Minor 0.1% rise in Malta’s unemployment rate for January 2023

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According to new information released by the National Statistics Office, the unemployment rate for January 2023 stood at 3%.

This is up by 0.1% points when compared to December 2022, with the unemployment rate for males in January 2023 standing at 3.1%. 

Meanwhile, the rate for females stood at 2.9%. As per age groups, the unemployment rate during the same month for persons aged 15 to 24 was 9.6%. 

The rate for those aged between 25 and 74 years stood at 2.3%. The percentages boil down to 9,103 unemployed persons in January of this year. 



Adrian Delia thanks father following Vitals-Steward court ruling

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Adrian Delia thanks father following Vitals-Steward court ruling

Former Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia took to social media to thank his father for values he taught him as the court deemed him victorious over the Vitals-Steward case.

Delia posted a heartwarming photo of himself hugging his father, with the post captioned: 

‘Thank you for teaching me to not ever give up. Thank you for teaching me to never give up in the face of injustice. Thanks dad’. 

The photograph was taken in front of the Maltese parliament which, last Monday, saw Nationalist Party supporters meet to protest alongside Delia and current Opposition leader Bernard Grech. 



Bidnija Farm Revises Planning Use Application

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Bidnija Farm Revises Planning Use Application

A planning application for additional uses to a Bidnija sheep farm has been revised to propose dedicating more space to the animals. The new application no longer requests to convert some of the space to a farmer’s quarters and two guest rooms that were intended for agritourism.

The revised application was filed by farmer Jason Vella, who comes from a farming family and is well-known in the industry for producing cheeselets. “We tried to do everything by the book and it backfired because people misinterpreted our intentions. This project was always intended as a sheep farm that creates fresh local produce” he said.

“We simply wanted to provide visitor access so guests could watch the process. In line with practices around the world, we proposed to add two guest rooms, in which case it would make sense to have the farmer sleep there too.”

“However, given the reaction from the public, we decided to scrap those plans and simply request visitor access. The rest of the space will be used to house more sheep,” Vella said, adding that there was never any intention to build more of the site or to extend any of the property.

There was never any attempt to change the use from farming to anything else. The goal was simply to add ancillary uses over and above the farming, to provide a more holistic experience to potential visitors. The farm, which was built in 2019 after obtaining planning permission, is already operational and hosts a number of sheep. 

This new planning application will allow the number of sheep hosted at the property to be tripled. Built to be 100% eco-friendly and self-sustainable, the farm gets its water needs from rainwater harvesting and its energy needs from solar panels, while using manure to fertilise the nearby fields.


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Ian Borg reacts to Russian UN representative’s harsh criticism of Malta presidency

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Ian Borg reacts to Russian UN representative's harsh criticism of Malta presidency

Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Minister Ian Borg has stated that Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya’s harsh remarks towards Malta’s Security Council presidency were expected, as were the many other states’ words of praise.


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Speaking to Malta Daily while in New York for Malta’s UN Security Council Presidency, Minister Borg stated that Nebenzya’s comments on Malta’s presidency were anticipated since Malta called for a debate on Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. Borg went on to state that the Maltese delegation also welcomed other states thanking Malta for its leadership during the month of February.

On February 24, the Russian Representative criticised Malta’s leadership, stating “we regret the fact that the Maltese president time and time again ignored the procedures of the council and placed its national position, the position of the EU above the presidency.”

“We must acknowledge that Malta is not carrying out this tasks… There is no added value to expand the council with Western countries because you are turning the council into your own instrument”, Nebenzya stated.


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