Prison Director self-suspends after umpteenth tragedy / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 10 November 2021

Prison Director self-suspends after umpteenth tragedy / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 10 November 2021

Times of Malta says that Financial crimes investigators who seized electronic equipment from the home of a former senior official at Pilatus Bank in April still have to establish if the data is relevant to money laundering proceedings pending in court. MaltaToday says that the Planning Authority (PA) has reversed the decision that would have restricted public access to objections, presented by the public on different projects. Newsbook says that the head of detention services Robert Brincau has been appointed as acting CEO of the Correctional Services Agency. TVM says that 53-year-old Roderick Tanti has been remanded in custody after…
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Malta: Government promises €20 million motorsport racetrack

Malta: Government promises €20 million motorsport racetrack

The Independent follows a Cabinet meeting held at the Ta’ Qali basketball pavilion on Monday, discussing the government’s plan for sports. The Prime Minister announced a €20 million investment to develop a motorsport racetrack in Ħal Far. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/corpses-put-in-hospital-underground-corridor-as-lift-to-mortuary-is.903722 Another story says that Education Minister denied claims by the union of teachers that some 150 primary classrooms are without a teacher. Earlier, union representatives accused the ministry of unpreparedness ahead of the new scholastic year. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-27/local-news/MUT-s-claims-on-shortage-of-teachers-in-150-primary-classes-are-not-true-Education-Ministry-6736237074 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Prime Minister teases debate on Electoral Districts

Malta: Prime Minister teases debate on Electoral Districts

The Times quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela calling for a revision of electoral Districts, hinting that their number may be reduced but stopping short of revealing any government proposals on the issue. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-time-for-discussion-on-electoral-districts-abela-says.903647 The paper says that an underground corridor at Mater Dei hospital is being used as a temporary mortuary following a malfunction with the elevator connecting to the morgue. Staff and patients expressed shock that corpses had been left unattended in body bags. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/corpses-put-in-hospital-underground-corridor-as-lift-to-mortuary-is.903722 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Teachers protest court injunction by education ministry

Malta: Teachers protest court injunction by education ministry

In-Nazzjon covers a press conference by the union of teachers criticising the education ministry for filing a court injunction to block union directives issued to its members. Union president Marco Bonnici said that the ministry is trying to silence teachers. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/27/il-gvern-irid-jaghmel-sarima-ma-halq-l-ghalliema/ The paper quotes a PN statement warning that lack of planning by the government ahead of the new school year will have a negative effect on students and educators. The party said that special support services are being dismantled to make up for a shortage of teachers. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/27/djalogu-u-mhux-sarima-sibu-soluzzjoni-fl-ahjar-interess-ta-uliedna-u-tal-professjonisti-taghna/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Education minister denies claims by union of teachers

Malta: Education minister denies claims by union of teachers

L-Orizzont says that 45 new classrooms have been introduced this scholastic year to abide by health authority directives. Addressing a press conference, Education Minister Justyne Caruana dismissed concerns about a shortage in teachers.  Read more: https://talk.mt/mhux-minnu-li-hemm-150-klassi-bla-ghalliema/ Another report quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela that plans for a Ħal Far racetrack will not encroach on ODZ areas and will keep away from residential zones. Abela said that motorsport enthusiasts will enjoy a world-class facility. Read more: https://talk.mt/illum-wettaqtu-x-xewqa-tad-dilettanti-duncan-micallef/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Prime Minister announces aid scheme for low-income families

Malta: Prime Minister announces aid scheme for low-income families

L-Orizzont follows an address by Prime Minister Robert Abela announcing support measures of up to €400 for couples with low income. Abela said that the government is committed to build on a strong economy to improve people’s lives. The paper reports that a PN local councillor in Mqabba has resigned from the party but stayed on as an independent member. Jonathan Dingli said that he did not see the change he expected in the party. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Off-roading track planned for Aħrax

Malta: Off-roading track planned for Aħrax

The Independent says that the Planning Authority Board is set to discuss an application for the conversion of a disused quarry in l-Aħrax into an off-roading site. The project is not recommended favourably by the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. Another report quotes a social media message by Joseph Muscat declaring that neither he nor anyone in his family has any connection to Panamian company Egrant and said that any fresh investigation would come to the same conclusion of the magisterial inquiry. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-26/local-news/Bring-it-on-Joseph-Muscat-says-over-call-for-further-investigation-into-Egrant-6736237042 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN proposes combined leave for new parents

