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Keith Micallef

  • Pharmacists escalate industrial action in State hospitals

    Pharmacists escalate industrial action in State hospitals

    Industrial action by public healthcare pharmacists has been escalated following a breakdown in talks over a new sectoral agreement which have been going on since last June. Ordered last month by the UĦM Voice of the Workers, the action had been...

  • Proposed Attard bypass: Loss of ODZ land worries Environment Authority

    Proposed Attard bypass: Loss of ODZ land worries Environment Authority

    Strips of land outside the development zone along a four-kilometre long route from Ta’ Qali to Mrieħel will have to be sacrificed for a road widening project, a matter of “concern” for the Environment Authority. The project, which has not yet been...

  • Spike in scrapped cars offset by ‘de-garaged’ ones

    Spike in scrapped cars offset by ‘de-garaged’ ones

    In 2016 the number of scrapped vehicles reached a five-year high, but the benefits of having less-polluting cars on the roads were offset by a spike in the number of old cars which were back in circulation despite having been garaged for...

  • ‘No conflict’ on passport consultant’s second role

    ‘No conflict’ on passport consultant’s second role

    A Dutch professor with close links to the cash-for-passports scheme concessionaire has been serving concurrently as a government consultant on the programme, but Identity Malta is insisting there is no conflict of interest. Prof. Dimitry Kochenov,...

  • Jimmy Magro given €9,000 in deducted salaries by Malta Enterprise

    Jimmy Magro given €9,000 in deducted salaries by Malta Enterprise

    Jimmy Magro, a former secretary general of the Labour Party, has been refunded €9,000 in deducted salaries by Malta Enterprise, after being allowed to “retire” prior to the conclusion of a police probe into claims that he requested €25,000 in...

  • Second-time home-buyer scheme is rolled out

    Second-time home-buyer scheme is rolled out

    A stamp duty reduction scheme for second-time buyers which was announced in the last Budget has been finally rolled out through a backdated legal notice. The legislation was published last Tuesday, a day after Times of Malta ran a story...

  • Malta faces migration uncertainty as EU launches new coast guard mission

    Malta faces migration uncertainty as EU launches new coast guard mission

    Updated 11.40am - Added ambassador to Rome's comments to BBC A new operation launched by the EU’s border agency Frontex has fuelled concerns Malta might face an influx of migrants for which it is not adequately prepared, Times of Malta has...

  • Busuttil is new PN spokesman on good governance as Delia reshuffles team

    Busuttil is new PN spokesman on good governance as Delia reshuffles team

    Updated 5.50pm Former Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil is the new party spokesman for good governance while Adrian Delia has taken on the justice watchdog's role as the team's portfolios were reshuffled. Dr Busuttil has been vociferous on...

  • How many vehicle pollution SMS reports go up in smoke?

    How many vehicle pollution SMS reports go up in smoke?

    The transport watchdog received over 16,000 text messages reporting cars emitting excessive smoke in 2016 but only 416 vehicles were called for testing and 57 of them failed. Under the emission alert scheme, the public can report vehicles emitting...

  • 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...