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  • Our PM is a bull, hunter told tourists during protest

    Our PM is a bull, hunter told tourists during protest

    One of the nine hunters charged with their involvement in the illegal protest on September 21 told tourists Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, was "a bull", the court heard this afternoon. Police Inspector Darryl Borg told Magistrate Anthony...

  • Fantasy Tours director accepted 31 bookings in last week of operation

    Fantasy Tours director accepted 31 bookings in last week of operation

    A court heard today how Fantasy Tours director Karl Azzopardi accepted a total of 31 bookings, with deposits, part-payments or full payments totalling some €31,000 in the last week before he ceased operations in August last year. Police Inspector...

  • Driver responsible for accident that killed girl, 17; heirs awarded €237,000 in damages

    Driver responsible for accident that killed girl, 17; heirs awarded €237,000 in damages

    The heirs of a 17-year-girl who was run over and killed while crossing the Mriehel Bypass in 2005 have been awarded €237,431.25 in damages. Driver Ivan Cutajar was found to be totally responsible for the accident when Emma Marie and Graziella...

  • Update 3: Government stands its ground on trapping, despite EU warning

    Update 3: Government stands its ground on trapping, despite EU warning

    The government this afternoon stood its ground on bird trapping, saying the season would open as announced, despite a formal warning by the European Commission. In the morning, the European Commission said it had given Malta formal notice to...

  • US ambassador marks Malta's milestone anniversaries

    US ambassador marks Malta's milestone anniversaries

    US Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley visited 26 sites in Malta and Gozo to mark Malta’s four milestone anniversaries of 2014. Listen to her message in the video above.

  • Danish girl in critical condition after Ghadira swim

    Danish girl in critical condition after Ghadira swim

    A Danish 16-year-old girl is in a critical condition after finding herself in difficulties while swimming at Ghadira Bay in Mellieha this morning. The incident happened at 8.25am. The police said the girl was given first aid by her mother until an...

  • Update 2: John Dalli says he does not need to apologise, he is the victim

    Update 2: John Dalli says he does not need to apologise, he is the victim

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this afternoon said that claims by John Dalli about him earlier today were “absolutely untrue” and aimed solely at deviating attention from his case. Earlier, former EU commissioner John Dalli  threatened to...

  • Annual inflation rate in September at 0.6 per cent

    Annual inflation rate in September at 0.6 per cent

    The annual rate of inflation as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 0.6 per cent last month, the National Statistics Office said. This was the same rate as that registered a year earlier. The largest upward impacts on...

  • Nurses at Gozo General Hospital ordered to work to rule

    Nurses at Gozo General Hospital ordered to work to rule

    Nurses at Gozo General Hospital has been ordered to work to rule by the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses. The union said it was issuing the directives with immediate effect because of an acute shortage of carers at the hospital for the past...

  • Exam fees raised to cover expenses

    Exam fees raised to cover expenses

    Matsec examination fees have been raised only to cover the increase in expenses, a Matsec board spokeswoman said yesterday. She said this was the first rise since 2002 and the fee structure was expected to remain fixed for the next few...

  • I am not a partner in this crime, says Croat

    I am not a partner in this crime, says Croat

    A Croat who has been dragged into money laundering claims is denying he was ever a business partner of Ryan Schembri, the former owner of More Supermarkets who fled the island owing millions. “I am not a partner in this crime. I was bitten too –...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says an agreement with a Chinese State-owned energy company to invest €320 million in Enemalta is close, but the Energy Minister, who returned from...

  • Enemalta deal close but no date – Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi

    Enemalta deal close but no date – Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi

    An agreement with a Chinese State-owned energy company to invest €320 million in Enemalta is close, but the Energy Minister, who returned from China yesterday, is still refusing to confirm the deal will be sealed by the end of 2014. “Our target is...

  • Enemalta deal close but no date – minister

    Enemalta deal close but no date – minister

    An agreement with a Chinese State-owned energy company to invest €320 million in Enemalta is close, but the Energy Minister, who returned from China yesterday, is still refusing to confirm the deal will be sealed by the end of 2014. “Our target is...

  • ‘No secrecy over petroleum sale’

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is denying there is any secrecy surrounding the sale of Enemalta’s petroleum division, insisting the government has always made its intentions clear. Dr Muscat was reacting to a Times of Malta report that yesterday...

  • I am not a partner in this crime, says Croat

    A Croat who has been dragged into money laundering claims is denying he was ever a business partner of Ryan Schembri, the former owner of More Supermarkets who fled the island owing millions. “I am not a partner in this crime. I was bitten too –...

  • Spine and head injury ‘both fatal’

    A pellet that hit an elderly man in his spine was not the only injury that caused his death but he also had a fractured skull and a lacerated brain, pathologists told a court yesterday. Joseph Caruana, 61, was shot dead in front of his daughter...

  • Siblings deny attacking woman’s brother

    Two brothers were remanded in custody yesterday after they denied assaulting a relative of the older one’s girlfriend. Francis Bugeja, 27, from Fgura, and his 19-year-old brother Tyson, from Vittoriosa, pleaded not guilty to attempting to...

  • Spring hunting illegalities dropped in 2014 – Birdlife

    Spring hunting illegalities dropped in 2014 – Birdlife

    Spring hunting illegalities amounted to less than a third of those witnessed in last year’s season, according to Birdlife Malta. A detailed report of this year’s spring hunting season, seen by Times of Malta, revealed that the number of observed...

  • Practice can be sustainable, says Galdes

    Spring hunting can be sustainable, Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes told university students yesterday. “The EU accepted a spring hunting derogation and every year the government carries out research on migratory birds. Spring...