Non-smokers given six extra paid days off to compensate for smoke breaks

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Non-smokers given six extra off days to compensate for smoke breaks

A number of companies in Japan have granted their workers an extra number of vacation days to non-smokers to compensate for the smoke breaks that they do not take.

While smoke breaks take around five to ten minutes, a break or two will eventually add up. Moreover, Japan’s is engorged in its own smoking culture, with around 20,000,000 people presumed to be smokers within one of the world’s largest tobacco markets.

In what started as a simple thought in the company suggestion box, Japanese companies eventually ended up rewarding non-smoking employees with six extra paid leave days for their work. Piala Inc CEO Takao Asuka opted for such a measure to “encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion.”

What would YOU choose? Smoke breaks or paid vacation days?



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“How will passengers enter the bus?” Awkward railing removed following online intervention

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"How will passengers enter the bus?" Awkward railing removed following online intervention

Infrastructure Malta has removed an awkwardly-placed railing in the newly-reformed Triq Sant Andrija in San Gwann, after the confusion it created for obstructing entry at a bus stop.

Originally erected to provide pedestrian safety, the railing was sarcastically called “Pure genius” by Nationalist MP Adrian Delia and hundreds of commenters before Infrastructure Malta”s intervention.

A note from Infrastructure Malta to Adrian Delia stated that the temporary railing was ordered to be removed, and it eventually was. IM also highlighted that such works are part of a larger project meant to upgrade the area’s infrastructure, ‘including a new stormwater system and new road surfaces and alignments’. 

What do you make of this?


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WATCH: Malta’s most common sex-related question is about penis size

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WATCH: Malta's most common sex-related question is about penis size

Like every other country in the world, Malta and its citizens deal with sex-related issues on a daily basis and problems range from very common to relatively obscure.

Thankfully, clinical sex and relationship therapists like Matthew Bartolo exist to create a space for discussion and understanding on such issues. During Malta Daily’s latest episode of GROUNDED with Sarah & Amy, Bartolo breaks down some of the most common issues and questions amongst the Maltese population, with one of the most common being related to penis size.

The therapist discusses that comparison is a common issue, revealing that the average penis size is 5.5 inches. He went on to state that when in a relationship, size isn’t really an issue and oftentimes, they are met with more situations where the penis is too big rather than too small.


During the full episode of GROUNDED, Bartolo also discusses the stigma surrounding sex in Malta and the taboo of discussion due to the vulgar nature of the Maltese language, amongst other topics.

Do you think that sex is considered taboo in Malta?


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WATCH: Increase in street beggars as Malta copes with inflation

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WATCH: Increase in street beggars as Malta copes with inflation

Could Malta be experiencing an increase in street beggars as it continues to cope with the rapid increase in prices across the country?


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A recent clip shows a woman roaming the streets of Birgu asking people in the surrounding area for any spare change that they may have before wandering off, potentially to find someone else.

While the ongoing battle with inflation is not exclusive to the Malta, organisations helping those in need are feeling more and more pressure as the number of people requiring financial assistance continues to increase.

On Tuesday, YMCA Chief Executive Officer Anthony Camilleri told NET News that they have seen an increase in people who cannot cope with food prices, with some not even able to purchase a bottle of water. Camilleri went on to shine light on a new phenomenon where individuals aged 60 and over are going to the YMCA because they cannot afford to buy their medicine or sustain a roof over their heads.

What do you make of this?


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