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Love Island villa has its new crowned couple for 2021

Love Island villa has its new crowned couple for 2021
Aug 24 2021 Share

Following the return of much anticipated and beloved series Love Island after 18 months of pandemic uncertainty, Millie Court and Liam Reardon have been crowned winners for 2021. It seems as though Love Island has only just started, but the pair have managed to beat three other couples and win the £50,000 prize as the series was broadcast from its Spanish villa for almost two months. 

Millie, a fashion buyer’s assistant from Essex, almost split from Liam, a Welsh bricklayer, after he proved unfaithful during Casa Amor Week. The couple was made exclusive however, managing to beat the finale’s other couples. These included Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran; Faye Winter and Teddy Soares; and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruickshank. The programme faced an uncertain return due to COVID-19 hitting, but in following health measures, the show carried on. Do you agree with this year’s decision to crown Millie and Liam? 

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Young Twanny Aquilina was murdered today 61 years ago

Young Twanny Aquilina was murdered today 61 years ago
Aug 23 2021 Share

The story of Twanny Aquilina shook the Maltese islands when he was found killed in his parents’ house 61 years ago today at the age of 8. The boy was found in a pool of blood, with his throat slit deep. The main suspect was his own mother, Luigia Camilleri, known most prominently as Giga, along with her husband Leli. Some believe the case was solved, with the parents being the actual murderers. Others believe that the couple were wrongly convicted and jailed innocently. 

Giga always plead innocent, but all to no avail. The mother was destined to receive capital punishment, but the sentence was instead changed to life imprisonment. Her husband received 20 years in prison along with hard labour. The boy is considered a saintly child by many, with the Maltese lawyer Carmel Chetcuti who once lived in the vicinity still visiting the site on a yearly basis.

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Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers demand to see Keith Schembri’s lost mobile data

Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers demand to see Keith Schembri’s lost mobile data
Aug 23 2021 Share

Yorgen Fenech’s lawyers are demanding to see essential evidence gained by the police from Keith Schembri’s mobile phone as this evidence can support the businessman’s claims. This is the focus of an application filed by Fenech in constitutional proceedings seeking to have lead investigator superintendent Keith Arnaud kicked off the probe into the assassination of late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

Lawyers are now claiming that a full extraction of data from the former chief of staff’s mobile phone is in the hands of the police. Times of Malta had revealed that Schembri’s phone went offline shortly before getting arrested in December 2019. Investigators subsequently testified that he claimed to have lost his phone. 

Being arrested twice again, once in 2020 and again in 2021, prosecutors have charged him with money laundering, criminal conspiracy, fraud and forgery. Fenech’s lawyers said that seized data was lost forever and was essential to prove their client’s claims. 

With the constitutional case before Mr Justice Lawrence Mintoff seemingly coming to its end with judgement due in November, the application filed earlier this month states that police had taken possession for the full extractions from Schembri’s phone. 

Fenech argued that it would be ‘manifestly wrong’ that ‘when, in future, the truth emerges, it is seen that there was evidence which could have been brought before the court but was left out because of procedural obstacles.’ 

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Warnings from employers as government hires workers ahead of election

Warnings from employers as government hires workers ahead of election
Aug 23 2021 Share

The employers’ lobby warns that the government’s habit of hiring private sector workers before an election has entered its full swing. The Malta Employers Association stated that it was essential to reverse the talent drain from the private sector prior to an election. The statement was made in the association’s proposals for Budget 2021 published on Monday. 

It pointed out how there are productive jobs available in public transport, tourism, construction, care work, enforcement and many other areas which ‘could be taken up by people who are currently underemployed and with a relatively low standard of education if they undergo some training.’ 

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With public sector employment increasing by around 500 jobs during the three-month electoral campaign in 2017, the government has yet to announce the date for the next general election which has to occur next year. 

The association (MEA) has proposed introducing a moratorium on public sector jobs in the six months leading to a general election. The MEA has argued that automated systems should free up workers from their existing tasks in order to reduce labour supply shortages. 

The MEA also stated that the governmental forecasts for the first six months of this year had been overly optimistic as COVID-19 is still very present. The FATF grey-listing also contributed. The association described the government’s push to encourage language tourism as a strategic error which derailed the country’s pandemic recovery efforts.

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