Kif qalilna Joseph

L-ghazla ta' Joseph

………… nivvutaw favur l-ottimiżmu u kontra n-negattività.

Favur l-ottimiżmu  għax favur il-ħajja fir-rebbiegħa. Għax ir-rebbiegħa hu ż-żmien meta l-ħajja titkattar. Favur l-ottimiżmu għax aħna determinati li nipproteġu l-ħajja. Favur l-ottimiżmu għax nipproteġu l-għasafar meta huma l-iktar dgħajfa, fiż-żmien li jbejtu.

Kontra n-neġattività għax kontra l-qerda tan-natura fir-rebbiegħa. Għax fir-rebbiegħa niċċelebraw il-ħajja mhux il-qtil. Kontra n-negattività għax kontra t-theddid u l-insulti ta’ min li għax armat bis-senter jaħseb li jista’ jagħmel li jrid.

Mela nhar is-Sibt kif qal Joseph nivvutaw favur l-ottimiżmu u kontra n-negattività. Favur l-għasafar u kontra l-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa. Nivvutaw LE.

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A future for the birds

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Next Saturday we will be voting to give a future to the wild birds that migrate to Malta. By removing from Malta’s statute book the legal notice that permits the spring hunting of quail and turtle dove, Maltese voters will bring Malta in line with its obligations.

Nowhere does the Conservation of Wild Birds Directive of the European Union or Malta’s treaty of adhesion to the European Union permit spring hunting as a sport. The basic rules in the Directive, in fact,  prohibit the killing of wild birds in spring. The only permissible exceptions are related to aviation safety, the protection of public health and safety, and the prevention of serious damage to livestock, agricultural crops, fisheries and water as well as the protection of flora and fauna. Hunting as a sport does not feature anywhere in the list of reasons as a result of which a derogation from the duties spelt out in the EU Directive is permissible. It is a Directive that deals with the conservation of wild birds and not with hunting!

The Conservation of Wild Birds Directive of the European Union has been an integral part of Maltese law since – and as a result of – Malta’s  accession to the EU in 2004. It expressly states that EU Member States along migratory bird routes have a far greater responsibility for the conservation of wild birds. This  responsibility is very clearly spelled out in article 7(4) of the Directive, where it is stated that : “In the case of migratory species, [Member States] shall see in particular that the species to which hunting regulations apply are not hunted during their period of reproduction or during their return to their rearing grounds.” This applies to all bird migratory routes throughout  EU territory without exception.

Prohibiting spring hunting is not a question of numbers. It is not an issue of establishing a number of birds that can be shot without such a shoot-out having an impact on the bird population. It is an issue of principle. And there should be no playing around with principles. Wild birds require protection during the time of year when they are most vulnerable – in the period leading up to, and during,  the breeding season, that is spring.

Besides, the populations of both quail and turtle dove do not have a favourable conservation status in the EU and, as a result, are subject to  management plans. The aim of these management plans is to restore the species to a favourable conservation status. The EU management plan for quail, for example, specifically states that “Spring hunting that overlaps with the return migration or the start of breeding should not be permitted under any circumstances.”

The EU Management Plan for turtle dove, on the other hand, states: “of particular concern is hunting during the spring migration, which is practiced outside the EU and (illegally) in some other Mediterranean countries.”

This is the subject of the referendum: the future of wild birds in Malta in the spring.

There are, however, other issues that will be decided as a result of the 11 April referendum. Banning spring hunting on Maltese territory will remove a major obstacle which is impeding  access to the countryside to our families because of the dangers and arrogance of the men with the guns.  It will put the bullies roaming the countryside in the spring in their proper place.

This bullying is still going on, because in recent days we have had one of the leaders of the hunting lobby stating that, in the event of a victory for the NO vote in the referendum, the abolition of spring hunting might be contested. It comes as no surprise that the hunting lobby has no respect for the democratic will of Malta’s voters. Its members have repeatedly been sending clear signals that they are allergic to the democratic process. For years, they have  been holding  the parliamentary political parties to ransom. They have also presented a petition requesting the practical abolition of the right to call an abrogative referendum. Fortunately, the government had the good sense to ignore that petition!

