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  • Updated - Cash stolen from Millennium chapel

    Updated - Cash stolen from Millennium chapel

    Some €700 were believed to have been stolen in a break-in at the Millennium Chapel in Paceville early this morning. An unknown person or persons forced entry through a window and stole some €400  from a cash register at a book shop and some €300...

  • Police question teacher who allegedly installed camera in school toilet

    Police question teacher who allegedly installed camera in school toilet

    The police are questioning a male teacher, 38, who allegedly installed a video camera to film one or more female colleagues using the toilet. The case was reported last week in a government primary school. The police confirmed that the case is...

  • Oil price drop may see more stockpiling on tankers just off Malta

    Oil price drop may see more stockpiling on tankers just off Malta

    The drop in oil prices to a five-year low could have one negative consequence for Malta - more tankers storing millions of gallons of oil are expected to drop anchor just outside territorial waters, waiting for the price to rise. The specialist...

  • Alternatives to migrants detention by July says government

    Alternatives to migrants detention by July says government

    The government is pledging to introduce “alternatives to detention” by July in what appears to be a shift in official policy on immigration. The pledge was made by new Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela yesterday when replying to questions by...

  • Concern over registration requirements for low powered pedelecs

    The Bicycling Advocacy Group (Malta) has expressed concern that pedelecs under 250w will have to be registered, unlike a normal bicycle. "Unfortunately the state is using pedelecs to try to regulate unregistered higher >powered bicycles converted...

  • Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Two years ago, Maltese full-time employees worked 100 hours more than they did in 2008, topping the European league, but receiving a lower pay. Statistics released in Brussels yesterday show that, on average, Maltese labour costs, largely...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says workers’ wages were at risk in a cash crisis in the Gozo Channel company. The Malta Independent says importers are up in arms over ammunition storage...

  • No amnesty on stuffed protected birds - Government

    No amnesty on stuffed protected birds - Government

    Updated - Adds government statement - The Government this morning denied that it will offer an amnesty for stuffed protected birds. Reacting to a BirdLife press conference held yesterday, that it is proposing an amnesty for illegally stuffed...

  • Workers’ wages ‘at risk’ in Gozo ferry cash crisis

    Workers’ wages ‘at risk’ in Gozo ferry cash crisis

    Gozo Channel’s finances were “in serious jeopardy” as the company approached a situation in which it could not pay wages, according to an audit report out yesterday. The dire situation was made worse by “illogical” decisions such as engineers...

  • Alternatives to detention by July says government

    The government is pledging to introduce “alternatives to detention” by July in what appears to be a shift with official policy on immigration. The pledge was made by incoming Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela yesterday when replying to questions...

  • Malta signs oil and gas deal with Azerbaijanis

    Malta signs oil and gas deal with Azerbaijanis

    Malta and Azerbaijan yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation in the oil and gas sector. The agreement was signed with SOCAR – the Azerbaijani oil and gas state agency – by Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi during a...

  • Addict broke into 24 cars

    Addict broke into 24 cars

    A man who admitted having had a drug addiction for the past 22 years yesterday pleaded guilty to breaking into 24 cars to sustain his habit. Christopher Borg, 35, from Siġġiewi, went on a rampage on December 8, targeting cars parked at the Qormi...

  • Woman, 33, cleared in child prostitution case

    A Cospicua woman has been cleared of living off the earnings of prostitution of an underage girl after the court found inconsistencies in the girl’s version of events. The minor was a known prostitute and her police record was laden with...

  • Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Maltese working longest hours in EU for low pay

    Two years ago, Maltese full-time employees worked 100 hours more than they did in 2008, topping the European league, but receiving a lower pay. Statistics released in Brussels yesterday show that, on average, Maltese labour costs, largely...

  • Father cleared of sex acts with daughter, 11

    A man has been cleared of committing sexual acts with his 11-year-old daughter and exposing her to pornography involving animals after a magistrate found that her version was not credible. The court heard that the allegations against her father...

  • ‘Stuffed bird amnesty’ shot down by Birdlife

    A government proposal to grant amnesty to hunters in possession of protected stuffed birds was shot down by Birdlife. The proposal was on the agenda of the Ornis Committee, a government hunting advisory board, which met yesterday. It formed part...

  • Half people killed on roads were pedestrians

    Half people killed on roads were pedestrians

    Half of those who died in traffic accidents this year were pedestrians, a consultant at the Casualty Department said yesterday, appealing for responsible driving. Although the rate of traffic fatalities was decreasing, the percentage of...

  • Malliagate had the twists and turns of a soap opera

    Malliagate had the twists and turns of a soap opera

    It started off with a minister’s driver shooting at a car and ended, 20 days later, with the dismissal of one of the most powerful Cabinet ministers. Everyone was hooked. People called it a soap opera, a whodunit, an unfolding drama series and...

  • Salesman ‘bit officer’ after binge drinking

    A salesman who consumed an entire bottle of Sambuca attacked police officers who tried to help him as he was too drunk to walk on his own, the court heard yesterday. Joseph Balzan, 25, from Siġġiewi was charged with being drunk in public,...

  • Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism operators appear highly optimistic that things will keep improving even in 2015, after another record in arrivals this year. According to the results of a Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association survey, by the end of September, all main...