LIVE – FATF Press Conference / Malta News Briefing – Friday 17 June 2022

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Times of Malta says a man has been accused in court of commissioning two ‘hitmen’ to attack the 62-year-old father of his ex-wife as he went for a jog along the Sliema seafront. 

MaltaToday says the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has officially confirmed that Malta has been taken off the greylist.

Newsbook says the Chamber of Advocates said magistrate Yana Micallef Stafrace overreacted in her reprimand of two lawyers for “kissing during a court sitting” and described her actions as “disproportionate” and “intolerable.”

TVM says Prime Minister Robert Abela visited a local eight million euro investment in a new lido on the Gżira Waterfront.

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Dairy products to increase again in price: Consumers are to expect an increase in dairy products, with the exception of fresh milk. The company behind Malta’s milk products, Benna, said that the increases will compensate herdsmen for their growing expenses. Costs are expected to increase across the board, from yoghurt to creams and cheeses – and Malta Dairy Products is in the process of communicating a set of recommended retail price guidelines to be applied from Monday.

Covid-19 Update: 260 new coronavirus cases on Friday. With 108 recoveries the number of known active cases stands at 2,316.

Food inflation tops 10% in May

In May 2022, the annual rate of inflation as measured by the HICP was 5.8 per cent, up from 5.4 per cent in April 2022. The 12-month moving average rate for May stood at 2.6%. The largest upward impact on annual inflation was measured in the Food and non-alcoholic beverages Index (+1.79%), while the downward impact was recorded in the Communication Index (-0.04%) The highest annual inflation rates in May 2022 were recorded in Food and non-alcoholic beverages (10.4 per cent) and Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (8.8%). On the other hand, the lowest annual inflation
rates were registered in Communication (-1.1%) and Alcoholic beverages and tobacco (0.9%).

Updated 830 – Men dies after argument in St Paul’s Bay

A 60-year-old man who lives in St Paul’s Bay died at Mater Dei Hospital early this morning following an argument at an establishment in his home town in what the police are currently treating as a murder. Reports suggest that the victim fell down the stairs during an argument. The police said a man is assisting them in their investigations.

Morning Briefing

Daycare centres linked with human trafficking have licence withdrawn

Two daycare centres linked to a lady accused of running a brothel and trafficking at least one woman have had their licences withdrawn. The education authorities have withdrawn the licences of Francesca Caruana’s Happy Faces daycare centres in Swieqi and Mosta, and officials will officially tell the centres to close down on Friday morning. According to media accounts, the daycare centres were still open on Thursday morning. (Maltatoday).

Couple charged with spending cancer donations on gambling

An unemployed couple has been accused of gambling online and on horse races with money provided to them for their son’s cancer treatment. On Thursday, the 31-year-old male from Mosta and his 27-year-old partner were charged with fraud and money laundering. 
To protect one of their accused victims, their own seven-year-old kid, the court ordered that their names not be made public. (Times of Malta)

Covid-19 Update: Health authorities reported 255 new cases, taking the active case tally to 2,164.

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