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Denise Grech

  • Malta’s minimum wage below EU average

    Malta’s minimum wage below EU average

    With an income of €762, Malta’s national minimum wage is below the European Union average, Eurostat data has revealed. As of this year, 22 out of the 28 member states of the European Union have national minimum wages, Eurostat said. Only Denmark,...

  • Paola church restoration unearths 1955 benefactors’ list

    Paola church restoration unearths 1955 benefactors’ list

    Volunteers working on restoration works at Christ the King parish church in Paola were surprised to find a scroll dating back to 1955 hidden beneath the altar. It contained a list of about 700 benefactors who had donated money to fund the altar,...

  • Migrant family centres ‘at full capacity’

    Migrant family centres ‘at full capacity’

    Families with children had to be moved into Ħal Far because venues where they were normally accommodated were at full capacity, the Times of Malta has learned. A Home Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said the families were living in a small compound...

  • In desperation, man jumps off rescue vessel trying to reach Malta

    In desperation, man jumps off rescue vessel trying to reach Malta

    A man who has been stuck on a migrant rescue vessel for almost a fortnight jumped overboard on Friday in a desperate attempt to reach Maltese shores. The man was immediately rescued by crew members on board the ship. His attempt to flee was "a...

  • Nun was ‘key witness’ in identifying link between murdered missionary and Malta

    Nun was ‘key witness’ in identifying link between murdered missionary and Malta

    A Maltese nun was a "key witness" in identifying Sr Angèle-Marie Littlejohn, who was murdered in Algeria in 1995, and who was recently beatified, a news conference heard on Friday. Sr Yvonne Gera, who lived in Algeria for 22 years, was serving as...

  • Anti-migrant hate speech on the rise, warns NGO

    Anti-migrant hate speech on the rise, warns NGO

    Hate speech increased significantly over the past few months as more rescued migrants landed on the island, SOS Malta warned. There was a rise in hate comments posted online, sparked off by talk about migrants, the NGO’s head, Claudia Taylor-East,...

  • What are Malta's personalities' expectations for 2019?

    What are Malta's personalities' expectations for 2019?

    The new year is finally here and many have set their resolutions to ring in 2019. After an eventful 2018, what are Maltese personalities looking forward to this year? Denise Grech finds out. Marie-Louise Coleiro PrecaPresident “I look forward to...

  • ‘Freezing temperatures’ in Ħal Far open centre

    ‘Freezing temperatures’ in Ħal Far open centre

    Migrants living at the Ħal Far open centre experience “freezing” temperatures and lack warm clothing, according to NGO Lifeline. Representatives of the NGO, whose migrant rescue vessel was impounded in Malta pending an investigation into its...

  • A rise in activism or a shift in mentality?

    A rise in activism or a shift in mentality?

    From environmental protests to marches in favour of justice, this year saw many people take to the streets to raise their voice. While some may believe activism is on the rise in Malta, others believe it is simply the manifestation of immediate...

  • Malta most mentioned foreign country in Italian mafia investigations

    Malta most mentioned foreign country in Italian mafia investigations

    Malta was the top foreign country per capita to be mentioned in Italian mafia reports compiled by anti-mafia investigators, a new organised crime report found. The country’s financial secrecy and the complex business structures used on the island...