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Over 100 earthquakes registered in Malta in just 8 days

 - Local - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Over 100 earthquakes registered in Malta in just 8 days

Dr. Daniela Farrugia, a Researcher at UOM Seismic Monitoring and Research, confirmed with Malta Daily, that Malta experienced more than a 100 earthquakes in the past 8 days.

Since the 17th of January, the UOM Seismic Monitoring system recorded more than a 100 earthquakes. This is not the first time such a sequence happened, said Dr. Farrugia.

In fact, during the past few hours a magnitude-five earthquake was felt across the Malta, followed by two smaller aftershocks.

The earthquake, which measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale, struck some 100km south of Malta at 9:25pm. 

The UOM SMRG, later also recorded two smaller quakes measuring 4.3 and 3.6 on the Richter Scale.

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4500 items given new lease to life through local Reuse Centres

 - Local - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
4500 items given new lease to life through local Reuse Centres

WasteServ revealed that, as of today, the four Reuse Centres in Malta gave new lease of life to around 4500 times which would have otherwise gone to a landfill. 

The centres offer used and ‘pre-loved’ items that still hold value and can be reused. These are also places wherein one can pick up a bargain or donate unwanted items which are still in good condition in special containers placed at every Civic Amenity Site. 

By donating or picking up reused items, people can stop them from going to the landfill, save the energy needed to recycle them, reduce the natural resources and energy used to create new products and contribute to a circular economy. 

The Reuse Centres are located within the Civic Amenity Sites of Luqa, Ħal Far, Mrieħel and Tal-Kus in Xewkija (Gozo).

‘Whether it’s loose furniture, toys, musical instruments, ceramics, textiles, pet cages or mirrors, our Reuse Centres are packed full of unwanted treasures waiting for a new home!’

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Maltese dancer duo make it to UK championship junior finals

 - Art - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Maltese dancer duo make it to UK championship junior finals

Professional local Latin Dancer at Strictly 360 Dance Studies Laurence to announce that history was made in the Maltese dance scene.

The couple made up of Liam Sammut and Rihanna Scicluna made it to the final of the The UK Open and International Championships in the Junior Category. 

The couple competed against 90 couples at the prestigious competition, which sees many dancers converging to compete and show their skill and training. This couple’s training paid off as they made it all the way to the finals. 

‘Maltese HISTORY being made’ wrote mentor Laurence, overjoyed at the achievement. Well done to both! 

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Justice delayed is justice denied says Malta Observatory Femicide

 - Local - Jan 25 SHARE ON:
Justice delayed is justice denied says Malta Observatory Femicide

A statement released by the Malta Observatory on Femicide raised concerns by the ‘latest acquittal of Sion Grech’s femicide trial.’ 

‘Justice delayed has been justice denied’ the observatory said, showing their full support to Sion’s family as well as the LGBTIQ+ community and women in Malta.

The statement pointed out how the observatory is deeply troubled by the length of time the case took to reach a jury. 

The lack of proper preservation of evidence and inadmissibility of evidence due to it not being properly kept at law, as well as the lack of sensitivity towards the victim and the witnesses, despite that the Istanbul Convention clearly stating that the past of victim should not be used to tarnish the victim’s reputation and credibility also raised concerns. 

The observatory now calls upon the courts to ensure continuous ongoing training to its members of the judiciary with regards to their duty. The observatory calls on Chamber of Advocates and the Faculty of laws to provide ongoing training to lawyers and all those working in the legal profession with regards to re-victimisation. 

The effects of harmful attitudes and negative impact of gender stereotyping as well as obligations set forth by various laws and treaties should also be highlighted the statement said. 

‘We call on the Government to provide the courts with a more expedient and efficient mechanism’ and on the state to ‘that there is an ongoing awareness raising campaign on the Istanbul Convention as well as better understanding of the needs and compassion towards those most vulnerable in our society.’ 

Sion’s body was found amid a carpet of flowers in a field near the roundabout known as is-Salib tal-Marsa on April 13th 2005, eight days after she was reported missing by her father. Autopsies revealed she had been stabbed 17 times. 

Eight years later, Sion’s partner Ismael Habesh and another man, Faical Mohouachi, were charged with the murder. They were found not guilty following a decade before the trial by jury could start. 

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