‘Mixja mal-President’ A National Unity Event for a Noble Cause

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In an uplifting and inspiring initiative, the Office of the President, led by H.E. George Vella, has reminded the public that the upcoming ‘Mixja mal-President’ in support of The Malta Community Chest Fund (MCCF) is less than a week away!

This family-oriented event is set to take place on Saturday, November 11th, starting at 3 pm from Verdala Palace and making its way through Sant’Anton Palace before concluding in front of the Presidential Palace in Valletta.

The event, aimed at promoting physical exercise, national unity, and solidarity with those in need, has already garnered tremendous support and enthusiasm.

Registration for the ‘Mixja mal-President’ is open, and interested participants can sign up online at mccf.store or at various locations, including the Kitchen Garden, Sant’Anton Palace, the MCCF offices in Valletta and Victoria, Maypole stores, and SportMalta complexes in Kirkop, Cottonera, and the National Pool Complex in Tal-Qroqq.

The registration fee is €10, and all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

The Malta Public Transport will be offering dedicated bus services for participants. Special bus trips from Valletta to Sant’Anton Palace and Verdala Palace will be available between 12 pm and 2 pm, ensuring convenient transportation to the starting points. After the walk, route number 56 will be extended from Valletta to Dingli and Rabat between 6.30 pm and 8 pm, with stops in front of Sant’Anton Palace and Verdala Palace.


Revealing Insights: The Profile of First-Time Buyers in Malta

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In 2023, the Maltese Government introduced an initiative aimed at providing a financial boost to first-time buyers (FTBs) in Malta. This scheme offered FTBs a one-time grant of €10,000, distributed over ten years, effectively equating to €1,000 annually. The primary objective of this scheme was to alleviate the financial burden on FTBs, thus empowering them to realize their dream of homeownership. Furthermore, this initiative has enabled the Housing Authority to glean invaluable insights into the demographic profile and preferences of FTBs in Malta.

Based on an extensive analysis of 3,103 applications, representing 4,590 individuals, successfully processed by the Housing Authority since the scheme’s inception, certain patterns and characteristics of FTBs have emerged. The majority of these applications, around 2,741, were submitted by FTBs who acquired their properties in 2022, while an additional 361 applicants completed their property purchases in 2023.

A noteworthy finding of the analysis is that approximately 92% of the applications qualified for the full grant amount of €1,000, while the remaining 8% received a reduced grant of €500, often when only one person in a couple met the FTB criteria. The median age of FTBs in Malta hovers around 30 years, aligning with Eurostat figures indicating the average age at which young people in the country typically leave their parental homes.

The report also revealed that slightly more than half of FTBs purchased their properties individually (single beneficiaries), accounting for 52% of all applications. In contrast, joint beneficiaries made up the remaining 48%. When breaking down the gender composition, males comprised 55% of single beneficiaries, with females constituting the remaining 45%.

FTBs demonstrated a diverse range of property preferences, with purchases spanning 66 different localities across Malta and Gozo. The top five preferred localities for FTBs in Malta were St. Paul’s Bay, Zurrieq, Birkirkara, Mosta, and Zabbar. While St. Paul’s Bay continued to be a hotspot for FTBs, it’s interesting to note that FTBs often gravitated toward slightly different localities than those commonly sought for rental purposes.

Approximately 7% of FTB property acquisitions were in Gozo, with Xaghra, Nadur, and Sannat emerging as the most sought-after localities on the island.

The data also revealed that FTBs often favored properties close to their current addresses, with 48% choosing to buy in the same locality as their previous residence. This preference was less pronounced among single beneficiaries, with 43% purchasing in their hometown, often their parents’ residence. Gozitan FTBs exhibited a particularly strong preference for staying on the island, with 72% choosing to purchase within Gozo.

Apartments were the most popular property type among FTBs, with 79% of single beneficiaries and 65% of joint beneficiaries opting for this style of residence. Notably, property finishes remained consistent, with roughly 74% of FTBs purchasing finished properties.

The analysis also revealed that nearly half of FTBs acquired properties within the €150,000 to €250,000 price range. Single beneficiaries, in particular, were more likely to purchase within this price bracket, while joint beneficiaries often purchased more expensive properties.


‘Friends’ Forever; Private Funeral Held for Matthew Perry

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In a somber and heartfelt gathering, friends and colleagues of the late Matthew Perry, renowned for his iconic role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV show “Friends,” gathered for a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.

The service took place six days after the actor’s tragic passing at the age of 54, discovered lifeless in his Los Angeles home’s hot tub.

The funeral, which was marked by its simplicity and reverence, lasted about an hour. Close friends and family came together to pay their final respects and offer their farewells to Perry, a beloved figure in the world of entertainment.

Notably, Perry’s “Friends” co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer, arrived at the service as a quartet, all dressed in black suits, reflecting the solemnity of the occasion.

The bond between the actors extended far beyond the confines of the show, and their presence at the funeral exemplified the deep and lasting connections formed during their time together on the beloved series.

The choice of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles held special significance for Perry, as it is located just opposite Warner Bros Studios, where “Friends” was filmed over ten successful seasons. The sitcom remains a beloved and enduring classic, capturing the hearts of viewers around the world. Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing endeared him to fans and made him a household name.

Moreover, Forest Lawn Cemetery is the final resting place of numerous Hollywood luminaries, including the likes of Carrie Fisher, Bette Davis, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, Paul Walker, Brittany Murphy, and Anne Heche. The cemetery serves as a fitting tribute to the remarkable individuals who have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Matthew Perry’s passing marks a profound loss for the world of acting and entertainment. His work on “Friends” brought laughter and joy to countless households, and his memory will continue to live on through his enduring contributions to the world of television.


David Beckham Reveals He Got The Iconic Number 7 When On Holiday In Malta

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In the world of football, the iconic No. 7 shirt has adorned the shoulders of some of the sport’s greatest legends. While many fans might associate this legendary jersey with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best, it’s essential to remember that this prestigious shirt was once donned by none other than David Beckham during his tenure at Manchester United.

In a recent interview on “Classic Shirts,” Beckham shared a fascinating anecdote about how he came to possess the iconic No. 7 shirt and a pivotal phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson that took place during his time in Malta.

It was during an interview about the memorable football shirts he has worn throughout his illustrious career when Beckham revealed the unique story behind his acquisition of the No. 7 shirt. He disclosed that it all happened when he was on holiday in Malta. Beckham explained that he was relaxing on this beautiful getaway when he received the call that would change the course of his career.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary manager of Manchester United, rang Beckham while he was in Malta to deliver some surprising news. The then-Young Player of the Year was about to have his iconic No. 10 shirt taken away from him. Beckham had been closely associated with the No. 10 shirt, and it was a symbol of his career at that point. However, Ferguson informed him that it would be given to another Manchester United legend, Teddy Sheringham.

Beckham’s revelation during the “classic shirts” interview sheds light on the emotional and impactful nature of that phone call. It marked a significant turning point in his career. While it may have initially come as a shock, Beckham’s response to the situation was a testament to his professionalism and dedication to the sport. He went on to make the iconic No. 7 shirt his own, creating a legacy that endures to this day.