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  • Three of every four people who drowned in Malta last year were foreign

    Three of every four people who drowned in Malta last year were foreign

    Three-quarters of people who drowned in Malta last year were men, the vast majority of whom were foreign, official figures show. Data on drownings tabled in Parliament by Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela on Wednesday show that nine of the 12...

  • Today's newspapers in review

    Today's newspapers in review

    The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says diabetics who need regular insulin injections are being forced to get by with the needles usually used by children as the eight-millimetre ones for adults are out...

  • Fitch affirms Malta's rating, gives positive outlook

    Fitch affirms Malta's rating, gives positive outlook

    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malta's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDR) at 'A' with a positive outlook. The issue ratings on Malta's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'A' and...

  • Photos of the week - Times of Malta

    Photos of the week - Times of Malta

    Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

  • Youths aged 16 no longer need parental approval for medical treatment

    Youths aged 16 no longer need parental approval for medical treatment

    Youths aged 16 and 17 can now request or refuse medical treatment without their parents' consent, following a legal change published in today's Government Gazette.  The Health Act amendment was proposed in a Private Members’ Bill presented by...

  • Delay forces Barts medical school to operate from Gozo sixth form

    Delay forces Barts medical school to operate from Gozo sixth form

    A delay in the building of a new medical school campus in Gozo has forced Barts and the London School of Medicine and Surgery to start tuition from temporary premises at the sixth form in Victoria. Barts had planned to start offering courses to...

  • Draft media bill would restrict freedom of expression - Mario de Marco

    Draft media bill would restrict freedom of expression - Mario de Marco

    The Nationalist Party will be suggesting amendments to a new media and defamation bill following internal discussions, PN deputy leader Mario de Marco said today. Emphasising that the PN is “in favour of fewer restrictions on the media and more...

  • Kidney machines at Mater Dei hospital can finally be replaced

    Kidney machines at Mater Dei hospital can finally be replaced

    Kidney machines at Mater Dei hospital can finally be replaced or upgraded after the court rejected an appeal by a bidder for the tender. The process to change or revamp the hospital’s 32 dialysis machines was stalled last year after one of the...

  • Half a million grey recycling bags given away for free

    Half a million grey recycling bags given away for free

    Updated 6.02pm - Added list of eligible localities Households which separate their waste can now visit their local council and collect a number of grey garbage bags to use for their recycling waste free-of-charge. Recycling waste management firm...

  • Man pays dearly for 'free sex'

    Man pays dearly for 'free sex'

    A man lured into a Gżira apartment with the promise of 'free sex' today told a court how he was robbed of €800 just as he was putting his trousers back on.  Burgh Spiteri, 27, and Sera Caruana Smith, 34, both residing in Ta' Xbiex and both...

  • Claims that hospital staff lack qualifications are untrue, says Vitals Global Healthcare

    Claims that hospital staff lack qualifications are untrue, says Vitals Global Healthcare

    Staff working within hospitals run by Vitals Global Healthcare were all adequately qualified and registered with their respective regulatory councils, the company said today.  In a statement, VGH denied claims that it was recruiting specialists...

  • Yachting Awards to sail on as court sinks injunction attempt

    Yachting Awards to sail on as court sinks injunction attempt

    An attempt to stop the first edition of the Malta Yachting Awards ceremony was thwarted this morning after a civil court rejected a warrant of prohibitory injunction filed by a company irked that organisers had not engaged its services.  Malta...

  • Internet freedoms under threat, say PN MEPs

    Internet freedoms under threat, say PN MEPs

    Nationalist MEPs David Casa, Roberta Metsola and Therese Comodini Cachia today expressed deep concern about the proposed defamation laws by the Maltese government, which they characterised as “a serious threat to internet freedoms”. They said the...

  • Man with pending prison sentence remanded in custody

    Man with pending prison sentence remanded in custody

    A man with a drug problem and a pending prison sentence, who for the past months had been on the police wanted list, was finally arrested and taken to court to face fresh charges. Tony Armando Zahra, 41, from St Paul's Bay, today pleaded not...

  • Konrad Mizzi accepts invitation to appear before Pana committee

    Konrad Mizzi accepts invitation to appear before Pana committee

    Minister Konrad Mizzi has accepted to appear before the European Parliament’s committee of inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (Pana). The committee will be in Malta next week. I have just phoned @langen_werner to inform...

  • MEP tells government to heed advice and back down on trapping

    MEP tells government to heed advice and back down on trapping

    Malta's government should heed its own legal advice and back down on its tradition of trapping endangered migratory birds, an MEP said today.  West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre called on Malta to end its annual barbarity to wild birds. She spoke...

  • Most municipal waste landfilled

    Most municipal waste landfilled

    Most of the municipal waste in 2015 was treated by landfilling, the National Statistics Office said. It said in a statement municipal waste generation that year amounted to 269,316 tonnes, an increase of 5.%per cent over 2014, the highest increase...

  • St Paul’s Bay school works halted

    St Paul’s Bay school works halted

    Primary school students from the St Paul’s Bay and Qawra areas who were promised they would start attending a brand new government school later this year will have to wait much longer as the embattled Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (FTS) has...

  • Food satire on carnival floats along the years

    Food satire on carnival floats along the years

    When the British government took a dig at the local fenkata, out came a carnival float with several children in a rabbit costume, cradled in a pot on top of a kenur. And when the importation of sugar started kicking honey off Maltese tables, a...

  • Registering websites attacks the very basis of internet freedom, experts say

    Registering websites attacks the very basis of internet freedom, experts say

    Updated 4.07pm - Added Justice Ministry statement IT law experts have blasted a requirement in the new media Bill for websites to be registered with the government as a move “attacking the very basis of internet freedom”. But in a reply, the...