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University licences 'not for sale' Education Minister says

Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said today that ‘no one will buy a licence’ to operate a university in Malta and he would not allow a reduction of standards. He was speaking at the conclusion of a seminar on a quality assurance framework for...

  • Trees planted in Pembroke missing

    Trees planted in Pembroke missing

    Six trees planted by BayStreet in Pembroke two and a half months ago have gone missing, the local council said. It said that in spite of its limitations, it was doing its utmost to keep the locality looking its best and such vandal acts did not...

  • Deficit down €120 million

    Government’s consolidated fund registered a deficit of €118.9 million in the first five months this year, €120 million lower than in the same period last year. Recurrent revenue during the period registered an increase of €185.8 million over...

  • My name is Ġorġ... and guess where I’m from

    My name is Ġorġ... and guess where I’m from

    If you go to the main square in the old part of Qormi and shout out the name ‘George’, at least 10 men will turn their heads sharply. It would seem that half of the people in Qormi, the birthplace of former president George Abela, are called...

  • Art exhibits at Parliament ‘like Caravaggio in plastic’

    Art exhibits at Parliament ‘like Caravaggio in plastic’

    Art historians and architects argue that Renzo Piano’s building should have a professional curator to manage the exhibition space and works on display Artists are calling for professional curatorship of Renzo Piano’s parliament, which they say has...

  • Work force at Dar Malta going up at least three-fold in preparation for Presidency

    Work force at Dar Malta going up at least three-fold in preparation for Presidency

    The work force at Dar Malta in Brussels is being increased from the current 50 people to 150 to 200 for the country to be able to deal with the Presidency of the European Union in 2017, Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg said this morning. A public...

  • Police Association calls for safeguards for officers' personal data

    The Malta Police Association has appealed to the Home Affairs Minister and the Police Commissioner to continue to implement measures and effective controls to safeguard and protect officers’ personal information and data. In a statement issued...

  • Foreign-car owners not above the law, say police

    Foreign-car owners not above the law, say police

    The police yesterday allayed concerns that they may be turning a blind eye to foreign-registered cars that were in breach of the law, saying they were towing them away when necessary and sending tickets to their owners. In Parliament the...

  • €6,500 stolen in gaming outlet hold-up

    €6,500 stolen in gaming outlet hold-up

    Some €6,500 were stolen from Fair Play, a gaming outlet, in a hold-up by an armed and hooded man last night, the police said. The theft took place at about 9.50pm at Mosta Road, St Paul's Bay.   The knife-wielding thief threatened a 23-year-old...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

     The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta leads with how EU talks on the Greek financial crises will go to the wire. It also says schoolchildren will get a holiday for CHOGM. In-Nazzjon reports that a...

  • Update 2 - EU leaders agree to relocate migrants after heated arguments

    Update 2 - EU leaders agree to relocate migrants after heated arguments

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this morning hailed an EU plan to share out the care of migrants throughout EU states. "It was an important achievement which sets a precedent. There's agreement that relocation becomes a principle. We still need to...

  • ‘CHOGM’: it sounds like a day off school

    ‘CHOGM’: it sounds like a day off school

    Schoolchildren might not know what CHOGM stands for, but they will soon like the sound of it, as November 27will be declared a school holiday to mark the event. It will be the day Queen Elizabeth II will be in Malta for the opening of the...

  • ‘CHOGM it sounds like a day off school

    Schoolchildren might not know what CHOGM stands for, but they will soon like the sound of it, as November 27 will be declared a school holiday to mark the event. It will be the day Queen Elizabeth II will be in Malta for the opening of the...

  • Greek crisis at the wire

    Greek crisis at the wire

    The spectre of a Greek default, which could lead to an exit from the euro, appeared possible last night, as EU ministers drew blanks from the troubled country’s latest proposals. Bailout talks between Greece and the EU are expected to go to the...

  • Jailed over aggravated heroin possession

    A man caught in possession of 37 grams of heroin has been sentenced to four years in jail for aggravated possession of the illegal substance. Duncan Scerri, 40, from St Paul’s Bay, was also fined €3,000 and ordered to pay €600 in court...

  • Homeless man found wallet, used cards

    A homeless Canadian man found a wallet in the street and used bank cards to buy €35 worth of cigarettes, food and beer from a grocery store, a court heard yesterday. Perry Thomas Bilsborrow, 57, admitted to defrauding the card owner on the evening...

  • Blood sample ‘inadmissible as evidence’

    A man was cleared of supplying heroin that led a drug addict to overdose after the court ruled a blood sample taken from the victim while still unconscious was inadmissible as evidence. Magistrate Marseann Farrugia ruled that the victim, Kristian...

  • UN monitors find progress in migrant detention system

    UN monitors find progress in migrant detention system

    Detention facilities and the treatment of migrants have undergone drastic improvement but concerns over access to legal aid remain, according to a UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. UN delegates were in Malta over the last two days to assess...

  • Police officer faces involuntary homicide charges

    Police officer faces involuntary homicide charges

    A police officer who crashed into a motorcycle killing the rider has been charged with involuntary homicide. Jean-Claude Mangion, 20, from Qrendi, was driving to work just after 5am on January 10 last year when he was involved in a collision with...

  • PN motion to publish deals on power plant

    PN motion to publish deals on power plant

    The Opposition yesterday formally called upon the government to publish in Parliament all the documents connected with the building of a new gas-fired power station. Apart from the contracts between Enemalta and Electrogas, the private consortium...

  • ‘Zammit cannot be trusted’

    The Nationalist Party wants the Prime Minister to immediately sack Peter Paul Zammit from his new role as security chief for the Commonwealth summit known as CHOGM. PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami yesterday said that a damning report by the...