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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 7 AUGUST 2022 • ISSUE 1188 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday Not just an old rocker... €1.95 PAGE 4 The decade of change: how Maltese towns and society have grown and fallen REPORT 13-15 Holiday poverty is now becoming a thing among Europeans PAGE 2 Haves and have nowhere to go... CENSUS Maltese rock's undying fascination with Shostakovich's Nightmare MT2 Deadline for Air Malta staff relocation 'too optimistic' Air Malta worker relocation deadline extended since exodus would hamper day-to- day operations Finance minister Clyde Caruana (left) said Air Malta had to lose 600 workers by August 2022 in order to be able to be right-sized for its future sustainability. But now the airline would not cope without most of its workers, with a staff relocation exercise to place surplus complement in the public service, delayed KARL AZZOPARDI THE deadline for Air Malta's employee transfer scheme will be extended from mid-August to October, MaltaToday has learnt. On 14 January, government announced it would create a voluntary employee trans- fer scheme in a bid to cut Air Malta's workforce by half and save €15 million per year in wages as part of a restructur- ing exercise. The scheme would see Air Malta workers being em- ployed by the government in grades commensurate with their current income. But a 12 August deadline to complete the transfer is be- ing pushed forward because airline bosses fear the exodus would hamper day-to-day op- erations. The company received 571 applications from the 824 el- igible employees when the scheme closed on 11 Febru- ary. PRELIMINARY toxicology tests have determined a certain level of alcohol and narcotics were present inside the body of Karl Muscat, the 43-year-old lawyer found dead in his Swieqi home. Police sources said they are inves- tigating CCTV footage from around the Triq is-Sirk area to identity the comings-and-goings at the home of Muscat, a prosecutor at the office of the Attorney General, before he was founded dead by his family, by the side of his bed. Full toxicology tests are still on- going, the sources told MaltaToday yesterday, after having ruled out on Wednesday any forced entry or de- fence wounds that could suggest someone had murdered Muscat. Yesterday, Muscat's brother Luke put paid to conspiracy theories about his brother's fate – a prosecutor of high-profile money-laundering cas- es – saying he did not believe he was killed. An autopsy so far has con- cluded that the 43-year-old had died of heart failure. The police said Muscat "had no signs of violence on it or any other signs of injuries, which could indi- cate that he defended himself from any aggression". Lawyer's death: toxicology tests show presence of alcohol and narcotics

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