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Philip Leone Ganado

  • Benefits tapering cuts spending by €24 million

    Benefits tapering cuts spending by €24 million

    Spending on social benefits has dropped by €24 million since the introduction of the benefits tapering scheme four years ago, according to government figures. Around €55.5 million was spent last year on social benefits, compared to €79.6 million...

  • Fresh powers to protect threatened habitats, species

    Fresh powers to protect threatened habitats, species

    The environment watchdog is set to get new powers to protect threatened habitats or species and also to raise the penalties for breaches. Changes to the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, newly published for public...

  • Plans start to repatriate Maltese man killed in Somalia

    Plans start to repatriate Maltese man killed in Somalia

    The body of Paul Anthony Formosa, the Maltese port manager murdered in Somalia, will be repatriated by his employer, P&O Ports. A Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said the Dubai government-owned company was making all arrangements and the...

  • Hugo Chetcuti hotel plans in Paceville heading for approval

    Hugo Chetcuti hotel plans in Paceville heading for approval

    Updated 2.30pm with decisions Hugo Chetcuti’s plans for a new 12-storey hotel in Paceville, one of the last applications he filed before his death last year, are likely to be approved despite exceeding the height limitation.  The proposal to...

  • Maltese man's shooting in Somalia was 'motivated by economics, not politics'

    Maltese man's shooting in Somalia was 'motivated by economics, not politics'

    The Al Shabaab killing of a Maltese port manager in Somalia was not typical of the terrorist group and pointed to economic, rather than political, motives, regional experts told the Times of Malta. Paul Anthony Formosa, 52, from Marsascala, was...

  • Agriculture sector might not be sustainable unless new rules are relaxed

    Agriculture sector might not be sustainable unless new rules are relaxed

    Updated at 6.20pm, adds government's reaction “Restrictive” new rules on the transfer of agricultural leases (qbiela) should be amended to better support farmers and ensure the sector’s sustainability, the Nationalist Party said on...

  • Murdered Maltese port manager remembered

    Murdered Maltese port manager remembered

    Paul Anthony Formosa, a Maltese operations manager killed in Somalia, has been described by former colleagues as a lively man always looking for ways to improve and challenge himself.“Paul was a family man and a delight to speak to. Even if you...

  • Maltese manager killed with 'several bullets to head' in Somalia

    Maltese manager killed with 'several bullets to head' in Somalia

    Updated at 9.30pm A gunman on Monday killed the Maltese manager of the Port of Bosaso, in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland state, a local security official said. The attack was claimed by the Islamist Al-Shabaab group. "An armed man shot and...

  • Interview - Roads Minister Ian Borg: ‘The country has chosen to grow’

    Interview - Roads Minister Ian Borg: ‘The country has chosen to grow’

    One of your main priorities has been building new roads. But studies cited in your own reports show that new roads quickly fill up with displaced or induced traffic. Are we going to spend all this money only to end up in the same situation we are...

  • Petrol station relocations to ODZ could be allowed

    Petrol station relocations to ODZ could be allowed

    The long-awaited revision of the fuel stations policy may not ban urban facilities from relocating to land outside development zones, one of the policy’s most controversial aspects, according to Planning Minister Ian Borg. A revision of the policy...