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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 31 MAY 2023 • ISSUE 846 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 JAMES DEBONO THE Labour Party appears to have selected Rialto Operations Ltd to restore and operate the historic Rialto Theatre it owns in Bormla. Rialto Oper- ations is 90% owned by GP Borg Holdings Limited, a ready- mix concrete supplier, with lawyer Charlon Gouder, CEO of Malta's tuna ranching lobby, holding a 10% stake. The PL had issued a call for expressions of interest for the lease of the building in 2021. The outcome of the call has not been made public, but a planning ap- plication submitted by Rialto Op- erations to rejuvenate the theatre and add an additional floor sug- gests the lease has been awarded to the company. According to plans submitted with the planning application, the company wants to restore the existing theatre and cinema, and introduce a new theatre with ca- tering facilities, a restaurant, a rooftop 'multi- purpose venue', an interconnected social club, and a boutique hotel linked to an adjacent townhouse. PAGE 3 Cabinet wants offenders register for people guilty of abusing persons with a disability Labour to lease Rialto Theatre to company owned by concrete supplier Planning application filed by Rialto Operations Ltd seeks additional f loor atop the historical Rialto Theatre in Bormla Team Malta athlete Gina McNamara racing to gold in the 800m race. (Photo: James Bianchi/Mediatoday) On the second day of the GSSE 2023, Malta bagged its first medals in athletics, judo, squash and swimming. 22-year-old Katryna Esposito was the first to bring home a gold medal, winning the judo 48kg category. Team Malta had two succesful sister pairs with Gina and Claire McNamara claiming gold and bronze in the 800m race, while Colette and Lijana Sultana faced off each other in the women's squash singles final. SEE PICTURES ON PAGES 8 & 9 Go Gold ld Malta! Malta! Inclusion Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli says all homes will have to check whether prospective employees are on the register KURT SANSONE CABINET has approved the cre- ation of an offenders register for people found guilty of abusing persons with a disability, Julia Farrugia Portelli said on Tuesday. The Inclusion Minister, who will be putting forward legisla- tion in this regard, said all homes would be required to consult the register before employing peo- ple. The register would work on the same lines as the sex offend- ers register, which all organisa- tions dealing with children are obliged to consult before em- ploying someone. PAGE 4

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