Malta’s success in Europe could mean major step forward for local football

Jul 29 2022 Share

This season has seen a historic European campaign commence for local football, as for the first time ever three Maltese football clubs have made it to the third qualifying round of European competition. These three clubs are last year’s champions Hibernians, Ħamrun Spartans and Gżira United.

The victories that have taken the teams to their third qualifying rounds will land them €550,000 each, a significant amount of financial security for local clubs. There is also the chance for an even larger amount of money if they win even more European games, progress further and maybe, for the first time ever, the group stage.

These finances will surely help in the running of the club on and off the pitch. The money could be used to improve training facilities, enhance the playing squad and coaching staff and take their academies further to produce even more Maltese talent.

Ħamrun Spartans will now face well renowned Bulgarian side Levski Sofia whilst Gżira will go against Austrian team Wolfsberger AC. Lastly Hibernians’ opposition will be FK RFS of Latvia who will pose as a great threat to their ambitions of reaching the Conference League group stage.


Man’s life in danger after being hit by car in Qormi

Man's life in danger after being hit by car in Qormi
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A 59-year-old man is currently fighting for his life after being hit by a car yesterday evening.

On Thursday evening, at around 8:15pm, the Qormi resident had to be taken to Mater Dei Hospital after sustaining serious injuries due to the impact.

Preliminary investigations found that the car, a Toyota Vitz, was being driven by a 41-year-old Birkirkara resident. The 59-year-old man was immediately assisted by a medical response team and taken to hospital, where he was certified to have sustained the serious injuries.

Police investigations are currently underway.


5 people who studied at ITS

5 people who studied at ITS
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The Institute of Tourism Studies is one of Malta’s main pillars when it comes to tourism, hospitality and everything in between and you would be surprised about how many local and international success stories have emerged from this Maltese institution.

Successful business owners, event-planning masterminds and so much more; past ITS students celebrate their status as ITS alumni every single day. That being said, here are 5 people who studied at ITS!

Lee GarrardOwner at Kir Royal Café

Lee began his journey in hospitality as a pool boy in one of Malta’s leading hotels. He enjoys meeting people from different nations, and he knew that working in the hospitality industry would be his career. From enrolling with ITS for the Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Operations to embarking on his one-year internship programme in an exclusive London hotel, Lee built an unmatched repertoire of skills.

Nowadays, he is the proud owner of Kir Royal Café, tucked away in our enchanting capital city, Valletta. A small outlet focusing on quality and quintessential service.

Ruth SavonaEvent Planning Manager at Grand Hyatt Dubai

From having an interest in hospitality in her Junior College days to developing a passion for meeting new people and learning about hotel operations from working part-time in Malta’s leading 5-star hotels, Ruth’s career goals were always set. Nothing seemed right for her when she came to choose a University course, until she came across the ITS website and found the Hospitality Management course.

With an academic experience which exceeded even her own expectations, Ruth attended an international internship before deciding to make her way to one of the world’s leading hospitality cities in Dubai. Today, she is the Event Planning Manager at the Grand Hyatt Dubai and thanks to ITS, she had the right tools and know-how to kickstart her career.

Letizia VellaHead Chef & Owner at The Golden Fork

Letizia started studying with ITS quite late at age 21 as she decided to pursue her dreams in culinary arts. Thanks to the instructors, advisors, curriculum and facilities at ITS, Letizia went on to became the owner and head chef of beloved local establishment The Golden Fork.

Developing creativity, confidence and experience from the Institute’s internship opportunities and building a broad foundation of technical knowledge through ITS’ curriculum, Letizia got her foot in the right doors and successfully climbed the professional ladder.

Jonathan PaceGeneral Manager at Corinthia Budapest

Joining ITS in 1998 and sitting for the Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management, Jonathan Pace now holds the role of General Manager at one of Budapest’s most prestigious hotels. From spending a one-year internship at the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel to developing his hospitality skills in Prague, St. Petersburg and finally Budapest, Jonathan’s journey could not have been possible without him joining ITS.

The above journey could not have been possible had Jonathan not joined ITS and he can only recommend anyone who would like to pursue a career in hospitality to do the same.

Chrysander AgiusBusiness Owner and Events Manager

A jack of all trades in the local events and media industry, Chrysander Agius (better known as just Sander) graduated from ITS. His studies were the formation of many events and businesses throughout his career.

ITS helped to improve his management skills, understand the framework of catering operations and even master the eye for detail. He now specialises in event organisation and that is where the training and knowledge kicks in. ITS allowed Chrysander to develop his persona and master his skills and recommends anyone wanting to work in the events scene to apply for a study programme.

Take a look at the prospectus for yourself and let us know what you think!

Applications are currently open and found at www.its.edu.mt



WATCH: Shaun Farrugia features on Love Island AGAIN with chilling Coldplay cover

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Following the release of his first original track and first-ever performance at the Isle of MTV Malta, local singer-songwriter Shaun Farrugia continues his meteoric rise to fame with yet another feature on hit TV series Love Island.


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Farrugia first got featured on the British reality series with his cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights which went on to make major success in the charts and on Shazam.

The Maltese artist’s rendition of Coldplay is only the latest in a series of massive tracks which include the Blinding Lights cover and two collaborations with Superstar DJ Martin Garrix.

The sky is the limit for Shaun Farrugia and we’re here for it.