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  • PM intervenes to give foster expert job back

    PM intervenes to give foster expert job back

    Foster care team leader John Rolé, whose transfer from Aġenzija Appoġġ fuelled controversy and sparked an online petition, has been reinstated following direct intervention by the Prime Minister. Government sources told Times of Malta that...

  • MPs may move to new home at Easter

    Parliament may reconvene in the new building at the entrance to Valletta when it returns from Easter recess in April, so long as the new deadline for the completion of works is met. Speaker Anġlu Farrugia confirmed this was the plan when asked...

  • Driver ‘three times over alcohol limit’

    Driver ‘three times over alcohol limit’

    The Scotsman who was involved in a hit-and-run with a ministerial car last November and had two shots fired in his direction had an alcohol level in his blood that was three times the legal limit, a court heard yesterday. Police Sergeant David...

  • ‘Death not due to a lack of equipment’

    ‘Death not due to a lack of equipment’

    Mater Dei Hospital CEO Ivan Falzon has categorically denied lifesaving CPR equipment was not at hand when an 83-year-old woman being treated in a makeshift ward in a corridor stopped breathing and died. The claim had been made earlier by...

  • Inmate ‘was beaten for refusing to urinate on his cell floor’

    A prison inmate is claiming to have been “severely beaten” by a prison guard after refusing an order to urinate on his cell floor, Times of Malta has learnt. Prison authorities told this newspaper they had ordered a magisterial inquiry to be...

  • Men who shot at protected bird in Sicily ‘were on organised trip’

    Hunters who shot at a protected bird in a Sicilian nature reserve last month were part of an organised Maltese hunting holiday, according to the Committee Against Bird Slaughter. Andrea Rutigliano, CABS’ Italy investigations officer, told Times of...

  • 74,000 more cars but no new roads

    74,000 more cars but no new roads

    Malta’s roads have seen an increase of more than 74,000 private cars in a 13-year span during which the road network has remained largely unchanged. There were 275,539 licensed private cars and motorbikes on the road by the end of 2014, an...

  • Air Malta extends caterers' contract by five years

    Air Malta extends caterers' contract by five years

    It took Air Malta more than two years to decide to stop providing hot meals to economy class passengers and serve them a so-called baguette instead, Times of Malta has learnt. The ‘baguette deal’, which will see the national carrier save about €8...

  • New bus bosses hit first bump

    New bus bosses hit first bump

    Barely a few days after Spanish company Autobuses de Leon took over local public transport services, it is already in hot water: the Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin has objected to a meeting that was organised by Transport Malta to introduce the company...

  • Bid to regularise zoo ongoing – Polidano

    Bid to regularise zoo ongoing – Polidano

    Polidano Group, owners of Montekristo Animal Park, said the company had submitted over 50 plans to the planning authority and paid close to €94,000 in fees to regularise its position. Progress on regularising the infringements on site had become...

  • Notary’s works to be restored

    Notary’s works to be restored

    The works of the very first notary of the Order of St John in Malta will be the subject of a €50,000 restoration project, after a sponsorship by the Alfred Mizzi Foundation ensured their preservation for generations to come. The invaluable...

  • Charges filed on kiosk in Sliema

    Charges filed on kiosk in Sliema

    Comments made in this newspaper on a Sliema kiosk parked in the same spot for months in breach of the law have prompted the police to issue a statement saying that charges had been filed. The statement was only released following remarks published...

  • Maltese paid less for fuel since prices were locked

    Maltese paid less for fuel since prices were locked

    Maltese consumers may be losing out on the tumbling international fuel prices but they remain in the black compared to their European counterparts when considering costs over the past nine months. However, with international fuel prices expected...

  • Cruise liner traffic up 27%

    Cruise liner passenger traffic increased by 27 per cent in the last three months of 2014 when compared to same period in 2013. There were 100 cruise liner calls, in comparison with 92 in the previous year, the National Statistics Office...

  • Valletta up for award

    Valletta up for award

    Valletta has been shortlisted with another 20 nominees for the European Best Destination 2015 title. The Malta Tourism Authority urged the public to vote, which they can do until February 10. European Best Destinations is a European organisation...

  • Addiction to texts, e-mail, blogs curbing productivity

    Addiction to texts, e-mail, blogs curbing productivity

    Employees were increasingly becoming addicted to internet blogs, checking e-mails and sending text messages, affecting their overall productivity, Social Policy Minister Michael Farrugia said yesterday. The new habits sparked by the advent of the...

  • 2014 the third hottest year yet recorded

    The mercury soared last year, making it the third hottest on record with an average temperature of 19.88°C. The heat in 2014 was only exceeded twice before: in 2001 (19.94°C) and 1999 (19.90°C). Last year was also brighter, drier and less windy...

  • Fines, imprisonment for bogus counsellors

    Fines, imprisonment for bogus counsellors

    A fine of €2,330 or 12 months’ imprisonment, or both, await any person who, to obtain a warrant or to register a society of counsellors under the provisions of the Counselling Profession Act, knowingly gives incorrect, fraudulent or misleading...

  • ‘Girls could not cope with stress’

    Labour MP Deborah Schembri told Parliament yesterday that last year she met five girls aged between 11 and 18 who had been contemplating suicide because they could not cope with the stress in their families. Unfortunately, she said, the parents...

  • Both parties now agree over the Bill

    Opposition spokesperson for social policy Paula Mifsud Bonnici said there was agreement between the government and the Opposition on the Counselling Professions Bill because it had already been approved in second reading under the previous...