Transport Malta Exposes Fake Driving License Scam

 - Local - Aug 19 2023 SHARE ON:

In response to recent reports of a disturbing scam involving counterfeit driving licenses, Transport Malta has taken swift action to address the issue head-on.

The Authority has promptly escalated the matter to the Police for a thorough investigation, in a bid to uncover the perpetrators behind the fraudulent operation.

With the aim of safeguarding the integrity of the nation’s road safety measures, Transport Malta has revealed that the presented driving licenses are unequivocally fake, and the individuals depicted in these documents lack any valid driving licenses recorded within the Transport Malta databases.


Spain and England Set for Historic Clash in 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

 - International - Aug 19 2023 SHARE ON:

As the countdown to a monumental showdown reaches its climax, the world of football is poised to witness an epic clash of titans. Spain and England are on a collision course for the grand finale of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, set to unfold at the illustrious Stadium Australia in Sydney. With glory on the line, the outcome is historic no matter who triumphs, marking the first time since 2011 that a first-time champion will be crowned, signifying a seismic shift in the landscape of women’s football.

In this ultimate battle of skill and spirit, Spain and England have their eyes fixed on etching their names in the annals of football history. While both teams seek their second-ever title in either the men’s or women’s World Cup, their journey to the summit has been defined by remarkable feats that have captivated fans worldwide.

Spain’s meteoric rise to the 2023 Women’s World Cup final has been marked by unprecedented milestones. Never before had the Spanish team secured a major-tournament knockout victory until this very tournament. A remarkable turnaround, mirroring Japan’s feat in 2011, adds a layer of intrigue to Spain’s campaign, underscoring their transformation into a formidable contender.

As the world tunes in for this historic clash, Spain and England stand poised to carve their names into history, adding an extraordinary chapter to the illustrious legacy of the Women’s World Cup. With their nations behind them, the stage is set for an unforgettable spectacle that will redefine the contours of women’s football forever.


European Football Stars Find Oasis in Bahrain Amid Saudi Shift

 - International - Aug 19 2023 SHARE ON:

The tides of international football are shifting, and Saudi Arabia stands as a focal point of this transformation. The Saudi Pro League has sent shockwaves through the world of football, attracting an array of high-profile European players with its hefty contracts and lavish fees. With iconic figures like Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard leading the charge, Saudi clubs have secured some of the sport’s biggest names, seemingly poised to emerge as a major player on the global football stage. However, amidst this influx of talent, a surprising trend has emerged – many players are opting to call Bahrain, Saudi’s neighbour, home.

The mega deals are painting Saudi Arabia as a footballing Mecca, capturing the attention of fans and analysts worldwide. Headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo’s groundbreaking £173-million-a-year contract with Al Nassr, the league has witnessed a star-studded parade of talent. Names like Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Roberto Firmino have joined the ranks, turning the once-marginalised Saudi Pro League into a hotbed of action.

While the limelight has been captured by these jaw-dropping signings, an intriguing subplot is unfolding behind the scenes. It appears that not all players, despite signing lucrative deals, are entirely sold on the idea of making Saudi Arabia their permanent residence. A growing number of footballers and their families are opting to settle in Bahrain, a neighbouring nation with a significantly different lifestyle.

For many devout Muslim players, the shift to Saudi Arabia might not be a significant adjustment. However, the allure of Bahrain, with its more liberal lifestyle and relaxed regulations, is proving to be an enticing prospect. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Bahrain permits the consumption of alcohol and boasts a thriving nightlife. Luxurious bars, licensed restaurants, and upscale off-licences, such as ‘CUT,’ a Michelin-starred restaurant by Wolfgang Puck, offer a vibrant scene for players and their families to unwind.

Beyond the entertainment scene, Bahrain provides a wealth of amenities and attractions that appeal to the footballers’ discerning tastes. Shopping havens like the Bahrain World Trade Centre, Seef Mall, and Avenues cater to their lifestyle needs with a plethora of renowned brands. Popular residential areas like Amwaj Islands and East Riffa offer a comfortable and modern living environment, while the capital city of Manama is a mere stone’s throw away from Dammam, where Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq team is based.


Mosta Scout Group’s Floating Raft Adventure Revived

 - Events - Aug 19 2023 SHARE ON:

In a triumphant return to adventure, a group of intrepid Scouts has rekindled the spirit of exploration as they set sail on a floating raft in the scenic bay of Xemxija.

After a gruelling nine-hour construction marathon, these 15- to 18-year-olds from the Mosta Scout Group have resurrected their annual maritime tradition, signalling a joyful end to a COVID-19 induced hiatus that had lasted since 2019.

With a spirit of camaraderie and an unquenchable thirst for adventure, these young scouts embarked on a remarkable journey. Their nautical escapade, once a cherished ritual, had been suspended due to the pandemic’s disruptive force and unfavourable weather conditions the previous year. However, the Scouts demonstrated their unwavering dedication by tackling the challenge head-on.

Armed with ropes, wood, tanks, and marine plywood, the Scouts embarked on the arduous process of assembling their floating haven. The culmination of their efforts saw the raft set sail around 4pm.

With the guidance of their Scout leader, Sean Bartolo, the group not only constructed a raft but also embarked on a journey of resilience and camaraderie. Bartolo proudly shared that the Scouts enjoyed a serene slumber on their buoyant abode as it gently rocked on the tranquil bay.

The floating camp is no stranger to adversity and evolution. Starting as a single raft in 2014, the concept gradually evolved into a double raft in 2015, only to face the challenges posed by tempestuous weather. Yet, this year, the determined Scouts have triumphed over setbacks and unforeseen circumstances, ushering in a new era of maritime exploration for the Mosta Scout Group.

Throughout the year, these scouts hone their skills, mastering knots and lashes that prove invaluable during their four-day escapade. The Mosta Scout Group, known for their affinity for the extraordinary, has previously embarked on peculiar undertakings like an abseiling marathon off Malta’s tallest bridge in 2013. And who could forget their annual superhero-themed abseil down the walls of Mater Dei in December?


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