A Future Proof Malta – Economy Minister Silvio Schembri leads public consultation on 10 year economic vision

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Future Proof: Economy Minister Silvio Schembri launches public consultation on 10-year economic vision for Malta

During a conference held in Gozo today by the Ministry for Economy and Industry together with Mimcol, Economy Minister Hon. Silvio Schembri continued with the national public consultation on the government’s 10-year Economic vision for Malta titled Future Proof Malta 2021-2031. Today’s public consultation session being held in Gozo is tackling pillar 4 of the economic vision document – The Environment.

Minister Schembri explained the need for this 10 year economic vision and the reasoning behind it.

Despite still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic like many other countries, Malta must look  to the future with regards to its economic framework and continue to thrive for its identity as “A nation of courage, compassion and achievement”.

Economy Minister Silvio Schembri welcomed his colleagues Minister for Gozo Hon. Clint Camilleri and Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Hon. Aaron Farrugia who discussed further the Environment theme.

“This is a government that listens and puts everything into balance.”

  • Economy Minister Hon. Silvio Schembri

The five pillars being discussed in the entire economic vision consultation programme are quality of life and sustainable economic development, high quality infrastructure and investment, education and employment, environment, and good governance and the rule of law.

The Minister urged stakeholders and the general public to contribute to this public consultation, by reading the consultation document and giving feedback on economicvision.mimcol.com.mt by the end of July 2021.


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WATCH: Smoke over Ramla Bay and huge fire in Nadur fields during Mnarja

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Smoke over Ramla Bay and huge fire in Nadur fields during Mnarja

Footage surfaced of two separate incidents involving spreading fire and smoke in Gozo over the long weekend. The first shows a huge fire in Nadur fields spreading as the village celebrates the traditional feast of Mnarja. Villagers looked on to a scene combining fireworks and a burning valley, with only one fire engine arriving on scene to put out the flames. 


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Another shows Gozo’s famous Ramla Bay receiving plumes of smoke following a quickly spreading grass fire on Tuesday afternoon. Starting at around 2pm on a Public Holiday, the blaze spread quickly as the breeze fanned the flames. Firefighters fought the flames until around 3.30pm, with the origin of the flame still unknown. 


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Flying car test flight between airports a success

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Flying car test flights between airports a success

A prototype flying car has successfully completed a 35-minute flight in between two international Slovakian airports. The appropriately named AirCar completed the trip between Nitra and Bratislava, running on regular petrol-pump fuel and equipped with a BMW engine. Creator Prof Stefan Klein stated that the hybrid aircraft can fly about 1000km at a height of 8,200ft. 

Taking 2 minutes and 15 seconds to convert between car and aircraft, the narrow wings fold down along the sides of the car and reached a cruising speed of 170km/h. Driven by Klein himself, the AirCar drove straight off the runway and into town upon arrival. It can carry up to two people but requires a runway, unlike drone-taxi prototypes which can take off and land vertically. 


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Animal Protection Society calls for caution during hot summer months

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Animal Protection Society calls for caution during hot summer months

The MSPCA has issued a warning on social media, advising pet-owners to remain cautious of the heatwave’s implications on such animals and also posted a number of tips.

As summer is upon us, we must take some time to think about our four legged, furry companions and how we can keep them…

Posted by MSPCA – formerly SPCA Malta on Monday, 28 June 2021

The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals advised that dogs and cats “only have sweat glands on the pads of their feet” and rely on panting to regulate body temperature, warning of potential heat stroke if the tips they posted are not followed.

Amongst other tips, the MSPCA called for everyone to avoid walking dogs during midday sun, access to shaded areas for pets, assurance of plenty of drinking water and application of sun cream to white-coated pets, amongst others.


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