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Two arrested in 5kg cocaine bust worth €250,000 in St. Paul’s Bay

 - Local - May 16 SHARE ON:

Officers within the Malta Police Force’s Drug Squad have arrested a 44-year-old Maltese man and a 49-year-old Italian after the discovery of 5 kilograms of cocaine.

After weeks of observation on the individuals suspected of drug trafficking, the police intercepted their home in St. Paul’s Bay and arrested them, discovering the substances with a street value of over €250,000.

The Maltese man was found in possession of 3 kilograms of what is suspected to be cocaine while the Italian man hid 2 kilograms of this same substance, along with a large amount of cash in his vehicle.

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Real estate prices skyrocket globally despite pandemic

 - Business - May 16 SHARE ON:

Despite many expecting the housing market to implode as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions are panic buying properties as real estate prices continue to surge globally.

Within the 37 wealthy member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, prices have risen by close to 7% between Q4 of 2019 and Q4 of 2020. This is the fastest growth in decades due to many reassessing what they want from their homes as a result of being locked inside.

While many real estate professionals expected the market to collapse, the pandemic’s effect on rising house prices came due to government bans on repossessions and the provision of trillions in support to workers and business, as well as interest rates cuts and temporary tax reductions, cushioning the market from recession.

The International Head of Growth at English estate agency Fine & Country Daniel Harrington has noted that ‘wealthy executives’ have traded their central homes for larger, less-central properties, leaving them enough capital to invest in downtown apartments and holiday homes and thus increasing domestic demand in places such as the French Riviera.

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Get ready for a very hot Monday ahead!

 - Local - May 15 SHARE ON:
Next Monday is set to be the hottest day of 2021 so far.

Next Monday is set to be the hottest day of 2021 so far. Malta and Gozo will be getting a start of the week that reaches up to 32°C, with hot air from the Sahara Desert flooding the island. This is perfect for beach lovers who want to kick off their week by basking in the sun or splashing around in on of Malta’s beautiful bays.

The following days are set to be mainly sunny up until Friday which will also see a slight spike in heat. Are you excited for this upcoming scorching week?

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Malta: Shifting Perspectives and Open Discussions

 - Culture - May 15 SHARE ON:
Malta: Shifting Perspectives and Open Discussions

For many years, Malta has been seen as being impervious to open discussions about several hot topics – whether it be cannabis regulation reformation, abortion decriminalisation, immigration policy and even LGBTIQ+ rights. These topics seemed to be no go zones – be it in parliament or even in the confines of our own homes.

And with reason – as many were afraid to voice their opinion in regards to these deep yet controversial topics. However, there seems to be a shift occurring. With all the good and the bad of governmental politics and social changes, the very fact that these topics have become something worth discussing is already a huge step for the Maltese.

In 2021 alone, cannabis reform and abortion decriminalisation have been put forth either as White Papers or as bills waiting for discussion. The ushering of these topics into conversation was not the beginning as same-sex marriage has been made legal ever since 1st September 2017 and blasphemy law amended a year prior.

The discussion table has been taken out of its cob-web ridden storeroom and, despite requiring some cleaning, is now available for further talk. This bodes very well for Malta as we make everything that was neglected or feared come to light for proper and hopefully healthy conversation.

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