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  • 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...

  • Announcements

    MIZZI. On October 22, at Mater Dei Hospital, JOSEPH, known as Joe, of Marsa, aged 76, passed away peacefully, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his dear wife Mary, his children Caroline and her husband Raymond,...

  • Humans could not drink cow milk for 5,000 years

    Humans could not drink cow milk for 5,000 years

    Early Europeans had a problem drinking the milk of cows and goats for some 5,000 years after the introduction of farming, a study has found. It took at least that long for their genes to evolve until they were no longer intolerant to lactose, the...

  • Franġisk Calleja

    Lino Spiteri writes: Last week, Maltese society became poorer with the passing away of Franġisk Calleja, at a venerable age and with all his faculties unimpaired. One can say that Franġisk epitomised all that is good about Maltese society. Over...

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    A father was hit with a £1,792 bill after his 10-year-old daughter downloaded 28 hours of videos – about loom bands. Trinity Groves watched hundreds of the tutorials over two weeks on her Nokia phone after the family’s home Wi-Fi stopped working.

  • MEP welcomes Mos Maiorum, calls for EU operational support system

    MEP Therese Comodini Cachia today welcomed the intra-Schengen police operation Mos Maiorum. Mos Maiorum is an EU-wide police operation which started on October 13 and will run until October 26. The joint operation is coordinated by the Italian...

  • 10,000 pensioners still working

    There are currently 9,935 people who are receiving retirement pensions but registered with the Employment and Training Corporation as still working, according to Social Security Department figures. Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia gave...

  • MP asks how former soldiers were admitted to police force without training

    MP asks how former soldiers were admitted to police force without training

    A group of men recently reinstated as policemen included former soldiers, the shadow minister for Home Affairs, Jason Azzopardi, told Parliament this evening. “One could be the best soldier but that does not make you a policeman,” he said. Serving...

  • Cable car for Mellieħa discussed between council and government

    One of four capital projects discussed with the former Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government by Mellieħa council was a cable-car system between Mellieħa Bay (Għadira) and the urban part of the town. Answering a parliamentary question by...

  • High waves, broken branches

    High waves, broken branches

    Strong winds today led to high waves in several areas of Malta and Gozo. No serious damage was reported but some tree branches were broken.

  • €35 million feed-in tariff contract will not be signed - minister

    €35 million feed-in tariff contract will not be signed - minister

    A €35 million feed-in tariff contract binding the country for 35 years awarded by the Nationalist government will not be signed, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said this evening. Mr Mizzi said in Parliament on Monday that an audit investigation had...

  • Nationalist MP claims obstruction by One journalist

    Nationalist MP George Pullicino this evening asked the Speaker to investigate an incident where he was obstructed from continuing on his way as he was leaving the House by a One journalist. He said that the journalist left the area designated for...

  • Speaker requested to investigate replies by Home Affairs Minister

    Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi this evening called on the Speaker to investigate whether replies given to him in Parliamentary questions by Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia were deceitful and intended to misguide him and the House. Dr Azzopardi...

  • Energy Minister found prima facie in breach of privilege

    Energy Minister found prima facie in breach of privilege

    Speaker Anglu Farruga ruled today that Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi was prima facie in breach of privilege with comments he made about former Resources Minister George Pullicino. The Speaker took his ruling after the minister yesterday refused to...

  • Beppe Fenech Adami says recovery is going well

    Beppe Fenech Adami says recovery is going well

    PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami said today he was making a good recovery from his operation on a malignant tumour. Dr Fenech Adami underwent a four-and-a-half hour operation in a London Hospital to remove a 15cm tumour from his right...

  • Update 3: Soldier dies after Ottawa shootings

    Update 3: Soldier dies after Ottawa shootings

    A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot dead today, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others. The...

  • Updated: Three swimmers assisted at Ramla

    Updated: Three swimmers assisted at Ramla

    Three foreign swimmers were this afternoon assisted by four off duty volunteer lifeguards of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps at Ramla Bay in Gozo after they were dragged by currents. The ERRC said the incident happened at 2.30pm. It said...

  • Teenage driver charged over man's death on bus stop, granted bail

    Teenage driver charged over man's death on bus stop, granted bail

    A 17-year-old unlicensed driver from Naxxar was this afternoon charged with killing John Baptiste Azzopardi, 65, when he smashed his father's car into a bus stop where the victim was sitting. Before Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera, the boy who...