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People React To Video Of Girl Being Assaulted In Valletta

People React To Video Of Girl Being Assaulted In Valletta
Oct 25 2023 Share

After a video surfaced on social media showing a young teenage girl being physically assaulted by a group of what seem to be her peers, police an investigation into the case as local social media reacts to the assault.

Among them was PN MP Darren Carabott, who posted a status saying: ‘if you are of flesh and blood, you felt your stomach churn with every hit she received. But at the same time you start to think about how there are people who are able to laugh and film the scene.’

‘Am I surprised with what I saw? I’d say no, unfortunately. And if the hand of the law is not enforced in Valletta, this will keep happening.’

Referring to comments made by Prime Minister Robert Abela after another youth attack on other youths earlier this year, Carabott added: ‘It seems as though Prime Minister Robert Abela was right when he said, last January, that he does not trust his daughter out in Valletta’s streets. The problem is that, after 10 months of having said this, nothing happened.’

‘The residents and parents who let their children go out to Valletta – they expect action: they hope that they, or their children, aren’t the next victim.’

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Could Malta Be Getting A New Electric Minibus?

Could Malta Be Getting A New Electric Minibus?
Oct 25 2023 Share

Malta Public Transport is embarking on a pilot project to assess the feasibility and advantages of employing smaller electric vehicles in areas where conventional bus sizes might not be practical. 

Collaborating with local transport authorities, the company aims to gather valuable insights into the adaptability and suitability of these minibuses for future transportation needs. 

The initiative stems from feedback received through recent surveys conducted by Malta Public Transport and other organizations.

The new electric minibus, with a capacity of up to 25 passengers, is currently operational on various routes serving different villages across the island. 

These routes include 106 (covering Ħ’Attard, Ħal-Lija, Ħal Balzan, Birkirkara, Mater Dei Hospital, and the University of Malta), 103 (connecting Bidnija, Mosta, Naxxar, Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq, and Pembroke), and 124 (operating between Marsaskala, Żabbar, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Senglea). 

This service is suitable for localities with lower passenger demand or where larger buses face operational constraints due to size.

The minibus will also soon be introduced on routes in Gozo, broadening the scope of the pilot project’s evaluation. Malta Public Transport’s foray into smaller transport options, such as the Valletta service and on-demand services in various communities, has proven highly popular. 

Plans are underway to incorporate electric minibuses on both current and potential routes, linking villages to main bus terminals and fortifying transport connections. This complements the recent surge in passenger numbers, which peaked at 6.1 million in August 2023.

Additionally, the electric minibus is being assessed for suitability in “on-demand” transport services, enhancing the flexibility and convenience of public transport. 

This initiative follows Malta Public Transport’s substantial €20 million investment in electrifying the public transport system, underscoring their dedication to sustainability and eco-conscious transport in Malta.

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14.3% of New Students In Malta In 2021/22 Year Were Of Foreign Citizenship

14.3% of New Students In Malta In 2021/22 Year Were Of Foreign Citizenship
Oct 25 2023 Share

In the 2021-2022 academic year, total student enrolment in pre-primary, primary, and secondary education reached 58,377, showing a slight increase of 0.6% from the previous year. Among these students, 51.9% were male, with a minor 0.1% rise in female enrolment compared to the prior academic year.

Age-wise, 46.1% of students fell between 5 to 10 years, while 37.3% were in the 11-15 year bracket. State-run schools accounted for 58.9% of total enrollments, followed by church schools at 27.4%, and independent schools at 13.7%.

Mandatory education saw 49,033 students, with 55.1% in primary and 44.9% in secondary schools. State-run schools attracted over half of the enrollments at each level. Average class sizes varied, with primary classes having 17.2 students and secondary classes having 18.7. State schools had the smallest class sizes, while church schools had the highest, notably in ‘Year 6’ with 23.8 students per class.

In terms of districts, the Northern Harbour hosted the largest share of school levels (33.7%), closely followed by the Southern Harbour (18.9%). A significant majority of students attended schools in the Northern Harbour (37.5%), followed by the Southern Harbour (17.1%).

Regarding nationality, 85.7% of students were Maltese, while 14.3% were foreign citizens. Among these, 60% were non-EU nationals. The largest groups of foreign students were Italian (13.4%), British (8.0%), Syrian (7.2%), Serbian (6.3%), and Libyan (6.0%). Italian was the most popular foreign language studied at secondary level (54.4%), followed by French (25.3%).

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Accident Victim Airlifted To Mater Dei: At Risk Of Dying

Accident Victim Airlifted To Mater Dei: At Risk Of Dying
Oct 25 2023 Share

Today, at around 0730hrs, police were informed that their assistance was needed in Triq ir-Repubblika, Rabat, Gozo. 

Police convened immediately on site and preliminary investigations showed that a 63 year old resident of Żebbuġ, Gozo had been hit by a Citroen Berlingo driven by a 31 year old man resident of Rabat, Gozo. 

The 63 year old man was given preliminary aid and was taken to Gozo General Hospital, where he was certified as having suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Mater Dei Hospital with a helicopter for further medical assistance. 

An inquiry has been opened and investigations are ongoing. 

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