14,000 People Watched André Rieu’s First Performance in Malta

 - Events - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

Yesterday’s magnificent night of music with Dutch Maestro André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. André Rieu’s first performance in Malta was attended by around 14,000 people at the Granaries in Floriana.

Amongst the pieces of music played, the Johann Strauss Orchestra delighted the thousands present with renditions of Nel blu dipinto di blu, Ballade pour Adeline, Voilà, Can’t Help Falling in Love with You and Oh Happy Day amongst others. The concert concluded with a memorable encore of the waltzes Blue Danube and Radetsky March, as well as a surprise for the audience: a rendition of the Maltese classic hit Xemx.

A second performance by Rieu and his orchestra takes place tonight. Rieu has amassed over 40 million album sales and established himself as a musical icon on a global scale. He is a favourite conductor among fans and has broad appeal that goes well beyond the genre.


Sicilian Teen Returns Lost Wallet with €5,000 to Owner in Malta

 - Local - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

In a world where acts of kindness and honesty sometimes seem to be in short supply, the story of Gabriele La Terra, an 18-year-old Sicilian from Catania, shines as a beacon of integrity. Last August 12, while on holiday in Malta with friends, La Terra stumbled upon a wallet containing approximately €5,000. Instead of keeping the substantial sum for himself, he embarked on a mission to return it to its rightful owner, demonstrating the incredible power of honesty and empathy.

The heartwarming incident took place in San Ġiljan, a popular tourist destination in Malta. La Terra discovered the wallet while waiting in line to enter an establishment in the bustling Paceville area. Upon realizing the magnitude of what he had found, he made an extraordinary decision—to ensure the wallet’s return to its owner.

La Terra’s journey to reunite the wallet with its owner took him to the San Ġiljan Police Station. There, he handed over the wallet, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to doing the right thing. Thanks to his act of honesty and the diligent efforts of the local police, they were able to contact the wallet’s owner, a young man with the same last name as La Terra, but who hails from Naples, Italy.

What makes this story even more heartening is that, not only did La Terra return the wallet, but he also had the opportunity to meet its owner in person. The two young men shared a moment, and as a symbol of their newfound connection, they even had a drink together. This unexpected encounter serves as a reminder that acts of kindness and honesty can forge meaningful bonds between individuals, transcending geographical boundaries and differences.

The inspiring tale of Gabriele La Terra’s integrity was brought to light by his mother in an interview with the Sicilian newspaper, La Sicilia. La Terra himself has been quoted as saying, “In life, honesty binds and binds.” His words encapsulate the profound impact of his actions, not only on the wallet’s owner but also on anyone who hears this remarkable story.


Air Malta Flight Returns to Base Twice Due to Technical Issues

 - Local - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

A routine Air Malta flight from Geneva to Malta took an unexpected turn on Saturday as the aircraft, operating flight KM483, had to return to base twice shortly after departure due to technical issues. Despite the unexpected disruption, the airline demonstrated a commitment to passenger safety and took prompt measures to address the situation.

In a brief statement, Air Malta reported that the technical problem with the aircraft was swiftly identified by the flight crew. Concerned with the safety of passengers and crew, the decision was made to return the aircraft safely to Geneva.

The airline’s dedication to the safety of its passengers and crew was evident in its response. An engineering team was immediately mobilised to resolve the technical issues and ensure the aircraft was in optimal condition before continuing the journey.

Recognising the inconvenience this incident caused to passengers, Air Malta displayed its commitment to customer service by providing affected travellers with overnight hotel accommodation. This gesture aimed to minimise  any further disruption to their travel plans and comfort.

In an apology to passengers for the unforeseen inconvenience, Air Malta expressed gratitude for their patience and understanding during this challenging situation. The airline’s swift response and prioritisation of safety underscore its commitment to ensuring a safe and reliable travel experience for all passengers.


Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson Launch Maui Recovery Fund

 - Celebrities - Sep 3 2023 SHARE ON:

In a heartwarming display of compassion and solidarity, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have joined forces to launch a recovery fund aimed at assisting individuals who lost their homes in the devastating Maui wildfires. The dynamic duo made the announcement through a heartfelt video shared on Instagram, touching the hearts of many and inspiring a wave of support.

With a joint contribution of $10 million, Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson have taken the lead in kickstarting the initiative, encouraging the public to contribute towards this noble cause. The fund, aptly named the “People’s Fund of Maui,” has been designed to offer direct financial assistance to those who are in dire need following the tragic events of the wildfires.

Winfrey expressed the intention behind the fund, stating, “We have created the People’s Fund of Maui that will put money directly in the hands of the people who need it right now.” The fund’s primary aim is to provide immediate relief and support to adults who lost their primary residences in the Lahaina and Kula fires. This assistance extends to both homeowners and renters, demonstrating a commitment to aiding the entire community affected by the disaster.

The inspiration for this generous endeavor originated from an article Winfrey came across, highlighting how singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton had stepped forward to assist her own community. This heartwarming gesture fueled Winfrey’s determination to initiate a similar endeavor, one that would address the pressing needs of the affected individuals in Maui.

Johnson emphasized the efficiency and immediacy of the fund, affirming, “It is a clean direct from you directly to their hands and right away with some real immediacy.” The fund’s approach seeks to ensure that aid reaches those who require it promptly and efficiently, allowing them to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

The funds collected will be disbursed on a monthly basis to those still grappling with the aftermath of the wildfires. The website dedicated to the fund serves as a platform for both donations and applications for assistance. The guiding principle behind the fund’s operation is to empower the residents of Maui, enabling them to define their recovery journey and make decisions that align with their unique needs and circumstances.

Oprah Winfrey further elaborated on this approach, emphasising the importance of individual agency during the recovery process: “People being able to have their own agency, being able to make decisions for themselves about what they need and what their family needs – that’s our goal, is to get that to the people now.” By providing resources directly to the hands of those affected, the fund aims to restore a sense of autonomy and empowerment, fostering a sense of resilience within the community.


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