Sweden’s Loreen re-enters global Spotify charts at #103

 - Music - May 12 2023 SHARE ON:
Sweden's Loreen re-enters global Spotify charts at #103

Following a goosebump inducing performance during the first Eurovision 2023 semifinal, Sweden’s Loreen and her song ‘Tattoo’ has just made a re-entry onto the global Spotify charts with #103. 

‘Tattoo’ is the only Eurovision song on the Global Top 200 Spotify Chart, with the song being streamed over 1.4 million times on the music platform following her performance. 

With 55 million streams on the platform alone as of time of the time of writing, Tattoo is also the #91 on the Global Shazam Chart. 

Loreen, who has already won the Eurovision with her song Euphoria, is one of the favourites to take the award again this year, having left many absolutely dumbfounded with the return of her voice to the massive stage. 


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Games of Small States of Europe announce Maltese athletes

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Games of Small States of Europe announce Maltese athletes

The Maltese Olympic Committee announced the names of team Malta, who will be representing XIX Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) on home turf. 

Starting on the 29th of May, Malta will be represented by a mix of highly experienced medal winners to younger athletes making their debut at the GSSE.

The cohort is made up of some of the very best Malta has to offer. 

Announcing the Maltese squad, MOC Director of Sport Charlene Attard, outlined the technical preparation and selection process which has been ongoing for the past months to ensure that the athletes forming part of team Malta are in excellent form. 

“Athletes who were vying for a place on Team Malta have worked very hard to achieve this much-awaited call. Their preparation has been meticulous and well planned and we look forward to seeing the results of their hard work in the coming weeks” remarked Attard.

The official announcement was also attended by Chef de Mission Paul Sultana and MOC President Pace Bonello. Both levied praised at the athletes and appealed for the public to show their support for these representatives. 

Here are the athletes: 


Claire Azzopard, Luke Bezzina, Lisa Bezzina, Nikolai Bonello, Rosalie Borg, Mireya Bugeja, Steve Camilleri, Luke Camilleri, Mireya Cassar, Dillon Cassar, Antonella Chouhal, Joelle Cortis, Alessia Cristina, Peppijna Dalli, Jean Paul Debono, Gaetano Di Franco, Luke Farrugia, Matthew Galea Soler, Ian Paul Grech, Beppe Grillo, Sana Grillo, Jordan Gusman, Armani James, Dario Mangion, Claire McNamara, Gina McNamara, Lloyd Mhiripiri, Jared Micallef, Benjamin Micallef, Josepha Micallef , Luke Micallef Perconte, Bradley Mifsud, Rachela Pace, Thea Parnis Colerio, Graham Pellegrini, Janet Richard, Daniel Saliba, RebeccaSare’, Carla Scicluna, Martha Spiteri, SimonSpiteri, Kay Testa, Charlotte Wingfield, Jeremy Zammit


Kris Bartolo, Isaac Bezzina, Francesca Catania, Kirsty Cauchi, Katryna Esposito, Sadek Khalaf, Valerian Ogbaidze, James Zahra


Lacey Aquilina, Shaun Aquilina, Samantha Axisa, Jacob Azzopardi, Isaac Azzopardi, Aly Badawy, Nicolai Bartolo, Julia Borg, Kurt Borg, Katrina Briffa, Laidon Buhagiar, Mia Busuttil, Matthew Cachia Debono, Ryder Croft, Ella Demicoli, Alexandr Denisiuc, Emily Fenech, Matthew Flores, Crispin Gauci Peresso, Marianne Heller, Jake Mallia, Gary Mercieca, Lara Merten, Katrina Micallef, Jonas Micallef, Michela Mifsud , Gregory Mifsud Orlando, Michela Mizzi, Aleksandra Nagrudnaia, Maria Nagrudnaya, Dimitrios Pipi – Vertsonis, Maya Podesta, Leonardo Procopio, Luke Rausi, Matthias Spiteri, Tomek Vaccaro, Timmy Vassallo, Benjamin Vassallo, Sophie Villette, Jean Zahra


Marcello Attard, Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri, Eleanor Bezzina, Mariah Busuttil, William Chetcuti, Clive Farrugia, James Galea, Mikela Galea, Matthew Grech, Nico Sciberras, William Vella.


Bradley Deguara Hindle, Annabelle Diamantino, Niall Engerer, Amke Fischer, Dean Gera, Kresten Hougaard, Johanna Rizzo, Mattea Saliba, Julian Scerri, Duncan Stahl, Colette Sultana, Lijana Sultana, Kijan Sultana, Daniel Zammit-Lewis.


Mya Azzopardi, Victoria Balderacchi, Georgia Bohl, Dylan Cachia, Nathan Cachia, Sarah Demicoli, Francesca Falzon Young, Matthew Galea, Maya Galea, Sasha Gatt, Andrea Mallia, Simon Mallia, Nathan McCleve, Amy Micallef, Nirvana Micallef, Kyle Micallef, Michela Portelli, Rudi Spiteri, Michael Stafrace, Raoul Stafrace, Sean Wareing, Thomas Wareing, Thomas Woods.

Table Tennis

Daniel Bajada, Anthea Cutajar, Gabriel Grixti, Camella Iacob, Viktoria Lucenkova, Dmitrij Prokopcov, Renata Strbikova, Felix Wetzel,


Matthew Asciak, Francesca Curmi, Alex DeGabriele, Liam Delicata, Elaine Genovese, Emma Montebello, Matija Pecotic, Helen Pellicano.

For the two team sports, Basketball and Rugby 7s, a provisional squad has been selected, with the final squads being announced closer to the Games.


1,000 duplicate tax refund cheques mistakenly posted

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1,000 duplicate tax refund cheques mistakenly posted

It was revealed by the Commissioner for Revenue that 1,000 duplicate cheques were printed and posted by mistake during the printing process of the tax refund cheques. 

952 of these were addressed to people living in Marsaxlokk, with 48 others to people living in Żebbuġ. 

Those who received the cheques by mistake will be receiving instructions by mail as to how to return the extra cheque. Banks have been reportedly notified to issue a stop payment on these same cheques. 



Grant Thornton donates laptops to disadvantaged young people

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Grant Thornton donates laptops to disadvantaged young people

In support of the Malta Trust Foundation’s ‘Your Device Your Right’ initiative, Grant Thornton Malta decided to donate 50 of its decommissioned laptops as one of its CSR initiatives. 

Her Excellency and President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca was presented with the laptops by Chris Farrugia, Partner responsible for IT at Grant Thornton Malta. 

“We make sure that our employees always have the best technology to work with, so we rotate laptops within the firm regularly and the laptops we are donating can now be used further by those in need,” said Chris Farrugia, who heads the IT department responsible for maintaining the hardware resources of the firm. 

“Sustainability is one of the Grant Thornton strategic pillars, as such we make sure that our IT hardware is not just disposed of in landfills, but if they are still in good working condition, they are given a second lease of life through projects like “Your Device Your Right. Furthermore, through this initiative, we will also be supporting disadvantaged students whose families do not afford to purchase a laptop, to further their education and succeed in life,” said Charmaine Farrugia, General Manager at Grant Thornton Malta. 

H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has stated “I commend Grant Thornton Malta for their foresight. Through this donation, the company not only is contributing towards a more sustainable future and achieving its corporate social responsibility, but it is making a difference in the lives of so many vulnerable children. 

My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Mr Joe Pullicino, Mr Chris Farrugia and Ms Charmaine Farrugia, for their generosity and thoughtfulness.”


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