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  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta and the Malta Independent report that Malta's banks passed the ECB stress tests. In-Nazzjon quotes Simon Busuttil saying yesterday that the PN's aim is wealth...

  • ‘PN must remain in touch with the people’

    ‘PN must remain in touch with the people’

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil yesterday vowed to make a clean break with the party’s past and stay in close touch with the people. “My pledge for the next general election is not to let the party detach itself from the people, as this issue has...

  • Muscat: 58c wage rise not sufficient

    Muscat: 58c wage rise not sufficient

    Joseph Muscat yesterday said a 58c cost-of-living-adjustment was not enough, as he addressed the widespread dissatisfaction with the news at a political activity. The Prime Minister insisted the Budget would include measures to better compensate...

  • BOV, HSBC pass rigorous Europe bank health check

    Malta’s two largest retail banks received a clean bill of health from the European Central Bank yesterday after passing rigorous year-long tests. Bank of Valletta and HSBC Malta had enough high-quality capital to cover their risky assets under...

  • Men arraigned over bird finds

    A 35-year-old man from Qrendi yesterday pleaded not guilty to smuggling 645 protected songbirds from Sicily in a haul valued at over €30,000. Aaron Micallef was granted bail by a court against a personal guarantee of €2,000 and a deposit of...

  • Gozo paedophile wanted in NZ on child rape charge

    Gozo paedophile wanted in NZ on child rape charge

    The British paedophile jailed for child pornography and set to be extradited to the UK over a girl’s sexual assault is also wanted for child rape in New Zealand. New Zealand court documents seen by this newspaper show that 76-year-old Roderick...

  • Unknown firms win €356,000 hub contract

    A €356,000 tender for consultancy services for the establishment of a digital hub in Gozo was awarded to a consortium whose members cannot be identified. Gozo Connect won the contract to determine the technical and financial feasibility for the...

  • ‘Cancer diagnosis was not the end: we chose to smile’

    ‘Cancer diagnosis was not the end: we chose to smile’

    Doriette and Silvana both faced the same choice – to pity themselves or live whatever was left of their lives smiling. And the two breast cancer survivors chose the latter. “When I was given the news I had two options: either cry over my fate or...

  • Teen ‘caught scalp ringworm from bench press’

    The first known Maltese patient to have contracted a certain type of scalp ringworm, which could lead to baldness, probably got it when he lay down on a bench press at a gym, a medical report has revealed. The 16-year-old boy, who has been treated...

  • University’s pot luck with ancient objects

    University’s pot luck with ancient objects

    People can this week take a first peek at the four ancient objects retrieved from the oldest shipwreck in the central Mediterranean. They include a burial urn, an artefact never before found on a sunken Phoenician ship. The discovery of the...

  • Tablets for all at elderly care home

    Elderly people living at St Vincent de Paul Residence will be taught how to use tablet computers so they can enjoy reading e-books, watch their favourite movies and keep in contact with relatives over Skype. The training will be offered for free...

  • Debate on the media

    The debate on whether the media is independent, balanced or even-handed will be tackled in a discussion involving columnists and experts in the field. Amid claims that print journalism is often openly partisan, public-service traditions demand...

  • ‘I’ve learned my rights, the next step is teaching others’

    ‘I’ve learned my rights, the next step is teaching others’

    Mohammed Salif Bah is a young man with a big dream. The migrant from Guinea, who was brought to Malta in 2007 while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, wishes to travel to stable countries in Africa to teach the younger generations their rights...

  • Stopped driver bites skin off officer’s hand

    Stopped driver bites skin off officer’s hand

    A police constable was bitten by a man he had stopped for driving dangerously and had some of the skin of his hand ripped off, the police said yesterday. The incident took place on Saturday at around 7pm, when two policemen patrolling the Tigné...

  • Pride isn’t lost in translation

    Pride isn’t lost in translation

    Maltese translators in Luxembourg are a hardworking, jolly – and loud – bunch. Kristina Chetcuti talks to the pioneer of the department, Javier Valeri Cobo. Up until 10 years ago Javier Valeri Cobo had never been to Malta, had never met a Maltese...

  • Court approves vessel sale

    The First Hall of the Civil Court, presided over by Mr Justice Mark Chetcuti, on October 8, 2014, in the case ‘Dr Ann Fenech in representation of Bank of America N.A. v MV D Ladybug’, the court approved the private sale of the vessel as all...

  • On the dot

    On the dot

    Garbage has been mounting on both sides of Old Bakery Street, right next to the Manoel Theatre and the St Albert the Great College (inset). A restaurant owner who complained was told that a skip in the area was removed because it was being...

  • Bikers with a cause

    Bikers with a cause

    Bikers and cyclists rode through villages in the south yesterday during the President’s Bike Ride held to raise funds for the Malta Community Chest Fund. It started at San Anton Palace and ended at Ta’ Qali.

  • Bending to her will

    Bending to her will

    A young gymnast does wonders with her body as she performs in Tarxien yesterday during an international rhythmic gymnastics competition organised by Club Ritmica. A total of 150 child athletes from 16 countries including Malta took part in the...

  • Three agreements signed with Jordan

    Three agreements signed with Jordan

    Three bilateral agreements with Jordan were today signed by Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella and his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh. The agreements are for cooperation between the ministries of the two countries, the waiver of visas for...