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  • Tax revenue up by almost €80 million

    Tax revenue up by almost €80 million

    Tax revenue continues to rise, with figures for the first quarter of 2016 outperforming last year's already positive results, the Finance Ministry said today. Figures released by the National Statistics Office show that tax revenue increased by...

  • APS registers record pre-tax profit

    APS Bank registered a record pre-tax profit of €15.6 million, an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year. Notwithstanding the challenging economic and financial environment, the performance is the result of improvements in the main sources...

  • Konrad Mizzi offered to resign as PL deputy but not as minister

    Konrad Mizzi offered to resign as PL deputy but not as minister

    Konrad Mizzi had offered his resignation as Labour Party deputy leader but not as minister, he confirmed this afternoon in his first comments after Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle.He did not elaborate on his decision to relinquish the party post,...

  • Kenya is about to burn 105 tonnes of ivory tusks

    Kenya wants a ban on all sales of elephant ivory, its president told other African leaders and conservationists at talks on how to save the continent's embattled elephant and rhino populations. From 1.2 million in the 1970s, the number of...

  • Airport security to screen liquids as part of EU pilot project

    Airport security to screen liquids as part of EU pilot project

    If you’re catching a flight out of Malta International Airport over the next two months, don’t be surprised if airport security decide to test that bottle of water you forgot in your hand luggage. MIA has been selected to take part in a pilot...

  • Chris Cardona to contest PL deputy leader post: 'party needs to send strong signal of governance'

    Chris Cardona to contest PL deputy leader post: 'party needs to send strong signal of governance'

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona is the first to declare his intention to run for the post of Labour Party deputy leader for party affairs.  The announcement comes a day after Konrad Mizzi resigned the post in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

  • Portfolio-less Konrad Mizzi dwells on government's energy vision

    Portfolio-less Konrad Mizzi dwells on government's energy vision

    Konrad Mizzi’s first appearance as minister without portfolio saw him give a speech on the government’s energy vision this afternoon.Dr Mizzi had long been scheduled to speak at the Mediterranean Leadership Summit at the Hilton in a session on...

  • Boy, 11, tells court of violence at Fra Diegu home

    Boy, 11, tells court of violence at Fra Diegu home

    An 11-year-old boy matter-of-factly told a court this morning how he regularly beat up his carers and other children at the Fra Diegu Home in Ħamrun. He said he himself was also beaten up by other carers as well as scratched and bitten by the...

  • Overnight roadworks for Kappara junction

    Overnight roadworks for Kappara junction

    Preparatory roadworks in the run-up to the big Kappara Junction project will continue tonight, Transport Malta has announced.  Following asphalting works in Triq Birkirkara up to San Ġwann junction, works on road markings will be carried out...

  • 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...

  • EU opposes calls to make suspending visa-free travel easier

    EU opposes calls to make suspending visa-free travel easier

    A proposal by Germany and France to make it easier to suspend visa-free travel to the European Union from countries such as Turkey drew a frosty reception from the European Commission today. In what was seen as a move to make visa liberalisation...

  • Daytime cooking banned in parts of India as 300 people die of heat

    Daytime cooking banned in parts of India as 300 people die of heat

    Daytime cooking has been banned in some parts of India after sizzling temperatures killed more than 300 people this month. Officials in the drought-stricken eastern part of the country said they took the decision in a bid to prevent accidental...

  • 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...

  • Helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in Norway

    Helicopter carrying oil workers crashes in Norway

    A helicopter believed to be carrying 13 people travelling from an offshore oil field has crashed near the Norwegian city of Bergen. Police spokesman Morten Kronen said the helicopter "has crashed, it is totally smashed". He later said that police...

  • 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...