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Owner relieved as stolen drag-racing car found in Iklin

 - Local - Nov 24 SHARE ON:
Owner relieved as stolen drag-racing car found in Iklin

Driver Sean Prout has been re-united with his car after it went missing at the Ħal Far race track on Monday.

The distinctive car, a Honda Civic ep3 blanketed in bright blue decals was caught being towed away on CCTV camera footage, with the owner offering a €5,000 reward for anyone who found it.

After it went missing, the car made headlines in Italy, Sicily, Malta and even America, with Prout calling on the person responsible to return it as soon as possible.

The vehicle was then found in an Iklin road by Mosta resident Lee Micallef, who alerted the police and its rightful owner soon after spotting it.

The car was reportedly in fair condition, with “very minor damage done”.

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Karl Izzo to contest ASA presidency election this month

 - Local - Nov 23 SHARE ON:
Karl Izzo to contest ASA presidency election this month

Karl Izzo, who served as Malta’s national waterpolo coach since 2013, has confirmed that he will submit his candidacy to become the new president of the Aquatic Sports Association. 

During the past few weeks, Izzo has been approached by several local clubs who feel that a change in leadership is necessary to ensure Malta’s improvement in the field. 

At a reception at the Hilton Hotel, Izzo presented his vision to a large crowd to outline his short and long term plans for the sector. 

Ensuring everyone that he has the right portfolio to lead the association, he said that the focus will not be solely on waterpolo. After multiple talks with the aquatic sports sector clubs he was able to draft a number of proposals which were described as realistic by Izzo and other speakers at the presentation. 

Popular speakers within the aquatic sector in Malta and beyond, such as Neil Agius, Dino Zammit, Matthew Zammit and others, endorsed Izzo as the right man for the job after experiencing his work first hand. 

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President of Malta visits Maltese patients in London

 - International - Nov 23 SHARE ON:
President of Malta visits Maltese patients in London

Currently, 48 Maltese patients are being given medical care in various specialised hospitals in London. 

President of Malta George Vella and his wife Miriam Vella visited some of these same patients and met with various professionals who care for the cases of these patients. 

The main aim, the president said, is to be close to the patients and their families during their most difficult moments. Accompanied by the Administrative Boardman Chairman of the Malta Community Chest Fund Sir John Huber, the President and his wife visited the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Royal Marsden in Sutton and the London Gynaecology Clinic. 

In the Great Ormond Street hospital, 76 children from Malta experienced recovery this year alone. Four kids are currently receiving treatment, with the youngest being a months-old infant. 

Meanwhile, 67 Maltese patients travelled to Sutton for cure from the Royal Marsden hospital as of January of 2022. 

‘I am delighted to hear about how the specialists carry out treatment with love’ said the President. ‘Many of them become acquainted with Malta pretty well and keep intact with their Maltese representatives.’

The pair also met patients and relatives who are currently living at the Puttinu Cares apartments in Sutton as well as the Franciscan Sister’s residency. Sir John Huber explained that the MCCF is helping these families cover the costs that come with undergoing such treatment. 

The costs of MCCF are increasing, with President George Vella explaining that more than 80% of the MCCF costs are tied to the specialised medicine necessary for oncological treatment. 

‘We are doing everything we can to provide the medicine to the patients. Telling a patient we do not have the medicine does not even cross my mind’ said the President.

The visit was also carried out in anticipation of the 27th edition of the annual Istrina to raise money to help more patients who require aid. 

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National Curriculum Framework Board launched by Education Minister

 - Local - Nov 23 SHARE ON:
National Curriculum Framework Board launched by Education Minister

The education system in Malta is currently experiencing a transformation in the way the teaching process is carried out across all levels. The system started to shift from one based on curriculum to one based on Learning Outcomes. 

Education Minister Clifton Grima said that this system is the fruit of work and discussions carried out throughout the years with various sectors and schools as well as the Malta Union of Teachers. 

‘An holistic education system which cares for the individual should not work on producing workers but producing better people who have skills with different potentials’ he said. 

The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) is a backbone for the national curriculum, with the assessments gauging where students are in terms of knowledge, competence and skills. 

The Learning Outcomes have one goal:  that learning does not remain prescriptive but becomes based on the skills that a student can achieve. Pedagogy and assessment will be carried out through a progressive experience for students. 

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