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Not More Than 2 Residents In 1 Bedroom Rented Apartments

Not More Than 2 Residents In 1 Bedroom Rented Apartments
Mar 20 2024 Share

Taking to social media, Minister for Social and Affordable Housing Roderick Galdes announced that a new proposed law would see not more than 2 persons will be allowed to occupy a single bedroom rented property.

The number of residents permitted in a property would always be double the amount of bedrooms, with 1 bathroom being the minimum for single, double or triple bedroom properties.

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A minimum of two bathrooms will be required for exceptions of apartments with 4 or 5 bedrooms.

Minister Galdes explained that this will address the issue of crowding apartments and that no abuse will be tolerated.

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Large Illegal Bird Collection Discovered In Siġġiewi Raid

Large Illegal Bird Collection Discovered In Siġġiewi Raid
Mar 20 2024 Share

Over the past fortnight, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has aided law enforcement in uncovering 27 illegal trapping sites for finches and other protected birds. Prompt action by authorities, coupled with video evidence provided by CABS, has led to the identification of 24 suspects slated for prosecution for trapping during closed seasons.

The seizures included 33 sets of clap nets, various illegal bird callers, and 263 live birds—predominantly finches. Notable hotspots for illegal trapping were identified in Fawwara, Dingli, Zurrieq, Sannat, and Qala, with one site even found near the Basilica of the National Shrine of Ta’ Pinu in Għarb.

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A significant discovery occurred when law enforcement inspected a compound near Siggiewi, revealing three large active clap nets and a substantial illegal collection of live birds, including rare species like the Rustic Bunting.

Criticizing the government’s “finch research” as a guise for protecting poachers, CABS pledged to submit collected data to the European Commission to support legal action against Malta’s trapping practices. Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld affirmed continued CABS operations in Malta and Gozo until April’s end, expressing confidence in a favorable ruling from the European Court of Justice.

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Police Arrest Man Who Stole Historic Gold Medals From Maritime Museum

Police Arrest Man Who Stole Historic Gold Medals From Maritime Museum
Mar 19 2024 Share

Justin Mallia, 25, of Bormla, faces serious charges for allegedly stealing two invaluable gold French-era medals from Birgu’s Maritime Museum. Initially admitting guilt, Mallia later changed his plea to not guilty, risking significant bail forfeiture and up to eight years in prison.

Mallia’s audacious scheme involved posing as an Education Department official to gain access to the museum during a school event. However, swift police intervention led to his arrest, with the stolen medals promptly recovered.

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The stolen artifacts, dating back to Malta’s struggle for liberation from French occupation, hold immense historical value, making their theft particularly egregious.

Heritage Malta praised law enforcement for their swift action and highlighted the importance of robust security measures in safeguarding cultural heritage.

As legal proceedings continue, Mallia’s case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of protecting Malta’s rich cultural legacy and the ongoing challenges faced by heritage institutions.

In the meantime, the Maritime Museum remains vigilant in preserving Malta’s cherished heritage.

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Protesters Tie Black Ribbons on Marsalforn Road Trees

Protesters Tie Black Ribbons on Marsalforn Road Trees
Mar 19 2024 Share

In Gozo, a passionate display of environmental activism has emerged in response to a contentious road widening project that threatens the uprooting of nearly 200 mature trees. Led by Din l-Art Ħelwa Għawdex, demonstrators have taken to the streets to voice their opposition, symbolically tying black ribbons to the trees along the road to Marsalforn as a poignant gesture of protest.

The controversy stems from a multi-million euro road development initiative aimed at upgrading the dilapidated road connecting Victoria to Marsalforn. While proponents argue for the necessity of resurfacing and improving the road to enhance connectivity and safety, opponents raise concerns over the environmental repercussions, particularly the irreversible loss of mature trees and disruption to the valley’s delicate ecosystem.

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Joined by botanist Timmy Tabone, whose expertise underscores the ecological significance of the area, protesters emphasize the irreplaceable biodiversity at stake. With signs bearing slogans like “Save Gozo trees,” “Gozo means green,” and “More trees, less tarmac,” the demonstration reflects a growing sense of urgency to protect Gozo’s natural landscape amidst rapid urbanization and development pressures.

Despite assurances from authorities about the inclusion of walkways, cycle lanes, and improved road safety measures, the environmental cost of the project remains a focal point of contention. The involvement of developer Joseph Portelli and associates in the awarded tender to the GP Gozo Consortium has further fueled skepticism and opposition among protesters.

As the battle between development and conservation intensifies, the fate of Gozo’s trees stands as a poignant symbol of the island’s commitment to environmental stewardship. With demonstrators steadfast in their resolve to safeguard Gozo’s natural heritage, the protest signals a broader call for sustainable development practices and the preservation of green spaces in the face of escalating infrastructural demands.

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