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  • MPs warn Gender Identity Bill could conflict with other legislation

    Both government and Opposition MPs yesterday warned that the Gender Identity Bill could pose legal difficulties and be in conflict with other pieces of legislation. Speaking during the debate in second reading, they urged for a fine-tooth comb...

  • Government stock allotment policy announced

      The Treasury has announced the allotment policy to be applied for applications received from the public for the €180 million stock issue.   MGS 2% 2020 (V) Fungibility Issue Forty-four applications subscribed in the 2% MGS 2020 (V) FI having a...

  • PN calls for government transparency

    The Opposition has criticised the government for refusing to disclose the names of people appointed to selection boards for promotions appointments.  "Contrary to its promise of being open and transparent, this government is repeatedly failing to...

  • Minister admits ‘cardinal mistake’

    Social Policy Minister Michael Farrugia this evening admitted in parliament that he made a ‘cardinal mistake’ when, as health minister between 1996-1998 he decided that admissions to old people’s homes should be through St Luke’s Hospital. The end...

  • Busuttil: Fuel price reductions are two months too late

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said this afternoon that the latest downward revision of fuel prices showed how motorists were robbed for two months. Replying to questions in a radio interview, Dr Busuttil said the government had originally said...

  • Yacht owners petition European Court on indefinite right to berth in terms of agreement

    Owners of yachts which berth at Ta' Xbiex Yacht Marina have presented a petition before the European Court of Human Rights in the wake of a judgement by the Constitutional Court. The judgement overturned a previous judgement that had safeguarded...

  • One baby born every three days has birth defects - report

    Major congenital anomalies occur in three per cent of all births or one in every 33 babies born in Malta, according to a report by the Department of Health's Information and Research Unit.  It said a baby with one or more major birth defects is...

  • EU approves €132m programme for jobs and social inclusion in Malta

    EU approves €132m programme for jobs and social inclusion in Malta

    The European Commission has adopted the Malta Operational Programme "Investing in human capital" financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020. This programme aims to invest over €132 million  to promote employment and social...

  • Pedestrian blamed for traffic accident

    Pedestrian blamed for traffic accident

    A man was cleared of reckless driving and running over a man in Cospicua after a court heard how the pedestrian had caused the emergency. Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera ruled that Charlton Diacono could not have predicted that the pedestrian...

  • db Seabank launches new €1m entertainment complex

    The db Seabank Hotel in Ghadira Bay has inaugurated a new entertainment complex after a €1m investment. The complex features three new restaurants, the first bowling alley in the north of Malta, a sports bar with live sports from around the world...

  • More than 80% of households have internet access

    A total 80.7 per cent of households in Malta and Gozo had access to the internet last year, while regular internet users reached 239,225 (73.2 per cent of the population aged 16 to 74). The National Statistics Office said internet access in...

  • ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    A legal loophole that allows registered sex offenders to organise parties for underage teenagers needs to be closed, the Children’s Commissioner has insisted. Promoter Joel Caruana, the 24-year-old who was twice convicted of engaging in sexual...

  • Updated: Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Updated: Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Updated - adds video - Migration to the new parliament building may finally take place in the coming weeks, possibly after the Easter recess, as works progress according to a schedule set last January. Work on the plenary chamber is practically...

  • Cafe' Premier issue: Keep your word, assume political responsibility, Busuttil tells Muscat

    Cafe' Premier issue: Keep your word, assume political responsibility, Busuttil tells Muscat

    Updated 5.33 p.m. - Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this afternoon lashed out at the prime minister over the Cafe Premier controversy and said the least the country expected was for the prime minister to keep his electoral promise of political...

  • 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...