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Sunday Program 25 September, 2016.

Prezentaturi Peter Paul Portelli minn Melbourne u Pauline Zahra minn Toronto Canada

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 28 September, 2016.

 

Gozo Football Association

Nadur Youngsters – Xewkija Tigers 0-3

Emergency Response Rescue Corps

Move Up! ... a youth exchange project

'Move on up' is a youth exchange project involving a total of 60 youths from 2 different countries: Malta, and UK. Individuals will consist of young people with special needs and youths with fewer opportunities who will come together at a camping site in Dwejra, Gozo. Many of the UK young people came from a very deprived borough in inner city London called Tower Hamlets and it is well known for having high levels of deprivation, overcrowding and a lack of affordable housing.
The applicant organisation, ERRC developed the idea for this project with the collaboration with partner organisation Maltese Culture Movement which also works in the youth sector.
The main themes of this exchange were to develop more awareness on the need for social inclusion of persons with some form of disability and those with fewer opportunities and to promote active citizenship and mutual understandings of different cultures.
The activity was held in the form of a camping activity. Camping in itself is an activity that brings people closer to each other. Camping is also very appealing to young people, and it is considered a very social activity.
Move Up included several activities such as a mixture of outdoor activities including zip lining, workshops and discussions, and culinary nights, presentations and tutorials which are all intended to promote the main themes of this project.
Hon. Justyne Caruana MP - Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging attended for the camping activity and delivered an informative talk about the role of people with disability to the participants.
Move Up was possible with financial support by Erasmus+, managed by the EUPA, supported by MEUSAC.

Tnedija tal-Malta Classic

Il-Ministru għat-Turiżmu Edward Zammit Lewis u s-Segretarju Parlamentari għar-Riċerka Chris Agius, nedew il-Malta Classic, dik li qabel kienet magħrufa bħala Mdina Grand Prix.

Waqt it-tnedija, il-Ministru Zammit Lewis sostna li dan l-avveniment prestiġjuż issa wasal fis-sitt sena tiegħu u saħaq li kkontribwixxa b’mod pożittiv biex jibni stampa b’saħħitha ta’ Malta.

Il-Ministru qal li l-Gvern irrikonoxxa l-potenzjal kbir tat-turiżmu ta’ sports lokali, li dejjem qiegħed jikber.

Min-naħa tiegħu, is-Segretarju Parlamentari Chris Agius sostna li l-Malta Classic sar avveniment importanti fil-kalendarju sportiv ta’ Malta.

Qal li kompetizzjonijiet ta’ dan it-tip jgħin biex jippromwovi t-turiżmu ta’ sports f’Malta. Saħaq li SportMalta qed jilħaq l-għan li jorganizza iktar kompetizzjonijiet internazzjonali f’Malta, li jagħtu wkoll lill-atleti Maltin iċ-ċans jikkompetu kontra l-aqwa atleti mingħajr l-ispiża tas-safar.

Ritratt: DOI - Jason Borg

​Ħass ħażin iwaqqaf il-vapur t'Għawdex

Każ sfortunat ta’ mara li ħassha ħażin fuq il-vapur ta’ Għawdex wassal biex ittardja vjaġġ miċ-Ċirkewwa għall-Imġarr u nqabeż vjaġġ ieħor.

Il-Pulizija kkonfermat il-każ ma’Newsbook.com.mt u qalet li l-mara ttieħdet l-Isptar Mater Dei b’ambulanza.

Persuni li kienu fuq il-vapur qalu li l-vjaġġ li kellu jitlaq fl-4.30pm fiċ-Ċirkewwa, wasal Għawdex fis-5.45pm.

Spjegaw kif inħasdu meta semgħu vuċi ppanikjata ħierġa mill-PA system tal-vapur.  Qalu wkoll li l-ambulanza waslet wara nofsiegħa.

Minħabba f’hekk inqabeż ukoll il-vapur tal-5.15pm miċ-Ċirkewwa.

Persuni li qed jistennew iċ-Ċirkewwa qalu ma’ Newsbook.com.mt li s’issa ma deher l-ebda vapur ieħor.

52 New Sergeants Appointed, calls issued for deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner

This morning a total of 52 constables, 35 men and 17 women, were appointed to the rank of Sergeant. The ceremony was held at the Police General Headquarters and was chaired by the Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Carmelo Abela and Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar.

Minister Abela said that “restructuring the output of human resources is the foundation for a strong Police Force, which is proactive and closer to the

community” . He said that this would be achieved by designing new training programs at the Academy for Disciplinary Bodies which would provide the skills required for individuals to continue to develop.

The Minister also mentioned that they are currently running the interview process for a new post for the Chief Executive Officer in the Police Force who will be working closely with the Police Commissioner with management duties. Mr Abela also issued calls for application for the post of Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner.

It was also noted that the previous week saw another 40 police officers appointed as reserve constables on a part-time basis to provide support.

