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Weddings back with a bang in 2022… but had been declining before the pandemic

 - Local - Jun 23 SHARE ON:
Weddings back with a bang in 2022... but had been declining before the pandemic

Following two restriction-ridden years of the COVID-19 pandemic, weddings in Malta have made a huge comeback, with caterers, entertainment providers and businesses working around the clock to ensure that their business are back on their feet.

Chamber for Small and Medium Enterprises (GRTU) head Abigail Mamo reported that spring 2022 was always expected to be busy, especially after two years of a pandemic… but wedding rates had been declining before the pandemic.

The National Statistics Office reported that marriages decreased by 157 from 2018 to 2019, with 2019 seeing a total of 2,674 marriages. Various factors reportedly contributed to this decrease, with the COVID-19 being a contributing factor.

Globally, the New York Times had reported an expected 2.5 million weddings in 2022, the most since 1984.

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5 Maltese beaches you NEED to visit this summer

 - Local - Jun 23 SHARE ON:

Now that summer is fast approaching, every single citizen under the sun continues their never-ending search for their ideal summer hotspot. The pursuit of the perfect beach is a yearly effort and finding the right ratio of space, cleanliness, quiet & Instagrammability may seem like a daunting task but never fear; Heineken and Malta Daily are here to bring you a list of 5 Maltese beaches you NEED to visit this summer!

Riviera Bay

An immediate must-visit for beach-lovers from all walks of life. Located in Malta’s north-western coast, Riviera Bay is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. A jaw-dropping sight to see no matter how many times you’ve visited, this bay’s crystal clear waters and golden-reddish sand are a testament to Malta’s untapped Mediterranean beauty and whether you’re looking for a place to swim or an ideal sunbathing location, this place is absolutely gorgeous.

Golden Bay

Located right next to Riviera Bay, Golden Bay is a more tourist-friendly beach. The bay’s easy access, neighbouring restaurants and large stretch of sand make it a popular pick for swimmers, sunbathers, watersport fanatics and even partygoers. The super-aesthetic summer location is also gorgeous backdrop for BBQs and, when accompanied by a cold can of Heineken Silver, no BBQ tastes better.

St. George’s Bay

A neighbour to Malta’s nightlife capital of Paceville, if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is not the place. This bustling beach in St. Julian’s is a popular choice amongst tourists looking to relax and socialise before taking a look at what Malta’s nightlife scene has to offer. St. George’s Bay lays dormant prior to the summer months but when the season finally comes around, crack open a couple of cold ones and get ready for the best summer ever!

Gnejna Bay

Many believe that this is Malta’s finest beach and to be perfectly honest, we can’t argue with that logic. Typically visited by locals rather than tourists. Gnejna Bay offers red sands as well as flat rocks and while no beach is ever purely peaceful, if you’re lucky, you may end up visiting on one of the quieter days. So get your headphones ready, sunglasses at bay and packs of Heineken Silver in the cooler and enjoy some of Malta’s much sought-after summer serenity.

Whichever beach you ultimately decide on visiting this summer, make sure you don’t forget the essentials. Sunblock, sunglasses, snacks and an ice cold case (or two) of Heineken Silver should have you and your squad sorted for this year’s beach season.

Font Ghadir

A rather central choice found in the heart of one of Malta’s most popular touristic hotspots, Sliema’s Fond Ghadir is a great choice if you plan on doing a bit of everything before your day is over. With a rocky coastline which stretches all the way to St. Julian’s, this beachside location is surrounded by a vast array of shops, cafés and restaurants – so your pre- and post-beach activities are definitely sorted.

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Bar owner charged with murder is released on bail; bursts into tears in courtroom

 - Local - Jun 23 SHARE ON:

Earlier today, bar owner David Busuttil, who is charged with the murder of a 60-year-old man in St. Paul’s Bay, was released on bail against a number of conditions.

The 59-year-old owner of Munchies Bar got into an argument with the victim, with the Court being told that the argument started after the inebriated victim began annoying Busuttil with his words and behaviour.

Inspector Shaun Pawney reported that the victim began coughing into the accused’s glass; the victim then denied that he was coughing and within moments, the argument became physical, with the victim ending up on the pavement seconds after.

The Inspector went on to report that Busuttil pushed the victim twice and when he came up the second time, he was pushed down the steps again, with Busuttil calling for an ambulance soon after. The victim died via head injury leading to brain haemorrhage, with the autopsy revealing that he had over 200mg of alcohol in his system.

A witness describe the argument as a fight between foolish persons, with the victim unaware of what he was doing.

The Court accepted the accused’s request for bail on the conditions that the accused must attend every Court appointment, cannot travel abroad unless authorised, has to deposit ID card and passport in Court, cannot approach witnesses, cannot commit other crimes and has to sign a bail book at the Qawra police station every Monday and Friday, with release requiring a €10,000 deposit and €10,000 personal guarantee.

Busuttil reportedly burst into tears when he was notified that he was released on bail.

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One of the ‘hottest days on Earth ever’ registered in Iran at scorching 52.2°C

 - International - Jun 23 SHARE ON:
One of the 'hottest days on Earth ever' registered in Iran at scorching 52.2°C

One of the ‘hottest days on Earth ever’ has just been registered in Iran at a scorching temperature high of 52.2°C.

As the effects of climate change and soaring temperatures continue to become more and more evident globally, Iran’s latest weather phenomenon has concerned scientists and experts around the world.

The United Nations have stated that soaring temperatures aren’t being taken seriously enough, with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stating that “some government and business leaders are saying one thing, but doing another. Simply put: They are lying. And the results will be catastrophic.”

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s 2,800 report on how to halt global warming recommends that countries worldwide adopt sustainable energy practices like the use electric cars and the halting of greenhouse gas emissions.

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