€85 million into economy through film productions in 2022

 - Local - Jan 24 SHARE ON:
€85 million into economy through film productions in 2022

As reported by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo, the film industry contributed to the influx of around €85 million into the Maltese economy in 2022. This, the minister said, would make it the best year in the past decade from this sector’s perspective. 

Addressing a press conference, the minister reflected how the year 2022 saw 24 productions filmed in Malta, with many of them aired across the globe. 

Bartolo said that Screen Malta will be the slogan adopted by the Malta Film Commission to promote Malta as a filming destination. 

Bartolo likened the film industry to an ‘economic vaccine’ as it strengthened the country’s economy when it was most needed. Film Commissioner Johann Grech also addressed the conference, saying that the commission’s work is being translated into results. 

Grech said that the plan is yielding fruit and that for the first time in Malta’s history, people are being invested in to give them an opportunity to work full time in this industry. 


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Petition launched to bring Aidan back to Eurovision 2023

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Petition launched to bring Aidan back to Eurovision 2023

A petition has been started to have Aidan Cassar back to the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. 

The petition, which as of the time of writing is already halfway of the way there to achieve a 100 signatures, is calling for the artist to make a comeback into the competition.

The description outlines how Aidan’s disqualification was announced without providing the necessary details in a timely manner by broadcaster PBS to ‘generate clickbait.’ 

‘The unnecessary delay between the announcement and the (vague) clarification did not only put AIDAN’s career, reputation and mental health in jeopardy but also challenged the integrity of the competition.

‘AIDAN has shown incredible effort and dedication throughout the competition and their disqualification was a huge disappointment for both him and his fans locally and internationally.’ 

‘We, the supporters of AIDAN, believe that the disqualification is unjustified and that the artist deserves a fair and transparent evaluation process. We also believe that PBS’s regulations are rigid and restrictive, as they prevent local artists from promoting their art freely and without fear of being persecuted.’ 

The petition organiser is calling on PBS to provide a fair and transparent evaluation process for all the participants, to revisit and revise their regulations going forward to allow local artists to promote their art freely and without fear of being persecuted and, of course, bring back Aidan into the competition.

Meanwhile, Peppi Azzopardi wrote through the official Xarabank Facebook page that he is saddened by the fact that he cannot host him on his now cancelled programme to discuss the disqualification. He wrote how this had already almost happened years ago and that Aidan was ‘proved correct’ via Xarabank. 

Azzopardi also wrote how it is unfair that other artists competing in the competition were not disqualified simply because they removed the content they shared before action could be taken against them. 

He called on artists to come together to protest such disqualification, saying that Aidan is only the first to face such consequences. 

What do you make of all this? 


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Accidentally received thousands in cash instead of the sausage McMuffin

 - Food - Jan 24 SHARE ON:

Would you return it?

McDonald’s in Indiana accidentally gave customer Josiah Vargas a bag of cash instead of what he hd ordered.

Vargas, posted about this on TikTok an quickly went viral, reaching over 2.3M views.

Vargas is seen in the video pulling small plastic bags of cash out of the McDonald’s bag and wondering what he should do with the bag of money before eventually deciding to return to McDonald’s.


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New Ethiopian school commemorates late beloved Maltese figures

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Ethiopian junior secondary school named after Rebecca Żammit Lupi

The lives of three late beloved Maltese figures were commemorated in permanent fashion through the building and inauguration of a Junior Secondary School in Ethiopia. 

A six year long project which was kicked off by the Sigma Foundation, it secured educational resources and food for Ethiopian children in Jimma Bonga. 

With previous Camino expeditions raising upwards of €300,000 in funds, the school dedicated designated areas after these remarkable figures who inspired many, both locally and now abroad. 

A placard was placed on the outside of the school to commemorate Rebecca (Becs) as the inauguration saw various contributors to the project coming together to celebrate the memory of the late Maltese. 

Two other areas, the kindergarten and the playground were named in memory of Maltese Jonathan Chetcuti and Karl Pace. 


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