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'Shark' spotted off breakwater

'Shark' spotted off breakwater

The police warned this afternoon that a big fish has been spotted close to the breakwater at Grand Harbour. Reader Aaron Sammut told Times of Malta that he was on his boat less than a mile off the breakwater when he spotted what he believed to be a shark less than two metres from his boat. The fish was about two metres in length. He said the fish was not...

  • Another Maltese arrested in Libya - this time for alleged diesel smuggling

    Another Maltese arrested in Libya - this time for alleged diesel smuggling

    A Maltese man is among five persons arrested by Tripoli port authorities as part of an investigation into alleged smuggling of diesel from Libya, according to the Libyan coastguard. The arrest was made two days ago when the Togo-registered ship...

  • Foreign Minister discharged from hospital

    Foreign Minister discharged from hospital

    Foreign Minister George Vella has been discharged from hospital after undergoing heart bypass surgery. The Foreign Ministry said he is doing well. Dr Vella thanked Prof. Alex Manché, Prof. Robert Xuereb,Prof. Brendan Caruana Montaldo their medical...

  • Updated - Consolidated Fund deficit narrows sharply

    Updated - Adds government reaction below - The government’s Consolidated Fund registered a deficit of €174.9 million in the first seven months of the year, from €309,499 in the same months last year, official data issued today shows.  Compared to...

  • Updated - Concern over mass release of balloons

    Updated - Concern over mass release of balloons

    Nature Trust has expressed concern over plans by Victory Band of Naxxar for a mass release of balloons as part of the feast activities.  "What goes up would eventually come down and, since our islands are surrounded by sea, most balloons would...

  • South Korean Minister has talks with Transport Minister in Malta

    South Korean Minister for Land and Infrastructure Il-Ho-Yoo has had talks in Malta with Transport Minister Joe Mizzi. The Transport Ministry said they discussed bilateral relations and infrastructural projects. The Korean delegation took...

  • Government requests proposals on alternative means of transport

    Government requests proposals on alternative means of transport

    The government has issued a request for proposals on new ways to improve transport links between Grand Harbour and the areas around Marsamxett. The proposals may not include the use of cars. Projects Malta said it is seeking to provide efficient...

  • PN, PL argue on oil price as PN says tariff cuts are not keeping up

    PN, PL argue on oil price as PN says tariff cuts are not keeping up

    Updated - Adds PL statement below - PN deputy leader Mario de Marco said today that while the international oil price was down 73%, local power tariffs had only been reduced by 25%. The Labour Party retorted however, that electricity prices in...

  • Local council blames fish farms for 'greasy substance' in bays

    Local council blames fish farms for 'greasy substance' in bays

    Update 2 - Birzebbuga local council has blamed fish farms for a greasy substance seen floating off Delimara and Birzebbuga, drawing swimmers' complaints. The council said the substance is composed of the remains of feed used by fish farms and it...

  • ST workers hold second two-hour stoppage in a day

    ST workers hold second two-hour stoppage in a day

    Updated 7.20pm - Workers at ST Microelectronics this evening held their second two-hour stoppage today to press for a resolution of pay talks. The industrial actions were ordered by the GWU. Union General Secretary Tony Zarb called on the company...

  • Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Mintoff statue artist blasts OPM move - amended version of design revealed

    Artist Alfred Camilleri Cauchi has revealed that his winning design of Dom Mintoff’s statue earmarked for Castille Square was made according to the former prime minister's wishes. In an interview with the Times of Malta the artist also reveals the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how naked selfie extortion landed a woman in court. It also reports how the artist who designed the Mintoff statue has blasted a decision by the Office of...

  • 200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    200 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

    Up to 200 people are feared to have died after a boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya late yesterday. Just over 200 were rescued by the Libyan coast guard. A security official in the western town of...

  • Naked selfie extortion lands woman in court

    A man paid almost €2,000 to a woman who was threatening to show his wife the naked selfies he had sent her, a magistrate heard yesterday. Cospicua resident Rosianne Cassar, 22, a single mother of a five-month-old child, received a suspended jail...

  • ‘They wanted their own idea of Mintoff... not the real one’

    ‘They wanted their own idea of Mintoff... not the real one’

    Artist ALFRED CAMILLERI CAUCHI opens up on the Mintoff monument saga and tells Ivan Camilleri how his design was inspired by the former premier’s own words. Renowned artist Alfred Camilleri Cauchi yesterday revealed that it was Dom Mintoff himself...

  • Man remanded over domestic violence incident

    A company general manager was remanded in custody after being accused of seriously injuring his wife with a knife in the presence of the couple’s three children The 62-year-old man, whose name cannot be published by court order, denied seriously...

  • Truck driver is cleared of injuring toddler

    A driver who slightly injured a 10-month old toddler when his truck’s side mirror hit him in the face was cleared of criminal charges on lack of evidence. Magistrate Neville Camilleri ruled there was not enough evidence to prove that Keith...

  • Irish couple steal tips to buy alcohol

    An Irish couple stole just over €77 in tips from a bar and a cafeteria, used the money to binge on alcohol and then entered a stranger’s house where they were found asleep, a court heard. Eoin Eamonn Hogan, 31, and his girlfriend Elaine Hurley,...

  • Petrol station thief pleads guilty again

    A man from Birżebbuġa who was handed a probation order on Tuesday was back in court yesterday, charged with an identical crime. Police Inspector Josric Mifsud charged Patrick Pullicino, 21, with having stolen €355 from the Lourdes Service Station...

  • Three corporate websites are targeted by hackers

    Three corporate websites are targeted by hackers

    Hackers with a pro-Palestinian message hijacked the corporate websites of McDonald’s, the Water Services Corporation and an app for the Farsons’ Great Beer Festival on Wednesday. The group, who identified themselves as Rebel Team Hackers, struck...

  • Two more arraigned in smuggling case

    Two more arraigned in smuggling case

    Another two men have been arraigned over the theft from the Freeport of a container carrying more than 10 million cigarettes, as police continue investigating the case. Haulier Malcolm Zammit, 35, from Qormi, and security officer Christopher...