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WE WILL HANDLE THE MARKETING AND SALE OF YOUR PROPERTY SO YOU CAN TAKE YOUR MIND OFF IT! TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT PAGE 8 EXAM HELP SUNDAY • 15 MAY 2022 • ISSUE 1176 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday The Deiulemar settlement by BOV puts yet more salt on an open wound PAGES 12-13 €1.95 More pupils are requesting aids for learning difficulties in O-levels PAGE 3 Demand for abortion pills doubles during pandemic BY LAURA CALLEJA THE demand for abortion pills has doubled over the last two years due to travel restrictions brought about by the COV- ID-19 pandemic, pro-choice doctors said in data shared with MaltaToday. International online abortion sevice Women on Web pro- vided the data to Doctors for Choice representative Prof. Isa- bel Stabile and Women's Rights Foundation's Andrea Dibben, who revealed that over the last five years, 632 abortion pills were shipped to Malta. In 2021 alone, 248 pills were shipped to Malta, compared to 173 in 2020. The constituency with the highest number of purchases in 2021 the 10th district – Gzira, Naxxar, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Pem- broke, St Julian's, and Paceville Sliema with 34, followed by the 12th district, which consists of Mellieha, part of Naxxar, with 30 pills in 2021. PAGES 2-3 Step into... the present JAMES DEBONO THE Maltese authorities have started talks with another EU member state to enable them to test the chemical composi- tion of pesticides found in the local market in a foreign lab, after a European Commission audit found that no such test- ing has been taking place since at least 2005. "We have established com- munication with another EU member state to be in a posi- tion to utilise their laboratory to for the execution of formu- lation analysis," a spokesperson for the Malta Competition and Consumers Affairs Authority (MCCAA) told MaltaToday. NATIONAL BANK SAGA Ride-hailing platforms and gig workers: a new battle for rights PAGE 10 FOOD SAFETY Malta in talks to test pesticide products abroad Over the last five years, 632 abortion pills were shipped to Malta by one abortion rights charity alone. "In reality, the number is greater," says gynaecologist Isabel Stabile The metaverse is now, say Maltese start-ups in brave new world PAGES 14-15

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