Thursday Malta News Evening Roundup
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Another case of an underage sexual abuse case, artificial intelligence legislation, the introduction of the Virtual Financial Assets Act, news from the court and the planning authority are amongst the main news from Malta as reported by Malta’s portals.

A 34-year-old salesman has been remanded in custody after he was accused of raping his partner’s 13-year-old daughter over a two-year span starting when the girl was 11. The man was accused of raping the girl repeatedly in the most brutal manner, corrupting a minor, participating in sex acts with an underage girl and misuse of electronic communications equipment. MaltaToday 

The Criminal Court has revoked the bail granted earlier this week to brothers Alfred Degiorgio and George Degiorgio by the Court of Magistrates. The Malta Independent 

The Virtual Financial Assets Act came into force on Thursday, making a splash in time to be noticed by the thousands of people attending the Malta Blockchain Summit. The Act regulates the registration of whitepapers by issuers of virtual financial assets, VFA service providers and VFA agents. This means that the MFSA will now be able to accept requests for applications, authorisations and approvals through the designated online portal. Times of Malta 

In another development, Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri announced that the country will be working to draft a legislation related to Artificial Intelligence. One News In fact, the government, together with SingularityNET – the team behind Sophia the AI robot – will explore a pilot project to create a citizenship test for AI robots, Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri added.

Six students which attend schools which form part of the St George Preca College are infected with scabies. The story was confirmed by the Ministry of Education to Newsbook, although it was not stated to them which school the children attended.

The Nationalist Party Leader, Adrian Delia, said in Parliament that the Nationalist Party will keep talking on the issues which effect the people. In his speech, Delia said that the country, more than ever, requires a long-term plan in all aspects of policy. Net News 

A man, aged 66, from Santa Venera, was admitted to hospital after he was hit by a motorcycle in Hamrun, The accident happened at around 10.20am in Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp, Hamrun when the man was hit by a motorcyclist riding a Sym Symphony bike. The motorcyclist is aged 40, from the Czech Republic and resident in Birkirkara. TVM 

The charming Ta’ Rita restaurant in Għar Lapsi, which has retained the same appearance since the 1930s is set for a major makeover. The owners want the restaurant to make for a complex built over three levels, which will include a guest house and a restaurant with outside terraces offering views of Filfla. MaltaToday 

An outline development planning application to construct a 115-room hotel at Hunters Tower restaurant in Marsaxlokk was approved by the Planning Authority Board today. Malta Independent 



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