As breakdancer Jimbo Thinlegz, Labour’s newest MP hails from a new mould of politician With hip-hop and breakdancing, a disability rights activist who challenged national perceptions could be Malta’s newest MP
14 January 2021, by Matthew Vella
CRPD commissioner Oliver Scicluna (left), and in his salad days, as a breakdancer (right)
Prime Minister Robert Abela is shattering preconceptions of who gets to be in parliament with his intention to co-opt commissioner for the rights of disabled people Oliver Scicluna to the House. It is a politically risky move for Abela: Labour voters expect that Gavin Gulia’s shock resignation as MP after winning a casual election should pave the way for someone with some political claim on the seventh district seat vacated by Edward Scicluna.
15 ta' Jannar 2021 6:54 PM Read in English. Steward Health Care Malta ċaħdet l-allegazzjonijiet li saru li mhux se tibqa’ topera l-Isptar Ġenerali ta’ Għawdex. Min-naħa tiegħu l-Prim Ministru Robert Abela qal li dawn l-allegazzjonijiet saru biex joħolqu paniku għax id-diskussjonijiet għadhom għaddejjin. Id-deputat tal-Partit Nazzjonalista qal li l-Isptar Ġenerali ta’ Għawdex mhux se jibqa jopera minn Steward Health Care Malta u se jirritorna għand il-Gvern.
l-Isptar Generali ta' Ghawdex jerga' lura f' idejn il-Gvern Minn Dr. Chris Said Jidher li sal-ahhar ta' dan ix-xahar Steward ser jispiccaw minn Ghawdex u l-Isptar Generali ta' Ghawdex jerga' lura f' idejn il-Gvern. Rebha kbira ghall-Ghawdxin. Rebha ghall-Partit Nazzjonalista li ilu jiggieled sa mill-ewwel gurnata li sirna nafu li l-Isptar Generali ta' Ghawdex kien ser jigi privatizzat kontra din l-privatizzazzjoni tal-uniku sptar li ghandna f' Ghawdex. Certifikat ta' falliment mill-Gvern Laburista f' qasam tant importanti - is-sahha f' Ghawdex. Fl-ahhar 6 snin l-ebda deputat Laburista Ghawdxi ma lissen kelma wahda kontra din il-privatizzazzjoni tal-Isptar. Nisperaw li l-Gvern ser jaghti rendikont car tal-miljuni kbar li hadu Steward u qabilhom Vitals. Infakkar li dawn kellhom hafna obbligi li ma wettqux u li diga thallsu taghhom fosthom li suppost bnew Sptar gdid b' 450 sodda sa Gunju 2018. Hadu l-flus ghalhekk u issa ser jitilqu minn Ghawdex u ma poggewx gebla wahda minn dan l-Isptar. Din kienet hadma tal-Gvern Laburista bis-sahha tal-Ghawdxin. Ghad iridu jigu mwiegba hafna u hafna mistoqsijiet. Il-qorti t’Għawdex iffullata; “sitwazzjoni intollerabbli” Minn Sephora Francalanza - 14 ta' Jannar 2021
L-avukati f’Għawdex dalgħodu lmentaw fuq is-sitwazzjoni “intollerabbli” fil-qorti fejn ikun hemm awli ffullati u qajla jitħarsu l-miżuri kontra l-coronavirus. Sorsi spjegaw lil Newsbook.com.mtli dalgħodu nqala’ kjass fil-qorti, peress li maġistrat minnhom keċċiet lill-avukati u lin-nies li kienu fl-awla, peress li din kienet waħda żgħira u fiha kien hemm madwar 20 ruħ. L-avukati, min-naħa tagħhom, għamlu dikjarazzjoni li fiha taw raġun lill-Qorti, iżda qalu li fil-post ta’ stennija kien hemm għadd kbir ta’ nies ukoll. Persuna li kienet hemmhekk qalet li n-nies kienu jibdew mit-taraġ saż-żona ta’ barra l-awli. Jidher illi ħin minnhom, kuntistabbli stazzjonat il-qorti talab lin-nies jinfirxu, iżda avukat qallu li dan ma kienx possibbli peress li ma kienx hemm spazju. Newsbook.com.mthu infurmat li din is-sitwazzjoni hija waħda komuni fil-qorti t’Għawdex, peress li ta’ sikwit jinġabru ħafna nies ġol-binja, li hija żgħira. L-Avukat Chris Said, li kien wieħed mill-avukati preżenti, qal lil Newsbook.com.mtli s-sitwazzjoni kienet intollerabbli. Spjega li, “Peress li ma ttieħdet l-ebda azzjoni, jien u diversi kollegi avukati għamilna dikjarazzjoni quddiem il-Maġistrat Simone Grech dwar dan.” Huwa sostna li mhux aċċettabbli li fiċ-ċirkustanzi preżenti, il-qorti f’Għawdex tkompli topera mingħajr ħarsien għas-saħħa tal-avukati u tal-persuni li jkollhom il-kawżi. Aqra hawn: newsbook.com.mt/il-qorti-tghawdex-iffullata-sitwazzjoni-intollerabbli/
Gavin Gulia resigns from parliament, minutes after being sworn in as MP Says PM asked him to stay on as MTA chairman - despite having stepped down National Politics
Gavin Gulia resigned from parliament on Wednesday afternoon, minutes after being sworn in after winning a casual election. The Labour MP in a brief statement said that the prime minister had asked him to stay on as chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority in view of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation. He was also needed to pilot the authority's 2020 strategic plan. He was therefore resigning from the House. His departure means that the government is now free to choose anyone to fill the vacant seat, by co-option. More than an hour after Gulia's statement in the House, the Tourism Ministry issued a two-line statement stating that Gulia had resigned his post as MTA chairman earlier on Wednesday, before being sworn in as MP. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/gavin-gulia-resigns-from-parliament-minutes-after-returning-to-the.844775
PN accuses Abela of ridiculing parliament with Gulia’s sudden resignation The Nationalist Party says the Prime Minister is manipulating the democratic system to have MPs of his choosing rather than those elected by the people
13 January 2021, by Kurt Sansone The PN has accused Robert Abela of carrying out a charade with Gavin Gulia's sudden resignation from parliament that will allow Labour to co-opt someone else
Disability commission chair Oliver Scicluna to be co-opted Labour MP CRPD chair Oliver Scicluna is expected to be co-opted as a Labour MP
13 January 2021, 5:18pm by Matthew Vella
Disability commission chair Oliver Scicluna is to be co-opted Labour MP instead of Gavin Gulia who resigned suddenly this afternoon. Scicluna, 34, was born with spina bifida and has occupied the role of commissioner for rights of persons with a disability since 2016. Scicluna has no known prior involvement in party politics. The Labour Party rumour mill had the mayor of Haż-Żebbuġ, Malcolm Paul Galea, and Gozitan surgeon Jo Etienne Abela, as front runners for a possible co-option. The names surface after the resignation of Gavin Gulia, a mere 24 hours since he was returned to the House in a casual election prompted by the resignation of longtime finance minister Edward Scicluna. Runner-up Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, a former Nationalist MP who ran on a Labour ticket in 2017, was unaware that Gulia had submitted his resignation seconds after taking his oath in the House. MaltaToday understands that Labour’s prerogative to co-opt an MP after the resignation of an MP elected in a casual election, will not necessarily mean that Pullicino Orlando will be asked to take up the seat.
