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  • Updated: Cancellation of local elections 'playing around with democracy' - Nationalist Party

    Updated: Cancellation of local elections 'playing around with democracy' - Nationalist Party

    The 2015 and 2017 elections should go ahead as scheduled while a consultation process on how local councils could be strengthened and improved should get underway, the Nationalist Party said this morning. General secretary Chris Said told a news...

  • Blood drive in aid of Lifecycle Challenge

    Blood drive in aid of Lifecycle Challenge

    Blood is being donated at the Blood Donation Centre in Guardamangia up to 6pm today in aid of the Lifecycle Challenge. During the event, cakes and pastries are being sold to collect funds for the challenge. One can also register to become an organ...

  • Angelina Jolie spotted in Gozo working on new film

    Angelina Jolie spotted in Gozo working on new film

    Angelina Jolie was spotted in Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo, yesterday, just days after she tied the knot with Brad Pitt in France. Ms Jolie is in Gozo for the filming of By The Sea, her first film with her husband since they starred together in Mr and Mrs...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a court heard yesterday that the death of a vegetable hawker from a heart attack while having sex with a prostitute led to the discovery of a...

  • ‘Democracy tampering to appease the hunters’

    The government’s plans to postpone the local council elections is “tampering with democracy to appease the hunting lobby”, according to an environmental group. Mark Sultana, from Birdlife, yesterday claimed the proposal to shift the elections was...

  • Hawker died during sex with a prostitute

    The death of a vegetable hawker from a heart attack while having sex with a prostitute led to the discovery of a brothel in a Gżira flat, a court was told yesterday. The prostitute dragged her client’s body into the common area of the block of...

  • ‘Directors reported colleague to police’

    ‘Directors reported colleague to police’

    Two directors of a financial services company said they had reported a colleague to the police and the finance watchdog after he admitted that an undeclared €6 million of their clients’ money was lost. Stephen Spiteri and Robert Cutajar of Maltese...

  • Golfer, 72, handled stolen trolley

    A 72-year-old golfer was conditionally discharged for two years for handling an electric golf trolley stolen from the Royal Malta Golf Club in Marsa. Alfred Brown, from Marsascala, told the police that a friend of his, Alistair McLean, a former...

  • Rescued Egyptian migrants had been at sea seven days

    Rescued Egyptian migrants had been at sea seven days

    The 257 migrants rescued on Thursday left from Egypt and had been at sea for seven days, survivors told the authorities yesterday. Their provenance explains why the migrants ended up in Malta when Italy this year was taking practically all rescued...

  • Children’s video games company axes 30 jobs

    Children’s video games company axes 30 jobs

    A company that develops video games for children has sacked more than 30 employees as it struggles to cope with serious financial difficulties, Times of Malta has learnt. TRC Family Entertainment Ltd, set up in Malta in June 2011, informed staff...

  • ‘A whiff of corruption’ in Café Premier bailout – PN

    ‘A whiff of corruption’ in Café Premier bailout – PN

    The Nationalist Party says there was a “whiff of corruption” in the way the “sleazy government” bailed out a bankrupt company to the tune of €4.2 million to take over the Café Premier in Valletta. Nationalist MPs Jason Azzopardi and Ryan Callus...

  • ‘Breast milk substitute ads should be stopped’

    ‘Breast milk substitute ads should be stopped’

    Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne is hoping the government will reach an amicable agreement with the private sector to stop advertising breast milk substitutes (formula and food) for mothers of infants below six months of...

  • Court cancels Kessler hearing at last minute

    Court cancels Kessler hearing at last minute

    An anticipated court sitting in connection with the Dalligate case, which should have heard evidence from Giovanni Kessler, the head of the EU anti-fraud agency (OLAF), was cancelled at the last minute. Mr Kessler was meant to be heard yesterday...

  • Government wages surge as deficit grows

    The annual deficit continued to expand in July, reaching €309 million according to figures issued yesterday by the NSO. As the government strives to lower the deficit by the end of this year, mentioning a cut of €50 million, the increase...

  • Chance to catch the eye of top starmaker

    Chance to catch the eye of top starmaker

    Emmy-award nominated casting director Nancy Bishop will be in Malta next month to hold a master class in audition and screen acting technique. Ms Bishop, an American who fell in love with the island while visiting as a tourist, has cast nearly 100...

  • Tent fiasco cost taxpayer €7,600

    Tent fiasco cost taxpayer €7,600

    A tent set up outside Mater Dei Hospital to serve as an extension before it was dismantled by the government after just one day cost taxpayers almost €8,000. Former Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia took the controversial decision to erect the...

  • Stakeout of stables results in drugs find

    Drugs, including cocaine, heroin and cannabis, were found in stables in Marsa, the police said. The drugs were discovered following weeks of surveillance after the police were tipped off that drugs could have been kept in stables in Triq Is-Serkin...

  • Cashing in for church

    Christina Betke, who spent a night in a police cell after dancing in her bikini during the feast of Stella Maris in Sliema, has produced a T-shirt recording the incident to raise funds for the Sliema church. Just like her drunken dancing during...

  • Six injured

    Six injured

    Six people, including three children, suffered light injuries in two traffic accidents that occurred within minutes of each other in the Manikata area yesterday. A Toyota Liteace, driven by a 38-year-old Mellieħa woman, fell in a field in Manikata...

  • Electronic cigarettes are still being used indoors

    Electronic cigarettes are still being used indoors

    Electronic cigarettes are still being used indoors despite the ban that applies to conventional tobacco products, according to the health authorities. Charmaine Gauci, who heads the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Directorate, said many...