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1.8 tonnes of marine litter collected by Malta Airport Foundation in clean up

1.8 tonnes of marine litter collected by Malta Airport Foundation in clean up
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The Malta Airport Foundation took to Marsaxlokk and Marsalforn for an underwater clean-up, managing to collect around 1.8 tonnes of marine litter. Along with some 30 divers from Calypso Subaqua Club and Atlam Subaqua Club, plus other volunteers giving a helping hand, the amount of waste collected is roughly equivalent to the weight of a blue whale at birth. Malta Airport Foundation Chairman Mr Josef Formosa Gauci stated that by 2050, the plastic in oceans could outweigh the fish inhabiting them. 

The Chairman stated that we cannot keep relying on ‘efforts of a handful of volunteers and organisations which have the environment at heart.’ The foundation hopes to inspire more and more organisations and individuals to follow suit in order to ‘turn the tide on this situation.’ Around 800 kilos of marine debris was collected at Marsaxlokk, with a whopping 1000 kilos at Marsalforn. This included bottles, tyres, engine parts and the rusty remains of a ladder. 

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Photo Source: Malta Airport Foundation Communications

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8 reasons why you might be feeling anxious | by Ed’s Common Sense

8 reasons why you might be feeling anxious
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1. You constantly worry about the future

 

2. You hate uncertainty but keep on creating it in your head

 

3. You tend to see the world as dangerous

 

4. You don’t get enough sleep

 

5. You do not have a healthy diet

 

6. You suppress your feelings

 

7. You strive for perfection rather than pursuing happiness.

 

8. You have unrealistic expectations of yourself

 

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Malta risks EU negotiation exclusion if it opposes tax deal plan

Malta risks EU negotiation exclusion if it opposes tax deal plan
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Speaking at a press conference this morning, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana claimed that states who oppose the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development taxation plans will be left out of negotiations. Malta therefore cannot express disagreement with the plans, otherwise risking complete exclusion from such negotiations. Caruana stated that the pandemic accelerated the EU’s efforts to push forward the idea of revenue gain. 

Caruana continued on to say that the big countries wish to increase revenue from the biggest companies in the world. The pace with which these reforms are being negotiated makes most countries willing to enter negotiations. Malta can negotiate to have what we have achieved remain. Caruana labelled negotiation as our best tool ahead. Malta joined 129 other countries in backing plans by the OECD to ensure that large multinational companies pay tax in the countries they operate and earn profits in earlier this month. The impact on Malta’s taxation system following the decision is yet to be determined. 

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Photo Source: The Guardian, Clyde Caruana FB

Lack of social distancing in packed Tal-Linja buses raises concerns

Lack of social distancing in packed Tal-Linja buses raises concerns
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Photos show a packed Tal-Linja bus full of passengers, both sitting and standing, despite COVID-19 health restrictions. Although many do seem to be wearing their masks, the lack of social distancing raises concerns as to spread of the virus amidst the spike in daily and active cases. 

This is not the first time such photographs raised similar concerns. Malta Public Transport reported back in late 2020 that drivers are advised to avoid confrontation and call the control room should passengers refuse to not board when the bus is being crowded. Back in March of this year, the Nationalist Party also called to ban standing bus passengers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with other precautionary measures.

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