Your Monday morning briefing provides you with the salient points reported in Malta, Europe and the World.
>> The government will be giving a second income tax refund in the coming Budget, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday.
>> Nationalist party leader Adrian Delia conceded that the party has lost its credibility and is not managing to show it renewed itself.
>> Gozo and the northern part of Malta were hit by heavy rain and thunder on Sunday morning.
> A 21 year old man had to be admitted to hospital after he suffered injuries following an argument which involved the use of a knife and which happened during the feast of Birzebbugia.
In-Nazzjon leads with a story about an incident which took place at the Marsaxlokk Power station. According to the report there was an explosion in one of the engines which was kept hidden from the public. No one was injured.
L-Orizzont’s front page has an interview with ex PN MP Franco Debono who argues that former PN Leader Lawrence Gonzi is to blame for the current situation within the PN. In another story we read that Prime Minister Muscat said that Simon Busuttil has regained his position as leader of the PN.
The Times reports that headmasters and administrators of private and independent schools have been left in the dark by the Education Ministry over the new free school transport system expected to be introduced as from this September.
The Independent leads with a photo story about the storm that hit the Maltese islands northern part on Sunday.
In another story on The Times we read that “Birżebbuġa’s Pretty Bay had the highest concentration of microplastics of five popular beaches analysed recently, Environment and Resources Authority chairman Victor Axiaq has confirmed.” Land-based human activities were believed to be the most likely major contributors to the levels of microplastics on local sandy beaches. The frequency of use of the bays, coupled with commercial and industrial activ- ity in the surrounding areas, were among the leading causes.
The Independent also carries a story about an application for the planting of 700 trees on site in Ta’ Qali, as the Government is looking for a site for afforestation.
In another story we read that the Road Safety Council is saying that drivers need time to get used to the three-lane roundabouts.
In another story on Orizzont we read that Marsascala’s mayor Mario Callejja said that the council agrees in principle with plans for Jerma, bar few exceptions.
A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 82 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities on Monday said thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll could climb. It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok.
Opposition leaders in Venezuela have warned that the government might use an apparent assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro as an excuse to crack down on legitimate dissent. In the meantime a senior White House official on Sunday denied the United States was behind the drone blast.
A no deal Brexit would be “catastrophic”, Labour warned after Cabinet minister Liam Fox put the chances of failure to reach agreement at 60-40. The International Trade Secretary blamed the “intransigence” of the European Union for the impasse in Brexit talks.
President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.
Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony Monday to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearising North Korea.
Lisbon has broken a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heatwave bakes Portugal and neighbouring Spain. Portugal’s weather service said the capital reached 44C (111.2F) on Saturday, surpassing the city’s previous record of 43C (109.4F) set in 1981.
In June 2018 compared with May 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and remained stable in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May, the retail trade volume increased by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU28.