Roundup of Maltese news

Maltese reaction to Navalny’s death

Maltese reaction to Navalny’s death

It is not usual that we report here news of an international nature but the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sent shockwaves around the world. Photo: The Critical Angle project via Facebook In Malta, a commemoration to pay tribute to Navalny was held outside the Russian Embassy in Kappara where flowers, candles and photos were laid. But in scenes reminiscent of what used to happen to the impromptu memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta, these were cleared shortly soon after the protest led by civil society group Repubblika had ended. In a Facebook post, Repubblika president Robert…
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Migrants dead after boat capsizes at sea

Migrants dead after boat capsizes at sea

At least five people died and many were injured when a boat carrying over 30 migrants crossing to Europe capsized at sea during a rescue operation on Friday 23 February 2024. It was reported that the vessel capsized during the operation run jointly by the Civil Protection Department and the Armed Forces of Malta. Photo of the operation conducted on Friday. Photo: AFM The incident happened just a few days after 25 local organisations meeting for the annual Baħar Ċimiterju remembered the thousands of people who die crossing the Mediterranean Sea every year. They called on the Maltese authorities to…
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NGO calls to address parental alienation

NGO calls to address parental alienation

As part of a week focusing on social justice, a conference organized in parliament considered a number of issues such as homelessness and the widening social gap, among others. A key topic was that of judicial injustice, which was also the subject of a protest organized by NGO Happy Parenting Malta to raise awareness and call for urgent amendments in the law and improvements to the family court procedures to address parental alienation. Photo: Maryrose Attard via Facebook The NGO has proposed that there should be a special agency/board made up of experts in the subject and deal with the…
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Strategy to tackle the increasing incidence of dementia in Malta

Strategy to tackle the increasing incidence of dementia in Malta

Different studies have indicated that the number of people with dementia in Malta was expected to double to more than 3% of the population by 2050. The increase is due to a significant increase in the number of people who are over 75 years old and in particular those over 85 years old, which is expected to triple by 2050. This has led to the launch of the National Strategy for Dementia 2024-2031 with the theme 'Reaching New Heights’. This strategy aims to continue to improve the quality of services and the quality of life of people living with this…
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Gozo recommended for 2026 European Region of Gastronomy award

Gozo recommended for 2026 European Region of Gastronomy award

The International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts, and Tourism (IGCAT) has nominated the Maltese neighbourly island of Gozo for the prestigious Award of European Region of Gastronomy for 2026, marking a significant milestone in Gozo's culinary journey. It also reaffirms Gozo's status as a vibrant island destination at the heart of the Mediterranean.  Gozo's successful bid for the European Region of Gastronomy Award is a testament to the island's rich, eclectic gastronomic heritage, innovative culinary scene, and unwavering commitment to sustainability. It follows a diligent effort and collaboration between several important stakeholders spearheaded by the Gozo Regional Council.  After reviewing…
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MTA strengthens its crisis management capabilities through the European Initiative

MTA strengthens its crisis management capabilities through the European Initiative

Through its participation in a pioneering European initiative and under the auspices of the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) is poised to enhance its crisis management and governance capabilities. The "Crisis Management and Governance in Tourism" project aims to fortify the European tourism sector's resilience. Amidst the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTA and other vital stakeholders recognise the critical importance of effective crisis management mechanisms.  Key MTA management personnel that took part in the crisis management initiative. Photo: MTA The initiative, funded under the Single Market Programme, has…
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More Maltese travel abroad

More Maltese travel abroad

The number of Maltese travelling abroad during 2023 reached over 800,000 – an increase of 35% over the previous year, latest figures by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on outbound tourism show. NSO defines outbound tourists as Maltese residents travelling to, and staying in, places outside Malta for not more than 12 consecutive months for personal, business or other purposes. Italy remained the most popular destination with a share of more than a third, which is a consistent figure over the past three years, followed not so closely by the United Kingdom. Spain and France were also popular with Maltese…
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Malta’s economy grows better than projected

Malta’s economy grows better than projected

The latest European Commission forecast found that Malta’s economy in 2023 grew better than previously forecasted – 6.1% as compared to 4% - even though this was a drop from the “exceptional growth” of 8.1% the previous year. The European Commission highlighted private consumption and net exports as growth factors while gross fixed capital formation (investments) and construction activity declined. Net exports and private consumption are expected to continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, while investment growth is expected to pick up resulting in a 4.6% growth in 2024, marginally declining to 4.3% in 2025. These figures contrast…
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Some good news and some bad news

Some good news and some bad news

Latest figures by the National Statistics Office show that the number of accidents at work decreased by 102 or 8.3 per cent in the second half of 2023 when compared to July-December 2022. The majority of these non-fatal accidents occurred in the manufacturing sector (15.5 per cent). Another 141 or 12.5 per cent of the accidents occurred in the construction sector followed by the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Between July and December 2023, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported four fatal accidents at work - three less than the corresponding period of…
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Hailstorm does not dampen carnival spirit

Hailstorm does not dampen carnival spirit

Floats next to the Maltese Parliament in Valletta. Photo by Zac Decelis A hailstorm that hit Valletta and other areas in mid-afternoon on Sunday 11 February 2024 did not dampen the carnival spirit and the five-day festivities that started on the Friday continued unabated all the way till Tuesday. The floats could handle the rain although the strong winds meant that the usual atmosphere at the Granaries had been shifted to St James’ ditch (where the National Lottery used to be drawn) – with parts of the bus terminus relocating temporarily to Floriana instead. A record number of dance companies…
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