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  • ‘Split sexual abuse cases between magistrates’

    Sexual abuse cases should not always be heard by the same magistrate since “familiarity breeds contempt”, a lawyer told a court yesterday. Tonio Azzopardi was making the closing arguments in a constitutional case in which Emanuel Camilleri is...

  • Girls missing

    Two teenage girls were reported missing from Ħamrun on Monday. Sephora Camilleri, 15, was last seen in a white hoody top, while Donna Edris, 16, was wearing a black hooded jacket and dark blue jeans. The police are appealing for any information...

  • Awarded for diver rescue

    Godwin Farrugia, a boatman who risked his life to save 13 Italian divers caught in rough seas off Wied iż-Żurrieq last month, has been awarded a memento for bravery by the Malta Tourism Authority.

  • ‘Investment in Gozo better than a bridge’

    ‘Investment in Gozo better than a bridge’

    Gozitans have long clamoured for a permanent link to Malta but not everyone there agrees a bridge or tunnel will be of benefit. Veteran hotelier Victor Borg admits he is not too keen on either of the options that have caught popular imagination...

  • New units planned for Danes’ hideaway

    The popular ‘Danish Village’ complex in Mellieħa plans to add 150 small holiday homes. A project description report submitted to the planning authority proposes 30 new bungalow units: 25 will be built along the northern edge of the resort and five...

  • ‘Shaving and grooming, the ultimate experience’

    ‘Shaving and grooming, the ultimate experience’

    What do George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Joseph Calleja, Luke Dimech and Xandru Grech have in common? Not the acting, not the voice, not the football or the fitness skills. It’s the facial hair. They all, at one point or other, followed the continental...

  • ‘University must cut red tape to stay competitive’

    ‘University must cut red tape to stay competitive’

    A newly graduated Ph.D. student has called on the university to cut down on red tape and continue striving to remain competitive. The university should “take stock of unnecessary bureaucratic exercises hampering progress and dampening the...

  • PBS boss did not know of Vella move

    PBS boss did not know of Vella move

    PBS chief executive Anton Attard yesterday said he never heard anyone mention that Home Affairs Ministry chief of staff Silvio Scerri wanted to get rid of presenter Norman Vella. He was replying to questions put to him by Mr Vella’s lawyer, Andrew...

  • Mallia ‘not consulted’ over initial statement

    Mallia ‘not consulted’ over initial statement

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia said he had not been consulted about, nor seen, the statement on the shooting incident involving his security driver before it was issued. Speaking heatedly, he told Parliament last night that nobody could...

  • Pullicino had mobile phone bill of €53,744

    George Pullicino, the former resources minister, racked up a bill of €53,744 on mobile phone calls during the previous legislature, Parliament has been told. In the last 14 months of the Nationalist administration, his bill totalled €9,325. The...

  • Discounts planned on bus fares

    Discounts are planned on bus fares, it was revealed in Parliament last night. In an effort to get more people to regularly use public transport, the government is drafting a campaign that will feature “substantial ulterior discounts” on the price...

  • EU funds for police

    Following the change of government the European Commission has already approved €6,732,400 in funds for use by the Police Corps for various projects, Home Affairs Minister Emanuel Mallia said in Parliament yesterday. He was answering a question by...

  • Pollution incidents

    The pollution response unit has had to intervene in 23 incidents of marine pollution caused by petroleum products from ships and terminals, while several other cases did not warrant intervention. Answering a parliamentary question by Marthese...

  • Recycling lesson

    Recycling lesson

    To mark the European Week for Waste Reduction, children at the Vittoriosa primary school of Santu Rokku deposited their recyclable waste and showcased an exhibition of Christmas decorations made from recyclable materials, including a life-size crib.

  • Opposition to move no confidence motion in Manuel Mallia

    Opposition to move no confidence motion in Manuel Mallia

    Updated 9.45 p.m. The Opposition will move a no confidence motion in Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said tonight. He said that once the prime minister had not had the courage to dismiss the minister after...

  • Trip Advisor rates Seabank Resort at 8th best all-inclusive resort in Europe

    Trip Advisor rates Seabank Resort at 8th best all-inclusive resort in Europe

    The db Seabank Resort and Spa of Mellieha Bay has been announced as the 8th Best All-Inclusive Resort in Europe by TripAdvisor. The db Seabank Resort was already among the top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe, placing at number 17 last...

  • Joseph Muscat: Agreement reached for launch of distribution of medicines

    Joseph Muscat: Agreement reached for launch of distribution of medicines

    Prime Minister Joseph  Muscat said this evening that a heads of agreement had been reached for a pilot project which will see the door-to-door distribution of medicines in two localities, in line with an electoral pledge. The medicines will be...

  • Teenage girls reported missing

    Teenage girls reported missing

    Two teenage girls have been missing since yesterday, the police said. They are Sephora Camilleri,15 and Donna Edris, 16.(See pictures above) The police said anyone having information about them should phone on 119 or 21 224 0019.

  • Company not responsible for cable damage caused by trenching

    A court has turned down an application by Enemalta to order an excavator company to pay it €216,555 in compensation for a power cut caused by trenching works in Mosta on October 30, 2002. The corporation had sued Denfar Excavators Ltd and held it...

  • Opportunistic thief steals €13,000 in cash

    Opportunistic thief steals €13,000 in cash

    The police are studying CCTV footage after a man apparently stole some €13,000 in cash from an office at the Sparkle Image detergents shop in Gzira yesterday afternoon. The cash was apparently being counted on a desk when the person responsible...