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The future of Europe? No more planes, just trains.

The future of Europe? No more planes, just trains.
Mar 8 2023 Share

Europe is looking to completely ditch air travel, or at least restrict it, and switch all main travel to trains. 

With environmental groups putting pressure on travellers and companies to seek greener options, many in Europe have began their search for an extensive rail network to replace short haul air travel. 

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Airlines like KLM have already entered into rail partnerships on certain routes, and countries like Austria and France are also seeking to restrict internal routes where trains are available. 

Many of the changes being suggested and adopted are not quick solutions, so this vision might still be far off in the future of Europe. 

What could be some of the obstacles? High prices and low frequencies currently remain an obstacle to getting more people to switch from flying. 

Better connectivity between intercity rail and airports would also reduce the need for short haul flights, but this would require airlines and airport operators to cooperate better together. 

2023 kicked off with a new legislation promised in France which would ban short haul flights on a number of domestic routes. For the ban to apply, the EU insisted the air route in question have a high speed rail alternative. 

But the EU Commission massively watered down the plans, making this bill a rather symbolic move rather than one which actually aids sustainability.

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Group push to flip over-turned car at Sliema Strand

Group push to flip over-turned car at Sliema Strand
Mar 8 2023 Share

Footage sent to this newsroom shows a group of individuals trying, and succeeding, to flip an over-turned car after it seemingly crashed on the side of the road.

The incident reportedly happened at the Sliema Strand at around 2245hrs.

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It is unclear whether anyone was injured in the incident. This is a developing story. 

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Suite Life on Deck? You can actually live on this cruise ship for €28,000 per year

Mar 8 2023 Share

Whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all fantasised about living on a cruise ship some time or other. Disney fans of the mid-2000s have all seen the fun, albeit cartoonish times enjoyed by Zack and Cody and thanks to Life at Sea Cruises, that could actually become a reality.

Embarking on a three-year escape with Life at Sea Cruises will cost you a cool $30,000 (€28,468.50), with the cruise company opening bookings for the journey on their MV Gemini, setting sail from Istanbul on November 1.

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That’s right, November 1. So in 8 months, you would have to get your passport, documentation, vaccinations and remote working setups in order ASAP.

You would definitely reap the benefits though, with the company promising tick off 375 international ports, 135 countries and all seven continents, enjoying the views of iconic landmarks like Rio de Janeiro’s Chris the Redeemer, the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China, in addition to 103 “tropical islands” to name a few.

With the cruise ship decked out with all the necessary amenities, including restaurants, entertainment, remote working facilities, a business library, hospital and lounge, now is the time to dive into the experience.

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3 out of 30 proposals from Femifesto tackled by Maltese government

3 out of 30 proposals from Femifesto tackled by Maltese government
Mar 8 2023 Share

The Malta Women’s Lobby (MWL) revealed during a press conference yesterday that, out of around 30 proposals issued in 2022 via the FEMIFfesto, only 3 were seriously tackled by Malta’s government. 

The update to the proposal list for International Women’s Day 2023 revealed that the proposals were sent to all political parties and were also presented to newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality Rebecca Buttigieg. 

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Out of 30 proposals, only the following 3 were implemented: 

First was the call to introduce murder ‘with femicidal intent’ which allows the judges to consider the highest form of punishment (life imprisonment) whilst removing the argument of ‘crime of passion’ as a defence in such cases. 

Second was the increase in paternity leave from 1 to 10 days and finally was the launch of a Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2027. ‘This means that the rest were ignored.’ 

Among the other proposals which the MWL states were ignored are:

  • Ensuring that migrant mothers housed in open centres are well supported with childcare services in order to allow them the possibility to enter the labour market.
  • Removing VAT on sanitary products and provide free contraception.
  • Introducing an office to settle cases related to equality issues between men and women. 
  • Introducing the Equality Model which criminalises the buyers, and reduces the demand for trafficked women and girls.
  • Giving more attention and teacher training on adopting gender equality and gender-neutral approaches. 
  • New quotas, incentives and sanctions on private sector to ensure at least 30% of board members are women or from least represented gender. 

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