Thursday, 12 November 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
In this photo to your left you can see how the natural rocks are being dug out and with the same stones, somebody tried to make a rubble wall instead. If this is not a waste of money what is then?
Malta has an obligation to have ALL watsewater treated before discharge into the sea by March 2007 and hence my (and your) government is infringing the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.
PS for Dialogue
Water Services Corp.
Please wake up.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Unfortunately, tragic events also take place in Gozo, where patients need to be rapidly transferred directly to Mater Dei by emergency helicopter.
But since the Gozo General Hospital does not host such a helicopter service, patients in Gozo have to wait for the helicopter to arrive from Malta before transfer to Mater Dei for medical treatment unavailable in Gozo. This takes time, in circumstances, where seconds can make the difference between life and death.
It is unacceptable that all the health services helicopters are stationed in the island of Malta when they are also needed in Gozo. If at least one helicopter were stationed in Gozo, it could just as easily take off from Gozo to meet medical needs in Malta within the same time frame, if not faster.
But we seem to be a tolerant community... we even tolerate deaths due lack of such services and people seem to continue to accept the things the way they are. Fear of change and of the unknown has enslaved us to even this extreme extent.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Is-sena l-oħra kien sor l-ewwel darba fil-Munxor. Kint murt u ħodt pjaċujr (ura hawn). Anki kint ktibt xi ħaġe haw fil-blogg (ura hawn).
Din is-sena sor fil-Mużew tal-Fulklur f'raħal twelidej stess.
Minkejje li ġew ħafne nes minn irħule oħra u ġew nes appusta minn Multa biex jisimgħew d-djeletti, ma kenx fuċluj li n-nes ta' l-Għarb jiġiw u jitkellmu bid-djelett tagħne.
X'ħin waslut Miriam Cassar u Ġużi Gatt il-Ħadd fil-għudow kmienej (6 ta' Settembru 2009), bdejne bil-ħidme. Gużi qagħad jirranġa l-bitħa tal-Mużew tal-Fulklur bis-siġġijet fejn kellhe ssejr l-attivito. Jen u Miriam Cassar durna xi 4 darbet ma' l-Għarb biex inħajjrow xi erba minn nes jiġiw.
Kemm hawn min jistħi kos!
L-isbaħ waħda kienit mite mara mir-raħal xi ftit akbar minnej qeltilna "Leq ħuj ma niġejx! Mene jen xiħe? Murrow sibiw xi waħde xiħe"....voldieri dejn (li hej stess titkellem bid-djelett), deħlithe f'rusha li d-djelett huwa xa ħaġe tax-xjiwħ biss!
Mele fid-djor kille kemm aħne xjiwħ għax ħadd minne ma jitħaddit bil-Multuj standard ħlef fl-iskula għax bil-furs.
Kulħadd bid-djalett ta' raħliw jitħaddit.
Imme mitt bniedim mitt fehme.
Sa x'ħejn surow il-ħdox, il-bitħa tal-Mużew tal-Fulklur imtlet bin-nes. Anzuj ken hemm wusgħa għal xi erba nes mill-Għarb għax minbarra jen, Savio u Miriam, ġew Viturja, Lilej tan-Nagħġe, Mikielanġla tat-Taljon, Patrik ta' Stangow, Ġurġ ix-Xemx u anke Marija tal-Kaj. Ħejn minnhim ġe Ċikkiw tal-Kaj ukill għax redt jisma' naqra għane, imma ġe tord għax l-għannejje leħqiw spiċċew.
Killix ma killix qattajna sagħtejn u mejn kellu l-kuroġġ jiġej ħo pjaċur.
Kus ukill....biex titħaddit il-lingwe t'ummok quddem in-nes, hawn mejn għandu bżunn il-kuroġġ. Imme x'tagħmil?
Jen ma ddejjeqtx inqebbil waħde lil Savio kejf ken jagħmil miegħej in-nannru z-Zugow (alla jaħfirliw) - ura hawn.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Minkejja kollox pero' inhoss li ghandi nirringrazzja lis-sindku u l-kunsill lokali ta' l-Gharb ghal pozizzjoni li issa hadu fl-interess tar-residenti ta' Triq Frangisk Portelli u tal-madwar.
