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  • Critics concerned over 'evasive' Vella

    Critics concerned over 'evasive' Vella

    The unanimous approval of Karmenu Vella’s performance at the European Parliament hearing on Monday has seen him through, but local environmentalists remain concerned about whether he is able to confront the huge challenges ahead. His answers have...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today All Maltese newspapers lead with the approval of Karmenu Vella’s nomination for Commissioner of the EU following his European Parliament hearing yesterday. Times of...

  • Trooping the Colour to highlight AFM Day on Friday

    Trooping the Colour to highlight AFM Day on Friday

    The Armed Forces of Malta will be presented with new Colours during a Trooping the Colour Parade on Friday which will highlight an Open Day at Luqa Barracks. Some 180 soldiers will be taking part in the parade, making it one of the biggest in...

  • Gas price raised, fixed till the end of the year

    Gas price raised, fixed till the end of the year

    The price of 12kg gas cylinders - the most popular - has been raised to €18 from €17.10c and fixed till the end of the year. The Energy Ministry said gas prices will, on average, be €1.95ċ cheaper than in the same time of the year in 2012 and 30c...

  • TimesTalk discusses hunting - Galdes avoids direct reply on whether ban may be extended if abuse persists

    TimesTalk discusses hunting - Galdes avoids direct reply on whether ban may be extended if abuse persists

    TimesTalk discussed the government's suspension of the autumn hunting season in the first edition of the new series on TVM today. The guests were Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunters' federation and Mark Sultana from BirdLife. Parliamentary Secretary...

  • Updated - Skola Sajf inquiry: CEO's position in foundation 'untenable' after chaos in preparations

    Updated - Skola Sajf inquiry: CEO's position in foundation 'untenable' after chaos in preparations

    A board which investigated the problems in SkolaSajf at the beginning of summer has reported that there was total chaos in the preparations for the summer school, and Roderick Agius’s position as CEO of the Foundation for Educational Services was...

  • Nine in court for loitering for prostitution

    Nine in court for loitering for prostitution

    Nine women were charged with loitering for prostitution purposes in Marsa and Gzira today after the police carried out patrols on Sunday night. The prosecution said that all women were known to police for prostitution and, before being arrested on...

  • Financial operator's problems snowballed after 2008 crisis as he tried to hide losses, court told

    Financial operator's problems snowballed after 2008 crisis as he tried to hide losses, court told

    The director of a financial services company attempted to cover-up a loss of €224,250 in an unauthorised investment by engaging in other illegal actions which led to some €6 million in clients' funds being lost, a police inspector told a court...

  • Updated - Rare eagle believed to have been shot, hunters say incident shows how blanket ban does not deter criminals

    Updated - Rare eagle believed to have been shot, hunters say incident shows how blanket ban does not deter criminals

    Updated - Adds statement by St Hubert Hunters below - A number of shots were fired near a roosting rare Short-Toed Eagle early this morning and the bird has not been seen since, BirdLife said. The bird, which was first sighted on Sunday afternoon,...

  • Syrian used forged French passports

    Syrian used forged French passports

    A Syrian man was today given a one year jail term suspended for two years after he admitted to making use of false French passports to try to leave Malta illegally with his family. Nouri Mahmoud Said, 43, residing at the Hal Far migrants centre,...

  • Woman cleared of assaulting estranged husbnad

    Woman cleared of assaulting estranged husbnad

    A 34-year-old woman was today acquitted of assaulting her estranged husband when he went to pick up their children, after a court noted there was insufficient evidence. Magistrate Neville Camilleri heard how the woman, from Sliema, was charged...

  • Golden Harvest launches range of gluten free products

    Golden Harvest have invested €350,000 to build dedicated facilities to produce freshly made gluten free products at their factor in San Gwann. The products will be in shops for the first time tomorrow. Speaking during a visit by Health...

  • Man jailed five years for setting prison cell on fire

    Man jailed five years for setting prison cell on fire

    A Libyan inmate was jailed for five years for setting fire to a cell and trying to set fire to another at the prisons two years ago. Faiz Omar Elsallak, 45, was found guilty of setting fire to cell number 13 in Division 6 on March 4, 2012, and...

  • Live - Commissioner designate for migration highlights need for burden sharing

    Live - Commissioner designate for migration highlights need for burden sharing

      The need for member state solidarity when it came to burden sharing in migration was highlighted today by Migration Commissioner Designate Dimitris Avramopoulos in his presentation to the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home...

  • New site for Mater Dei hospital expansion identified, plans submitted to Mepa

    New site for Mater Dei hospital expansion identified, plans submitted to Mepa

    A new site within the Mater Dei precincts has been identified for hospital expansion and plans have already been submitted to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne said this morning. Speaking on One...

  • Inspired ride

    Inspired ride

    Inspire Foundation clients who suffer from some form of intellectual disability were treated to a ride of a lifetime in two beautiful flame-red Ferraris yesterday. Organised by the Ferrari Club in Malta, they were surprised by the stunning rides...

  • Wartime memorabilia collection launched

    Military and history buffs were in for a special treat this weekend when a memorabilia collection of items related to battles which have dominated the past century were presented to the public for the first time at the Enigma Foundation premises,...

  • 73 grooms, 32 brides aged 60+ tied the knot last year

    73 grooms, 32 brides aged 60+ tied the knot last year

    Nearly a fourth of Malta’s population are aged 60 or over, according to the National Statistics Office. In a statement issued on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, being celebrated tomorrow on the theme “Leaving...

  • Sealing off of Europe’s land borders leading to more migrant boat journeys - Amnesty

    Sealing off of Europe’s land borders leading to more migrant boat journeys - Amnesty

    Malta is being requested by Amnesty International to employ a broader definition of distress at sea aimed at maximising the protection of life. In a report “Lives Adrift: Refugees and Migrants in peril in the Central Mediterranean”, Amnesty states...

  • Mosta road works

    Triq Valletta in Mosta sill become one lane due to trenching works being carried out in Triq il-Pantar and Triq Valletta in Mosta between tomorrow and Saturday, Transport Malta said. The authority said that, as a result, vehicular traffic headed...