Greens want fuel subsidy slashed, not University funds/ Malta News Briefing – Saturday 27 August 2022

Greens want fuel subsidy slashed, not University funds/ Malta News Briefing – Saturday 27 August 2022

Updated 1220 Seguna referred to mental hospital, spent night in jail Fr Luke Seguna, the priest accused of defrauding parishioners was referred to the state’s mental health hospital after a court heard that he told his lawyers that his life had “ended” following criminal charges. The Times reports that after Seguna was granted bail on Thursday, he spent that night in Corradino Correctional Facility, as his bail money was not deposited in time. Seguna's lawyers later said that that the priest was referring to his public life as a priest when he made that statement, and was not to be…
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AirMalta restructuring on track – Finance Minister  / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 23 August 2022

AirMalta restructuring on track – Finance Minister / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 23 August 2022

Updated 1745 - Newsportal Review Times of Malta says that Finance minister Clyde Caruana on Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility that Air Malta could be replaced by another flag carrier, but he insisted that the airline's restructuring programme is on track. Maltatoday reports that a new COLA mechanism will be in place to address the particular needs of lower-income groups, who will be receiving additional compensation to counter inflation. Newsbook reveals that plans have been submitted to redevelop an existing abandoned cow farm in the Wied Ghomor Valley between Swieqi and San Ġwann into a 131-room agri-tourism. TVM…
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Police say Muscat died from heart failure/ Malta News Briefing – Thursday 04 August 2022

Police say Muscat died from heart failure/ Malta News Briefing – Thursday 04 August 2022

Updated 1800 Maltatoday leads with the news that Karl Muscat, the prosecutor at the Attorney General's office who was found dead in his Swieqi home on Wednesday, died of cardiorespiratory failure, according to an autopsy. Times of Malta reports that former Enemalta board member Lara Boffa told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that she could not “hand on heart” vote in favour of the decision to award the power station contract to the Electrogas consortium. Newsbook quotes data by the MCA which shows that the popularity of fixed telephony has slowly dwindled during the past few years, with subscriptions totalling…
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Police find drugs worth €1.5million hidden in van/ Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 2 August 2022

Police find drugs worth €1.5million hidden in van/ Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 2 August 2022

Updated 1730 - Afternoon Review The Times of Malta leads with reports that construction entrepreneur Joseph Portelli been given the green light for two large swimming pools in a protected area in Qala. A number of organisations have expressed concern on development in the area. Maltatoday reports that Bolt claims that it received no demands in relation to a single-day strike carried out by couriers last week, while insisting that no changes have been made to its basic courier earnings formula.  TVM says that a 49-year old man from Rabat was sentenced to 21 months, suspended for three years, on harassment…
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UPDATE – Perici Calascione gets 90% approval as new PN Deputy Leader – Malta News Briefing / 30 July 2022

UPDATE – Perici Calascione gets 90% approval as new PN Deputy Leader – Malta News Briefing / 30 July 2022

Updated 1745- Perici Calascione elected PN Deputy Leader Alex Perici Calascione has secured a 90% approval by PN delegates, and was this afternoon elected deputy leader for the Nationalist Party. Maltatoday is quoting PN sources that Perici Calascione got 90% of the vote. The candidate was uncontested for this position. Updated 1430 Bolt Food couriers eye further action Bolt Food couriers hailed Friday’s strike as a “success”, saying they will not back down until their demands are met. An estimated 500 couriers took part in Friday's strike, organised in protest of the working conditions, and after one of them was beaten up in Zabbar while picking up…
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UK teens shun traditional news for TikTok, Instagram – regulator

UK teens shun traditional news for TikTok, Instagram – regulator

LONDON, (Reuters) - Teenagers in Britain are increasingly turning to social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok and YouTube for news and are moving away from traditional outlets, media regulator Ofcom said in a report issued this week. Ofcom’s latest report on news consumption in Britain outlined how a range of age groups consumed news differently and showed for the first time that Instagram was the most popular news source among teenagers. Replacing more traditional news sources, 29% of teens used Meta Platform Inc's Instagram to follow the news while TikTok and Alphabet's GOOGL.O YouTube were also used by 28% of teenagers for news. Across…
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Nurses’ Union Industrial Action given green light | Malta News Briefing – July 4

