UPDATE – Suspect in fatal hit-and-run Żejtun case arrested / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 6 August 2022

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Update – 1600hA 21-year-old Birżebbuġa resident suspected to have been the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run on Friday has been arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run incident which took place in Zejtun on Friday. The police said that the Major Crimes Unit and the Zejtun district identified the car and driver which hit and killed Antoine Degabriele, 51, in Anton Buttigieg Road. The driver, aged 21, was arrested on Saturday morning. The car, a Mazda Demio, was found in a garage in Zabbar.

Updated – 1200 Mid-Day Briefing

Prosecutor’s brother quashes conspiracy theories on lawyer’s death

The brother of prosecutor Karl Muscat has sought to dispel conspiracy theories concerning the untimely death of the young lawyer. “I know what the people are saying… the conspiracy theories. I don’t believe this,” Luke Muscat said on Friday. According to media reports, it was him who alerted the police after finding the lifeless body at his Swieqi apartment. A medical team tried to revive Muscat but was shortly after pronounced dead on site. (Times of Malta)

NGO calls for Minimum Income Mechanism

Anti-Poverty Forum Malta called for the introduction an adequate minimum income mechanism, rather than an adequate minimum wage. In a statement, the Forum said that Malta cannot implement a one size fits all system, when adapting the EU Adequate Minimum Wage directive. MEPs and EU Member States have reached a provisional deal for a European directive that will guarantee adequate minimum wages in the EU. (Maltatoday)

VisitMalta renews Man Utd sponsorship deal

Malta will be tying its name again with English club Manchester United, with the country renewing its deal to be the official destination partner of the club. It is estimated that United have over one billion followers around the globe. Through this partnership agreement, the VisitMalta brand will benefit from strong exposure during the Club’s home matches and digital marketing channels, social media and on printed media worldwide. (Independent)

Morning Briefing

61% of Maltese businesses increased selling prices: According to a Central Bank of Malta report published yesterday, 61% of Maltese businesses raised their prices in the second quarter of this year. Noting that Maltese businesses continue to be adversely affected by supply-chain disruptions and cost pressures, which have remained elevated in the second quarter of the year, the Central Bank report said most companies were impacted by the war in Ukraine, mostly by higher import prices.

MFSA CEO will step down: Joseph Gavin will be stepping down from chief executive officer at Malta’s financial regulator for health reasons, the authority announced on Friday. Gavin was appointed to the role in July last year on a package reportedly worth €160,000. The Malta Financial Services Authority said Gavin will be stepping down later this year.

Covid-19 update: There were 50 new cases of Covid-19 as the number of active cases now stands at 1,079. No new deaths were reported by the health authorities.

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