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“Malta will not become another Amsterdam”, says Rosianne Cutajar

 - Local - Nov 18 SHARE ON:

As the Maltese parliament entered its second day of debate on the Bill to regulate the recreational use of cannabis, a divide between the government and the Opposition sparked an argument over the future of Malta. Nationalist MP Claudio Grech argued that the Bill, which will permit home-growing and limited dispensation from non-profits, lacks consideration towards cannabis liberalisation. He went on to state that the party is opposing the reform “out of responsibility, not popularity.”

Grech stood by the PN’s position against the bill while Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar, who previously led the drugs reform, highlighted that the government is not promoting cannabis use and will not turn into “another Amsterdam.” Cutajar highlighted that the decriminalised cannabis quantity of 3.5g was “ridiculous” while this bill will allow the police to focus on larger-scale crimes.

Elsewhere, the Mayor of Amsterdam Flemke Halsema proposed the imposition of a ban on tourists visiting cannabis cafes due to reported “years of antisocial behaviour” from the visitors. The mayor and ecologist highlighted the desire to attract tourists based on cultural richness, beauty and institution rather than drug culture and increased demand on marijuana.

What side of the argument are YOU on?

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Zabbar residents face rat infestation due to trash-ridden field

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Zabbar residents face rat infestation due to trash-ridden field

The Environmental Health Directorate are currently holding investigations to establish the owner of a trash-ridden field in Zabbar.

Health Minister Chris Fearne revealed this in a parliamentary reply to PN MP Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici regarding the steps to be taken to protect the residents of a locality. A number of Zabbar residents raised concerns regarding the amount of rats entering there homes in Triq il-Pellegrinaġġ tar-Roti due to the nearby field.

Minister Fearne communicated with the Environmental Health Directorate regarding the two complaints made on the concerned road, dating back to May 2020. The first complaint regarded the accumulation of garbage thrown in the private field along with the rat infestation. Fearne reiterated that last year, the Pest Control Unit within the directorate treated the area, going on to highlight that investigations are underway to discover the owner of the field.

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Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello break up; will remain ‘best friends’

 - Celebrities - Nov 18 SHARE ON:

In a shocking announcement for the pop stars’ fans, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have announced that they are ending their relationship in a mutually-posted statement on Instagram Stories.

The statement shared on Mendes' Instagram

Photo Source: @shawnmendes IG

The statement read “Hey guys, we’ve decided to end our romantic relationship but our love for one another as humans is stronger than ever.” Cabello and Mendes started dating back in July 2019, with the couple going public soon after despite rumours of the relationship being a publicity stunt. The two did not only steal the hearts of fans from around the world but also released the hit summer single “Señorita.”

Whatever the future holds for the two remains a mystery, but knowing they will remain friends surely makes the heartbreak a little less painful for fans.

Are you a fan of the two artists?

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Festive season plans? There’s something for everyone in Sicily

 - International - Nov 17 SHARE ON:
Festive season plans? There’s something for everyone in Sicily

If you’re seeking to enjoy your Christmas holidays with a change of scenery after refraining from travel due to the pandemic, Sicily has something for everyone! 

Culture – Surrounding oneself with the era-spanning buildings, Sicily gives all cultural fanatics the opportunity to delve into their favourite historical periods. The Iblean Highlands is an agri-tourism haven but you can also head down to stunning Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli or Parcallario for an entirely different experience. There’s something to discover at every turn. 

Cuisine – Food lovers will have their minds blown by the wide variety of dishes and desserts which are a highlight of the island. You can hit a Michelin Star Restaurant at Locanda Don Serafino or satisfy your taste buds at Osteria Sapori Perduti in Modica. For some accommodation tips, we highly recommend the Hotel Poggio Del Sole in the Ragusa area. 

Night-life – The pandemic made us miss the wonderful events that populate not just our weekends but also the more festive periods of the year. Catania and Palermo have some interesting options for those avid club lovers. So if you’re all about the exciting ventures, Sicily can offer you an experience with a twist as you discover new venues and meet new people to forge a fresh start ahead of 2022! 

Shopping – How can we miss this local favourite? Whether it’s to find the perfect gift for your pals back home or if you’re expecting to stumble across something unique, Sicily is the perfect location to do so.

Virtu Ferries has a specific December Super Offer. Booking early and saving more, kids can travel for free with €70 for adults per person. A motorcycle ticket costs just €70 with car tickets bumped up to just €100. 

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