Monday, June 30, 2008
Once you come to Malta in either July , August or September and take a trip with one of our buses to Valletta it is a must to have lunch here at one of the many cafeteria's/restaurants found in the main road. Most of my relatives that come from abroad always stop here for 'pastizzi' (either filled with peas or rikotta). mmmmmm and not to forget a long cold drink. Let's face it you will need the drink to make up for the heat and the 'pastizzi' .... well......to enjoy !
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
The heat is steadily increasing every day!! yesterday was practically unbearable already. It's so hot that one can go swimming even as late as 8pm!! and will not feel an inch of cold!! Photo was taken on a very hot morning , this is the Valletta bus terminus, it's where all the buses from around Malta stop.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Ħamrun (or Il-Ħamrun) is a town in the Inner Harbour Region of Malta, with a population of 9,513 people (Nov 2005).
The villagers are traditionally known as Tas-Sikkina (literally meaning 'of the knife' or 'those who carry a knife') or as Ta' Werwer (which literally means 'those who scare' or more colloquially, 'the scary ones'). This appellation presumably stems from the trouble that the local football club, Hamrun Spartans, was known for or that a considerable number of Hamrunizi used to work as stevedores on the docks and thus carried a knife at all times.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, and flowers.
Fair trade's strategic intent is to deliberately work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency. It also aims at empowering them to become stakeholders in their own organizations and actively play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade.
Fair trade proponents include a wide array of international religious, development aid, social and environmental organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Caritas International.
Like most developmental efforts, fair trade has proven itself controversial and has drawn criticism from both ends of the political spectrum. Some economists and conservative think tanks see fair trade as a type of subsidy. Segments of the left criticize fair trade for not adequately challenging the current trading system.
In 2007, Fair trade certified sales amounted to approximately €2.3 billion (US $3.62 billion) worldwide, a 47% year-to-year increase. While this represents less than one hundredth of a percentage point of world trade in physical merchandise, fair trade products generally account for 0.5-5% of all sales in their product categories in Europe and North America. In May 2008, over 1.5 million disadvantaged producers worldwide were directly benefiting from fair trade while an additional 5 million benefited from fair trade funded infrastructure and community development projects. (all the information was extracted from wikipedia).
This is now also found in Malta and is situated in Valletta, so for the Maltese next time you go to Valletta take a trip down st. Paul's Street and have a look at what they offer.