Maltese health minister visits Qatar health ministry

Feb 23 2024 Share

Between the 21st and 23rd of February 2024, Maltese Minister for Health and Active Aging Dr. Jo Etienne Abela along with a group from the health ministry and from the Malta Medicines Authority visited the State of Qatar.

During this visit the Maltese delegation and Dr. Jo Etienne Abela had the pleasure to meet his Qatari counterpart, H.E. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health of the State of Qatar.  Throughout their meeting the two managed to discuss potential collaborations between the two countries, share their various experiences to each other and interchanged any ideas they might have on the health sector.

Hon. Abela additionally toured Hamad Medical City, Qatar Rehabilitation Centre, Rumailah Hospital, as well as Enaya and DAAM Specialized Care Centres, engaging in discussions with Qatar Pharma, a prominent pharmaceutical entity in Qatar.


15.9% Of Maltese Prefer Songs In Maltese Language

15.9% Of Maltese Prefer Songs In Maltese Language
Feb 23 2024 Share

In a new survey by Vincent Marmara on the State of the Maltese language and commissioned by the ‘Ċentru tal-Ilsien Malti’ headed by Norma Saliba, it was found that, out of 600 interviewed persons, 15.6% persons prefer to listen to songs in Maltese. 

38.9% prefer to listen to songs in English, with 39.7% prefer to listen to both languages. Meanwhile, the remaining 5.9% generally listen to other languages. 

More men (16.2%) prefer to listen to songs in Maltese than women (14.9%), but the case is the same for English – with men at 42.9% and women at 35%. 

The 16 to 25 year old generation prefer to listen to English music at a higher level at 75.3%, whereas persons over 66 prefer to listen to Maltese at 22.2%. 

Interestingly, 0% of the 16 to 25 year old interviewed listen to music in other languages, with the 26 to 35 age group responding similarly. The 66+ age group had an 11.1% rating for songs with other languages. 


Raphael Pace Puts Up Tinder Profile On Billboards

Raphael Pace Puts Up Tinder Profile On Billboards
Feb 23 2024 Share

Local influencer Raphael Pace has is looking for love – and he has decided to post his tinder profile on various billboards around Malta and Gozo. 


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Raphael earlier posted a video, mourning how dating apps just aren’t for him. He ended the video by asking Siri to ‘call a billboard company’. 

The content creator has found the perfect way to boost his romantic reach and maybe find that special someone. 

Unfortunately, they’d have to scale some buildings if they want to swipe right. 


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Announcing the Finalists: 64th Edition of Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali Unveiled

Feb 23 2024 Share

The tension-filled moments of anticipation gave way to expressions of relief, joy, and gratitude among numerous local sports athletes as the 64th edition finalists of the prestigious Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali were unveiled on Tuesday afternoon.

A total of 36 individuals have secured their spots for the final night, slated for Saturday, March 2nd. The announcement took place at the main hall of the Institute for Physical Education and Sports at the University of Malta, where all semi-finalists were also honored with commemorative certificates.

The live-streamed ceremony featured addresses from Mr. Matthew Vella, the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Sport, Youths, Research, and Innovation, alongside Sandro Micallef and Lorraine Cunningham, President, and General Secretary respectively of the Malta Sports Journalists Association (MSJA).

Scheduled to be broadcast live on TVMSport+ and the association’s social media platforms, the 64th edition of Għażliet Sportivi Nazzjonali promises to be a thrilling event.

The Malta Sports Journalists express their gratitude to the event’s partners for their unwavering support, including the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research, and Innovation, National Lottery, Atlas Insurance, Bank of Valletta, Enemed, Responsible Gaming Foundation, VisitMalta, and the French Embassy in Malta.

The finalists for the 64th edition are as follows:


  • Marlon Attard – Skeet Shooting
  • Clayton Castaldi – Pool
  • Jordan Gusman – Athletics
  • Steven Muscat – Blackball
  • Teddy Teuma – Football


  • Sue Abela – Bowling
  • Haley Bugeja – Football
  • Francesca Curmi – Tennis
  • Janet Richard – Athletics
  • Tenishia Thornton – Weightlifting


  • Kai Azzopardi – Triathlon
  • Rylee Borg – Weightlifting
  • Jake Castaldi – Blackball
  • Kayden Lagana – Bowling
  • Steven Muscat – Pool


  • Thyis Antonelli – Karate
  • Caylee Attard – Powerlifting
  • Philippa Busuttil – Gymnastics
  • Kim Camilleri Lagana – Weightlifting
  • Lijana Sultana – Squash


  • Zeljko Aras – Athletics
  • Vince Saliba – Pool
  • Roderick Tanti – Blackball
  • Manuela Tesse – Football
  • Jonathan Valletta – Water Polo


  • Jesmond Caruana – Malta Weightlifting Association
  • Aldrin Cassar – Athletics Malta
  • Christabel D’Amato – Special Olympics Malta
  • Vincent Degiorgio – Malta Pool Association
  • Philip Gatt – Malta Blackball Federation


  • Basketball – U18 Women National Team
  • Blackball – U18 Men National Team
  • Football – Women National Team
  • Pool – U18 Men National Team
  • Water Polo – U15 Boys National Team


  • Mario Bonello – Athletics
  • Clayton Castaldi – Pool
  • Gianluca Chetcuti – Trap Shooting
  • Brent Spiteri – Kickboxing
  • Matthias Spiteri – Sailing
  • Sophie St John – Gymnastics
  • Colette Sultana – Squash
  • Tenishia Thornton – Weightlifting
  • Rhona Xerri – Malta Rugby Football Union


  • FC Ħamrun Amateurs
  • Fgura United Football Club
  • Malta Boxing Association