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Nadur Nadif Lament Lack Of Enforcement On Comino

 - Local - Aug 18 2023 SHARE ON:
Nadur Nadif Lament Lack Of Enforcement On Comino

‘Nadur Nadif’ took to social media to call out the negligence surrounding Comino, which they described as ‘an island with no vision.’

Nadur Nadif had organized multiple clean-up initiatives around Comino Island throughout the year. Despite the island being safeguarded by numerous policies, negligence, shabbiness, and insufficient enforcement has still affected the island. 

This led the group to decide to address these issues this year, resulting in the collection of approximately 210 garbage bags, mainly from the vicinity of the old hospital. 

During the summer, a return visit was made to assess the impact of increased visitors on the environment.

Observations made during a hike from Blue Lagoon to Santa Marija Bay, then to the Old Hospital, revealed several key points:

  • Sunbeds were already placed on the garigue by 8:15 am.
  • Despite the cleaners’ efforts, the increasing volume of waste was not being effectively managed.
  • The lack of adequate bins not only led to dumping but also detracted from the landscape.

‘This is quite alarming, knowing that 7 years ago ERA published the Natura 2000 Management Plan for Comino. This clearly outlines the importance of implementing a tourism carrying capacity assessment, in order to provide recommendations for the management of the area.’

The group lamented how various plans and promises were not adhered to. ‘Although, the deckchairs were reduced by 65% from Blue Lagoon, these were transferred to another part of the island.’

’This shows that the system (or lack of it) used in Comino is completely insufficient and inadequate, as it only focuses on the economic aspect. This lack of planning is not only harming the environment, with the increase in noise, light and general pollution, but also the economic aspect.’

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Melita FC To Face Off Palermo In Friendly Match This August

 - Local - Aug 18 2023 SHARE ON:
Melita FC To Face Off Palermo In Friendly Match This August

Melita FC is poised to intensify their preparations for the approaching season as they go head-to-head with Palermo. The local team is set to meet the Italian Serie B team on the pitch in an international friendly scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2023.

This fixture will add to the list of pre-season friendlies for the senior squad, and will provide Melita FC with more experience as they prepare for the  upcoming Challenge League season. The team’s inaugural match is set against Tarxien Rainbows on September 16th.

With guidance from recently appointed head coach Clive Mizzi, the Melita FC delegation, comprised of a 24-player squad, orchestrated by the senior team’s coaching personnel, will be in attendance. The match will take place at the Renzo Barbera Stadium, commencing at 8:30 pm.

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An Eclectic Music Festival: Reasons To Visit Gozo This September

 - Events - Aug 18 2023 SHARE ON:
An Eclectic Music Festival: Reasons To Visit Gozo This September

Even if it’s been a while since you stepped foot in a classroom, September brings all the back to school feels, but there’s still an entire month of summer left to enjoy! And with so many activities and events to choose from, this month is perfect for experiencing Gozo. Here are four reasons why a September weekender in Gozo is a great idea:

1. Levant, Gozo’s Music Festival

Kick off your September with a vibrant evening of music at Levant, Gozo’s Music Festival. Now in its second year, this free festival brings together top, local artists, creating an unforgettable musical experience. This year, the Levant stage will host Mae band, Musea Orchestra, Junior B, and Tribali. The night promises a fusion of music, including orchestral covers of well-known pop and rock numbers, electronic beats, and the mystic blend of world music, psychedelic sounds and ska and reggae that’s now synonymous with Tribali. Entrance is free, and no prior booking is needed! Follow the event page for more details.

2. Quaint Villages and Historic Sites

Gozo is known for its picturesque villages, each with its unique charm and character. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of Rabat, or sit down for a relaxing coffee at one of the many lovely squares across the island. What’s more – the weather in September is a bit more forgiving, perfect for exploring one of the many historic and archeological sites. The Ġgantija Temples and the neighbouring Ta’ Kola Windmill are well worth a visit, as is the Citadella.

 

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3. Delicious Gastronomy

What’s a trip to the sister island without a memorable meal for good measure? From delicious ftiras, to delicious Gozo cheeselets drizzled with local olive oil, or a fish feast at a seaside restaurant – there are plenty of eateries to choose from, catering for every budget.

4. Festivals and Cultural Events

Levant isn’t the only event happening in Gozo in September. The island’s cultural calendar is full to the brim with a mix of musical, artistic and cultural events for young people, families, and solo travellers. From music performances in various squares during the week, to Jum il-Vitorja on 7 September, with reenactments commemorating the Great Seige and the Second World War, and family fun at Santa Lucija on September 10 – there really is something for everyone! Check out the publication Summer in Gozo for a full calendar of events.

It’s time for Gozo

September in Gozo offers a fun blend of music and culture. Levant, Gozo’s Music Festival opens another month of summer fun, followed with many more events to choose from. There are also plenty of sites to visit and beaches to enjoy, without the high season’s relenting heat and crowds. So pack your bags for another short trip before the next wardrobe swap – Gozo awaits!

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Record 32,000 Passengers In Just One Day

 - Local - Aug 18 2023 SHARE ON:
Record 32,000 Passengers In Just One Day

Taking to social media, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo announced that the Malta International Airport was expected to reach a record of 32,000 passengers moving through it on Thursday 17th August 2023. 

‘These are positive results which continue to energise us and have the principles of quality and quantity in the tourist sector walk hand in hand’, explained Bartolo. 

This comes after July of 2023 became the busiest month since 2019, with 848,716 passengers moving through during last month. 

This total beat the airport’s previous monthly record, held by another August, of 2019, by more than 25,000 passenger movements. 

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