GSSE Maltese Gold Medalists to receive €10K bonus

 - Local - May 22 SHARE ON:
GSSE Maltese Gold Medalists to receive €10K bonus

A massive incentive has been added to Maltese athletes representing our country in the 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe, with Maltese Olympic Committee president Julian Pace Bonello announcing a €10,000 bonus. 

Pace Bonello revealed that talks between the government and Sport Malta have managed to result in the €10K bonus, making it the highest amount ever received by Maltese athletes in the GSSE. 

Over 200 athletes will be competing in 10 disciplines which will be part of the sports programme for the nineteenth edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe. This is the third time the Games are being hosted in Malta.

Speaking to the Maltese athletes at the Auberge de Castille courtyard, Prime Minister Abela remarked about the unprecedented investment in the Games. This investment has resulted in new or refurbished state of the art facilities as well as training programmes which prepared athletes for these Games.

It was also announced how Mediterranean Games medallist Elaine Genovese (Tennis) and European Youth Olympic Festival medallist Matthew Galea Soler (athletics) would be the two athletes who will carry the Maltese flag during the opening ceremony of the Small Nations Games to be held on the Floriana Granaries.


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Interceptor Remax take weekend honours at Voomquest Enemed Races

 - Local - May 22 SHARE ON:
Interceptor Remax take weekend honours at Voomquest Enemed Races

The rough seas along the Sliema coast at the end of the week meant that the World Championships Voomquest Enemed UIM V2 were thwarted, with organisers amending the sequence of events. 

The circuits planned for the outer reaches of the Grand Harbour had to be cancelled, meaning that no points were issued to the champions of this year. 

Despite this, a series of match races were organised in the Grand Harbour, which thanks to the efforts of Transport Malta was closed for traffic. 

On Saturday, the first three places were taken up by Team Interceptor Remax (GBR), driven by Sam Howes and Michael Xuereb. 

Championship winners for the previous two years Team El Diablo (MLT) , driven by Clive Butler and Sammy Grima came in second place whilst newcomer Team Waist Not, (MLT) piloted by Jesmond Aquilina and Rhys Grima finished in third place. 

Interestingly, third place Rhys Grima is following in his father Sammy Grima’s footsteps on the Voomquest podium. 

Team Cutting Edge, driven by Steve Bezzina and Michael Abela (MLT) and Team Marine Diffusion (FRA) driven by Domenique and Jean Lic Martini finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

In the 3D class, Team CRB, Gasebeton and Sabbie di Parma were the first three finishers in what was a thrilling yet straightforward race.

On Sunday afternoon, Team Interceptor Remax continued on their winning streak taking first place once again, one point behind them were Team El Diablo whilst Team Cutting Edge clinched third place, ahead of Teams Marine Diffusion and Waste Not.

Following the V2 action it was the turn of the 3D Class was a more closely fought one, the fifth and eighth race being so close that footage analysis was required to determine the winners. Winning the eighth race meant that Blu Banca took the honours for the day, followed by CRB and Sabbie di Parma. Teams Gasbeton and De Mitri finished in fourth and fifth place.




Over 250 University academics support ‘Xebbajtuna’ protest

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Over 250 University academics support 'Xebbajtuna' protest

Around 250 University of Malta academics have released a statement expressing their support of a national protest concerning Malta’s environment. 

The protest, called ‘Xebbajtuna’, is being organised by Moviment Graffitti, Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Nature Trust Malta – FEE, Għawdix, Birdlife Malta and Rambler’s Association Malta. 

‘Whilst many elements of our economic and planning models have been highly successful, a systematic evaluation is urgently needed to assess their weaknesses and the growing threats to quality of life, cultural and natural heritage in Malta’ the academics wrote. 

The protest will be held next Saturday 27th May at 1030am, starting at Triton Fountain in Valletta. Will you be attending?


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Worldwide celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott visits Malta for filming

 - Food - May 22 SHARE ON:
Worldwide celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott visits Malta for filming

World renowned chef and presenter Ainsley Harriott is currently in Malta on work to film around the island and, in the mean time, get a taste of the local cuisine. 


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The chef posted to social media, revealing that he visited the capital city and wrote how there is plenty more for him and his crew to see. 

The chef also visited Mrieħel restaurant Olive 3, popping by for lunch, who shared a few photos of the staff with the chef and thanking him for choosing the outlet. 

Ainsley is an English chef known for his BBC cooking game shows like ‘Can’t Cook’, ‘Won’t Cook’ and ‘Ready Steady Cook’. 

Becoming a resident chef on many programmes, he boasts a massive CV appearing on hundreds of programmes, publishing around 12 books as well as a love for comedy.


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