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Gozitan athletes prepare ahead of International Islands Games

Gozitan athletes prepare ahead of International Islands Games
Jun 9 2023 Share

This year marks the first time Gozo, and by extension, the Maltese islands, will be competing in the International Islands Games, set to take place in Guernsey between 8 and 14 July. 

Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri took to social media to highlight how the athletes are training hard and preparations are being made to represent their home in these internationally acclaimed games. 

No less than 65 Gozitan athletes will be flying to the games in 32 days to compete in various sports disciplines. 

The sports include archery, badminton, athletics, basketball, bowls, cycling, football, golf, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis and triathlon. 

The NatWest Island Games are biennial international multi-sports events organised by the International Island Games Association. The most recent edition was in 2019 and took place in Gibraltar. 

Gozo will going up against the likes of Åland Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Western Isles and many more.

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Maltese NGO seeking volunteers for their annual beach clean-up

Maltese NGO seeking volunteers for their annual beach clean-up
Jun 9 2023 Share

In honour of World Ocean Day, the QLZH Foundation invites individuals from all walks of life to join their highly anticipated 6th annual Ocean Bed Clean-Up event.


Last year’s event was a resounding success, with 100 dedicated volunteers, including 40 skilled divers and 12 enthusiastic kayakers, dedicating half a day to clear the seabed and surroundings of Senglea waterfront. They removed an astonishing 1.8 tons (1,800kg) of rubbish, including 55kg of plastic, 980kg of metal, 155kg of wood, 122kg of glass, 185kg of tires, and various other materials, totalling an additional 305kg. Unexpected items like road signs, car tires, sinks, fans, and even toilets highlighted the urgent need for responsible waste management.

Supported by Kunsill Lokali l-Isla and proudly sponsored by QuickLets, Zanzi Homes, QLC, and Deloitte, along with esteemed sponsors like Bad Boy Cleaners, No To Plastic Malta, Dive Systems, HMS Group, Mannarinu, and Raniero Photography, this event aims to preserve our marine ecosystems.

Led by co-founder Steve Mercieca, the QLZH Foundation aims to raise awareness about proper waste disposal and emphasise individual actions’ impact on the planet. Mercieca emphasizes that the clean-up event promotes conscientious consumption, responsible waste disposal, and safeguarding our natural resources.

Join the QLZH Foundation on Saturday, June 10th, from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM in Isla for this remarkable event. Volunteers of various capacities are welcome, including Advanced Open Water Divers, snorkelers, land pickers, kayakers, and boat drivers.

🚨 Register your interest at bit.ly/oceancleanup2023 to be part of the solution to ocean pollution.

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Bernard Grech celebrates 52nd birthday

Bernard Grech celebrates 52nd birthday
Jun 9 2023 Share

Leader of the Nationalist Party Bernard Grech is celebrating his 52nd birthday today, 9th June 2023. 

Taking to social media, he posted a photo of himself with his wife AnneMarie, thanking those who wished him well on his birthday and saying that he will be spending the day with his loved ones.

On her part, AnneMarie Grech also posted to say that this day reminds her of how many moments and adventures the two share together.

‘I keep cherishing and appreciating the time we find to spend together and with our children, as well as the respect and support we give each other.’ 

On behalf of MaltaDaily, we would like to wish Bernard Grech a happy 52nd birthday!

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NGO Żibel find dead ray in shipwreck illegal net

NGO Żibel find dead ray in shipwreck illegal net
Jun 9 2023 Share

NGO Żibel took to social media to raise awareness for World Ocean’s Day 2023 by pointing how they have collected close to 100 nets within 3 years. 

‘The health of our seas dictates our future’, wrote the NGO, explaining how the most recent net was found on the Hephaestus wreck at Xatt l-Aħmar, Gozo.

‘Amongst the dead fish there was also a small ray’ said the NGO, explaining that despite it being illegal to fish on wrecks, nets and cages on at least 2 other wrecks have been sent to them this month. 

With wrecks being a refuge for marine life, nets get stuck to them when fishermen get too close to the sunken vessel, creating hazards for divers as well as marine life. 

The NGO thanked all divers who report nets to them, and said that they aim to be on site as soon as the weather permits to minimise the damage that can be done. 

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