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Chris Fearne Calls For Police Investigation Over Smear Campaign

Chris Fearne Calls For Police Investigation Over Smear Campaign
Jul 2 2024 Share

Former Health Minister Chris Fearne has called for police action against those behind a €6 million smear campaign targeting him.

Reacting to revelations by Times of Malta, The Boston Globe, and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Fearne asserted his integrity, highlighting his commitment to Malta’s national interests as health minister.

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Leaked records revealed that former hospital concessionaires Steward Health Care orchestrated the campaign to falsely accuse Fearne of corruption.

The €6.5 million operation aimed to undermine perceived opponents through tactics such as manipulating bank records, accessing phone data, and spreading fabricated media stories about Maltese officials.

These actions were coordinated by senior Steward officials in collaboration with two London-based intelligence firms, Audere International and CT Group.

Fearne condemned the campaign, detailing how it sought to eliminate him politically by first searching for incriminating evidence and then fabricating it when none was found. He emphasised that the malicious scheme was designed to impede his duties towards his patients, ministry, and country.

Allegations against Fearne and top ministry official Carmen Ciantar regarding kickbacks on a passport sale emerged in mid-2023, but both denied the claims and reported them to the police, who quickly deemed the story false.

Fearne now urges the police to investigate the sources of these deceptive reports and pursue criminal charges against those responsible.

Meanwhile, Fearne continues to defend himself in court against charges related to the Vitals-Steward hospital privatisation deal, which was annulled last year. He maintains his plea of not guilty and seeks to have the charges dismissed.

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Dust Devil Spotted In Armier

Dust Devil Spotted In Armier
Jul 2 2024 Share

A dust devil was spotted in Armier at around noon, with a video sent to It-Temp Madwarna by Heathcliffe Balzan showing the elemental phenomenon.

This, wrote the weather page, is an indication that the air in the high atmosphere is colder with unstable pockets.

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This comes ahead of the arrival of days with stronger and fresher winds.

Have you ever spotted such phenomena?

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Best Fits From Malta fashion Week Day 1

Best Fits From Malta fashion Week Day 1
Jul 2 2024 Share

Here are some of the best outfits from the first day of Malta Fashion Week.

Who do you think wore it best?

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‘Malta Fashion Week 2024 kicked off with an extraordinary first day at Biskuttin Gardens, featuring stunning collections and captivating performances. The show was attended by some of Malta’s most prominent fashion influencers and members of the local fashion industry.’

 

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‘Malta Fashion Week is an annual event that celebrates fashion, culture, and creativity. It brings together designers, models, industry professionals, and fashion enthusiasts to showcase the best of local and international fashion.’

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Kyonne Hints At ‘Aw Kuġin’ Merch

Kyonne Hints At 'Aw Kuġin' Merch
Jul 2 2024 Share

Taking to his Instagram story, Kyonne hinted at creating merchandise based around his famous catchphrase of ‘Aw Kugin.’

Not only did he share images of mock T-Shirts and tops with the words ‘Aw Kuġin’, he also shared a car air freshener with the words ‘ma nintinx kuġin’ (I don’t smell).

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Becoming potentially the new ‘relax bello’, would you buy such Love Island Malta themed merch?

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