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  • Ex-Enemalta head in court over fines paid with company card

    Ex-Enemalta head in court over fines paid with company card

    Though it is not known who was driving two Enemalta cars when 14 traffic contraventions were committed, the police decided to prosecute former chairman Alex Tranter as company funds were used to settle the fines. Police Inspector Ian Abdilla said...

  • ‘Minister ordered casino committee to be dissolved’

    ‘Minister ordered casino committee to be dissolved’

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona ordered the dissolution of the Privatisation Unit’s technical committee halfway through the evaluation of two bids for a 10-year casino licence concession. This was revealed in court yesterday by Privatisation Unit...

  • Police still to contact father over abduction bid

    Police still to contact father over abduction bid

    The police are yet to contact the German man whose three-year-old son was almost abducted on Saturday when his Maltese partner was assaulted with a stun gun. Last year, the child had been abducted by his German mother – Petra Nemet – who is...

  • Wine firm ‘not hurt by Isis brand name’

    Wine firm ‘not hurt by Isis brand name’

    The ringing sound of the name of the Egyptian and Phoenician goddess Isis meant several companies worldwide adopted it as their name. However, when, earlier this year, the Islamic State group, formerly part of al-Qaeda, gained prominence as a...

  • Mafia boss’s laptop analysed by experts

    Mafia boss’s laptop analysed by experts

    Court experts are analysing a laptop computer found when Mafia boss Sebastiano Brunno was arrested last month to see whether it was used for any crime while in Malta, a magistrate was told yesterday. Defence lawyer Roberto Montalto said the...

  • Union chief awarded €2,000 libel damages

    General Workers’ Union chief, Tony Zarb, has won €2,000 in libel damages after being called a fascist. The term, which the court deemed defamatory, libellous, false and aimed at tarnishing Mr Zarb’s reputation, was used by the former director...

  • Research spending up 166% in a decade

    Spending on research and development in Malta has gone up from €24 million a decade ago to €64 million last year, according to data published yesterday by the EU’s statistics office. However, Malta still ranks among the 10 lowest EU member states...

  • Malta worst affected by shortages of medicines

    Malta worst affected by shortages of medicines

    Malta tops the list as the country which is affected the most by medicine shortages on a daily basis, according to the largest pan-European survey on medicine supply shortages. According to the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP),...

  • Minister Dalli must shoulder political responsibility – PN

    Minister Dalli must shoulder political responsibility – PN

    Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli stuck to her guns as the Opposition insisted she should shoulder political responsibility for illegal works on her Żejtun farmhouse. She was reacting to a report in Times of Malta that the farmhouse, which...

  • Race track promoters eye both Siġġiewi and Ħal Far

    Race track promoters eye both Siġġiewi and Ħal Far

    Motorsport promoters are eyeing two sites for the construction of a race track complex that would include a hotel and leisure facilities. Charles Bellia and Frans Deguara, through their company, ICSKA, are proposing the circuit at the old airfield...

  • R&D spending in Malta up to €64 million

    Spending on research and development in Malta has gone up from €24 million a decade ago to €64 million last year, according to data published yesterday by the EU’s statistics office. However, Malta still ranks among the 10 EU member states with...

  • Two deny language school theft attempt

    A Libyan and a Tunisian were yesterday remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to trying to steal items from a language school in St Julian’s on Saturday evening. The accused are Libyan national Salem Ali Elaidy, 23, from Birżebbuġa, who is...

  • Man admits police assault

    A 21-year-old man yesterday admitted to assaulting the police as he was being arrested on Saturday night but insisted he was not in possession of cocaine. The incident happened when Emerson Camilleri, from Msida, was being arrested in St George’s...

  • Sick note for one day off school proposal ditched

    Sick note for one day off school proposal ditched

    A proposal to make school­children produce a medical certificate if they miss class even for one day has been scrapped, according to a new truancy policy announced last week. However, parents will have to write to the head of school to justify the...

  • ‘Police must reveal abuse claim procedures’

    Internal police procedures on how to handle child abuse allegations should be made public to allow both victims and suspects to verify the guidelines are adhered to, according to Victim Support Malta director Roberta Lepre. The police failed to...

  • ‘Research should make contribution to society’

    ‘Research should make contribution to society’

    Research should not stand alone but should also make a contribution to society, according to a new university graduate. Kenneth Chircop, who read for a doctor of philosophy in engineering, spoke about the importance of the university working...

  • Men victims of violence in the home too, say ads

    The message that domestic violence is not limited to women will be carried on bus stops in a campaign that starts today. Five posters will portray the realities of domestic violence perpetrated within different types of relationships. They feature...

  • Film festival under way

    The 12th edition of the European Film Festival 2014 organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta was launched with the screening of the Italian movie Il Primo Incarico. The event, held at the Westin Dragonara Resort, was attended...

  • Aquaculture worth €98m

    The aquaculture industry’s gross output last year increased by €0.5 million over 2012 to reach €98.1 million. Meanwhile, however, its gross value added was down by 34.1 per cent from €12.6 million to €8.3 million, according to data issued by the...

  • Ensemble is first of kind

    Established musicians and choristers have come together under the leadership of Maestro Michael Laus and formed the Goldberg Ensemble Malta – the first of its kind on the island. The innovative idea is to have a fixed group of professional...