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  • New public agency to manage and protect countryside proposed

    New public agency to manage and protect countryside proposed

    A new public agency to manage and protect the Maltese countryside is being proposed in a discussion paper by the Today Public Policy Institute. Called Natura Malta, the agency would be set up by law, funded by the government and run by a board...

  • Maltese newspapers review

    Maltese newspapers review

    The following are the top stories in Maltese newspapers today. Times of Malta says the government was yesterday forced to seek advice over whether one of the appointments of two lawyers nominated for magistrates would be in breach of the...

  • Eight people injured in Birkirkara accident; driver flees scene, woman hit by car in Paola

    Eight people injured in Birkirkara accident; driver flees scene, woman hit by car in Paola

    Eight people were injured, four of them seriously, in a traffic accident last night, as the driver of one of the cars fled the scene.  The accident happened in Triq Dun Gaetano Mannarino, Birkirkara at 12.45am when a minibus and a Volkswagen Polo...

  • MEPs defend key regulations on the protection of birds

    MEPs defend key regulations on the protection of birds

    The European Parliament has voted to defend key regulations on the protection of birds. MEPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a report on the mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy. The report, which was approved by a majority...

  • Dying inmate refused parole seeking pardon from President

    Dying inmate refused parole seeking pardon from President

    Terminally ill prisoner Godfrey Ellul is seeking a presidential pardon after his request to spend his remaining time with his loved ones was denied by the parole authorities. Mr Ellul, 67, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, among other...

  • Godfrey Farrugia calls for better mental health service

    Godfrey Farrugia calls for better mental health service

    Mental health services should be at the forefront of the public health agenda, former health minister Godfrey Farrugia said in Parliament last night. The Labour MP and government Whip called for improvement of the quality of services, measures to...

  • Controversy follows judicial nominations

    Controversy follows judicial nominations

    The government’s nomination of two lawyers as magistrates was embroiled in controversy yesterday as it was forced to seek advice over whether one of the appointments would be in breach of the Constitution. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici referred...

  • Convicted man seeks retrial

    A man serving an 18-year jail term for stabbing is seeking a retrial claiming he had been found guilty on the strength of a police statement made in the absence of his lawyer. Stephen Pirotta, 46, was, six years ago, found guilty of the attempted...

  • Man fined for injuring cyclist

    A 72-year-old man was fined €1,000 after he was found guilty of injuring a cyclist due to negligent driving last June. Joseph Camilleri, from Kerċem, hit national championships athlete Marvic Mizzi in Għarb. The athlete suffered facial injuries...

  • Malta has highest level of breast cancer deaths in EU

    Malta has highest level of breast cancer deaths in EU

    Malta and Cyprus have the highest share of breast cancer deaths among women in the European Union, new Eurostat figures show. According to the study, published on the occasion of World Cancer Day, 81 women in Malta died of breast cancer in 2013.

  • Palumbo workers in plea to PM: ‘Don’t abandon us’

    Palumbo workers in plea to PM: ‘Don’t abandon us’

    Palumbo shipyard workers walked into Castille yesterday morning calling on the Prime Minister to save their jobs and not to abandon them. “Residents’ complaints are causing problems for us and for our employer, who has already cancelled two jobs,...

  • Gaffarena collusion was corruption – PN

    Gaffarena collusion was corruption – PN

    Collusion between the government and the Gaffarena family was nothing less than a form of “institutionalised corruption”, shadow justice minister Jason Azzopardi said yesterday. He was referring to the Auditor General’s conclusion in a lengthy...

  • DLĦ warns of relentless destruction of ODZ land at Ta’ Ċenċ

    The proposed development of ODZ land at Ta’ Ċenċ in Gozo would continue the “relentless destruction of the countryside”, Din l-Art Ħelwa warned yesterday. In a statement, the heritage NGO said it was extremely concerned by a renewed proposal to...

  • Businesses facing ‘unfair competition’ of hawkers

    Businesses facing ‘unfair competition’ of hawkers

    Unfair competition from hawkers and the failure to enforce their licence conditions is a major headache for vendors, according to the chamber of SMEs. These hawkers include those who set up in front of shops on special occasions selling similar...

  • Revision classes get 28% pass rate

    A 28 per cent average pass rate was achieved by students who sat for the September 2015 secondary education certificate (SEC) after attending revision classes organised by the Ministry for Education and Employment. The figure was given by...

  • MHRA now confident of employing disabled

    Following consultation, hotels and restaurateurs are now more confident about increasing their employment of persons with disabilities, their association said. The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association held an information session on disability...

  • Gas heater catches fire with family still asleep

    A family in Attard had a rude awakening early yesterday morning when a gas heater in their home suddenly caught fire, setting their entrance hallway alight. Construction workers from an adjacent building site rushed over to help contain the blaze...

  • Boy, 16, in car chase

    A 16-year-old boy led the police on a car chase until his vehicle was blocked and he was arrested yesterday early evening. Informed sources said the boy is the brother of a 12-year-old found driving a number of times last year. The police...

  • Rescue training

    Rescue training

    Eight volunteer rescue teams from six European countries are due in Malta this week for rescue simulations, exercises and workshops over five days. Malta’s Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit, a voluntary organisation, is in charge of preparations for...

  • Racism makes black US businessman quit Malta

    Racism makes black US businessman quit Malta

    Racist attacks aimed at black people have become so frequent that American businessman Stephen Wyatt has resorted to staying at home to avoid being harassed. Initially drawn to what he described as a “favourable business environment”, Mr Wyatt had...