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MCAST Directives Suspended: Students Thank Supporters

MCAST Directives Suspended: Students Thank Supporters
Jan 26 2024 Share

Taking to social media, MCAST student and Swieqi Local Council Jordan Galea Pace announced that the MCAST directive has been suspended. 

The students were protesting the directives which would see marks of assignments and exams withheld due to no collective agreement between MUT and the government being struck. 

Galea Pace, who, along with other students, has been campaigning for the past few weeks to get the directives removed and the relevant entities to discuss the collective agreement, posted to social media, saying:

‘Thank you to every student who voiced their opinion and involved themselves. Thank you to the government and the MUT who heard the plea by students as they demand their results. And thank you to the Opposition which spoke out on the first day and joined us in the protest.’

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Dar Tereza Opens Its Doors To Mothers With Mental Health Challenges

Dar Tereza Opens Its Doors To Mothers With Mental Health Challenges
Jan 26 2024 Share

With an investment totalling approximately €620,000, Ministers Roderick Galdes and Julia Farrugia Portelli inaugurated Dar Tereza, a facility designed to support around seven mothers facing mental health challenges, providing professional guidance for their reintegration into society.

Managed by the Richmond Foundation, Dar Tereza underwent internal renovations funded by the Housing Development Fund (HDF), administered by the Housing Authority. Minister Galdes emphasised the Government’s commitment to the housing sector’s significance for individuals and communities, aiming for holistic solutions complemented by services and facilities.

Minister Farrugia Portelli highlighted the importance of the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPS), which secured funding for furnishing key areas, including the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. 

She emphasised the Government’s ongoing support for organisations like the Richmond Foundation, aiming to enhance societal benefits through projects.

Charmaine Mangion, Chairperson of the HDF, commended the revitalisation of a dilapidated building into a Specialized Centre, expressing the commitment to collaborate with voluntary organisations for improved community access to such services.

Mauro Pace Parascandalo, CEO of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, noted that the VOPS scheme played a crucial role in furnishing rooms for the project’s implementation, emphasising the societal benefits of such initiatives.

The inauguration was attended by Permanent Secretaries Emanuel Psaila and Nancy Caruana, as well as Bormla’s Mayor Marco Agius.

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Maltese Police Arrest 14 In Joint Europol Operation

Maltese Police Arrest 14 In Joint Europol Operation
Jan 26 2024 Share

14 people were arrested by the Maltese Police in an operation conducted as part of the ‘Joint Action Day,’ coordinated by Europol, against Nigerian organized crime across Europe. 

The Maltese Police collaborated with various local entities, including the Customs Department, Detention Services, and the Environmental Health Directorate, conducting inspections and enforcement in Marsa, Ħamrun, and St Julian’s.

The 14 individuals were arrested in connection with illegal immigration, and three establishments serving African food are to face court proceedings for violations of public health regulations. 

Various documents, prohibited food items, and items related to drugs were seized during the operation.

Several Police units participated in the operation, including Immigration, Drug Enforcement, Anti-Vice, Rapid Intervention Unit, Canine Unit, as well as district and community policing.

The countries involved in the joint operation over three days in early December were EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Malta, Spain, and Sweden; Other States: the United States, Iceland, Colombia, Nigeria, and the Republic of Benin; Agencies: Europol, Interpol, Frontex, UNODC, CrimJust, UK Home Office International Operation in Nigeria, and the @ON Network.

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Joseph Muscat Does Not Rule Out Running For MEP Election

Joseph Muscat Does Not Rule Out Running For MEP Election
Jan 26 2024 Share

Joseph Muscat is contemplating a return to politics and considering candidacy for the June MEP election in Malta, a MaltaToday interview has revealed. 

While he hasn’t confirmed his candidacy, speculation arose after a Facebook post by Labour stalwart Manuel Cuschieri, prompting reactions from various quarters. 

PN MEP candidate Peter Agius questioned the trustworthiness of someone facing corruption allegations, leading to further expressions of support for Muscat from Labour MEP candidates.

Muscat acknowledged that Cuschieri’s post caught him off guard and emphasized that such decisions require careful consideration, stating, “This is not a decision that is to be taken in a small amount of time because of a few Facebook messages.” 

Despite noting that a return to the European Parliament is not a priority, he did not rule out the possibility, saying he would think about it, especially considering the people’s sentiments. 

Muscat is currently awaiting the conclusion of a magisterial inquiry into his involvement in a fraudulent hospitals deal, which may recommend criminal action against him.

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