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BirdLife nature reserve threatened by massive apartment block

BirdLife nature reserve threatened by massive apartment block
Jun 9 2023 Share

The Simar nature reserve in Xemxija, which is overseen by Birdlife Malta, is currently under threat due to an upcoming block of seven-to-eight storey apartments across the street. 

The NGO told media in a press conference outside the reserve that they will be appealing the PA’s approval of the developments.

These, Birdlife said, will have massive impact on the reserve’s ecological status and diminish the educational value which it provides to thousands of visitors. 

The nature reserve received its status as such in 1991 after plans to build a theme park were changed to give space to nature and eventually led to the growth of a saline marshland. 

As one of just five remaining marshland areas in Malta, it is the only breeding ground to species like the common little bittern, common coot and little grebe. It is also an important stop for migrating herons. 

‘BirdLife Malta is committed to fight this all the way, challenging these development permits at the Environment & Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) and also in Court.’ 

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Love Island Malta Contestant Allen Pays Tribute to Late Grandmother Amidst Heartbreaking Loss

Love Island Malta Contestant Allen Pays Tribute to Late Grandmother Amidst Heartbreaking Loss
Jun 8 2023 Share

In a heartfelt tribute, Allen, a contestant on Love Island Malta, paid his respects to his late grandmother who tragically lost her battle to leukemia while he was inside the villa.

Acknowledging the immense support he received during such a challenging period, Allen expressed his gratitude towards the production team of Love Island Malta for their unwavering assistance. He also extended his appreciation to the general public for their outpouring of love, support, and condolences that provided solace to both him and his family during these difficult times. Reflecting on his experience, Allen revealed that losing his beloved grandmother while being on the reality show had been one of his deepest fears, a fear that became a heartbreaking reality.

In a heartfelt tribute, Allen, a contestant on Love Island Malta, paid his respects to his late grandmother who tragically lost her battle to leukemia while he was inside the villa.
Despite the excitement and romantic adventures that unfolded within the Love Island Malta villa, Allen’s personal loss served as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable nature of life. The emotional toll of navigating the show while mourning his grandmother’s passing added a layer of complexity to his journey, highlighting the challenges contestants may face when their personal lives intersect with the reality TV bubble.

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Woman grievously injured after being hit by bicycle

Woman grievously injured after being hit by bicycle
Jun 8 2023 Share

A 58-year-old woman resident of Ħal Għargħur was taken to Mater Dei Hospital at around 0800hrs today after being injured in an incident in Triq Santa Katerina, Ħal Għargħur. 

Preliminary investigations showed that the woman was hit by a bicycle, which was being driven by a 29-year-old man, resident of St Paul’s Bay. 

They were given preliminary aid by an on site medical time, with the woman being transported to the hospital, where she was certified to have suffered grievous injuries.

The bicycle rider was not injured. Police investigations are ongoing. 

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Education Ministry addresses butter knife case and alarm

Education Ministry addresses butter knife case and alarm
Jun 8 2023 Share

Following the report by Times of Malta that a fight had taken place between two 12-year-old girls in a Naxxar school that involved a butter knife, the education ministry issued a public statement to clarify how the facts were being blown out of proportion.

The Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, presided over by Minister Clifton Grima, stated that no act of violence is tolerated and thanked the educators for their immediate addressing of the situation. 

‘In all the schools of the country, as is being done in the Naxxar school, massive good is being done by the educators, who with dedication and hard work give the best education to all students.’

The statement outlined the exact progress of events in the altercation and went on to say that any other version is incorrect and causing alarm for no reason whilst also undermining the educators’ work.

The statement highlighted how the student who grabbed the butter knife was immediately stopped and did not allow for any further fights. 

‘The school staff took immediate action and sent for the parents on the same day. Apart form disciplinary actions, the students are being given the necessary assistance by the psychosocial team of the college itself. 

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