Nurses’ Union Industrial Action given green light | Malta News Briefing – July 4

1745- Latest News update Times of Malta says a lawyer assisting a former senior official at Pilatus Bank who is facing money laundering charges has questioned why third parties linked to the same alleged wrongdoing were still being “investigated” but had not been charged.  MaltaToday says the nurses' union can go ahead with industrial action after a judge determined on Monday that directives ordered by the union do not endanger patients' lives. Newsbook says former PN leader Adrian Delia is one of five Opposition MPs demanding a free vote on the IFV law amendments that allow genetic testing on embryos before…
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Malta News Briefing – Saturday 1 January 2022

Malta News Briefing – Saturday 1 January 2022

Midday Briefing Malta kicked off 2022 with its lowest number of new COVID-19 infections in five days, with health authorities reporting 1,030 new cases on Saturday, Times of Malta reports. 249 patients recovered bringing the number of active virus cases in the country currently stands at 12,222. —— Five people are under investigation over a workplace accident that claimed the life of Somali national Ahmed Diriye. The Somali man had died in hospital but remained unidentified until police issued a missing person’s notice for him. Two men were arrested and are being investigated over the accident, Times of Maltareports today.…
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Timely exit from FATF grey-list is crucial – President of The Malta Institute of Accountants

Timely exit from FATF grey-list is crucial – President of The Malta Institute of Accountants

On 7th December 2021, the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) organised a physical conference to address the role of professions in Malta’s efforts to exit the FATF’s ‘Grey List`. Mr David Delicata, the President of the MIA kicked off the conference by explaining how getting Malta out of the ‘Grey List` has been one of the Institute`s priorities for the past months. He noted that the Institute had ‘put forward recommendations, challenged viewpoints, and taken leadership in the development of new legislation and regulation on the subject, including on the enhancement of regulation of the profession, insisting on quality and…
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15% tax rate would impact up to 20 of Malta’s largest employers / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 30 November 2021

15% tax rate would impact up to 20 of Malta’s largest employers / Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 30 November 2021

Latest Update- 1745 Times of Malta says an assessment of Malta’s anti-money laundering regime today by Moneyval would see the country pass with flying colours, FIAU director Kenneth Farrugia said on Tuesday. MaltaToday says the director of law courts can solely determine if person has “valid grounds” to have court judgement deleted from public website Newsbook says Opposition MP and Caruana Galizia lawyer Jason Azzopardi has described the psychological toll caused by a stream of anonymous letters he had received over seven years. TVM says Sterling Group, who imports and locally manufactures jewelry, inaugurated a new €4-million investment factory at San…
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Ministry justifies controversial tax scheme / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 18 November 2021

Ministry justifies controversial tax scheme / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 18 November 2021

Times of Malta says that Matthew Caruana Galizia has described feeling so angry after his mother's murder that he wanted to kick down the door of then Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and "beat him to the floor". MaltaToday says that the planning board has indicated its intention to refuse the permit for the construction of a hotel instead of a disused explosives factory on Dingli cliffs. Newsbook says that current tensions do not lend themselves to mediation, lawyer Mario Mifsud who is representing currently auto-suspended prison director Alexander Dalli said on Thursday morning. TVM says that the Anti-Drug squad has…
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Election to be held in 2022 – PM / Malta News Briefing – Monday 25 October 2021

Election to be held in 2022 – PM / Malta News Briefing – Monday 25 October 2021

Update 2100 A motorcyclist died after falling off his bike in St Julian's. The 53-year-old Serbian man from Birkirkara was riding along Mikiel Anton Vassalli Road at around 5.15pm, the police said in a statement. Update 1745 Times of Malta says that air pollution over Grand Harbour has reached shocking levels, BirdLife Malta said on Monday, citing studies taken by a Danish scientist. MaltaToday says that independent MP Konrad Mizzi should testify before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Monday, insisting government will not protect him. Newsbook says that Nationalist Party deputy leader Robert Arrigo has…
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UPDATE – Jurors find Bojan Cmelik guilty of the murder of Hugo Chetcuti  / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 13 October 2021

UPDATE – Jurors find Bojan Cmelik guilty of the murder of Hugo Chetcuti  / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 13 October 2021

Latest Update- News Portal Briefing UPDATE - Bojan Cmelik has been found guilty of the murder of Hugo Chetcuti. The jury returned an eight-to-one guilty verdict for wilful homicide after deliberating for less than six hours. Judge Aaron Bugeja has retired to chambers to deliver sentencing.  The jury also unanimously found Cmelik guilty of having violently resisted arrest and unlawful possession of a weapon. Times of Malta says Konrad Mizzi refused to appear in parliament as witness for a second time MaltaToday reports that a 65-year-old dog owner is now prohibited by court from owning or raising dogs after eight…
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Malta: Injured migrant testifies from hospital bed

