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  • ‘Frying pan’ jibe man made more serious threats

    The man who was last week fined for calling a policeman a “frying pan” told him much more than just that, according to court documents seen by Times of Malta. Affidavits presented in court as evidence – which were not read out in open court – show...

  • Retired judge loses constitutional case

    Retired judge loses constitutional case

    A Constitutional Court yesterday confirmed that the judiciary watchdog had not breached the rights of a judge, who has since retired, when it decided on an impeachment motion against him. Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco appealed a decision by the Civil...

  • Top marks for local beaches

    Top marks for local beaches

    Maltese bathing waters are officially the cleanest in Europe, alongside those of Cyprus and Luxembourg. The European Commission yesterday described the island’s swimming zones as “excellent”. A detailed report on European bathing water, conducted...

  • Fog strands passengers on aircraft for hours

    Passengers on two Air Malta flights from the UK were stranded on grounded aircraft for several hours early yesterday morning after their flights were redirected to Catania due to fog over Malta. The flights from London and Birmingham were meant to...

  • Cameras for clean-up

    Four security cameras will be installed in areas known for illegal dumping in the coming months as part of an anti-littering campaign. Transport and infrastructure minister Joe Mizzi said one camera had already been installed in Il-Foss, Żabbar.

  • Ex-CEO sues, claiming MIA dismissal ‘unfair’

    Ex-CEO sues, claiming MIA dismissal ‘unfair’

    The former chief executive at Malta International Airport is suing the company for his abrupt removal last January. Markus Klaushoffer is claiming unfair dismissal and the case is now before the industrial tribunal. The information was provided by...

  • ‘Maltese seen with match-fix ringleaders’

    ‘Maltese seen with match-fix ringleaders’

    Two Maltese nationals accused of rigging football games in Italy were spotted in the company of ringleaders from Calabria, Italian police have confirmed. Rodolfo Ruperti, head of the Catanzaro police, told Times of Malta yesterday Robert and...

  • Church slams government’s handling of university bid

    Church slams government’s handling of university bid

    The Church’s Commission for the Environment has outlined the procedure it says should have been followed to develop tertiary education, leading to a transparent and environmentally sensitive process for setting up a new university. It said a...

  • Lawyers claim that Mepa overstepped its authority

    Lawyers claim that Mepa overstepped its authority

    The planning authority overstepped its authority and compromised its decision-making role in the site selection process for the new university in the south, according to lawyers specialising in planning laws. They said the law required Mepa to...

  • ‘Muscat resorting to lies to protect Refalo’

    ‘Muscat resorting to lies to protect Refalo’

    The PN yesterday accused the Prime Minister of “resorting to lies” to protect Gozo Minister Anton Refalo. It is being alleged that Dr Refalo was involved in the commissioning of public works on private property in various localities in Gozo. When...

  • Islamic State militants storm ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

    Islamic State militants storm ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

    Syrian pro-government militia evacuated citizens from the ancient city of Palmyra yesterday after large groups of Islamic State militants infiltrated it, state television reported. The evacuation by Syria's National Defence Forces follows heavy...

  • Magistrate throws out libel case

    A magistrate yesterday criticised Vince Farrugia, the former director general of the Malta Chamber for Small and Medium Enterprises (GRTU), over the “amateurish way” in which he and his lawyers managed a criminal libel case. Magistrate Francesco...

  • Renzi pushes EU partners to accept quotas of refugees

    Renzi pushes EU partners to accept quotas of refugees

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi accused European Union countries late on Tuesday of backtracking on commitments to accept asylum seekers and said they must show they were serious about wanting to solve the current Mediterranean migrant...

  • Masters in Chinese medicine

    A Master programme in traditional Chinese medicine and culture will be offered at University of Malta following an agreement with the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A Traditional Chinese Medical Centre will also be opened at...

  • Prince Charles talks of murdered ‘grandfather’ – Lord Mountbatten

    Prince Charles talks of murdered ‘grandfather’ – Lord Mountbatten

    Britain’s Prince Charles spoke yesterday of the murder of his great uncle Lord Mountbatten in Ireland 36 years ago and called him “the grandfather I never had.” Speaking ahead of his first visit to the site where the Irish Republican Army (IRA)...

  • Making our roads safer

    The newly set up National Road Safety Commission met for the first time this week to start discussing how to make Malta’s roads less dangerous. The commission is made up of representatives of the Civil Protection Department, the police, insurance...

  • No mobile phone while ‘driving’!

    No mobile phone while ‘driving’!

    A man uses a mobile phone while riding a camel through a traffic jam in downtown Cairo, yesterday.

  • 400 people each year end up homeless, say NGOs

    400 people each year end up homeless, say NGOs

    Some 400 people a year end up homeless, according to statistics gleaned from voluntary organisations. Speaking at a conference organised yesterday by the Anti-Poverty Forum, social worker Bryan Magro said the statistics were taken from shelters...

  • Government to pay part of rent for vulnerable people

    The government would be paying part of the rent of vulnerable people in employment, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia said. The system will work in a manner similar to the tapering of unemployment benefits, over a period of three years,...

  • PN: ‘Councils Bill anti-democratic’

    PN: ‘Councils Bill anti-democratic’

    Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil yesterday described the Local Councils (Amendment) Bill as “anti-democratic” and “anti-liberal”. He said the government should be ashamed of having moved it in Parliament, because it showed how insensitive it was...