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New show hosted by Quinton Scerri to replace ‘L-Erbgha Fost il-Gimgha’

New show hosted by Quinton Scerri to replace ‘L-Erbgha Fost il-Gimgha’
Aug 2 2021 Share

Newsroom Lovin Malta was informed by WE Media partner PJ Vassallo Mintoff that Mark Laurence Zammit’s former show ‘L-Erbgha Fost il-Gimgha’ will be replaced this autumn with a show hosted by Quinton Scerri. Set to be called ‘Topik’, the show will be produced by Mintoff’s media production and is scheduled for Wednesday evenings and Friday night streamings. On the other hand, Scerri’s current show ‘Popolin’ will not return to the national broadcaster. 

Speaking to Lovin Malta, Scerri stated that ‘Topik’ will focus on current affairs but will be less politically oriented than the programme it is set to replace. He exclaimed huge respect for Mark Laurence Zammit’s talents and career, highlighting that he does not want to give the impression that he is replacing Zammit. 

Posting to Facebook, Scerri went on to say that due to several calls, he decided to open up about the situation in order not to let a negative interpretation run amok. He stated that  he hopes the new show will be enjoyed by all the Maltese and Gozitan spectators. He exclaimed his disappointment at Popolin being cancelled, despite its high ratings garnered over the past season. He does not want to give the impression that he is replacing Zammit, and looks forward to the start of his new show this September. 

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Photo Source: Quinton Scerri FB

Saviour Balzan calls for an early election to calm the waters

Saviour Balzan calls for an early election to calm the waters
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Writing for his blog with MaltaToday, Saviour Balzan stated that an early election can be the only thing that facilitates a fresh start. This will ‘polls-wise, one assumes…) award full legitimacy to Robert Abela or the next prime minister of whichever political party. For Balzan, restoring normality is crucial, and it should not be replaced by ‘some semblance of normality’. This can be done by having new faces and new blood at all levels of politics. 

Balzan asks Prime Minister Robert Abela to deliberate on this solution as Opposition leader Bernard Grech shied away from calling an early election when interacting with the press last Friday. Balzan stated that Grech refused to do so because the polls show Labour will win another electoral victory. He states that the same applies to NGO Repubblika, and that both would have been right in demanding it.

In his blog post, Balzan exclaimed that he was surprised the Caruana Galizia family accepted Abela’s apology. He stated that the Prime Minister’s apology was to be expected and the least he could do in the face of ‘how much documented malicious and intent and manipulation of the last years.’ He attributed these to Joseph Muscat’s legacy, stating it ironic how the former prime minister gave the green flag to an independent inquiry which ultimately ‘denuded him, blemishing his track record forever.’ 

Balzan highlighted how Daphne Caruana Galizia’s ‘negative style and punch in her commentary’ were far outweighed by the ‘revelations she uncovered’. Balzan stated that the population was cheated and derailed, left feeling humiliated, by the unknown dormant plans to assassinate Caruana Galizia and other criminal ongoings. 

Balzan stated that ‘this is why this administration must be allowed to start afresh; to mend the damage that was done and to never forget the death of Daphne and what this meant for all of us.’ Presenting a fresh team and calling for an early election should be Abela’s next move, states Balzan, but it also should be Grech’s. 

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Photo Source: Saviour Balzan FB, Bernard Grech FB, Robert Abela FB, Repubblika FB

64 COVID-19 cases registered with 168 recoveries

Aug 2 2021 Share

Malta has registered 64 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,762 swab tests, while 168 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Sunday 1st August 2021, 760,417 vaccine doses were administered of which 399,724 were 1st doses. 382,825 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 34,439 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 32,011 have recovered, 423 died and 1609 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 37 COVID-19 positive patients, five of whom are in the ITU. The average age of yesterday’s cases was 34.

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Lewis Hamilton has Covid-19 scare after eventful race

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Yesterday afternoon, one of the craziest Formula One races happened as French driver Esteban Ocon won his first ever grand prix. The win was also the team’s first race win as Alpine, after the French team rebranded their entire team from Renault this year. Teammate Fernando Alonso, who was celebrating his 40th birthday, won driver of the day.

Lewis Hamilton who had to regain 11 positions to get a 3rd place finish, later in the press conference revealed that he still feels the effects of Covid-19, even though he had it last December. He said that after the intense race he felt dizzy and felt fatigue, symptoms he felt when sick with the coronavirus. Meanwhile Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel, who finished 2nd had to disqualify after only sampling 0.3l of his fuel not the mandatory 1l

 

 

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The race started in a chaotic way, with unexpected rain and a red flag in the first lap as a late brake from Mercedes driver Bottas caused many drivers such as Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc to retire and other drivers, most notably Max Verstappen to lose many places. The race than continued but weirdly enough, Lewis was the only driver not to start from the pits. This caused him in having to go to the pits again a lap later which meant that he would be in last position. Many drivers such as Esteban Ocon and Nicholas Latifi took their opportunities and finished in historic positions for their respective teams.

We wish Lewis to get well soon for his next race in Belgium, and a big congratulations to Alpine and Esteban Ocon.

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