‘Don’t call me or send people to my house’, Charles Azzopardi tells Prime Minister Casual election candidate Charles Azzopardi says Gavin Gulia’s resignation from parliament seconds after taking his oath represents ‘death to country’s democracy’
13 January 2021, by Karl Azzopardi
Seventh district casual election candidate Charles Azzopardi has told the Prime Minister not to call him or send people to his house, following Gavin Gulia’s resignation from MP on Wednesday. In a bizarre move, Gavin Gulia resigned from parliament seconds after being sworn in. He won a casual election for the 7th District seat vacated by Edward Scicluna after obtaining 2,216 votes in a runoff with Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando. The other candidate vying for the seat, Charles Azzopardi, was the first to be eliminated. Azzopardi had fallen out with Labour in 2019 when he was stopped from contesting the Rabat local election. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/107025/dont_call_me_or_send_people_to_my_house_charles_azzopardi_tells_prime_minister#.X_9gXegzZPY
Nadur carnival cancelled, council warns against group gatherings Nadur's famous carnival has been cancelled and the council warns that no spontaneous gatherings will be allowed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
12 January 2021, by Laura Calleja
The Nadur carnival is known for its spontaneous revelry by in the streets of the Gozitan village (Photo: James Bianchi/MaltaToday)
Marsa bridge under construction without planning permit Graffitti accuse Infrastructure Malta boss of repeated abuse of power By Matthew Xuereb
Infrastructure Malta has defended its decision to start building a bridge in Marsa without waiting for a planning permit, saying it is to remove a safety risk to pedestrians. A spokesman for the agency said pedestrians were having to cross several lanes of traffic and climb over steel crash barriers. Admitting there was no permit, he said the decision to go ahead was taken “in consultation with planning authorities”. The bridge is being built over Triq It-Tiġrija, the multi-lane road connecting December 13 Road with the Marsa-Ħamrun bypass.
[WATCH] Bernard Grech blames Prime Minister's 'arrogance' for dismissal of COVID expert Opposition leader Bernard Grech blames dismissal of COVID-19 public health consultant on Robert Abela's 'arrogance' and 'unwillingness' to listen to experts
11 January 2021, by Laura Calleja PN leader Bernard Grech
Read in English. Tabib ġie arrestat nhar is-Sibt li għadda fuq allegat abbuż sesswali ta’ minuri. Skont sorsi li tkellmu ma’ Newsbook.com.mt, it-tabib inżamm fil-lock-up tal-Pulizija sal-Ħadd. Din l-informazzjoni ġiet ikkonfermata mill-Pulizija li qalu lil din il-kamra tal-aħbarijiet, li arrestaw raġel b’rabta ma’ “servizi sesswali minn minuri”. Il-minuri, li llum għandu 17-il sena għamel rapport dwar allegat abbuż u qed jgħin lill-Pulizija fl-investigazzjonijiet tagħha. Sorsi qalu li saru tfittxijiet fuq il-minuri qabel ma ngħata l-kunsens uffiċjali. Il-Pulizija qalet li l-minuri ma nżammx għall-interrogazzjoni kif qed jiġi allegat. Filwaqt li ma setgħux jikkonfermaw li r-raġel arrestat kien tabib, ir-raġel stess ikkonferma ma’ Newsbook.com.mt li kien arrestat. Il-Pulizija għadha qed tinvestiga l-każ, li dwaru nfetħet inkjesta maġisterjali. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/tabib-arrestat-talli-allegatament-abbuza-minuri-sesswalment/
MaltaToday Survey | Abela trust drops to lowest level as Grech reaches high point Prime Minister suffers new year blues as trust hits lowest point and Grech makes inroads
Last updated on 10 January 2021, by Kurt Sansone
Robert Abela’s trust rating dropped to its lowest level while Bernard Grech’s reached its highest point in MaltaToday’s first trust barometer for the new year. Abela’s trust rating stood at 42.1%, a decrease of almost five points since last month, and the lowest result since becoming Prime Minister a year ago. Grech registered a trust rating of 34.7%, climbing almost five points since December, and achieving his best result since becoming Nationalist Party leader last October. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/data_and_surveys/106923/abela_trust_drops_to_lowest_level_as_grech_reaches_high_point#.X_tlHugzZPY First consignment of Moderna vaccine on its way to Malta Efforts being made to speed up vaccination timelinesNationalChris FearneCOVID-19Pharmaceuticals By Jacob Borg
The first consignment of the Moderna vaccine is on its way to Malta, Health Minister Chris Fearne tweeted on Sunday as he thanked the national airline. The plane carrying the vaccine is expected to land in Malta just after midnight.
