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Skills Card To Be Made Requirement For Elderly Caregivers

Skills Card To Be Made Requirement For Elderly Caregivers
Jan 5 2024 Share

Foreign caregivers hired to care for the elderly in Malta will soon be required to obtain a skills card, according to the Minister for Active Aging, Jo Etienne Abela. 

This measure aims to enhance the quality of workers in the sector and streamline the employment process by reducing bureaucratic hurdles. The engagement of caregivers, irrespective of nationality, will be a focal point in the coming year.

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The rising life expectancy has led to an increased demand for caregivers, with families often facing challenges in hiring live-in caregivers due to lengthy waiting lists and extensive paperwork. 

The skills card model will be implemented, creating a parallel system that considers various conditions and measures, including language proficiency and skills.

Previously applied to non-EU workers in the tourism sector, the skills card requirement will extend to include Maltese citizens and EU nationals by 2025. 

The training and assessment program for the card will include an English test and provide workers with basic Maltese phrases. The introduction of the skills card, initially planned for this month, has been postponed to March. 

Minister Abela emphasized that the measures introduced will be pragmatic and include changes to regulations to ensure foreign caregivers possess basic knowledge of Maltese.

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New Directives For University Of Malta Workers Issued

New Directives For University Of Malta Workers Issued
Jan 5 2024 Share

The Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin has issued a series of directives directed at administrative, technical, and industrial staff at the University of Malta following challenges in collective agreement negotiations. 

Commencing on January 5th, employees are instructed to refrain from using communication devices across the university campus, encompassing fixed landlines, emails, letters, SMS, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.

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Additionally, staff members are advised against organizing classrooms, recording meeting minutes, or handling the scanning and photocopying of documents. 

These directives come as a response to delays in finalizing a new collective agreement, as the previous agreement lapsed in December 2021. The union states that, given the circumstances and the lack of an official response, including the resumption of negotiations, they had no alternative but to issue these directives.

Affecting various university roles such as managers, child carers, periti, engineers, scientific officers, handypersons, messengers, dental surgery assistants, library workers, laboratory officers, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, technicians, IT and administration personnel, among others, these directives serve as a form of protest and leverage in the ongoing negotiations.

Directives include no communication by telephone or from the offices and various sites of the University by email, messages and/or letters, no taking minutes during meetings, no scanning or photocopying, no preparation of coffee for meetings, no arrangement of classes, no 8pm shifts, no Zoom/Teams/in-person meetings and much more. 

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Mr Bean Animated Series To Return With New Season In 2025

Mr Bean Animated Series To Return With New Season In 2025
Jan 5 2024 Share

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series is making a comeback in 2025 with its fourth season, greenlit by Banijay’s Tiger Aspect Kids & Family in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery and ITVX. 

Consisting of approximately 11 episodes, Season 4 will be broadcasted on Cartoonito and HBO Max across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa through Warner Bros. 

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Discovery’s kids channels. 

The anticipated return coincides with the completion of 35 years since the first live-action episode of the show. Mr. Bean: The Animated Series follows the amusing escapades of Mr. Bean and Teddy, featuring their adventurous and mischievous antics.

Co-created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, Mr. Bean originally aired in live-action format until 1990. Atkinson lends his voice to the animated series, launched in 2002, which has achieved global success, being broadcast in 195 territories for over 30 years. 

Reflecting on his involvement, Rowan Atkinson expressed his enjoyment of the animated version, highlighting the creative freedom it allows and expressing enthusiasm for the upcoming series.

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‘Once Upon A Curse’: Lasallian Nights Return With New Spectacle!

‘Once Upon A Curse’: Lasallian Nights Return With New Spectacle!
Jan 5 2024 Share

Lasallian Nights is back to showcase the talent and skill of students! 

 The event is a show brought up by the sixth form students – a tradition that has been ongoing since the first show all the way back in 1997.

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Lasallian Nights is a student performance consisting of a wide variety of talents, ranging from acting, dancing, and musical talent put together into one high-end spectacle. 

This year’s show is named Once Upon A Curse. The plot follows three sisters along their journey to break their brother’s curse and set him free, meeting new people and challenges along the way.

Weaving various performative art forms, the show will be open to the public on Friday 12th January and Saturday 13th January at 19:30hrs and Sunday 14th January at 18:00hrs. 

If you’d like to attend and support the local young talent, you can get your tickets here.

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