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  • Thoughts on the 3,000 ‘extremists’

    Thoughts on the 3,000 ‘extremists’

    Following one of the largest environmental protests ever organised locally (although a firm challenger for the top spot is the protest against the siting of the Delimara power station held in Marsaxlokk in the early 1990s), here are my thoughts on...

  • Upcoming events

    • The feast of St Peter and St Paul will be celebrated in Nadur tomorrow. Bishop Mario Grech will lead a concelebrated pontifical Mass at 9am at Nadur basilica. Fr Richard Farrugia will deliver the panegyric, followed by the presentation of the...

  • Quotes and news

    Estimates of the number of people who took part in a demonstration in Rome in support of the family and opposing gender theory in public education and gay marriage, vary between 330,000 and a million. The demonstration was held as part of the...

  • Pharmacies open today

    Malta & Gozo: 9am-noon Waterfront Dispensary, Forni, 21, Pinto Wharf, Floriana;Thomas Pharmacy, 796, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun;Pinto Pharmacy, 43, St Sebastian Street, Qormi;Ħerba Pharmacy, 183, Main Street, Birkirkara;Remedies Chemists, Marina...

  • Quotes of the week

    “Toughest, longest, even the meanest discussion.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after EU leaders spent seven hours sparring about a migrant relocation system. At the end of the acrimonious summit he hailed it a “major breakthrough”. If you think...

  • Beijing same-sex wedding ceremony

    Beijing same-sex wedding ceremony

    Gino cries while embracing a relative representing his family, while his partner Ling Jueding (right) looks on during their wedding ceremony at a park in Beijing. The gay couple, Ling, 34, and Gino, 27, both internet entrepreneurs in businesses...

  • Helen O’Grady Academy soirée

    Helen O’Grady Academy soirée

    Young and adult students at Helen O’Grady Academy showcased their performance skills at a soirée. Principal Alan Montanaro (centre) said that although the aca­demy was not a school, it was not short of talent and it recognised the importance of...

  • Update 2 - Bidder for St Luke's, Gozo hospital projects selected

    Update 2 - Bidder for St Luke's, Gozo hospital projects selected

    Vitals Global Healthcare, owned by a Singaporean investment firm has been selected as the preferred bidder for the new investment in the healthcare sector, the government announced. The company was one of three which had made submissions  for a...

  • Update 2 - EU rejects Greek bailout extension, Muscat: No risk for Maltese banks

    Update 2 - EU rejects Greek bailout extension, Muscat: No risk for Maltese banks

    Eurozone finance ministers have rejected a request by Greece to extend the deadline of its bailout programme until after a planned July 5 referendum. The Greek finance minister walked out of an EU finance ministers' meeting this afternoon after...

  • Three swimmers rescued in Gnejna

    Three swimmers rescued in Gnejna

    Rescuers of the Armed Forcesof Malta assisted a man and two boys who could not return to the beach in Gnejna after swimming out this afternoon. The three held on to an outlying rock until they were hoisted by a helicopter and flown to safety.  

  • Blaze destroys car

    Blaze destroys car

    A parked car was destroyed by fire in Swatar early this afternoon. The blaze was put out by firemen of the Civil Protection Department. No one was injured.

  • Deficit lowest in 15 years

    The government this afternoon welcomed figures which showed the deficit in the consolidated fund at its lowest in 15 years. It said the deficit in the first five months of this year had narrowed by €120 million, or half what it was under the...

  • Update 3 - Michelle Muscat completes Gozo-Malta charity swim

    Update 3 - Michelle Muscat completes Gozo-Malta charity swim

    Updated 5.57 pm - Michelle Muscat, the prime minister's wife, has successfully completed her swim from Gozo to Malta to raise funds for the Marigold Foundation and the Malta Special Olympics team. She jumped into the somewhat choppy sea in Qala at...

  • Maltese-registered cruise ship collides with tanker bound for Malta

    Maltese-registered cruise ship collides with tanker bound for Malta

    The Maltese-registered cruise ship Louis Cristal collided with the tanked Pimlico, bound for Malta from Russia early this morning near Gallipoli, according to international press reports. Doğan News Agency said damage to the 162-meter-long cruise...

  • Bus company drafts in more people to handle bus card applications

    Bus company drafts in more people to handle bus card applications

    Malta Public Transport said today that those who applied for its bus card by June 19 - some 105,000 - would receive their card before July 1, when the cards become effective and the new fare structure is introduced. The cards to other applicants...

  • Government reacts as Opposition demands inquiry into Gaffarena-Zammit links, sees possible corruption in prosecution of murder case

    Government reacts as Opposition demands inquiry into Gaffarena-Zammit links, sees possible corruption in prosecution of murder case

    The Nationalist Party has demanded an independent investigation into how the son of former police acting police commissioner Ray Zammit had investigated a murder allegedly having links with the Gaffarena family while at the same time, he was in a...

  • PM, Edward Scicluna hit out at timing of Greek referendum

    PM, Edward Scicluna hit out at timing of Greek referendum

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning that while the Greek government's decision to hold a referendum on the EU's bailout offer was legitimate and could be anticipated, it's timing so late in the day was irresponsible Meanwhile, Finance...

  • Priest to face abuse charges, Church commission comments

    The Church's Commission for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults said today it takes action in all cases where a risk of harm to children or vulnerable adults is present, based on the information passed on to the Commission and on...

  • Power restored after contractor damages sub-station

    Power restored after contractor damages sub-station

    Hundreds of homes and businesses in Hamrun and Sta Venera were without power for some hours today after after a contractor accidentally damaged a distribution sub-station. The incident happened at 10.30am in Cannon Road, Sta Venera as the...

  • Schools’ curriculums ‘must reflect different cultures’ - 1,500 new migrant pupils in primary schools in a year

    Schools’ curriculums ‘must reflect different cultures’ - 1,500 new migrant pupils in primary schools in a year

    School curriculums need to reflect strands of the different cultures brought in by migrants, according to Raymond Facciol, an Education Ministry official. “We need to ensure that our curricula reflect a multi-ethnic and multi-language society and...