Updated: Malta News Evening Roundup – Sunday 19th August
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Good evening,

This is a quick run-through of Malta’s news as reported by Malta’s portals.

Updated : A pillion rider died this afternoon in a traffic accident at Ghadira, the police said.

The accident took place at Marfa Road at 4.20pm.

It involved a bike ridden by a 52-year-old of Rabat, who had a 63-year-old woman riding with him, and a coach driven by a 40-year-old man of Birkirkara.

The woman was taken to Mater Dei Hospital, where she died some time later, the police said.

Magistrate Joe Mifsud is conducting an inquiry.

The Malta Independent leads with a story stating that the Malta Financial Services Authority is taking seriously the case in which American investigators allege that up to €511 million was laundered through a still unnamed Maltese financial institution, €160 million of which are being linked to the president of Venezuela through his stepsons.

Malta Today leads with the MV Diciotti, the Italian coastguard vessel which is being refused entry into the port of Lampedusa for a fourth day running as Italy’s Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli takes it out on Malta. Toninelli called for sanctions against Malta in a tweet on Sunday, claiming that the Italian coastguard vessel intervened to save lives after Malta refused assistance. The vessel remains outside the port of Lampedusa. Read the latest on the case here. 

Newsbook leads with the story that the Environment and Resource Authority received only one proposal in relation to the international call for proposals made and which lasted from September 2017 until January 2018. However, the proposal could potentially create a monopoly given that it was submitted by a Gozitan developer whose ultimate intention seems of building a hotel in a quarry nearby Dwejra in Gozo.

TVM reports the case of 29-year-old Mandy Cassar of Swieqi was arraigned in Court this morning and pleaded not guilty to a charge of importing more than half a kg of cannabis with intent to traffick it. Magistrate Joe Mifsud turned down a request for bail, and ordered the freezing of accused’s assets.

Net News leads with a story about poverty where it refers to the increase of people who are homeless and an increase in beggars.

One News reports that the last PN administration had given direct orders to the company of Nazzareno Vassallo to run Old People’s Homes. The report says that the direct orders were given when Lawrence Gonzi was the Minister for Social Policy at the time that Vassallo was building the HeadQuarters of the PN.

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