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Friday 18 August, 2017

 

 

Raġel iweġġa' gravi bil-mutur f'Għawdex

Anzjan li lbieraħ weġġa’ bil-mutur fix-Xewkija qed isofri minn ġrieħi gravi.

Newsbook.com.mt hu infurmat li l-inċident seħħ fi Triq il-Ħamri għall-ħabta tas-6pm, xħin ir-raġel, li għandu 62 sena u joqgħod ix-Xagħra, tilef il-kontroll tal-mutur.

Ma kienx hemm vetturi oħra involuti fl-inċident.

Ir-raġel ittieħed l-Isptar Ġenerali ta' Għawdex b'ambulanza, fejn aktar tard ġie ċċertifikat li qed isofri mill-ġrieħi msemmija.

Wara Las Ramblas, attakk ieħor f'Cambrils; maqtula 5 suspettati u l-ISIS jerfgħu r-responsabbiltà

Sigħat wara l-attakk f’Las Ramblas f’Barċellona, li ħalla 13 mejta, kmieni dalgħodu l-Pulizija Spanjola qatlu 5 persuni wara attakk ieħor fil-belt ta’ Cambrils. Sadanittant, l-Istat Iżlamiku ħabbar li kien hu l-moħħ wara l-ewwel attakk.

Skont il-midja internazzjonali, it-tieni attakk li seħħ f’Cambrils kien jixbah lil dak li seħħ f’Las Ramblas.

L-aggressuri saqu b’karozza għal fuq in-nies, iżda jidher li din inqalbet ta’ taħt fuq, u xħin dawn ippruvaw jaħarbu minnha l-Pulizija kienet pronta u fetħet in-nar fuqhom. Huma mietu fuq il-post.

F’dan l-inċident seba’ persuni weġġgħu, fosthom pulizija, b’wieħed f’qagħda kritika.

Intant, fl-attakk qattiel ta’ lbieraħ f’Las Ramblas wara nofsinhar, sa issa 13-il persuna ġew irrappurtati mejta, u n-numru ta’ midruba għadu mhux stabbilit, għalkemm ir-rapporti qed jgħidu li hemm għexieren.

Il-Pulizija issa qed tinvestiga wkoll it-tielet inċident li seħħ l-Erbgħa li għaddew f’Alcanar, xħin dar splodiet u ħalliet persuna mejta. Is-suspett huwa li dawn it-tliet attakki huma marbutin.

L-awtoritajiet ippubblikaw ukoll ir-ritratt ta’ Driss Oubakir, Marokkin li fuq ismu nkera l-vann li lbieraħ intuża biex jitwettaq l-attakk, iżda sa issa huwa ċaħad li kellu x’jaqsam u qed jallega li d-dokumenti tiegħu nsterqulu biex jintużaw f’dan l-attakk.

"Ninsabu magħkom u mal-vittmi" - Carmelo Abela

Sadanittant, il-Ministru għall-Affarijiet Barranin ikkundanna b'mod iebes l-attakk f'Las Ramblas, u qal li baqa' ċċassat xħin sar jaf bih.

Sostna li qalbu tmur għall-vittmi u l-familjari tagħhom, kif ukoll għal dawk liraw dawn ix-xeni tal-biża'.

Temm jgħid li l-Gvern Malti jingħaqad b'solidarjetà ma' dak Spanjol u jassigura s-sapport kollu.

Fir-Republika Ċentrali Afrikana qed iħanxru għonq it-tfal

Isqof missjunarju Spanjol fir-Republika Ċentrali tal-Afrika qal li l-militanti tal-grupp ribell “Seleka” li hu dominat mill-Musulmani, attakkaw u ħarbtu l-missjoni kattolika fil-villaġġ ta’ Gambo u qatlu 50 persuna u ħanxru għonq numru ta’ rġiel u tfal.

