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  • Incident is the talk of the town

    Incident is the talk of the town

    In a sleepy cul-de-sac in Gżira yesterday, everyone was chattering about the incident that took place between a Scotsman and a government chauffeur the night before. Until the press showed up. The quiet Turu Columbo Square was the scene of the...

  • Minister dodges questions about shooting, saying ‘nothing to hide’

    Minister dodges questions about shooting, saying ‘nothing to hide’

    The Home Affairs Minister yesterday dodged questions about why the ministry had changed its version of events over a shooting incident involving his ministerial driver and a British man. “We have nothing to hide and we could not have been more...

  • ‘His first reaction was to lie and cover it up’

    ‘His first reaction was to lie and cover it up’

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil is urging the Prime Minister to sack Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia after he was caught “lying” about a shooting involving his chauffeur. Dr Busuttil was reacting to “worrying discrepancies” between an...

  • ‘We are not in the cowboy age now’

    Two former high-ranking police officials have told this newspaper that the use of a firearm in the case involving the driver of the Home Affairs Minister did not appear to be justified. “According to clear guidelines which the police are fully...

  • Man fined €150 for ramming Mizzi’s car

    A man yesterday pleaded guilty to crashing into Transport Minister Joe Mizzi’s car in July, in a court sitting that came a day after a similar incident involving another minister’s vehicle (see left story). Renald Hayman, 32, from Senglea, had his...

  • Man jailed for luggage drugs

    A Russian man who in April 2011 entered Malta with drugs hidden in a false compartment in his luggage was yesterday jailed for five years and fined €23,000. Dmitrijus Zdorovcevas, 28, a Russian national living in Lithuania, pleaded guilty to the...

  • Would-be burglar ‘identified 4 times’

    An elderly woman who was the victim of an attempted robbery identified one of her alleged attackers on four occasions, jurors heard yesterday. The woman was 81 years old when three men barged in on her in 2006 but fled empty-handed. The case...

  • Polidano not held responsible for fall

    A construction firm director has been cleared of responsibility for his employee’s injuries after the man fell three storeys and suffered permanent disability. Joseph Debono fractured his spine, collar bone, and both arms and legs. Paul Polidano,...

  • Former It-Torċa editor cleared of libel

    The former editor of General Workers’ Union organ It-Torċa was yesterday cleared of libelling the ex-planning authority board secretary. Sylvana Debono had filed the libel suit against Aleks Farrugia, now responsible for public relations at Malta...

  • Developer group ‘did not try to justify’ Dalli project

    Developer group ‘did not try to justify’ Dalli project

    The president of the Malta Developers Association yesterday made it clear his organisation had no intention of defending Minister Helena Dalli or her husband, Patrick, over the illegal development taking place in one of their properties in...

  • Magistrate’s jail warning to jewel theft youth

    A magistrate yesterday had stern words for a 20-year-old man who admitted ransacking an elderly woman’s house on Sunday, stealing almost all her jewellery. “This is your last chance. You either get your life back on track or else you’ll appear...

  • Professor: context is vital in architecture

    Professor: context is vital in architecture

    A university professor and architect has highlighted the importance of understanding context while taking into consideration the individual components in every aspect of life. JoAnn Cassar, head of Department for Built Heritage with the Faculty...

  • Revenue clarifies property tax changes

    The Inland Revenue Department has uploaded a section with frequently asked questions about a Budget 2015 measure on property that has caused widespread confusion. Commission of Revenue Marvin Gaerty said that a number of websites belonging to...

  • Plunge man fights for life

    A man is fighting for his life after falling a height of one storey from a ladder on a Gozitan construction site. The 26-year-old man from Xewkija was injured yesterday morning at around 8am in Triq it-Tiġrija, Nadur, the police said. He was taken...

  • Dismay at exports talk

    The Chamber of Commerce yesterday expressed dismay over comments made by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna that appeared to downplay export statistics. “The Chamber does not agree with the minister’s explanation that the reason for declining...

  • Announcements

    BORG. On November 21, at Karin Grech Rehabilitation Centre, RITA of Mellieħa, widow of Joseph, aged 87, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her beloved children Charlie and his wife Katie,...

  • Mepa acts over rubble nuisance

    The planning authority has swooped down on sites in Bidnija and Birkirkara that were full of dumped rubble, disused machinery and illegal structures. Enforcement officers first targeted two adjacent plots of land in an outside development zone in...

  • Cardona stopped casino process, didn’t intervene

    Cardona stopped casino process, didn’t intervene

    Economy Minister Chris Cardona admitted he had stopped the new casino licence process but denied he had intervened. The chairman of the Privatisation Unit, Emanuel Camilleri, said in court on Monday he had received a phone call from Dr Cardona...

  • EU-funded breakwater upgrade agreed

    EU-funded breakwater upgrade agreed

    The Tal-Veċċja breakwater in St Paul’s Bay will be upgraded and repaired after an EU-funded project was approved yesterday by the planning authority. Filed by the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the permit is intended to upgrade the...

  • Ignorance hindering organ donations rate

    Ignorance hindering organ donations rate

    The dearth of donated organs could probably be blamed on the failure to convey the concept at grassroots level, leading to a lack of knowledge about the subject, the chief medical officer has told MPs. “Organ donation sounds bombastic. We need to...