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President George Vella visits site where Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered

President George Vella visits site where Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered
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Earlier today, President George Vella visited the Bidnija site where Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated. He was accompanied by wife Miriam Vella and Caruana Galizia’s family, where they set a wreath at the site and paid their respects to the journalist who was assassinated with a car bomb in 2017.

The Office of the President published a statement revealing that the visit to the Bidnija site was organised after a number of exchanges and agreements between the journalist’s family and the President.

The Caruana Galizia family welcomed the President’s visit, in light of the recent public inquiry, as an exhibition of recognition of the state’s responsibility in the assassination and failure to recognise and avoid the risks to the journalist’s life.

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WATCH: Conor McGregor & Machine Gun Kelly in heated argument on VMA red carpet

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The Barclays Center in New York was brimming with celebrities on Sunday evening for the 2021 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards but things started to heat up as the night progressed.

Despite claiming that “absolutely nothing” happened, video footage has emerged showing the Irish MMA fighter and American rapper exchange in a heated back-and-forth before McGregor lunged at the artist and threw a drink at him. The security arrived just in time to separate the stars before they came to blows.

Reports have stated that the altercation began when McGregor asked Machine Gun Kelly for a photo, which the rapper denied, reportedly shoved McGregor and made him stumble backwards and spill his drink. MGK, real name Colson Baker’s girlfriend Megan Fox was seen being escorted beyond the melee while the situation diffused.

The two were seen in the audience at the award show soon after, with McGregor telling an Entertainment Tonight representative that he only fights real fighters and he most certainly does not fight ‘little Vanilla Ice white rappers’.

Who are you siding with in this situation?

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“It makes no sense”: MEP Alex Agius Saliba criticises Malta’s quarantine hotel rule

"It makes no sense": MEP Alex Agius Saliba criticises Malta's quarantine hotel rule
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Following the controversy surrounding influencer Daniel Umanah’s request for his sister with Down’s syndrome to quarantine at home and the subsequent refusal of the request, MEP Alex Agius Saliba gave his two cents on the situation.

The Labour MEP went on to state that while it is the Superintendent for Public Health’s prerogative to impose obligatory quarantine on individuals who arrive in Malta from countries with a considerable COVID-19 spread, the current system forcing arrivals to quarantine at particular hotels does not make any sense.

Agius Saliba alluded to the case of Rachel Umanah, who has just arrived from Nigeria with her brother Daniel who was doing charity work in the town of Ikot Imo. Umanah himself had also stated that it is unfair and ridiculous that the entire Maltese national football team was exempt from having to quarantine in general, while Rachel’s case is being denied. A spokesperson for the Health Ministry has since stated that the team was exempt from quarantine because they were not in contact with the community and followed UEFA guidelines.

What do you make of the situation?

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Should employers have the right to ask employees about vaccination status?

Should employers have the right to ask employees about vaccination status?
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The Malta Chamber of SMEs has proposed that employers should have the right to know whether or not their employees have been vaccinated and if they have been to high-risk countries. This proposal was part of the chamber’s annual budget proposals and consisted of 26 items covering a variety of aspects of the local economy such as COVID-19 restrictions and employees choosing not to get vaccinated being unable to receive paid quarantine leave.

The chamber also proposed that employees travelling to high-risk countries shouldn’t be entitled to paid quarantine leave. The proposals also include incentives for socially-distances activities such as team-building to increase morale within employees.

Amongst others, the chamber also called for pandemic assistance schemes such as bank loan moratoria and wage supplements to aid the businesses which have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Further proposals include the lowering of income tax, digitisation of businesses, no ODZ development in Gozo and more.

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