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  • Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square to get dramatic makeover

    Castille Square in Valletta is set to become a pedestrian zone in a €1.6 million revamp in time for November’s Commonwealth summit. The aim is to give prominence to the baroque features of the Auberge de Castille, return the square closer to the...

  • Man admits break-in bid

    A Somali caught by police as he was trying to break into a house in Marsa on Sunday evening was jailed for a year after he admitted the charges. Mustafa Mohamud Mohamed, 26, who lives in Żebbuġ, Gozo, was seen trying to break into a house in...

  • Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Move to new parliament possible in coming weeks

    Migration to the new parliament building may finally take place in the coming weeks, possibly after the Easter recess, as works progress according to a schedule set last January. Work on the plenary chamber is practically finished and the...

  • ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    ‘Close the loophole which lets sex offenders throw teenage parties’

    A legal loophole that allows registered sex offenders to organise parties for underage teenagers needs to be closed, according the Children’s Commissioner. Promoter Joel Caruana, the 24-year-old who was twice convicted of engaging in sexual...

  • Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Malta’s farmers to get €5m a year from EU

    Farmers will be receiving a total of €5 million a year in direct payments under the EU’s new agricultural reform, with specific aid targeted at the sectors of milk, beef, sheep and tomatoes. Under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020,...

  • Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    Is-Suldat’s criminal record dooms family’s libel claim

    The family of murder victim Paul Degabriele, known as Is-Suldat, has lost a libel suit against a newspaper that referred to him as a dangerous criminal. Magistrate Francesco Depas­quale said this description was justified in the context of Mr...

  • Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    Ministry hires analyst for tourism data

    The government has commissioned an independent expert to analyse 2014’s tourism statistics, identify the sectors that need to be strengthened and recommend the steps to be taken. The report will be released for public consultation within weeks,...

  • Authorities step up colorectal cancer screening programme

    Authorities step up colorectal cancer screening programme

    Health authorities are stepping up the colorectal cancer screening programme, as parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne revealed yesterday that the public response rate is currently just 50 per cent. During an outreach programme in Valletta to mark...

  • Scheme for youths ‘cuts jobless rate’

    An EU scheme that offers Maltese youngsters the chance to get into training or work at the end of secondary schooling is being seen by the government as a big success and as a factor in reducing unemployment. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat lauded...

  • University to train nurses

    The University of Malta has signed an agreement with parliamentary secretary for active aging Justyne Caruana to train some 340 nurses who work in care homes for older people and in the community. The training programmes aim to develop an advanced...

  • UĦM dispute

    The Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin yesterday declared an industrial dispute with Mepa following a transfer given to one of its shop stewards. The official who received the transfer was one of those conducting negotiations with Mepa on its new structure,...

  • Film studio wanted fish farm in its tanks

    Film studio wanted fish farm in its tanks

    Mediterranean Film Studios submitted a development application to Mepa in 2010 to turn its Rinella tanks into a fish farm, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis revealed yesterday. This was how limited the former government’s vision for the film...

  • Henley deal ‘now up to PAC’

    The Speaker, Anġlu Farrugia, has left it up to the members of the Public Accounts Committee to reach an agreement on how to proceed in the scrutiny of the government’s contracts with Henley & Partners on the Individual Investor Programme. Dr...

  • Psychiatric nurses get specialised

    The number of specialised nurses helping to give psychiatric care at Mount Carmel Hospital was gradually increasing and the hope was that all those nurses providing special care to people would eventually specialise, Parliamentary Secretary for...

  • Childcare cost €5.2m

    Free childcare in 2014, which catered for 3,857 children, cost the government a total of €5.2 million. There are currently 78 state childcare centres, all registered with the Department for the Safeguarding of Social Standards. Answering a...

  • ‘Difficult’ to relocate city council

    Local Councils Minister Owen Bonnici said in Parliament that difficulties were being encountered in accommodating the Valletta local council’s offices in some other part of the city. Answering a supplementary question from Opposition MP David...

  • ‘Rinella film tanks were earmarked as fish farms’

    ‘Rinella film tanks were earmarked as fish farms’

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said parliament today that in 2010, a development application had been submitted to Mepa to turn the Malta Film Studions film tanks at Rinella into fish farms. Speaking during the debate in second reading of...

  • Investigation into delayed flight still not complete, two years on

    Investigation into delayed flight still not complete, two years on

    An investigation into the circumstances which led an Air Malta flight from Milan to be delayed on July 27, 2012 has not been completed yet.  Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis told Nationalist MP Antoine Borg the ministry did not have the full...

  • Refunds of 2004 vehicle registration tax

    The government later this year will announce a scheme for the refund of registration tax paid on vehicles between  May 1 and December 31, 2004. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told Mario de Marco (PN) that those eligible will be given the full...

  • Police weapons fired accidentally 10 times in two years

    Police weapons fired accidentally 10 times in two years

    There were four cases in 2013 and six last year during which police firearms were fired accidentally, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told Beppe Fenech Adami (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question. In six of the cases, the officers...