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  • Malta newspapers review

    Malta newspapers review

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese newspapers today. Times of Malta focuses on the costs incurred by the government and the EU for the hire of a private aircraft used by the prime minister. Times of Malta and the Malta Independent...

  • Watch: Diver who raised Qawra alarm says thanks for remedial action

    Watch: Diver who raised Qawra alarm says thanks for remedial action

    A diver whose video footage had raised the alarm about dangerous spikes along an underwater path to Qawra pool, has uploaded another video showing the remedial action and declaring the place safe. The work was carried out by divers engaged by the...

  • Three trucks destroyed in Mosta garage blaze

    Three trucks destroyed in Mosta garage blaze

    Three trucks and a van were destroyed in a fierce fire in a garage in Mosta early this morning. The Civil Protection Department deployed several fire-fighting vehicles manned by 11 fire-fighters to fight the blaze in Carmelo Dimech Street. The...

  • French pedestrian assaulted, robbed in Birkirkara

    French pedestrian assaulted, robbed in Birkirkara

    A 20-year-old Frenchman was assaulted and robbed while walking at the Birkirkara bypass this afternoon. He was later hospitalised, the police said. The incident happened at 1pm. The man had been walking along the road when he was involved in an...

  • Man injured in boat fire

    Man injured in boat fire

    A 53-year-old Tunisian man was grievously injured in a fire on a boat at the Vittoriosa Waterfront this afternoon. The police said that the man, from Vittoriosa, had apparently been checking the engines when the fire broke out. He was taken to...

  • Lands Department reform is a fake, Nationalist MP says

    Lands Department reform is a fake, Nationalist MP says

    The Prime Minister would retain “absolute power” when the “fake” Lands Department reform is pushed through Parliament, the shadow minister for planning, Ryan Callus said today. The government is to turn the Lands Department into an Authority but...

  • Trafficker jailed for 13 years, fined €23,000

    Trafficker jailed for 13 years, fined €23,000

    A man was jailed for 13 years and fined €23,000 today after pleading guilty in court to trafficking 15 kilos of cannabis between 2009 and 2011. The defendant, 33-year-old Jason Farrugia, was due to stand trial but filed a guilty plea. Madam...

  • Seed investment scheme launched - maximum tax credit of €250,000 for investors

    A seed investment scheme was launched today, offering investors a maximum tax credit of €250,000 per year when investing in start-ups. Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the scheme will help address the problem...

  • New lease of life for windmill

    New lease of life for windmill

    The Planning Authority has issued planning permission for the restoration of an 18th century windmill, known as “Tal-Għaqba”, near Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School in Naxxar. Once restored,the windmill will be used by the local council for...

  • Drug addict admits pulling five necklaces off elderly persons

    Drug addict admits pulling five necklaces off elderly persons

    An unemployed 22-year-old drug addict from Mtarfa admitted in court today to a string of thefts, particularly five necklaces which he pulled off elderly people. He is yet to learn his punishment, which will be based on a pre-sentencing report...

  • Managing director admits €30,000 fraud

    Managing director admits €30,000 fraud

    The managing director of a Maltese company this morning admitted to defrauding her employer €30,000 and was given a suspended jail term by a court.  Petra Kulja, 36, from Croatia, was arraigned before Magistrate Audrey Demicoli and admitted to...

  • Muscat orders review of traffic fines after surge of accidents

    Muscat orders review of traffic fines after surge of accidents

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has ordered a review of traffic fines, particularly with regard to drink driving, because of a surge in traffic accidents. “Drink driving is an irresponsible act which costs lives, and the authorities should consider...

  • Jazz at Piano's

    Jazz at Piano's

    A performance from the Malta Jazz Festival was held alongside the new parliament (designed by Renzo Piano) in Valletta yesterday, in an experiment which attracted hundreds of people. Jason Micallef, chairman of the V18 Foundation said he was...

  • Council: Jerma ruins are a danger and should be demolished

    Council: Jerma ruins are a danger and should be demolished

    Marsaskala local council has called on the Planning Authority to order the demolition of the ruins of the Jerma Palace Hotel because they pose a danger to public safety. In a letter to the authority, the council said the long-abandoned building is...

  • Melita internet service back up after Milan problem

    Melita internet service back up after Milan problem

    The Melita internet service was degraded for about an hour this morning because of an outage at a Milan supplier, the company said. It said the issue was resolved at about 11.35.  The problem also affected timesofmalta.com.

  • Steep drop in June unemployment

    Steep drop in June unemployment

    The number of unemployed persons in June stood at 3,441 compared to 5,209 in the same month last year, the NSO said today.  It said there was a decrease of 1,625 persons registering under Part I of the register and a decrease of 143 among those...

  • Sliema townhouse under threat of demolition in favour of apartments

    Sliema townhouse under threat of demolition in favour of apartments

    A traditional double-fronted townhouse in Dingli Street, Sliema, is being threatened with demolition to make way for a new five-storey apartment block. This follows a similar application submitted just a few weeks earlier in nearby Ġorg Borġ...

  • Lawyer says Air Malta could go under by October - Airline, pilots' union heed court advice to hold another meeting

    Lawyer says Air Malta could go under by October - Airline, pilots' union heed court advice to hold another meeting

    Air Malta and the Airline Pilots' Association are to hold a meeting on Wednesday in an attempt to break an impasse on pay talks.   The meeting will be held after an appeal by a judge this morning.     Mr Justice Silvio Meli made his appeal as he...

  • Banks deny changing the rules for Brits post-Brexit

    Banks deny changing the rules for Brits post-Brexit

    Banks have denied changing procedures for British expats wanting to open accounts or obtain loans following Brexit. Expats who spoke to this newspaper said they were asked for extra documentation or refused a loan because of the Brexit referendum...

  • Malta’s special mission during EU presidency

    Malta’s special mission during EU presidency

    The European Commission is expecting Malta to give special attention to the problems in the Mediterranean, according to EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn – responsible for the development of the EU’s neighbourhood policy. Addressing a public dialogue...