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Brace yourselves for traffic: 60km of road projects per year planned

Brace yourselves for traffic: 60km of road projects per year planned
Nov 3 2022 Share

It was revealed by Transport and Infrastructure Minister Aaron Farrugia that approximately 60km worth of residential road-building projects will take place per year. 

Infrastructure Malta (IM) has prepared a work plan with local councils for residential roads, with around 54 local councils being in consultation.

The work plan is to supposedly be stretched out over the next three years as a continuation of the implementation of the national plan to improve residential road quality. 

Minister Farrugia emphasised the importance of quality and safe roads for people, but also encouraged active mobility and active means of transport. He also highlighted the €35 million investment to strengthen cycling infrastructure. 

However, many across the island have often lamented at the fact that most traffic jams occur and are maintained due to the large amount of ongoing and dragging road projects. 

For this, Farrugia said that an effective system will be put in place to ensure transparency to commuters and residents as to the responsible entities, deadlines and length of any inconvenience. 

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Malta to criminalise virginity testing; explore making sterilisation free

Malta to criminalise virginity testing; explore making sterilisation free
Nov 3 2022 Share

Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms Rebecca Buttigieg revealed this morning that women in Malta could soon be able to get sterilised free of charge even if not medically required. 

Apart from this, the act of virginity testing could also be criminalised as part of a 5 year government strategy to mainstream gender equality. 

Buttigieg said that this strategy recognises the significant progress made but commits to making better advancements where needed. 

This comes after Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that free contraception will be offered to the general public as of next year. The new measures being explored and mentioned by Buttigieg form part of the 2022 manifesto.

This had included the provision of free menstruation products at school, a primary health care centre for rape victims and free emergency contraception at Mater Dei. 

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Instagram could become an NFT marketplace very soon

Instagram could become an NFT marketplace very soon
Nov 3 2022 Share

Meta has just announced that it is introducing a number of new creator updates across Instagram and Facebook. Most notably, creators on Instagram could soon be able to create and sell NFTs directly to fans. 

Through this new update, creators will have access to a ‘toolkit’ which will help them create, showcase and sell NFTs. 

Polygon is the first partner which Meta chose to run this feature. The process will also take place via traditional in-app purchases across iOS and Android. And Instagram won’t take a cut from the revenue just yet. 

Meta is currently testing this new feature with a small group of US creators and plans to expand it to more countries in the future. 

The platform will also allow video-based digital collectibles to be showcased. Having recently launchd its Digital Collectibles feature in 100 countries, Instagram will include a shimmery effect to the NFT to indicate ‘authenticity’. 

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35 year old grieviously injured after crashing car into tree

35 year old grieviously injured after crashing car into tree
Nov 3 2022 Share

A 35-year-old resident of Xgħajra had to be taken to Mater Dei Hospital at around 0615hrs this morning following a traffic accident in Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, St Julian’s.

Preliminary investigations suggested that the man, who was driving a Ford Fiesta, lost control and had an impact with a tree in the vicinity. 

The man was later certified to have suffered grievous injuries. Investigations are ongoing. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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