Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
Il-proċess tad-demokrazija interna tal-PN għat-tmexxija tal-partit għandu jiġu rispettatt. Dan huwa ta' importanza għal min hu parti mill-Partit.
Nemmen li gvern alternattiv jista' jinħoloq permezz ta' għaqda bejn il-fazzjonijiet tal-PN u koalizzjonijiet esterni fis-soċjeta' iktar wiesgħa.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Friday, July 03, 2020
Ħsibijiet (55): Il-Vitals ħa l-isptarijiet pubbliċi mingħajr due diligence, u aħna t-taxpayers inħallsu
Hawnhekk qed nitkellmu fuq assi pubbliċi fis-settur tas-saħħa, fuq wirt tal-Gvern immexxi minn Joseph Muscat. Qed nitkellmu fuq bejgħ, li minn fuq, qed inħallsu għalih mit-taxxi tagħna. Il-poplu s'issa diġa ħallas €260 miljun għal servizz li ma onorax l-obbligi tiegħu.
Il-Gvern immexxi minn Robert Abela kellu opportunita' li jħares l-interess nazzjonali u soċjali u jappoġġja l-mozzjoni parlamentari ta' l-Oppożizzjoni sabiex it-taxpayers ma jħallsux €100 miljun lil min qiegħed japproffita mill-poplu Malti korteżija ta' kuntratt li jobbliga lit-taxpayers ikopru d-djun ta' Steward.
Quddiem skandlu bħal dan, jeħtieġ li l-ġid komuni jiġi qabel interessi settarji.
Malta is not for sale. Be the change you want to see.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The International Association for Impact Assessment defines an SIA as the process of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions and any social change processes invoked by those interventions.
Such changes may range from natural disasters to population growth and from policy interventions to singular development projects. Consequently, SIAs investigate the effects on people’s everyday lives in terms of culture, politics, community, health, well-being, aspirations, needs, rights and responsibilities, to name a few. They provide data for policymaking, which is based on evidence.
Social impacts under assessment should include all those things relevant to people’s everyday life. This may include one’s culture, community, political context, environment, health, well-being, personal and property rights as well as fears and aspirations.
Social impact assessments can help verify the consequences and impacts of policy proposals in relation to the communities involved. Hence, a basic starting point for such assessments should be the compilation of a community profile. A social impact assessment that does not understand the society in question is practically worthless.
Various methods, both quantitative and qualitative could be used within social impact assessments. The former refers to generalisable data especially through numbers, while the latter produce in-depth data on matters.
Research methods in SIAs may therefore include surveys of concerned populations who are asked questions on their perceptions of the change in question. Ethnographic methods may involve a deeper look into everyday practices of people, while elite interviews may verify the advice, concerns and interpretations of persons who are experts or who have experience in the respective field under analysis.
Methods may also involve the analysis of discourse on the subject in question, for example by looking at what is being pronounced in the public sphere, whether by the public, civil society, political actors, the media and the like.
SIAs should involve the participation of different stakeholders, ideally through mixed research methods.
Some other factors which should be included in social impact assessments include the consideration of reasonable alternatives to development proposals as well as comparative analysis of similar development proposals and related good or bad practices.
Analytic indicators should be provided and the entire process should be subject to peer review by independent experts in the field.
Social impact assessments should not be one-off exercises which are rubber-stamped by authorities without any sense of critical engagement. To the contrary, they should be ongoing processes which engage with various stakeholders and which report back so as to ensure effective policy processes. They should also use complementary research methods so as to ensure reliable and valid data.
Recommendations and mitigation measures could therefore be in place, and these would be based on social-scientific evidence.
It is also important that SIAs are peer-reviewed. This means that if a study is being carried out by a team of social scientists, this should be scrutinised by other independent social scientists. This could help identify shortcomings, conflicts and possible improvements to the same SIA.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Fl-istess diskors fejn il-Prim Ministru Robert Abela qal li tista’ tiġi kkunsidrata amnestija għall-multi li weħlu n-nies f’dawn l-aħħar ġimgħat, l-istess Prim Ministru ipprova jżeblaħ lill-awtoritajiet, xjentisti, esperti u ħaddiema mediċi madwar id-dinja li qed iwissu dwar il-possibilita’ tat-tiena mewġa tal-Coronavirus.
Abela qal li l-istatistika turi b’mod ċar ħafna li l-COVID-19 hija warajna u issa beda perjodu kruċjali li permezz tiegħu ħa nirritornaw għal normalità sħiħa. Spjega li kull min qal li bir-rilaxx tal-miżuri se jkun hawn it-tieni mewġa, ingħata prova bil-fatti kemm kien żbaljat, u hekk se jerġa’ jiġri fil-ġimgħat li ġejjin.
Jekk il-Prim Ministru huwa daqshekk ċert li pajjiżna mhux ser ikollu tieni mewġa tal-Coronavirus, imissu jippublika l-evidenza (li ma tinkludix biss statistika li sservi l-argumenti tiegħu), il-pariri, ir-riċerka u l-minuti tal-laqgħat li wassluh għal din il-konklużjoni.
