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  • Robust growth outlook for Malta - European Economic Forecast

    Robust growth outlook for Malta - European Economic Forecast

    Real GDP growth is forecast to reach 4.9 per cent last year and is expected to moderate to 3.9 per cent this year and 3.4 per cent next year, according to the European Economic Forecast for winter. The forecast says that the expected slowdown...

  • Poor social conditions lead to poor health - President

    Reducing social inequality and safeguarding the environment are key to reducing the ever-increasing incidence of cancer in Malta, according to President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. “Poor health often emerges from poor social conditions, not lack...

  • Front Ħarsien ODZ opposes new hardstone quarry at Wied Moqbol

    Front Ħarsien ODZ has strongly objected to the planning authority’s review tribunal’s 2014 decision in favour of a new hardstone quarry in Wied Moqbol, Żurrieq, contradicting the tribunal's 2005 and 2009 decisions. It reiterated its claim that...

  • Malta is EU country most dependent on energy imports - Eurostat

    Malta is the most dependent on energy imports from among EU states, according to Eurostat. It said this morning that at 97.7 per cent, Malta had the highest energy dependence rate. It was followed by Luxembourg (96.6%), Cyprus (93.4%), Ireland...

  • Joe Sammut’s Libyan accomplice charged

    Joe Sammut’s Libyan accomplice charged

    A Libyan was today remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty to misappropriation, fraud and conspiring with accountant Joe Sammut who has been charged with fraud, misappropriation, non-observance of due diligence and forgery to enable...

  • Persons of trust regulations to be clarified

    Persons of trust regulations to be clarified

    Clear regulations will be drafted by year’s end to better define what a position of trust is, civil service head Mario Cutajar said this morning. Mr Cutajar said guidelines had been drawn up under the previous administration but these were too...

  • Islamic Centre 'not content' with holding Friday prayers in public places, situation reflects 'need' for another mosque

    Islamic Centre 'not content' with holding Friday prayers in public places, situation reflects 'need' for another mosque

    The Islamic Centre said this morning that the majority of Muslims in Malta were not content with holding Friday prayers in public places, especially in close proximity to the Msida Church, as this could lead to hatred and fear against Muslims. In...

  • €5,000 fine for man who used uninsured vessel

    €5,000 fine for man who used uninsured vessel

    A 46-year-old man from Munxar has been fined €5,000 after he was found guilty of using an unregistered and uninsured vessel in Comino on August 11, 2014. Joseph Camilleri was also found guilty of breaching bail conditions and being a...

  • New public agency to manage and protect countryside proposed

    New public agency to manage and protect countryside proposed

    A new public agency to manage and protect the Maltese countryside is being proposed in a discussion paper by the Today Public Policy Institute. Called Natura Malta, the agency would be set up by law, funded by the government and run by a board...

  • Maltese newspapers review

    Maltese newspapers review

    The following are the top stories in Maltese newspapers today. Times of Malta says the government was yesterday forced to seek advice over whether one of the appointments of two lawyers nominated for magistrates would be in breach of the...

  • Eight people injured in Birkirkara accident; driver flees scene, woman hit by car in Paola

    Eight people injured in Birkirkara accident; driver flees scene, woman hit by car in Paola

    Eight people were injured, four of them seriously, in a traffic accident last night, as the driver of one of the cars fled the scene.  The accident happened in Triq Dun Gaetano Mannarino, Birkirkara at 12.45am when a minibus and a Volkswagen Polo...

  • MEPs defend key regulations on the protection of birds

    MEPs defend key regulations on the protection of birds

    The European Parliament has voted to defend key regulations on the protection of birds. MEPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a report on the mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy. The report, which was approved by a majority...

  • Dying inmate refused parole seeking pardon from President

    Dying inmate refused parole seeking pardon from President

    Terminally ill prisoner Godfrey Ellul is seeking a presidential pardon after his request to spend his remaining time with his loved ones was denied by the parole authorities. Mr Ellul, 67, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, among other...

  • Godfrey Farrugia calls for better mental health service

    Godfrey Farrugia calls for better mental health service

    Mental health services should be at the forefront of the public health agenda, former health minister Godfrey Farrugia said in Parliament last night. The Labour MP and government Whip called for improvement of the quality of services, measures to...

  • Controversy follows judicial nominations

    Controversy follows judicial nominations

    The government’s nomination of two lawyers as magistrates was embroiled in controversy yesterday as it was forced to seek advice over whether one of the appointments would be in breach of the Constitution. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici referred...

  • Convicted man seeks retrial

    A man serving an 18-year jail term for stabbing is seeking a retrial claiming he had been found guilty on the strength of a police statement made in the absence of his lawyer. Stephen Pirotta, 46, was, six years ago, found guilty of the attempted...

  • Man fined for injuring cyclist

    A 72-year-old man was fined €1,000 after he was found guilty of injuring a cyclist due to negligent driving last June. Joseph Camilleri, from Kerċem, hit national championships athlete Marvic Mizzi in Għarb. The athlete suffered facial injuries...

  • Malta has highest level of breast cancer deaths in EU

    Malta has highest level of breast cancer deaths in EU

    Malta and Cyprus have the highest share of breast cancer deaths among women in the European Union, new Eurostat figures show. According to the study, published on the occasion of World Cancer Day, 81 women in Malta died of breast cancer in 2013.

  • Palumbo workers in plea to PM: ‘Don’t abandon us’

    Palumbo workers in plea to PM: ‘Don’t abandon us’

    Palumbo shipyard workers walked into Castille yesterday morning calling on the Prime Minister to save their jobs and not to abandon them. “Residents’ complaints are causing problems for us and for our employer, who has already cancelled two jobs,...

  • Gaffarena collusion was corruption – PN

    Gaffarena collusion was corruption – PN

    Collusion between the government and the Gaffarena family was nothing less than a form of “institutionalised corruption”, shadow justice minister Jason Azzopardi said yesterday. He was referring to the Auditor General’s conclusion in a lengthy...