital for immediate medical attention.

Two individuals had forcibly entered the shop, overpowered the man, and subjected him to a distressing ordeal. The criminals made away with multiple valuable items before fleeing the scene. 

The victim, a 67-year-old resident of Fgura, endured serious injuries as a result of the robbery.

The severity of the incident prompted Police Magistrate Victor Axiak to be informed and an inquiry to be initiated.

Simultaneously, Msida found itself grappling with its own criminal incident, albeit of a different nature.

The robbery occurred on Triq il-Makna tas-Serrar, prompting police intervention and a sense of alarm among residents.

According to preliminary information, a man entered a shop wearing a beret, glasses, and a mask, projecting an air of intimidation. He immediately confronted the cashier, a 32-year-old Indian resident of Msida, and demanded money while resorting to threats of violence. The perpetrator’s menacing behaviour escalated as he menaced the cashier by threatening to throw acid on him.

In a swift but daring act, the thief made off with a sum of cash before fleeing the scene, leaving both the victim and the community in shock.

Thankfully, no physical injuries were sustained during the incident. Law enforcement agencies immediately launched an investigation to track down the criminal and prevent further acts of this nature.

Once again, Police Magistrate Victor Axiak was informed and an inquiry was established to guide the investigation.


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