Speaking during a political activity earlier, Fearne announced it will arrive on Sunday. Fearne said the government had been working flat out since last year to acquire enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He said Malta would be the first EU country to receive the Moderna vaccine.
Nationalist Party supporters at a political activity in 2017. Photo: Matthew MirabelliWith almost 70 general election candidates already approved and more in the pipeline, the Nationalist Party’s renewal process is moving at a very fast pace, according to general secretary Francis Zammit Dimech. “We are gearing the party for the forthcoming general election where we will be presenting a refreshed image of the party, giving the electorate a wider choice and a healthy mix of people to choose from,” he said. The party’s executive committee has been steadily approving general election candidates for months. Apart from the sitting MPs, who have an automatic right to contest the next general election, the committee has approved a list of around 40 individuals, half of whom will be contesting the election for the first time. The list includes people serving as local councillors and others who are entering the political arena for the first time. Among those featuring on the list of fresh faces are lawyers Joe Giglio, Silvio Brincat and Darren Carabott, journalist James Aaron Ellul, Qormi councillor and NET FM presenter Jerome Caruana Cilia, engineer Rebekah Cilia, banker David Pace Ross, accountant Graham Bencini, Mellieħa local councillor Ivan Castillo and PN Youth Movement president Joseph Grech. Other new faces include Owen Sciberras, Anton Mifsud, Josephine Xuereb, Tiffany Abela Wadge and Alex Borg. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pn-approves-70-election-candidates.843858
Record 245 new COVID-19 cases detected Two patients die as death toll reaches 232 Photo: Chris Sant FournierMalta registered 245 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a record high for new daily infections. It was the second time in one week that the number of new cases reached a national high, following the 224 new virus cases reported on Wednesday. Two further patients died, bumping the virus death toll up to 232. The victims - an 85-year-old man and 77-year-old woman, both died at Mater Dei Hospital on Friday, the Health Ministry said earlier in the day. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/record-245-new-covid-19-cases-detected.843789
Filmat: Għawdex b’numru rekord ta’ 114-il każ; 10 l-isptar Minn Sephora Francalanza - 8 ta' Jannar 2021
Read in English. Is-Supretendent għas-Saħħa Pubblika Prof. Charmaine Gauci llum ħabbret li f’Għawdex bħalissa hemm l-ogħla numru ta’ każijiet li qatt kien hemm, billi hemm 114-il każ attiv. Dan hu rifless fis-sitwazzjoni fl-Isptar Ġenerali t’Għawdex, fejn hemm 10 pazjenti. Dan qalitu Prof. Gauci hi u tindirizza l-konferenza tagħha ta’ kull ġimgħa sabiex tagħti l-aħħar aġġornamenti fuq is-sitwazzjoni tal-Covid-19 f’Malta. Illum tħabbru 191 każ ġdid filwaqt li fiequ 77 persuna, biex issa il-każijiet attivi reġgħu qabżu l-2,000. Mietu wkoll żewġ anzjani u t-total ta’ mwiet tela’ għal 230. Aqra iktar hawn: newsbook.com.mt/live-prof-charmaine-gauci-bl-ahhar-aggornamenti-fuq-il-covid-19/ Raġel jispiċċa l-baħar bil-karozza b’kollox fiċ-Ċirkewwa Minn Amy Borg - 8 ta' Jannar 2021
Photo: Maltese Roads Traffic Updates Raġel kellu jgħum lura sal-art fiċ-Ċirkewwa wara li l-karozza tiegħu spiċċat fil-baħar. L-inċident seħħ fiż-żona viċin ta’ fejn jorbot il-vapur t’Għawdex. Jirriżulta li għal xi raġuni marru l-brejkijiet tal-karozza waqt li r-raġel kien ġol-vettura. Uffiċjali tal-Pulizija kif wkoll membri mill-Forzi Armati ta’ Malta mill-ewwel marru fuq il-post. Ir-raġel ittieħed l-isptar b’ambulanza għall-osservazzjoni. Aqra hawn: newsbook.com.mt/ragel-jispicca-l-bahar-bil-karozza-bkollox-fic-cirkewwa/
71 apartments planned to be constructed on Nadur fields Kevin Schembri Orland Thursday, 7 January 2021, A planning application has been filed proposing the construction of 71 apartments in Nadur, Gozo. The application will see the development take place on fields, in an area within the development zone on Triq il-Qortin having been part of the 2006 rationalisation exercise. Small parts of the development do, however jump over the development zone boundary very slightly, given that the proposal is right on the edge of the zone. Read more: www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-01-07/local-news/71-apartments-planned-to-be-constructed-on-Nadur-fields-6736229955
L-akkużati bl-assassinju ta’ Daphne lura għall-Qorti Minn Owen Teuma
7 ta' Jannar 2021
Ritratt: Jesmond Vassallo It-tlett irġiel akkużati bl-assassinju tal-ġurnalista Daphne Caruana Galizia mistennija lura l-Qorti wara digriet li awtorizza l-ġbir ta’ evidenza ġdida. L-aħwa Alfred (il-Fulu) u George (iċ-Ċiniż) Degiorgio, flimkien ma’ Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu) jinsabu akkużati li poġġew u attivaw il-bomba li qatlet lil Caruana Galizia fis-16 ta’ Ottubru tal-2017. Il-Qorti Kriminali ppreseduta mill-Imħallef Edwina Grima ddeċidiet li l-ġbir ta’ evidenza ġdida jsir quddiem il-Qorti Maġisterjali ppreseduta mill-Maġistrat Claire Stafrace Zammit. Aqra hawn: newsbook.com.mt/l-akkuzati-bl-assassinju-ta-daphne-lura-ghall-qorti/
