A news follow up on items that have previously been the subject of posts:
The government's main dilemma for this year's budget which will be announced on the 31st October is whether it can make up for the Lm50 million increase in the cost of oil. No mention of the Alternattiva 6 point plan (in good or in bad) was made by Prime Minister Gonzi when commenting on his Cabinet's discussions about social partners responses.
Franco Frattini has taken up the Maltese proposal and set up an EU crisis fund for dealing with problems related to illegal immigration. €20 million will be available as of next summer. Meanwhile more positive activity by Michael Frendo was reported:
Foreign Minister Michael Frendo said that Ireland, like the Netherlands, was considering taking a number of refugees or migrants granted humanitarian protection by Malta. Technical assistance was also being offered by Germany, Italy and the UK while the Czech Republic had said it was willing to assist Malta but wanted to coordinate with other countries. Dr Frendo said that he brought up the issue of illegal migration during an informal meeting with his Nigerian counterpart last Sunday on the fringes of a Commonwealth meeting. The Nigerian minister was very receptive to Malta's request for a repatriation agreement with Nigeria and other Commonwealth countries. In fact, proposed repatriation agreements were being sent to other Commonwealth countries that may have nationals residing illegally in Malta.
On talks with Libya, Dr Frendo said Malta was awaiting a reply on when a technical committee formed between the two countries could meet. Labour MP George Vella asked why Malta did not have a repatriation agreement with Libya, such as the one Italy had. Dr Frendo said that there was no written repatriation agreement between Italy and Libya, but there was a verbal arrangement on repatriation. Malta would continue seeking a repatriation agreement with Libya. Malta was also trying to strengthen its diplomatic links with countries from which the immigrants hailed.
FZD spoke about the problems with dealing with low cost airlines. "It is a challenge of handling a revolution in an evolutionary manner," he said at a conference entitled New Developments In Transnational Companies In Travel, Transport And Tourism: Restructuring And Competitiveness. One lesson we and other tourism destinations have learnt is that one should avoid over dependence on one type of business." So. We'll be waiting for a guide on how to 'handle a revolution in an evolutionary manner' unless, as I suspect, it's just another load of bull.
Pieces of Blog
Mark (currently suffering from a severe case of writer's blog) points out that this letter on the Independent today is incredibly similar to this post by Fausto. An alter ego uncovered or a case of great minds think alike?
This blogger has become a sad case of "404 not found". His last post was "That Jacques is not funny anymore". I miss listening to the accompanying French tune. Hope he is back for more trading of witty and childish insults.
Still no sign of news of the birth of Postform on WT. Strange for a blog that reports all sorts of of links to Maltese blogging. Or maybe Bob is on a break. Ok. I admit it. I only added this to plug postform a bit more.
Some bloggers still fail to reciprocate a link to their blog. Basic netiquette innit? I can almost understand the maltamedia triad's obsession with themselves (and the aboutmalta list) or the policy of some bloggers not to link to anything other than lists of links - but I'd rather have a link in some insulting category (as Bananazzurri had done putting me under the title of Poena Anal Celsus) than have nothing at all. Fhimt Friggieri? Yes add the link and I expect some attempt at witty retort accompanying the addition. :)
Preview (a real scoop)
The folks at the Times of Malta have once again thrown their eyes on the Maltese blogosphere. Look out for next weekend's Weekender featuring yours truly and another two bloggers. Brush up guys, polish your sites and clean those mistakes... the media is coming to town.