Articles by Keith Micallef
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Keith Micallef

  • Raw sewage dumped close to campsite in Armier

    Raw sewage dumped close to campsite in Armier

    An investigation into claims that sewage from the Malta Campsite facility in Armier was being discharged into adjacent garigue land drew a blank as it could not be established who was responsible. A few months ago, the same facility made headlines...

  • Malta’s hourly pay rate below the average in EU

    Malta’s hourly pay rate below the average in EU

    Despite experiencing robust economic growth in recent years, workers in Malta are still getting paid way below the European average, according to the latest data published by the EU’s statistics office. It transpires that, in 2016, the average...

  • Transit passenger pays a hefty price for undeclared cash

    Transit passenger pays a hefty price for undeclared cash

    A Yemeni man paid a hefty price for not declaring €14,000 he was carrying while transiting through Malta International Airport, as he ended up losing half of this sum to the Maltese authorities. Mohammed Abdullah Ahmed Al-Wahaishi, 55, was...

  • Bailed and warned not to set foot in Marsa

    Bailed and warned not to set foot in Marsa

    A 26-year-old man from Żejtun was granted bail against a deposit of €500 and a personal guarantee of €4,500 after pleading not guilty in a case of domestic violence.  The incident happened on Saturday afternoon when the defendant allegedly tried...

  • Concrete in the countryside: MPs have yet to set a debate date

    Concrete in the countryside: MPs have yet to set a debate date

    With no date yet set for a parliamentary debate on the “biodiversity destruction” caused by ongoing roadworks in rural areas, there are concerns that by the time the matter is on the agenda it will be too late. The concerns were raised by two...

  • Sliema parking scheme has spent six years in limbo

    Sliema parking scheme has spent six years in limbo

    Six years after being overruled by the central government, the Sliema local council is still waiting the go-ahead to roll out a parking scheme that enjoys the residents’ overwhelming backing. The issue was raised in Parliament recently by...

  • Roadworks at Il-Lunzjata resume days after ERA stop notice

    Roadworks at Il-Lunzjata resume days after ERA stop notice

    Roadworks by State agency Infrastructure Malta at Il-Lunzjata, in the limits of Rabat, have resumed just days after the Environment and Resources Authority issued a stop and compliance order. The environment watchdog intervened in the wake of...

  • PN proposes ‘hybrid’ system to address e-counting mechanism flaws

    PN proposes ‘hybrid’ system to address e-counting mechanism flaws

    The Nationalist Party is proposing a “hybrid system” to resolve what it claims to be serious issues in the electronic counting system, set to be used in the upcoming European and council elections. Under this system, each ballot is manually...

  • Removing the George Cross from the flag would be ‘absurd’

    Removing the George Cross from the flag would be ‘absurd’

    Removing the George Cross from the Maltese flag on the pretext that this is a remnant of colonial times is as absurd as proposing to raze Valletta to the ground, historian Joe Pirotta believes. “If we reach the absurd stage of starting to remove...

  • Man pleads not guilty to threatening estranged partner with gun and knife

    Man pleads not guilty to threatening estranged partner with gun and knife

    A 42-year-old man who works in a bakery pleaded not guilty to threatening his estranged partner with a gun and a knife. He was granted bail against a deposit of €500 and a personal guarantee of €8,000. Derin Mangion, from Ħal Far, who has a...