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Where have all the fish gone? Pg 12-13 Conservation campaigner JD Farrugia Newspaper post HOW HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIL PUT ACTORS IN WINTER MOODS VIDEO AT ASBESTOS RISK YOUR FIRST READ AND FIRST CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 21 DECEMBER 2014 • ISSUE 789 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday €1.20 mt survey WHO IS LABOUR'S MOST TRUSTED NANNY? PAGE 3 JAMES DEBONO MALTATODAY'S annual Christmas survey reveals that peo- ple who attend midnight mass are happier during the Christ- mas period than those who don't. So are those who have more money to spend than last year. Only 14% of respondents have more money to spend than last year while a third of the population claim that they have less money to spend on gifts. But although the reduction in utility bills has apparently not left people much richer, the survey also shows a 10-point in- crease over 2010 in the number of people who decorate their windowsills and facades with Christmas lights. Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi emerges as the most trusted nanny in Muscat's cabinet, after being chosen for this role by 13% of respondents. The survey also explores the shopping habits of respondents, confirming that the internet has become the most popular re- tail outlet for under-35s but the over-55s still rely on street shops or simply give out cash as gifts. The digital divide is also evidenced in the way people send Christmas greetings. While Facebook is the most popular way of wishing a happy Christmas among under 35 year olds, older respondents are more likely to rely on SMSes and cards. The survey shows a seven-point drop in shopping in Valletta and a slight increase in shopping in Sliema, which has once again overtaken the capital city as the most popular shopping destination. The survey confirms that turkey remains the most popular dish followed by pork and that only 3.4% do not decorate their homes at Christmas, with most opting for a Christmas tree. FULL SURVEY ON PAGES 22-26 Public was misled on disciplinary steps against Nwokoye officers GOVERNMENT claims in 2011 that it was considering dis- ciplinary action against the custodians of Nigerian asylum seeker Ifeanyi Nwokoye, who died after escaping from deten- tion in Safi, misled the public because home affairs minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici had already directed the Detention Services commander not to take any action. According to the testimony of the former DSU commander Lt Col. Brian Gatt, this time to the 2012 inquiry by judge Ge- offrey Valenzia into the death of Malian national Mamadou Kamara, Mifsud Bonnici "gave him a directive to leave things as they were due an ongoing police investigation" and not to take any disciplinary steps against the DS officers in whose custody Nwokoye died. Former army officers who were aware of Gatt's decision to take steps against Bombardier Carmela Camilleri, Lt Rod- erick Azzopardi, Bdr Aldo Simiana, and two other officers, said that the DS commander was determined to take discipli- nary action soon after the death of Nwokoye. CONT PG 14 • SAVIOUR BALZAN PG 21 Tripoli versus Tobruk • How the civil strife in Libya has spilled into Malta PAGE 10 WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT Merry Christmas to all our readers! Carm Mifsud Bonnici

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