Games of Small States of Europe opening ceremony details announced

 - Local - May 5 SHARE ON:

With less than a month to go for the start of the XIX Games of the Small States of Europe, the Maltese Olympic Committee hosted a press briefing presenting the latest updates in the run up to the Games.

The Games of the Small States of Europe are one of the largest events to be hosted in Malta in the last twenty years. Preparation, with a strong attention to detail, for this event has taken several years, and Malta will be prepared to deliver the best possible result from a technical and organisational perspective.

It was announced, that Team Malta will be not be staying with the rest of the international delegations but will be staying at the Urban Valley Resort and Spa. The decision to keep Maltese athletes separate was to ensure that they have the right environment to focus and concentrate on their competitions.  This was announced by Shawn Muscat, General Manager of the Resort.

Furthermore it was announced that the national TV broadcaster – Public Broadcasting Services will be co-ordinating with other TV Stations and Media houses to give the best and widest possible coverage to the public.  This will entail bringing all available technical resources together to share footage, content and stories.  The Games are also expecting a strong influx of international journalists which will give the Games and Malta substantial international exposure. To this effect two media centres will be setup in the National Pool Complex and in the newly built Gymnastics centre in Marsa.  Furthermore all venues will have media rooms which will enable accredited media to have comfortable workspace.

“We have always had a good relationship with the media and they can rest assured of our co-operation. We are an open book.  The only thing we ask of journalists is to allow athletes to focus on achieving the desired results” remarked Mark Cutajar, Chairperson, Local Organising Committee”

It was also announced that the Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday 29th May at 2045hrs at the Granaries in Floriana.  The event will be of a high level that will be broadcast live in all GSSE countries and will showcase the beauty and hospitable nature Malta is renowned for, and where athletes will be the centre of attention.

MOC President Julian Pace Bonello expressed this gratitude towards members of the media for supporting the Games. Important for various reasons especially our country where we will have the opportunity to welcome a substantial number of international guests. It will be a great opportunity for them to experience Maltese hospitality and where communities will be brought together to support Team Malta to encourage them to the best they can be.

Minister Clifton Grima spoke about the enthusiasm that exists not only amongst athletes, but also within the Organizing Committee who have been working on these Games ever since Malta was announced as the 2023 Games host.

The response from my international colleagues – Ministers responsible for Sport from the small states of Europe, has been excellent. They are looking forward to be amongst us, and the enthusiasm is significant especially since during the pandemic this event did not take place. Our country will meet all expectations, because the work that has been done and which is currently at its culmination will give the expected results”, said Minister Grima.

The XIX Games of the Small States of Europe are being supported by SportMalta, NDSF, Welbee’s Supermarket, National Lottery, MITA, General Soft Drinks, Visit Malta, European Olympic Committees, Go, Enemed, BOV, Transport Malta, Malta International Airport and The Concept Stadium.


Malta will experience a significant problem with hornets this summer

 - Local - May 5 SHARE ON:

The warm summer months in Malta are usually a time for enjoyment and relaxation. However, this year, residents of Malta may have to deal with a more significant problem with hornets than usual. According to pest expert, Arnold Sciberras ‘The Exterminator’, Malta will experience a significant problem with hornets this summer.

Arnold Sciberras has confirmed with Malta Daily that Malta will see more hornets when compared to last summer. This is because more hornet queens are breeding, which will lead to larger nests and more hornets around the islands. The increase in hornets could pose a significant risk to people and pets, especially those who are allergic to insect stings.

When asked what to do if stung by a hornet, ‘The Exterminator’ recommends that you immediately cool the area and seek medical help. In some cases, a hornet sting can cause severe allergic reactions that require emergency medical attention.

To avoid getting hornets close to you or your home, there are some things you can do. First, maintain proper hygiene by keeping your surroundings clean and free of food debris. Hornets are attracted to sweet and savoury smells, so it’s essential to properly discard of cat/dog food and close waste bags, especially ones that have any type of protein in them. Additionally, keep your windows closed to prevent hornets from entering your home. If you notice a hornet nest on your property, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Always seek professional help, as hornets can be very aggressive and may attack if they feel threatened.

In conclusion, the increase in hornets this summer is a cause for concern for residents of Malta. It’s essential to take the necessary precautions to prevent hornets from entering your home and to seek professional help if you notice a hornet nest on your property. By staying informed and taking the appropriate measures, we can minimise the risk of hornet stings and enjoy a safe and relaxing summer in Malta.


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The Busker will perform at the Legendary Cavern club in Liverpool

 - Events - May 5 SHARE ON:

The Busker are currently in Liverpool preparing for next week’s Eurovision Semi-final.

On Tuesday, they will be representing Malta with ‘Dance – (Our Own Party)’, but tonight they will be performing at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The Cavern Club opened in 1957 as a jazz club, later becoming a centre of the rock and roll scene in Liverpool in the late 50s and early 1960s.

The club became closely associated with Merseybeat and regularly played host to the Beatles in their early years.


Robert Abela welcomes Gozitan students to his office in Auberge de Castille

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Prime Minister Robert Abela welcomed fifth and sixth-year students from the Dun Salv Vella Primary School in Nadur, Gozo, to his Office in Castille.

The visit was requested by the students themselves after the Prime Minister visited their school a few weeks ago to inspect ongoing construction works.

During their visit, the students had the opportunity to learn more about the history of Auberge de Castille Tower and its current use as the Office of the Prime Minister.

They were able to explore the building and engage in discussions with the Prime Minister on various topics of interest to them.

The students were also given the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights into the Prime Minister’s role and responsibilities.


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