10 years ago - The Times

Friday, November 7, 2008

GWU to hold its own protest against new utility rates

The General Workers’ Union will be joining the Labour Party’s manifestation against the new energy rates on Sunday but will also go a step further by holding its own protest the following Thursday.

Through its demonstration, the union will be pushing for the tariffs to be revised, otherwise workers should be compensated, GWU general secretary Tony Zarb said.

Mr Zarb said the union had sent letters to the four political parties and invited social partners and organisations to attend the demonstration.

Drug use up sharply among the young

The rate of 15- and 16-year-olds dabbling in illicit drugs has risen more than sevenfold in 12 years, according to a new EU report.

In 1995, a mere two per cent of students this age admitted to using illicit drugs at least once in their lives.

This figure has mushroomed to 15 per cent in 2007, says the report, launched yesterday in Brussels by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction (EMCDDA).

25 years ago - The Times

Sunday, November 7, 1993

Master plan on mental health

The government is planning to publish a Master Plan on mental health by the middle of next year, Home Affairs and Social Development Minister Louis Galea said yesterday.

Dr Galea was speaking about mental health reform at a dialogue session with the participation of two prominent foreign guests – Franz Baro, professor of psychiatry at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Br Rene Stockman, from the Order of Charity (Ghent).

Dr Galea told the audience at Palazzo Castellania in Valletta that the mental health reform was part of the global reform government was carrying out in the public health sector.

Hospital allegations denied

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Professor John Rizzo Naudi, yesterday accused the opposition of “sitting pretty on a fence and slinging mud at the health sector”.

Surrounded by 16 directors in the Health Department, he denied allegations about the health service made last Friday by the Labour Party spokesman on health, Prof. Edwin Grech.

Prof. Rizzo Naudi lashed out at the MLP, saying that its refusal to participate in the public health reform showed weakness and lack of maturity.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Thursday, November 7, 1968

Prime Minister visits military installations

Dr G. Borg Olivier, the Prime Minister, flew to South Taiwan yesterday for a two-day tour of military installations and establishments.

Accompanied by officials from the Ministries of National Defence and foreign Affairs, Dr Borg Olivier inspected Chinese Air Force and Navy bases.

Dr Borg Olivier and his party were guests at Tsoying naval base hosted by General Kao Kuei-Yuan, chief of the General staff of the Nationalist Chinese armed forces.

In the afternoon, the Prime Minister, closely followed by Dr Joseph Spiteri, Minister of Trade, Industry and Agriculture, spent one hour at the Kaohsiung export processing zone at Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan.

Additional flights for Christmas

The Malta Airlines, together with their associates, British European Airways, are planning to operate 12 additional flights during the Christmas and New Year period with ‘Vanguard’ and ‘Comet’ aircraft.

The first of these flights is to take place on the night of December 18 when it is planned to have an extra flight scheduled as BE/MG 218A.

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