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Precautions taken to reduce firework factory dangers reveals Minister

Precautions taken to reduce firework factory dangers reveals Minister
Jun 7 2022 Share

Two days after the explosion of a fireworks factory in Mosta, National Security Minister Byron Camilleri said that the precautions which were taken in the past few years led to less accidents and to reduce the dangers associated with the practice. 

Camilleri was responding to a parliamentary question tabled in parliament, going on to say that he is glad to hear such practitioners say that accidents which involve injuries have reduced. 

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Camilleri said that the authorities, especially the Police Corps, Civil Protection Units and the Armed Forces of Malta, responded with immense efficacy to the explosion. Despite the danger, the officials were the first to arrive on the scene and made sure that everyone was safe. 

A drone was used to surveil the area to check for any other potential hazards after the area was cleared of any persons who might have gotten injured. He also made reference to the dog which was rescued by the corps. The dog was tied to a metal pole and was subsequently rescued after the area was cleared. 

Speaking to TVM News, pyrotechnic expert Servolo Delicata remarked how dangers related to fireworks increase when the summer period rolls around. Not commenting specifically on the incident in Mosta due to there still being an inquiry, he went on to discuss more general topics related to the practice. 

He said that Maltese pyrotechnical experts have a license which is only achieved after courses and exams, with the license having to be renewed every 5 years through a similar course. 

He highlighted that, to avoid accidents, focus needs to be put on winds, air temperatures and humidity. These three factors impact the chemicals used in fireworks. He also pointed out that in Malta there are around 36 fireworks factories, all filled with tonnes of explosive material which requires constant surveillance and care. 

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Section of Marsascala promenade gives way – caution advised

Section of Marsascala promenade gives way - caution advised
Jun 7 2022 Share

Pictures uploaded to Facebook by Marsascala locality mayor Mario Calleja show a chunk of a pavement on the promenade having collapsed. 

Thankfully, no one was injured, with the incident occurring on Tuesday morning. Calleja appealed for public caution should they be walking in the vicinity. 

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Maintenance work is set to start very soon to fix the hazard as soon as possible. The section of the promenade was an elevated part which was purpose built to allow rainfall to reach the sea. 

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12 Maltese beaches approved with Blue Flag to visit

12 Maltese beaches approved with Blue Flag to visit
Jun 7 2022 Share

The Blue Flag Award indicates that the beach has satisfied the safety criteria set by Nature Trust. 

The beaches are; 

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  • Fond l-Ghadir 
  • Bajja ta’ San Gorg 
  • Qawra Point Beach 
  • Bugibba Perched Beach 
  • Ghadira
  • Golden Bay 
  • Ghajn Tuffieha
  • Paradise Bay 
  • Westin Dragonara Beach Club
  • Ramla (Gozo)
  • Hondoq ir-Rummien (Gozo)
  • Marsalforn (Gozo)

These pristine Maltese beaches have the best water quality, rescue services, first aid stations as well as access to persons with disabilities. The details were announced during a conference by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo 

 

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Bartolo said that the safeguarding of Malta’s beaches is fundamental to the island’s touristic and summer product and said that through such expert classification, the country makes another leap towards better quality at every level. 

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Youth arrested for trying to board plane with Tallinja bus card

Youth arrested for trying to board plane with Tallinja bus card
Jun 7 2022 Share

A teen was kept under arrest for, among other things, evading airport security and attempting to board a plane using a Tallinja bus card. 

The youth, a 22-year-old Somali in search of asylum, was taken to court accused of entering a restricted zone in the airport without authorisation, escaping police custody, causing damage to airport property and disobeying police orders. 

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Early Sunday morning, the accused was taken into police custody for attempting to board the plane with his Tallinja card. 

Police handcuffed him to a bench to await other officials to transport him to police headquarters, but the youth suddenly got up and dragged the bench with him, causing the airport damage. 

The youth allegedly also gave the police false information and did not cooperate when facing arrest. He has plead not guilty for the accusations charged and is currently still in custody. 

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