Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing
Today’s morning briefing starts on a tragic note with the death of a 23 year old-German in a traffic accident which happened during the night.
The international news headlines are dominated by a shooting in Melbourne.
More news and headlines from Malta and around the world in your morning briefing for Sunday.
Malta: A young woman died when she was hit by a truck after falling off a motorcycle late on Saturday. The incident happened at about 11.30pm in Sta Lucija Avenue, Paola, when the woman, a 23-year-old German, was riding pillion on a motorcycle heading south. She was riding pillion with a biker who lost control of the motorcycle. Both fell off the bike but the woman was hit by a truck being driven by a 43-year-old Italian.
Migration: The Maltese government announced that more than 60 migrants stranded at sea for more than a week on the German rescue ship Alan Kurdi would be taken in by four EU countries after a deal was reached with the European Commission.
These are the main stories on the front pages of Malta’s newspapers.
The Malta Independent reveals that Air Malta did not pay a €15 million bill to Enemed until after its annual general meeting was held in order to show a profit. The paper spoke to ‘well-informed’ government sources who said that filed annual accounts do not include the fuel payment.
Il-Mument says that the recent announcement by Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi that Air Malta registered a €1.2 million profit was contested by Energy Minister Joe Mizzi in a meeting at Castille. The paper says the Energy Ministry was showing a deficit of €15 from unpaid fuel bills by Air Malta.
The Sunday Times carries a report about a surge in thefts in the Sliema area. Police sources told the paper they observed a pattern of thieves now targeting apartment blocks, drilling in the door locks.
MaltaToday says that the revelation that PN MPs Kristy Debono and Hermann Schiavone met with businessman Yorgen Fenech has revived tensions within the party. Speaking to an unnamed official, the paper says that it is believed Schiavone sought sponsorship from Tumas Group, dragging Debono with him.
Illum carries a story about rumours that opposing camps within the PN are tallying around different people in the case that electoral defeat forces Adrian Delia to resign. A conservative wing is backing Claudio Grech, says the paper, while a liberal wing is pushing Roberta Metsola.
Kulħadd also leads with a story about the PN leadership and says that a faction opposing Adrian Delia has weakening him further by forcing the suspension of Hermann Schiavone, a close ally of Delia, from the Parliamentary Group over meetings with Yourgen Fenech from Tumas Group.
MaltaToday publishes a survey showing 95 percent of the population considers rental prices to be a problem for the country. Although 82 percent say that the rental situation is not a personal problem, the highest age bracket of those who do consider it a personal problem is between 18 and 35.
The Malta Independent says that the Prime Minister’s personal lawyer Pawlu Lia is risking detention for failing to settle a fine handed in 2002. Lia, who is also a member of the Commission for the Administration of Justice, was ordered to pay €50 after he was found in contempt of court.
The Sunday Times reveals that Dr Nadine Lia, who is expected to be appointed magistrate, has been brought before the Committee for Advocates and Legal Procurators for reported misconduct in court. The case happened in 2010 over altercations with Dr Lia and opposing lawyers.
It-Torċa announces that Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Aaron Farrugia is drafting a ten-year plan covering the EU’s budget period between 2021 and 2027. The paper says that the risk of countries investing in funds a year late is still prevalent.
It-Torċa covers a meeting between the General Workers Union and PL MEP Miriam Dalli in which they discussed developments in employment. The Union is currently running a campaign promoting equal pay for equal jobs.
Illum reveals that an investigation by the Malta Football Association on suspicions of corruption is at an advanced stage. The Association told the paper it is looking into the conduct of one player but not excluding a wider net.
Kulħadd says that the government is addressing the road network situation in St Paul’s Bay and will, on Monday, start upgrading works on 17 roads in the Buġibba and Qawra area. The paper says the works are expected to be completed within a week.
Il-Mument says that Allied Newspapers owes ‘hundreds of thousands’ to Kasco Ltd., the company owned by Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. Replying to questions sent by the paper, Allied Newspapers managing director Michael Rizzo said that the company does not discuss is financial matters publicly.
Libya: The Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Khalifa Haftar intensified its airstrikes on positions held by forces loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), on the edge of the capital Tripoli, forcing thousands of civilians to flee.
Europe: Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, was only supposed to say a few words about the vote in the British House of Commons on Tuesday morning. But then he got to talking about his vision for Europe.
Serbia: Thousands in Serbia protested again Saturday against populist President Aleksandar Vucic as riot police deployed inside the country’s parliament, saying they wanted to prevent the opposition from storming the building.