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Thousands Turn Up To Watch Umberto Tozzi In Għaxaq

Thousands Turn Up To Watch Umberto Tozzi In Għaxaq
May 18 2024 Share

Thousands of locals turned up for Summer Lust Music festival to watch  Italian singer and composer Umberto Tozzi grace the stage in the heart of Għaxaq.

Forming part of Għaxaq Music Events, Summer Lust is taking place on the 17th, 18th and 24th of May and bringing various international 90’s stars.

Among them was Tozzi, with audiences getting a live taste of some of his greatest hits such as “Gloria,” “Tu,” “Ti Amo,” “Stella Stai,” and many more.

Add donations that will be collected in the 3 nights will be forwarded to Dar Bjorn. During the last 3 years more than Eur50,000 ere donated to charitable institutions.

 

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The event will continue on the 18th as American singer Anastacia is set to take to the stage with some of her own biggest hits such as “I’m Outta Love,” “Left Outside Alone,” “Sick and Tired,” and “One Day in Your Life.”

The organizers have also planned to host another show on Friday, May 24th. The show will feature different artists from around the world who will take the audience on a nostalgic journey back to the nineties. Corona, ICE MC, and DJ Prezioso are among the performers who will entertain the crowd that day.

More details here. 

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Last Farewell Given To late 21 Year Old Dylan Axiaq

Last Farewell Given To late 21 Year Old Dylan Axiaq
May 18 2024 Share

The last farewell to Dylan Axiaq, the 21 year old from Wied il-Għajn who died on the workplace after an electrocution accident, was given today,

 

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Blue flares were lit on the side of the road as the vehicle carrying the coffin made its way through as many shared their memories and tributes to the young and beloved friend.

An inquiry has been opened about the tragic event, with the Authority for Health and Safety on the Workplace carrying out investigations.

Many expressed their appreciation for the late Dylan, describing him as a true friend and recalling their fond memories they shared with him.

On behalf of MaltaDaily, we’d like to offer our sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Rest in peace Dylan.

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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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