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Updated: One man dies, another critically hurt in separate incidents

Updated: One man dies, another critically hurt in separate incidents

Updated - A 61-year-old man died this afternoon after falling a height of two storeys in Qormi this morning. The police said the accident took place at about 7am in Triq it-Tin, Qormi. The man was carrying out works on the façade of his residence when he fell. He was immediately conveyed to Mater Dei Hospital, where it was established that he was in a...

  • Man rammed friend’s car in fit of rage

    A man rammed his father’s van into a friend’s BMW in a fit of rage after he was denied a lift home following an evening at a night club, a magistrate heard yesterday. Jurgen Schembri, 22, from Pieta`, pleaded guilty to causing more than €2,500...

  • Drug sting was not a breach of men’s rights

    Drug sting was not a breach of men’s rights

    A drug operation organised by the police, in which a five kilo package of cannabis was delivered to catch its recipients, did not amount to entrapment so it did not violate human rights, a court has ruled. Madam Justice Jacqueline Padovani Grima...

  • Hunting starts today

    The hunting of birds on land is permitted between today and January 31 on weekdays and Saturdays from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset. On Sundays and public holidays, hunting is only allowed until 1pm. Between September 15 and...

  • Boy injured in rock dive

    A 17-year-old from Żabbar suffered critical injuries diving off the rocks at St Thomas Bay yesterday afternoon, the police said. People at the scene said the swimmer was unconscious when he was carried out of the water and given first...

  • Transport projects

    The government is calling for proposals of new transport systems, which exclude the use of cars, to link the Grand Harbour with Marsamxett. Projects Malta said yesterday it wanted to provide efficient transport options particularly in traffic...

  • Hotel nights show a fall

    Four and five-star hotels and guesthouses registered declines in total nights spent in June when compared to the same month last year. The biggest share of guest nights was reported in four-star hotels, which accounted for 405,076 nights. This,...

  • Teachers’ union hits at transport plans

    New government proposals to reconsider aspects of the school transport system and open schools an hour earlier to ease traffic congestion were shot down by the Malta Union of Teachers. In a strongly worded statement, the union yesterday called on...

  • Government says Siġġiewi land deal was above board

    Government says Siġġiewi land deal was above board

    The government yesterday denied any illegality in the way public land changed hands in Siġġiewi, saying the procedure followed had been standard practice for more than a decade. However, both the government and the Gozitan family involved in the...

  • Adoption of Bulgarian children at standstill as paperwork rejected

    Adoption of Bulgarian children at standstill as paperwork rejected

    The adoption of children from Bulgaria is at a standstill because of the Maltese authorities’ refusal to acknowledge Bulgarian medical certificates, adoption agencies have complained. The issue has complicated matters for prospective adoptive...

  • ‘Appeal to make it mandatory to provide Hepatitis C tests’

    ‘Appeal to make it mandatory to provide Hepatitis C tests’

    It should be mandatory for signatories of the Hague Adoption Convention to provide medical tests showing children are free from Hepatitis C, according to the Family Minister. Michael Farrugia recently raised the topic with Hague convention...

  • Controlled delivery of drugs is not entrapment, court rules

    Controlled delivery of drugs is not entrapment, court rules

    A controlled delivery of a drug package organised by the police to determine its recipient does not amount to entrapment and therefore does not breach human rights, a court has ruled. Madam Justice Jacqueline Padovani Grima, presiding over the...

  • Man rams friend's BMW after being refused a lift

    Man rams friend's BMW after being refused a lift

    A 22-year-old man this afternoon pleaded guilty to damaging his friend’s BMW after he refused to give him a lift back home from Gianpula. Jurgen Schembri, from Pieta`, admitted to causing more than €2,500 worth of damage to his friend’s car early...

  • Bla Kondixin admits Golden Bay 'skeleton' prank

    Bla Kondixin admits Golden Bay 'skeleton' prank

    The Bla Kondixin group has owned up to having been behind last Saturday's prank at Golden Bay during which a false 'skeleton' was found. The theatre group uploaded a video showing how it planned, carried out and filmed the prank.  

  • French women chase friend to the airport after laptops are stolen

    French women chase friend to the airport after laptops are stolen

    A 22-year-old French student pleaded not guilty today to stealing the laptops belonging to two friends with whom he came to Malta on holiday.  Maxime Tarraso was apprehended at the Malta International Airport with an Apple Macbook Air and an Asus...

  • Hunters told to report illegalities, avoid provocations

    Hunters told to report illegalities, avoid provocations

    The hunters' association Kaccaturi San Umbertu said today that it has has issued a directive calling on its members to be on the lookout for illegalities and to report any incident they might witness to the police on telephone number 119. Hunters...

  • Swimmer suffers head injury

    Swimmer suffers head injury

    A 17-year-old man from Zabbar man was hospitalised after suffering a head injury while diving off the rocks at St Thomas Bay. The police said his condition is critical. The incident happened early this afternoon. People on the scene said the man...

  • October date for Paqpaqli għall-Istrina

    October date for Paqpaqli għall-Istrina

    A McLaren P1, a Porsche 918 Spider, La Ferrari and a Koenigsegg will be among the attractions at this year's edition of Paqpaqli għall-Istrina, the annual car show in aid of the Community Chest Fund. This year's edition of the show was launched...

  • Bus company seeking unions' backing for changes to improve efficiency

    Bus company seeking unions' backing for changes to improve efficiency

    Malta Public Transport is seeking the backing of trade unions for proposals which will make its workforce more flexible, in a bid to improve the service. Despite expanding its fleet of buses MPT is still having problems servicing certain routes.

  • Tourist arrivals up in June, but five and four-star hotels see drops

    Tourist arrivals up in June, but five and four-star hotels see drops

    Five and four-star hotels saw a decrease in guests in June compared to the same month last year, but there were increases in lower category hotels, official figures issued today show. The National Statistics Office said guests in five star hotels...

  • 13,300 low income families to receive supplementary benefit this week

    13,300 low income families to receive supplementary benefit this week

    More than 13,300 low income families will this Saturday receive a supplementary benefit for every child. The allowance, announced last year, will be granted on September 5 to families earning less than €10,830. Social Policy Minister...