Jean Paul Sofia Magisterial Inquiry Concluded By Magistrate Marse-Ann Farrugia

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The magisterial inquiry into the death of Jean Paul Sofia has been concluded by Magistrate Marse-Ann Farrugia, with the findings reportedly being delivered to the Attorney General today.

This comes eight months after Sofia was killed in a construction site collapse at the Corradino Industrial Estate in Paola. It also comes two days after thousands took to Castille Square in Valletta to show support towards Sofia’s grieving mother Isabelle Bonnici as she continued her cry for justice for her son.

Hours before the vigil, Prime Minister Robert Abela took a major U-Turn on the case, announcing that a public inquiry into the death would be set up.

Meanwhile, Jason Azzopardi took to Facebook on Friday to state the following: “I can confirm that this morning’s inquiry was concluded and was given to the Attorney General. Now you know that whoever said she asked for a 60-day extension was lying. Now you know who was telling the truth and who lied.”


Rock’N Malta 2024 funding scheme for projects for rock organisers and artists launched

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Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici launched the call for applications for Rock’N Malta 2024. This scheme has the aim to financially assist artists and producers of concerts and events of rock music, as well as any of its subgenres.

Minister Bonnici explained: “The initiative, which was launched back in 2017, has since gained popularity among local organisers and producers who, through the help of these funds, have managed to hold concerts showcasing work from local artists and bands, as well as international artists such as Lordi, Barclay James Harvest, Dream Theatre, Krokus, Steve Hackett and much more.”

Festivals Malta Chairman Aaron Zahra continued: “Rock’N Malta further enables Festivals Malta to reach another strand of music which we do not normally target through our main festivals. Through this initiative, we can also provide opportunities to local artists to showcase their work, which is one of the agency’s main aims. We encourage organisers, promoters, and artists to submit their applications and benefit from this fund.”

Festivals Malta CEO Francis Agius on his part commented: “Through Rock’N Malta, Festivals Malta can further support local artists, organisers and promoters, particularly within the rock music scene. Rock music is quite popular locally and this is evident throughout all of the events which form part of Rock’N Malta, which usually are sold-out or have a very good turnout”

A total of €300,000 in funds has been allocated for Rock’N Malta 2024.

The applications for Rock’N Malta 2024 funds close on Friday 15 September 2023 at noon. Anyone interested in applying should visit www.festivals.mt for more information.


Robin Williams Would Have Turned 72 Years Old Today

Robin Williams Would Have Turned 72 Years Old Today
Jul 21 2023 Share

The world beloved actor Robin Williams would have turned 72 years old today, 21st July 2023. 

The actor was well known for his many roles in Hollywood films and his highly positive character. Having starred in classics like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji and Hook, whilst also voicing the likes of Disney’s Genie, Williams built a legacy in his 63 years of acting and performance. 

Sadly, he passed away in August 11th 2014 after having been found to have committed suicide in California. Williams was found to have been suffering Lewy body dementia, whilst also struggling with depression and anxiety. 

Williams was commemorated through various tributes, with the kids who grew up with his films keeping his roles and characters very close to their hearts. 

If you or anyone is struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or other mental health issues, do not hesitate to contact and reach out. 


Global Influencers Flock To Malta for Isle of MTV Malta Music Week Extravaganza!

Global Influencers Flock To Malta for Malta Music Week Extravaganza!
Jul 21 2023 Share

Heat waves aside, our little island is currently buzzing with excitement as a squad of renowned global influencers touches down for the highly anticipated Isle of MTV Malta Music Week.


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Amongst the glittering stars gracing the Mediterranean paradise are Italian social media sensations Valeria Vedvatti, Elena Sofia Picone, and Jennifer Alexandra Preda, along with a dazzling ensemble of UK stars, including Danielle Sellers, Sophie Piper, Chloe Veitch, Maxx Catley, Jasmine Clough, Lottie Rogiers, and the one and only ‘Restock My Fridge’ reaction star Richard Sales. With millions of followers combined, these digital darlings are turning the Maltese hotspots into their very own playground.

From chilling at the chic Café Del Mar to making a splash in the crystal-clear waters of Blue Lagoon, every picturesque locale is getting a dash of social media stardust.


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Kicking off the week-long celebration is the iconic Isle of MTV event at Floriana’s Fosos Square. This year’s lineup boasted a star-studded roster featuring music legends like OneRepublic, Alesso, and rising stars Mimi Webb and Tom Grennan.

With such an impressive lineup and the world’s biggest influencers in attendance, Isle of MTV Malta Music Week is undoubtedly the hottest event of the summer.