L-Isqof Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz qal li ma setgħax jiċċelebra ‘l quddiesa fil-Kattidral ta’ Bangassou għal dawn l-aħħar tliet ġimgħat.  Il-Papa Franġisku li kien żar il-pajjiż fl-2015, il-ġimgħa li għaddiet ikkundanna bil-qawwa il-qtil vjolenti li qed isir kontra l-komunita’ nisranija f’dan il-pajjiż.

“Il-grupp ta’ Musulmani ma jridu jisimgħu minn ħadd u moħħom biss biex jiġġieldu. Dawn ipoġġu bil-qegħda quddiem il-Kattidral u ma jħallu lil ħadd jgħaddi. Għal tliet iħdud wara xulxin ma stajniex niftħu l-Kattidral”, qal l-Isqof Munoz.

Skont il-ġurnal tal-Vatikan, “Osservatore Romano” l-Isqof qal li hu nkwetat ukoll għal dak li jista’ jiġri lil madwar 2000 Musulman li jgħixu fid-djoċesi tiegħu għax jibża’ li dawn jistgħu jkunu attakkati mill-grupp tal-militanti.

Ir-ribelli “Séléka” kienu waqqgħu lill-Gvern tal-pajjiż fl-2013 iżda tilfu l-poter sena wara. Iżda l-Gvern attwali ftit li xejn għandu awtorita’ barra mill-belt kapitali Bangui.

Uffiċċjal tal-Nazzjonijiet Uniti wissa’ li kien hemm sinjali ta’ ġenoċidji mwettqa mis-Seleka u l-għedewwa tagħhom , il-Moviment Anti-Balaka.  Hu qal li l-pajjiż qed jirriskja li jiffaċċja kriżi umanitarja jekk il-komunita’ internazzjonali ma tarax x’se tagħmel biex twaqqaf il-vjolenza kbira li hemm. “Il-vjolenza qed tikber u qed tirriskja li l-pajjiż jirrepeti l-esperjenza devastanti li għadda minnha erba’ snin ilu”, wissa’ Stephen O’Brien, Kap tal-Missjoni tan-Nazzjonijiet Uniti li ntbagħtet biex tgħin fil-pajjiż.

L-Isqfijiet ikkundannaw il-ħruxijiet imwettqa miż-żewġ naħat.

 

Thursday 17 August, 2017

 

Nadur Delicata Classic Wine Festival 2017

  • Fri, 18th Aug 2017 at 7:00pm
  • Sat, 19th Aug 2017 at 7:00pm
  • Sun, 20th Aug 2017 at 7:00pm

The greatest wine event of the year comes to Nadur for its 16th edition in Gozo!
Delicata, in conjunction with Nadur Local Council, will be taking its Classic Wine Festival to the viticultural heart of Gozo, Nadur for the 15th year on the 18th, 19th & 20th August 2017.


Once again this scenic, idyllic Gozitan village will come alive as the Delicata Classic Wine Festival gets underway at the ‘Ġnien il-Kunsill’
In all there will be over 20 wines to sample. Vintages of nine Delicata award-winning brands are served from as many stalls spread along the garden’s periphery. Live cooking stalls will be serving a tempting variety of both traditional Maltese and international dishes to tease a wide range of palates.


There’s a great entertainment bill every night. On Friday the stage features Ronald Briffa, Pierre Zammit, Elaine Haber, Gozo Boy Band and Straight Ahead; on Saturday there are performances by Ronald Briffa, Sarah Bonnici, Joseph Refalo, D Capitals, Rebecca Bonello and Upper Lip; and the festival closes on Sunday with Pierre Cordina, Kelly and the Band, MAE Band, Jolene Samhan, Cash and Band.


Whilst entrance to the Festival is free, strictly no wine will be served to anyone under 17 and patrons are reminded to enjoy responsibly. Wine glasses are sold until 11 pm, wine is poured up to 11.30 pm and the festival closes at midnight. Mineral water and soft drinks are also available for purchase.

Comino Feast gets underway Thursday with 3 days of celebrations

This coming Thursday, Festa ta’ Kemmuna – Traditional Comino Feast, gets underway on Comino, with three days of celebrations dedicated to Saint Mary.

