Malta News Briefing – Monday 22 November 2021

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Update 1745- News Portal Briefing

Times of Malta says that Konrad Mizzi’s lawyer in libel proceedings against Daphne Caruana Galizia’s heirs informed the court on Monday that the parties were “exploring” the possibility of an out-of-court settlement.

MaltaToday says that the owner of a Valletta clothes shop, who told the president of NGO Repubblika to ‘be afraid when alone in Valletta’ on Facebook, will be filing an appeal after he was fined €3,000

Newsbook says that a 5-month-old baby, who was seriously injured in a two-car collision on the Tal-Barrani Road earlier this month, has been discharged from hospital.

TVM says that owners of a building in Sliema that has been rented as a pharmacy since 1948 have been compensated by the Constitutional Court, after it found that they were not allowed to enjoy their private property.

Updated 1240 – Mid-Day Briefing

Unemployment rate drops

In October, the number of persons registering for work stood at 1,254, decreasing by 1,860 when compared to the corresponding month in 2020. Data released today by the NSO, and provided by Jobsplus, indicates a year-on-year decrease of 1,750 persons registering under Part I, and an additional drop of 110 persons registering under Part II of the unemployment register.

Il-Koħħu loses legal rep

The legal representative of Vince Muscat, the man who admitted his implication in the Caruana Galizia murder, has renounced his brief. Marc Sant had alleged that authorities “prominent individuals” involved in major crimes and complained about police inaction over information that Muscat was willing to offer. Muscat requested a presidential pardon to provide such information. Marc Sant, who has since found alternative employment, told The Times of Malta, when asked whether this move was related to inaction by the police, that “this was not what was agreed”.

Economy is recovering, but downside risks remain – Central Bank

Although the economy is recovering, uncertainties surrounding the pandemic remain, posing some downside risks for the financial system, an Interim Financial Stability Report by the Central Bank of Malta found. The Bank noted how the decision by the Financial Action Task Force to place Malta under the so-called grey-listing procedure could pose some challenges to the financial sector if the time taken to address these recommendations becomes excessive.

Covid-19 Update

62 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday, with 42 persons recovering. Active cases have thus increased to 866, while the death tally increased to 464 after a 72-year-old male passed away while Covid positive.

Morning Briefing

Anger, injustice taking over society – Archbishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that anger and injustice are becoming more prevalent every day in our society. Speaking about the suicide attempt which dominated the news over the past week, Scicluna asked how a mother would feel if she heard people urging her son to jump down. He addred that rather than seeking the truth, we have been taken over by anger, slander, violence, harsh words and injustice. He pointed out that those who love their neighbour see God’s image in that another person. (Tvm.com.mt)

Government refusing higher payment request by Steward

The Maltese government is refusing demands by Steward Healthcare for an amended concession agreement for higher payments, Maltatoday has revealed, with authorities rejecting a claim for a potential €100 million by the American healthcare group. “There is no way the government will accept the terms of the deal that Steward was working on with the Muscat administration,” the paper’s source said. The €100 million penalty was added by former Minister Konrad Mizzi in the summer of 2019 as a side-letter to the original concession – should the concession for the Karin Grech, St Luke’s and Gozo hospitals be terminated. (Maltatoday.com.mt)

Covid-19 Update
Malta’s Health Authorities reported on Sunday that there were 122 new Covid-19 cases. The total number of cases now is 847. Twelve persons are receiving cure in hospital. 41 patients were reported to have recovered from the virus.

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