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Person reportedly run over by bus in Mriehel bypass

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Person reportedly run over in Mriehel bypass

A person has been reportedly been run over in the Mriehel bypass by a Tallinja bus. Traffic is currently being redirected as police and Transport Malta officials convene on site. 

It is currently unknown what the status of the victim is and how the incident occurred. Drivers are being encouraged to avoid the area for the time being. 

More information as it emerges. 

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WATCH: Massive cloud of smoke as fire breaks out in Mriehel

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A thick black plume of smoke has emerged in Mrieħel as what seems to be a fire broke out in a building in one of Malta’s central industrial areas.

 

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It is unclear what caused the fire and whether or not anyone was injured. More on this story as it develops.

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Price of interconnector energy increases by 500% since 2020

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The price of interconnector energy has increased by nearly 500% since 2020. The massive increase is due to the multiple global crises that the world has seen since 2020, whether it be the covid-19 pandemic or Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that has ultimately affected all of Europe in one way or another.

According to a map of EU energy purchases published this week, Malta paid around €591 per megawatt for power from the European grid on Monday.

By comparison, before 2020 Malta used to pay around €100 per megawatt for power from the interconnector.

The prices will reportedly increase even more in the coming years. They will increase to approximately €700 per megawatt, according to industry experts.

Even though a severe rise in cost in energy for households and businesses has been a common occurrence around the EU, prices in Malta have not changed a lot. Enemalta are still selling energy to consumers at 2014 prices albeit the rise in cost.

Last April the government committed €200 million to protect consumers from rising energy prices. They did not confirm how long this money would cover the costs.

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Persons with disabilities could get personal assistant to support independence

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Persons with disabilities could get personal assistant to support independence

According to Agenzija Sapport CEO Oliver Scicluna, people with disabilities could very soon have a personal assistant appointed to them to support the cultivation of an independent life. 

Differing from a home carer, the assistant’s recruitment and training would be directed by the person with disability or their guardian, in case of intellectual disabilities, to train them to the specific needs. 

Scicluna said that the Support Agency is working on introducing the new concept and to move away from the current European Network on Independent Living system. 

The current context sees the government allocating and paying for carers for eligible people with disabilities. Scicluna differentiated this from the personal assistant who will help them ‘reach their potential.’ 

Carers are also currently recruited from agencies which specialise in elderly care. Scicluna said that personal assistance would require the creation of a new job title so that the right people could be recruited through JobsPlus. 

The persons with disabilities themselves would be involved in the recruitment and training process to create a person centred approach to the process. 

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