Brussels, MoU between ports of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea and Damietta

BRUSSELS (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Sustainable development and green transition. This is the objective of the memorandum of understanding signed in Brussels between the president of the Port System Authority of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea (AdSP), Luciano Guerrieri, and the president of the port authority of Damietta (Egypt), Ahmed Hawash. The agreement was signed in the headquarters of the Tuscany Region, in front of the European Commission building.

The initiative lays the foundations to encourage the development of energy trade between the two shores of the Mediterranean, with particular attention to hydrogen. This will be followed by the start of a feasibility study, the results of which will be presented in November, during hydrogen week.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerns cooperation activities in the field of sustainable development in ports, administrative and operational management, logistics and the multimodal transport system (road, rail, river) and finally the green transition in ports with the development of hydrogen-related activities.

The coast of Tuscany, with the ports of Livorno and Piombino at its centre, has all it takes to present itself as the first Italian maritime-port hydrogen valley. It will focus on the development of a complete H2 supply chain which will have to start from applications in some already ready for the energy switch and then aiming for longer-term targets, including the construction, on the Tuscan quays, of a terminal for the import of hydrogen (and/or ammonia) by sea.

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Ivory Coast, Piantedosi meets Interior Minister Diomandè

ROME (ITALPRESS) – The Minister of the Interior Matteo Piantedosi paid an official visit to the Ivory Coast on 25, 26 and 27 June, where he met General Vagondo Diomandé, Minister of the Interior and Security.

The Italian Home Affairs Minister, together with his Ivorian counterpart, attended the “first stone laying ceremony” of the Civit Project in Dohouba, carried out in collaboration with the IOM, which involves the construction of other police posts on the borders with Liberia and Mali, and the training of the Ivorian police officers
to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

“The objective that we set with Minister Vagondo Diomandé a year ago, during my previous visit has been achieved,” declared Piantedosi, adding, “it is a result that testifies the understanding and synergy between all the players in the field and the consolidation of relations between our two countries, also thanks to the fact that the
Ivory Coast is among the priority partners of the Mattei Plan for Africa”.

“The action of our Government,” continued Minister Piantedosi, “has the objective of fueling the growth process that will make the African continent one of the main players in the coming decades, also giving confidence to the many young people who will no longer be forced to emigrate for a better future.”

“After a year of close bilateral collaboration with the Ivory Coast,” the Italian Home Affairs Minsiter, “the irregular arrivals of Ivorian citizens on the Italian coasts have reduced by 92% compared to the same period of the previous year. Thanks to the work, understanding and friendship with the Ivorian Minister we have achieved important objectives, which form the basis for continuing looking to the future.” (ITALPRESS).


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Ed Sheeran thrilled a record crowd on his first concert in Malta

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – It was a thrilling experience on Wednesday night for a record enthusiastic crowd of around 34,000 that was present for the first ever concert given by English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran. Sheeran opened the concert in Tà Qali grounds greeting the cheering fans. “This is my very, very first time in Malta and I’m so glad to be here,” he said, followed by his first track “Castle on the Hill”, accompanied by a show of lights and fireworks. He took the crowd on a whirlwind of hits from his Mathematics series of albums. In-between tracks he spoke about his music career and personal experiences from turning up to pubs in England where “no-one cared” to “travelling the world”. Ed Sheeran involved the crowd throughout the concert with songs like ‘Give Me Lovè, ‘Lego Housè and ‘Galway Girl’.
A particular emotional moment was when he spoke of the death of his best friend in 2022, before introducing the song ‘Eyes Closed.” “It only hit me when I put dirt on his grave that he was not coming home,”. Sheeran recalled.
One of the highlights was a medley of songs like “River”, “Beautiful People” and “I Don’t Care”. Another crowd pleaser was “Thinking Out Loud”.
Towards the end of the two-hour show, Ed Sheeran appeared on stage wearing a Malta football shirt, describing Malta as a “lovely place”, he told the crowd how “it’s been a wonderful gig”.
Malta, year after year, keeps on attracting artists of the highest standard in the entertainment world.
Ed Sheeran participated at the Lucca Summer Festival by two gigs on 8-9 June. Seven percent of tickets for Sheeran’s concerts have been bought by overseas fans.