It-Tieni Jum Tad-Tridu Minn Mario Muscat Quddiesa mmexxija mil-Kappillan ta Kercem Dun Brian Meylak
The Basilica of Nadur Yesterday Photo by Mario Muscat
Jitnizzlu l-linef ghal festa
Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Jibda jintrama l-Altar tal- kor ghal festa Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Il-villagg Tal-Hali fin-Nadur jizzejjen ghal festa Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Nadur in pictures Dahlet Qorrot Bay Photo by Mario Muscat
L' artal tas-Sagrament fin-Nadur Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Qala windmill and Nadur skyline under a misty sunset By Alessio Sultana
Fountain at Xandriku Street Photo by Mario Muscat
Il vara ta' San Pietru u San Pawl mahduma minn Galard f' Marseille
Il vara ta San Pietru u San Pawl tan Nadur Ghawdex ingibet min Franza fil 1882. F dan ir ritat narawa kif kienet meta waslet l Ispirtu Santu zdied xi snin wara . Dan ir ritrat grazzi lil Darren Vella
Il-lum, 12 ta’ Mejju jaħbat il-153 sena mill-konsagrazzjoni tal-knisja. Il-Konsagrazzjoni ssir billi l-artal jindilek biż-żejt u jitwaħħlu dawk is-slaleb ta’ madwar il-knisja. Il-Konsagrazzjoni tfisser li dik l-art u l-binja tal-knisja ġew mogħtijin lil Alla. Bħalissa lanqas nistgħu nersqu wisq lejn il-knisja. Nistennew il-jum li nerġgħu niltaqgħu hemm. Sadanittant il-knisja kkonsagrata hija kull wieħed u waħda minna li qed nippruvaw inkunu Knisja fid-dar tagħna.
MOMORJI SBIEH TAL-HADD 25 GUNJU, 1967 Il-Parrocca tan-Nadur giet mgħollija ghad Dinjita ta' Bazilika Ritratt kortesija ta' Mario Muscat - Nadur
MEMORIES OF THE PAST IN NADUR Courtesy of Mario Muscat - Nadur
Mill lum c-centru tan-Nadur jerga jiehu ftit hajja meta mistennija jifthu certu hwienet. Dan wara li ghall-ahhar kwazi xahrejn kienu qed jifthu biss l-bank, spizeriji u hwienet tal-ikel, stationery u ironmongeries.
Nappellaw lil kulhadd biex xorta wahda jimxi mad-direttivi kollha tal-awtoritajiet tas-sahha u nirrispettaw lil xulxin.
The stripes flag to commemorate the Parish birthday in Nadur
Beautiful San Blas
By Mario Muscat
Canon Anton Meilaq passes away. Very much humble priest. RIP. http://www.nadurjana.com/in-memoriam.html Għadu kemm ħalliena l-Kan. Anton Meilak, mill-Parroċċa ta' San Pietru u San Pawl, in-Nadur, fl-età ta' 89 sena, li dan l-aħħar kien residenti fid-Dar tal-Kleru, Malta. Il-funeral tiegħu ser isir għada: l-Isqof Mario Grech ser jippresiedi waqt id-difna privata fiċ-Ċimiterju tan-Nadur. Agħtih, o Mulej, il-mistrieħ ta' dejjem.
NADUR IN PICTURES
By Mario Muscat Click on the pictures below to enlarge.
Nadur invokes Our Lady’s intercession Photo: Charles Spiteri
A 1689 painting depicting Our Lady breastfeeding Jesus has been placed near the main altar at St Peter and St Paul Basilica in Nadur to invoke Our Lady’s intercession against the COVID-19 pandemic. The painting, donated to the church on the occasion of the inauguration of the new parish in 1688, must have been commissioned by someone who most probably ex-perienced the 1675-1676 plague which left around 11,300 persons dead. However, Gozo, Lija and Mdina recorded no fatalities. Besides Our Lady, the painting depicts St Michael Archangel, St Roque and St Sebastian, and a lady on the bottom left-hand side, reciting the rosary. Since the Middle Ages, St Sebastian and St Roque were regarded as protectors from various epidemics, including the bubonic plague.
Old farm house in Upper Ramla
Photo by Mario Muscat
THE SHIELD OF THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Made by Chevalier Chancellor Joe Louis Meilak of the Grand Chapter of Malta. The shield will form part of the furniture in the Office of the Confraternity in Nadur, Gozo. Well done Chancellor Joe Louis Meilak. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL AND FRIENDS WE PRAY TO THE LORD
By Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master Greetings. Messages and prayers from our Reverend Chaplains
Dear All: What seems impossible to us Humans, prayers and supplications will rise like Incense before our merciful Father-God , because for God NOTHING is impossible.
May the Good Lord bless all Medical Teams to find a cure . One of the best prayers I would like to suggest is the Litany of the Saints.
I will keep all in my daily prayers.
Fr Francis Xavier Buhagiar PE Chaplain of the Confraternity St Peter and St. Paul MELBOURNE
Prayer to ask for help, comfort and salvation God the Father, Creator of the world, omnipotent and merciful, that for our love you have sent your Son into the world as a doctor of bodies and souls, look at your kids that at this difficult time of disorientation and consternation in many regions of Europe and the world turn to You in search of strength, salvation, and relief. Deliver us from sickness and fear, heals our patients, comforts his family members, gives wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the deceased. Don't abandon us in this time of trial, but deliver us from all evil. All this we ask of you, O Father who, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign for centuries. Amen. Santa Maria, Mother of health and hope, pray for us!
