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Rare Sight Of Monk Seal Off Syracuse: Last In Malta 1974

Rare Sight Of Monk Seal Off Syracuse: Last In Malta 1974
May 18 2024 Share

Marine biologist Alan Deidun shared a video by Siracusaoggi.it which shows a rare sighting of the monk seal – known as ‘bumerin’ or ‘monka’ in native Maltese – off the coast of Syracuse in Sicily.

The sighting took place at the Plemmirio Marine Protected Area and shows the adorable animal splashing around on the water’s surface.

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The species was last sighted within Maltese waters during the 20th century in 1974, artist Raphael Mizzi had told Times of Malta after he created a clay sculpture of the same seal species.

Unfortunately, only around 700 of these marine mammals are still alive, leaving them at the cusp of extinction.

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New Teachers Should Start With €36,000 Salary, Minister Proposes

New Teachers Should Start With €36,000 Salary, Minister Proposes
May 18 2024 Share

UPDATED WITH MUT STATEMENT

Speaking with ONE News, Education Minister Clifton Grima revealed that a propose package features a €10,000 increase for new teachers – meaning they would start their career with a salary of up to €36,000.

This comes after the Minister urged the Malta Union of Teachers to inform educators with factual information about the governmental proposals.

Minister Grima’s comments followed a Ministry statement expressing continued readiness to engage with the union representing the majority of teachers, extending another invitation for discussions.

Meanwhile, the Union of Professional Educators (UPE), representing a smaller group of teachers, called on the government to publish the improvement measures offered to teachers.

The UPE accused the MUT of keeping these details hidden, even from its own members. The UPE noted that educators are uncertain about their working conditions and the sectoral agreement, leaving them in the dark about ongoing negotiations.

Minister Grima reiterated the government’s commitment to providing robust and sustainable salary increases for educators, recognizing their profession and essential work. He emphasized that the proposed salary increases do not require additional working hours.

Kindergarten teachers and LSAs are also set to receive these increases along with a new allowance.

Recent meetings with the MUT have been characterized by mutual respect and a shared willingness to reach an agreement, according to Minister Grima. The government remains committed to improving conditions for educators and advancing the negotiation process.

MUT RESPONDS

According a newly published statement by the MUT, ‘the €10,000 increases and a salary of €36,000 to new teachers mentioned by the Education Minister are nowhere to be found in government’s financial proposals to MUT.’

In a statement, the MUT said that it has published extracts from the latest proposal of the government which ‘clearly shows that the government never proposed  increases of EUR 10,000 or a salary of EUR 36,000 to new teachers. The MUT also published the extracts from the government proposal referring to an increase in the teaching load, the lost parity between grades currently at par and the salary arrears for 2024 leaving out 2023.’

The MUT said that this makes it evident that instead of finding solutions, ‘the government is trying to save face against all odds by attempting to discredit MUT’.

The MUT concluded by saying that it will ‘not be intimidated and will keep fighting for the factual recognition of the work of educators.’

Minister Clifton Grima’s Response

Education Minister Clifton Grima also released a statement, saying that he holds to what he said during yesterday’s address to journalists in regards to the salary raise.

‘I already urged the MUT to give the factual information to its members. Nowhere did MUT refer to the last 2 meetings which took place this week.’

‘In the case that this does not take place, and in the case of MUT sharing selective information, the government has no other option but to publish everything itself.’

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Robert Abela Plays Table Tennis During GCHSS Visit

Robert Abela Plays Table Tennis During GCHSS Visit
May 18 2024 Share

During his visit to Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary school in Naxxar, Prime Minister Robert Abela engaged in a bit of a table tennis play with some of the students there.

 

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The Prime Minister is known for his love of sports and the gym, with this not being the first time we’ve seen him engage in such activities.

This formed part of his visit to the post-secondary educational institution, wherein he met with other students ahead of exams and bode them good luck for their upcoming tests.

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Airbnb Just Made Incredibles Edna Mode Home Available

Airbnb Just Made Incredibles Edna Mode Home Available
May 18 2024 Share

Disney and Airbnb have collaborated to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pixar film “The Incredibles” by offering fans a unique experience: a stay in a recreation of Edna Mode’s house.

Starting May 24, guests can visit this Los Angeles-based, fashion-forward home, although it is not available for overnight stays. Situated near the Sunset Strip, the house features modern architecture reflecting Mode’s iconic home from the films.

Visitors can engage in activities such as a personalized suit consultation with Edna’s team of designers, selecting details and fabrics with the character’s signature approval. The interior showcases Mode’s signature glasses and a display of the suits she created, with the listing written in Mode’s distinctive voice.

 

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This initiative is part of a broader partnership between Airbnb and Disney, which previously included recreations of other famous movie homes like the house from “Up” and the X-Mansion.

“The Incredibles” franchise has been highly successful, with the original film grossing $632 million globally and winning two Oscars, and its sequel, “Incredibles 2,” earning over $1.2 billion worldwide and a nomination for Best Animated Feature.

In related developments, Disney has revamped the California Adventure theme park, renaming the California Screamin’ roller coaster to The Incredicoaster, featuring animatronics and audio inspired by the films.

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