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Here’s what happened in Robert Abela’s last Cabinet reshuffle

 - Local - Nov 22 SHARE ON:

Talks of a cabinet reshuffle have been traversing social media for weeks now as Prime Minister Robert Abela finally announced the reshuffle on Saturday evening, making a number of noteworthy changes.

Notably, Miriam Dalli was appointed Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development while Clyde Caruana concluded his short tenure as Abela’s Chief of Staff as he was handed the Finance Ministry.

Other changes include Michael Farrugia’s replacement of Silvio Parnis as Minister for Elderly and Active Ageing, Justyne Caruana’s appointment of the Education Industry, with predecessor Owen Bonnici holding the Ministry for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Post-COVID-19 strategy. 

Julia Farrugia Portelli also loses her seat as Minister for Tourism, now-occupying the Inclusion and Quality of Life portfolio with Clayton Bartolo taking her place.

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102 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 89 recoveries

 - COVID-19 - Nov 22 SHARE ON:

Malta has registered 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,221 swab tests, while 89 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

From yesterday’s cases; 31 cases were family members of previously known cases, 14 cases were contact of positive work colleagues and 8 cases were direct contacts with other positive cases.

To date, Malta has registered 8,924 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 6,654 have recovered, 111 died and 2,159 are still active.

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Hundreds of taxis left in fields as work in London dries up

 - COVID-19 - Nov 22 SHARE ON:

With countries and industries around the world still feeling the effects of COVID-19, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the London cab industry, as hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields due to a rapid decline in demand. 

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association of London has estimated that only one in five taxi drivers is still actively working with the number of licensed taxis falling by 3,900 since 8th November, according to the Transport for London (TfL).

The shocking photo shows a fraction of the 220 inactive taxis being stored in Epping Forest in Essex to stop insurance payments, with a number of unwanted intruders eventually stealing up to £120,000 in parts and equipment.

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Setting up Christmas trees earlier makes you happy, study finds

 - Science - Nov 22 SHARE ON:

Like it or not, the festival season is just around the corner. Some of you may have set up your Christmas decorations already, and you’ll be happy to know that a scientist found that early decorating can actually make you happier. 

In an interview with Today, psychologist Deborah Serani states that decorating the house constitutes a shift in hormones and makes one happier. She went on to say that any shift in habituation singles the senses and something like Christmas decorating will spike dopamine release, a feel-good hormone.

Did you put up your Christmas decorations yet?

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