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Spartan Trifecta Weekend 2024 Hits Malta This October

Spartan Trifecta Weekend 2024 Hits Malta This October
Jun 20 2024 Share

Today, a press conference was held at Ta’ Qali National Park, heralding the return of the world-renowned Spartan Race to Malta. Set for October 19th and 20th, the 2024 Spartan Trifecta Weekend is poised to challenge participants with the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance.

Participants from across the globe will converge to tackle a series of demanding obstacles that will test their strength, endurance, agility, and mental resilience. This year’s event is open to everyone, from seasoned obstacle course racers to first-time participants eager to push beyond their comfort zones. Spartan Race Malta promises to be a memorable experience that challenges both the mind and body.

 

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Athletes can choose from four distinct race formats: Sprint, Super, Beast, and Kids, each tailored to accommodate different skill levels and abilities. Whether you’re looking for a quick, intense challenge or a gruelling, extended test of endurance, there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the adrenaline rush of the race, participants will have the chance to soak in Malta’s breathtaking Mediterranean landscapes, making it not only an athletic event but also a fantastic opportunity to experience sports in a unique way on our beautiful island. With a total of 3,000 athletes on the island, Spartan Malta 2024 is set to be a landmark event.

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Salt Bae Meets Robert Abela

Salt Bae Meets Robert Abela
Jun 20 2024 Share

We really got Salt Bae X Prime Minister Robert Abela before GTA 6. 🤯

 

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On Wednesday evening, Turkish restaurateur Nusret Gökçe, better known as Salt Bae posted a cheeky few snaps with Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela, thanking him for his hospitality and saying that the PM is ‘more than a Prime Minister’.

Salt Bae, one of the catering world’s most recognisable social media personalities, was spotted earlier that day, posing with fans ahead of an event at the Valletta Pageant of the Seas.

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Roberta Metsola Becomes EPP Nominee for EP President

Roberta Metsola officially becomes EPP nominee for EP President
Jun 19 2024 Share

The President of the European Parliament and PN MEP Roberta Metsola has been officially nominated as EPP Group’s candidate for President of the European Parliament. The nomination was confirmed after a vote of approval by EPP MEPs in a closed meeting.

During her speech in front of EPPs 188 MEPs, President Metsola said, “Running to be your candidate for re-election as President of the European Parliament is a responsibility that I take seriously; that I understand is a decision that weighs heavily on all of us. I am proud to be a politician. I am proud to be an unashamedly pro-European, MEP. I am incredibly proud to represent you as President. For a girl who grew up on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it is the privilege of a lifetime.”

The Maltese MEP, who was elected by a record amount of votes by the Maltese and Gozitan people just last week, added that she will keep working tirelessly to repay the people’s faith in her.

President Metsola said, “I take this step with a deep sense of purpose, with a strong sense of pride to represent the people of Malta and Gozo. I will not let you down.”

The next step is for the plenary of the European Parliament to vote on who should serve as President for the next two and a half years. Should Roberta Metsola be elected as President, she would be the first woman and only the second person ever to lead the only directly elected European Institution for two consecutive terms.

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Il-Kollettiv Launches Electoral Reform Campaign

Il-Kollettiv Launches Electoral Reform Campaign
Jun 19 2024 Share

Il-Kollettiv has launched a campaign for a reform of the electoral system to ensure a truly representative democracy. The civil society group has submitted a parliamentary petition to collect signatures from the public via an online petition hosted on the site of the Maltese Parliament, calling for the immediate opening of a consultation process with the aim of carrying out the reform within this legislature.

Through this petition, Il-Kollettiv seeks to give a representation to the 143,028 voters who chose to vote for independent and smaller parties – or to abstain – in the last European Parliament elections held on the 8th June. These amount to 38.6% of the electorate; out of these, 12.7% voted for independent or smaller candidates.

This confirms how the Maltese voter’s profile is changing as time goes by, and how there are shifts in opinion from one election to the other. However, despite these shifts in the electorate’s preferences, the electoral law hasn’t changed: under the current system, candidates require 16.7% of the district vote to be elected.

Il-Kollettiv deputy Secretary Cyrus Engerer, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Wellbeing Claire Azzopardi Lane and activist Omar Rababah have presented the petition on behalf of the group.

“A democracy is only strong when it represents the smaller voices, and not only at election time. An analysis of the votes achieved by the independent and smaller parties will show that, at 12.7%, it will equate to 10 of the 79 seats in national Parliament. In reality, however, the present system works in favour of the two big parties, and this means that no independent or third party will ever be elected.”

“At every election, various representatives of the two major parties insist that voting for a smaller party is equal to wasting your vote. After 143,028 voters chose not to vote for either government or opposition parties, it’s high time that they are given a fair representation in our democracy. Through this petition, the public has the chance to show that it wants to be represented in the running of the country.”

The petition calls on the House of Representatives to:

  1. Immediately and during this legislature, launch a wide-ranging consultation process on the electoral system;
  2. Discuss, as a matter of principle, the introduction of a national threshold that guarantees a full representation of the Maltese electorate;
  3. Initiate the full process leading to an electoral reform, which presents a fairer system as from the next general elections.

The petition that has been submitted today will be open for signatures after it is reviewed by parliamentary services.

Individuals and groups who would like to take part in this campaign can do so by emailing il-Kollettiv on [email protected].

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