Bishops of Europe
Fr. Manuel Martins Chaplain of the Confraternity of St. Peter & St. Paul PORTUGAL
Litany of the Saints Lord, have mercy on us. CHRIST, have mercy on us. LORD, have mercy on us. CHRIST, hear us. CHRIST, graciously hear us. GOD, THE FATHER OF HEAVEN, have mercy on us. GOD THE SON, REDEEMER OF THE WORLD, have mercy on us. GOD THE HOLY GHOST, have mercy on us. HOLY TRINITY, ONE GOD, have mercy on us. HOLY MARY, pray for us. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, pray for us. HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS, pray for us. ST. MICHAEL, pray for us. ST. GABRIEL, pray for us. ST. RAPHAEL, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY ANGELS AND ARCHANGELS, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY ORDERS OF BLESSED SPIRITS, pray for us. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, pray for us. ST. JOSEPH, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, pray for us. ST. PETER, pray for us. ST. PAUL, pray for us. ST. ANDREW, pray for us. ST. JAMES, pray for us. ST. JOHN, pray for us. ST. THOMAS, pray for us. ST. JAMES, pray for us. ST. PHILIP, pray for us. ST. BARTHOLOMEW, pray for us. ST. MATTHEW, pray for us. ST. SIMON, pray for us. ST. THADDEUS, pray for us. ST. BARNABAS, pray for us. ST. LUKE, pray for us. ST. MARK, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY APOSTLES AND EVANGELIST, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY DISCIPLES OF OUR LORD, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY INNOCENTS, pray for us. ST. STEPHEN, pray for us. ST. LAWRENCE, pray for us. ST. VINCENT, pray for us. SS. FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN, pray for us. SS. JOHN AND PAUL, pray for us. SS. COSMOS AND DAMIAN, pray for us. SS. GERVASE AND PROTASE, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY MARTYRS, pray for us. ST. SYLVESTER, pray for us. ST. GREGORY, pray for us. ST. AMBROSE, pray for us. ST. AUGUSTINE, pray for us. ST. JEROME, pray for us. ST. MARTIN, pray for us. ST. NICHOLAS, pray for us. ST. ANTHONY, pray for us. ST. BENEDICT, pray for us. ST. BERNARD, pray for us. ST. DOMINIC, pray for us. ST. FRANCIS, pray for us. ST. MARY MAGDALEN, pray for us. ST. AGATHA, pray for us. ST. LUCY, pray for us. ST. AGNES, pray for us. ST. CECILIA, pray for us. ST. CATHERINE, pray for us. ST. ANASTASIA, pray for us.
San Koronatu fin-Nadur
Tissebbah in-nicca ta San Koronatu Martri li tinsab gewwa l-Bazilka tan-Nadur minn Mark Falzon.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Grand Chapter of Melbourne. Today, the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul organized its Annual BBQ to raise money for charity. As always, it was a very successful event and all the patrons were very happy. Thank you to all the volunteers who came to help yesterday and today. God bless you all. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master and the Supreme Council.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Our mission is to helping the poor in Peru. Medic by day, priest by night: a Gozitan missionary in the Amazon By John Paul Cordina.
Photo from left: Chevalier Joe Louis Meilak, Fr. Raymond Portelli and Chevalier Carmel Saliba presenting a donation to the mission in Peru.
What’s it like to be a doctor and a priest in one of the most remote cities on earth? Fr Raymond Portelli, a Gozitan priest who has called Peru his home for the past 26 years, recounted his experiences on 103 Malta’s Heart, on the programme Newsbook Hour presented by Fr Joe Borg. Fr Portelli is based in Iquitos, a city of around 400,000 people located in the Amazon basin. The city is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road: it is only accessible by river or air. Fr. Portelli is the parish priest of the St Martín de Porres parish, with a population of 18,000 people. Around a fifth of his parishioners are comfortably middle-class, but the vast majority are poor, with around a tenth living in extreme poverty. Households do have running water and electricity, but many live in simple wooden shacks on dirt roads. Due to the city’s isolation, job creation efforts are limited and unemployment is a significant problem. Many people try to eke out a living through fishing, agriculture or by selling trinkets on the streets of the city. Caring for the body and soul As the only priest in the parish – though a number of laypeople do help out – Fr Portelli seeks to look after his community’s pastoral needs. But he also identified another need: for healthcare. “I have always been interested in medicine, even before I joined the seminary,” he explains. Consequently, he obtained a dispensation from Gozo Bishop Nikol Cauchi to study medicine at Iquitos’ university part-time, and graduated as a medical doctor after nine years. He often sees patients at the parish, but notes that his parishioners clearly distinguish between his two roles. “They call me doctor by day, and father by night,” he notes. Helping out in the jungle Though he is based in the city, Fr Portelli regularly ventures outside the parish to provide religious and medical services to isolated communities along the Momón River, a small tributary of the Amazon. Travelling by speedboat to reach a series of tiny villages, with the most distant one 12 hours away, the priest encounters a completely different reality. These communities are virtually inaccessible most of the year, as a drop in water levels reduces the river to a muddy path, and are thus mostly self-reliant. People live in small huts with no doors – theft not being a concern in such an isolated place – in communities with no shops or facilities. Stocking up on medicines for the journey, Fr Portelli takes care of common ailments such as diabetes and malaria. If more serious health issues are identified, he offers to take patients to the city, but they often refuse, as they are unwilling to leave their families behind. Once all patients are treated, Fr Portelli holds a catechism session and celebrates mass, often illuminated by candlelight or kerosene lamps – electricity is unheard of so deep in the jungle. Though most are baptised Catholics, even non-Catholics attend mass out of respect. Living conditions may be harsh, but Fr Portelli also notes that there is a strong sense of community in these villages, with people helping each other out. Everyone knows everyone else, and everyone helps out whenever a new house is built. But every so often, village inhabitants try their luck in the city, effectively severing their ties with the community they grew up in. And as a result, they often feel lost among the city’s 400,000 inhabitants, struggling to fit in.
