Robbie Williams to perform in Malta in Summer / Malta News Briefing – Friday 20 January 2023

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The Times of Malta says that a vigil in memory of Pelin Kaya, the 30-year-old Turkish woman killed in a horrific incident on Wednesday, is being held this evening 7pm in front of the Gżira KFC outlet, the scene of the crime. 

Maltatoday reports that legendary singer Robbie Williams will be performing in Malta as part of his XXV Tour with a concert at the Granaries in Floriana on 24 August.

TVM says that Judge Audrey Demicoli has turned down the Constitutional case which the activist group Repubblika filed against the State Attorney in connection with its request for Magistrate Nadine Lia to recuse herself from the challenge against the Police Commissioner on the Pilatus bank case.

The Malta Independent quotes Labour MEP Alfred Sant who claimed that flights to Gozo are ‘not commercially viable’.

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Malta, Libya discuss security and airlinks in meeting: Air links between Malta and Libya and security in the Mediterranean region were at the top of the agenda of the talks between the Minister for the Interior Byron Camilleri and the Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. The meeting, held in Tripoli, was described by the Maltese government as crucial due to Libya’s role in the Mediterranean to monitor and control organised crime in this region. Camilleri said Libya had a fundamental role to protect both land and sea borders between the African and European continents.

Malta languishes towards bottom of renewable energy use: Malta’s renewable energy share remained anchored at the bottom of the EU table, reaching a meagre 12.2% in 2021, which, despite being higher than ever recorded previously, leaves the country as the second worst performer in Europe. Eurostat data has shown that only Luxembourg ranks lower than Malta in terms of how much of its energy consumption comes from renewable sources. In the EU, consumption of energy from renewable sources reached close to 22%.

Major Grand Harbour investment announced: Infrastructure Malta (IM) has launched a five-year maritime infrastructure investment plan for the Grand Harbour. The plan includes the construction of a pier for handling goods in Kordin, restoration of industrial warehouses, the extension of Pinto Piers 4 and 5 and two shore-to-ship projects. With the implementation of a project at the northern piers and Boiler Wharf, 90% of harbour pollution from ship emissions will be reduced, Infrastructure Malta said. A new promenade in Vittoriosa that will continue to extend the pedestrian walkways along the banks of the Cottonera will also be developed.

Morning Briefing

Camilleri denies murder charges, family of Turkish victim expresses grief and anger

Jeremie Camilleri, 33, denied wilfully killing Pelin Kaya, 30 by crashing his BMW onto the female pedestrian. He was charged with the murder on Thursday evening. Reports indicated that the hit was worse then originally thought, with the driver seemingly taking aim towards the Turkish national. Witnesses have said he then threw stones at the victim as she lay on the ground. He faced a lenghty list of charges, including wilful homicide, grievous bodily harm among others. Members of Palin’s family addressed the press shortly after expressing grief and anger, but thanking the Maltese population for the outpouring of support. A number of reports suggest that drug tests revealed that Camilleri had high levels of cocaine. (Times of Malta, Maltatoday)

Amendments to abortion law created more issues – Former PL Minister

Ex-Labour minister Evarist Bartolo has argued that the abortion legislation amendments being presented by the government were a “solution that caused more problems” as he questioned who was pushing for them. Bartolo emphasised that no medical professional has ever faced the legal consequences the bill aims to prevent, describing the bill as an attempt to “make what is grey black and white.” The former Education minister suggested that if Malta truly wanted to embark on a serious discussion on abortion in which it tackled delicate questions that could be raised, then rushing through a law was not the best way forward. (Newsbook)

EU Funds to support SMEs in getting new equipment

A €2 million grant scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to purchase equipment and machinery through European Funds was launched on Thursday. This scheme will open on 1 February 2023 and will be replacing existing schemes that will close at the end of this month, from the 2014-2020 funding programme. Economy Minister Silvio Schembri said that this scheme ties in with the government’s strategy which focuses on digitalising businesses and making them more resilient. (The Malta Independent)

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