Malta football head coach suspended after sexual conduct allegations emerge / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 27 September 2022

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Updated 1600 – Afternoon Briefing

The Times of Malta reports that the head coach of Malta’s national football team Devis Mangia has been suspended after a player reported him over alleged sexual misconduct. It says that the Malta Football Association had received a report about the alleged sexual misconduct towards the national team player on Sunday.  

Maltatoday says that a driving examiner has described how a Transport Malta director would tell him to help certain candidates to pass their driving tests, because they were “the minister’s.”

The Malta Independent follows the final press conference by outgoing Standards Commissioner George Hyzler. He put forward a number of new recommendations for Members of Parliament and elating to public life while warning on the repercussions of delayed decision in naming his successor.

TVM reports that a 51-year old Bulgarian woman, Desislava Vasileva Maksimova, was imprisoned for two years after she was found guilty of stabbing her partner and inflicting serious wounds.

Updated 1215 – Mid-Day Briefing

Italy’s new migration policy likely to affect Malta – Minister
Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri acknowledged that the new Italian government might make things harder for Malta on migration, after PM-elect Giorgia Meloni pledged to block boat landings in the country. The Minister urged the two countries to work together but admitted that Italy will probably start to experience a policy shift on this important subject early in the legislature. “Efforts must take place within the context of our membership in the European Union, as well as our relationship with neighbouring countries like Libya and Tunisia” he added. (Times of Malta)

Gzira man gets jail after killing flamingos

A 24-year-old hunter was sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of killing four flamingos in Qawra last year.
The accused, Miguel Zammit, was also disqualified from holding a hunting licence. Although the hunter is expected to appeal, the sentence was welcomed by BirdLife who praised the Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) of the Police Force and other assisting authorities such as ERA and AFM, saying this should act as a deterrent for such incidents. (Maltatoday/The Malta Independent)

National football team coach suspended

The Malta Football Association has temporarily relieved national team coach Devis Mangia of his duties following a report it received about alleged breach of its policies. It said that the Italian mentor has given his full availability for the facts of the matter to be established, the MFA said in a statement on its website. The FA said it will make no further comments until the issue is tackled with the respective decision-making bodies in an open and transparent manner.

Morning Briefing

Police detain 25 after raid on illegal migration

Another group of migrants living in Malta illegally were detained by the police after raids in Paola and Fgura on Monday. The police said that 25 people were discovered living illegally in Malta during inspections that happened early in the morning. Inspections were carried out jointly by the police and detention service personnel in various residences, where foreign nationals live. The police said that those arrested include Indian, Bangladeshi, Syrian and Colombian nationals. (Maltatoday)

NGO warns of complete takeover of Kalkara creek

Moviment Graffitti has warned that Transport Malta’s intention to increase the number of berths at the Kalkara yacht marina would essentially imply a total takeover of the creek. Earlier this year, government had abandoned contentious plans to build a yacht marina in Marsascala. “This development would result in more pollution, a loss in marine ecological biodiversity and reduced public access to the coast”, the NGO said. It remarked how the application was proposing a “staggering 334 berths” all around the creek, with “a significant number of berths catering for large boats”. (Times of Malta)

TM launches initiatives traffic on return to school

As thousands of school children return to class this week, Transport Malta has launched a number of initiatives to ease the traffic problem on our roads during the scholastic year, especially during the busiest time of the day, during rush hour. The transport body said that it will be offering a free tow truck service from Monday to Friday between 6am – 9.30am and from 3.30pm – 6.30pm during the scholastic year. There will be a strong presence of these enforcement officers during rush hour and in increase in patrols by Transport Malta. (TVM)

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