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  • Rape suspect escaped from ‘loose handcuffs’

    Rape suspect escaped from ‘loose handcuffs’

    A rape suspect who remains on the loose managed to abscond from custody after breaking out of handcuffs that had not been properly tightened, Times of Malta has learnt. Sources said after freeing himself, Guinean Seykou Ballde made his way to the...

  • Hunting fines may rocket to €100,000

    Hunting fines will increase to €100,000 and include a two-year mandatory prison sentence if government proposals are implemented, Times of Malta has learnt. The proposals were drafted by the government’s Wild Birds Regulation Unit and are being...

  • Bad diet contributes to 4 out of 5 Maltese deaths

    Bad diet contributes to 4 out of 5 Maltese deaths

    Diet-related diseases account for 82 per cent of deaths in Malta, necessitating a change in lifestyle, which is the main objective of the Food and Nutrition Policy and Action Plan. Unhealthy eating is responsible for a range of health problems in...

  • Fr Charles Fenech in court on claims he abused woman

    Fr Charles Fenech in court on claims he abused woman

    A woman who is claiming to have been sexually abused by Dominican friar Charles Fenech yesterday took the witness stand in the court case against him. The woman, who is in her 40s, was the first to give evidence in the case, which started...

  • No deadline in China deal for change to natural gas

    No deadline in China deal for change to natural gas

    The agreement between Enemalta and Shanghai Electric does not stipulate by what date the new Chinese owners of Delimara’s BWSC power plant will convert it to work on natural gas. Neither does the agreement give a deadline for Shanghai to deposit...

  • ‘The government is still planning amnesty’

    ‘The government is still planning amnesty’

    Birdlife yesterday stood by its claim that the government was proposing an amnesty for hunters to declare illegally stuffed birds, despite the government insisting this was not the case. If adopted, the proposed amendment would see hunters pay a...

  • IMF: time is right for broad-based reform

    IMF: time is right for broad-based reform

    Given Malta’s strong economic outlook, now is an opportune time for broad-based reforms to raise its growth in a sustainable manner and reduce vulnerabilities, according to the International Monetary Fund. The analysis notes that the country...

  • Government silent on monorail deal

    The government has failed to explain why it kept under wraps its agreement with China for a study on a monorail system that carries a potential price tag of €1.6 billion. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed last July, State company China...

  • People with jobs up 3.6%

    The number of people with full-time jobs went up by 3.6 per cent between July 2013 and July 2014, reaching 164,868. The increase was the result of two factors: more people working and fewer registering as unemployed. The National StatisticsOffice...

  • Migrants’ mental health care ‘totally substandard’

    Migrants’ mental health care ‘totally substandard’

    Most migrants with mental health problems are only admitted for treatment at Mount Carmel Hospital after trying to commit suicide within detention, according to a new report published by the Jesuit Refugee Service. Additionally, the Asylum Seekers...

  • Millennium Chapel burglars steal €700

    Millennium Chapel burglars steal €700

    About €700 in cash was stolen from the Millennium Chapel in Paceville early yesterday after burglars broke in through a window in the reception area. Father Hilary Tagliaferro, director of the chapel, discovered the crime in the morning when he...

  • Brussels targets the tax avoiders

    The European Commission yesterday pledged to prioritise its ongoing fight against tax evasion next year particularly against large European companies using subsidiaries in other EU member states to avoid paying their full taxes. Publishing the EU...

  • Proposal for new aesthetics board

    Proposal for new aesthetics board

    The planning authority is considering the reintroduction of an aesthetics board to assess the style and context of new development, Mepa CEO Johann Buttigieg said yesterday. Speaking on Times Talk, Mr Buttigieg said the planning authority board...

  • Court says surname error must be changed

    A man, born to a Libyan couple in Malta 35 years ago, will have his surname corrected on his birth certificate after a court agreed there had been a mistake. The mistake led to his children born in Malta having a different surname to those born in...

  • EU approves €700m funds

    Plans to spend €700 million, mainly in EU funds, on structural and regional projects have been approved by the European Commission. Within the framework of the Fostering a Competitive and Sustainable Economy to meet our Challenges programme, €587...

  • Head to Strouds at Maritime Museum

    Head to Strouds at Maritime Museum

    Mike’s Artistic Journey is the name of an exhibition hosted by the Malta Maritime Museum which commemorates Michael Stroud and his life’s work. Stroud was the curator of the Palace Armoury and passed away last year. He excelled in figurative work...

  • Knife injury between brothers

    A man who injured his brother with a steak knife following an argument at home has been conditionally discharged for 18 months. Magistrate Josette Demicoli heard Jonathan Sciberras say that he never intended to hurt his brother, Jean Paul. The...

  • Not jailed for threats

    Charlston Cassar, 22, from Cospicua, was given an 18-month suspended jail term and fined €1,000 for threatening a police inspector in court on December 4. He apologised, saying he had feared missing the birth of his child. Mr Cassar sports a ‘Fu**...

  • Azerbaijan discussion

    Malta is keen to identify areas apart from the energy sector for close work with Azerbaijan, Prime Minister Muscat said yesterday. Dr Muscat had met Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, who also expressed his eagerness for further collaboration. On...

  • Medicinal cannabis ‘cannot be hijacked’

    Medicinal cannabis ‘cannot be hijacked’

    Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne yesterday issued the strongest warning yet to people who thought they would be able to hijack the system under the pretext that they were distributing cannabis to others for medicinal use. Speaking...