WATCH: Akon’s 500-bottle afterparty shut down by police due to COVID-19 restrictions

Akon's 500-bottle afterparty shut down by police due to COVID-19 restrictions
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Wednesday evening’s afterparty event, which should have featured Senegalese-American singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Akon was shut down after it was found to be in breach of COVID-19 regulations. The event forms part of the SiGMA iGaming festival and promised to bring out 500 bottles of champagne to celebrate the gaming industry’s resilience during the pandemic.

Police intervened at 12am, initially stopping further people from entering the event before going into the venue and shutting down the music and beginning to escort partygoers outside. The officials found that little to no COVID-19 restrictions were being implemented such as COVID-19 vaccination checks and limitations as revellers were directed outside Sky Club in St. Julian’s. A ruckus from inside reportedly ensued with frustrated partygoers singing and chanting as they were escorted outside.

Sky Club management told Malta Daily that the venue was entirely rented to SiGMA, going on to say that the entire venue and its operations were the sole responsibility of SiGMA.

“Overall we’re blessed that we could hold the conference and save the year, given the rising numbers across Europe and the closing of borders once again. We were lucky and look forward to SiGMA 2022 next November,” a SiGMA spokesperson told MaltaDaily.

SiGMA is one of the largest iGaming conferences in the world, which launched back in 2014 and has expanded annually into what it is today. The conference is centred around online and land-based gaming and welcomes technology organisations from around the world. Malta plays a big part in the development of this conference, partially due to its central location in the Mediterranean and its popularity for being a key hospitality and entertainment hotspot, serving as a backdrop for SiGMA’s high-end events.


WATCH: Car overturns in Mriehel bypass after intense collision

Car oveturns in Mriehel bypass after intense collision
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Heavy traffic and delays are expected in Mriehel after a car overturned in the Mriehel Bypass going towards Rabat. The overturning was due to a collision between a Toyota Vitz and an Audi.

Officials from the Malta Police Force and Transport Malta were on site within minutes to redirect traffic and mitigate the situation as much as possible.

Avoiding the Mriehel Bypass area is advised as further delays are expected. Malta Daily has been informed that the individuals were taken to Mater Dei Hospital.

This is a developing story.


Seven arrested after heroine and cocaine busts in Marsa and Qormi

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The Malta Police Force has revealed that it has arrested seven individuals after discovering and seizing a considerable amount of heroin and cocaine ready for sale.

Two separate buildings in Triq it-Tiġrija and Triq is-Serkin were raided On Tuesday, where police officers arrested two men and two women aged between 17 and 24 years of age. Along with 120 baggies of heroin and cocaine, the police found an undisclosed amount of cash, some gold, electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras along with a BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes.

The Animal Welfare department was also on site due to reports of horses and a pit bull at one of the buildings.

On Wednesday, three other men aged between 20 and 30 years old were arrested in Qormi after the Police searched their homes and a car showroom to find what is suspected to be cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Magisterial inquiries have been set up on both cases, with the four men in the Marsa case expected to be charged today on counts of drug trafficking and money laundering.


Food, booze and views: here’s why everyone is going crazy for Marea

Food, booze and views: here's why everyone is going crazy for Marea
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Every couple of years, a new restaurant opens its doors and changes the Maltese culinary landscape forever; Marea is one of those restaurants. This Mediterrasian restaurant in Kalkara boasts some of the most gorgeous views in Malta along with a menu of intricately prepared Mediterranean and Asian delicacies. There’s a reason why you’ve been seeing shots of Marea pop up on all of your socials and you can break it down into 3 distinct pillars; the food, the drinks and the view.

The food

With Marea’s kitchen manned by a team of highly-capable culinary professionals who bring a certain artistry to the table, it’s very hard to imagine the restaurant not being a foodie’s paradise. Striking a perfect balance between super-Instagrammable and unforgettably tasty, Marea will have you coming back for more every single time. From extravagant Japanese-inspired sushi plates to gorgeous meat and fish dishes, not to mention Marea’s selection of eye-catching desserts, you aren’t really a foodie if you haven’t tried Marea.

The booze

Food and drink go hand in hand and when you’re dining at the finest of locations such as Marea, a unforgettable cocktail menu is only appropriate. Marea’s bar team prides itself on expertly-crafted drinks with an eye for detail unlike anything you’ve ever scene, which is why a mere sip of one of Marea’s cocktails will take you to a whole new world.

The views

When we tell you Marea has views for days, we mean it. The restaurant is situated at the gorgeous Kalkara waterfront and possesses breathtaking views of the historic Grand Harbour. On some days (if you’re lucky), you might even come across some of the seasonal activities and fireworks which grace the harbour with their beauty. So look at it this way, you will not only bless your socials with the gorgeous food & drinks offered at Marea but also the stunning views which surround the restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? Pay them a visit and try it out for yourself!

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