UPDATE – Malta Headlines and News Briefing – Sunday 27 November 2022

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34 year old man grievously injured in Hamrun

A 34-year-old man was grievously injured after he was hit by a car in Ħamrun on Sunday morning. Police said that at around 11am, the victim, who lives in Ħamrun, was hit by a Suzuki Swift driven by a 49-year-old man from Bormla at Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp. (MaltaToday)

Motorcyclist injured in Birkirkara accident

A 45-year-old man was grievously injured on Sunday in a traffic accident in Birkirkara. The police said the accident happened in Triq Dun Karm at 6.15am. The victim, who is from Birkirkara, was riding a Honda PCX that was involved in a collision with Ford Fiesta, which was being driven by a 52-year-old woman from Dingli. (Times of Malta)

Abela warns against abuse of abortion motion

Prime Minister Robert Abela has warned that whoever abused the legislative amendment allowing the termination of a pregnancy when a woman’s life or health is at risk, will have to face legal proceedings as abortion will remain illegal in Malta. “The amendment will not legalise abortion. It is disappointing that some are trying to justify their opposition to this amendment by twisting facts. They have every right to oppose it, but not to instil fear. Twisting facts is a disservice to the public.” Laws making abortion illegal in Malta will be untouched, he reassured. Abela, speaking on One Radio on Sunday morning, said that the state and society had failed to do enough to safeguard domestic victims of violence, noting that protection orders were not enough if there were not enough human resources to protect those at risk. (Times of Malta)

Grech says that PN led by him was the only pro-life political force in the country

Bernard Grech has urged people to speak out against what he says are attempts by the government to introduce abortion. In an interview on NET TV, Grech accused Prime Minister Robert Abela of reneging on his promise to never introduce abortion in Malta. “Robert Abela wants to introduce abortion and is lying about it. He is unprincipled and only takes decisions in order to boost PL’s majority,” Grech said. (Times of Malta / Maltatoday)

Strong winds disturb Gozo ferries services

Strong winds have disrupted transport between Malta and Gozo, with the Gozo Channel and the two fast ferry operators both suspending operations. The strong winds have also constrained one of Gozo Channel’s four vessels – the Nikolaos – to seek shelter in the lee of Comino for over two hours. Gozo Channel chairman Joe Cordina confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt that no passengers are on board, and that the decision was made to anchor the vessel safely in a sheltered location until weather conditions improve. (Newsbook)

More shopping, less spending – SME Chamber

Black Friday brought mixed results for business opertors, with shoppers flocking back to outlets at pre-Covd-levels. The SME Chamber said that the shopping bonanza has shown that the eagerness and will to shop was evident but at the same time customers are also being more careful in their spending. Shop owners noted that similarly to Covid times, appliances, household electronics and brown goods registered good sales. The SME Chamber reported that shops noted that more affordable products performed well, while high-end goods struggled. (The Malta Independent)

Two Syrian men get bail after Hamrun fracas

Two Syrian men residing in Naxxar and St Paul’s Bay respectively were charged of grievously injuring another man, insulting and threatening a police officer, attacking a police officer, causing slight injuries to a police officer and breaching the public peace yesterday evening in Ħamrun.
Abd Uarahman Alghaze, 41 and Ahmad Alghazi, 27, pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail by Magistrate Victor George Axiak.

Green Party supports new abortion law, says more needed

ADPD has expressed support towards the proposed changes to allow an abortion to take place if a woman’s life or health are at risk but described the reforms as “half-baked”. The Green Party argued that the legislative amendment fails to address current realities although it is “a step in the right direction”.
The Green Party wants abortion to be available in the case of other extraordinary circumstances such rape, incest and where the pregnancy is not viable. (Maltatoday)

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