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Signs Of Healthy Maltese Seas As Algae Flourishes

Signs Of Healthy Maltese Seas As Algae Flourishes
Jul 19 2023 Share

Marine biologist Alan Deidun to share images of local seabeds filled with ‘brown algal group Cystoseira, ‘an indicator of healthy waters.’

Deidun explained that the algal group is sensitive to pollution, with their proliferation being an indication that the state of Malta’s seasides are doing well in various areas. 

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Some of the algal group is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that Malta is keeping the local marine flora alive and well. 

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Vascas Jewellers Going Out With A Bang With Up To 70% Off Until End of July

Vascas Jewellers Going Out With A Bang With Up To 70% Off Until End of July
Jul 19 2023 Share

After 30 years of catering to clients with the finest jewellery across the Maltese Islands, Vascas Jewellers are closing their doors with a spectacular ‘everything must go’ sale.

That’s right, the staple local brand is going out in style with a massive sale before they close their doors for good. Benefit from up to 70% off from products at the Naxxar and Sliema outlets until the 31st of July and bag some incredible Vascas products at astounding prices.

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Enjoy Vascas’ biggest sale ever on everything from rings, watches, necklaces and more! The Naxxar outlet is open from Monday to Friday from 9PM-1PM and 4pm to 7PM and 9PM-1PM on Saturday and the Sliema outlet is open all Day from 9AM until 7PM from Monday to Saturday.

Back in February, the minds behind this beloved local brand announced that they will be bidding farewell to Vascas to start a new chapter with a fresh, new brand and luxury flagship store in Naxxar.

Goodbyes are always bittersweet, but now’s your chance to visit their outlets for one last time and make the most of the grand Vascas sale!

Send this to someone who can’t live without jewellery.

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Buskett Educational Centre Opens For Families, Kids And Visitors

Buskett Educational Centre Opens For Families, Kids And Visitors
Jul 19 2023 Share

The Buskett Educational Centre, a hub of environmental awareness for families, school children and other visitors to the Buskett Woodlands, was opened by Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli on Tuesday morning.

Through this €240,000 investment, Ambjent Malta transformed the disused agrarian rooms at the principal entrance to the woodlands into a new building to host seed-planting experiences and other environment education activities.

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While meeting children from the St Nicholas College summer school Rabat, who were visiting the Buskett Woodlands on Tuesday, Minister Miriam Dalli noted the creation of this centre in one of Malta’s most beautiful Natura 2000 sites continues to emphasise the importance of environmental education as a catalyst for a more sustainable future.

“Thousands of families and school children visit Buskett to be closer to nature, to take in the greenery and fresh air. Ambjent Malta’s educational centre at this location will remind these visitors that we all have a crucial role to play in our shared effort to protect the environment. It will be a source of knowledge about these woodlands’ biodiversity, while raising awareness on sustainable practices that we can adopt in our daily lives to aspire for a greener tomorrow,” the Minister said.

Minister Dalli thanked the Ambjent Malta team who planned and completed this new educational centre and encouraged them to continue investing in environmental awareness with more innovative activities at Buskett and other green open spaces, in coming years.

The Buskett Educational Centre was designed to blend in the historical, verdant surroundings of the woodlands, using Maltese stone and traditional architectural features. It includes a multi-functional hall, an office for the team that will be running the centre’s activities, and sanitary facilities. It was also equipped with security cameras, wi-fi internet and air conditioning, for the comfort and security of visitors.

Ambjent Malta Environmental Projects Director Josianne Muscat explained that through this centre, Ambjent Malta aims to bring together various stakeholders, including, schools, communities, and businesses, to help create a shared responsibility towards the environment. The centre’s focus will be on environmental education and seed planting activities, especially for children.

“As school children engage in such activities, they develop a deep connection with nature, understanding the importance of preserving the Earth’s resources and protecting its fragile ecosystems. As they grow into adulthood, they will carry forward their environmental values and practices, influencing their communities, workplaces, and policy decisions,” Muscat said.

The Buskett Educational Centre is open to the public every day, from 8:30am to 1pm between June and September, and from 8:30am to 3pm between October and May.

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Hong Kong Residents Urged To Stare At Smokers To Stop Them

Hong Kong Residents Urged To Stare At Smokers To Stop Them
Jul 19 2023 Share

Hong Kong residents are being encouraged to combat smoking in the city by adopting a unique approach – staring disapprovingly at smokers. 

The initiative, known as “staring down smokers,” aims to create a tobacco-free environment by employing social pressure. 

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The campaign was launched by the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) and encourages non-smokers to give smokers a disapproving look when they light up in public spaces.

COSH hopes that the disapproving stares will make smokers more aware of the negative social impact of their habit and potentially motivate them to quit. They believe that this approach can create a sense of social responsibility and encourage smokers to think twice before lighting up in public places, where smoking is prohibited.

The “staring down smokers” campaign is part of a wider effort to make Hong Kong a tobacco-free city. While smoking rates have been declining in recent years, smoking is still prevalent in certain areas, especially among the older population. 

By utilizing social pressure, COSH aims to change societal attitudes towards smoking and create an environment where smoking is seen as socially unacceptable.

This unconventional approach has sparked mixed reactions from the public. While some see it as an innovative way to discourage smoking, others question its effectiveness and argue that it may lead to confrontations. 

Nevertheless, COSH remains optimistic about the campaign’s potential impact and hopes that it will contribute to the long-term goal of a tobacco-free Hong Kong.

Do you think this is an effective strategy?

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