Over 280,000 fines were issued by LESA in 2022

Over 280,000 fines were issued by LESA in 2022
Feb 1 2023 Share

A total of 280,726 fines were issued by the Local Environmental and Safety Agency (LESA) in 2022, new information tabled parliament has revealed.

With a cutoff date of December 20th 2022, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri replied to a question by PN MP Iva Bartolo, also revealing that 16,879 tickets were contested.

The amount of tickets issued in 2022 constitutes an 18.1% drop from the previous year, which saw a total of 342, 725 issued throughout the year.

In 2022, 16,879 were contested via petitions, with 5,211 being accepted and 10,548 not accepted. The tribunal saw 4,119 tickets contested with 2,578 deemed ‘Not Guilty’ and 1,541 ‘Confirmed (Guilty)’.


Mixed reactions on Marisa Abela playing the role of Amy Winehouse

Feb 1 2023 Share

“Back To Black”, the highly anticipated biopic about the late singer Amy Winehouse, has recently wrapped up filming. Marisa Abela, a relatively unknown actress, has been cast in the lead role, and reactions to this decision have been mixed.

The film tells the story of Winehouse’s rise to fame, her struggles with addiction, and her untimely death. Winehouse was known for her soulful voice and unique style, and many fans have been eagerly awaiting the film to see how her story will be depicted on the big screen.

Marisa Abela, who previously appeared in a few TV dramas and short films, has taken on the challenge of playing one of the most iconic singers of the 21st century. While some fans and critics have praised Abela’s stunning resemblance to Winehouse and her ability to capture the singer’s essence, others have been less impressed.

Some have argued that Abela doesn’t have the star power to carry the film, and that a more established actress should have been cast in the role. Others have pointed out that Abela doesn’t quite have Winehouse’s distinctive accent and mannerisms down, which detracts from the authenticity of the film.

Despite these criticisms, there is no denying that Abela has put in a lot of work to prepare for the role. She has reportedly spent hours studying Winehouse’s music and style, and has even been taking vocal lessons to improve her singing abilities.

Ultimately, only time will tell whether “Back To Black” will be a hit with audiences and critics. While Marisa Abela’s performance may not be perfect, it is important to remember that the film is a tribute to Amy Winehouse’s life and music, and that it will likely be an emotional experience for fans of the singer.

Marisa Abela, a performer with Maltese-Libyan descent, has just shared the first look at her portrayal of Amy Winehouse in the new ‘Back to Black’ biopic. Abela is an English actress who has had television roles in the BBC Two and HBO series Industry as well as the Sky One series COBRA. She was born in Brighton to Caroline Gruber and director Angelo Abela. Her father is of Maltese-Libyan and English descent, whilst her mother is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.

Mitch Winehouse had been adamant about casting a relatively unknown actress to play is daughter. “What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was…the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible person that she was” he said. 

In conclusion, “Back To Black” has generated a lot of buzz, and Marisa Abela’s performance as Amy Winehouse has received mixed reviews. Whether the film will be a success remains to be seen, but it is sure to be a fitting tribute to one of the greatest singers of our time.


Apartment catches fire in residential road in St. Paul’s Bay

Feb 1 2023 Share

On Tuesday evening, an apartment in Triq iċ-Ċern, St. Paul’s Bay reportedly caught fire.

Officials from within the Malta Police Force and the Civil Protection Department were called on site to control the situation.

Neighbouring residents were reportedly disallowed from entering their residences.

No injuries were sustained.


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Jan 31 2023 Share

In an exclusive comment with Malta Daily, Minister for Education Clifton Grima urged educational institutions to quickly see how they can benefit from ChatGPT.

Asked by Malta Daily for his opinion about this emerging AI system, Clifton Grima said that he was impressed with how it works and described it as “something very innovative, that will surprise you when you see it working for the first time.”

When asked about ChatGPT’s pros and cons, Education Minister explained that it is “important that our educational institutions see how to take advantage of the benefits of this system and even learn how the same system works.”

Clifton Grima said that the other way would be to ignore the existence of such technological aspects, and loose or remain behind in the process.

“I think it is important that the educational institutions sit around a table, and see how they can benefit from this system and above all learn how it works because that is the secret of the system, you get the benefits from it, and avoid any negative repercussions.”, said Clifton Grima.