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  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says former acting police commissioner Ray Zammit was yellow-carded by the Justice Minister but the government yesterday shunned the Opposition’s call...

  • Eerie silence follows judge’s police probe

    Former acting police commissioner Ray Zammit was yellow-carded by the Justice Minister but the government yesterday shunned the Opposition’s call for his removal. Owen Bonnici said he warned Mr Zammit “not to repeat” the behaviour criticised in an...

  • University could be sited in Cottonera

    The government is actively exploring the possibility of locating the American University of Malta campus in Cottonera, in a move which has garnered the approval of environment NGOs and other stakeholders. Audit firm Nexia BT, commissioned by the...

  • Mugger jailed

    A magistrate yesterday sentenced a mugger to nine months in jail after admitting to targeting two women in May and June and stealing two gold necklaces they were wearing. Shalon Abela, 22, from Qormi pleaded guilty to snatching the choker of a...

  • Skinny dippers are fined €100

    Two Swiss tourists caught skinny dipping in Sliema on Thursday afternoon were fined €100. Benjamin Elias and Eric Albert, 21, told the court skinny dipping was legal in Switzerland and they had no clue it was not allowed in Malta. Magistrate...

  • Alleged beach thief chased by tourists

    Alleged beach thief chased by tourists

    A Syrian man was remanded in custody yesterday after pleading not guilty to stealing a bag from St George’s Bay on Thursday afternoon. Police Inspector Trevor Micallef charged Mohammed Samar, 47, who lives at the Marsa open centre, with stealing...

  • Roadworks and breakdown create perfect traffic ‘storm’

    Roadworks and breakdown create perfect traffic ‘storm’

    Trenching works in Regional Road, a broken down van and the ill-timed painting of road markings all conspired to create the perfect traffic ‘storm’ around Msida, the Santa Venera tunnels and the Birkirkara bypass. In what has become a frequent...

  • Woman locked up and raped for five days – court told

    A magistrate yesterday heard how a businessman locked up a woman in a Sliema apartment for five days, raped her several times and even forced her to wash him in the shower. Police inspector Joseph Busuttil told Magistrate Antonio Vella how the...

  • Most happy with the economic situation

    Most happy with the economic situation

    Four in every five Maltese people are happy with the island’s economic situation, according to a new European study. Figures issued yesterday show that nearly 40 per cent of Europeans think the situation of their national economy is good, with...

  • Safety watchdog inspected 1,000 sites

    The health and safety watchdog inspected 1,000 workplaces in the first six months of this year, demanding remedial action most of the time. The Occupational Health and Safety Authority said yesterday that, following a number of contraventions, it...

  • Sewage leak closes part of Mellieħa Bay to swimmers

    Sewage leak closes part of Mellieħa Bay to swimmers

    Part of Mellieħa Bay was yesterday declared unfit for swimming due to an outflow of sewage into the sea caused by a blockage in a main sewer and a fault at a large block of apartments. The Environmental Health Directorate said bathing was not...

  • Nobody assumes responsibility for latest ship escape

    None of the government authorities are assuming responsibility for the escape of another cargo ship from Maltese territorial waters, despite a court order for the seizure of the vessel. Despite the third such escape during the last year, a...

  • Police ordered to declare their business interests

    Police ordered to declare their business interests

    All police officers have been ordered to declare their commercial interests as required by law after an inquiry found this was being widely ignored. Sources said the internal circular was issued on Wednesday, 24 hours before the inquiry by former...

  • Justice Minister’s warning to Ray Zammit

    Justice Minister’s warning to Ray Zammit

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said yesterday he “warned” former acting police chief Ray Zammit about his conduct but did not remove him from his position as head of a government agency. He was replying to questions on the findings of an inquiry...

  • PN seeks ex-acting chief’s removal from public posts

    PN seeks ex-acting chief’s removal from public posts

    Former acting police commissioner Ray Zammit should be removed from all public posts following a damning inquiry that exposed shady business links, the Nationalist Party said. PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami said the government should remove...

  • Alleged drug courier to be tried by inferior court, judge decides

    A judge has accepted a man’s request to be tried by a Magistrate’s Court rather than face a trial by jury, after noting his “minor and limited” role in the importation of cocaine into Malta. Madam Justice Edwina Grima’s decision effectively means...

  • Surplus pushes debt down

    In the first half of this year, the government registered a surplus of €107.2 million, the National Statistics Office said yesterday. Between January and June recurrent revenue increased by €193.1 million which outweighed the rise in expenditure,...

  • Barbecue set recalled

    A barbecue utensil set is being recalled as it contains high levels of nickel that can contaminate food. The Environmental Health directorate was alerted through the EuropeanRapid Alert System that a three-piece utensil set produced by Best Choice...

  • ‘Tourist Assistants’

    Tourists roaming popular attractions in Malta will come across students eager to share information and tips about particular hotspots and landmarks, thanks to a new initiative. Trained on behalf of the tourism authority, these 12 students are...

  • Joseph Calleja presents portrait to hotelier

    Joseph Calleja presents portrait to hotelier

    Tenor Joseph Calleja yesterday presented Corinthia Group chairman Alfred Pisani (left) with a portrait by Philippa Bianchi (right) in recognition of the hotelier’s contribution as a patron of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. Calleja yesterday...