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Police to investigate filmed bullying case; Education minister condemns act

Police to investigate filmed bullying case; Education minister condemns act
Jan 29 2022 Share

Malta’s Police Force has confirmed that it will be investigating the bullying case captured on camera of a young girl sent directly to newsroom Lovin Malta. 

 

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The police did not specify who it will be pressing charges against or interrogating, but the parents of the students involved in the footage will be held accountable, whether fully or somewhat, for the actions of their children. 

District Police and Community Officers are currently, according to reports, working together with the school in question to address the situation. The incident also sparked an official comment by the recently appointed Minister for Education and Sport Clifton Grima. 

Taking to social media, the Minister said that the footage which is circulating is unacceptable, and it is so ‘because the actions go against all the principles which we believe in. I condemn every form of violence or bullying and the necessary action in regards to the victim and the aggressors is being taken.’

‘Despite the filmed incident shows an episode which happened weeks ago away from the school premises, the ministry has, with immediate effect, taken action with the administration of the college appealing to authorities to introduce surveillance and presence in the area where the incident happened after school hours.’ 

Child Protection Services and the College Psychosocial Team have also been informed to contribute to the investigation. 

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Nationalist Party proposes minimum living income for fair wages

Nationalist Party proposes minimum living income for fair wages
Jan 29 2022 Share

The Nationalist Party has proposed the introduction of a minimum living income in Malta which seeks to combat the reality of material good deprivation. 

A proposal was put forth by PN MP Ivan Bartolo at a press conference titled ‘Living or Existing?’, during which Opposition leader Bernard Grech said that society had an obligation and a moral duty to observe the reality of those deprived of material goods. 

The PN made public four proposals that would form part of its electoral manifest in areas tied to poverty and social justice. ‘We don’t want people working 40 hours a week stretching themselves thin over and above that just to put food on the table’ said Bartolo. 

He said the Opposition was looking at several financial models which would see an adjustment in wages without straining taxpayers or employers but also giving low wage earners the possibility to attain a decent standard of living. 

Saying that the party wants to have employers seeing raising wages as an exercise in getting more value from their employers, Bartolo said that investing in individuals and the work they are doing will result in them doing the work more efficiently and wasting less time. 

The mechanism would seek to expand families’ disposable income, with more details expected to be announced in the run-up to a general election. The party also proposed setting up poverty watch coalitions between NGOs and government entities to have ‘realistic information on poverty and take timely preventive action.’ 

The party would also be committed to tackling the waiting list of homeless people currently waiting for a place in a shelter. With around 300 such people, he said temporary housing solutions would be found to prevent them from sleeping rough in the interim. Finally, the concept of corporate social responsibility in all sectors of business would be introduced. 

Bernard Grech said that ‘we can boast about statistics that indicate that poverty is going down, but statistics do not feed those who are literally going hungry. There are thousands of people in this country who are simply existing and not living.’ 

Noting that the economy had substantially grown during the years preceding the pandemic, he also noted how the need for food banks and soup kitchens to cater for those unable to keep with rising costs also did. 

“Some have told me that inflation is not just a Malta problem, but a global problem and this is why the PN has previously proposed setting up a fund that tackles issues like importation prices,” he said.

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Juventus complete biggest signing of the transfer window

Jan 29 2022 Share

Juventus have completed the signing of Serbian striker Dušan Vlahović from rival club Fiorentina. He will take over the coveted no.7 shirt which was worn by the great Cristiano Ronaldo before his move to Manchester United.

The deal will reportedly cost the Bianconeri a staggering €80 million whilst they will pay the Serbian around €7 million a year. Juventus will first pay a fee of €70 million over the next 3 financial years whilst the rest of the deal will be payed in performance related bonuses.

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Fiorentina wanted to sell their prime asset after he made it clear to the ownership that he didn’t want to extend his deal which would have expired in 18-months. He reportedly only wanted the Bianconeri, even rejecting opportunities from English clubs Arsenal and Tottenham. It was also reported that Fiorentina preferred to sell him abroad but were sort of forced to sell him to their historic rivals in order to get a price worthy of the player.

Vlahović had his breakout season last year scoring an impressive 21 goals in 40 appearances for Fiorentina and has continued his fine form by scoring 20 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.

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Apple’s next iOS update could let you use Face ID with a mask

Apple’s next iOS update could let you use Face ID with a mask
Jan 29 2022 Share

Face masks due to COVID-19 have almost become a fashion item at this point, and Apple seems to be recognising the reality of them maybe sticking around for a while. 

Due to this, the company appears to be testing a feature that will let you use Face ID to unlock the phone even if you are donning a mask. The first developer beta for iOS 15.4 has a screen that asks if you want to be able to use Face ID while wearing a mask at the cost of reduced security. 

This comes through photos from MacRumours and other Apple investigators and leakers. The feature will unfortunately be only available for those who own a newer device. 

According to photos posted by Brandon Butch on Twitter, Apple says that ‘iPhone can recognise the unique features around the eye area to authenticate’. A warning was issued to state that it would be more accurate if it is set to work without a mask. 

9to5Mac reports that this feature only works on the iPhone 12 and 13 lines, but as of yet no 2018 iPad Pro owner was able to use it. This feature does come however as many more people called for Apple to try and develop this technology. 

Apple has already introduced various updates to help – iOS 13.5 would detect that you’re wearing a mask and quickly ask for a passcode. 14.5 also let people with Apple Watches use Face ID while wearing a mask.

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