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Government explains as former President, prime minister, kept out of VVIP area

Former President Eddie Fenech Adami and former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi were kept out of a VVIP area at a reception in the Upper Barrakka yesterday. Several hundred guests were invited to the reception, hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister to celebrate Independence. The gardens were divided into sections, with the balcony being the site where...

  • Choose sardines rather than salmon, urges guide

    Choose sardines rather than salmon, urges guide

    The island’s “forgotten seafood” is going to get a blitz promotion through a new campaign that hopes to get consumers to make more sustainable choices when buying fish. “We don’t want to tell people what not to eat. I think they’ve already heard...

  • ‘Malta has one of worst diabetes problems in Europe’

    ‘Malta has one of worst diabetes problems in Europe’

    Malta has some of the worst diabetes problems in Europe and data on care and treatment is unavailable, according to Swedish research. The island ranks 26th among 30 countries in the European Diabetes Index 2014. Furthermore, Maltese data on...

  • Wrong to put meters in boathouses, says Busuttil

    Wrong to put meters in boathouses, says Busuttil

    The government did not do the right thing when it regularised the illegal boathouses in Armier by installing smart meters, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said yesterday. Speaking at an Independence activity organised on the Granaries by the...

  • MHRA warns of danger of Air Malta collapse

    If Air Malta collapsed, the tourism sector would lose its soul and the economy would fail, Matthew Pace warned yesterday in his first speech since he was elected president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association. Speaking at the...

  • PN calls for open debate on hospital

    The Opposition is insisting on an open debate in Parliament to determine the facts and apportion responsibility for the weak concrete structures at Mater Dei Hospital. Nationalist Party health spokesman Claudio Grech reiterated the call yesterday...

  • Card cheat dealt a blow

    A Romanian man who marked cards playing poker at a casino and won €36,000 yesterday admitted fraud. Iaon-Florian Tet, who is staying at a hotel in St Julian’s, played three-card poker at the Oracle Casino in St Paul’s Bay between Saturday and...

  • Inflation falls

    The rate of inflation in August dipped to -0.03 per cent, according to the National Statistics Office, which put this down to cheaper electricity rates and airfares. There were higher private tuition fees, cigarette prices and household...

  • Gozo Channel priority boarding still on cards

    Gozo Channel priority boarding still on cards

    Gozo Channel was still studying a proposal for an online booking system through which commuters can pay a surcharge and skip the queue, Gozo Minister Anton Refalo said yesterday. “First of all, this ‘priority boarding’ [talk] is a misnomer. We...

  • MEPs urged to quiz Vella on hunting

    MEPs urged to quiz Vella on hunting

    Ten of the largest international environmental organisations are urging MEPs to grill Malta’s Commissioner-designate Karmenu Vella on illegal hunting as the slaughter of protected birds made headlines yesterday. In a brief directed at the European...

  • Russian is found dead in the sea

    A Russian man, 65, was found dead face down in the sea in St George’s Bay yesterday evening. The police said a number of people brought him ashore. The man had been swimming in the bay. The cause of death is still unknown.

  • Drug arrest in Naxxar

    The police yesterday arrested a man in Naxxar on suspicion of drug trafficking after they seized 1.3kg of heroin from him. The Nigerian, 35, was found carrying a bag with 700g of suspected heroin. A search of his house in Leli Falzon Street...

  • President’s programme

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca announced from London that socio-educational programmes will be set up in aid of young people who suffer from social exclusion with the help of the UK’s Prince’s Trust. This will be the first time that the...

  • ‘Hollywood in the Med’

    Malta will provide the backdrop to an unnamed American television series with a biblical story, which will start being filmed in a few weeks’ time. This is the first time that Malta is hosting four concurrent international productions. The others...

  • New rallying call for green mobility drive

    New rallying call for green mobility drive

    Malta’s lacklustre participation in Europe’s sustainable transport campaign is set to change this year with events spreading over seven days and local councils unveiling green mobility plans. When European Mobility Week was launched 12 years ago,...

  • Government wrong to regularise Armier boathouses by giving smart meters - Simon Busuttil

    Government wrong to regularise Armier boathouses by giving smart meters - Simon Busuttil

    The government was not right when it regularised the Armier boat houses by installing smart meters, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said today. Asked during a PN Independence activity what he would have done about the Armier boathouses had he...

  • Russian man dies while swimming

    Russian man dies while swimming

    A Russian man, 65, was found dead at sea in St George's Bay this evening. The police said the grim discovery was made at 6.10p.m. The man had been swimming in the bay. A magisterial inquiry has been launched.

  • Nigerian arrested for drug trafficking

    Nigerian arrested for drug trafficking

    A Nigerian man, 35, resident in Naxxar, has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, the police said. The arrest was made this afternoon in Leli Falzon Street after the man was found carrying a bag with 700g of suspected heroin. A search of...

  • Farsons to reorganise corporate structure

    The Farsons group said today that it will launch a reorganisation of its corporate structure next year, spinning off  (pro-rata to existing shareholders) the Group’sproperty interests to a new company. In a company announcement the company said...

  • No Kate decision on Malta visit tonight

    No Kate decision on Malta visit tonight

    A final decision will be taken tomorrow about whether Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, will come to Malta this weekend for the Independence anniversary celebrations. "Kensington Palace will confirm tomorrow morning whether the Duchess of...

  • Card player won €36,000 by marking cards

    Card player won €36,000 by marking cards

    A Romanian man who marked cards while playing poker at a casino was today charged with fraud after managing to net €36,000 in winnings. Iaon-Florian Tet, who is staying at the Alexandria Hotel in St Julian’s, played three card poker at the Oracle...