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Peppi Azzopardi praises government’s ‘New Hope’ scheme for helping cancer survivors

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Peppi Azzopardi praises government’s ‘New Hope’ scheme for helping cancer survivors

Following the launch of the ‘New Hope’ scheme which seeks to help survivors of cancer and other terminal illnesses get bank loans for their future homes, Xarabank host Peppi Azzopardi issued a statement praising the wonderful initiative. The scheme, captained by the Minister for Social Housing Roderick Galdes, lets the government come in and help people who have survived illnesses like cancer when banks cannot issue insurances for them to purchase future homes. 

Azzopardi reveals he was speaking to a cancer survivor named Martina who could not get a loan due to having been sick in the past. The Xarabank host praises the latest governmental initiative, saying; ‘Well done because, despite the number of such individuals suffering from this problem being small, the government took initiative. The government made a clear statement – just because it’s a small group of people doesn’t mean that we don’t notice them.’ He said that this removes the discrimination against those seriously ill. 

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Photo Source: Peppi Azzopardi FB, Xarabank FB, Roderick Galdes FB

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Bernard Grech demands apology from prime minister for ‘lies’ about Debono Family

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Bernard Grech demands apology from prime minister for ‘lies’ about Debono Family

After the husband of former Gozo minister Giovanna Debono was cleared of graft allegations, Opposition leader Bernard Grech has demanded an apology from the government and Prime Minister Robert Abela. An appeals court confirmed on Friday that Anthony Debono, the husband in question, was not guilty of fraud and misappropriation. He faced these charges in 2015 in what was dubbed as a ‘works-for-votes’ scandal, with the court initially clearing him of these charges in March but prompting attorney general to appeal the decision. 

Bernard Grech said that justice has prevailed and that the Debonos have been the victims of a campaign of lies fuelled by the Labour government. When Debono was first charged in 2015, ex-Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had claimed the PN ignored allegations and that Simon Busuttil and Chris Said tried to cover up for him. Giovanna had resigned from the party soon after the arraignment, and did not contest in the 2017 general election, in a bid to defend her integrity and her family’s. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks record for most goals scored in International games

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks record for most goals scored in International games

Today’s top scorer of the world, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo has broken the record for most goals scored in international soccer matches (male) following the Portugal vs Ireland match on 1st September 2021. Flashback to 2003 when Ronaldo was described as ‘one of the most exciting young players [he’d] ever seen’ by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. 

The player shared the record with Ali Daei of Iran, who scored 109 goals between 1993 and 2006. Ronaldo broke his own record just a few minutes before the end of the match against Ireland by scoring his 111th goal. Daei was captain of the Iran national football team and started coaching in 2006. Ronaldo also holds the title for most Champions League goals as well as most goals in a UEFA Champions League season by an individual (17). He is also the highest-rated player in FIFA 18, with an overall rate of 99%, just 1 percent ahead of Messi and Pele. 

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42 COVID-19 cases registered with 55 recoveries

 - COVID-19 - Sep 3 SHARE ON:
Malta has registered 41 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, while 29 patients have recovered.

Malta has registered 42 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,439 swab tests, while 55 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 Thursday 2nd September 2021, 798,068 vaccine doses were administered of which 414,557 were 1st doses. 413,292 people are currently fully vaccinated. 

To date, Malta has registered 36,364 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 34,836 have recovered, 441 died and 691 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 37 COVID-19 positive patients, 2 of whom are in the ITU.

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