Cannabis authority CEO sacked after less than a year / Malta News Briefing – Friday 11 November 2022

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Cannabis authority CEO sacked after less than a year

Psychotherapist Mariella Dimech was removed from the headship of the cannabis authority after less than a year. The executive chairperson was informed by the Home Affairs ministry that her post was being terminated with immediate effect. “Over the last 10 months, I have worked with no functional office, no staff, no budget and a political strategy and decision strategy I disagreed with,” she told The Times of Malta. The same report reveals that Leonid McKay, a former director of Caritas, will replace her as head of the authority. (Times of Malta)

NSDF stops Lombard from issuing new shares

Government – through the National Development and Social Fund, whose revenues are generated by the controversial sale of Maltese passports – has stopped Lombard Bank from issuing new ordinary shares and increase its share capital. The NSDF, holds 49.01% of the bank’s shares since acquiring them in a bid to retain domestic control after the exit of Lombard’s Cypriot shareholders. “The NDSF believes the Bank’s board should not have the authorisation to issue and allot shares in the bank up to the authorised share capital of the bank with such rights, restrictions and terms and conditions as the board of directors, in their absolute discretion, deem fit,” said CEO Raymond Ellul. (Maltatoday)

Toddler, baby injured in car accident

A 24-year-old woman from Birgu sustained grievous injuries after her car overturned in a traffic accident in Qormi. A four-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy who were passengers have sustained slight injuries. The national broadcaster reported that the accident happened at around 8.30pm last night in Vjal De La Cruz, Qormi while the woman was driving a Toyota Vitz. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a parked Renault Megane, and her car flipped over. The woman was later certified to have sustained grievous injuries while the two children suffered slight injuries. (TVM)

Morning Briefing

Abela defends non-suspension of Gozo officials charged with involuntary homicide

Prime Minister Robert Abela has defending Gozo ministry’s decision not to suspend three officials who are facing charges of involuntary homicide. He argued that public service rules do not impose suspension when judicial procedures are pending, while insisting that the homicide charges refer to an involuntary nature. PN’s spokesperson for Gozo Alex Borg earlier on Thursday called on Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri to “let the courts do their job without any pressure”. He also said someone must take responsibility for the incident. (Times of Malta)

Justice Minister defends AG office despite prosecution failures

Justice Minister Jonathan Attard has lent his support to the office of the Attorney General despite a number of episodes were alleged wrongdoers were let off the hook due to poor prosecution. Asked whether he thought it tolerable that persons accused of serious crimes were being regularly acquitted due to prosecutorial gaffes, Attard pointed to the successful conviction of two men who admitted to carrying out the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Malta’s removal from the FATF greylist. “Let us appreciate that this is the same office which ensured justice was served in the case of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia,” Attard said. (Maltatoday)

12 new collective agreements signed in past months
In the background of more collective agreements being signed every month, the Head of the Public Service, Tony Sultana, met with unions’ representatives for a dialogue meeting, aimed at improving relations with the workers’ representatives, and strengthening the negotiation process. The principal permanent secretary said that in the past five months, 12 new collective agreements were signed, and that in the same period, the Public Service sat down with every union.“We are giving this importance to this aspect because these collective agreements not only improve the worker’s conditions, but also incentivise and assist the employee to improve his skills, and facilitate career progress”, said Mr Sultana. (DOI)

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