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MEP Alex Agius Saliba Decries Lack Of Action On Migration

MEP Alex Agius Saliba Decries Lack Of Action On Migration
Oct 5 2023 Share

Speaking in the European Parliament, MEP Alex Agius Saliba commemorated the 10 year anniversary since the 2013 Lampedusa tragedy by decrying the lack of action when it comes to the issue of migration. 

Tragedies continued to take place in the Mediterranean, Agius Saliba said, and yet nothing has happened. Despite the many declarations and promises, people continued to drown and die in the Mediterranean. 

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‘We’ve spent years pleading for a mechanism of solidarity between the member states, especially those at the frontiers. Solidarity which was supposedly signed for by every member state when they joined. A solidarity we only use and abuse when we profit from it’. 

‘We need to move from words to action. The European pact in regards to migration and asylum needs to be adopted in this legislation.’

Agius Saliba said we need to do this not only to save human lives, but to also send a message to Europe’s citizens that Europe is not just a talking shop but an institution which works. 

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15 Year Old Boy Reported Missing: Last Seen In Wied Il-Għajn

15 Year Old Boy Reported Missing: Last Seen In Wied Il-Għajn
Oct 5 2023 Share

Heinz Justine De Guino, a 15 year old boy, has been reported missing to the Malta Police Force. 

The boy last appeared in the area of Wied il-Għajn and could possibly be wearing his light blue school uniform or  dark coloured clothing.

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Any information can be offered to the police, even with confidentiality, on the General Headquarters numbers at 21224001/119 or at the closest police station. 

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September 2023 Was World’s Hottest On Record

September 2023 Was World's Hottest On Record
Oct 5 2023 Share

September 2023 marked the hottest September ever recorded, according to the European Union’s climate monitor, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). 

The global average surface air temperature for the month was 0.93°C above the 1991-2020 average, setting an unprecedented record, surpassing the previous 2020 record by 0.5°C. 

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This exceptional deviation from the norm was considered “extraordinary” by climate scientists. The figure was approximately 1.75°C higher than the September average in the pre-industrial period of 1850-1900.

The report emphasises that the world is on the brink of surpassing a critical warming limit. From January to September, global average temperatures were 1.4°C higher than in the late 19th century, approaching the 1.5°C target set by the 2015 Paris Agreement to avert severe climate consequences. 

Warmer sea surface temperatures driven by climate change are intensifying extreme weather events, illustrated by Storm Daniel causing devastating floods in Libya and Greece in September.

The El Niño phenomenon is expected to elevate 2023 to the hottest year on record. Despite its influence, climate change exacerbates its effects. Ongoing global warming, indicated by record-low Antarctic sea ice and significantly reduced Arctic sea ice, underscores the urgent need for action. 

As world leaders convene for the COP28 UN climate talks in Dubai, finding consensus on emission reduction, financial support, and renewable energy will be crucial, particularly in light of diverse opinions on how to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals. Pope Francis has emphasized the urgency of adopting binding policies to phase out fossil fuels, echoing the growing call for ambitious climate action.

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‘Europe Failed On Migration Crisis’: MEP Cyrus Engerer Speech

'Europe Failed On Migration Crisis': MEP Cyrus Engerer Speech
Oct 5 2023 Share

Speaking at the European Parliament, MEP Cyrus Engerer critiqued the European Council and European Commission due to not having reached a common agreement and solution when it comes to migration. 

 

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Quoting anecdotes he picked up when speaking to people on Malta’s streets, Engerer said that many think that Europe has failed when it comes to the issue. The same sentiment was shared by migrants both in detention centres or free.

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This, despite the council having eight years to discern a common position. Engerer said that the parliament has established a strong position but have had to await the council for these same eight years. 

He also offered his critique of the Commission’s deal with Tunisia which will see Tunis receiving monetary boosts in exchange for tightened control across borders. 

 

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Engerer ended the speech saying that citizens deserve a solution and that ‘it is our duty to give them one.’ 

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