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Keith Micallef

  • Tourism up 15.7% in 2017 after good December figures

    Tourism up 15.7% in 2017 after good December figures

    Updated 2pm with video The number of tourists visiting Malta in December was 110,611, up 14.7 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2016. This brings the total for the year up to 2,273,837, an increase of 15.7 per cent compared with...

  • Barts Medical School campus remains a construction site

    Barts Medical School campus remains a construction site

    Less than nine months before it is meant to open its doors, the Barts Medical School campus in Gozo is still a construction site, amid evident signs that the completion deadline will once again be missed. Times of Malta yesterday visited the site...

  • Flu patients benefit as Sunday pharmacy restrictions lifted during Christmas

    Flu patients benefit as Sunday pharmacy restrictions lifted during Christmas

    A suspension of the Sunday pharmacy roster during the Christmas shopping period turned out to be a blessing for thousands who required urgent medication when down with flu. This was confirmed by Mario Debono, head of the pharmacies section within...

  • Bank charges ‘not linked’ to EU directive

    Bank charges ‘not linked’ to EU directive

    Charges to use ATMs in certain instances are not the result of an EU directive but a “commercial decision” made by the banks, according to the European Commission. The clarification was made after this newspaper reported that charges starting from...

  • Second-time home buyers’ scheme to be backdated to Budget

    Second-time home buyers’ scheme to be backdated to Budget

    A stamp duty reduction for second-time home buyers meant to come into force immediately after the 2018 Budget has yet to be rolled out but the government says it will be backdated. Announced by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna on October 9, the...

  • Concerns over unexploded war bombs are ‘amateurish’ - minister

    Concerns over unexploded war bombs are ‘amateurish’ - minister

    Concerns that unexploded World War Two bombs could be a serious risk factor when laying the planned Malta-Sicily gas pipeline were described as "amateurish" by the Energy Minister. “I don't think Malta was the only bombed place on earth... First...

  • 94 per cent claim on bus punctuality ‘not credible’

    94 per cent claim on bus punctuality ‘not credible’

    Claims by Transport Malta that in 2016 the average punctuality of the bus service reached 94 per cent have raised eyebrows among commuters, who insist that indicator does not tally with the situation on the ground. The figure was listed in...

  • Breakwater bridge suffers fresh damage

    Breakwater bridge suffers fresh damage

    Access to the breakwater bridge at the mouth of Grand Harbour has been closed again after part of the decking came off, leaving a gaping hole in the 190 tonne structure, which has only been in place for seven years. A fortnight ago, Times of Malta...

  • FIAU reacts as David Casa says new report leaves ‘no choice' but for Mizzi, Schembri to be removed

    FIAU reacts as David Casa says new report leaves ‘no choice' but for Mizzi, Schembri to be removed

    LAST UPDATED 4.34pm - Nationalist MEP David Casa has raised the prospect of a new magisterial inquiry into evidence that Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri may have taken kickbacks off the Enemalta privatisation deal. In an interview, Mr Casa said he...

  • €2.50 for cash withdrawals? EU directive could result in ATM charges

    €2.50 for cash withdrawals? EU directive could result in ATM charges

    Charges starting at €2.50 for every cash withdrawal could be introduced next month for using automated teller machines that do not belong to the bank at which the account is held, Times of Malta has been told. This follows the implementation of...