A No vote on 11 April is hence also a vote on democracy. It will give a clear message to everyone of the ability of Maltese voters to decide. In the process it will liberate the parliamentary political parties from the clutches of their blackmailers.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday: 5 April 2015

Il-votazzjoni kmieni w il-pazjenti bid-dimentia

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Bdiet il-votazzjoni kmieni u magħha bdew l-argumenti. Il-gazzetti online (Times, Independent, Malta Today) qed jikkummentaw dwar il-pazjenti rikoverati fid-djar għall-anzjani li jbatu mid-dimentia.

Dawn il-pazjenti għandhom jew m’għandhomx jivvutaw?

L-ewwel reazzjoni tiegħi hi għalfejn titqajjem issa din l-issue? Fil-każ ta’ min ilu jbati mid-dimentia setgħu faċilment ittieħdu passi ferm qabel illum. Jeżistu mekkaniżmi fil-liġi li jippermettu illi persuna ma tibqax ikollha vot jekk ikun aċċertat minn Bord Mediku illi ma tistax teżerċita l-ġudiżżju meħtieġ biex tiddeċiedi kif għandha tivvota.

Imma jekk dan s’issa ma sarx hi responsabbilta’ tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali li tieħu d-deċiżjoni dwar x’għandu jsir.

Il-Kummissjoni Elettorali timxi b’dan il-mod. Persuna li isimha jidher fir-reġistru elettorali tingħata l-faċilita li tivvota dejjem. Ma jistgħux jiddeċiedu l-qraba jew l-istaff tal-isptar/dar tal-anzjani għaliha. Tiddeċiedi hi x’għandha tagħmel. Jekk il-persuna tagħżel li tivvota waħedha għandha kull dritt li tagħmel dan. Jekk titlob assistenza minn naħa tal-Assistenti tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali li jkunu mal-kaxxa tal-vot dawn jagħtu l-assistenza mitluba. Imma dawn għandhom jingħataw struzzjonijiet ċari mill-persuna li titlob l-assistenza tagħhom. Jekk din il-persuna tkun tidher mifxula u ma jkollhiex idea x’inhu għaddej ma tistax tagħti struzzjonijiet ċari lill-Assistenti tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali. Dawn ma jkunux allura jistgħu jagħtu l-assistenza mitluba għax ma jistgħux jiddeċiedu huma, iżda jridu jwettqu dejjem ix-xewqat tal-votant.

Is-sistema elettorali tagħna allura tipprovdi salvagwardji biżżejjed biex tħares id-dinjita tal-votant. Kollox jiddependi fuq l-integrità personali tal-Assistenti tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali.

Id-diffikulta dwar l-Assistenti tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali hi li fil-każ ta’ referendum ikollhom rapprezentanti biss mill-Partiti Politiċi fil-Parlament. Il-promuturi tar-referendum, kif ukoll dawk li jopponu, huma injorati kompletament.

Allura biex tkun imħarsa d-dinjita’ tal-pazjenti niddependu fuq il-partiti rapprezentati fil-Parlament, apparti fuq l-integrità personali tal-Assistenti tal-Kummissjoni Elettorali.

Baqa’ 36,039 vot x’jinġabru

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It-tabella ta’ hawn fuq hi meħuda mill-gazzetti tal-lum u turi in-numru ta’ voti għar-referendum abrogattiv li s’issa għadhom ma nġabrux.

L-ogħla numru ta’ voti li s’issa għadhom ma nġabrux hu fit-tnax-il distrett liema distrett jinkludi San Pawl il-Baħar.

In-numru mhux kbir ħafna hdejn konsultazzjonijiet oħra li saru fil-passat, anke riċenti.

Għad baqa’ ċans li l-voti jinġabru. Sa nhar is-Sibt 4 t’April jinġabru mill-Għases tal-Pulizija. Wara l-voti jkunu jistgħu jinġabru mingħand il-Kummissjoni Elettorali. L-iktar tard li l-voti jistgħu jingabru huwa f’nofsillejl bejn il-Ħamis 9 t’April u l-Ġimgħa 10 t’April.

Ir-riżultat tar-referendum jiddependi minn kemm jivvutaw nies.

 

 

Referendum 11 t’April : il-vot qiegħed f’idejk?

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Jekk għad m’għandekx il-vot f’idejk ħu ħsieb li tmur fl-Għassa tal-Pulizija sa mhux iktar tard min-nhar is-Sibt 4 t’April f’dawn il-ħinijiet :

Tnejn 30 ta’ Marzu          9am sas-1pm u 2.30pm sat 8pm

Tlieta 31 ta’ Marzu           9am sas-1pm u 2.30pm sat 8pm

Erbgħa 1 t’April                9am sas-1pm u 2.30pm sat 8pm

Ħamis 2 t’April                 9am sas-1pm u 2.30pm sat 8pm

Ġimgħa 3 t’April               9am sas-1pm

Sibt 4 t’April                      9am sas-1pm u 2.30pm sal-10pm

 

Tħallix għall-aħħar. Jekk trid iktar dettalji ara l-avviż hawn.

