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Tuesday, 25 October, 2016.
8 weeks till Christmas
Man reverses into policeman, causes high-speed chase to Fgura
Police fire a shot to stop vehicle
RIU members were carrying out road checks at the time. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi
A 20-year-old Żejtun man reversed into a police constable and sped away from a police search in Cospicua late yesterday evening, causing a high-speed chase.
Police fired a shot at the car and subsequently caught up with the man's Skodia Felicia Combi on Hompesch Road in Fgura. A search of the car revealed a small amount of cannabis resin.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm, police said, as Rapid Intervention Unit police members were carrying out road checks on Triq it-Tlett Ibliet in Cospicua.
Police have detained the man for further questioning. The police constable hit by the car suffered minor injuries.
Magistrate Doreen Clarke is leading an inquiry into the case.
Ajruplan jikkraxxja f'Ħal Luqa - 5 mejta
Ħames persuni tilfu ħajjithom wara li ajruplan militari kkraxxja u ħa n-nar fl-Ajruport Internazzjonali ta’ Malta.
Il-persuni kienu abbord l-ajruplan militari tal-Lussemburgu li kien fi triqtu lejn Misrata l-Libja.
L-inċident seħħ għall-ħabta tas-7.15 ta’ dalgħodu, meta l-ajruplan tat-tip twin-prop Metroliner deher nieżel f'daqqa u jieħu n-nar.
L-ajruplan waqa’ viċin it-triq, qrib il-barracks l-antiki ta’ Ħal Safi.
Mill-ewwel bdiet il-ħidma ta' salvataġġ iżda ħadd ma salva fl-inċident.
L-ebda uffiċjali tal-UE abbord
Ir-Rappreżentanta Għolja tal-Unjoni Ewropea, Federica Mogherini qalet fi tweet li l-ebda uffiċjali tal-Unjoni Ewropea ma kienu abbord it-titjira u din it-titjira ma kellha l-ebda rabta mal-ħidma tal-Unjoni Ewropea.
Il-Frontex, l-aġenzija Ewropea għall-ħarsien tal-fruntieri u tal-kosta, ċaħdet li abbord kien hemm uffiċjali tagħha.
L-ispazju tal-ajru ingħalaq għal kollox.
It-toroq tal-madwar ingħalqu wkoll għat-traffiku.
Persuni fuq il-post qalu li raw l-ajruplan nieżel lejn l-art u wara raw ballun tan-nar.
Fuq il-post waslu mill-ewwel l-ambulanzi u fire engines tal-MIA u tas-CPD.
Ftit tal-ħin wara waslu fuq il-post l-espert forensiku Dr Mario Xerri, id-Deputat Direttur tad-Dipartiment tal-Protezzjoni Ċivili Emmanuel Psaila u l-Brigadier tal-Forzi Armati Jeffrey Curmi.
L-isptar Mater Dei fuq stat ta’ emerġenza.
Sar appell biex il-pubbliku ma jersaqx lejn iż-żona tal-inċident biex tkun tista’ tkompli l-ħidma.
Xi ħin wara l-inċident suldati dehru mexjin ħdejn xulxin fuq ir-runway jispezzjonaw l-art għal xi fdalijiet mill-ajruplan.
Sorsi qalu li din il-proċedura għandha twassal biex eventwalment l-ajruport jerġa' jinfetaħ għat-titjiriet.
Dilettant jara l-ajruplan jikkraxxja quddiemu
Dilettant tal-ajruplani li kien fuq il-pjattaforma minn fejn id-dilettanti jieħdu r-ritratti tal-wasliet u t-tluq tal-ajruplani, qal mal-ġurnalisti li ra l-ajruplan jikkraxxja madwar 50 metru ‘l bogħod minn fejn kien hu.
Huwa kien fi stat ta’ xokk u ngħata l-ewwel għajnuna fuq il-post filwaqt li iktar tard deher jiltaqa’ mal-Maġistrat li qed jinvestiga l-inċident.
F’messaġġ fuq Twitter, l-Arċisqof appella għat-talb għall-vittmi, il-qraba u l-ħbieb tagħhom.
Ritratti u filmati: Ian Noel Pace, MRTU, Laurent Azzopardi, Sylvana Zammit
Monday, 24 October, 2016.
