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  • When killing storks was considered a prize catch

    When killing storks was considered a prize catch

    Storks have long been considered a prize catch on the island even though they were added to the list of protected birds in 1980, according to a veteran ornithologist who says rebel hunters must learn to follow the rules. At least four protected...

  • "Abandoned" pigs get food and water from volunteers

    "Abandoned" pigs get food and water from volunteers

    Volunteers are taking food and water to 35 “abandoned” pigs in Mellieħa, while calling for immediate action from the authorities. The animals’ plight was highlighted on Tuesday by the NGO Animal Liberation Malta, which said the pigs were found in...

  • Man drowns in Gozo

    Man drowns in Gozo

    A German man has died after finding himself in difficulties while swimming off Dwejra in Gozo. The incident happened at about 5pm. The man, 68, who was originally believed to be Dutch, died on the scene. The alarm was raised by his son, who...

  • Minister endorsed calls for my death - David Casa

    Minister endorsed calls for my death - David Casa

    David Casa is to file a police report against a man who in a comment on Finance Minister Edward Scicluna's Facebook page called for the Nationalist MEP to be hanged. A police report will also be filed against the minister "for having endorsed...

  • Aquarius leaves Malta despite fears it may be held over registration issues

    Aquarius leaves Malta despite fears it may be held over registration issues

    The migrant rescue ship Aquarius left Malta on Thursday after having disembarked 141 migrants on Wednesday afternoon. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the ship together with Medicins sans Frontieres, in a tweet acknowledged the role Maltese...

  • ‘Sick’ mulberry trees facing the axe in Żejtun

    ‘Sick’ mulberry trees facing the axe in Żejtun

    A number of historic mulberry trees in Żejtun will be axed as part of a project to reconstruct an arterial road, but the government is saying the trees were already doomed after having fallen prey to a pest. Moreover, State agency Infrastructure...

  • Horse races go ahead in the afternoon heat despite guidelines

    Horse races go ahead in the afternoon heat despite guidelines

    Updated 5.15pm with new video The Animal Welfare Commissioner has lamented a lack of regulations after the Santa Marija horse races in Victoria once again took place in the heat of mid-afternoon on the feast day, despite guidelines from the...

  • Drugs hidden in nooks and crannies around Paceville for runners to collect

    Drugs hidden in nooks and crannies around Paceville for runners to collect

    Drug dealers in Paceville allegedly devised a scheme whereby small quantities of drugs were hidden in nooks and crannies around the entertainment hub to reduce the risk of being caught out, a Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday. This information...

  • Watch: ‘Alfa male’ Aaron turns car into towable grill

    Watch: ‘Alfa male’ Aaron turns car into towable grill

    Aaron Pisani loves his Alfas so much he eats with them and will soon be sleeping in one of them. The 35-year-old has 13 Alfa Romeos and a half. He has turned the latter into a grill and tows it behind his Alfa 156. Mr Pisani is now transforming a...

  • Court upholds request for Egrant report case to be heard with urgency

    Court upholds request for Egrant report case to be heard with urgency

    The court on Thursday upheld a request to discuss with urgency a constitutional application filed by Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia seeking a complete copy of the Egrant inquiry report. Earlier this month, Dr Delia initiated proceedings...

  • New €10,000 interface can detect high-risk oil spill areas

    New €10,000 interface can detect high-risk oil spill areas

    Marine biologist Alan Deidun has developed a new online interface to help identify maritime risks from oil spills. The €10,000 interface, called Biodivalue, is based on the existing automated information system (AIS) used to identify vessels...

  • Alleged shooter of two storks netted by police

    Alleged shooter of two storks netted by police

    The alleged shooter of two storks shot down on Wednesday has been apprehended by the police, according to Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri. The two storks raised the number of protected birds known to have been shot over the...

  • Watch: New video shows trees torched by stray petard

    Watch: New video shows trees torched by stray petard

    Updated 5.31pm with new video, statement by Environment Authority A stray petard from the feast of Santa Marija is being blamed for setting off a fierce fire in the Nature 2000 site at Il-Maqluba, which was still smouldering on Thursday...

  • Inflation rises to two per cent in June

    Inflation rises to two per cent in June

    The annual rate of inflation in June rose to two per cent, according to the Central Bank of Malta. In its latest economic update, the CBM said its business conditions rose over the previous month and continued to “suggest above-average...

  • Fishing line and plastic claim rare turtle

    Fishing line and plastic claim rare turtle

    Updated 11.15am A 190kg juvenile female Leatherback turtle was found dead in the sea off Gozo on Wednesday, with fishing rope and a buoy strangling it. This rare species is one of the biggest turtles in the sea. The marine animal was spotted...

  • Maltese family escapes Genoa bridge collapse after plan change

    Maltese family escapes Genoa bridge collapse after plan change

    A planned trip to the Genoa aquarium could have ended in tragedy for a Maltese family living in Italy who narrowly escaped being on the bridge that collapsed after deciding not to go because of bad weather. Malta’s Ambassador to Italy, Vanessa...

  • Most overused pesticide linked to brain conditions in children

    Most overused pesticide linked to brain conditions in children

    A pesticide linked to potentially irreversible neurological impairments in children had the highest readings of all the overused chemicals on the island, the authorities have confirmed. The contentious insecticide, called chlorpyrifos, was thrust...

  • Candles spell 'Justice' to mark 10 months since Caruana Galizia murder

    Candles spell 'Justice' to mark 10 months since Caruana Galizia murder

    Glowing candles formed the word ‘Justice’ on the beach of Font Għadir in Sliema just before the break of dawn on Thursday, to mark 10 months since the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The action, was carried out by...

  • Today's front pages: August 16, 2018

    Today's front pages: August 16, 2018

    These are the main stories featured in Thursday's newspapers: Times of Malta featured the jubilant arrival of migrants on a rescue ship after five days stranded at sea. Prominence was also given to the levels of pesticide found in locally-grown...

  • Prospects for cleaner air over Grand Harbour as new rules push cruise ships to LNG fuel

    Prospects for cleaner air over Grand Harbour as new rules push cruise ships to LNG fuel

    Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative, in a development which will be welcomed in Malta, where fumes from cruise liners in Grand Harbour are reaching toxic levels 10 times...

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