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  • Online social benefit calculators launched

    Online social benefit calculators launched

    An online social benefit online calculator covering children’s allowance, in-work, unemployment and sick benefits was launched today by the Social Policy Ministry. Furthermore, two further applications provide up-to-date schedule of the dates when...

  • Doctors give final two-week ultimatum over work guarantees

    Doctors give final two-week ultimatum over work guarantees

    Doctors have given a final two-week ultimatum to the government to resolve a dispute over a new collective agreement and the privatisation of three State hospitals or else face industrial action. Medical Association of Malta general secretary...

  • Army of spokespersons costs taxpayers over €1m a year

    Army of spokespersons costs  taxpayers over €1m a year

    Taxpayers are forking out more than €1 million a year to cover the salaries and perks enjoyed by more than 30 spokespersons employed by the government – which for this newspaper has a poor reputation for answering its questions. By comparison, the...

  • Drug laws must be tweaked to avoid ruining lives - magistrate

    Drug laws must be tweaked to avoid ruining lives - magistrate

    A magistrate has called for the revision of certain “draconian” drug laws, saying the courts should have more discretion. She referred in particular to imprisoning a first-time offender who is not an addict. “At times it is with a heavy heart that...

  • Sedqa, Caritas, and Oasi get €15,000 each from drug-related fines

    Sedqa, Caritas, and Oasi get €15,000 each from drug-related fines

    Three organisations providing rehabilitation programmes to drug addicts have each received €15,000, with money collected from fines imposed by local tribunals in minor drug-related offences. Government agency Sedqa, together with Caritas and Oasi...

  • Watch: Coalition deal must be approved by PN’s executive committee

    Watch: Coalition deal must be approved by PN’s executive committee

    Any coalition deal allowing Democratic Party candidates to contest the election on the Nationalist Party ticket will have to be approved by the PN’s executive committee, this newspaper has learnt. Details on what is exactly being discussed are...

  • Marsalforn garden finally getting a facelift

    Marsalforn garden finally getting a facelift

    A public garden in Marsalforn is finally receiving a much-needed facelift following months of neglect which had turned this public space into an eyesore. However, this will result in the paving of a small patch of soil which until last year used...

  • Speed cameras still allow tolerance, except in Siġġiewi, LESA says

    Speed cameras still allow tolerance, except in Siġġiewi, LESA says

    Updated 6.42pm - Speed cameras have and will retain speed tolerance, except for the new one in Siġġiewi bypass, the Local Enforcement System Agency (LESA) said this afternoon.  It was belatedly replying to Times of Malta questions after the...

  • The PL is the only party that can guarantee ‘stability and credibility’ - PM

    The PL is the only party that can guarantee ‘stability and credibility’ - PM

    Only a Labour government can guarantee political stability and credibility - the two crucial elements to maintain Malta’ present economic rhythm, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning. Addressing a political activity in Marsaxlokk, Dr...

  • Breakthrough in Greece bailout talks as EU finance ministers meet in Malta

    Breakthrough in Greece bailout talks as EU finance ministers meet in Malta

    A breakthrough has been made on key elements of reforms required to secure further loans to Greece as part of its bailout agreement with its eurozone creditors.  The announcement was made by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the eurozone finance...