FLAG OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL
The flag of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul created by the Grand Master Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and put in details by Ross Sabatini.
The flag is now registered as a Trade Mark in the Australian Federal Government IP Australia. Our aim is that one day the flag will fly in St. Peter Paul Square in Nadur during the feast of Mnarja.
Nadurama Poezija ta' Peter Paul Vella
Ghana fic-Centru Kulturali Malti gewwa Melbourne, l' Awstralja
Kelinu Vella Haber (1913-2014) Imwieled fin-Nadur fl-1 ta’ Ottubru tal-1913, Kelinu, kif ħafna kienu jsibuh, kien wieħed mill-aktar Nadurin li taw sehem attiv fit-tiswir u t-tisħiħ tal-ilsien Malti matul is-seklu għoxrin. Kien edukat fisSeminarju t’Għawdex u wara filKulleġġ tal-Ġiżwiti f’Birkirkara. Għamel xi żmien novizz mas-Soċjetà Missjunarja ta’ San Pawl u kien hemm li ltaqa’ mal-poeta Karmenu Vassallo. Fost il-ħafna inizzjattivi siewja tiegħu favur il-Malti, huwa waqqaf ‘ix-Xirka għat-Tixrid tal-Ilsien Malti’, u miegħu kien hemm Anton Buttigieg, Ġużè Bonnici, Ġużè Chetcuti u Ġorġ Pisani, li nislu wkoll huwa min-Nadur. L-ewwel laqgħa saret fil-15 ta’ Jannar 1939. Fl-1940 Vella Haber waqqaf din ix-Xirka wkoll ġewwa n-Nadur u din ħadmet bis-sħiħ favur aktar edukazzjoni u tixrid tal-lingwa Maltija kif ukoll biex jinxtered il-litteriżmu. Dan għen lil ħafna żgħażagħ kif ukoll lill-isforzi favur l-emanċipazzjoni tal-mara. Ħeġġeġ ħafna żgħażagħ jibdew jiktbu u mbagħad il-kitba tagħhom kienet tinqara fuq irrediffusion. Fost iż-żgħażagħ li kienu msieħba u ffurmata fl-għaqda li waqqaf Kelinu nsibu persunaġġi bħal Guido De Marco, Charles Camilleri u Frans Ebejer. Kien ukoll membru għal xi żmien fl-Assemblea Nazzjonali tal-Gvern. Miet nhar it-28 ta’ Jannar 2014, fl-età ta’ 100 sena.1 Bħala rikonoxximent tal-ħimda tiegħu kien ingħata Ġieħ irRepubblika fl-1997 mill-President tar-Repubblika l-Eċċ. T. Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici.
Fost il-ħafna kitbiet tiegħu, in-Nadur kellu post prominenti. Forsi l-aktar li jispikkaw huma l-folkdrama ‘Nadurjana’ u l-poemett bl-istess isem: ‘Nadurjana’. Il-folkdrama ‘Nadurjana’ li huwa kiteb bħala rakkont f’650 vers joħroġ fil-beraħ il-karattru tan-Nadur u n-Nadurin, dejjem marbuta mal-baħar u mal-agrikultura. Dan kollu fl-isfond tal-istorja li tibda miż-żmien tal-qedem u li twaħħad fiha l-kult lejn San Pietru u San Pawl ma’ dak pagan. Dan irrakkont jimxi mbagħad maż-żmien tal-ħbit tal-furbani, tattwelid tal-parroċċa, taż-żmien li fih saru l-qniepen fl-1815, iċ-ċelebrazzjoni tal-Imnarja fil-Buskett, li inċidentalment qed tagħlaq tliet mitt sena (kien fl-1720, skont ma jikteb Giovanni Agius de Soldanis li l-Imnarja bdiet tiġi ċċelebrata b’dan il-mod fil-Buskett), għall-bini tal-knisja, it-tkabbir tagħha u l-leġġendi marbuta mar-raħal. Hawn se nagħti silta ċkejkna ħafna li anke toħroġ fil-beraħ il-kuntest li fiha nkitbet. Billi din il-folkdrama nkitbet għall-okkażjoni tal-festi triċentinarji mit-twaqqif tal-parroċċa fl-1688, u billi dak iż-żmien qamet il-kwistjoni pjuttost taħraq bejn in-Nadur u l-Qala dwar min minnhom kellu leġittimament jiċċelebra t-300 sena tiegħu, Vella Haber kiteb hekk:
‘In-Nadur kien sar parroċċa maqdes bnew in-Nadurin għax kien ġie Cocco Palmeri amar fis lil Bernardin knisja ibni mar amarlu f’dik il-wesgħa ta’ Nadur qim ġie’ fiha ’l Pietru u Pawlu sadattant aħraq il-bħur ġewwa l-Qala l-Kunċizzjoni fost il-poplu żomm l-unjoni.2
Fih ukoll dawn il-versi patrijottiċi: Jiddomina n-Nadur tagħna minn kull fejn tħares lejh kif mill-port ta’ Malta toħroġ dlonk jisraqlek dwal għajnejk!
Iktar ma qribu tersaq iktar ’il fuq jogħla u kien minħabba f’hekk li nħatar biex għall-Għawdxin ikun gardjola!
Il-widien u l-miġriet tiegħek il-għerien u l-bajjiet ismijiet ta’ nisel juru minn tal-eqdem żminijiet kif il-ġonna u l-kampanja it-triqat l-inħawi sbieħ ismijiet tal-qedem għandhom jixhdu nisel xiħ bis-sħiħ!
