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  • Forum trade unions say salaries need to be raised

    The Forum group of trade union referred today to the 58c cost of living increase planned for the budget and said the government should ensure that workers have a decant salary and a proper standard of living. In a statement the group said it was...

  • Girl, 18, found dead

    Girl, 18, found dead

    An 18-year-old Polish language student was found dead in her hotel room in Sliema this morning. Informed sources said it appeared that the woman died of natural causes but the police are awaiting the results of an autopsy, which will be held...

  • PV panels contract: George Pullicino says police have not yet asked for his version

    PV panels contract: George Pullicino says police have not yet asked for his version

    Former Resources Minister George Pullicino said today he has not yet been requested by the police to give his version of the facts a week after he asked them to investigate a solar energy contract awarded during the time he was minister, after...

  • Consultation process on positive parenting policy document launched

    A national centre is being set up to simplify bureaucracy when dealing with issues relating to adoption and fostering, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia said today. He was speaking during the launch, for public consultation, of a policy...

  • Maltese Cross investors hold MFSA responsible for losses

    Maltese Cross investors hold MFSA responsible for losses

    Forty-two clients of Maltese Cross Financial Services Limited filed a judicial protest against the Malta Financial Services Authority holding it responsible for the losses they suffered. The clients claimed that the authority failed to carry out...

  • Marsa power station: The beginning of the end

    Marsa power station: The beginning of the end

    Vents from the oldest part of the Marsa power station are being dismantled as part of the works to make way for a new distribution centre. The section, erected in 1953, is completely underground and demolition works, expected to take just a few...

  • August tourist arrivals higher than last year's

    Tourist arrivals in August went up by 6.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year, the National Statistics Office said. It said they spent more than 1.1 million nights in hotels, guesthouses, hostels and tourist village, an increase of...

  • COLA mechanism should be respected - MEA

    Employers did not object to paying a high cost of living adjustment (COLA) when the computation was high, and likewise there should be no objections when it was low, the Malta Employers Association said today. In a statement, the MEA welcomed the...

  • Equal Opportunities Act consultation process launched

    A consultation process on amendments needed to the Equal Opportunities Act, enacted 14 years ago, has been launched. Launching the process, National Commission for Persons with a Disability chairman Oliver Scicluna said the law had served its...

  • Daniel Holmes appeals recent court decision

    Daniel Holmes appeals recent court decision

    Welshman Daniel Holmes has appealed a recent court decision and is insisting that the harsh punishment granted to him for cultivating cannabis was in breach of his right to a fair trial. Mr Holmes - who was jailed for 10 years and six months and...

  • No comeback on casino in Gozo

    A call for expressions of interest in the setting up of a casino in Gozo attracted only one expression, but the subsequent request for proposals attracted no reply. This did not mean that there was no interest in opening a casino in Gozo when the...

  • President meets Maltese community in Belgium

    President meets Maltese community in Belgium

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca appealed to the Maltese community in Belgium to help collect funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund. Speaking during a meeting with the community at the Maltese embassy in Brussels, she said a substantial...

  • PN reacts as Moody's report on Malta

    PN reacts as Moody's report on Malta

    Updated - Adds PN reaction - Moody’s ratings agency has reiterated Malta’s A3 credit rating with a positive outlook. It said in its annual report on Malta that the rating was supported by a ‘healthy outlook’ on Malta’s economy and the government’s...

  • Asbestos appeal 'is not likely'

    Asbestos appeal 'is not likely'

    The government is not expected to appeal against a European Court of Human Rights judgment that ordered it to pay €226,000 in compensation to 19 dockyard workers poisoned by asbestos. The ECHR found last July that the government “knew or ought to...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a senior financial adviser who was arrested for suspected drink driving on Saturday evening and who allegedly bit the skin off a policeman’s arm...

  • Nationalist Party 'in favour of life'

    Nationalist Party 'in favour of life'

    The Nationalist Party stated this morning its position remained in favour of life. In a statement replying to concern expressed by anti-abortion movement Gift of Life that the party was sending mixed signals on abortion and euthanasia following a...

  • Malta in 99th place in gender equality survey

    Malta in 99th place in gender equality survey

    Malta is in 99th place out of 142 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report, issued last night by the World Economic Forum. Malta is seen as having male-female equality in educational attainment and does well in health, but women suffer when...

  • UK will not support new migrants rescue operation, claiming 'pull factor'

    UK will not support new migrants rescue operation, claiming 'pull factor'

    Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, claiming they simply encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing, The Guardian newspaper has reported.  It said...

  • Police beat me, says man on bite charge

    Police beat me, says man on bite charge

    A senior financial adviser who was arrested for suspected drink driving on Saturday evening and who allegedly bit the skin off a policeman’s arm yesterday claimed he had been beaten by the police. A request by his defence lawyers to photograph the...

  • Tardis, to historical Malta!

    Tardis, to historical Malta!

    Whovians still in recovery from Dr Who’s golden anniversary have an extra reason to keep on celebrating. Actor Sylvester McCoy, better known as the seventh doctor, is on his way to the Malta Comics & Pop Culture Expo. His name is firmly...