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You can cross Malta 30 times on a single charge of this new electric car

 - International - Oct 4 SHARE ON:
You can cross Malta 30 times on a single charge of this new electric car

The Lucid Air Dream Edition was recently rated by the Environmental Protection Agency with an estimated driving range of 520 miles on a full charge. This is the longest range of any battery-powered car yet rated by the EPA, including Tesla’s Model S Long Range. The Air goes an estimated 115 miles farther on a charge than the Tesla variant, going every farther than most gasoline cars go on a full tank. 

For any locals considering getting their hands on this $169,000 vehicle, this means that you can cross Malta from side to side around 30.5 times on a single charge. Lucid’s chief executive Peter Rawlinson however stated that the distance isn’t actually important. Rawlinson thinks that efficiency will determine the winners and losers of the electric car future. The greater energy efficiency will make such vehicles more accessible at all price ranges. 

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Rape victim’s interview by authorities postponed by over a year and raises concerns

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Rape victim’s interview by authorities postponed by over a year and raises concerns

Deep concern has been expressed by the Maltese Association of Social Workers (MASW) over alleged reports that police took well over a year to hear a rape victim’s story. The association released a statement on Monday highlighting how ‘cases like this demonstrate the importance of having a victim-focused criminal justice system. The #MeToo movement made it clear that society needs a culture where victims, especially women and children, are given a space to be heard.’ 

Times of Malta released a story claiming that a woman was brutally sexually assaulted for around an hour, but has been waiting for over a year to tell authorities the story. The assault occurred in June 2020, but police are yet to interview her. MASW said that despite advocating for victims to have a voice with authorities, such cases show the exact opposite. This creates more barriers for victims and, despite applauding the creation of the Victims Support Unity, it maintains more needs to be done. 

MASW is hoping that this particular case is investigate without further delay and the victim is interviewed. Failure to do so, the association says, will continue to cause victim to re-live trauma induced because of the assault. The Malta Women’s Lobby also denounced the indifference shown by the police. Also thanking authorities who helped the victim during the assault, the lobby also points to the inaction over such a lengthy period as being unacceptable. 

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6-year-old grievously injured in dog attack

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6-year-old grievously injured in dog attack

Police reports have revealed that a 6-year-old boy was grievously injured after being attacked and bitten by a dog. The police were informed yesterday at around 15:45hrs that assistance was needed in the family park in Triq Sant’Antnin, Wied il-Ghajn. 

A medical team and an ambulance convened on the site, taking the child to Mater Dei Hospital. There, the boy, whose identity has not been disclosed, was certified as having suffered injuries of a grievous nature. Police investigations are still ongoing. It is also unknown whether the dog was a stray or belonged to an owner, and what lead to the attack.

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A Billie Eilish and Nightmare Before Christmas cross-over?

 - Art - Oct 3 SHARE ON:
A Billie Eilish and Nightmare Before Christmas cross-over?

Fans of theatre, Halloween and star Billie Eilish will have something to enjoy this spooky month as the star has joined the cast of a live-to-film concert of the Nightmare Before Christmas. The 19-year-old star has joined a stellar cast to play the role of Sally, the heroine of the stop-motion classic which follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, develop an obsession with Christmas and taking over the holiday. 

With music provided by a live orchestra, she will be performing alongside Danny Elfman, who is the film’s original singing voice for Skellington and the composer of the original film. Elfman revealed he was absolutely thrilled to have the young star join the nightmare crew, describing her casting as a real treat. Plans for a 2020 return to the live shows of the classic film were delayed due to the pandemic, but 2021 will see its return with one of the world’s favourite musical artists. 

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