Detailed restoration of the statue of Our Lady of Comino was carried out last year by Gozitan artist Manuel Farrugia from Victoria and funded by the Ministry for Gozo.

The 1948 statue of St Mary, is by artist Wistin Camilleri, and was donated by Captain Charles Vassallo.

The organisers said that following many requests they decided to add another day to the feast programmed, this is dedicated to the younger generation and to promote local talents. With this mind a live concert is planned for Thursday night, with the band Upper Lip.

The event is from 8.00 pm till midnight. “Boats to Comino and back are organised from Cirkewwa and Marfa in Malta, and Mgarr Gozo, in front of the Gozo Channel terminal entrance.”

The concert is taking place in the Santa Marija bay area – behind the church, which, the organisers said is in a valley 2 minutes walk from the boats. Take away foods and drinks will be available on site. Free entrance.

The programme for the 3 days will be as follows:

Thursday 17th August

7.00pm – Opening of the Religious Festive Activities in honour of Saint Mary: Holy Rosary + reflections.

8.00pm – Opening of Outside Festive Activities for the family.

9.00pm – Live Concert by the band Upper Lip.

Friday 18th August

7.00pm- Holy Mass for children.

7.30pm – Vigil prayer in honour of Our Lady.

8.30pm – Activities for Children.

8.30pm – Traditional Maltese Feast Dinner.

9.00pm onwards – Live Concert by the band Novel.

Saturday 19th August

7.00pm – Traditional feast High Mass concelebrated by Bishop Mario Grech, open-air in front of the church.

8.00pm – A procession with the statue of Saint Mary from the church to Saint Mary’s Quay accompanied by the Ghajnsielem Band where the blessing of the boats ceremony will be held followed by a Eucharist Benediction.

8.30pm – Festive Marches by St. Joseph Band of Ghajnsielem.

9.00pm – Live concert by popular singer Freddie Portelli.

Santa Marija beach is equipped with toilets and showers where visitors can have a free shower and prepare for the feast starting at 7pm each evening.

For those who are not so familiar to the island of Comino, kindly take care to wear comfortable footwear due to the sandy roads.

Transport from Cirkewwa, Marfa and Mgarr Gozo to Comino and back from 9.00am till midnight, by one of the several Comino boats that will be available throughout the day. Boat trips are with a charge and this fare should be paid direct to boat owners.

For more information on the feast or for bookings the Traditional Maltese Dinner, kindly call on 7947 7354 or 9985 7727, please also see their facebook page.

Ghajnsielemfest: 2 evenings of entertainment starting with Cash and Band.

Ghajnsielemfest gets underway this evening with a concert by Cash and Band, starting at 9.00pm.

This annual event organised by the Ghajnsielem Local Council, takes place as part of the external celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto in Ghajnsielem. All the entertainment will be take place at Pjazza tad-Dehra.

Large crowds are expected for the event, which is being held over two evenings, with tomorrow providing a platform for local talent, including dancing and songs, with special guest Claudio Faniello, with host Renata. There will be a children’s area at the playing field.

Godfrey Farrugia remains open to becoming PD’s new leader

Partit Demokratiku MP Godfrey Farrugia said today that he is open-minded about contesting for the post of party leader. Farrugia said that there was still time still till the decision needs to be made, but that he’s not sure yet whether he will go for it or not.

Last Saturday, leader Marlene Farrugia said that she will not remain party leader. The new PD leader will be elected at the party's annual general conference in October.

Asked this morning, Godfrey Farrugia said the position is open to all members and that the party remains one team; “we move forward as one, with Malta’s interests at heart.” When asked about how many members are in the party and who can contest the leadership, Farrugia said that he did not know the exact number of members. “I do not know how many members are in the party, I am simply a member myself. It isn’t in my own hands to know how many”.

“We are one team and we do not have the competition and even negative sides to a party leadership contest that other bigger parties experience," he said.

