WATCH: PN proposes free contraception and morning-after-pill for over-16s

 - Local - May 17 2021 SHARE ON:

Nationalist Party and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech has stated that if elected, a PN Government will provide free contraception and morning-after-pill to citizens aged over 16 in an attempt to reduce demand for abortion.


In a string of recent Tweets, Grech stated that the PN is ‘in favour of adopting all measures necessary to provide the best possible sexual health services; without endangering the lives of unborn children’.

Grech maintained his stance against MP Marlene Farrugia’s abortion criminalisation bill stating that “life has value from conception till death” and went on to state the he wants to listen to women and the challenges they face when seeking abortions.


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Restaurants reopening ‘Better Than Expected’ says MHRA President

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Restaurants reopening 'Better Than Expected' says MHRA President

Tony Zahra, President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) has told The Malta Independent that the first week of restaurants reopening was ‘better than expected’ after establishments opened their doors on 10 may after two months.

At the moment, establishments are allowed to open until 5pm, providing only take-away afterwards but will be able to serve tables until 12am as from 24 May, revealing that they have had very positive responses with encouraging demand.

The MHRA President went on to state that he expects June to be a slower month compared to other summer months but expects work to build-up over time, concluding by stating that while we can’t celebrate just yet, we remain hopeful for further business.


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Malta ranks first in Europe for LGBTI rights in 2021 Rainbow Map

 - Culture - May 17 2021 SHARE ON:

Released every single year since 2009 on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia (IDAHOBIT), the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations & discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights & full equality) based on LGBTI rights in Europe.

In 2021, Malta ranked first for the sixth year in a row with a score of 94%, with Belgium coming second at 74% and Luxembourg third at 72%, highlighting the countries’ stance on policy and laws based on six thematic categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.

However, this year’s rainbow map also shines a light on a much-needed reboot on LGBTI rights in Europe due to a prevalent and evident stand-still, where many governments are at a juncture when choosing ‘the right way forward’ accord to ILGA-Europe. While countries such as Finland, Portugal and Albania have moved up in rankings, it is only due to small changes in policy, while Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia have remained in the bottom three for another year.


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Get the jab! Vaccine registration officially open for ages 16 & over

 - COVID-19 - May 17 2021 SHARE ON:

As Malta continues its rapid inoculation programme, actually surpassing Israel over the weekend for the country with the most vaccinated citizens, registration has officially opened for citizens aged 16 and over.


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Health Minister Chris Fearne took to Instagram to post a graphic providing information about vaccination, redirecting citizens to national health website vaccin.gov.mt for registration. Otherwise, one can call on 99180045 for Malta on 99180044 for Gozo.

Over 141,000 citizens are fully vaccinated while Malta’s active case number currently stands at 158 ahead of today’s national COVID-19 update.


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