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  • Police chief backs officers’ actions over body search

    Police chief backs officers’ actions over body search

    Police Commissioner Michael Cassar has defended police action in the case of a 36-year old Dutch woman who had to inspect her own excrement after suspicions she was carrying drugs. Times of Malta yesterday reported the humiliation felt by Jennifer...

  • Mgr Scicluna seen as 'man to build bridges'

    Mgr Scicluna seen as 'man to build bridges'

    The news that Mgr Charles Scicluna is set to be announced as new Archbishop of Malta tomorrow came as no surprise, but observers said much would now depend on the team he appointed around him. Fr Joe Borg, who was the first to publicly voice his...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta and l-orizzont give prominence to the forthcoming appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as Archbishop of Malta. Times of Malta also reports how the Farrugia brothers...

  • Charles Scicluna will be next Archbishop

    Charles Scicluna will be next Archbishop

    Mgr Charles Scicluna will be Malta’s new Archbishop, ending four months of speculation over Mgr Paul Cremona’s successor, according to Curia sources. The 55-year-old bishop, who has been filling in as Apostolic Administrator in the absence of an...

  • Oil trader’s brothers knew of his deals, court told

    Oil trader’s brothers knew of his deals, court told

    Rogue oil trader George Farrugia used to bribe Enemalta officials with the full knowledge and consent of all but one of his brothers, a senior police officer said in court yesterday. Police Inspector Angelo Gafà said four of the five brothers, who...

  • Police chief backs officers’ actions over body search

    Police chief backs officers’ actions over body search

    Police commissioner Michael Cassar has defended police action in the case of a 36-year old Dutch woman who had to inspect her own excrement after suspicions she was carrying drugs, which she described as “inhuman and degrading”. Times of Malta...

  • ‘Reserve accessible to public all year round’

    ‘Reserve accessible to public all year round’

    The anti-spring hunting campaign yesterday contradicted hunters’ claims of restricted access to the Foresta 2000 nature reserve in Mellieħa, and called attention to acts of vandalism committed by hunters at the site. Showing journalists around the...

  • Taxman is to investigate Malta Swiss Leaks names

    Taxman is to investigate Malta Swiss Leaks names

    Commissioner for Revenue Marvin Gaerty has confirmed that “all information” that has surfaced on the HSBC Swiss accounts of Maltese clients will be probed. From the 71 Malta-based clients on the Swiss Leaks list – there are 24 holding a Maltese...

  • ‘Muscat must resign over Cafe Premier deal’

    ‘Muscat must resign over Cafe Premier deal’

    The Prime Minister should resign over the “scandalous” and “bizarre” way he was personally involved in negotiations to buy back Cafe Premier’s 65-year lease to the tune of €4.2 million, the Nationalist Party said yesterday. Commenting on the...

  • Second-hand boat will ‘cover short-term gap’

    Second-hand boat will ‘cover short-term gap’

    The Armed Forces of Malta said it was grateful for the second-hand patrol boat donated by the Irish government, countering local reports – which caused a storm in the Irish press – that it was a useless piece of “junk”. Local media reports quoting...

  • UĦM wants redeployment list

    UĦM wants redeployment list

    A list of 120 redeployment posts for Enemalta workers has still not been made available to all staff, according to the Union Ħad­diema Magħqudin. “Enemalta workers are still unsure about their redeployment conditions and salary. Although there is...

  • Wave drags woman, 27, out to sea

    A Chinese woman was dragged out to sea by a big wave in Gozo yesterday and had not been found by the time a search for her was called off last night. The woman, 27, fell into the sea in Dwejra at about 2pm. A woman who was with her was taken to...

  • Magistrate ‘not tied’ to plea deal

    A drug addict yesterday pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and heroin in Ħamrun after he was caught with eight sachets in his pockets. The prosecution and defence agreed on a 20-month prison term for Clayton Fenech, 25, of Valletta, who was...

  • ‘Unpaid’ manager protests

    The general manager of an elderly home whose contract the government terminated filed a judicial protest yesterday, saying she had not been paid since October 2014. Elke Sghendo, manager of Casa Francesco, filed against L’Agora Malta Ltd. She...

  • Phone is banned at meeting

    Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin general secretary Josef Vella yesterday condemned the fact he was asked for his mobile phone before a meeting at the Home Affairs Ministry. He refused and the meeting was not held. He said he had never come across such...

  • Farm waste clogs plant so 80% of sewage going in sea

    Farm waste clogs plant so 80% of sewage going in sea

    Eighty per cent of Malta’s sewage is being discharged directly into the sea as the largest wastewater treatment plant on the island is under maintenance, according to the Water Services Corporation. A corporation spokesman blamed the dumping of...

  • MIA has first Maltese CEO as profits rise

    MIA has first Maltese CEO as profits rise

    Alan Borg is Malta International Airport’s first Maltese chief executive since the company was privatised in 2002. Mr Borg was appointed by the board of directors on Tuesday night in a meeting which also approved the financial statements for 2014.

  • ‘Easygas repainted and refilled bottles’

    Gas provider Liquigas Malta yesterday filed a judicial protest claiming its competitor, Easygas, had violated property rights and breached safety regulations. The company said it had filed the protest after it noted how its green and yellow...

  • Celebrating the bells

    Celebrating the bells

    The Mellieħa sacristan is calling on young people to help out with maintenance work in churches as his parish gears up for the 90th anniversary of the baptism of its bells. Dedicated to Marija Bambina, the parish will next month mark the day, just...

  • €100,000 fund for artists is unveiled

    Culture Minister Owen Bonnici yesterday announced a new €100,000 fund for artists to create programmes within their local communities. “At a time when so much cultural initiative stems from local communities, we felt the need to invest in their...