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World Autism Awareness Day 2024 Celebrated Today

Apr 2 2024 Share

Every year on the 2nd of April, World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated in order to empower and help autistic people all around the world try to lead a good life and raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders.

This year the theme of World Autism Awareness Day is ‘Empowering Autistic Voices’ with the aim to provide even more support and empowerment to the people with this condition.

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World Autism Awareness Day was established through a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2007. Its purpose is to enhance public awareness surrounding autism and to promote empowerment and acceptance of individuals with autism, acknowledging their valuable contributions to society.

On his Facebook, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Research and Innovation Keith Azzopardi Tanti posted a video of him meeting and playing with a young boy who happens to have autism. The boy’s name is Jacob and it is sure he enjoyed his time painting with the parliamentary secretary and even playing with a globe.

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Cinema Seats Have 14 Times More Bacteria Than Toilet Seat

Cinema Seats Have 14 Times More Bacteria Than Toilet Seat
Apr 2 2024 Share

A recent study conducted by Betway Casino has shed light on the alarming levels of bacteria present in cinema seats and cup holders, highlighting a significant contrast with toilet seats.

The study revealed that on average, cinema seats harbour a staggering 1,864 bacteria colonies, which is 14 times more than what is typically found on a standard toilet seat.

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Furthermore, certain cinema seats were found to contain as many as 3,000 bacteria colonies, indicating a concerning level of microbial activity. Cup holders fared even worse, with an average of 2,396 colonies, marking an 18-fold increase compared to toilet seats.

Among the types of bacteria identified were Staphylococcus spp, Micrococcus spp, Bacillus spp, and Pseudomonas spp, some of which are associated with skin shedding and others known to cause infections in humans.

These findings underscore the importance of practicing basic hygiene measures, such as hand sanitization and washing, to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacteria in public spaces like cinemas.

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Yazmin Helledie Returns As Love Island Malta Host

Yazmin F. Helledie Returns As Love Island Malta Host
Apr 2 2024 Share

Yazmin Helledie has once again been announced as the host for Love Island Malta Season 2.

 

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Following last year’s successful run, Yazmin will be returning to the show as a presenter – guiding the contestants on the search for love through the ins and outs of the format.

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And Yazmin’s revelation as the host only means one thing – season 2 is super close to land on our screens!

Will you be watching?

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The First Ever Pets To Be Photographed

Apr 2 2024 Share

For nearly as long as there has been cameras, there have also been photographs of pets even way back in the 17th century.

Pioneer photographer William Henry Fox Talbot changed the whole game of photography when he invented the negative-positive photo process in 1833. One of his first ever photographs was a simple calotype of a detailed cat drawing.

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J.M. Burbank, an artist who exhibited animal pictures during the 1830s in Britain stated that “This cute kitty is believed to be a copy of a favorite cat”.

In 1847, famous author Mary Mitford brought her dog to her portrait session with a photo studio. Photography historian Ruth Quinn explained Mitford insisted that the studio’s photographer, Nicolaas Henneman, photograph her dog. The photographer was skeptical the dog could sit still long enough — these early photos took minutes to expose. However the adorable dog managed to stand still.

This made Mary Mitford’s dog the first ever live pet to be photographed but not the first animal as in 1842, French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey captured a photo of a live cow.

English photographer Harry Pointer became arguably the first photographer to dedicate a whole business to pet photography, Pointer’s cabinet, or carte-de-visite, photos focused solely on cats.

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