Farrugia was also asked by the media about Marlene Farrugia's comments on the four contestants for the Nationalist party leadership, when she described them as being “non-starters”. “The PD has to work with the Nationalist Party because we form part of the parliamentary opposition. We are obliged together to scrutinise the executive and the power it holds; it’s our duty. We need to work today to be an effective opposition. I have not made any comments about them and I will not make any comments about them now. The leader of PD is Marlene and she has expressed her own opinion, which also is also the opinion of the party and all questions on that you should be ask to her,” Farrugia replied.

Farrugia also spoke about the possibility of PD contesting the European Parliamentary elections. “This is something that needs to be discussed, for now there are other things dominating our agenda. It is something that we do not exclude and will be deciding in the future probably when there is a new leader”.  

 

 

Wednesday 16 August, 2017

 

 

Maltese come in third place for EU holiday spending

Average spend is €590 per trip

Maltese people are splashing out on their holidays, spending nearly twice as much as their EU counterparts on each trip abroad.

According to figures published by Eurostat, Maltese people were the third-biggest holiday spenders in the EU in 2015, with an average of €590 per trip compared to the EU average of just €320.

The spending also stands in stark contrast to the 36.8 per cent of Maltese people who cannot afford a single one-week holiday away from home every year

Only Luxembourgers and Austrian residents spent more, with €740 and €610, respectively, while Romania and Latvia are home to the thriftiest travellers, spending just €116 per trip.

Despite the high figure, Malta’s holiday outlay has actually decreased since 2013, when residents spent €645, or around nine per cent more, on their trips.

The spending also stands in stark contrast to the 36.8 per cent of Maltese people who cannot afford a single one-week holiday away from home every year, according to Eurostat figures released last week. The island fares worse than the EU average of 32.9 per cent (of the over-16 population) in this regard, but has registered significant progress since 2012, when more than half of the population could not afford a holiday.

The EU average has improved far more moderately – by 5.2 per cent – over the same period.

According to the National Statistics Office, a total of 115,219 Maltese residents went abroad in the first three months of this year, an increase of 11.4 per cent over the same period last year.

Trips to EU countries accounted for the bulk of that figure at 105,346, an increase of 15 per cent over the same quarter last year. Italy and the United Kingdom remained the most popular destinations, with more than half of all tourist trips between them.

August remains the busiest month for travel both to and from the island, with Malta International Airport expecting to host a peak of 26,000 travellers on its busiest day today.

A total 167 scheduled take-offs and landings will ensure the runway and terminal are both bustling with activity.

Man who attacked wife after argument over late dinner charged with attempted murder

A 32-year-old man from Mgarr was today charged with attempted murder after he brutally assaulted his wife, damaging her spleen, two days after an argument over a late dinner. 

The case goes back to Friday evening, when the woman, who was sick and had been tending to some farm animals, was late in preparing dinner for her husband, who was leaving for work at around 9pm. The couple argued over the weekend with the husband assaulting the woman on Sunday evening.

Sea transport: Malta-Gozo sea trips continue to increase - NSO

Movements between Malta and Gozoin 2016 continued to increase, with a total of 1,581 trips, according to regional statistics published by the National Statistics Office. This number signified an increase of 7.6% over the previous year.

Vehicles passing between the islands also increased by 8.2% compared to the previous year, while passengers went up by 392,328, or 8.3%.

During 2016, passenger traffic originating from Ċirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Saturday, whereas highest numbers from Mġarr were recorded on Sunday and Saturday .

The report also shows that the stock of fishing vessels at the end of 2015 stood at 2,983. MPVs (multi-purpose vessel) comprised the largest proportion of fishing vessels with 1,351, or 45.3% of the total. The largest registration group of fishing vessels was the MFC (Non-Commercial Fishing Vessels), totalling 1,947 vessels. The largest share of fishing vessels was registered in the South Eastern district accounting for 28.1 per cent of the total. Fishing vessels registered in the Gozo and Comino district amounted to 17.1 per cent of the total.

 

Data is also provided on yacht marinas. In 2015 there were 1,964 berths in total. The Creek Developments plc (Msida) yacht marina had the largest berthing capacity of 744 berths. This was followed by the Grand Harbour Marina with 250 berths.