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  • Jailed for beating 17-year-old with a metal rod

    Jailed for beating 17-year-old with a metal rod

    A 29-year-old man who beat up a former Royal Marines cadet with a metal rod has been jailed for five years. Ahmed Abdalla Yakoup, a Palestinian, had been accused, together with Omar Osman, 37, of assaulting and injuring Justin Aquilina at the...

  • Dolphins, seabirds and turtles get eight new protected sites

    Dolphins, seabirds and turtles get eight new protected sites

    Turtles, seabirds and dolphins who make Maltese territorial waters their home are to be further protected thanks to the creation of eight new marine protected areas. The eight areas cover 3,450 square kilometres and will join Malta’s five existing...

  • Reimbursement of gas cylinder deposit set at €15

    Reimbursement of gas cylinder deposit set at €15

    The reimbursement of the deposit on gas cylinders for customers who do not hold a receipt has been set at €15 by the Regulator for Energy and Water Services. Back in 2010, Liquigas had insisting on giving just a €5 refund to customers who did not...

  • BOV profits rise, but negative rates cause it sleepless nights

    BOV profits rise, but negative rates cause it sleepless nights

    The Bank of Valletta Group has reported a pre-tax profit of €68.5 million for the first half of the year. This compares to a profit of €58.8 million in the same period last year. But despite the positive results, the bank warned that low interest...

  • MEPs call on Commission to tackle diabetes head-on

    MEPs call on Commission to tackle diabetes head-on

    More than one in every 10 Maltese is affected by diabetes, and MEPs Therese Comodini Cachia and Marlene Mizzi want to do something about it. The two MEPs were among a group of 383 who today called on the European Commission and Council to...

  • Prevention, early detection focus of skin cancer campaign

    Prevention, early detection focus of skin cancer campaign

    Anyone spending even a few minutes outside needs to take precautions to avoid sunburn, health promotion department head Charmaine Gauci said this morning, launching the annual Euro-Melanoma Skin Cancer Campaign. “People need to start thinking...

  • Three ministers sworn in

    Three ministers were sworn in this morning following the reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat yesterday. Chris Fearne has taken up the role of Health Minister from Konrad Mizzi and Jose Herrera has replaced Leo Brincat as...

  • Minister Mallia wants to work with the Opposition, respects PM’s decisions

    Minister Mallia wants to work with the Opposition, respects PM’s decisions

    Newly-appointed Minister for Competitiveness Manuel Mallia is confident he can work with the Opposition, despite the fact it had insisted on his sacking as Home Affairs minister in 2014.  Asked if he believed the Opposition would be willing to...

  • Consolidated fund shortfall grows by €38 million

    Consolidated fund shortfall grows by €38 million

    A deficit of €123.3 million was registered in the government’s consolidated fund between January and March, according to data released by the National Statistics Office. The NSO said that compared to the first quarter of last year, recurrent...

  • Keith Schembri is held to account – Prime Minister

    Keith Schembri is held to account – Prime Minister

    A rushed Prime Minister today insisted that his chief of staff Keith Schembri is held to account. Dr Muscat yesterday announced that no action will be taken against Mr Schembri after he opened up a secret company in Panama sheltered by a trust in...

  • IHI reports 30% rise in operating profit, approves bonus shares

    IHI reports 30% rise in operating profit, approves bonus shares

    International Hotel Investments (IHI), the publicly traded company of the Corinthia Group, has reported a 30 per cent rise in operating profit for 2015. The company’s operating profit (EBITDA) for last year stood at €44 million compared with €34...

  • Unrepentant Prime Minister defends choices

    Unrepentant Prime Minister defends choices

    It is in the country’s interest to keep Konrad Mizzi as minister, the Prime Minister said this morning as he continued to defend his choices for a Cabinet reshuffle. Joseph Muscat justified the decision to keep Dr Mizzi in the Cabinet, albeit with...

  • Urgent appeal for 'O' positive blood

    Urgent appeal for 'O' positive blood

    An urgent call for O positive blood was made this morning by the Blood Bank. The bank said that 50 bags of blood were required daily and reserves were very low. Besides these regular 50 bags, the bank appealed for donations to fill another 60 bags...

  • Ramla Bay Hotel to get large heart-shaped extension

    Ramla Bay Hotel to get large heart-shaped extension

    A large heart-shaped extension to the Ramla Bay Hotel, described by the developers as a piece of “iconic architecture to provide a permanent attractive landmark at Malta’s northern tip”, has been given the go-ahead by the planning authority. The...

  • More reshuffle reactions: From ‘worse than half-baked’ to ‘the best in circumstances’

    More reshuffle reactions: From ‘worse than half-baked’ to ‘the best in circumstances’

    Joseph Muscat’s reshuffle elicited a mixed reaction on social media yesterday that fluctuated between disbelief and adulation. The Prime Minister was described as a decisive person by Labour sympathisers on Facebook after stripping Konrad Mizzi of...

  • Malta newspapers review

    Malta newspapers review

    The Maltese newspapers are dominated by the Cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday. Times of Malta says the reshuffle was 'a farce,' with Konrad Mizzi losing his portfolio but staying in the Cabinet. The Malta Independent says the 'cosmetic'...

  • Two men injured in separate accidents - road to Msida closed

    Two men injured in separate accidents - road to Msida closed

    Two men were injured, one of them critically, in separate traffic accidents last night. The police said a 35-year-old Serbian man was critically injured in a traffic accident on the Regional Road, Kappara, early this morning. The police said the...

  • ‘Mind your own business - the secret to living to be 100’

    ‘Mind your own business - the secret to living to be 100’

    Carmena Vella boarded a plane for the first time in her life when she was aged 90, an adventure that she repeated when she turned 95. On her 100th birthday, she tells Sarah Carabott that she would not mind giving it another go. The formula for...

  • Six anxious years end in acquittal over fireworks

    Six anxious years end in acquittal over fireworks

    Relief flooded over Mark Agius’s face as the Appeals Court yesterday cleared him of illegally storing fireworks in the Naxxar Peace Band Club, finally ending six years of anxiety and sleepless nights. Still looking dazed as he attempted to digest...

  • "A huge insult to people's intelligence": Simon Busuttil

    "A huge insult to people's intelligence": Simon Busuttil

    20:28 Updated with PL reaction Today’s reshuffle confirmed Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was being “blackmailed”, Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil has said. “As of today, Joseph Muscat is personally involved. He is an accomplice of Konrad Mizzi’s...