The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia are more interested in their "repugnance" for the country than finding those who are criminally responsible for the assassination of the journalist, MP Robert Abela said during a fiery adjournment speech in parliament this evening, rubbishing claims made by Opposition MP Jason Azzopardi. Abela was speaking a day after Azzopardi questioned whether Abela had access certain phone records he should not have had access to after an MEP report a indicated that “a government MP had illegal access to, or was given classified information illegally, and is aware of what certain phone intercepts contain." During his speech, Abela clarified that he was merely quoting the public statements made by the Malta Security Service and the police six weeks prior. “In Sven Giegold and Ana Gomes the PN have found two allies who believe anything they say,” he said. He was steadfast in saying that these were baseless allegations, something which he said was … [Read more...] about Updated: Robert Abela turns his guns on Caruana Galizia family as he fights off claims by PN MP
The Transport and Infrastructure Ministry said on Monday evening that Joseph Bugeja has been nominated by Minister Ian Borg to serve as Chairman of Transport Malta. “This nomination will be submitted by Minister Borg to the President of the Public Appointments Commitee. The Minister will be requesting that his nomination be passed on to the same Committee for scrutiny, as requested by law,” the ministry said. Joseph Bugeja is well known in the maritime industry, where he served different roles for many years related to this sector. He held the position of General Manager of Sea Malta for 7 years and served also as CEO and board member within the Malta Maritime Forum from the year 2016 to date. Bugeja will be resigning from every post that he currently holds, so as not to give rise to possible conflicts of interest, the ministry said. Bugeja will be replacing James Piscopo. The former Labour Party CEO will resign his post and become Chief Executive Officer of the Lands … [Read more...] about Former Sea Malta general manager to become Transport Malta chairperson
Only 4 out of 70 thefts that were reported in Gozo this year have been solved, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia has revealed. Replying to a parliamentary question tabled by MP Chris Said, Farrugia tabled figures related to theft, drug trafficking, and other crimes from January to May of this year. The figures showed that 3 persons had been caught trafficking drugs in Gozo. One of the offenders has already appeared in court, while the other two are awaiting their first appearance. Seven persons have been caught smoking in nightclubs. … [Read more...] about Only 4 out 70 thefts reported in Gozo this year have been solved, Parliament told
A request to discuss a petition calling for the removal of V18 Chairman Jason Micallef in front of the Cultural Committee of the German Parliament was shot down by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group on the European Capital of Culture, PL MP Clayton Bartolo. MP Therese Commodini Cachia tabled the request to discuss the petition tabled by over 100 local artists to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, calling for Micallef’s resignation, as was reported in The Malta Independent. Bartolo argued that the request should have been addressed to the Committee itself had it wished for it to be discussed on this platform. “These local artists are more than welcome to send a petition here and their request will be met,” he said. “Beyond that, Bonnici and [Parliamentary Secretary for V18] Deo Debattista have made their positions clear.” Commidini Cachia, while saying that she will respect the decision, stressed that she was against … [Read more...] about Can we talk about Jason?
Air Malta has inaugurated its new scheduled service to Kiev for summer 2018. The route was inaugurated in the presence of President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who joined Air Malta’s Chairman Charles Mangion at Malta’s International Airport to launch this route. This weekly service was made possible following the President’s state visit to Ukraine last October. Speaking at the inauguration the President emphasised the role of the National Airline in building networks, develop sustainable international friendships whilst supporting diplomatic relations. Air Malta Chairman Charles Mangion thanked the President for her support and assistance to open up this route. He said that Kiev was one of the 21 new routes opened up by the airline in less than a year and added that Air Malta plans to carry around 5,000 passengers this summer, doubling the operation with a twice weekly frequency in summer 2019. He added that the route is doing very well with seat load factors … [Read more...] about Air Malta Inaugurates Kiev Route