Għaċ-ċelebrazzjonijiet tas-sena tal-Fidi u tal-1900 sena mill-martirju ta’ San Pietru u San Pawl kienu saru festi kbar fin-Nadur, li l-Knisja Kolleġġjata tiegħu kienet għadha 2 Duminku Camilleri, 125 Sena Kkonsagrata. 125 Sena Bażilika, Vigilat 4, (Nadur 1992), 86-98.
hemm ġiet mgħollija għad-dinjità ta’ Bażilika Minuri. Waqt Akkademja mużiko-letterarja nhar il-Ħamis 27 ta’ Ġunju 1968 kienet inqrat il-peożija ta’ Vella Haber li ġġib l-istess isem ‘Nadurjana’. Dan huwa wkoll xogħol patrijottiku fuq l-istess temi ta’ dak imsemmi aktar ’il fuq:
Wiret in-Nadur fuqani l-isbaħ u l-ogħla fost kull panorama li jiflaħ joffri l-arċipelagu tagħna ... ... In-Nadur kiseb foħrija kiseb ġmiel u dija kiseb ruħ Nadurija mill-erwieħ tal-Għawdxin l-oħra.
3 Fost diversi poeżiji oħrajn li huwa kiteb dwar in-Nadur insibu għadd fil-ktieb ta’ Karm Caruana In-Nadur u t-Tempju Tiegħu Monumentali. ‘Il-Bajja ta’ San Blas’ li hija ddedikata lil Girgor Buttigieg ‘Naduri li għex u miet ta’ qaddis,’ u fiha jiddeskrivi l-bajja bħala ‘s-sebħ u l-kobor tan-Nadur,’ blistess stil romantiku ta’ poeti oħrajn ta’ qablu: ‘San Blas nitgħaxxaq bik: / Seħer il-ħajja nsibu kollu fik!’4
Imbagħad insibu wkoll diversi poeżiji oħrajn b’laqta patrijottika. Vella Haber kiteb ‘Il-Kanuni tan-Nadur’ bħala ‘tifkira tal-Professur Lazzru Pisani li Pitter ilMaqdes tan-Nadur.’ Fiha l-kanuni li xi darba kienu jisparaw fuq ‘il-misħut Nofs Qamar’ sabiex jiddefendu lir-reliġjon Nisranija, issa jinsabu sektin. Kanuni oħrajn ‘qniepen saru,’ b’referenza għall-manuvra li kien għamel il-kappillan Dun Anton Scasciato (1772-1834) fl-18151816 meta rnexxielu jakkwista kanuni bil-permess tal Gvernatur Sir Thomas Maitland (1760-1824) sabiex jagħmilhom qniepen ġodda.5 F’ ‘Żernieq il-Maqdes tanNadur’ iddedikata bħala ‘Bukkett qronfol lill-Professur F.S. Sciortino’, il-poeta jibda mill-leġġenda tal-bini talKnisja meta Girgor għabba l-ħmara bil-ġebel u fejn din waqfet, allura nbniet din il-binja u jinfexx f’ħafna tifħir:
Maqdes gwapp ħafna n-Nadur inbena Nixxiegħa sar tal-ogħla sebħ u faħar; Ġieħ dan il-maqdes jiktor, le jinfena.
6 Fuq laqta reliġjuża, fil-poeżija ‘Luminaria Magna’, ‘B’tifkira u żżih il-ħajr lill-Artista Piju Cellini’, Vella Haber jeżalta lil San Pietru u San Pawl fil-ġrajjiet ta’ Attila s-Salvaġġ. Kienu huma li ‘ħarġu għalih bil-qilla, / ħanqu lill-għadu bir-rabtiet tal-lġiem.’ Hekk ukoll ‘aħna nirbħu żgur ... il-Kruċjata Mqaddsa ...’ Dan kollu bit-tarka tal-Imnarja, voldieri tażżewġt idwal li huma San Pietru u San Pawl.7
Anke fix-xogħol tiegħu ‘Quddiem San Koronatu Martri. Fit-Tempju Monumentali tan-Nadur,’ Kelinu jinseġ għanja ta’ tifħir lil dan il-bniedem li sa minn żmien ilu n-Nadurin qisuh bħala Kon-Patrun tagħhom flimkien ma’ San Pietru u San Pawl:
L-osservazzjoni li jagħmel meta jikteb li ‘mhux ta’ b’xejn b’ismek imgħammda / ħafna wlied minn tan-Nadur!’ kienet tapplika b’mod tajjeb għall-1953 meta dehret din il-poeżija ppubblikata, iżda llum iż-żminijiet inbidlu u huma ftit jekk xejn, dawk it-tfal Nadurin li jiġu msemmija għal San Koronatu. Jolqtok ukoll kif Vella Haber jitratta mal-fatt li ma nafu xejn dwar dan il-korp, iżda hu joħroġ b’dan: ‘Aktar m’Int mostur u moħbi, / aktar fostna sirt magħruf ...’ U tassew għaliex f’dawn iż-żminijiet li fih kien qed jikteb San Koronatu kien għad għandu ħafna popolarità fin-Nadur, xi ħaġa li bħal dik tal-ismijiet, illum ixxejnet ukoll.
3 Duminku Camilleri, 200 Sena mit-Twelid ta’ l-E.T. Mons. M. Buttigieg. 100 Sena Arċipretali, Vigilat 5, (Nadur 1993), 94-95. 4 Karm Caruana, In-Nadur u t-Tempju Tiegħu Monumentali, (Nadur 1953), 23.
5 Ibid., 120 6 Ibid., 125 7 Ibid., 133. Kelinu Vella Haber jingħata ġieħ mill-Akkademja tal-Malti f'għeluq il-mitt sena tiegħu - 2013 Storja, Kultura u Attwalità36
'In-Nadur' Poezija ta' Patri Mattew Sultana
Jekk f’sidri nħoss nifs qawwi, Jekk bqajt sal-lum bil-ferħ qalbi trid tfur, Ngħid li mill-arja, mid-dehriet ta’ seħer U l-ħlewwa tan-Nadur.
