Valletta Makes National Geographic’s List Of ‘Cool’ Destinations

Valletta Makes National Geographic's List Of 'Cool' Destinations
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National Geographic just unveiled their Cool List 2024, featuring the 30 most exciting destinations to visit in the upcoming year. 

Among them is Valletta, Malta’s capital city, described as: ‘gladiatorial combat returns to a Mediterranean city of epic views’. 

The blog highlights the fact that the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator was filmed in the country, as a sequel is currently in the works. 

‘ UNESCO World Heritage Site, its skyline of battlements and cathedral domes was shaped by a multinational order of knights who ruled Malta from the 16th to 18th centuries. Scenic terraces are set above a glittering waterfront, where wooden townhouse balconies overhang the narrow streets — add in year-round warm weather and it’s not just filmmakers who should be inspired to visit in 2024.’ 

What do you make of this description of our capital city?


Malta Police Photo Shortlisted In Europol’s Photo Competition

Malta Police Photo Shortlisted In Europol's Photo Competition
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A photo by the Malta Police Force has been shortlisted in the Europol Photo Competition – a photo which captures the introduction of the new police officers. 

With the photo captured in front of the General Headquarters, the image shows two officers walking out with the old uniform as two others enter donning the recently changed outfits. 

The photo is currently listed as photo number 24 in the Europol competition, and is going up against other countries’ best snaps of their officers in their gear and out on the job. 

Do you think Malta’s photo has a chance to hit the top prize?


Zack & Cody Can Finally Get Their Restaurant Reservation

Zack & Cody Can Finally Get Their Restaurant Reservation
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Disney+ took to TikTok to share a blast from the past – a scene from Suite Life on Deck which sees twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse, portraying Cody and Zack, attempting to get a table for two at a prestigious restaurant. 

Unfortunately for the twins, the only reservation available was set for 7:30 on the 16th of November 2023. And even though that might seem close now, it would have been 15 years ago for the twins. 


This is the year we can finally get our dinner reservation. 😮‍💨 15 years since this episode of The Suite Life on Deck, streaming on DisneyPlus!

♬ original sound – Disney+ – Disney+

Talk about a packed dining experience!  The Suite Life on Deck, a spin-off sequel to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, premiered back in 2008 and proved to be a massive hit on DISNEY CHANNEL. 

Following the life of the twins as they set sail aboard the SS Tipton to continue their studies, the show introduced new characters, love interests and opportunities for the brothers to get up to fresh shenanigans. 


Net Average 43 New Vehicles Hit Maltese Roads Daily

Net Average 43 New Vehicles Hit Maltese Roads Daily
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In the third quarter of 2023, the number of licensed motor vehicles increased by 3,968 compared to the previous quarter, reaching a total of 436,007 by the end of September 2023. 

These vehicles were categorised as follows: 73.9% were passenger cars, 14.2% were commercial and agricultural vehicles, and 11.3% were motorcycles, E-bikes, PA-bikes, E-kick scooters, quadricycles, and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

 Buses and minibuses constituted less than 1% of the total.

The average daily increase in licensed motor vehicles during the quarter was 43. Additionally, 6,386 newly licensed motor vehicles were introduced during this period. Of these, 56.0% were passenger cars, and 18.4% were motorcycles, PA-bikes, and E-bikes. 

Among these newly licensed vehicles, 60.2% were classified as ‘new,’ while 39.8% were categorised as ‘used.’

Throughout the third quarter of 2023, 5,856 motor vehicles were taken off the road due to various restrictions. 

Of these, 40.5% were placed in garages, 34.3% were resold, and 22.8% were scrapped. Additionally, 3,621 motor vehicles had their restrictions lifted during the same period, with the majority either being resold (51.9%) or placed in garages (47.3%).

As of September 2023, 58.2% of the total motor vehicles had petrol-powered engines, while 35.9% were diesel-powered. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 3.7% of the stock, totalling 15,960 vehicles. 

Compared to the previous quarter, there were notable increases in plug-in hybrid (diesel-electric), electric, and combined (diesel-LPG) vehicles, with growth rates of 20.6%, 13.4%, and 10.8% respectively. Read full NSO report here.