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  • Urgent appeal for blood donations

    The National Blood Transfusion Service has issued an urgent call for blood. In an appeal on Facebook it said that its O positive blood reserve was critical and urged people with this type of blood to donate immediately Donors should take with them...

  • UĦM, Chamber condemn management behaviour at Leisure Clothing

    UĦM, Chamber condemn management behaviour at Leisure Clothing

    The Union Ħaddiema Maghqudin condemned all type of worker exploitation and said the case of Leisure Clothing was one case of precarious employment. The director of the Chinese state-owned operating at the Bulebel industrial estate has been...

  • Outlay on social security benefits up €14.9 million

    The outlay on social security benefits in the first three quarters increased by €14.9 million in comparison with last year, mainly due to increases in expenditure on retirement pensions and social assistance, the National Statistics Office...

  • President visits St John's Co-Cathedral's flemish tapesteries in Belgium

    President visits St John's Co-Cathedral's flemish tapesteries in Belgium

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca visited St John's Co-Cathedral's priceless 18th Century Flemish Tapestries at De Wit - Royal Manufacturers of Tapestry in Mechelen, Belgium, where they are being restored. The tapestries were gifted to the...

  • Updated - Jason Azzopardi condemns minister's 'bullying tactics'

    Updated - Jason Azzopardi condemns minister's 'bullying tactics'

    Jason Azzopardi has described as "a serious threat" a parliamentary declaration by Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia that disciplinary action would be taken against police officers who leaked inside information. "The government's mask has...

  • Prime Minister discusses energy and health with Singaporian counterpart

    Prime Minister discusses energy and health with Singaporian counterpart

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat discussed energy, health and the Commonwealth with his Singaporian counterpart Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting in Singapore. Dr Muscat explained Malta’s vision of transforming the country into an energy hub and said...

  • Sliema tower plans are back up to 33 floors

    Sliema tower plans are back up to 33 floors

    The height of a proposed tower on the Union Club grounds in Sliema has been yo-yoing up and down and the latest plans show it has now peaked at 33 floors. The developer, Michael Soler, had originally proposed a 32-storey tower that was then...

  • ‘Bus driver held us hostage for 45 minutes’

    ‘Bus driver held us hostage for 45 minutes’

    Commuters were “held hostage” by an angry bus driver for nearly 45 minutes yesterday after a passenger threatened to report him for using his mobile phone while driving. “He locked the doors and wouldn’t let us off. He screamed at me, hurling...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says commuters were “held hostage” by an angry bus driver for nearly 45 minutes yesterday after a passenger threatened to report him for using his...

  • Maltese tongue twister is a challenge in London

    Maltese tongue twister is a challenge in London

    A traditional Maltese tongue twister proved quite a challenge for Britons and a few Maltese expatriates in London as this footage uploaded on Youtube shows.    

  • Foreign Minister holds talks in Jerusalem

    Foreign Minister holds talks in Jerusalem

    Foreign Minister George Vella has held talks in Jerusalem with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Libermann. The Foreign Ministry said they discussed the Middle East peace process as well as relations between the two countries. Mr Libermann welcomed...

  • Warning over brown beans

    Warning over brown beans

    Nigeria Taste brown beans packaged in bags of 1 kilo, 1.5 kilos and 4 kilos are not to be consumed due to risk of contamination from aluminium phosphide which can be can be highly toxic, the Environmental Health Directorate said.

  • Malta signs agreement on exchange of tax information

    Malta signs agreement on exchange of tax information

    Malta has joined 50 states and jurisdictions in signing the Multilateral Agreement on The Automatic Exchange of Tax Information in Berlin, under the aegis of the OECD. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said this was an important step in the fight...

  • Opposition to propose financial compensation to political parties for discrimination by the state

    Opposition to propose financial compensation to political parties for discrimination by the state

    The Opposition is to move an amendment to the Party Funding Bill for financial compensation by the state to those political parties which benefit less from the state than others. PN General Secretary Chris Said explained when speaking in...

  • Changes to gender identity will be made by notarial deed under new proposal

    Changes to gender identity will be made by notarial deed under new proposal

    A public consultation on a new Gender Identity Bill was issued by the government this evening as the Bill was given a first reading in Parliament. Public Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli explained that the government was proposing to regulate the...

  • Maltese-flagged ship leaking oil after grounding off Stockholm

    Maltese-flagged ship leaking oil after grounding off Stockholm

    A small Maltese-registered container ship is in danger of sinking after running aground off Stockholm. The Finnish press is reporting that the 90-metre Kertu ran aground in a storm early this morning and has since been leaking oil, raising fears...

  • V-18 launches Valletta video feature

    Valletta is My Orchestra: Ian the Musician The Valletta 2018 Foundation has issued the official video related to its new corporate identity. The video features the experience of a boy named Ian during a visit to Valletta with his grandfather. The...

  • Government confirms Nov 17 Budget Day

    Government confirms Nov 17 Budget Day

    Government spokesman Carmelo Abela this afternoon confirmed that the Budget 2015 will be presented on November 17, as revealed by Times of Malta last week. He said the Opposition reply will be on November 24 with the prime minister reacting on the...

  • Director of Chinese factory held in exploitation, human trafficking probe

    Director of Chinese factory held in exploitation, human trafficking probe

    The police have arrested the director of a Chinese-owned clothing firm as part of an investigating into exploitation of workers and human trafficking. The man, who is Chinese, was arrested yesterday and it is understood that the police raided...

  • Church investigating sex abuse claims against priest

    Church investigating sex abuse claims against priest

    The church is investigating sexual abuse claims made by a woman against a priest who is due to appear in court to face criminal proceedings over the allegations. A spokesman for the church said the matter was being investigated by the Church's...