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  • Band club committee cleared of storing explosive material in club

    Band club committee cleared of storing explosive material in club

    Eight committee members of the Naxxar Peace Band club were cleared of storing explosive material in the club's basement after a magistrate heard how none of them knew the fireworks were kept there. Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera also noted...

  • Substantial drop in minimum wage earners' revenue - shadow ministers

    The minimum wage last year increased by an average of €2 per month against an average of €17 a month between 2008 and 2014, the Nationalist Party said. In a statement, shadow ministers for finance and social policy Mario de Marco and Paula Mifsud...

  • Man cleared of threatening 'slop'py workers

    Man cleared of threatening 'slop'py workers

    A 64-year-old man from Santa Venera was cleared of threatening workers who were painting roadsigns outside his house after a court ruled that telling them not to return to his street did not amount to a threat. The man, Peter Bonavia, was also...

  • Measles vaccination cover rate at 99%

    Vaccination coverage for measles in Malta is 99 per cent, the health authorities said. The measles vaccine is available free of charge on the national schedule in Malta and is administered to children aged 13 months and again at age three to four...

  • Giovanni Bonello to head drugs court

    Giovanni Bonello to head drugs court

    Former European Court of Human Rights Judge Giovanni Bonello will head the new drugs court when it starts hearing cases next month as part of the “optimistic” drug reform. The new court, known as the Offenders Rehabilitation Board, is expected to...

  • Updated: Government promises policy on gas distribution licences after brief strike - GRTU

    Updated: Government promises policy on gas distribution licences after brief strike - GRTU

    The government has promised gas distributors that it will inform them about its policy on door-to-door and fixed point distribution 'within days', the GRTU said today. The distributors held a brief strike this morning after new licences were...

  • Thief steals €350 in hold-up on St Julian's convenience store

    Thief steals €350 in hold-up on St Julian's convenience store

    A thief last night made off with €350 in cash stolen from the cash register of a convenience store in Triq Ross, St Julian’s, the police said. The theft took place at 9.30pm. The police said the man was  not masked and was carrying an item,...

  • Expert comes to aid racing car students

    Expert comes to aid racing car students

    Nearing the end of a 22-kilometre endurance race in Varano, Italy last September, the University of Malta racing team’s vehicle started overheating, a bleed screw in the brake calliper came undone, brake fluid began leaking, and the car was forced...

  • Woman, 69, in critical condition after being hit by car

    Woman, 69, in critical condition after being hit by car

    A 69-year-old woman from Swieqi is in a critical condition after she was hit by a car yesterday evening, the police said. The accident happened in Triq is-Slielem at 7pm. The woman was hit by a BMW that was being driven by a 27-year-old man from...

  • Ministry must reply to Times query, says data chief

    The Home Affairs Ministry has been slapped with an enforcement notice by the Data Protection Commissioner for failing to reply to a freedom of information request filed by this newspaper. On November 19, Times of Malta filed an FOI request for a...

  • Wife casts further doubt on claims Rakhat Aliyev killed himself

    Wife casts further doubt on claims Rakhat Aliyev killed himself

    The widow of Kazakh political exile Rakhat Aliyev, the millionaire who took refuge in Malta for years, yesterday said it was “out of the question” that her husband had committed suicide. “For me, it is out of the question that Rakhat voluntarily...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says that according to the first nationwide check-up on the island’s health system, nearly half of Malta’s elderly population suffer from high blood...

  • Health authorities to discuss salt content reduction in Maltese bread

    Health authorities to discuss salt content reduction in Maltese bread

    The health authorities intend to hold talks with bread makers to reduce the salt content in Maltese bread, the parliamentary secretary for health, Chris Fearne said. In comments to Times of Malta, he said that almost half of those aged 70 had high...

  • ‘Rinella film tanks were earmarked as fish farms’

    ‘Rinella film tanks were earmarked as fish farms’

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said parliament today that in 2010, a development application had been submitted to Mepa to turn the Malta Film Studions film tanks at Rinella into fish farms. Speaking during the debate in second reading of...

  • Investigation into delayed flight still not complete, two years on

    Investigation into delayed flight still not complete, two years on

    An investigation into the circumstances which led an Air Malta flight from Milan to be delayed on July 27, 2012 has not been completed yet.  Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis told Nationalist MP Antoine Borg the ministry did not have the full...

  • Refunds of 2004 vehicle registration tax

    The government later this year will announce a scheme for the refund of registration tax paid on vehicles between  May 1 and December 31, 2004. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told Mario de Marco (PN) that those eligible will be given the full...

  • Police weapons fired accidentally 10 times in two years

    Police weapons fired accidentally 10 times in two years

    There were four cases in 2013 and six last year during which police firearms were fired accidentally, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told Beppe Fenech Adami (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question. In six of the cases, the officers...

  • Work on two new schools to start this year

    Work will begin this year on the building of a new secondary school at  Kirkop (Karwija) and a secondary school in Rabat, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told Nationalist MP Censu Galea in reply to a parliamentary question.

  • Editor argues sergeant should never have become inspector

    An editor of an English language newspaper insisted in court today that a police sergeant should have never been promoted to inspector because of allegations, speculation and rumours about his connections. Saviour Balzan, MaltaToday managing...

  • More than half licensed hunters claim they did not catch anything last autumn

    More than half licensed hunters claim they did not catch anything last autumn

    A total of 6,746 of 10,811 licensed hunters did not report any turtle dove or quail catches during last autumn, according to an "independent scientific study" released today. The study of the migratory influx during September and October 2014...