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  • MUBE: HSBC proposals fall short

    MUBE: HSBC proposals fall short

    Proposals made by HSBC aimed at ending an industrial dispute fall short, the Malta Union of Bank Employees (MUBE) said this morning. The union and the bank have been locked in a dispute over a collective agreement, with the union holding a strike...

  • Refalo says he acted correctly over ‘scam’

    Refalo says he acted correctly over ‘scam’

    Gozo Minister Anton Refalo is insisting he acted correctly when he referred a contractor to the civil service structures that dealt with potential whistleblowers. Dr Refalo had been told of allegations by Gozitan contractor Joe Cauchi about a...

  • Updated: Message warns of armed vessels south of Malta

    A security message has been issued by the Maltese maritime authorities warning mariners of dangerous “armed vessels” roaming south of the island. The message – not intended to alarm sailors and fishermen but to increase vigilance – was issued by...

  • Young teen among migrants in morgue

    Young teen among migrants in morgue

    The lifeless body of a teenager, not older than 14, is among the 24 migrant corpses lying in the morgue after nearly 800 people died off the coast of Libya. Hospital sources said the average age of the dead migrants brought to Malta was just...

  • Blunder turned rescue into tragedy

    Blunder turned rescue into tragedy

    A bungled manoeuvre by the man at the wheel of a people-smuggling trawler sealed the fate of 850 desperate migrants crammed inside, survivors of the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea have said. A merchant ship with a crew experienced at...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta says a young teen is among the migrants at the Mater Dei Hospital morgue after Saturday night's drowning. 24 bodies were brought to Malta on Monday. The Malta...

  • Young teen among migrants in morgue

    Young teen among migrants in morgue

    The lifeless body of a teenager is among the 24 migrant corpses lying in the morgue after nearly 800 people died off the coast of Libya on Sunday in the latest catastrophic shipwreck. The young boy appeared to be no older than 14, and was from...

  • EC migration plan is the same old same old, say Malta NGOs

    EC migration plan is the same old same old, say Malta NGOs

    NGOs are unimpressed with the European Commission’s 10-point plan to tackle the migration crisis, claiming “it offers nothing new” to help save lives. The plan was revealed by European Commission vice president Federica Mogherini during an...

  • Message warns of armed vessels to south of Malta

    Message warns of armed vessels to south of Malta

    A security message has been issued by the Maltese maritime authorities warning mariners of dangerous “armed vessels” roaming south of the island. The message – not intended to alarm sailors but to increase vigilance – was issued by the Transport...

  • ‘Some live and some die...’

    An air of resignation hangs over the residents of the Marsa open centre in the wake of the latest sea tragedy that claimed the lives of 800 migrants. Unaware of the news, a Ghanaian man buries his head in disbelief when I tell him how many have...

  • Refalo says he acted correctly over ‘scam’

    Gozo Minister Anton Refalo is insisting he acted correctly when referring a contractor to the civil service structures that dealt with potential whistleblowers. In his first comments to Times of Malta, which has been chasing replies since the...

  • Wild animals kept in inadequate cages at zoo, court is told

    Wild animals kept in inadequate cages at zoo, court is told

    Lions, tigers and other big cats at the Montekristo Animal Park are still kept in inadequately sized enclosures two years after construction magnate Charles Polidano, known as iċ-Ċaqnu, was served with a first written warning, a court...

  • Abusive father ordered to pay daughter €83,000

    A father who neglected his daughter and subjected her to psychological cruelty and neglect was yesterday ordered to pay her almost €83,000 in damages. In a suit for damages in 2008, Nicola Portelli said her father, Michael Angelo Cordina, had...

  • Owner’s bid to sanction petrol station illegalities

    Owner’s bid to sanction petrol station illegalities

    An application has been filed to sanction illegalities at a fuel station complex in Qormi to which Mepa gave a controversial three-year “temporary clearance” after the last election, Times of Malta is informed. The owner of J. Gaffarena Service...

  • ‘I want him to sing at my funeral’ said tenor who discovered Joseph Calleja

    ‘I want him to sing at my funeral’ said tenor who discovered Joseph Calleja

    Tenor Paul Asciak, the man who discovered the talent of the internationally renowned Joseph Calleja, died yesterday at age 92. His dying wish, his wife told Times of Malta, was for Calleja to sing at his funeral, to be held at his favourite...

  • EPP group joins call for shared response

    EPP group joins call for shared response

    The willingness of the two main groups in the European Parliament to enforce burden sharing may finally provide a solution to frontline countries dealing with the surge of migration flows in the Mediterranean. However, everything hinges on...

  • Commissioner to attend funeral

    Commissioner to attend funeral

    European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos will be in Malta this evening and is expected to attend tomorrow’s funeral service for 24 migrants involved in the tragedy off Libya. The visit comes in the wake of a diplomatic drive by Malta...

  • Suspended two years for false licence

    A 32-year-old Malian was given a 13-month jail term suspended for two years for making use of a false Italian driving licence in Malta. Yusuf Traore, a failed asylum seeker who lives in Mosta, admitted making use of the false document, making a...

  • Tree hit by trailer then falls on car

    A tree fell on a car after being hit by a trailer at Pietà yesterday but the driver was unhurt. The incident occurred at about 5.40pm. The car was seriously damaged but the woman driving it, a 35-year-old Żejtun woman, escaped unscathed. The...

  • Archbishop in Rome

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna is in Rome to teach a course on disciplinary procedures under Church law at the Pontificia Universita’ Gregoriana. He will also attend a regular meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He will be back...