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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 11 SEPTEMBER 2022 • ISSUE 1193 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY maltatoday Homophobia is not a 'cultural trait' Interest rate hike will make loans more expensive PAGES 6 & 7 11 takeaways from Malta's plan to safeguard environment PAGES 8 & 9 Going Green Money KURT SANSONE MARIO Pace is a broken man. He is the victim of a sweet-talk- ing young man whose promise of help turned out to be a toxic vortex of deceit and debt. Pace's story is intertwined with the fate of Terence Gialanze, the 'sweet-talking' 24-year-old, who went missing in 2012. Gialanze's disappearance remains a mys- tery and the magisterial inquiry remains open, 10 years down the line. But his victims contin- ue to suffer to this day. Pace, 60, was left fighting in court to save the house he lives in after being coaxed to put it up as collateral for Gialanze's debts. This story starts in 2011 when Pace received a bill for €5,000 from the authorities to re- deem the emphytheusis on his Marsaxlokk home. PAGE 2 Battling a missing man's legacy of lies and debt €1.95 Energy subsidies costing a conservative €400 million KURT SANSONE SUBSIDIES to keep the prices of electricity, LPG gas and fuels stable will be costing public cof- fers a whopping €400 million, a conservative estimate shows. The exercise carried out by MaltaToday is based on the number of dwellings and ex- cludes energy use by commercial entities, which would take the amount well beyond this mark. Government adopted a poli- cy of price stability in the wake of the energy crisis that has hit Europe as a result of the war in Ukraine. On the continent, electricity and fuel prices have soared, hitting families hard and forcing governments now to in- tervene heavily. PAGE 5 Maltese households saving €1,700 yearly, energy minister says Mario Pace was sweet-talked into putting up his house as a guarantee for Terence Gialanze's loans, only to be left fighting on his own after the 24-year-old mysteriously disappeared without trace in November 2012 Queen Elizabeth II loved visiting Malta, but a brief request to visit Villa Guardamangia during the 2005 CHOGM sent the prime minister's protocol team into panic. MaltaToday speaks to former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi and Joseph Zammit Tabona, Malta's former high commissioner to the UK, about their recollections on the Queen as Britain and the world pay homage to the 96-year-old monarch who died on 8 September. (Photo: JAMES BIANCHI) PAGES 10 & 11 LGBTI+ Gozo president Eman Borg Mercieca INTERVIEW MT2

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