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  • Updated: Matsec fees increase is 'tax on education' - PN

    Updated: Matsec fees increase is 'tax on education' - PN

    (Adds government statement) The increase in Matsec exam fees revealed last week was a new tax on education imposed by the government, the PN's spokesman for education, Joseph Cassar, said this morning. Speaking at a press conference, he criticised...

  • Marilyn Monroe’s first-time prints go up for auction in Malta

    Marilyn Monroe’s first-time prints go up for auction in Malta

    We have all seen the iconic shot of sex symbol Marilyn Monroe trying to hold her skirt down as it was lifted up by a blast from a subway vent. However, there are many other photos of the glamorous actress which have never seen light of day. Ian...

  • Mallia underlines reform rather than punishment to rehabilitate offenders

    Mallia underlines reform rather than punishment to rehabilitate offenders

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Malllia this morning underlined the importance of reform, rather than punishment, as the most effective way to rehabilitate offenders. Speaking at an international conference on restorative justice being held in Malta...

  • Mizzi 'not involved' in relative’s employment

    Mizzi 'not involved' in relative’s employment

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi insists he was not involved in the recruitment process that led to his sister-in-law being employed by a department falling under his political responsibility. Lourdes Camilleri was among 70 new full-time cleaners...

  • House starts debating law for union membership for police, army

    The Bill giving personnel in disciplined forces the right to join a trade union was yet another landmark in the country’s history, even if uniformed personnel would still not be able to strike, Home Affairs Minister Emanuel Mallia said. Speaking...

  • Malta has far higher asthma symptoms among children than Sicily

    Malta has far higher asthma symptoms among children than Sicily

    A Respira study on the prevalence of allergic respiratory diseases in school children (age 11-14) in Malta and Sicily shows that living in Malta is a risk factor for Asthma related symptoms as compared to Sicily. Rural Gela children had lower...

  • Stone barriers on the roads are ‘accidents just waiting to happen’

    Stone barriers on the roads are ‘accidents just waiting to happen’

    The large stone blocks being used to cordon off major roadworks are “an accident waiting to happen”, according to traffic experts. Metre-high blocks have become commonplace along several roads where works are taking place, such as on the Coast...

  • White Paper on organ donations out in a few months

    The government will publish a White Paper to regulate organ donations in the coming months, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said. He was speaking during a meeting with Lupus Support Group and Life Cycle Organisation. Dr Fearne said...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how Brussels is seeking clarifications on Malta's Budget.  l-orizzont says the cost of living has been the lowest in 30 years. It was announced yesterday...

  • Update 3: Finance Ministry admits European Commission seeking more information on Budget

    Update 3: Finance Ministry admits European Commission seeking more information on Budget

    (Adds PN statement) The Finance Ministry said this afternoon it received communication from the European Commission asking for further information related to the Malta's draft Budget 2015 submitted by Malta on October 15. It said this procedure...

  • MEP welcomes Mos Maiorum, calls for EU operational support system

    MEP Therese Comodini Cachia today welcomed the intra-Schengen police operation Mos Maiorum. Mos Maiorum is an EU-wide police operation which started on October 13 and will run until October 26. The joint operation is coordinated by the Italian...

  • 10,000 pensioners still working

    There are currently 9,935 people who are receiving retirement pensions but registered with the Employment and Training Corporation as still working, according to Social Security Department figures. Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia gave...

  • MP asks how former soldiers were admitted to police force without training

    MP asks how former soldiers were admitted to police force without training

    A group of men recently reinstated as policemen included former soldiers, the shadow minister for Home Affairs, Jason Azzopardi, told Parliament this evening. “One could be the best soldier but that does not make you a policeman,” he said. Serving...

  • Cable car for Mellieħa discussed between council and government

    One of four capital projects discussed with the former Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government by Mellieħa council was a cable-car system between Mellieħa Bay (Għadira) and the urban part of the town. Answering a parliamentary question by...

  • High waves, broken branches

    High waves, broken branches

    Strong winds today led to high waves in several areas of Malta and Gozo. No serious damage was reported but some tree branches were broken.

  • €35 million feed-in tariff contract will not be signed - minister

    €35 million feed-in tariff contract will not be signed - minister

    A €35 million feed-in tariff contract binding the country for 35 years awarded by the Nationalist government will not be signed, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said this evening. Mr Mizzi said in Parliament on Monday that an audit investigation had...

  • Nationalist MP claims obstruction by One journalist

    Nationalist MP George Pullicino this evening asked the Speaker to investigate an incident where he was obstructed from continuing on his way as he was leaving the House by a One journalist. He said that the journalist left the area designated for...

  • Speaker requested to investigate replies by Home Affairs Minister

    Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi this evening called on the Speaker to investigate whether replies given to him in Parliamentary questions by Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia were deceitful and intended to misguide him and the House. Dr Azzopardi...

  • Energy Minister found prima facie in breach of privilege

    Energy Minister found prima facie in breach of privilege

    Speaker Anglu Farruga ruled today that Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi was prima facie in breach of privilege with comments he made about former Resources Minister George Pullicino. The Speaker took his ruling after the minister yesterday refused to...

  • Beppe Fenech Adami says recovery is going well

    Beppe Fenech Adami says recovery is going well

    PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami said today he was making a good recovery from his operation on a malignant tumour. Dr Fenech Adami underwent a four-and-a-half hour operation in a London Hospital to remove a 15cm tumour from his right...