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World’s largest 4-day work week trial an overwhelming success

World’s largest 4-day work week trial an overwhelming success
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The world’s largest trial of the four-day working week has been deemed an ‘overwhelming success’. Taking place in Iceland and involving more than one percent of the entire population, this is the largest test of this kind on this massive a scale. Despite Iceland’s population recorded as being a low 356,991 back in 2019, the study is giving larger countries something to ponder about their work ethic and schedules. Workers reduced working hours to just 35/36 a week with no payment reduction.

The results of this pilot, running between 2015 and 2019, were analysed by research teams from Iceland and the UK. Productivity and wellbeing were reported to have drastically increased for the participating workers, leading to more permanent changes being considered over in Iceland. With work/life balance, stress and burnout reduced, productivity and service remained the same or improved across the majority of workplaces. 

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12 COVID-19 cases registered with 1 recovery

195 COVID-19 cases registered with 5 recoveries
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Malta has registered 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,235 swab tests, while 1 patient has recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Sunday 4th July 2021, 685,024 vaccine doses were administered of which 362,986 were 1st doses. 336,800 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

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To date, Malta has registered 30,664 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,165 have recovered, 420 died and 79 are still active.

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Inmate dies 3 weeks after having been found unconscious in prison cell

Inmate dies 3 weeks after having been found unconscious in prison cell
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An inmate died three weeks after having been found unconscious in her Corradino Correctional Facility cell. The case was described as a suicide attempt by police officials at the time. Having been hospitalised on 16th June after receiving first aid by doctors and nurses at the prison, the woman allegedly last met a mental health expert on 3rd June. 

This was revealed by prison authorities in a statement on Sunday as the woman had been receiving regular psychological monitoring. 

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A police investigation is still underway as psychiatric reports indicated she was progressing and was not at risk of suicide. An inquiry is being led by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech. 

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Record-breaking hot dog eater Joey Chestnut wins 14 times in a row

Record-breaking hot dog eater Joey Chestnut wins 14 times in a row
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Joey Chestnut, the defending world champion, broke his own world record last Sunday by devouring 76 hotdogs and buns in just 10 minutes during Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is the 14th edition Chestnut won in a row. Chestnut ate one more hotdog than he managed last year, whilst completely leaving second place Geoffrey Esper in the dust as he skipped him with a whopping 26 more hotdogs. 

Michelle Lesco, who ranked ninth overall, picking up her first women’s championship victory following the consumption of 30 and 3/4 hot dogs and buns. This is 6 and 3/4 more than her runner up Sarah Rodriguez. The women’s record was set in 2020 by Mike Sudo when she ate 48.5 hot dogs and buns. Sudo did not compete this year as she’s expecting her first child later this month. 

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