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Man grievously injured in St Julians argument Monday evening

Man grievously injured in St Julians argument Monday evening
Nov 29 2022 Share

A 27-year-old Iranian national suffered grievous injuries due to an argument which occurred in Triq San Ġorġ, St Julians on Monday evening. 

The police revealed that the injured man had been involved in an argument at around 2230hrs. The other person involved fled the scene, with the injured man being hospitalised at Mater Dei. 

He was then certified as having suffered grievous injuries. Investigations are still ongoing. 

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Kirkop’s Christmas Market cancelled out of respect for Leonard Camilleri

Kirkop’s Christmas Market cancelled out of respect for Leonard Camilleri
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Explaining on a social media statement, Ħal Kirkop’s Local Council revealed that the ‘GIGANTIC – Kirkop’s Local Christmas Market’ will be cancelled out of respect for recent fireworks accident fatality Leonard Camilleri. 

The post revealed that the council met urgently and unanimously agreed that the market, which takes place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, is to be cancelled. 

The council said that this activity of joy cannot take place after such a tragic loss. Leonard, 64, died from his injuries on Saturday 26th November after the San Ġużepp fireworks factory exploded. 

Tributes poured in for Leonard, nicknamed ‘Nardu’, who had been a very active participant in the fireworks activities of his locality and Malta in general. 

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Charges will apply if e-kick scooters are not parked in specific bays

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Minister Aaron Farrugia announced that the government will implement specific parking bays for e-kick scooters and failure to park scooters in these bays will result in charges.

When answering a parliamentary question, Aaron Farrugia explained that if the scooter is not parked in a specific area, the user will continue to be charged the normal rate. This comes after months of debate and multiple complaints from the general public. The minister said that during winter months, in Malta there are around 5,000 e-kick rides per day. This number triples in summer. Aaron Farrugia said that this mode of transport is very important but admitted that the legal system and law enforcement needed improving.

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Data issued recently by the National Statistics Office shows that there are more than 3,000 e-kick scooters registered on the island.

E-kick scooters are regulated by Transport Malta and therefore have road regulations similar to those of other vehicles, including an insurance policy. People riding these scooters need to follow traffic regulations when on the road but can be driven on sidewalks. They cannot, however, be driven in tunnels or on arterial roads.

The regulations state that you cannot be more than one person on a scooter and you must always drive on the left. You cannot drive at a speed of more than 20Km per hour on the roads and not more than 10km per hour when in pedestrian areas.

Up until now, it was not illegal to park e-kick scooters, anywhere, at any time, as long as they didn’t block access to people or cars. It was not against the law to leave scooters away from parking bays but this will soon change.

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World’s biggest active volcano erupts for first time in 40 years

World’s biggest active volcano erupts for first time in 40 years
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The largest active volcano on the planet, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, has erupted for the first time in around 40 years. 

Mauna Loa erupted at around 11:30pm local time, spewing out volcanic ash, lava and sulphur from it’s peak. The scenery would have been considered mesmerising, were it not for the more than dozen earthquakes it triggered. 

By 6:30am local time, the US Geological Survey confirmed that the lava flow had changed from the summit and moved into the North East Rift Zone.

A rift area is a spot where a volcano has cracked open, which allows more lava to seep through to the surface. Thankfully, the volcanic discharge has been contained within the summit and North East Rift Zone. 

Warnings by the US Geological Survey (USGS) were issued to the 200,000 people on the island that eruptions can be very dynamic and that lava flow direction can change rapidly. 

The eruption was a predicted one, 40 years in the making, with scientists saying that Hawaiians and visitors should be prepared to flee if need be. However, indications are that the eruption will remain contained. 

Despite this, people with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors to avoid inhaling ash particles and that anyone outside should cover their moth and nose with a mask or cloth. 

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