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Roberta Metsola and Volodymyr Zelenskyy take a selfie after addressing Ukrainian students

 - International - Mar 5 SHARE ON:

The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola is in Lviv, Ukraine. This is the Maltese’s second visit to the country, after being the first leader of an EU institution to visit Kyiv since the war started just over a year ago. This visit takes place less than a month after President Metsola welcomed President Zelenskyy at the European Parliament in Brussels.

During her visit, President Metsola met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During the meeting, President Metsola said, “I am hopeful that all the conditions will be met for negotiations to start as soon as possible, even by the end of the year. Ukraine’s future is in the European Union.” President Metsola added, “the pace with which the Verkhovna Rada and the Government is making progress on the EU application impresses me”. Later on, the two leaders addressed Ukrainian students at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv.

Earlier during her visit, President Metsola was greeted by the Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, with whom she also participated in a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the ‘Memorial to Fallen Soldiers’, at the Lychakiv Cemetery. “Emotional moment today as I laid flowers on behalf of the people of Europe to remember all those killed – including Yuriy Ruf, who was killed by Russian mortars on 1 April. It was especially poignant for me as that was the day I first visited Ukraine. We will remember them,” she stated.


Drummer takes on 24-hour drumming marathon to raise funds for Puttinu Cares

 - Art - Mar 5 SHARE ON:

Robert Spiteri, a renowned drummer, is currently undertaking a 24-hour drumming marathon to raise funds for Puttinu Cares.

The drumathon is taking place at Baystreet in St.Julians and started yesterday at 6pm and ends today at 6pm.

Robert was joined by locally renowned artists such as Matthew James and Nadine Axisa on Saturday.

Today, he will be joined by Michela Galea, Karin Duff, RUG, and the Big Band Brothers.

Through this event, Robert Spiteri hopes to inspire others to make a difference in the lives of those who need it more.

Those who wish to donate can do so via Revolut on 79899695 or BOV Mobile Pay on 79499423


PN calls for Public Inquiry into case of Jean Paul Sofia

 - Local - Mar 5 SHARE ON:

The Nationalist Party leader, Bernard Grech, has called for a Public Inquiry to reveal the truth about the case of Jean Paul Sofia, a 20-year-old who lost his life three months ago.

Grech made the announcement during a news conference alongside Deputies Jerome Caruana Cilia and Stanley Zammit, where they addressed the lack of action taken by the government in response to the tragedy.

Grech met with Sofia’s relatives earlier this week, who expressed their frustration with the lack of action being taken.

The Nationalist Party leader stressed the importance of finding out the whole truth to prevent another tragedy like this from happening.

Jerome Caruana Cilia criticised the government for refusing to hold a Public Inquiry despite appeals, while Stanley Zammit accused the government of failing in its responsibilities and leaving the victims’ relatives in the dark.


Kaylocke Buhagiar’s Batman Showpiece: A Testimony to Creativity and Skill at Malta Kulinarja 2023

 - Art - Mar 5 SHARE ON:

Malta Kulinarja is an annual culinary competition that showcases the best of Maltese cuisine and culinary talent.

This year, one of the highlights of the competition was the Work in Fat Showpiece category, where participants were tasked with creating a completely handmade showpiece using lard butter and carving tools without any external support structure.

One particular showpiece that stood out was created by Kaylocke Buhagiar.

His showpiece, inspired by the determination and courage of Andrea Calleja, an athlete who suffered a severe spinal cord injury during the last obstacle in The Grid Challenge Malta, was a stunning sculpture of Batman, completely made of lard butter.

Kaylocke’s showpiece was a testament to his skill and creativity, showcasing his ability to use a unique and challenging medium to create a masterpiece that was not only visually stunning but also meaningful. His dedication to his craft was evident in the level of detail and precision in his work.

Kaylocke’s passion for food presentation and events organization has been evident throughout his career, having worked in several high-end hotels around Malta and three hotels across Europe. He has been competing in the Malta Kulinarja competition for three years now, and in the 2020 competition, he achieved a silver medal for his showpiece of Happy Buddha, also presented in the work of fat category.

The Malta Kulinarja competition serves as a platform for showcasing the talent and creativity of Malta’s culinary industry.

It is an opportunity for chefs and food enthusiasts to showcase their skills and passion for food, as well as to learn from their peers and industry experts. The competition not only promotes local cuisine but also inspires innovation and creativity in the industry.


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