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President visits morgue in solidarity with migrant victims

President visits morgue in solidarity with migrant victims

The bouquets being sent to Mater Dei Hospital in memory of the migrants who  lost their loves, shows Malta has a “compassionate soul” which outweighs those with racist sentiments, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said this morning. She was speaking at the hospital mortuary where 24 of the hundreds of migrants who lost their lives last week are being...

  • PN braces for council elections 'surprises'

    PN braces for council elections 'surprises'

    The PN is bracing itself for what party insiders fear could be some nasty surprises in the local council elections following a high turnout, as vote counting gets under way tomorrow. The Nationalist Party’s declared target was to narrow the gap to...

  • PM: we are getting too used to deaths

    PM: we are getting too used to deaths

    The images of dead migrant children washing ashore in Libya captured the tragic loss of life which many Maltese are becoming “worryingly used to”, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. “We are getting too used to this, as if it’s normal for 400...

  • Smugglers’ strategy

    Smugglers’ strategy

    Sources in Libya have told Times of Malta smugglers were likely towing empty dinghies to sea and then transferring large groups of migrants into these flimsy vessels from larger boats. “The dinghies they are using are absolutely worthless, they’re...

  • Turnout may work against PN in election

    The PN is bracing itself for what party insiders fear could be some nasty surprises in the local council elections following a high turnout, as vote counting gets under way tomorrow. The Nationalist Party’s declared target is to narrow the gap...

  • Teenaged bike rider denies injuring elderly pedestrian

    A Mosta teenager yesterday denied seriously injuring an elderly pedestrian who was crossing the road when he hit him with his motorised bike. Police Inspector Pricilla Caruana told Magistrate Antonio Vella that Ezekiel Xuereb, 19, ran over Oscar...

  • Locked-out pitkala plan to challenge legal notice

    Locked-out pitkala plan to challenge legal notice

    The majority of the middlemen (pitkala) at the Ta’ Qali fruit and vegetable market are planning to step up the legal challenge against regulations forcing them to pay 10 per cent of their turnover to renew their licences. The money will then be...

  • Crash driver was over drink-drive limit

    Crash driver was over drink-drive limit

    The driver of the car involved in a fatal accident that claimed the life of a young law student early on New Year’s Day in Gozo had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, a court heard yesterday. Court expert Michael Refalo, appointed to take...

  • Former port workers eye pension deal

    Former port workers eye pension deal

    For the past 15 years, Joseph Caruana, 79, has been fighting to receive a gratuity from a pension fund he contributed to when he was a port worker and is glad he may finally reap the benefits of his efforts. The General Workers’ Union yesterday...

  • Man stabbed in Sliema

    A robber armed with a knife targeted three people late on Wednesday night and injured two of them, although he twice encountered resistance. The first mugging took place in Graham Street, Sliema, at around 8pm, when a couple heard someone knocking...

  • ‘Most hunters’ could identify a cuckoo

    ‘Most hunters’ could identify a cuckoo

    A responsible hunter would not have made the “mistake” of illegally shooting a protected cuckoo and would not have fired unless he was certain he had correctly identified the bird, according to a representative of the hunting community. “On...

  • Lapwing shooting is the second illegality in as many days

    Lapwing shooting is the second illegality in as many days

    The second recorded hunting illegality in as many days occurred yesterday when a lapwing was shot in Bengħajsa, Birżebbuġa, leading to the hunter being sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and his shotgun confiscated. Shaun Demicoli, 37, of...

  • PM: wait for pattern

    The spring hunting season would be suspended after a pattern of illegalities and not at the first reports, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday. Dr Muscat told Times of Malta he was not averse to closing the season and had done so in the...

  • Former hospital to house elderly

    Former hospital to house elderly

    The closed Isolation Hospital in Mtarfa has been earmarked for a home for the elderly to be run by the private sector. The government-owned property is one of four that form part of a project aimed at getting the private sector to restore the...

  • Great Siege events for exploration of history

    A series of events marking the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta kicks off next month, allowing the public to explore the life and times of key figures and moments from the historic event. The Great Siege started in May 1565, when the...

  • Sharp fall in number of births over last 20 years

    Sharp fall in number of births over last 20 years

    Twenty years ago there were 82,000 children under 15 in Malta – and now there are just 61,000. This sharp drop in the number of births emerged from statistics just issued by Eurostat comparing child populations among EU member states. Malta’s...

  • Half of work-related deaths in construction

    Half of work-related deaths in construction

    Recent statistics show that the seven foreign nationals who died as a result of work-related accidents between 2007 and 2014 all worked in construction, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Authority. The authority noted that, according...

  • Jailed for assaulting bus driver

    A man was yesterday sentenced to 21 months in jail for assaulting a bus driver. Mark Lawrence Rizzo, 50, from Fgura, was convicted of assaulting John Abdilla in Paola on November 19, 2011 while he was driving his Ford Escort. The car and bus...

  • A rainbow zebra crossing for Gozo

    A rainbow zebra crossing for Gozo

    A zebra crossing on Triq Fortunato Mizzi in Victoria was given a facelift yesterday and painted in the rainbow colours to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This is the second such crossing to have been created,...

  • Here comes the summer sun. . .

    Here comes the summer sun. . .

    Where did spring go? Summer beckoned for this tourist, who made the most of the warm weather and lapped up the sun at Golden Bay as the temperatures this week soared to summer levels.

  • Correction

    Times of Malta yesterday mistakenly used a photo of former Fgura mayor Anthony DeGiovanni to accompany a story titled ‘Claim of bad blood is rejected, worker paid’. The photo should have been of Industrial Tribunal chairman Antoine DeGiovanni. We...