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  • No SOS signal baffles aviation experts

    No SOS signal baffles aviation experts

    Aviation experts are baffled by the fact that no distress signal was transmitted by the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday. Two experienced pilots told Times of Malta the time it took for the Airbus A320 to descend from...

  • Shout: spring hunting is big cost to taxpayer

    Shout: spring hunting is big cost to taxpayer

    The costs of administering and policing the spring hunting season far outweigh those of holding a referendum on the contentious hobby, according to the anti-spring hunting lobby. Speaking during a televised debate organised by the Broadcasting...

  • Malta Climbing Association downplays hunter ‘clashes’

    Recent statements about clashes with hunters, made by a rock climber, could lead to unnecessary confrontation, according to the Malta Climbing Association. “Hunters and climbers have a relationship of tolerance – hunters allow climbers to climb...

  • Magistrate throws out FKNK’s claim of defamation

    A magistrate yesterday discarded a defamation complaint made by the hunters’ federation over a comment that appeared in the Times of Malta news portal saying it was not the only component in the hunting lobby. The Federation of Hun-ters, Trappers...

  • ‘Church needs return to Christ’s simple message’

    ‘Church needs return to Christ’s simple message’

    The Church risks losing yet another generation if it does not undergo a thorough soul-searching exercise led by the new Archbishop, shed its complex trappings and focus on a simpler message of Christ, according to Church observers. On Tuesday’s...

  • Threatened writer refuses police help

    Threatened writer refuses police help

    The Maltese-Egyptian interpreter who claimed he was threatened he would be “shot dead” if he staged a controversial monologue he wrote told the police he did not want them to take any action, Times of Malta has learnt. Police sources confirmed...

  • Man’s quest to find twins mum miscarried in 1957

    Man’s quest to find twins mum miscarried in 1957

    A man is trying to find the place where his twin siblings were laid to rest after his mother miscarried in Malta 60 years ago. Jeff Stewart, 56, flew in from Australia last week and with the help of Times of Malta readers has managed to piece...

  • Over 10,000 to get one-off payment

    Over 10,000 to get one-off payment

    More than 10,000 people who do not receive a pension because they have not paid enough social security contributions will next month receive one-off compensation of €100 or €200. This Budget measure affected mostly women who have paid less than 10...

  • Minister attacks council over mislaid road report

    Minister attacks council over mislaid road report

    The Mosta local council last night came in for a hiding from Local Government Minister Owen Bonnici for having potentially misled the House on a report on the state of roads in the locality. The report had been written by none other than a civil...

  • Bill increasing rights of the victims of crime

    Victims of crime are to be given a greater voice and financial assistance by right under a new Bill. Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said in Parliament the Bill also proposed professional measures in a bid to achieve reconciliation between the...

  • €1m revenue for every game authority worker

    The Malta Gaming Authority generates nearly €1 million – €924,927 – per employee, Parliamentary Secretary Josè Herrera told Parliament. The authority had taken on 55 new employees in various positions since April 2013, at a total cost of...

  • Thefts from homes for the elderly

    The police received 85 reports of theft from old people’s homes, including St Vincent de Paul residence, between April and the present. Details provided by Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia, answering questions from Robert Cutajar (PN),...

  • 4.5K reptiles imported

    Not less than 4,499 reptiles are known to have been imported into Malta since 2011, Environment Minister Leo Brincat said in Parliament on Monday. Answering a PQ by Nationalist MP Mario Galea, he said all but one of the reptiles had been imported...

  • 54 recalled medicines

    Nearly €5,000 worth of medicines were recalled in October and November last year because they were damaged or due to expire. Health Minister Konrad Mizzi told Claudette Buttigieg (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question 54 types of medicine had...

  • Horse riding regulations

    The regulatory framework covering the licensing of horse riding on public roads is under scrutiny to detail routes where this can be done, Transport Minister Joe Mizzi told Marthese Portelli (PN). Dr Portelli had asked for progress on the fixing...

  • Hunting season cost tax payer 'big money' - SHout spokeswoman

    Hunting season cost tax payer 'big money' - SHout spokeswoman

    The hunting season was costing the tax payer big money SHout spokeswoman Moira Delia said this evening during a televised debate organised by the Broadcasting Authority. Ms Delia said that the several studies on crime and bird migration held each...

  • Ticket purchased in Safi wins Super 5 jackpot

    Ticket purchased in Safi wins Super 5 jackpot

    The Super 5 jackpot of €450,000 has been won by one winner, Maltco said. It said the winning ticket was purchased from Safi. The winning numbers are 32, 31, 37, 24 and 22.

  • Rapid response team will help councils keep localities clean - Joseph Muscat

    Rapid response team will help councils keep localities clean - Joseph Muscat

    A new rapid response team will help local councils deal with cleanliness and basic maintenance, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this evening. Speaking during a political rally in Qawra, Dr Muscat said local councils often needed assistance when...

  • Simon Busuttil encourages young people to vote for peers

    Simon Busuttil encourages young people to vote for peers

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this morning met 16- and 17-year-olds, who would be voting for the first time in April’s local election, and encouraged them to vote for young people who opted to enter politics to be of service to the people. Dr...

  • Tit-for-tat requests for investigations

    The government has requested the Auditor General to investigate aid schemes for local councils administered under the former government.  In a statement it said the schemes had led some local councils into serious financial difficulties, as shown...