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Posted On June 30, 2021 – Updated 1 July, 2021 11:15am Statistics issued over the last few months by the NGO, ‘Men Against Violence’ in collaboration with the Women’s Rights Foundation and the Malta Community Chest Fund indicates alarming figures where three out of every four women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at their place of work. Many said that they went through this harassment themselves while others said that they saw it happening to their colleagues. The same study indicates that there are men who experienced the same situation at the workplace, but only one third of…

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Posted On June 30, 2021 – Updated 30 June, 2021 4:58pm The country has tracts of land that are Government properties and this includes houses in urban areas and agricultural spaces that have been neglected instead of being used for environmental projects. ‘Popolin’ spoke to the Executive Head of the Lands Authority, Robert Vella, to discuss the better efficiency and commitment of the Authority as well as to reply to various questions that were made. Vella said the Government is the largest property owner in the country and it is calculated that more or less, 60% of the country’s property…

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Posted On June 25, 2021 – Updated 25 June, 2021 7:17pm The consumer market is vast and nowadays one can find almost any product. Foreign products abound, often in attractive packaging, ready and processed and at competitive prices. Given today’s fast pace of life, these are naturally attractive to consumers but undoubtedly these are having a negative impact on local farmers and fisher folk. However, despite this strong competition, Maltese producers continue to work hard to have their products on the market. Although foreign vegetables and fruit may be cheaper, local produce does not lack quality. A number of farmers…

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Posted On June 25, 2021 – Updated 25 June, 2021 5:53pm The fundamental role of disciplinary corps to safeguard society are widespread worldwide, and no less in Malta. Popolin discussed the role of the Police Corps, the Armed Forces and Civil Protection forces who despite all the services they render are often highlighted as the centres of controversy. Ramon Mercieca, Assistant Police Commissioner, said that human resource in the Corps is its greatest asset. All those that embark on this career have the opportunity to develop their skills and advance and may eventually become the Police Commissioner. Popolin spoke to…

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Posted On June 25, 2021 – Updated 25 June, 2021 5:07pm About 3,000 persons are seeking social accommodation. A few days ago the Housing Authority published a survey and profiled persons who are seeking a roof over their heads. Among a wealth of facts, about 54% of applicants are aged between 26 and 45 years old. A substantial number of these are unemployed or have low income employment. Popolin analysed these statistics. The research showed that 75% of applicants are females seeking alternative accommodation. Two out of every three applicants are single parents, 16% are married and 27% are either…

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Posted On June 22, 2021 – Updated 22 June, 2021 1:42pm The construction industry is one of the most criticised industries in the country, but the reality is that it contributes millions to the economy. In fact, this industry is an essential part of the country’s gross domestic product, as it exceeds 8%. Money, however, isn’t everything, and the many challenges existing within this industry and the safeguarding of health and safety in this regard were discussed during Popolin. We spoke with Jesmond Chetcuti, President of the Malta Chamber of Construction. Asked what the biggest problem of the construction industry…

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Posted On June 22, 2021 – Updated 22 June, 2021 2:11pm A number of couples in these islands end up suffering in silence the distress of a miscarriage during pregnancy because for some reason this subject is rarely discussed. Popolin discussed miscarriages to better understand the factors leading to this episode, as well as what is resulting in an increase in the numbers of miscarriages. The medical, psychological and social impacts resulting from this difficult episode were also discussed. According to statistics based on miscarriages during pregnancy in Malta, it has been indicated that women over the age of 40…

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Posted On June 22, 2021 – Updated 22 June, 2021 1:20pm Various reports carried by the media have often posed a question that elicits different reactions. Does a popular figure, a so-called public figure, have a right to privacy for themselves and their families? Recent reports about politicians, politicians’ relatives, businessmen and well-known figures in Malta have created controversy. Examples of reported stories include a vehicle collision, an accidental case of overdose, and a three-month jail sentence on drug trafficking going back eight years. Many questioned the need for such stories to be reported in such a way as to…

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Posted On June 22, 2021 – Updated 22 June, 2021 11:17am We frequently hear about progress and advancement that has taken place in the lives of Maltese and Gozitan citizens, but we still cannot say that poverty has been completely eliminated. In fact there are people who still suffer some form of poverty.When we talk about poverty, we often think of economic poverty, but there are only a few other forms of poverty that we rarely talk about such as educational poverty, poor living and even communication poverty – i.e. the ability to communicate effectively. ‘Popolin’ analyzed different Maltese communities…

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Posted On June 22, 2021 – Updated 22 June, 2021 10:52am Did you know that in virtue of ‘the right to be forgotten’ you have the right to remove all information published about you on the internet from 2014 onwards? The company Google, has a simple procedure in place, where a person fills out a form with the related details to remove the information concerned. In fact so far this company has been asked to remove just over three million websites. However, just under half of these claims were acceded to. Interestingly, the Maltese made just under three thousand requests…

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