UPDATE – Malta News Briefing – Sunday 17 October 2021

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Political Events

Surveys commissioned after last Monday’s budget speech show that over 70% believe that the 2022 Budget was either good or very good, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana revealed on Sunday. Caruana was speaking during a political activity organised by the Labour Party at its Orpheum Theatre in Gżira, which saw Prime Minister Robert Abela take a breather. Citing the same surveys – who commissioned them or who carried them out was not made clear – the minister also said that a majority felt that the government was addressing environment issues properly. – Newsbook

Nationalist Party Leader Bernard Grech has slammed Prime Minister Robert Abela for failing to speak on assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia four years after her murder. “The least he could have done was to carry out a simple gesture which would help in the healing process of the country,” Grech said during a political speech in Balzan on Sunday. – MaltaToday Grech said that the Nationalist Party will not allow Castille to manipulate people and present the government’s lies as the truth, nor will it allow the Labour government to feel superior over anyone else. “The Nationalist Party no longer wants corrupt politicians or a government without a plan. Nor does it want a Broadcasting Authority which does as it pleases,” Grech said. Malta Independent

Covid19 Update

10 new cases of Covid-19 have been identified overnight according to the latest daily update issued by the health authorities. With 18 patients now deemed to have made a full recovery, the total number of known active cases now stands at 271. 11 patients are being treated at Mater Dei Hospital, with a single patient in intensive care. Newsbook.com.mt

Malta lacks competence and will to prosecute those close to political power – Matthew Caruana Galizia

Malta still lacks the competence or will to prosecute anyone close to political leadership, Matthew Caruana Galizia has said on the fourth anniversary of his mother’s assassination. In an interview with Times of Malta, the son of the murdered journalist said that while the homicide squad has carried out “incredible work”, he remains deeply sceptical about the will to solve government corruption. “We have not yet seen the prosecution of Konrad Mizzi (former energy minister), Yorgen Fenech and Keith Schembri (former chief of staff to the prime minister) for high-level corruption,” he said. Times of Malta

Woman falls in quarry

A 57-year-old woman was grievously injured on Sunday after falling into a quarry. The police said the accident happened in Qala at around 5am. The woman, who is from Marsascala, was passing through a narrow passageway with other people when she fell around 1.5 storeys. Times of Malta

Migrant who was dumped in Selmun discharged from hospital

Migrant worker Lamin Jaiteh has been discharged from hospital after he was seriously injured in a construction site accident and was dumped on the road in Selmun. “We have organised for a carer to tend to him whilst he is recovering from his back and arm injuries and the funds raised are helping to support him and his family whilst he is unable to work. We don’t know if he will ever be fit for construction work again,” Caroline Galea said in a Facebook post. MaltaToday

Hotels facing staff shortages

Staff shortages is forcing some hotels to keep rooms empty, while at the same time facing demands for higher wages, President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants AssociationTony Zahra said.Zahra was contacted by The Malta Independent on Sunday after this media house received information that some hotels are struggling, for example, to find enough chambermaids to clean all their rooms. Staff shortages is forcing some hotels to keep rooms empty, while at the same time facing demands for higher wages, President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants AssociationTony Zahra said. Zahra was contacted by The Malta Independent on Sunday after this media house received information that some hotels are struggling, for example, to find enough chambermaids to clean all their rooms. Malta Independent

Police looking into prison data find

The police Vice Squad is investigating a worrying find in prison, ostensibly a file including details about politicians, media and tv persons, members of the judiciary and even fellow inmates. The Times of Malta reports that Keith Desmond Falzon, who is in preventive custody over a drugs case, had the television taken away and was transferred to another division for his safety. His father, a far-right activist, posted a number of videos criticising prison boss Alex Dalli.

Daphne Caruana Galizia remembered

Slain journalist Daphna Caruana Galizia was remembered on Saturday, four years after her assassination. Various events were held around the day including in Bidnija and Valletta. Activists in her home village marked the remembrance with a’Daphne Was Right’ banner in the field where her car was blown up.
A Vigil for Truth and Justice was also held in Great Siege Square.

Covid-19 Update

Active cases declined to 279 after 19 recoveries were reported on Saturday as opposed to eight new cases. The number of persons currently hospitalised has increased to 10, but one remains in intensive care.

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