Warning To Avoid Some Maltese Beaches Due To Strong Winds

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Warning To Avoid Some Maltese Beaches Due To Strong Winds

The Malta Red Cross have released an official statement warning beach-goers looking to cool off from the heat to avoid certain bays due to the expected strong winds. 

High North-West winds are expected for this weekend, with a warning issued for the following bays:

Golden Bay; Għajn Tuffieħa; Ġnejna; Fond Għadir and; Perched Beach. ‘These beaches will probably be on a double RED Flag’, indicating a high risk factor. 

The warning is aimed for the 5th and 6th of August, Saturday and Sunday respectively. This follows after Malta Red Cross shared footage of lifeguards rescuing young kids from drowning after large waves made it difficult for them to swim and risked their drowning. 


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Tributes Pour In For Late Euphoria Star Angus Cloud

 - Celebrities - Aug 1 2023 SHARE ON:
Tributes Pour In For Late Euphoria Star Angus Cloud

After the passing of 25 year old Angus Cloud was announced on social media, co-stars who worked with the young actor on the beloved show Euphoria and beyond started paying their tributes. 

The show’s creator, Sam Levinson, shared a message about Angus, saying:

“”He was too special, too talented and way too young to leave us so soon. He also struggled, like many of us, with addiction and depression. I hope he knew how many hearts he touched. I loved him. I always will. Rest in peace and God Bless his family.”

Meanwhile, co-star Javon Walton, who portray’s Ashtray O’Neill, Fezco’s unofficial adoptive brother – posted a photo of them on Instagram and a story stating ‘forever family’. 

Co-stars Storm Reid and Alexa Demie also shared Instagram stories of a scene from the series, with the former writing ‘the tears just won’t stop.’ The latter shared a blank black story with a broken heart emoji. 

The family note that revealed his passing went on to reveal the profound emotional struggles Angus had been facing in recent times, particularly in the aftermath of his father’s passing. Just last week, he laid his father to rest and had been intensely grappling with the loss. The bond between Angus and his late father was evidently strong, as they were best friends.



Ħondoq Bay Hotel-Port Application Turned Down By Court

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Ħondoq Bay Hotel-Port Application Turned Down By Court

The appeals court has upheld the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal’s decision to reject an application for the construction of a port, hotel, yacht marina, and tourist village in Ħondoq Bay, Qala.

Back in 2016, the Planning Authority unanimously denied the development permit, leading the developers, Gozo Prestige Hotels, to file an appeal before the tribunal. 

However, the EPRT rejected the appeal in November of the previous year, prompting the developers to seek relief in the law courts in hopes of overturning the decision.

Gozo Prestige Hotels’ vision for the 103,000 square meter site included a comprehensive complex with 25 villas, 60 apartments, 200 multi-owner properties, and other facilities alongside the hotel.

In their appeal to challenge the EPRT’s decision, the developers argued that the tribunal had misapplied the relevant laws in assessing their plans. 

They also sought a reference to the constitutional court, arguing that a local council representative should have been present on the Planning Authority board when major projects like theirs were being considered.

The appeals court, presided over by Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti, dismissed both complaints. Regarding the application of planning rules, the court asserted that the tribunal had the discretion to interpret them, as long as the interpretation did not directly oppose the explicit intentions of legislators or appear plainly absurd.

The court also rejected the request for a constitutional reference, deeming it “frivolous and vexatious.” The applicants contended that their right to a fair hearing was violated by the requirement for a local council representative on the PA board, especially considering the local council’s objection to the project. 

However, the court disagreed, stating that it was not unusual for a local council representative to be actively involved in evaluating a development proposal concerning their represented locality.

Qala Mayor Paul Buttigieg, who had spearheaded a 20-year-long battle to preserve the scenic bay from development, expressed his joy at the court’s decision. He emphasized the importance of the government taking the next step to secure permanent public access and enjoyment of Ħondoq Bay.

In an official statement by the Labour Party, the court’s decision to turn down the development plan was noted with satisfaction. The Labour Party issued a thanks to its representatives, ‘particularly Paul Buttigieg, the mayor of Qala and other activists, who throughout the years worked tirelessly to protect this site in Gozo.’ 


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The Green Open Campus Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

 - Events - Aug 1 2023 SHARE ON:

Unplugged Mid-Week in the Park.

In a mesmerizing display of talent and community spirit, the Green Open Campus in Milbrae, Mosta, buzzed with electric energy, thanks to Unplugged Mid-Week in the Park events.

For four unforgettable weeks, this park turned into a haven of local music, showcasing some of Malta’s most extraordinary talents. From the soulful melodies of Aidan to the powerhouse vocals of Megan May accompanied by Ryan Paul, every act left the audience spellbound. The enchanting tunes of Red Electric and the ethereal sounds of Gaia transported the crowd to a musical wonderland, while Xarulu, Kevin Paul, Claudia Faniello, and Bernie & Pod ignited an electrifying atmosphere with their performances.

The Green Open Campus was overflowing with music enthusiasts who gathered every Wednesday during July to experience this midweek magic.

The events aimed to support the noble cause of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation (MCCFF).

Hundreds of people, young and old, joined in the festivities, relishing the opportunity to support local artists while enjoying the picturesque park setting. The sense of community and camaraderie was palpable, making this an event to cherish for a lifetime.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, the stage illuminated with the vibrant energy of Maltese talent, setting the perfect mood for an enchanting evening under the stars. Each act poured their heart and soul into their performance, leaving a lasting impression on the hearts of the attendees.

As the last note of the final act resonated in the air, it was clear that Unplugged Mid-Week in the Park had etched itself into the collective memory of all those present.

So, until the next musical rendezvous, Malta will eagerly await the return of this unforgettable event!


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