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Many UK companies trialing 4 day work week next month… Malta still not ready

Many UK companies trialing 4 day work week next month… Malta still not ready
May 7 2022 Share

Starting on the 1st of June, around 60 UK firms made up of around 3,000 employees will be undergoing a four-day work week trial which could potentially change the game for Brits. 

The trial will be running for six months, and it will see employees maintaining the same pay but with an extra weekday off. 

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Campaign group 4 Day Week Global is captaining the trial, and it hopes that results from similar trials around the world can be replicated in the UK. These saw productivity increase drastically, as well as worker’s mental health receiving a boost. 

Meanwhile, Malta does not seem to be ready to take on a trial of the work schedule, let alone a full business revamp. Ahead of the 2022 general election, the PN had proposed incentives to participate in a national four day week trial. 

However, given the Labour Party’s reelection, it does not seem that any plans to try out the campaign will be going ahead. Instead, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana’s 2021 explanations ring true.

Caruana had explained that Malta is not yet ready for such a shift in the workplace. The minister had pointed at many of the workers on the island being low-skilled, saying that this needs to improve before a four day week can be even considered. 

“To get the most Facebook likes, I can easily say that we can start discussing this subject – but we aren’t there yet. We cannot offer the illusion of offering something which in truth cannot be done,” he said.

Projecting into the future, Caruana said that Malta could get there, but as it stands, not all of the population seems to be equipped with the right skill level to see it come to fruition. 

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UK set for hottest day of the year as Malta enters a week of rainy weather

UK set for hottest day of the year as Malta enters a week of rainy weather
May 7 2022 Share

It’s official – the weather simply cannot decide what it wants. Brits are currently readying themselves for the hottest day of the year, out-scorching Spain at well over 20 degrees Celsius. 

The UK is set to experience such weather throughout this entire weekend, as many are already heading to the beaches, sunscreen in hand. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for Malta.

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Despite the Maltese being gifted with some of the hottest and summery weather just a few days ago, the rest of this weekend is set to be nothing but rain and wind. Way to get excited about summer vibes!

Several weather forecast portals are reporting that the sunlight will have a barrier of clouds to penetrate, with force 4 and 5 winds battering the islands. And if that isn’t bad enough, the temperatures are still set to feel like 20 degrees Celsius.

The rainy weather is set to persist throughout the entire week up until Friday, which is when Malta will get, according to Malta International Airport weather forecasts, the first sunny day of the week. 

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Too much masturbation can lead to hair loss says top surgeon

Too much masturbation can lead to hair loss says top surgeon
May 7 2022 Share

A top hair transplant surgeon issued warnings that too much masturbation could cause hair loss. 

Dr Umear Ahmad, member of award-winning hair transplant clinic Juvida, revealed that men had approached him asking if too much private solo action would result in any sort of impact on their hair loss. 

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Dr Ahmad went on to explain to them that although vitamin A, which is found in semen, is important in regards to hair loss, a guy would have to practically go at it non stop to see any noticeable difference. 

He explained how someone needs to be severely vitamin A deficient before noticing any deterioration in the hairline. The result of hair loss due to masturbation would thus be a theoretical result of overdoing it. 

To counteract the negative effects, Dr Ahmad recommends switching to a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Supplements could also be useful, but Dr Ahmed said the dietary switch is enough. 

So there you have it – there is no need for any panic unless you have a botched diet and a knack for overdoing the dirty. As with everything, a right balance should counteract any negative effects. 

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14th legislature starts today as MPs set to prioritise IVF reform

14th legislature starts today as MPs set to prioritise IVF reform
May 7 2022 Share

Today marks the official opening of the 14th legislature since Malta’s acquisition of independence. 

Kicking off with ceremonial mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral, led by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, MPs are set to place IVF reform laws at the top of the agenda. 

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MPs will be walking down the main streets of the capital along with their loved ones to the Renzo Piano parliament building. 

This marks the second full legislature in this new building after the move from the Grandmaster’s Palace in 2015. As MPs fill the chamber, President George Vella will deliver what is known as the ‘speech of the throne’, given he is the official head of the house of representatives. 

Once the speech is over, the first item on the table is to appoint a parliamentary speaker. Anglu Farrugia is the government’s nominee for the post, despite facing opposition from the Nationalist Party. 

This means Farrugia will need a formal vote to be confirmed in a post he held since 2013. Meanwhile, MP David Agius from the Opposition is set to occupy deputy speaker position. The government said it backs up Agius. 

The legislature will have 79 MPs, which is the largest number in electoral history. Today’s ceremony will be followed by an early first meeting next week set to discuss IVF reform, with Prime Minister Abela having already pledged to reform these laws within 100 days of the legislature. 

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