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  • Jobless reach new low

    May had the lowest number of registered unemployed in almost 20 years, Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo said. Referring to data issued by the National Statistics Office, Mr Bartolo said just over 5,300 people registered last May – a decrease of...

  • ‘Plan places too much stress on development’

    ‘Plan places too much stress on development’

    Opposition deputy leader Mario de Marco yesterday told Parliament that the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development (SPED), as presented by the government, put more emphasis on development than on environment. He said the notion that one...

  • Adopted transgender can change identities

    Lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved through all stages an amendment to the civil union and gender identity law ensuring adopted transgender persons are given the right to change their identity. Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli said it...

  • Green light for new market in Valletta

    The House National Audit Office Accounts Committee has unanimously approved a resolution on the granting on emphyteusis of the Valletta market structure to Arkadia Ltd for 65 years, subject to changes suggested by Opposition Deputy Leader Mario de...

  • ‘Storm in tea cup’ on teenager’s sole share

    Parliamentary Secretary Josè Herrera yesterday accused the Opposition of kicking up “a storm in a teacup” over the one share in Fort Security Services Ltd held by 18-year-old Karl Cutajar, who had since relinquished his holding. To repeated...

  • The cost of MIC

    The two entities that took care of informing the public about the European Union – MIC and Forum Malta in Europe – cost the Exchequer some €7.8 million between 2000 and 2008, Foreign Minister George Vella informed Parliament yesterday. Answering a...

  • 72,000 traffic tickets issued last year

    A total 72,027 traffic citations were issued by the police last year, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said this evening. Replying to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Carm Mifsud Bonnici the minister said 81,816 tickets were issued in...

  • PM appoints inquiry to investigate former inspector Daniel Zammit

    PM appoints inquiry to investigate former inspector Daniel Zammit

    The Prime Minister has appointed an inquiry presided by Judge Michael Mallia to investigate the involvement of former inspector Daniel Zammit in connection with Neville Baldacchino’s murder in December 2008. In a statement this evening, the...

  • ‘Opposition kicking up storm in a teacup’ – Jose Herrera

    Parliamentary Secretary Josè Herrera this evening accused the Opposition of kicking up “a storm in a teacup” over the one share in Fort Security Services Ltd given to an 18-year-old youth, who had, in the meantime, relinquished his holding. To...

  • Opposition says minister broke promise

    Opposition MP Beppe Fenech Adami yesterday chastised Economic Affairs Minister Chris Cardona for having “failed to keep his promise” to come up within 24 hours with a list of people related to his chief of staff who had been given government...

  • Feasibility of certain state primary schools questioned

    Feasibility of certain state primary schools questioned

    The operational cost per student at the San Lawrenz primary school during scholastic year 2013/2014 was €9,000 a year, almost three times the national average. The school, which is capable of handling 150 students, has a student population of just...

  • Swiss inaugural flight from Zurich lands at MIA

    Swiss, Switzerland’s flag carrier, inaugurated its first flight from Zurich to Malta this afternoon. Malta International Airport’s Fire and Rescue team celebrated the event with a water arch display welcoming the start of the airline’s first...

  • Policeman injured in Floriana collision

    Policeman injured in Floriana collision

    A policeman was injured in a traffic accident near the MCP car park in Floriana  this afternoon. It is believed he fractured his leg when the bike he was riding fell on him after he was hit by a car at around 5.15pm. The accident happened as...

  • Former police officer had rights breached

    Former police officer had rights breached

    A former police officer serving a 16-year jail term over drug trafficking has been awarded €1,000 in compensation after a judge found that he had not been given the right to remain silent before he was interrogated. Mr Justice Silvio Meli found...

  • Tobruk PM aspiring to sign agreement with Libya's rival government tomorrow

    Tobruk PM aspiring to sign agreement with Libya's rival government tomorrow

    Internationally recognised Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni is “aspiring” to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the Tripoli government in Morocco tomorrow. Speaking during a press conference after a quick meeting with Prime...

  • Minister's driver shooting incident: former police chief insists there was no cover up

    Minister's driver shooting incident: former police chief insists there was no cover up

    Former acting police commissioner Ray Zammit told a magistrate this afternoon that he had not been immediately told that former police constable Paul Sheehan had fired shots at a car and actually hit it.  "When I spoke to him he told me he had...

  • Prosecution requests media ban on rape claim challenge

    Prosecution requests media ban on rape claim challenge

    The court case involving a Dutchman accused of raping his ex-girlfriend at the same time that she emailed him sexy photographs of her naked body will probably continue behind closed doors after the police claimed that the case could offend public...

  • MIH announces €20m bond issue

    Mediterranean Investments Holding has announced a €20 million 5.5% bond issue guaranteed by Corinthia Palace Hotel Company with a nominal value of €100 per Bond, issued at par. The company will also be redeeming the €20 million 7.5% Mediterranean...

  • Heirs of traffic accident victim get €143K payout

    Heirs of traffic accident victim get €143K payout

    A court has ordered a €143,000 payout for the heirs of an 18-year-old woman who lost her life in a traffic accident on the Coast Road in 2010.  Yana Xerri was in a car driven by her boyfriend, Clint Xuereb, when he lost control and slammed into a...

  • Inquiry called as Hungarian man spat at, slapped, then held by police, as he tried to control bus terminus queue

    Inquiry called as Hungarian man spat at, slapped, then held by police, as he tried to control bus terminus queue

    A Hungarian student who was trying to put some order in a chaotic queue of about 200 people waiting to register and top up their tallinja card at the Valletta terminus, ended up the victim of a racist attack. Daboma Jack, a chemical engineer from...