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  • Teaching maths by Abacus to be ditched

    Teaching maths by Abacus to be ditched

    The Abacus maths textbook, which has been causing ‘maths anxiety’ in children in government and private schools, will be discontinued after 2016, sources close to the Education Ministry said. Maltese children aged eight to 11 are finding...

  • Saturday's tragedy: Calls for early introduction of lifeguards

    Saturday's tragedy: Calls for early introduction of lifeguards

    The death of two Britons at the Blue Lagoon last Saturday has prompted calls for an earlier introduction of the lifeguard service as tourists start flocking to this beach well before the summer. Eyewitnesses recounted how they watched in...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says the PN has promised to stay in the way of development in ODZs. It also says teaching Maths by Abacus is to be ditched. The Malta Independent quotes Peter Paul...

  • PN vows to ‘stand in way’ of development

    PN vows to ‘stand in way’ of development

    The Nationalist Party would stand in the way of any development on pristine land at Żonqor Point, Simon Busuttil has warned. The PN leader yesterday reiterated an appeal for Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to clearly rule out the building of a...

  • Teaching maths by Abacus to be ditched

    The Abacus maths textbook, which has been causing ‘maths anxiety’ in children in government and private schools, will be discontinued after 2016, sources close to the Education Ministry said. Maltese children aged eight to 11 are finding...

  • Language schools hit by huge delay in visas

    Language schools hit by huge delay in visas

    English language students from outside the EU are facing huge delays to get their visas renewed – a growing problem which industry insiders say could hurt the sector. Sources who work in the English language industry said some students who came to...

  • Police will challenge intervention in case by ex-commissioner

    The police are to challenge a court decree through which former commissioner Peter Paul Zammit was listed as an “injured party” in a criminal case against a man recently charged with threatening police officers in 2013. Through this decree, Mr...

  • Calls for early introduction of lifeguards

    Calls for early introduction of lifeguards

    The death of two Britons at the Blue Lagoon last Saturday has prompted calls for an earlier introduction of the lifeguard service as tourists start flocking to this iconic beach well before the summer. Eyewitnesses recounted how they watched in...

  • ‘If you don’t have asylum then your life here is zero’

    ‘If you don’t have asylum then your life here is zero’

    The life of migrants in Malta who are not granted asylum is “zero” and they have to put their dreams on hold, according to a Somali woman who fled forced marriage and war. They can’t apply for a job, open a bank account or even get married. “If...

  • Opposition blamed for bus contract delay

    The Transport Minister is blaming the Opposition for the delay in the publication of the bus service agreement signed last December, saying the PN was only intent on “speculating and fuelling negative perceptions” before the fully fledged service...

  • Government to seek legal advice on Skanska waiver

    Government to seek legal advice on Skanska waiver

    The government is seeking legal advice on a waiver granted in 2009 which exonerated Swedish construction company Skanska and Maltese contractors from any liability for structural defects in the €600 million Mater Dei hospital. The announcement was...

  • Chris Said apologises for any hurt caused by restructuring

    Chris Said apologises for any hurt caused by restructuring

    Nationalist Party secretary general Chris Said yesterday asked forgiveness from those who may have been hurt as a result of internal restructuring these past two years. Addressing the PN general council for the last time as general secretary, Dr...

  • Drop in number looking for a job

    The number of people registering for work last month stood at 5,568, a drop of more than 1,700 over the same month last year. The National Statistics Office said falls in registered unemployment were recorded among all age groups. The largest was...

  • Magnificent seven sites

    Seven Heritage Malta sites were given a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 by Trip­advisor, the world’s largest travel site. The Inquisitor’s Palace, Ħaġar Qim Temples, Mnajdra Temples, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, National Mu­seum of Archaeology, Malta...

  • Fall in fruit, veg supply

    The amount of fresh fruit and vegetables available in the first quarter of this year fell by 14 per cent; however, their wholesale value increased by nearly two fifths, according to national data. The volume sold through official markets amounted...

  • Innovative hydrologist shortlisted for top award

    Innovative hydrologist shortlisted for top award

    Hydrologist Marco Cremona has been shortlisted as a finalist for the most prestigious environmental award in the world – the Energy Globe Award – for his innovative idea of using boreholes to channel rainwater directly into the ground. The...

  • Call for more research into ills of obesity

    Call for more research into ills of obesity

    Malta’s rates of obesity may be the result of an environment that promotes it, including an “energy-dense” food supply and lack of physical activity, according to research published recently in an international scientific journal. The study calls...

  • On the dot

    On the dot

    A stretch of Ordnance Street, Valletta, between the Parliament building and the open-air theatre is a shambles. Why hasn’t work in the area been completed? Is it a trademark of Maltese workers to start a job and not finish it? Visitors to the...

  • Joust good friends

    Joust good friends

    People at Fort Rinella in Kalkara were yesterday taken back in time to the 17th century when jousting was a popular form of entertainment for dignitaries who stopped by on their way to war.

  • Breach of property rights

    The First Hall of the Civil Court, presided over by the Judge Joseph Zammit Mc Keon in the case ‘Austin Engerer and his wife Barbara Mary Engerer v Ludwig Nuchter’, on April 30, 2015, held, among others things, that to measure the gravity of the...