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Low cost activities to finish off Santa Marija week

 - Local - Aug 19 SHARE ON:
Low cost activities to finish off Santa Marija week

Enjoy some crunchy Pastizzi from Serkin to kickstart your day 

Pastizzi are an icon of the islands, so sealing off your last festive day off with one of the scrumptious delicacies would be keeping true to all things Maltese. Of course, you’ll have to make the difficult decision of choosing between ricotta or pea pastizzi, but wherever your preferences lie, these savoury pastries are always a few steps away! 

Indulge in a refreshing Tony’s Ice Cream in your favourite spot 

Situated in scenic Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Tony’s Ice Cream is beloved by many Maltese driving to or from the area as they enjoy their day off, stopping for one of their deliciously crafted ice creams. With a whole slew of flavours to choose from, Tony’s Ice Cream is the perfect afternoon treat to enjoy before huddling up before the next week kicks off. 

Grab a traditional ‘ftira biz-zejt’ from any local Gabbana 

No one puts in as much love and passion into their ftajjar as do the several gabbani situated all across various localities in Malta. Their traditional ciabatta-reminiscent delicacy is a physical accumulation of Maltese culture, hitting a person’s taste buds with flavours that trigger cherished memories of days gone by.

Cool down by the beach with a granita from any ice cream truck.

Malta’s ice cream trucks are to granita what the gabbani are to their ftajjar – if ice-cream isn’t exactly up your alley, a cold granita on a hot summer’s day is a delightful way to freshen up after an excursion to one of Malta’s beaches. 

Attend a local village feast and bask in their glory. 

Malta’s summer is a period of time characterised by many locals passionate about their patron saints pooling their skills, talents and know-how to create the wondrous atmosphere we know as village feasts. The feasts are tour de force of Maltese culture – fireworks, qubbajd, ‘marċi ta’ filgħodu, catching up with old friends – and even just walking around and basking in all that goes into creating such a spectacle is enough. It also acknowledges the hard work the Maltese put into these gem of Maltese tradition. 

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Marsaxlokk priest with fraud charges spent thousands on pornography, sources reveal

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Marsaxlokk priest with fraud charges spent thousands on pornography, sources reveal

Marsaxlokk priest Luke Seguna, who is currently facing charges of fraud and money laundering, is reported to have spent close to €148,000 on pornography websites.

Sources close to the investigation told Times of Malta that the priest use large volumes of money on sites that provide live sex sex shows against a fee.

The court ruled that details of the sites will not be divulged following an interjection from defence lawyers José Herrera and Matthew Xuereb that such details were irrelevant to the merits of the case. It is believed that Seguna told investigators that he was facing a “sexual crisis” due to a major health problem during that time.

The 39-year-old parish priest is denying charges of misappropriating around €500,000, donated to him by 150 parishioners in 10 years. Seguna also faces charges of fraud, falsifying a public deed and using falsified documents.

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Adrian Delia addresses police shortage; “If we don’t wake up from our slumber it will be too late”

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Adrian Delia addresses police shortage; "If we don't wake up from our slumber it will be too late"

Nationalist Party MP and former leader Adrian Delia took to Facebook on Thursday to address the degrading state of conditions within the Malta Police Force.

Delia wrote that he had visited the Marsa police station five years ago, only to find it closed, with conditions worsening over time to an alarming state. “We are already extremely late… if we do not wake up from this profound slumber, it will be too late!”, the MP stated.

Delia highlighted the police force’s staff shortage, closed stations, degrading office, lowly conditions and less-than-satisfactory training, with little to no investment and lack of armed officers in ‘difficult‘ areas.

Delia is not the first politician or citizen to shine a light on the situation, with multiple fights and other street crimes making the headlines in recent months, and the state of Malta’s police stations & offices remaining an issue.

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Photo Source: Adrian Delia / Malta Police Union

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Final farewell given to late SGT Christian Degabriele

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Final farewell given to late SGT Christian Degabriele

The GWU – Disciplined Forces, Security and Law Enforcement Officers, along with various loved ones, gave their final goodbyes to the late SGT Christian Degabriele who sadly lost his life whilst diving in St Paul’s Bay. 

The 35-year-old’s funeral was held in a full church in Zejtun, with Dun Borg Spiteri giving the homily. He was described as a determined and loving man, and one who will be missed by many. 

Our condolences to all of Christian’s family. Rest in Peace. 

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