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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 8 FEBRUARY 2023 • ISSUE 829 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 5 PAGE 2 ANALYSIS PAGES 6 & 7 Beverage companies extracted equivalent of 108 million bottles of free ground water in 6 years JAMES DEBONO THE equivalent of 108 million two-litre bottles was extracted for free from the ground to be sold again as water or car- bonated soft drinks by beverage produc- ers in six years. Statistics presented in parliament by Energy Minister Miriam Dalli in reply to a question by Nationalist MP and planning spokesperson Stanley Zammit show that a staggering 216,479 cubic meters of ground water between 2016 and 2021 which is the equivalent of nearly 216 million liters. The information shows that extrac- tion by beverage producers increased from just 7,643 cubic meters in 2016 to 72,531 cubic meters in 2019, falling to 36,310 cubic meters in 2021. Degiorgios sentenced to 4 years in prison for money laundering 5 reasons why abortion did not rock Abela's boat MATTHEW AGIUS A court has convicted brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio on charges of money laun- dering and recidivism, sentencing them to imprisonment for four years and fining each of them €25,000.

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