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  • Three workers are charged for aiding consumer abuses

    Three Enemalta employees who allegedly received money to help consumers steal electricity by bypassing their smart meters were arraigned yesterday. The men, who work in Enemalta’s maintenance department but have been suspended, denied tampering...

  • Ombudsman ‘hopeful’ that army complaints issue will be resolved

    The Ombudsman is seeking assurances that he will be in a position to proceed with his investigation into army officers’ complaints following a meeting with Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela. Joseph Said Pullicino said Dr Abela was receptive to...

  • Second patient dies in hospital corridor

    Second patient dies in hospital corridor

    An elderly man was the second person to die in a Mater Dei Hospital corridor in a matter of days after suffering a fatal heart attack yesterday morning but health authorities are denying claims of negligence. The 83-year-old’s death, which...

  • PN’s fake parking ticket stunt backfires

    PN’s fake parking ticket stunt backfires

    You’ve just left the office. It’s raining. When you reach your car, an unpleasant surprise awaits: a parking ticket affixed to your windscreen. Then you take a closer look; something’s not right: the place of the violation is listed as Triq...

  • Minister stalls over publishing bus deal

    Minister stalls over publishing bus deal

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi will not publish the public transport concession contract signed with Spanish company Autobuses de Leon just yet. After going on record saying he will table the contract in Parliament “on the first opportunity...

  • Lija local council breached procurement rules – report

    The Lija local council breached public procurement rules when it engaged a consultant and a private contractor over the last two years, according to the Department for Local Government. The Local Governance Board adopted the recommendations of the...

  • Man denies taking cash and €1,200 in cigarettes

    A Serb who in 2013 worked in Malta as an assistant football coach was yesterday charged with stealing more than €1,200 worth of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of alcohol from a Qawra kiosk. Dejan Patkovic, 33, was arrested during a roadblock...

  • President praises star company

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca hailed Methode Electronics a star company during a visit to its plant in Mrieħel. The President praised Methode’s contributions to Maltese society, its role in the country’s economic growth and its social...

  • Language schools ‘must collaborate to change cheap destination notion’

    English language schools must collaborate to help change the perception that Malta was a “cheap destination”, a meeting was told yesterday. Managers attending the annual general meeting of the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations...

  • Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

    Jordan proposes prisoner swap with Islamic State

    Jordan offered yesterday to hand over an Iraqi woman on death row for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is freed. Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani made no mention of Japanese hostage Kenji...

  • Social benefits cost most in 2013, at 33%

    Social benefits cost most in 2013, at 33%

    Total government expenditure in 2013 reached €3,196.3 million, an increase of €133.8 million over the previous year, according to figures by the National Statistics Office. Social benefits was the big money grabber in the period under review,...

  • Israeli soldiers, peacekeeper are killed in frontier violence

    Israeli soldiers, peacekeeper are killed in frontier violence

    Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed yesterday in an exchange of fire between Hizbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war. The soldiers were killed when Hizbollah fired five...

  • Anti-Islam group loses second leader

    Anti-Islam group loses second leader

    German anti-Islam movement Pegida looked in disarray yesterday, losing its second leader in a week when Kathrin Oertel, who took over after the founder quit for posing as Hitler, also resigned, and the group cancelled its next rally. The...

  • 43 lawyers file protest at ‘illegal’ court fees

    Higher registration tariffs imposed by the courts were illegal because they were not backed by law, lawyers complained in a judicial protest. Legal sources said the new tariffs meant that fees for filing a court case had increased by about €200. A...

  • Greek PM Tsipras halts privatisations – markets tumble

    Greek PM Tsipras halts privatisations – markets tumble

    Leftwing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors yesterday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A...

  • Malta to limit cost of EU presidency

    Malta to limit cost of EU presidency

    Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg yesterday briefed the House Foreign and European Affairs Committee on preparations for Malta’s presidency of the EU in the first six months of 2017. Dr Borg said Malta was doing its utmost to limit expenditure.

  • Moscow says North Korean leader Kim will visit Russia

    Moscow says North Korean leader Kim will visit Russia

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said yesterday, citing a Kremlin spokesman. The trip would be...

  • €100m for 18 hotel extensions

    A total of 18 hotels were expected to avail themselves of schemes to expand their operations at a projected total cost of €100 million over four years, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis told Parliament yesterday. Answering a question by...

  • US to provide more aid to Ukraine

    The United States signed an agreement yesterday to provide $2 billion in loan guarantees to help war-torn Ukraine with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it was also prepared to step up further economic sanctions against Russia if and...

  • ‘Anti-competitive behaviour’

    A legal company has written to the Public Accounts Committee asking the National Audit Office to investigate what the firm considered to be anti-competitive behaviour by service providers which benefited from public funds. Aquitas Legal, writing...