Malta and Gozo Unite for World Cleanup Day 2023

 - Local - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

In a concerted effort to combat the global issue of waste and promote a cleaner, healthier environment, Malta and Gozo once again joined hands with millions of volunteers worldwide to observe World Cleanup Day.

Spearheading this endeavour for the second consecutive year, the Local Government Division introduced a financial scheme to support cleaning and waste collection activities in various localities.

A call for interest was extended to local and regional councils, and an impressive 45 Local Councils secured funding to organise clean-up initiatives throughout the month of September. These activities, supported by the financial scheme, aim to rally communities and revamp the appearance of Maltese and Gozitan localities.

The primary goal of this initiative is to encourage councils to engage their communities in a collaborative effort to beautify and clean their neighbourhoods. By doing so, they hope to inspire a sense of responsibility for public spaces and instill the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

As part of the World Cleanup Day observance, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, Alison Zerafa Civelli, paid visits to several localities where clean-up operations were in full swing, including the vibrant communities of Pembroke and Msida. During these visits, Zerafa Civelli emphasised the significance of World Cleanup Day in raising awareness about the necessity of preserving cleanliness in public places.

World Cleanup Day serves as a global reminder that addressing waste and environmental concerns is a collective responsibility.


Eurovision Extravaganza Takes Center Stage at EuroPride Valletta 2023

 - Celebrities - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

Yesterday was full of glittering performances and electrifying music as EuroPride Valletta 2023 brought the ultimate Eurovision extravaganza to the Pride village.

This unforgettable night of music, glitz, and fabulous performances left attendees in awe and reinforced the message of love, diversity, and inclusion.

Dubbed “Eurovision Night,” the event lived up to its promise of delivering a star-studded experience that transported the audience into the dazzling world of Eurovision.

The stage was graced by some of the most iconic names in the competition, who left their mark with sensational performances.

Conchita Wurst, the enigmatic artist known for her breathtaking Eurovision-winning song “Rise Like a Phoenix,” took the stage by storm.

Katrina, formerly known as Katrina and The Waves, brought her chart-topping hits and infectious energy to the audience.

Adding an international flavor to the night, Lithuania’s very own The Roop graced the stage with their electrifying performance.

But the evening had even more in store! Beloved Eurovision stars Fabrizio Faniello, Claudette Buttigieg, Chiara, and Claudia Faniello, along with The Busker, showcased their remarkable talents and added their own magic to the night’s festivities.

The audience was treated to a diverse array of performances, each one a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and unite people.


Taylor Swift Dominates the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards

 - Celebrities - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

The music industry’s biggest night, the MTV Video Music Awards, took place on an unexpected Tuesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, in 2023. The event, hosted for the second consecutive year by the incomparable Nicki Minaj, was filled with surprises, memorable performances, and groundbreaking moments. However, it was Taylor Swift who undeniably stole the show, making history in the process.

One of the first notable changes this year was the choice of the day for the awards ceremony. It was the very first time that the MTV Video Music Awards were held on a Tuesday, a decision that added an extra layer of intrigue to an already highly anticipated event. The change in scheduling was a deliberate move to keep the audience engaged and curious, and it certainly paid off.

Another exciting addition to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2023 was the introduction of a new award category: “Show of the Summer.” Unlike other categories, this award was solely determined by fan votes, highlighting the power of dedicated fan bases in the digital age. The winners in this category truly resonated with their supporters, making it a fan-driven recognition of excellence.

One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the presentation of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. This prestigious honor, which has previously been bestowed upon icons like Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna, was awarded to none other than the incomparable Shakira. The Colombian singer-songwriter’s impact on the music and entertainment industry is immeasurable, and the award was a fitting tribute to her groundbreaking career.

But perhaps the most emotional moment of the evening came when Diddy, the legendary rapper, producer, and entrepreneur, was honored with the Global Icon Award. Diddy’s influence on hip-hop and the broader music landscape cannot be overstated. He has not only left an indelible mark on the industry but has also been a powerful advocate for social justice and change. The Global Icon Award recognized his contributions to music and his commitment to making the world a better place.

However, it was Taylor Swift who dominated the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in a way that few artists have in the show’s history. With eleven nominations, she was the most-nominated artist of the night. And with nine wins, she solidified her status as one of the greatest artists of her generation.

Swift’s wins included Video of the Year for her mesmerizing visual for “All Too Well,” Best Female Artist, Best Pop Video, and many more. Her powerful and deeply personal music, combined with her visually stunning music videos, captivated both fans and critics alike. It was a night of well-deserved recognition for Swift, who continues to push the boundaries of her artistry and storytelling.

Notably, the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards achieved another milestone by becoming the most-watched show on the flagship linear network since 2020. This resurgence in viewership is a testament to the enduring appeal of the awards show and the magnetic performances and personalities that grace its stage.


Portrait Of Jake Vella Drawn By Best Friend Martina

 - Art - Sep 15 2023 SHARE ON:
Portrait Of Jake Vella Drawn By Best Friend Martina

One of Jake Vella’s closest friends drew an uncannily similar portrait of the young athlete-turned-guitarist. 

The portrait was drawn by Martina, who gifted Jake the portrait and runs the page ‘The Little Artist’ on Facebook. 

Martina’s other work was chosen as a finalist in the ADHD Malta Art Campaign, and was chosen for the 2023-2024 school calendar. 


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