NADUR YOUNGSTERS JGHADDU GHAT-TIELET ROUND TAL-FA TROPHPY
B' rebha tajba ta' 4-0 Nadur Youngsters kisbu post fit-tielet round tal-FA Trophy tal-Malta Football Assoiciation.
Bullettin tal-Parrocca tan-Nadur
Minn Mario Muscat
Government establishes Zonqor national park
A legal notice to establish the long-awaited,and doubted-by-many, national park around Zonqor Point has been published, with 955,000 square metres having been declared a protected area.
“The Park shall be considered as a model for sustainable resource management where socio-economic opportunities and natural and cultural heritage are carefully balanced.”
The establishment of the Park Nazzjonali tal-Inwadar Regulations, under the Environment Protection Act lies between Zonqor Point and an area known as Ta’ Barak.
In comments to The Malta Independent on Sunday, a government spokesperson explained that, “By declaring a total area of 955,000m2 as a protected area for the promised national nature park running along the coastal and rural zone bordering ix-Xagħjra, Ħaż-Żabbar and Wied il-Għajn, the government is once again demonstrating that actions speak louder than words”.
“The government has also taken the decision to extend the park’s footprint area by 44,000m2, of which 30,000m2 were within the development zone, but will now be turned into outside development zones. This project is in line with government policy of prioritising environmental standards and making Malta a pleasant place to live in,” aspokesperson from the Office of the Prime Minister said.
The development boundaries for the area were drawn up in 2006 with the site being earmarked for a national park and placed in the Outside Development Zone. At the time however it was unclear on when work on the park would actually commence.
A map outlining the boundary of the park in the Act to establish the national park, omits the 18,000 square metres that will be used for the American University of Malta. Originally, the project was planned to award Sadeen Group, the developers behind the project, a whopping 90,000 square metres of ODZ land.
Following pressure from the Opposition, environmental groups, student groups and even members of its own party, the government then decided to split the campus in two. One campus would remain at Zonqor and take up a significantly smaller portion of ODZ land than in the original plans, and the second campus would be at Cospicua’s Dock 1. Thegovernment called this a “compromise” at the time.
The Act stipulates that the relevant minister can extend the boundaries of the park through notices published in the Government Gazette.
The parks management structure would be a management board and, where applicable, an implementation body. The board would be made up of five members: a chairperson and “four persons appointed on the basis of their knowledge and expertise in relevant sectors, one of whom shall be appointed vice-chairperson”.
Asked how work will progress on a practical level, the OPM spokesperson said:
“A Governance Board will now be set up, signifying the determination to see the transition of this area from one of neglect and dereliction, as a result of the lack of effort from the previous administration to address thousands of tons of inert waste and accumulation of rubbish on site, to an attractive place of recreation.
“A number of actions are expected to be implemented in the short term, including the preparation of a management plan and starting work to clean up the area and gradually create an open space that will respect natural and cultural heritage and which will offer a better quality of life for citizens.”
While a concerted effort is being made to clean up the area around Zonqor, many still view the matter as a sort of concession for taking up ODZ land. When the plans were announced that, an American University of Malta would be built on 90,000 square metres of prime ODZ land for an institution that didn’t even have a licence to operate, Malta saw one of its biggest ever environmental demonstrations protesting against the project. People from across the political spectrum, young and old made their voices heard inprotest of the blatant disregard of ODZ land.
Since the Zonqor ODZ land issue came up, this government has been heavily criticised for the rampant development that has been taking place over recent years.
The time has come to talk about the adequacy of the minimum wage – Prime Minister
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today that the time has come for employers, unions, government and civil society to start talking about the adequacy of the minimum wage, whether it still serves its aims.
He stressed that there would need to be consensus between the people and employers.
"The time has come to see where we want to head. Until there is agreement, government will not say there is no agreement and those on minimum wage remain where they are. We are saying there is no agreement yet we will still help you move forward".
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was addressing a political event this morning in Vittoriosa
He said that three and a half years ago, the deficit was exploding, there were high energy prices that people couldn't afford, high income tax, where those on the minimum wage were not receiving any help, where there were no incentives for those on benefits to start working, and where the economy was stagnant.
"We promised we would change the direction. There were those who said that there was nothing that could be done to better the situation, that we should live with mediocracy. Instead of listening, we told the people that we were not satisfied with the situation, while they would complain about taxes, about high fuel prices, would say there is nothing we could do. We told the people to trust in us, so that we can show them things can be different. Our standards are based on success, not mediocracy, on the idea that things could be much better than they were at the time".
