Il-Ministru Michael Farrugia, fi tweġibha lil MP tal-PN Mario Galea, qal li s-sena li għaddiet kien hemm 25 persuna li temmew ħajjithom, waqt li mill-2010 l’hawn seħħew 223 suwiċidju, fejn 194 kienu irġiel u 29 kienu nisa. Dawn huma statistiċi ta’ qsim il-qalb li juru biċ-ċar li hemm bzonn t’azzjoni fil-qasam tas-saħħa mentali.
Minn dawn in-numri joħroġ biċ-ċar li soċjeta` patrarkali fejn l-irġiel ma jistgħux jitkellmu fuq l-emozzjonijiet tagħhom, ma tantx hi ta’ ġid. Kawza oħra hi l-piżijiet finanzjarji ġejjin minn pagi baxxi, xogħol prekarju u l-għoli tal-ħajja, li lkoll jikkawzaw ħafna stress. Waqt li huwa fatt li l-ambjent naturali jgħin biex jikkura l-ansjeta` u d-dipressjoni, il-kampanja qeda tittiekel.
Hemm ukoll nuqqas ta’ investiment fis-saħħa mentali minn naħa tal-Gvern. Is-settur pubbliku għandu jassigura li l-ispeċjalisti tas-saħħa mentali jiġu imħallsa pagi xierqa u jigu provduti taħriġ regolari.
Segretarju Ġenerali tal-ADŻ
Dr Delia’s comments about foreigners have no place in Maltese society. This kind of rhetoric does not abide by neither Maltese nor Christian values Delia claims to believe in.
First of all, migrants are humans with their own feelings and aspirations. They are also an integral part of our society – being present in our workspace, in our circles of friends, and for some of us they are our lovers or family members. Moreover, diversity is what enriches our society.
Lets not forget the hardships that have driven people from the Middle East, Africa and Central and Southern Europe to our country. We should also keep in mind, the economic difficulties which they still face due to soaring rental prices and that some of these migrants are still working in conditions of modern slavery.
Perhaps, Adrian Delia should try not to take lessons from Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister, or Joseph Muscat on earlier days.
Daniel Desira – ADŻ Secretary General
F’din il-ġurnata tajjeb li niftakru fil-kisbiet li għamlu l-ħaddiema fil-passat imma tajjeb ukoll li niftakru fl-isfidi li l-ħaddiema tal-llum il-ġurnata jaffaċjaw ta’ kuljum.
Iż-żieda fil-paga minima li ħabbar il-gvern fl-aħħar budget, hi l-bogħod minn bizzejjed, filwaqt li ż-żidiet tal-COLA ma jirriflettux verament l-għoli tal-ħajja. Ħafna koppji ikollhom jieħdu loan biex jixtru l-ewwel propjeta` tagħhom u t-tali loan joħdilhom xi 20 sena biex iħalsuħ kollu. Minħabba f’hekk, ħafna huma dawk li qed jirrikorru biex jikru. Il-kirjiet ukoll qed jgħolew fil-prezz. Iktar ma jmur, id-dritt ta’ saqaf fuq rasek m’huwiex garantit. Rigward il-prekarjat, ma tantx saru tibdiliet.
Dan huwa “l-aqwa zmien ta’ pajjizna”? Ma naħsibx jien. Hemm bzonn ta’ diskussjoni serja fuq kif se naffaċċjaw dawn l-isfidi godda. Barra minn hekk, huwa importanti li niddiskutu ukoll il-futur tas-sistema edukattiva, l-isfidi li qeda taffaċja bħalissa u kif nistgħu ntejbuha għaliex din tiprepera l-ħaddiema ta’ għada.
Daniel Desira – Segretarju Ġenerali tal-ADŻ
Reduce waste including plastic – find alternative sources (Eg: Buying a reusable bottle; using meshbags for the vegetables etc). Other small actions can go a long way – turning off the lights when leaving a room and taking your left overs back home when eating out (most restaurants would be happy to help).
Learn to disconnect
Try to spend less time online. Do not reply to emails from work when at home unless you absolutely have to. You’ll be amazed how much more time you’ll be able to spend with your special someone, your family and friends.
Leave the car in the garage
Travel less by car and catch the bus, car-pool or even better get on that bicycle! Both the planet and your body will thank you for that.
Take more care of your online privacy
Make sure that your information on social media is restricted at the desirable privacy level. Also take a minute or two to check what hardware and information will be used by an app before installing it on your device.
Exercise more often
Exercising releases a dose of endorphins which while do not do away with all your problems, definitely help you to feel better throughout the day. Whether it’s a jog or bike ride in the park or lifting weights, it will boast both your physical and mental health.
Bonus – Give something back
Whether you offer your help to people whom you encounter on everyday life, or you engage in broad civic action in your community, you will make a difference in someone’s life. Lastly, our political activism is aimed at a social and ecological transformation of Malta, so why not join us?
Ftit ilu erġajna smajna dwar kunċett ta’ CCTVs madwar Paceville integrat ma` facial recognition software minn Safe City. Bħal ma qal ir-rapporteur tal-UNHCR, nemmen li din hija mizura eċċessiva, fejn ir-riskji fuq il-privatezza tan-nies huma wisq meta imqabbla mas-sigurta` li dan jista` jgib. Barra minn hekk, jekk progett bħal dan jigi implimentat, il-processi kollha fuq l-informazzjoni għandhom ikunu kompletament trasparenti.
Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer
Il-Ġimgħa li għadda jimmarka l-Jum Internazzjonali għall-Interns. B’dispjaċir ngħid li dan il-jum ma tantx jagħtina x’niċċelebraw. 3 kwarti tal-interns jaħdmu mingħajr paga jew b’paga baxxa hafna. Din is-sitwazzjoni tgħodd ukoll għal pajjiżna.
Huwa tajjeb li l-apprentisti tal-MCAST se jibdew jaqilgħu paga minima, pero l-apprentistat m’huwiex limitat biss għall-MCAST. Jeħtieg ligijiet li japplikaw għal programmi tal-privat, kif ukoll li nibdew nitkellmu dwar dħul bażiku li jassigura livell t’għajxien tajjeb għal kulħadd speċjalment għaż-żgħażagħ.
Daniel Desira – ADZ Public Relations Officer
Huwa tajjeb li l-ERA oġġezzjonat għall-bini ta’ kumpless kumerċjali qrib il-family park ta’ Marsaskala. Dan sar minħabba li dan l-izvilupp hu pjanat li jsir fuq barriera f’art ODZ.
Ħafna rħula ta’ Malta, illum huma mibnijin wisq, waqt li kumplessi fuq il-periferija ma jgħinux wisq biex nippreservaw l-ambjent naturali u jonqos it-traffiku. Għalhekk ikun tajjeb li kieku l-awtorita` tirrifjuta permessi anka f’każijiet simili.
Daniel Desira – ADŻ Public Relations Officer
Live from Liverpool: Danika Formosa, Marc’Andrea Cassar and Anne Marie Azzopardi together with the Green Party leader, Arnold Cassola, are currently attending the Greens Congress which is being held in Liverpool. They are representing Alternattiva Demokratika, Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh as well as Fondazzjoni Ceratonia.
This is a large-scale event which brings together representatives from over 90 countries around the world for a joint green congress. Many green movements such as the European Green Party (EGP), the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), the Global Greens and Global Young Greens (GYG), together with many organisations from all around the globe are involved and brought together to discuss a vast array of topics, such as migration, human rights and climate change.
During the Congress, the Maltese Delegation will be voting on amendments, structures and policy papers by the European Green Party, the Global Greens and the Global Young Greens.
Earlier today, delegates and young activists joined the Maltese Young Greens in support towards the Manoel Island proposals. They stood together with a banner stating ‘Manoel Island National Park’ as the team explained the issues we are facing. Alternattiva Demokratika insists that the breach of contract which granted the island to MIDI should lead to the land being taken back by the state and become a national park.
It has been a great event so far. We were given a great opportunity to meet great people around the world, share experiences and good practices.
International Secretary – AD/ADZ
Project Co-ordinator – Ceratonia Foundation
Last Monday marked an important day in the history of planning and development in Malta. I am talking about the Planning Authority’s decision to refuse a development application in Mosta, which would have taken up a massive stretch of land. The development would have required over 38,000 square metres of land, which is a substantial amount, considering the limited land are we have in Malta.
It is vital that for all massive developments, such as the one turned down yesterday, a sustainable development approach is taken into consideration. This means taking into consideration all the social, economic and environmental impacts.
Currently we’ve already urbanised over a third of our country. Unless we plan and take decisions in a responsible way, that is sustainably, we will suffer substantial consequences in the near future. It seems sometimes that we forget about our limited land area we have in Malta. The Maltese Islands together only comprise some 316 square kilometres. For this reason it is of utmost importance that decisions are taken based on the common good and not entirely on an economic basis. Only then can we achieve a sustainable level of planning, which will also significantly contribute positively to our quality of life.
Pascal Aloisio – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Publications Officer
Following this week’s fall, there is a major lesson to be learnt. Nature’s decisions are final. No matter what we do, it will have and find its own way to come over.
Some people were suggesting along the way that the Azure window should have been supported. How this would have been possible is beyond me. I am not a geologist, so I have no idea what could have been done. Maybe iron or cement. A solution which might have eventually been overtaken by nature, to have iron or cement left over to erode at the bottom of the sea.
The way things happened, the personified Azure Window’s life cycle ended naturally. Nature gives and nature takes. At the end of the day, we glorified this piece of rock, owned it, and turned it into our own… not realising that we cannot control it.
In HG Well’s Time Machine, the protagonist travels ahead billions of years in the future, and in a restored world, he still finds traces of our old technology, being engulfed by the natural process. An initial process to this can be seen among the leftovers of Chernobyl, and other similar abandoned sites.
In other words, nature will have its own ways of destroying and gaining back what we took away. But it will take a long time to do it. We spend less than a century in this world. We should not destroy nature in favour of buildings and skyscrapers. The amount of work taken to gain back the land and nature destroyed is too long for our lifetimes to enjoy it. We should stop destroying the natural world in favour of pieces of rock.
We should be heartbroken over what is pristine and ours. We should learn to love what is left, and cry over it the same way we cried over the Azure Window
Anna Azzopardi – ADŻ General Secretary