Thursday Morning Briefing
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Good morning,

Your morning briefing presents a review of the main headlines from Malta and around the world to start your day informed.

 

The Review 

The Malta Business Weekly reports that blockchain firm Multiwallet is seeking a custodial license from the government, saying it fully complies with Malta’s current requirements. The paper says Multiwallet is eyeing the European market of crypto custodial services.

Another story published in The Malta Business Weekly reveals that STMicroelectronics has launched a programme to buy back shares of up to $750 million over three years. The company said the programme follows a shareholders’ resolution at the annual meeting, but it is not obliged to carry out the buy-back in full.

The Malta Independent reports on the development of a new 5-star hotel in the Saqqajja area who proponents say will not obstruct views of Mdina. The CEO f=of QP Management said that the 110-bed hotel will, on the contrary, open a public access to the silent city.

The Times publishes a story on the European Air Quality report which says that 270 people died in Malta last year due to air pollution. The report shows an increase in premature deaths linked to low air quality rising from 220 in 2012 and 250 in 2016. The paper says Malta is “some way off” the 2020 targets for pollution reduction.

Another story in The Malta Independent says that the Environmental and Resources Authority finds a villa in Safi proposed by Charles Polidano objectionable. The site over which the construction is proposed is designated as agricultural area in the South Malta Local Plan and the Authority said that the fact that it is an infill site “should not be used as a pretext to gain further development permissions”.

The Times reports on a judicial protest filed by the Church government entities claiming that 500 square meters of land owned by the Church was encroached upon in Marsascala to build a new access road to a planned school. The protest signed by the Archbishop’s delegate for property administration said that material dug up from excavation works was illegally dumped on nearby agricultural land.

L-Orizzont speaks to the administrators of ‘Break The Taboo’, a social media page that tells the personal stories of women who carried out abortions. The anonymous administrator


s told the newspaper that, until some years ago, the word “abortion” couldn’t even be heard in public and said that women who perform abortions should not be judged.

L-Orizzont publishes an interview with traffic management expert Dr Joseph Micallef Stafrace who says there is a need for new regulations on jaywalking. Dr Micallef Stafrace said that the passage of pedestrians on the streets should be “disciplined”.

In another story, L-Orizzont says that the Maltese Aviation Registry reached a new record in the number of registered aircraft. The newspaper also reports that almost six million passengers went through the airport so far this year, an increase of more that 13 percent.

In-Nazzjon covers an address by PN Leader Adrian Delia to delegates from the European People’s Party at a Summit in Finland. Delia said that the Nationalist Party wants Malt to be confident and well-prepared for the future.

The Headlines

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump. “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

President Trump took the exceedingly rare step of suspending the White House credentials of Jim Acosta, the chief White House correspondent for CNN, on Wednesday after an intense verbal clash at a news conference earlier in the day.

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy, has been freed from jail, her lawyer said Thursday.

The US aviation regulator has alerted airlines to a warning from Boeing that the latest version of its best-selling 737 jet has a potential flaw in safety-critical software, following the Indonesia crash last week in which 189 people died.

The Italian Senate on Wednesday approved the government’s security-and-migration decree with 163 votes in favour, 59 against and 19 abstentions. The legislation, which was approved with a confidence vote, now moves to the Lower House.

A Dutch pensioner has started a legal battle to legally change his age and boost his dating prospects. Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender.

Prince Charles has denied suggestions he’ll be an ‘interfering’ monarch when he one day becomes king, saying “I’m not that stupid”.

The United States is warning other countries not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters or ports, saying such access may run afoul of US sanctions and not only incur penalties, but also result in catastrophic economic and environmental damage should an accident occur.

French lawmakers have adopted an amendment to the 2019 budget bill that will cut capital gains tax on bitcoin sales to 30 percent from 36.2 percent. This will bring cryptocurrency transactions in line with other non-real estate assets, which are taxed at a flat rate of 30 percent.

Manchester United produced a stunning late comeback to beat Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday in what could be a turning point in their Champions League campaign, while a Gabriel Jesus hat-trick helped Manchester City all but secure a last-16 berth.

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