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  • PN drops Mepa split objections

    The Nationalist Party is no longer contesting the move to split the Malta Environment and Planning Authority into two entities but is worried the move will be “relegating the environment to second division”. “The issue here is not the separation...

  • Five-star hotel for winner of word game

    A two-night stay in the five-star Le Méridien Hotel and Spa in St Julian’s beckons the winner of the word game that kicks off today. The winner will be accommodated in a deluxe room, overlooking Balluta Bay, on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • Letters to President

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca received several letters from foreign heads of state congratulating her on her appointment this week. Among the letters was one from French President Francois Hollande who pledged to continue the healthy...

  • Inmates transform prison through the eye of a needle

    Eleven female inmates yesterday showcased their delicately patterned draperies and curtains as part of an initiative which will see their newly-acquired sewing skills being used by a private factory. The Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat, Home...

  • Commission told to release Dalli documents

    The European Ombudsman has asked Brussels to publish internal correspondence concerning the resignation of Maltese EU Commissioner John Dalli in October 2012. Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly inspected the documents as part of her inquiry into a complaint...

  • Maltese graduates treble in a decade

    The level of academic education in Malta is progressing fast, according to statistics issued yesterday in Brussels. The percentage of people aged 30 to 34 years having a tertiary level of education rose from nine per cent of the population to 26...

  • Notte Bianca to be held on October 11

    The ninth edition of Notte Bianca, which attracts more than 60,000 people to the capital, will be held on October 11. Applications for those interested in participating are now open and an information session will be held on Tuesday at 6pm at the...

  • Scicluna hits at PN’s tax loopholes objections

    Objections by the Opposition to amendments aimed at plugging tax loopholes were tantamount to condoning evasion, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said yesterday. He was referring to the stand adopted by the Opposition during the committee stage of...

  • Farrugia Sacco insists: ‘I didn’t get fair hearing’

    Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco, who is facing an impeachment motion, insisted yesterday he was not given a fair hearing. He added that the justice watchdog did not even allow him to produce witnesses in his defence. Thus, he argued, his basic...

  • Hundreds mark start of Holy Week

    The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows was celebrated yesterday, marking the beginning of Holy Week activities. In Valletta, hundreds of devotees walked behind Archbishop Paul Cremona in the traditional procession with the statue of Our Lady.

  • Heart surgeon ‘guessed’ new cardiology head

    When the hospital’s internal newsletter announced the appointment of the chairman of a new cardiology department, Albert Fenech was not surprised. He had guessed the name almost two months ago after publicly contesting the government’s decision to...

  • Minors have signed FKNK hunt petition

    Minors’ signatures are being used to bolster a petition to block the spring hunting referendum, Times of Malta has learnt. Hunters’ federation president Joe Perici Calascione confirmed that signatories included a number of minors but denied media...

  • Delay of three months for hunting referendum check

    The Electoral Commission was granted a three-month extension by the President to verify signatures calling for an abrogative referendum on spring hunting. Without the extension the commission would not have managed to meet the 15-day deadline...

  • Transport Ministry silent on bendy buses

    The Transport Ministry is keeping silent over the future of the 80 bendy buses despite boasting of a commitment to export them by the middle of last month. Times of Malta this week revealed that although the controversial bendy buses had to be...

  • Our Lady of Sorrows

    Lady of Sorrows processions this evening opened the Holy Week festivities. Archbishop Paul Cremona led the procession from Ta' Giezu Church in Valletta but several others were held all over Malta and Gozo. Some people walked barefoot in a sign of...

  • Promised MS drug ‘is not for new patients’

    Patients with multiple sclerosis who were set to switch to a new, costly drug after the government added it to its formulary list last week are being denied it without further explanation, Times of Malta has learnt. The government had ann­ounced...

  • Godfrey Farrugia speaks of 'terrible’ communication with Prime Minister's office

    Godfrey Farrugia was “uncomfortable” working with a number of people at the social solidarity ministry who were appointed ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle. The former health minister cited this as one of the reasons for rejecting the Prime...

  • Bail for two men charged with smart meter tampering

    Two men undergoing proceedings for smart meter tampering have been granted bail against a deposit of €1,500 each and a personal guarantee of €8,500 each. The men are Manuel Micallef 35, an Enemalta tradesman from Mtarfa and Anthony Mifsud, a...

  • Heroin importer's sentence, fine reduced

    A woman who had been jailed for 17 years and fined €37,000 two years ago for importing 3.5 kilograms of heroin today had her prison term reduced to 12 years and the fine to €23,000. Anna Spiteri, 49, had been stopped by Customs officers who found...

  • Notte Bianca on October 11

    This year’s Notte Bianca will be held on October 11. During the night, Valletta will be transformed, showing a different side to the city as we know it. Now in its ninth year, Notte Bianca attracts over 60,000 people to the capital each year,...