Here’s How Kalkara’s Villa Portelli Will Look Like

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Here's How Kalkara's Villa Portelli Will Look Like

Prime Minister Robert Abela, along with Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, visited Villa Portelli in Kalkara, a historical building dated back to the 18th century as it undergoes restoration thanks to Heritage Malta.

The restoration seeks to introduce community service and welcome the public for a learning experience, utilising digital technology and various other tools to enrich visitor experiences. 

The public would be able to enjoy the villa for free, with green garden with a size of around four acres offering a relaxing environment within the building itself. 


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The Prime Minister explained that this restoration project, ‘entrusted to the guardian of national heritage, is part of a number of changes on the communal level which will see historical and public buildings opened to families.’

Heritage Malta is expected to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the restoration of traditional boats. The project is a collaboration with MCAST students. In addition to these initiatives, Heritage Malta has plans for the villa to educate visitors about the impact of climate change on historical heritage. Currently, restoration work is underway, with a budget of €3 million, also addressing the damages caused to Villa Portelli by the Helios storm, which struck the Maltese islands last February.


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Newcastle United Clinch Inaugural VisitMalta Sela Cup

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In a dazzling display of football brilliance, Newcastle United etched their name in history by capturing the inaugural VisitMalta Sela Cup in a scintillating final match held on a sun-kissed Sunday at St. James Park in Newcastle.

A resolute and skilful host side delivered a masterclass on the field, securing their second consecutive triumph and a place of honor.

The resounding victory was marked by a remarkable defensive record, as Newcastle United valiantly held their ground, denying their opponents any access to the coveted net.

A fierce contest culminated in Fiorentina claiming the coveted runner-up position, overcoming formidable odds with a hard-fought victory over Villareal earlier in the competition.

Jamaal Lascelles was presented with the illustrious VisitMalta Sela Cup trophy by Darren Eels and Malta Tourism Authority CEO Carlo Micallef.

However, amidst the jubilation of Newcastle United’s historic triumph, another heartwarming tale unfolded.

As the anticipation swelled and the exhilarating atmosphere enveloped the stadium, a heartwarming scene captured the essence of the beautiful game.

Just before kick-off, a young Maltese girl, Amelia Muscat, emerged from the tunnel, standing shoulder to shoulder with the esteemed Newcastle United team.

At a mere four years of age, Amelia was bestowed with a dreamlike moment that will forever be etched in her memory.

Amelia Muscat, who is from Mellieħa, embodied the aspirations of every football aficionado. With unwavering enthusiasm and a sparkle in her eyes, she shared the hallowed turf with her heroes, encapsulating the magic and wonder that football bestows upon its devotees.

The radiant smile on Amelia’s face mirrored the joy that the sport brings to countless hearts, serving as a poignant reminder that football is a universal language that unites people of all ages and backgrounds.


Road Accidents Increase Between April & June 2023

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Road Accidents Increase Between April & June 2023

In the second quarter of 2023, road traffic accidents in Malta increased slightly compared to the same period in the previous year, totalling 4,264 reported cases. 

However, despite the rise in accidents, road traffic casualties decreased by 2.4% to 444 during the same period. 

Among these casualties, four fatalities were reported, with two drivers and two passengers losing their lives in separate incidents.

The majority of those grievously injured were males (80.4%), and the fatalities included three males and one female. The age bracket with the highest percentage of casualties was individuals aged 26 to 40, making up 37.4% of the total.

Passenger cars were involved in the largest number of road traffic casualties (54.1%), followed by motorcycles (30.4%) and goods-carrying vehicles (4.3%). 

Cyclists were involved in four traffic accidents, resulting in three slight injuries and one grievous injury.

Accidents between vehicles accounted for the majority of road traffic casualties, making up 68.7% of the total.

The highest number of road traffic casualties occurred on Fridays, with 74 reported cases, while the highest number of accidents took place on Tuesdays, with 690 cases or 16.2% of the total.

Most accidents occurred between 12:00 and 14:59, comprising 22.7% of the total, followed closely by the 09:00-11:59 time bracket with 876 cases. 

The least number of daily accidents occurred between 03:00 and 05:59, with 69 cases.

Birkirkara registered the highest incidence of road traffic accidents with 278 cases, followed by Ħal Qormi and San Pawl il-Baħar with 238 and 212 cases, respectively. 

Ta’ Kerċem and Il-Fontana reported less than five road traffic accidents each. The Northern Harbour district recorded the highest number of accidents, accounting for 36.4% of all incidents.


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HSBC Malta & Soup Kitchen Valletta Donate Clothing To Community

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HSBC Malta & Soup Kitchen Valletta Donate Clothing To Community

Once again, the employees of HSBC Bank Malta have united to demonstrate their unwavering support for the community. 

This time, they have generously donated thousands of clothing items as part of the monthly initiative organized by the HSBC Malta Foundation and the Soup Kitchen in Valletta.

The Soup Kitchen, which began its essential services in August 2021, has proven to be a lifeline for individuals facing tough times and in dire need of assistance. 

In the year 2022 alone, it served a staggering number of 30,450 people, including 220 children. Apart from providing nourishing meals to those in need, the Soup Kitchen, in collaboration with the HSBC Malta Foundation, hosts a monthly clothes bazaar for the benefit of the community.

The clothing items, thoughtfully collected from HSBC staff members through a coordinated drive, are meticulously sorted based on gender, size, and other practical attributes such as weather suitability. 

On the first Friday of every month, a diverse selection of clothes is delivered to the Soup Kitchen, where they are presented for visitors to browse through. HSBC team members lend a helping hand, assisting visitors in finding clothing items that meet their specific requirements.

The primary objective of this bazaar is to cater to a wide range of needs, whether it be someone seeking attire for an interview, court appearance, or simply a change of clothes for a special occasion. As the bazaar enters its sixth month, it has become a relied-upon resource for those who cannot afford new clothing. 

This initiative exemplifies just one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavors undertaken by the HSBC Foundation, as it endeavors to make a positive impact within the community.

Glenn Bugeja, HSBC Malta Manager Corporate Sustainability, expressed delight in supporting the Soup Kitchen’s remarkable work. He emphasized how this initiative allows HSBC colleagues to give back to the community and create meaningful connections with those in need. 

The Soup Kitchen depends on generous donations and the dedication of volunteers to sustain its operations and regularly welcomes employees from various companies for Corporate Social Responsibility events.


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