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Ivan Martin

  • 85% of Maltese unlikely to report sexual offences

    85% of Maltese unlikely to report sexual offences

    Some 85 per cent of Maltese were unlikely to report sexual offences, a new study has found. Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said research conducted locally in 2015 had highlighted lacuna when it came to reporting of sexual crimes. This,...

  • Voters irked by barrage of calls and messages

    Voters irked by barrage of calls and messages

    David Vella, 34, was driving home after a long day’s work when his phone rang. “I activated my car’s hands-free system and answered the call. I couldn’t believe it – another politician asking me for their support. I had received three other calls...

  • Muscat hints at increasing ODZ areas

    Muscat hints at increasing ODZ areas

    Updated 12.58pm A number of sites put into the planning zone back in 2006 may need to be reclassified as Outside Development Zones, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning. Speaking at a panel debate organised by a coalition of 23...

  • PL, PN ignore environmentalists’ challenge

    PL, PN ignore environmentalists’ challenge

    The leaders of both main political parties have so far ignored a “credibility challenge” from a coalition of 23 eNGOs, Times of Malta has learnt. The Great Environment Credibility Challenge, being organised by conservationists and lobbyists to see...

  • Stop putting party cronies on state entities - AD

    Stop putting party cronies on state entities - AD

    Important appointments should be approved by special parliamentary committees, Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola said today. Launching the green party's electoral manifesto, Prof. Cassola said AD was proposing that parliamentary...

  • Watch: Muscat says nobody should rejoice in Malta Files reports

    Watch: Muscat says nobody should rejoice in Malta Files reports

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today said he hoped the country would come together in the face of damning allegations surrounding Malta's tax system. "I hope no one is rubbing their hands in glee with this news. Our tax system is one that has long...

  • 33,000 PQs put by MPs this legislature

    33,000 PQs put by MPs this legislature

    A new App will monitor MPs’ performance and track parliamentary questions asked in the House, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia said today. Addressing a press conference, Dr Farrugia said the free App, PQ Vis, would be released in the coming weeks and would...

  • Hunters calling for changes to referendum law

    Hunters calling for changes to referendum law

    Hunters want political parties to pledge legal reforms to help protect them from facing future referenda, according to the head of the 15,000-member lobby. The president of the hunters’ federation – FKNK – Joe Perici Calascione, told the Times of...

  • Commentary: Leaders clash at University debate

    Commentary: Leaders clash at University debate

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil went head-to-head today in the first of a series of debates before the June 3 general election. Ivan Martin provided a blow-by-blow running commentary of the...

  • Transparency International warns: Corruption scandals cast shadow on Malta’s EU presidency’

    Transparency International warns: Corruption scandals cast shadow on Malta’s EU presidency’

    Corruption scandals have engulfed the government and are now casting a shadow over the island’s EU presidency, Transparency International has warned. The compilers of the Corruption Perception Index told the Times of Malta yesterday they were...