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  • Updated: Matsec fees increase is 'tax on education' - PN

    Updated: Matsec fees increase is 'tax on education' - PN

    (Adds government statement) The increase in Matsec exam fees revealed last week was a new tax on education imposed by the government, the PN's spokesman for education, Joseph Cassar, said this morning. Speaking at a press conference, he criticised...

  • Marilyn Monroe’s first-time prints go up for auction in Malta

    Marilyn Monroe’s first-time prints go up for auction in Malta

    We have all seen the iconic shot of sex symbol Marilyn Monroe trying to hold her skirt down as it was lifted up by a blast from a subway vent. However, there are many other photos of the glamorous actress which have never seen light of day. Ian...

  • Mallia underlines reform rather than punishment to rehabilitate offenders

    Mallia underlines reform rather than punishment to rehabilitate offenders

    Home Affairs Minister Manuel Malllia this morning underlined the importance of reform, rather than punishment, as the most effective way to rehabilitate offenders. Speaking at an international conference on restorative justice being held in Malta...

  • Mizzi 'not involved' in relative’s employment

    Mizzi 'not involved' in relative’s employment

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi insists he was not involved in the recruitment process that led to his sister-in-law being employed by a department falling under his political responsibility. Lourdes Camilleri was among 70 new full-time cleaners...

  • House starts debating law for union membership for police, army

    The Bill giving personnel in disciplined forces the right to join a trade union was yet another landmark in the country’s history, even if uniformed personnel would still not be able to strike, Home Affairs Minister Emanuel Mallia said. Speaking...

  • Malta has far higher asthma symptoms among children than Sicily

    Malta has far higher asthma symptoms among children than Sicily

    A Respira study on the prevalence of allergic respiratory diseases in school children (age 11-14) in Malta and Sicily shows that living in Malta is a risk factor for Asthma related symptoms as compared to Sicily. Rural Gela children had lower...

  • Stone barriers on the roads are ‘accidents just waiting to happen’

    Stone barriers on the roads are ‘accidents just waiting to happen’

    The large stone blocks being used to cordon off major roadworks are “an accident waiting to happen”, according to traffic experts. Metre-high blocks have become commonplace along several roads where works are taking place, such as on the Coast...

  • White Paper on organ donations out in a few months

    The government will publish a White Paper to regulate organ donations in the coming months, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said. He was speaking during a meeting with Lupus Support Group and Life Cycle Organisation. Dr Fearne said...

  • Canada's Harper says no safe haven for those behind attacks

    Canada's Harper says no safe haven for those behind attacks

    Canada will not be intimidated by a pair of attacks that killed two soldiers on its own soil this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an address to the nation last night, adding that security agencies will do everything needed to counter...

  • Press digest

    Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press. Times of Malta reports how Brussels is seeking clarifications on Malta's Budget.  l-orizzont says the cost of living has been the lowest in 30 years. It was announced yesterday...

  • Update 3: Finance Ministry admits European Commission seeking more information on Budget

    Update 3: Finance Ministry admits European Commission seeking more information on Budget

    (Adds PN statement) The Finance Ministry said this afternoon it received communication from the European Commission asking for further information related to the Malta's draft Budget 2015 submitted by Malta on October 15. It said this procedure...

  • Soldier dies after gunman opens fire in Canada

    Soldier dies after gunman opens fire in Canada

    At least one gunman entered Canada’s Parliament buildings yesterday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators. Harper was safely removed from the building but...

  • Protesters march in Hong Kong as talks are fruitless

    About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader yesterday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued...

  • Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to combat Ebola

    Cuban doctors, nurses land in Liberia to combat Ebola

    A team of Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia yesterday to help to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus on record alongside a US military mission deploying in the West Africa country. A jet from the national airline Cubana...

  • US Liberty Medal honour for Malala

    US Liberty Medal honour for Malala

    Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal on Tuesday. “No girl, no child, anywhere, anywhere in this...

  • Elvis photographer dies

    Elvis photographer dies

    Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose photographs of Elvis Presley documented the start of a legendary career, has died. Wertheimer’s editor and gallery curator, Chris Murray, said Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes at his New York...

  • The man who directed the Watergate coverage

    The man who directed the Watergate coverage

    Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple president Richard Nixon, died aged 93. Bradlee’s...

  • The common grass eggar

    The common grass eggar

    The grass eggar is a common moth which can be seen from October to November, especially where low-growing grasses and plants of the pea family grow. In Maltese it is known as baħrija tas-silla. The grass eggar belongs to a family of moths known as...

  • Calling all material girls!

    Calling all material girls!

    Costumes, gowns and jewellery worn by Madonna in films such as Evita and A League of Their Own and in the Material Girl music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien’s Auctions said. They are among...

  • Majjistral Park to launch mobile app during open day

    The Majjistral Nature and History Park in the northwest of Malta (hence the name) is the country’s first natural national park. Stretching from Golden Bay to il-Prajjet and ix-Xagħra l-Ħamra, it is home to many species of flora and fauna and thus...