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  • Mafia-linked companies passed stringent procedures

    Mafia-linked companies passed stringent procedures

    The Malta-registered gaming companies with alleged links to the Italian mafia went through multiple due diligence checks by different entities, which found nothing irregular.   Uniq Group (Betuniq) and Betsolution4U had their licences suspended...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and In-Nazzjon lead with the removal of Gasol from the consortium which is to build the new power station. In other stories, Times of Malta...

  • New power station loses lead partner

    The lead company in the Electrogas Malta consortium, Gasol, has pulled out of the project to build and manage the gas-fired power station and has sold its stake to the other partners. Siemens Financial Services, Socar Trading SA and GEM Holdings...

  • Mafia-linked gaming firms were cleared in checks

    The Malta-registered gaming companies with alleged links to the Italian mafia went through multiple due diligence checks by different entities, which found nothing irregular. Uniq Group (Betuniq) and Betsolution4U had their licences suspended this...

  • Thief is convicted after DNA blood comes in positive

    A thief nabbed when his DNA matched a blood splatter found inside one of the cars he had targeted was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in jail. The Libyan man, who fled oppression in his country, pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop from a...

  • Unmatched fingerprints lead to acquittal

    A negative fingerprint analysis got two men off the hook after a police officer testified he had caught them trying to steal aluminium louvers. Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit cleared Alan Micallef, 40, and David Ellul Lanfranco, 31, both from...

  • No red flags were raised in checks on gaming firms

    No red flags were raised in checks on gaming firms

    The gaming companies that had their licences withdrawn because of alleged links to the Italian Mafia had been through multiple extensive due diligence checks but no red flags were raised. The checks were done by GVM Holdings, the local firm...

  • Falzon hits out at the PN, Times of Malta journalist

    Falzon hits out at the PN, Times of Malta journalist

    Planning Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon went on the warpath yesterday as he accused the Opposition of lying about his early retirement from the bank. Appearing very emotional, at times angry, Dr Falzon denied he had a right to return to...

  • Debono says BOV ‘Labour cash cow’

    Debono says BOV ‘Labour cash cow’

    Bank of Valletta is being used as “a cash cow” by the Labour government to fulfil electoral pledges, Opposition spokeswoman Kristy Debono said. Ms Debono said bank chairman John Cassar White was being “used” by the government. “BOV has been turned...

  • Climbing out of the valley

    Climbing out of the valley

    Birkirkara played good football and gave supporters every reason to celebrate on Thursday night, and administrators believe the result was not a fluke. The team may not have enjoyed the bulk of possession throughout the game against West Ham but...

  • Heavy traffic expected tonight as Santa Venera fireworks to close main roads

    Heavy traffic expected tonight as Santa Venera fireworks to close main roads

    Parts of the island will face gridlock tonight when major arterial roads are closed off to accommodate a festa fireworks display, traffic management expert Hugh Arnett has warned. “With all the roadworks going on at the moment, closing off other...

  • Report will lead to ruling on gay blood donations

    Report will lead to ruling on gay blood donations

    A political decision on whether gay men will be allowed to donate blood will be made on the basis of a report being drawn up by a technical team, according to Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne. As things stand, gay men are not allowed to...

  • Two fireworks enthusiasts from Gozo fined €27,000

    Two fireworks enthusiasts from Gozo fined €27,000

    Two Gozitan fireworks enthusiasts were yesterday fined €27,000 between them, following the discovery of explosive material in a garage beneath a discotheque in Victoria last March. The explosive powder was discovered in a garage-turned-workshop...

  • ‘Do not neglect cultural and historical heritage’

    ‘Do not neglect cultural and historical heritage’

    Neglecting our cultural and historical heritage would be suicidal, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said yesterday after ‘adopting’ a 1608 document issued by Pope Paul V. The document, which will cost about €250 to restore, is a brief by Pope Paul V to...

  • Residential home for ex-convicts

    A new residential home offering rehabilitation services for ex-convicts within the community has been inaugurated in Valletta. Speaking at the inauguration, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Falzon said the project was born out of initiatives...

  • Rubbish bags to be used for organic waste

    A rubbish bag for organic waste will be introduced in five localities in October, and will be collected on Mondays and Fridays. Environment Minister Leo Brincat yesterday said the pilot project will be launched in Birkirkara, Cospicua, Għaxaq, Ta’...

  • Mapfre sees profit double

    Mapfre Middlesea Group has doubled its half-year profit, compared to the first six months of last year. In a statement issued yesterday, the company said that the consolidated group result for the first six months of 2015 amounted to a profit of...

  • Application turned down

    The planning board has turned down a request to sanction penthouses built on two blocks of apartments in a development for the elderly in Ta’ Simblija, limits of Naxxar. The application for the project, owned by AX Holdings, was to sanction works...

  • Firth in Malta

    Firth in Malta

    Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth is expected to leave Malta today after taking part in a biopic based on the story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who attempted to circumnavigate the world alone in 1968 during the first Golden Globe yacht race.

  • GRTU disagrees with new maternity leave mechanism

    The GRTU said this evening that while it agreed with the rationale of the Maternity Leave Trust Fund, it is against a system where employers are made to pay twice for their employees’ maternity leave, pending reimbursement. The new mechanism...