Malta: Injured migrant testifies from hospital bed

A migrant injured in a two-storey fall and allegedly dumped on the road by his employer is to testify from his hospital bed in the case. Lamin Jaiteh is being treated for spinal and arm injuries at Mater Dei after the incident last week.  Source Times of Malta Updated 1745
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Malta: Study to see if mask-wearing at school can be scrapped, Chris Fearne says

Malta: Study to see if mask-wearing at school can be scrapped, Chris Fearne says

The health authorities will be conducting a study during October-November in schools to determine whether masks need to be worn in during the second semester, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced on Thursday. Fearne said that although mask-wearing in schools "seems necessary", the health authorities are currently gathering data on COVID-19 cases.   Source: MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Malta: Drug mule lands at MIA with €120,000 worth of cocaine

Malta: Drug mule lands at MIA with €120,000 worth of cocaine

A 25-year-old woman was arrested at the Malta International Airport upon her arrival from Madrid, Spain. In a statement the police said that a joint operation between the Drugs Squad and Customs Department, the woman from the Dominican Republic was arrested on Monday. Source: Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: PAC meets in Konrad Mizzi’s absence

Malta: PAC meets in Konrad Mizzi’s absence

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reconvened after parliament’s summer recess this afternoon as it continues its probe into the Auditor General’s report on the Electrogas project. Former energy minister Konrad Mizzi was summoned to appear in front of the committee, however he refused to attend this afternoon’s meeting. Source Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: ‘I was strapped to prison chair for eight hours,’ former inmate claims

Malta: ‘I was strapped to prison chair for eight hours,’ former inmate claims

An ex-prison inmate says he was strapped to a restraint chair and humiliated for eight hours while the prison director taunted him and refused to give him water. The former prisoner is now asking to testify about the incident and others at Corradino Correctional Facility before a three-person board that is investigating procedures at the prison.  Source Times of Malta Updated 1745
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Malta: Malta Enterprise representative testifies in proceedings against Hillman

Malta: Malta Enterprise representative testifies in proceedings against Hillman

More witnesses were expected to take the stand in the criminal proceedings against former Allied Newspapers managing director Adrian Hillman on Tuesday morning. Hillman stands accused of money laundering, conspiracy to commit a crime, defrauding Progress Press, making fraudulent gain, making a false declaration to a public authority and accepting bribes as a managing director of Allied Group. Source Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: Josette Schembri Vella has case to answer for money laundering, court rules

Malta: Josette Schembri Vella has case to answer for money laundering, court rules

Josette Schembri Vella is one step closer to being tried for money laundering, with a court ruling on Tuesday that she has a case to answer for that crime. The court issued what is known as a prima facie decree against Schembri Vella, meaning that on the basis of evidence put forward so far, there is enough for her to face trial under indictment. Source Times of Malta Updated 1745
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Malta: Financial services contribute 90% to FDI in 2020

Malta: Financial services contribute 90% to FDI in 2020

The Financial services industry contributed to over 90% of total Foreign Direct Investment Flows in 2020. These totalled €196.2 billion, an increase of €3.4 billion over the year before. According to data released by the National Statistics Office today, in December 2020, the stock position of FDI amounted to €196.2 billion, an increase of €8.3 billion over the corresponding period of the previous year. Financial and insurance activities accounted for 97.6 per cent of FDI stocks in December 2020. The remaining FDI resulted from the ICT, accommodation and manufacturing industry, totaling together less than 9.5%. During 2020, direct investment flows…
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Malta: Caruana hints at higher tax rebates in 2022

Malta: Caruana hints at higher tax rebates in 2022

The tax rebate next year could go up to €340 as finance minister Clyde Caruana hinted at an increase in a pre-budget press conference. This year, the lowest refund was of €45 for high-income earners while lower-income workers received up to €95. Source Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: Migrant community demands stronger rights

Malta: Migrant community demands stronger rights

Migrant and asylum-seeker communities gathered in Valletta on Monday in a show of force to demand better rights while protesting the unhuman treatment of migrants in Malta. The migrant community presented a list of demands to the press and to the Ministry for Home Affairs to highlight urgent issues being faced by the community. Source MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Malta: Taxman asks UK authorities for information on Ian Castaldi Paris

