Father of two dies following fall during house works in Zejtun / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 7 June 2022

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News Update

Mid-Day Briefing

A man has died in Zejtun after he fell around two storeys while carrying out some maintenance inside a residence. The man has been named as Shawn Curmi, a father of two.  Curmi was a Psychiatric Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital, and his social media was awash with tributes from those who knew him and those who had worked with him. Police shared the tragic news on Tuesday in a statement, saying that they were informed of the accident at around 9:15am inside a residence in Triq id-Dejma in Zejtun. Independent

Speaker wants shorter speeches in the House

Parliament Speaker e Anġlu Farrugia suggested revisiting the working hours of Malta’s parliament in his Sette Giugno speech. Farrugia suggested three ideas during his speech in front of the Sette Giugno monument in Valletta, namely reducing debating time in parliament, revisiting the operating hours of the parliament, while introducing a citizen’s right of reply mechanism. “Given the increase in number of Members of Parliament who have the right to speak on any motion, bill or other matters, I believe that we should amend the relative Standing Orders of the House of Representatives as soon as possible, so as to reduce the maximum time allotted for interventions. I have no doubt that Members can make their argument in 20 minutes or less,” Farrugia said. (Maltatoday)

No more pets in supermarkets

Despite precautions to assure safety and hygiene, pet owners will no longer be able to take their animals with them while shopping for food, as health authorities have begun cracking down on shops, warning that it is prohibited. Supermarket owners are concerned that the sudden crackdown may result in a reaction from once satisfied consumers who are accustomed to being accompanied by their pets. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update

93 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by health authorities on Tuesday. 98 people meanwhile have recovered from the virus, meaning that the number of active cases currently stands at 1,389. (Newsbook)

Morning Briefing

Former MGA executive and gaming consultant planned business deal, court hears

According to a WhatsApp conversation between former MGA executive Jason Farrugia and gaming consultant Iosif Galea, someone “inside the police corps” had been tipped to ensure that no action would be taken if investigators discovered the alleged data breach at the authority. This was revealed in court on Monday as the trial of former chief technical officer Jason Farrugia and his wife Christine for money laundering began.

Bernard Grech uneasy with genetic testing of embryos

Bernard Grech has intimated that the Nationalist Party may not accept the government’s planned reforms to the law governing in-vitro fertilization, which include embryo genetic testing. The PN leader remarked on TVM News Plus’ Xtra that there were adjustments he agreed with, some that needed to be changed, and others “that I do not like.” “Some amendments are not necessarily linked to IVF and how we can assist couples have children but what is being proposed is the selection embryos; the selection of life,” Grech, hinting at genetic testing of embryos that is being proposed by the government as an integral part of the IVF treatment in cases of known serious hereditary diseases and disorders.

Covid-19 Update: Health authorities reported 62 new coronavirus cases on Monday. With 60 recoveries the number of known active cases stands at 1,394.

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