Tuesday Morning Briefing
Anti-mafia investigations in online gaming companies in Malta, waste separation, PN Leader’s call for Minister Konrad Mizzi’s resignation, and the tragedy where a 26 year old construction worker died on Monday tops Malta’s front pages.
Ukraine’s approval of martial law, Trump’s comments on Brexit, Nasa’s landing on Mars and Manafort’s lies dominate international headlines.
This is your morning briefing for Tuesday.
The Quote of the Day
Know Your Why. Michael Jr.
European Commission survey shows citizens worry about interference ahead of the European elections – EC
Brexit deal gives Barnier platform for Commission presidency – Politico
French Senate official ‘arrested for spying for North Korea’ – France 24
Human Rights Watch calls for investigation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – DW
Trump dismisses own government’s climate report – France 24
World’s First Gene-Edited Babies Born This Month, Researcher Says – New York Times
The News Paper Front Page Review
The Times says an anti-Mafia operation in Italy has Maltese firms in its sights with gaming companies licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority suspected of laundering money for mafia bosses in Sicily, Calabria, and Puglia. The operation recently led to the arrest of 68 people in the Italian regions with arrest warrants issued for another 29.
The Malta Independent says that WasteServ has observed an increase in waste separation since the introduction of new legislation at the end of October. Comparing figures with the same period in 2017, there was a 28 percent reduction in the use of black garbage bags.
Another story in The Malta Independent quotes PN MEP candidate who encouraged PL MEP Alfred Sant to contest the upcoming elections in 2019. Nationalist Peter Agius hailed the former Prime Minister for the quality if his ideas. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat also publicly urged Sant to contest the elections.
The Times speaks to University of London professor Phil Jones who said that children should be allowed to participate in processes involving them. The professor said that children with life-threatening conditions or caught up in court cases are often not duly informed of the situations.
L-Orizzont says that tourism registered a 10-percent increase in the period from January to September. National Statistics Office figures show more 1.5 million people visited Malta this year.
L-Orizzont publishes comments by an unidentified man who says that the annulment process of the catholic church is an insult to separated people. The quoted man says that the financial load on separated persons is unjust but failing to go through the process will leave them labelled ‘sinful’.
In-Nazzjon covers the speech in parliament by the Leader of the Opposition in which Adrian Delia asked for the immediate resignation of Minister Konrad Mizzi. Delia said that the case involving the Minister is clear money-laundering and said that the price of fraud is being by families in Malta.
In another story, In-Nazzjon says that the communications director at the Office of the Prime Minister admitted to keeping a copy of the Egrant inquiry in his office. Kurt Farrugia testified in court on Monday, saying he has not discussed the report with anyone, including Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.