Minister Abela concluded his speech by noting that in the next 3 years, 112 constables will be given the opportunity to be promoted to the post of Sergeant after they have served a minimum of 3 years of service; and have gone under scrutiny by a selection panel and passed examinations.

Commissioner Cutajar congratulated the new Sergeants, and spoke of the Police Force as an establishment that offers opportunities for career advancement. He also spoke of the supervisory nature of a Sergeant whilst also ensuring that the duties of Constables are for the protection of society.

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016.

 

Knisja ta' San Pietru u San Pawl, in-Nadur
150 Sena Konsagrazzjoni (1867 - 2017) 
50 Sena Bażilika (1967 - 2017)

Is-sena 2017 hija mportanti għall-parroċċa tagħna għax fiha se nfakkru l-50 sena mindu ngħata l-privileġġ tal-Bażilika u l-150 sena mindu ġiet ikkonsagrata l-Knisja. 
Il-logo għal dawn iż-żewġ anniversarji sar minn Maria Pace. In-numri 50 u 150 ifakkru ż-żewġ dati. Is-salib tal-Bażilika qiegħed fid-dawra tond, simbolu wkoll tal-Ewkaristija, li tinsab fuq ir-rettangolu iswed li jissimboliżża l-artal li kien ikkonsagrat fl-1867. Pace għalqet id-disinn kollu f'outline tal-Knisja, biex hekk turina li l-ġebel tal-Knisja jingħata l-ħajja bil-ħajja tal-poplu li jiċċelebra madwar l-altar. L-insara li jiltaqgħu fil-Knisja joħorġu minnha biex jagħmlu Knisja ħajja mill-familja tagħhom.

Dar Stella Maris b’sala multi purpose

Fost id-djar tal-irtiri li joffri Għawdex, dik ta’ Stella Maris fir-raħal taż-Żebbuġ forsi hi l-aktar waħda arjuża, imperrċa kif inhi fuq xaqliba tassew spettakolari tal-kampanja Għawdxija.

Miftuħa fl-1974 mis-Soċjetà Missjunarja ta’ San Pawl, id-dar u l-komunità reliġjuża li jgħixu fiha maż-żmien saru l-għożża tan-nies tal-madwar, imma hi ta’ servizz għal ħafna gruppi li jagħmlu użu minnha għall-irtiri u l-laqgħat.

Kienu wkoll in-nies tal-post li għenu b’kull mezz biex id-dar terġa’ lura fuq saqajha wara li nħakmet minn ħruq fl-1993.

Il-Missjunarji ta’ San Pawl komplew jirsistu biex jgħammru l-post b’dak kollu meħtieġ biex ikompli jkun oasi ta’ paċi spiritwali ’l hemm mill-għagħa tas-soċjetà mgħaġġla.

Dan l-aħħar ġiet rinnovata s-sala tal-konferenzi b’dehra ġdida u disinn tassew attraenti. Il-proġett ġie inawgurat nhar l-Erbgħa 21 ta’ Settembru, fil-preżenza tal-Isqof ta’ Għawdex Mons. Mario Grech li bierek is-sala, u fil-messaġġ tiegħu qal li post bħal dan huwa importanti fil-ħajja tal-bniedem biex iressqu iktar lejn il-Ħallieq u jagħtih iċ-ċans li jitkellem miegħu.

Id-disinn sar mill-artist kontemporanju Żebbuġi Mario Cassar, li fl-inawgurazzjoni fisser li x-xogħol li wieħed jista’ jammira hu magħmul mill-ġild tal-annimali, pittura u perspex.

Bis-sinjali u x-xbihat li rnexxielu joħloq, Cassar ħareġ b’ambjent tassew uniku li jgħin lil dawk li jinqdew bis-servizzi ta’ din id-dar biex jistgħu jidħlu tassew fi spirtu ta’ kalma u riflessjoni.

Ritratt: Baskal Photography

Widow ordered to pay damages caused by fatal fireworks explosion

The widow of a man who caused a powerful fatal fireworks explosion in Naxxar in 2008 has been ordered by a court to pay damages to two couples who lost their houses as a result.

The judgment was given in a case instituted by seven couples who had lived in Triq Ħal Dgħejf, which was devastated by the blast on March 12, 2008. 

The explosion killed Paul Camilleri who was illegally manufacturing the fireworks in a garage, as well as a young mother in one of the neighbouring homes.

The seven couples filed a suit demanding the payment of damages by Maria Camilleri, the widow and heir of Mr Camilleri.

During the court case, Ms Camilleri argued that she was not responsible for any illegal actions allegedly committed by her husband and had not been aware of them. She also said she had renounced the inheritance.  

The court said there was no doubt that Paul Camilleri was responsible for the explosion.

The court was also of the view that his wife knew he was manufacturing fireworks in the garage, which was part of their own residence and was often used as their entrance instead of the door of the house. It was therefore evident that Ms Camilleri had to be held responsible because she took no action to stop her husband’s illegal actions.

