Hundreds of LESA fines issued to politicians, businesspeople deleted – reports / Malta News Briefing – Monday 6 December 2021

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Times of Malta says that a university disciplinary committee will decide whether a dean should be sanctioned over plagiarism. 

MaltaToday says thatthe National Audit Office flagged an “extravagant” use of public funds by the Malta Film Commission in its Annual Report on Public Accounts for 2020.

Newsbook says that a 71-year-old man from Valletta was granted bail on Monday, after more victims took the stand in the criminal proceedings.

TVM says that statistics from the National Statistics Office show that last year, the amount of municipal waste decreased as did the amount of waste being treated.

Mid-Day Briefing

Hundreds of LESA fines issued to politicians, businesspeople deleted – reports: The Times of Malta today carries an exclusive story about the removal of hundreds of contraventions issued to politicians, businesspeople and former top LESA officials for the past five years. The report claims that the individuals in question avoided paying fines for all sorts of contraventions, from exceeding the speed limit to parking on double yellow lines, in reserved areas without a permit, on the pavement and close to corners. LESA’s CEO Svetlick Flores said that LESA initiated disciplinary proceedings immediately upon receiving a complaint about a specific employee. As a precautionary measure, LESA also removed the person from the role until disciplinary proceedings are concluded. The process is currently under way.”

CSP fined for failure to submit STR in relation to three clients: A corporate service provider has fined by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) over their failure to submit a suspicious transaction report to the authority in relation to three of their clients. The provider, who was not named by Agency, was fined €22,500 and reprimanded over their handling of three clients, which the FIAU noted had alleged links with tax evasion, fraud, and fuel smuggling. “This individual was also the subject of several adverse media, reporting his links to tax evasion,” the FIAU noted in its decision notice. It was also noted that the corporate customer had never filed its annual accounts with the Malta Business Registry for registration.

Covid-19 Update: 81 new coronavirus cases were reported on Monday, while 61 patients have recovered, increasing the active case tally to 1,313. 22 persons are currently hospitalised, three of whom in ITU.

Morning Briefing

Malta’s anti-abortion law saves lives – LNF

Malta’s anti-abortion law “saves lives,” Life Network Foundation chairperson Miriam Sciberras said during the organisation’s March for Life yesterday afternoon. Addressing an event organised to raise awareness on the importance of promoting and protecting human life from conception in Malta, Sciberras said the anti-abortion law “defends the vulnerable.” In comments to the media, Sciberras said “once again we’re here for the March for Life after having cancelled it because of Covid…we’re here to convey the message that we use continue safeguarding life from conception.” (Newsbook)

Covid Update

Sixty-nine new COVID-19 patients were diagnosed in the past 24 hours and there are now 19 virus patients in hospital, down from 21 on Saturday. Three are in intensive care. (Times of Malta)

Vaccine certificate to get booster update

An updated COVID-19 certificate will include the booster and third dose details, within 14 days of its administration. Vaccine recipients can visit, follow the instructions, log in the date of the last dose and press “reprint”, health authorities said. Until everyone receives the invite for the booster, the vaccine certificate of two doses will remain valid, wherever mandatory to present the certificate, including travelling to Malta. (Maltatoday)

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