Malta: PN proposes combined leave for new parents

In-Nazzjon leads with a PN proposal to extend parental leave to fathers, with a minimum period that coincides with that of the mother in the first weeks after birth. PN Leader Bernard Grech said the party will announce new policy ideas that support families. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/26/gvern-gdid-nazzjonalista-iwieghed-aktar-leave-lill-missirijiet-biex-igawdu-lit-tarbija-taghhom/ Another story quotes a statement by the union of teachers claiming that 150 classrooms remain without teachers. The union criticised the redeployment of educators ahead of the new scholastic year, describing it as the worst exercise in the last ten years. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/26/froga-tal-ministru-justyne-caruana-ezatt-qabel-il-bidu-tas-sena-skolastika/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Police to investigate fraud claims into late notary

Malta: Police to investigate fraud claims into late notary

The Times reports that the police have opened an investigation into late notary Ivan Barbara following claims of fraud and misappropriation by clients. The notary died suddenly in April after contracting Covid-19 in India. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-26/local-news/Bring-it-on-Joseph-Muscat-says-over-call-for-further-investigation-into-Egrant-6736237042 The paper picks up a Facebook post by former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying that he is not worried about any further investigation into offshore company Egrant. Muscat was reacting to news that an inquiry recommended a probe into the once-secret structure. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/bring-it-on-says-joseph-muscat.903389 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: EU study finds Maltese among most optimistic

Malta: EU study finds Maltese among most optimistic

Kullħadd quotes a Eurofound statistic which finds a rising level of optimism about the future among people in Malta in the year before Covid-19. The results placed the Maltese as the third most optimist country in the EU. Another story covers an address by Prime Minister Robert Abela to the 70th session of the United Nations. Abela said that Malta aspires to become an example of good governance for small countries. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN raises alarm over cost of living

Malta: PN raises alarm over cost of living

Il-Mument reports an increase in the cost of living affecting many products and services. A statement by the Nationalist Party warns that rising costs have an impact on families and businesses. The paper carries an interview with PN spokesperson for education Clyde Puli who said that the party’s proposals for a review of salaries in the education sector will give greater opportunity for students to succeed. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Football leagues lament MFA neglect

Malta: Football leagues lament MFA neglect

The Independent on Sunday speaks to teams playing in the lower-tier football leagues who complained that they feel neglected by the association since the pandemic. Players and officials said that the MFA is ignoring them to focus on the top league. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-26/local-news/As-Malta-s-footballing-season-gets-into-gear-those-in-lower-divisions-feel-left-behind-6736237019 The paper speaks to a Health Ministry official who said that Malta will wait for recommendations by the European Medicines Authority before extending the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to children under 12 years. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Concerns about online abuse by minors

Malta: Concerns about online abuse by minors

It-Torċa speaks to a social worker who notes a rise in the number of minors abusing other children online. He called for a nationwide study to establish the extent of the problem and recommend action. The paper reports that the European Parliament is discussing legislation to set limits on exposure to asbestos by workers. An EP committee is proposing mandatory protective measures once a minimum threshold is reached. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Inquiry raises Egrant question again

Malta: Inquiry raises Egrant question again

The Sunday Times says that an inquiry in Pilatus Bank is recommending further investigations into once-secret Panamian company Egrant. US authorities are expected to interview former bank employee Maria Efimova about her claims about the company. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/probe-egrant-further-foreign-investigators-on-pilatus-bank-case-say.903296 Another story reveals that the environmental watchdog had repeatedly warned a Marsa scrapyard about risks of blazes in the past five years until a huge fire broke out earlies this month. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Activists under police protection for more than a month

Malta: Activists under police protection for more than a month

Illum reports that blogger Manuel Delia and NGO’s Repubblika president, Robert Aquilina, have had security detail for the past five weeks following reports they filed with the police. The pair said they received direct threats on themselves and their families. Another story says that the PN’s representative on Environment and Resources Authority, Chris Ciantar, recused himself from the decision about the waste-to-energy incinerator project citing a conflict of interest. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: MP lied about London property to impress Yorgen Fenech