Fejn il-ħolqien jitbissem Kont nilmaħ qalb dawk l-oqsma, żara’ u ħdura; Widien, għoljiet, siġar tal-frott fejn tħares; Kemm xtaqtni ma ġejtx lura!
X’jiem hienja! X’jiem ta’ seħer, F’raħal sabiħ, f’ġenna tal-art qattajt! Sirt naf in-nies, tħabbibt, ħabbejt, ħabbewni; Nies bħalhom, ftit, jekk rajt! Sal-lum bqajt nistħajjilni
Inħoss il-fewġa tonfoħ f’dawk l-ibruħ, Tmelles fuq wiċċi u fuq uċuh ir-raba’ U nħossha ‘ttini r-ruħ. U għalkemm minkejja fija
Tlaqt f’qasir żmien u ’l min sirt naf ħallejt, Ġmiel in-natura mżiegħed f’dawk l-inħawi U r-raħal qatt ma nsejt. Għax dawn in-nies dħulija ...
Maqdes San Pietru Pawl, ġmiel kull fejn tmur, Ħallewni noħlom b’dawk il-jiem mgħoddija F’dil-‘Ġenna ta’ Nadur’.
Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi receives Gieh in-Nadur 23 November, 2019
Members of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul of the Grand Chapter of Malta, during the presentation of Gieh in Nadur to Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi Deputy Chancellor.
Photo from left: Chevalier Adonai Camilleri Cauchi, Dame Marlene Muscat, Chevalier Carmel Saliba, Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi, Chevalier Chancellor Joseph Louis Meilak, Brother Matthias Mercieca and Dame Veronica Camilleri Cauchi.
Message from the Grand Master H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli
Photo: The Secretary Chevalier Carmel Saliba is reading the message from the Grand Master for the presentation of Gieh in Nadur to Chevalier Deputy Chancellor Michael Camilleri Cauchi.
The Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and the Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul is very honoured to have Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi one of its own.
He has been a very dedicated and honourable member of our Confraternity. He is always ready to give advice to help our Confraternity to achieve more.
We are very happy to say that on Tuesday this week, we donated $10,000 to the Royal Women’s Hospital - Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The money was raised from a Fund Raising Lunch we had last month and some donations from individuals and sponsors.
This year we donated others sums of money to the Australian Farmers who were suffering from drought-ravaged part of the State of Victoria and to our missions in Peru.
Our Confraternity is still small but it’s making a big impact to help those in need.
We like to Congratulate Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi, on receiving the honour Gieh in-Nadur 2019.
God bless you.
H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
Gozo Channel ship damaged after crashing into pier - MinisterMonday, 25 November 2019, Gozo Channel is operating with only two ships after one of the ferries was damaged today due to the strong winds and rough seas, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana told Parliament. It had already been announced that the MV Nikolaus, which was leased by the company to operate as a fourth vessel, was to undergo repair work that will last till mid-December. The company was operating with three vessels until this morning when one of the remaining three ships was damaged and needs repair work.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Melbourne. Australia. By Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master
On Tuesday 19 November, 2019 the Members of the Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul made a generous donation of $10,000 to the Royal Women's Hospital - Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
Every year more than1,600 babies who are born sick or prematurely are cared for by the specialist NICU team at the Women's.
The money was raised from a Lunch organised by theGrand Chapter of Melbourne on the 13 of October, 2019.
The Supreme Council has agreed to donate money to the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital at the Good Friday Appeal.
Photo from left: Chevalier Saverio Greto, Dame Gail Vas, Dame Carmela Barbaro, Chevalier Vincenzo Galtieri. H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master presenting the cheque to Sue Jacobs Deputy Clinical Director - Neonatal Paediatrician, Laura Bignell Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Dame Angela Greto and Dame Mimma Sabatini.
The Most Respected Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul. Grand Chapter of Malta. Address: December 13 Street. Nadur, Gozo. 22 September, 2019
Congratulations to our Members in Malta for doing such a great job in helping the poor in Peru. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
The mission of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul is to help the poor and the sick
HELPING THE POOR IN PERU
Yesterday Bishop Giovanni Cefai a missionary priest in Peru celebrated Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nadur. After the Mass the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul donated money to his mission. Thanks to the Supreme Council of the Confraternity in Melbourne and the Grand Chapter of Nadur for the money. Thanks also to Mons. Jimmy Xerri Parish Priest of Nadur for his support.
This was the second time that the Confraternity donated money to missions in Peru in the last couple of months.
God bless His Excellency Bishop Giovanni Cefai for his work to help the poor and the sick.
God bless the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
Dahlet Qorrot Bay from Sopu Tower in San Blas Nadur, Gozo. Malta.
Nadur Bailica Church from San Blas
Sopu Tower built in 1667 by the Knights of Malta
Sopu Tower is situated on the cliffs between St. Blas and Dahlet Qorrot bays in Nadur.
Black statue of St. Peter on the throne
I saw this statue while visiting the church of St Anselm and St Cecilia Roman Catholic church in Kingsway, Holborn, London.
Just like the one in Rome and Nadur.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Nadur. Gozo. A meeting of the Confraternity was held in the Nadur Council Board Room on Monday 24th June where two newly Knights were appointed by Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP of the Confraternity of the Knights of St Peter and Paul. These are Chev Joe M. Attard of Rabat Gozo and Chev Joe Meilaq. Congratulations. Photos Copyright Carmel Saliba 24.6.19.
After the meeting of the Confraternity of the Knights of St Peter and Paul we attended for the 25th Anniversary Mass of Fr Raymond Portelli at Nadur Basilica. Donations to Fr Raymond were presented to be used in his mission in Peru. Congratulations to Fr Raymond. Photos Copyright Carmel Saliba 24.6.19.