Malta News Briefing – Sunday 20 August 2023

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Financial incentives for police not to retire after 25 years planned – PM

Financial incentives will be introduced for police officers to encourage them to stay on past 25 years of service, Prime Minister Robert Abela pledged on Sunday. In a telephone interview broadcast on One Radio, Abela emphasised the importance of retaining a strong police force while also incentivising more members to join the corps. “We are doing this so the citizen can put their mind at rest that their corps is loyal and disciplined,” the PM said. Times of Malta

Man accused of raping former partner in his Sliema residence, refused release from custody

A man, 41, from Sliema was remanded in custody after being accused of raping his former partner. The accused, a Japanese working in Malta as a consultant, his former grilfriend and a friend, returned to the man’s Sliema residence on Friday. Court heard on Saturday how the woman felt tired, the three slept in the residence and after their friend left, the man wanted to have sexual relationship with his former partner, who refused his advances. The man then allegedly raped her. However, the accused denied the allegation. MaltaToday

Morning Briefing

Parties expected to win three seats each at EP election – projections

According to projections featured on the Europe Elects website, both the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party are projected to secure three seats each in the upcoming European Parliament elections. These elections are scheduled to take place in June 2023. Around Europe, the centre-right EPP is expected to come out on top of the socialists. (The Malta Independent)

Maltese deserve a better quality of life – Bernard Grech

Highlighting the aspirations of the Maltese and Gozitan people, Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech emphasized the necessity for an improved quality of life within our nation. Taking to social media, he made reference to Eurostat data concerning inflation, underscoring that these figures underscore the ongoing severity of the cost of living in Malta when compared to the challenges encountered by families in Euro Zone countries. Dr. Grech conveyed that these statistics provide a tangible glimpse into the monthly realities confronting the people of Malta and Gozo, a situation attributed to the shortcomings of the government. He further noted that while the inflation rate demonstrated a reduction in the June statistics, prices within our nation persisted at levels surpassing the Euro Zone’s average. (TVM)

Authorities were aware of missing boat, NGO claims

NGO Alarm Phone reported that Maltese authorities had informed them that they are “aware” of a missing boat carrying 110 individuals. However, due to having a significant number of ongoing cases, they are unable to provide any specific information. A spokesperson for the sea rescue hotline NGO mentioned that this information was conveyed by Malta’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) during a telephone conversation shortly after 9:30 am. After individuals aboard the boat reported being shot at and pursued by a vessel suspected to belong to the Libyan coastguard, Alarm Phone raised concerns about the situation on Friday afternoon. (Times of Malta)

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