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  • Opposition plan ‘to reduce bureaucracy and taxation’

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil yesterday proposed that the government adopt a three-point plan to reduce the bureaucracy and taxation brought about by its in­efficiency and bad governance, as evidenced by the Budget measures. The Opposition, he...

  • ‘Can do’ attitude boosts economy – Muscat

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told Parliament yesterday that the government’s “can do” attitude had boosted the economy and brought results, which were being felt by the people. He was confident that official figures would show that the government...

  • Prisoners' brief hunger strike

    A hunger strike which had been under way by inmates at Corradino Correctional Facilities was called off after two days, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said in parliament. Mr Abela told Beppe Fenech Adami (PN) that seven inmates had started...

  • 137 died of chest infections in hospital since October

    137 patients at Mater Dei Hospital died of chest infections since October, Health Minister Konrad Mizzi told Claudette Buttigieg (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question. Dr Mizzi also said two patients had died in January this year in ward...

  • Government urged to be clear and honest about its health plans

    Government urged to be clear and honest about its health plans

    The shadow minister for health, Claudette Buttigieg, this evening called for clarity by the government about its plans for the health sector. She said the government’s announcement of plans for Gozo and St Luke’s Hospital last Wednesday had been...

  • Muscat 'confident' deficit target reached

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this evening that he was confident that official figures, due in the coming days, would show that the government had kept its promise to reduce the deficit to 2.1 per cent last year. Speaking in parliament at the...

  • Muscat promises rehabilitation project in Marsaxlokk

    Muscat promises rehabilitation project in Marsaxlokk

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat promised this evening that the government in the coming months would launch a rehabilitation project in Marsaxlokk to compensate the residents for the hardship they had suffered from the power station. "We will fix up...

  • Opposition wants inquiry into local councils fund

    The Opposition has formally requested the Auditor General to investigate the government's €1 million fund for capital projects by local councils. The opposition spokesman for local council, David Agius, told parliament this evening that the...

  • Positions of trust in Gozo ministry

    The Ministry for Gozo has engaged 14 people in positions of trust, according to information given in Parliament this evening by the minister, Anton Refalo. The list given by the minister (see below) includes three persons in the internal audit...

  • Government raising taxes and tariffs because of its inefficiency - Busuttil

    Government raising taxes and tariffs because of its inefficiency - Busuttil

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil accused the government of inefficiency and bad governance when he spoke in Parliament this evening during the debate on the Bill to implement the Budget measures. Dr Busuttil said the Budget speech was the longest...

  • Private hospital in Smart City is 'very positive development' - Mizzi

    Private hospital in Smart City is 'very positive development' - Mizzi

    Health and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said this evening that plans for the opening of a private hospital in Smart City was a very positive development which confirmed the confidence which foreign investors have in the country. Replying to...

  • Hold on to your room rates, hoteliers urged

    Hold on to your room rates, hoteliers urged

    Hoteliers were urged by the president of their association this afternoon to hold on to their room rates, now that they have improved.  MHRA president Tony Zahra, speaking at the quarterly presentation of hotel performance figures said hoteliers...

  • Nigerian football player tries to leave Malta illegally

    A Nigerian man who came to Malta to play football but never got offered a contract today pleaded guilty to trying to leave Malta with fake Italian documents. Ita Francis, 24, originally came to Malta with a valid visa to play for the...

  • Romanians admit stealing perfumes

    Romanians admit stealing perfumes

    Three Romanian men this afternoon pleaded guilty to stealing perfumes from shops in Valletta and St Paul's Bay. The men, two of whom did not even have anywhere to live in Malta, pleaded guilty to the theft of perfumes from Roseberry in Republic...

  • Minister's husband says work on his property consisted of the dumping of soil

    Minister's husband says work on his property consisted of the dumping of soil

    Patrick Dalli, husband of Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli, insisted in court today that the "work" carried out on his farmhouse in Zejtun was the consignment of three truckloads of soil contracted by the person who had signed the promise of...

  • Minister wins €500 in libel compensation

    Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella today won €500 in compensation after a magistrate found Nationalist Party media arm Net TV guilty of libel over its claim that he had failed to declare property in his declaration of assets. Magistrate...

  • Vicar General announced

    Vicar General announced

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna has formally appointed Fr Joe Galea Curmi as his Vicar General. "Please pray for him in his new mission," the new archbishop said in a tweet. Fr Galea Curmi was born in Malta on January 1, 1964, and ordained a priest on...

  • Two arraigned over Gozo robbery

    The two men who were arrested shortly after allegedly being involved in a theft from the Labour Party club in Sannat yesterday, were taken to court today. The men, a Maltese, 46, and a Libyan, 41, pleaded not guilty of theft and were remanded in...

  • Updated - No road tolls, but private sector may be involved in road maintenance

    Updated - No road tolls, but private sector may be involved in road maintenance

    The government is conducting studies on possible public sector involvement in road maintenance, the prime minister said this morning. He said the government will not introduce road tolls, but it is exploring models for the involvement of the...

  • Microsoft’s lighthouse project for Malta

    Microsoft’s lighthouse project for Malta

    Microsoft and the Education Ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding to foster greater collaboration between both entities. Microsoft will seek to turn Malta into a “lighthouse” for innovative educational technologies that go beyond the...