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  • Gonzi: migrant crisis is a shame on all of us

    Gonzi: migrant crisis is a shame on all of us

    Migration is a humanitarian crisis requiring a European solution, not a Maltese response, former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi said in a heartfelt appeal to MEPs in Brussels yesterday. “Mare nostrum [the Mediterranean] is a cemetery and a shame on...

  • Archbishop: blessing gay engagement rings was a step too far

    Archbishop: blessing gay engagement rings was a step too far

    Blessing a gay couple’s engagement rings was a step too far, according to Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who feels a friar who performed this rite got “carried away with enthusiasm”. Mgr Scicluna was speaking to Times of Malta following an urgent...

  • New ministers ‘should not revoke decisions’

    New ministers ‘should not revoke decisions’

    A change in minister had resulted in a “U-turn” that cost the owner of a guesthouse, situated on leased public land, more than a quarter of a million euros, a court ruled yesterday. The owner, Anthony Gatt, was awarded €273,777 in compensation...

  • No exclusivity for security company

    Heritage Malta can proceed and engage a security company temporarily by direct order, now that a court has turned down a request to issue an injunction. Signal 8 Security Services, a security company, had asked the court to issue an injunction...

  • ŻfinMalta is off to dance in Palestine

    ŻfinMalta is off to dance in Palestine

    Members of national dance company ŻfinMalta left yesterday for their first international tour, in Ramallah, Palestine, as the government announced the Cultural Export Fund – a grant of about €130,000 set up to support artists taking part in...

  • Slow start to spring hunt as police and army patrol

    Slow start to spring hunt as police and army patrol

    The spring hunting season opened yesterday to an uncanny silence, as police officers and soldiers were out in force to patrol the countryside. Weather conditions were not ideal for bird migration, according to hunting federation president Joe...

  • Commentator under fire for ‘xenophobic’ remark

    Commentator under fire for ‘xenophobic’ remark

    Football commentator Sandro Micallef has drawn heavy criticism for what has been called a xenophobic remark he made about a Senagelese footballer during a local match last Sunday. Referring to an incident in which Amadou Samb, playing for...

  • Government rejects €1.5m Pitkali grant

    Government rejects €1.5m Pitkali grant

    More than €1.5 million in EU funds approved in January 2013 and allocated to the reform of the Pitkali market centre have been refused by the government, the EU Funds Parliamentary Secretariat confirmed. The reform was a measure announced in the...

  • ‘Old employees vulnerable to exploitation’

    ‘Old employees vulnerable to exploitation’

    Unions should dedicate more attention to older employees who could be vulnerable to exploitation due to their tight financial situation, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said yesterday. “If we are not careful enough, we might end up in a...

  • No deal agreed on overtime for police

    Reiterating the government’s commitment to settling a drawn-out dispute over unpaid overtime to police officers, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said yesterday the amount had still to be agreed upon. He would not give a categorical reply when...

  • Election count now due to start two hours earlier

    Election count now due to start two hours earlier

    The first results of last Saturday’s local council elections are expected to be known earlier than originally planned, as the counting process is scheduled to start at 6am instead of 8am. Though Louis Gatt, head of Labour’s electoral office, said...

  • UĦM and Health Ministry reach agreement

    The Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin has called off the directives it issued to allied healthcare professions following an agreement reached by the union and the Health Ministry yesterday. UĦM health services secretary Gian Paul Gauci said that following...

  • Doctors lose fight over GP training

    A court dismissed an action filed by eight doctors contesting a decision by the Public Service Commission to revoke their appointment as general practitioner trainees. The doctors had submitted an application to the commission to become GP...

  • Man in judge bribery case claims breach of his rights

    Man in judge bribery case claims breach of his rights

    The man at the heart of the Judge Ray Pace bribery case is claiming a breach of his right to freedom and wants the court to grant him bail. Darren Desira filed a constitutional application claiming that the denial of bail – despite a pending...

  • Motorists pay the price for lack of signage

    Motorists pay the price for lack of signage

    Works on the Castille Square embellishment project started more than a month ago, but the area still lacks full signage and road markings, creating a potential accident blind spot at one corner, especially in the evenings. Transport Malta...

  • Plan to make Gozo a ‘plateau of peace’

    Plan to make Gozo a ‘plateau of peace’

    A proposal by architect Richard England for an interfaith place of worship on the sister island is under consideration by the Gozo Ministry. The centre would consist of a single, shared space for worshippers of different faiths, particularly...

  • Emergency drills carried out to test readiness for Ebola incident

    Emergency drills carried out to test readiness for Ebola incident

    A ‘passenger’ showing signs of a possible Ebola infection was wheeled off a plane in a specialised incubator yesterday as part of a series of emergency drills being held across the island. The response test started with the staged arrival of an...

  • Aliyev wife’s emotional speech as trial begins

    The wife of Rakhat Aliyev made an emotional statement of regret that he did not live to see the day he could clear his name, as a Vienna court started hearing a case involving her husband yesterday. Dr Aliyev, a former ambassador of Kazakhstan to...

  • Huge pride in airport

    Practically all the Maltese are proud of their airport, according to a brand perception survey released by Malta International Airport. Ninety-two per cent of respondents agreed it was an important contributor to the economy. In fact, it...

  • A gallant people

    A gallant people

    Yesterday marked the 73rd anniversary of King George VI’s proclamation on April 15, 1942, awarding Malta the George Cross – inscribed “For Gallantry” – for its sacrifice in World War II. Last night, a commemorative ceremony featuring performances...