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Malta’s national rugby team makes it into World Top 10 as meteoric rise continues

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Malta's national rugby team makes it into World Top 10 as meteoric rise continues

The Maltese national rugby team has made major ground in their international efforts as it has officially made it into the World Top 10; making it the highest ranking ever achieved by a Maltese national sports team.

The team’s placement into the International Rugby League (IRL) classification is the highest ranking it has ever achieved and one of the biggest jumps in recent teams, putting Malta above celebrated teams such as Italy, Scotland and Ireland, amongst others.

Ranking is based upon results over the past four years based on the percentage of the first place team, which is New Zealand in this case.

Malta Head Coach Roderick Attard expressed pride in seeing his-hardworking players shed their blood, sweat and tears for and how years of hard work have finally paid off as the rugby team continues to make major strides worldwide.

HUGE congrats to the Maltese National Rugby Team!

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Maltese men involved in Bulgaria car accident; driver tests positive for drugs & alcohol

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Maltese men involved in Bulgaria car accident; driver tests positive for drugs & alcohol

Two 27-year-old Maltese men are currently being treated in hospital in Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia after being involved in a gruesome car accident on Saturday morning.

David Briffa and Eugene Camilleri were amongst those in the vehicle during the accident, which occurred at around 1am near the Armeets Arena.

The car was reportedly being driven at a considerable speed before crashing into a pole on a roundabout, with a 19-year-old Bulgarian being in the driver’s seat. Bulgarian media is reporting that the driver was found positive for amphetamines, cocaine and alcohol and remained under arrest for 24 hours at the Parvo Police Department.

Briffa sustained fractures in his wrist and some bruises whilst Camilleri had to be taken to another hospital for treatment on his neck.

Wishing those involved a speedy recovery.

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Paper dresses steal the show at Malta Fashion Week as Maltese designer reveals inspiration

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Paper dresses steal the show at Malta Fashion Week as Maltese designer reveals inspiration

Fashion lovers across Malta and Gozo have seen a range of gorgeous dresses and apparel unveiled at Malta Fashion Week over the past few days, but a Maltese designer truly caught everyone’s attention after revealing a line of dresses made completely out of paper.

Local designer James Dimech told Times of Malta that, having previous experience in paper-folding and mounting, wanted to take his work a step further this year, resulting in the gorgeous origami dresses on display at Malta Fashion Week.

Eloquently captured by local photographers such as Steve Muliett and Oliver Pace, the local designer’s intricate works welcomed a hoard of positive feedbacks and congratulatory comments for truly taking local fashion to the next level.

What do you think of these dresses?

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Photo source: Steve Muliett (left) / Oliver Pace (right)

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Funding program for rock concerts launched by Ministry for Heritage, Arts and Local Government

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Funding program for rock concerts launched by Ministry for Heritage, Arts and Local Government

Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Owen Bonnici, and Festivals Malta launched a call for application under the Rock’N Malta Fund.

The initiative offers funding and support to organisers, bands and artists who produce rock concerts and any other events within the subgenres of rock music. Applications for events in 2023 have officially opened with a total of €300,000 in allocated funds.

Minister Bonnici said: “This is wonderful news for anyone who loves rock music.”

The Minister said that Rock’N Malta gives an opportunity for local rock talent to showcase their repertoire and for foreign talent to perform in our country. Festivals Malta chairman Mr. Aaron Zahra has stated that the organise will continue to invest in the varied genres of music offered locally such as Maltese, jazz, classical and more.

Festivals Malta launched Rock’N Malta in 2017. “Through this initiative, which forms part of Festivals Malta’s extensive portfolio, the agency can support the local rock music scene. Over the years, Rock’N Malta has hosted artists such as Dream Theater, Dee Snider, Steve Hackett, Krokus, and more. It has also been supportive of various bands, artists, and other local festivals related to this genre of music,” said the Festivals Malta CEO, Ms. Annabelle Stivala.

Applications for Rock’N Malta funds close on Thursday, 22 September, at noon. Anyone interested in applying should visit www.festivals.mt for more information.

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