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Ivan Martin

  • Dutch admit NGO rescue ship registration might not reflect 'risky operations'

    Dutch admit NGO rescue ship registration might not reflect 'risky operations'

    Dutch maritime authorities have agreed that an NGO rescue ship impounded in Malta might not have been adequately registered to conduct such risky operations, sources said on Wednesday. The Times of Malta reported on Monday that Maltese transport...

  • Santa Venera murder: prosecution to allege ex-boyfriend’s jealousy

    Santa Venera murder: prosecution to allege ex-boyfriend’s jealousy

    Prosecuting officers in the case of a man charged with killing a Dutch woman in Santa Venera a week ago will allege he did so because of “jealousy”, sources close to the police said. The compilation of evidence against Jelle Rijpma, 22, of the...

  • Hospital staff fed up of dealing with drunk and high Paceville patrons

    Hospital staff fed up of dealing with drunk and high Paceville patrons

    A medical clinic could soon be set up in Paceville to handle the drunk revellers who normally crowd the hospital’s emergency unit on weekends, Health Minister Chris Fearne said on Tuesday. “On weekends and holidays, we are experiencing a number...

  • From informal camping site to dumping ground

    From informal camping site to dumping ground

    An informal camping site in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq has been transformed into a disgusting dumping ground, littered with plastic, rotting food, and other waste. Marine biologist Alan Deidun told the Times of Malta he was shocked when he visited the area...

  • ITU gets relaxation room for relatives

    ITU gets relaxation room for relatives

    Relatives of patients in the Intensive Therapy Unit can escape the chaos in a dedicated room fitted out with a kitchen, arm chairs, and even a bed for over-night stays. The Drew Room, was inaugurated today by Health Minister Chris Fearne, who said...

  • Transport Malta insists Sea-Watch 3 cannot leave port

    Transport Malta insists Sea-Watch 3 cannot leave port

    Transport authorities have written to their Dutch counterparts insisting that NGO vessel Sea-Watch 3 was not registered to carry out search and rescue operations, the Times of Malta can report. The Sea-Watch 3 crew last week said the vessel...

  • Pretty Bay has most microplastics on beaches

    Pretty Bay has most microplastics on beaches

    Birżebbuġa’s Pretty Bay had the highest concentration of microplastics of five popular beaches analysed recently, Environment and Resources Authority chairman Victor Axiaq has confirmed. The quantity of small pieces of polluting plastics found in...

  • Should we stop eating Maltese peppers?

    Should we stop eating Maltese peppers?

    Ivan Martin throws some more light on the latest pesticide tests carried out on Maltese fruit and vegetables – which had the worst results in Europe, as reported last week. The numbers don’t tell the full picture, he found. All the peppers tested...

  • GO, Melita launch new sports channels

    GO, Melita launch new sports channels

    Melita and GO have put their rivarly aside and unveiled a new sports broadcast offering that will see subscribers of either service finally enjoy all top matches and competitions. The Total Sports Network channels, which will be available to...

  • Don’t open trapping season, BirdLife urges government

    Don’t open trapping season, BirdLife urges government

    Conservationists are urging the government not to open the trapping season in October and to respect the sentiment of a recent European Court of Justice ruling on the matter. BirdLife Malta said on Tuesday that it hoped the government would decide...