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School mask guidelines officially released by health authorities

 - COVID-19 - Apr 21 SHARE ON:
School mask guidelines officially released by health authorities

The public health authorities have finalised the new guidelines for schools which were first announced by Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent Charmaine Gauci. 

The document was released just days before the start of school on Monday and after many schools revealed that they will stick to old rules due to lack of clarification. 

However, many are critiquing the new rules for not providing enough additional information. The major changes concern the use of masks as it will no longer be mandatory to wear them in school. 

The document also makes it clear that individuals can decide to wear their mask if they choose to. However, the document does not clarify whether schools can enforce their own rules. 

Each school is asked to ‘adapt these guidelines according to the specific setup of the school itself’. It also states that all activities which used to take place pre-COVID should take place keeping in mind mitigation measures. 

Parents can also attend indoor seated events such as concerts without any vaccine or test certification. 

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RyanAir offering 300,000 reduced flights until midnight

 - International - Apr 21 SHARE ON:
RyanAir offering 300,000 reduced flights until midnight

If you’re looking for a quick May getaway to somewhere like Italy or Jordan, RyanAir are offering insanely reduced flights to 300,000 travellers.

However, this offer is only up for grabs until one minute until midnight, and suffice to say the prices are insanely affordable. 

A one-way flight to Catania, Italy is set to just €7.99. But that is literally nothing compared to a one-way flight to Nis, Serbia at just €4.99. The most ‘expensive’ flight is to Budapest, Hungary at just €16.99. And there are more of those as well!

Travellers have a wide range of choices – from Turin to Naples, from Zagreb, Croatia to Athens, Greece. The price reduction applies to around 1,000 routes which RyanAir have for the month of May. 

Click here to find out more.

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Malta’s ‘not us, but them’ mentality slammed by EU prosecutor

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Malta’s ‘not us, but them’ mentality slammed by EU prosecutor

EU chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi said that she was not able to identify the institution in Malta which was responsible for detecting financial crimes, slamming the fact that no one could provide answers. 

The chief said that Malta was only supporting her European Public Prosecutor’s Office with words but not with facts. 

She said that when she visited Malta and had meetings with the national authorities, it became very difficult for her after two days to identify the institution responsible to detect crimes because everyone directed her to someone else. 

‘It’s not me, it’s them’ was the response she was given time and time again, saying that this needs immediate addressing. During her October visit, Kovesi had meetings with the National Audit Office, the Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General and the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit. 

She warned that if members states do not do their job, the EPPO cannot do it for them. This isn’t the first critique delivered at Malta by Kovesi. In October, she said that not a single actionable report of fraud related to EU funds came from Malta.

This raised concerns of lack of reporting from the country, meaning that possible abuse is going unchecked. Malta joined the EPPO in 2018 following the spotlight shed on the country after Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. 

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Erik Ten Hag announced as new Manchester United manager

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Manchester United have announced the appointment of highly rated manager Erik Ten Hag. He will become their permanent manager next season with current interim manager Ralf Rangnick moving to a role in the boardroom, most likely as a consultant for football operations given his vast experiences with many European clubs.

 

 

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In a statement released on the official Manchester United website, John Murtogh United’s football director had this to say:

“During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.”

“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that. “

“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”

The new manager Erik Ten Hag also had an opportunity to say a few words, stating:

“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.”

“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”

The 52-year old manager has signed a 3 year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year. Manchester United will reportedly be paying Ajax close to £2 million to buy the esteemed manager out of his current contract with the Dutch champions. He will be hoping to end his Ajax chapter on a good note by winning another Eredivisie.

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