"We were moving towards a situation where people would spend more than they earn. Their children would have dug a hole, covered in debt"
"We had a plan, to first stabilise the economy. If you don't have a strong economy, what we announced in the budget would not have been able to occur".
"Now, like the tree that is bares fruit, we can divide the fruit".
"The measures in the budget were not robbing Peter to pay Paul. We took from no-one, and gave to everyone. This is the difference with the previous government, which would take a lot and give just a bit".
"We have been, from the first budget, only giving. We took nothing from the people".
The role of government is for everyone to move forward. "We are pro-business and everyone who works here depends, in one way or another, from others. So it never makes sense for those at the top to take a hit. But then again, a government that only thinks of those on top and ignores the middleclass and those below would not do well. Today, we live in a situation where those on top grew, the middleclass solidified and grew, and those at the bottom, who cannot work, we are saying it is our fault that you remain in poverty and this is why we are dividing the fruit".
"We first thought of the those on the minimum wage, and through budgetary measures, they will have around €4 per week in their pocket, then there are those with a family who have €18 more per week in their pocket".
He mentioned a proposal that was put forward by the General Workers Union, which was in the budget. "Except for certain issues, we have removed precarious work from government. When there is a cleaner working with a contractor on government poverty, they are not paid on minimum wage. But now we are seeing that while government raised the wages, there are private employers who are not finding people to employ, and employ them through a contractor. Yet on one side you have someone employed in a factory paid €6 and next to her someone doing the same job, employed by a contractor paid just over €4. employees working the same job on the same site with different wages. This is not acceptable. We need to start talking so that those who do the same job take the same wage"
He spoke of those on the minimum pension, who will receive €4 more a year. The most a pensioner can receive through a contributory pension is €13,000. "The middle-class have not been forgotten in this budget. As an example, a pensioner who has the maximum pension, €13,000, today pays €585 tax per year. We have removed that tax".
Turning to another sector of pensioners, those who don't pay tax as they do not receive enough of a pension. "We took this category, of 9,000 people, who are elderly persons living on a single minimum pension, and helped".
He quoted from the Caritas Director who was interviewed earlier this week on the Malta Independent's programme, INDEPTH, as saying that the voice of those at risk of poverty is finally being heard through this budget.
He spoke about those who sacrifice their lives to take care of their parents and siblings. "These people aren't doing it for money and they are saving taxpayer funds. We gave these people a €35 a week rise. We had no problem removing the means test. You have a right to be helped in caring for your parents".
"I am satisfied with the change we have made for persons with disability. There have never been as many persons with disability working as there are today".
He said he wants Malta to succeed so everyone will move forward.
Parliamentary Secretary for persons with disability Justyne Caruana also addressed the event.
She spoke about spreading the benefits of the economy with everyone. Speaking about this budget, she said: "we made a decisive step, to modify the disability pension, for those who cannot work to have a disability pension equal to the minimum wage".
Turning to the day centres, she invited everyone to visit them. She said the PN left them in a bad state, and that this government will modernise them. She also said a new centre will also be completed.
She spoke of a new €1 million fund for persons with disability to participate in life in the context of inclusion.
"We are keeping our promises for a just society to succeed".
Turning to the elderly, she said it was a Labour government who introduced pensions, "and it was the PL government who rose pensions".
"Through this budget, there are new reforms and services for the elderly to live a quality life within the community. We also reformed community care. 70,000 persons a year utilise this service, and we have eliminated the waiting list".
She also said that the meals on wheels waiting list will soon be no more.
She spoke about the St Vincent de Paule project that will increase beds and add services.
"We will introduce a bill in Parliament tomorrow, to strengthen the rights of the elderly and fight against abuse".
"This government has done a lot, but I look ahead positively with all the good we will do".
Turning her gaze to the PN, she said they want to turn back the clock to pre-2013, to again have high energy prices, for pensions to be less favourable then today, where stipends do not rise with the COLA, where those who repeat do not receive the stipend, where the South was considered as second class.
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil wants Gozo to be the third class, she said.
Sunday, 23 October, 2016.
Sunday Request Program
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Museum of sacred arts planned for the Maltese Cultural Centre in Albion
A museum of sacred arts is planned for the Maltese Cultural Centre in Albion.
Joseph Giansiracusa an artist and statue maker is expected to become curator of the museum.
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