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Malta registers an upward trend in Covid-19 cases

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Malta recorded three deaths and 83 hospitalisations due to COVID-19, a health ministry spokesperson has confirmed. There were 232 notified cases of COVID-19 in the past four weeks, but no hospitalised patients were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The health authorities confirmed that Malta has registered an upward trend since mid-May, reflecting what is happening in the rest of Europe.
The dominant variants circulating are KP,KS and JN which are mutations of Omicron BA.2.86. Precautions are being taken at Maltàs main general hospital over the rise in cases. Persons admitted to Mater Dei hospital with symptoms suggestive of respiratory infection are tested through a respiratory screen and positive cases are isolated in line with ECDC protocols.
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Eco Fox, new joint venture between Q8 and Fox Petroli

ROME (ITALPRESS/MNA) – Q8 Italy and Fox Petroli today signed the final deed of purchase by Q8 of 50% of Eco Fox S.r.l., a company totally controlled by Fox Petroli.

Eco Fox has been operating in the biogenic fuel market in Italy since the 1990s, producing a range of advanced biodiesel and by-products for industrial use. It has a factory located in Vasto with a production capacity of 200,000/tons, a fiscal warehouse of 30,000 m3 of storage and supporting logistics capable of receiving and shipping products by sea and land.

The acquisition of the company shares by Q8 was approved by the Directorate General for Competition of the European Union, by the Competition and Market Authority and subjected to the Golden Power regulations (Law 21/2012 and subsequent amendments).

The first Eco Fox Board of Directors meeting was also held today and is made up of two Managing Directors, represented by the two shareholders and five Board Members, of which 3 appointed by Ecofox and 2 by Q8 Italia.

Fadel Al Faraj, Executive Vice President Marketing of Kuwait Petroleum International described this agreement as a “particularly important acquisition”, representing a starting point for the Q8 group in implementing its vision of becoming a leading player in the production of sustainable biofuels in Europe.

“This year in which the Q8 brand celebrates 40 years in Italy, our history is intertwined with the evolution of our supply chain to guarantee customers sustainable mobility, integrated into our business model, which also ensures the value of the company in the long term and facilitates a fair and sustainable energy transition,” said Al Faraj, describing it, “a complex challenge but achievable with the support of our precious ecosystem of stakeholders”.

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Piano Mattei, Eritrea proposes partnership with Italy

ROME (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki proposed a strategic partnership with Italy on four priority sectors during a bilateral summit with the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso. Also present during the summit representatives from large Italian companies. Renewable energy, water, manufacturing and infrastructure for road, rail and port development were listed as the priority sectors for the economic and productive development of Eritrea. Discussions were also focused on new and further collaborations into mining, agriculture and livestock, tourism and air transport for the recovery of Asmara. Healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors were also on top of the agenda. “The desire for Italy emerges everywhere and it shows the awareness that our country can play a fundamental role today for the development of Eritrea and for the stability of the area”, stated Minister Urso on the sidelines of the summit, while visiting some companies and production plants in the Asmara region. During the official visit to Eritrea, Urso is accompanied by an Italian delegation made up of the director of Enel Grids & Innovability, the managing director of the Fincantieri Infrastrutture Polo, the International Affairs manager of Ferrovie dello Stato, and the International Agronomic director of Ferrara land reclamation. This morning the delegation visited some production sites, together with the Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed, the economic advisor Hagos Gebrehiwet and the Minister of industry and trade, Nesredin Bekit. The delegation visited the Asmara station, from where the railway connection to Massawa was built by the Italians; the glass factory another project built by the Italians which was abandoned for decades, an important dam recently built with a photovoltaic system, and an agricultural area recently converted into plantation. “Italian companies have a natural predisposition to work in Eritrea, as demonstrated by the consolidated relationships developed over the years and the tangible presence of Italy wherever there is a production site, clearly still visible in the machinery and know-how”, commented Urso.
Also present was the head of telemedicine of the Polyclinic “Agostino Gemelli”, who delved deeper into the possible forms of healthcare collaboration at the local hospital in Asmara.
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Malta, ex Prime Minister Muscat among others to be indicted

