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‘Lejl LeġġenDARju’ Fundraiser in Aid of Dar Bjorn

'Lejl LeġġenDARju' Fundraiser in Aid of Dar Bjorn
Jul 10 2024 Share

On August 9th, during the Santa Marija week, Xagħra in Gozo will host an amazing concert called leġġenDARiu. Organized by ALS Malta and Bjorn Formosa, this event aims to raise money for the foundation’s third house, DAR Bjorn Respite. Bjorn, known for his tireless work, continues to support those affected by ALS.

The concert will feature live music led by the talented Gozitan Maestro Antoine Mercieca. Top local artists will perform, including Kurt Calleja singing ‘Bla Tarf’ and a special live version of ‘Sal-Achhar Nifs’ by Fabrizio, Claudia, and Owen Leuellen. Maxine, this year’s Mużika Mużika winner, will also perform, along with Neville Refalo, Denise Mercieca, Janvil, and his daughter Giada.

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After the concert, there will be an exciting after-party with music by Filetti and JJoy. The event will be hosted by Ron Briffa and Peter Busuttil.

This free concert is a chance to enjoy great music while supporting a worthy cause. All money raised will go towards opening DAR Bjorn Respite, a home for people with ALS.

Join us on August 9th at 8 PM in Xagħra square for a night of fantastic entertainment. This event is supported by Gozo Graphics, the Ministry for Gozo, Festivals Malta, Visit Malta, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, and VibeFM.

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New Initiative Promises To Reduce Air Pollution By 90 %

Improving Air Quality for 17,000 Families in Malta
Jul 10 2024 Share

Malta’s innovative onshore power supply project is now operational in the Grand Harbour, representing a €33 million investment co-financed by the European Connecting Europe Facility fund. This initiative allows cruise liners to connect to a ground-based electricity system, significantly reducing pollution by enabling ships to  turn off their engines while berthed. The project promises a 90% reduction in ship-generated pollution, greatly improving air quality for approximately 17,000 local families.

Prime Minister Robert Abela highlighted the project’s significance for Malta’s environmental goals, emphasising its role in fostering sustainable and innovative practices in the maritime sector. Abela noted the crucial impact of this project on public health, despite its lack of visibility compare to other infrastructure projects.

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This project, which was started in late 2020 during the epidemic, establishes Malta as an example in Europe and can supply electricity to up to five cruise ships at once from the beach. By distributing 64MVA of power over several quays, the system reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 40%, or 30,400 tonnes of CO2 yearly.

Transport Minister Chris Bonett praised the collaboration between infrastructure Malta, Transport Malta, and other partners in achieving this milestone. The project’s infrastructure, including frequency converters and extensive power cables, ensures efficient electricity distribution.

Making the first electrical supply to the cruise ship MSC World Europa is a big step in the direction of decarbonising maritime operations.

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Maltese Soldiers Excel in Elite Training Course in Italy

Maltese Soldiers Excel in Elite Training Course in Italy
Jul 10 2024 Share

Personnel from C-Company 1 Regiment of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) have distinguished  themselves in an intensive Visit Boarding Search and Seizure Course (VBSS) held in San Marco, Italy.

The rigorous training aimed to enhance their operational capabilities in maritime security. This accomplishment underscores the AFM’s  commitment to safeguarding the nation’s security and integrity. The successful  completion of the course reflects the high level of preparation and professionalism of the Maltese soldiers.

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AFM personnel continue to stand ready to defend Malta’s interests both at home and abroad.

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200 More MRI Scans Weekly to Tackle Waiting Times

Jul 10 2024 Share

An increase in the number of extra MRI scans performed each week by government hospitals in Malta will soon be implemented to significantly reduce waiting times. Currently, 375 additional scans are conducted weekly after normal operating hours. This number will be increased to 600 extra scans per week in the coming days, as announced in parliament by Health Minister Jo Etienne Abela.

These figures were shared by Minister Abela in response to a parliamentary question posed by PN MP Graziella Attard Previ. It was highlighted that funding for these extra MRI scans will be increased from €2.1 million to €3.8 million, enabling approximately 31,200 additional scans to be performed annually.

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It was stated by Abela that a drastic reduction in waiting times for these scans is expected within a year.

This announcement follows recent data, which revealed that over 15,750 individuals are currently on the waiting list for an MRI scan, double the number from six months ago. To further address this backlog, it was announced in January that an MRI scanner would be installed at St. Vincent De Paul Residence and another would be procured for Gozo General Hospital.

It was mentioned by Abela that the three MRI scanners at Mater Dei Hospital are operating nearly around the clock to meet the growing demand. The surge in demand for MRI imaging has been largely attributed to the increase in population.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is recognized as a crucial non-invasive medical imaging technique that produces detailed images of the body’s organs and tissues. These scans are instrumental in diagnosing a wide range of conditions, including aneurysms, tumors, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord conditions, strokes, brain injuries, torn ligaments, muscle tears, arthritis, joint injuries, heart disease, blood clots, and various cancers. They are particularly valued for examining soft tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, muscles, ligaments, and internal organs.

The expansion of MRI scanning capacity aims to ensure that patients receive timely and accurate diagnoses, improving overall healthcare outcomes. The initiative by the government to increase the number of weekly MRI scans reflects a commitment to enhancing healthcare services and addressing the pressing needs of the population.

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