The court noted compensation already given to the victims by the government and insurances, and after deducting those amounts, ordered Ms Camilleri to pay Carl and Victoria Vella €7,672 and Saviour and Josephine Agius €5,187.

No compensation was awarded to the other couples since their damages had already been covered.  

Monday, 26 September, 2016.

 

Cast announced for Astra Theatre’s production of Aida

Carlo Colombara's deep authoritative bass will deliver the opening gambit to what promises to be an outstanding Aida at the Astra Theatre in Victoria, Gozo.

The Astra Theatre management has announced a top tier cast for Verdi's grand masterpiece. Alongside Verdi heavyweight Colombara features Silvia dalla Benetta in the title role. After having wowed the Maltese opera loving public in the role of Abigaille in Nabucco at the Astra two years ago, the dramatic soprano is set to thrill with her lush sound infused with pathos and a brilliant musical intelligence.

An Arena di Verona regular in the role of Amneris, hapless victim of her own love, Sanja Anastasia is another towering Verdi interpreter to match dalla Benetta and Colombara.

The heroic role of Radames has been entrusted to Antonino Interisano, another very welcome return to the Astra boards. Possessing an effortless strong tenor voice with ringing top notes and a beguilingly sensuous middle register, Interisano's Radames will be very hard to forget.

Following last year's Malta debut at the Astra Theatre registering a resounding success in the role of Marcello in La Boheme, Devid Cecconi will be taking on the role of Amonasro. Dubbed by critics as the baritone with a voice to "set hearts aflame," Cecconi was called by La Scala to replace

Carlos Alvares in the notoriously difficult role of Giacomo in Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco at the famed Milan opera house for the opening night of the current season to high critical acclaim. Petri Lindroos has been billed for the role of the King of Egypt. Endowed with a superb bass of bell like quality, Lindroos will definitely be a joy to listen to alongside Colombara.

Aida, which opens the fifteenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, will performed in a double representation on Thursday, the 27th and Saturday, the 29th of October at 7.30pm and is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Fund.

Enrico Stinchelli, of La Barcaccia fame, will once again be responsible for the artistic production while Prof Joseph Vella will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the two performances

Ortodossi u Kattoliċi pass eqreb lejn qbil dwar il-primat

Teologi Kattoliċi u Ortodossi laħqu qbil fuq dokument komuni ġdid dwar is-“Sinodalità u l-Primat tul l-Ewwel Millennju: Lejn Fehma Waħda għall-Qadi tal-Għaqda tal-Knisja”.

Dan tħabbar fl-għeluq tas-sessjoni plenarja tal-Kummissjoni Internazzjonali għad-Djalogu Teoloġiku bejn il-Knejjes Ortodossi u Kattoliċi li nżammet fi Chieti, fl-Italja, bejn il-15 u t-22 ta’ Settembru.

Skont Mons. Andrea Palmieri, Sottosegretarju tal-Kunsill Pontifiċju għall-Għaqda tal-Insara, il-ftehim il-ġdid wasal wara proċess twil miftuħ bl-hekk imsejjaħ Dokument ta’ Ravenna fl-2007, dwar x’rwol kellu l-Isqof ta’ Ruma fil-Knisja bikrija.

In-nuqqas ta’ qbil dwar il-primat tal-Papa, jiġifieri l-awtorità suprema tiegħu fil-Knisja f’dak li hu tagħlim dommatiku, kien kawża ewlenija tax-“Xiżma l-Kbira” bejn il-Knejjes tal-Lvant u dik ta’ Ruma fis-sena 1054.
Id-dokument il-ġdid iħares mill-qrib lejn ir-relazzjoni bejn il-primat tal-Isqof ta’ Ruma u r-Ragħajja tal-Knejjes l-oħra, u għalhekk, skont Mons. Palmieri, jista’ jwassal biex “jissolvew problemi li għad hemm illum bejn Kattoliċi u Ortodossi”.

Hu qal li d-dokument “jiftaħ it-triq” għal fażi ġdida fid-djalogu ekumeniku, imqar jekk il-qbil dwaru mhux unanimu. Fil-fatt, fil-komunikat finali tniżżlet nota li l-Knisja Ortodossa tal-Ġorġja “ma qablitx ma’ xi paragrafi partikulari”.

L-assemblea plenarja li jmiss mistennija tinżamm sentejn oħra f’pajjiż predominantement Ortodoss.

Sunday, 25 September, 2016.

 

Fund raising luncheon for the Italian earthquake victims

By Peter Paul Portelli

Grand Master

Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul

Today the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul in Melbourne is having a luncheon to raise money for the earthquake victims of central Italy.

The luncheon is being held at the Italian Community Club of East Keilor in Keilor Park Drive, East Keilor.

Around 6,000 dollars are expected to be raised.

