Thursday Morning Briefing
A powerful earthquake hit Japan, the two Koreas agreed for a summit later on this month, while Donald Trump’s experience at the White House remains an issue for his staff.
This is your morning briefing.
The Times leads with a story about nurses’ qualifications and issues regards employment of nurses who have received their education outside the EU. In another story, The Times reports that emergency measures are being implemented to deal with the issue of waste in Gozo.
The Malta Independent reports that a development application in Nadur was met with objection by residents who have concerns over the strength of the cliff edge. The original application was approved in 2017 but Nadur residents say that geological studies are needed before further excavations.
Another story by The Malta Independent concerns Green MT’s CEO criticism of a legal loophole that allows waste collection operators to carry out works for local councils without contractual obligations. A subsidiary of GRTU, Green MT was forced earlier in summer to reverse its decision to discontinue collection of recycled waste in several localities.
In a related story, The Times says that the dispute between local councils in Gozo and Green MT are leading to “mounds” of waste bags full of recycling waste. The bags are left uncollected by the service provider prompting outcry by residents in villages across the island.
In-Nazzjon leads with the arguments made by the PN Leader regards the need of having the Egrant Inquiry copy given to the leader of the opposition, which is the subject of an ongoing court case.
L-Orizzont reports that the Government announced the agreement regards the provision of free transport to school children.
In another story the newspaper refers to comments given during the opening of a Water Polishing plant, where it was said that the quality of water in Malta is higher than those set by the EU.
At least one person was killed and 32 were missing, Japanese media reported, after a powerful earthquake paralyzed the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents. More
Top members of Donald Trump’s administration are so alarmed by his “erratic” and “amoral” behavior they are actively working to undermine him, an anonymous senior official wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Kim Jong Un will meet the South’s President Moon Jae-in at a summit in Pyongyang in September to discuss nuclear disarmament, Seoul said Thursday.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has hit a record low following the resignation of a popular minister and a summer scandal over his bodyguard, a poll showed on Thursday. Reuters
A 23-year-old, who saved 18 refugees in 2015 by swimming their waterlogged dingy to the shores of Lesbos with her Olympian sister, is accused of people smuggling, espionage and membership of a criminal organisation – crimes allegedly committed since returning to work with an NGO on the island. Under Greek law, Mardini can be held in custody pending trial for up to 18 months. – The Guardian
Iran’s rial fell to a record low on Wednesday, part of a staggering 140 percent drop in the currency’s value since the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago. New York Times
Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis in the southern city of Najran, wounding 26 people with shrapnel, Saudi civil defence said on Wednesday. Gulf News