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Viva Malta National Offshore Sailing Boat launched

 - Local - Dec 22 SHARE ON:

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The Viva Malta National Offshore Sailing Boat, which will provide an opportunity for Maltese sailors to compete in the international offshore circuit, has been officially launched.


The launch was held at the Mediterranean Maritime Hub and presided over by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia and Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation Clifton Grima, together with Yachting Malta and Sports Malta. The sailing boat was blessed by Mons. Victor Grech.

Viva Malta will now be passed on to Sport Malta and Malta Sailing Federation, who will work together to administer this initiative.

Minister Aaron Farrugia said that the Viva Malta National Offshore Sailing Boat concept has been made possible through an investment of approximately €400,000, born through an initiative submitted by Yachting Malta with the full support of the government.

Minister Clifton Grima stated that, “The ministry and Sport Malta are always seeking to find means and opportunities to support our sportsmen. The initiative we are launching is one of the various projects that are currently ongoing, in this case we are giving our support to sportsmen and a sports discipline that has registered great progress in these last years. I hope that through this initiative we will record more successes both on a personal basis for the sportsmen involved as well as on a national scale”.

Yachting Malta CEO Michael Mifsud said that, “This was a dream of Yachting Malta to spearhead a project whereby Malta will have its own Offshore Sailing Project, to compete in the international offshore circuit. We firmly believe that this project stands to promote Malta as a centre of excellence in yachting.”

Sport Malta CEO Mark Cutajar stated that, “Today, we will have the passage of transfer from Yachting Malta to Sport Malta so that the entity passes Viva Malta to Malta Sailing Federation, so that more children and young people continue to approach the sport of sailing which has always been synonymous with us Maltese through the Rolex Middle Sea Race and other various competitions.”

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25,000 workers of atypical hours to receive €150 cheques

 - Business - Dec 22 SHARE ON:
25,000 workers of atypical hours to receive €150 cheques

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has revealed that the government will be issuing around €4 million in new benefits to workers who undertake atypical hours. 

These include hours which fall on the weekend, shifts outside of normal hours as well as work after 6pm. Atypical hours also include those who work in the catering sector, manufacturing, transport, wholesale and retail, administrative as well as support services. 

The Minister said that the employment policy has already been announced and this includes the government pushing people to keep working in these scooters. New employees will continue to enter such fields to restructure the labour force of Malta. 

The Minister said that, as of today, 25,000 cheques will be issued at €150 each at an expense of €4 million. This could only be the first time such an incentive will be released, but it can be expected to increase in the future. 

Workers qualify if they work full-time or part-time jobs as primary jobs with a minimum salary which does not exceed €20,000 annually. 

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Maxine Pace recreates ‘Thunder’ for 4 year anniversary

 - Local - Dec 22 SHARE ON:
Maxine Pace recreates ‘Thunder’ for 4 year anniversary

Maxine Pace has recreated her iconic hit ‘Thunder’, which was released 4 years ago, taking an even more raw and emotional approach to the ballad. 

Maxine described the song as one being very close to her heart and wanted to re-share it to the public just in time for the Christmas holiday vibes.

But that’s not all – a very familiar face joined Maxine for the recreation. Bettina Farrugia, who received the Golden Buzzer this year during the second edition of Malta’s Got Talent by judge Gordon Bonello, played along with the singer to deliver arguably one of Maxine’s best releases. 

We’ll just let Maxine’s serenading voice take it away from here. If you want to listen to the full thing, we’ve left you the original version in the bio! 

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€21 million education complex in Rabat, Gozo almost complete

 - Local - Dec 22 SHARE ON:
€21 million education complex in Rabat, Gozo almost complete

Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri and Education Minister Clifton Grima revealed that the €21 million education complex in Rabat, Gozo. 

The new primary school will have 16 new classrooms for the level of primary education and 10 classrooms for kindergarten apart from other educational facilities. 

The primary and kindergarten classrooms will be able to welcome up to 650 kids, with a centre for children welfare and sports activities. 

The school will be around 8000 metres squared, with 3,000 metres squared dedicated to sport and recreation. 

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