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Pedri, Donnarumma claim prizes at Ballon d’Or ceremony

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 23:17

Spain starlet Pedri won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21 at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in Paris on Monday, while Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma was named the best goalkeeper. Barcelona midfielder Pedri, who only turned 19 last Thursday, was a key player for Spain as they reached the semi-finals of the European Championship and featured in their side that lost in the men’s Olympic football final against Brazil in Tokyo. In addition he played 52 games for Barcelona, helping them win the Copa del Rey.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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Spain’s Alexia Putellas wins women’s Ballon d’Or

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 23:15

Alexia Putellas of Barcelona and Spain won the women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, completing a remarkable year for the 27-year-old. Putellas is the third winner of the prize, following in the footsteps of Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, and United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, winner in 2019. The 2020 Ballon d’Or awards were cancelled because of the pandemic.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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Messi’s enduring brilliance rewarded with another Ballon d’Or

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 23:14

Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record-extending seventh time at a ceremony in Paris on Monday. Messi won the last edition of the Ballon d’Or in 2019 before last year’s awards were cancelled due to the pandemic. He also won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and in 2015.  The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 48 games last season for Barcelona and won the Copa del Rey before captaining Argentina to Copa America glory in July.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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New Home Interiors Division manager at Frank Salt Real Estate

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 20:01

Leonard Grech

Leonard Grech has recently been appointed manager of the company’s Home Interiors Division. Grech is not new to Frank Salt Real Estate, having worked in this department for the last 15 years, offering design consultancy and coordinating, overseeing and implementing small- and medium-scale projects as well as turnkey solutions for the company’s diverse client portfolio, who take up the service of the Home Interiors Division. Over the years, he has also established very good working relations with leading finishing and furnishing contractors and industry professionals in Malta. Prior to joining Frank Salt Real Estate, Grech worked in sales in the automotive industry and tourism.  “I always had a keen eye on interior design and project management, so I was so ready to take up this challenge at the time and I have never looked back since,” he said. Grech is an ambitious and motivated individual with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Although the coordination of various tradespeople involved is a daunting task, Grech and his team always strive to bring out the best in the properties entrusted to them, and work within a tight budget and within short time frames. “It is...

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MFA Appeals Board give permission to Gżira United to seek damages from Sirens

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:57

Gżira United have been given permission by the Malta Football Association to go to court and open legal proceedings against fellow Premier League side Sirens FC. “Recourse to a tribunal external to the Association will concede to Gzira Utd FC following a request filed before the Appeals Board which was upheld. This is the first time under a new procedure introduced as part of the Statutory Reform approved last July through which such requests are decided upon by the highest independent body,” the Malta FA said in a statement. “This decision was announced by the Appeals Board today following two sittings held on the 17th and the 23rd of November 2021. “Gzira Utd FC claim that they have been deprived of the opportunity to participate in UEFA club competitions in Season 2020/21 due to an alleged deficiency in documentation which had been submitted by Sirens FC, which deficiency became known after actual participation of Sirens FC.  Continue reading this article on SportsDesk, the sports website of the Times of Malta

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More dogs are being abandoned, with animal shelters now full up

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:44

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All dog shelters across the country are full because dogs are being abandoned in greater numbers, the animal welfare commissioner has said. Alison Bezzina said one reason for this phenomenon could be the slow return to ‘normality’ after COVID-19, with people realising they no longer have time for their pets. Another could be the recent confiscations by Animal Welfare of dogs held in poor conditions, which could be making breeders fear they’ll be next to get caught. Over the past few weeks, animal sanctuaries have been calling on the public to adopt a dog from them, rather than buy one, as they have been unable to handle all strays coming in. Animal Welfare Gozo was the latest to announced on Facebook that its dog kennels are completely full and it cannot take in any more dogs. Another sanctuary, ‘Rescued is my Favourite Breed’, led by animal activist Lulu Arpa, sounded the alarm that it was not only shelters run by NGOs but also private kennels that were reaching full capacity. Bezzina confirmed all five animal sanctuaries, one in Gozo and four in Malta, as well as the two units run by the Animal Welfare Department, are at full capacity and accepting more dogs than they can...

