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Non-Maltese Healthcare Workers Given Maltese Language Training

Non-Maltese Healthcare Workers Given Maltese Language Training
Jun 21 2024 Share

Two hundred foreign nurses and carers have begun Maltese language lessons through a program initiated by Melita Training and Resources Management (MTRM) and Healthmark.

The training focuses on Maltese terms related to patient care, hygiene, first aid, and emotional support, emphasizing empathy and effective communication.

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The program includes practical sessions in simulated environments and is led by a qualified nurse with teaching expertise.

MTRM, a private company within the GWU, is licensed and accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA). Its mission is to provide adults with educational opportunities to develop skills and competencies for self-sufficiency and gainful employment.

Healthmark, a leading Maltese company, recruits, trains, and deploys carers and nurses to various hospitals and elderly homes in Malta. As its workforce grows more international, Healthmark recognizes the need to enhance spoken Maltese proficiency through accredited programs.

MTRM CEO Lewis Spiteri stated, “Our goal is to improve patient care by providing comprehensive training for caregivers. This program is already significantly impacting healthcare services in our community.

We are grateful to Healthmark for their support in realizing this program.”

Healthmark CEO Charlotte Sant Portanier added, “We constantly strive to improve our quality of care. We ensure we have enough workers to meet the growing healthcare demands and that every worker is qualified and sensitive to our local environment and patient needs.”

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Summer Solstice: The Longest Day Of The Year

Summer Solstice: The Longest Day Of The Year
Jun 21 2024 Share

If yesterday felt particularly dragging, just know it was the longest day of the year.

That’s because ummer began in the Northern Hemisphere yesterday, June 20, marking the longest day of the year.

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The summer solstice, or June solstice, is when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky.

This event ushers in summer for the Northern Hemisphere and winter for the Southern Hemisphere, bringing the most daylight hours of the year to the north and the fewest to the south.

Above the Arctic Circle, residents experience the “midnight sun,” where the sun remains visible for weeks or months.

A full Strawberry Moon will follow the solstice, reaching its peak at 9:08 p.m. EDT on June 21 (01:08 GMT on June 22). It will appear full the nights before and after its peak, located near the constellation Sagittarius.

The June solstice and seasonal changes are due to Earth’s axial tilt of 23.44°. This tilt causes each hemisphere to tilt towards the sun for half the year. During the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, while the Southern Hemisphere tilts away.

The solstices don’t occur on the same day each year because the astronomical year is 365.25 days long, causing the summer solstice to shift between June 20, 21, and 22. However, the solstice occurs simultaneously worldwide, meaning it can happen at different times of the day depending on your location.

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Viral Skater Glides Through Valletta’s Streets

Viral Skater Glides Through Valletta's Streets
Jun 20 2024 Share

An Indian skater known as ‘Mr. Skater’ is making waves online with his captivating skating videos filmed across Malta. Currently residing in Malta, Mr. Skater has amassed thousands of likes and views on social media for his smooth glides through the island’s picturesque streets.

 

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In his most recent viral video, Mr. Skater can be seen effortlessly navigating the historic corners of Valletta with a red flag adorned with the iconic eight-pointed cross fluttering behind him.

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The videos do not only his impressive skating prowess but also the unique beauty of Malta’s landscape, which may be why his videos are gaining so many views.

On the flip side of the coin, with some taking to the comments to express their frustration at the fact that the roller blades may have damage the steps upon his descent.

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88.9% Of People In Malta Believe In God

Jun 20 2024 Share

Survey Reveals Maltese Attitudes Towards Religion and Trust: A Detailed Analysis

In a recent survey “Stat tan-Nazzjon,” a significant majority of respondents affirmed their belief in God.

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The survey, designed by statistics expert Dr. Vincent Marmarà and strategic communication consultant Mr. Lou Bondi, encompassed a representative sample of 1,064 individuals across Malta.

A striking 88.9% of respondents declared their belief in God, while only 8.2% stated they did not believe, and 3.0% were uncertain. These figures have remained relatively consistent over the past four years, though subtle shifts are noticeable.

  • Among those aged 16-25, over twenty respondents (20.7%) expressed disbelief in God.
  • Over fourteen percent of individuals with tertiary education reported not believing in God (14.5%).

Despite these variations, religion retains significant importance for many Maltese:

  • 56.7% of respondents consider religion very important in their lives.
  • 31.5% view it as somewhat important.
  • 10.4% regard it as not important at all.

The data suggests a clear trend: older respondents tend to place greater importance on religion. Conversely, those with lower educational levels overwhelmingly deem religion important (83.3%). Interestingly, higher earners tend to place less importance on religion.

Less than 40% of the survey participants in 2024 said they consider religion significantly when making moral decisions (38.9%), a notable decrease from 49.0% in 2023. The trend indicates that older individuals are more likely to factor in religion when determining right from wrong, whereas higher education levels correlate with a lesser reliance on religious considerations for such decisions.

Dr. Marmarà highlighted a growing sentiment among Maltese people of declining reliance on religion and political parties for decision-making. This coincides with increasing importance placed on family for guidance and support. Trust in media is also waning.

Dr. Marmarà noted, “People are becoming more selective in whom they trust, reducing their risk-taking in trust. The decreasing trust in media reflects this shift.”

Other key findings include:

  • 35.2% of respondents believe that foreigners are not the solution to Malta’s issues, even though tourism, which heavily relies on foreigners, is seen as vital for economic growth.
  • A significant number of people feel financially better off, yet their expectations continue to evolve.

President Myriam Spiteri Debono opened the national conference by reflecting on the survey’s findings over the past four years. She emphasised the importance of these insights for institutions and political entities aiming to lead and serve the Maltese population effectively.

“The survey serves as a crucial guide and reference for institutions and organisations working among the people, particularly those aspiring to leadership at various levels,” concluded President Debono.

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