Irrestawra Darek Scheme causes uproar following crash

Irrestawra Darek Scheme causes uproar following crash
May 31 2023 Share

Yesterday, Tuesday 30th May 2023, was set to be the launch of the Irrestawra Darek Scheme, which would have seen €5 million allocated to property owners to restore the facades of local homes. 

However, after its expected launch at noon, 1200HRS, the online application collapsed within seconds under heavy traffic of users all trying to apply for the scheme. 

This saw many raise various questions and understandably angered at their missed opportunity, with a statement of condemnation by the Karma tal-Periti also being issued.

‘After two hours of refreshing the error pages, the application form disappeared from the website indicating that the scheme may have been shut down by the Planning Authority altogether’, the Kamra’s statement pointed out. 

Among those who made their frustrations public was radio host Taryn Mamo Cefai, who posted to social media: ‘Opens at 12:00, system crashes at 12:01, reopens again with all funds gone & already allocated! Just another joke in this country. Imma l-aqwa li nħeġġu ż-żgħażagħ jinvestu u jirrenovaw fil-UCAs (Urban Conservation Areas).’

PN MP Rebekah Borg also issued a statement, calling the system ‘disastrous’ and unfair for those who tried to apply. Some were also raising questions about whether the funds were allocated prior to the scheme launch, calling the scheme a ruse intended to allocate money for a certain group of people. 

The Kamra also issued a set of demands, which include an apology to all architects, an immediate repeal of the first-come-first serve-basis, a drawing of lots from all eligible applicants and an immediate reopening of the scheme without an end-date. 

What do you make of this? 

Nine gold medals for Malta during GSSE Tuesday events

Nine gold medals for Malta during GSSE Tuesday events
May 31 2023 Share

Malta saw a total of nine gold medals awarded to various athletes in various disciplines yesterday, Tuesday 30th May 2023. 

As reported, Katryna Esposito was the first to bag the top medal after beating her opponents in the Judo -48kg category. 

She was quickly followed by sprint runners Jared Micallef and Gina McNamara in the 800 metres. Claire Azzopardi bagged gold through the long jump as Peppijna Dalli also brought the medal home in the women’s pole vault. 

They were followed by Jordan Gusman, who won his second gold after emerging on top in the 10,000m race and then Lisa Marie Bezzina who clenched the medal in the women’s 10,000 metres. 

The last gold medal for the day was bagged by Kyle Micallef, Matthew Galea, Raoul Starface and Rudi Spiteri who bagged the medal in the 4x100m free swimming. 

All these athletes also won a €10,000 bonus after a deal was struck between Sport Malta and Sports Minister Clifton Grima.

There were also the fair share of silver and bronze medals: 


  • Judo Men -60kg – James Zahra 
  • Squash Women’s Singles – Lijana Sultana
  • Swimming 200m Butterfly Women – Sarah Demicoli
  • Swimming 800m Freestyle Women – Sasha Gatt


  • Athletics Women’s Hammer Throw – Mireya Cassar
  • Athletics Women’s Pole Vault – Sana Grillo
  • Athletics Women’s 800m – Clare Mcnamara
  • Athletics Men’s 100m – Beppe Grillo
  • Athletics Men’s 10,000m – Dillon Cassar
  • Judo Men -90kg – Valerian Ogbaidze
  • Judo Men -100kg – Isaac Bezzina 
  • Squash Men’s Singles – Kijan Sultana
  • Swimming 200m Women Backstroke – Victoria Balderacchi
  • Swimming 200m Men Backstroke – Thomas Wareing
  • Swimming 800m Men Freestyle – Dylan Cachia 


According to You: Nate & Soulayma shouldn’t have been eliminated from Love Island Malta

According to You: Nate & Soulayma shouldn't have been eliminated from Love Island Malta
May 30 2023 Share

According to a recent poll by Malta Daily, now-former Love Island Malta participants Nate and Soulayma should not have been eliminated from the villa during last night’s episode.

The pair were chosen for elimination by their fellow islanders after couples Nate & Shanise, Andriy & Soulayma and Dale & Nicola were revealed as the bottom-three couples as a result of public vote.

The remaining couples had to choose who to eliminate, with the male islanders having to pick one female and vice versa, resulting in the elimination of Nate & Soulayma.

During Monday’s jam-packed episode, brand new bombshell Timmy Aquilina entered the villa. Timmy’s entry caused a fair amount of drama for the boys after the bombshell went on a three short dates with Chelsea, Gabrielle and Shanise and then following up with a long conversation with Gabrielle… poor Sven.

Do you agree? Should Nate & Soulayma have been eliminated?


Black Eyed Peas in Malta for the second time

Black Eyed Peas in Malta for the second time
May 30 2023 Share

American music group Black Eyed Peas are returning to Malta after 14 years to headline this year’s edition of SummerDaze Festival.

The Black Eyed Peas first came to Malta for Isle of MTV 2009 alongside Lady Gaga, Metro Station and Esmée Denters, and will be back on the island this August. The group will be joined by British hip-hop collective D-Block Europe, Puerto Rican rapper Farruko, Swedish songstress Zara Larsson and more for the festival’s main event on August 15th.

The Peas will visit the island hot off the heels of their 2022 releases ‘Muevelo’, ‘No One Loves Me’ and ‘Get Down’, which see will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo return to an all-too-familiar sound.

This will be the fourth edition of SummerDaze, with the festival having welcomed artists like David Guetta, Jason Derulo, Tyga, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora & More in the past.