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Man denied fair trial awarded €21,000 by ECHR

Man denied fair trial awarded €21,000 by ECHR

A man has been awarded €21,000 in damages, the European Court of Human Rights having found Malta guilty of breaching his fundamental right to a fair trial. It upheld complaints from Charles Saliba that the domestic courts had failed to give proper attention to the validity, credibility and relevance of the evidence brought against him during civil...

  • Call for Brussels job applications ‘unauthorised’

    Call for Brussels job applications ‘unauthorised’

    An Education Ministry employee was verbally cautioned for circulating what a spokeswoman said was an “unauthorised” call for applications at Malta House in Brussels. The Institute for European Studies on Monday circulated an e-mail about promoting...

  • Tourism Authority to step up Dwejra monitoring

    Tourism Authority to step up Dwejra monitoring

    The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has vowed to step up monitoring of the Azure Window at Dwejra following the latest incident at the site last week. A video uploaded to Youtube showed a number of large rocks crashing off the iconic structure after...

  • Italian complains he was not granted legal assistance during police interrogation

    An Italian man who is facing criminal proceedings for drug trafficking has been granted the right to refer to the superior courts after he pleaded that he was not granted the possibility of legal assistance during police interrogation. Aldo...

  • Task force to improve disaster victim identification process

    Task force to improve disaster victim identification process

    The Disaster Victim Identification Malta task force, better known as DVI Malta, was launched by Home Affairs minister Carmelo Abela today. It groups police, army, civil protection, health authorities and other experts to expand the capabilities of...

  • ‘Be a diplomat, even when you ride your bike’

    ‘Be a diplomat, even when you ride your bike’

    Do not cause a diplomatic incident by running red lights or riding your bicycle against traffic, an advocacy group is warning diplomats and journalists planning to head to Malta during its EU presidency term. The Bicycling Advocacy Group yesterday...

  • Government: Power tariffs will not change despite oil prices jump, PN says they should fall

    Government: Power tariffs will not change despite oil prices jump, PN says they should fall

    Updated, adds PN statement The government promised today that local power tariffs will not change despite a jump in the international oil price following a decision by Opec oil producing nations to cut production. In a statement, the prime...

  • New power station to be commissioned in a few weeks

    New power station to be commissioned in a few weeks

    Malta’s Presidency of the EU Council will come at an exciting moment for the country, with the coming online in the next few weeks of the new gas-fired power station that will enable the country to attain a complete breakaway from the use of heavy...

  • GWU foundation running scheme for the unemployed ‘has no staff’

    GWU foundation running scheme for the unemployed ‘has no staff’

    The General Workers’ Union insists there are no employees on the books of its newly formed foundation running the government’s jobless scheme. The GWU set up the Community Work Scheme Enterprise Foundation last February, a few days after securing...

  • Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    A Gambian national residing at the Marsa Open Centre tested a magistrate's patience today when he kept changing his plea after being accused of aggravated theft and of cannabis possession that was allegedly not intended for his own personal...

  • Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat has been sworn in as a member of the European Union's Court of Auditors, succeeding Louis Galea. Mr Brincat had failed the European Parliament's scrutiny for the post but was still appointed after the Council of Ministers gave its...

  • Developers welcome PN proposals

    Developers welcome PN proposals

    The Malta Developers' Association has welcomed proposals made by the PN for small businesses and the self employed, the party said today. The proposals were discussed at a meeting between PN leader Simon Busuttil and an MDA delegation led by its...

  • Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures have emerged showing smoke from a small fire which broke out at the controversial ElectroGas power station in Delimara yesterday. The company said the blaze was controlled in a matter of minutes.  It said some insulation material and...

  • Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    The man who kept a court waiting last Monday when he failed to turn up for the start of his trial, was commissioned to carry out an arson attack for "a shot of heroin", the court heard today. The parties made their submissions on the punishment...

  • One in five employees in shift employment

    One in five employees in shift employment

    Almost one out of every five employees was engaged in shift employment last year, the National Statistics Office said. In a publication launched today Shift Employment in Malta: 2015 (see pdf link below), it said that more than two shift workers...

  • X Factor runners-up to join Valletta New Year's Eve celebrations

    X Factor runners-up to join Valletta New Year's Eve celebrations

    The X Factor runners-up Reggie N Bollie will be joining the New Year’s Eve celebrations in St George’s Square, Valletta. The Ghanaian R&B duo, finalists in last year’s edition of the British music competition The X Factor, will perform alongside...

  • Rare protected booted eagle shot down

    Rare protected booted eagle shot down

    A protected booted eagle was shot down over Girgenti yesterday, BirdLife said. This was a month to the day when an exceptional eagle migration over Malta had led to the illegal shooting of at least 10 out of 60 rare eagles. The booted eagle is a...

  • Two new cases of AIDS, 56 of HIV in Malta

    Two new cases of AIDS, 56 of HIV in Malta

    Two new cases of AIDS and 56 cases of HIV were reported until October in Malta, the government said to mark World AIDS Day today. In 2015, there were 61 new cases of HIV and one case of HIV. In Malta, over a 10-year period starting in 2004, a...

  • One in five people in Malta cannot afford monthly meal with friends

    One in five people in Malta cannot afford monthly meal with friends

    A total 19.2% of people in Malta could not afford to get together with friends or family for a drink or meal at least once a month in 2014, according to Eurostat. The percentage was 6.2% higher than the EU average. However, the situation in Malta...

  • Non-hotel accommodation up 14.3%

    Non-hotel accommodation up 14.3%

    Non-hotel accommodation increased by 14.3 per cent over the first nine months of this year with five-star hotels experiencing a drop in occupancy. Addressing a presentation of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants annual tourism review, president Tony...

  • Bakery façade damaged in car fire

    Bakery façade damaged in car fire

    Residents of Triq il-Ġnien in Għargħur were out with their buckets last night to help put out a car fire. No injuries were reported but the façade of the bakery the car was parked in front was damaged The police said this morning they were...