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  • Mepa to enhance one stop shop concept

    The planning authority plans to enhance its one stop shop concept in the coming months, making the procedure and system for applying for a development permit simpler and cheaper, it said this morning. Mepa said in a statement that instead of...

  • Deficit up 10%

    Deficit up 10%

    The government’s deficit for January to June amounted to €265.2 million, 10 per cent more than in the same period last year, the National Statistics Office said. It said recurrent revenue registered an increase of €106.8 million while expenditure...

  • Thief who stole 'to pay for wife's cancer treatment' jailed 7 years

    Thief who stole 'to pay for wife's cancer treatment' jailed 7 years

    A man has been jailed for seven years for stealing from petrol stations because of the “crippling costs of cancer treatment” for his wife. Glen Debattista, 54, of Sta Venera, his 22-year-old son Ryan, of Mosta, and Matthew Portelli, 27, of San...

  • Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    “Legally correct but illogical” is how lawyers described a magistrate’s decision to order the police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. Though the magistrate was observing the law to the letter, it...

  • Guido was never on time as he ‘loved life’

    Guido was never on time as he ‘loved life’

    Malta’s former President and deputy leader of the Nationalist Party, Guido de Marco, was yesterday commemorated in a memorial event organised by Ażad to mark the fourth anniversary of his death. Recalling his personal encounters with Prof de...

  • Parents of truants to face court

    Parents of truants to face court

    Parents who repeatedly ignored child truancy fines would no longer be allowed to avoid criminal proceedings, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told Times of Malta. Mr Bartolo said parents were openly ignoring penalties but did not face the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta reports about a European court judgment which granted 19 former dockyard workers €226,000 in compensation for asbestos exposure but says the figure...

  • Lithuanian Community

    The Lithuanian Community in Malta was yesterday launched at the Qawra Access Centre. The centre’s manager, Martin Chetcuti, said the fact that residents of different nationalities were coming together to participate in initiatives was beneficial...

  • Relic paraded through Vittoriosa streets

    Relic paraded through Vittoriosa streets

    The reliquary holding St Lawrence’s blood was brought to Malta yesterday from Amaseno in Italy and was carried in procession to the church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa, where a pontifical Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Paul Cremona.

  • Parents of truants to face court

    Parents of truants to face court

    Parents who repeatedly ignored child truancy fines would no longer be allowed to avoid criminal proceedings, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told Times of Malta. Mr Bartolo said parents were openly ignoring penalties but did not face the...

  • Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    “Legally correct but illogical” is how lawyers described a magistrate’s decision to order the police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. Though the magistrate was observing the law to the letter, it...

  • 5,700 complaints but just 11 cars fail test

    5,700 complaints but just 11 cars fail test

    Just 11 vehicles failed emission tests following complaints filed by the public through an SMS reporting system in the first six months of the year. During the period under review, Transport Malta received 5,734 complaints but the number of cars...

  • Updated: Beppe Fenech Adami back in Malta

    Updated: Beppe Fenech Adami back in Malta

    Updated Friday am Beppe Fenech Adami, the Nationalist Party’s deputy leader, is back in Malta after visiting the UK for medical attention, the Nationalist Party said. It said in a statement he will be continuing his treatment in Malta and abroad...

  • Serious strategy is ‘a must’ to fight obesity

    Serious strategy is ‘a must’ to fight obesity

    A school food policy should be made mandatory as part of a serious strategy to tackle the alarming rate of obesity in Maltese children, according to experts. Times of Malta contacted medical experts and nutritionists following the publication of...

  • Expatriate family appeals to Ombudsman on ARMS bills

    Expatriate family appeals to Ombudsman on ARMS bills

    The Ombudsman has taken up the case of an expatriate family that filed a complaint with his office because they were overcharged on their utility bills. Like some 5,000 expatriates, the members of the MacRae family say they are paying almost...

  • Birdlife gets award 'for committment to abolish spring hunting'

    Birdlife gets award 'for committment to abolish spring hunting'

    BirdLife Malta has received an award from the League Against Cruel Sports, "for its exceptional work and commitment to abolishing spring hunting on the Maltese islands". The award follows the League’s trip to the island in April to support...

  • Man charged with seriously injuring girlfriend

    Man charged with seriously injuring girlfriend

    A “nice guy” with a severe alcohol problem has been remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring his girlfriend and slightly injuring her on at least two occasions. Renald Hayman, 32, of Senglea, was charged and sentenced...

  • Drug addict jailed for helping girlfriend steal ring

    Drug addict jailed for helping girlfriend steal ring

    A drug addict who helped his girlfriend steal a ring in September 2010 was today sentenced to six years in jail. Kenneth Borg, 36, from Rabat, waited in his car while Miriam Caruana tried to give two jewellers the impression she was interested in...

  • Updated: Ministry orders inquiry into German children abduction case.

    Updated: Ministry orders inquiry into German children abduction case.

    Judge Philip Sciberras has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into the case of the abducted German children. The children were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago by German social workers who pretended to be taking them to be...

  • Motive in Msida shooting still unknown - police inspector

    Motive in Msida shooting still unknown - police inspector

    The police still did not know the motive behind a shooting in Msida last April, Police Inspector Keith Arnaud told the court today. Insp Arnaud was testifying in the compilation of evidence against Jonathan Pace, 31, from Gudja who is charged with...