The money will be sent direct to Bishop S.E. Mons. Giovanni D`Ercole.

TM issues tender for gathering of geological data on Malta-Gozo tunnel project

Transport Malta has issued a tender to gather geological data on the sub-surface of the Malta-Gozo Channel.

The winning contractor will conduct geotechnical investigations at various locations on land and in the channel, with drilling expected to reach approximately 200m below sea bed level in some areas, it said.

The extracted core samples will aid in establishing the geological formations of the area, which will eventually determine

the feasibility of constructing a tunnel.   
 
The investigations forming part of this tender are part of wider studies being commissioned in order to gather information on the sub-surface conditions of the proposed tunnel route between Malta and Gozo and ultimately establish a geological model of the area under investigation. The model will in turn form the basis for the Conceptual Design of the tunnel.
 
"The Government of Malta has embarked on a long term strategy to address problems Gozitan commuters face everyday. Between the year 2000 and 2010, the number of vehicles crossing increased by 4.1% each year. In 2010 an average of 1,500 vehicles crossed each day in each direction. Last year, according to the NSO, a total of 1,348,502 vehicles made the crossing; reflecting an increase of 23% over the 2010 traffic. The study is a major milestone in the process to eventually establish a fixed link between Malta and Gozo," Transport Malta said. 

 

PN,PL, Front Favur il-Mina react

In a statement the Nationalist Party said the study came three and a half years too late because the Prime Minister had stopped a process that had started by the previous administration.

It said Joseph Muscat and Transport Minister Joe Mizzi were not only responsible for everyday traffic but are themselves stuck in traffic. Dr Muscat and Mr Mizzi were only coming round after Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil started outlining his vision, the PN said.

Dr Busuttil spoke about his vision for an alternative transport system, including a train system, during the Independence Day activities. The PN said the PM and the Transport Minister have now been caught up in a ‘great panic’ and want to give the impression that they are doing something about the traffic situation. It said that although it welcomed any proposal these are just kneejerk reactions from the government.

In reply the Labour Party said it was Simon Busuttil who was copying the government’s work after learning what its proposals were. “The PL in government is doing what successive PN governments failed to do for 25 years.”

Unfortunately for the Opposition Leader the people know that on one side there is Busuttil who is all talk and on the other a government that acts.” People do not want Simon Busuttil’s “empty talk,” the PL said.

The Front Favur il-Mina (Front in favour of the tunnel) said the tender issue would kick-start a process that will improve access between the two islands.

“The need for serious and detailed studies in a stipulated timeframe was also highlighted during a national conference held earlier this year.”

The front said it would in the meantime keep working for improved accessibility between Malta and Gozo, including with the introduction of a fast ferry.

€631,000 għall-kunsilli lokali ta' Birkirkara, is-Swieqi u x-Xagħra

Tliet kunsilli lokali se jkunu qed igawdu minn €631,000 biex jintużaw għal proġetti ta’ tisbiħ fil-lokalitajiet tagħhom.

Dan wara ftehim li kien iffirmat bejn l-Awtorità tal-Ippjanar u l-kunsilli lokali ta’ Birkirkara, is-Swieqi u x-Xagħra.

Il-proġetti, taħt il-Fond tal-Awtorità għat-Titjieb Urban, se jinkludu xogħlijiet ta’ tisbiħ fiż-żona tal-wied ta’ Birkirkara, tisbiħ fil-ġnien FX Ebejer fis-Swieqi u anke pavimentar madwar il-kappella ta’ Sant’Anton Abbati fix-Xagħra.

F’Birkirkara x-xogħlijiet se jinkludu tisbiħ fi Triq il-Qasab u Sqar il-Wied fejn se jsiru bankini, railings u dwal ġodda fost oħrajn.

Fix-Xagħra, apparti l-pavimentar, se ssir installazzjoni ta’ dawl biex tinxtegħel it-triq li twassal għall-kappella li hija waħda mill-aktar antiki f’Għawdex u serviet bħala l-ewwel knisja parrokjali tax-Xagħra.

Fil-ġnien tas-Swieqi se jsir xogħol ta’ tisbiħ, fosthom gradi ġodda, u anke attrazzjonijiet għat-tfal.

Matul l-iffirmar, l-Awtorità ppreżentat €233,000 lill-Sindki tas-Swieqi, il-Mellieħa u l-Imqabba għal proġetti li tlestew.

Fl-aħħar sena, l-Awtorità għenet 13-il kunsill lokali biex saru proġetti li jammontaw għal aktar minn €1.2 miljun.

Anzjan isofri ġrieħi gravi wara li baqa' dieħel f'siġra

Anzjan qed isofri minn ġrieħi ta’ natura gravi wara li tilef il-kontroll tal-karozza u baqa’ dieħel ġo siġra.

L-inċident seħħ għall-ħabta ta’ 4:00pm fi Triq l-Imdina Ħ’Attard.

