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TikTok beats Google as most visited internet website

TikTok beats Google as most visited internet website
Dec 24 2021 Share

TikTok has, for the first time ever, surpassed both Facebook and Google as the most popular internet website. According to a technology firm tracking online activity called Cloudfare, TikTok was deemed to be the most visited website and most widely used social media platform. The ranking is based on how much web traffic a site generated in 2021. 

TikTok was launched back in 2016 by Chinese startup ByteDance, garnering massive attention a year later when it bought rival app Musical.ly. Popularity surged in the US in 2020, with some of the platform’s most iconic videos hitting the web. 

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Despite garnering massive attention, TikTok never rose higher than Number 7 in web traffic. This changed in 2021, with it’s top spot achieved in February for a day. After that, it constantly rose to the top, keeping it steady by August. According to Cloudfare, more than 1 billion users sign on to scroll TikTok monthly, most of them kids or teenagers. It has also notably led to the rise of several artists and stars, including Lil Nas X. 

TikTok was followed by Google and Facebook in 2nd and 3rd place. Netflix follows Amazon in 7th and 6th place respectively, with YouTube in 8th place. In terms of social media platforms, Facebook remains one of the most widely used platforms, outranked only by TikTok in 2021. YouTube, Twitter and Instagram follow suit in 3rd, 4th and 5th place. 

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The Omicron variant is in Malta: what do we know about it?

The Omicron variant is in Malta: what do we know about it?
Dec 23 2021 Share

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne addressed a press conference revealing that Malta has registered its first two cases of the Omicron variant, whilst also reaching a record-high daily case number with 733… but what do we know about the Omicron variant?

While the heavily-mutated variant was declared ‘of concern’ by the World Health Organization, recent studies have shown that the Omicron COVID-19 variant has less severe consequences on people’s health.

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Early results have shown that hospital treatment is required less when individuals contract the Omicron variant, as opposed to other variants, with a decrease of up to 70% on occasion. Despite this, concerns remain persistent because, despite Omicron having less severe consequences, high hospitalisation numbers may put pressure on national health care systems as infections continue to rise.

Earlier today, Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci announced a number of new measures with regards to the current COVID-19 situation in Malta. Amongst other measures, standing events will all be cancelled as of Monday with establishments to close at 1am while bars, band clubs and most other establishments will only be accessible upon presentation of a valid vaccine certificate.

What do you make of this situation?

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No rain on Christmas Day; winds expected to increase over the weekend

No rain on Christmas Day; winds expected to increase over the weekend
Dec 23 2021 Share

Despite a recent drop in temperatures and increasing winds, the most wonderful time of the year looks like it will be welcome some equally wonderful weather, with the Malta International Airport’s meteorological office forecasting clear skies and dry conditions.

The Malta International Airport’s meteorological office forecasts clear skies and dry conditions. The report states that locals and travellers alike will be able to soak up the festive atmosphere ‘without any inclement weather threatening to dampen the Christmas spirit.’ An area of high-pressure is expected to hover of the Mediterranean, with cloudy skies and force 2 to 3 winds expected to blow on Christmas Eve and increase to force 4 to 5 through the entirety of Christmas Day, which will start off partly cloudy but clear up during the day.

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The wind will gradually decrease to force 4 on Boxing Day, with temperatures to reach highs of 19°C and lows of 14°C.

Do you look forward to a sunny Christmas?

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Bad Boy Cleaning Services Managing Director Claudine Ellul Sullivan lands Employer of the Year award

Dec 23 2021 Share

Bad Boy Cleaning Services Limited Managing Director Claudine Ellul Sullivan has won the prestigious Employer of the Year 2021 award.

Ellul Sullivan is  the Managing Director of one of Malta’s most popular cleaning companies and was recognised for her excellent commitment to her employees during the past year whilst taking into consideration factors like equality and equal opportunities for all staff, regardless of where one is from. The company also does its utmost to support employees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“To receive the award for Employer of the year is a huge honour for myself and the company we built. The is a testament to the commitment we make as Bad Boy Cleaning Services Limited to our employees,” she stated. “We realise that to continue having the best workforce, we must create a space which allows its employees to be happy, while providing equal opportunities and support during challenging times. We also understand the important of having employees who work in an organisation which leaves a positive impact, not only on its clients but those beyond, which is why we strive to support our employees and various voluntary organisations during such times.”

During 2021, Bad boy Cleaning Services Limited went beyond their client list to voluntarily clean and sanitise areas like local councils, animal sanctuaries, government housing and more.

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