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'Shark' spotted off breakwater

'Shark' spotted off breakwater

The police warned this afternoon that a big fish has been spotted close to the breakwater at Grand Harbour. Reader Aaron Sammut told Times of Malta that he was on his boat less than a mile off the breakwater when he spotted what he believed to be a shark less than two metres from his boat. The fish was about two metres in length. He said the fish was not...

  • Woman critically injured in Birkirkara accident

    Woman critically injured in Birkirkara accident

    A 54-year-old woman from Attard was critically injured this afternoon when she was hit by a Range Rover Evoque in Valley Road, Birkirkara. The vehicle was being driven by a 34-year-old woman from Attard, the police said. A Magisterial inquiry is...

  • Labour market dependent on public sector and low wages - PN

    Labour market dependent on public sector and low wages - PN

    The Nationalist Party noted today that the government engaged 5,500 people in the public service in the past two years, reversing a downward trend in public service recruitment. Furthermore, half the new jobs being created by the private sector...

  • Police have four new 'sergeant' dogs

    Police have four new 'sergeant' dogs

    Four dogs were welcomed to the Police Force today with the rank of 'sergeant', the police said. A ceremony during which the dogs showed off their skills was held before Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela and Commissioner Michael Cassar. The...

  • GWU suspends plans for industrial action at ST

    The General Workers' Union said today that it has suspended plans for further industrial action at ST Microelectronics after having been informed that a senior official from the parent company will be coming to Malta to conclude talks on a...

  • Ministry, Church mark World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

    Ministry, Church mark World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

    The Environment Ministry and the Church’s Environment Commission today jointly marked the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, the ministry said. Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Environment Minister Leo Brincat Opposition spokesman Charlo’...

  • Major diversion from Thursday as final phase of Coast Road works start

    Major diversion from Thursday as final phase of Coast Road works start

    South-bound Coast Road traffic will be diverted to t’Alla u Ommu Hill from Thursday as work finally starts on the stretch of the Coast Road near the Salina salt pans. The works had been halted following the discovery of archaeological...

  • Man, boy injured in separate accidents

    Man, boy injured in separate accidents

    A Syrian man and a young boy were injured in separate accidents today, the police said. The Syrian man, 55 of San Gwann, fell a height of one storey from the roof of  an apartment block in Quarries Street, Zurrieq. The accident happened at about...

  • Contraband case: Container was not inspected before being taken out of freeport

    Contraband case: Container was not inspected before being taken out of freeport

    A Customs Department employee was seen on closed circuit television allowing a sealed container exit the Freeport without inspecting its contents, in breach of standard security procedure, a court heard today. Evidence was given in the compilation...

  • Turkish company to acquire 31% stake in Valletta Cruise Port

    Turkish company to acquire 31% stake in Valletta Cruise Port

    A major Turkish company involved in cruise port operations is to acquire a 30.97% shareholding in Valletta Cruise Port (VCP). The company will acquire the shares in VCP currently held by Malta International Airport, Bank of Valletta and FSG Ltd...

  • Government failing to act on spate of burglaries - PN

    Government failing to act on spate of burglaries - PN

    The Nationalist Party accused the government today of failing to act after an upsurge of burglaries in Sliema, Swieqi, St Julian's, Gżira and San Ġwann. Instead of government action, the people were being left to fend for themselves, the shadow...

  • Traffic situation in Castille Square back to normal

    Traffic situation in Castille Square back to normal

    The traffic situation in Castille Square returns to normal tomorrow. The government said in a statement that traffic had been diverted due to infrastructural works which were now complete. It said that as some paving works remained to be done, the...

  • Libyan businessman who presented false documents gets suspended sentence

    Libyan businessman who presented false documents gets suspended sentence

    A Libyan director of a Maltese-registered company was handed a suspended sentence after admitting he presented false documents when importing food items from Libya. Nureddin Mohammed A. Shaibi, 45, who lives in Gżira was charged before Magistrate...

  • Egyptian teenager charged with theft

    Egyptian teenager charged with theft

    A 17-year-old Egyptian who lives in Fgura was granted bail after pleading not guilty to stealing a handbag on a bus in Fgura yesterday. The contents of the bag did not exceed €233. The court, presided by Magistrate Anthony Vella, granted him bail...

  • Companies breaching public procurement regulations may be blacklisted

    Companies breaching public procurement regulations or the Employment and Industrial Relations Act could be liable to being blacklisted for between six months and two years as a new legal notice comes into effect today. Since the legal notice was...

  • Court recommends tight security around Parliament, jails intruders

    Court recommends tight security around Parliament, jails intruders

    Two men found in a restricted zone beneath the Parliament building were handed a five-month prison term by a court, which also recommended tighter security measures to prevent further cases of unauthorised intrusion. On August 16, Eman Zammit, 36,...

  • Updated: Government not tackling crisis at Mater Dei - Opposition

    Updated: Government not tackling crisis at Mater Dei - Opposition

    (Adds government's reply) The Opposition this morning called on the government to tackle the crisis situation at Mater Dei Hospital. Addressing a news conference, shadow minister Claudette Buttigieg said that the reasons behind the crisis were...

  • Increase in tourist arrivals

    Increase in tourist arrivals

    Tourist arrivals in July stood at 207,541, an increase of 3.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year. Excluding passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthedcruise ship, total arrivals amounted to 206,626. A total of 176,807...

  • Knee-jerk recommendations for 'serious and acute' traffic problem - Malta Chamber

    It was unacceptable that a serious and increasingly acute problem such as traffic congestion was being met with a string of knee-jerk recommendations in the hope that these turn out to be effective, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and...

  • New CEO for HSBC Malta

    New CEO for HSBC Malta

    Andrew Beane has been appointed the new CEO of HSBC Malta with effect from November 2, subject to regulatory approval, the bank said. He will be replacing Mark Watkinson who will be taking up a new role as CEO at HSBC Bermuda, subject to...

  • New bus routes launched

    New bus routes launched

    New bus routes will be rolled out in stages by the end of the year, with the first changes coming into force in the coming days, Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said earlier today. Addressing a press conference at the Valletta bus terminal, Mr Mizzi...