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Prime Minister Robert Abela’s Closing Campaign Speech

Jun 6 2024 Share

As the campaign for the upcoming MEP and Local Council elections drew to a close, Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader Robert Abela delivered a stirring and passionate speech emphasizing unity and progress. In a grand event held at MFCC in Ta’ Qali, Abela outlined his vision for Malta, centering on the principle that “no challenge is bigger than a united family and likewise no challenge is bigger than a united country.”

Addressing a lively audience, Prime Minister Abela highlighted the Labour Party’s optimistic approach throughout the campaign. He reminded the people that the upcoming Saturday’s elections are a critical moment for the future of Malta, urging them to vote for their children’s and families’ future. “For your children, for your families,” Abela emphasized, calling on citizens to renew their trust in the PL. He warned that abstaining from voting could inadvertently support “the establishment, potentially leading to a resurgence of arrogance and division.”

Reflecting on the past challenging years, including the pandemic, Abela praised the government’s role as a protective shield for the people. He proudly noted Malta’s strong economic recovery and continued growth, which translates into creating quality careers and social progress.

Prime Minister Abela assured the public that future budgets would continue to focus on people-centric achievements. Upcoming measures will include further increases and grants benefiting families and the middle class, aiming to enhance the quality of life for all citizens. He urged voters to participate actively in the election, emphasizing that every vote counts and that each election starts afresh.

Robert Abela underscored the importance of Malta’s strong representation in the European Council, advocating for aid on energy and ensuring Malta receives the attention it deserves. He framed the election as a choice between support and austerity, unity and division, progress and populism, change and stagnation. He called for a strong vote for PL candidates in both the European Parliament and Local Council elections, reinforcing the message that collective effort leads to greater achievements.

Concluding his speech, Prime Minister Robert Abela reiterated his vision of a united and healthier Malta.

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Forvis Mazars network unlocks potential of employees and aspiring professionals

Forvis Mazars network unlocks potential of employees and aspiring professionals
Jun 6 2024 Share

We spoke to Anthony Attard, Managing Partner at Forvis Mazars in Malta, about the implications of the creation of the new Top 10 global network, Forvis Mazars, with a particular focus on the opportunities it provides for young people aiming to embark in a career in the professional services.

Anthony explained  that being the “largest new entrant into the global rankings in decades”, the creation of Forvis Mazars “has effectively shaken up the global professional services. Forvis Mazars has also broken the mould as it is a two-firm network, bringing together Mazars, an international partnership operating in over 100 countries and territories, and FORVIS, a top ranked firm in the United States. 

Anthony said that this move also “brings opportunities for our people in terms of support as they progress along the path of continued growth.” He explained  that the huge benefits accruing from this international integrated partnership, in terms of shared knowledge, expertise and experience across this strengthened global platform, “will go a long way towards unlocking the potential of both current employees, as well as that of young people interested in joining this growing sector.”  

Anthony is confident that the creation of the Forvis Mazars global network, and the consequent integration of the Mriehel-based firm within Forvis Mazars, “will undoubtedly serve to boost our already robust Employer Value Proposition. It will specifically lend further credence to our commitment towards providing young people with a global school of excellence – now as part of the new and vastly expanded Forvis Mazars international network. Thanks to this landmark development, aspiring professionals will have exposure to an environment which provides an even greater array of learning and training opportunities, both locally and overseas..” 

The creation of the Forvis Mazars global network reinforces the concept of a unique international partnership which is by its very nature collaborative and multicultural; and therefore the diversity which characterises the new global reality which is Forvis Mazars, is regarded as a “driver for value”. “To capitalise on our diversity”, said  Anthony , “we need to know how to work together. This is why we do not see international mobility as a perk, but is instead considered as a valuable development tool for our people, in addition to being of value for our organisation as a whole.” He added that the firm offers a range of programmes designed to enhance one’s international outlook with regards to their profession, including various opportunities for international secondment for personnel at all levels. 

 “We also see the creation of Forvis Mazars as an opportunity to further refine and expand the scope of our Internship Programme, with internships opportunities available to local post-secondary/sixth form, University, MCAST and ACCA students. Students who join us can look forward to working on  client related assignments  while being mentored by our most experienced professionals, together with a sensible level of flexibility which allows them to tailor-make the programme to suit their requirements.”  

He also touched on the very topical issue of a sustainable work-life balance: “The career of a financial auditor or in any consulting profession is very demanding in terms of time, personal investment and travel. This is why, at Forvis Mazars, we strive to preserve a work-life balance for our employees. Whilst expecting our people to give their utmost, we believe that this is achievable in balance with their personal life. To this end, we offer an array of family-friendly measures, hybrid working conditions and flexible employee time management. 

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Sara Ezabe’s Vision for an Inclusive Malta

Sara Ezabe’s Vision for an Inclusive Malta
Jun 6 2024 Share

During the ‘Il-Kamp Politiku,’ a weekend retreat for Labour Party MEP candidates, Sara Ezabe shared her insightful perspectives on building a more inclusive Malta. Her comments, made during a meal with PL candidates, offered a glimpse into her personal experiences and aspirations for the nation’s future.

Ezabe began by expressing her desire to see Malta become more inclusive. “I would like to see a Malta that is inclusive” she stated. Drawing from her personal experiences, Ezabe highlighted the natural process of different elements—such as foreigners and people of different religions—becoming part of the Maltese society. She noted the importance of thoughtful integration, stressing that while diversity is natural, it requires deliberate consideration to ensure it is beneficial and harmonious.

Ezabe’s vision goes beyond mere acceptance of diversity; she advocates for a proactive approach to integration. “Like everything, there must be a certain thought behind it,” she emphasised.

Reflecting on her personal journey, Ezabe shared how her actions are driven by a desire to contribute to a more inclusive Malta. “In the end, what I did and what I do is to contribute to Malta better as a Malta inclusive of religion,” she explained.

Ezabe also touched upon the importance of cultural engagement and understanding different traditions. She shared an anecdote about her Maltese mother from the capital city and how, despite not growing up in a household that celebrated village feasts, she has developed a love for these events.

Ezabe’s comments during ‘Il-Kamp Politiku’ reflect a comprehensive vision for an inclusive Malta.

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Maltese Actress Antonella Axisa Debuts on Netflix

Maltese Actress Antonella Axisa Debuts on Netflix
Jun 6 2024 Share

Maltese actress Antonella Axisa is celebrating her debut on Netflix as part of the show “Sniper: GRIT”.

In a recent Facebook post, Axisa shared her excitement about playing the character Katrina Costa, one of the baddie gang members in the series. The post, filled with enthusiasm and gratitude, included several screenshots from the show.

Axisa expressed her appreciation for the hair, makeup, and costume teams, saying, “I loved my look”. She also thanked the cast, crew, and her agent for their support. The post was captioned:

“I’m on Netflix, yippie! Sniper: GRIT is now showing on Netflix and I’m sharing some screenshots from the film in which I play one of the baddie gang Katrina Costa. So grateful I got to work with these amazing actors and creatives! Well done to the Hair, Makeup and Costume teams, I loved my look.”

This milestone marks a significant achievement for a Maltese entertainer, showcasing the island’s talent on an international platform.

The film was shot in various locations around Malta, including Fort Ricasoli, Valletta, Gnejna, Marsalforn and the Old Prison in Kordin.

Have you watched Sniper: GRIT?

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