Updated 1345 – Clifton Grima appointed Education Minister
Government has announced the appointment of Dr Clifton Grima as Education Minister, following the resignation of Justyne Caruana after the Bogdanovic-saga. Grima was previously responsible for sport as a parliamentary secretary, with the new Minister retaining this responsibility under the new Ministry.
In a statement, the PN said that the appointment of Grima does not cancel the need for responsibility to be shouldered with regards to the case which brought about Caruana’s resignation.
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Two grievously injured in Ta’ Qali accident
Two 23-year-olds, a man and a woman, were grievously injured in a collision in Ta’ Qali on Sunday night, the police said on Monday.
Civil Protection Department officials required to help extract the injured people from their overturned car.
Health authorities reported 832 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, while 78 recovered. This means there are now 6,519 active cases of COVID-19 in Malta, 83 requiring hospitalisation.
Casual Election on Jan 4
The Electoral Commission has launched the process to replace the parliamentary seat vacated by former Labour MP Silvio Grixti on the Third District.The casual election will be held on 4 January, with Labour candidates Mario Calleja, Edric Micallef, Marion Mizzi, Sebastian Muscat and Kenneth Spiteri eligible for the post. Grixti resigned after it was revealed that he was investigated by the police in relation to fraudulent medical certificates.
€5.8m collected for L-Istrina
The annual telethon, L-Istrina, in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund has raised over €5.8 million.
During the 2020 edition, more than €6.5 million were raised. Head of MCCF and President of Malta George Vella could not be physically present for the event, being, together with his wife, in quarantine.
Guide children to make right choices – Archbishop
On the Feast of the Holy Family, Archbishop Charles Scicluna urged the faithful to pray to the Holy Family so that it may protect their own, particularly their children. Scicluna said that parents’ task, he argued, was made harder in an age in which what is wrong is described as being good, specifically referring to the recent legalisation of cannabis. However, he said that it was up to them to create the ideal environment at home – “without violence, without noise, without shouting” – in which children are guided to make the right choices, rather than tempt them to do otherwise. (Newsbook)
A 69-year-old woman died while COVID-positive, health authorities reported on Sunday, as the number of patients in hospital rose to 80. Health authorities recorded 572 new COVID-19 infections on Boxing Day, remarkably less than the 917 new cases reported on Christmas day. Sunday’s victim was the 475th person to die while COVID-positive in Malta. On Sunday, the Office of the Prime Minister released a video showing Abela and his wife Lydia receiving their booster dose on Sunday, together with their daughter Giorgia Mae who received her first dose of the vaccine.