MaltaToday leads with a story about the new electronic vote-counting system installed in the voting hall in Naxxar. The two major parties raised concerns over the number of votes that were marked as dubious by the system in a test. The paper says that the majority of these votes would have been slotted as regular by sorters.
The Times says that the Libyan government welcomed Never Gafa’ the “personal envoy of the Prime Minister of Malta” with whom bilateral issues were discussed. Contacted by the newspaper, Gafa’ confirmed he was in Libya but denied that he was there in any official capacity. The Office of the Prime Minister, too, denied that Gafa’ held any meetings on behalf of the Prime Minister. Neville Gafa’ was mentioned in an alleged Libya visa racket.
The Malta Independent says almost half of Maltese that took part in a Eurobarometer survey said they were prescribed antibiotics, oftentimes for conditions that are not cured by the drug such as colds and flu. The Superintendent of Health Dr Charmaine Gauci yesterday launched an action plan to combat over-use of antibiotics.
MaltaToday also reports that a joint operation between Malta and the US caught and destroyed €1 billion worth of tramadol pills that were smuggled into the country. The news was announced by the Foreign Mnistry.
L-Orizzont says that the Customs Department was instrumental to this operation which uncovered 215 tons of the pill hidden in 14 containers. The paper says tramadol is often destined to terrorist groups.
The Malta Independent reports that the European Central Bank will set up an Anti-Money Laundering Office that will establish an AML Network to supervise high-level risks across banks. The measure comes after scandals involving Malta’s Pilatus Bank, Latvia’s ABVL, and the Estonian branch of Danske Bank.
The Times reports on figures published by the Matsec Department on results in the history SEC examinations. The report says the number of takers was significantly less than the six-year average, but the pass rate was higher, at 60 percent. It also flags linguistic problems in both Maltese and English.
L-Orizzont reports on the death of former Labour MP and Health Minister Vincent Moran who died on Tuesday at the age of 86. The paper quotes Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who said Moran will be remembered as the father of the health system in Malta.
MaltaToday speaks to former Minister Joe Debono Grech who described Vincent Moran as a “quiet saint” and lauded his efforts to remove a 50-cent hospital admittance fee, as well as fees on several medicines.
In-Nazzjon leads with a story about the appeal by the Prime Minister to reverse a court decision that he should be part of the case filed by the Opposition Leader. Adrian Delia presented a case against Vitals Global Health, asking the court to nullify the transfer of concession awarded by the government to Steward Healthcare.
L-Orizzont says that Parliamentary Secretary for Housing Roderick Galdes met a delegation from the General Workers Union to discuss the recently-launched white paper on rent reform, describing it “light at the end of the tunnel”.
In-Nazzjon reports on a protest outside the Satabank branch by employees of a company that uses the bank’s services. The papers says it was told by the employees that, if the funds remain frozen, they will have no other option but to close down.