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Keith Micallef

  • 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...

  • Panorama Hotel application: Council objects, Superintendence worried, residents up in arms

    Panorama Hotel application: Council objects, Superintendence worried, residents up in arms

    An application that would see the Panorama Hotel in Mellieħa rise to eight storeys has continued to draw objections, notably from the local council,  the heritage watchdog and neighbours. Located on top of a ridge close to the Mellieħa parish...

  • Shooting range gate featured in soldier's video ‘did not cost much’

    Shooting range gate featured in soldier's video ‘did not cost much’

    A gate at the Armed Forces of Malta’s shooting range, the subject of a banter that reportedly led to a soldier’s dismissal, did not cost thousands but in the region of €500, according to Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia. Moreover, claims by...

  • Government will implement Venice Commission recommendations - Muscat

    Government will implement Venice Commission recommendations - Muscat

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Sunday pledged that his government would implement the recommendations set to be published on Monday by the Council of Europe’s rule of law experts, known as the Venice Commission. “We understand there is the need...

  • Collective bargaining services should not be free – UĦM

    Collective bargaining services should not be free – UĦM

    Workers should not be forced to enrol in a trade union, but if they benefit from better conditions through collective bargaining they should be obliged to make a financial contribution, UĦM Voice of the Workers is proposing. The idea was floated...