Mill-ewwel informazzjoni, l-anzjan li għandu 78 sena, tilef il-kontroll tal-vettura, ħabat ma’ vann u baqa’ dieħel ġo siġra.

L-anzjan u x-xufier tal-vann, li għandu 30 sena huma t-tnejn residenti Ħal Qormi.

Fuq il-post issejjħet ambulanza li ħadet lill-anzjan l-isptar Mater Dei għall-kura medika.

Aktar tard ġie ċċertifikat li qed isofri minn ġrieħi ta’ natura gravi.

L-investigazzjonijiet mill-Pulizija tal-Għassa ta’ Birkirkara għadhom għaddejjin.

Church in Malta raises more than €190,000 for Italy earthquake victims

The Church in Malta has so far collected €190,880 for the victims of last month’s earthquake in Italy.

The money was collected from donations received in the parishes and from deposits made directly into the ‘Caritas Malta Emergency Fund,’ the Curia said today.

The initiative, which was launched on the day after the earthquake, was started up at the request of Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who thanked the Maltese

Dropping Rooney has desired effect as Manchester United beats Leicester 4-1


Saturday, 24 September, 2016.

 

Facebook site for the Maltese Cultural Centre in Albion. Melbourne

By Peter Paul Portelli

President

https://www.facebook.com/Maltese-Cultrual-Centre-Albion-5…/…

Nadur in pictures

By Mario Muscat

Dahlet Qorrot Bay

 

Government takes Manoel Island developers to court, activists sail to blocked coastline

Government demands removal of gates in judicial protest against Midi plc to provide public access to coastline, Planning Authority issues enforcement order

The government has entered into the saga of protesting activists seeking unfettered access to the Manoel Island coastline, by filing a judicial protest calling on developers MIDI plc, to open access to parts of the island.

MIDI have a 99-year concession to develop the island, but the Tigné Point developers have already indicated they are looking for buyers to take over the concession.

The government action is a swift move in response to a protest that only recently took shape, with Gzira’s Labour mayor Conrad Borg Manche and activists from Kamp Emergenza Ambjent taking the lead to seek access to the coastline.

A number of environmental activists and fisherman today afternoon sailed to Manoel Island from Marsamxett in Valletta where they unveiled a banner demanding MIDI to grant the public immediate access to Manoel Island.

Andre Callus of Kamp Emergenza Ambjent said that both the law and the agreement between the government and MIDI, the developers of the area, states that the public ha a right to access the shore and that MIDI's actions were illegal. He added that today's event was symbolic and intended to show how absurd it is that such a beautiful area, which the people have every right to enjoy, must be accessed by sea.

"There is nothing to negotiate, we are not asking anyone for anything more we are simply taking that which is rightfully ours," Callus said

Gzira mayor Conrad Borg Manche said that there has been no communication between MIDI and the local council however there was some communication with the government. MIDI has apparently offered a small concession however it is unlikely that this will be accepted. Borg Manche also said that the government will be exploring legal avenues to resolve the issue.

KEA activists will be camping on Manoel Island tonight before tomorrow's protest which is scheduled to take place at 10:30am on Saturday outside the gates blocking access to the shore.

The government said MIDI has 16 days to take the necessary action on an enforcement notice issued by the Planning Authority to remove four gates blocking access to the coastline.

At the same time, police have blocked activists at Manoel Island from advancing more than five metres further from the coastline.

“We want MIDI to respect the laws of the country and the contract, and oblige it to provide access to the coastline,” the government said in the statement.

“This is a pro-business government but illegalities and abuse will not be tolerated.”

Midi replies

In a statement, Midi said it had no issue with the public having access to the foreshore – even though it pointed out that the public had “regularly landed on the foreshore to swim or fish” – saying that it was within its rights to prevent such access from within its private property.

“The grant in question is governed by the deed of emphyteusis, and no permit can automatically give legal rights to access over private land,” Midi said.

“There is direct land access to the five-metre foreshore shown marked in green, for reasons of geography. Indeed the accesses are blocked on one side by the Manoel Island Yacht Yard (marked in yellow), which does not belong to Midi, and on the other by the Lazzaretto (marked in brown), which is still unsafe and in any case part of it has no foreshore. Hence the issue which has now been raised is not whether Midi has denied public access to the foreshore but whether the public has the right to access the foreshore over private property belonging to Midi.”

Midi is in negotiations with the government to allow pedestrian access over its private area by members of the public during daytime, provided Midi is aware of who is entering and exiting.

It will also be erecting fences around the entire island once it receives Planning Authority permits to prevent trespassing over its private property to heritage sites, and other areas not yet safe for unrestricted private access.

PN reaffirms promise to reverse social housing rent increases

Opposition spokespersons accuse Labour government of taxing poverty, as increases in rent of social housing push more families to brink of poverty

PN spokespersons Paula Mifsud Bonnici and Stephen Spiteri

The government has not only failed to deliver on its pre-election promise to wipe away poverty, but had instead increased the rent for social housing, while a higher cost of living pushed more people to the verge of poverty, according to opposition spokesperson for social policy Paula Mifsud Bonnici.

