Work-life balance rules ‘just tick-box exercise’, NGOs say / Malta News Briefing – Friday 5 August 2022

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Times of Malta says the number of traffic accidents has increased by almost a fifth from last year, according to national statistics.

MaltaToday says Joseph Gavin will be stepping down from chief executive officer at Malta’s financial regulator for health reasons, the authority announced on Friday.

Newsbook says broadcaster and activist Peppi Azzopardi called for an inquiry into what the Constitutional Court ruled as “inhumane and degrading” treatment of an inmate by the previous Corradino Correctional Facility administration under the stewardship of Colonel Alex Dalli.

TVM says that the Police are investigating the discovery of a dead man in Żejtun.

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Work-life balance rules ‘just tick-box exercise’, NGOs say: In a letter to the parliamentary secretary responsible, Andy Ellul, nine organisations supporting parental rights, workers’ rights, and gender equality demanded broader consultation on the implementation of the EU Directive on work-life balance. Malta’s new rules went into effect in early August, but only transposed the bare minimum of the EU Directive. The organisations insisted that the new rules will not allow Maltese workers to successfully combine work with family and care responsibilities, citing the three years of behind-closed-doors negotiations that preceded the rules.

‘Something was missing’, ex-Enemalta board member says on Electrogas vote: Lara Boffa, a former Enemalta board member, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that she could not vote in favour of the decision to award the power station contract to the Electrogas consortium “hand on heart.” Boffa confirmed that she was the only member of the utilities provider’s board to vote against awarding the contract to Electrogas during a marathon three-hour hearing before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

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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Church turns surplus in 2021
The Archdiocese of Malta reported a €3.4 million surplus in 2021, buoyed by an APS Bank dividend, after a one-year gap. The Archdiocese, which includes more than 100 entities and employs more than 1,340 persons, presented the financial report for 2021. It said the surplus was a result of the receipt of the APS Bank dividend, income from proceeds from the disposal of property, and an increase in parish collections. During a press conference, Administrative Secretary Michael Pace Ross said that “the surplus registered in 2021 will be helping the Church continue its work during this year, in particular when one takes into consideration the instability in the financial markets caused by inflation and the war in Ukraine, (Maltatoday)

Police say Muscat died from heart failure

The premature death of Karl Muscat, the prosecutor at the Attorney General’s office continues to reverberate in the media and beyond. The police yesterday revealed that a medical examination showed that the body “had no signs of violence on it or any other signs of injuries which could indicate that he defended himself from any aggression.” It found that Muscat died of cardio-respiratory failure and further tests will now determine what triggered that heart failure. The prosecutor had worked and was still working on a number of high-profile cases, included investigations related to Yorgen Fenech and the More Supermarket saga. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 update: There were 64 new cases of Covid-19 reported on Thursday as the number of active cases now stands at 1,201.

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