Malta: MP lied about London property to impress Yorgen Fenech

Malta Today reports that Labour MP Ian Castaldi Paris had exchanged text messages with Yorgen Fenech in 2019 claiming to own a multi-million real estate portfolio in London. He later told authorities that he had only been bluffing. The paper says that a fifth of the population at the end of 2020 was made of non-Maltese citizens, the same share as the year before. The figures contradict claims that the pandemic drove an exodus of foreign workers in Malta. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Social welfare foundation saw more than 1,500 cases per month last year

Malta: Social welfare foundation saw more than 1,500 cases per month last year

L-Orizzont says that the Foundation for Social Welfare Services registered over 19,000 cases in 2020, an increased from the year before. Family Minister Michael Falzon warned that the effects of the pandemic cannot be underestimated. The paper reports that a Family Court turned down a request by a woman not to allow her former partner to travel to Italy with their daughter. The Judge decreed that Italy is a signatory of the convention on kidnapping. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN wants VAT reduction for tourism sector

Malta: PN wants VAT reduction for tourism sector

In-Nazzjon says that the PN is calling for a reduction in VAT for business in the tourism sector from 18 per cent to 7 per cent. Party spokesperson Peter Agius said that such a mechanism would be possible under an EU derogation. Read more: Another story quotes a PN statement accusing the national broadcaster of becoming a mouthpiece of the Labour government. It says that the evening news bulletin is significantly skewed towards the government. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/24/ix-xandir-tal-istat-qed-jinhakem-dejjem-aktar-minn-robert-abela-u-min-nies-tal-qalba-tieghu-pn/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: St Julian’s council scraps Balluta stairs design

Malta: St Julian’s council scraps Balluta stairs design

The Times reports that the St Julian’s local council will issue a fresh tender for the design of the Balluta stairway following criticism over the cost of the proposed project. Councillors voted unanimously to remove a water feature and glass-panel railings in the original design. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/controversial-balluta-stairs-design-sent-back-to-the-drawing-board.902987 The paper says that PN MP Adrian Delia denied that supporters wearing his t-shirts at a party event on Tuesday was a show of force and claimed no prior knowledge that his electoral team members would turn up. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/adrian-delia-denies-show-of-force-at-pn-rally.903107 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Valletta Cultural Agency demands ban on fossil fuel cars in ten years

Malta: Valletta Cultural Agency demands ban on fossil fuel cars in ten years

The Independent says that the Valletta Cultural Agency is proposing a ban on combustion engine vehicles in Valletta by 2030. The agency said that restricting car access to electric vehicles would boost business and improve the residents’ quality of life. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-24/local-news/Valletta-Cultural-Agency-proposes-that-only-electric-vehicles-be-allowed-in-Valletta-by-2030-6736236976 The paper reports on the start of the compilation of evidence against Pilatus Bank on Friday and its designated money-laundering reporting officer. A magisterial inquiry had found several unreported cases of suspicious transactions. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-24/local-news/Pilatus-Bank-Court-hears-how-suspicious-activity-was-not-reported-to-authorities-6736236975 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Environment ministry officer pours cold water on afforestation proposal

Malta: Environment ministry officer pours cold water on afforestation proposal

The Independent speaks to an Ambjent Malta officer who expressed scepticism about an afforestation project proposed for the Indawar Park. The officer said the plans do not sufficiently consider the native habitat of the area. Read more: The paper reports that active Covid-19 cases fell to under 500 for the first time since mid-July. There are currently 15 patients hospitalised at Mater Dei while four remain in intensive care. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-23/local-news/12-new-Covid-19-cases-reported-as-hospital-numbers-drop-to-15-6736236954 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Prime Minister discusses budget measures with union representatives

Malta: Prime Minister discusses budget measures with union representatives

L-Orizzont reports on a meeting between the Prime Minister and a delegation from the General Workers’ Union ahead of the Budget. Union secretary-general Josef Bugeja said that social dialogue is one of the strongest instruments for change. Read more: https://talk.mt/id-djalogu-socjali-wiehed-mill-akbar-forzi-ta-success-li-ghandu-pajjizna/ Another story says that a man accused of predation was jailed for eight years after blackmailing a woman and forcing her to perform sexual favours. The court declared that the man’s obsession made the victim into a slave. Read more: https://talk.mt/tmien-snin-habs-fuq-ossessjoni-li-rrendiet-mara-skjava-ghal-ezigenzi-sesswali/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN launches proposals for oncology care

