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A Scheme Aimed At Preserving Traditional Boats Unveiled

A Scheme Aimed At Preserving Traditional Boats Unveiled
Sep 4 2023 Share

Malta’s harbours have always been home to traditional wooden boats, each with a unique character that reflects the island’s rich culture. These boats, including il-luzzu, kajjik, firilla, frejgatina, dgħajsa tal-pass, and dgħajsa tal-Latini, not only represent Malta’s identity but also attract tourists worldwide.

To protect this heritage, the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government has launched the Traditional Boats Preservation Scheme, aimed at supporting boat owners in maintaining these vessels.

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Minister Owen Bonnici stated, “The launch of the Traditional Boats Preservation Scheme is testament to our commitment in preserving our maritime heritage. By extending financial assistance to boat owners for the upkeep of traditional wooden boats, the scheme ensures that these iconic vessels continue to grace Malta’s harbours, attracting tourists and serving as a reminder of the island’s rich cultural history.”

Minister Bonnici concluded that this scheme, through its careful structuring and compliance with EU regulations, provides a viable means of safeguarding a vital aspect of our country’s identity for generations to come.

From her end, Permanent Secretary Joyce Dimech explained that the scheme has a budget allocation of €80,000, whereby each eligible project can be allocated up to €5,000. This financial assistance covers costs associated with preserving and maintaining traditional wooden boats, including repairs, refurbishments, and necessary upkeep.

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The PN’s Four Main Proposals For Waste Management Issues

The PN’s Four Main Proposals For Waste Management Issues
Sep 4 2023 Share

The Nationalist Party have reinforced their calls to adopt new policies and plans when it comes to waste management. 

The Opposition is requesting that the government: 

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  1. Establish a system of coordination between the local councils and the apartment block administrators;
  2. Identify hot spots where environmental crimes are committed and increase enforcement;
  3. Reinstate the responsibility of picking up waste to local councils whilst also increasing their resources (financial resources included) to improve and enforce the system, and;
  4. Increase the frequency of waste collection. 

In an official statement, the Nationalist Party stated that these proposals had been but forth nine months ago, but were ignored by the Labour government. 

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Ġnejniet Iċ-Ċkejken Ziam: New Kalkara Community Space

Ġnejniet Iċ-Ċkejken Ziam: New Kalkara Community Space
Sep 4 2023 Share

The Kalkara Local Council inaugurated “Ġnejnet iċ-ċkejken Ziam”, a new playground in the heart of one of this locality’s residential areas that was transformed into an inviting recreational area for children and adults of all ages.

Kalkara mayor Wayne Aquilina inaugurated this initiative with Steve Ellul, Project Green CEO, during a visit to this new community space. The creation of this project was financially supported by Project Green, as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, as well as the Scheme for the Development and Improvement of Playing Grounds in Various Localities between Malta and Gozo by Directorate for Local Government.

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This €145,000 initiative included the revitalisation of 335 square metres of public space, with the installation of versatile play equipment for all age groups, new landscaped strips with trees and shrubs, benches and other outdoor furniture. The new playground also includes security cameras as well as timber fencing for public safety and security.

With the support of the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise, and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Local Government, this initiative has breathed new life into a previously underutilised area in Wesgħet is-Salib tal-Assedju, next to this area’s housing estate.

The Kalkara Local Council named this playground “Ġnejnet iċ-ċkejken Ziam”, in loving memory of a courageous young boy, Ziam, who battled the rare Griscelli Syndrome. Ziam’s journey began with a diagnosis at the tender age of four months, leading to numerous overseas journeys for vital medical treatments, including a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Despite the adversities he faced, Ziam’s unwavering resilience became a wellspring of inspiration for the entire community.

Mayor Wayne Aquilina said that this project started by a proposal I submitted to the local council, aiming to transform this abandoned and unused area into a space that can be enjoyed by the community. Ġnejnet iċ-Ċkejken Ziam, now serves as a living memory of Ziam, a young boy who tragically lost his life in 2018. Its the first playground in this area in Kalkara and a space for children to enjoy.”

Steve Ellul, CEO of Project Green, expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative, stating that “through initiatives such as this collaboration with the Kalkara Local Council, we are asserting our corporate social responsibilities by providing over 3,000 residents a welcoming community space where they can relax and interact in an environment which is safe for children. Through this project, Project Green, reaffirms its commitment to enhancing the quality of life.”

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Car Crashes Into Building Corner In Sliema

Car Crashes Into Building Corner In Sliema
Sep 4 2023 Share

Footage sent to this newsroom shows the site of an accident after a driver reportedly lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the corner of a building.

The accident reportedly happened at around 11:30 in Triq il-Kbira, Sliema, with officers arriving on site soon after.

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According to on site witnesses, the woman was reportedly fine. MaltaDaily has reached out for further comment. 

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