 

11 April : The empowerment of civil society

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This first abrogative referendum campaign is about much more than birds. It is about the empowerment of civil society in Malta. Yet those who oppose the abrogative referendum have opted to  sow fear.  As it is only through fear that they envisage that it is possible to wreck these first steps of civil society in reclaiming its rightful role in the decision-taking process.

Last Thursday it was made known that Sandro Mangion, the Editor-in-Chief at Union Print was threatened as a result of expressing himself in favour of a NO vote on 11 April. Just three days earlier he had written a post on his facebook wall to state that after much deliberation he had arrived at the conclusion that he should support the birds and vote NO  in Malta’s first abrogative referendum.

Sandro Mangion on 23 March published the reasons which led him to conclude that supporting the NO vote on 11 April is the way forward. In a 430 word post, Mangion explains that his primary motivation in arriving at such a conclusion is the need to ensure that during spring all Maltese families have an unrestricted access to the countryside.

Sandro Mangion explains that his decision was the result of a long process through which he examined and discussed all the available information on the issue. Building development, states Mangion, has already gobbled up a substantial area of what was previously countryside.  It is not fair, states Mangion, that due to  the spring hunting season the remaining available public land in the countryside is not accessible to all Maltese families during all of spring .

Spring is the best time of the year when the countryside is in all its splendour.  All Maltese families, including the families of hunters, should have unrestricted access to the countryside during this time of the year, emphasises Sandro Mangion.  Access to the countryside in spring should not be dependent on possession of a shotgun.

Some hunters, added Mangion shoot at anything that flies. Even if few in number, these hunters  are a serious threat to the survival of a number of species of birds which migrate over Malta. Abolishing spring hunting would make it easier to enforce the law as illegalities would no longer be camouflaged by what is permitted hunting in spring.

Sandro Mangion emphasises that he is not against legal hunting during the rest of the year.

He concludes his arguments by stating that what was acceptable yesterday is no longer acceptable today. It is quite normal for laws and regulations to change (gradually) to reflect society’s development.

Sandro Mangion’s arguments are fair and objective. He develops his arguments in deep respect towards the hunting community and the YES campaign. No insults. No threats. Just logical arguments which explain why he arrived at a conclusion that he should cast his vote in support of the abolition of spring hunting in Malta.

On Thursday Mangion published the first words of the threat which he received: “If the referendum on the hobby that my family members and I hold dearest goes through, then YOU will be the first person that we…”  the message read.

This is a reaction which denotes an allergy to reason. This is an immature reaction from someone who is so accustomed to bullying his way through (directly or through his representatives).

Sandro Mangion was not the only person supporting the NO vote on 11 April to be insulted (and threatened). Earlier during the week obscene language against Moira Delia was scribbled on a wall in the scenic Ramla Bay valley in Gozo.

Unfortunately the hunting community in Malta is accustomed to bullying its way through. This has been happening repeatedly throughout the years when they succeeded in holding the Parliamentary political parties on a leash.

The abrogative referendum of  11 April is the reply of Maltese civil society to the bullying techniques employed by the hunting lobby to date. It is the first time that civil society has got together to coordinate a reply to arrogance through the ultimate democratic tool.

It is a process that will inevitably lead to the empowerment of Maltese civil society which is slowly realising that it can act decisively to reverse unacceptable decisions taken by Parliament and/or Government such as permitting spring hunting.

A majority in favour of a NO vote, abolishing spring hunting in Malta, will ensure that birds are protected in spring. It will also send a clear message that Malta cares about the environment.

Civil society in Malta will come of age on 11 April.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday : 29 March 2015

Attenti ………. għax ġej ir-referendum

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Tal-FKNK ilhom ftit għaddejjin bil-ħrafa li r-referendum tal-11 t’April hu l-ewwel minn sensiela ta’ referenda. Anzi hemm min qal li jiena u Arnold li ma tlajniex fil-Parlament irridu minflok immexxu lill-pajjiż bir-referendum! Allura skond dawn qed inħejju referendum wieħed wara l-ieħor, ovvjament biex inkunu nistgħu niggvernaw!

