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Victoria, Gozo: St. Francis Square is a mess

The St. Francis Square in the heart of Victoria, Gozo is looking like a war zone since long months. The ongoing reconstruction of the square has been causing problems to locals since the beginning and despite the reports and complaints submitted to the council the works were not speeded up.

The construction works cause significant air pollution as blocks of stones are being cut in the middle of the square. Traffic diversions to small side-streets make traffic jams and congestions quite frequent and it is getting worse as traffic intensifies in the summer season.

Immigrant worker at St. Francis Square

The nearby Health Center, where people often attend with open wounds, bandages and conditions that require certain hygiene conditions, is entirely trashed. Waste piling up, garbage, clouds of fine dust coming from the stone cutting nearby make the Health Center look like a disaster zone.

Immigrant children are in huge disadvantage

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Ethnicities under pressure

“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

Yet another construction accident in Malta

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