She was addressing a press conference on Friday with the PN spokesperson for housing Stephen Spiteri, held in front of the Housing Authority in Floriana.

Mifsud Bonnici said that increasing in rent was a form of taxation on poverty and that was why a Nationalist government would return the rent rates to what they were before the increase imposed by the current administration.

She said that in some cases, families renting social housing were now paying as much as four times in rent as they were before the last election.

“There are around 15,000 families staying in social housing, and most of them are elderly people or families with a very low income,” she said.

Mifsud Bonnici said that in his speech during Wednesday’s mass meeting in Floriana, PN leader Simon Busuttil had also announced that a Nationalist government would introduce greater subsidies for low-income families who rent private property.

“The PN does not believe in controlling the private sector, but is committed to seeing social justice,” she said.

She said that many families on a low income were now finding it difficult to pay their social housing rent.

“In many cases, the rent has been increased to €500 per month, and someone on minimum wage would only be left with around €200 each month for living expenses.”

Spiteri said that poverty was on the increase under this Labour government, with the number of people on the verge of poverty rising from 88,000 in 2013 to 94,250 this year.

It was ironic, he said, that while people in power at Castille where being accused of graft and corruption and of opening secret Panama bank accounts, thousands of Maltese families where not coping with the high cost of living and were living on the verge of poverty.

“Low-income families saw their annual expenses increase by €800 each year under this administration,” he said. “And this has been confirmed by Caritas and government statistics.”

 

Friday, 23 September, 2016.

 

Man dies as crane falls into the sea at Medserv freeport dock

A 43-year-old Żejtun man died this morning after the crane he was manoeuvring toppled over and fell into the sea at the Medserv Operations dock at the freeport in Birżebbuġa.

The incident happened at around 9.15am. Qualified first aiders provided immediate support until the man was rushed to hospital. He passed away a short while later.

A magisterial inquiry is underway, and in a company statement Medserv said that it had also launched its own internal investigation into the incident.

"This is the first grievous accident in the Company’s 40+ year history and we want to ensure we obtain a clear and detailed picture of the events that took place," the company said. 

Operations at the company have been suspended for the day, with the focus being on providing support to the victim's family as well as to distraught staff members. 

The company said that no operation was underway at the time of the incident, and that the victim was a qualified and experienced crane driver. 

OHSA appeals for safety 

In a statement, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority offered the victim's family its condolences and noted that this was the fifth workplace fatality of the year so far. 

It again called on workers and employers to prioritise workplace safety and insisted that all workplaces should undergo a safety audit to ensure any potential risks were mitigated. 

The Authority said that while it could not comment on today's incident as investigations are ongoing, the tragedy demonstrated that all workplaces, not just construction sites, could be dangerous. 

Fil-periklu tal-mewt: ​Tifel ta’ 6 snin jittajjar fiż-Żejtun

Tifel ta’ sitt snin jinsab fil-periklu tal-mewt wara li ttajjar minn karozza fiż-Żejtun

L-inċident seħħ għall-ħabta tal-10.15am fi Triq Santa Katarina.

Il-karozza li laqtet lit-tifel kienet misjuqa minn tfajla ta’ 28 sena miż-Żejtun.

Huwa ttieħed l-Isptar Mater Dei biex jingħata l-kura meħtieġa, fejn aktar tard ġie ċċertifikat li jinsab f’qagħda kritika.

L-investigazzjonijiet tal-Pulizija għadhom għaddejjin.

Thursday, 22 September, 2016.

 

John Kerry's message for Malta's independence day

US Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a message to mark Malta's independence day, saying he looks forward to working with Malta on migration and other issues, particularly once it assumes the EU presidency.

Sen Kerry wrote: 

"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of Malta as you mark the 52nd anniversary of your nation’s independence on September 21.

"Positioned at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Malta has long been a critical presence in the Mediterranean. The United States deeply values your role in promoting peace and security in the region, and applauds your leadership on refugee issues, particularly in hosting the Valletta Summit on Migration last fall.

"In the year ahead, we look forward to expanding transatlantic cooperation as you ascend to the presidency of the European Union and to building on the strong trade relationship that our countries share.

"Please accept my warmest congratulations as you celebrate this special day."

Archbishop Scicluna warns against governance based on spin, obscure dealings

“Governance based on spin, on obscure dealings, and on a constant reticence to allow public scrutiny, irrespective of the myriad laws and the solemn promises, is definitely not good governance," Archbishop Charles Scicluna said at the Independence Day pontifical mass this morning.

"Government based on the Orwellian disregard of the truth will one day implode, whereas transparency and accountability are the values that will make us Maltese truly and rightly proud of our government,” he added.

