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Maltese Primary Language For 71.3% Of Locals

Maltese Primary Language For 71.3% Of Locals
Jun 21 2024 Share

A recent survey titled ‘Stat tan-Nazzjon’ (State of the Nation’, conducted by Dr Vincent Marmara and Mr Lou Bondi, 71.3% of respondents said that the Maltese language is their primary language.

This is around 4 percentage points lower than 2023, when 75.4% considered Maltese their primary language.

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Meanwhile, 7.6% of locals considered English their primary language, more than double of 2023 at 3.6%.

20.3% of locals consider both languages as their primary language, which is an approximately 1 percentage point increase from 2023 at 19.4%.

0.9% consider other languages to be their primary languages, a decrease from 2023 at 1.6%.

The survey interviewed 1,064 persons to gather the data.

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The David Walliams Book Show: Author Returning On 28th June

David Walliams Returning To Malta For Mediterrane Film Festival
Jun 21 2024 Share

The David Walliams Book Show is a one-man performance where David Walliams shares hilarious stories from his childhood, discusses the inspiration behind his famous book characters, acts out funny extracts, and reads amusing fan letters. His daytime shows delight children, parents, and grandparents who have enjoyed his 40 best-selling books over the past 15 years. The interactive, non-stop performance is a feast of fun for audiences, whether they’ve read one or all of his books. Walliams’ in-person charm makes each theatergoer feel personally addressed, while the entire audience is united in laughter. It’s an exhilarating experience in the presence of a gifted entertainer.

“Kids will have the chance to ask me anything, with a star prize for the best question!” said Walliams.

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Since the release of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, in 2008, Walliams has revolutionized children’s reading. His titles, including The Blunders, Robodog, The World’s Worst Monsters, Spaceboy, The Midnight Gang, Ratburger, and his latest, Astrochimp, all feature glorious illustrations that lend themselves to live readings and expanded storytelling. These stories, inspired by his own life adventures, come together in uproarious performances from a master of children’s entertainment.

Don’t miss “The David Walliams Show,” an upcoming event on June 28th at 18:30, held at Fort St. Elmo, Valletta. Part of the second edition of the Mediterrane Film Festival, this event features a special book reading by David Walliams. It’s a unique opportunity to experience Walliams live and be part of a night filled with laughter and unforgettable stories.

“Book tickets now here. Spaces are limited.”

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Transport On Offer For Ed Sheeran Concert!

Transport On Offer For Ed Sheeran Concert!
Jun 21 2024 Share

Due to the high volume of attendees and significant traffic restrictions around the Ta’ Qali area, an official shuttle service provided by Koptaco for all event-goers is set to be provided.

Key Details:

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Cost: €10 for a round trip.

Restrictions: No private cars will be allowed in Ta’ Qali or its periphery. Alternative “Y Plates” drop-off points are a 20-minute walk from the main entrance.

Exclusive Route: The shuttle will take an exclusive route, ensuring a closer drop-off point near the entrance.

Shuttle Pick-Up Points and Times:

Paola: Addolorata Cemetery

Floriana: Central Public Library

Pembroke: Luxol Grounds

St Paul’s Bay: Café del Mar / Malta National Aquarium

Timings:

Departure Before Event: 5:30 PM (The bus will leave strictly at this time)

Departure After Event: 11:45 PM (The bus will leave strictly at this time)

“We strongly urge everyone to use this shuttle service for a convenient and hassle-free experience. Please arrive at the pick-up points 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time to ensure timely boarding.”

Buses will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each bus will be filled to its full seating capacity. Please note that seating arrangements cannot be pre-booked or pre-arranged.

You can get tickets here.

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Italy’s Own Goal See Spain In EURO 2024 Last 16

Italy's Own Goal See Spain In EURO 2024 Last 16
Jun 21 2024 Share

Spain secured a place in the last 16 of Euro 2024 with a 1-0 victory over Italy, courtesy of a Riccardo Calafiori own goal. The match, held in Gelsenkirchen, saw Spain dominate from start to finish, ensuring their top spot in Group B.

Despite the narrow scoreline, Spain’s performance was commanding, similar to their opening thrashing of Croatia.

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Nico Williams was instrumental, tormenting Italy’s right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo throughout the match.

It was Williams’ cross that led to Calafiori’s unfortunate deflection into his own net nine minutes after halftime. Spain, with six points, now face Albania with the comfort of already advancing to the knockout stages.

Italy, on the other hand, experienced a humbling defeat. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s brilliance in goal was the only reason the scoreline remained respectable. Spain peppered Italy’s goal with numerous shots while Italy failed to register a single attempt on target.

Spain’s early opportunities included Pedri’s header and Williams’ miss from close range. Donnarumma made crucial saves to deny Morata and Fabian Ruiz.

After the break, Pedri missed another golden chance before Calafiori’s own goal sealed Italy’s fate.

Despite late efforts, including fine saves by Donnarumma to stop Ayoze Perez, Italy couldn’t find an equalizer. With Spain cruising to victory, Italy must now secure at least a draw against Croatia to ensure their progression in the tournament.

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