Malta: PN launches proposals for oncology care

In-Nazzjon covers a series of proposals for oncology care announced by PN Leader Bernard Grech. The party wants to update the formulary to cover more and newer medicines in the treatment of cancer. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/23/il-pn-bi-proposti-biex-il-pazjenti-jinghataw-aktar-kura-bernard-grech/ The paper says that the education ministry has ordered peripatetic teachers teaching sciences, arts, physical education, and other subjects to take up a classroom instead from this scholastic year. The union of teachers is objecting to the decision. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/23/l-mut-ftilwima-industrijali-mal-gvern-dwar-l-ghalliema-peripatetic/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Dozens of primary classrooms without teachers

Malta: Dozens of primary classrooms without teachers

The Times says that the union of teachers filed a trade dispute with the education ministry after non-classroom teachers have been transferred to classrooms due to a shortage of teachers. About 80 classrooms in primary schools remain without an assigned teacher. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/no-teachers-for-80-primary-classrooms-in-state-schools.902768 The Times asks PN Leader Bernard Grech about a group of Adrian Delia’s supporters showing up at the party’s Independence Day mass meeting in t-shirts from the former leader’s election campaign. Grech said the party is one and the move is unacceptable. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-adrian-delias-show-of-force-unacceptable-bernard-grech.902672 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Start-up builder setting up locally

Malta: Start-up builder setting up locally

Business Today reports that an Israeli start-up platform is set to start operations in Malta in the next months in a project supported by Malta Enterprise. Venture Rocket specialises in start-up scouting, financing, and acceleration. Business Today says that preparations are underway for Malta’s participation in the Dubai Expo 2020. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has passed a resolution urging EU states to boycott the event. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Bernard Grech says accountants should have a seat at the table

Malta: Bernard Grech says accountants should have a seat at the table

In-Nazzjon covers an address by PN Leader Bernard Grech at a conference on sustainable finance held by the Malta Institute of Accountants. He said that professionals should be included in the decision process before new legislation in this area is adopted. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/22/l-poplu-malti-kapaci-jaghmilha-bernard-grech/ Another story quotes a PN statement urging the ministry for education to find adequate space for university students to attend lectures in person. Student organisations expressed concern about a number of lectures being held online. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/22/solidarjeta-assoluta-mal-istudenti-kollha-bernard-grech/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Education Minister says facemask decision follows advice by health authorities

Malta: Education Minister says facemask decision follows advice by health authorities

The Independent asks Education Minister Justyne Caruana whether schools can expect any changes in Covid-19 protocols. The minister said that the requirement to wear facemasks will remain in place until health authorities advise otherwise. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-22/local-news/Wearing-of-masks-for-students-will-be-removed-once-health-authorities-say-so-Education-Minister-6736236928 Another story says that an Impact Assessment report for a development application in Comino suggests that a new bungalow complex will be put for sale. Pending approval, the project is expected to start in late 2022. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-22/local-news/Comino-bungalows-will-be-for-sale-Environment-Impact-Assessment-indicates-6736236931 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Għargħur residents raise alarm over development proposal

Malta: Għargħur residents raise alarm over development proposal

The Times says that residents in Għargħur are objecting to a high-rise project just outside the town’s urban conservation area. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and several NGOs have joined a chorus opposing the development. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/residents-oppose-monstrous-flats-on-former-church-land-in-gharghur.902507 The paper speaks to legal experts who said that the appeals filed by two of the unsuccessful bidders for the Gozo tunnel project could delay the process by up to six months. The case will be decided by the Public Contracts Review Board but could go before the courts. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/appeals-could-derail-gozo-tunnel-by-months.902510 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Police arrest international pickpockets

L-Orizzont reports that three men were arrested by the police for a series of pickpocketing. The men, all Romanian nationals, were operating an international crime ring targeting cities with high tourism influx. Another story says that the European Socialists and Democrats are holding a conference in Malta next week on the theme, ‘United for a more social Europe’. The leader of the group, Iratxe Garcia Perez, said this was the first S&D meeting since the start of the pandemic. Read more: https://talk.mt/l-meps-socjalisti-u-demokratici-se-jiltaqghu-malta-l-gimgha-d-diehla/ The paper says that negotiations about the EU Migration Pact unveiled last year are in deadlock and are…
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Malta: Responsible Gaming Foundation head outlines mission

