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Government to start debate on erasing simple drug convictions from conducts

Government to start debate on erasing simple drug convictions from conducts
Jun 10 2022 Share

Prime Minister Robert Abela said Thursday that following the decriminalisation of cannabis, the government is now seeking to start a debate on the erasure of conduct sheets which were tarnished with simple drug possession convictions. 

Abela stated this during the second State of the Nation conference organised by President George Vella. 

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Abela said that following the Labour’s electoral manifesto, the government believes a person should be given the opportunity to start a new life. It was not fair, he said, for a person to carry a label for life. 

The government will thus start a debate with entities running drug rehabilitation programs on the possibility of having people with simple rug possession conduct taints getting the opportunity to review their conduct sheet. 

“We need to move away from a society that condemns you for life for a one-off mistake… We are a nation that cares and we are not indifferent to people’s troubles,” he said.

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Heritage Malta buys historical Bronze Age Borg in-Nadur village

Heritage Malta buys historical Bronze Age Nadur village
Jun 10 2022 Share

Heritage Malta purchased a land area containing a Bronze Age village in Borg in-Nadur – an area which measures around 13 tumuli of land. 

It is said to be the largest archaeological acquisition made by the state with a total investment of €200,000. Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici expressed his satisfaction at this in a press conference. 

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He said that this marks another link in a chain of efforts leading to more accessibility to our heritage. He said that this heritage should not just be admired but lived and felt. 

Heritage Malta’s Chief Executive Officer Noel Zammit said that this newly-acquired prehistoric site is quite unique, because it is mostly associated with the Bronze Age period, and not the Temple period as are other prehistoric sites managed by Heritage Malta.

The site can also offer educational and other recreational activates for various audiences, as well as opportunities for archaeological research. 

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Doctors urges couples to sleep in separate beds to help relationships

Doctors urges couples to sleep in separate beds to help relationships
Jun 10 2022 Share

A doctor has caused some couples to rethink their sleeping situation after he recommended that they all sleep alone in separate beds. 

TikTok famous doctor Dr Karan Rajan, who is an NHS surgeon and lecturer at the University of Sunderland, explained why couples should in fact be sleeping alone in a bed of their own. 

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Some couples who allegedly tried this out even commented that they actually found it to help their relationship survive. This all has to do with the different sleep cycles as well as all the noises a partner can create, disrupting a good night’s sleep.

There is no guarantee that two people are getting the well needed rest they deserve. And while one may be snoring away, the other might be staring at the ceiling reassessing their life choices. 

The doctor highlighted that the quality of sleep is just as important as the amount, and the real benefits of sleep come from falling into the deepest state of slumber. If your partner prevents this, then the relationship might take a toll as well. 

Dr Rajan said that even the heat of another person in your bed might stop you from getting the required hours of sleep. He said that sharing a bed increases body heat which which in turns extends the time for someone to doze off. 

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Majority of Maltese believe in God but give less value to religion

Majority of Maltese believe in God but give less value to religion
Jun 10 2022 Share

According to a poll conducted in relation to the ‘State of the Nation’, it was discovered that the majority of Maltese believe in God but do not give the same amount of importance to religion. 

The research found that, despite there being a reduction from last year, the overwhelming majority of the Maltese population believe in a God at 90.5%. Only 5% said that they don’t, with another 4.5% saying that they don’t know. 

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Back in 2021, 93.5% had said that they believe in a God, with 3.0% saying that they don’t. Out of the people who do not believe in a God, 12% of them were aged between 26 and 35. A bit more than 9% have a tertiary education. 

When it came to the importance of religion in one’s life, 58.1% said that it is important in their lives whereas for more than 30% said it is not. For 9.4%, religion was deemed not important at all.

Religion was also found to be more important amongst women, with 70.6% of women versus 45.6% of men. Age was also a contributing factor, with the higher the age the more important religion was perceived as being. 

The higher the age, the more religion is considered in their day to day decisions. People who had lower levels of education were also found to consider religion more in their daily decisions. 

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