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UPDATED: Missing 35 year old diver found dead in St Paul’s Bay

35 year old diver goes missing in St Paul’s Bay
Aug 12 2022 Share

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) conducted an emergency search for a diver who went missing around St Paul’s Islands. 

Police confirmed that they were searching for a 35-year-old Għaxaq man, who went missing at around 1730pm on Thursday.

Updates: the diver was found deceased in the water in the area he was being searched for. According to One News, the man died due to some form of impact with a boat.

 This also comes as Malta gets battered by intense weather, with water spouts even being spotted off various coasts of the islands.

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Water spout spotted off coast of St Paul’s Bay

Water spout spotted off coast of St Paul’s Bay
Aug 12 2022 Share

Photos sent to this newsroom show what seems to be a massive water spout which was seen forming off the coast of St Paul’s Bay this Friday morning. 

This comes as Malta undergoes extreme battering by stormy weather ahead of the Santa Marija feast – a yearly expected phenomenon known as ‘L-Għerejjex ta’ Santa Marija’. 

 

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It is unclear how close to land the water spout was or whether any injuries or damage were reported due to the phenomenon. 

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Air Malta to be dissolved through tentative government plan

Air Malta to be dissolved through tentative government plan
Aug 11 2022 Share

The Shift News have reported that the government established advanced plans to dissolve Air Malta later this year. 

The plans are to transfer its few remaining profitable assets to a new airline, in a move similar to what occurred with Alitalia in Italy. 

All of Air Malta’s workforce will be rendered redundant, with the drawing up of new contracts based on current market conditions also in talks as the new government-owner airline will be established. 

A Plan B has been secretly drawn up to be implemented as all indications from Brussels point to a failure in ongoing state aid negotiations by the government to approve a new €290 million ‘rescue package’ for the airline. 

Prime Minister Robert Abela and Finance Minister Clyde Caruana have already approved a plan which was set to be implemented once negotiations on state aid fail. This aims to set up a new national airline at the end of October and, simultaneously, declare Air Malta’s dissolution. 

All Air Malta staff still on the register will be given redundancy notices, with some of them given the opportunity to apply for a new job with the new airline. The contacts to be offered will be completely redrawn, with many of the benefits currently enjoyed by staff no longer remaining applicable. 

Customers who made bookings beyond the day of dissolution will either have refunds sent or will be offered the chance to travel with the new airline. Not all routes served by Air Malta will be continuing as the new airline will have to show that it is a completely separate economic operator and not a successor to get an EU approval. 

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Barcode hears pleas and offers refunds for unredeemed digital tokens

Barcode hears pleas and offers refunds for unredeemed digital tokens
Aug 11 2022 Share

Barcode have just released a new statement addressing customer pleas and revealing that they will be refunding the unredeemed digital tokens of over €1. 

Out of goodwill and with the blessing of the organisers involved, Barcode will be refunding the unredeemed tokens from: 

  • Food Festival Gozo (Pjazza, Xewkija): 9th – 10th August 2022
  • Farsons Beer Festival (Ta Qali, National Park): 28th July – 6th August 2022
  • Isle of MTV (Fossos, Floriana): 19th July 2022
  • Food Festival (Pjazza Tritoni, Valletta): 13th – 17th July 2022
  • Malta International Wine Festival (Argotti Gardens, Floriana): 23rd – 26th June 2022. 

The company highlighted that they still operated within full remits of the law as they installed clear signage of terms of service as well as uploading instruction videos to our website for maximum consumer clarity. 

‘However, we hear all those who might be in some way dissatisfied with how events turned out and we consider this a learning curve for us too.’ The goal of Barcode is to go cashless as soon as possible whilst keeping festival-goers satisfied until the desired goals are reached. A reputable logistics company operating in major festivals locally for the past 18 years, Barcode is actually not the software/RFID company. 

The platform used is Tixify, which is in use in multiple festivals abroad. Whereas a good percentage of customers wiped out their digital tokens completely, many others may not have redeemed them for various reasons. 

Here you can find the link to access the refund portal. This method is the only means to receive a refund for unused bargains, and the funds portal will be open for 1 week starting from Saturday the 13th August at 00:00hrs until Friday the 19th of August 23:00hrs. 

Refunds will be sent via bank transfer by Thursday 1st September 2022. An EU bank account with a valid IBAN is necessary. For further information, you can access [email protected]. Barcode thanks all customers for their cooperation and for allowing them to bill towards their goal alongside them. 

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