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TikTok star Khaby Lame officially an Italian citizen after 21 years living there

 - Celebrities - Aug 20 SHARE ON:
TikTok star Khaby Lame officially an Italian citizen after 21 years living there

Khaby Lame, the most followed TikTok user in the world, has officially been granted Italian citizenship after 21 years of living in the country.

The 22-year-old social media comedian was born in Senegal but lived in Italy since the age of one. The citizenship was awarded to lame on 17th August, but the TikToker said that he had always felt Italian.

Lame was handed the citizenship during a ceremony in his hometown of Chivasso, and says that he feels a great responsibility for the oath that he took. 

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it’s just a matter of point of view🤣🤲🏿#learnfromkhaby #learnwithtiktok #imparacontiktok

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Lame had turned to the platform after losing his job in a factory when Italy went into lockdown at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He went on to attract around 150 million followers, all whilst not uttering a single word. 

He was notified of the citizenship by the Italian interior ministry on June 8th, just weeks before overtaking Charli D’Amelio as the world’s top TikTok user. 

The citizenship comes amid a political debate in the country whether to grant citizenship at birth to children born in Italy to foreign parents, regardless of the parents’ citizenship. This would bring Italy into line with other European countries, as currently, kids born in Italy to foreign parents can only apply from the age of 18. 

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Man grievously injured after losing control of vehicle in Imsida

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Man grievously injured after losing control of vehicle in Imsida

Police were informed yesterday at around 1730hrs that their assistance was needed in Triq Dun Karm, Imsida. 

From preliminary investigations it was found that a 68-year-old man and resident of Hamrun was driving a Toyota Hiace van. Due to undisclosed reasons, the man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole. 

Civil Protection members and a medical team were called onto the site, with an ambulance transporting the man to Mater Dei Hospital. He was later certified as having suffered grievous injuries.

Investigations are ongoing. Wishing him a speedy recovery. 

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Għanja tal-Poplu team & winners receive praise from Minister Owen Bonnici

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Għanja tal-Poplu team & winners receive praise from Minister Owen Bonnici

Minister for National Heritage, Arts & Local Government Owen Bonnici took to Facebook to share a moment of praise towards the organisers, winners, authors and composers behind the 46th edition of Malta’s own Għanja tal-Poplu after what is considered to be a very successful edition.

The popular Maltese song contest took place on July 30 in Pjazza Teatru Rjal, with the Malta Concert Orchestra providing the night’s musical serenade under the direction of Mro Joe Brown. The festival was presented by Valerie Vella and televised on TVM, welcoming 131 musical entrants.

Alexia Micallef’s ‘Fil-Kexxun’, written by Lon Kirkop, took home gold for this year’s edition, speaking about the difficulties of individuals with anorexia whilst offering some courageous sentiments. Micallef also bagged the Enzo Gusman prize for best interpretation.

Marija Bellia’s ‘Ismi’, written by Iona Dalli and Bellia herself, took home second place, addressing the brutal rape and murder of Pauline Dembska towards the beginning of this year whilst also touching upon topics of femicide, domestic violence, rape and everything that has to do with the horrors faced by women in today’s society. Thanks to her chilling interpretation, Bellia also took home the prize for best singer-songwriter.

Local group MARA secured third place with their song ‘Ħelu Manna’ written by Emil Calleja Bayliss and Philip Vella. The song’s celebration of grandparent’s sweet delights put a smile on many people’s faces and certainly caught the attention of many viewers.

The prize for best social theme went to Joe Julian Farrugia for his song ‘Mr X’, interpreted by Philip Vella. The song speaks of a recent case in Malta, where an individual was reported missing without anyone knowing his name. Meanwhile, għana singer Tony Camilleri was presented with the ‘L-Għanja Li Tibqa’ prize for his outstanding contribution to Maltese music.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is supported by the Malta Arts Council and the Valletta Cultural Agency.

Congratulations to all performers!

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What’s wrong with the 36-year-old Finnish Prime Minister enjoying her free time?

 - International - Aug 19 SHARE ON:

Social media has gone into a frenzy after a recent video of 36-year-old Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin partying with her friends began to make the rounds… but we ask, what did she do wrong?

Oftentimes do we judge politicians for freudian slips and failed projects and that is the basis of democracy, but a 36-year-old woman should not land in hot water for enjoying her free time only because she is a politician. The world’s youngest PM, a strong-minded egalitarian and bridge-builder in global politics, has been faced with support on one hand and calls to resign on the other.

 

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Marin herself has since admitted that, while she was upset that the video had been leaked, she only danced, sang and partied; perfectly legal things, and has never been in a situation where she has seen or known of others using drugs.

The PM went on to say that she has a family life, work life and free time to spend with her friends, “pretty much the same as many people [her age]” and many will argue that such a belief is justified.

What do YOU think?

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