Author: Stephanie Fsadni

Come rain or shine, you’ll see them trudging across Żebbuġ on Friday mornings, filling garbage bags with all sorts of rubbish they come across. A group of friends have for the past year been voluntarily collecting litter from the town once a week, in a bid to keep the locality clean and raise awareness about the trash problem plaguing Malta.  Some of the rubbish collected from Żebbuġ and its outskirts ­– from plastic bottles and empty tins of cat food to furniture and tyres. Photos: Eman Azzopardi The initiative, which they named ‘Giving Back Fridays’, started casually on July 3, 2020. Nature…

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Combining physical activity with environmental and clean-up initiatives has been trending in the past few years. Making the headlines locally only last week was Neil Agius’ record-breaking sea crossing to raise awareness about his environmental campaign Wave of Change. Sometime before the pandemic, plogging − the Swedish fitness craze combining jogging and picking up litter – was becoming popular. On the more extreme front, scuba-diving has often been used for seabed clean-ups and rock climbers have been engaged regularly to remove litter from remote, inaccessible places such as valleys and cliff sides. The Malta Climbing Club (MCC) has taken part…

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At a time when the word ‘positive’ is instantly associated with the number of COVID-19 cases announced daily on the local media, the title of a new contemporary play premiering today  refers to another type of diagnosis. Il-Pożittivi is tackling the socie­tal stigma surrounding people who live with HIV in Malta. It is the first play in Maltese to do so and is inspired by true stories of individuals who took part in interviews conducted as part of the research project. But why choose this particular time and title to stage it? The play has actually been in the works…

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