Malta: Responsible Gaming Foundation head outlines mission

The Malta Business Weekly carries an interview with the General Manager of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, Kevin O’Neill who spoke about the need to detect problems associated with excessive gambling before it is too late. The paper quotes Education Minister Justyne Caruana that the government is investing in educational programmes for children in the 0-7 age group to reduce the rate of early school leavers. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: State commemorates Independence Day

Malta: State commemorates Independence Day

In-Nazzjon reports on the official celebrations of Independence Day, marking the 57th anniversary on Tuesday. State authorities laid wreaths at the foot of the Independence monument in Floriana. Another story follows a message by Archbishop Scicluna thanking the state for prioritising social welfare in the last six decades since Independence. He, however, warned about the consequences of financial greed taking root is society today. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Archbishop warns about culture of greed

Malta: Archbishop warns about culture of greed

L-Orizzont quotes Archbishop Charles Scicluna that Malta is suffering from ‘a disease of greed’. He was delivering his homily in the state service at St John’s Co-Cathedral on the occasion of Independence Day. The paper reports that a man was awarded €8.000 following his dismissal as a security officer in June. An inspection by the company found him asleep and without his uniform during a night shift before giving him the sack. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Government considering 10-year plan to transform residential waste collection

Malta: Government considering 10-year plan to transform residential waste collection

The Times reports that the government is studying a proposal by the Local Councils’ Association to stop door-to-door waste collection and introduce a drop-off point system instead. This change would be expected to take place over a decade. Another story says that the archbishop used his homily on Independence Day to warn about the effects of money and power. Scicluna asked whether it is necessary to degrade the country’s beauty for profit. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN discussing electoral district for former leader

Malta: PN discussing electoral district for former leader

The Independent says that the PN is considering the best electoral districts for Adrian Delia to contest. Sources told the newspaper that the former party leader may contest the 7th District or one in the southern part of Malta. The paper speaks to a Transport Malta spokesperson who expressed confidence that the number of public transport trips will register an increase in 2022. The official said that the pandemic caused a decrease in passengers after record years until 2019. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Gozo tunnel bidders file objections

Malta: Gozo tunnel bidders file objections

Malta Today says that two bidders for the Gozo tunnel filed objections after authorities shortlisted one competing consortium. One bidder said the selection process did not adhere to its own criteria while another raised concerns about typographic errors.   The paper says that Pope Francis is expected to visit Malta in the first week of December, but the exact dates have yet to be confirmed. The journey will be part of a multi-country tour by the Pontiff that includes Greece and Cyprus. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN Leader calls for radical change

Malta: PN Leader calls for radical change

The Independent covers a speech by PN Leader Bernard Grech on the eve of Independence Day. He said that the country is locked in a struggle for transformation, but radical change can only be achieved if everyone works together. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-20/local-news/Live-Bernard-Grech-addressing-Independence-Day-rally-in-Floriana-6736236891 The paper quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela who called the Labour Party the party of the future. Speaking at the end of the PL general conference, Abela highlighted a series of projects introduced by the party in government. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-20/local-news/Live-Robert-Abela-addressing-political-rally-in-Ta-Qali-6736236892 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Robert Abela says PL ready to govern for years to come – L-Orizzont

Malta: Robert Abela says PL ready to govern for years to come – L-Orizzont

L-Orizzont reports on a PL political rally on Monday addressed by Prime Minister Robert Abela. He described the party as the only political force capable of renewing the country in the coming years. Read more: https://talk.mt/flimkien-naghmlu-l-unika-forza-politika-maghquda-li-tista-ggedded-lill-pajjizna-il-pm-robert-abela/ Another stroy says that Pfizer-BioNTech is expected to submit a request to the European Medicines Authority to allow the Covid-19 vaccination to be given to children under 12. Company studies showed that the jab is safe for children aged 5 to 11.   View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Bernard Grech addresses Independence Day event

