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Nadur Carnival is officially back for 2023!

 - Local - Jan 24 SHARE ON:
Nadur Carnival is officially back for 2023!

The Nadur Carnival is officially back, with an organised carnival taking place on the 12th of February and a spontaneous carnival between the 17th and 21st of February. 

The beloved carnival sees hundreds making their way to the festivities, as funnies and attractions fill up the locality. And of course, people attend with their most outlandish and creative costumes. 

The Nadur Local Council released the official poster of the event, painted by Frans Camilleri, already captivating the atmosphere that the event is set to create. 

Both the Organised and Spontaneous Carnival are staged in collaboration and lasting help of the Ministry for Gozo and the Directorate for Cultural Heritage. 

@g7eventsmalta and MaltaDaily are also official collaborators for 2023’s Nadur Carnival. 👀

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Drake forced to pause show after fan falls off balcony

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Drake forced to pause show after fan falls off balcony

Rapper Drake was forced to pause a concert after a fan fell off the balcony onto other spectators. 

Sensitive footage shows a man plummeting onto the other spectators at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Drake did not see the fan fall due to him having his back turned at the exact moment.

The incident happened about 90 minutes into the show, when 21 Savage joined him on stage. The performance had to be abruptly halted after the man fell from the balcony. 

‘Just have to make sure somebody’s OK’ said Drake, after a crew member told the rapper what had happened. The gig was paused for 15 minutes with the lights coming up as security rushed to help.

Nobody was harmed and the concert was able to continue after a dislodged light fixture was removed. Drake went on to hype the audience by saying ‘We’re at the Apollo, so the show must go on. Let’s just make some noise that everybody’s ok.’ 

He also went on to thank the audience, saying that when he started performing, he would worry that something bad would happen. “I used to dread performing because I just never really understood how it was just, like, me on one side and all of you on the other side” he said. 

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20 million bottles returned for recycling in 2 months

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20 million bottles returned for recycling in 2 months

Speaking to Times of Malta, Beverage Container Refund Scheme chairperson Pierre Fava said that more than a whopping 20 million bottles and cans have been returned since the launch of the scheme in November. 

This made it possible for the company handling the scheme to reach the target it had set for the first two years of operation. 

Launched on the 14th of November, more than 600 tons of containers have been exported for recycling, with each bale weighing between 250 and 270 kilograms. 

The target, which was the collection of 70% of the total number of containers placed on the market, showed BCRS that the public’s participation was crucial to the scheme’s success.

This comes as international producers having to place containers on the market made up of at least 50% of recycled material by 2025. The scheme in Malta sees consumers pay 10c extra for drinks bought, reclaiming the money via vouchers when returning containers to be recycled.

Around 320 reverse vending machines are already operating across the Maltese islands, with the machines emptied everyday and the containers taken to the processing facility in Ħal Far to be sorted and treated. 

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Up to 25,000 driving license issued to local foreigners in 5 years

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Up to 25,000 driving license issued to local foreigners in 5 years

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia revealed in response to a parliamentary question that around 25,000 driving licenses were issued to foreigners in Malta in the past 5 years.

Responding to the Nationalist Party’s Charles Azzopardi, Farrugia revealed that the exact figure was 24,891, with 8,152 of these licenses issued to motorists who already had a license in another EU or recognised country.

Meanwhile 16,739 licenses were issued after a driving test. Despite this, the figures might not exactly tally due to the status of license holders.

The Minister said that this could be impacted by change of nationality, replacement of ID cards, revocation of licenses or due to persons no longer driving. 

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