Qawra Point to become no-hunt zone after four flamingos shot dead

Qawra Point to become no-hunt zone after four flamingos shot dead
Oct 3 2021 Share

Four Greater Flamingos were shot dead on Saturday morning by 23-year-old hunter Miguel Zammit. The young hunter pleaded not guilty, but request for bail was denied, resulting in Zammit being taken to prison. BirdLife Malta stated that a bird watcher witnessed a flock of flamingos being killed at Qawra Point, subsequently calling the authorities on the alleged culprit.

Following the retrieval of four flamingo carcasses by the Armed Forces, the non-profit organisation BirdLife Malta reiterated its call to Prime Minister Robert Abela and the government to make Qawra Point a protected area and a no-hunting zone. This has been insisted by the organisation for a number of years. Following the incident and court developments, Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia released his statement; 

Farrugia declared that it is currently being decided to make the zone a no-hunting area, with BirdLife Malta taking over as guardians through a newly signed deal. The organisation welcomed the governmental decision, stating that they are happy to see common sense prevailing. Despite acknowledging the fact that another four highly-protected bird species had to be killed for this to occur, the decision was welcomed with open arms. 


€6.2 billion underground Metro proposal stretches 25 stations across Malta

€6.2 billion underground Metro proposal stretches 25 stations across Malta
Oct 3 2021 Share

The government has officially unveiled the proposal for a three-line underground metro system for Malta, stretching 25 stations all across the island. The project would take around 15 to 20 years to fully construct, costing around €6.2 billion, revealed London-based consultants Arup Group. A first phase would however be operational within five to eight years, and would cost an initial €3.9 billion. Incorporating three lines which cover a total of 35km of track, the metro will be completely underground except for a short area between Naxxar and Bugibba.

€6.2 billion underground Metro proposal stretches 25 stations across Malta

It will run from Bugibba to Pembroke, Birkirkara to Valletta and Mater Dei to Cospicua, with stations located at hubs across Malta’s main urban areas. The network will not extend to Gozo after studies concluded that there needs to be a population increase of 50,000 to make the link viable to the sister island. Prime Minister Robert Abela spoke about the study allowing a mature and informed discussion on mass transportation, which includes whether or not the country is ready to undertake such a spanning project. 

Abela said that this proposal shows that Malta is ready for ambitious reforms and that the government will continue to lead an honest discussion with the goal of understanding what future our children will wish to inherit. Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg revealed that the studies were aimed at prompting discussion around project related issues. These include understanding and justifying the cost and time it could entail. 

Borg stated that for the first time, ‘a government-commissioned proposal that looks beyond elections’ and which ‘could span multiple legislatures to truly plan for future generations’ is being put forward. Borg acknowledged the high level of private car usage in Malta, stating that the new plan would offer alternatives and promote a culture shift. In the meantime, upgrades to road networks remain necessary, having led a €700 million revamp to Malta’s road network in recent years. 


Photo Source: Ian Borg FB, Robert Abela FB, MaltaGov FB

Here are the pharmacies opening up today till noon

Oct 3 2021 Share

Below you will find the pharmacies opening up today Sunday 3rd October 2021 between 9am to noon.

Msida: Brown’s Pharmacy, Shop 10, Yacht Marina Apartments, Marina Street

Mellieha: Brown’s Village Pharmacy, Main Street

Kalkara: Brown’s Pharmacy, 8, Archbishop Gonzi Square

Valletta: Empire Pharmacy (Branch), 46 Melita Street

Hamrun: National Pharmacy, 17, St Mary Street

Santa Venera: Fatima Pharmacy, 82, Ferrovija Street

Birkirkara: The Local Dispensary, Kan. K. Pirotta Street

Ibragg: Krypton Pharmacy, Ibragg Road

Sliema: Edward’s Pharmacy, 115, Manoel Dimech Street

Balzan: Balzan Pharmacy, 70, San Frangisk Street

Mosta: St Louis Pharmacy, Shop 1, Bohemian Courts, Independence Avenue

Paola: Distinction Pharmacy, 32, Pjazza Antoine De Paule

Fgura: Hompesch Pharmacy, 207/2011, Hompesch Road

Marsaxlokk: Pompei Pharmacy, Xatt is-Sajjieda

Zurrieq: Salus Pharmacy, 21, Misrah ir-Republika

Zebbug: De Rohan Pharmacy, St Anthony Street

Rabat: Ideal Pharmacy, 63, Main Street

Malta International Airport: The ‘8 Till Late Pharmacy (Open everyday from 8am to 10pm)

Gozo: 9am to noon

Victoria: Tac-Cawla Pharmacy, 7 ta Gunju 1919 Street

Nadur: Nadur Pharmacy, Pjazza it-28 t’April 1688


Photo Source: Brown’s

Are The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie actually dating?

Oct 2 2021 Share

2021 was quite eventful in the world of celebrity gossip and drama, but none have been more random than the reignited rumour of The Weeknd and Angelina Jolie dating.

Fans and followers went wild on social media after Abel and Angelina were seen leaving a Los Angeles establishment together, fuelling the rumour mill which began last June when they were seen at the very same restaurant. 46-year-old Jolie and 31-year-old Tesfaye were photographed outside an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica and were seen driving back to The Weeknd’s house.

Jolie is currently in a custody battle for their children with ex-husband Brad Pitt after their divorce in 2019.