Aaron Farrugia’s daughter taking her soft toy to the swearing in ceremony is the cutest thing ever

Aaron Farrugia's daughter taking her soft toy to the swearing in ceremony is the cutest thing ever
Mar 31 2022 Share

Robert Abela’s Cabinet announcement was the newly-elected Prime Minister’s first big task following his party’s landslide win last weekend, but it was one of the ministers’ daughters who stole the show at yesterday’s swearing in ceremony.

The high-profile event saw President of Malta George Vella swearing in the new Cabinet of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries together with Robert Abela and, in a recent post, Aaron Farrugia’s daughter was spotted finding comfort in her soft toy companion during the ceremony.

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“Even though he wasn’t on the official invitations, the soft toy had to come for the swearing in ceremony”, Farrugia said jokingly in the Facebook post published earlier today. Formerly the Minister for Environment, the 42-year-old has been just been granted the super Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects.

While the appointment of Malta’s new Prime Minister and Cabinet is something to respect and congratulate, it has been the children of Malta’s politicians who have really won the nation’s heart, with Prime Minister Robert Abela’s daughter Giorgia Mae being the star of Monday’s Valletta celebrations.


€1.2 billion deficit reported for 2021 by government

€1.2 billion deficit reported for 2021 by government
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By the end of last year, the Government’s Consolidated Fund reported a deficit of €1,242.2 million, which is around €200 million less than 2020. This was mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2021, Recurrent Revenue amounted to €5,394.5 million, 22.9% higher than the €4,389.3 million reported a year earlier. 

The largest increase was recorded under Income Tax (€554.1 million), followed by Value Added Tax (€202.4 million), Social Security (€136.0 million), and Grants (€49.7 million). By the end of the year 2021, total expenditure stood at €6,636.8 million, 13.3% higher than the previous year. 

During the reference period, Recurrent Expenditure totalled €5,718.1 million, which is a rise of €1,079.2 million in comparison to the €4,638.9 million reported in the previous year. The main contributor to this increase was a €883.5 million rise reported under Programmes and Initiatives. Furthermore, increases were also witnessed under Personal Emoluments (€115.8 million), Contributions to Government Entities (€67.2 million) and Operational and Maintenance Expenses (€12.7 million).

The largest development in the Programmes and Initiatives category was related to the Pandemic assistance scheme (€378.1 million), which includes the COVID-19 Business Assistance Programme.

Other increases under Programmes and Initiatives were reported under Energy support measures (€180.0 million), EU own resources (€98.2 million), Hospital concession agreements (€38.5 million), Social security benefits (€37.8 million), St Vincent de Paul Residence service contract (€20.0 million), Waiting lists for medical services (outsourcing) (€13.8 million).

Increases continued for Church schools (€10.7 million), Residential care in private homes (€9.3 million), Extension of school transport network (€7.8 million), Interest rate subsidy scheme (€7.2 million), Allocation in respect of local councils (€6.0 million), Chief medical officer medicines (€6.0 million), Tax relief measures (€5.8 million), Grant for electric vehicles (€5.5 million) and Child care for all (€4.8 million).

The interest component of the public debt servicing costs totalled €183.8 million, which is an increase of €2.6 million when compared to the previous year.

By the end of December 2021, Government’s capital spending amounted to €734.9 million, €302.3 million lower than 2020. The drop largely resulted from the reclassification of the COVID-19 Business Assistance Programme (€384.2 million), which featured under Capital Expenditure between March and December 2020 but is now classified under Recurrent Expenditure. This decline outweighed an increase of €81.9 million reported in other capital projects.


Beyonce poses up a storm in an embellished nude gown

Beyonce poses up a storm in an embellished nude gown
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Beyonce has once again wowed the internet with the latest instagram post by posing in an incredible embellished new gown. 

Showing off her look from her and Jay Z’s annual Gold Party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Sunday night, Beyonce made sure to stand out from the a-list crowd. 

The singer posed up a total storm in a jaw-dropping dressed as it barely concealed her modesty through its nude design. She was accessorised with a diamond knot necklace and sparkling sunglasses. 


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One snap had Beyonce cosying up to her husband as they pulled off a couple of faces for the photos. Fans of the Crazy in Love singer went wild with Instagram posts from Oscars weekend after being absent from the platform for a month. 

Earlier on Sunday, Beyonce posted photos of her red carpet look, dripping in $9 million worth of diamond jewellery. There was 150 carats worth of diamonds bangles, a 50-carat emerald-cut ring, a 20 carat cushion-cut ring, a 35 carat pinky ring and 150 carats on her earrings. 


LIVE: President George Vella swears in Robert Abela’s new Cabinet of Ministers

LIVE: President George Vella swears in Robert Abela's new Cabinet of Ministers
Mar 30 2022 Share

This afternoon, President George Vella, together with newly-elected Prime Minister Robert Abela swore in the new Cabinet of Ministers. The official cabinet was revealed earlier today, with a few surprising shake-ups along the away.

Amongst others, Ian Borg was revealed to be appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Europe and Trade whilst Miriam Dalli took on the Environment portfolio in addition to Energy and Enterprise.

Watch the full event below:

What do you think of the new Cabinet?