MCAST, university and public sector set up Institute for Public Services
A public-private partnership was signed between the Malta Public Sector, MCAST and the University of Malta yesterday to set up the Institute for Public Services.
The signing of the agreement, presided over by the head of the public sector and the Prime Minister, was signed during a graduation ceremony in which more than 200 people working in the public sector received their respective awards.
This PPP will dissolve the Centre for Development, Research was denied its right to participate in the decision.
Din l-Art Ħelwa’s appeal is supported by Nature Trust and Training and will make way for the new institute.
The awards presented following courses at CDRT, varied from executive leadership to foundation courses in customer care.
The Institute for Public Services was established through a public -private partnership which aims at reaffirming the public administration’s vision to have those working in this sector offering the best possible service.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last year in preparation for this agreement. Head of the public sector, Mario Cutajar, praised the level of accountability Malta and the Malta Archaeological Society.
Three other NGOs similar appeal. filed a
A 52-year-old man from Sannat, Gozo was handed a suspended sentence yesterday after a court ruled that he had set his ex’s car on fire two weeks after they broke off an 11-year relationship.
Natal Fava had pleaded not guilty to setting Nadia Said’s car on fire on 11 September, 2010, near Xlendi, causing more than €1,164 in damage.
Magistrate Joe Mifsud heard how Ms Said had been out with friends at a Xlendi nightclub. At around 3am she headed for home, with her four friends following her in another car. As she was driving in the Munxar valley, Ms Said had to stop her car because of a flat tyre. Her friends then told her they had seen the accused’s BMW in the vicinity.
Ms Said became afraid and decided to lock her car and leave it there for the night. She filed a report and went home. Later on she saw the accused from her balcony. A few moments later the police called Ms Said to say that her car had caught fire. The vehicle was totally destroyed.
Ms Said told the police that she had broken off her 11-year relationship with the accused just two weeks before but Mr Fava had not accepted this.
The accused denied that he had had anything to do with the case.
The court said that, in view of conflicting versions by the victim and the accused it had to rely on the credibility of the witnesses. which is present at the public sector “which still suffers from the stigma that we do not deliver a good service.”
He said that in the last 40 years he has been working in this sector, he has never seen such performance. Mr Cutajar thanked those who attended the training and praised them for they believed that they needed more training to perform better.
University Rector Prof Alfred Vella said that the public service is a national asset. He added that university must lend a hand to provide the best personnel. Prof Vella said it was wise to have
Court experts confirmed that the car had caught fire as a result of arson. They said the fire started inside the passenger side and whoever did it must have had a second key. The value of the car was around €4,600.
The court heard how Mr Fava and Ms Said were involved in separate court proceedings in which the accused was claiming that the car belonged to him. A Transport Malta official told the court that the car belonged to Ms Said.
The court also heard Ms Said say that the car was not insured against fire, ruling out that she had set the car on fire for the insurance money. She said the accused had previously threatened to burn her and her car.
The accused confirmed he had a second key. He also admitted to having called Ms Said from a private number on the night of the incident but said he had done this because she would not have answered him if she recognised the number. He confirmed he had driven his BMW in the Xlendi area on the night but said he had never stepped out of the vehicle.
The court said it was clear from the testimony it heard that Mr Fava had unlocked Ms Said’s car and set it on fire as a form of revenge.
Magistrate Mifsud handed down a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended for four years. Mr Fava was also given six months to pay Ms Said €4,600. He was also given three months to pay €606 in court fees. even MCAST involved.
Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that it will be very challenging to change the mentality of the civil sector. He said that this sector has made huge steps forward and insisted that every person’s decision affects the country s performance.
“Politicians change, but those who work in this sector will stay here,” he added.
Ahead of this year’s budget, Dr Muscat said that the policies are set up by the government, but the implementation is in the public sector’s hands.