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This is how St George’s bay in St Julian’s could look like

This is how St George’s bay in St Julian’s could look like
Feb 22 2022 Share

After the bustling entertainment hub of St. Julian’s welcomed another 34-storey tower after it was given the green light by the Environment Resources and Authority (ERA), new designs show what the area could end up looking like. 

The development will include a 34-storey tower next to Bay Street, as well as another 27-storey tower in the middle of the 50,000 square meter site as a large public square between the two buildings. However, ERA has concluded that the high-rise development at Villa Rosa warrants a new environment impact assessment (EIA) to assess its impacts on the protected Ħarq Ħammiem valley. 

ERA expressed concerns that the high rise development proposed on the site could result in the ‘shadowing’ of the adjacent protected natural areas. It also expressed concern that excavations will be conducted nearer to the Ħarq Ħammiem cave than previously envisaged in a permit issued four years ago.The development includes a huge public open space over 20,086 square meters, including a piazza, natural areas and circulation spaces within the Villa Rosa Grounds and a 3,277 square meter open space at Cresta Quay. 

ERA expressed concern at the significant intensification of development proposed on the site. Since the open space will be located between the proposed buildings and the promenade along the coast, the most intensive development will be pushed to the periphery of the site. According to a project development statement by developers, the project will create a signature destination for Malta by offering a quality tourism destination and enriching the local community. 

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Imperfections are beautiful: Sarah Zerafa speaks out

Imperfections are beautiful: Sarah Zerafa speaks out
Feb 22 2022 Share

Instagram influencer and model Sarah Zerafa took to Instagram to highlight how she has decided to fully embrace her beautiful imperfections.

Posting to the social media platform, the model said that for the past 6 years she’s been hiding behind her lip pencil by ‘over-lining’ her lips to make them look as ‘normal as possible.’ 

 

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‘6 years later here we are… Fully embracing it’ she said. She went on to state that despite this look not matching the ‘beauty standards’ people were taught, it is her and she doesn’t intend to conceal it any longer.

Zerafa has continuously been a voice for women and how social media impacts the need to look ‘perfect’ all the time on such platforms. Back in August she had opened about trolling and bullying she received, rising above it all to a well-received post.

 

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The lip scar was sustained back in 2016, when she suffered face injuries after her Labrador accidentally hurt her while she was getting ready for a photoshoot. However, she has always embraced it as one of the things that make her Sarah Zerafa. 

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Thomas ‘Kass’ Mallia will be Volt’s single candidate for election

Thomas ‘Kass’ Mallia will be Volt’s single candidate for election
Feb 22 2022 Share

Volt Malta, one of the island’s newest political parties, will be running just on candidate in the 2022 general election. This was revealed on Monday as it launched its electoral campaign, with Thomas ‘Kass’ Mallia being the candidate.

Mallia will be running for office in the 10th and 11th district as a candidate for the progressive party. With the slogan ‘Ivvota Aħjar, Ivvota Volt’, the party said it presented the most progressive political vision during Malta’s general election.

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Some of its proposals include a €1,100-per-month living wage, equal paid parental leave for both parents and even the abolition of tax on tampons and other sexual hygiene necessities. 

Mallia stated that it is about time ‘we start thinking differently about our politics. We have to keep politicians accountable and make sure that all voices are heard and represented in parliament.’ 

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Cheap flights on offer for voters abroad by Air Malta

Cheap flights on offer for voters abroad by Air Malta
Feb 22 2022 Share

A €90 Air Malta return fare is being offered to eligible voters who liv abroad to come to Malta and vote in the general election.

The electoral commission said that Air Malta will be making available return air tickets on its regular scheduled services at a charge of €90. This is inclusive of taxes and other charges – the same cost as the 2017 elections.

These travel arrangements are available for eligible voters, including people married to foreigners, studying, working or undergoing medical treatment abroad and their dependents. 

Travel to Malta is possible from March 16 to 26, with return travel from March 26 to March 30th. Those opting for early voting on March 19th can travel to Malta from the 16th to 18th to be able to apply at the Electoral Office, Naxxar Counting Complex by March 18th at 12pm the latest. They may return between the 19th and 30th. 

Reservations may be made at the Air Malta call centre on (+356) 2141 8118. The centre will be open daily Monday to Sunday, between 8am and 9pm from Thursday. 

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