Consider women’s issues when asking about pregnancy, MEP Josianne Cutajar asks

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In a recent post on her Facebook page, Labour MEP Josianne Cutajar appealed for the public’s sensitivity when asking women about pregnancy or children.

Cutajar stated that while some ask genuinely or due to the fact that it is culturally common for women to have children around their thirties, one must understand the impact of such a question.

The MEP asked her followers to stop and think about the impact such a question can have on women who have infertility problems, mental or physical health challenges, domestic violence or other issues.

“Let’s keep in mind how many women have dreams that they cannot commit to, and how each and every woman, beyond the caps they wear – of mothers or carers, partners, housewives, professionals – have one identity which unites them with the others, that of a person.”

Cutajar explained how she has not had children yet by choice, due to her profession and other logistic challenges which make such a step difficult before going on to highlight the impact of asking such questions to women.



‘Period locker’ with free pads, tampons & liners introduced at University of Malta

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'Period locker' with free pads, tampons & liners introduced at University of Malta

This scholastic year, the University of Malta will start having a ‘period locker’ with pads, tampons and liners, free of charge for all students.

The locker comes as a result of a collaboration between Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) and VJ Salomone Marketing – both of which encouraged students to keep others in mind and take only what they need due to limited stock.

The locker will be regularly monitored to ensure equity for all students in what is a major step forward in provided comfort and support to University of Malta students.



The loan amount without interest on the 10% deposit will increase

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The government announced that for first-time buyers, the loan amount without interest on the 10% deposit will increase. The Minister for Social and Affordable Accommodation, Roderick Galdes, made the announcement today, stating that the government has fulfilled its election promise to strengthen this scheme, which will help more people become home owners.

Under the new scheme, the maximum deposit that the Housing Authority is willing to cover will be raised from €17,500 to €22,500. This means that first-time buyers who qualify for this assistance will now be able to acquire a property worth up to €225,000. The initiative aims to help first-time buyers who are under 40 years old and are eligible for a bank loan on property but do not have the liquidity required to pay the required deposit of 10% upon signing the agreement to become home owners.

In addition to the loan amount increase, the government offers other assistance programs to first-time home buyers. These include a stamp duty exemption, a grant of €15,000 if the property is in the heart of a village in Malta, or €30,000 if the property is in the heart of a village in Gozo, and a grant of €10,000, with a payment of €1,000 per year over a period of 10 years.

The CEO of the Housing Authority, Matthew Zerafa, applauded the government’s efforts to strengthen the scheme. He said that the work of the Housing Authority does not stop with the introduction of new schemes but consistently continues to see how they continue to be strengthened over time. He also stressed that the scheme has already helped more than 200 families become home owners and that they will continue to reward courage and ensure that the scheme can meet the necessities of the coming years.


“This can be a new start”; Franco Debono says ‘people are angry’ in light of survey results

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In light of MaltaToday’s recent survey results showing the Labour Party’s ‘worst result ever’, lawyer and former PN MP Franco Debono took to social media to share his two cents on the matter.

Debono stated that “the survey shows the people are fed up” and “very angry”, which anger can be seen in the survey results. In a string of Facebook status addressing the matter, Debono encouraged the PN to keep its feet on the ground and approach politics with humility and caution as the people continue to ‘wake up’.

The trust barometer survey results state that the gap between the Labour Party and Nationalist Party stands at 8,500 as it stands within margin of error.

The survey states that PL lost eight points compared to last February, while the PN gained six points.

“God bless, this earthquake of a survey condemns the government in the same week Joe Azzopardi was made Standards Commissioner”, the lawyer stated, going on to state that the survey reflects not only the hospitals scandal but various episodes of arrogance being committed ever single day including vile attacks on judicators.

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