Abandoned house in Birgu regenerated for social purpose

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The Minister for Social and Affordable Accommodation, Roderick Galdes, recently announced that a house in Birgu, which was previously abandoned, has been regenerated for a social purpose. The Minister revealed that this house is one of fifteen properties undergoing regeneration works to benefit society.

The abandoned house, which had been closed for several months, has been revitalized through an investment of approximately €150,000. The Housing Authority has received the property following the extensive renovation works, which included lighting and water installations and other aesthetic improvements that maintain the house’s Maltese character.

Minister Roderick Galdes emphasized that the government’s strategy for social housing extends beyond constructing new apartments. He explained that by investing in abandoned properties like this one, the government is sending a strong message that it seeks to provide shelter to individuals and families in need.

The regeneration of this house is a positive development that will benefit the community in Birgu. Through similar initiatives, the government can continue to repurpose abandoned properties for social purposes, providing essential support to vulnerable members of society.


Gap between PL & PN now down to 8,500 votes MT survey shows

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Following the Steward hospitals court decision in favour of PN MP Adrian Delia, the Labour Party has suffered its worst ‘electoral’ result ever, polling at just 30.8% in MaltaToday’s March survey that was published this morning.

In contrast, the Nationalist Party is now polling at 28.4%, while ADPD and other parties collectively receive 4.7% of the vote.

The gap between the two major parties has narrowed to just two points, or 8,500 votes without including the voting intentions of uncommitted voters. 

This represents a significant drop from the 56,400 votes registered in February, and is within the margin of error, said Malta Today upon publishing the survey.

The PL has lost eight points compared to the February survey, while the PN has gained six points.

This shift, according to MT, reflects voter dissatisfaction with the government, following a court ruling that annulled the hospitals concession due to fraud.

Robert Abela’s trust rating has also suffered, losing 11 points to register his worst ever result at 34.3%. 

In contrast, Bernard Grech has gained six points to achieve a score of 26.1%.


71-year-old man is fighting for his life after car accident in Marsaskala

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Yesterday, the police received a report of a traffic accident on San Tumas Entrance Road in Marsaskala.

Upon receiving the report, the police promptly proceeded to the scene. After conducting a preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the accident involved a Toyota Aygo driven by a 71-year-old man who is a resident of Marsaskala, and a BMW 120 driven by a 20-year-old resident of the same area.

Additionally, one of the vehicles involved in the accident collided with a parked Mazda Demio.

Civil Protection members and a medical team were also called to the scene to provide assistance.

The 71-year-old man was taken to Mater Dei Hospital via ambulance to receive the necessary medical attention, where he was later diagnosed with serious injuries.

The other driver, however, sustained no injuries.

The case was reported to Police Magistrate Dr. Lara Lanfranco, who has appointed an inquiry into the matter while the police continue their ongoing investigation.



Photo source: Malta Police Force

Malta Makes History: National Water Polo Team Advances to Semi-Finals of 2023 World Cup Qualification

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Malta Makes History: National Water Polo Team Advances to Semi-Finals of 2023 World Cup Qualification

The Maltese national water polo team has made history by advancing to the semi-final phase of the 2023 World Cup qualification. After a victory against the Ukrainian team, Malta defeated the British team with a final score of 9-7.

The match didn’t start off easy for the Maltese team as they quickly fell behind with the British team taking the lead. However, Jake Muscat’s penalty soon brought the teams to a tie. Another mistake by the Maltese team gave the British team the lead once again, but Ben Plumpton’s goal brought the teams to a tie at the end of the first session.

The second session saw the Maltese team take the lead with two goals from Liam Galea and Sam Gialanze. However, the British team quickly responded with John Pratt’s double, bringing the teams to a tie again at 4-4.

In the third session, the Maltese team rose to the occasion and pulled ahead by three goals with two goals from Jake Muscat and another from Benjamin Cachia. The team maintained their lead until the end of the third session.

The fourth and final session was a hard-fought one, with the British team closing the gap to just one goal with only 25 seconds remaining. But a perfect ball over Sam Gialanze from close range sealed the victory for Malta with a final score of 9-7.

This historic moment for Malta’s national water polo team marks a significant achievement for the country and its athletes. The team’s success in the 2023 World Cup qualification highlights the dedication and skill of Malta’s water polo players and inspires future generations of athletes to strive for excellence.

In the final game of Division B of the 2023 World Cup Qualification, the Maltese National Team suffered a 13-6 defeat against the powerful Romanian team. Despite this loss, the Maltese team finished in third place ahead of the Ukeren and British teams in the final standings of the division.

The Romanian team dominated the game, and the Maltese team struggled to overcome their mistakes throughout the four sessions. Despite this, Malta managed to score six times, with goals from Liam Galea, Jayden Cutajar, Sam Gialanze, Benji Cachia, and two goals from Jeremy Abela. Tudor Fulea was the top scorer for the Romanian team, who won every session and managed to find the net 13 times. The final result was Malta 6 Romania 13.

Coach Milan Cirovic expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the Maltese players despite the loss in the final game. He believes that these qualifications confirm a bright future for Maltese water polo.


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