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  • Billboard saga drags on as illegalities persist

    Billboard saga drags on as illegalities persist

    Billboard owners told to pay €1,500 a year per structure are up in arms, saying the authorities are turning a blind eye to competitors they accuse of having been flouting the law for years. They also insist that the annual licence fee was supposed...

  • Today's newspapers in review

    Today's newspapers in review

    The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says official data shows the police seized more than 20 kilograms of cocaine last year, four times the amount confiscated just two years before. In another story, it...

  • 20 kilograms of cocaine seized last year, four times more than in 2014

    20 kilograms of cocaine seized last year, four times more than in 2014

    The police seized more than 20 kilograms of cocaine last year, four times the amount confiscated just two years before, official data shows. Yet, despite the increase in cocaine seizures, cannabis remained the most popular confiscated drug, with...

  • Cartoonists draw on Malta for inspiration

    Cartoonists draw on Malta for inspiration

    Pens in hand, ready to draw inspiration from their surroundings, a group of some 20 cartoonists have been going round the island meeting locals and sketching cartoons of these encounters. Speaking to this newspaper during a week-long convention,...

  • Green light for controversial Polidano development in Balzan

    Green light for controversial Polidano development in Balzan

    Changes to a controversial planning permit sought by construction magnate Charles Polidano have been given the green light by the Planning Authority despite a history of illegalities on site. Mr Polidano was granted a permit in 2014 to renovate...

  • Arrests of street prostitutes down by half over six years

    Arrests of street prostitutes down by half over six years

    The number of street prostitutes arrested for soliciting has halved in recent years, as revealed in a comparison of official statistics, while experts point to a shift from ‘traditional prostitution’. Police arrest data, presented in Parliament by...

  • Nationalist MP ignored Din l-Art Ħelwa objections over ODZ plans - PL

    Nationalist MP ignored Din l-Art Ħelwa objections over ODZ plans - PL

    Nationalist MP Toni Bezzina ignored objections by Din l-Art Ħelwa over his plans for a villa on an ODZ site and only dropped his application to the Planning Authority when he was found out by the media, the Labour Party said today. The environment...

  • Man released hours after being jailed for two months for contempt

    Man released hours after being jailed for two months for contempt

    A man who earlier this morning was condemned to an effective jail term of two months was released hours later when another court reversed the decisio. Carmelo Zammit, who is facing criminal proceedings for fraud, was declared to have acted in...

  • Fake ‘caption’ to a photo turned into a nightmare

    Fake ‘caption’ to a photo turned into a nightmare

    Run down by cheetahs, an impala stares defiantly down a camera lens moments before its death. Shot by a Maltese wildlife photographer, the striking image went viral around the world last week, accompanied by a haunting story: the impala was...

  • Former employee claims discrimination in MIA dismissal proceedings

    Former employee claims discrimination in MIA dismissal proceedings

    A customer care official whose 24 years of service at Malta International Airport ended in dismissal, has filed a judicial protest against her former employer claiming discriminatory treatment.  Nathalie Mifsud, 44, claimed irregularities in the...

  • Yachting company sues for libel

    Yachting company sues for libel

    A yachting company has filed libel proceedings against the editor of an online business review over comments which were allegedly intended to tarnish its reputation and that of its chief executive officer. Yachting Malta Ltd together with Wilfred...

  • Court hears accounts of Yana Mintoff Bland stabbing incident

    Court hears accounts of Yana Mintoff Bland stabbing incident

    A court this morning heard more witnesses describe the scene at the Mintoff residence last October when Yana Mintoff Bland, the former prime minister's daughter, was allegedly stabbed by her Romanian partner. The accused, Gheorghe Popa, 39, sat...

  • Dying man's signature forged in property transfer document

    Dying man's signature forged in property transfer document

    A document purporting to show a dying man's donation of a bar to his son was invalidated by a court today after it established that the signature was forged.  The Civil Court however refused to annul the dying man's will after an expert witness...

  • Doubling of fine in libel cases is an attempt to gag the media - PN

    Doubling of fine in libel cases is an attempt to gag the media - PN

    Government plans to raise the maximum penalty for libel to €20,000 were another way how this administration was trying to gag the media, the PN said today. Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami said the obligation to register every website publishing...

  • European Presidency commissions carnival float

    European Presidency commissions carnival float

    The Maltese European Presidency has commissioned a carnival float to "create space for local tradition and local talent". The float, on the theme of the European Union, is the result of a collaboration between British caricaturist Steve Bell and...

  • Enemalta imposes €10m penalty on Electrogas for power station delays - Busuttil tears up blacked out contracts

    Enemalta imposes €10m penalty on Electrogas for power station delays - Busuttil tears up blacked out contracts

    Enemalta has imposed a €10 million penalty on Electrogas for late delivery of the new power station, minister Konrad Mizzi told parliament this afternoon. Dr Mizzi was the last speaker from the government side in a six-hour debate on an opposition...

  • Joseph Gaffarena testifies in Opposition's libel case against GWU newspapers

    Joseph Gaffarena testifies in Opposition's libel case against GWU newspapers

    The man at the centre of two libel suits filed by the leader of the Opposition against GWU-owned newspapers l-Orizzont and it-Torċa, this morning took the witness stand to face questions by the plaintiff's lawyer. The cases revolve around...

  • OSCE representative urges Maltese authorities to protect free expression

    OSCE representative urges Maltese authorities to protect free expression

    Intimidating journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia could restrict public debate and diminish media freedom in Malta, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media Dunja Mijatović said today. “I follow with concern media reports of the pressure on...

  • Press freedom in Malta discussed between MEP and CoE representative

    Press freedom in Malta discussed between MEP and CoE representative

    Nationalist MEP Therese Comodini Cachia and Council of Europe Political Strategy director Matja Grunden discussed the issue of precautionary warrants against Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia during a recent meeting. The warrants were...

  • Nationalist MEPs welcome EU's trade agreement with Canada

    Nationalist MEPs welcome EU's trade agreement with Canada

    Updated with Dr Sant's statement at 2.15pm Nationalist MEPs David Casa, Roberta Metsola and Therese Comodini Cachia welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of the Trade Agreement with Canada with an overwhelming majority. They said in a...