Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

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These are the headlines from Malta’s newspaper front-pages.

The Times leads with the Planning Authority approval of the Central Link road project between Mrieħel and Rabat. The PA board voted 7-3 in favour with members representing the Opposition, NGOs, and the Attard local council voting against.

The Malta Independent also carries the decision on the Central Link and says that some 1,400 objections have been filed against the plans. Infrastructure Malta CEO Frederick Azzopardi said that over 8 percent of people were in favour of the project.

L-Orizzont quotes the head of Infrastructure Malta as well who, during his presentation to the PA board, claimed that for every €1 invested on the Central Link development the country would reap €16 in benefits.

 In-Nazzjon says that the PA board meeting was a clear sign that no public consultation was carried out about the Central Link project. PN Deputy Leader David Agius said that the opposition had offered ‘serious alternatives’ to the €55 million development, but that were ignored by the government.

The Times quotes PN member Ivan Bartolo who led the petition asking the party leadership to shoulder responsibility for the electoral defeat. Bartolo said that agreeing to change the question for the internal elected was a sign of political maturity not weakness.

The Malta Independent says that academic have criticised the lack of ‘proper’ consultation by Matsec before it announced a reform of the secondary education certificate. They argue that the proposed changes do not equip students with core qualities such as analytical and critical skills.

L-Orizzont follows an ongoing case of domestic violence in court where Judge Lorraine Schembri Orland questioned the effectiveness of the police system to support victims. The Judge said that lack of action by the police leads to re-victimisation.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Secretary General Clyde Puli that the verification process determining voter eligibility in the General Council has been finalised. Puli announced that members will receive the agenda ahead of the extraordinary council meeting set for July 27.

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