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Maltese Twins With Debut Song In Tribute To Late Dad

Maltese Twins With Debut Song In Tribute To Late Dad
Jan 19 2024 Share

Adria Twins Celine and Shaian have released their debut song in tribute to their late father called ‘L-Isbaħ Stilla.’

Composed by Shaun Farrugia and a music video by Steven Levi Vella, the twins pay tribute to their late father throughout the video itself, with shots showing memories and photographs of their time with him. 

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Their debut song has made its mark on the local scene already, with those tuning in expressing how deeply the song touched them and how much more they want to hear from the girls.

Did you listen to ‘L-Isbaħ Stilla’ yet?

 

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5.1% Of Malta’s Population With No Religious Affiliation

5.1% Of Malta's Population With No Religious Affiliation
Jan 19 2024 Share

Residents aged 15 and above were surveyed on their religious affiliations, regardless of their religious practices or formal memberships. 

Out of 451,501 respondents, 82.6% identified as Roman Catholic, 17,454 as Muslim, and 16,457 as Orthodox. Additionally, 5.1%  or 23,243 declared no religious affiliation.

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Analyzing gender distribution, Roman Catholic affiliations showed an even split, while over half (57.1%) of those with no religious affiliation were males. Males also constituted a significant portion among Muslims (78.3%) and Hindus (70.3%).

Over two-thirds of those not affiliated with Roman Catholicism or any religion lived in the Northern Harbour and Northern districts, with 42.9% and 24.1%, respectively. Notably, San Pawl Il-Baħar had the highest concentration.

Out of the non-affiliated population, 84% were non-Maltese citizens, with 7,685 British, 4,781 Indians, and 4,635 Serbians. Among those with no religious affiliation, 7,254 were Maltese citizens, illustrating diversity in the religious landscape and its connection to citizenship.

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Malta’s Population Grew By Over 100,000 From 2011 To 2021

Malta's Population Grew By Over 100,000 From 2011 To 2021
Jan 19 2024 Share

Malta’s resident population on Census Day, November 21, 2021, reached 519,562, marking a substantial increase of over 100,000 residents compared to the 2011 Census. 

This represents a remarkable 24.5% growth in just a decade, constituting the largest intercensal growth ever recorded. The annual growth of approximately 10,000 residents over the past 10 years contributed to this unprecedented surge. 

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Notably, this surpasses the earlier record of intercensal growth between 1931 and 1948, standing at 3,786 persons per year.

Geographically, both Malta and Gozo experienced an approximately 25% population increase since the 2011 Census. Among the six geographical districts, the Northern district witnessed the highest growth at 47%, followed by the Northern Harbour district with 30.6%. 

In contrast, the Southern Harbour district had the smallest growth at 8.3%. San Pawl il-Baħar, Birkirkara, and Il-Mosta emerged as the three largest localities, constituting 15.7% of the total population. 

San Pawl il-Baħar nearly doubled its population since 2011, exceeding 32,000 inhabitants.

Malta remains the most densely populated EU country, with 1,649 residents per square kilometer, far surpassing the EU average of 109 persons per square kilometer in 2019. 

The sex distribution recorded 270,021 men (52%) and 249,541 women, yielding a sex ratio of 924 females per 1,000 males. This marks the first time the census recorded more males than females, attributed to a faster growth rate among males (30.1%) compared to females (18.9%) over the past decade. 

The Western district displayed an almost even gender distribution, while the South Eastern district exhibited the widest gap.

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Prime Minister Inaugurates High Level Sports Complex In Marsa

Prime Minister Inaugurates High Level Sports Complex In Marsa
Jan 19 2024 Share

With an investment of €5.5 million, Prime Minister Robert Abela, along with the Minister for Education, Sports, Youth, Research, and Innovation, Clifton Grima, inaugurated the third phase of a project that will lead to a high-level sports hub in Marsa. The hub aims not only to benefit the sports community but also the general public and sports enthusiasts in Malta.

Prime Minister Abela emphasised that the project’s inauguration is a testament to the government’s commitment to achieving excellence, citing the successful results of the Small States Games. He highlighted ongoing projects, including the Olympic Complex at Ta’ Qali, reflecting the government’s dedication to providing international standard sports facilities for everyone to achieve their aspirations in sports.

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Abela praised the determination of children he met during the inauguration, expressing the government’s continued investment in them to enable aspirations for every child in Malta. He emphasised the vision of building a Malta where sports are not just a career or pastime but also a source of pride, national unity, and inspiration for current and future generations.

The project includes a multi-purpose hall, a modern 900-square-meter gymnastics pavilion, a high-level fitness centre, offices for sports associations, dressing rooms, and other auxiliary facilities. Minister Clifton Grima highlighted the unprecedented investment in this sports hub, part of a national plan for the sports sector. The goal is to have international standard sports facilities serving as engines for the sports industry and contributing to sports tourism.

Mark Cutajar, CEO of SportMalta, mentioned SportMalta’s growth over the past decade, focusing on facilities and human resources for training and awareness. SportMalta is aligned with the current strategy, highlighting the development of high-level plans to accommodate athletes from various disciplines and cater to sports associations and the general public.

The government’s commitment is to continue collaborating with all stakeholders in the sector, ensuring opportunities for athletes and sports enthusiasts to achieve their dreams and aspirations. This project is part of a series of infrastructure projects to create accessible sports facilities across the islands, contributing to an ambitious vision for sports development in Malta.

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