Malta: Taxman asks UK authorities for information on Ian Castaldi Paris

UK tax authorities have been asked to turn over any information they hold on Labour MP Ian Castaldi Paris after leaked chats show he had bragged about a multimillion-euro property in London.  Castaldi Paris said chats about pursuing a £16 million (€18.7m) Kensington property he had with alleged murder conspirator Yorgen Fenech was down to “bluff”. The chats were first revealed by MaltaToday.  Source Times of Malta Updated 1745
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Malta: FAA welcomes PA postponement on Ħal Għargħur ‘bastion of concrete’

Malta: FAA welcomes PA postponement on Ħal Għargħur ‘bastion of concrete’

Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) and Għargħur residents welcomed the Planning Commission’s postponement of its decision on a permit for what they described as a ‘bastion of concrete’ in Ħal Għargħur. The commission decided not to consider the development application of a block of apartments in isolation, FAA said, adding that applications for two other adjoining blocks are still being processed. Source Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: Planning Authority reduces maximum permitted height for buildings in vicinity of Villa Barbaro

Malta: Planning Authority reduces maximum permitted height for buildings in vicinity of Villa Barbaro

The Planning Authority has reduced the maximum permitted height for proposed buildings in the vicinity of Villa Barbaro in Ħal Tarxien, which dates from the 16th century and is known for its red facade. It was announced in a statement that the decision was taken by the Planning Authority’s Executive Council to ensure the context of space around one of the oldest country residences under Grade 1 protection is not compromised. Source TVM Updated 1745
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Malta: Sufficient evidence for Pilatus money laundering reporting officer to be indicted

Malta: Sufficient evidence for Pilatus money laundering reporting officer to be indicted

The magistrate compiling evidence against a former official at Pilatus Bank has declared that there is sufficient prima facie evidence to proceed with an indictment on money laundering charges. Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech gave the ruling earlier this afternoon as the case against Claude Anne Sant Fournier continued. Sant Fournier, who was previously money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) at the bank, stands charged, together with the bank itself, with money laundering. Source MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Malta: Country back on EU travel green list

Malta: Country back on EU travel green list

Malta is back on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) green list after spending the majority of the summer on either the red or orange list. Taking to social media, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne welcomed the news. ECDC had taken Malta off the green list back on 12 July and classified it as red after a spike in COVID-19 cases. Source: MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Malta: CCF Restraint chair has been modified

Malta: CCF Restraint chair has been modified

The restraint chair at the Corradino Correctional Facility has been modified over the past months after Newsbook.com.mt published exclusive photos of the said chair in January. Its existence was initially denied by the Correctional Services Agency while the home affairs minister confirmed that the agency had informed the ministry that an inmate was tied to the chair for fifteen minutes in 2019. However, a professional working at Corradino said it was more than fifteen minutes. Source: Newsbook Updated 1745
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Malta: Msida pitbull attack victim was found with body parts missing

Malta: Msida pitbull attack victim was found with body parts missing

A 95-year old woman, mauled to death inside her Msida home last year by her grandson’s pet pitbulls, was found lying motionless in a pool of blood with parts of her body missing, a court heard.  Details about the episode on that September 7 afternoon emerged as criminal proceedings began on Wednesday against André Galea, the dog owner accused of involutary homicide. Source: Times of Malta Updated: 1745
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Malta: Man questioned on injured migrant worker is not registered contractor

Malta: Man questioned on injured migrant worker is not registered contractor

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) has distanced itself from building contractor Glen Farrugia, who is being questioned by the police over the incident involving a migrant construction worker who was left injured on a road in Mellieħa. The association said that Farrugia, one of two shareholders and a director of the company J&G Farrugia Contractors, was not a registered contractor and neither their member. Source MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Malta: Bars, restaurants that only allow entry to fully vaccinated will benefit from less restrictions

Malta: Bars, restaurants that only allow entry to fully vaccinated will benefit from less restrictions

Bars and restaurants can choose to restrict entrance to those with a COVID-19 vaccine certificate from October 9, Health Minister Chris Fearne said today.  Fearne was speaking during the inauguration of a healthcare centre in Valletta. The Health Minister also said that due to the successful vaccination programme in the country, more measures could be relaxed in the entertainment sector, specifically bars and restaurants. Source: MaltaToday Updated: 1745
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Malta: Nationalist Party calls for the cancellation of the three hospitals’ contract

Malta: Nationalist Party calls for the cancellation of the three hospitals’ contract

The Nationalist Party called for the cancellation of the contract with the private sector to run the three public hospitals in order to stop what he described as squandering people’s money. Addressing the media, deputy Adrian Delia referred to the case he filed against this agreement, arguing that the contract robs the Maltese people. He said that in yesterday’s hearing, Steward company had to bring proof to show how in six years they spent €300 million given by the government for the running of the three hospitals. Source TVM Updated 1745
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Government commits to Hal Far race-track  / Malta News Briefing – 27 September 2021

