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COVID positives in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate

COVID positives in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate
Feb 21 2022 Share

The UK government has announced that it plans to end all pandemic legal curbs in England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that it is time to ‘move on.’This comes despite political opposition and unease from the UN’s health agency. Johnson will be addressing parliament to outline his plan as he stands accused by opposition parties of seeking to distract public attention.

In a Downing Street statement, Johnson said that Monday will mark a moment of pride after one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history ‘as we begin to live with COVID’.Under the ‘living with COVID’ plan, the government says it intends to end the legal requirement for people to self-isolate should they test positive for the virus. 

Local authorities will be required to manage further outbreaks with pre-existing legal powers and is expected to phase out free COVID-19 testing for the public. The NHS confederation however said that the government cannot wave a magic wand and pretend the threat disappeared.

This comes as Malta seems to be going COVID restriction free due to the announcement of the general election. Nothing is yet on paper in Malta, but as mass meetings and political activities have already kicked off, businesses are still taking the load of such restrictions. 

This also sparked massive outrage from even organisers, who called out the double standards as crowds gather for political rallies. The Opposition too called for the government to allow all events and not just political rallies to take place. 

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MATSEC examination date changes due to general election

MATSEC examination date changes due to general election
Feb 21 2022 Share

Due to the announcement that the general election will be taking place on the 26th of March, MATSEC posted to social media that changes to dates of examinations will be implemented.

The statement by the organisation said that any exams scheduled to take place on the 26th of March will be shifted to a new date. As examination venues may also be used as voting places, examinations scheduled on the 25th of March may also be effected.

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A revised timetable will thus be released later on this week. Prime Minister Robert Abela announced the election yesterday during a Floriana political rally. 

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BREAKING: Żaren tal-Ajkla to contest the election on third & thirteenth district

BREAKING: Żaren tal-Ajkla to contest 2022 elections on third & thirteenth districts
Feb 21 2022 Share

It’s official; Żaren tal-Ajkla will officially be contesting this year’s general election. When asked by this newsroom, Nazzareno Bonnici, more popularly known as Żaren tal-Ajkla, confirmed that he will be participating in this year’s election.

 

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After his candidature in the 2013 election, Bonnici will be throwing his hat in the ring once again, contesting in the third and thirteenth district. He went on to express his pride in being involved in such an election alongside ‘the big parties’ and that he is at the service of the Maltese public.

When asked if he believes that he will perform better than previous elections, Żaren stated that Malta’s two main parties have lost a considerable number of votes and that is why Malta’s needs a new governing party, and that should be ‘il-Partit tal-Ajkla’.

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Metaverse driven proposals among €1 billion PN investment ahead of election

Metaverse driven proposals among €1 billion PN investment ahead of election
Feb 21 2022 Share

As political parties gear up towards the general election, the Nationalist Party has come out with a proposal which will see investments in sectors such as the meta-verse and artificial intelligence.

Addressing a press conference, Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that the party, if elected to government, will not only invest in sectors but will create 10 new ones to create more opportunities. 

The Nationalist Party is ready to invest up to €1 billion in creating these new sectors, which Grech identified in his latest speech. 

He revealed how one of the first sectors which will take a priority will be one centred around metaverse-driven incentives as the party attempts to tap into a digitalised market. This is accompanied by sectors which include 3D printing, AI application, video gaming and even E-sports.

He continued to reveal how the party also plans to invest in specialised manufacturing clusters, compliance and due diligence services, the sports industry, energy optimisation and last but not least global profit with purpose/social enterprises. 

Asked by journalists about the sectors, Grech said that it is not enough to just mention these sectors and do nothing about them. He said that if elected to government, his administration would be investing to create new sectors and thus more opportunity.

This comes as the Nationalist Party seems to be pushing for a more youthful line-up and approach, following the withdrawal of three candidates from the election but also having the youngest member in Maltese political history. 

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