‘We will not settle for crumbs’, MEIA reacts to Budget

 - Budget 2021 - Oct 20 SHARE ON:

In its Budget 2021 reaction, the Maltese Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA) expressed its concern regarding the lack of measures covering the entertainment and arts sectors. 

While it welcomed social measures, the association expressed its disappointment in the government’s alleged lack of focus on the aforementioned sectors. 

MEIA also elaborated on the fact that the only measure specific to the concerned sector is a cultural assistance fund, the fruit of which can only be seen in 2021. 

MEIA also announced that it will call an extraordinary general meeting on the 27th of October.


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Anne-Marie is coming out with a YouTube Documentary

 - Celebrities - Oct 20 SHARE ON:

On 12 November, Anne-Marie ‘s Youtube Originals documentary, How to be Anne-Marie, will be released. In the forthcoming YouTube Original Documentaries, Anne-Marie is among the many stars where viewers can gain an insight into her personal life and time away from the limelight. 

The ‘Perfect for Me’ singer let the cameras follow her when she emerged earlier this year from the national coronavirus lockdown when she discusses how 2020 could have been for her. She’ll also talk about the stresses of success with friends and fellow artists, including Little Mix.

“I let YouTube into my life over the past few months and I can’t wait for you to see the finished film,” she explained in a statement. “I always try to be open and honest with my fans and what really excites me about this collaboration is that it’s an unfiltered look into my life; from writing and recording to downtime with my friends and family.”


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BOV Gżira and Marsa branches open, however Żurrieq branch closes

 - Business - Oct 20 SHARE ON:

Bank of Valletta has announced that its Żurrieq Branch will be temporarily closed until further notice from Wednesday 21 October, as a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In the meantime, the bank has announced that its Gżira and Marsa branches will reopen on Wednesday, 21 October. The bank hired an infection management control company to disinfect the branches and the branches are now safe to reopen for business after approval by the health authorities.


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Coronavirus: UK becomes the first country to back studies that would purposely infect COVID-19 volunteers

 - COVID-19 - Oct 20 SHARE ON:

The government has said it would initially spend £33.6 million on the studies, but regulators and the ethics committees will need to approve the study before they can move forward. 

If approved, a potential vaccine which has proven to be safe in initial trials will be offered to healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30. In a controlled environment, they will then be exposed to COVID-19 and monitored 24 hours a day to see if the vaccine works and whether there are any side effects.

Study advocates believe the approach will produce results quicker than conventional studies, as volunteers are not waiting to be exposed to the disease-which could potentially save thousands of lives.


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