What the Sunday papers say…

A round-up of the newspaper headlines on Sunday morning.

Malta Today – As Maltese activists call for sanctions to be imposed on Israel, this newspaper contacted various people living amidst the violent scenes in Gaza.  Former Malta Today journalist, Karl Schembri, who had his Gaza flat destroyed whilst working with Oxfam, spoke of the devastation surrounding the relentless attacks.

Meanwhile, the Martin Galea case seems to have exposed a rift in the relationship between the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister. It has transpired that the Ministry was handling the case independently and even kept the OPM in the dark over the issue. In fact, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is believed to have found out about the issue through the media.

Sister newspaper Illum – Sources close to the police told this newspaper that police have been assigned to the Libyan patients who were sent to Malta and are being treated at Mater Dei. Also, Gozo Bishop Mario Grech hinted that the Church is in need of transition, as part of a homily which he delivered at the San Lawrenz parish.

The Sunday Times – Letters sent by former President of the Republic, Agatha Barbara, to a Royal Navy signalman in the late 1940s have been discovered by the man’s sister - now an elderly British women. Barbara was only 26 years old at the time.

The Malta Independent on Sunday – The newspaper’s request for the Henley contract to be published has been denied with the Home Affairs  Ministry declaring that publishing it “is not in the public interest”.

It-Torca – The General Workers’ Union has called for more scrutiny and surveillance on the health and safety procedures adopted and adhered to in the local construction industry. Earlier this week, a Syrian teenager died after falling from a construction site.

Il-Mument – The government is contradicting itself on the Martin Galea case. Whilst Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was quoted as saying that the case was one of abduction on more than one occasion, Mario Cutajar – Head of Civil Service – on Saturday said that it was the media which had described the case as an abduction.  

Kullhadd – €2.5 million was awarded by the previous Nationalist administration in public contracts to a company, Evolve Ltd, of which two of its shareholders are Peter Caruana Galizia and Andrew Borg Cardona. Both are known to be Nationalist-leaning.