UPDATE: Drifting competition permit withheld as Mepa objects

UPDATE:

More than 300 people have gathered at MonteKristo Estates to dismantle the tents and to also transfer the cars to Hal Far as the programme of Friday has now been moved to Hal Far.

The event which was expected to be held at MonteKristo will now take place at Hal Far. All those individuals who have bought their tickets for the event for Friday will now be able to use it either on Saturday’s or Sunday’s events.

Protest to be held today on illegal immigration cancelled

UPDATE: Police have confirmed that there were two applicants who lodged their application which was eventually withdrawn by both of them.

Earlier:
Earlier this week an event was making rounds on Facebook promoting a protest against illegal immigration.

While people were promoting the event, around 13,000 were invited and 300 had confirmed their attendance as of Sunday morning. However, when the police were contacted they said that nobody has applied for a permit to organise such rally as of Sunday.

New Detention Centre in Naxxar Grounds?

UPDATE: It has been confirmed by a representative of the government that 98 people, children along with their families are being kept at the Trade Fair grounds in Naxxar.

Earlier:

Sources close to di-ve.com have expressed their concerns regarding detention vans seen passing through the streets of Naxxar during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Di-ve.com was also told that the vans stopped in front of the Trade Fair grounds in Naxxar where, it seems that this morning the police guarding the area seem to have increased.

Helga Ellul proposes Freeport for Luxury Goods

In a press conference held today, PN MEP candidate Helga Ellul outlined a proposal for the setting up of a Freeport for Luxury Goods in Malta, a facility in which high value items would be stored free of any taxes or customs duties. These items could include anything ranging from works of art to precious stones and documents. Apart from storage, the facility could also house showrooms where people could buy or sell items on-site. 

Reforms

Reforms

The meaning of the word “reform” (as well as the meaning of what it implies) was totally devalued during the years of Nationalist administration. Then, to all changes whether small or large, the “reform” label got attached, especially in the field of public administration – even when in fact the change would be a step back, towards structures of behaviour that were only relevant in the past.

Beppe Fenech Adami discharged from hospital

It has just been announced that earlier this afternoon Beppe Fenech Adami left the London hospital where he underwent an operation on Monday to remove a 15cm malignant tumour from his back.

Dr Fenech Adami will be staying in London for a couple of days to continue his recovery before having to return to Malta.

On Monday Dr Fenech Adami underwent a four-and-a-half-hour major operation where surgeons said that they were satisfied with the outcome of the surgery.

European Council agrees on ambitious CO2 reduction target

"The target of at least 40% CO2 reduction until 2030 on which the EU heads of states agreed yesterday evening is ambitious and will bring forward international climate negotiations," said Peter Liese, spokesperson for environment of the largest political group in the European Parliament (EPP-Christian Democrats).

Europe proofed again its leading role in climate protection despite huge difficulties and will give the right impulses for the Paris 2015 climate conference.

Do we need to “assist” dying?

The term “assisted dying” is being used more and more in connection with the management of sick elderly patients in hospitals or nursing homes. What does “assisted dying” mean? Many people are scared of dying. They fear that they or their relatives will suffer or that they may become confused, unable to communicate or lose their “dignity”. “Assisted dying” promises to help reduce pain or distress so that dying is made easier for both patient and relatives. Do we need to assist dying?  Does it help? Are there any negatives or problems with it?

New Day Centre for the Elderly inaugurated in Gzira

The Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing today inagurated and officially opened a new Day Centre for th Elderly in Gżira, after a signed agreement between the Gżira Local Council and the Parliamnetary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing.

An overview on the current economic situation

At the end of a week of events celebrating the SME week 2014, the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr.Chris Cardona, delivered an opening speech during an event organised by the EU Commission and the Malta Employers’ Association on EU Access to Finance. This event gave participants a good opportunity to hear about new financial instruments from the European Union – from structural funds to global loans.

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