Updated 1245 – Mid-Day Briefing
Zero tolerance approach to car mileage scam, Govt says
The government will be adopting a “zero tolerance” for consumer rackets like the alleged car mileage scam reported in recent days. Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that the country “takes cases like these very seriously” but said it was still too early to discuss potential compensation for scam victims.
“The consumer should never be treated this way. We have zero tolerance for such cases,” Farrugia Portelli added, as angry second-hand car owners demand answers after finding out their cars had their odometers rigged. Rokku and Tal-Qasab, two auto sellers, are being investigated by the police on suspicion of tampering with odometers and falsifying documentation in order to import second-hand cars from Japan.
43% of youth claim to have accessed pirated content
According to an EU agency, 43 percent of Maltese youngsters aged 15 to 24 had deliberately accessed pirated content in the previous 12 months, the highest figure in the European Union. According to a survey conducted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on attitudes toward piracy and counterfeiting, 21% of EU citizens have accessed pirated content. Sixty percent of European adolescents have never used, played, downloaded, or streamed pirated content, which includes using, playing, downloading, or streaming anything from unauthorized sources.
On Wednesday, health officials reported 102 new cases of Covid-19. In the meantime, 104 persons have recovered from the infection, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,387. In the last 24 hours, 1,029 swab tests were performed, yielding a positive percentage of 9.9%.
Corruption is society’s woodworm – Archbishop
In a strong message against corruption Archbishop Charles Scicluna spoke at length on the importance of justice, insisting that this cannot be achieved if “things are concealed”. He described corruption as “the country’s woodworm, beautiful on the outside and rotten on the inside”. In a not-so-veiled remark at recent happenings in Parliament, Scicluna said that “light also means that people are also held accountable by Parliament. It is unacceptable to appear in front of a Parliamentary committee and take everyone for a ride by not answering questions and bringing up a thousand excuses. That is not the light that Jesus Christ wants for our country.” (Newsbook)
43-year-old passes away after home accident
A 43-year-old man died on Tuesday after falling around two storeys while carrying out maintenance works on stairs at his house in Żejtun. The police said the accident happened in Triq id-Dejma at 9.15am. The victim was later identified as psychiatric nurse Shawn Curmi, also a past football player and coach with Żejtun Corinthians. Tributes poured on social media from friends and relatives. Curmi is a father of two. (Times of Malta)
Two in hospital after Gozo accident
Two people were hospitalised after a traffic accident involving a pick-up truck and a crane in Gozo on Tuesday morning. Police said in a statement that the accident happened at around 9am in Triq l-Imgarr in Xewkija, Gozo. Preliminary investigations on site showed that the accident was between a Tadano TR301 crane which was being driven by a 37-year-old man from Ghajnsielem and an Isuzu KB which was being driven by a 48-year-old German man. (The Malta Independent)