Malta Weekly Roundup – Saviour Balzan, Kevin Plumpton and the Government Gazette

Well of course this week this happened;

It’s finally over, well at least I hope it is. The IIP debate has taken too much of a center stage and other, equally as important, issues have been taking center stage. The best tweet on the matter probably came via the lovely Kristina Chetcuti.

I can’t hide the fact I’m a big fan of Saviour Balzan’s videoblog. He’s a vlog pioneer locally and they to tend to be quite hard hitting, probably more than his weekly MaltaToday columns. This weak was a particularyl vicious one. It was all about how Sandro Chetcuti, a canvasser for the PL in last March’s election, has been nominated as chairman to the Malta Developer’s Association which leads to a conflict of interest. Amongst other things Sandro Chetcuti is said to be a “żatat” and “wieħed li jħobb jippoppa sidru“.

Have a look at the video for Saviour Balzan’s opinion on the matter:

Kevin Plumpton, PN MEP candidate and president of MŻPN didn’t think twice about posting a message on Facebook in the hope of attracting a few followers. Instead he attracted a shit storm when he posted the following on his Facebook page;

KP

After all was said and done it seems like Plumpton is still an MEP candidate, but I wonder if he received Simon Busuttil’s blessing before he posted this:

If you are a fan of design have a look at the latest government gazette which features the “Industrial Property Registrations Directorate Notices

You’re welcome!

Malta Weekly Roundup – A River of Love, MaltaToday laziness (?) and some perspective

Well of course this week this happened:

Which then led to this:

Yes! Some guy called Matthew Grech and his shiny purple tutu went on YouTube to share their opinion about an up and coming theatre production called Jiena nħobb, Inti tħobb which centres around gay adoption. Matthew Grech decided to share his River of Love and tell the rest of us what we should think in semi coherent Maltese. Supressat, really? Xarabank, never missing a beat, dedicated a whole night to it. Since God is punishing us for allowing such a production and he sent all this wind our way, most of Malta stayed in, decided to watch Xarabank and took to Facebook to say how much shit it all was. Circle jerk anyone?

Luckily for the rest of us a local comedian, Matthew Bonnano provided some comic relief.

Have MaltaToday  given up on journalism and are asking you to do it for them? Looks like no one in the newsroom is up to going through the 240 page share transfer agreement between the Government of Malta and Arriva.

(UPDATE) To be fair, MT’s editor explained the story behind this particular tweet and now it all makes sense. MaltaToday were simply looking for some fresh perspective on the agreement. Citizen journalism FTW!

Kurt Farrugia was very right when using the #GetThingsIntoPerspective hashtag on Twitter. On the 23rd January The Times carried a story about MP Justyne Caruana using the AFM helicopter to reach the airport in time because of a last minute decision to take a flight. The PN jumped on the wagon screaming abuse at which point MaltaToday came out with a list of times when PM Lawrence Gonzi used the same service. I fail to understand how this is news. The AFM helicopter is used for a plethora of things. If there is no need for it, then why all this fuss? Surely there are more important things deserving of The Times of Malta’s front page.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s roundup. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below.

GBU!

 

This week in Malta’s online media.

So many things happen during the week and sometimes we’re not online to see them. Melahart.com will be going through the bits and bobs that made it to the online medium during the week gone past. Every Friday should be a new instalment of the things I found weird, funny or just plain stupid.

By all means, this is not a roundup of the most important news so don’t get all pissed off if I miss anything. Having said that, I would be super happy and appreciative if you send me any suggestions. If you want I will also link to your blog, Twitter or Facebook page, or I can just keep you anonymous, whatever tickles your fancy.

Well of course this week, this happened:

IIP resolution

1) From treachery to bloodbaths

The citizenship debate has gone European and with it came an appalling sentiment by IIP supporters. Apart from the anti EU stance – which of course will only last a few weeks because then it will be time to promote PL candidates for the MEP elections – some started calling those with a different opinion traitors. While I do not particularly have any stance about the programme I cannot stand this fake nationalism which is being flung about by both parties. It seems like there is no space for debate, just mud slinging, gullible people furiously sharing articles they think they understand and MPs commenting ever so subtly on Facebook.

 

2) Time to learn the meaning of the word “Public”

On the same day news broke that three fools were fined for harassing notorious blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. My absolute favourite sentence in that piece is:

He said that while people had a right to put up information about themselves on the social media, including Facebook, other people had a right to comment on what was put in the public domain.

So let that be a lesson to us all, once you press send on that status update or photo on Instagram there is no taking it back. Read about my take on the selfie issue.

 

3) Weddings and sexism

This advert, which can be seen incessantly on many local news portals, rubbed me up the wrong way. Yes I’m a feminist and very sensitive when it comes to the portrayal of women as the ones who need to drag their husbands to wedding fairs. It’s archaic and very lazy marketing. Also, not funny!

weekly roundup - wedding fair

4)      Getting freaky with a panda head on The Times

The Times on Tuesday decided to carry a story about KSU putting forward some of their proposals to the Education Minister, Evarist Bartolo, with regards sixth form repeaters. And what photo did The Times use for this article?

panda times

Clever Times, I see what you did there – “distinction between those who failed because of reasonable difficulties, and those who were negligent”.

The photo is actually a still from an attempt by JC students to do a harlem shake when those were in fashion (god knows why).

5) Chris Cardona’s problems with the 140 character limit.

Truth be told I am very glad the Government has made a move towards Twitter to continue reinforcing its message. It is mainly one way conversation as many of my questions remain unanswered but hey at least they started testing digital waters. However it seems that some have a bit of trouble stringing a complete sentence together to make sense.

Pajjiżna jrid ikun leader, fejn ikun ħaddieħor li jħares lejna u jagħmel bħalna u mhux bil-maqlub.

— Chris Cardona (@ChrisCardonaMP) January 15, 2014