These are the main stories on today’s Malta’s newspapers front pages.
The Malta Independent says that Marsaxlokk residents are voting on the closing time of the Sunday market along the promenade. The local council wants the market stalls to close by 15:00 to leave enough time for families to enjoy the coast before restaurants start bringing out their tables.
The Times leads with a warning by GRTU that fuel service stations will take industrial action unless an agreement over profit margins is reached with the government. In a statement the GRTU said that discussions have been dragging since 2014.
The Malta Independent quotes MEP Miriam Dalli who said that the proposed EU legislation to curb emissions will only be applicable to new cars. At a public consultation in Valletta, car importers said that this would push customers towards used cars, which in turn, have higher emissions.
The Times reports on the case of a teenager who accused her older cousin of repeated rape since she was 10. Family and friends of the man, now 25, sided with the accused, but the court found him guilty and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
L-Orizzont speaks to an LSE and a teacher about aggressive behaviour going on in schools. The story comes in the wake of an MUT survey which shows that nine out of ten educators suffered aggression in the past two years. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that a portal will be launched where educators can report abuse.
In-Nazzjon quotes Malta Developers Association president Sandro Chetcuti who said that the method used by the government in the land valuation of the St George’s site raises doubts. Chetcuti questioned how an area worth €800 million will be transferred for €55 million.
L-Orizzont follows a story it published claiming that people close to PN MP Chris Said are pushing for him to be made interim leader. The paper says that Said rejected the article as fake news.