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Around 200 Families In Mosta Benefit From Regeneration Projects

Around 200 Families In Mosta Benefit From Regeneration Projects
Mar 28 2024 Share

Around 200 families residing in the social housing area of Ta’ Mlit, Mosta, are reaping the benefits of two significant regeneration projects aimed at enhancing their quality of life. Minister for Social and Affordable Accommodation, Roderick Galdes, announced these initiatives during the inauguration of refurbishment works on the exteriors, roofs, and communal areas of these social housing units. Additionally, a new recreational space for residents was unveiled.

“With an investment exceeding €2 million, these projects underscore the government’s commitment to our communities, illustrating our resolve to significantly improve residents’ living conditions,” stated the minister.

The recreation area project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), involved a comprehensive revitalization, including enhanced accessibility through ramps, tree planting, and the installation of a solar panel system to generate electricity.

These families are part of the 2,000 residents across 270 buildings that the Housing Authority has upgraded over the past three years, with a total investment of €10 million.

“This investment reflects the government’s steadfast commitment to the housing sector, which we consider a crucial socio-economic pillar for our nation’s policymaking,” concluded Minister Galdes.

The inauguration was also attended by Permanent Secretary Emanuel Psaila.

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University Students Call For Higher Wages

University Students Call For Higher Wages
Mar 28 2024 Share

The KSU Education and Social Policy Commission is deeply concerned about the escalating cost of living in Malta and its detrimental impact on students.

A recent KPMG survey revealed that wages in Malta failed to keep up with the 5.7% inflation rate in 2023, increasing only by 1.5%. This disparity poses significant challenges for students, hindering their access to education and extracurricular opportunities.

High living expenses, particularly in housing and food, limit students’ participation in programs like Erasmus+ and engagement in student organizations and university events. Financial support for such programs falls short, leaving many unable to afford rent abroad.

Consequently, students miss out on holistic education and cultural experiences vital for personal growth.

The Commission proposes several policy changes to alleviate financial pressures on students.

Firstly, advocating for a liveable minimum wage pegged at 60% of the median wage, aligning with EU standards. Secondly, promoting financial literacy within the school curriculum to equip students with budgeting and financial decision-making skills.

Thirdly, urging institutions to provide institutional licenses and financial grants for necessary software and equipment. Fourthly, advocating for adequate remuneration for all students undertaking placements.

Finally, seeking improvements in non-commercialized recreational spaces to enhance students’ quality of life. These interventions aim to address the pressing financial challenges faced by students, fostering a supportive environment conducive to their academic and personal development.

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Man Filmed Fishing Off Gozo Ferry

Man Filmed Fishing Off Gozo Ferry
Mar 28 2024 Share

A video sent to this newsroom shows a man fishing off the Gozo ferry, using a fishing line to pull up a fish as he traverses the Malta-Gozo channel.

The man can be seen dragging up a fish whilst on the ferry with relative ease before moving into the vessel.

 

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Prime Minister Visits Forn Tal-Ħabs

PRIME MINISTER VISITS FORN TAL-ĦABS
Mar 28 2024 Share

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Robert Abela visited the Prison Bakery (Forn Tal-Ħabs) to observe the work being carried out by officials of the Correctional Services Agency and prisoners preparing products, such as pastries, to be sold in front of the Kordin Correctional Facility.

The Prison Bakery is an initiative that assists in the rehabilitation process of individuals serving sentences, allowing them to acquire new skills that they can also use upon reintegrating into society.

Prime Minister Abela was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Correctional Services Agency, Christopher Siegersma, where he also visited the place where the products were being sold.

He spoke with the officials and present prisoners, praising the work being done for this initiative.

During the visit, Prime Minister Robert Abela was also accompanied by the Minister for Home Affairs, National Security, and Jobs, Byron Camilleri.

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