Michelle Muscat Speaks Out On Ongoing Corruption Case

May 31 2024 Share

Michelle Muscat, wife of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, took to Instagram to address the ongoing corruption case involving her husband. On Tuesday, Joseph Muscat pleaded “absolutely not guilty” as he, along with former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, former Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and others were dealt with a number of charges including corruption, money laundering and more.

In her Instagram post, Michelle Muscat expressed frustration over the legal restrictions imposed on her husband, particularly his inability to speak publicly about the case. She highlighted that the Attorney General allegedly denied her husband from speaking, in a country where we boast of our European Values and Freedom of Speech. On a recent Instagram posted accompanied by a selfie, she wrote:

“In a country where we pride ourselves on European values and everyone can exercise freedom of speech, the Attorney General decided to deny my husband the right to speak. We’ve come a long way. Everyone can say and invent whatever they want about this famous inquiry (and more). They can make programs and invent and say what they want. No one wanted or tried to stop them. Only Joseph cannot speak. Who is bothered when he speaks? Who doesn’t want him to continue communicating with people? Imagine if the Attorney General stopped someone else from speaking as statements and protests have been issued for a long time. And now that he can’t speak, the lies have increased. They even scandalise themselves that he continues to work both in Malta and abroad. They are scandalised that we get up in the morning and continue to work. Hysterical stories suitable for a film. No wonder they were surprised by the large and civil gathering in Valletta. Therefore, I thank everyone for the support you are giving us wherever you meet us.”

What do you make of this?


Wholesome TikTok Captures Students’ Surprise for Beloved Teacher

Wholesome TikTok Captures Students' Surprise for Beloved Teacher
May 31 2024 Share

A heartwarming TikTok video has captured the wholesome moment a local educator was surprised by his students with a cake and a card. The video, posted by the TikTok account @mylifeisspajsichicken17, titled “wieħed tal-aħħar” (“one for the end”), suggests that this might be the students’ last lecture with their beloved teacher.

The candid footage shows the educator visibly ecstatic and deeply touched by the surprise, highlighting the strong bond between him and his students. The video quickly gained attention online, with viewers flooding the comments section with compliments. Comments such as “Well done, one of the best teachers,” “In Mario we trust,” and “too cute” reflect the admiration for the teacher.

This touching moment not only showcases the impact that a dedicated educator can have on their students but also emphasises the appreciation and respect within the classroom.

Kudos to the students for the initiative!


Mental Health First Aid Courses Amongst Year 9s in All Schools

May 31 2024 Share

Addressing the challenges of mental health within the community truly is possible, but the community must first be sufficiently informed and trained to assist those facing this challenge. This was the message sent by Dr. Lydia Abela during a discussion with Year 9 students at the Żejtun Secondary School, after they completed a mental health first aid course.

The course, part of the ‘SPEAK’ initiative, aims to raise awareness about mental health and is now offered to ninth-grade students in all schools. Funded by donations from the ‘Smiles with Miles’ initiative and the Bank of Valletta, the course is a result of collaboration with the Richmond Foundation.

The course helps students understand how to provide initial assistance to individuals with mental health challenges. Dr. Abela worked closely with the Foundation and the Commissioner for Mental Health, Dennis Vella Baldacchino, to develop the course, which trains students to identify signs of mental health issues. The 25-hour course is also available to educators, emphasising sensitivity and empathy. So far, around five thousand students and three hundred and thirty educators have participated.

Dr. Abela emphasised that mental health should be a regular topic of discussion and addressed appropriately. She highlighted the importance of society supporting everyone to recover and live better lives, promoting awareness and prevention.

Also present were Education Minister Clifton Grima and Health Minister Jo Etienne Abela, who praised the initiative for aligning with the Government’s vision and demonstrating that mental health involves more than just treatment and medication.


19-Year-Old Suspected of Placing Bomb Labour Headquarters Arrested

19-Year-Old Suspected of Placing Bomb Labour Headquarters Arrested
May 31 2024 Share
The police have revealed that a 19-year-old Santa Venera resident has been arrested on suspicion of the individual being behind the explosion reported on Thursday within the Mile End vicinity, Hamrun.
The individual was arrested at a Hamrun garage, where the police found the explosives matching the ones used the day before together with other material.
As a precaution, the police evacuated the residents in the garage’s vicinity. Investigations held by the police and the Ammuniation and Explosives squadron within the Armed Forces of Malta are currently under way.
📷 Daniel Micallef / Keith Abela