The abortion debate: where local political figures stand

The abortion debate: where local political figures stand
Dec 1 2022 Share

The first week of the discussion in Parliament on abortion – or rather – an amendment to the Criminal Code to protect the life of the mother in case her life is at risk or her health is in serious danger.

What happened so far:

The Labor Party wants to introduce this law – The Nationalist Party does not want it as the Government is proposing it – Various associations, together with the President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca want changes in what is proposed – And sources are saying that the President of Malta George Vella, might resign since he does not want be the one signing this new law.

In the midst of all this, the Nurses and Midwives (MUMN) – requested an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister – They raised concerns and claimed that the diagnosis of mental health is subject to personal opinion – In other words, they do not want that the law as currently proposed.

Asked by the journalists, the Prime Minister Robert Abela stressed that it will be up to the doctors to decide which conditions justify a medical intervention resulting in the termination of a pregnancy, according to the terms of the legal amendments that are being discussed – anyone caught “abusing or stretching” the law faces criminal charges.

Earlier, in Parliament, Abela said that this law will only be used in a small number of cases where women are in the most critical health condition.

The Leader of the Opposition, Bernard Grech described this law as the law that opens wide – not just slams – the door to abortion – He called on the Government to change its mind.

This theme was also caught abroad – Journalists asked the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola for her opinion – For her part she emphasised that her position is the same as that of the European Parliament.

The former Deputy of the Nationalist Party, Jason Azzopardi, also entered the discussion, with a post on Facebook – with a serious allegation.



Listen: Shaun Farrugia releases new song ‘Dear God’

Listen: Shaun Farrugia releases new song 'Dear God'
Dec 1 2022 Share

After weeks of hype anticipation, Maltese singer-songwriter Shaun Farrugia has released his single ‘Dear God’ and it was absolutely worth the wait.

Farrugia’s new uptempo love song is an ode to his girlfriend, who he recently revealed that he writes every single song about in a cute Instagram reel.

‘Dear God’ is out now on all your favourite streaming platforms with a music video coming very soon and if the cover art is anything to go by, we’re excited.


79 year old man Gozitan dies after traffic accident

79 year old man Gozitan dies after traffic accident
Dec 1 2022 Share

A 79-year-old man from Gozo died after sustaining injuries in a traffic accident in Triq l-Ixprunara in Għajnsielem. 

Police received a report at 2100hrs on Wednesday evening, convening one site to conduct preliminary investigations. Police found that the man had lost control of his Peugeot 206 and crashed into two parked cars: a Mitsubishi L200 and Mazda Demio.

A medical team administered first aid to the man, who was later transported to Gozo General Hospital. Unfortunately, the man lost his life shortly. 

An inquiry was ordered into the case and police investigations are ongoing. 


Argentina and Poland qualify for knockout stage after close group stage

Nov 30 2022 Share

Argentina and Poland have both qualified for the knockout stage even though the Argentines comfortably beat the Poles with a 2-0 score. In bizarre circumstances Poland have qualified due to having a better goal difference than Mexico.

Argentina were awarded a controversial penalty in the 36th minute when according to the referee after closer inspection due to VAR Messi was fouled by keeper Wojciech Szczęsny. It was not to be for Messi as Szczęsny managed to make up for his initial foul and produce a great save.

After their tough first half, Argentina couldn’t have wished for a better start as in the 46th minute Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister managed to score the opener with a precise finish to send his country one foot into the knockout stage.

Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez managed to double Argentina’s lead in the 67th minute with a powerful unsaveable finish in the top left corner.

Poland will now have to face holders France whilst Argentina will go up against underdogs Australia in what they hope will be  successful tie in order to achieve their World Cup dreams.

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