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2 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 8 NOVEMBER 2020 NEWS Delivery fee of just €1 per day for orders up to 5 newspapers per address To subscribe 1. Email us your choice of newspapers, recipient's name, address, contact number to production 2. Forward cheques payable to Miller Distributors Ltd on address: Miller House, Airport Way, Tarxien Road, Luqa LQA1814 Queries on other news- papers and magazines, production@ maltatoday Same-day delivery of your favourite Sunday newspaper Monday-Friday MaltaToday Midweek • €1 BusinessToday • €1.50 Sunday MaltaToday • €1.95 ILLUM • €1.25 Support your favourite newspaper with a subscription CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the latter ministry held by Sil- vio Schembri. But the Prime Minister's pro- crastination has raised anxiety in his Cabinet, as ministers who confided with this newspaper said they were expected a re- shuffle over the weekend right after the end of the Budget de- bates in the House. One minister who spoke to MaltaToday joked that the waiting game had made "every- one working in some ministeri- al secretariat an expert on Cab- inet configurations." "Now that we are waiting for a reshuffle, everyone is assessing each other according to who is the weakest and the strongest: the best performing ministers are going nowhere, while some juniors are going to get bumped up, and that means that Abela wants to prune non-perform- ers." One other minister com- mented wryly on the anxiety inside the Cabinet. "Many are unsure as to whether their ca- reers will be coming to an end there and then. You can hear them crow about their every single achievement now that they fear the chop..." A source close to the prime minister told MaltaToday Abe- la is mapping out the best com- bination possible for a dynamic team. "He has a set of policies he wants implemented before go- ing in for a general election, so he is going to pick the best placed ministers to help him deliver those policies, and he wants to steer clear of the prob- lems that plagued ministers in the previous administration." But Abela has also been warned against sowing resent- ment inside constituencies who could feel disenfranchised if their MP loses their ministe- rial portfolio. One member of a ministerial secretariat told MaltaToday: "He cannot forget that at district level, a minister also means having a stronger connection to the constituents. Ministers who have forged a close connection with the dis- trict might not be easily dis- posed of." Speculation is also rife about the replacement for head of secretariat. Two names put forward by Cabinet ministers were the deputy commander of the Armed Forces, Mark Mall- ia. Abela is said to have a posi- tive rapport with Mallia, much like his predecessor Joseph Muscat had with Brigadier Jef- frey Curmi, who is the AFM commander. The other possi- ble candidate has been young lawyer Ian Borg, who however appears to have settled into a consultancy role at the Office of the Prime Minister rather than the round-the-clock job of head of secretariat. On Friday, the Labour par- liamentary group also faced a reinvigorated Bernard Grech, whose speech at the end of the OPM budgetary vote presented a new face to the Opposition. "His rhetoric was clear, straight to the point, pugnacious... he allowed himself to put his hand in his pocket just to show off his ease," one minister told MaltaToday. "Abela's choic- es for the Cabinet are aimed at neutralising criticism of his government's performance." Vacancy for the post of 2 Operativ General Hand (II) (Scale 18) with the San Pawl il-Baħar Local Council Permit number 344520/344521 POST OF Operative GENERAL HAND (GROUP II) Nomenclatures denoting the male gender include also the female gender. 1.Terms and Conditions 1.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months. 1.2 The salary for the post of General Hand (Group II) is Salary Scale 18 which in year 2020 is at a maximum of €13,398 per annum. 1.3 The candidate should be 18 years of age by the closing date of this call. More information regarding the duties and eligibility requirements related to this post may be acquired through sending a request by email sent to or call on 21585888. Applications along with a copy of the Identity Card and other related documents will be accepted by post, email San Pawl il-Bahar Local Council at Local Councils sanpawlil- or by hand at San Pawl il-Baħar Local Council not later than 20/11/2020. Executive Secretary San Pawl il-Baħar Local Council Triq San Pawl San Pawl il-Baħar. Persons interested in this post are obliged to attend for an interview. ONE man has died and 146 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Malta over the past 24 hours, the Health Authorities have announced. Yesterday, the health de- partment announced that a 92-year-old man was the latest victim of the disease. 74 COV- ID-19 patients have died and 5,000 people have recovered from the disease since the start of the pandemic. Information released by the Health Ministry shows that there were 168 recoveries, bringing the total of active cas- es to 1,965. Yesterday's cases are still being investigated, but from those reported yesterday, 19 were family members of known cases, 17 were work colleagues, 11 were direct contact cases and 7 were contracted from so- cial gatherings. COVID-19 deaths at 74, active cases 1,965 Ministers kept guessing over fates

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