Repubblika proposals suggest President should be elected by the people

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Civil society NGO Repubblika has published a report in commemoration of Malta’s 100 years since its first parliament, presenting a number of parliamentary reforms.

One of the most bold proposals being that the President of Malta be elected by the people, who may be nominated by political parties but ultimately tarnish the idea of a widely-respected symbol of national unity yet respects the ‘democratic legitimacy of office.’

Other proposals include the full-time nature of MPs with professional salary compensation, MPs relinquishing of private work or consultancy during office and ministers giving up their seat in parliament, amongst others.


189 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 107 recoveries

67 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 323 recoveries
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Malta has registered 189 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,405 swab tests, while 107 patients have recovered. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

From yesterday’s cases; 45 cases were family members of previously known cases, 15 cases were contact of positive work colleagues, 6 cases were direct contacts with other positive cases and 15 cases were from social gatherings with other positive cases.

To date, Malta has registered 14,958 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 12,123 have recovered, 234 died and 2,601 are still active.


Gozo Tourism Authority reports influx in bookings despite cancelled carnival

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Despite public statements that Carnival 2021 is cancelled from the Nadur local council and widespread appeal for safety, the Gozo Tourism Authority reports and high demand for accommodation bookings during the carnival weekend.

Multiple searches on booking.com illustrate an influx of bookings for small groups, with many already being sold out.

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Similar celebrations on New Year’s Eve, with 25,000 people going to Gozo between December 29 and 31, were followed by a surge in COVID-19 cases and record-breaking highs.


Maltese youth dies in tragic Sydney car crash

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19-year-old Samuel Bartolo, a young Maltese adult residing in Australia lost his life in a tragic car accident in Sydney.

The incident occurred on Tuesday Morning after Bartolo’s car crashed head-on into a truck in Berkshire Park, where he was certified dead on site.

It is reported that Bartolo’s car had no passengers and the truck driver suffered no serious injuries.

Tributes poured in to celebrate the life of a humble individual, including relatives living in Malta.