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Dedicated Vardy ‘not stopping soon’ says Leicester boss Rodgers

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:26

Brendan Rodgers says Leicester star Jamie Vardy shows no sign of slowing down, outlining the personal investment the veteran striker has made to prolong his career. Vardy, 34, took his Premier League tally for the season to nine with two goals in the Foxes’ 4-2 home win against Watford on Sunday. The former England international, who did not play in the top flight until he was 27, has scored 93 of his 127 Premier League goals since his 30th birthday — drawing him level with former Arsenal forward Ian Wright.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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NGOs protest, call for resignation of Anglu Farrugia

The Malta Independent - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:25

"We cannot go on like this," President of the NGO Repubblika Robert Aquilina said during a protest in front of Parliament on Monday.

This comes after the son of Daphne Caruana Galizia had written to Speaker Anglu Farrugia calling for his resignation for failing to really reprimand Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar. Caruana Galizia took the Speaker to task, saying that he had simply asked the Clerk to send a letter to Cutajar to inform her that the standards committee had decided to reprimand her, meaning that the former PS was not actually reprimanded, let alone sanctioned.

The Speaker then sent Caruana Galizia a legal letter penned by Professor Ian Refalo. The lawyer said the Speaker was rebutting the "unfounded" allegations, and invited Caruana Galizia to brush up on the law, saying that he should not have written directly to the Speaker.

"We're fed up of hearing about police officials, officials within the government, politicians, State officials, Ministers and Members of Parliament serving a Mafia rather than our country," said the NGO's president.

Aquilina reminded the public of the undeclared cash Rosianne Cutajar was found guilty of by the Standards Committee, and despite this, "Speaker Farrugia failed to carry out his duties in reprimanding her." This was not the first time that Speaker Farrugia served as a shield for the wrongdoings of others, said Aquilina. He added that Farrugia failed to hold a discussion in Parliament over Edward Zammit Lewis's scandal a few months back. Moreover, "Farrugia defended Minister Carmelo Abela even after he was found guilty by the Standards Commissioner."

Aquilina also pointed out that Farrugia refused to call former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to serve witness in front of the Standards Committee for his involvement with Konrad Mizzi.

Aquilina addressed Prime Minister Robert Abela, saying that Malta's government cannot be trusted while corrupt individuals still sit in Parliament. He added that the protest is not an impediment to businesses during the holidays, but a vital right in a democratic country to highlight corruption.

Activist Martina Farrugia said that Malta deserves better than the "corrupt entities such as Konrad Mizzi, Joseph Muscat, Owen Bonnici, Glenn Beddingfield and Rosianne Cutajar," and added that had appropriate sanctions been given to these individuals, Malta would not have been added to the FATF's greylist, and consequently would have resulted in fewer protests. 

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Street Smart 7 road safety campaign officially launched

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:01

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As part of its commitment to keep safety as a top priority, Fundación MAPFRE, in collaboration with Malta Public Transport, the Ministry for Education and the Malta Road Safety Council, are launching the Street Smart 7 safety campaign. This initiative involves a series of interactive videos that can be shown to young children by their teachers during school lessons to demonstrate the importance of road safety in an educational and entertaining way. All primary schools in Malta and Gozo are invited and encouraged to participate. Javier R. Moreno Gonzales, CEO at MAPFRE Middlesea, officially launched this event. “Fundación MAPFRE embarked on this awareness campaign in Malta in 2013 to promote road safety measures among children and young adults, and it has been a great success among students in schools all over the island. We are now very excited to launch the seventh edition of this project,” he said. The campaign will be carried out over a period of three years, with this year’s interactive videos focusing on safety issues while being a passenger in a private vehicle, while walking and while travelling by bus. The videos are aimed at children aged between five and nine. However,...

