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Marsalforn Waterfront transformed into fully pedestrian zone

 - Local - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
Marsalforn Waterfront transformed into fully pedestrian zone

A €3 million investment has gone into the Marsalforn Masterplan which transformed the zone’s waterfront into a fully pedestrian area. Prime Minster Robert Abela and Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri inaugurated the project yesterday evening, as the area became a safe space for families to enjoy without any fear of traffic accidents. 

The Gozo Minister stated how the government wanted an open space for families to relax with their loved ones across the area. The Menqa area became pedestrianised, with vehicles having limited access except for in exceptional cases such as public transport and specific service times. 

A new coastal defence system and pavement are also being constructed. The defence system will keep Marsalforn Bay safe from the sea, along with storm water culverts to flush rainwater and avoid street flooding. The pier will also be rebuilt for fishermen, along with the instalment of a new lighting system. 

Prime Minister Robert Abela stated that the government has a clear idea of where Malta will be headed. He emphasised the creation of jobs and economical improvement. Gozo, however, should not simply follow along Malta’s rapid development blindly. He stated that we need to be careful not to repeat any mistakes which happened in Malta in Gozo. 

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People are selling government vouchers on Facebook

 - Business - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
People are selling government vouchers on Facebook

It seems as though not everyone is taking up the opportunity to spend government issued vouchers. Some have taken to online Maltese Facebook groups to advertise their selling of their very own governmental vouches. 

One person posted to a Facebook group stating that they are selling blue government vouchers, with 12 in total to sell. They will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some raised queries as to whether selling vouchers online in such a way should be allowed. 

The second round of vouchers due to the COVID-19 pandemic were made available for download online. The digitisation of the voucher purchase was, according to Economy and Industry Minister Silvio Schembri, a huge success in introducing the technological aspect of the economy to the Maltese population. 

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Kanye West breaks Instagram silence before new album release

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Kanye West breaks Instagram silence before new album release

Rapper Kanye West has been absent from Instagram for around two years. But in the early hours of Tuesday morning July 21st, the rapper released two new posts shared with just a few hours in between. The first post features close-up images of Kanye wearing gold necklaces featuring the names of his children. These are, of course, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm, who are 8, 5, 3 and 2 respectively. 

 

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With more snapshots of the rapper crouching on two metal cylinders in all-black, a second post surfaced featuring Sha’Carri Richardson. Richardson is the athlete who was unable to go to the Olympics after having been reported to have marijuana in her system. The athlete wears headphones and works up a sweat as she listens ‘No Child Left Behind.’ Serving as an advert for his 10th album ‘Donda’ set to be released on July 24th, the rapper’s 5.6 million followers were delighted that the musical force of nature is making his Instagram comeback. 

 

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Vaccines are the road out of the pandemic

 - COVID-19 - Jul 21 SHARE ON:
Vaccines are the road out of the pandemic

Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci reveals how the vaccination programme and the jab itself are leading to the curb of the virus. With most new daily and active cases being attributed to unvaccinated, the rollout is clearly the scientifically-proven weapon to beat the pandemic which has, quite frankly overstayed its welcome. Speaking on Times of Malta’s ‘Ask Charmaine Programme’, the interview revealed the following information; 

‘Transmission rates are lower among vaccinated.’

Studies reveal how the virus’ viral load is far less prominent with vaccinated people. This can be noted in Malta, with most cases being attributed to unvaccinated or imported cases. Those who have underlying health conditions are strongly encouraged to seek consultations from professionals to curb fear and maybe get specific jabs.

‘Vaccination should be a collective effort.’

Unfortunately, not getting your vaccine risks making herd immunity redundant. This is because it gives the virus room to mutate and would mean booster shots or possibly new vaccines. The Delta variant, Gauci revealed, is slowly becoming the main variant all over the world. This is not yet the case in Malta.

‘Low hospitalisations prove the vaccination’s efficacy.’

The fact that there is just one person in the ITU shows how the vaccination programme is working. The ITU patient is also stable. Many of those admitted are also done so before they know they are positive. They are admitted for other health conditions, only to discover the infection. 

‘We need to take it one step at a time.’ 

Health restrictions are still an important part of the process. The Superintendent acknowledged everyone’s frustration and exhaustion with measures in place. It is however crucial to push together and to be on the same boat. This means getting vaccinated as soon as possible, adhering to regulations and staying as safe as possible. 

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