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What happened on... September 15

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10 years ago - The Times

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dispute on life-saving medicine

The inability by emergency nurses to administer potentially life-saving drugs to patients is putting lives at risk, according to the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses. Nurses are incensed that, although they are professionally trained to deal with emergencies, they are not able to give patients medicines that could save their lives, although these are ironically carried in their emergency bag.

Unless the situation is rectified, the union will be directing nurses to stop accompanying ambulances when these are summoned, MUMN president Paul Pace said.

Youths injured in Qawra party

A number of young people were injured yesterday evening when a structure holding lighting fixtures at an open-air party collapsed. The incident happened at about 9pm near Ta’ Fra Ben Restaurant in Qawra, an area buffeted by strong winds.

Eyewitnesses said as many as 10 people were taken to hospital in three ambulances. The condition of the injured could not be established at the time of going to press, although sources said one had serious head injuries. There was a “panic” immediately following the incident, the eyewitnesses said.

25 years ago - The Times

Wednesday, September 15, 1993

Canale 5 studies ‘possible solutions’ to TV channel problem

Fininvest, Silvio Berlusconi’s company owning Canale 5, recognises that a problem exists with Malta over its use of UHF channel 21, and is willing to discuss a solution with the Maltese authorities.

“We have been notified about the problem by our ministry of posts,” a senior Fininvest manger said by tele-phone from Rome, and “we are disposed to take up contact with them, if our ministry permits. We have already taken up contacts with Tunisia, which has a similar problem.”

Fininvest had been asked to comment on an interview by The Times on August 2 with Joe Pirotta, chairman of the Broadcasting Authority, who talked about difficulties in the way of granting new TV broadcasting licences.

Dr Pirotta recalled that Malta had under the Stockholm Convention of 1961 been allocated four television channels – two on VHF, two on UHF – but said one of the two UHF channels was taken up illegally by the Italian Channel 5, while the other was technically unfeasible.

Half a century ago - Sunday Times of Malta

Monday, September 16, 1968

Fire sweeps garage in Gozo

A raging fire caused considerable damage to the building and property of a garage at 23, North Street, Nadur, Gozo yesterday.

The garage is owned by Angelo Portelli.

A truck was also badly damaged while wooden boxes with wine bottles and mineral water were destroyed. A horse-drawn cart and harness were burnt out.

The fire was extinguished by the Police Fire Brigade. No one was hurt.

New St Venera school takes in students today

The school building programme is given its due importance by the Ministry of Public Building and Works. It is the ministry’s policy to open two schools every year.

One new school, St Venera Mixed Primary School, is to take in students today, while the Technical Institute at Victoria, Gozo opens on October 1.

The new school at St Venera will take the overflow of schoolchildren from the Birkirkara school and will mostly cater for students in the Fleur-de-Lys area.

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