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What were the most popular names for Maltese babies in 2021?

 - Local - Jan 14 SHARE ON:
What were the most popular names for Maltese babies in 2021?

Of the names given to babies born in 2021, the most popular were Matteo, Luca and Noah for boys along with Emma, Mia and Ella for girls. Identity Malta highlighted that over the past year, 2,123 boys and 2,040 girls were born, with one baby registered as gender-neutral.

Identity Malta Senior Manager Vincent Sladden explained that the majority of registrations took place in the agency’s Mater Dei branch. He also remarked that 2021’s figures reflect the amendments that recently came into place, such as names with Maltese characters such as Ġuże, Ġanni, Eliża & Luċija, which were four of the most popular Maltese names.

Other popular names registered in 2021 were Adam and Jake for boys & Valentina and Emily for girls.

During 2021, Malta also registered 3,699 deaths, of which 1,845 were men and 1,854 were women, with Sladden highlighting that the number may be much higher as not all deaths may be registered as it is not a legal obligation.

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Miss Universe Malta Jade Cini calls for prayers as father Reggie Cini’s health is at risk

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Miss Universe Malta Jade Cini calls for prayers as father Reggie Cini's health is at risk

“Family is the only thing you don’t get to choose in life and I think it’s meant to be that way, but blood is thicker than water and loyalty is something I cherish a lot.” These were the words of Miss Universe Malta Jade Cini as she called for prayers for her father Reginald Cini’s health, which is unfortunately at risk.

Reginald, better known as Reggie Cini, is one of the more popular goalkeepers in Malta’s football history, who also formed part of the Maltese national team at one point. The model took to Facebook to share that, despite their ‘turbulent relationship and differences,’ she chooses to stand by him in the worst of times because that is family.

The post received hundreds of comments wishing Cini well, garnering over 1,000 likes and 400 comments. His daughter shared that “things don’t seem promising, but [she] has faith in a fighter like [him].”

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Abner Aquilina shows middle finger to journalists on way to court; pleads not guilty

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Abner Aquilina allegedly shows middle finger to journalists on way to court

As he was arraigned to court for his hearing, Paulina Dembska’s main murder suspect Abner Aquilina showed the middle finger to the public through the police vehicle. 

 

 

Earlier today, Malta’s Police Force held a press conference in which it was revealed that the Polish woman’s murder was not pre-meditated. 

 

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20-year-old Aquilina was charged with the rape and murder of Paulina Dembska who was found dead on the morning of 2nd January at Independence Gardens, Sliema. Suspect has pleaded not guilty as his mother watched the court proceedings in grief.

Having been released from Mount Carmel Hospital, interrogations had to be halted to his admission to the institution. Police chief spokesperson Brandon Pisani told journalists that the murder took place at around 5:15 am. 

Investigations have shown that this case was not pre-meditated and there was no specific target.

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AWLA denied broadcast after prohibition mandate

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AWLA denied broadcast after prohibition mandate

Tonight’s programme of AWLA was set to discuss homicide but was prevented from broadcast just hours prior. 

This was after a prohibition mandate by the Court’s Primary Hall was put forth by Justin Borg, the alleged killer of Chantelle Chetcuti. 

This comes as the programme was set to interview the victim’s mother. 

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