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  • Deadline looming at Crafts Village

    Deadline looming at Crafts Village

    By the end of next month, Ta’ Qali’s 62 Crafts Village tenants have to decide whether to sign a 65-year government lease as part of a €9 million embellishment project, or else vacate the place. An Economy Ministry spokesman confirmed the project...

  • Alive launches fundraiser

    Alive launches fundraiser

    Maltese researchers have received a boost in their efforts to treat cancer in children thanks to a fundraising cycling challenge taking place in July. Cancer affects 10 children in Malta every year, according to consultant paediatric oncologist,...

  • Jailed over near-fatal dose of heroin to friend

    A man has been jailed for three years and fined €5,000 after he was convicted of supplying and administering a dose of heroin that nearly claimed the life of a first-time user. Louis Mallia, 47, was found guilty of giving heroin to his childhood...

  • Minister says affair claims are ‘false and damaging’

    Minister says affair claims are ‘false and damaging’

    Health and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi yesterday described as “false, outrageous and damaging” a blogger’s claims that he was having an affair with his public relations officer. He said his marriage with his wife, Sai Mizzi Liang, was “strong”,...

  • Police to investigate smart card ‘abuse’

    Police to investigate smart card ‘abuse’

    The police are to be asked to investigate alleged cases of abuse in the defunct smart card system, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said yesterday. The decision follows the findings of an inquiry ordered recently by his ministry in the wake of a...

  • Gun auction stopped over ‘discrimination’

    Gun auction stopped over ‘discrimination’

    A judge yesterday halted an auction of police weapons, vehicles and speedboats as the result of a claim that a rule preventing public officers from taking part was discriminatory. Mr Justice Joseph Zammit McKeon temporarily upheld an application...

  • Judges struggling over absence of drug treatment for teenagers

    Judges struggling over absence of drug treatment for teenagers

    The judiciary has a problem sentencing teen drug users as they often end up at Mount Carmel Hospital in the absence of an appropriate facility, a spokeswoman from the Social Solidarity Ministry has admitted. She cited Madam Justice Edwina Grima...

  • Grandad loses libel case over ‘abduction’

    A court yesterday dismissed a libel suit filed by a grand­father against his daughter-in-law, ruling that no action for damages could be upheld over words said in the course of a separation case. The woman was sued because she alleged the...

  • ‘Take right decision on Dalli house’

    The Nationalist Party has called on the planning authority to take the “right decision” today on the application to sanction illegal works carried out at a Żejtun farmhouse in an outside development zone by the husband of Equal Opportunities’...

  • Father bereft after wife takes his baby son away

    Father bereft after wife takes his baby son away

    A 30-year-old Polish man has not seen his son for a month after his Sicilian partner left the island with their child without telling him. Two weeks ago, Adam Kazberuk filed an application under the Hague Convention, asking to be reunited with his...

  • ‘I am terrified whenever there are bombardments’

    ‘I am terrified whenever there are bombardments’

    The greatest fear of Benghazi Bishop Sylvester Magro, who has been faithfully serving in Libya throughout the escalating unrest, is that of being caught in the midst of a sudden bomb or missile attack. Speaking from the safety of Malta, where he...

  • HSBC 2014 profits €52 million, down 42%

    HSBC 2014 profits €52 million, down 42%

    HSBC Bank Malta registered a profit before tax of €52 million for the year ending December 31, 2014, a decline of €38 million, or 42 per cent from the previous year. Most of the decline was due to a €19m increase in loan impairment charges, up to...

  • Union and employers kick the media out of meeting

    Journalists invited by the government to cover a meeting of the Malta Council of Economic and Social Development were yesterday asked to leave following objections from two of the social partners. The Malta Employers Association was due to give a...

  • 87 joining the AFM

    The barracks of the Armed Forces of Malta at Luqa yesterday opened its gates to 87 young men and women aspiring to become soldiers The four-month recruitment programme had attracted more than 900 applications. The candidates underwent an extensive...

  • ‘Greece extension is sign Malta was right’

    ‘Greece extension is sign Malta was right’

    The Greek government’s request for an extension of its bailout agreement showed Malta had taken the right position on the matter and that its commitment had safeguarded its loan to that country, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told Parliament...

  • Rise in 2014 surgeries

    The number of surgical interventions carried out in 2014 rose significantly over 2012, the last year of the Nationalist administration, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne told Parliament last night. Answering a PQ by Opposition MP...

  • Kordin’s grain store contaminants ‘extremely limited’

    Monitoring equipment installed at the Kordin Grain Terminal showed that contamination levels were extremely limited, Mepa official Michael Sant told the House Environment and Planning Development Committee yesterday. He said they reached levels of...

  • Joseph Casapinta exhibition at Palace

    Joseph Casapinta exhibition at Palace

    An exhibition of watercolours by Joseph Casapinta will be held at the Palace in Valletta between March 10 and 15 in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. The exhibition will open between 9.30am and 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and between 9.30am...

  • Schools population falling

    The number of students in state schools, from kindergarten to Form 5 has dropped from 35,792 in 2008 to 30,732 in 2014. The information was given by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo in reply to a parliamentary question by opposition MP George...

  • 795 thefts in Sliema last year

    734 thefts were reported in Sliema in 2013 and 795 last year, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici (PN) in reply to a parliamentary question.