The Grand Harbour and Valletta live camBeautiful view of the Grand Harbour and the Valletta seaside promenade from Valletta Waterfront

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    • 1 week ago
    • Paul Libreri

    I hope we get back the underwater cam. Maybe when the weather calms down it will be back online.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Andrew Meikle

    Nice one Dougie2, recon that covers it.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    From what Norman at Smart City said some time back -- and I hope I'm not misquoting you Norman -- I understand there are three, or possibly four, reasons for no audio:
    1) The legalities associated with public 'broadcasting' of music -- Performing Rights Society I think;
    2) The Data Protection Act where it covers 'publishing' personal data of individuals caught on camera -- not only in terms of showing a person's face but also of transmitting his or her private conversation; [and the law states " ... with or without the person's permission"].
    3) The technicalities of mixing the music for the fountains into a broadcastable tv audio signal. Or, not a serious alternative, the impracticability of locating a series of microphones around the Laguna.

    As an electronics engineer I can readily appreciate the broadcasting technical issues. And from my experience in sound engineering for both indoor/theatre and outdoor exhibition arenas, I know that wind, water splash etc. [so-called location atmosphere sound] would drown out anything intelligible or musical that the microphones would pick up.

    In short folks, sad though it is, sound at Smart City just ain't practical.

    PS
    4) If reasons (1) to (3) could somehow be overcome, one still has to consider the willingness or otherwise of the camera sponsor to meet the not-insignificant extra cost of adding audio to video.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Robert Collier

    Maybe they can't afford it Mary-Anne, but won't admit it. Welcome back Dougie2 glad you are feeling better, us oldies have got to look after ourselves lol.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie2, welcome back. To be honest, the comment of Tomas Starr, I did not know what to make of it!!! It got me worried a bit there!! Anyway as you said, not much to comment about!!
    I have one comment to write really, while its nice to have sound in St George's Square, I still cannot understand, WHY we cannot have sound in the Smart City camera!!! I know they said about this and that, but there is a big BUT to why. If the other cameras can!! Why they can't!!!

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    • 1 week ago
    • sheilamay

    Nice to have you back again Dougie2 and glad to here your health is betteragain

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    Mary-Anne, Tomas, and all! The news of my departure is exaggerated, I'm happy to say. On the contrary, although there have been a couple of health problems I've looked in most days but have missed other people's comments. And, of course, there hasn't been much shipping of note for me to comment on. Though I did miss "ms Rotterdam" last week P.L., thanks for your info.
    According to the Valletta Waterfront cruise schedule the next arrival will be next Monday -- "MSC Fantasia"

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Tomas Starr

    T'would appear Dougie is no longer with us.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Hello dougie2, how are you lately? Hope you are keeping well. Not seen any comments from you for a while. Mind you not much to comment about lately!!

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • P.L.

    Happy Birthday Dougie2

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Dougie2

    How nice to know I'm missed.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • sheilamay

    yes I was wondering where Dougie2 has been for a while,hopefully he is just taking a well earned rest.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    where is Dougie2 no news for a fortnight!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • cameron

    Thank you Ferry for the link to the other webcams

The Grand Harbour and Valletta

The stunning Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), gem of Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful Baroque jewels of the world, was considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malta for its extraordinary heritage conservation.

A visit to Valletta is a real trip to the past, exactly when the Knights of St. John (later Knights of Malta) started its construction in 1566 on the rocky Mount Sciberras under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette who founded this fortress city that bears his name; thanks to their fortifications and massive bastions the knights won the bloody siege of 1565, part of this architectural treasure had fortunately survived World War II and natural disasters, today it is the main tourist attraction of a city with a large concentration of historic areas and magnificent views. As a charming open-air museum, Valletta is rich in ancient masterpieces that can be experienced while enjoying simultaneously the rhythm of a modern life, among its chaotic attractions, one of the safest and largest natural harbours in Europe, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir), a great economic development opportunity; thanks to its very favourable position in the heart of Mediterranean, it originally represented an ideal place of refuge with waters deep enough to anchor, firstly occupied by Phoenicians who landed here, and later unsuccessfully controlled by Napoleon, under the British Military was massively fortified and improved with dockyard facilities, a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage partially destroyed during the world wars; completely restored, the multi-purpose Grand Harbour is today the center of the maritime activity of the whole island, a prestigious landmark of Malta and the premier destination for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships coming from all over the world.

Grand Harbour offers spectacular panoramic views as surrounded by a quantity of stunning inlets and ancient treasures such as Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara), the fortified Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) and not so far the stunning Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq); it welcomes million cruise passengers every year and give them at their arrival a first glimpse of a very versatile center known as Valletta Waterfront; as a multi-purpose area, it is a real landmark, one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta, a high quality entertainment destination become increasingly popular for tourists and locals, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping along the water's edge where also festivities and outdoor themed events take place all year round. Originally a simple pier and a place where merchants used to unload their wares, this wonderful Baroque masterpiece was built by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in the 18th century, over the years it was fortunately renovated and today is moreover a famous cruise and ferry terminal also providing efficient and affordable transport services within the Grand Harbour and neighbouring areas; Valletta Waterfront is certainly worth a visit, a simple stroll along the promenade either day or night with a view on its panoramic beauties we'll be a marvelous experience.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013