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Birkirkara Still Without Mayor As Council Disagrees

Birkirkara Still Without Mayor As Council Disagrees
Jul 3 2024 Share

Following the recent local council elections, Birkirkara is still without a mayor after disagreements on who to elect in the head seat.

This comes after independent candidate Kaylocke Buhagiar was elected after having left the Labour Party.

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Birkirkara elected 6 Labour candidates and 6 PN candidates – with Yana Borg Debono Grech, Alfred Attard, Gilmour Borg, Rosette Cassar, Karl Cutajar and Stefano Sicari representing the former and Desirei Grech, Maurizio Gauci, Antoine Attard, Jade England, Luke Vella and Marie Claire Zammit Bonello representing the latter.

Yana Borg Debono Grech was the most popular PL candidate in the locality with 1,805 votes, whereas Desirei Grech had the most votes for the PN in Birkirkara at 1,802.

In two statements, PN’s Desirei Grech highlighted how the Nationalists gained the majority of votes in the locality, saying that ‘common sense should win out and the will of the majority should be respected.’

However, she later explained that there was no agreement reached and that a meeting is planned for next week. PL’s top candidate too, Yana Debono Grech, wrote how each member of each party voted for their respective mayor candidate.

The independent candidate, Kaylocke, voted against both parties, despite having been nominated as vice-mayor by the PL.

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Elderly Woman At Risk Of Dying After Being Hit By A Car In Zebbug

Elderly Woman At Risk Of Dying After Being Hit By A Car In Zebbug
Jul 3 2024 Share

Today, around 0845hrs, police were informed of a traffic accident in Vjal il-Ħelsien, Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

Police convened immediately on site and preliminary investigations found that a 78 year old woman resident of Ħaż-Żabbar had been hit by a Peugeot 307 driven by a 20 year old Syrian man resident of Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

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She was given preliminary medical aid and transported to Mater Dei Hospital, where she was certified as having suffered serious injuries.

Magistrate Dr Joseph Mifsud L.L.D was informed with the case and appointed an inquiry.

Investigations about the accident are still underway.

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Calum Scott Performs At Golden Bee Awards

Calum Scott Performs At Golden Bee Awards
Jul 3 2024 Share

International artists Calum Scott and Heather Small all performed at the closing of the Mediterrane Film Festival, The Golden Bee Awards.

Scott performed the iconic 2016 hit ‘Dancing On My Own’ as well as ‘You Are The Reason’ in Malta at the grand Fort Manoel, Gżira, hosted by David Walliams.

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Mercury Prize winner Heather Small also took to the stage to perform her iconic single ‘Proud’.

 

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Local artists too took to the stage, including opera singer Joseph Calleja, who fascinated the acclaimed crowd with his voice.

The event also welcomed the President of the Republic of Malta, Myriam Spiteri Debono, who gave an address that highlighted the continuous promotion of the film industry is of primary importance and essential if the industry is to develop into one of the pillars of the Maltese economy.

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Recycling Rates Almost Tripled Over The Past Decade

Recycling Rates Almost Tripled Over The Past Decade
Jul 3 2024 Share

Wasteserve have announced  that Malta’s recycling rate has soared to 266 percent of what it was ten years ago, while black bag usage has nearly reduced by one third, setting new records in sustainable waste management.

Compared to the average calculated in 2010-2013, Malta now produces 31.5 percent fewer household black bags. In the first half of 2024, organic waste collection increased by 12 percent compared to the same period last year. Wasteserv process this waste at the ECOHIVE complex, converting it into energy.

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Environment Minister Miriam Dalli praised the public’s commitment to waste separation, attributing these successes to collective action. Miriam Dalli stets that “Combining effective policies with public participation yields significant results, motivating us to further implement the national waste management plan and promote sustainability.”

WasteServ’s efforts are paying off, according to CEO Richard Bilocca. He highlighted a 12 percent rise in organic waste collection over the previous year as a crucial milestone, given Malta’s history of excessive black bag waste.

Bilocca noted that “Despite population growth, 2023 was our best year yet, and 2024 looks promising.” Waste separation enables more sustainable operations. Previously, organic waste in landfills caused odours and attracted pests. Now, it powers hundreds of homes with renewable energy.

Successes are due to investments in new facilities, including those at the ECOHIVE Complex, Ħal Far, and a new glass sorting line in Marsaskala. Policy changes, such as a new waste collection schedule and mandatory waste separation, have also played a significant role.

Ħal Far, and a new glass sorting line in Marsaskala. Policy changes, such as a new waste collection schedule and mandatory waste separation, have also played a significant role.

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