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  • Occupational Safety and Health Awards launched

    The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, in collaboration with the Malta Occupational Health and Safety Authority, is organising the 12th European Good Practice Awards in Occupational Safety and Health. The aim is to make employers and...

  • Increase in cash rebates to filmmakers announced

    The Maltese Government has announced a substantial increase in the cash rebates to filmmakers who will now have the opportunity to benefit from a 25 per cent cash rebate with an additional two per cent if they feature Maltese cultural...

  • Education Minister seeks Data Protection Commissioner's advice on legal notice

    The Education Minister has written to the Data Protection Commissioner seeking advice on concern expressed on a legal notice on data concerning persons in educational institutions. The regulations enable the minister to collect data relating to...

  • Update 2: Air Malta goes retro

    Air Malta this afternoon surprised the islands with an aircraft freshly painted with the airline's first ever livery as it kick-started its 40th anniversary celebrations. Aircraft 9H-AEI operated flight KM40 and landed in Malta from Ostrava in the...

  • Liturgical easter celebrations

    Archbishop Paul Cremona will lead liturgical celebrations at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta this weekend while auxiliary bishop Charles J. Scicluna will lead the celebrations at the Mdina Cathedral. The Maundy Thursday celebrations at St John’s...

  • New Data Protection Commissioner appointed

    Saviour Cachia has been appointed Information and Data Protection Commissioner. Mr Cachia joined the civil service in 1976 and in 1998 led an inter-ministerial working group for the revision and evaluation of a bill on information...

  • Opposition calls for reinstatement of former Mount Carmel CEO

    Opposition spokesman for health Claudio Grech this morning criticised the decision to terminate the job of former Mount Carmel CEO Dolores Gauci, saying that this was a mistake. He urged the government to reconsider its position and said it was a...

  • Two thirds of businesses against restrictions in opening hours

    Two thirds of business owners do not agree with the current restrictions on opening hours, a survey conducted by the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, GRTU, has found. The survey was submitted to Economy Minister Chris Cardona as part of...

  • HCIP annual inflation rate same as last year

    The annual rate of inflation last month as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 1.4 per cent. The National Statistics Office said this was the same as the annual rate a year earlier. The main upward impacts were brought...

  • ‘Halt development near Ta’ Ħaġrat’

    Environment groups Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar and Ramblers have called on the authorities to halt the development of a villa close to the Unesco-protected Ta’ Ħaġrat temples in Mġarr. The organisations said Malta’s rich built heritage was under...

  • Agreement to discuss issues reached between MUMN, health authorities

    Agreement has been reached between the Health Division and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses that long standing disputes at Gozo General, Mater Dei and Boffa hospitals should be discussed. The union said that, as a result, it was calling off...

  • Deposits with resident monetary financial institutions

    Deposits belonging to residents of Malta and held with resident monetary financial institutions (MFI) expanded by €220.6 million, or 2.3 per cent, the Central Bank said. Consequently, the annual growth rate rose to 10.1 per cent, from 8.8 per cent...

  • Libyan students protest outside Ta' Giorni Institute

    Some 30 students of the Libyan Institute at Ta’ Giorni are holding a peaceful protest outside the institute this morning because they were not granted an extension to continue their studies. The students said they took a six-month study course at...

  • Parishioners ignore Curia on procession

    Mġarr parishioners yesterday defied the orders of the Curia and their new parish priest to go ahead with a procession that included five statues and countless actors. According to a ruling handed down by the Curia on March 28, the procession could...

  • Soprano sings for breast cancer aid

    Breast cancer kills and only research can prevent it. With this in mind, two organisations working to beat breast cancer have joined forces to organise a concert to bring in funds to help raise more awareness and conduct research on the...

  • Unemployed running after ‘phantom jobs’

    Almost half of those on the unemployment register are seeking jobs that do not exist, according to the head of the government’s employment agency. As a result, hundreds are “stuck” on the unemployment register. Employment and Training Corporation...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta quotes Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying that the decriminalisation of minor drug-related offences is next on the list following the introduction of...

  • ‘No jail for first-time minor drug offenders’

    The decriminalisation of minor drug-related offences is next on the list following the introduction of civil unions, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday. Addressing a news conference at the party headquarters in Ħamrun a day after the...

  • Sant’Antnin updates cost €6m more than planned

    The improvement to the Sant’ Antnin recycling plant cost €6 million more than projected, according to a scathing report by the Auditor General on Wasteserv’s adherence to procurement policies. Work on the Sant’Antnin plant cost 23 per cent more...

  • You’re nicked! Prolific razor blade thief gets two years’ jail

    A not-so-sharp razor blade thief was again sentenced to jail yesterday. Paul Gauci Borda, 21, of Gżira pleaded guilty to stealing razor blades and shaving foam from shops in Msida and Birkirkara and perfumes, cigarettes, key chains and purses from...

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