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Graffiti warns ministers with more direct action over Comino

Jul 28 2022 Share

Moviment Graffitti has warned the Labour government that its inaction over the safety and environmental protection of the areas surrounding Comino and the Blue Lagoon would lead to the movement performing more direct actions like its deckchair revolt to recover the public coastline.

The movement also announced that, after receiving no answers from a letter they sent on the 6th June, they have sent another letter to the ministers of tourism, Gozo, environment, lands, and planning.

Graffitti revealed that the bay is currently suffering due to intense commercialism. They went on to say that not only the large amount of deckchairs and umbrellas harm the beach but also the large kiosks that produce amounts of unsustainable waste, noise and large ships which attract more and more tourists.

The group demanded that deckchairs would only be put on the bay if someone requests it and that they should take up only 30% of the whole beach. They also went on to write that there should only be two kiosks, where both are prohibited from playing music; also having a limit on waste generated. Graffitti also recommend the banning of large boats which come with hundreds of tourists already in them.

The movement also accused current Tourism minister Clayton Bartolo of refusing to take action with the committee which was created to help the island. They stated  that “Everything indicates that this committee – which was set up in 2017 to evaluate the Comino Management Plan of 2016, among other things – currently does not exist.”

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Photo Source: Malta Info Guide

Pretty Bay vendor praised for recycled Benna drinks tray

Pretty Bay vendor praised for recycled Benna drinks tray
Jul 28 2022 Share

In the midst of the current global climate crisis and ever-increasing temperatures worldwide, sustainability is the name of the game, and a local vendor has shown everyone how even the slightest effort can make a difference.

Whilst getting a few drinks from a refreshment stand in Pretty Bay, a beachgoer was told that there were no takeaway trays left. In a moment of entrepreneurial ingenuity and sustainable thinking, the local vendor crafted a tray out of a used milk tray. The customer not only praises the vendor for his effort, but highlighted that it was a better cupholder, holds the drinks more firmly and is better to carry.

How often do you see these practices locally?

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Santa Venera children keep traditions alive as they lead festa processions

Santa Venera children keep traditions alive as they lead festa processions
Jul 28 2022 Share

In a wholesome moment of pure local heritage, a group of children from Santa Venera have kept traditions alive as they led the local festa processions in one of St. Venera’s main streets.

The ‘Ġirja tat-Tfal’ has been a yearly tradition during the St. Venera feast celebrations which sees a few village children lead their patron saint down St. Joseph High Road with the aim of keeping Maltese traditions going strong for many years to come.

Are you participating in this year’s celebrations?

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Photo/Video Credit: Kumitat Festi Esterni Santa Venera

Shawn Mendes cancels world tour to deal with mental health struggles

Shawn Mendes cancels world tour to deal with mental health struggles
Jul 27 2022 Share

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has announced that, after previously postponing a number of tour dates, he will bring his entire world tour to a halt due to mental health struggles.

The 23-year-old took to social media to share that he was not prepared for the toll touring would take on his mental health and, while he started off excited to perform after a long break due to the pandemic, he wasn’t ready for what was to come.

Mendes put his fans mind to rest that he may be making new music and will eventually return to touring when the time is right, but for the moment he needs to put his health first and take some time to heal.

The singer launched his ‘Wonder’ world tour back in June to promote the album of the same name and was set to visit a number of Northern American cities as well as multiple locations in the UK and Europe.

If you too struggle with mental health, never be afraid to reach out. Multiple Maltese organisations such as The Richmond Foundation, MHA and Kellimni.com are always ready to listen and extend a helping hand. 

Are you a fan of Shawn Mendes?

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