Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

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Good morning,

Your morning briefing with the headlines from Malta, Europe and around the world.

These are the headlines from Malta’s newspaper front-pages.

The Malta Independent investigates the case of a Malta-registered boat found abandoned off Libya by the country’s authorities. The chartering company told the paper that third parties were involved in the gas and oil sector and the boat was used for logistics purposes.

The Times quotes the CEO of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services Alfred Grixti who warned that labour exploitation has become the new form of slavery in Malta. Grixti was addressing a seminar on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The Malta Independent reports that the Planning Authority approved an application for the development of the Ħal Ferħ holiday complex. The culture watchdog said that most of the structures on the site do not represent heritage value worth preserving.

The Times carries a story about a decision by the Public Contracts Review Board declaring Malta Air Travel a private company exempt from public procurement rules. Malta Air Travel is a government-owned company funded by a €72 million budget from public funds.

L-Orizzont says that the General Workers Union is demanding that government  offers compensation to workers, pensioners, and other people who will be negatively affected by the increase in fuel prices.

In-Nazzjon follows the announcement of the rise in fuel prices and says that the new rates are similar to what they were eight years ago, when oil prices were twice as much. The paper criticises the government for its silence on the matter.

L-Orizzont speaks to Sedqa clinical director George Grech who said that cocaine is ‘no longer the drug of the rich.’ Dr Grech expressed concerns that the substance is also being more widely used by teenagers.

In-Nazzjon covers a meeting between the PN Leader and the Commonwealth Secretary General. In other stories: a Chinese billionaire carrying a Maltese passport is implicated in a fraud case; and terrorists who killed a Maltese man in Somalia have been sentenced to death.

In other news…

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Rwanda reopens border with DR Congo

No-deal Brexit would cause 139,000 job losses in Italy

Several small blasts in Bangkok

Amanda Knox blasts recent Italian media coverage about her

Saudi Arabia ends restrictions on women traveling alone

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