‘We Only Address These Issues When Something Bad Happens’

'We Only Address These Issues When Something Bad Happens'
Jul 5 2023 Share

Taking to social media, Nationalist MP Darren Carabott issued a moment of silence for the victims of various social issues over which ‘a lot of talk has taken place, but not much substantial action.’

Darren highlighted the issues of drug and substance abuse, domestic violence, air and environmental pollution, endangered workers, dangerous driving and traffic fatalities as well as the taboo over mental health.

Having addressed the issues through flash cards, the MP said it is better to actually break the silence about these topics which he argued are only addressed when something bad happens. 

‘When something happens, everyone speaks about it. After a while, everything moves on. Before we find a solution, we must first admit that these problems have been with us and are still growing’, said the MP.

He urged people not to put down people who are actively talking about these various subjects and that it is useless to perceive Malta as a ‘modern country’ when there are basic issues which lack any control.

‘And if those who are supposed to do something about these issues doesn’t want to listen, we should raise our voices higher so that they hear us’.

‘If we take action today, we can save a life today. Tomorrow may be too late’, finished Carabott. 


Breaking The Taboo Of Suicide – Ryan Barbara Speaks Out

Breaking The Taboo Of Suicide - Ryan Barbara Speaks Out
Jul 5 2023 Share

Taking to social media, OASI Foundation Assistant Facilitator Ryan Barbara, addressed the social taboos surrounding suicide. 

‘When I hear about a case of suicide, I am driven to both tears and anger at the same time’, wrote the NGO facilitator. ‘If we don’t do something, this number will continue to grow and, before you know it, it will be someone close to you or me.’ 

‘I speak out because I know what it means to be in that moment of darkness, of sadness and loneliness’, he wrote. 

Barbara called for various actions we should work towards as a society, including more awareness, normalising seeking help when it comes to mental health, asking why the youth are only finding it as the only solution and investing into mental health education from a young age. 

‘Social media platforms should use their influence to raise awareness on suicide, so we can remove this taboo once and for all. We cannot continue being afraid of this phenomenon as this will only increase the number of cases, not decrease it.’

Barbara ended his plea by encouraging anyone reading the post and feeling like they require help to send a message and reach out. ‘Sometimes, all we need is someone who listens without judgement’. 

If you, or someone you know, feel like help is required when it comes to mental health and suicidal thoughts, please contact 1579. 


Bologna named most ‘underrated’ city in the world, according to 175 travel experts

Jul 4 2023 Share

One hundred and seventy travel experts have spoken, and according to the majority, the most underrated city in the world is none other than Bologna, Italy.

That’s right, according to research conducted by CNBC contributor Sharael Kolberg, Bologna emerged as the top pick among 175 travel enthusiasts who know a thing or two about hidden gems.


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First, food. Travel blogger Jeff Miller claims that Bologna possibly has the best food scene in all of Italy. And let’s be honest, when it comes to culinary delights, Italy is a tough contender. Bologna in particular stands out with its mouth-watering array of trattorias, osterias, and gelaterias that will have your taste buds doing a happy dance, in addition to FICO Eataly World, the “Disney World of food”.

Bologna isn’t just about food, though. In fact, it’s recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its medieval architecture and historical significance. Wander through the city and be captivated by the sight of 24 medieval stone towers. It’s like stepping into a time machine and experiencing the magic of Bologna’s past.

To top it all off, Bologna is a city made for walking. Forget about expensive car rentals, the city’s compact size and walkability make it a dream for explorers. Stroll through its charming neighbourhoods and discovering hidden gems whilst meeting some of the friendliest locals in the world.


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As travel-lovers continue to stress in the face of constantly-increasing travel costs, destinations like Bologna have become as worth it as ever and, thanks to Malta’s strategic Mediterranean position, flights may be cheaper than you think!

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Local Property Prices Up 6.6% Between January and March 2023

Local Property Prices Up 6.6% Between January and March 2023
Jul 4 2023 Share

In the first quarter of this year, the Property Price Index (PPI) reached 148.89, representing a 6.6 percent increase compared to the corresponding quarter in 2022.

According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), the rise in the PPI was primarily driven by changes in the Apartments Price Index, which stood at 148.97, showing a yearly increase of 6.8 percent.

During the first quarter of 2022, the PPI experienced a growth of 6.8 percent compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

The PPI serves as an indicator of price fluctuations in residential properties that have been purchased. It is calculated on a quarterly basis to ensure the accuracy of the data, as larger sample sizes are considered.

The PPI specifically covers apartments, maisonettes, and terraced houses, and their price variations are generally reflective of overall trends in the property market.