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  • Grech urges vigilance over demand

    Grech urges vigilance over demand

    Health Shadow Minister Claudio Grech yesterday told Parliament that a very conservative estimate of the drug market in Malta, according to a report by the Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Authority (CDDA), was in the region of €70 million to €80...

  • Minister hails drug reform Bill as ‘radical’

    Minister hails drug reform Bill as ‘radical’

    Parliament yesterday unanimously approved the Drug Dependency (Treatment in lieu of Imprisonment) Bill, with Justice Minister Owen Bonnici calling on the media to publicise the unity shown by all MPs in embarking on this radical reform. Winding up...

  • EU funds increasingly need to be ‘well spent’

    EU funds increasingly need to be ‘well spent’

    Malta’s representative at the European Court of Auditors, Louis Galea, told MPs yesterday that the EU was becoming increasingly concerned about ensuring positive outcomes from the money spent on projects. Addressed a joint session of three...

  • 75 reinstated to the police

    A total of 75 people were reinstated into the Police Corps between March 9, 2013 and December 3 this year, the vast majority aged between 45 and 55. Answering a parliamentary question by Opposition MP Jason Azzopardi, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo...

  • ‘Answers in good time’

    Local Government Minister Owen Bonnici used strong words to denounce delays in answering parliamentary questions and the provision of incomplete information. He was answering a PQ by Jason Azzopardi (PN), with the stock reply given to him that...

  • Greening four areas

    Four local councils in as many regions in Malta and Gozo – Fgura, Msida, St Paul’s Bay and Victoria – have been selected for a pilot project to embellish their localities. The councils were happy to accept and their proposals have already been...

  • Going to sea Santa

    Going to sea Santa

    Last year it was a helicopter. This year Father Christmas ditched his reindeer again and used a rubber dinghy to come ashore at Għadira, delighting primary schoolchildren from the Mellieħa school in what is becoming a traditional event for them.

  • Drug law amendments approved from second reading

    Drug law amendments approved from second reading

    Another step forward in the drug law reform was made this evening when Parliament unanimously approved amendments to the law in second reading. Through the amendments, users found in simple possession for the first time would appear before a...

  • Holistic national migration policy is the way forward - minister

    Holistic national migration policy is the way forward - minister

    A holistic national migration policy incorporating the work and responsibilities spread over several ministries is the way forward, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said today. He was speaking during a meeting with non-governmental...

  • Planning authority considering reintroduction of aesthetics board

    Planning authority considering reintroduction of aesthetics board

    The planning authority may set up an aesthetics board to assess the style and context of new developments, Mepa CEO Johann Buttigieg said this evening. Speaking on Times Talk, Mr Buttigieg said the Mepa board was holding “high level” discussions...

  • Discussions underway to increase nurses' working hours for more operations to be carried out

    Discussions underway to increase nurses' working hours for more operations to be carried out

    The government is in discussions with nurses’ representatives in a bid to increase nurses’ working hours as part of a package intended to ensure that operations could be held. Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne told PL MP Anthony Agius...

  • Enemalta, Shanghai Electric agreement debate postponed

    Enemalta, Shanghai Electric agreement debate postponed

    The debate on the Enemalta, Shanghai agreement planned to be held in Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday) has been postponed at the Opposition’s request. The government said in a statement that the Opposition requested the government to postpone the...

  • Road works in Valley Road, Birkirkara

    Resurfacing works are being carried out in Valley Road, Birkirkara, weather permitting from 8pm this evening to 6am tomorrow and from 8pm tomorrow to 6am on Thursday, Transport Malta said.

  • Nigerian drug courier arrested

    A Nigerian man, 28, is to be taken to court after being found in possession of a kilo of suspected marijuana yesterday.  He was arrested by the Drug Squad on arrival from Sicily. The drug was hidden among food items in his bag. 

  • Opposition insists energy deals should be published, or it may take its own action

    The Opposition insisted once more today that the government should publish its agreements on the energy sector, saying that the refusal by the Energy Minister yesterday showed that the government had learnt nothing from 'Malliagate'. "Despite...

  • Man fined €1,000, given suspended jail sentence for threatening police officer in court

    Man fined €1,000, given suspended jail sentence for threatening police officer in court

    A Cospicua man was given a 18-month jail term suspended for four years and fined €1,000 when he admitted to threatening a police inspector during a court case earlier this month. Charlston Cassar, 22, who sports a Fu** the Police tattoo on his...

  • Man slashes his brother with a kitchen knife

    A 32-year-old man was conditionally discharged for 18 months for injuring his brother with a steak knife following an argument in their kitchen. Jonathan Sciberras, of San Gwann, was found guilty of seriously injuring his brother, Jean Paul, in...

  • Migrants' unit at Mt Carmel Hospital is completely substandard - JRS

    Migrants' unit at Mt Carmel Hospital is completely substandard - JRS

    The Asylum Seekers Unit in Mount Carmel Hospital is “completely substandard”, with a total lack of activities or opportunities to socialise and at risk of overcrowding, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service. “The environment is undignified,” JRS...

  • 82% of deaths related to bad diet

    82% of deaths related to bad diet

    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 launched today. Unhealthy eating is responsible for a range of...

  • Santa swaps sleigh for a boat

    Santa swaps sleigh for a boat

    Santa swapped his sleigh for a boat this morning and surprised a group of some 500 children from the Mellieha Primary who were on a school trip in Ghadira Bay. They cheered and waved as he was spotted approaching the bay and then took pictures...