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NGOs Ready To Challenge Ġgantija Construction Permit

NGOs Ready To Challenge Ġgantija Construction Permit
Nov 21 2023 Share

Two Gozitan environmental NGOs, along with Din L-Art Ħelwa, have revealed their intention to challenge the recently granted permit for constructing an apartment block near Gozo’s Ġgantija Temples. The project, they cautioned on Tuesday, poses a severe threat to the integrity of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its designated buffer zone.

The Ġgantija Temples are a significant historical landmark in Malta, and the surrounding UNESCO-established buffer zone is crucial for preserving their cultural and environmental importance, as stated by Din L-Art Ħelwa Għawdex, Għawdix, and Wirt Għawdex.

Asserting that sites of global importance are not for sale and should be protected for future generations, the NGOs criticized local developers, governmental authorities, and politicians, emphasizing the responsibility to shield such sites.

They declared their intention to file a permit revocation request based on flaws in the approval procedure and the presence of errors and incorrect information leading to the permit’s issuance.

Expressing satisfaction with recent strong statements from Heritage Malta and a ‘revised opinion’ from the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage, the NGOs called on the government and the Planning Authority to fulfill their duty to the nation and the civilized world by halting the environmental damage being inflicted upon the country.

Times of Malta reported that the Superintendence plans to request the Planning Authority to freeze the contentious permit, and Heritage Malta announced its intention to strongly appeal the decision.

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Prime Minister Pledges Safeguarding Malta’s Band Clubs

Prime Minister Pledges Safeguarding Malta's Band Clubs
Nov 21 2023 Share

Prime Minister Robert Abela has reiterated his commitment to safeguarding Malta’s band clubs, recognizing the looming threat of their decline. 

The Prime Minister emphasized that the government values the cultural and social contributions of these societies, expressing admiration for the talent and activism of their youth.

Earlier, Minister Owen Bonnici had conveyed the government’s dedication to protecting band clubs, citing their social and cultural significance. 

This commitment involved financial support through various schemes and a focus on acquiring properties used by the clubs, ensuring long-term stability and a fair return on investment.

Minister Bonnici further highlighted the government’s commitment to promoting social elements within band clubs, encouraging initiatives for community inclusion, education, and the preservation of traditional skills linked to village festivals.

Executive Chairman Albert Marshall of the Arts Council Malta played a pivotal role in preserving the nation’s artistic and cultural heritage. Acquisitions were aligned with the 2025 Strategy, enriching diverse artistic expressions. The strategy also encompassed funding for various cultural sectors, safeguarding traditions as a foundational element.

With a €6 million investment, the Board overseeing Band Clubs, led by James Pearsall, operated within Arts Council Malta, ensuring consistency and immediate attention. The Board managed acquisitions under the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government. Ongoing negotiations involved representatives from other musical societies facing similar eviction risks, underscoring a broader commitment to cultural preservation.

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National Records By Young Maltese Weightlifters In Mexico

National Records By Young Maltese Weightlifters In Mexico
Nov 21 2023 Share

National records were broken and further achievements made by Maltese weightlifters competing at the IWF World Junior Championships in Mexico. 

Malta is being represented by Tenishia Thornton, Rylee Borg and Kim Camilleri Lagana.

As reported by Malta Weightlifting Association coach Jesmond Caruana, Tenishia placed 3rd in the 64B category and broke national records after lifting 87kg in the Snatch. 

Meanwhile, Rylee also had a great performance in the 81B category, lifting 108-111x-112 / 135-139-142, which, according to the coach, is good enough to beat Croatia. He also set new national records in Snatch, C&J and Total by 8kg. 

Last but not least, Kim Camilleri Lagana made it to the top 10 in the 45kg category. Well done to all! 

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Local Artist Creates ‘Leaked Gladiator 2 Images’ With AI

Local Artist Creates 'Leaked Gladiator 2 Images' With AI
Nov 21 2023 Share

A local artist going by the social media handle ‘Luke’s AI Stuff’ has created ‘leaked’ images of the second Gladiator movie, featuring some of Malta’s most prominent faces. 

With podcaster Jon Mallia as a gladiator, and Prime Minister Robert Abela and Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi as Roman senators and emperors, the images feature some of the craziest cross-overs from various ages.

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With local Maltese hunters wielding shotguns, a Maltese ‘Banda’ playing in the midst of enraged lions, a car with a ‘DNEGEL’ number plate and… Snoop Dog? – the images show a Gladiator sequel which is, safe to say, quite unlikely. 

‘Without a doubt, this is going to be much, MUCH, better than the first movie’, wrote Luke. 

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