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Graffiti Artist Captures Benefit Fraud Racket With Simpsons Art

Graffiti Artist Captures Benefit Fraud Racket With Simpsons Art
Sep 15 2023 Share

A graffiti artist decided to capture a current controversy in regards to a benefit fraud racket with a Simspons mural in Triq Bellavista. 

 

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The artist, Twitch Malta, drew the iconic yellow characters, with Homer Simpson wondering if having epilepsy would earn him money.

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The story broke through Times of Malta, who revealed that former PL MP Silvio Grixti, a doctor by profession, has been implicated in a benefit fraud scheme.

This saw people receive forged documents to receive social security benefits meant for people suffering from disabilities. Claimants could have been receiving monthly payments of around €450 from the social security department. 

 

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The graffiti also depicts Nick Riviera, whose medical qualifications are often the subject of mockery on the show, as well as Springfield police chief Clancy Wiggum and Fat Tony, a mobster. 

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Commonwealth Countries Meet For 10th Youth Ministers Meeting

Commonwealth Countries Meet For 10th Youth Ministers Meeting
Sep 15 2023 Share

56 member countries of the Commonwealth from around the world met to discuss more proposals and initiatives for the benefit of young people on the 10th anniversary of the Youth Commonwealth Ministers Meeting with the theme Aiming Higher: Delivering More for Young People in the Commonwealth. Among these countries, Malta as an active member of the Commonwealth, was also represented by a delegation led by the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for youths Keith Azzopardi Tanti.

The opening ceremony which took place on Monday 12 September 2023 saw the Secretary General of the Commonwealth the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC give her welcome to the ministers and delegates present, while delivering a strong message for more collaboration with young people. She said that politicians and other important figures in the leadership of the countries should give a boost and greater encouragement to young people to overcome the challenges that the world is facing nowadays, including the economic, environmental, and security ones.

“Young people are the pioneers of change and the leaders of today and tomorrow”, continued Scotland KC. She closed by expressing gratitude to those countries of the Commonwealth, which, despite the colonial era is over, are still united for common goals, including working for more opportunities for young people.

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The Parliamentary Secretary responsible for youths in Malta Keith Azzopardi Tanti was invited to lead a discussion between various representatives of member countries with the theme: Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Participation of Young MPs in the Legislative Processes. He opened the discussion by explaining how the young population is growing globally, currently around 1.8 billion in total. However, the participation of young people in politics is very low, with only 2.2% falling under the category of under 30 years. 

“Malta, like several other countries, shares the same problem of young representation in its political system. We have been working for several years to improve this rate and encourage more young people to enter politics and be active citizens, particularly in the decisions taken for the country’s development,” said Azzopardi Tanti.

The Parliamentary Secretary explained several measures that Malta has taken in order to be proactive and encourage more young people to participate, including lowering the voting age to 16 from the previous 18 years of age. Besides this, he also said that they are in the process of choosing young people to be members of a consultative forum for legislative and political decisions, led by the Prime Minister himself. In this way young people themselves will be part of the solution to the challenges the world is currently facing. Such measures show more confidence in young people and encourage them to speak up, concluded Azzopardi Tanti.

The Youth Ministers Meeting saw discussions about the current challenges, including the economy, climate change, the environment, as well as the opportunities that are being presented including the digital future through Artificial Intelligence, with the aim of young people being the ones who lead these sectors in new horizons for the benefit not only on national level, but globally.

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New Hub For Pregnant Women & Young Families In Malta

New Hub For Pregnant Women & Young Families In Malta
Sep 15 2023 Share

Life Network Foundation has inaugurated “Id F’Id” (Hand in Hand), new premises providing material assistance services for pregnant women and young families raising infants. 

The opening of Id F’Id complements the holistic support services for women run by Life Network Foundation which include;

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A 24/7 chat service and helpline; the ‘Dar Tgħanniqa ta’ Omm maternity home service; counselling and; community outreach services. 

In the last four years more than 200 families have received regular support, and LifeLine pregnancy helpline has recently celebrated the100th baby born through their services. 

Thanks to the generous support from sponsors and volunteers, Id F’Id, a flower shop, has been completely refurbished. Now finished in natural wood and making available baby clothing, items for maternity needs, as well as bedding, toys and other necessary items, Id F’Id provides a haven for pregnant women seeking assistance. 

The hub will serve to enable centralisation of sorting, organisation and distribution of donated items. Baby food, hospital bag items, baby and maternity equipment, and infant clothing will supply the maternity home residents and others in the outreach programme. 

Monetary donations will also be accepted towards purchasing of items needed to run the service. Id F’Id, located at 495, Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Santa Venera was opened on Thursday 14th September, by CEO Dr Miriam Sciberras and blessed by the Archbishop of Malta HG Charles J Scicluna.

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META Denies WhatsApp Will Be Including Ads

META Denies WhatsApp Will Be Including Ads
Sep 15 2023 Share

On Friday, parent company Meta disputed a media report that the company will be exploring including adverts into the messaging app WhatsApp. 

The Financial Times reported that some Meta teams have explored whether adverts should be introduced in lists of conversations with contacts on WhatsApp’s home screen. 

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Head of WhatsApp Will Cathcart at Meta took to Twitter (X) to state that the story is false. ‘We aren’t doing this’, wrote Cathcart. 

Up until now, Meta has resisted the notion of incorporating ads into the WhatsApp app. Instead, it has focused on monetising through WhatsApp Business, a service tailored for merchants who pay for specific features. WhatsApp Business has garnered over 200 million monthly active users.

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