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Masks for kids in school to be removed after Easter says Fearne

Masks for kids in school to be removed after Easter says Fearne
Mar 16 2022 Share

Malta is set to scrap the COVID-19 regulation which sees schoolchildren wearing masks in schools after lessons resume after the Easter holidays. 

The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne during the inauguration of a garden in Raħal Ġdid which honours all those who died whilst positive for the virus in Malta. 

Fearne revealed how the aim is to survey the situation during the holidays. From current observations, the health minister revealed that the country is set to make it no longer necessary for children to wear their mask in class.

He said that whoever wants to wear masks in class could do so, but it will no longer remain a legal obligation. Fearne also revealed that talks between Malta’s authorities and European partners in regards to travel restrictions will be taking place. 

These talks would assess whether a negative PCR test would be sufficient to allow travel between countries. Meanwhile, cases seem to be on a slight rise as 229 new cases were registered, pushing it up to 1673 active cases. 


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Maltese Paralympic swimmer places second in World Series

Maltese Paralympic swimmer places second in World Series amid personal bests
Mar 16 2022 Share

More amazing local athletes are making waves (literally) on the international scene. Paralympic swimmer Maja Theuma has just managed to place second in the 50m freestyle on Saturday at the World Series in Lingano. 

21-year-old Theuma managed to achieve a season best and then went on to clock more amazing achievements in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke. 

The athlete managed to clock in 10:02:26 and 3:10:94 respectively, with the latter being her second fastest result in all of her events. 

But that is not all as she also managed to place second in the 50m sprint with a time of 1:08:42. This was Theuma’s first international event of the season and is the run up to the upcoming ASA International Easter tournament this April. 

Together with her team, Exiles, they will be heading out to Italy to participate in a training camp to prepare for the Easter event. Maja will continue to prove her athletic skill there, setting her up to be one of Malta’s very best. 

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€400,000 investment for Naxxar’s Marija Bambina collegiate

€400,000 investment for Naxxar’s Marija Bambina collegiate
Mar 16 2022 Share

A €400,000 investment for Naxxar’s Marija Bambina collegiate was announced, with a sneak peek posted as to how the building will look after the change. 

The investment will see the church get new professional lighting, with Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo posting to social media a snapshot of the model. 

The project seeks to give the building a brand new look as well as raising its value. Works will being in the coming weeks following the completion of another major project which saw the restoration of the church’s front. 


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Employers demanding PL drop pledge for mandatory union membership

Employers demanding PL drop pledge for mandatory union membership
Mar 16 2022 Share

The Labour manifesto has revealed that the party agrees with the principle of mandatory membership in a trade union, promising to start discussions on the implementation of this measure.

However, this received backlash from three leading employers’ associations, who called on the party to drop this proposals with immediate effect. 

The Malta Employers Association (MEA), Malta Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of SMEs declared that they are against the proposal during a news conference Wednesday morning. 

MEA’s director-general Joseph Farrugia said that the three associations are completely agains the proposal and consider it not open for discussion. 

Farrugia warned that any decision to forge ahead may lead to a disruption in established social dialogue structures which already exist. ‘The way the proposal is written in the manifesto makes it clear that it has already been decided that trade union membership will be made mandatory, but we cannot agree with this.’ 

This pledge goes against the European Charter of Human Rights, the Maltese constitution and the UN’s Charter for Human Rights, said Farrugia. 

The proposal was however defended by Finance Minister Clyde Caruana who argued that unions help prevent the exploitation of employees. He did however say that he did not believe the proposal will result in 100% worker unionisation rates. 

Instead, Caruana said, the measure will facilitate the process for workers who were hesitant to join a union because of any potential repercussions from their employers.

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