Malta: Bernard Grech addresses Independence Day event

In-Nazzjon features parts of a speech by PN Leader Bernard Grech during the Independence Day celebration in Floriana on Monday. He urged the public to unite as fellow Maltese and bring about the change in direction. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/20/flimkien-nistghu-nkunu-l-bidla-bernard-grech/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Prime Minister hints at plans for metro project

Malta: Prime Minister hints at plans for metro project

The Times leads with an announcement by the Prime Minister that the government wants to start a national discussion about a metro system in Malta. He said that the country needs to be ready to change its mobility habits. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/robert-abela-labour-independence-day-metro-plans.902006 Another story follows a speech by PN Leader Bernard Grech expressing an ambition for Malta to become a technology hub capable of attracting the likes of Google. He criticised the government strategy seeking investment from companies such as Sadeen Group instead. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pn-leader-bernard-grech-independence-google-facebook-investment.902015 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN Leader criticises Labour Party’s methods

Malta: PN Leader criticises Labour Party’s methods

In-Nazzjon follows an interview with PN Leader Bernard Grech by One News reporter Colin Deguara on Sunday. Grech criticised the Labour Party’s tactics and said the party knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/19/il-pn-kommess-li-jgib-nicec-godda-tal-ekonomija-bernard-grech/ The [a[er reports on the final preparations for the Independence Day celebrations by the PN this evening at the Granaries in Floriana. The event closes with an address by party leader Bernard Grech. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Plans to extend pharmacy opening hours on Sundays

Malta: Plans to extend pharmacy opening hours on Sundays

L-Orizzont quotes Health Minister Chris Fearne that the government is conducting a consultation to keep pharmacies on the Sunday roster open all day, not just in the morning. He said the people need to be served in their own communities.  Read more: https://talk.mt/ghaddejjin-bid-diskussjonijiet-biex-il-hadd-l-ispizerji-ma-jifthux-biss-fin-nofstanhar-ta-filghodu/ Another story says that survey results about voting intentions that put the Labour Party ahead of the Nationalist Party by 25 percentage points, equivalent to a 40,000 majority. Asked about this, PN Leader Bernard Grech said the party’s duty is to keep moving forward. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Surge in Covid-19 infections among the elderly

Surge in Covid-19 infections among the elderly

The Times reports that the rate of Covid-19 infections among elderly people stood at 235 per 100,000 in the last 14 days, rising higher than that in younger age groups for the first time in months. Authorities observe a decline in immunity among people over 80s. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/covid-rate-highest-in-80-year-olds-as-immunity-wanes.901775 The paper reveals the Yorgen Fenech’s defence will summon former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and chief of staff at the time, Keith Schembri, to testify in this trial. Other witnesses are former minister Chris Cardona and head of police crimes investigations Silvio Valletta. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-20/local-news/Planning-Authority-chairperson-refuses-interview-with-The-Malta-Independent-6736236868 View the latest edition of…
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Malta: Local Councils want to end door-to-door waste collection

Malta: Local Councils want to end door-to-door waste collection

The Independent says that the local councils’ association is proposing a gradual shift to point-based waste collection. Association president Mario Fava said that the current system of door-to-door collection creates accessibility and hygiene problems.  Another story reports that the chairperson of the Planning Authority, Martin Saliba, has turned down an invitation for an interview. After a number of attempts, a spokesperson of the authority informed the newsroom that Saliba is not accepting interviews. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-20/local-news/Planning-Authority-chairperson-refuses-interview-with-The-Malta-Independent-6736236868 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN hints at education reform proposals

Malta: PN hints at education reform proposals

Il-Mument quotes PN Leader Bernard Grech that the party is soon launching proposals for the education sector. Grech said the policies include a reform of the salaries and conditions for educators. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/18/pn-fil-gvern-se-jkun-qed-igib-riforma-radikali-fis-salarji-u-l-kundizzjonijiet-tal-edukaturi-bernard-grech/ The paper carries an interview with PN secretary-general Michael Piccinino of the Independence Day celebrations. He said that the planned events are calling on everyone to be part of the change that the party is leading. Read more: View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Father of suicidal inmate to initiate legal procedures