Government based on the Orwellian disregard of the truth will one day implode

Mgr Scicluna spoke on four values of governance of the state: unity, goodness, truthfulness, and beauty.

Focusing first on unity, he said that state government should first and foremost be based on the quest for national unity.

"Policies that are divisive, that are based on the privilege of the few or that blatantly promote loyalty to a political party rather than to the State, are a travesty and a mortal poison to the common good of society.

"Every citizen has the right to belong to the commonwealth of the State and to benefit from the services of government irrespective of who he or she is, under the rule of law as an expression of the common good. In other words, the fight against unjust discrimination is a fight for national unity".

On "goodness," Mgr Scicluna said moral life is summed up in the basic dictum: seek the good and avoid evil.  

"Political systems which purport to shy away from the moral demands of human existence, more often than not end up becoming monstrous caricatures of State government. When the common good is sacrificed to the selfish interests of the few, to a Pseudo-ethos based on the relentless quest for material gain at all costs, then we can say the State is sick," the archbishop said.

He added that it is not difficult to connect truthfulness to the other values of fairness, right judgement, and justice.

Policies that are divisive, that are based on the privilege of the few or that blatantly promote loyalty to a political party rather than to the State, are a travesty and a mortal poison to the common good of society.

"There is a primordial instinct in each and every one of us that teaches us that these human attitudes are in turn based on the truth: they are true to the facts. Governance based on spin, on obscure dealings, and on a constant reticence to allow public scrutiny, irrespective of the myriad laws and the solemn promises, is definitely not good governance.

"Government based on the Orwellian disregard of the truth will one day implode. Whereas transparency and accountability are the values that will make us Maltese truly and rightly proud of our government."

Turning to the value of "beauty" as an expression of the "beautiful" Mgr Scicluna said he did not know to what extent political science has studied the correlation between good governance and beauty.

"I am not referring to whether a politician should be a handsome guy or a stunning lady or not: although many say that it helps!," he said.

"Rather, my take on the subject may be summed up in the phrase: sapientia cordis - the wisdom of the heart. This concept combines an element of truth (wisdom) and an element of goodness (the heart): Truth and Goodness that lead to the wisdom of the heart.

"I am convinced that a citizen, educated, formed and trained in truth and goodness, will through time develop that wisdom of heart that promotes and safeguards beauty in the arts, in architecture, in the environment.

"And I would put this question to myself and to you today: is not the uglification of our natural and historical heritage a symptom of a lack of this wisdom of the heart? A government that continues to restore and protect our heritage, that will energetically defend the pristine cleanliness of our seas, that will only allow sustainable development: that is a government that takes beauty to heart, that expresses the nation's wisdom of the heart."

The congregation this morning included the acting president, the chief justice, the Speaker, the deputy prime minister, the leader of the opposition and MPs from both sides of the House.  (The President and the prime minister are abroad). Members of the diplomatic corps were also present. 

The Mass was followed by wreath laying at the Independence monument. Flowers were laid by Acting President Dolores Cristina, Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil. 

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016.

 

Luncheon for the earthquake victims

The Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul is organizing a Luncheon this Sunday to raise money for the earthquake victims of Central Italy.

Over a 1000 Aust. dollars has been raised through donations. Many Italian business people has contributed to this event.

Maria Vamvakinou the Federal Member for Calwall is expected to cancel an appointment in Sydney to attend the luncheon.

There will be 4 course meal with wine and soft drinks.

Cost $25 per person. Music provided by DJ.

The luncheon is being held at the ICKA Club 7 Keilor Park Drive. East Keilor.

For more information call Peter Paul Portelli on 0431 473 893.

"Mhux Joseph Muscat imma forza politika ġdida"

Il-Mexxej tal-Partit Demokratiku Marlene Farrugia saħqet li jrid ikun hemm forza politika ġdida biex tneħħi l-Gvern ta’ Joseph Muscat u li l-elezzjoni li jmiss se tintrebaħ mill-forza politika ġdida.

Dwar l-istedina ta’ Salvu Mallia biex tingħaqad mal-Partit Nazzjonalista, Marlene Farrugia qalet ma’Newsbook.com.mt li Salvu ħass il-bżonn ta’ forza politika ġdida, però ra li l-forza politika ġdida tista’ tkun il-PN stess, billi jiġbor in-nies ta’ rieda tajba li lesti jagħtu kontribut fil-PN biex irenduh għal gvern alternattiv.

Saħqet li Salvu mhux qiegħed jgħid erezija għax qiegħed jaħseb fuq linja li tista’ tkun possibli.

Żiedet tgħid li minkejja li tħalli l-possibiltajiet kollha miftuħin, saħqet li l-PD ma jistax jingħaqad mal-PN kif inhu llum.

Qalet li madankollu mhux se teskludi xejn, fosthom li l-PD jkun parti mill-forza politika ġdida li tiġbor fiha l-Oppożizzjoni.

