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Update 3 - Abducted Maltese released - thanks Maltese consul in Libya for saving his life

Kidnapped Maltese oil worker Martin Galea was released in Libya this afternoon and arrived back in Malta on a special flight this evening. He thanked all those who worked for his release, particularly the Maltese consul to Tripoli who, he said, had saved his life. Mr Galea was held captive for 11 days and was released to the Maltese consulate in Tripoli...

  • Jobless total down again

    The number of job seekers continued to fall last month, according to National Statistics Office figures published yesterday. Quoting the latest statistics supplied by the Employment and Training Corporation, there were 6,751 people registering to...

  • Expert panel

    Expert panel

    A medieval three-panel altarpiece that recently came to light at the Augustinian Priory in Rabat was yesterday unveiled during a presentation organised by Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar. The NGO has taken on the restoration of this piece of art that...

  • PN deputy leader back

    Beppe Fenech Adami, the Nationalist deputy leader, returned to Malta last night after visiting the UK for medical treatment, the party said. It said in a statement that his treatment will continue both here and abroad in the coming days and weeks,...

  • Band clubs take offence

    The association of band clubs has taken offence to the comparison made by the Local Governance Board when it censured former Żabbar mayor Quinton Scerri for the way he led the council. The board said the way Mr Scerri had led the Żabbar council...

  • Lithuanian Community

    The Lithuanian Community in Malta was yesterday launched at the Qawra Access Centre. The centre’s manager, Martin Chetcuti, said the fact that residents of different nationalities were coming together to participate in initiatives was beneficial...

  • Motive for attempted murder in Msida continues to elude police

    Motive for attempted murder in Msida continues to elude police

    The police still do not know the motive behind the attempt to kill a man as he sat in his car in Msida in April, the lead investigator testified yesterday. Vincent Muscat, also known as Il-Koħħu, was shot three times in the head at about 11.30pm...

  • Relic paraded through Vittoriosa streets

    Relic paraded through Vittoriosa streets

    The reliquary holding St Lawrence’s blood was brought to Malta yesterday from Amaseno in Italy and was carried in procession to the church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa, where a pontifical Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Paul Cremona.

  • Students launch a petition to end exam results saga

    Hundreds of University students yesterday started signing a petition urging the government and their lecturers to stop using them as bargaining tools. “I call upon you to stop the reluctance to move forward with negotiations. “Students are not...

  • Anon returns

    Anon returns

    Actors from Theatre Anon performing during last night’s production of Ir-Ritorn at the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa. Adapted from Homer’s Odyssey, the actors employ their characteristic visual style and various storytelling techniques in a...

  • Parents of truants to face court

    Parents of truants to face court

    Parents who repeatedly ignored child truancy fines would no longer be allowed to avoid criminal proceedings, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo told Times of Malta. Mr Bartolo said parents were openly ignoring penalties but did not face the...

  • Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

    “Legally correct but illogical” is how lawyers described a magistrate’s decision to order the police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. Though the magistrate was observing the law to the letter, it...

  • 5,700 complaints but just 11 cars fail test

    5,700 complaints but just 11 cars fail test

    Just 11 vehicles failed emission tests following complaints filed by the public through an SMS reporting system in the first six months of the year. During the period under review, Transport Malta received 5,734 complaints but the number of cars...

  • Updated: Beppe Fenech Adami back in Malta

    Updated: Beppe Fenech Adami back in Malta

    Updated Friday am Beppe Fenech Adami, the Nationalist Party’s deputy leader, is back in Malta after visiting the UK for medical attention, the Nationalist Party said. It said in a statement he will be continuing his treatment in Malta and abroad...

  • Serious strategy is ‘a must’ to fight obesity

    Serious strategy is ‘a must’ to fight obesity

    A school food policy should be made mandatory as part of a serious strategy to tackle the alarming rate of obesity in Maltese children, according to experts. Times of Malta contacted medical experts and nutritionists following the publication of...

  • Expatriate family appeals to Ombudsman on ARMS bills

    Expatriate family appeals to Ombudsman on ARMS bills

    The Ombudsman has taken up the case of an expatriate family that filed a complaint with his office because they were overcharged on their utility bills. Like some 5,000 expatriates, the members of the MacRae family say they are paying almost...

  • Birdlife gets award 'for commitment to abolish spring hunting'

    Birdlife gets award 'for commitment to abolish spring hunting'

    BirdLife Malta has received an award from the League Against Cruel Sports, "for its exceptional work and commitment to abolishing spring hunting on the Maltese islands". The award follows the League’s trip to the island in April to support...

  • Man charged with seriously injuring girlfriend

    Man charged with seriously injuring girlfriend

    A “nice guy” with a severe alcohol problem has been remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring his girlfriend and slightly injuring her on at least two occasions. Renald Hayman, 32, of Senglea, was charged and sentenced...

  • Drug addict jailed for helping girlfriend steal ring

    Drug addict jailed for helping girlfriend steal ring

    A drug addict who helped his girlfriend steal a ring in September 2010 was today sentenced to six years in jail. Kenneth Borg, 36, from Rabat, waited in his car while Miriam Caruana tried to give two jewellers the impression she was interested in...

  • Updated: Ministry orders inquiry into German children abduction case.

    Updated: Ministry orders inquiry into German children abduction case.

    Judge Philip Sciberras has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into the case of the abducted German children. The children were secretly flown out of Malta two weeks ago by German social workers who pretended to be taking them to be...

  • Motive in Msida shooting still unknown - police inspector

    Motive in Msida shooting still unknown - police inspector

    The police still did not know the motive behind a shooting in Msida last April, Police Inspector Keith Arnaud told the court today. Insp Arnaud was testifying in the compilation of evidence against Jonathan Pace, 31, from Gudja who is charged with...