Man dies in Qormi construction incident / Malta News Briefing – Monday 12 September 2022

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Times of Malta says that a tribunal has overturned an MFSA fine for late submissions of accounts ‘due to COVID’. Curmi & Partners had been fined €5k for filing them three weeks after April 2020 deadline.

Maltatoday reports that Shakira Degabriele, a teenager who was reported missing earlier this month, wrote on Facebook that she was ok and would address her issues on her own. The police said that her status is still considered as missing.

TVM alerts the public about a misleading email that is doing the rounds. The email is being circulating, purportedly on behalf of the Police, telling recipients that they are being charged with pedophilia and child abuse.

The Malta Independent follows the launch of a policy on charging stations for electric vehicles, where government officials said they expected the private sector to show interest in such operations.

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Man dies in Qormi construction incident: Construction has claimed yet another life, as a 57-year-old man from Birkirkara tragically fell from a height of some five stories. The incident, which is being investigated by the Occupational Health and Safety Authority, happened in a site in Qormi. Also, this morning, a 62-year-old man from Fontana succumbed to his injuries after being run over in Rabat, Gozo last week.

NGO seeks removal of Magistrate Lia from case against police: Rule-of-law NGO Repubblika has filed constitutional proceedings against Magistrate Nadine Lia over her refusal to recuse herself from the NGO’s challenge case against the police, in which it is asking the court to force the Police Commissioner to prosecute several individuals who were singled out by the Pilatus Bank. Repubblika is arguing that the magistrate’s refusal to recuse herself constitutes a breach of its right to a fair hearing before an impartial tribunal. The Magistrate in question is the daughter in law of Labour-linked lawyer Pawlu Lia.

Energy subsidies likely top €400m: Subsidies to keep the prices of electricity, LPG gas and fuels stable will be costing public coffers a whopping €400 million, a conservative estimate has shown. In an excercise carried out by MaltaToday, the authors said that this figure is based on the number of dwellings and excludes energy use by commercial entities, which would take the amount well beyond this mark. Earlier this summer, Caruana asked ministers to identify expenditure cuts worth €200 million across all the government to mitigate the impact of energy subsidies on public finances and keep the deficit from running away.

Morning Briefing

PN asks for investigation in cancer equipment tender

The PN has raised doubts on a multi-million euro contract for cancer equipment while the government insists it has already been given a clean bill of health. In a letter to the director of contracts, Opposition MPs Adrian Delia and Alex Borg have called for the entire tender process to be passed over to the competent authorities for investigation. The tender was awarded to Technoline Ltd. The Health Ministry insisted that the Public Contracts Review Board, had alreadyh green-lighted the process. Technoline owner Ivan Vassallo has been among those investigated by a magistrate for allegedly being part of a criminal conspiracy in the controversial deal to privatise three state hospitals. (Times of Malta)

Stability and sustainability cornerstones of budget – PM

Stability and sustainability will be the core themes behind the Budget 2023, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday. In an interview on party radio, Abela said that the government will be focused on providing economic peace of mind to businesses, in part by offering price stability through energy subsidies. “If government, in this important moment, decreases financial aid, will it increase or decrease stability? Now is not the moment to take decisions that could instigate economic instability,” he argued. (Maltatoday)

Three bikers, one cyclist suffer injuries in weekend incidents
Three motorcyclists were grievously injured in three separate incidents in the past 24 hours. The incidents took place in Swieqi, San Gwann and Rabat respectively. A 47-year-old man from Ħ’Attard was grievously injured after being involved in a collision in Ta’ Qali. (Newsbook)

Covid-19 Update

14 new Covid-19 cases were registered on Sunday, and the number of active cases stands at 103. (The Malta Independent)

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