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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT/COVID19 SUNDAY • 22 NOVEMBER 2020 • ISSUE 1099 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY PAGE 5 STATELY WAR Strickland heirs in court feud over €23 million Villa Bologna estate PAGES 8-9 CABINET RESHUFFLE Abela reconfigures team Failing on integration COVID-19 costs ministers posts in Abela reshuffle MATTHEW VELLA ROBERT Abela has reshuffled his Cabinet eleven months into his premiership, and it is clear that COVID-10 has cost his min- isters their portfolios, and in one case, his job. Silvio Parnis is out, losing his parliamen- tary secretariat for the elderly after an out- break of coronavirus inside homes for the elderly raised questions on his ability to marshal a strategy to protect elderly pa- tients. Owen Bonnici is effectively demoted 'sideways', losing the education portfolio after delays in school opening procedures due to coronavirus protocols, and instead is made minister of a new research and in- novation ministry. However, this ministry will still be tasked to harness a post-COV- ID-19 strategy. And Julia Farrugia Portelli also takes the fall after a summer opening many blamed for a spike in COVID-19 cases, with her tourism portfolio passed on to former jun- ior minister Clayton Bartolo. Farrugia Portelli is now minister for in- clusion and quality of life, with parliamen- tary secretary Clifton Grima within her ministry, responsible for sports, recrea- tion and NGOs. PAGE 2 INTERVIEW MT2 Air Malta accounts still unpublished as new State aid bid beckons GWU boss Josef Bugeja: we're all workers, whether Maltese or not MT2 INTERVEW WE KNOW HOW TO SHOWCASE YOUR PROPERTY We have what it takes to turn your property into the star of the show - so you can sell fast. For more info visit The great, the good, the giant of Maltese literature Oliver Friggieri 1947-2020 PG3 PHOTO: RAY ATTARD €1.95 maltatoday Will we be able to celebrate Christmas under COVID? 6 Justyne Caruana returns to Cabinet as education minister, Sivio Parnis loses job after faltering role over virus outbreak in elderly homes PAGE 4 PAUL COCKS AIR Malta has refrained from publishing its accounts for the financial year ending 2019, with over seven months elaps- ing since the national airline's annual appointment with the press. The national airline usually publishes its annual figures in April. In February 2020, Mal- taToday had revealed that Air Malta's journey to sustainable finances had once again been hampered by a year in which operational losses had climbed to €30 million. But that was the figure right before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the in- ternational travel industry, grounding all airplanes, and contributing to well over €100 million in losses for the belea- guered airline.

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