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  • Eurozone unemployment at 10.2% - Malta third lowest at 4.3%

    Eurozone unemployment at 10.2% - Malta third lowest at 4.3%

    The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.2% in April, stable compared with March 2016, and down from 11.0% in April 2015, new figures issued today show. This was the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since August 2011. The...

  • One in 10 Europeans cannot afford a quality meal - and a fifth of all food goes to waste

    One in 10 Europeans cannot afford a quality meal - and a fifth of all food goes to waste

    Food waste is a “slow motion disaster” which European countries can no longer continue to ignore, European Commissioner Karmenu Vella insisted this morning. Speaking at an international conference on sustainable food and bio-waste management in...

  • Demoting English to foreign language status would be bad news, academics warn

    Demoting English to foreign language status would be bad news, academics warn

    “Demoting” English to foreign language status would be bad news for Malta, academics have warned. In an opinion piece published in the Times of Malta today, the University of Malta English Department warns that introducing teaching and assessment...

  • 12% of 11-year old boys, 11% of girls, smoke

    12% of 11-year old boys, 11% of girls, smoke

    Approximately 12% of 11-year old boys and 11% of girls admit to smoking in Malta. For 13 year olds, there is a smoking rate of 11% for boys and 13% for girls, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate said today. "Tobacco use is...

  • Up, up and away: the tower economics of high-rise buildings

    Up, up and away: the tower economics of high-rise buildings

    Standing at 23 floors, the Portomaso tower in St Julian’s is Malta’s tallest building, but it could be dwarfed easily over the next decade or so. There are several plans, some more advanced than others, by private investors for tower blocks to...

  • ‘Parliament is not a boċċi club or a place for Facebook posts’ - committee chairman

    ‘Parliament is not a boċċi club or a place for Facebook posts’ - committee chairman

    Labour MP Silvio Schembri has said that the parliamentary committee he chairs had no remit to probe allegations against financial services regulator Joe Bannister. Mr Schembri was reacting to an ultimatum he was given by independent MP Marlene...

  • Malta newspapers review

    Malta newspapers review

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese newspapers. Times of Malta says that over €148 million in offshore holdings were declared following tax amnesties granted since 2002, with almost half the amount beingflagged in 2014 alone,...

  • Progressive Malta, or a marriage of convenience?

    Progressive Malta, or a marriage of convenience?

    Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola last week described the Prime Minister’s recent gay marriage proposal as a diversionary tactic. Philip Leone-Ganado takes a look at the issue In the heated political climate surrounding the ongoing Panama Papers...

  • Environment Commissioner assured he is not under investigation

    Environment Commissioner assured he is not under investigation

    The Opposition this evening condemned "attacks on institutions scrutinising government" during a debate on the Ombudsplan 2016 at Parliament's House Business Committee. Last March, an anonymous letter was sent to the Speaker alleging that that...

  • High time for shorter police officers, parliament told

    High time for shorter police officers, parliament told

    It is time for Malta’s police force to revise its height requirement for new recruits, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told parliament today.The minister said that several other European countries had scrapped height restrictions, and that the...

  • Air Malta will 'never be a feeder airline': Zammit Lewis

    Air Malta will 'never be a feeder airline': Zammit Lewis

    National airline Air Malta would "never" become a feeder airline and a strategic partnership with Alitalia would not go ahead unless it benefited Malta, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis today.“Everyone can rest assured, Air Malta will never...

  • Two guide dogs handed to new owners

    Two guide dogs handed to new owners

    Two guide dog puppies arrived last night from Sicily and were officially handed over to their new guide dog partners.  The two new ‘teams’ are Michael Scerri from Xagħra, Gozo, and his guide dog Justy, and Joseph Vella from Marsaxlokk and his...

  • Own a tiger? You'll have to pay to relocate it

    Own a tiger? You'll have to pay to relocate it

    Dangerous animals that are in Malta illegally will have to be relocated at the expense of their owner, or sold with any proceeds pocketed by the Animal Welfare Fund. A dangerous animal is considered illegal if it is not being kept in a licensed...

  • Asthma inhalers get 50 per cent price cut

    Asthma inhalers get 50 per cent price cut

    Eleven medicines, including Ventolin inhalers used by asthma sufferers, have gone down in price recently, Consumer Affairs Minister Helena Dalli said today. Price reductions varied between 8 per cent and 67 per cent. Ventolin inhalers have had...

  • Chamber files injunction to block eco-contribution tax

    Chamber files injunction to block eco-contribution tax

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce has filed a prohibitory injunction seeking to block the government from introducing a 50c-a-day eco-contribution for tourists.  The injunction comes after weeks of bad blood between Chamber members and the Tourism...

  • Man pays for child support but still ends up behind bars

    Man pays for child support but still ends up behind bars

    A 44-year-old man is seeking a presidential pardon after ending up behind bars due to a judicial technicality. Gaetano Gatt was sentenced to two months imprisonment by a Court of Appeals on Thursday for not paying his estranged wife child...

  • Annual fair to return to Montekristo Estate

    Annual fair to return to Montekristo Estate

    A big national fair will for the third successive year be held at Montekristo Estate, with organisers saying they have obtained all the necessary permits.  Fiera l-Kbira management denied rumours that the fair would not be taking place, saying in...

  • Valletta 2018 to get a Chinese push

    Valletta 2018 to get a Chinese push

    Valletta's upcoming 2018 stint as European Capital of Culture  will be promoted in China, following a memorandum of understanding signed today between the Culture Minister and China's Vice-Minister of Culture.  The MOU states that China will...

  • Drunk driver went berserk in police lock-up

    Drunk driver went berserk in police lock-up

    A 32-year-old man who first went on a drunken drive and then damaged a sink and mattress while being detained was handed a suspended sentence today.  Nazzareno Abela, 32 from Senglea, admitted to threatening two police officers, driving recklessly...

  • Watchdog warns investors: If it sounds too good to be true...

    Watchdog warns investors: If it sounds too good to be true...

    In a stern warning to investors seeking high earnings amid unattractive low interest rates, the financial watchdog has expressed its “disbelief” at how a number of firms have offered portfolios comprising securities with huge underlying risks. “It...