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EQUALITY FROM THE HEART WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 3 SEPTEMBER 2023 • ISSUE 1244 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Large amounts of bluefin tuna bycatch are being thrown away PAGES 10 - 11 A statement in favour of justice and equality EDITORIAL MT2 Malta's record on LGBTIQ+ rights: time to celebrate, or is the fight still on? PAGES 14 - 15 Law changes Europride Pest problem? KURT SANSONE THERE is growing dissatisfac- tion within the Nationalist Par- ty parliamentary group over its dismal poll performances as the stronger voices get side-lined by Bernard Grech, MaltaToday has learnt. Multiple sources within the party said many MPs are "re- signed" to the fact that the PN will remain in Opposition af- ter the next general election. And fingers are being pointed at Grech's "ineffective" leader- ship. The internal criticism by some of the veteran MPs has even led to them being side- lined by the party leadership. PAGE 9 A vibrant man, jeweller, tennis player and now fighting for his life Frustrated, resigned and ostracised PN voices blame Grech for bad results JOE Carabott, 67, was an active and vibrant elderly man, who played tennis regularly and still ran his jewellery shop in Zurrieq. But all this changed on the evening of Friday 25 August when three robbers entered his shop, tied him up, beat him and made off with jewellery and cash. MaltaToday columnist Josanne Cassar, a friend of Carabott's family, writes today about the family's ordeal. "Joe Carabott is now in the ITU, certified to be in danger of dying. His family does not know if he will survive. If he does make it, they do not know what type of quality of life he will have… The family is traumatised, distraught and above all, very angry," Cas- sar writes in her weekly column (MT2 page 6). On Tuesday, 29 August the po- lice charged three people with the attempted murder of Carabott, among other charges. Donna Sciberras, 29, and Moroccan nationals Zuhair Hadoumi, 26, and Mohamed Anas Boualam, 37, pleaded not guilty and are currently in custody. The case against them continues. Sciberras had on two previous occasions – 2015 and 2019 – at- tempted similar hold-ups on an elderly man and an elderly wheel- chair user. Pest control expert ARNOLD SCIBERRAS on distinguishing between 'friend' and 'foe' INTERVIEW MT2 Zurrieq shopkeeper was beaten to a pulp by three robbers and is now in ITU Mosta roadworks are a major headache for residents and businesses with one restaurant filing a judicial protest in which it claims incompetence in the design and execution of road works. Contractors' representative speaks to MaltaToday about lack of coordination between government entities. Photo: James Bianchi. SEE STORY ON PAGE 5 Delayed roadworks €1.95 Joe Carabott

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