CrossFit356 Raises €1,750 In Memory Of Dr Calvagna

CrossFit356 Raises €1,750 In Memory Of Dr Calvagna
Jan 5 2024 Share

On 4th January 2022, Malta tragically lost Dr Victor Calvagna. 

Dr Calvagna single-handedly setup the Paediatric oncology service in Malta some 20 years ago. 

 In Memory of Dr Calvagna, every 4th January, Crossfit356 host a yearly workout to remember his work and collect donations for Puttinu Cares. 


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This year was the second time the workout was held, with the aim of having more people join in and thus gather a bigger donation. By opening the gym to any members and non members alike, a whopping €1,750 were collected. 

In terms of workouts, 507km were rowed (the equivalent of Malta to Tunisia), 50,700 burpees were completed, and 1,521km were cycled (equivalent of Malta to France). 

Without Dr Calvagna, also a triathlete and a triple iron man, dozens if not hundreds of Maltese children with cancer would, at best, have had to spend years of their lives receiving treatment overseas. He was also a treasured mentor and much-loved colleague for everyone in the pediatric department.  


Man Utd Women’s Team Train In Malta Ahead Of Friendly

Man Utd Women's Team Train In Malta Ahead Of Friendly
Jan 5 2024 Share

The Manchester United Women’s team are currently undergoing their intense training in Malta as part of a winter training camp as the 2023/24 campaign is set to resume.

The squad, headed by Marc Skinner, are officially back after a three week break over the holidays. 

The players will be training at the Ta’ Qali ground as well as engaging in a friendly match against PSV Eindhoven on the 5th of January at the Tony Bezzina Stadium. 

The team shared photos and videos of their intense training, gearing up to meet their challengers tonight. 


Ex-Soldier Who Lost Limbs To Sepsis Should Get State Aid, Says MP

Ex-Soldier Who Lost Limbs To Sepsis Should Get State Aid, Says MP
Jan 5 2024 Share

Nationalist Party MP Alex Borg has motioned a parliamentary question to ask what the criteria are to get state aid for cases like that of Shawn Mifsud – a 37 year old ex-soldier who lost his arms and legs due to sepsis last summer. 

With him and his wife Graziana working to raise €200,000 to acquire bionic arms and prosthetic legs, the PN MP said in a public statement that the state should, in such cases, intervene to give the necessary support. 

‘As we know, Shawn is an optimist and has a lot of courage but he deserves to have prosthetic arms and legs to function’, wrote Borg. 

‘Apart from the help I know you will all offer, and encourage you to continue offering, we need a serious discussion which would see such families given aid by the state and even from organisations managed by the state effectively and efficiently.’

‘I have put forth a parliamentary question to see what the criteria one needs to fulfil for such cases to be state supported. I will see to it that if these criteria need to change, they are changed to today’s realities.’ 

People wishing to support can do so here: 

Graziana Mifsud 

IBAN no: MT13 VALL 2201 3000
0000 5001 1233 201
BOV mobile to mobile: 79327955


6 Public & National Holidays To Fall On Weekends In 2024

6 Public & National Holidays To Fall On Weekends In 2024
Jan 5 2024 Share

Still got holiday blues? Do you already need a break from the office? Well, here’s your hush hush guide to which holidays will be falling when this year. 

National Holidays 

Freedom Day – Sunday 31st March
Sette Giugno – Friday 7th June
Victory Day – Sunday 8th September
Independence Day – Saturday 21st September
Republic Day – Friday 13th December

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day – Monday 1st January
Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck – Saturday 10th February
Feast of St Joseph – Tuesday 19th March
Good Friday – Friday 29th March
Worker’s Day – Wednesday 1st May
Feast of St Peter and St Paul – Saturday 29th June
Feast of the Assumption – Thursday 15th August
Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Sunday 8th December
Christmas Day – Wednesday 25th December 

In the upcoming year of 2024, a total of six significant national holidays in Malta will coincide with weekends. 

This necessitates employers compensating for the “lost” days of rest by adding them to their employees’ leave entitlement. 

The feasts of patron saint Paul (10th February), saints Peter and Paul (29th June), and Independence Day (21st September) will all fall on a Saturday, whereas Freedom Day (31st March) aligns with Easter Sunday, pushing Good Friday to the 29th of March. 

Similarly, Victory Day (8th September) and the Immaculate Conception (8th December) both fall on a Sunday.

Maltese labor law dictates that if a national or public holiday occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, workers are entitled to an additional day of vacation leave, supplementing their annual leave entitlement for that particular year. 

In 2024, you’ll also get two more  extended weekends due to the Sette Giugno commemoration (7th June) and Republic Day (13th December), both falling on a Friday. New Year’s Day was the sole holiday falling on a Monday for this year.