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New Ta’ Qali project could attract some big artists to perform in Malta

New Ta’ Qali project could attract some big artists to perform in Malta
Jul 22 2021 Share

Ta’ Qali National Park is getting a €20 million investment which could see it become a prominent attraction for some big stars to perform in Malta. With works being carried out on the concert area, national park and BOV Adventure Park, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg announced during his visit that the million-euro investment will provide a park equivalent to the size of 60 football pitches. Around 450,000 square meters, the park will also get a whopping 80,000 new trees. 

The new concert area will allow for some huge activities to be carried out, making Malta a possible hub for various artists to include it on their European tours. The main entrance and fountain will both be getting restorations, including paving work and installation of modern lighting. Renewable energy systems will also be included. The Minister called the project a dream of many which is becoming a reality. 

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Photo Source: Ian Borg FB

Joke gone wrong after man tries to pay fine in 1 cent coins

Joke gone wrong after man tries to pay fine in 1 cent coins
Jul 22 2021 Share

A man attempted to pay a €23.29 fine in 1 cent coins, but the joke blew up in his face after the police were involved. The man had received a fine from LESA and went to Naxxar Local Council to pay the owed money. He decided, however, to show up with a bag full of coins and present them to the council which wasn’t very happy with the act. The man in question ended up at the police station and ordered to collect every single cent and pay the fine ‘normally.’ 

The Naxxar Local Council posted to Facebook asking people to respect the council’s employees, as their ‘time is paid for by the people’s tax!’ This did not sit well with many commenters as they defended the man’s rights to pay fines in coins whenever he wished. The council’s decision to not accept the coins and to get the police involved was, according to many, not outweighed by this man’s simple practical joke. 

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Photo Source: Richard Azzopardi Richpics, Naxxar Local Council FB

Maltese companies’ trust in Malta’s courts of justice on the increase

Maltese companies’ trust in Malta’s courts of justice on the increase
Jul 21 2021 Share

Minister for Justice and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis posted to social media revealing how the trust of Maltese companies in the country’s courts of justice has grown significantly. The trust rating back in 2017 registered at 56% but went down to 52% last year. However, 2021 saw the percentage improve almost tenfold as trust rating scores at 69%, with 27% of companies reporting they do not trust it and 4% remaining uncertain. 

The findings were reported by Eurobarometer, which also surveyed other EU countries. Overall, 49% of companies rate the independence of courts and judges in their country as good. Overall, however, there has been a three-point decrease in the proportion of companies that rate the independence of courts and judges in their country as good compared to 2020. Malta still registered a 20 point boost into its companies being more likely to have a positive perception than last year, alongside Estonia and Slovakia. 

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Photo Source: justice, Edward Zammit Lewis FB

Marsalforn Waterfront transformed into fully pedestrian zone

Marsalforn Waterfront transformed into fully pedestrian zone
Jul 21 2021 Share

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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Photo Source: Clint Camilleri FB