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Government to explore increase in bus routes, lanes & frequency, Transport Minister announces

Jan 15 2023 Share

Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia has announced that the government has started looking into the improvement of bus routes in Malta, together with the increase of frequencies and bus lanes.

The Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, together with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Social Dialogue recently hosted the Civil Society Committee (CSC) to discuss their proposals for the improvement of Malta’s bus service.

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During the event, the Minister welcomed the news that “Malta Public Transport reached 50 million passengers in 2022 reached 50 million passengers in 2022, thus breaking its own record of passengers in 2019”, before going on to discuss the way forward for Malta’s transport infrastructure.

He went on to state that the process to electrify Malta’s bus fleet and thereby reduce emissions has commenced.

Following the implementation of free public transport in Malta, the system has seen an increase in demand and as such, the transport ministry, operator and regulator continue to analyse routes, frequencies and number of buses the country needs “n order to ensure that the public has a realistic choice between using their private car or using public transport.”

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LESA officials praised for helping elderly man change tyre on his way to visit mum

LESA officials praised for helping elderly man change tyre on his way to visit mum
Jan 15 2023 Share

The local community has gathered in praise of two LESA officials who assisted an elderly man in changing his tyre in Marsa.

The elderly man was reportedly on his way to visit his mother and had to stop his car in the vicinity of the St. Vincent De Paul residence in Marsa.

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The two LESA officials stopped in their tracks to assist the man in changing his tyre before he went on his way.

A Facebook post published by the official LESA page thanked the officials for their exemplary actions and enacting their duty in the best way possible.

Multiple members took to the comments section of the post to thank the officials, praising the two’s actions and highlighting how it is not the first time that LESA officials went out of their way to help members of the local community.

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Family raising funds as young Ena Marie battles brain tumour in London

Family raising funds as young Ena Marie battles brain tumour in London
Jan 15 2023 Share

The family of 15-year-old Ena Marie Mifsud is currently raising funds for the young girl as she battles against a brain tumour she was diagnosed with a few days before Christmas.

Mifsud is currently in London’s Great Ormond Hospital where she is undergoing what is reported to be around 9 months of treatment.

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The courageous young girl will be cutting her hair and donating to London charity ‘Little Princess Trust’ as the Maltese government, Malta Community Chest Fund, Puttinu Cares and members of the local community continue to offer their financial and emotional support.

In an attempt to ramp up the financial aid, Ena Marie’s aunt Jeanette Zammit will be running 50 kilometres on her 50th birthday in order to raise funds.

A small excerpt from Zammit’s GoGetFunding page reports that the young girl remains positive and smiling in the face of such adversity, raising €27,262 from an initial goal of €5,000.

Zammit’s 50 kilometre run will take place on the 29th of January 2023.

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Customs Malta bust 40 kilograms of cocaine coming from Puerto Rico

Customs Malta bust 40 kilograms of cocaine coming from Puerto Rico
Jan 15 2023 Share

40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a reefer container on their way to Puerto Rico have been intercepted by Customs Malta at the Freeport.

The reefer container was en-route to Cairo from Puerto Rico, hiding 40 packets of cocaine, each containing 1 kilogram of the drug a concealed compartment.

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The reefer was transporting a shipment of medical products.

“Customs Malta has been registering successes in the fight against cocaine trafficking, year on year, with 2019 recording a total of 750kg (in 13 separate seizures), 2020: 612kg (in 1 seizure), 2021:740kg (in 1 seizure) and 2022: 800kg and 1494kg in two separate seizures”, a statement by Customs Malta read.

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