Extended paternity leave under a Nationalist government, Grech says

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During a political activity in Għargħur organised by the Nationalist Party with the theme “Kun il-Bidla”, party leader Bernard Grech revealed the party’s position on paternity leave.

During his address, Grech stated that both he as a leader and the PN as a party want both men and women to be happy at their place of work and give their utmost to employers while ensuring ample time to enjoy with their families.

“That is way we are going to lay down a series of measures without precedent in this sector, one of the closest to my heart, to extend the concept of ‘Paternity Leave’ to fathers, with a portion of it allowed to be taken in the same time as the mothers within the first few weeks of childbirth.”

During the political event, the Nationalist Party leader also spoke about the importance of cancer therapy and support, his position on hunting as well as his upcoming anniversary as party leader.

Do you agree with the party’s statement?


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Here’s everything BIG coming to Netflix in 2022

Here's everything BIG coming to Netflix in 2022
Sep 26 2021 Share

On Saturday, Netflix hosted its first ever fan event with the name of Tudum, where it laid down the ground work for what’s to come for the streaming giant over the next few months. Beyond a stunning new anime line-up with a new feature from Studio Colorido, the event opened with a trailer for ‘Red Notice’, a blockbuster heist movie featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, showing to provide some great action and dialogue as we’ve come to expect from the A-list stars.

Over on the television side, Stranger Things fans will rejoice at the impending arrival of Stranger Things 4, which is set to start streaming sometime in 2022 while honorary students of Moordale will be happy to see a return to campus as Sex Education is also set for a return with a fourth season.

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Bridgerton, Tiger King and The Witcher will all return for a second season while the iconic and controversial Kanye West is set to get a Netflix documentary titled ‘Jeen-yuhs’, which is reportedly “filmed over two decades”. With regards to adaptations, comic book and gaming fans have a lot to look forward to with the long-awaited The Sandman set to debut on Netflix along with League of Legends-based series Arcane set to drop on November 6.

With these and a whole lot more lined up for the coming months, it looks like 2022 is going to be a HUGE year for Netflix.

What’s your favourite release from this line-up?


Malta awaiting EMA green-light for Pfizer vaccinations in children under 12

Malta awaiting EMA green-light for Pfizer vaccinations in children under 12
Sep 26 2021 Share

A spokesperson for the health ministry revealed to The Malta Independent on Sunday that the Maltese health authorities are currently awaiting direction from the European Medicines Authority before administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children under the age of 12.

Last week, the pharmaceutical company said that its vaccine works for children aged 5 to 11 and it plans to seek United States authorisation for this age group very soon.

The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and German counterpart BioNTech is readily available for individuals over the age of 12 but many parents await the green light for the younger age groups ahead of the beginning of the scholastic year and creeping fears of the contagious Delta variant. The spokesperson for the health ministry revealed that the Maltese health authorities are awaiting the go-ahead from the EMA before starting to administer the vaccine to the group aged between 5 and 11.


What is a ‘solar pavement’ and why should Malta have more of it?

What is a 'solar pavement' and why should Malta have more of it?
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This morning Malta’s first solar pavement was installed within Għeriexem road’s pavement in Rabat, potentially paving the way for a greener infrastructural future for Malta. The pilot project will attempt to use light to generate electricity across the promenade and hopefully result in more solar pavements across Malta and Gozo.

The 40 sq.m footpath is made up of between 30 and 40 photovoltaic panels and may generate up to 40% of the road’s lighting, reducing an estimated 21 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Infrastructure Malta CEO Fredrick Azzopardi took to Twitter to share the news and a few photos, alluding to a hopeful increase in solar pavements across the Maltese Islands in the near future.

Does Malta need more projects such as this?