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Philip Leone Ganado

  • Mobile phones cause one in four traffic injuries

    Mobile phones cause one in four traffic injuries

    As many as one in four road traffic injuries are due to drivers using mobile phones at the wheel, health minister Chris Fearne said today while announcing a new awareness campaign. The 89.7 Bay ‘Put it Away’ campaign will target drivers with video...

  • Frustration and wasted time … all in a day’s commute

    Frustration and wasted time  … all in a day’s commute

    More than half of commuters are wasting 10 to 40 minutes stuck in traffic every day, according to a Misco survey conducted for The Sunday Times of Malta. With congestion a continuing source of frustration, and long-term solutions mainly still just...

  • Valletta's Biċċerija quarter risks being mutilated, objectors warn

    Valletta's Biċċerija quarter risks being mutilated, objectors warn

    Plans to add two storeys to an old building in Valletta’s historic Biċċerija quarter will “physically mutilate” the existing fabric and destroy important viewpoints, objectors have warned. The building in Triq il-Gendus, close to the lower end of...

  • Swieqi to get an eight-storey hotel, despite neighbours' objections

    Swieqi to get an eight-storey hotel, despite neighbours' objections

    The Planning Authority has given the go-ahead for a new eight-storey hotel in a Swieqi residential area, close to Paceville, despite residents’ vociferous objections. The 104-bedroom hotel, which will take the place of an existing two-storey house...

  • Gozo catacombs site saved from development - at the 11th hour

    Gozo catacombs site saved from development - at the 11th hour

    The area around Gozo's last surviving Roman catacombs has been spared from development after the Planning Authority revoked planning permission for a two-storey house. The Paleochristian hypogea, known as Għar Għerduf, in Kerċem, recently came...

  • PA set to approve home for the elderly in ODZ

    PA set to approve home for the elderly in ODZ

    Updated Friday 12pm The Planning Authority has deferred a decision on the development of a large residence for the elderly outside the development zone in the limits of Naxxar. The project will see the construction of a three-storey, 234-bed...

  • Maltese spent €125m on gambling in 2015 - MGA report

    Maltese spent €125m on gambling in 2015 - MGA report

    More than half the adult population spent money on gambling in 2015, with a total spend of €125 million, according to a new report by the Malta Gaming Authority. The survey, carried out between 2015 and 2016 among a sample of 1000 people, found...

  • More people attending cinema, live theatre and music events

    More people attending cinema, live theatre and music events

    People who have attended live performances and venues at least once in the last year report higher life satisfaction than those who do not, according to a major new cultural participation survey (see the pdf link below). The study, published today...

  • ‘House of Cards was a dystopia… now it is a reality show’

    ‘House of Cards was a dystopia… now it is a reality show’

    When three-time Academy Award nominated director Agnieszka Holland first directed an episode of House of Cards three years ago, she was concerned that the cynical, murderous, portrayal of Washington politicians would have a dangerous effect on...

  • ‘Beware’ roaming contracts’ fine print

    ‘Beware’ roaming contracts’ fine print

    Mobile users have been warned of fine-print conditions within the EU’s new roaming charge regulations that could lead to unexpected costs while travelling. Under the Roam Like at Home rules, introduced last Thursday, mobile phone users pay the...