Education system not creating critical minds, academics warn government: / Malta News Briefing – Friday 3 December 2021

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Times of Malta says Fra Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Knights of St John was laid to rest at the capital’s co-cathedral on Friday.

MaltaToday says a constitutional case claiming that COVID-19 restrictions breached human rights sees Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci taking the witness stand

Newsbook says Energy minister Miriam Dalli Malta’s reiterated Malta’s determination to guarantee energy price stability during an EU meeting during which ministers clashed over whether the bloc should overhaul its rules to deal with the gas shortage and soaring prices.

TVM says a vulnerable man, who is today aged 61, ended up for long years the victim of his wife and her partner who had forced him to live in a boxroom, then in a field in Iklin and later in a dirty garage in Marsa, in order to take his money and live comfortably off the proceeds.

Mid-Day Briefing

Major manhunt nabs police suspect: A man believed to be involved in drug crimes was arrested on Thursday night after he fled in a chase and shootout. A police spokesman said Drug Squad officers had been following the suspect, named as Aiden Bartolo, driving a red Mazda Demio when the chase began. In an update issued on Friday morning, police said that Bartolo had been arrested shortly after midnight following an “intensive and delicate search”. He was found hiding in tall grass and trees in the Miżieb woodland, they said. Police from the anti-drugs unit and the violent crimes squad within the major crimes unit worked on the case. Officers from the special intervention unit and dogs from the K9 unit also assisted in the search. 

Education system not creating critical minds, academics warn government: The educational system is producing a workforce that is ill-equipped to engage in critical thinking, according to a group of academics. 40 academics from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics told the government in an open letter that the education system is failing to produce critical minds. “The current approach to education rewards rote learning [the act of memorising curricula] and leads to a workforce that is ill-equipped to deal with problems that require critical and innovative thinking,” the letter reads.  

MUMN asks President to veto cannabis law: The nurses’ has called on President George Vella to veto the cannabis reform until hospital management is assured the right to stop employees under the influence from dealing with patients. The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said the same principle should apply to care homes for older people. In a statement published this morning the MUM argued that “cannabis levels are not as straightforward as the alcohol blood levels of intoxication. Therefore, any hospital management should have the right to stop any hospital employee, especially those with direct patient contact, if any mental impairment is visible, irrespective of the law legalising cannabis”.

Covid-19 Update: A total of 133 new daily cases were reported today while 75 people recovered. 15 people are being treated in hospital, 2 of whom are in the ITU.

Morning Briefing

Seven arrested on money-laundering charges

A total of 7 suspects of Libyan and Maltese origin were arrested across the Maltese islands for involvement in a money-laundering scheme. Europol said that it has supported the Maltese Authorities in investigating an organised crime group suspected of having laundered over €20 million through Malta. Other foreign jurisdictions were partners in the investigation. The suspects are believed to have laundered millions in illicit funds through five Maltese companies which the criminal group controlled. The funds were for the most part sent to Turkey using both cash couriers and the informal hawala money transfer system. The investigation is ongoing to identify the origin of these ill-acquired funds, believed to be linked with tax evasion and other criminal offences.

On the occasion of the action day, some €70 000 in cash was seized, alongside a considerable amount of jewellery, branded clothing and watches, luxurious vehicles, foreign number plates and electronic equipment with an approximate value of €5 million.

Major manhunt for drug crime-suspect

A major manhunt was underway in the Northern side of the island after a man suspected with drug crimes fled the police during a care chase. The man has been named as Aiden Bartolo. In a statement, the police said that it was “constrained to fire shots in an attempt to stop the man, who managed to get out of his vehicle and flee the scene on foot.” Police said in a statement. Bartolo abandoned the car towards the Mizieb woodland, where it was abandoned. A large number of police officers were involved in the search, which was continuing well into the night. Some of the officers were armed and wearing bulletproof vests and were looking for the man in the Mellieha-Xemxija area. Police dogs, and an AFM helicopter equipped with a powerful searchlight were also involved.

Covid-19 Update: A total of 138 new daily cases were reported on Thursday while 61 people recovered. 11 people are being treated in hospital, 2 of whom are in the ITU.

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