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WATCH: Malta may have a SERIOUS hornet problem but here’s why you shouldn’t worry

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WATCH: Malta may have a SERIOUS hornet problem but here's why you shouldn't worry

Malta has recently seen an dramatic increase in the hornet species ‘Vespa Orientalis’, which in Maltese is known as ‘Bagħal taż-Żunżan’ and in our latest interview, Arnold Sciberras breaks down this species’ effect on local biodiversity and how it is handled by The Exterminator.

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Sciberras highlighted that the difference in these hornets, which are hymenoptera, is that as a species they are aggressive, new additions the Maltese ecosystem and dangerous to both humans and biodiversity around them. Such hornets are also significantly affecting apiculture, which is the cultivation of bees.

The man behind The Exterminator brand revealed that hornets are considered pests because they have a tendency of living in man-made structures whilst also opportunistically consuming human waste such as cat food, litter and others. Additionally, due to the hornets’ aggressive nature, a human entering their area is very much at risk of being attacked.

Hornets are dangerous due to their desire to protect their nourishment and hive. The sting is dangerous and fairly potent compared to stings from others bees and wasps and its effect depends on the vulnerability of the person on the receiving end. Sciberras held that children and elderly individuals are most vulnerable, with certain cases of hornet stings leading to hospitalisations or worse.

Due to hornets seeking man-made structures like Malta’s Ħajt tas-Sejjieħ, brick-wall blocks, air conditioning vents and more. Small colonies often go unnoticed but they may grow to extents where individuals become “prisoners in their own homes”, Sciberras stated before recalling a case where they had to exterminate the nest to allow individuals to leave their homes. Oftentimes, hornets nests are exterminated via a vast range of methodologies and machinery and conducted by industry professionals.

Have you seen a hornets’ nest recently?

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Malta constitutes the national node for the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science

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Malta constitutes the national node for the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science

Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Owen Bonnici presided over the signing a Memorandum of Understanding between Maltese heritage entities, forming the Malta National Node of European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS). E-RIHS consists of a partnership of 13 countries as founding members, including Malta, and involves over 100 heritage science institutions from all over Europe.

The E-RIHS Malta National Node will consist of the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Heritage Malta, the Restoration Directorate, the National Archives, Malta Libraries, nine University of Malta departments and faculties, the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation, and the Archdiocese of Malta.

Minister Bonnici stated that, “This agreement is an important step in paving the way for full collaboration in heritage and research in a European framework set up to strengthen and expand the use of science in the field of heritage.” The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Joyce Dimech explained the work done by Maltese heritage entities which did not only collaborate together, but with the University of Malta they reached a formal agreement for the benefit of our national heritage. The permanent secretary also mentioned how partnerships in Research Infrastructure such as E-RIHS would continue to strengthen our collaboration at European level.

This pan-European research infrastructure supports research on heritage science, which encompasses interpretation, preservation, documentation, and management of heritage, with a mission to deliver access to heritage researchers on high-level expertise, data, laboratories, equipment, and facilities. The goal is to integrate world-leading European facilities into an organisation with a leading role within the global heritage science sector, drawing together a cross-disciplinary community of researchers and users, supporting advancements in heritage science through networking, innovation, training, and education.

The E-RIHS consortium thus promotes good practice in heritage research. It develops or advances methods designed to respond to the specific needs of cultural heritage assets, whether material or digital: objects, collections, buildings, and sites.

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Read this if you’re tired of your job

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In today’s competitive working environment, finding the right job may seem like one of the most daunting tasks in the world but thanks to HiringHub, that may be a thing of the past.

Simply put, HiringHub is a virtual recruitment event for employers and jobseekers organised by Jobsplus, Malta’s National Employment Agency. This event aspires to simplify the seemingly never-ending process of trying to secure a job, bringing together employers and future employees from all walks of life.

The first edition is open to people residing in Malta and EU Nationals living abroad and it will include roles in three main sectors; Retail, Manufacturing and Administration Services. Further information about the exhibiting companies and roles available will be published on the Jobsplus website. Those looking for a job are invited to register and will be sent a confirmation of participation, along with a Zoom link to join the event on the day.

The event will showcase vacancies for all academic types from entry level to management and everything in between. The virtual event will allow locals and EU nationals living abroad to get the opportunity to find their desired place of work from the comfort of their own desk.

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Adrian Delia slams claims he is running for European Parliament in 2024

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Adrian Delia slams claims he is running for European Parliament in 2024

Former Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia has come out against the claims that he may be exploring a bid for the European Parliament elections in 2024. 

Times of Malta stated in an article that, through sources within the party, it was revealed Delia had been informally approached by a member of party leadership to discuss his possible run for a place in Brussels. 

Taking to Facebook however, Delia said that ‘without entering any controversies, I want to clarify that no one from the party approached me to contest the European Parliament election. Nor is it something that I have considered doing from my own end.’ 

The article claimed that Delia is weighing his options and has ‘discussed the possibility with those close to him in recent weeks.’ 

A PN spokesperson also told Times of Malta that the suggestion was just ‘based on rumours at this point.’ 

Another source told TOM that it is early to say who will be on the party ticket for the 2024 race. However, Delia’s name was allegedly among those being considered internally. 

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