Malta: Father of suicidal inmate to initiate legal procedures

The Sunday Times says that the father of a woman who died after attempting suicide in her prison cell is expected to take legal steps against Corradino Correctional Facilities. Martin Borg Nicholas Virtu claims his daughter Kim was subjected to inhumane treatment. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/father-to-sue-state-over-his-daughters-torture-inhumane-treatment-in.901649 The paper carries an interview with development tycoon Joseph Portelli who admitted meeting politicians regularly in order to understand whether his project proposals align with the government’s vision. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Roads agency awarded over €40 million in direct orders in 30 months

Malta: Roads agency awarded over €40 million in direct orders in 30 months

The Independent on Sunday says that Infrastructure Malta has awarded nearly €42 million in direct orders in two and a half years. A spokesperson for the agency said direct orders are typically issued in cases where urgent repairs are needed. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-19/local-news/Infrastructure-Malta-awarded-over-41-million-in-direct-orders-since-2019-6736236833 The paper speaks with Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri who said that the prison system needs a system of checks and balances. Asked about the prison director’s position, the minister said he takes his decisions based on facts. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Robert Abela opens 20-point lead in trust ratings

Malta: Robert Abela opens 20-point lead in trust ratings

It-Torċa publishes survey results showing that the Prime Minister enjoys a trust rating of 52 per cent, 20 percentage points more than the Opposition Leader. Robert Abela gained 1.2 points from July while Bernard Grech lost 1.8 points. Read more here View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Dramatic decline in lampuki catches this season

Malta: Dramatic decline in lampuki catches this season

Malta Today says that lampuki catches have fallen drastically this year, raising prices per kilogram by almost a third. A fisherman said the industry normally delivers more than 1,000 crates of fish a day but this year they are only averaging 120.  The paper reports that investigators discovered that state witness Melvin Theuma held millions, despite declaring earnings of around €20,000 a year. The taxi driver owned some €1.25 million in properties and owned six cars, including a €600,000 Jaguar. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Nearly all young adults feel there is too much development

Malta: Nearly all young adults feel there is too much development

Illum publishes survey results showing that 85 per cent of people believe that there is too much development going on. The sentiment was shared among all age groups, but it was highest among the 16-35 bracket, with 97 per cent concerned about overdevelopment. Another sotry reports that the government has declined to answer questions about the status of a technical study on a national living income, officially launched in August 2020. A spokesperson said that discussions are ongoing on this process. View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Top unionist says policy should seek careers not jobs

Malta: Top unionist says policy should seek careers not jobs

L-Orizzont follows a speech by General Workers Union secretary-general Josef Bugeja who urged policymakers to focus on the creation of careers, rather than jobs. Bugeja said that the pandemic has accelerated shifts in the employment market. Read more: https://talk.mt/irridu-naraw-li-l-kundizzjonijiet-tax-xoghol-li-nkisbu-matul-iz-zminijiet-ma-jintilfux-u-jigu-protetti/ Another story follows the case in court about an incident in Gozo in which a Somali man was thrown into the sea. Taking the witness stand, a bar security officer said the man had been thrown out of the establishment in Mġarr for misbehaving.  The paper covers a business breakfast organised by the Labour Party on Friday on the theme ‘Renewing…
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Malta: Prime Minister says PL ready to mend ways

Malta: Prime Minister says PL ready to mend ways

The Independent quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela that the Labour Party will address mistakes made in the last years. Speaking at a PL event on Friday, Abela said that the party is committed to the country’s reform programme. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-17/local-news/We-are-not-infallible-we-recognise-our-mistakes-and-want-to-make-up-for-them-Robert-Abela-6736236794 Another story reports on charges brought against Josette Schembri Vella, accused of laundering €1.5 million through her company 3Cities Design Ltd. The prosecution did not say what the predicate offence was. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-17/local-news/Keith-Schembri-s-wife-to-be-charged-with-money-laundering-6736236808 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN announces national conference on the environment

Malta: PN announces national conference on the environment

In-Nazzjon says that the PN will hold a national conference on the environment on September 29. Party leader Bernard Grech said that environmental issues must be at the top of the political agenda. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/17/ilkonferenza-nazzjonali-tal-pn-dwar-it-tibdil-fil-kilma-ghad-29-ta-settembru/ Another story quotes the secretary-general of the General Workers Union, Josef Bugeja, who warned about a rise in precarious jobs. Addressing a PL conference, Bugeja said that low unemployment is important, but people need quality jobs with good conditions. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/17/aktar-unions-ghaqdiet-u-professjonisti-qed-jikxfu-l-fallimenti-fil-politika-tal-gvern/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Keith Schembri’s wife charged with money laundering

