Second player comes forward with allegations of misconduct by National Team coach / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 28 September 2022

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Afternoon Briefing

Times of Malta reveals that a second footballer has come forward alleging sexual misconduct by the now-suspended National Team coach Devis Mangia. A report was filed by lawyer, MP, and former Birkirkara FC president Adrian Delia on behalf of the player on Tuesday night with the Malta Football Association.  

Maltatoday leads with the story that the Minister for Justice has presented three Bills that will be presented to the House, after receiving feedback from a government-appointed committee to analyse the state of journalism in Malta.

Newsbook reports that Minister Miriam Dalli announced a new billing system for utility bills after having promised a new mechanism in January.

TVM News quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela who stressed that the Malta Stock Exchange must facilitate the next changeover for the Maltese economy, for the economy to make the transition to a climate-neutral one.

Updated 1220 – Mid-Day Briefing

Unemployment steady in August: The unemployment rate remained stable in August, at 2.9%, or some 8,446 persons. On the other hand, the rate for young people (aged 15 to 24) remains above 10%. Data released by the NSO also reveals a slight discrepancy between males and females, with 3.1% and 2.6% without a job respectively.

Young man dies after Swieqi car accident: Ben Laferla, a 21-year-old man who suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Swieqi on Saturday, has died. The car was rented from ride-sharing app GoTo Malta, and was driven by a 17-year old from St Paul’s Bay. The victim, who hails from Naxxar, was among four occupants who were hospitalised with previous or slight injuries.

Women in danger of dying after being hit by parked car: A woman is in danger of dying after a parked car was forced onto her and three others as they waited at a bus stop in Qrendi. The four were waiting for the bus when a man driving a Mercedes lost control of his vehicle, hitting a parked Toyota Vitz in the process. One of the four, a 62-year-old from the same locality, suffered the worst impact and was admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

Boy injured after bike hit: A seven-year-old boy suffered grievous injuries after being hit in Marsaxlokk by a motorbike driven by a 39-year-old from the same south-eastern locality. In a statement, police said that the victim was given aid by a medical team and taken to Mater Dei Hospital.

Morning Briefing

Alleged Caruana Galizia killer on hunger strike

One of the men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 has gone on a hunger strike. The Correctional Services Agency (CSA) told Church mediahouse that Alfred Degiorgio, who is set to face trial over the murder, is reportedly on hunger strike because he has not been given access to a lawyer of his choosing. Earlier in Summer, lawyer William Cuschieri confirmed that he had renounced his brief of representing brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio.

October 2021 was wettest of past twelve months

Almost 43 per cent of the total rainfall over the past twelve months was measured in October last year. Having drenched the Maltese Islands in 246.2 mm of rainfall, October was the year’s wettest month, and went down on the Meteorological Office’s records as the third wettest October since 1922. November, on the other hand, accounted for the wettest day of the precipitation year, with the twenty-fifth day of the month dumping 70.4 mm of rain on the islands as a trough of low pressure extended from Algeria to the central Mediterranean before moving eastwards. The Malta International Airport’s Met office said that all three winter months were drier than average, producing a total of 115.8 mm of rainfall, or just under half the rainfall expected during the season.

Sustainable Development Fund launched for VOs

Voluntary organisations have the opportunity to apply for a scheme issued by the Sustainable Development Directorate and the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. This scheme includes an investment of €50,000 in order to assist organisations to implement tangible projects or initiatives related to the promotion of sustainable development. This was announced during the European Sustainable Development Week by Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Miriam Dalli together with Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights Julia Farrugia Portelli.

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