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Thunderous weather to extend until tonight

Thunderous weather to extend until tonight
Nov 25 2021 Share

Buckle up – the current thunderstorm over Malta is forecasted to extend until the evening and will not relent in terms of intensity. 

A video making the rounds on several WhatsApp chats showing huge flooding in Msida was allegedly filmed a couple of years ago. Although the video was shot a couple of years ago, multiple localities have been hit with heavy thunderstorms causing huge floodings, with weather reports suggesting that an entire day of flashing lightning, rumbling thunder and constant downpour awaits.

Tomorrow is set to be partly cloudy, with some semblance of sunlight expected. The weekend is unfortunately forecasted to have isolated rain showers, so adjust your plans accordingly! 

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Photo Source: The Malta Expat

One step closer towards European Parliament president – Roberta Metsola

One step closer towards European Parliament president - Roberta Metsola
Nov 25 2021 Share

Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola has made one more step towards becoming the next President of the European Parliament with an absolute landslide vote.This is after she was confirmed as the EPP’s candidate for the role, receiving a majority of 64.4% of the votes of her fellow EPP Group. Metsola was chosen by the European People’s Party during a private meeting on Wednesday evening. 

Austrian Othmar Karat and Dutch Esther de Lange had also submitted their candidature alongside Metsola, receiving 18 and 44 votes respectively. Metsola said that she feels humbled and honoured to have been given a strong mandate by the EPP Group to be its candidate for President of the European Parliament.

She was congratulated by several Maltese politicians. David Casa, who previously stated that he would give up his quaestor position to give Metsola a better chance, stated: ‘We made it!’ as he went on to congratulate her achievement. 

Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that ‘Metsola has made us proud us to be Maltese today. […] Today’s vote is an acknowledgment of her work, and by extension Malta and the Nationalist Party. 


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Photo Source: Roberta Metsola FB

12 mafia associates in Malta identified by Italian authorities

12 mafia associates in Malta identified by Italian authorities
Nov 24 2021 Share

The Gaming regulator asked the Italian authorities for information on anti-mafia money laundering probe with ties to Malta. Sources from the Malta Gaming Authority stated that the regulator recently contacted law enforcement in Italy after the conclusion of an anti-mafia crackdown across several Italian jurisdictions. 

The Game Over II law enforcement operation concluded in Italy earlier this month, including Maltese companies and online gambling sites which once had licenses in Malta. Italian news agencies reportedly found 12 suspects participating in illegal gambling operations using websites owned by Maltese companies. 

All suspects are believed to be involved in illegal online betting, falsification of documents and several other charges. The alleged members of the criminal organisation illegally collected money for bets in Italy through the use of websites which belong to Maltese companies operating without a license issued by Italian authorities.

Five of the suspects allegedly used intimidation techniques tied to infamous Sicilian clan known as Cosa Nostra. 

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Photo Source: DW

‘I couldn’t sleep well for a week’: Jon Mallia looks back on podcast with Matthew Caruana Galizia

'I couldn't sleep well for a week': Jon Mallia looks back on podcast with Matthew Caruana Galizia
Nov 24 2021 Share

“A cursed memorial of a country which sold its soul. That is what they’ve reduced your mother’s body to. When I say your mother’s body – whatever’s left of it.” This excerpt from Jon Mallia’s latest Facebook post sheds light on the significance and intensity of his recent podcast with Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Amongst other scenarios, the lengthy post graphically described a scenario in which Mallia attempts to put himself in Matthew Caruana Galizia’s shoes on the day of his mother’s assassination. The podcast host and media personality stated that he couldn’t sleep well for a week after only just ready a sentence from her son’s profile, let alone having to deal with what happened himself.

He went on to ask the rhetorical questions of “why wasn’t the laptop given to the police” or “why didn’t the dog bark”, emphasising the ludicrous nature of such questions – bluntly stating that it is due to the disgusting ignorance of the person posing the questions. Jon went on to make the comparison between himself and Matthew, highlighting Matthew’s sentiments during the podcast. He had stated that the people “say these things because they feel guilty… So they look for any explanation to feel less so, no matter how ridiculous, like asking why the dog didn’t bark.” 

The podcast, in its entirety, can be seen below:

Have you seen it yet?

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