L-Imħallef Giovanni Bonello diġa spjega għaliex dan mhux possibli li jsir. Huwa biżżejjed li jħarsu lejn dawn l-aħħar dsatax-il sena [kemm ilha teżisti l-liġi dwar ir-referendum abrogattiv]. Taf kemm-il referendum abrogattiv kellna f’Malta? Xejn!

Dan hu l-babaw tar-referendum fuq id-delizzji li bih qed tipprova tbeżża’ l-FKNK. Issa kieku kien daqshekk faċli, ma taħsbux li kellna ftit iktar referenda tul is-snin?

Daqshekk huma ħrafa l-argumenti tal-FKNK !

 

L-FKNK: tad-daħq, kieku mhux tal-biki

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Tal-IVA isselfu ritratt tiegħi u Arnold li użajna fil-kampanja għall-Parlament Ewropewf’Mejju 2014. Qed ixerrdu riklam li fih qed jgħidu “Tħallihomx jużawk”. Iktar minn hekk wieħed jismu Jonathan  Bonnici għoġbu jżejjen  ir-ritratt tiegħi u ta’ Arnold bil-kumment “ma telawx fil gvern u jridu jiggvernaw bir-referendums! Thallijomx”.

Ilna nafu li l-lobby tal-kaċċa huma kontra l-kunċett tar-referendum. Għax jidhrilhom li hu iktar faċli tagħmilha ta’ bully ma partit politiku u tieħu minn għandu dak li trid milli tagħmel l–argument tiegħek mal-poplu u tbaxxi rasek għar-rieda tiegħu f’referendum.

Ir-referendum li jsir bħala riżultat tal-ġbir tal-firem huwa għodda demokratika li f’Malta ilu magħna 19-il sena imma qatt ma intuża.

Dan id-dritt demokratiku ser nagħmlu użu minnu għall-ewwel darba nhar il-11 t’April .

Bir-referendum ma tiggvernax! Imma bir-referendum (abrogattiv) hu possibli li l-poplu Malti jibdel id-deċiżjoni żbaljata li ħadu l-Gvernijiet Maltin dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa.

Nhar il-11 t’April il-poplu Malti jiddeċiedi bil-vot tiegħu. U kulħadd ibaxxi rasu.

Sandro Mangion mhedded għax ser jivvota LE

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Sandro Mangion, editor-in-chief tal-Union Print ġie mhedded għax iddikjara ir-raġunijiet li wassluh biex jiddeċiedi li għandu jivvota LE nhar il-11 t’April.

Sandro kellu l-kuraġġ li jsemma’ leħnu. Kellu l-kuraġġ li jispjega għaliex iddeċieda li jivvota LE.

Bħalu hawn ħafna oħrajn, li ukoll iddeċidew imma għażlu li jibqgħu siekta.

Solidarjetà sħiħa ma Sandro Mangion. Kuraġġ lil min għadu ma iddeċidiex.

 

Joseph għandu raġun ?

 

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Nhar il-Ħadd, fil-Qala Għawdex, il-Prim Ministru Joseph Muscat, meta kien qed  jitkellem fuq ir-referendum abrogattiv dwar il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa tkellem dwar in-nuqqas ta’ rispett.

Fil-fatt, il-qalba tal-argument tar-referendum abrogattiv hu n-nuqqas ta’ rispett lejn l-ambjent.

Spiss nitkellmu dwar ir-rebbiegħa. Ħafna drabi nitkellmu ukoll dwar rebbiegħa ġdida. Nagħmlu dan għax ir-rebbiegħa hu iż-żmien ta’ tiġdid: hekk tagħmel in-natura fir-rebbiegħa, tiġġedded.

Il-kaċċa fir-rebbiegħa twassal għal qtil ta’ għasafar fi triqithom biex ibejtu. Mhux biss gamiem u summien. Imma ukoll għasafar oħra li jkunu ikkaċċjati bl-iskuża tal-gamien u s-summien.

Fir-rebbiegħa, iktar milli fi kwalunkwe żmien ieħor tas-sena  għandna nirrispettaw lin-natura u nħalluha titkattar bla xkiel . Dan li ser iseħħ permezz tar-referendum abrogattiv nhar il-11 t’April 2015. Bil-vot LE ser insaħħu r-rispett lejn in-natura fir-rebbiegħa, biex igawdiha kulħadd.

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