Filming of \’The Tempest\’ in Paola

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‘The Tempest’ partly filmed in Telgħa Ras Ħanżir Paola

Telgħa Ras Ħanżir, Paola, will be closed to traffic from Sunday 10th May 2015 at 20:00hrs to Saturday 16th May 2015 at 20:00hrs.

Vehicular traffic will be diverted onto Triq Xiprits and onto Triq il-Baċir or onto Telgħa Raħal Ġdid.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Any inconvenience is regretted.

Resurfacing Works in Sir Paul Boffa Avenue, Paola

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Resurfacing Works in Sir Paul Boffa Avenue, Paola

Sir Paul Boffa Avenue will be partly resurfaced in both directions.  The works will start tonight and will only be done during the night.  Works will start after 2130hours and roads are to be opened by 0500hours.  The work is expected to be completed by Sunday.

Vehicles may use either the Dock 7 route or Vjal Santa Lucija/Valletta Road/Palm Street as alternative routes for both directions. Motorists are to follow instructions issued by Enforcement Officers on site or as laid down by road works signage.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area, drive safely and proceed with caution. Any inconvenience is regretted.

Swimmer Zone in Blue Lagoon

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Swimmer Zone in Blue Lagoon, Comino

It is that time of the year again.  The weather is hot, almost too hot to bear.  A trip to the beach becomes a staple occurrence.  Those who own a boat might decide to take a dip or two in the clear waters of Blue Lagoon.

The following arrangements will be in place until the 15th October.

Swimmer Zone

No vessels or objects which may endanger the safety of bathers shall be used within the swimmer zone.  The swimmer zone is reserved exclusively for bathers.

Mooring Areas

Two mooring areas are being assigned for commercials vessels.

Fairway

A fairway has been established.  It shall be used solely for navigation and will be kept clear at all times.

Safety

A minimum safety clearing distance of 5 metres from the swimmer\’s zone is to be maintained.  Transport Malta urges all mariners to heed these arrangements for the safety of all swimmers and boat occupants.

Please keep a good lookout, navigate with caution and at slow speeds in the channel between Comino and Cominotto.

It is prohibited to secure / moor any vessel to any of the marker buoys, swimmer zone delineation markers and related gear.

Spot the Jellyfish!

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Spot the Jellyfish campaign running in its 6th summer

The popular jellyfish citizen science campaign – Spot the Jellyfish – launched in June 2010 – is being renewed again this summer through a number of initiatives, which include the installation of the trademark seaside boards along the most popular bays of the Maltese Islands, as well as the dissemination of informative material with all local SCUBA diving clubs and coastal local councils. A number of educational talks on jellyfish will also be delivered in local beaches in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority. Throughout the winter, non-bathing season, the Spot the Jellyfish team still received numerous reports of gelatinous species from divers and boat owners, with such reports mainly referring to non-stinging comb jellyfish and salp colonies, and to stinging siphonophore colonies. Currently, vivid blue by-the-wind sailor colonies are being beached along local shorelines.

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Within the MED-JELLYFISH project (http://jellyrisk/eu), the Physical Oceanography (PO) Unit at the University of Malta also recently published a jellyfish identification manual, in English and Maltese, which will soon be downloadable from the project website. 

The Spot the Jellyfish initiative, which is coordinated by Prof. Alan Deidun and Prof. Aldo Drago and other staff at the PO Unit, is supported by the MTA, Nature Trust, Friends of the Earth, SharkLab and the Ekoskola and the Blue Flag Malta programmes. The initiative follows a citizen science approach and relies on the collaboration of the public, sea farers, divers, and especially youngsters – through their teachers and parents – who are encouraged to assist in recording the presence and location of different jellyfish through the use of a reporting leaflet. The leaflet is being widely distributed, and can be downloaded from the website www.ioikids.net (clicking on the jellyfish banner), which also contains snippets of information and anecdotes about different jellyfish species.

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Reporting is done by simply matching the sighted jellyfish with a simple visual identification guide, giving the date and time of the sighting, and indicating the number of individuals seen. Sightings can be reported online, or by sending a text message to 79604109, or an e-mail message to ioi-moc@um.edu.mt. Strange-looking jellyfish that are not included on the leaflet should be caught and kept in a bucketful of seawater prior to contacting Prof Deidun on e-mail (alan.deidun@um.edu.mt) or the PO Unit on 23402844 to collect for definite identification of the species. If this is not possible, photos of the jellyfish should be taken and sent to the PO Unit’s offices at the University of Malta.

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Phase 2 in Triq Birkirkara, St. Julian\’s

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Road Works in Triq Birkirkara St. Julian’s

Works related to the  laying of water main in Triq Birkirkara St. Julian’s has now reached phase 2.  As from Monday 4th May 2015, part of Triq Birkirkara between Triq Sir Joseph Carbone and Triq il-Kulleġġ will be closed.

Vehicles proceeding from Triq l-Imrabat Sliema to St. Julian’s will be diverted onto Triq il-Kulleġġ l-Antik and onto Triq it-Torri. Vehicles proceeding from Triq l-Imrabat Sliema to San Ġwann will be diverted onto Triq is-Sorijiet, Triq il-Qalb Imqaddsa and onto Triq Birkirkara. Vehicles proceeding from Triq Birkirkara San Ġwann or from Triq Reġjonali will be diverted onto Triq il-Qalb Imqaddsa, Triq is-Sorijiet and Triq l-Imrabat Sliema.

Public Transport:

All buses coming from Rue D’Argens will be diverted onto Triq Reggie Miller, Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, Triq Birkirkara and proceed with the normal route.

All buses coming from Triq Birkirkara San Ġwann will be diverted onto Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli, Triq Reggie Miller, Rue D’Argens  and proceed with the normal route

Are you on board?

Are you on Board? Campaign

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Connected

Public transport is a link for jobs, education and health care.

The route network is far reaching.  By the end of this year, it will reach further.  The routes will be more efficient.  They will get you there faster.

We can go places.


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Cleaner

Most cars on our roads just carry the driver and no one else*.  A bus can carry up to seventy persons. If seventy drivers take the bus, we will have seventy cars off our roads.  That means less traffic and less pollution.

We can breathe cleaner air.

*The national household survey found that the average occupancy rate per car in Malta is 1.255 persons.


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Save your money.

Every month we spend €100 just on fuel.  €100 is a conservative estimate unless you own an electric car.  If you were to add the licence, depreciation and insurance, the costs increase.  To make matters worse, parking costs can be a headache.

When we use the bus,  we can travel anywhere with just €26 a month.

We can travel cheaper.


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Be more productive.

Time is one of our topmost priorities.  We never have enough time!

When we are driving our hands our occupied. Our attention is focused on the road ahead. A study by the University of Malta found that each year we spend 52 hours stuck in traffic. What will you do if you have an extra hour each week?

We spend hours on our mobile phones and tablets.  We can use these tools while travelling. When we use the bus, the time is our own.  We can check emails, read the news or prepare the day\’s to-do-list.  We can do some research, read a book or even write.  Maybe we just feel like spending the time on Facebook.

We can use the time better.