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1,800 Applications For Blue Badges Welcomed By Aġenzija Sapport

1,800 Applications For Blue Badges Welcomed By Aġenzija Sapport
Jun 20 2023 Share

More than 1,800 applications for the Blue Badge have been submitted to Aġenzija Sapport since January 2023, with over 1,270 documents being processed by the Agency since the beginning of the year. This service has been operational since March 2022, and since then, more than 5,600 applications have been received.

This service is now also being offered electronically through an online application form, which also handles payments and the necessary documents required for the application to be processed. This is being done to further enhance accessibility to the services provided by the Agency and to move towards the creation of digital services.

The Blue Badge is a legal document that allows individuals with disabilities to park their vehicle in designated parking spaces.

During a visit to Aġenzija Sapport’s Head Office in Santa Venera, the Minister for Inclusion, Volunteering, and Consumer Rights, Julia Farrugia Portelli, met with the team responsible for this service and followed the progress of these applications.

During the visit, the minister also met with members of the Agency’s management, professionals, and other employees from various services based in this building, including community services, Sharing Lives, the Way to Work Program, the Social Workers and Occupational Therapists teams, the Independent Community Living team, the Family Support Unit, as well as the officials leading the Agency’s Helpline.

During the visit, the CEO of Aġenzija Sapport, Oliver Scicluna, explained how the Head Office, besides being the official base of the Agency among other buildings, also serves as a central point of reference within the community for the public to submit forms and documents, inquire about the services provided by the Agency, schedule appointments with professionals including social workers and the Medical Board associated with the Blue Badge application.

The application for the Blue Badge is available on the website www.sapport.gov.mt or at the Support Agency’s offices (Malta and Gozo). For more information, one can contact the Agency’s Helpline at Freephone 153.

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New Victorians’ Philippa Welcomes Baby Girl: Violet

New Victorians’ Philippa Welcomes Baby Girl: Violet
Jun 20 2023 Share

One half of the New Victorians and former X-Factor Malta judge Philippa Saudi has just welcomed a baby girl into the world: Violet.

This comes after the singing duo announced that they were pregnant in the same period of time, with the other member of the duet, Bettina, having welcomed her son Ted 7 weeks ago.

And yesterday, 19th June 2023, baby Violet came into the world. 

 

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‘An absolute miracle’ wrote Philippa. ‘May you bring light, joy and wonder wherever you go, and may you always know how beloved you are. Infinitely honoured to be your mama.’ 

Philippa also took some time to thank the health care service at Mater Dei. ‘We were seen-to by the most incredible, dedicated and inspiring staff. Big respect and gratitude to all at Mater Dei Hospital.’ 

Congratulations to both sisters for this new phase of life! 

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Almost 7,000 Fines For Using Phone Whilst Driving In 2023

Almost 7,000 Fines For Using Phone Whilst Driving In 2023
Jun 20 2023 Share

Information tabled in Parliament shows that, between January and May of this year, 6,929 traffic fines were issued for drivers using their phones whilst driving. 

Police caught 2,143 of these, with Transport Malta catching 701, CCTV catching 28 and LESA catching a whopping 4,057. 

Meanwhile, 19,984 fines were issued for persons ignoring traffic signs, with LESA once again catching the majority with a total of 7,124. 

LESA also caught the majority of commuters not wearing seatbelts on Maltese roads at 1,500, with the grand total in 2023 so far amounting to 2,605. The total of these contraventions amounts to 29,518. 

Minister Byron Camilleri also provided the data for 2022, which shows that the grand total of fines for these separate offences add up to 75,065.

The grand total, starting from January of 2022 to May of 2023, amounts to 104,583 contraventions, with the ignoring of traffic signs taking the lead at 73,084. This is followed by the use of phones at 21,047 and lack of seatbelt use at 10,452. 

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Andriy For Season 2? Malta Reacts To Elimination

Andriy for season 2? Malta reacts to elimination
Jun 20 2023 Share

After yesterday night’s Love Island Malta elimination, which saw Andriy and Michela eliminated from the villa, the Maltese public showed that at least one of the eliminations shouldn’t have happened. 

It was all love for Andriy after the elimination, having being one of the earliest bombshells to be introduced in the villa. 

Andriy managed to cultivate a close friendship with most of the contestants, guys and girls, and became a core member of the villa group. And it seems as though the Maltese public had also developed a soft spot for him. 

Taking to the comments on the official elimination post, many said that Andriy deserved to be in the finals and that he was one of the best personalities on the show. 

Another suggested they bring him back for the second season – something very unlikely to happen but which just goes to show how much of a fan favourite he’d become. 

What did you think of last night’s elimination? 

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