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There Are More Restaurants In Malta Than Paris Or New York

There Are More Restaurants In Malta Than Paris Or New York
Sep 28 2023 Share

According to a new report by BusinessNow.mt, there are relatively more restaurants in Malta than New York, Paris or London. 

Malta reportedly outranks New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and Dubai in number of available eating spots when ‘taking into account the number of residents and visitors.’ 

‘The data, for Malta as for the cities mentioned, often contains gaps and estimations, but the results lend weight to claims by the Association of Catering Establishments that there are too many restaurants for the country to handle.’

The report looks at licenses issued by the Malta Tourism Authority, which suggests a total of 837 restaurants, 1077 snack bars, 188 take-aways, 56 kiosks and 480 bars, which amounts to 2,638. 

‘Based on 3,000 restaurants serving a population of 542,000, there are 180 residents per restaurant in Malta. This is the lowest figure of any destination reviewed, indicating fiercer competition.’

Dubai follows with 13,000 restaurants for a population of 3.5 million. Paris is up next with 44,000 restaurants and 13 million population in its metropolitan area at 295 residents per restaurant. 

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UK Approves First Drug Consumption Room

UK Approves First Drug Consumption Room
Sep 28 2023 Share

The UK’s inaugural official drug consumption room for illegal substances has gained approval in Scotland, marking a significant milestone in the contentious harm-reduction strategy for addicts. 

Costing £2.3 million, the Glasgow-based facility will afford users a hygienic setting for drug intake under medical supervision. After prolonged legal disputes between the parliaments in London and Edinburgh, the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board sanctioned the project. 

They cited “overwhelming international evidence” supporting such spaces, emphasising their positive impact on addicts’ health, well-being, and recovery. Furthermore, the facility will address public safety concerns associated with drug use on the streets, which has adversely affected local communities and businesses.

The initiative was first proposed during a 2016 HIV outbreak in Glasgow, where contaminated needle-sharing among drug users was a significant concern. Official figures from last month indicated a decline in drug-related deaths in Scotland, although the rate remains higher than the European average. 

While the devolved Scottish government in Edinburgh supports the consumption room, some lawmakers express reservations about potential impacts on local businesses. Advocates believe that this facility, though not a cure-all, will provide a safer environment for drug consumption, aligning with the success of similar venues worldwide. 

Dr. Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director of Glasgow’s alcohol and drug recovery services, said that the project aims to minimise negative effects of drug use on individuals while also offering chances for treatment, care, and recovery.

Former addict and advocate Peter Krykant emphasized the importance of removing the criminal stigma from users and offering them a supportive, safe environment for recovery. Additionally, SNP councillor Norman Macleod advocated for providing heroin to addicts as a means to reduce reliance on criminal sources for drugs.

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Transforming The Heart Of San Ġwann Into Sustainable Open Space

Transforming The Heart Of San Ġwann Into Sustainable Open Space
Sep 28 2023 Share

The green transformation of the centre of San Ġwann, with gardens and recreational areas replacing a busy arterial road, will breathe new life into the daily lives of some 6,000 families in this locality.

Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli and Project Green CEO Steve Ellul announced details of this project, as the plans for this project were submitted to the Planning Authority for its consideration. In the presence of San Ġwann Mayor Trevor Fenech, Project Green presented the proposed project plans following months of community engagement, with consultation activities involving children, residents, elderly persons, the San Ġwann Local Council, local organisations and the area’s businesses, amongst other stakeholders.

Through this extensive green transformation, Project Green is proposing to shift part of Ir-Rihan Avenue, the locality’s main road, and an adjacent car cark underground, to create a 7,200-square-metre green open space for the community. This new park will include an aquatic garden, a playground, an amphitheatre, a community gardening area and other recreational zones, surrounded by more than an additional 350 new trees.

Minister Miriam Dalli said that through this project the Government is empowering San Ġwann families to embrace the ecological transition. “We are redefining our urban landscapes, creating a greener, more accessible, and recreational environment for current and future generations. We want a better, healthier and more sustainable lifestyles for our families, reintroducing nature in our urban landscape, with new green infrastructure that stimulates sustainable mobility and stronger communities”.

“This new park in front of the parish church, the school and other important community areas, will become the largest green space in San Ġwann’s urban area,” Miriam Dalli added.

The project will also improve the locality’s accessibility and sustainable mobility, removing the physical barrier imposed by this busy arterial road and introducing car-free pedestrian areas and cycle lanes. The new underground parking will double the current street-level parking area, to ensure increased accessibility.

Steve Ellul, CEO of Project Green, stated that “this open space will be a green lung less than a 10-minute walk from the homes of some 13,000 residents. That’s 90% of the people living in San Ġwann. We are working to provide a recreational space that is easily accessible, eliminating the need to use a car to reach an open space”. He continued that Project Green aims to create a vibrant green space that enriches the lives of the community, setting a shining example of sustainable urban development, which will be followed in other localities across the country.

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Teacher Leaving Her Job Urges System Not To Push Teachers Away

Teacher Leaving Her Job Urges System Not To Push Teachers Away
Sep 28 2023 Share

A local teacher, Shanice, also known by her Instagram handle of my_life_with_pixiedust, shared having to make the difficult decision to quit her teaching job, which she absolutely adored.

Shanice had grown to social media popularity through, among other things, sharing moments from her life as a teacher – organising activities for kids and even letting them choose her wedding dress. 

However, she revealed in her most recent video that she will have to resign from her job due to getting mental exhausted and drained. 

She explained how she was working daily from home after hours and how the working conditions and the low pay do no not reflect the amount of work teachers do. 

‘We do a lot of unseen work. Spend a lot of money from our own pocket. And we are not rewarded or compensated for our dedication.’

She ended her message saying that dedicated are being pushed away and that the educational system needs to act fast about the situation. 

The video amassed a whopping 59.6K views and 3,797 likes, with many offering their support for Shanice, with some among them being teachers. 

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