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Vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11 arrive in Malta

Vaccines for kids aged 5 to 11 arrive in Malta
Dec 14 2021 Share

Health Minister Chris Fearne has announced that Malta took delivery of its first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children on Monday, with the first jabs being administered Tuesday 14th December. 

The Deputy Prime Minister heralded the arrival of the first batch last week, stating during a press conference that the jab will be administered to the 5-11 age group, with vulnerable cases starting first. 

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The vaccines will be a third of the normal dose administer to adults, with parents eventually receiving invitations for their children through email or SMS. 

The vaccine for young children was approved on November 25th by the European Medicines Agency, making it the first jab approved for the age group. 

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Photo Source: Chris Fearne, AARP

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Champions League draw redone after technical problems

Dec 13 2021 Share

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 matchups had to be done again after a technical problem in the first draw. The mistake teams being made available against supposed unavailable teams like Manchester United who were initially drawn against former group F opponents Villareal. The second draw was held with none of these problems and is said to be fair, albeit some disappointed fans.

 

Many teams like Real Madrid and Inter who originally drew Benfica and Ajax respectively, will now have to face much tougher opponents in PSG and Liverpool. Real Madrid were obviously disappointed, and are said to be protesting this redone draw citing that redoing the draw was a scandal.

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In their statement UEFA said this “Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.” 

The Round of 16 will consist of these matches Ajax vs Benfica, Inter vs Liverpool, Bayern vs Salzburg, Real Madrid vs PSG, Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid, Juventus vs Villareal, Manchester City vs Sporting and Chelsea vs Lille. Whilst in the UEFA Europa League draw European heavyweight Barcelona and Napoli were drawn against eachother.

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President urges politicians to respect people’s intelligence as election draws near

President urges politicians to respect people’s intelligence as election draws near
Dec 13 2021 Share

Speaking during his Republic Day address, President George Vella appealed to politicians to respect people’s intelligence as Malta moves closer to election. 

The President said that Malta will experience the essence of democracy in just a few months, with people being asked to vote for the government they want in the lead. 

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During the annual commemoration held at the Palace in Valletta, Vella appealed to the politicians to put before the people clear and unequivocal working programmes and policies that will be implemented if chosen to lead.’ 

The president also used his speech to address other issues, ranging from COVID-19 to law and environment. 

He warned how the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet, but applauded the professionals who worked day and night to safeguard human health. 

He also touched upon the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, stating it is everyone’s desire that the investigative and judicial processes will lead to find out who is responsible.

‘No one is above the law’ he said. ‘The lessons will remain for us to learn from. And the rule of law and the protection of human rights must remain crucial tools for the fair and democratic functioning of our country.’ 

Vella also referred to the case of Jaiteh Lamin when touching upon the issue of racism, saying we cannot turn a blind eye to such issues. 

A good portion of his speech was also dedicated to environmental issues, warning about climate change, and even the issue of land use. ‘In order to protect the beauty and sustainability of our country we must find a balance between the built and the natural environment’

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Photo Source: George Vella

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Rapper Megan Thee Stallion graduates from college in tribute to late mother

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion graduates from college in tribute to late mother
Dec 13 2021 Share

As a tribute to her mother Holly Thomas, who sadly passed away from cancer two years ago, rapper Megan Thee Stallion has just announced her graduation from college. 

The 21-year-old artist, real name Megan Pete, earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University. 

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She joined the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for their graduation on Saturday 11th December. Videos show her going through the usual graduation routine of shaking hands with school administration and stopping for a selfie before walking down the ramp. 

Posting to social media, she captioned several photos of herself in full toga ‘Meg Thee Graduate’. 

She went on to say that she knows her parents are looking down on her so proud. ‘Thank you everyone for all the love today’ she said. She also took to Twitter to caption ‘WE DID IT HOTTIES.’ 

She also took the opportunity to motivate her followers to be whoever they want to be and do whatever they wish to do. 

On top of her degree, Megan also launched Thee Megan Fund, a scholarship fund to help TSU students who are facing financial hardships to cross the finish line at graduation. 

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