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WHOLESOME AF: ‘Gozo Crafty Ladies’ decorate streets with their knitting for Christmas

WHOLESOME AF: 'Gozo Crafty Ladies' decorate streets with their knitting for Christmas
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Gozo has started to adopt a shade of Christmas with its streets being decorated for the yuletide season and just a few days ago, the facade of Kerċem’s local council building was decorated with a crochet Christmas tree knitted by the community-based ‘Gozo Crafty Ladies.’

Photo Source: Gozo Crafty Ladies - Kerċem Branch Facebook Group

Photo Source: Gozo Crafty Ladies – Kerċem Branch Facebook Group

According to their Kerċem branch’s Facebook group, the ‘Gozo Crafty Ladies’ are a group of local and foreign ladies which “aim to help charities and missions by working crafts, mainly knitting and crochet, to be donated.” Their work has since been donated to organisations like NICPU and the Maternity Ward at Mater Dei, refugee camps in Greece and sent for disadvantaged countries like Ethiopia, Peru and Guatemala.

Their most-recent project, ‘The Tree of Life’ was a by-product of the effects of COVID-19, with the ladies sending materials and textiles to each other’s homes, where they would work on separate parts of the tree individually. The tree will be illuminated in Kerċem until January 7th 2022 and is one of the many Christmas decorations created by this group to brighten up the streets of Gozo throughout the year.

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Police who have not yet had booster shot ordered not enter buildings except for emergencies

Police who have not yet had booster shot ordered not enter buildings except for emergencies
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The Malta Police Union has issued directives instructing its members who have yet to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccine to refuse entering buildings or premises unless it is an emergency.

This comes in the midst of a trade dispute registered by the Malta Police Union, which is disputing the fact that police officers have yet to receive their COVID-19 booster jab, highlighting that around 1,500 had registered to receive it. The union stated that “during inspections of any type, [officers should] refrain from entering any building and/or premises, except when there is a call for help, in case of emergency or danger to the safety of another person,” which instructions will come into effect as of Friday at 6pm.

It has been noted that officers who decided not to receive the vaccine or booster are not covered by the Union’s directives and officers who receive the dose should stop following the directives.

In a recent Facebook post, the Union also stated that the ongoing Industrial mediation process “is being hijacked by including another Union which is not part of the Dispute registered by the Malta Police Union on the 18th November 2021.”

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Postman receives touching ‘thank you’ note from young boy after helping him

Postman receives touching ‘thank you’ note from young boy after helping him
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It seems like Christmas spirit hit the island the very moment December came around and the latest touching event to happen in the Maltese islands will definitely warm your heart. MaltaPost recently took to Facebook to share that a postman of theirs, Owen, received a touching thank you letter from the boy after he saved him from potential injury.

“Thank you for helping me the other day. Have a Merry Christmas from Brodie,” the hand-drawn read with a surprised and seemingly touched postman holding it. MaltaPost went on to state that serving the community has always been at the core of their business values.

The boy’s mother posted in a public Facebook group to thank the postman, revealing that her son Brodie’s shoe laces got stuck in the chain of his bike and the postman was the only person who went to his aid. She went on to state that “he was terrified, he would be hit by a car or whatever coming round that corner.” Brodie emerged from the situation with only a few bumps thanks to the help from postman Owen.

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How much do you know about AIDS? Medical students organise national awareness campaign

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This year’s World AIDS’ Day welcomed an increase in awareness and activism in Malta, with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch of the Malta Medical Students Association organising a number of special activities around the island to inform and educate the Maltese public.

MMSA told Malta Daily that they organised 4 events between Monday 29th November and Sunday 5th December, which events aimed to educated Maltese residents of all ages. The workshop for Medical students held on 29th November welcomed a GU consultant, HIV specialist, sexual Health Nurse and a medical representative from VJ Pharma to talk about PrEP and PEP.

On Wednesday 1st, the organisation was on the University of Malta Quadrangle with numerous stands which focused on Prevention and HIV & AIDS history whilst also organising a number of flashmobs, quizzes, a bake sale to organise funds for HIVMalta and giveaways which included HIV ribbons, sweets and condoms. The same activity will take place on Sunday 5th December in front of Valletta’s parliament building, one day after MMSA’s hike to Wied Babu, which proceeds will also go to HIVMalta.

Seeing the future of Malta’s medical industry taking such an initiative to educate the people of Malta on the importance of sexual health and awareness is quite the breath of fresh air and we encourage anyone wanting to inform themselves and contribute to attend these events.

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