Saturday Malta News Evening Roundup
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Good evening,

Your evening round up brings the main news as reported by Malta’s news portals. The 17Black story remains on the top of the agenda. We also read about Caritas 50th Anniversary and the latest argument between Malta and Italy on migration.

 

Minister Konrad Mizzi condemned what he described as a “coordinated attack” against him, a day after the secret company 17 Black revelations. The Times reports that the Tourism Minister insisted he never had any connections or information about 17 Black, and insisted his claims were backed up by international audit company Crowe Horwath.

24 hours have past and there still has not been any action by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat over his Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri, and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Opposition Leader Adrian Delia was reported saying by The Malta Independent today. (Also reported by NETNEWS) Through his own scales, Delia should resign himself, the PL said. (One News)

 

During the thanksgiving mass to mark the 50th anniversary from the founding of Caritas Malta, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that his words would be senseless without their work.In his homily, Newsbook reports that the Archbishop stressed on the need to promote the work of this useful entity that is Caritas. He said that with its flexibility and long-sightedness has adapted to the needs and new poverty that we are being faced with. He also talked about solitude, drug abuse, loan sharking, the difficulties that split up couple encounter and counselling services.  He said that people finding themselves in difficulty found various sources of help from Caritas.

 

Malta’s Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia shot back at Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, after the Italian politician accused Malta of conducting a ‘hostile act’. In response, Farrugia said: “Stop criticizing Malta for doing its duties and start taking note of what Italy should do better in order to give priority and care to the safety of lives at sea and to abide by international obligations.” The Malta Independent 

 

The German credit agency Scope has given Malta a classification for the first time, and has given it an A+ rating. TVM quotes the agency’s economists saying that they based this rating on the country’s strong economic growth, prudent management of Government finances as well as consumption and investment. The agency noted that over the past ten years the economy has grown at an average of 4.3%, and that Malta’s economic results have exceeded the average of European Union countries.

 

Alfred Sant will decide whether to contest the MEP election in a few weeks’ time amid widespread expectation in Labour circles that he will be a candidate. Sant was asked about his candidature for 2019 during a citizens’ dialogue on Brexit organised by his office. MaltaToday quoted Sant saying “I will take into account the interests of Malta and the Labour Party when announcing my decision later this month.”

 

Malta has ranked 9th worldwide with 79 points in an annual health-related index published today in the medical journal The Lancet, a government statement read.

 

The Democratic Party has filed a judicial protest giving the government 20 days to either publish the €274-million controversial St Vincent De Paul Residence extension contract or make it accessible to it. The Times  reports that in his protest, PD leader Godfrey Farrugia called on the government to be transparent by publishing the agreement signed in November 2017 with a private consortium made up of James Caterers and a subsidiary of the Seabank dB Group.

 

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat inaugurated the € 10 million National Museum of Contemporary Art in Valletta, which saw the transformation of an Auberge d’Italie, which was transformed in an extensive restoration by Heritage Malta. The MUŻA art museum contains a collection of over 20,000 works of art.  TVM

 

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