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Lack of social distancing in packed Tal-Linja buses raises concerns

Lack of social distancing in packed Tal-Linja buses raises concerns
Jul 20 2021 Share

Photos show a packed Tal-Linja bus full of passengers, both sitting and standing, despite COVID-19 health restrictions. Although many do seem to be wearing their masks, the lack of social distancing raises concerns as to spread of the virus amidst the spike in daily and active cases. 

This is not the first time such photographs raised similar concerns. Malta Public Transport reported back in late 2020 that drivers are advised to avoid confrontation and call the control room should passengers refuse to not board when the bus is being crowded. Back in March of this year, the Nationalist Party also called to ban standing bus passengers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with other precautionary measures.

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Conor McGregor’s Lamborghini yacht is ready and its majestic

Conor McGregor’s Lamborghini yacht is ready and its majestic
Jul 20 2021 Share

Following the joint project between Automobile Lamborghini and yacht company The Italian Sea Group’s announcement of the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, ultimate fighting champion Conor McGregor revealed his recently finished personal yacht. McGregor secured the 12th example of only 63 models, announcing his purchase in late 2019. 

The yacht has finally been revealed in its full glory, with McGregor flaunting his new yacht one social media. Powering this vessel are two 2,000-hp MAN V12 engines giving the 19.2 meter yacht a top speed of 63 knots. The Tecnomar’s carbon-fibre construction also makes it so that the yacht is in the ‘ultra-lightweight’ boat classification. McGregor will be enjoying this boat as one of the 63 lucky few who get to sail it around. 

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Photo Source: Conor McGregor FB

Someone renamed Ian Borg’s Wikipedia page to include ‘Konkos’

Someone renamed Ian Borg’s Wikipedia page to include ‘Konkos’
Jul 20 2021 Share

Although it has been amended as of writing this article, readers of Infrastructure and Transport Minister Ian Borg’s Wikipedia page would have noticed the word ‘Konkos’ thrown right into the middle of the minister’s name. The page read normally, except for, of course, the first mention of the minister on the page being ‘Ian “Konkos” Borg. A blink and you’ll miss it edit to the ‘political career’ description also read; ‘His current hobbies include cutting trees, destroying the environment and building pools.’

Borg has been hard at work with several road projects seeking to improve Malta’s roads and transport systems. One of his most recent project saw the renovation of Triq il-President Anton Buttigieg in Zejtun. Infrastructure Malta also allegedly planted well over 50,000 trees over the past two years and a half. Despite this, Borg has been often criticised for uprooting trees and over-urbanisation of several Maltese areas, often done in such comedic tones as this Wikipedia incident. 

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Photo Source: Ian Borg FB, Wikipedia

MHRA states tax should be exempt for over-time and part-time employees in tourism industry

MHRA urges government to collaborate more during pandemic
Jul 20 2021 Share

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association stated that overtime and part-time income earned by employees in tourism, travel and hospitality sectors should be tax exempt to address labour shortages. Reacting to complaints in relation to staff shortages upon the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MHRA stated that ‘we need to do all that is needed to attract and retain employees working in the tourism industry even during such difficult times.’

They stated that getting this situation wrong could have serious repercussions, calling on the government to collaborate more with stakeholders in such sectors. This follows especially after Malta was red-listed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, following a spike in daily and active cases. The MHRA stated that, given such a complex situation, any miscommunication will leave a ‘significant negative impact both on the image of the Maltese islands as a destination of choice for tourists, and on the bottom line of hotel and restaurant operations.’

The COVID-19 policy should, according to the MHRA, align itself to the number of infected patients recovering in hospital rather than those being infected and not needing to be admitted to hospital. The government must also pursue its efforts to reduce the number of infected people in order to get back the green status as soon as possible. 

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Photo Source: MHRA FB, VacancyCentre