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Howe refuses to make promises over Newcastle transfer spending

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:45

Eddie Howe says it would be “foolish” for him to promise that bottom side Newcastle will buy their way out of Premier League relegation trouble in the January transfer window. The new boss celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday by preparing his team for Tuesday’s clash with Norwich, with the club still seeking their first win of the season after 13 matches. Newcastle, who lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Saturday, are six points adrift of safety at the foot of the table but they have vital home matches against the Canaries and Burnley — the two clubs directly above them — over the coming week.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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Court bans publication of evidence 'leaked' from Yorgen Fenech compilation of evidence

The Malta Independent - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:25

A judge has prohibited the media from publishing evidence leaked from the judicial proceedings against Yorgen Fenech on pain of contempt of court, an offence punishable by imprisonment.

Fenech’s lawyers had filed a court application on November 1, complaining about the “uncontrollable spreading” of information and documentation found in the acts of the case on social and news media, claiming that this could create irremediable prejudice to his presumption of innocence, as well as affecting his private life and that of his family.

In a decree on the matter handed down this afternoon, Madam Justice Edwina Grima observed that the right to information was inherent in every democratic society and that the general public had the right to be informed about what was happening around them. “On the other hand, it is also the duty of every journalist to faithfully report what they see that might be in the public interest, with their message being truthful and trustworthy.”

It is in the interest of citizens in a democratic society to be informed of what is happening in all criminal proceedings before the courts, and that such proceedings are always held in open court, said the judge.

That said, noted the court, the criminal courts are entrusted with the power to order a ban on publication in the media, not only of the name of the accused, but also the entire criminal process when the interests of justice so require, that is when those interests supersede society’s right to information.

This right to information “should not translate into a right to sensationalism, intended to mislead the reader but should always serve the search for truth,” said the judge.

Fenech had alleged that chats published online by author Mark Camilleri were a reproduction of the contents of documents exhibited in the acts of the case, copies of which had been given only to the parties. The court of compilation had, with the agreement of the parties, ordered the ban on publication of their contents, bar that which emerged in testimony. Failure to abide by this rule would be taken as contempt of court, they had been informed.

The court noted with displeasure that in this case, information contained in the acts, together with documents exhibited there, were still being disseminated, in violation of various court orders.

“It appears, however that the orders being issued are not being observed, for one reason or another, including by the same accused, who attempts to use exhibited material to apparently lead this judicial process himself instead of the court, with allegations that the witnesses produced by the prosecution are not credible – something that should fall solely within the remit of the jury and the courts of justice and not the accused.”

Fenech had a right to prove his innocence, but this had to take place in the ambit of the judicial process and through no other means, said the judge. In the same way, nobody should dare use the media and social media to reveal the contents of documents found in the acts of the proceedings with the intention of subjecting the accused to a parallel, extra-judicial process, she said.

“That said, although the lawyer contends that this order was based on section 517 of the Criminal code, the Court of compilation doesn’t appear to have cited this legal disposition in its decree. In fact, from the information given by the Registrar of Courts…it does not appear that the procedure laid out in this legal disposition was followed, so that it cannot be said that the order was affixed to the edifice of the court as a notification ad omnes, which would therefore make anyone who defies that order liable to proceedings…for contempt in faciem curiae.”

In the case at hand, the court said it could not use that section of the law as there was doubt as to whether or not the person responsible for the breach had been duly notified of the court’s orders, as well as about the source of the information contained in the prohibited documents and also the identity of the person who defied the court’s order and passed the information to Camilleri. These facts can only emerge from a police investigation, said the judge.

The judge said she was of the opinion that although the court was empowered to order a ban on various aspects of the proceedings, “in this case, as it is in the interests of justice and society at large to be informed about what is happening in these criminal proceedings, and therefore in those proceedings which are held in open court, this article of the law is to be rendered applicable limitedly to the acts and documents, both printed and electronic, that are exhibited and which are not read out in open court.”

An order to this effect is to be signed by the Registrar and affixed to the entrance to the courtroom until the case is heard, said the judge.

As the case against Fenech was attracting widespread media attention, the court ruled that this order is to be published in the Government Gazette and two local newspapers by the Registrar of Courts.

The court emphasised that this order applied only to the acts and documents in the case file which had not been read or heard in open court, and that the access to them was reserved to the parties involved in the criminal case. It was underlined that no part of the acts can be passed on to third parties, by the parties or their lawyers, without the special permission of the court.

