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  • Today's front pages - September 25, 2018

    Today's front pages - September 25, 2018

    The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Tuesday. Times of Malta says the developers of the former Fortina Hotel in Tigné, who last April were given the green light by the Planning Authority for a massive residential development...

  • Fortina developers change plans to mega office block

    Fortina developers change plans to mega office block

    The developers of the former Fortina Hotel in Tigné, who last April were given the green light by the Planning Authority for a massive residential development on the Tigné seafront, have changed their plans and want to convert the 15-storey block...

  • Education of deaf children ‘still poor’

    Education of deaf  children ‘still poor’

      Dorianne Callus was born profoundly deaf. Her parents realised this when she was eight months old. But she is bilingual and can communicate by speaking or by signing. Her speech is not always clear; she mispronounces some words since she cannot...

  • Muscat underlines commitment to a multilateral approach to world's challenges

    Muscat underlines commitment to a multilateral approach to world's challenges

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York on Monday, focusing mainly on migration.  He said the conference was paying tribute not only to a person but rather to the values he embodied: reconciliation over...

  • Hundreds of residents protest at plans for Luqa warehouses

    Hundreds of residents protest at plans for Luqa warehouses

    More than 400 Luqa residents are opposing plans to build warehouses and a solar array instead of a large farm outside the development zone at the edge of Wied il-Kbir. The farm in Ħal Farruġ, across the road from the St Vincent de Paul home for...

  • ERA says core testing at controversial quarry needed permit

    ERA says core testing at controversial quarry needed permit

    The Environment and Resources Authority has confirmed that core testing “allegedly” carried out recently at Tal-Magħlaq quarry, in the limits of Siġġiewi, “required a valid quarry licence and needed to be covered by a development permit”. However,...

  • Gentlemen's clubs need to be regulated by legislation, judge insists

    Gentlemen's clubs need to be regulated by legislation, judge insists

    A judge presiding over appeal proceedings in respect of two owners of a gentlemen’s club has stressed the need for laws to regulate such places of entertainment in a society that is becoming “increasingly permissive.” Madam Justice Edwina Grima...

  • Man cleared of sexual abuse of 8-year old, accidental touching “misinterpreted” by victim

    Man cleared of sexual abuse of 8-year old, accidental touching “misinterpreted” by victim

    A man on Monday was cleared of sexually abusing an eight-year-old child after a court concluded that the girl might have misinterpreted the accidental gestures of the accused whilst playing with children in the shallow waters of Pretty Bay. The...

  • New heart monitor to be tested at Mater Dei

    New heart monitor to be tested at Mater Dei

    An innovative heart monitor developed by a Maltese company will start being tested out at Mater Dei Hospital, where some 10 patients undergo ECG monitoring every day. The device, which consists of a small monitor that is placed on top of a...

  • Poachers could set a five-year record for illegal hunting - BirdLife

    Poachers could set a five-year record for illegal hunting - BirdLife

    2018 is set to be the worst year for hunting crimes since 2013, according to conservationists. BirdLife on Monday said that this year had already surpassed 2015 and 2016 combined when it came to the number of protected birds found shot, adding...

  • Directives by new teachers' union are illegal, ministry says

    Directives by new teachers' union are illegal, ministry says

    The Ministry of Education insisted on Monday that directives issued to teachers by a new trade union were illegal because the union was not the one recognised as representing educators. The Union of Professional Educators on Friday told members...

  • Removal of Caruana Galizia memorial was a breach of rights, court told

    Removal of Caruana Galizia memorial was a breach of rights, court told

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and the Director General for Public Cleansing were accused in court on Monday of breaching the right of freedom of expression when they repeatedly removed the makeshift memorial to journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in...

  • Government's lack of planning solely to blame for school transport problems - PN

    Government's lack of planning solely to blame for school transport problems - PN

    The Nationalist Party on Monday slammed the government for lack of planning for the provision of school transport and said it was unacceptable that the prime minister was blaming parents for the current situation. Shadow minister Clyde Puli said...

  • Admits to anti-police hate speech on Facebook, gets bail

    Admits to anti-police hate speech on Facebook, gets bail

    A maintenance worker, placed under preventive arrest after posting inflammatory comments against the police, has been granted bail pending judgment after admitting to his wrongdoing. Josef Vincenti, a 31-year old from Żabbar, had been arraigned 12...

  • 'Countless grandparents being denied access to their grandchildren'

    'Countless grandparents being denied access to their grandchildren'

    Calls for legal rights for grandparents denied access to their grandchildren topped the agenda on Monday during a Grandparents’ Parliament at the House of Representatives in Valletta.Philip Chircop, founder of the Fondazzjoni Nanniet Malta, which...

  • Another considerable fall in unemployment in August

    Another considerable fall in unemployment in August

    In August, the number of persons registering for work stood at 1,787, a decrease of by 28.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2017. Data provided by Jobsplus for August 2018 indicate a decline of 570 persons registering under...

  • Caruana Galizia murder suspect says he was framed

    Caruana Galizia murder suspect says he was framed

    One of the three men charged with the car bomb murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is claiming a breach of his right to a fair hearing, claiming the police acted on "a mere unfounded supposition." George Degiorgio filed a constitutional application...

  • Pietà tourist accommodation plans turned down

    Pietà tourist accommodation plans turned down

    The Planning Commission has turned down a proposal to develop tourist accommodation in Pietà, after NGOs objected to what they felt was a "disproportionate" development. Read: ‘Best-preserved enclave in Pietà at risk’ The two-storey house that...

  • ‘The choice is only in the hands of those paying for sex’

    ‘The choice is only in the hands of those paying for sex’

    When Maria* left prostitution, she started earning the same amount in one month that she would otherwise have earned in one single day. But wearing a uniform and keeping her dignity made it all worth it. Maria is one of several women who gradually...

  • Doctors to get life-saving car kits

    Doctors to get life-saving car kits

    A group of doctors will soon be equipped with a kit that could help them provide lifesaving first aid to casualties they encounter while driving. The initiative is spearheaded by the Doctors for Road Safety, an NGO recently-established by doctors...

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