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An 86-year-old man has become the 24 th person to die with Covid-19 in Malta. The man tested positive on 8 September and died at Mater Dei hospital on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said. He had underlying health conditions, it added. He was the second Covid-19 death this week, after a 98-year-old man passed away on Monday. Malta's previous deaths from the virus are listed below:. Wednesday 8 April - Woman, 92, Gozo General Hospital. Thursday 9 April - Man, 79, Karin Grech Hospital. Saturday 11 April - Man, 84, Mater Dei Hospital. Saturday 25 April - Woman, 96, Mater Dei Hospital. Tuesday 5 May - Man, 81, Karin Grech Hospital. Wednesday 13 May - Man, 53, Mater Dei Hospital. Wednesday 27 May - Man, 97, Karin Grech Hospital. Friday 29 May - Man, 56, Ma.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the European Union to postpone a scheduled summit for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel went into quarantine because a close collaborator was diagnosed with COVID-19. Spokesman Barend Leyts said Tuesday that Michel "today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID.".
The intense fight for the removal of former Attorney General Peter Grech from his post is now bearing fruit, PN leader Adrian Delia said in reaction to news of . Schembri, the long-time Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning after his assets and those of his companies were frozen over suspicions of money laundering.
Keith Schembri’s lawyers said on Tuesday that they will not take part in their client’s interrogation process until the conclusions of a magisterial inquiry on alleged kickbacks are made public. His arrest, along with that of Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna and Karl Cini, came after a court ordered the freezing of their assets, as well as the assets of several other individuals and companies over possible money laundering. The decree came just days after the conclusion of a magisterial inquiry into claims that Schembri, took a €100,000 kickback, from Tonna, on passport sales.
The Union of Professional Educators - Voice of the Workers has declared an industrial dispute against the Ministry for Education and Employment over the reopening of schools, with the union saying that the high number of Covid-19 cases makes this not viable. In a statement, the UPE said that it is concerned over the various issues, which are primarily revolving around Health and Safety Regulations, Social dialogue and the lack of facilities granted to the Union, and which are impeding reaching prompt reasonable solutions in the current crisis. “The UPE has stated, time and time again, that it is not viable for schools to open for children in the coming days due to the high numbers of COVID-19 positive cases reported”, the Union said. “We ha.
Four men who have been accused of a series of muggings at Pieta on Sunday have been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty. The men are William Kelly Harrison, 27, an unemployed Valletta resident, Priviledge Mupimhidzi, a 33 year old Zimbabwe national who is currently homeless and unemployed, 28 year old Ahmed Salah Lawan, who is a Libyan national living at Zurrieq and also unemployed, and Deko Susanto, 20 an Indonesian national who works as a plasterer but is also currently homeless, were all arraigned on Tuesday. On Monday, the family of a 68 year old man described how he was beaten by a group of robbers who stopped to ask him for a cigarette.
NGO Moviment Graffitti has called on the Planning Authority to reject an application for a ‘massive development’ that will see the construction of an eight-storey apartment block, towering over Xlendi bay the surrounding buildings. The hearing is due on Wednesday, and despite numerous residents voicing their concern and objecting to this development, the case officer has recommended it for approval, the NGO said. "If approved, this development will threaten to destroy the little that is left of the original, quaint character of Xlendi and turn the area into one big eyesore.
Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri told this newsroom that he has not been contacted by the health authorities at all when asked if rumours that he is in quarantine due to a positive case from a meeting he attended were true. On Tuesday, former PN leadership candidate Frank Protelli posted on his social media saying that a staff member attending a meeting on opening of Schools held on 14 September has tested positive and that everyone present for the meeting are in quarantine, including Frank Fabri. This caused quite the stir with people questioning the integrity of the COVID-19 school protocols. When someone asked Portelli if his information is true, he said "have I ever said something that is untrue?
Thirty-eight new Coronavirus cases were recorded on Tuesday, while 34 patients have recovered, health authorities said. In all, the number of cases edges up again to 678, getting closer to the record 699 active cases we had on 20 August. There have been 2,814 cases in Malta, with 23 deaths, more than half of them in the past month. The 34 recoveries recorded Tuesday bring the total to 2,113. The number of swab tests carried out on Monday was 2,409, for a toral of 235,640. No details were provided about today's cases. With regard to the 45 cases reported on Monday, 15 of them were from the St Joseph home cluster. Eight other cases were family members of previously known cases, one was a direct contact of another positive case, two were of wo.