Ruling on the application, the court ordered the Commissioner of Police into investigate the possibility of a breach of the order issued by the Court of Magistrate as a Court of Compilation of Evidence on 30 November 2020 and as to whether any person could be held liable to criminal proceedings for contempt of court.

Contempt of court is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to one month, or to a fine of up to €2,329.

The judge ordered that a notification of the decree be served on Yorgen Fenech, his defence lawyers Charles Mercieca, Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri, Assistant Attorney General Philip Galea Farrugia, the Commissioner of Police and Superintendent Keith Arnaud, parte civile lawyer Jason Azzopardi and the Registrar of Courts.

 

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PA announces plans for regeneration of inner Marsa harbour area

The Malta Independent - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:19

The Planning Authority said Monday it has initiated the process to carry out a planning review of the inner, most sheltered part of the Grand Harbour.

The coastal area of Marsa will be given a new strategic vision focusing on sustainable opportunities, it said.

“Due to its strategic location, over the past decades, the area has been heavily industrialised to cater for ship building and repairs, cargo handling and distribution, power generation and fuel storage amongst other activities. As a result, the urban environment of the area has deteriorated considerably with Marsa experiencing the highest population percentage loss of any settlement in Malta.”

“The vision is that all this heavy industry is significantly scaled down or relocated giving the area the chance to re-invent itself into a prime tourism and leisure harbour destination. Integrated in this vision is the creation of a socially diverse, coastal residential neighbourhood on the site of the ex-Marsa Power Station and its immediate areas,” the PA said.

Albert Town will be transformed into a high-quality innovation hub with facilities and shared spaces for start-ups in the creative industries. Public access to the coast shall be restored as part of a network of public green open spaces and recreational areas.

The vision is to exclude the potential of new tall buildings within this area as they may detract from the wider historical landscape value of the fortifications. Buildings must adopt innovative architectural designs evoking the maritime history of the harbour location and relate well to the existing buildings of cultural importance, especially the Chadwick Building, the ex-Sea Malta Building and the other traditional warehouse buildings on the quays.

A major transport interchange to accommodate the wideset range possible of public transport, both on land and sea will also need to be catered for.

Martin Saliba, Chairperson of the PA Executive Council said: “the future of this area should be driven by a shared vision by all stakeholders – residents, community leaders, the business community and Government. The goal is to first prioritise the current and urgent needs of the community and set the future planning policy framework to transform this strategic area in Malta into an attractive place to live in, set up business and create a unique experience for visitors. The plan is to ensure that any development seek to be carbon neutral and energy efficient, respecting the cultural and industrial heritage of the area.”

The full list of the proposed objectives which the Government has submitted to the Planning Authority and which will guide the necessary amendments that need to be carried out to the 2002 Grand Harbour Local Plan may be viewed on the Authority’s website www.pa.org.mt/consultation.

The Authority invites interested parties to submit their comments pertaining to these proposed objectives on email address [email protected] This first phase of public consultation will close on 15th January 2022.

 

 

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Laferla attends seventh edition of Sigma with fruitful outcome

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:15

Laferla, one of Malta’s leading insurance providers, attended the seventh edition of Sigma from November 16-18. The conference took place at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre in which Laferla occupied a booth which had a very successful turnout throughout the whole conference where the Laferla team networked and connected with individuals about their company’s insurance needs. Having been active in the insurance industry for 37 years, Laferla offers various corporate insurance products including SME insurance, group health insurance, group life insurance, and group personal accident insurance.  Being one of the market leaders in the field of employee benefits insurance, as well as having an excellent track record for customer service, Laferla goes above and beyond their clients’ requests, anticipating their needs and priding itself in always trying to be one step ahead in the game. This includes its focus on digitalisation.  Laferla offers the facility for clients to pay in cryptocurrency. It has also recently introduced an online management portal for group health insurance clients. The latter is an innovate and user-friendly solution that allows corporations and their HR...

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San Anton School headmaster Sandro Spiteri passes away

The Malta Independent - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:10

San Anton School headmaster Sandro Spiteri has passed away, aged 56.

