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  • Watch: Angry bus driver and pedestrian face off in St Julians

    Watch: Angry bus driver and pedestrian face off in St Julians

    What happens when a short-tempered bus driver and similarly agitated pedestrian bump heads?  Tourists on a number 13 bus going to Baħar ic-Cagħaq yesterday morning got to find out, and the results weren't pretty.  The ruckus kicked off after the...

  • Tourist ends up in court over scooter crash

    Tourist ends up in court over scooter crash

    A Briton on holiday in Malta ended up in court after he crashed a motor scooter in St Paul’s Bay, grievously injuring the pillion rider. He also refused to take a breathalyser test. The incident happened two days ago in Triq it-Trunċiera at about...

  • Do bus lane rules apply to ministerial cars?

    Last week, Times of Malta counted 42 vehicles breaking priority lane rules in just 15 minutes in Marsa.  The priority lane is intended for cars carrying three people or more, buses, taxis, coaches, motorbikes, electric and LPG cars and...

  • Barmaid injured while chasing thief

    Barmaid injured while chasing thief

    A Ħal Far open centre resident seriously injured a barmaid who chased him all the way from King’s Own Band Club in Valletta to City Gate to retrieve the mobile phone he had stolen from her, a court heard this morning. Shiling Fadi, 32 from Libya,...

  • Air Malta gets a new acting CEO

    Air Malta has appointed Joseph Galea as its new acting CEO as the two-year term of present incumbent Philip Micallef draws to a close.  Mr Galea served as the airline's deputy chief commercial officer for the past two years, after a long stint...

  • Elderly woman chases and catches purse-snatcher - court jails him for a year

    Elderly woman chases and catches purse-snatcher - court jails him for a year

    An elderly woman who was robbed of her purse while hearing Mass chased the two thieves outside church and managed to catch one of them.  The incident happened yesterday evening during the 6.30pm Mass at St Helen’s basilica in Birkirkara. Police...

  • Ramla l-Ħamra body identified as belonging to missing Hungarian teen

    Ramla l-Ħamra body identified as belonging to missing Hungarian teen

    A body found at Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo last week has been identified as belonging to a 17-year-old Hungarian tourist reported missing two weeks ago.  Bence Murinai, 17, went missing after jumping into the sea at Marsalforn on Friday 15 July. A...

  • Fortunato Mizzi residence to become political museum - parliament rises for summer recess

    Fortunato Mizzi residence to become political museum - parliament rises for summer recess

    The house in St John Street, Valletta where political giants Fortunato and Nerik Mizzi lived is to be converted into a political museum. Parliament in a 15-minute sitting this afternoon unanimously approved the transfer of the property - owned by...

  • No progress in new Air Malta - pilots' union talks

    No progress in new Air Malta - pilots' union talks

    No progress was made today in last-ditch talks held between Air Malta and the Airline Pilots' Association (Alpa) on the recommendation of a judge. "We made no progress, we are going back to court," Alpa president Capt Domenic Azzopardi told Times...

  • Ghaxaq garage fire, cat dies dog rescued

    Ghaxaq garage fire, cat dies dog rescued

    No one was injured in a garage fire in Ghaxaq by-pass this morning, but a cat died and a dog was rescued, the police said. The blaze was reported at about 10.45 when a passer-by raised the alarm by phoning 112.  The blaze was extinguished by the...

  • Broken ladder sends man falling down well

    Broken ladder sends man falling down well

    A 62-year-old Għaxaq resident was seriously injured this morning after he fell into an empty well he was working on.  The man was descending into his household well when the ladder he was on gave way, police said. Despite his injuries, the man...

  • More major road closures this weekend because of feasts

    More major road closures this weekend because of feasts

    More arterial roads will be partly closed this weekend because of fireworks let off for feasts. The police said that as authorised by Transport Malta, this Saturday between 9.30pm and 11.30pm there will be closures of the Mrieħel by-pass direction...

  • SEC exams - Comparison with last year shows worst result was in Maltese

    SEC exam candidates in this year's May session performed marginally better in English Language and Physics than last year's group, but they did marginally worse in Mathematics and clearly worse in Maltese, the chairman of the Matsec Board, Frank...

  • Pressure mounts to get rid of car park attendants

    Pressure mounts to get rid of car park attendants

    Pressure is mounting on the transport authorities to scrap car park attendants following a violent incident last week. “Why do we need these so-called parkers? Most of them are useless, and everyone knows that they threaten you when you don’t pay...

  • Gozo's worst tragedy recalled

    Gozo's worst tragedy recalled

    Wreaths have been laid on a newly-inaugurated monument in Victoria, Gozo, to recall  the 1551 Ottoman attack on Gozo which resulted in practically the whole population being carted off to slavery. The brief ceremony was held yesterday just outside...

  • Spending on social benefits up by €15.3m, mostly for pensions

    Government spending on social benefits rose by €15.3 million to €423.2 million in the first half of this year, data issued today shows. The biggest increase was of €14.7 million for retirement pensions, followed by an increase of €2.5m in widows'...

  • Rival band clubs join forces to keep fireworks tradition

    Rival band clubs join forces to keep fireworks tradition

    In what is probably a first, Gudja’s rival band clubs have joined forces and presented a petition to the government seeking the legal title to a tract of land used to let off fireworks during the village’s three annual feasts. The dispute revolves...

  • Court concerned by increased crime by foreigners - worker jailed for betting shop theft

    Court concerned by increased crime by foreigners - worker jailed for betting shop theft

    A Serbian construction worker has been jailed for two years after admitting to stealing €3,950 from Izibet betting shop in Msida Seafront earlier this month. In a decision this morning, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech expressed concern on the...

  • Front welcomes exclusion of ODZ expansion of Freeport

    Front Ħarsien ODZ has welcomed the government's decision to exclude the expansion of the Freeport on ODZ land in Birzebbuga. "Apart from the fact that any further expansion has to take place outside development zones, it is also clear that the...

  • Maltese men grew 10cm in a century

    Maltese men grew 10cm in a century

    We’re still some way off from needing to raise the ceilings, but according to a comprehensive global study, the average Maltese man is 10 centimetres taller today than 100 years ago. Research published in the journal eLife compared the average...