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  • Spring hunting: will it go...or will it stay?

    Spring hunting: will it go...or will it stay?

    As Malta slowly gears up for a referendum on spring hunting, Kurt Sansone met ornithologist Joe Sultana and hunter Pierre Zammit to explore the arguments of the Yes and No camps respectively. See their comments on video above. Full text of...

  • Bulgarian beggar in court

    Maria Varbanova, a Bulgarian woman, was conditionally discharged for a year today after admitting in court to begging and being a nuisance. She pleaded guilty and her lawyer explained that in Bulgaria it was not illegal to beg. Another two...

  • Tenant causes €2,900 in damages after dispute with landlord

    Tenant causes €2,900 in damages after dispute with landlord

    Florian Ribouchon, 24, a Frenchman, was conditionally discharged for a year today after admitting in court to having caused €2,900 in damages to an apartment in Camenzuli Street, Sliema, after a dispute with the landlord. The court heard that four...

  • Migrant apologises for using somebody else's passport

    Hussein Hassan, a 26-year-old Eritrean, was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence today after admitting in court to having attempted to travel to Switzerland using somebody else’s passport. He apologized and said he was trying to travel in...

  • Charity swim raises €2,343 for Dar tal-Providenza

    Charity swim raises €2,343 for Dar tal-Providenza

    Around 50 people braved the cold waters of Għadira Bay to raise €2,343 in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. The charity swim was the initiative of Manuel Calleja of KopTaco with the support of the Malta Rugby Football Union and various fans of boxing,...

  • Flamingos 'sighted' - FKNK cast doubts on reported incidents

    The St Hubert Hunters' Association said this morning that following  Birdlife’s request for information regarding the disappearance of two flamingos from Ghadira nature reserve, it had received information from two of its members that two...

  • Opposition motion demands 'reasonable' cut in fuel prices

    Opposition motion demands 'reasonable' cut in fuel prices

    The Opposition is to present a motion in Parliament tomorrow for the government to reduce petrol and diesel prices. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said the international oil price had dropped by more than half over the past months but Maltese...

  • Baroque Festival Ball

    Baroque Festival Ball

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday attended the Baroque Festival Ball which concluded the Valletta Baroque Festival. The ball was held in the auditorium of the Manoel Theatre.

  • Updated - Muscat: Link between MRA official and George Farrugia 'worrying' - official said to have handed draft legislation to oil trader

    Updated - Muscat: Link between MRA official and George Farrugia 'worrying' - official said to have handed draft legislation to oil trader

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today that that it was worrying that a former senior official of the Malta Resources Authority appeared to have cleared draft legislation with oil trader George Farrugia before handing the draft to the...

  • Inquiry into how fake doctor used Mater Dei Hospital

    Inquiry into how fake doctor used Mater Dei Hospital

    An inquiry has been launched to determine how a fake Danish doctor used Mater Dei Hospital to carry out medical examinations on three young women. Mater Dei Hospital CEO Ivan Falzon confirmed the Health Parliamentary Secretariat asked the hospital...

  • Budget incentive for bikers ‘is misleading’

    Budget incentive for bikers ‘is misleading’

    A Budget measure to encourage the use of motorbikes is misleading, according to experts. Last year, there were just over 18,000 licensed private motorbikes and 257,451 private cars on the road.  Over the years, the licence fee for fuel-efficient...

  • MTA recruits Tourism Minister’s right-hand man

    MTA recruits Tourism Minister’s right-hand man

    Edward Zammit, who until recently served as the Tourism Minister’s chief of staff, has been given a top job at the Malta Tourism Authority without a public call. Mr Zammit’s appointment was issued on the direct instructions of Minister Edward...

  • Lawyers questioning role of judge in clerical abuse case

    Lawyers questioning role of judge in clerical abuse case

    Lawyers for clerical sex abuse victims will be filing an application in court requesting the judge to abstain from hearing their case because of his connection to Radju Marija. Lawyers acting on behalf of clerical sex abuse victims will be filing...

  • ‘Binge drinking must be tackled urgently,’ report shows

    ‘Binge drinking must be tackled urgently,’ report shows

    Binge drinking is a “worrying new phenomenon” in Malta and must be tackled before it becomes “more prevalent”, according to the first nationwide check-up on the island’s health system. One in 10 young adults aged 15 to 34 reported knocking back...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas media. The Sunday Times of Malta reports how a nation-wide survey has pointed to the need for binge drinking to be tackled urgently. It also reports that an investigation is underway...

  • ‘Binge drinking must be tackled urgently’

    Binge drinking is a “worrying new phenomenon” in Malta, according to the first nationwide check-up on the island’s health system, and must be tackled before it becomes “more prevalent”. One in 10 young adults aged 15 to 34 reported knocking back...

  • Fake doctor probed

    Fake doctor probed

    An inquiry has been launched to determine how a fake Danish doctor used Mater Dei Hospital to carry out medical examinations on three young women. Mater Dei Hospital CEO Ivan Falzon yesterday confirmed the Health Parliamentary Secretariat asked...

  • Lawyers questioning role of judge in clerical abuse case

    Lawyers questioning role of judge in clerical abuse case

    Lawyers acting on behalf of clerical sex abuse victims will be filing an application in court requesting the judge to abstain from hearing their case because of his connection to Radju Marija. Mr Justice Joseph Micallef, who is presiding over the...

  • ‘Libya peace initiatives should go through UN’

    ‘Libya peace initiatives should go through UN’

    All peace initiatives related to the Libyan conflict should be channelled through the United Nations, according to Foreign Minister George Vella. Dr Vella was speaking to The Sunday Times of Malta after it emerged that the self-proclaimed...

  • Quarantined migrants denied visitors, lawyers

    Quarantined migrants denied visitors, lawyers

    Almost 80 asylum seekers quarantined at the Safi detention centre are being denied access to visitors, including legal assistance and information on asylum procedures. Human rights NGOs usually providing such assistance to asylum seekers told The...