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Footage highlights noisy reality of Valletta 1am curfew

 - Culture - Sep 13 SHARE ON:
Footage highlights noisy reality of Valletta 1am music curfew

A Facebook post, uploaded by Jake Scerri Seychell, captured the noisy reality many Valletta residents are facing as music in bars and pubs is given leeway to continue until 1am under supposed ‘moderate’ conditions. 

The filming was done on Sunday 11th September at around midnight. ‘If the government and the local councils continue to stand their ground and don’t change this law, they are effectively telling Valletta residents to move out and live somewhere else.’ 

 

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Scerri Seychell pointed to Valletta mayor Alfred Zammit’s statement last week when he stated that the noise is moderate and thus supported this new law and noisy environment. 

This ‘pro-business’ attitude, said Scerri Seychell, is not keeping in mind the citizens and should instead turn towards quality tourism which financially supports all those who have businesses in the capital city. 

‘I too am pro-business and believe that a lively Valletta is amazing, but there needs to be a balance to accommodate the residents with the lifestyle they deserve’. 

The issue was brought up by various individuals and groups, including former foreign minister Evarist Bartolo. He had highlighted how police were ill-equipped to deal with keeping music moderate all over the capital city. Many residents have asked the government to retract the law, saying that Valletta risks becoming a new Paceville. 

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Could Valletta Air replace Air Malta? Speculation not ruled out

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Could Valletta Air replace Air Malta? Speculation not ruled out

According to a report by MAviO News, there has been speculation during the past weeks on whether the government will close down Air Malta and replace it with Valletta Air. 

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana had not ruled out the possibility of a new flag carrier when the news was first announced. 

Following proceedings closely, MAviO News revealed that sources from Level 2 – SkyParks confirmed that one of the names being touted as a new national carrier could be Valletta Air. 

The sources spoke to MAviO News on condition of anonymity and explained that other names have been proposed. Valletta Air still seems to have an above average level of acceptance among the limited number of those consulted on the issue. 

Based on the title of the island’s capital city, this new name would also theoretically help distinguish itself from the current confusion which exists between Air Malta and Malta Air. 

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Facebook post about horses in the streets sparks outrage and discussions

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Facebook post about horses in the streets sparks outrage and discussions

A man took to local Facebook group ‘Are You Being Served?’ to address the topic of horses being out on Malta’s streets and what the best approach to this is. 

The man, by the name of Denson Gatt, said that whenever someone encounters someone with a horse out on the road, drivers should not honk their horns to force the horse and their owner to move out of the way.

‘If you don’t want the horse to lose control and end up climbing on top of your vehicle, and then making a show on social media, please don’t honk and patiently drive by when possible’ he said. 

Facebook post about horses in the streets sparks outrage and discussions

He also addressed how a horse should not be kept 24 hours in a stable and should be taken out every once in a while. He highlighted an apparent hypocrisy whenever people post on social media with captions ‘Only in Malta’, when the danger is created by these same people. 

The post was met with a mixture of reactions, some agreeing whilst others pointing out that horses should not be on Maltese roads. 

 

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Some said that roads should be reserved for cars as the horses pose a danger to drivers. Others asked people with horses to avoid hours of traffic. Some even said that the cars and horses can co-exist on the road as all it takes is some prudence and respect. What do you think? 

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Malta waterpolo coach says future is bright for sport for local athletes

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Malta waterpolo coach says future is bright for sport for local athletes

Following a historic achievement,  waterpolo coach Karl Izzo said that the future is bright for the local athletes in the sport. 

A fourth session win gave the Maltese national waterpolo team a 13-9 win over Slovenia as they book a place in the final for 13th place in the European Championships. 

This was the first win during regular time for Malta and it will ensure the best ever held position by a local team in the competition. 

Malta’s best ever standing was in 15th place, but this win seals at least the 14th place. The impressive plays prompted coach Izzo to point out how ‘tough’ the Maltese team was. 

‘The future is bright, lots of room for improvement to reach certain levels, and this can be done with harder training and a more professional approach to such important competitions.’

‘I firmly believe that if we had more time to prepare and managed some top quality tournaments and games prior to the competition , the results would have been also much better.’

 

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He went on to thank all the players, supporters and anyone who had in any way shown some support to the team as the local team continues to push the Maltese frontier in yet another sport worldwide. 

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