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Car-free day turned into ‘glorified Sliema street party’

Car-free day turned into ‘glorified Sliema street party’

A car-free day is being held today along the Strand in Sliema to mark the end of European Mobility Week and encourage people to travel using more environmentally-friendly alternatives. But the event has been used by Transport Malta to turn the Sliema road into a “glorified street party”, leaving residents stuck inside their homes, Sliema mayor Anthony...

  • Lift restrictions on rescue plane... or else, NGO warns

    Lift restrictions on rescue plane... or else, NGO warns

    Unless an aircraft was allowed to resume “normal” humanitarian flights by the end of the week, judicial proceedings would be instituted against the government, an NGO has warned. In a letter to the Civil Aviation Directorate, copied to the...

  • Today's front pages: September 13, 2018

    Today's front pages: September 13, 2018

    These are the stories that made it to the front pages of Thursday's newspapers: The Times of Malta carries a plea from an NGO for restrictions to be lifted from its rescue plane. It also reports on the prime minister hinting at rent reforms which...

  • UN urges government to house migrants evicted from cow farm

    UN urges government to house migrants evicted from cow farm

    The UN migration agency has recommended that temporary housing be provided to the migrants evicted from a converted cow farm in Qormi last month. Over 100 migrants were evicted by the Planning Authority after it was found that the building had...

  • ‘Italian bird smugglers brought species to Malta’

    ‘Italian bird smugglers brought species to Malta’

    A recently arrested Italian gang of bird smugglers are believed to have been involved in bringing protected species to Malta.  Maltese police sources told the Times of Malta that the country was a known destination for smuggled bird species, and a...

  • 'A good place for bombing testing' - Parliamentary secretary reports threat to police

    'A good place for bombing testing' - Parliamentary secretary reports threat to police

    Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia has called in the police after somebody wrote under a video of the Auberge de Castille on her Twitter account that this was a good place for bombing testing.  Ms Farrugia's tweet marked Pride Week and showed...

  • 70 non-EU trained nurses to join health sector

    70 non-EU trained nurses to join health sector

    A change in the law will see some 70 non-EU trained nurses added to the public health sector after they had to work as carers for months. The move comes amid repeated calls to address the nurse shortage at hospitals and health clinics. The Times...

  • Diver found dead off Xemxija in second tragedy this month

    Diver found dead off Xemxija in second tragedy this month

    The police have recovered the body of a man found dead at sea off Xemxija. The grim discovery was made at 5.15pm. The police said the man was a 24-year-old from Rabat, who was reportedly freediving. TVM identified him as Simon Psaila. The police...

  • Army trumpeter blows the whistle on training course ‘anomaly’

    Army trumpeter blows the whistle on training course ‘anomaly’

    A lance bombardier, placing first in a selection process for the post of assistant trumpet major in the band of the Armed Forces of Malta, has filed a judicial protest after being denied a promised training course abroad. Brendan Borg, 30, a...

  • Half of 15-year-olds smokers want to snuff out the habit - study

    Half of 15-year-olds smokers want to snuff out the habit - study

    Half of all 15-year-olds who smoke are in the process of kicking the habit, according to a study conducted in 2017, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention director Paula Vassallo said. The data shows that of the 15-year-olds who smoke, 50 per...

  • Jailed for street gambling

    Jailed for street gambling

    A man was jailed for three months on Wednesday after pleading guilty to involvement in illegal gambling and betting in Republic Street, Valletta. Romanian-born Adrian Rusu, residing at Qawra, was arrested on September 4. He also admitted smashed a...

  • Taxi driver sees sentence for drug conviction reduced

    Taxi driver sees sentence for drug conviction reduced

    A taxi driver jailed and fined over drug-related charges four years ago, had his punishment reduced on appeal on Wednesday owing to delays in the judicial process not attributable to him, the principle of proportionality and in line with recent...

  • Italian PM statements about Malta 'false', government says

    Italian PM statements about Malta 'false', government says

    Valletta and Rome have found themselves caught up in yet another war of words over migration, with the Maltese government issuing an official statement denying claims made by Italy’s Prime Minister on Wednesday morning. Mr Conte told Italian...

  • Sant opts not to vote on EP motion against Hungary's right-wing government

    Sant opts not to vote on EP motion against Hungary's right-wing government

    Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant on Wednesday stayed away from a key European Parliament vote which saw MEPs overwhelmingly back a motion for punitive action against Hungary for flouting the rule of law. Dr Sant told the European Parliament in an...

  • 'Shameful': MFA boss slams SportMalta chairman's national team criticism

    'Shameful': MFA boss slams SportMalta chairman's national team criticism

    Updated 5.49 with Luciano Busuttil's reply below - Malta Football Association president Norman Darmanin Demajo has cried foul over criticism of the national team’s recent performance by SportMalta chairman Luciano Busuttil. Dr Busuttil raised...

  • Man behind bars for Facebook comments against the police

    Man behind bars for Facebook comments against the police

    A maintenance worker ended up behind bars after posting inflammatory comments on Facebook about the use of speed guns by traffic police. Josef Vincenti, a 31-year old from Żabbar, was targeted by criminal investigations after taking to Facebook to...

  • Liam Debono's lawyers cry foul over President's presence at solidarity march

    Liam Debono's lawyers cry foul over President's presence at solidarity march

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s presence at a Valletta protest in solidarity with police officers last May has made it difficult for a young man accused of running over a police officer from getting a fair trial, lawyers for the defendant...

  • Rent reform will set parameters to protect the most vulnerable - Muscat

    Rent reform will set parameters to protect the most vulnerable - Muscat

    The government’s upcoming rent reform will not help those renting out pricey villas, but those living in “untenable” situations, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday. Speaking during a pre-Budget meeting with developers, Dr Muscat said...

  • €8 million in grants for urban development and poverty reduction

    €8 million in grants for urban development and poverty reduction

    Malta will be benefitting from €8 million in EEA and Norwegian Grants under the programming period 2014-2021, aimed specifically towards urban development and poverty reduction. The money will be spent on projects focused on social inclusion,...

  • Joseph Mifsud is a mystery to Italian authorities too

    Joseph Mifsud is a mystery to Italian authorities too

    Italian police tried and failed to track down mystery Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud, a judgement issued by a Sicilian court has revealed.  Authorities were tasked with finding Prof. Mifsud to serve him notice of court action filed against him by...

  • Controversial copyright proposals gets European Parliament approval

    Controversial copyright proposals gets European Parliament approval

    The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the text of a copyright vote that was mired in controversy, after activists warned it could stop people from sharing memes and articles online. After closed-door compromise negotiations between the...

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