Malta: Keith Schembri’s wife charged with money laundering

The Times reports that businesswoman Josette Schembri Vella has been charged with money laundering offences arising from transactions between 2008 and 2020. The 45-year-old is the wife of former chief of staff Keith Schembri. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/keith-schembris-wife-expected-to-be-charged-with-money-laundering.901304 The paper quotes parliamentary secretary Alex Muscat who said that citizenship is the competence of member states, and the EU cannot prevent Malta from offering a scheme to obtain a national passport. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/watch-government-will-not-shift-on-passport-sales-scheme.901385 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: PN proposes changes to VAT exemption rules for businesses

Malta: PN proposes changes to VAT exemption rules for businesses

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Bernard Grech that a Nationalist government would raise the VAT exemption ceiling to €60,000. Grech said that thousands of businesses are exceeding the current €30,000 limit marginally. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/16/gvern-gdid-nazzjonalista-jgholli-l-limitu-tal-ezenzjoni-mill-vat-ghal-e60000/ A second story follows a PN press conference warning about impartiality in the news reporting of the national broadcaster. Deputy Leader David Agius said that PBS routinely features government representatives but ignores the opposition. Read more: https://netnews.com.mt/2021/09/16/ix-xandir-pubbliku-huwa-mahkum-mill-partit-laburista-u-minn-robert-abela/ View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: Government to issue tax refund cheques

Malta: Government to issue tax refund cheques

L-Orizzont says that the public will start receiving cheques from today as part of a tax refund scheme. Announcing the exercise, the Prime Minister said that more than 250,000 people are set to be eligible for a total €17 million. Read more: https://talk.mt/illum-jibdew-jitqassmu-c-cekkijiet-tar-rifuzjoni-tat-taxxa/ Another story reports that the EU Commission has approved Malta’s €316 million Recovery and Resilience Plan. The funds are earmarked for reforms in digitalisation, sustainable transport, energy supply and other strategic areas. Read more: https://talk.mt/il-kummissjoni-ewropea-tapprova-l-pjan-ta-rkupru-u-reziljenza-ta-malta/ The paper speaks with a woman from Nevada who said that the wife of one of the American soldiers who died in…
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Malta: Inmate who attempted suicide had broken ribs

Malta: Inmate who attempted suicide had broken ribs

The Times speaks with the father of the 29-year-old inmate who died in July after attempting suicide in her cell. He said that the young woman suffered abuse and bullying in prison and a scan found that she had suffered three broken ribs. Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/they-drove-my-daughter-to-insanity-in-prison.901151 The paper reports on a visit by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to Malta on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, she praised the country’s green agenda submitted as part of the post-covid recovery plan.  Read more: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/live-ursula-von-der-leyen-in-malta.901064 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: EU Commission chief calls for end to passport programme

Malta: EU Commission chief calls for end to passport programme

The Independent quotes the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, that Malta’s passport-selling scheme must be scrapped. She raised concerns about the effects on other EU members states. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-16/local-news/Malta-s-golden-passport-scheme-has-to-stop-von-der-Leyen-says-6736236778 Another story says that the arraignment in court of John Dalli has been deferred to November. The former EU Commissioner will face charges over allegations that he tried to solicit a €60 million bribe while in office. Read more: https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-16/local-news/John-Dalli-s-arraignment-postponed-to-November-6736236766 View the latest edition of CorporateDispatchPro https://issuu.com/corporatedispatch/docs/cdpro_issue_23_sep_1
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Malta: More than nine in ten persons fully vaccinated

Malta: More than nine in ten persons fully vaccinated

L-Orizzont says that 91 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a programme for booster jabs is underway in nursing homes. Health Minister Chris Fearne said that countries will need to learn to live with the virus. Another story says that the General Workers Union welcomes an announcement by De La Rue to expand its operations in Malta. The union represents the company’s workers and has negotiated a series of employment agreements over the years. Read more: https://talk.mt/il-gwu-tilqa-l-investiment-fil-kumpanija-de-la-rue/ The paper follows the State of the Union address by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen…
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