Sur Prim Ministru, argument ma jsirx b’saħħtu billi jiżżeffnu kliem dwar amnestiji u baġit multi-miljunarju f’nofsu. Iżda forsi iktar konsultazzjoni, trasparenza u umilta' min-naħa tiegħek jgħinu biex ikollna serħan tal-moħħ.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
You can read the article here:
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ħabib tiegħi illum qalli
"Jien drajt teleworking... Nista' naccessa n-network u d-data li għandi bżonn. Li mhux qiegħed isir huwa li nipprintjaw id-dokumenti u niffajljawhom. L-aħħar stage wara li nkunu għamilna u ssejvjajna x-xogħol kollu virtwalment. Dan ifisser li hemm bżonn li nidħlu xogħol għax il-filing fil-premises isir. Imma, kif qiegħeda tgħid il-UHM, ma jfissirx li hemm bżonn li kulħadd jidħol kuljum. Jista jsir redistribution ta' meta għandu wieħed jidħol u meta le."
Dan il-kliem jagħmel sens. Ammont sostanzjali ta' xogħol f'xi setturi jista' jsir id-dar, u dan iġib miegħu bosta vantaġġi, diment li l-ħaddiem ikollu għażla jekk jużax din il-faċilita’. Is-CEO tal-UĦM – Voice of the Workers Josef Vella u s-Segretarju Ġenerali tal-GWU Josef Bugeja elaboraw dwar dan f’intervista fil-Malta Today, li tista’ tinqara hawnhekk: https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/102547/teleworking_should_stay_major_unions_tell_employers#.Xs5pOTPis2x
Għalhekk, fil-politika dwar l-irkupru ekonomiku tal-pajjiż, tajjeb li policies tajbin jiġu sostnuti u li opportunitajiet u riskji jiġu evalwati u diskussi permezz ta’ evidenza, konsultazzjoni u deliberazzjoni.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Please join residents, local councils and NGOs in objecting to further ODZ development at Wied Għomor. The area is characterised be an onslaught of development applications. The PN believes that the valley should be protected, and the Minister for the Environment said that he is looking into the calls for protection which has so far been ignored by the PL Government. Various applications were stopped when joint coalitions between residents, local councils, NGOs and political parties were formed. Personally I have been active to protect this valley since the 1990s.
One pending application is the following, and you can send your objection to the Planning Authority by 29 May.
PA 2752/20 - To link two existing dwellings, and to change the use from two separate (MTA host family licensed) Class 1 dwellings to one Class 3A guest house with 11 guest bedrooms and one 2 bedroomed guest apartment.
The site in question refers to a hotel which was operating as guesthouse without a permit - developers have applied again as their application was withdrawn. Please scroll below to copy+paste objection to the Planning Authority.
Background info here:
SEND YOUR OBJECTION TO PA 2752/20 - GUESTHOUSE:
Objections to the Planning Authority may be submitted until Friday 29 May 2020. You can copy + paste objection below and send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PA 2752/20: Wied Ghomor
Change of Use from two dwellings to Guesthouse
Kindy consider the following as my objection to this application;
I contend that in the interest of the conservation and protection of this protected valley, WIED GHOMOR, and its special status as an area of scientific and ecological value, this application should be refused.
The introduction of Rural Policy ad Guidelines 2014 emphasises our obligation to protect and preserve sites as is WIED GHOMOR, a valley which has become extremely significant and sensitive to the nation.
The site in question is located Outside the Development Zone, and therefore any permissible development is limited to that listed in the Rural Policy and Design Guidelines 2014 document. This document allows for the possibility of a specific list of development typologies in ODZ areas, all clearly related to farming and agricultural uses; Farm dwellings for livestock farmers and arable farmers; Livestock farm units; Slaughter Houses; Agricultural Stores; Greenhouses; Reservoirs; Conversion of land for agricultural use; Rubble walls; Access Paths; PV panels; Wineries; Olive Oil production; Bee Keeping; Farm Retail Outlets; Visitor Attractions within farming enterprises; Animal Sanctuaries; Stables; Dwellings. Nowhere in this document is there any reference to Commercial Development, apart from that related to agricultural and farm uses.
The proposed Guest House is clearly a Commercial development which is not permissible under PA regulations for Outside the Development Zone. ODZ areas and in particular valleys are to be protected from Commercial Development.
The proposed development will have an unacceptable negative effect on the environment and landscape thus meriting a refusal.
The wild fauna, flora and species and their habitats would be damaged, disrupted and also detrimental to their existence in many cases which in time will have an adverse effect on us not to mention the increase in light and sound pollution which comes with the increased number of people coming and going to and from the guesthouse to the detriment of the over-developed conurbation of Swieqi, St Julians and San Gwann. These localities do not deserve the spread of urbanisation.
SPED Policy RO1.7 emphasises the safeguarding of the distinctiveness of rural areas as is WIED GHOMOR and promotes the control of “the cumulative effect of rural development."
It is a fact that the proposed guesthouse will have a negative effect on the special qualities of ODZ Wied Ghomor. The surrounding community of St Julians, Swieqi and San Gwann certainly do not require another Guest House but rather require more quiet and peaceful open spaces
St Julians does not deserve more urban sprawl especially within ODZ WIED GHOMOR.
I ask the PA keep me updated with the submissions to this application and that I be informed of the date and time of the hearing for decision.