Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing and News Review – Saturday 11th May 2019

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Good morning,

This is your morning briefing for Saturday, with a review of the main news from Malta, Europe and the world.

Latest News

At least 50 migrants die off the coast of Tunisia after their boat capsized

Iran could target U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers, the U.S. Maritime Administration said on Friday, as a senior Iranian cleric said a U.S. Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile.”

The UN Security Council called for warring Libyan parties to recommit to political talks and agree to a ceasefire as a month-long offensive on the capital showed no signs of ending.

Italian police capture gunman suspected of shooting 4-yr-old

Maltese web-portal Newsbook is reporting that 85 migrants were saved by an AFM  Maltese patrol boat during the night and are expected to be brought to Malta in the coming hours.

Pete Buttigieg, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Presidential election in 2020, continues to ramp up support amongst the American electorate

Reuters reports that Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website praising Israel.

Greece’s left-wing government late Friday won a confidence vote called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nearly two weeks before European Parliament elections.


NewsPaper Review


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

The Times quotes President George Vella who called for a review of working conditions in the construction industry. The President said that workers’ health should not be sacrificed for the interests of their employers.

The Malta Independent leads with the unveiling of the national strategy against single-use plastics. The consultation document proposes the banning of plastic confetti and balloon releases in public events by 2020, among other measures.

The Times carries a story about plans to increase the Ta’ Qali park by 200,000 square metres. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that an area used as a concrete factory will be transformed into open space for families.

L-Orizzont also covers the announcement by the Prime Minister who described the project as the largest open space in the country, effectively doubling the park in Ta’ Qali in size. The paper says government is investing €20 million to convert the site.

The Malta Independent asks Education Minister Evarist Bartolo whether parents whose children are still on the free transport waiting-list will receive any compensation. The minister said that there are currently no plans for that.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who said that the Nationalist Party is working on a European masterplan to fight cancer. Delia said that the party has already spoken to the EPP’s spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber who welcomed the proposal.

L-Orizzont reveals that Palm Village in Libya, which is led by ‘Maltese interests’, will remain open despite the internationally-recognised government ordering the suspension of some 40 foreign companies from the country.

In-Nazzjon says that 10 of 14 Labour Party candidates for the MEP elections failed to answer a survey by Life Network Malta about their positions on abortion. The paper says that the Nationalist Party candidates declared their opposition to abortion, surrogacy, and euthanasia.


Other Stories

News Headline

The US is sending a Patriot air defence missile system and a warship to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran.

900 children involved in fight against Boko Haram freed by pro-government militias in Nigeria.



Macron demands more from Facebook in combatting hate speech

David and Victoria Beckham have acquired full ownership of the footballer’s brand company, buying out the minority stake held by Simon Fuller, their longtime business partner and creator of the American Idol talent show.

Uber began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Friday at $42 per share, below its IPO price of $45.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, has come under fire over a proposal to change the structure of the Champions League that would ensure the richest clubs are likelier to play each season in one of the sport’s most valuable and prestigious tournaments.

A Montenegro court has sentenced 14 people including two Russian military intelligence officers, two Montenegrin opposition leaders, nine Serbian citizens and another Montenegrin to up to 15 years in prison after they were found guilty of attempting to overthrow the Montenegrin government in 2016.


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