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Traffic pollution and jams costing Malta €400 million per year

Traffic pollution and jams costing Malta €400 million per year
Jul 6 2022 Share

The European Commission revealed in a new report that from traffic pollution, whether it be noise or aerial, as well as congestion, Malta is losing around €400 million per year. 

The commission revealed that the external costs of transport amount to around 3.6% of the island’s gross domestic product (GDP). 

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What’s worrying is that the figure is also on the rise, confirming similar concerns which were raised by previous studies such as a UOM 2015 research. Back then, the issue was costing Malta around €274 million. 

Still, the University study predicted the costs to reach around €300 million by 2020. The report highlighted Malta’s dependence on road mobility, inefficient road networks and a preference for private transport as the main perpetrators. 

The study emphasised the lack of ‘soft mobility infrastructure’ such as pavements and cycling lanes, which discourage the use of alternative modes of transport. To tackle the issue, the study said that improving public transport would have to take place.

Malta is also struggling to achieve environmentally sustainable economic growth and mobility. This means reducing traffic congestion and decarbonising transport. The high volume of generated construction and demolition also poses challenges. 

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Former Love Island star praised for opening up about battle with depression

Former Love Island star praised for opening up about battle with depression
Jul 6 2022 Share

Former Love Island star Siannise Fudge took to her Instagram stories to open up with her followers about her secret battle with anxiety and depression.

The 27-year-old first took to her platform prior to the stories, posting two photos – one from last year and one taken more recently. 

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In the caption, she talked about how her anxiety and depression resulted in her developing insomnia, mood swings as well as losing two stone in weight. “I have been waiting for the right time to speak about something that I had been living with and couldn’t find the courage to share it, but thankfully now I feel ready,”

She said that she had a responsibility to share this because it might help someone who follows her on the platform. ‘To give anyone suffering the belief that you can overcome your obstacles in life. This time last year I was suffering with anxiety and depression behind closed doors.’ 

 

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She said that she lost all her confidence and lacked any love within herself. ‘I couldn’t bare to look at myself in the mirror because I didn’t recognise myself both physically & mentally.’

“I felt like I wasn’t in control of my body, I lost interest in things I loved the most and I found it impossible to socialise,” she said.

She went on to reveal that she went to hospital twice for checks and was reassured by doctors that, despite there being nothing physically wrong, she was indeed suffering from anxiety. 

‘I urge everybody to be kind because you never know what someone is going through, everyone has a story.’

Fudge was a contestant on the popular show Love Island in series six, which aired in 2020. She went on to launch a fashion brand with fellow contestant Luke Trotman, but she split after around 2 years together. She currently has around 1.7M followers. 

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Malta Comic Con is back after a two-year absence

Malta Comic Con is back after a two-year absence
Jul 5 2022 Share

Malta Comic Con is back after a two-year absence. The family-oriented, action-packed event will take place over the weekend of the 29th-30th October 2022 at Malta Conventions and Fairs Centre (MFCC) at Ta’ Qali to celebrate Pop-Culture on the island.

The event was launched during a press conference held by Wicked Comics at the Eden Cinema. Present for the Press Conference was Minister for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government, Owen Bonnici. He remarked that Malta Comic Con grew from strength to strength over the years.

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Dr Bonnici said that visitors could expect to see various workshops, gaming events, talks and discussions, retailers, cosplay competitions, and more. The highlight is the Artist Zone, which will showcase local and foreign talent.

On behalf of Arts Council Malta Executive Chairman Mr. Albert Marshall, Director of Funding and Strategy within Arts Council Malta, Ms Mary Ann Cauchi said, ‘Through the Investment in Cultural Organisations, Arts Council Malta aims to create long-term support for local organisations with creative and cultural happenings like the Malta Comic-Con, which provides a platform for the ever-growing comics community in Malta.”

‘Through this support, we aim at nurturing creative potential sustainably and professionally, invest in artistic excellence, internationalise the local artistic community while providing more opportunities for people to engage in creativity,” continued Marshall.

President of Comic-Con Fabio Agius explained how Wicked Comics prides itself in creating a vibrant and ever-growing comics community in Malta. “Since its inception, it has allowed the local comic artists and enthusiasts to learn more about this component of popular culture and has provided suitable platforms for local artists to hone and showcase their skills”. He concluded.

Wicked Comics is a registered non-government organisation that promotes the comic culture worldwide. Formed in 2005,

Tickets for the Comic-Con will be available on Friday 29th July at their website. For more information, you can contact Wicked Comics directly on: [email protected].

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Two weeks to go! Here’s what’s on at this year’s IOMTV Malta Music Week

Two weeks to go! Here's what's on at this year's IOMTV Malta Music Week
Jul 5 2022 Share

It seems like summer in Malta is operating at full speed and with one spectacular event after the other, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s Malta Music Week.

Kicking off with the iconic Isle of MTV concert at Il-Fosos Square, Malta Music Week returns with a jam-packed schedule of parties and club nights after a two-year hiatus… and it seems like this year will be bigger than ever.

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The Isle of MTV concert will be headlined by Grammy-nominated DJ & Producer Marshmello, together with multi-platinum artist and humanitarian French Montana. They will be joined by viral rapper sensation bbno$, singer-songwriter Mae Muller and breakout Maltese star Shaun Farrugia. The concert will be followed by an Exclusive Red Carpet After-Party at Marrakech.

On Wednesday 20th July, we head to the Gianpula Main Room for Mamacita Hip-Hop Reggaeton with some smashing hits selected by the club night’s resident DJs, followed by the exclusive Malta Music Week Boat Party on Thursday.

Friday will be hosted British singer-songwriter and voice behind smash hit ‘Deep Down’ Ella Eyre at G7 Fridays while Saturday’s celebration will take place at Bora Bora Ibiza Malta for the IOMTV Pool Party.

Malta Music Week will come to an epic conclusion with the Café Del Mar Special featuring superstar DJ and former Love Island star Joel Corry.

Get your tickets at the official Isle of MTV website!

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