Taylor Swift Gifts & Hugs Kobe Bryant’s Daughter During Tour

 - Celebrities - Aug 4 2023 SHARE ON:
Taylor Swift Gifts & Hugs Kobe Bryant's Daughter During Tour

 ‘Anti Hero’ singer Taylor Swift shared a special moment with the late Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Bianka during her Eras Tour concert, gifting her ’22’ hat in front of thousands in attendance. 

The moment was captured by Bianka’s mum and wife of the late basketball player Vanessa as the singer performed the latest of her sold out show in Los Angeles. 

As part of her outfit, Swift wore a pork pie hat as she sang ’22’, inspired by the music video of the same song. The 33 year old singer recognised Kobe’s daughter and went on to place the hat on Bianka’s head before they shared a hug. 

This heart warming moment came after Bianka’s mother shared stories and posts to Instagram of the outfit she planned to wear. The jean jacket showed Kobe alongside Swift on her 1989 tour. 

Kobe unfortunately died in a helicopter crash along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna. The news of his death also prompted a post from Swift herself, expressing her condolences to the Bryant family. 


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Heat Related Hospital Admissions Up Ten Times From 2022

 - Health & Fitness - Aug 4 2023 SHARE ON:
Heat Related Hospital Admissions Up Ten Times From 2022

In July, the number of heat-related admissions at Mater Dei hospital increased tenfold compared to the previous year, as per health data reported by Times of Malta.

In June and July 2022, three and nine patients were respectively admitted with heat-related conditions.

However, during the same months in the current year, the numbers surged to five and 94 patients, experiencing similar heat-related symptoms.

Fortunately, no deaths linked to dehydration or hyperthermia were reported in June 2022 and June 2023. Yet, in July 2022, two deaths occurred, while a concerning 21 deaths were recorded in July 2023, with the National Mortality Register attributing them to dehydration or hyperthermia.

These fatalities happened amid a severe heatwave, compounded by prolonged power cuts in some regions. On July 24, the temperature reached a record 42.7°C, with a heat index of 44°C according to the Met Office.

Throughout the final days of July, health authorities consistently urged people to take necessary precautions and safeguard themselves from the adverse effects of the extreme heat.


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A Tale of Two Parties: Examining Reactions to Recent Surveys

 - Local - Aug 3 2023 SHARE ON:

Surveys, often regarded as barometers of public sentiment, can significantly impact political parties and their supporters. Recently, two Sunday newspapers in Malta (Malta Today and Times of Malta) published surveys gauging public opinion on the political landscape. We reached out to two Members of Parliament, Amanda Spiteri Grech from the Labour Party (PL), and Mark Anthony Sammut from the Nationalist Party (PN), to get their reactions to the survey results and to understand how they perceive their parties’ performance.


MP Amanda Spiteri Grech – Labour Party

When asked about her reaction to the surveys, Spiteri Grech responded with optimism and a strong focus on the future. She acknowledged the transient nature of survey results, emphasising that the ultimate judgment of a party’s performance comes on Election Day. She urged her party to continue working hard, inspiring people, and implementing necessary reforms. Her confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to effect positive change was evident as she highlighted the government’s track record of bringing about significant reforms and advancing social justice.

When questioned about the PN’s lack of significant growth despite the PL’s slight reduction in popularity, Spiteri Grech remained steadfast in her belief that the Labour Party’s work speaks for itself. She reiterated the importance of staying true to their core principles, and she attributed the PL’s success to their genuine beliefs and commitment to the welfare of the people. For Spiteri Grech, the Labour Party’s ability to bring about impactful changes in people’s lives and support families during challenging times differentiates them from their opponents.


MP Mark Anthony Sammut – Nationalist Party

Contrasting with Spiteri Grech’s optimism, Mark Anthony Sammut’s response centered on criticising the current government’s performance. He emphasised that the surveys demonstrate people’s growing realisation that the government has failed to improve their lives, and he pointed out economic and policy shortcomings that have negatively impacted citizens’ quality of life.

Sammut highlighted the Prime Minister’s decisions and certain incidents that have eroded public trust in the government. He expressed the belief that the mask of the current government has finally fallen, paving the way for the Nationalist Party to offer a viable alternative. Sammut acknowledged that the PN has work to do in convincing people that it can effectively lead and bring about positive change.

Regarding the PN’s limited growth despite the government’s decrease in popularity, Sammut attributed it to the longstanding perception that the PN was unlikely to win elections. However, with the possibility of the PN being a competitive force, he expressed hope that people will now pay more attention to the party’s proposals and vision for the future. Sammut sees this as a crucial opportunity to convince the public that the PN can offer a better quality of life and chart a different course for the country.

From the responses of Amanda Spiteri Grech and Mark Anthony Sammut, two distinct perspectives emerged. Spiteri Grech’s focus remained firmly on the Labour Party’s achievements and ongoing commitment to social justice and reforms. She exuded confidence in the party’s ability to inspire and connect with the people. On the other hand, Sammut’s response was characterised by criticism of the government’s performance and the PN’s ambition to present a credible alternative.


Examining and comparing their reactions:

Both MPs recognised the significance of the survey results, but their reactions highlighted the differing approaches of their respective parties. While the Labour Party stressed its track record and determination to continue working for the betterment of citizens’ lives, the Nationalist Party appeared more focused on leveraging the perceived shortcomings of the current government to present itself as a viable choice.

As the political landscape evolves, these contrasting reactions will undoubtedly play a role in shaping public perceptions and potentially influencing electoral outcomes. Ultimately, it will be the voters who determine which party’s approach resonates more closely with their hopes and aspirations for the future of Malta.



Mum Praised For Encouraging Son’s Merman Dream

 - Local - Aug 3 2023 SHARE ON:
Mum Praised For Encouraging Son's Merman Dream

Local mum influencer Danita Camilleri, known by her handle as ‘One Chick and a Yorkie’, was massively praised on social media for encouraging her son to be who he wants to be.

As summer rolled along, Lenny wanted to be a handsome merman whilst at the pool. Donning the costume of merfolk’s lower half, Lenny was happy to be splashing around and enjoy transforming in the mystical creature. 

‘If the ocean is filled with fish and you want to be a merman’, wrote Danita, ‘be you. Be happy and proud with who you are!’ 

Earlier in July, Danita had shared another photo of her son with mermaid and merman dolls, encouraging parents to let kids play with and however they wanted. 

‘Teach them to be themselves and not what society expects them to be. Teach them to not mind what people say at a young age and well into their adulthood.’ 

‘Let them be happy and let them play with whoever they want as kids do not know!’. 


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