Government commits to Hal Far race-track / Malta News Briefing – 27 September 2021

Latest Update- News Portal Briefing Times of Malta says that a man wanted in the US to face charges of fraud and money laundering of $50 million has been arrested in Malta. MaltaToday reports that the compilation of evidence in the money laundering case against Josette Schembri Vella, former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri’s wife, stalled this morning after one of the prosecuting inspectors was abroad. Newsbook reports the police has confiscated some 300 wild finches from a property in Gozo following a joint operation by the Gozo Police and the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) officers. TVM says…
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Malta to hold first pilot post-Covid cultural activity / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 25 September 2021

Malta to hold first pilot post-Covid cultural activity / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 25 September 2021

Updated 1300 Mid-Day Briefing MCC to hold pilot post-Covid cultural activityOn the 8th of October 2021, the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta will host the first cultural activity for research purposes, which will follow a specific protocol of minimum restrictions as per health authority's guidelines. This is being done as part of a pilot programme whereby its main aim is to determine the way forward for artistic, cultural and leisure activities based on research and analysis of information that will be gathered during this process. During this activity there will be no restrictions related to social distancing and the wearing…
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Deficit widens to €753.2 million by end of August / Malta News Briefing – Friday 24 September 2021

Deficit widens to €753.2 million by end of August / Malta News Briefing – Friday 24 September 2021

Updated 1240 - Mid-Day Briefing Covid-19 Update 13 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Friday, with 29 persons recovering, reducing the active case toll to 471. During the past 24 hours, Covid took the life of another victim, a 94-year-old female. The death toll has now reached 457. 15 patients remain in hospital, four of whom in ITU. Deficit widens to €753.2 million by end of August By the end of August 2021, Government's deficit has widened to €753.2 million, particularly after a staggering increase in expenditure. In the first eight months of 2021, Recurrent Revenue amounted to €3,221.5…
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Drop in number of registered unemployed / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 23 September 2021

Drop in number of registered unemployed / Malta News Briefing – Thursday 23 September 2021

Updated 1230 Drop in number of registered unemployed: The number of people registering for work in August dropped substantially when compared to the same month a year ago - from 3,672 to 1,442, the National Statistics Office said. Data provided by Jobsplus registered unemployment levels decreased across all age groups and sexes, the NSO said. Those who had been registering for work for less than 21 weeks decreased considerably when compared to the same month in 2020. Drops were also recorded among those who were registering for work for longer.  University graduation ceremonies will take place: The university will be…
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UPDATED – Malta News Briefing – Sunday 19 September 2021

UPDATED – Malta News Briefing – Sunday 19 September 2021

Update 1630 - News Headlines A couple currently undergoing separation proceedings landed in court on Sunday following a physical altercation at their Xewkija home on Saturday which involved the use of a knife.  An Australian-Maltese woman was accused of seriously injuring her husband, from Pietà, with a knife, who, in turn, was accused of slightly injuring his wife.  The 34-year-old woman, who told the court she works as a project manager, was also accused of using a sharp and pointed weapon against her husband while the 37-year-old man, who is a gym instructor, was further charged with breaching the conditions…
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IMF forecasts strong growth in coming months but calls for prioritization of AML fight / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 18 September 2021

IMF forecasts strong growth in coming months but calls for prioritization of AML fight / Malta News Briefing – Saturday 18 September 2021

Updated 1530 - IMF commends Malta's actions on Covid, calls for more work in fight against AML and in enhancing economic transformation The International Monetary Fund has commended the authorities for the swift and bold response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the Fund said that economic growth is expected to gain momentum in the coming months, although uncertainty remains high and downside risks cloud the outlook. It insisted that coordinated policy support should continue until the recovery firmly takes hold, balancing near-term growth with long-term stability while pursuing structural reforms to strengthen the economy’s resilience. While noting recent…
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Increased tourist arrivals in July, but levels below half of 2019 / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 15 September 2021

Increased tourist arrivals in July, but levels below half of 2019 / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 15 September 2021

Covid-19 Update - Malta's 450th death: 32 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, while 60 patients recovered. This means that there are now 718 active cases of Covid in Malta, with 25 patients being treated at Mater Dei Hospital. The number of persons in intensive care has gone up to five. Meanwhile, an 88-year-old woman became Malta’s 450th victim. Increased tourist arrivals in July, but levels still at half of 2019: Tourist arrivals increased in July, according to NSO data, but were still less than half the amount visiting Malta in 2019. Total inbound visitors for July 2021…
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EU Commission President to visit Malta / News Briefing – Tuesday 14 September 2021

