€31 Million Worth Of Cannabis Hidden In Industrial Ovens

€31 Million Worth Of Cannabis Hidden In Industrial Ovens
Jun 25 2024 Share

On Monday, customs officials reported discovering €13 million worth of cannabis resin concealed within industrial ovens inside a container at the Malta Freeport Terminal.

The container, originating from Morocco and destined for Tripoli, Libya, was flagged for inspection following a risk assessment.

Initial scans of six induction ovens within the container revealed significant anomalies. Subsequent scans confirmed the presence of irregular material hidden inside the ovens.

According to a customs statement, extracting the drugs was a complex process that took over two days and involved customs canine teams, the police narcotics squad, and members of the Civil Protection Department.

Upon dismantling the panels, officials found 4,300 kilos of cannabis resin embedded in the ovens’ inner compartments. Customs described this as a “remarkable find” not only due to the substantial quantity, which is significant even on an international level, but also because of the sophisticated methods used to conceal the drugs.

In a separate incident last week, customs intercepted 50 kilos of cocaine in a container arriving from Ecuador, destined for Slovenia. Duty magistrates have been informed of both cases, and inquiries have been appointed.


Photos: Customs via Times of Malta

STUDENTS: Celebrate End of Exams in Style at G7 Fridays feat. A7S This Friday!

Jun 24 2024 Share

Mark your calendars for an BIG ONE this Friday, as HUGO presents a special edition of G7 Fridays featuring the sensational Swedish hit-maker A7S! Known for his chart-topping hits like “Breaking Me,” “Your Love (9PM),” and “Kernkraft 400 (A Better Day),” A7S is set to stun the Gianpula Main Room with a set of all-time anthems and fresh global hits.

This isn’t just any Friday; it’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of exams and kick off the summer in style. Whether you’re finishing up a tough semester or just ready to dive into the long-awaited summer break, there’s no better place to be.

In addition to A7S, the night will feature a stellar line-up of local favourites who will bring the unmistakable G7 vibes to the stage.

Join us this Friday, the eve of a public holiday, for a night that promises unforgettable memories and non-stop vibes. Secure your spot now at g7events.com and let’s make this one for the books!


International Public Services Day Celebrated with Special Awards

Jun 24 2024 Share

The Public Service honored exceptional public officers during a ceremony held under the patronage of President Dr. Myriam Spiteri Debono. The event celebrated International Public Services Day by acknowledging those who stood out in their work over the past year.

Public Service Head Tony Sultana highlighted the importance of motivating public officers on this special day for public administration. He referenced the Public Service Expo, which focused on discussing various skills and evaluating current capabilities to ensure they are well-maintained and developed.

The awards adjudication board received hundreds of high-level nominations, demonstrating the significant contributions of public officers to improving people’s lives. The following awards were presented:

  • Quality Award: Given to the National Blood Transfusion Service for the outstanding quality of service provided. The Office of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, the English Language Teaching Council, the Gender Violence Unit, and the Employee Support Programme within the Office of the Prime Minister received quality labels.
  • Best Practice in Good Governance Award: Awarded to the Malta Council Science and Technology (MCST), praised by the National Audit Office (NAO) in a recent audit.
  • Best Digital Solution: Awarded to the Ministry for Gozo and Planning for the “Events in the Gozo App”, which provides comprehensive information about Gozo for both residents and tourists with a user-friendly design and advanced technical interface.
  • Best Green Initiative: Granted to Water Services Corporation for issuing the first green bonds in Malta, valued at €25 million, aligning with sustainable development goals and the European Union Green Deal. This funding supports efficient plants, solar panel installations, sewage purification improvements, and new water enhancements.
  • Inclusion Award: Given to San Miguel Primary Education Resource Centre, which provides education to students aged 3 to 11 with complex learning difficulties through sensory methods and promotes inclusion by integrating these students with peers from mainstream schools.
  • Role Model Award: Awarded to Ms. Marcelle Muscat, Customer Interface Manager at the Lands Registration Agency. Despite personal challenges, Ms. Muscat demonstrated commitment and perseverance in her duties, inspiring others with her passion for serving clients effectively.
  • Inspiring Social Responsibility Award: Given to MITA Cares, a committee within MITA that supports various NGOs and voluntary organizations, including Puttinu Cares, the Malta Trust Foundation, Caritas, Dar Bjorn, the Karl Vella Foundation, and Appoġġ.
  • Project of the Year: Awarded to SportMalta for the Olympic Pool project in Cospicua, featuring state-of-the-art facilities including dressing rooms, offices, control rooms, water heating systems, air conditioning, and spectator areas.
  • Team Recognition Award: Given to the Logistics Section within the Ministry of Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation, which provides multidisciplinary services in colleges and schools across Malta and Gozo. Last year, this team completed 514 projects.
  • Outstanding Effort Award: Presented by Principal Permanent Secretary Tony Sultana to the emergency team at Mater Dei Hospital and Gozo General Hospital. This team, comprising specialized doctors, emergency nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, technicians, and other health workers, provides 24/7 emergency services, assisting around 150 critically ill patients daily in Malta and serving 280 patients per day in the Department. In Gozo, the emergency department assists around 90 patients daily, with the pediatric section welcoming 70 to 100 children daily.

The ceremony highlighted the dedication and hard work of public officers, emphasizing their crucial role in enhancing public services and making a positive impact on the community.


Over 45 Films Screening This Week For Mediterrane Film Festival

Over 45 Films Screening This Week For Mediterrane Film Festival
Jun 24 2024 Share

With massive titles such as The Greatest Showman, Avatar, Gladiator and Jurassic World being among the classic films being screened, the screenings are also set to be attended by stars from some of these very same titles.

These include Connie Nielsen, who portrayed Lucilla in Gladiator and director Colin Trevorrow from Jurassic World.

But that’s not all, as 15 films to be screened this week will be competing in the Golden Bee Awards, with another 7 environment themed films screened in the Mare Nostrum section of the Mediterrane Film Festival.

15 immersive projects from Europe and beyond will also be available for attendees to experience as part of the Future Visions section, and much more taking place in a jam-packed week.

St George’s Square has been transformed into an open air cinema for some of the film screenings, with other venues in Valletta such as Eden Cinemas also hosting more the films during the week.

You can view the screenings here. And you get your tickets for the screenings here.