Your morning briefing for Sunday provides you a quick run, through some of the most salient news as reported in Malta, the Mediterranean, Europe and the World.
We wish you a good Sunday.
>> The Sunday Times, uses a photo story to communicate the news of the arraignment of 22 year-old Dutch national Jelle Rijmpa who was charged with the murder of Dutch woman Shannon Mak.
>> MaltaToday states that Joseph Muscat’s trust rating has hit an all-time high in the aftermath of the Egrant inquiry that cleared him and his wife, a MaltaToday survey found. With a trust rating of 53.9%, the Prime Minister also managed to secure the trust of a greater number of Nationalist voters. The shift of PN voters towards Muscat mitigated the increase in Labour voters, who said they trusted no one.
> In an interview with the Sunday Times, Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia has shrugged of criticism that his grip on the party has been weakened in the aftermath of his decision not to press ahead with his call for Simon Busuttil’s suspension from the parliamentary group. He insisted he did not act hastily following the publication of the Egrant inquiry findings.
>>According to the Survey published by MaltaToday Nationalist Party exponents clearly overestimated the importance the Egrant story had for voters despite billing it the “mother of all scandals”. Almost three quarters of those surveyed said Egrant had no bearing on how they voted in the election and only 17% believed Joseph Muscat and his wife owned the company.
>> The Malta Independent on Sunday carries an interview with PN MEP Francis Zammit Dimech by Rachel Attard . Zammit Dimech who mediated between the two factions in the PN recent rift, said “Elements within the party were instigating further escalation between Delia and Busuttil. Zammit Dimech said that the biggest challenge in the negotiations was convincing both sides that “this is a moment where we need to rise above those elements within the party that were instigating further escalation”.
>> It-Torċa carries an interview with Judge Emeritus Philip Sciberras about the aftermath of the Egrant Saga publication. In his comments, Judge Sciberras says that he expects more fabrication of stories.
>> The Malta Independent on Sunday reports that the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit has acknowledged that its supervision of Pilatus Bank presented “a particularly unique challenge”, with the unit conceding that it could have done a better job with its supervision of the bank in 2016.
>> It also carries a photo story showing the ordination of Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi as Auxiliary Bishop.
>> The Sunday Times reveals how the Maltese government has approved a record direct order – worth a massive €274 million – to James Caterers and a subsidiary of the Seabank Group for the management of a new extension to the St Vincent de Paul residential home for the elderly.
>> In a photo story, It-Torca shows Prime Minister Muscat and wife experiencing digital art exhibition in Japan, to deliver the message of the links (through technology) which can serve the basis of work for future collaborations between Japan and Malta.
>> It-Torca publishes the results of the Fitch ratings on the Maltese economy on its front page, focusing on the positive message the report delivers.
>> Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro survives drone assassination attempt. (The Guardian) The Government affirms that it is an attack and blames the opposition and “the Colombian extreme right”. Seven soldiers have been injured. (El Pais)
>> North Korea’s foreign minister has hit out at the US for focusing on the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, after a leaked UN Security Council report accused Pyongyang of continuing its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in violation of sanctions. (Financial Times)
>> The Anti Terrorism pool in Italy, will be investigating the possible ‘Troll Attack’ led by Russians against President Mattarella. The incident took place during the delicate period of Italy’s government formation, a period when Mattarella objected on the appointment of Savona as Prime Minister. (RaiNews)
>> Embracing his breakneck return to campaign politics, President Donald Trump on Saturday argued that Republicans needed to control Congress by casting the midterms as a referendum on himself. (AP)
>> Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte said Rome had agreed crucial budget plans to make the country more competitive, attempting to calm investors after a government bond market sell-off. (Financial Times)
>> With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys’ soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand on Saturday completed their time as novice Buddhist monks. (Euronews)
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci moved to dampen down speculation about an ethnic partition of the country, saying he was working only on the eventual inclusion of ethnic Albanian parts of Serbia into Kosovo.
Around one thousand people demonstrated in eastern Tunisia, to protest against societal reforms recently proposed by a presidential commission. The Commission for Individual Freedoms and Equality, set up by President Béji Caïd Essebsi, on June 8 had proposed reforms, regarding equal inheritance and decriminalising homosexuality.
Meghan Markle‘s 37th birthday yesterday was a big day for the royal family. Not only does it mark Meghan’s first official birthday as the Duchess of Sussex, it’s also the birthday of another important royal: the late Queen Mum, Queen Elizabeth‘s beloved mother.
Malta based Bravo Aircraft Technical Services Limited (BATS) has announced that it has recently enhanced its already impressive maintenance scope of approval with the addition of the Boeing B737 (Classic and New Generation) and B777-200/300 series aircraft.
The latest model in the Opel stable is now in Malta as Motors Inc. officially launched the All-New Grandland X on Friday August 3. The much-awaited SUV introduces forward-looking aesthetics and engineering with exceptional running costs. The Opel Grandland X breaks from the crossover breed by presenting an extraordinarily well-equipped standard specification with great interior space design and top safety features. Opel cut no corners developing a compact SUV for all the family enjoying a sporty, secure, and solid ride to driver as well as the passengers.