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Keith Micallef

  • Hotels and restaurants report good business during festive season

    Hotels and restaurants report good business during festive season

    Hotels and restaurants reported good business during the festive season, which brought to an end another record-breaking year in terms of tourist arrivals. While official statistics for 2018 have yet to be published, by October Malta had already...

  • Tal-Balal Road will be ready ‘as soon as possible’

    Tal-Balal Road will be ready ‘as soon as possible’

    Efforts to meet the end-of-year deadline for completion of the controversial Tal-Balal Road project have failed and Infrastructure Malta would not give a specific date. However, a spokesman told the Times of Malta that “weather permitting, the...

  • 2018 was stormiest year ever

    2018 was stormiest year ever

    Meteorological records show that 2018 was the stormiest year ever, particularly in the summer months when it thundered on a record 10 days. Following two successive years in which precipitation levels were below average, the past 12 months also...

  • OPM silent on fake news ads

    OPM silent on fake news ads

    Facebook users are being bombarded with pro-government fake news propaganda, but the Office of the Prime Minister would not comment when asked on the matter.   Featuring photos of the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet members like Edward Scicluna...

  • European Capital of Culture: New agency tasked to handle 2031 event

    European Capital of Culture: New agency tasked to handle 2031 event

    An agency set to take over the Valletta 2018 Foundation has already been entrusted to handle Malta’s application to host the European Cultural Capital for the second time in 2031. The Valletta Cultural Agency was assigned the task through a legal...

  • No permit sought for Ramla Bay road widening

    No permit sought for Ramla Bay road widening

    The road to Ramla Bay Hotel, in Mellieħa, was widened by encroaching on virgin land but no permit was sought even though planning laws clearly lay down such a procedure is a must in these cases. The project, by State agency Infrastructure Malta,...

  • Social care watchdog to get its teeth on New Year’s Day

    Social care watchdog to get its teeth on New Year’s Day

    All the provisions of a law regulating social welfare service providers will finally come into force at the start of the New Year, meaning the watchdog could start imposing fines and revoking licences for non-compliance. The Social Care Standards...

  • Christmas suicide helpline launched

    Christmas suicide helpline launched

    The “season to be jolly” has a terribly dark side for vulnerable persons who battle suicidal thoughts, a psychiatrist has warned, as he launched a 24-hour phoneline to offer support during the 10 days of Christmas. “Some of the cases I handle...

  • Sexual abuse by clergy: Archbishop works to promote accountability

    Sexual abuse by clergy: Archbishop works to promote accountability

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna is promoting new “structures of accountability and audit” within the Church to handle child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. This emerges from his first interview since he was appointed to the powerful role of...

  • Archbishop on his new, powerful role at Vatican

    Archbishop on his new, powerful role at Vatican

    As child abuse troubles drag on in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Charles Scicluna explains what his new, powerful role at the Vatican entails – but appears to dismiss the suggestion that it paves the way for him to be made a Cardinal. Interview...