Record-breaking 1,289,292 tourists flock to the Maltese Islands

 - Local - Aug 5 2023 SHARE ON:

Malta is riding high on a wave of tourism success like never before!

The Maltese Islands have just experienced a mind-blowing first half year that’s rewriting the history books of wanderlust and adventure.

According to the National Statistics Office, the numbers are in, and they’re nothing short of spectacular, because a staggering 1,289,292 thrill-seeking tourists flocked to the Maltese Islands between January and June of this year. A whopping 6.7% increase compared to the same period back in 2019 before COVID19 struck.

Tourist expenditure during these epic months skyrocketed to a jaw-dropping €1,036,795,000. That’s a colossal 17.4% surge compared to the pre-pandemic era of the previous year.

Nights spent under Maltese skies are a record-breaking phenomenon, racking up a whopping 8,145,915 nights.


Fatal Factory Incident Claims Life Of 50-year-old From Nadur

 - Local - Aug 5 2023 SHARE ON:

In a devastating incident that unfolded yesterday evening, a 50-year-old man tragically lost his life in a factory mishap that has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit community. The incident occurred around 7:00 PM, prompting a swift response from local authorities.

According to initial reports, Police received an urgent distress call, summoning them to a factory in the area. The dire situation required immediate assistance, and both medical personnel and members of the Department of Civil Protection rushed to the scene.

The victim, identified as a resident of Nadur, was reportedly operating a skip loader truck within the factory premises when the unthinkable transpired. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the man had disembarked from the truck, possibly for a routine check or maintenance task. It was at this critical juncture that the situation took a tragic turn.

For reasons that are still under scrutiny, the truck unexpectedly shifted into reverse, catching the man off-guard. In a heart-wrenching sequence of events, the victim became trapped between the relentless force of the reversing truck and an unyielding factory wall. Despite the desperate attempts of the medical team and Civil Protection members, the man’s life could not be saved, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

As the grief-stricken community grapples with the shock of this incident, questions abound about the circumstances that led to this fatal outcome. Police notified Police Magistrate Brigitte Sultana, who has taken charge of the case and initiated an official inquiry.


Motorcyclist Grievously Injured After Crash In Pieta

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Motorcyclist Grievously Injured After Crash In Pieta

Yesterday, at around 1800hrs, police were informed of a traffic accident in Triq ix-Xatt, Tal-Pieta’. 

Police convened immediately on site and preliminary investigations revealed that a crash had taken place between a Yadea motorcycle driven by a 41 year old resident of Furjana and a Toyota Vitz driven by a 30 year old woman resident of Birkirkara. 


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A medical team was called on site and transported the motorcyclist to Mater Dei Hospital, where he was later certified as having suffered grievous injuries.

Investigations are currently ongoing. Photos sent to this newsroom show the site of the accident as police officers addressed the crash. 



Lizzo’s Follower Count Drops By Over 120,000 After Allegations

 - Celebrities - Aug 4 2023 SHARE ON:
Lizzo's Follower Count Drops By Over 120,000 After Allegations

Lizzo has faced a significant loss of followers on Instagram following allegations of sexual harassment and body-shaming. 

Three former backing dancers have sued her for alleged sexual harassment, discrimination, and creating a hostile work environment. Since the news broke, Lizzo lost 123,489 followers on Instagram and over 14,000 followers on Twitter/X. 

The singer clarified that the dancers’ claims are untrue and that they had been previously warned about their inappropriate conduct.


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The controversy revolves around a lawsuit filed against Lizzo and the dance team captain, Shirlene Quigley. The dancers accused Lizzo of creating a sexually charged and uncomfortable work environment, including inviting them to touch nude performers and engage in inappropriate acts during a trip to Amsterdam. 

The lawsuit also alleges that Lizzo berated and fired one of the dancers for recording a meeting.

Following the lawsuit news, Lizzo’s former creative director and a dancer also claimed to have experienced mistreatment. Lizzo has responded to the allegations, calling them outrageous and expressing her commitment to the respect and empowerment of women.

The situation has put a spotlight on Lizzo’s past interview remarks about witnessing sexual acts involving bananas in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The singer has been facing public scrutiny and criticism over these recent revelations.


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