Saħqet li l-interess nazzjonali jista’ jitlob li jkun hemm oppożizzjoni li tingħaqad fuq programm elettorali ċar li jiġbor fih il-filosofija tall-PD, li jħoss il-polz tal-poplu li ġie tradut mill-PL u li għadu mhux lest li joffri l-PN.

Qalet li jrid ikun hemm forza governattiva ġdida favur it-trasparenza, ġustizzja soċjali u favur sostenibiltà tal-ambjent u l-ekonomija.

Żiedet tgħid li jekk ikun hemm partit li jemmen favur dawn il-prinċipji u jista’ jaħdem ma’ partiti oħra, jista’ jkun hemm forza politika ġdida biex jinħoloq gvern alternattiv.

Saħqet li allaħares jerġa’ jitla l-Gvern ta’ Joseph Muscat u li l-PN waħdu mhux se jirbaħ l-elezzjoni.

“In-nies diġà ħadu t-tielet partit”

Dwar jekk il-PD jingħaqad ma’ partit ieħor, in-nies ikunu diżapuntanti għax tilfu l-opportunità tat-tielet partit, Marlene qalet li t-tielet partit diġà ħaduh in-nies bil-Moviment tal-PL.

Qalet li l-Moviment ma kienx il-PL l-antik imma l-PL bl-ideat tat-trasparenza u meritokrazija lil hinn mill-partiġjanizzmu.

Minkejja dan il-poplu ddiżżapuntat mill-moviment.

“Leo Brincat għandu jirtira u ma nkomplux indaħħku n-nies b’Malta”

Marlene Farrugia saħqet li kieku kienet flok Leo Brincat ma kinitx tmur.

Qalet li minkejja li taf li Leo Brincat ma xtaqx jagħti l-appoġġ tiegħu lil Konrad Mizzi, Joseph Muscat ordna lill-Grupp Parlamentari biex jagħtih l-appoġġ.

Saħqet li Muscat ma ġabx rispett lejn il-Grupp Parlamentari u ħammġu kollu hemm hu meta ġiegħlu jivvota favur Konrad Mizzi.

Żiedet tgħid li Leo Brincat għandu jirtira u ma nkomplux indaħħku n-nies b’Malta.

Qalet li mhux il-PN kien li għamel il-ħsara lil Leo għax anke is-soċjalisti vvotaw kontrih.

Temmet tgħid li l-ħsara għamilha Joseph Muscat innifsu. 

Madliena fields set for vast residential construction

One of the largest vacant sites available for development could accommodate up to 66 new dwellings, including 34 villas and 32 other dwellings

A vast tract of land in Madliena consisting of 50,000 m2 of agricultural land – the size of seven football pitches – is being earmarked for residential development.  

A planning application presented by landowner and entrepreneur Marcus Marshall, one of the owners of Sciclunas Estates, which own the trade fair grounds in Naxxar, is proposing residential development in the area within the limits set by a policy included in the North Harbour Plan of 2006.

It is estimated the site, which is one of the largest vacant sites available for development in the north harbour region, may accommodate up to 66 new dwellings, including approximately 34 villas and 32 other dwellings if limited to a density of 12 units per hectare, as proposed in the local plan. 

The site, bordered by Triq il-Madliena, Triq Esprit Barthet, Triq in-Nafra and Triq il-Militar is designated as the “Central Madliena Opportunity Site”. 

It is developable because it has been included in both the temporary building plans approved in 1988 and in development boundaries approved in 2006.

But the local plan limits the site to “low-density and high quality residential development” and has to be developed in a “comprehensive manner”.

For instance, only detached two-storey villa development with a site coverage of 30% is permissible at the edge of the site.

Higher density dwellings – as much as four units in each block – can be permitted towards the centre of the site providing the proposal integrates with the existing and proposed development in this area.

A cluster of five shops can also be located at ground floor level. But 30% of the site area has to be landscaped with “generous foliage.”

Since the area may harbour archaeological remains, permission for development will also have to wait for consultation with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage – who must be fully satisfied that such development will not adversely affect the archaeological site in any way.

Terremot ieħor fiċ-ċentru tal-Italja

Tqanqlet mill-ġdid il-biża’ fost ir-residenti fiċ-ċentru tal-Italja, hekk kif fis-sigħat bikrin ta’ dalgħodu ġie rreġistrat terremot b’qawwa ta’ 4.1 fuq l-Iskala Richter.

It-terremot seħħ fis-1.34am fil-provinċja ta’ Rieti, fil-viċinanzi ta’ Accumoli, Amatrice u Arquata del Tronto.

Inħass ukoll fil-provinċja ta’ Ascoli Piceno.

Ftit tal-minuti wara nħasset theżżiża ta’ 2.1 fuq l-iskala Richter.

Għadu mhux magħruf jekk kienx hemm vittmi.

Ritratt tat-terremot tal-24 ta' Awwissu li ħalla 247 vittma.

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