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  • European court grants compensation to Zabbar property owners who had rights violated

    European court grants compensation to Zabbar property owners who had rights violated

    The owners of a property in Zabbar have been granted compensation by the European Court of Human Rights which found that their right to seek an increase in rent to reflect market values was violated. The court ordered the government to pay Carmel...

  • Increase in tourist arrivals

    Tourist arrivals in June were estimated at 187,617, an increase of 4.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year. Excluding passengers who stayed overnight on board their berthed cruise ship, total arrivals amounted to 183,765. A total...

  • MEP calls for creation of local crowdfunding platform

    MEP calls for creation of local crowdfunding platform

    Malta should encourage the creation of a local crowdfunding platform to help start-ups gain access to finance, according to MEP Miriam Dalli. Speaking earlier today at the launch of a series of proposals and recommendations on boosting youth...

  • The welcome return of the ‘Maltese falcon’

    The welcome return of the ‘Maltese falcon’

    Malta has three pairs of breeding peregrine falcons for the first time since 2009, according to two ornithologists who have been monitoring their movements. “This is really good news and it probably shows that some of the young from earlier broods...

  • Mafia links prompt review of regulatory regime in gaming

    Mafia links prompt review of regulatory regime in gaming

    A review of the existing regulatory regime for Maltese-registered gaming and fiduciary companies is under way, the Finance Minister said yesterday in the wake of the Mafia links which allegedly emerged in a recent sweep by the Italian police. “We...

  • Lucky escape for van driver and passenger

    It was a lucky escape for two people who were only slightly injured when the driver of the Catholic Action van, above, lost control and crashed into the barrier on the overpass between the Mriehel and Marsa/Hamrun bypasses. The road, which had to...

  • IVF success rate at 28%

    A total of 411 in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles have been carried out in Malta in the past 30 months, 81 of which in the new IVF clinic at Mater Dei Hospital, the health parliamentary secretariat said. It said...

  • Ballet d’Europe returns to Valletta after nine-year gap

    Ballet d’Europe returns to Valletta after nine-year gap

    The fans who called for Ballet d’Europe’s encore when they took to the stage at the Royal Opera House ruins in 2006 will this weekend have the opportunity to see them again at the same venue in Valletta. The dance company will return to the...

  • Match-fix: friendly games in spotlight

    Match-fix: friendly games in spotlight

    Monitoring of friendly football games to watch out for match-fixing has become more relevant after last May’s scandal in Italy, according to the Malta Football Association’s anti-corruption officer. Franz Tabone, MFA integrity officer, told the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta quotes a senior civil servant saying that a legal exception invoked by the government in a deal with Bank of Valletta over the House of Four Winds “was...

  • Parents want classes to have more than 10 students but less than 20

    A number of state primary schools premises are beyond their carrying capacity not only because of the demographics in the locality but also due to the number of ‘out-of locality’ students that are granted the possibility to attend in a different...

  • Exception for House of Four Winds ‘abnormal’

    Exception for House of Four Winds ‘abnormal’

    A legal exception invoked by the government in a deal with Bank of Valletta over the House of Four Winds “was never used for such a purpose before”, a senior civil servant has said. The contract between the Land Department and BOV, which changed a...

  • Ministers won’t get sanctioning powers

    Ministers won’t get sanctioning powers

    Politicians will not be able to sanction illegal developments through the new powers granted in the planning authority demerger, government consultant Robert Musumeci said yesterday. Speaking from the sidelines of a public information session on...

  • Updated: Transport Malta in troubled waters as another ship flees

    (Adds ship owners' statement) The government, which is being held responsible after a Turkish ship ‘escaped’ from Maltese territorial waters last Friday, was yesterday asked to pay thousands of euros in damages to a fuel supplier. The Times of...

  • MIA approves net interim dividend of 3c per share, announces changes in senior management

    MIA approves net interim dividend of 3c per share, announces changes in senior management

    Malta International Airport’s board of directors today approved a net interim dividend of 3c per share equivalent to €4,059,000 for payment on all shares settled as at close of business on August 12 and payable by September 4. During a board...

  • Man accused of assaulting officers maintains his innocence

    Man accused of assaulting officers maintains his innocence

    A man accused of assaulting two police officers in Mġarr in May insisted today that he did not lay a finger on them and had been beaten up for no apparent reason. Jean Paul Aquilina, 24, from Mosta, insisted that he was not drunk, was not swerving...

  • Books about diversity within families donated

    The Malta Gay Rights Movement has donated some 150 books to the Education Ministry to be distributed in schools. These resources, including audiovisual material for teachers, were bought from leftover funds of an EEA/Norway NGO grant programme...

  • Thief ordered to start and complete drug rehabilitation programme

    Thief ordered to start and complete drug rehabilitation programme

    A man caught red-handed stealing tools from a parked car in Gzira has been placed on probation and ordered to start and successfully complete a drug rehabilitation programme. Claudio Mallia, a 32-year-old man from Valletta, pleaded guilty to the...

  • New life for Mattia Preti’s St Roque at Sarria church

    Following the restoration of Mattia Preti’s titular painting of the Immaculate Conception and of the St Sebastian, St Roque, at the Sarria church in Floriana, was Preti’s third painting to be given a new lease of life thanks to Din l-Art Helwa’s...

  • Government should spill beans on intentions to buy Palazzo Verdelin - PN

    The prime minister’s silence on a bombshell story by The Sunday Times of Malta of July 19 about Mark Gaffarena negotiating on behalf of the government to buy a Palazzo in the heart of Valletta from several owners to resell to the government making...