Times of Malta leads with a story reporting that Transport Mata has launched an investigation after a video appeared to show two of its enforcement officials hitting a man on the ground. The alleged incident happened on October 26 in Qormi Road, Marsa.
Maltatoday says that Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti has reversed a decree reassigning the case filed by Repubblika to Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.
TVM reports that Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said that once the European Commission insists that a tender is issued for the sea transport service between Malta and Gozo, the Government will be tendering its offer and ensure that it wins it. He gave the Government’s assurance that Gozo Channel will remain a government company and that the service will not be privatised.
Newsbook says statistics confirm that Malta’s educational sector is marked by clear gender imbalances: while women far outnumber men at most levels and among non-teaching staff, male academics heavily outnumber women academics at tertiary level.
Two former judges in line for Ombudsman, Standards Commissioner posts
The two major parties appear to have moved closer in reaching an agreement on the ongoing saga relating to the replacement of the ombudsman and standards commissioner. According to reports, two retired judges are being touted for these posts. Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon is being named as a possible replacement for outgoing Ombudsman Anthony Mifsud while former chief justice Joseph Azzopardi could replace former Standards Commissioner George Hyzler. According to The Times of Malta, Zammit McKeon was proposed by the opposition while Azzopardi’s name was put forward by the government.
Lauri, Said take up new PN admin posts
The PN’s Executive Committee has approved three new administrative posts within the party. Psychologist Mary Anne Lauri, a university professor, has taken on the role of president for political research vacated by Martina Caruana while former Minister, now MP Chris Said was the only candidate for the role of president for social dialogue, which was vacated by MP Ivan J. Bartolo. Accountant Mario Ellul was retained as party’s treasurer, a position which he has occuped for the past couple of years. (Maltatoday)
NAO says Community Work Scheme is just a numbers exercise
The National Audit Office described the Community Work Scheme being run by the government and the General Workers’ Union as a “numbers exercise” that allows the government to strike a substantial amount of people off the unemployment register. A report shows that the scheme fails to lead its participants to meaningful employment. Just 8.2% of the 1,476 people who joined the scheme between 2016 and 2022 have actually left it for alternative employment. On the other hand, 12.6% left the scheme without finding work elsewhere. (Newsbook)
New law on temp workers in the pipeline
Parliamentary Secretary Andy Ellul said that unlicensed temporary employment agencies could soon be barred from bidding for public contracts or applying to bring third-country nationals to Malta. Ellul, who is responsible for social dialogue, revealed that talks are underway to regulate so-called temping agencies, which provide contract workers to local companies. The legislation would impact thousands of local workers that include cleaners, security guards, nurses and some catering employees. (Times of Malta)
Stopping boats at departure is solution to migration – PM
Prime Minister Robert Abela has insisted that the solution to migration lies in a coordinated presence to stop boats from departing their country of origin. “If we stop departures we will cut human trafficking activity and save many people from drowning – for me it’s unacceptable to have all these deaths in the middle of the sea. But to arrive at this solution we have to tackle the issue at source,” he said. The PM made the comments in response to press questions after it was revealed that Malta had quietly signed a joint statement with Italy and other Mediterranean countries to promote a coordinated approach on immigration policy. (Maltatoday)
Outbound tourism tops 400,000 in first nine months
Between January and September, 408,143 outbound tourist trips were recorded, data by the National Statistics Office has shown. On the other hand, total nights spent by outbound tourists surpassed 2.9 million nights. In addition, total estimated outlay by resident tourists stood at €351.5 million. As for the third quarter (July – September) specifically, 180,864 outbound tourists were recorded. It is estimated that persons leaving from Malta on holiday spent in excess of €350 million during their stay abroad. (NSO)