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ADPD calls for urgent change to minimum wage in light of rising prices

ADPD calls for urgent change to minimum wage in light of rising prices
Jan 16 2022 Share

The ADPD has stated Malta’s government must review the country’s standard of minimum wage in light of skyrocketing price and the worryingly-increasing cost of living.

The Green Party’s chairperson Carmel Cacopardo has said that workers earning minimum wage are ‘clearly poor’ and such a wage can be considered adequate when a standard of fairness is reached in relation to wages of other workers and when a decent standard of living is adapted.

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Malta’s current minimum wage stands at €181 per week and was last increased in 2017. Many have called attention to the price increase of daily necessities such as bread and milk, with ADPD deputy secretary general Sandra Gauci highlighting that such price increases in the current economic climate will be particularly damaging to lower-income earners. Gauci went on to propose that the cost-of-living-adjustment mechanism takes into consideration the purchasing of daily needs such as face masks and IT Items while removing less relevant items such as cigarettes.

“In simple language this means that the minimum wage, at 2020 prices, is 40% below the minimum threshold of a decent wage. Those earning a minimum wage are clearly the working poor. The minimum wage is not a living wage,” Cacopardo stated.

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Hundreds gather in Valletta for Partit Popolari protest against COVID-19 Green Pass

Hundreds gather in Valletta for Partit Popolari protest against COVID-19 Green Pass
Jan 16 2022 Share

Hundreds gathered in Valletta earlier today to protest against the Digital COVID-19 certificate also known as the Green Pass. The protest was organised by the Partit Popolari with the participation of ABBA, Freedom Movement, Liberta, European United for Freedom, Parents United and The 20%.

Supporters of the cause were called to gather in Valletta on Sunday at 10AM, where they were to meet in front of the Parliament building and walk to St. George’s Square with several speakers including Partit Popolari leader Paul Salomone.

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A recent Facebook post showed people in the hundreds, holding up plaques with statements such as “Coercion is not consent” and “The truth is coming for you,” amongst others. The post, captioned ‘Malta wakes up,’ received a number of comments praising the protest.

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Apple’s iPhone 14 is rumoured to be more expensive than the iPhone 13

Apple's iPhone 14 is rumoured to be more expensive than the iPhone 13
Jan 16 2022 Share

According to recent leaks, Apple is reportedly considering raising the price of the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The standard iPhone 14 model will reportedly stick to its $799 price tag but the iPhone 14 Pro will cost $1,099 USD while the iPhone 14 Pro Max will cost $1,199, as opposed to the iPhone 13 Pro max which is currently price at $1,099 USD.

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The leak revealed that the reasoning behind this price increase is due to increased production costs in light of corroborated reports that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a hole-punch camera. The leak account titled ‘LeaksApplePro’ has justified the price increase and reported that updates will be revealed when they are made available.

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Sliema murder suspect Abner Aquilina reportedly attacked two men before killing Paulina Dembska

Sliema murder suspect Abner Aquilina reportedly attacked two men before killing Paulina Dembska
Jan 16 2022 Share

Sources have told Times of Malta that Sliema murder suspect Abner Aquilina tried to attack two men before the brutal rape and murder of Paulina Dembska in Independence Gardens.

The news platform revealed that the incident took place on the Balluta promenade mere minutes before the murder took place at Independence Gardens. The police have stated that they have solid evidence of the encounter but, as of yet, have not identified the two men.

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Investigators have deemed Aquilina ‘sexually conflicted’ and are reportedly investigating whether or not he was previously engaged in male prostitution. The Malta Police Force have previously stated that “there was no specific target, no particular sex was targeted, nor was the victim specifically targeted.”

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