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5 men dine and dash from chef Sean Gravina’s St Julian’s restaurant

5 men dine and dash from chef Sean Gravina’s St Julian’s restaurant
Oct 7 2022 Share

Taking to social media, celebrity chef Sean Gravina shared snapshots of five restaurant goers who ate and ran away from his St Julian’s establishment without paying. 

Gravina revealed that he is not interested in getting what they stole back but simply wants to advise other restaurants in the area about them.

‘Restaurants that are working hard to earn a living. Restaurants that deserve to get paid for what they serve.’ 

The images show five men gathered around a table, before some of them start to leave until the table is completely unattended. The men, Gravina stated, were Italian, but this did not matter in the slightest as they could have been any nationality. 

He urged anyone who recognises the men involved to inform the police not for his own sake, but for other establishments who might welcome them to their eatery. 

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Paulina Dembska consciously fought back reveals forensic doctor

Paulina Dembska consciously fought back reveals forensic doctor
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A forensic doctor informed a court sitting that Paulina Dembska was fully conscious as she was assaulted and raped, and fought back despite knowing she was going to die. 

Mario Scerri revealed that Dembska fought back as hard as she could as her aggressor, Abner Aquilina, grabbed her by the hair, pressed hard on her neck and beat her. 

Dembska managed to inflict injuries on Aquilina which caused him to suffer lesions compatible with the struggle. The forensic expert was testifying in the compilation of evidence against Aquilina on Friday. 

Photos of Dembska as analysed by parte civile lawyer Stefano Filletti showed bruises on the victim’s face, breasts and thighs. Evidence showed that a struggle occurred before she was pinned down, with fractures in the neck bones indicating a ‘severe powerful lateral manual pressure’. 

Another lateral abrasion on the neck was compatible with the injury caused by the scarf she was wearing that night. There were also two wounds in the genital area which indicated forced penetration as the victim fought back her aggressor. 

Dembska died of asphyxia due to external pressure on the neck as it blocked her airways. The court case pertaining to Aquilina is still ongoing, having just been deemed capable of standing trial. 

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Fairyland to return to Malta between 8th December and 6th January

Fairyland to return to Malta between 8th December and 6th January
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Taking to social media, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo revealed that the Valletta attraction known as Fairyland will be returning in time for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 

The village, which is known for its various attractions such as a massive Ferris wheel, mulled wine stands and ice-skating ring, is a touristic haven which has been a staple of the capital city as the year draws to a close. 

Perfect for both local and foreign families and groups to visit in lieu of the Christmas spirit, 2022’s version of Fairyland will even have a specialised area for football fans to follow the Qatar World Cup with close friends and loved ones. 

The attraction will be set up on the 8th of December and will remain open until the 6th of January. 

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Local electricity consumption in 2021 up by 7% over 2020

Local electricity consumption in 2021 up by 7% over 2020
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According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), the electricity supplied amounted to 2,671.8 GWh, which is an increase of 7% compared to the previous year. 

During 2021, the local electricity supply comprised of net generation from power plants at 71%, supply from net imports (19.1%) and renewable sources (9.9%).

Gross production consisting of the electricity supplied from power plants and renewables last year amounted to 2,215.1 GWh. July saw the highest amount of gross production with 243.8 GWh. 

Electricity production derived from power plants saw a spike of 2.7% when compared to the year prior. This amounted to 1,951.8 GWh. Meanwhile, energy harvesting from renewable sources saw an increase of 8.4%, reaching 263.2 GWh in 2021. Most of the renewable energy was produced through photovoltaic panels at around 97.2%.

A total of 547.3 GWh were imported through the inter-connector in 2021. This saw an increase of 30.4% when compared to 2020. August was the month responsible for the highest amount of electricity supplied during 2021 through a share of 11.6%. 

July followed suit at 287.6 GWh and with a share of 10.8% from the amount of electricity supplied. 

In combination, August and June had the highest electricity demand, registering 565 MW and 541 MW respectively during 2021. The annual average demand registered in 2021 was that of 438 MW, which is an increase of 8.7% when compared to the previous year. 

Green House Gas emissions from fuel combustion in power plant sources decreased by 4.7% over the previous year in 2021. 

You can read the full NSO report here.

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