UPDATE – Perici Calascione gets 90% approval as new PN Deputy Leader – Malta News Briefing / 30 July 2022

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Updated 1745- Perici Calascione elected PN Deputy Leader

Alex Perici Calascione has secured a 90% approval by PN delegates, and was this afternoon elected deputy leader for the Nationalist Party. Maltatoday is quoting PN sources that Perici Calascione got 90% of the vote. The candidate was uncontested for this position.

Updated 1430

Bolt Food couriers eye further action

Bolt Food couriers hailed Friday’s strike as a “success”, saying they will not back down until their demands are met. An estimated 500 couriers took part in Friday’s strike, organised in protest of the working conditions, and after one of them was beaten up in Zabbar while picking up an order from a pizzeria. “So without doubt yesterday was a massive step forward with us receiving a lot of support from the people and restaurants. We have seen a huge strain on bolt food yesterday with only very few couriers on the road and demand going up without the means to deliver,” a spokesperson for the courtiers told MaltaToday.

Radiotherapy treatment to resume on Monday

Radiotherapy services for cancer patients will resume next week, with one of the three machines currently out of order to be repaired by Monday.  The health ministry said that one of the linear accelerators, called Synergy, will be up and running by the start of the week.  “We are contacting respective patients to inform them regarding their appointment on Monday,” the spokesperson told Times of Malta

AUM to waive tuition fees for Maltese students

The American University of Malta has announced that it will completely waive tuition fees for Maltese nationals. Maltese nations will pay registration and admission fees, following discussions by the university’s board of trustees and proposals made by the management. While the institution said that the decision underlined its “commitment and vision towards the Maltese community to be a high-quality educational institution”, the move also appears as an attempt to drive up numbers which have remained low, with a Times of Malta report suggesting that less than 200 students are currently registered. (Times of Malta)

AirMalta employees are victims of system
The Green Party said that Air Malta workers were yet another victim of the clientelist political system, set up by PL and PN. ADPD Chairman Carmel Cacopardo said that although Air Malta workers were promised employment on the same terms and conditions prior to the election, the government was now realising that this is an impossible promise to keep. (Maltatoday)

Covid-19 Update: Active cases declined further on Saturday with a higher number of recoveries and only 51 new cases being reported. The number of active cases is now 1,940. (The Malta Independent)

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Food couriers speak of ‘slavery’ conditions

Food couriers living and working in Malta say they are only paid €2.10 per delivery and only manage to make around 10 deliveries per day, working 11-hour long days. Several Bolt food couriers opened up with Times of Malta about the shocking working conditions they liken to “slavery”.

Medical cannabis company Panaxia completes €6 million investment

Israeli medical cannabis company Panaxia has completed a €6 million investment in its Malta plant at Ħal Far and plans further expansion. During a visit to the plant on Friday, Enterprise Minister Miriam Dalli said after obtaining its GMP licence, Panaxia plans to further expand its domestic production, therefore increasing its capital investment. (MaltaToday)

Alfred and George Degiorgio, who await trial over carrying out the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, claimed they are being discriminated against every time court denies them bail on grounds of public disorder. The brothers complained about conditions in prison and argued that they have already been condemned as guilty, despite the presumption of innocence. (Newsbook)

Malta’s Public Service certified first in Europe in terms of eGovernment

Malta’s Public Service has been certified first in Europe in terms of eGovernment services. Malta obtained first place with an average score of 96%, followed by Estonia (90%) and Luxembourg (87%), as emerged from the ‘eGovernment Benchmark Reports 2022’ released by the European Commission, in which it analyses online government services of 35 European countries. The Maltese Public Service ranked first in this study, after coming first in all the criteria of this exercise. Malta’s score was 28% higher than the average. (Independent)

LNG supply secured until 2026, Energy Minister says

Malta has secured the required liquefied natural gas supply for the next four years to be able to operate its power stations, Miriam Dalli said.In the wake of a scramble by gas-dependent European countries to find alternative supplies to those normally derived from Russia, the Energy Minister said Malta had negotiated a contract up until 2026.“The gas supply that has been secured and the electricity we get from the interconnector meet the demand that the country requires,” Dalli told MaltaToday on Friday after attending a press event at a medicinal cannabis factory in Ħal Far industrial estate. (MaltaToday)

Telecoms firms pause extra charges

GO, Melita and Epic have temporarily eliminated surcharges on consumers who do not pay via direct debit, pending an investigation by Malta’s consumer regulator for price fixing. The three telecoms firms have come under scrutiny for their decision to charge a €1 fee for bills that are not settled via direct debit.They have argued that the change was forced upon them by an instruction issued by Malta’s Central Bank, acting to implement a European directive, and that affected customers have been given an equivalent discount on each bill. 

Covid-19 update:  There were 88 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday as the number of active cases now stands at 2,168.

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