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  • Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    Guilty or not guilty? Man tests magistrate's patience

    A Gambian national residing at the Marsa Open Centre tested a magistrate's patience today when he kept changing his plea after being accused of aggravated theft and of cannabis possession that was allegedly not intended for his own personal...

  • Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat sworn in as member of the Court of Auditors

    Leo Brincat has been sworn in as a member of the European Union's Court of Auditors, succeeding Louis Galea. Mr Brincat had failed the European Parliament's scrutiny for the post but was still appointed after the Council of Ministers gave its...

  • Developers welcome PN proposals

    Developers welcome PN proposals

    The Malta Developers' Association has welcomed proposals made by the PN for small businesses and the self employed, the party said today. The proposals were discussed at a meeting between PN leader Simon Busuttil and an MDA delegation led by its...

  • Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures emerge of small power station blaze

    Pictures have emerged showing smoke from a small fire which broke out at the controversial ElectroGas power station in Delimara yesterday. The company said the blaze was controlled in a matter of minutes.  It said some insulation material and...

  • Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    Man agreed to commit arson for a shot of heroin, court told

    The man who kept a court waiting last Monday when he failed to turn up for the start of his trial, was commissioned to carry out an arson attack for "a shot of heroin", the court heard today. The parties made their submissions on the punishment...

  • One in five employees in shift employment

    One in five employees in shift employment

    Almost one out of every five employees was engaged in shift employment last year, the National Statistics Office said. In a publication launched today Shift Employment in Malta: 2015 (see pdf link below), it said that more than two shift workers...

  • X Factor runners-up to join Valletta New Year's Eve celebrations

    X Factor runners-up to join Valletta New Year's Eve celebrations

    The X Factor runners-up Reggie N Bollie will be joining the New Year’s Eve celebrations in St George’s Square, Valletta. The Ghanaian R&B duo, finalists in last year’s edition of the British music competition The X Factor, will perform alongside...

  • Rare protected booted eagle shot down

    Rare protected booted eagle shot down

    A protected booted eagle was shot down over Girgenti yesterday, BirdLife said. This was a month to the day when an exceptional eagle migration over Malta had led to the illegal shooting of at least 10 out of 60 rare eagles. The booted eagle is a...

  • Two new cases of AIDS, 56 of HIV in Malta

    Two new cases of AIDS, 56 of HIV in Malta

    Two new cases of AIDS and 56 cases of HIV were reported until October in Malta, the government said to mark World AIDS Day today. In 2015, there were 61 new cases of HIV and one case of HIV. In Malta, over a 10-year period starting in 2004, a...

  • One in five people in Malta cannot afford monthly meal with friends

    One in five people in Malta cannot afford monthly meal with friends

    A total 19.2% of people in Malta could not afford to get together with friends or family for a drink or meal at least once a month in 2014, according to Eurostat. The percentage was 6.2% higher than the EU average. However, the situation in Malta...

  • Non-hotel accommodation up 14.3%

    Non-hotel accommodation up 14.3%

    Non-hotel accommodation increased by 14.3 per cent over the first nine months of this year with five-star hotels experiencing a drop in occupancy. Addressing a presentation of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants annual tourism review, president Tony...

  • Bakery façade damaged in car fire

    Bakery façade damaged in car fire

    Residents of Triq il-Ġnien in Għargħur were out with their buckets last night to help put out a car fire. No injuries were reported but the façade of the bakery the car was parked in front was damaged The police said this morning they were...

  • Migrants being stripped of basic human rights, faculty says

    Migrants being stripped of basic human rights, faculty says

    The government's decision to revoke the status of migrants with temporary humanitarian protection meant they were being stripped from their basic human rights, the Faculty for Social Wellbeing has said. It is unacceptable that in justifying legal...

  • EP's visit to Malta to probe Panama scandal welcomed by PN, AD

    EP's visit to Malta to probe Panama scandal welcomed by PN, AD

    Updated at 11am with PN statement Alternattiva Demokratika this morning welcomed the European Parliament's decision to approve a request from the committee investigating the Panama scandal to send a delegation to Malta in February. In a statement...

  • Paralysed woman welcomes court judgment against man found responsible for her disability

    Paralysed woman welcomes court judgment against man found responsible for her disability

    The jail sentence handed to a company director found responsible for an accident during a party in 2008 was a “bold statement” on health and safety, according to the young woman who was left paralysed in the incident. Maurice Attard, 52, was...

  • Today's newspapers in review

    Today's newspapers in review

    The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says the number of patients receiving indefinite care at Mater Dei and Karin Grech hospitals has more than doubled in a year, and 183 beds are taken up by those with...

  • Number of long-term patients at Mater Dei, Karin Grech doubles

    Number of long-term patients at Mater Dei, Karin Grech doubles

    The number of patients receiving indefinite care at Mater Dei and Karin Grech hospitals has more than doubled in a year, and 183 beds are taken up by those with nowhere else to go, the Times of Malta has learnt. The Health Ministry confirmed that...

  • Small fire at ElectroGas controlled in minutes

    Small fire at ElectroGas controlled in minutes

    A small fire at the ElectroGas compound today was controlled in a matter of minutes, the company said. It said some insulation material and cardboard caught fire in an isolated area at around noon. The incident, that was related to some final...

  • Nearly half of cases of fraud investigated found in breach of the law

    Nearly half of cases of fraud investigated found in breach of the law

    A total 292 of 613 cases of fraud investigated by the Social Solidarity Ministry this year were found to be in breach of the Social Security Act. Minister Michael Farrugia told Anthony Agius Decelis (PL) in reply to a parliamentary question that...

  • Helena Dalli wins Hero of the Year Award

    Helena Dalli wins Hero of the Year Award

    Civil Liberties minister Helena Dalli won the Hero of the Year Award during the sixth edition of the European Diversity Award held in London last night. Those nominated in the various categories included Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and...