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  • Dates for enrolment

    Students who would like to enrol at the Gian Franġisk Abela Junior College in October, including those who are waiting for the publication of results, need to apply online by logging on to www.jc.um.edu.mt/apply between August 1 and 10. They will...

  • Genetic blueprint unveiled for wheat

    Genetic blueprint unveiled for wheat

    As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread − wheat bread, that is. An international team of scientists unveiled a genetic blueprint of wheat in an accomplishment that may help guide the breeding of...

  • Polidanos blaming Mepa for conditions at illegal zoo

    Polidanos blaming Mepa for conditions at illegal zoo

    Polidano Brothers has responded to criticism that its exotic animals are being kept in poor conditions at the Montekristo Animal Park by blaming the authorities for delays in approving applications for permits on illegalities. The animal park is...

  • Japanese woman clings to hope twin is alive in N. Korea

    Japanese woman clings to hope twin is alive in N. Korea

    Misa Morimoto spoke to no one for 18 years about her identical twin sister who vanished when they were 20, not even to her own children. On the rare occasions when asked, she lied and said her sister was studying overseas. But slowly the pain of...

  • Minor cases may be heard in absentia

    Minor cases may be heard in absentia

    Court cases which carry a prison sentence of up to six months can be heard in absentia if the accused does not turn up in court for no valid reason, according to amendments to the Criminal Code approved by Parliament. However this system will only...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A four-year-old boy has been praised for calling 999 when his mother had an epileptic seizure. Brealyn Adams made the call when his mother Kathryn suffered the seizure at their home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, in May. During the call,...

  • Student protests loom over delays to results

    Student protests loom over delays to results

    University students may resort to staging protests in the middle of summer if there is no breakthrough in a dispute that has left thousands of them still waiting anxiously for exam results. The warning was issued yesterday by the Kunsill Studenti...

  • Investigative committee will look into ‘disastrous’ Skolasajf scheme

    An investigative committee has been set up to look into the “disastrous” organisation of Skolasajf earlier this month. The popular state summer school programme was put on hold for one week the day before the service was meant to begin, due to...

  • Festival of street art

    The Sliema Street Art Festival will once again colour the Sliema Promenade this weekend. Organised by the Sliema Local Council and Add More Colours, the festival brings together local and foreign street artists’ talents, showcasing their best...

  • Sixth year applications

    The Curia will be accepting applications to fill six Church school places for boys in their sixth year of primary school. There are three vacant places at St Francis, Msida as well as a further three in Teresa Nuzzo, Marsa. The Church said there...

  • Thermal bricks

    A new type of construction brick which would help to increase energy efficiency in buildings is being developed by RA and Sons Manufacturing Ltd in Xewkija, Gozo. The project is being co-financed by the Research and Innovation Programme, which is...

  • Marathon fundraiser

    The Oħloq Tbissima Marathon started yesterday at noon and will run until Sunday at midnight to raise funds for missions of the Missionary Society of St Paul in Peru, Pakistan and the Philippines. The marathon will be aired on television and aims...

  • ‘Shocking number self-refer to eating disorder, obesity clinic’

    ‘Shocking number self-refer to eating disorder, obesity clinic’

    Fondazzjoni Kenn Għal Saħħtek chairman Anton Grech was “shocked” at the high number of young people who referred themselves into a facility for people suffering from eating disorders and obesity during a recent open weekend. Located in Mtarfa, the...

  • Labour MP defies party whip on Enemalta Bill

    Labour MP defies party whip on Enemalta Bill

    Labour MP Marlene Farrugia yesterday shunned an important vote in Parliament over the future of Enemalta, saying she did not have enough information about the issue. This is the first time in this legislature that a member of the governing party...

  • Enemalta Bill approved

    Enemalta Bill approved

    Parliament yesterday approved in second reading the controversial Enemalta Bill by 33 votes for and 27 votes against after the Opposition called a division. The Bill now passes to committee stage and the third reading is due on Friday. In contrast...

  • Plan to postpone all local council elections to 2019

    All local council elections will be postponed to coincide with the 2019 European Parliament elections under proposals the government is planning to put forward. The government’s intention was confirmed by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici yesterday...

  • That certain ‘X-Factor’

    That certain ‘X-Factor’

    One of the world’s most acclaimed tenors, Joseph Calleja, took to the stage at the Granaries last night for his sixth annual Malta concert. He sang duets with UK X-Factor winner Leona Lewis (pictured), Italian pop star Claudio Baglioni,...

  • Announcements

    GEORGE CHASE and CARMEN BORG, July 19, 1964 Happy 50th anniversary, dear mum and dad. With love and gratitude for all your support over the years, from Ian, Geraldine, Conrad, Benna and Albert. Lots of love to our dearest nanna and nannu from...

  • Pharmacies open tomorrow

    Royal Pharmacy, 271, Republic Street, Valletta; Chemimart International Pharmacy, 650, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun; Brown’s Pharmacy, 82, Victory Street, Qormi; Mackie’s Pharmacy, L. Casolani Street, Ta’ Paris, Birkirkara; Charing Pharmacy, Mimosa...

  • Prison storing not reforming; 172 new staff needed

    Prisoners are not being given a fair chance at rehabilitation because of a shortage of social workers and psychologists, according to a prisoner advocacy group calling for more investment in care workers. The NGO, Mid-Dlam Għad-Dawl, was reacting...