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  • Update 2 - BirdLife considered legal action against government as regulation unit is given enforcement role

    Update 2 - BirdLife considered legal action against government as regulation unit is given enforcement role

    BirdLife is considering legal action against the government after a legal notice issued on Friday which gave the Wild Bird Regulations Unit an enforcement role. BirdLife officials led by executive director Steve Micklewright told a press...

  • Gozitan students in Malta find it difficult to rent as prices rise

    The Gozo University Group (GUG) expressed concern today that Gozitan University students were finding it difficult to rent near the university at Tal-Qroqq, especially because of rising costs. "This has become the norm of the day, since the demand...

  • BOV employees angry at bonus decision

    BOV employees angry at bonus decision

    Bank of Valletta employees are up in arms following a decision by management not to pay employees the full performance bonus in 2014, contrary to its stated intention. The bank’s decision was communicated last week by CEO Charles Borg and was met...

  • Major French film to be shot in Malta

    Major French film to be shot in Malta

    UGC, a major production house in France, will next month be shooting the film ‘Immediate Boarding’ in Malta, the Malta Film Commission said. The production has selected various locations across the island including the water tanks at the Malta...

  • Update 4 - Gozo whistleblower feared 'they might set fire to everything I own'

    Update 4 - Gozo whistleblower feared 'they might set fire to everything I own'

    A court in Gozo is this morning continuing to hear evidence in the case instituted against Anthony Debono, the former Gozo minister's husband in the 'works for votes' case. Mr Debono, himself a ministry official, faces 13 charges including misuse...

  • Updated - Man injured in boating incident

    Updated - Man injured in boating incident

    Updated - A 29-year-old man was injured in an unusual boating incident yesterday when he was slammed from one side of a boat to another after the boat suffered a technical fault. The AFM and the police said the incident happened yesterday at about...

  • Hospital development impact assessment waiver may breach EU law

    Hospital development impact assessment waiver may breach EU law

    A legal notice exempting development on hospital grounds from an environmental impact study may land Malta in trouble with the European Commission. “The Environmental Impact Assessment directive is one of the EU laws most enforced by the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how a Maltese aviation photographer escaped an air crash fireball in the UK on Saturday when he took a wrong turn while driving to an airshow near Brighton.

  • Wrong turn saves Maltese enthusiast from air crash fireball

    Wrong turn saves Maltese enthusiast from air crash fireball

    A “wrong turn at the right time” may have saved the life of Christopher Mifsud as a jet from the Shoreham air show smashed into the A27 motorway at Shoreham near Brighton on Saturday. Eleven people were killed. “I was not using a map and I took a...

  • ‘I escaped air crash fireball’

    ‘I escaped air crash fireball’

    A “wrong turn at the right time” may have saved the life of Christopher Mifsud as a jet from the Shoreham air show smashed into the A47 and turned into a fireball, leaving at least 11 dead in its wake. “I was not using a map and I took a wrong...

  • Expert says EIA exemption in breach of European law

    Expert says EIA exemption in breach of European law

    A controversial law exempting construction on hospital grounds from an environmental impact study may land Malta in trouble with the European Commission. “The Environmental Impact Assessment directive is one of the EU laws most enforced by the...

  • Cuban charged with hold-up at knifepoint

    Cuban charged with hold-up at knifepoint

    A Cuban man has been remanded in custody after admitting to charges of holding up the owner of a stationer’s at knifepoint on Saturday. Eliseo Carrillo Montoro, who holds an Italian identity card, was accused of stealing €2,515 from Eros...

  • Magistrate gives car wash burglar a chance

    A young man who stole €950 from car wash machines at a Fgura fuel station was placed under a probation order after pleading guilty. Patrick Pullicino, 21, of Xgħajra, was accused of breaking open the pay machines while wearing a balaclava on...

  • Asylum seeker’s Sweden sojourn is cut short

    A Syrian asylum seeker accused of travelling illegally to Sweden was given a suspended sentence after being deported back to Malta. Police inspector Mario Haber told the court that Feras Al Haddad, 31, was one of the migrants who survived the 2013...

  • Man indicted for aggravated drug possession

    Pierre Cremona, 42, will be indicted on aggravated drug possession and dangerous driving after a court ruled there was enough evidence. Mr Cremona, of Qormi, was arrested by the police after exiting the car park of the McDonald’s restaurant in...

  • Cocaine in false bottoms of luggage

    Cocaine was found in the false bottoms of baggage carried by two Panamanian drug mules who came to Malta to study English, the court heard yesterday. The case concerns Lorena Vanessa Hernandez Munoz, 21, and Hector Antonio Montenegro Martinez, 20,...

  • Great Fall of China: more ‘correction’ than a crisis

    Great Fall of China: more ‘correction’ than a crisis

    What has been dubbed ‘The Great Fall of China’ is being seen by both local and overseas analysts as a much-needed correction, with European stock exchanges already bouncing back from the dramatic drops on Monday. The People’s Bank of China...

  • Hunting report ‘far from reality’

    A recent report claiming more than 100,000 birds were illegally shot last year is “exaggerated, fallacious and far from reality”, the hunting lobby said yesterday. In two strongly worded statements, the hunters’ federation, FKNK, and the St...

  • AUM development is a ‘constitutional travesty’ sustainability think tank tells the Prime Minister

    AUM development is a ‘constitutional travesty’ sustainability think tank tells the Prime Minister

    The development of a private university campus along the Żonqor coastline is a “travesty of the State’s constitutional responsibilities” to protect the environment, according to experts. The National Independent Forum for Sustainability – Nifs, a...

  • Chamber wants safeguards against change of use

    The Chamber of Commerce has raised concerns over the possibility of change of use at the proposed American University of Malta. Government plans announced so far lack detail on how this will be prohibited, it said in a statement. “Such safeguards...