Spiteri had been ill for several months.

Parents were informed about Spiteri’s passing away by the school board.

Spiteri had previously taught Maltese at San Anton for eight years. He returned in 2020, when he was appointed head of school.

Throughout the years, Spiteri led national programmes to expand family literacy and foundet the Malta Writing Programme in 2001. He also lectured at the University of Malta.

Spiteri was also involved in the media, having been a columnist with Times of Malta between 2016 and 2020.

He is survived by his wife and three children. 

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Opposition calls for overhaul of Standards committee which would exclude Speaker of the House

The Malta Independent - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:08

Opposition Leader Bernard Grech called for an overhaul of the Parliamentary Standards Committee, which currently consists of Two PL MPs, two PN MPs and the Speaker of the House.

The Speaker is the committee's chairman. The Nationalist Party on Monday filed a motion in Parliament calling on the House to urgently discuss Speaker Anglu Farrugia's behaviour in, among other things, the Rosianne Cutajar ethics breach saga. As Parliament was being held, a protest organised by Repubblika and Occupy Justice took place outside, calling for the resignation of the Speaker.

The Cutajar situation revolves around the PL MP's breach of ethics regarding an Mdina property deal she allegedly received a brokerage fee for - which she denies - and a €9,000 gift she did receive from Yorgen Fenech. The Standards Committee in Parliament had adopted a report by the Standards Commissioner which found Cutajar in breach of ethics. 

During the Standards Committee meeting discussing the kind of action to take against Rosianne Cutajar, Farrugia and the PL MPs had voted against a request by the PN committee members to suspend Cutajar from Parliament for a month. Farrugia and the PL MPs voted to admonish Cutajar instead, with the PN MPs voting against this option not because they disagreed, but arguing that they expected that Cutajar would at least be asked to fix her declaration of assets as well.

The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia had then written to Speaker Anglu Farrugia calling for his resignation for failing to really reprimand Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar. He took the Speaker to task, saying that he (Farrugia) had simply asked the Clerk to send a letter to Cutajar to inform her that the Standards Committee had decided to reprimand her, meaning that the former PS was not actually reprimanded, let alone sanctioned. Caruana Galizia accused the Speaker of protecting Cutajar.

The Speaker then sent Caruana Galizia a legal letter penned by Professor Ian Refalo. The lawyer said the Speaker was rebutting the "unfounded" allegations, and invited Caruana Galizia to brush up on the law, saying that he should not have written directly to the Speaker.

In Parliament, Opposition Leader Bernard Grech filed the motion on Monday, requesting that Parliament be adjourned to discuss the Speaker's behaviour urgently.

"Speaker Anglu Farrugia, in a letter sent in his name by a lawyer who has his trust to Matthew Caruana Galizia, said that he is in his Constitutional role to defend the government interests, and consequently declared himself not impartial."

Grech said that "the Speaker, through decisions he took regarding cases investigated by the Standards Commissioner in which breaches of ethics by MPs were found, through his decisive votes and rulings, hindered or rendered useless the work of the Standards Commissioner and the Standards Committee."

The Opposition Leader said that Parliament must be, at all times, presided over by someone who has an impartial, independent attitude who is able to ensure that Parliament is "truly democratic", to keep watch over the government and hold it accountable. Grech said that through his actions, Farrugia went against his oath to be loyal and faithful to the people, the Republic and the Constitution.

Farrugia recused himself from deciding on this ruling since it concerns him directly and Deputy Speaker Claudette Buttigieg took over, delivering a ruling that the motion passed and the issue could be discussed.

Grech was the first to speak. He said that "people must be the only sovereign in Parliament."

Grech mentioned how MPs from both sides of Parliament are meant to scrutinise the government. "But how can they (PL MPs) open their mouths when they are chairpersons of authorities with a higher income than ministers. What kind of scrutiny can you expect from a bought MP?"

He said that it must be the Speaker of the House, first and foremost, "to do his duty and abide by his oath (...) We view the letter sent by Farrugia to Matthew Caurana Galizia as unacceptable in a democratic society. I must say that through his letter, the Speaker confirms that he has not understood his constitutional role."

