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  • Mgr Scicluna seen as 'man to build bridges'

    Mgr Scicluna seen as 'man to build bridges'

    The news that Mgr Charles Scicluna is set to be announced as new Archbishop of Malta tomorrow came as no surprise, but observers said much would now depend on the team he appointed around him. Fr Joe Borg, who was the first to publicly voice his...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta and l-orizzont give prominence to the forthcoming appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as Archbishop of Malta. Times of Malta also reports how the Farrugia brothers...

  • Nursing shortages due to course closure

    Current nursing shortages are the result of the previous administration’s decision to close down the university’s nursing course seven years ago, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said this evening. Replying to Parliamentary...

  • Long-term patients at Mater Dei, Karen Grech hospitals

    There were 106 long-term patients at Mater Dei Hospital and 109 at Karen Grech Hospital waiting to be transferred to other facilities in October last year, Health Minister Konrad Mizzi told Opposition MP Claudio Grech in reply to parliamentary...

  • Organic farming legislation in pipeline

    A process to enhance and consolidate control systems in organic farming has been embarked upon by the Agriculture Department in a new bid to encourage organic farming. The process will be through a legal framework that will help to cut down on the...

  • Union head asked not to take mobile phone for meeting with minister

    Union head asked not to take mobile phone for meeting with minister

    A meeting between Union Haddiema Maghqudin general secretary Josef Vella and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela was cancelled this morning after the former refused to obey orders not to take his mobile phone in with him. In a statement this...

  • Case against men charged with trading in influence can proceed, court rules

    Case against men charged with trading in influence can proceed, court rules

    A case against two men charged with trading in influence over an €18.5 million Pender Gardens project can proceed, a magistrate ruled today as he observed that the prosecution had brought the “bare minimum” in terms of proof. Magistrate Aaron...

  • Former minister makes unconditional apology for undeclared Swiss account

    Former minister makes unconditional apology for undeclared Swiss account

    Former Minister Michael Falzon this afternoon unconditionally apologised for holding an undeclared Swiss account. He referred to a statement he made on Saturday in which he explained how prior to 1987, he was involved with other professionals in...

  • Opposition insists chairman should have decided on safeguards in citizenship contract

    Opposition insists chairman should have decided on safeguards in citizenship contract

    The Opposition is insisting that according to a Speaker’s ruling it is the duty of the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to decide which safeguards should be taken on contacts the committee decides to publish. It made its arguments during...

  • Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop

    Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop

    Mgr Charles Scicluna will be officially named as Archbishop by the end of this week, according to sources. The 55-year-old, who has served as Auxiliary Bishop since October 2012, will succeed Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona who stepped down last...

  • Updated: AFM search for woman dragged out to sea in Gozo called off, man rescued

    Updated: AFM search for woman dragged out to sea in Gozo called off, man rescued

      An AFM search for a Chinese woman who was dragged out to sea by a big wave in Dwejra Gozo this afternoon had to be called off because of the sea conditions, the police said. They said the police and members of the Civil Protection Department are...

  • Updated: 'No' vote would return countryside to the people in spring - SHout

    Updated: 'No' vote would return countryside to the people in spring - SHout

    (Adds KSU's statement) Members of the SHout campaign insisted today that a ‘No’ victory in the referendum on spring hunting would mean a return of the countryside to the people in all of spring. The comments were made by Mark Sultana, campaign...

  • With this ring, I thee abduct...

    With this ring, I thee abduct...

    Malta is being criticised by international Marie Claire magazine for allowing men “to abduct women without risk of punishment, if they then go on to marry their victim”. The article, which went viral on social media, lists ‘The World’s 10 Worst...

  • Drug addict admits trafficking

    A drug addict was today granted bail after admitting to trafficking cocaine and heroin at thw Hamrun piazza on Tuesday. The court heard Clayton Fenech, 25, from Valletta, plead guilty to possession of the drugs found in circumstances denoting it...

  • GM files protest against home's owners after government cancels contract

    GM files protest against home's owners after government cancels contract

    The general manager of an old people’s home filed a judicial protest against the owners today, saying that she has not been paid her wages since October. The protest was filed by Elke Sghendo against L’Agora Malta Ltd. Ms Sghendo said she was...

  • Directives to councils over claims for damages caused by poor roads

    Directives to councils over claims for damages caused by poor roads

    The Governance Board for local councils has issued a list of directives to guide the councils whenever claims for damages are made by motorists because of the condition of the roads. The board said that whenever claims are made, a representative...

  • €100,000 fund for artists announced

    Culture Minister Owen Bonnici this morning announced a new €100,000 fund for artists to create programmes within their local communities. The scheme, entitled Creative Communities, aims to leverage the cultural diversity and collective memory of...

  • MIA has first Maltese CEO

    Alan Borg has been officially appointed Chief Executive Officer at Malta International Airport after serving the company as Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Director for the past three years. He was acting CEO for the past few weeks. Mr...

  • Liquigas asks court to stop competitor’s 'ongoing abuse'

    Liquigas asks court to stop competitor’s 'ongoing abuse'

    Liquigas Malta has filed a judicial protest claiming its competitor, Easygas had violated property rights and breached safety regulations. The company said it had filed the protest after it noted how its green and yellow cylinders were being...

  • Updated - Farrugia brothers told police they knew George Farrugia was paying commissions for oil contracts

    Updated - Farrugia brothers told police they knew George Farrugia  was paying commissions for oil contracts

    The five brothers of rogue oil trader George Farrugia have been arraigned in court for their alleged involvement in kickbacks over the procurement of oil to Enemalta. The men are: Antonio Farrugia, 68, a mechanic from Santa Venera; Gaetano...