Greens want fuel subsidy slashed, not University funds/ Malta News Briefing – Saturday 27 August 2022

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Seguna referred to mental hospital, spent night in jail

Fr Luke Seguna, the priest accused of defrauding parishioners was referred to the state’s mental health hospital after a court heard that he told his lawyers that his life had “ended” following criminal charges. The Times reports that after Seguna was granted bail on Thursday, he spent that night in Corradino Correctional Facility, as his bail money was not deposited in time. Seguna’s lawyers later said that that the priest was referring to his public life as a priest when he made that statement, and was not to be misconstrued as being of suicidal intent.

Greens want fuel subsidy slashed, not University funds

ADPD, the Green Party questioned the government’s priorities when slashing the University of Malta’s budget, whilst heavily subsidising fuels.
In reaction to the news that the university’s budget for this year was being reduced by €1.1 million, the Greens said that this was a “sheer example” of the Government’s misguided priorities.”Reigning in public financing should target the reduction of the heavily subsidised petrol and diesel and not jeopardizing the country’s future,” said ADPD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo. (Maltatoday)

Marine surveys for second interconnector launched
The offshore works of the preliminary marine route survey (PMRS) for the proposed second electricity interconnector between Malta and Sicily have commenced on Thursday, Interconnect Malta (ICM) has announced. The 60m-vessel Urbano Monti sailed out of the Grand Harbour to start surveying a 600m-wide corridor of seabed along the proposed interconnector route, which extends approximately 100km from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq to Marina di Ragusa. The maximum seabed depth of this route is expected to be 160m. (Newsbook)

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54% of people say they feel they are alone

A study published by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing shows that there has been an increase in the number of persons who feel alone. Compared to 2019, there has been an increase of 11.1%. This is because in 2022, 54.6%, representing 198,198 persons, replied that they feel alone.The study also shows that in terms of severity, being that one feels bad and is not content, there has been an increase of 2.9% when compared to 2019. This means that in 2022, there were 16,698 people who felt this way.

Recent spate of serious crimes are ‘one offs’, says criminologist

Criminologist Saviour Formosa has dismissed concerns that a recent spate of serious crimes translates to a worsening crime rate.In the span of a week there has been a fatal hit-and-run, a violent brawl on Ħamrun’s high street that left two people in hospital as well as a shooting on Friday in which a man was seriously wounded.

PN laments Government inaction on inflation
Despite promising solutions to rising costs spurned by inflation, the government has failed to address the burden this has placed on the working class, PN MPs Ivan Bartolo and Charles Azzopardi said in a presser on Friday. The MPs said that while the government saw fit to waste its money on frivolous expenses and to serve its inner circle, normal working people had been left to fend for themselves. “While the cost of living has been impacted by external factors such as the war in Ukraine, it is worth noting that for nine months the government has been promising to do something, but so far has failed to address inflation. There are people who are struggling to pay for their basic necessities and are barely living paycheck to paycheck, but the government’s mantra of surplus is over”, the argued.

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