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Independents Came Across As More Authentic, Says Joseph Muscat

Independents Came Across As More Authentic, Says Joseph Muscat
Jun 17 2024 Share

Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat shared his personal analysis of the recent European and Local election results, emphasising the shifts in voter behaviour.

Muscat noted that the Nationalist Party (PN) made limited gains, maintaining a vote share just over 40%. Despite these gains, he highlighted that the PN has not significantly increased its support over the past decade and a half.

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Muscat also addressed the Labour Party’s (PL) performance, acknowledging that it lost ground, primarily due to increased abstention, spoilt ballots, and votes for independent candidates.

He described this shift as a “soft” defection, suggesting that Labour voters were sending a measured signal without fully abandoning the party. Muscat stressed that the PL needs to re-establish contact with its core and marginal voters, avoiding knee-jerk reactions and focusing on uniting for change.

Highlighting the success of independent candidates, Muscat praised Arnold Cassola and Conrad Borg Manche for their strong performances. He expressed hope that Borg Manche would return to Labour, emphasising the authenticity and connection that independents have demonstrated.

Muscat concluded that Labour must adapt to the changing needs of society and focus on direct engagement with people rather than relying on social media and pundits’ opinions.

At the Labour Party rally, Prime Minister Robert Abela called for the party to renew and reform itself, focusing on improving the quality of life and avoiding clientelism. Meanwhile, PN leader Bernard Grech celebrated the narrowing gap between the two parties, urging supporters to work towards forming the next government and criticising Abela for deflecting blame.

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Pembroke Secondary School’s St. Clare College Raises €810 to Support Parkinson’s

Pembroke Secondary School's St. Clare College Raises €810 to Support Parkinson's
Jun 17 2024 Share

St Clare College Pembroke Secondary School raised €810 for Step up for Parkinson’s, a voluntary organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. The funds were handed over by the Head of the School, Mr. Philip Pace, to Mr. Alexander Arena, the Managing Director of Step up for Parkinson’s.

Step up for Parkinson’s offers free specialized movement classes for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, believing that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, should have access to activities that improve their quality of life.

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During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Pace expressed his pride in the school’s efforts to support those in need. He shared that two special assemblies were held to educate students about Parkinson’s disease and to provide first-hand accounts from those affected by the condition. Students had the chance to meet Mr. Adrian Casha, a former international referee living with Parkinson’s, who shared his personal experience, and Ms. Maria Bella Borg, a former St Clare College student and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Coach, who provided valuable information about Parkinson’s.

Additionally, the school organized a Ronaldo/Messi exhibition, coordinated by Mr. Kenneth Formosa and Mr. Nigel Farrugia. The €810 was raised through a casual day event. This initiative not only generated funds but also promoted empathy and understanding among students towards those living with Parkinson’s disease.

The dedication and generosity of the students and staff at St Clare College Pembroke Secondary School demonstrate the impact of community action in supporting important causes like Step up for Parkinson’s.

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Temperatures to Climb to 35°c as Scorching Summer Starts

Temperatures to Climb to 35°c as Scorching Summer Starts
Jun 17 2024 Share

If you’ve been feeling a little too hot lately, the temperature will be rising sharply during the final week of spring.

With highs of 33°C this morning that seem considerably hotter, the temperature is expected to rise over the next several days and end up in the mid-30s by the end of the week.

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This Thursday marks the formal start of summer, and the first weekend of the season is predicted to be quite hot. It is predicted to feel as high as 36°C on Friday in particular.


The UV Index will typically approach 10, which is almost as harmful as it gets. Since lows rarely go below 25°C, it could be a good idea to stay inside and find some shade.

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PN MP’s Touching Tribute To Late Father

PN MP's Touching Tribute To Late Father
Jun 17 2024 Share

Nationalist MP Alex Borg took to social media yesterday to pay tribute to his late father, Tony, who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2018.

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever”, Alex quoted.

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Tony was 56 when he died and he was known for his continuous service to the Gozitans. Alex took the time to write a few words in loving memory of his beloved father.

Alex had quoted the same saying back in 2022 when paying tribute to Tony.

Tony had served as a mayor of Fontana and survived six years despite his diagnosis. His funeral was attended by Archbishop at the time Alfred Xuereb and President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Tony had gotten acquainted with the latter through the Malta Community Chest Fund.

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