Malta News Evening Roundup – Thursday 6th September 2018
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Good evening,

The news today refer to the death of a 51-year-old Libyan whose body was found in a factory in Hal Far. We also have the story about the growth in Malta’s GDP, mainly fuelled by domestic consumption.

We also refer to comments made by the Federation of Maltese Aquaculture Producers regarding slime in Maltese waters.

We also read about a story of a Maltese who witnessed Japan’s tremor and the paternal concerns and the death of President of the Gozo Business Chamber Joseph G. Grech.

The following are the leading stories as reported by Malta’s news portals so far.


 

MaltaToday reports the death a 51 year old Libyan national who was found dead inside a container earlier today. It is believed that the man died due to a fall, as several head injuried were found on the victim’s body. The Times of Malta reports that Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras is leading an inquiry while police investigations commence.

One News and the Independent reports about the 5.9% growth registered in the economy between April and June as the GDP increased by €238 million.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said “At 5.9% Malta economic growth in 2018 Q2 is three times EU average, and exceeded €3 billion in just 3 months for first time. Economic dependence on government spending has further decreased. GDP growth is now second in Europe, driven by 8% rise in income of Maltese workers”

The Independent said that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2018 was estimated at €3 billion, an increase of €238.0 million or 8.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year, the National Statistics Office said on Thursday. During the second quarter of 2018, GDP growth was mainly attributable to domestic demand.

Total final consumption expenditure increased by 9.7 per cent in nominal terms and 8.2 per cent in real terms.


 

The Malta Independent reports on a new long-term solution to clearing up slime from the sea as proposed by the Federation of Maltese Aquaculture Producers. A by-product of fish farming is able to eliminate slime, though until a concrete solution is found, no promises can be made regarding the clearing up of slime, as John Refalo, the president of the FMAP explained.

Refalo said that there is a long-term plan for its members will have to be adopted to avoid the production of slime and any more controversy such as that seen in recent years would not only be eradicated from the open sea, but also from being produced in the first place.

The first step was the signing of an agreement between four out of five of the main tuna operators on the island.

‘Incidents will always happen’ and a guarantee that there will be slime free beaches can’t be given, said Refalo as reported by The Times of Malta.

TVM reports the terrifying incidents on a Japanese island that left journalist John Busuttil in shock, after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Hokkaido, the residence of his son. After getting to know about the earthquake through social media, Busuttil was told that his son Damien was safe. Story is also reported by One.

Newsbook reports the death of the President of the Gozo Business Chamber Joseph G. Grech. Grech represented the Gozo Business Chamber on a number of committees which included the Enterprise Consultative Council, the local area group and the GBC’s representative on the MCESD Gozo Regional Committee. He was also the Chief Commisoner of the Malta Scout Association.

Net News reports the arrest of 8 people after a drug raid. More than €20,000 was found hidden in the same house that was raided.

 

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