Mhux ta’ b’xejn li l-Project Description Statement, żied jgħid Galea, ikkonsidra numru kbir ta siti alternattivi. Għax l-ebda waħda minnhom m’hi aċċettabbli. Is-sit tal-Għarb bħas-sit tax-Xewkija hu wisq viċin l-abitat. Għandu għaldaqstant jinstab sit alternattiv.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Therefore what is unacceptable for Xewkija residents is likewise unacceptable for the Gharb residents.
Such a planning application should never be proposed near any residential area in Gozo. The raw sewage outflow in Wied il-Mielah Valley, Gharb, coupled with the stench of chicken manure from a mushroom farm would further compound the deterioration of the health and safety of the residents here.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Gharb residents have joined forces this afternoon to show their anger and concerns towards the proposal of a construction of a mushroom factory on agricultural land in an outside the development zone.
The 12,000 square metre land is also few metres away from the residential area.
The residents feel that although various authorities were consulted , they were not although they were the ones who would have to suffer the consequences, including noise, traffic congestions and odours.
The heritage panet of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the residents said, had itself stated that the factory could produce offensive odours in the vicinity of Gozo’s crafts village and a five-star Hotel, since it would be using 22,000 kilogrammes of odoriferous chicken excrement per week.
It seems that MEPA finds that a study which should be done by an expert hydrologist with competence and experience on the hydrology of the Maltese Islands is being sufficed by an exercise done by a geologist.
The aerobic/anaerobic decomposition of the manure to be used in the mushroom cultivation process was a big generator of GHG emissions.
Mr Galea said the association would ask MEPA's auditor to investigate this case.
The association called on the council to remain consistent in its stand against the development and applealed to all environmental NGOs and people who cared about the Gozitan quality of life to support residents.
Monday, 24 August 2009
Now it appears that this became a concern for the 'local' Gharb residents as well. At least they are directly concerned about what is to happen in their own backyard.
Just a note: The developers are listed as one of the "List of persons entitled to priority boarding on the Gozo Channel Company's Vessels" together with HE the President and HE the Prim Minsiter amongst others.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
by FRANCESCA VELLA
A reader called our offices yesterday to complain about the way personnel from the Public Cleansing Department recently cleaned a beach in Marsalforn. The reader said she was snorkelling in the clear sea with a friend at about 7.30am one day last weekend, when two men from the cleansing department arrived in a van and politely asked them to remove their belongings from a pathway leading to the sea.About six more men then turned up, picked up what large pieces of rubbish they could with their bare hands and then, according to the woman, they simply used a hosepipe to push the rest of the rubbish, which included cigarette butts, into the sea.“I was shocked and spoke to the foreman, a man named Lawrence, who refused to give me his surname or the name of his boss. He simply told me: ‘this is the way we do it’.”“They call it ‘cleaning’, but they polluted what had been clear blue sea a few minutes before”, she complained, saying that Gozo is being ruined by mismanagement and corruption.“This place is littered with omerta,” she said, adding that she recently moved to Gozo for health reasons, but was disgusted by the way things are done there.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
During the following days I kept asking people whom I usually meet: 'What makes a Gozitan a Gozitan'? Peter-Paul and Joe, two Gozitans working in Malta with whom I meet almost every morning on the ferry, both agree that there IS a difference between a Gozitan and a Maltese but they hardly could tell me what!
I trid to do another brainstorming session with Joe - a new Maltese friend of mine and collegue at work. This one was quite successful. Amongst other points, he could relate that 'a Gozitan is able to take more risks in business than a Maltese'.
However many other people from Malta whom I tired to discuss the topic just said : "Ghawdxi tajjeb aharqu, ahseb u ara hazin" (If you find a good Gozitan burn him/her, then imagine what one would do with a bad Gozitan) ...as if it is impossible to find a good Gozitan at all!
Deadline for the newspaper was approaching so I decided to share my thoughts.
Not being an anthropologist or a sociologist, any analysis on any assumed different characteristics between Gozitans and Maltese, is purely based on my personal experience of a person born and raised in Gozo, and who resided periodically in Malta and who continuously commute between the islands. I do not intend to generalise on such characteristics, as any good or shady personalities can be met in any of the islands. Nor is it my intent to rely on quoted research but rather to interpret views as seen through one’s own course of events.
A person simply interprets situations according to one’s own personal traits and environment. For example, a Maltese person may regard Gozitans as thrifty, whereas Gozitans may reiterate that they want to live within their means and are diligent enough to save for unforeseen emergencies.
