We Got Pride’ – Official EuroPride Valletta 2023 Anthem Released

 - Local - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:

As the EuroPride Valletta 2023 event draws closer, the official anthem titled ‘We Got Pride’ has been unveiled, encapsulating the essence of this historic occasion. The song serves as a tribute to Malta’s journey in recent years, shedding light on the path towards embracing diversity and unity, regardless of one’s identity or nationality.

‘We Got Pride’ celebrates the idea that love can never be wrong. The anthem marks a shift towards societies that recognise the importance of diversity, and how our nation proudly welcomes the prospect of coexisting harmoniously. Malta stands as a testament to progress, demonstrating that diverse individuals, whether LGBTQ+ or not, can live together in harmony, strength, resilience, and mutual respect.

The mastermind behind the anthem’s lyrics, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, explains that the song serves as a reminder of Malta’s advancements in the realm of human rights and how far the nation has come in embracing the contributions of all individuals. He emphasises that the anthem carries a powerful sentiment that resonates with the country’s collective journey towards inclusivity and acceptance.

Elton Zarb, the composer of the anthem, highlights how the music reflects the coming together of the Maltese and Gozitan people for a grand celebration in September. Zarb expresses his honour in contributing to the anthem, aiming to transmit the desires and aspirations of the people through the song while celebrating the essence of choice and freedom.

The official version of the EuroPride anthem features the voices of six prominent Maltese artists – Glen Vella, Amber, Matt Black, Brooke, Ryan Hili, and Destiny. However, the anthem is not just about these voices; it’s about the collaborative spirit that will come to life during the four days of the EuroPride celebration, involving even more artists from Malta and beyond.

Rebecca Buttigieg, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, applauded the release of the official EuroPride anthem as yet another step forward in the ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive and accepting society. She highlighted the preparations that are underway and the significance of the event, stating that EuroPride is not only a celebration of achievements but also an opportunity to advocate for rights across Europe.

Maria Azzopardi, President of the Allied Rainbow Communities, emphasised that the main goals of EuroPride Valletta 2023 are to bring together our vast and vibrant communities that proudly showcase the world how we truly are – open-hearted, welcoming, and respectful. She expressed excitement for the anthem’s release, which features various local artists coming together to symbolise the country’s dedication to love and acceptance.


MegaMillions Frenzy Ramps Up as Jackpot Soars to €1.4billion

 - Sponsored - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:
MegaMillions Frenzy Ramps Up as Jackpot Soars to €1.4billion

One lucky person could be in line to claim a massive €1,400,000,000 prize this week after the MegaMillions jackpot rolled for the 31st consecutive draw in a row. 

Since the MegaMillions jackpot was last won in April this year, the top prize has continued to soar for months, and could soon become the largest prize in the lottery’s history. 

Usually, these draws are limited to those living in the United States – however, Lottoland customers can take part from the comfort of their own home or on their smartphone through the app and be in with a chance of pocketing a huge billion-dollar prize. 

The next MegaMillions draw will take place on Wednesday 9th August at approximately 5am Malta time. If a player’s ticket matches all six of the winning numbers from the drawing, they’ll win the jackpot. 

However, there are also smaller prizes depending on how many numbers are matched. There has never better time to try your luck, as Lottoland is giving all new customers from Malta two chances for the price of one!

A huge jackpot, and 2 chances to win for €3.50? Now that’s a great way to start August!

Here’s how you can claim this 2-for-1 offer:

  1. Sign up to Lottoland using this link.
  2. Pick 2 sets of your lucky numbers
  3. You will only be charged €3.50

The €1.4 billion draw takes place this Wednesday at 5am CET.

The jackpot can be made yours by matching all of the 5 main numbers and 1 Mega ball. You win by matching your numbers with those drawn. The more numbers you match, the higher the prize category.

It really is that simple. Thanks to Lottoland, people in Malta now have an even better shot of winning huge prizes than American lottery lovers themselves – by doubling their chances with this 2-for-1 offer!

This Wednesday’s MegaMillions is the biggest jackpot worldwide right now and should someone from Malta win, they stand to receive one of the biggest online gambling payouts ever.

Click here to claim 2 chances to win Wednesday’s €1,400,000,000 jackpot for €3.50.


Lottoland is operated by European Lotto and Betting Limited and is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, license number MGA/B2C/609/2018. The offer must be redeemed by signing up through the link provided above. The promotion expires on 15th August 2023 at 23:59 CET and is only open to new customers. The offer is redeemable once per player.

*Tiers 1-3 are subject to 38% reduction as per T&Cs. Tier 1 winning bets are paid out as a 30-year annuity or discounted lump sum at Lottoland’s election. Players must be 18 or over. These terms are supplemental to Lottoland’s Promotional Terms and Conditions which are found here.

Gambling can be harmful if not controlled. Please play responsibly. 18+ For help visit rgf.org.mt.


Over 12,000 People Attend World Club Dome Malta

 - Events - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:
World Club Dome Island Edition Draws Over 10,000 People to Malta

Over 12,000 music lovers converged on the enchanting island of Malta for the epic World Club Dome Island Edition. Against the backdrop of Malta’s stunning landscapes, the festival showcased a lineup of A-list DJs, including Boris Brejcha, Claptone, and KSHMR, who set the stage ablaze with their electrifying beats and captivating performances.

Gianpula Village came alive as KSHMR and Boris Brejcha headlined on Friday and Saturday, creating an electric atmosphere that pulsed with energy.

Alongside the headliners, World Club Dome Malta also welcomed Pajane, Gabry Ponte, Le Shuuk, STVW and ASK:ME. The festival not only brought international sensations to the forefront but also highlighted Malta’s homegrown talent, featuring a host of exceptional local DJs, proving the island’s musical prowess.

Culminating in a mesmerising closing at Café Del Mar with Claptone, the World Club Dome Island Edition was more than a festival; it was a musical journey that united people from around the world under the spell of music’s universal language.

The memories of dancing, connecting, and celebrating will undoubtedly linger, making this edition a momentous chapter in the world of music festivals.

Send this to your festival crew.


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Canada To Print Smoking Warnings On Individual Cigarettes

 - International - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:
Canada To Print Smoking Warnings On Individual Cigarettes

Canada is implementing groundbreaking tobacco regulations, marking the first time individual cigarettes will carry health warnings like “poison in every puff” and “cigarettes cause impotence.” 

The government aims to make it difficult for people to ignore health warnings completely. 

These measures are part of a comprehensive effort to combat smoking-related deaths, which claim 48,000 Canadian lives annually.

The new rules, known as Tobacco Products Appearance, Packaging and Labelling Regulations (TPAPLR), will introduce rotating warning messages every two to three years. 

Canada’s smoking rate has steadily declined over the years due to increased public awareness and stricter regulations on tobacco sales, use, taxation, and advertising. 

In 2001, Canada was the first country to require pictorial warnings on cigarette packages, and later that decade, bans on indoor smoking were implemented.

The Canadian Lung Association and tobacco control advocates welcomed the new regulations, acknowledging the effectiveness of periodically refreshing warnings with new images and text. 

However, some advocates suggest further measures like increased vaping regulations, higher tobacco taxes, and cost recovery fees for tobacco companies to protect the health of occasional smokers, new smokers, and youth.

By aligning with the World Health Organisation’s framework convention on tobacco control, Canada strives to set a global example in tobacco regulation and public health initiatives.


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