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Ivan Martin

  • Aborted take-off shakes up passengers

    Aborted take-off shakes up passengers

    The civil aviation authorities are looking into what led an Air Malta plane to brake suddenly and abort take-off at Luqa airport, leaving passengers shaken but not hurt. The plane was flying to Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday morning. A...

  • VAT evasion not as bad as it is made out to be, economists argue

    VAT evasion not as bad as it is made out to be, economists argue

    Malta’s reputation as one of the EU’s worst VAT evaders was an unfair reading of statistics and would soon be reviewed, according to a team of Finance Ministry economists. They told the Times of Malta that a new EU-wide report would be published...

  • Technology that detects football match-fixing could catch guilty players

    Technology that detects football match-fixing could catch guilty players

    Algorithm technology that detects suspected match-fixing could be used to catch teams and players involved in sports corruption, according to the Malta Football Association’s watchdog. MFA integrity officer Franz Tabone told the Times of Malta the...

  • Lampuki catch falls 60 per cent in five years

    Lampuki catch falls 60 per cent in five years

    Dolphin fish catches have dropped by a staggering 60 per cent over the past five years, official figures show, though opinion on what has caused the “worrying decline” remains divided. “I’ve been fishing for lampuki (dolphin fish) my whole life.

  • Leaky pipes would fill 1,600 pools each year

    Leaky pipes would fill 1,600 pools each year

    The water lost through leaky pipes would fill about 1,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year, but this was far below what was wasted in the 1990s. A report on national water production and consumption, published by the National Statistics...

  • Athletes to face 10-year ban for bribery

    Athletes to face 10-year ban for bribery

    Any athletes found guilty of corruption will be barred from all sports facilities for a decade if a new anti-bribery law is approved in Parliament after the summer recess. Sports Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima said the proposed law was set...

  • Sta Marija feast photographers' dream

    Sta Marija feast photographers' dream

    Local photographers had a feast yesterday as celebrations of the Assumption of Our Lady brought out the crowds in eight localities yesterday, seven in Malta and one in Gozo. Celebrations were held in Attard, Birkirkara, Għaxaq, Gudja, Mosta,...

  • 'It was a nightmare, we were cold, hungry...' How teens survived the cliffs ordeal

    'It was a nightmare, we were cold, hungry...' How teens survived the cliffs ordeal

    The two young men who were rescued after a two-day search said yesterday they thought they were going to die before a fisherman spotted them hanging off a cliff face. Nick Johnson and Mark Petric, both 19, were lying in two adjacent hospital beds...

  • Watch: Fisherman gave his lunch to starving men lost for two days

    Watch: Fisherman gave his lunch to starving men lost for two days

    Tony Zammit, the fisherman who found the two young men missing for more than two days, said he lowered them a sandwich and a bottle of water using a piece of string as they were starving and suffering from dehydration. Speaking to the Times of...

  • ‘I hope it doesn’t happen when we have 400 migrants’

    ‘I hope it doesn’t happen  when we have 400 migrants’

    The head of mission on board the rescue vessel left stranded in the open sea in the midst of a diplomatic standoff between Malta and Italy fears it could happen again when the boat is teeming with migrants. “We only had three on board, and they...