Grech said that when an MP breached the ethical code and had to be admonished, "she was not really admonished, but sent a vague letter instead." On the other hand, he said, the Speaker "brought out the cannons" and sent a legal letter to a citizen who criticised the Speaker's actions.

Grech said that over the past months the Speaker repeatedly voted and gave rulings defending the government, even after ethical breaches were found by the Standards Commissioner against PL MPs. "We need to strengthen the work of the Standards Commissioner, not weaken it, otherwise this would just become another fictitious role to pretend as though we have good governance."

"Unfortunately, that is what Farrugia is doing, weakening roles."

Grech made a proposal to change the way the Standards Committee is formed. He recommended that the Speaker of the House no longer chair the committee. Instead, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader will each select a single person to sit on it, and three more will be chosen through a 2/3rds Parliamentary majority, with one serving as the Chairperson.

Prime Minister Robert Abela took aim at the Opposition over a variety of issues. He said that "a few days ago a PN MP wrote and said that 'Labour has a Speaker in the house'.  Tonight I might be justified in saying that the PN has a Speaker in the House," he said, taking a political swing at the Deputy Speaker.

Abela took aim at Grech, implying that he is not the real Opposition Leader, and slamming him for not having taken part during the Cannabis reform debate in Parliament.

He said that the PN has returned to its old tactics, of attacking the Speaker. "It was the rule of the day under Simon Busuttil," he said, adding that the people will give the same verdict.

Abela said that when Speaker Farrugia issued rulings which favoured the PN, the PN clapped for him. He said that there were 35 such rulings.

He also took aim at the Opposition for praising the courts when a judgement is in their favour, but then accusing the government of controlling the courts when a judgement is not.

"You don't respect institutions just when it suits you. You either believe in them or not."

"People don't have faith in you Bernard Grech. I'm not the one saying it. This was said by a former PN minister, who said the PN has not yet found its leader."

Abela spoke about the reforms his government has made in Parliament, such as by changing the way Police Commissioners are appointed, requiring the candidate to go before a Parliamentary Committee and respond to questions. He said, however, that the PN abdicated from its duty when the last Commissioner was chosen, by not taking part in this process.

He mentioned that Chief Justices, Auditor Generals and other posts now require a 2/3rds Parliamentary majority to be appointed.

Abela added that since January 2020, the government put forward 140 bills. "Most of them passed and are laws, the rest are at an advanced stage," he said, speaking about the government's work.

"We strengthened parliament through all of this," he said.

Abela said that both parties agreed on the Standards laws. "Suddenly, the Opposition today wants to censure the speaker for moving according to the law you voted in favour of."

He said that the Speaker and PL MPs both voted in favour of adopting the report that found Cutajar in breach of ethics. He said that Cutajar had given up being a Parliamentary Secretary, the taxes owed on the gift were paid, and so the reprimand was not the only thing done.

"I can agree or not agree with the way the Speaker decides, but I cannot go to this extreme. This strategy is extreme and this side of the House can never agree with it," Abela said.

Speaking outside Parliament, Grech said that Speaker Anglu Farrugia should resign if he fails to prioritize the interests of the public as well as the constitution.

 

 

 


 

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Protesters urge Speaker Anġlu Farrugia and MP Rosianne Cutajar to go

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:07

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A noisy but peaceful crowd gathered outside parliament on Monday evening to protest against Speaker Anġlu Farrugia's behaviour and the weak handling of Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar's ethics breach.  Repubblika's Robert Aquilina addressing the crowd. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier Carrying Maltese flags, the crowd was undeterred by a strong, chilly wind as it made itself heard at the same time as the parliamentary sitting was suspended while the deputy speaker considered whether to allow an urgent debate, requested by the opposition, about the Speaker's actions.  Protesters carried protest placards reading 'Speaker without a spine', 'Yorgen Fenech’s broker in parliament' and 'The Mafia's tentacles in parliament', among others.  Rule of law group Repubblika, which organised the protest, has accused the Speaker of having undermined parliament as an independent institution by appearing to defend Cutajar. “We cannot go on like this. Former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi said this, Daphne said it before she was killed and international organisations that we rely on are also saying this,” Repubblika president Robert Aquilina told those present. ”Our institutions cannot keep serving and...

