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Food inflation down by half since January

Food Inflation in Malta Reduced by Half Since January
Jun 4 2024 Share
Stabbiltà renders tangible results providing stability to families

In January inflation was about 10%, thus families were paying 10% more for their food products compared to previous months. This was excessive when compared to the European Union’s average of 4.8%. The Government decided to intervene and sign an agreement with importers and retailers to reduce the recommended retail price of 450 products, in 15 categories of foods in order to give stability to families so they can have peace of mind that the prices of their basic needs will remain stable.

The products varied from coffee to cereal and milk together with a selection of other products of different brands as well. In 4 months, the inflation rate has substantially decreased by more than half, currently slightly less than 5% giving stability to families. This has also led to a decrease in prices, especially seen in smaller retailers in our communities making certain products more accessible to consumers.

In addition to the 450 products, one could also observe a decrease in prices of other products trying to compete with those forming part of this initiative. Thus, this has led to a more competitive market in which families can access more advantageous prices whilst they have peace of mind that food will remain accessible to them.

This initiative has given stability and as a consequence curbed inflation in the long run, whereby it is foreseen that inflation will continue to diminish in the coming months. Stabbiltà is confirmed to continue until the next budget in October.

Please visit https://stabbilta.gov.mt/product/ for more information about Stabbiltà including the products it includes and shops from where you can buy them.

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Love Island Malta S1 Sabrina Welcomes Baby Girl

Love Island Malta S1 Sabrina Welcomes Baby Girl
Jun 4 2024 Share

Love Island Malta season 1 contestant Sabrina has officially welcomed a baby girl into the world with her partner.

Sabrina shared an Instagram story of a card with the words ‘she’s here’ and a bouquet of flowers and balloons. ‘Welcome to the world little one’, she wrote on the story.

Sabrina had left the villa willingly during the earlier episodes of the first season. Some time later she revealed that she was in a relationship and was awaiting a baby with her new partner.

She went on to record her pregnancy journey on her social media whilst still keeping her fitness goals in line.

On behalf of MaltaDaily, we’d like to wish you both all the best for the introduction of the new family member!

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IVF Clinic To Close For 6 Months For Necessary Renovations

IVF Clinic To Close For 6 Months For Necessary Renovations
Jun 4 2024 Share

Addressing questions in regards to a judicial protest filed by the Medical Association of Malta (MAM), Health Minister Jo Etienne Abela explained that the national IVF clinic in Mater Dei will close down because of required upgrades and renovations.

The minister explained that the government will still act as a shield to these patients as the service will be outsourced from the private sector.

He stated that everything done by the health ministry is done by placing the patient first, and that this renovation is ultimately being done for this reason.

MAM had stated that it found no issue with the involvement of the private sector to reduce waiting lists, but this outsourcing should not be done at the expense of ignoring obligations.

In response, the minister said that transparency is not an issue as he has met with the organisations and other unions to reveal Mater Dei expansion plans and other initiatives.

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Teen PL HQ Bomb Suspect Admitted To Mount Carmel Hospital

Teen PL HQ Bomb Suspect Admitted To Mount Carmel Hospital
Jun 4 2024 Share

A 19-year-old suspected of placing an explosive device outside Labour headquarters has been admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital for psychiatric assessment, Times of Malta has reported.

Following this evaluation, he will stay at the facility for several days before specialists determine his fitness for police questioning. The teenager was arrested on Thursday night, but legal requirements stipulate that suspects must be in a clear mental state before interrogation.

The suspect has not yet been questioned or arraigned, but police believe they have sufficient evidence from CCTV footage and a search of his garage. He is suspected of manufacturing the homemade bomb and placing it in a waste bin outside Labour’s Mile End headquarters.

Neighbours reported hearing a small explosion that night. An intensive search led police to the suspect’s garage in Santa Venera, where the Armed Forces of Malta’s bomb disposal unit discovered a significant amount of TATP, a volatile explosive known as the “mother of Satan.”

The material, powerful enough to shatter windows and cause serious injuries, was removed safely by Friday afternoon after a six-hour operation. Residents in the apartment block above the garage were evacuated during the removal process but have since returned to their homes.

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