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New book launched by Wirt Ghawdex on St Cecilia Chapel

Wirt Ghawdex has just launched its 6th publication in conjunction with the inauguration of its new site, the St Cecilia Chapel. The book is entitled ‘The Church of St Cecilia on the Island of Gozo’ by David Mallia with photography and design by Daniel Cilia. The publication is on sale at Wirt Ghawdex sites for [...]
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Government debt in 2011 rose by 7.5% compared to 2010

As at December 2011, Central Government debt stood at €4,484.5 million, a rise of €314.6 million, or 7.5 per cent, compared to 2010. The increase in government debt was the result of higher long-term borrowing which added €442.7 million. On the other hand, short-term securities and foreign borrowing declined by €119.9 million and €13.1 million [...]
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100% of Maltese population classed as living in urban region

On 1 January 2011, 41% of the population of the EU27 lived in urban regions, 35% in intermediate regions and 23% in rural regions. The largest shares of the population living in what was classed as urban regions were recorded in Malta (100% of the population), the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (both 71%) and [...]
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Two opportunities to donate blood coming up in Gozo

The Blood Donation Area at Gozo General Hospital is going to be open on Sunday, the 15th of April from 8.30am till 1.00pm for those who wish to make a blood donation. It will also be possible to donate blood from 8.30am till 1.00pm during the Health Awareness Day activity to be held at the [...]
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Appeal for environmental respect – Church Commission

The Church’s Environmental Commission has today made an appeal for environmental respect to churches and parishes which hold Holy Week celebrations. The commission’s statement made reference to the tradition of the distribution to believers of olive leaves as well as the use of palm tree branches to decorate statues and during the re-enactment of Jesus’ [...]
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Gaulitana A Festival of Music continues with 2 Easter events

Gaulitana A Festival of Music continues with two events over the Easter period. The first, on Wednesday the 4th of April, entitled ‘Reflections for Holy Week.’ features Maltese pianist Veronique Vella who will interpret Federico Gozzelino’s The Mystical Stroy of Christ, a 7-movement musical depiction of episodes from the Gospels narrated by Bristish actors Sue [...]
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MaltaPost commemorative stamp Issue – Occasions 2012

MaltaPost is to issue a philatelic commemorative set consisting of eight stamps. Entitled ‘Occasions 2012,’ the set reflects new and refreshed images representing the celebration of various occasions or events such as weddings, graduations, sports competitions and Christmas. The set is to be issued on the 3rd of April 2012. The stamps will carry a [...]
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New Passion statue on display in St George’s Basilica, Gozo

A new Passion statue that is to be inaugurated for this year’s Holy Week is on display in St George’s Basilica until tomorrow evening, Friday, the 30th of March. The new wooden statue of Christ crowned with thorns, popularly known as L-Accjomu from the Latin words “Ecce Homo” pronounced by Pilate, is once again the [...]
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MEPA board approves Ta’ Pinu retreat house project

This morning the MEPA board approved a full development application for the construction of a retreat house, visitor’s centre and ancillary facilities, coach and car-parking areas and the re-planting of indigenous trees on Ghammar Hill. The project also includes the work on resurfacing the parvis and turning the piazza into a pedestrian area, which will [...]
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Gozo’s water consumption to reduce with Alter Aqua project

The Ministry for Gozo’s efforts to reduce water consumption in Gozo were presented at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, France, 12-16 March 2012) by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med). In line with the Ministry’s Eco-Gozo Action Plan 2010-2012, the Ministry of Gozo is co-funding the Alter Aqua project, a two-year water saving and water [...]
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Tourists entering Malta in February down 5.8% on 2011

Inbound tourists in February totalled 61,670, a decrease of 5.8 per cent over the corresponding month last year. Total nights spent stood at 488,969, with an average length of stay of 7.9 nights. Excluding the effect of last year’s unrest in Libya, the decrease amounted to 1.8 per cent. Results from the Tourstat survey indicate [...]
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Issue of €2 Coin Commemorating ‘Ten Years of the Euro’

The Central Bank of Malta will be issuing the first coin of its 2012 Coin Programme – the €2 coin commemorating ‘Ten years of the Euro.’ The coin will be issued tomorrow, Friday, the 30th of March, in circulation quality in rolls of 25 coins each. This commemorative coin will be issued by all euro [...]
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Hair & Beauty Weekend for Gozo Puttinu Cares Foundation

The Gozo Puttini Cares Foundation is appealing to all those in Gozo that work in the field of hair and beauty on the island to participate in Gozo Hair & Beauty Week in support of the Foundation, which will be taking place during the course of the weekend of the 13th to 15th of April. [...]
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Gozo Minister refutes Dr Refalo’s comments on budget cuts

In a statement issued this evening the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono resonded to the opposition spokesperson, Dr Anton Refalo, over his comments on the budget cuts for Gozo. The Minister said that “the Gozo Ministry budget had in fact been increased by €2.3 million on the figure for last year and that every year [...]
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