A Maltese person seems to be more focused professionally, whereas a Gozitan often seeks another source of income from another activity outside their main job. Of course there are also Maltese active in different fields. I experienced a feeling that in Malta a person shows more professionalism at work without being hindered by nepotistic tendencies that are more evident in Gozo. Gozitans who spent a considerable time of their time working in Malta and then are transferred home, attest that they felt better at their Maltese place of work, and in fact some do request to be transferred back.
A Gozitan is a more relaxed person
One could imagine that Gozo’s clean and natural environment may transmit a benign psychological effect on its inhabitants. A Gozo person often seems to exhibit more calm and relaxation than a Maltese person. Heavy traffic, pollution, population density and loud noise in Malta could have its negative effects on a Gozitan raised in more healthy surroundings. And one often hears a Gozitan sigh relief on arriving at the sister island.
Gozitans are down to earth
Another variance is the simplicity of life most Gozitans adopt. They are not as spoilt or caressed like their Maltese brothers. They grew up in a context of a survival society and have therefore a hardier, craftier character. Whereas many Maltese seem to prefer crowded leisure resorts like Bugibba, Sliema or Wied il-Ghajn or sophisticated hotels and restaurants, Gozitans go for quieter areas such as Dwejra, Hondoq or Qbajjar.
The hardship of the double insularity of Gozo could instil its youth to be more attentive to any income earned. Gozitan youth may differ from their Maltese counterparts in that they save to invest on their future and tend to borrow less from banks for current expenditures on car ownerships. A Gozitan will always defend his place at work and could also be aggressive doing so, as it is realised that jobs are not easy to come by in such a small island. Having more employment opportunities in Malta, a Maltese does not think twice to alternate between various jobs.
Conservative and wary
The Gozitan is noted for being a conservative person and wary in his behaviour. Gozitans live in a tight community, every person knows every other person, personal family problems are known by all, so a Gozitan needs to weigh his words well, and more than a Maltese person would prefer to act dumb than appear to remark badly on a neighbour or an acquaintance.
See, hear, say no evil
It has been noted that Gozitans tend not to see, hear or talk even when it concerns helping authorities to unravel crime such as theft or homicides. A Gozitan may redeem himself from such behaviour by explaining the island’s close familiarity and lack of confidentiality. What happened to those files found hidden at the Victoria Police Station? Any explanation for confiscated drugs to be left in the Police safe? It could be that an upright Gozitan may feel that he could end up victimized were he to report a crime to an authority that seems to be so lax, others may say corrupt.
Gozitan survival instincts
Although Gozo has over the years under various governments suffered a shortage of investment funds, Gozo entrepreneurship survived and is quite vibrant. One can see this present in a myriad of added-value food products on supermarket shelves in Malta. The Gozitan entrepreneur struggled to survive, then learnt and adapted to modern techniques. Gozitans are often keen to obtain more income from other activities. Thus various public servants in Gozo could opt to be less efficient at work and save their energies for private work after working hours. I am of the opinion that a Maltese regards his main income satisfactory. A Gozitan seeks alternate sources of income. And this when the Gozitan can often rely on his own grown agricultural products, whereas a Maltese needs to buy all his groceries, also because the erstwhile garden plot behind his house is now another block of flats.
Self-independence and maturity
At an early age, many Gozitans are obliged to leave the safety of their home and for work or study reasons ‘immigrate’ to Malta to live on their own and often to share a flat with similar others. This obliges them to be self-sufficient, independent, gregarious and self-managed. A contemporary Maltese feels cosy and taken care of at home. The young ‘immigrant’ Gozitan is constrained to experience budgetary skills to meet rent and costs of food, clothing and utilities; during weekdays this Gozitan experiences adult chores and matures into adulthood at an earlier stage of life than his Maltese compatriot.
Other different characteristics between Gozitans and Maltese can be analysed, such as, variances in attitudes. However without any doubt, Maltese and Gozitans possess countless similarities; but about this, I could write another time...
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Early this morning, besides my usual cup of coffee, I took my camera with me in our garden just before leaving for work. The scenery was superb with all the mist in the valley between our house and Ta' Pinu Sanctuary and eventually the early sunrise from over Zebbug.
I shot these photos which I would like to share with you.