Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

These are the headlines on Malta’s newspapers.

Business Today publishes an interview with Hotels and Restaurants Association president Tony Zahra who said there may be over 3.000 unregistered holiday apartments in Malta. Zahra said that while the number of tourists to Malta increased between January and May, hotel stays decreased.

The Malta Business Weekly leads with a UK investigation into a business relationship between De la Rue and South Sudan. The Serious Fraud Office suspects corruption has taken place in the dealings. The British company said it would collaborate with the probe.

The Times says that John Paul Charles Woods had already been questioned by the police in connection with the disappearance of his then girlfriend Charlene Farrugia, in 2008, but raised no suspicions. Investigators are still trying to establish a motive behind the killing.

The Malta Independent leads with a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister that Ministers Konrad Mizzi, Edward Scicluna, and Chris Cardona, will not be suspended pending the magisterial inquiry into the hospitals deal with Vitals Global Healthcare.

The Times asks Justice Minister Owen Bonnici on the status of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia requested by the Council of Europe. Minister Bonnici said government will seek legal advice on the matter before taking any decisions.

The Malta Business Weekly carries a statement by the Financial Services Authority dismissing claims that Emirate Coin Tech is a Malta-registered company. The paper says the cryptocurrency runs investment methods ‘reminiscent of a Ponzi Scheme’.

The Malta Independent speaks to Douglas Salt, president of the Estate Agents Division within the Malta Developers Association, who said that estate agents should never be appointed to the Planning Authority board.

L-Orizzont announces the nomination of Equalities Minister Helena Dalli as Malta’s next EU Commissioner by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Meanwhile, Edward Zammit Lewis will be installed Minister for EU Affairs.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who said he wants a young, alive and enthusiastic party that is ready to change the country. Interviewed on Net TV, Delia reminded that next year the party will celebrate its 140th anniversary.

L-Orizzont says that the General Workers Union reached an agreement with MCF Malta Limited to offer its employees discounted rates on dentistry services with a private operator. GWU president Josef Bugeja said the union is promoting new services not necessarily related to industrial actions.

In-Nazzjon says that just under 1,500 members in the PN General Council are eligible to participate in Saturday’s confidence vote in leader Adrian Delia. 500 councillors have already cast their votes in early voting on Wednesday.

L-Orizzont carries a story about an Italian woman who was kidnapped in Floriana by two men from Somalia and driven to Ħal Far where she was repeatedly raped. The case happened in 2013 and the men were sentenced to six months in jail.

Other headlines: 

Pilot killed in Alps plane crash ‘was on trip of a lifetime’ to Malta

North Korea fires ‘short-range missiles’ into sea

Italian government wins confidence vote

Libyan authorities released the crew of seized Italian-flagged trawler

German daycares under police protection after plans to stop serving pork

Boris Johnson’s new-look cabinet to meet for first time

‘Hyper-cautious’ Mueller evidence results in political stalemate

Tunisia president hospitalised once more

Alitalia strike set for Friday moved to September 6



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