Archbishop points out at greed as Malta’s enemy / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 8 September 2021

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Robert Arrigo in ITU: PN Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo has been admitted to the Intensive Therapy Unit at Mater Dei after developing an infection that infected his blood stream. His family thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers in this difficult moment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected in this delicate moment.

Renowned scholar Guido Lanfranco passes away: Maltese naturalist and folklorist Guido Lanfranco has died at the age of 90. His wife announced his demise on Facebook in an emotional post: “He is gone and gone forever… all our love for us is gone… Rest in peace, from all of us. Orpheus in the underworld,” she wrote. Lanfranco is best known for his work about nature where he who wrote extensively about the flora and fauna of the Maltese islands as well as on its folklore.

Archbishop points out at greed as Malta’s enemy: The greatest enemy to Maltese society lies inside the people themselves, Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna declared during yesterday’s homily celebrating the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Senglea. He stated that greed has poisoned Malta’s society with “injustices that continue to poison the country’s social fabric.” More on The Malta Independent.

Covid-19: 53 new cases were identified on Wednesday, with 31 patients recovering. Active cases have gone up at 743, 31 of which are being monitored in hospital. Two are receiving intensive care.

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The Independent reports on new protocols for schools announced by Education Minister Justyne Caruana on Tuesday. Social distancing will be reduced to one metre, but the use of facemasks is still mandatory in classrooms.

The Times says that classroom activities including fieldwork, physical education, and lessons in science labs will be permissible with certain restrictions from the new scholastic year. Parents and guardians will not be able to attend school events for the time being.

Malta Today says that a decision by the Education Ministry to require facemasks in schools was taken to avoid discriminating between vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. Almost three-fourths of children aged 12 to 15 have received the Covid-19 jab.

L-Orizzont says that education authorities are recommending that kindergarten teachers and LSEs wear both a facemask and a visor in class when schools reopen at the end of the month. Restrictions on classroom activities, however, have been eased.

In-Nazzjon says that the Nationalist Party welcomes new protocols for schools announced by the government on Tuesday. PN spokesperson for Education Clyde Puli said the delay in guidelines was creating uncertainty among educators and students.

Malta Today quotes a decision by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech that, although the underlying criminal activity in the money laundering case against Yorgen Fenech was not established, the businessman will have to answer for the charges.

The Independent says that Yorgen Fenech has been indicted on money laundering charges after the court found sufficient prima facie evidence. The businessman’s uncle, Ray Fenech, and business associate, Nicholas Cachia, have also been placed under a bill of indictment.

L-Orizzont carries an interview with the CEO of Union Print, Omar Vella, who described the newly launched Talk.mt as an evolution from the former news site inewsmalta.com. Vella said that the new portal gives voice to different sections of society.

In-Nazzjon follows a PN press conference accusing the Labour Party of throwing the country into a ‘spiral of degradation’. The party was reacting to allegations that a firm linked with the PL was accepting money from Yorgen Fenech in exchange for consultation services.

The Times reports that the Taliban announced an interim government in Afghanistan with Mullah Mohammad Akhund serving as acting prime minister. Akhund was deputy foreign minister in the Islamist movement first stint in power and is on the UN blacklist.

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Yorgen Fenech indicted on money laundering charges

Presiding magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech has found sufficient evidence to place Yorgen Fenech under a bill of indictment, formalising the money laundering charges against him. Fenech is accused of laundering and misappropriating funds from a company that he owns with his uncle Ray Fenech. “From the evidence in particular chats there appears to be a case to answer,” the magistrate said. The compilation of evidence will continue on 19 October.

€5.5 million investment in the construction of new roads and upgrades in Luqa’s industrial zone
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Government has announced the development of road networks in industrial areas in Ħal Far, Bulebel, Marsa, Kordin, and San Ġwann
With an investment of around €5.5 million, work has commenced on the construction of about 1.2 kilometres of roads by INDIS Malta. Through this project, 117 small and medium enterprises, operating from this industrial area will benefit from an improved environment, after an absence of about 40 years. These enterprises include both companies and the self-employed, some of which operate within the manufacturing sector. Work on the industrial roads in the area, which covers an area of 92,500 square meters, has begun in recent days and is expected to take about six months. The minister explained that this will be staggered into four phases to minimize any inconvenience to tenants.

New school measures announced

The Education Ministry announced new Covid-19 measures for the upcoming scholastic year.

For those students under Year 8, there will be a distance of 1.5 metres between desks. Those students who are in Year 9 and over will only have a distance of one metre between desks. Lab work, fieldwork, P.E. and outings will be allowed but students need to be in bubbles and respect Covid-19 measures.

School tuck shops can open but only offer pre-packaged items. Kindergarten assistants and LSEs need to wear a mask or visor at all times. School assemblies can be held as long as the concept of school bubbles and social distancing is respected. Discussions regarding graduation ceremonies are ongoing.

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