It was smiling faces all round and rainbows everywhere as the speaker called out the result - the bill has passed. The new Civil Unions bill gives same-sex (or opposite sex) couples the right to get a civil union which will have the same legal rights as marriage, including adoption.
On any given day on Facebook, you are likely to see several graphics claiming incredible health benefits for some exotic plant, or claiming that some “alternative medicine” procedure can do everything that normal medicine can do but better. Very often these are accompanied by claims of people who tried them and testified to their efficacy. So how come medical professionals insist that they don’t work?
On Saturday 25th January, the University of Malta and the Ministry of Education and Employment, presented the plans and provisory suggestions to offer an Ethics Course for students who choose not to take the current Religious Education offered in schools.
One of the glaring problems that plague Malta's court system is the extreme inconsistency in sentencing. It's very common to have two crimes where the more serious crime gets a laughable slap on the wrist while the other, less serious crime gets a harsh sentence. We've had attempted murderers let off with a paltry €200 euro fine (later appealed and changed to a short prison term) while someone growing a small number of cannabis plants was given a shocking 11 year prison term.
The Malta University Humanist Association was launched today at a meeting in the University common room during which a statute was approved and a committee selected. MUHA is an affiliate organisation of the Malta Humanist Association and will be run by students for students and staff.