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Alfred Sant Advocates For EU Stability Pact Rule Changes

Alfred Sant Advocates For EU Stability Pact Rule Changes
Mar 4 2024 Share

During a public discussion at Europe House, MEP Alfred Sant advocated for changes to the rules of the European Union’s Stability Pact. 

He proposed excluding investment costs from a country’s deficit calculation and suggested the establishment of a central fund for European investments. Expressing concern over the strain on social welfare expenditure due to new demands on the EU budget, he warned against excessive austerity measures that could negatively impact social spending.

MEP Sant, leading the European Parliament’s work on proposed laws for capital markets, highlighted the EU’s lag in capital market integration. 

He attributed this to disagreements among Member States, with some prioritizing national interests and others fearing loss of control.

Regarding the EU’s fiscal union project, Sant stressed the necessity of a central Treasury for its success. He also identified the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) as a significant task in the European Parliament, aimed at enhancing cyber security for banks in response to past cyber attacks. 

Sant emphasized the unanimous support for DORA, reflecting the shared commitment to bolstering cyber security measures.

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Smoking In Public Should Be Banned, OASI CEO Suggests

Smoking In Public Should Be Banned, OASI CEO Suggests
Mar 4 2024 Share

Noel Xerri, CEO of the OASI Foundation, advocated for a complete ban on outdoor smoking in Malta, aligning with measures implemented in other countries.

Speaking on TVMnews+’s ‘Insights’ program, Xerri emphasized the health benefits of such a measure, stressing its importance for contemporary society. 

He highlighted the normalization of cigarettes in the past decades due to aggressive marketing, including from medical perspectives.

Contrary to popular beliefs, Clinical Director of Aġenzija Sedqa, Anna Maria Vella, refuted the notion that moderate wine consumption is beneficial for health. She also dispelled the myth that vaping is safer than smoking, asserting that both harm lung health.

‘Insights’ delved into Malta’s drug situation based on a recent report. Findings revealed concerning statistics from 2022, including 68 heroin-related emergency admissions, 431 cocaine-related cases, and 438 incidents linked to cannabis use.

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Source: TVM, Insights

31% Of Over 65 Do Not Use Internet

31% Of Over 65 Do Not Use Internet
Mar 4 2024 Share

In 2023, internet usage among individuals aged 16 to 74 reached 90%, with the highest adoption rate observed among those aged 16 to 34. 

Conversely, only 68.7% of individuals aged 65 to 74 utilized the internet. However, Malta’s internet usage surpassed the EU-27 average by 0.7%. 

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The primary purposes for internet usage were communication, with 98.6% of individuals using it for this reason, and accessing information, reported by 94.3% of users. 

Seven out of ten internet users possessed ‘basic’ or ‘above basic’ digital skills, with individuals aged 16 to 24 being the most proficient in this regard. Notably, over 87% of internet users exhibited ‘above basic’ knowledge in communication and collaboration skills as well as information and data literacy skills. 

These findings were part of a survey on information and communication technology usage, partly funded by the European Commission.

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Source: NSO

Maria Farrugia Scores 2 For Lewes FC Against Sheffield

Maria Farrugia Scores 2 For Lewes FC Against Sheffield
Mar 4 2024 Share

Maria Farrugia opened the score yesterday, with a goal in the 15th minute against 8th place Sheffield United in the FA WSL 2. 

As Sheffield levelled the score in the 69th minute, the Gozitan starlet made sure that her team stays ahead, inspiring her side to score another goal and win the match in the 56th minute. 

 

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This brings Lewes FC 3 more points in the Women’s Championship in the second-highest division of Women’s Football in England. 

Lewes FC currently sit in 11th plays and return to victories after 3 draws and losing another in the last 5 matches. 

 

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