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Blackout: PN hits out at discrimination in payouts, transfers of staff

The Nationalist Party said today that there should be no discrimination between businesses and households in compensation given for power cuts. In a statement over the signature of George Pullicino, spokesman for Enemalta, the party said the €25 payment which the government would give ‘certain people’ after last week’s blackout was not compensation, but...

  • Firms up pressure for blackout payout

    Firms up pressure for blackout payout

    The business community is gearing up for a clash with the government over its plans to exclude firms from its proposed compensation for last week’s nationwide blackout. The Malta Employers’ Association and the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and...

  • Valletta port tariffs rising next month

    Valletta port tariffs rising next month

    Importers and exporters are appealing to the government to intervene after a substantial increase in port tariffs was announced by the operators of Valletta Gateway terminals. The operators, who took over the cargo handling facilities from the...

  • Two young men are charged for injuring a policeman

    Two young men involved in a fight with nightclub bouncers were yesterday charged with injuring a policeman when officers intervened and arrested one of them. During the arraignment, Daniele Festari, 18, from Tarxien, and Redeemer Bonnici, 20, from...

  • Lifelong learning classes

    Lifelong learning classes

    Some 110 subjects at different levels are being offered by the Education Ministry as part of a drive to encourage lifelong learning. Last year, more than 13,000 people attended these courses, most of whom were over 45 years old. Lessons in core...

  • Unidentified fighter jets bomb targets in Tripoli

    Unidentified fighter jets bomb targets in Tripoli

    Unidentified fighter jets yesterday bombed targets in the Libyan capital Tripoli and near the military airport in Mitiga, from where planes had been evacuating expatriates and the injured to Malta. The attack targeted sites held by Islamist...

  • Lax enforcement prompts NGOs to launch petition

    Lax enforcement prompts NGOs to launch petition

    A petition against illegal encroachments on public land has been launched by three environmental NGOs who accuse the government of turning a blind eye to blatant abuses. Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth and the Ramblers’...

  • ‘Student snoop’ legal notice to be changed

    ‘Student snoop’ legal notice to be changed

    The controversial legal notice authorising the Education Minister to request data on students is to be redrafted. The legislation has been on hold in the wake of concerns that the government was trying to snoop on students. It will now soon be...

  • Time to tuck into pasta con ricci

    Time to tuck into pasta con ricci

    Now is the time to book a table and order a plate of pasta con ricci before the moon wanes. It is believed that the best time to hunt for sea urchins is when the moon is full: the fuller the moon, the meatier they are. “I used to hear the elderly...

  • CMTU on attack over sick leave

    A trade union confederation has joined the barrage of criticism of employers’ sick leave proposals, saying the suggestions should have first been made on the Employment Relations Board. While condemning any form of abuse, the Confederation of...

  • Authority’s warning on company

    The financial authority has warned the public that Finexten Transition was not a licensed company. The entity, marketed as a sub-fund of Finexten SICAV plc, was not registered in Malta and was not licenced by the Malta Financial Services Authority...

  • Two priests appointed

    Fr Michael Bellizzi has been appointed parish priest of the Marija Annunzjata parish in Tarxien and Fr Vincenz Cachia parish priest of St Elena parish, Birkirkara. Born in November 1970, Fr Bellizzi was ordained as a priest in 1997 and has worked...

  • The great S. Marija exodus

    The great S. Marija exodus

    From big hotels to small village restaurants, it was a bonanza for Gozitan business over the five-day Santa Marija period as more than 90,000 passengers crossed over. Figures from Gozo Channel show a small increase of about 300 in the number who...

  • No more time wasting over junk mail

    No more time wasting over junk mail

    Authorities can no longer ignore the huge amount of waste generated from junk mail so a public consultation will be held on ways to tackle it, Environment Minister Leo Brincat announced yesterday. He said the previous administration did not give...

  • No decision yet on asbestos payout appeal

    The government is still considering whether to appeal last month’s European court judgment that ordered it to pay €226,000 in compensation to 19 dockyard workers poisoned by asbestos. The European Court of Human Rights found the government “knew...

  • Mqabba 'explosion' causes alarm

    Mqabba 'explosion' causes alarm

    A powerful explosion at Mqabba raised alarm in the village and in the surrounding area this evening. However a police spokesman said the blast was only caused by the disposal of some leftover fireworks. Fire engines and an ambulance were on the...

  • Briton says he was handed Yellow Pages at Police HQ and told to choose a lawyer

    Briton says he was handed Yellow Pages at Police HQ and told to choose a lawyer

    A Briton who stands accused of slightly injuring two policemen told a court today that while under arrest at police headquarters he was handed a copy of the Yellow Pages and invited to choose a lawyer. Paul Allen Sneddon, 33, was accused of...

  • McGill's, once interested in Malta bus service, now target Scottish shipyard

    McGill's, a Scottish bus company which was once interested in bidding to run Malta’s bus service, has expressed an interest in taking on a struggling shipbuilder in Scotland after it went into administration. A total of 70 people were made...

  • Cancer survivor’s praise for hospital team

    Cancer survivor’s praise for hospital team

    Having gone through the ordeal of being operated on for pan­creatic cancer, Albert Connell is urging other patients to make use of the services of the Aurora Support Service.  “When nurses Abigail [Camenzuli] and Elysia [Mercieca] approached me,...

  • Mtarfa bypass closed because of sports run

    Mtarfa Bypass will be closed tomorrow for a sports run organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club. The road will be closed from 6.30 to 8.30pm. All traffic will be diverted through Mtarfa centre, Transport Malta said.  

  • St Paul statue to be restored again

    St Paul statue to be restored again

    The Malta Tourism Authority is to give financial help to Din L-Art Helwa for the restoration of the statue of St Paul on St Paul’s Island. The sponsorship agreement was signed this morning in the presence of Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis,...