Malta News Evening Roundup

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The Malta Independent AFM has rescued 102 migrants 68 nautical miles south of Malta, as their dinghy was taking on water and the people on board were in distress.

Two of the migrants were found dead. The patrol boat with the migrants onboard arrived at Haywharf AFM base at around 1.15pm. One News and NET also reports the story as the leading item.

The Times reports that a notice that appeared on The Malta Government Gazette on the €274-million direct order in connection with an extension at St Vincent de Paul Residence was “a mistake”, a parliamentary secretary said on Tuesday.

Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis, who is responsible for active ageing, explained that despite the notice, which appeared on July 20, the contract for the building of a 500-bed extension at the home for the elderly was not a direct order.

MaltaToday reports Pilatus Bank is two months away from losing its banking licence after the courts refused to order the MFSA-appointed caretaker to stop drawing his wages from the bank’s capital resources. The Times reports that Pilatus Holdings Ltd must pay the costs of an administrator appointed by the MFSA to oversee its bank, a court said on Wednesday. The company had filed a warrant of prohibitory injunction seeking to block payments to veteran US banking regulator Lawrence Connell.

TVM reports that for Dr Immanuel Mifsud, the decision handed down by the Court yesterday in regard to a tourist who was fined and missed his ship after being found guilty of possession of medicinal cannabis was a slap in the face and an undeserved punishment.

Newsbook reports Gozo Bishop Grech inviting people who know of any sort of abuse to come forward and report. Bishop Grech was referring to the the Pope’s letter following the abuse case in Pennsylvania.

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