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The court ruled that there are sufficient evidence to merit the indictment of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, former Minister Konrad Mizzi and former Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, Keith Schembri for crimes relating to the fraudulent three state hospitals’ concession.
A prima facie decree was issued by the Magistrate as the compilation of evidence against the former Prime Minister, the former Minister for Health and former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, who form part of the group of 14 persons and nine companies facing criminal charges, amongst them corruption, fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, in connection with the sale of three State hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare.
The sale had been declared fraudulent by the courts and declared null in 2023 following a legal case opened by the Nationalist Opposition.
Earlier this year, the conclusions of a magisterial inquiry that had been launched in 2019 following a request by NGO Repubblika, had recommended that they should be prosecuted.
All of the defendants are pleading not guilty to the charges.

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Morocco brings humanitarian aid to Gaza for the second time

ROME (ITALY) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – A new “Morocco-branded” humanitarian operation to bring humanitarian medical aid to the population of Gaza was launched today, as explained in a statement released by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
King Mohammed VI, as president of the Al Quds Committee (Jerusalem), has in fact given instructions to launch the second humanitarian operation aimed directly at the Palestinian population of Gaza. Forty tons of health products containing, in particular, devices for the treatment of burns and surgical and traumatological emergencies, and top quality medicines intended in particular for children and the elderly, we read in the press release. Last March, Morocco was in fact the first country in the world to bring humanitarian aid directly to the population of Gaza by land, through Ben Gurion airport since the outbreak of hostilities. Also in this second operation, Moroccan aid will be transported via the same land route, explains the statement, underlining how the sovereign will take charge of a large part of this aid from personal funds.
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Schifani meets Maltese Energy minister Miriam Dalli

PALERMO (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The President of the Sicilian Region Renato Schifani received Miriam Dalli, Maltese Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Regeneration of the Grand Harbour this afternoon at Palazzo d’Orlèans.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the construction of the second interconnector between Sicily and Malta. The interconnector will be build between Ragusa, in Sicily, to Maghtab, in Malta, for the transfer of electric energy.
Ismail D’Amato, CEO of Interconnect Malta, a government owned company, was also present during the discussions.
President Schifani greeted Minister Dalli with a ceramic trinacria, and in exchange, Minister Dalli presented a reproduction of a small silver sailing ship.

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Malta, uncovered €13 million worth of cannabis resin destined for Libya

LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese authorities uncovered €13 million worth of cannabis resin concealed within industrial ovens destined for Libya.

The discovery followed a thorough risk assessment, leading customs officials at the Malta Freeport Terminal to scan and examine a container originating from Morocco and destined for Tripoli, Libya.

Initial scans of the six induction ovens within the container revealed substantial inconsistencies, prompting further investigation. Subsequent scans confirmed the presence of irregular material concealed within the ovens.

The extraction of the drugs was a complex process, spanning over two days. The operation involved the Customs canine teams, the Police narcotics squad, and members of the Civil Protection Department.

Upon dismantling the panels, officials found 4,300 kg of cannabis resin embedded within the inner parts of the induction ovens. This substantial quantity, notable even by international standards, highlighted the elaborate and deceptive construction designed to evade detection.

This seizure follows another significant interception last week, where customs officials confiscated 50 kg of cocaine from a container that had arrived from Ecuador and was destined for Slovenia.

Duty magistrates have been informed of both cases, and inquiries have been appointed to further investigate the incidents.(ITALPRESS).

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