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  • Phone is banned at meeting

    Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin general secretary Josef Vella yesterday condemned the fact he was asked for his mobile phone before a meeting at the Home Affairs Ministry. He refused and the meeting was not held. He said he had never come across such...

  • Farm waste clogs plant so 80% of sewage going in sea

    Farm waste clogs plant so 80% of sewage going in sea

    Eighty per cent of Malta’s sewage is being discharged directly into the sea as the largest wastewater treatment plant on the island is under maintenance, according to the Water Services Corporation. A corporation spokesman blamed the dumping of...

  • MIA has first Maltese CEO as profits rise

    MIA has first Maltese CEO as profits rise

    Alan Borg is Malta International Airport’s first Maltese chief executive since the company was privatised in 2002. Mr Borg was appointed by the board of directors on Tuesday night in a meeting which also approved the financial statements for 2014.

  • ‘Easygas repainted and refilled bottles’

    Gas provider Liquigas Malta yesterday filed a judicial protest claiming its competitor, Easygas, had violated property rights and breached safety regulations. The company said it had filed the protest after it noted how its green and yellow...

  • Celebrating the bells

    Celebrating the bells

    The Mellieħa sacristan is calling on young people to help out with maintenance work in churches as his parish gears up for the 90th anniversary of the baptism of its bells. Dedicated to Marija Bambina, the parish will next month mark the day, just...

  • €100,000 fund for artists is unveiled

    Culture Minister Owen Bonnici yesterday announced a new €100,000 fund for artists to create programmes within their local communities. “At a time when so much cultural initiative stems from local communities, we felt the need to invest in their...

  • Discoveries set back Coast Road project

    Discoveries set back Coast Road project

    The massive Coast Road rebuilding project may only be finished after the summer due to the important archeological findings made recently along its stretch. Expected to cost around €53 million, the mainly EU-funded project was originally planned...

  • ‘Bare minimum’ evidence in Pender contract case – court

    ‘Bare minimum’ evidence in Pender contract case – court

    A magistrate yesterday found enough evidence for a case to proceed against two men charged with trading in influence over an €18.5 million Pender Gardens project although he observed that the prosecution had brought the “bare minimum” in terms of...

  • Nurse union angry over ministry’s use of codes

    The nurses’ union lashed out at the government for using codes instead of names when consultants were mentioned in Parliament on Monday. This was “not right”, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said adding Chris Fearne was not acting as a...

  • ‘Malta at one with EU in fighting terrorism’

    ‘Malta at one with EU in fighting terrorism’

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici told Parliament yesterday that Malta was united with the rest of the European Union in the fight against terrorism. Introducing the second reading of a Bill to amend the Criminal Code, he said the Bill was timely in...

  • Fenech Adami: Help Maltese who lost everything in Libya

    Fenech Adami: Help Maltese who lost everything in Libya

    PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami yesterday made an impassioned plea to the government to actively help the Maltese investors facing dire straits because of the situation in Libya. Speaking during the debate on the Criminal Code (Amendment)...

  • PN wants to see deleted clauses in Henley deal

    Without knowing what parts of the Henley & Partners contracts the government blacked out, the House Public Accounts Committee was being hindered in its efforts to examine their value for money, Opposition MP Claudio Grech said yesterday. There was...

  • Nursing shortages due to course closure

    Current nursing shortages are the result of the previous administration’s decision to close down the university’s nursing course seven years ago, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said this evening. Replying to Parliamentary...

  • Long-term patients at Mater Dei, Karen Grech hospitals

    There were 106 long-term patients at Mater Dei Hospital and 109 at Karen Grech Hospital waiting to be transferred to other facilities in October last year, Health Minister Konrad Mizzi told Opposition MP Claudio Grech in reply to parliamentary...

  • Organic farming legislation in pipeline

    A process to enhance and consolidate control systems in organic farming has been embarked upon by the Agriculture Department in a new bid to encourage organic farming. The process will be through a legal framework that will help to cut down on the...

  • Union head asked not to take mobile phone for meeting with minister

    Union head asked not to take mobile phone for meeting with minister

    A meeting between Union Haddiema Maghqudin general secretary Josef Vella and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela was cancelled this morning after the former refused to obey orders not to take his mobile phone in with him. In a statement this...

  • Case against men charged with trading in influence can proceed, court rules

    Case against men charged with trading in influence can proceed, court rules

    A case against two men charged with trading in influence over an €18.5 million Pender Gardens project can proceed, a magistrate ruled today as he observed that the prosecution had brought the “bare minimum” in terms of proof. Magistrate Aaron...

  • Former minister makes unconditional apology for undeclared Swiss account

    Former minister makes unconditional apology for undeclared Swiss account

    Former Minister Michael Falzon this afternoon unconditionally apologised for holding an undeclared Swiss account. He referred to a statement he made on Saturday in which he explained how prior to 1987, he was involved with other professionals in...

  • Opposition insists chairman should have decided on safeguards in citizenship contract

    Opposition insists chairman should have decided on safeguards in citizenship contract

    The Opposition is insisting that according to a Speaker’s ruling it is the duty of the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to decide which safeguards should be taken on contacts the committee decides to publish. It made its arguments during...

  • Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop

    Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop

    Mgr Charles Scicluna will be officially named as Archbishop by the end of this week, according to sources. The 55-year-old, who has served as Auxiliary Bishop since October 2012, will succeed Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona who stepped down last...