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  • Salesman ‘bit officer’ after binge drinking

    A salesman who consumed an entire bottle of Sambuca attacked police officers who tried to help him as he was too drunk to walk on his own, the court heard yesterday. Joseph Balzan, 25, from Siġġiewi was charged with being drunk in public,...

  • Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism businesses are highly optimistic

    Tourism operators appear highly optimistic that things will keep improving even in 2015, after another record in arrivals this year. According to the results of a Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association survey, by the end of September, all main...

  • Six books each for every pupil

    Six books each for every pupil

    More than 10,000 books specifically appealing to young children will be distributed to primary schools so each classroom would have at least six for every student. A literacy programme themed Aqra Kemm Tiflaħ (read as much as you can) was launched...

  • Rape suspect escapes from police station

    Rape suspect escapes from police station

    A 32-year-old rape suspect (right) escaped from St Julian’s police station last night. The man was arrested on Sunday night, at about 3.15am, in St George’s Road, St Julian’s, when officers of the rapid intervention unit heard a woman scream, the...

  • Jaw smashed during fight

    A Bulgarian man was yesterday charged with smashing a man’s jawbone during a fight in Marsascala on Sunday morning. Yuliyan Borislavov Toskov, 39, who lives in Marsascala, pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring Velichko Asenov Dimov in Pjazza...

  • Charity cash

    A group of 300 promising footballers from 16 nurseries helped raise €15,000 for this year’s l-Istrina during Eurosport’s Football Nursery Fun Event. Around €1,500 was raised, which was topped up by €10,000 from Eurosport and other donations. “Such...

  • Government looking at foreign-bank borrowing

    Government looking at foreign-bank borrowing

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told Parliament yesterday the government was working on new legislation to allow it to borrow from foreign markets. Introducing a Bill to amend the Local Loans (Registered Stock and Securities) Ordinance, he said...

  • New year will see new VAT rules

    Introducing the second reading of a Bill amending the VAT Act, Prof. Scicluna said new VAT rules specifically affecting the gaming industry would be introduced on January 1. The rules would cover services provided electronically to non-business...

  • Publish all energy deals, says de Marco

    All energy agreements signed by the government should be published and not only the one sealed last week with a Chinese State-owned company, PN deputy leader Mario de Marco said yesterday. His call was made ahead of tomorrow’s parliamentary debate...

  • Opposition thinks Bill is needed

    Shadow finance minister Tonio Fenech said the Bill was important as it continued to build on the framework the EU felt was needed to respond to any potential future crisis. The Opposition would support the Bill. All countries needed the tools with...

  • Rape suspect escapes police custody

    Rape suspect escapes police custody

    A man from Guinea who was under arrest for alleged rape has escaped police custody. The police said that the man Seykou Ballde, 32, escaped from St. Julians police station. The man was being questioned for allegedly raping Maltese woman who was...

  • Gozo Channel told workers to resign after theft from cafeterias, but did not recover the funds

    Gozo Channel told workers to resign after theft from cafeterias, but did not recover the funds

    Gozo Channel never managed to recoup money stolen from the cafeterias of its ferries, despite guilty pleas in court by almost all of those involved. The Auditor-General in a report to Parliament today said that notwithstanding that in July 2012...

  • Informal talks on Selmun hotel development

    Informal talks on Selmun hotel development

    Informal talks are being held between Air Malta and Mepa on possible development of the Selmun Palace Hotel, which has been closed for some three years. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in reply to a question in parliament by Censu Galea that no...

  • Drug addict breaks into 24 cars in one day

    Drug addict breaks into 24 cars in one day

    A man who has been addicted to drugs since he was 13 years old this afternoon admitted in court to breaking into 24 cars and stealing from 11 of them on December 8. Christopher Borg, 35, from Siggiewi, pleaded guilty to breaking into the cars...

  • Minister discusses police training with new commissioner

    Minister discusses police training with new commissioner

    New Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said today that he has had a meeting with the new Police Commissioner during which they agreed that the members of the police force should have more regular training - both practical and theoretical -...

  • 13 reinstated policemen were over 56 years old

    13 reinstated policemen were over 56 years old

    72 policemen have been reinstated since the general election, data given in parliament today shows. Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela, replying to a question by Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi, said 17 were under 44 years old, 45 were between 45...

  • Motorcylist crashes into van

    A motorcyclist was grievously injured this afternoon when his motorcycle crashed into a van on the Birkirkara Bypass. The accident happened at about 4 p.m. People on the scene said the motorcycle, a Bulgarian man, had crashed into a Ford Transit,...

  • Bulgarian smashed man’s jawbone, court hears

    A Bulgarian man was today remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to smashing a man’s jawbone during a fight in Marsascala yesterday morning. Yuliyan Borislavov Toskov, 39, who lives in Marsascala, pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring...

  • Salesman accused of slightly injuring policeman while drunk

    A Siggiewi salesman was granted bail this afternoon after he denied slightly injuring a policeman during a disturbance in Paceville. The 25-year-old man, Joseph Balzan told the court he drank an entire bottle of Sambuca on Friday night. He was so...

  • BirdLife fumes as government proposes amnesty for possession of stuffed birds

    BirdLife fumes as government proposes amnesty for possession of stuffed birds

    The government is proposing an amnesty for those who register illegally stuffed protected birds, BirdLife said today. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Birdlife executive director Steve Micklewright said the proposal was absurd and...