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It Will Now Be Illegal To Test For Virginity In Malta

It Will Now Be Illegal To Test For Virginity In Malta
Nov 20 2023 Share

Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality Rebecca Buttigieg announced on World Children’s Day (Monday 20th November 2023) that testing for virginity will be made illegal in Malta.

Addressing a press conference, Buttigieg revealed that the law will be applied to not just the person committing virginity testing but also anyone who assists in the practice, even parents. 

The Parliamentary Secretary said that this discriminatory practice takes place under the false impression that a person can determine whether a girl or woman has had sexual relations. There is no scientific basis for such tests, Buttigieg said. 

The punishment could entail between one to five years in jail for who helps, encourages, advises, incites, acquires the means for or forces the testing. 

The law will be tabled in parliament as violence based on gender, and will prevent such practices from taking place on the island due to them not being illegal up until this point.

This meant that young girls could be tested for virginity no matter their age, with the law seeking to remove the practice entirely. 


Maltese Photographer Captures Mount Etna From Żurrieq

Maltese Photographer Captures Mount Etna From Żurrieq
Nov 20 2023 Share

Local photographer Franco Aloisio took a snapshot of Mount Etna and the Sicilian Hyblaean mountains and coast, as seen between the island’s two tallest high-rise structures.

The largest active volcano in Europe can be seen in between Mercury Tower and Portomaso Tower, with the photo taken on the 19th of November 2023 at 0945hrs. 


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The photo even managed to capture an oil tanker next to Portomaso Tower due to the great visibility. Using a 400mm lens, Franco’s photo shows one of the Maltese’s favourite vacation destinations, with the volcano having erupted a few days ago.


PN Call For Authorities To Protect Ġgantija Temples National Heritage

PN Call For Authorities To Protect Ġgantija Temples National Heritage
Nov 20 2023 Share

Addressing a visit to the Ġgantija Megalithic temples, Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that such sites are of great national and global importance and that they should not be placed under risk due to a lack of action by those designated to protect them. 

Grech was speaking following the announcement that a construction project will be taking place close to these temples, despite warnings by UNESCO and public outrage. 

The Nationalist Party leader said that this ‘scandalous permit’ is a confirmation that the Authority for Planning has become ‘the department for permits’.

Grech urged Robert Abela’s government to take the necessary actions to protect the sites and eliminate any potential risk which could impact them through construction. 

Grech was accompanied by Deputies Alex Borg, Chris Said, Julie Zahra and Stanley Zammit. 


Palumbo Shipyards Open Day 2023: A Maritime Extravaganza!

Nov 20 2023 Share

“Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the heart of maritime innovation. Mark your calendars and set sail with us at Palumbo Shipyard Open Day!” 

Once more, after the great success of 2016 first edition, Palumbo Shipyards an iconic name in the maritime industry, extends a warm welcome to the public for an unforgettable experience at their Open Day on Sunday, November 26th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Discover Maritime Excellence:

Join us for an exclusive opportunity inside Palumbo Shipyards and delve into the world of maritime mastery. Whether you’re fascinated by ship repair, or intrigued by maritime history this is an event you won’t want to miss. But that’s not all! Bring your family and friends for a day filled with excitement. Climb aboard the Pilot boat, chat with the skilled crew, and experience the thrill of maritime life—all while shipyard activities are done in context of supporting both the blue economy and green maritime initiatives!

Renowned for its excellence in ship repair, maintenance, and refitting services, Palumbo Shipyards boasts a legacy deeply intertwined with Malta’s maritime history. The shipyard plays a pivotal role in the growth and development of the local maritime industry. ­The history of Palumbo Shipyards stands as living proof that economic development and green maritime economy can and should coexist through a model of constant innovation and research.

“Best of all, admission is open and free!

Family-Friendly Extravaganza:

Bring the whole family along for a day filled with adventure and entertainment. Enjoy educational tours of the shipyard, featuring special areas not accessible on regular days. Top local artists will grace the stage throughout the day, adding a touch of Maltese flair to the festivities.

Palumbo Shipyards Open Day 2023 is not just an event; it’s an immersive experience for the whole family. From the roar of Ferraris to the laughter of children enjoying games and shows, the shipyard will transform into a family-friendly haven. This is your exclusive pass to a day filled with maritime wonders and entertainment for all.

Palumbo Shipyards Open Day goes beyond the ordinary. This unique occasion allows the public an insider’s view into the intricacies of maritime services, showcasing the skill and dedication involved in repair, refit, and maintenance of strong ships to hit the ocean’ waves.

Special Highlights:

Luxury vehicles: Ferrari Exhibition: Witness the beauty of iconic Ferrari vehicles on display.

Children’s Games: An exclusive area for the little ones with train rides around the yard, Flyboard shows and others.

Music Performances: Experience performances that captivate audiences of all ages with well-known Maltese artists such as Ivan Grech, Kantera, Freddy Portelli, Joe Demicoli, Claudia & Fabrizio Faniello, Kevin Paul & Kurt Calleja and also id-Dulli & Veronica.

Informative Tours: Explore workshops, docks, and other normally restricted areas to gain a deeper understanding of Palumbo Shipyards’ daily operations.

Sustainability Labs: Discover Palumbo green soul, its commitment to be completely sustainable by 2030, its massive solar plants, its recycling practices and learn together with our teams all the best tips to contribute to the better of the environment.

“Join us on the 26th November for an exclusive tour of our cutting-edge facilities. Witness the craftsmanship that goes into repairing incredible vessels that navigate the seas!”

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary maritime event. For more information and updates, visit Palumbo Shipyards Official Facebook Page on https://www.facebook.com/palumboshipyardsofficial.

Event Details:

Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Palumbo Shipyards, The Docks – Għajn Dwieli Road, Paola.