Vibe FM host speaks out about mental health stigma & suicide

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Vibe FM host speaks out about mental health stigma & suicide

Vibe FM radio host Frank Zammit took to social media to open up about his own mental health and how he wants the stigma over suicide to end.

In a touching Instagram post, Frank said that he was facing a difficult reality with a series of highs and lows and that: 

‘On the night between the 2nd and 3rd July, I was done and ready to end it all. I’m only here to write about it today because I snapped out of it in the nick of time. On the 4th, I was back on air trying to act normal.’


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He wrote how he is not sharing this because he desires anyone’s pity. ‘I am lucky to have family and friends I could count on when I needed them.’ 

‘I am getting the help I need and even if I’m still a work in progress I get a little bit stronger every day’ he said. 

‘I only write this because the stigma needs to end and something needs to be done. I am done smiling and waving if I’m not feeling ok.’

‘I should be able to share my feelings with those around me without worrying my vulnerabilities will be used against me.’ 

He also highlighted how the world seems to be going through some ‘nervous breakdown’, with many in the same boat and yet everyone ignores it. ‘Now what are we going to do abut the elephant in the room?’ 


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Reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on The Travellers & Red Electric’s ONE concert

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Reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on The Travellers & Red Electric's ONE concert

Believe it or not summer has almost come to a close and, after a season of incredible events, you’d think that the Maltese entertainment scene would take a break. That’s where you’re wrong because this September, two of Malta’s biggest acts are back together for ONE, a collaborative concert concept unlike any other; and here are some of the reasons you shouldn’t miss out:

Two of Malta’s biggest bands coming together

The Travellers & Red Electric are arguably two of Malta’s biggest bands ever, topping local charts & headlining main stages for as long as we can remember. The beauty of ONE is the fact that those in attendance will not only experience their favourite Red Electric & The Travellers tracks live, but witness the rare sight of one 11-man band coming together for a spectacular night.

Features songs in both Maltese & English

Speaking of dynamics, one of the more interesting things about the two bands coming together is the fact that one is known for songs in English while the other is known for songs in Maltese. The Travellers’ crisp tone & Maltese pen game paired with Red Electric’s raw energy in English make for a pairing unlike any other.

Part of the proceeds go to families in need

The power of music extends beyond simply what is heard and felt; and these two local bands are making sure their music helps a good cause. The bands have decided that €1 from each General Entry Ticket and €2 from each VIP ticket will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities Malta to help families in need. Additionally, there will also be volunteers collecting funds around the video so generosity is encouraged!

It’s happening at one of Malta’s coolest venues

ONE – Red Electric and The Travellers in Concert is pinned down for Friday September 30th 2022 and it is happening at one of Malta’s largest indoor nightclubs, Sky Club. Popular amongst Malta’s clubbing crowd for its high-end lighting & sound system, the two bands will surely put on a show unlike any other at Sky Club and we honestly can’t wait to see what they have in store.

If you haven’t secured your tickets already, wait are you waiting for? You can grab your tickets online here and secure your spot for one of the events of the year!


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8 somber facts you probably didn’t know about 9/11

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8 somber facts you probably didn’t know about 9/11

343 firefighters were lost – almost half the number of on duty deaths in the Fire Department’s 100 year history. 

The youngest passenger aboard the hijacked planes was little Christine Hanson. She was 2 and going to Disneyland. 

1.5 million working hours across 261 days were spent removing debris, with many workers ending up suffering illnesses caused by the fumes and other related injuries.

The fires at Ground Zero burned for 99 days after the attack, well into December of that year.

$5 million has been sent to the White House by pupils for America’s Fund for Afghan Children in response to the horrific attacks.


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More than 1 million pieces of mail were received by the New York City Fire Department, filling up two warehouses.

Sirius, one of the first bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs stationed near the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing, died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

48 countries held ceremonies on December 11, 2001 in memory of victims. Various monuments were erected, with commemorations happening all year round.

Click here for more information about what happened during the attacks.



What happened on September 11 2001 in the United States?

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What happened on September 11 2001 in the United States?

The September 11 attacks, known prominently as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against the United States. 

Planned well in advance, the militants, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia, travelled to the US beforehand and received commercial flight training. 

Working in small groups, they managed to board 4 domestic airliners in groups of 5 (with a 20th participant being alleged). Taking control of the planes soon after takeoff, the first plane was piloted into the north tower of the World Trade Centre in New York City. 

A second plane crashed into the south tower some 15 minutes later, with both structures erupting in flames and collapsing. Meanwhile, a third plane crashed into the southwest side of the Pentagon near Washington DC at around 9:40. 

The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after its passengers, becoming aware of the attacks via cellular telephone, attempted to overpower the militants. Around 2,750 people were killed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon and 40 in Pennsylvania. All 19 terrorists died. 

Police and fire departments in New York were especially hard-hit as hundreds of them rushed to the scene of the attacks, leading to the deaths of 400 police officers and fire fighters. 

The key operational planner of the attacks was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (often referred to simply as KSM), who had spent his youth in Kuwait. He had become an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood, attending college in the US and receiving a degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986. 

He spent some years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, waging jihad against the Soviet Union after its invasion of the latter country in 1979. In 1996, KSM met Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora and presented a proposal for an operation that would involve training pilots who would crash planes into buildings in the US. 

On the morning of September 11, President Bush had been visiting a second grade classroom in Sarasota, Florida when he was informed that a plane had flown into the World Trade Centre. At 8:30pm, Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office in a speech that laid out a key doctrine of his administration’s future foreign policy: “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them.”

Bush’s response to the attacks drove his poll ratings from 55% favourable before September 11 to 90% in the days after, the highest ever recorded for a president. 

The attacks were an enormous success for al-Qaeda, being broadcast globally for years to come. For the first time in history, NATO invoked Article 5, allowing its members to respond collectively in self-defence. On October 7th, the US and allied military forces launched an attack against Afghanistan. Within months, thousands of militants were killed or captured, with the Taliban and al-Qaeda driven into hiding. 


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