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  • Hedging policy makes for expensive diesel

    Hedging policy makes for expensive diesel

    The government’s fuel hedging policy, intended to bring long-term stability, came at a cost as owners of diesel-powered cars last year paid 5c more per litre whencompared to average EU prices. According to calculations made by the Times of Malta,...

  • Overnight blackout caused by power cut in Sicily - Enemalta

    Overnight blackout caused by power cut in Sicily - Enemalta

    Updated 1.50pm - Added OPM statement An overnight blackout that left much of Malta in the dark was due to a power cut in Sicily that affected the undersea interconnector, Enemalta said today.  Enemalta chairman Frederick Azzopardi said the company...

  • End LGBTIQ segregation within the Church - spiritual director

    End LGBTIQ segregation within the Church - spiritual director

    Segregation of LGBTIQ people within the Church should end, according to spiritual director Charlo Camilleri, who believes this community is now struggling with self-imposed social constraints. While LGBTIQ persons had succeeded in escaping various...

  • Masked thief robs Qormi store

    Masked thief robs Qormi store

    A masked thief armed with a knife held up a Qormi shop today, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The thief, who was wearing a hoodie, entered the store on the corner of Triq San Edwardu and Triq Guże' Muscat Azzopardi at around...

  • Woman dies in Senglea house fire

    Woman dies in Senglea house fire

    A 50-year-old woman died in a fire at her home in Senglea this evening, police have said. The fire is believed to have started in the woman's bedroom, at her house on Triq San Pietru u San Pawl.  A police sergeant and two constables were the first...

  • Court marshal accused of colluding to keep father and daughter apart

    Court marshal accused of colluding to keep father and daughter apart

    A man has asked the Justice Minister to order an investigation into a Gozo court marshal’s delay in delivering a notification to his estranged wife, which he says created an obstacle to making contact with his daughter. The Gozitan man is claiming...

  • Strait Street music far louder than WHO limits

    Strait Street music far louder than WHO limits

    Amplified music in Valletta’s popular Strait Street is reaching levels double the internationally accepted limit, a recent study has found. Sound readings recorded by the Noise Abatement Society in frustrated Valletta residents’ apartments have...

  • Should workers have the right to disconnect from work e-mails after office hours?

    Should workers have the right to disconnect from work e-mails after office hours?

    French workers have recently been given the right to disconnect from their e-mail and smartphones after they have left the office – and the youth section of a local union confederation wants that right to be introduced in Malta too. The ForUM...

  • 'I’ve basically been kicked out of the country' - US expat slams Identity Malta

    'I’ve basically been kicked out of the country' - US expat slams Identity Malta

    An American woman who has been living in Malta for years claims a bureaucratic mess at the government citizenship agency has turned her short-term residence application into a short notice eviction. “After several attempts to apply and being told...

  • Man admits to string of home burglaries

    Man admits to string of home burglaries

    A Sicilian man living in Qormi pleaded guilty today to a string of thefts in the last three weeks believed to amount to €100,000 in value. Carmelo Ciranna, 41, is accused of eight thefts between December 25 and January 8, targeting homes in...

  • Prison term for laptop thief

    Prison term for laptop thief

    A Hungarian man living in Birżebbuġa was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing a laptop, tablet and €150 in cash from a hotel room in St Julian’s. Ans Ghodban, 21, pleaded guilty to the theft, which took place on the night of November 9,...

  • Suspended sentences for trying to enter Malta with false passports

    Suspended sentences for trying to enter Malta with false passports

    Two African migrants have been handed suspended sentences and told to leave the country after trying to enter Malta with false passports. Konate Issa, 33, from Mali, and Mohamed Alimieyno, 24, from Ghana, were arraigned separately after flying to...

  • Government is not appreciating seriousness of nursing profession, warns specialist

    Government is not appreciating seriousness of nursing profession, warns specialist

    The Health Minister’s endorsement of the nurses’ council election results, despite flaws having been found by an inquiry, shows that the nursing profession is being “completely ignored”, unsuccessful candidates are claiming. Specialist nurse...

  • Government already working on gas tanker’s removal – PM

    Government already working on gas tanker’s removal – PM

    The government is already working on removing the tanker feeding LNG to the new power station, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today. Addressing a PL political activity, Dr Muscat said the government had already set its sights on a permanent gas...

  • 90-year-old woman injured in Sliema robbery

    90-year-old woman injured in Sliema robbery

    A 90-year-old woman from Sliema was grievously injured this morning as she was robbed while on the way to church this morning. The police said that the incident happened in Triq il-Knisja, Sliema, at 6am. They said that as the aggressor pulled the...

  • Ninth tuna net added in St Paul's Bay in breach of agreement, activists claim

    Ninth tuna net added in St Paul's Bay in breach of agreement, activists claim

    Updated Jan 16 A ninth tuna pen has been added two days ago just off St Paul’s Islands in St Paul’s Bay, activists have claimed.  This is contrary to the unilateral undertaking declaration, formulated and signed by fish farm operators in...

  • Our door is open to all, says Simon Busuttil

    Our door is open to all, says Simon Busuttil

    The Nationalist Party needs to open up to Labour voters, as part of its efforts to build up a coalition against corruption, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said this morning. Addressing a political activity at the Vittoriosa PN club, Dr Busuttil...

  • Konrad Mizzi best positioned to chair EU Energy Council - OPM

    Konrad Mizzi best positioned to chair EU Energy Council - OPM

    Former energy minister Konrad Mizzi was “best positioned” to chair the EU’s Energy Council during Malta’s EU presidency, according to the Office of the Prime Minister. A spokesman for Prime Minister Joseph Muscat defended the contentious decision...

  • Glyphosate not being banned

    Glyphosate not being banned

    The government yesterday said it would only ban the controversial weedkiller glyphosate once it had the go-ahead of the EU. This comes months after the Environment Ministry told this news­paper that the government had begun the process to ban...

  • High-end cars damaged in car showroom fire

    High-end cars damaged in car showroom fire

    Several high end cars were damaged in a fire at a car showroom this morning. The police said the fire, at Premier Car Showroom in Constitution Street, Mosta, was reported at 5.40am. It started when one of the cars at the showroom caught fire. The...