The Daphne Foundation welcomed the arrest of , the former prime minister’s chief of staff, on suspicions of serious financial crime. The action against Schembri and his money laundering network is long overdue, the foundation said. Daphne Caruana Galizia first revealed Schembri received kickbacks on the sale of Maltese passports, and laundered the proceeds through his network, on 24 April 2017. For three and a half years, the Malta Police Force and the Attorney General failed in their legal obligations to act against Schembri.
Prime Minister Robert Abela said today a court decree freezing the assets of former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri is a sign of ‘good governance’. Speaking to Malta Today, he refused to consider that inquiries should be held on such major projects such as the Electrogas power plan or the Individual Investor Programme. "I speak for my administration...
The vision of the public service in recent years has been that, through technology, it fully transforms the way it works and how it delivers services to people. That is the reason behind the unprecedented investment of €150 million in technology through which this vision is being realised and will continue to be developed through Artificial Intelligence. A further investment of €40 million is under way to implement the Mapping Tomorrow strategy. This was stated by Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar when, as part of Public Service Week 2020, he addressed a seminar on the prospects of Artificial Intelligence in the work of the Public Service. A presentation was also held at the same seminar by Professor Alexiei Dingli. Cutajar listed.
The assets of 40 companies were frozen in. The order, among other things, froze the assets held by former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri, Brian Tonna, managing partner of Nexia BT, among others, as well as the companies they are involved in. The court had decreed that there was reasonable suspicion that Schembri and Tonna are guilty of crime (money laundering) under clause 3 of cap 313 of the Laws of Malta. Keith Schembri, his wife Josette and his children Alfio, Josephine and Juliana, had their assets frozen. In addition, the companies Keith or his family are shareholders of were also frozen. These include KASCO Holdings Limited, Navis Logistics Limited, Kasco Limited, Kasco Recycling, Its Good Limited, Graphic Supplies Limited, FSV Limi.
Former OPM chief of Staff Keith Schembri is being held under arrest at the police headquarters, The Malta Independent is informed. Schembri, along with Nexia BT’s Brian Tonna, had all his financial assets frozen in a court decree issued by Madam Justice Edwina Grima on Monday. The assets of his wife and his parents have also been frozen. Schembri is being questioned by the police after the court decreed that there was reasonable suspicion that Schembri is guilty of crime (money laundering) under clause 3 of cap 313 of the Laws of Malta. The also froze the assets of Tonna and members of his family, including those of his six-month old grandson. The court issued the decree on the Attorney General's request days after the conclusion of a magis.
The Nationalist Party is contesting the "abolition" of the post of CEO of the police corps, saying that the position is established by law and cannot be changed except by Parliament. The PN was referring to a story in , which said that the police force is in the process of issuing a call for applications for the post of director general, a position that will replace that of the chief executive officer. In a statement, the PN said that this move was being done by the Commissioner of Police in agreement with the Home Affairs Minister. The PN said that the CEO position had been established a few years ago so as to allow the police commissioner to focus on leading and guiding the corps.
With just over a week to go until schools and educational institutions reopen their doors (physically or virtually), teachers, students and staff must adapt to the new changes of how schools will now operate. Back in March, the government was quick to close all educational institutions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, teachers and students adapted to online learning in the following months. In July, Education Minister Owen Bonnici confirmed that schools are set to reopen on 28 September, but , with many critical that the measures and protocols were published too late. What has the government said about re-opening schools? The government has made it clear that it believes that it is critical that schools reopen for the next scholastic
The wife of PN leadership contender Bernard Grech has tested positive to Coronavirus, Grech’s office said in a statement. In a statement, Grech said that the family has been informed that Anne Marie has tested positive to the virus. The statement said that when Mrs Grech came to know that there was a positive case at the gym she attends, she isolated herself and took a swab test, which was negative. She remained in isolation on the advice of the health authorities and, after taking a second test, it resulted to be positive. Since the original case at the gym was recorded, Bernard Grech said that he was not in contact with his wife.
Gozo, in particular its economic development as an island, has always been an interesting subject of debate. Many different options and visions have been mapped out for Malta’s sister island, with the ultimate aim being to spread the economy from singular reliance from tourism – both domestic and foreign – to encompassing different sectors. The subject was revitalized once more last Tuesday, when the government hosted a Cabinet meeting on the sister island, specifically at the Gozo Innovation Hub in Xewkija. There, Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the government’s vision is for Gozo to be a key driver in the country’s economic growth. "This does not mean that the island will lose those features that make it so particular and beautiful.

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