Malta News Evening Round Up – Wednesday 8th August 2018

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Good evening

The Malta News Evening Roundup presents the highlights of some of the main stories presented by the Maltese News Portals.

The explosion at the Palumbo Shipyards, the interrogation of Jonathan Ferris and the death of a horse which is used for the cab service (Karrozzin) are the common stories.

Two portals cover an investigation carried by a Dutch newspaper about the alleged dark side of the life of the one suspected with the murder of Shannon Mak.

More follows.


Net News refers to a story on Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf about the life of the person suspected with the murder of Shannon Mak. The site presents two sides of her ex boyfriend. Some of his friends recall his friendliness, other speak about his drug and alcohol problem, the ease with which he bought the drugs in Gzira and the short temper. It also says how his ex girlfriend, the victim tried to help him out of the dark alley he went entrapped in, following financial problems he had in view of a major mistake he did at his workplace, an on-line gaming company which costed him some money. The story is also reported on Newsbook. 


The Times said that the Former FIAU investigator Jonathan Ferris stuck by the testimony he gave as part of the Egrant inquiry during a three-hour questioning session at the police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon. The Independent presents the same angle to the story.  It adds that Ferris’ lawyer, Dr Busietta said that Ferris was asked about the testimony he had given to Bugeja in the Egrant Inquiry, which found no evidence to substantiate Efimova’s allegations that the infamous Panamanian company belonged to Michelle Muscat and was part of a $1.07 million transfer from the daughter of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.  “He has changed nothing from what he told Magistrate Bugeja,” Busietta said. Asked whether any charges will be filed against his client, Busietta said that the question must be made to the police. Illum quotes Occupy Justice statement, which referred to the interrogation as persecution.

The Independent reports that two men have been rushed to hospital – one grievously injured, this afternoon after an explosion at the Palumbo shipyard in Cottonera, police said. The accident took place at the shipyard’s electrical plant at around 2.15pm. According to the report of The Times, a 45-year-old man from Naxxar and a 55-year-old man from Fgura were rushed to Mater Dei Hospital.  The younger man suffered grievous injuries.  In a statement, police said that the two had been hurt in what was “most likely an explosion”. A source within the shipyard contested that description and said the circuit board had caught fire rather than exploded. One News also has a video on the portal about this story which is also the leading story of the portal until now.


Malta Today reports that a fire has been reported at St Anne Square, in Sliema. The fire broke out in the backyard of Sofra Kebab next to the gas tanks at around 1pm. An employee told MaltaToday he heard a gushing sound and saw a ball of flames. “I told everyone to leave the shop and we managed to put out the fire before the fire brigade arrived but we were lucky because the yard had gas tanks in it,” the employee said.


A  horse, which was pulling a Karozzin, has dropped dead in Floriana. The incident occurred in St Francis Street at about 1.00 p.m. Eyewitnesses toldTVMthat the horse started rearing on its hind legs, and fell down dead shortly afterward. The eyewitnesses added that there were a number of tourists in the cab that was being drawn by the horse, but luckily no one was injured.

MaltaToday reports that animal rights parliamentary secretary Clint Camilleri said the law regulating the operation of horse drawn carriages needs to be revised.


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