Saturday Morning Briefing
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Good morning

Your morning roundup brings you a review of the main headlines in Malta’s newspapers, and world news agencies and portals.

Quote of The Day 

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. –  John Lennon 

News Paper Review 

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The Times says that minibus drivers have not yet been paid for their services in the school transport system, threatening to stop the service. Speaking to the paper, the drivers said that running a vehicle comes with hefty costs, too.

The Malta Independent asks Finance Minister Edward Scicluna whether Nexia BT Managing Director should have his licence as auditor revoked after having been discovered to facilitate the opening of offshore companies and trusts for politically exposed persons. The Minister said he would not defend anyone but that allegations alone are not enough to prompt action.

The Malta Independent carries a story about a court sentence in which a man was cleared of attempted murder after magistrate Josette Demicoli ruled that he acted in self-defence when he stabbed another man in 2016. The victim had entered the apartment of the accused who was asleep and attacked him with a metal rod.

The Times reports that a man of Maltese descent has been arrested in Seychelles on three charges related to corruption. Abison Degiorgio, whose father is Maltese, worked for the Anti-Corruption Commission before he was handed a six-year jail term. Degiorgio was arrested at the island’s airport on his return from a three-day visit to Malta in February.

L-Orizzont quotes Finance Minister Edward Scicluna who, in reaction to the Eurostat figures published this week, said that the results go against the EU’s expectations. The Finance Minister said that Malta’s economy is now in a state of acceleration.

L-Orizzont speaks to Health Minister Chris Fearne about the reported increase in HIV cases in Malta in the past years. The Minister said that sexual health remains one of the pillars of the country’s health sector but said that the increase in HIV diagnoses is a global phenomenon.

Another story in L-Orizzont follows up on figures by the National Statistics Office showing a significant share of absenteeism in schools. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told the paper the government is committed to deal with the situation.

In-Nazzjon says that Tourism Minster Konrad Mizzi cannot be believed when he declares that he knew nothing about 17 Black. The paper says that, just like Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the minister lost his credibility.

In-Nazzjon features a story about a fundraising event by the Nationalist Party on Sunday with an eye on the upcoming European Parliament and Local Council elections in May. Secretary General Clyde Puli appealed to people to be generous.


The Headlines 

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Stampede Italy

Six dead, 118 injured in a stampede from a discotheque in Ancona, Italy

Prosecutors recommend substantial term of imprisonment for Michael Cohen despite collaboration – Mueller said that the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors

George Papadopoulos released from prison

Outgoing US Ambassador to UN suggests that Saudi Government needs to be held in account for Khashoggi’s murder

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected as new CDU leader

Merkel bids farewell to CDU

Signs and symbols in Christmas traditions help us contemplate mystery of God made man – Pope Francis

James Fields guilty of murder for driving car into crowd – Charlottesville

OPEC to reduce oil production by 1.2m barrels a day

Qantas criticised for asking airline staff to volunteer time at airport

Italy gripped by bitterness – Censis report

Former Italian coach Gigi Radice died at 83


Corporate News

Malta Public Transport carries 50 millionth passenger

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