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  • Simon Busuttil keeps distance during new leader’s first major speech

    Simon Busuttil keeps distance during new leader’s first major speech

    Former PN leader Simon Busuttil said he preferred to give his successor “space” when making his first major speech at the party’s Independence Day celebrations. Dr Busuttil was contacted to explain his absence from the activities held in...

  • Two illegally-shot honey buzzards retrieved this week

    Two illegally-shot honey buzzards retrieved this week

    Another two illegally shot protected birds were retrieved by Birdlife this week, the organisation said. They were the eight and ninth known protected birds gunned down during this year’s autumn hunting season. Birdlife said the birds, juvenile...

  • Woman falsely reports rape after making off with alleged aggressor's money

    Woman falsely reports rape after making off with alleged aggressor's money

    A woman who allegedly filed a malicious rape report after making off with cash belonging to her partner on a one-night stand was granted bail after pleading not guilty to making the false report, perjury and aggravated theft. The 22-year old...

  • It's finally happening... the Ta' Qali crafts village

    It's finally happening... the Ta' Qali crafts village

    Works to transform the Ta' Qali crafts village into a modern outfit have started after years of aborted plans and failed promises. Economy Minister Chris Cardona said the government will invest €10 million of EU funds and the project will be...

  • PA must reconsider Magħtab fuel station

    PA must reconsider Magħtab fuel station

    A controversial petrol station in Magħtab is back under consideration after having been rejected by the Planning Authority last year, following a ruling by an appeals tribunal. In a blow to residents and environmental groups who had opposed the...

  • Language fair in Sliema on Saturday

    Language fair in Sliema on Saturday

    A language fair is being held in in Pjazza Sant'Anna, Sliema on Saturday, between 7 and 9pm with the participation of language centres in Malta, including non-EU languages as part of the European Day of Languages. The fair will include live...

  • Homeless asylum seeker remanded in custody on theft charges

    Homeless asylum seeker remanded in custody on theft charges

    A homeless man has been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to stealing merchandise from an eyewear store at the Malta International Airport. Georgian-born Sasania Zaza, 45, from Abkhazia, was this afternoon charged theft after he was...

  • Retirement homes to be given permit to add two floors

    Retirement homes to be given permit to add two floors

    With the demand for bed spaces in retirement homes ever increasing, the Planning Authority has decided to allow them to build two additional floors. This change in the building height, over what is permitted in the Local Plan for the area, comes...

  • Mugger jailed for 16 months

    Mugger jailed for 16 months

    The man involved in a mugging in Fgura earlier this month has been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to the charges, while his brother continued to deny the accusations. Kevin Borg, 35, from Qawra, pleaded guilty to the theft of a...

  • Pedestrian seriously injured after accident

    Pedestrian seriously injured after accident

    A 70-year-old woman from Floriana was seriously injured after she was run over at 9.15am this morning on Triq Ġlormu Cassar in Valletta. Police said that she was hit by a van driven by a 56-year-old man from Paola.

  • Post of principal conductor might be axed

    Post of principal conductor might be axed

    The post of principal conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra might remain vacant following the controversial sacking of Mro Brian Schembri, with one of the options being considered is having various conductors taking charge during the...

  • Household income increased by 5.7% in just two years

    Household income increased by 5.7% in just two years

    The average household gross income stood at €31,655 in 2016, up 0.7% compared with a year earlier, and by 5.7% when compared with 2014. According to figures released by the National Statistics Office, there was even more of an improvement in the...

  • Malta becomes first country to explore blockchain education certificates

    Malta becomes first country to explore blockchain education certificates

    The government has launched a pilot project to explore the possibility of issuing educational certificates on the blockchain. The project will see diplomas at MCAST, training certificates at ITS, and equivalence statements, accreditation and...

  • 69,920 at risk-of-poverty in 2016; minister says budget measures are not reflected in stats

    69,920 at risk-of-poverty in 2016; minister says budget measures are not reflected in stats

    Updated 5.10pm with minister reaction The number of people at risk of poverty has risen again, by 0.2 percentage points, between 2015 and 2016, with 69,920 people now falling into this category. The National Statistics Office today noted that this...

  • Chance to have your say on adoption standards

    Chance to have your say on adoption standards

    A consultation document about national standards for the child adoption process was today launched by Family Minister Michael Falzon. Dr Falzon said the government was committed to facilitating what was a very difficult process for many couples. ...

  • Watch: Gambling nearly cost ex-striker his family

    Watch: Gambling nearly cost ex-striker his family

    Gambling nearly cost former Celtic striker John Hartson his family, and six years on, he gives a heartfelt warning: the addiction could take over anybody’s life. He reached rock-bottom when his wife threatened that if he did not stop, she would...

  • Decision to object to increase in park hunting hours indirectly denounced by junior minister

    Decision to object to increase in park hunting hours indirectly denounced by junior minister

    Updated 1.40pm with Camilleri's reaction Animal Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri, a hunter, took a swipe at the Majjistral Park Supervisory Board shortly after it “strongly advised” against the increase in the hours when hunting is...

  • PA leads by example with green plan for transport

    PA leads by example with green plan for transport

    The Planning Authority is aiming to lead by example in encouraging large organisations to adopt green transport plans after the authority’s own scheme drew in a quarter of its employees. At a seminar held yesterday, PA executive chairman Johann...

  • Competition watchdog, insurers in dispute over repair scheme

    Competition watchdog, insurers in dispute over repair scheme

    The competition watchdog and four insurance companies are locked in a dispute over the operation of a vehicle repair scheme, which the insurers argue would raise standards. A number of car repair garages complained to the Malta Competition and...

  • Feet, bikes replace cars for a day

    Feet, bikes replace cars for a day

    Hompesch Road in Fgura, normally clogged with traffic, was yesterday transformed into an unusual pedestrian space to mark Car Free Day. The Fgura Local Council said the awareness-raising activity was successful in attracting a large part of the...