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Qala mayor urges people to attend Ħondoq appeal site visit

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:05

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The mayor of the Gozitan village of Qala, Paul Buttigieg, is urging the public to be present during a site visit on Tuesday by members of the Environment Planning Review Tribunal, who could decide the fate of Hondoq Bay. The tribunal is considering an application by developers who want to build a hotel and parking facilities as well as 25 villas, 60 apartments and 200 multi-owner properties.  “The 19-year-old saga to save Ħondoq Bay from development as a commercialised yacht marina continues. All [those] who love Ħondoq are called to show their support for this cause by attending the site visit on the 30 November at midday,” Buttigieg wrote on Facebook. “Gozo has lost so much…let's not lose Ħondoq too. Save Ħondoq,” he wrote. Buttigieg has been spearheading the fight to save Ħondoq ir-Rummien from development for several years after it was earmarked for development. Just last September, he wrote to MPs insisting that the site should be declared public domain by parliament to protect it from development. The idyllic Gozitan coastal area has been eyed by developers for well over a decade, with repeated attempts to build hotels, apartments and a marina there being stopped at every...

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PSG star Neymar to miss 6-8 weeks with ankle injury

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:02

Neymar is expected to be sidelined for between six and eight weeks after sustaining ligament damage to his left ankle, Paris Saint-Germain said on Monday. The Brazil star was stretchered from the pitch in tears after suffering the injury in the final minutes of Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Saint-Etienne. “The examinations carried out last night confirm that Neymar Jr is suffering from a sprained left ankle with ligament damage,” PSG said in a statement, adding that a further update would be made in 72 hours.   Continue reading this article on Sports Desk, the new sports website by Times of Malta

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Maltese businesses are embracing Internet of Things, survey suggests

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 18:01

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In the last decade, the Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved from an emerging technology to one of the world’s most in-demand tech verticals. IoT as a technology has been maturing over the past few years and seems poised for continued growth in Malta. This growth is expected to be driven by specific sectors such as transportation and logistics, telecommunications and gaming. However, other sectors such as retail, security, finance and manufacturing are also responding positively to this increased growth. The 2021 landmark study commissioned by Tech.mt suggests that locally, advancements have already been made, with more than half of the surveyed businesses adopting such technologies. With the expected growth of IoT demand, the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), and the imminent roll-out of fifth generation (5G) wireless, the subject matter of the report is critical for change and innovation within the local business community. The report aims to shed light on how IoT is paving the way for businesses to redefine the way they manufacture or design products, optimise processes and enable enhanced sales while, at the same time, increase awareness of its adoption among...

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MSE Equity Price Index slides to one-year low

Times of Malta - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 17:40

The MSE Equity Price Index dropped by 1.42% to the lowest level since November 2020 at 3,758.861 points as the declines in the share prices of MIA, FIMBank, MIDI, BMIT and GHM outweighed the gains in BOV and IHI. Meanwhile, four other equities remained unchanged as overall trading activity amounted to €0.06 million. Malta International Airport plc eased by 0.8% to the €5.90 level on five trades totalling 3,530 shares. Monday's worst-performing equity - FIMBank plc – slumped by 24.9% to a near 7-month low of USD0.29 on a single deal of 10,850 shares. MIDI plc lost 19.1% to the €0.322 level whilst Grand Harbour Marina plc slid by 6.8% to the €0.69 level, albeit both companies traded on trivial volumes. In the IT sector, BMIT Technologies plc moved 0.8% lower to the €0.49 level on a single trade of 4,100 shares. Meanwhile, Bank of Valletta plc continued to trade within a tight range as it advanced by 1.2% to the €0.86 level on 1,662 shares. Also among the large companies by market value, International Hotel Investments plc added 0.9% to the €0.585 level across 1,000 shares. Elsewhere, HSBC Bank Malta plc traded flat at the €0.83 level on five deals totalling 29,983 shares. PG plc...

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