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  • Prime Minister stands by Helena Dalli

    Prime Minister stands by Helena Dalli

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is taking Helena Dalli’s word that illegal works on a property she owns were carried out by the person who is buying the house. Dr Muscat was addressing a press conference about the budget, which he said, aimed to...

  • MHRA council expresses confidence in its president

    MHRA council expresses confidence in its president

    The council of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said today it had full confidence in its president Matthew Pace and his ability and commitment to continue to lead the MHRA for the full term of his tenure. The council was reacting to a...

  • Works at Marsa south bus lane

    Due to works being carried out at Marsa south bus lane between 8.30pm this evening and 5am tomorrow, two lanes on Triq Aldo Moro from the pedestrian bridge towards Paola, will be closed, Transport Malta said. It said no diversions are envisaged.  

  • Anchovy alert

        Another batch of a Spanish brand of canned anchovy fillets in olive oil has been recalled by the health authorities for containing high levels of histamine. A batch was recalled for the same reason last month. The Health Directorate warned...

  • EPP to hold extraordinary convention in Malta

    The EPP’s Political Assembly has unanimously approved the party’s plans to hold an extraordinary convention of the EPP in Malta in 2017. The head of the PN delegation in the European Parliament, David Casa said Malta was chosen after tough...

  • Motorcyclist injured in accident

    Motorcyclist injured in accident

    A 41-year-old man from Sta Venera was grievously injured in a collision this morning. The police said the man was riding a motorbike that collided with a car in Vjal Kottoner, Fgura at 8.50am.

  • Cabs reports 'massive' bird trapping

    Cabs reports 'massive' bird trapping

    Bird trappers have literally carpeted large areas of protected coastline habitats with hundreds of trapping sites, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) said today. It said aerial surveys it had conducted had revealed 290 active bird...

  • Fighters 'escort' tanker aircraft

    Fighters 'escort' tanker aircraft

    Two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters and a tanker aircraft left Malta together this morning after arriving yesterday. The aircraft were on a training mission. None of them are engaged in military operations against IS in Iraq. Picture Clive Xuereb...

  • Update 2: Court stops signing of bus operator contract

    Update 2: Court stops signing of bus operator contract

    (Adds PM's comments, ministry statement) A court this morning upheld a request by Maltese consortium Island Buses Malta to temporarily stop the transport authorities from entering into any contracts or agreements with the Spanish company Autobus...

  • Cinemas survey: Maltese films enjoyed the highest number of admissions on average, attendance slides

    Cinemas survey: Maltese films enjoyed the highest number of admissions on average, attendance slides

    Cinemas in Malta and Gozo projected 922 film shows and registered 702,239 admissions last year, down from 780,763 in 2012, which had already been a 10% drop over the previous year. The National Statistics Office said a survey carried out among the...

  • Woman bit constable who called to help her

    Woman bit constable who called to help her

    A 20-year-old woman was charged today with biting the arm of a police constable who turned up at her house to assist her after she claimed to have been beaten by her partner on Sunday. The woman, from Msida, pleaded guilty to assaulting and...

  • Race track promoters eye both Siġġiewi and Ħal Far

    Race track promoters eye both Siġġiewi and Ħal Far

    Motorsport promoters are eyeing two sites for  a race track complex that would include a hotel and leisure facilities. Charles Bellia and Frans Deguara, through their company, ICSKA, are proposing the circuit at the old airfield between Qrendi and...

  • Court hearings - Lisa Marie Zahra suffered 32-metre fall at Dingli Cliffs

    Court hearings - Lisa Marie Zahra suffered 32-metre fall at Dingli Cliffs

    A court this morning continued to hear the compilation of evidence against Erin Tanti, who stands accused of the murder of his former drama student Lisa Marie Zahra,15, and encouraging her to commit suicide at Dingli Cliffs in March last...

  • €2 million for the Milan Expo, €4.5m for CHOGM - a look at government's expenditure items

    €2 million for the Milan Expo, €4.5m for CHOGM - a look at government's expenditure items

    The Budget debate starts in earnest in Parliament next Monday, when the focus shifts to the expenditure items listed in the Financial Estimates 2015, distributed with the Budget yesterday. The Estimates provide, among other things, the funding...

  • Wine firm ‘not hurt by Isis brand name’

    Wine firm ‘not hurt by Isis brand name’

    The ringing sound of the name of the Egyptian and Phoenician goddess Isis meant several companies worldwide adopted it as their name. However, when, earlier this year, the Islamic State group, formerly part of al-Qaeda, gained prominence as a...

  • Sick note for one day off school proposal ditched

    Sick note for one day off school proposal ditched

    A proposal to make school­children produce a medical certificate if they miss class even for one day has been scrapped, according to a new truancy policy announced last week. However, parents will have to write to the head of school to justify the...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta leads its Budget coverage by quoting Finance Minister Edward Scicluna that this was a Budget to make work pay. The Malta Independent leads with the heading Budget...

  • Scicluna: Budget to make work pay

    Scicluna: Budget to make work pay

    Encouraging young unemployed people to find work and targeting those on low incomes was the central thrust of the Budget presented by the Labour government last night. “This is a Budget full of ideas on how to improve things,” Finance Minister...

  • Ex-Enemalta head in court over fines paid with company card

    Ex-Enemalta head in court over fines paid with company card

    Though it is not known who was driving two Enemalta cars when 14 traffic contraventions were committed, the police decided to prosecute former chairman Alex Tranter as company funds were used to settle the fines. Police Inspector Ian Abdilla said...

  • ‘Minister ordered casino committee to be dissolved’

    ‘Minister ordered casino committee to be dissolved’

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona ordered the dissolution of the Privatisation Unit’s technical committee halfway through the evaluation of two bids for a 10-year casino licence concession. This was revealed in court yesterday by Privatisation Unit...