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Government Being Cheap With Teachers And Our Youth, Says Bernard Grech

Government Being Cheap With Teachers And Our Youth, Says Bernard Grech
Nov 27 2023 Share

Speaking during a Nationalist Party address, Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that when the government and the Prime Minister is being cheap with not only the country’s teachers but also the students and the future of Malta. 

 

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Stating that every teacher, with all their different methods and skills, left a mark on him, Grech went on to say that when the government refuses to invest and give educators what they need, they are, by continuation, being cheap with students, the future of our country, our economy and the rest. 

He then took a jab at the advertisement of the budget and the money spent to create them. He recounted an anecdote wherein a teacher told Grech how an advert for ‘Malta Ġusta’ popped up when he tried to show students a YouTube video.

The teacher reportedly told Grech how it would have been much better to give the money invested in creating the ad to the teachers themselves to truly create a ‘just Malta’. 

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The Busker Gains Popularity In Global Line Dancing Community

The Busker Gains Popularity In Global Line Dancing Community
Nov 27 2023 Share

Taking to social media, last year’s Malta Eurovision Song Context representatives and winners revealed that their song has gotten popular in a very niche community: line-dancing. 

A post on Reddit revealed that Malta’s 2023 song became popular in the global line dancing community. 

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But that’s not the only surprise the Busker received, which they embraced with bafflement and characteristic joy. A petition has been started urging the trio to go on tour to South Korea. 

Despite saying that they need money to be able to pull off a trip to South Korea, the boys appreciated the love they are still receiving for their song as the finalists for this year’s Eurovision are revealed. 

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Robert Abela Meets Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Robert Abela Meets Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer
Nov 27 2023 Share

Bilateral relations between Malta and Austria, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and Ukraine, along with multilateral positions in the United Nations Security Council, were among the key topics discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Robert Abela and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer in Vienna.

At the Austrian Chancellery, Prime Minister Abela emphasized the solid foundation of relations between the two countries, aiming to strengthen cooperation for more opportunities benefiting the populations of both nations. Regarding global challenges in Europe and the Mediterranean, Abela called for increased dialogue.

While both Malta and Austria maintain neutrality, the Maltese Prime Minister clarified that neutrality does not imply a lack of firm positions promoting peace. Abela advocated for a permanent ceasefire in the Eastern Mediterranean and multilateral dialogue within the United Nations Security Council, as Malta actively does.

In the realm of gaming, an area of mutual interest, Prime Minister Abela highlighted the priority of preserving the integrity and jurisdiction of Malta in a sector where the country has been a pioneer. 

He assured that licensed operators in Malta will be protected against legal challenges, emphasizing the goal of legal amendments to protect the gaming sector while adhering to European principles of a fair market. Discussions on pharmaceuticals focused on enhanced cooperation, including information exchange between medical regulators in Malta and Austria, ensuring quality, safety, and efficiency in the distribution of medicinal products.

The leaders also discussed the strategic importance of the Mediterranean region, particularly concerning immigration issues and shared responsibilities within the European Union, especially in preventing challenges and fostering cooperation with African countries such as Libya and Tunisia.

On the European stage, besides Ukraine, where both leaders spoke in favor of solidarity and peace actions, Malta played an instrumental role in facilitating the Ukraine Peace Formula. The Prime Minister and Chancellor also discussed the cooperation and support for other EU countries, particularly those in the Western Balkans. 

Prime Minister Abela emphasized the EU’s commitment to cooperation with countries in this region, noting that these countries need to work on reforms in favor of human rights. He highlighted that the EU’s strategic cooperation should strengthen in other regions, including the Mediterranean, with a focus on vital sectors like energy.

In Vienna, Prime Minister Robert Abela was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Commerce Ian Borg, Minister for the Economy, European Funds, and the Arts Silvio Schembri, Minister for Home Affairs, National Security, Reforms, and Equality Byron Camilleri, Ambassador of Malta to Austria Natasha Meli Daudey, and the Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister Glenn Micallef.

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Malta Will Have Its First Chatbot

Malta Will Have Its First Chatbot
Nov 27 2023 Share

A groundbreaking €3 million AI project, titled “The New Era of Chatbot,” is underway through a strategic partnership between Cartesio Ltd, the University of Malta, and Noovle International, with offices at the Gozo Innovation Hub. 

The initiative focuses on developing an innovative conversational platform utilizing cutting-edge AI and machine learning technologies. 

The primary goal is to create an advanced chatbot capable of providing customer care support in the Maltese language for the banking, finance, insurance, and investment services sectors. The project aims to leverage highly advanced cloud computing capabilities.

The first prototypes of the conversational chatbot will operate within the financial services field, with the Maltese language being the initial focus. 

The developers showcased the project during a visit by Enterprise Minister Miriam Dalli, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri, and Malta Enterprise CEO Kurt Farrugia. The developers envision broader applications for the advanced chatbot, extending beyond financial services to sectors such as public service, tourism, and e-commerce.

Supported by Malta Enterprise under the Research and Development Scheme, the project aligns with Malta’s push for a knowledge-based economy. Minister Camilleri highlighted the project’s alignment with the government’s vision for Gozo, attracting companies engaged in research and innovation. 

Noovle International Director Valentino Benicchio expressed interest in exploring further research and development opportunities in Malta, emphasizing sustainability and innovation. Francesca Caruso, Director of Cartesio Ltd, emphasized the fruitful collaboration between the public and private sectors in Malta, underlining the symbiotic relationship between academia and industry in driving innovation. Senior lecturer Dr. Claudia Borg highlighted the significance of such collaborations in advancing research knowledge and capacity in the AI field.

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