EU Commission President to visit Malta / News Briefing – Tuesday 14 September 2021

Updated 1740 - Newsportal Review The Times of Malta reports that Health Minister Chris Fearne has promised to modify Malta's strict travel restrictions following calls to allow residents arriving from 'dark red countries' to quarantine at home. More information will be announced in a news conference on Wednesday but it is expected that he will modify the hotel quarantine measure for residents.  The Independent says that Transport Minister Ian Borg avoided questions on whether the government would be holding a referendum on the Gozo-Malta undersea tunnel, insisting that the government intends to stick to its electoral pledge. Newsbook highlights a…
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Maltese Editors Perspectives

Maltese Editors Perspectives

The Times of Malta says that is up to our political leaders to save the local agriculture industry from extinction. They should start with a strategy aimed at compensating the owners of agriculture land more equitably while guaranteeing farmers the security of tenure that they need to invest in their future. The Malta Independent discussed recent news that waiting lists for social housing have decreased significantly in recent years, suggesting an improvement in the quality of life of the Maltese population. However, the editor cautions against resting on our laurels and insists on the need of supporting people in the…
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Malta: Concern on late re-opening of schools

Malta: Concern on late re-opening of schools

L-Orizzont leads with an interview with an experienced educator who shares a concern that public schools will be opening a week later compared to Church and independent schools. L-Orizzont reports that the European Court of Auditors is expected to present later today its findings regarding an investigation on the repatriation of migrants.
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Malta: Nadur block mired in controversy downsized and re-activated

Malta: Nadur block mired in controversy downsized and re-activated

The Malta Independent reveals that a controversial apartment block application in Nadur has been downsized and re-activated. In another front page story, The Malta Independent says the Prime Minister has described Malta's current economic recovery from the pandemic as strong, attributing such result to Government's schemes, saying that 6,000 businesses over the past few days have benefitted from financial support of €1.6 million divided among them, to help pay for their rent.
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Malta: Government presents action plan to get off FATF grey-list

Malta: Government presents action plan to get off FATF grey-list

The Times of Malta reveals that Malta has presented the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) with an action plan to get off the grey list of untrustworthy financial jurisdictions. The government presented the plan to the global watchdog during a virtual meeting on Thursday. In a separate story, The Times quotes sources close to the investigation on Pilatus Bank and reveals that the probe is probe skirting problematic account holders for the time being, adding that the investigation not focused on prosecuting account holders 'at this stage'.
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Malta News Briefing – Saturday 11 September 2021

Malta News Briefing – Saturday 11 September 2021

Updated 1245 - Mid-Day Briefing 96-year-old passes away with Covid-19 Healthcare workers reported 34 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as patients in hospital went up to 31. A 96-year-old man became the 447th person to die while positive since the start of the pandemic. Rosianne Cutajar called by Council of Europe to answer to allegations of breach of conduct Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar has been given an ultimatum by the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly’s committee on rule of procedures and immunities, to answer accusation of breach of conduct. Council members are accusing Cutajar of withholding her dealings with Yorgen…
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Archbishop points out at greed as Malta’s enemy / Malta News Briefing – Wednesday 8 September 2021

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

Updated 1500 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…
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London takes aim at New York with five-year financial plan

London takes aim at New York with five-year financial plan

ritain needs to ease taxes on banks and make it easier to hire staff from abroad, its financial and professional services lobby said in a blueprint to help London unseat New York as the world's top international financial centre within five years. The strategy paper on Tuesday from TheCityUK reiterated some ideas already aired in government-backed reports and elsewhere in recent months as the City of London looks to recoup ground lost following Britain's departure from the EU. "By some metrics, the UK is losing ground: London is currently slipping further behind New York each year while other centres are strengthening," the paper said. The U.S.…
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Maltese Editors Perspectives

Maltese Editors Perspectives

The Times follows up on the tax arrears of political parties suggesting that Malta is already suffering immensely because of the corrupt public governance of the last few years. The Editor argues that the tax authorities and banks should have no reverential respect for political parties that default on their repayment agreements. The Independent says that in the post-pandemic society, educating people about mental health must be a priority. It expresses concern that we do not yet know what kind of long-term impact the pandemic will have on our society mentally. Consequently, the Editor says efforts must be done on…
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