Cancer patients receiving radiotherapy to be sent to Rome / Malta News Briefing- Tuesday 26 July 2022

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Updated 1745 – Newsportal Update

The Times of Malta reports that cancer patients receiving radiotherapy in Malta will be sent abroad to continue their treatment, after a technical fault in equipment halted services at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre.

Maltatoday leads with the story of a school head who was dismissed after pushing an inclusivity and inter-faith programme at St Albert the Great College in Valletta. On the other hand, Newsbook, the Church portal, suggests that the decision to replace Mallia to “differences in policies and management issues”

TVM News follows a Court sitting during which 65-year old Mario Degiorgio from Marsa was remanded in custody following his arraignment in Court this morning accused with money laundering and extortion. Degiorgio is the brother of George and Alfred Degiorgio who are waiting to stand trial on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Malta Independent reports that lawyers acting on behalf of Zenith Finance and its directors have filed Constitutional proceedings, requesting compensation for damages they claim to have suffered as a result of the protracted compilation of evidence against them.

Updated 1300 – Mid-Day Briefing

Advisory Council calls for discipline as debt projected to reach €9.1 billion: A fiscal watchdog emphasized the necessity to uphold “discipline” to achieve the planned reductions in the budget balance.  The public debt is expected to increase from €8.2 billion to €9.1 billion by the end of this year, according to predictions examined by the independent Malta Fiscal Advisory Council. The financing of the spending deficit for this year (€850 million) accounts for most of the increase.  The budget deficit is projected to fall to 5.4% of GDP in 2022, from 8% of GDP in 2021. In a letter accompanying a report that was released this month, Council Chairman John Cassar White urged the government to be fully ready for the restoration of EU regulations on budget deficits and debt.

Temporary lanes to be opened after Pietà traffic chaos: Infrastructure Malta is adding more temporary lanes  following Monday’s traffic chaos caused by the closing of the main road between Pietà and Floriana. Due to maintenance work, Triq l-Indipendenza was blocked, resulting in congestion in Malta’s city centre. One driver claimed it took about 90 minutes to travel from Mosta to Msida yesterday morning. Significant delays were also reported by the bus service. The lane closures for maintenance and resurfacing had been notified by the roads agency last week.

Covid-19 update: There were 141 new cases of Covid-19 as the number of active cases now stands at 3,082. One person died, the health authorities reported.

Morning Briefing

Hospital halts radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients after technical fault:

Mater Dei Hospital has had to cancel radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients due to a technical fault with the equipment. The health ministry confirmed the radiotherapy service at the Sir Anthony Mamo oncology centre has been temporarily suspended but did not say how many patients are affected or when it would resume (Times of Malta)

Attorney General accused of rushing to press charges in Pilatus Bank case

The magistrate presiding over what can only be described as the seemingly never-ending compilation of evidence against former Pilatus Bank Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) Claude Anne Sant Fournier, has lambasted prosecutors for failing to explain their estimation of there being another 50 witnesses who were still yet to testify in the proceedings, in spite of the €7.5 million magisterial inquiry into the bank (MaltaToday)

Covid-19 Update

The health authorities reported 78 new Covid-19 cases yesterday. One person died, the health authorities said.

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