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  • 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...

  • Thief with conviction sheet 'as long as a Bible' warned about ruining his life

    Thief with conviction sheet 'as long as a Bible' warned about ruining his life

    A man with a voluminous criminal record will be serving two years behind bars after admitting on Wednesday to three thefts over the span of one month. The 33-year old, currently unemployed and homeless, was described by his legal aid counsel,...

  • Car ends up in field after Nadur crash

    Car ends up in field after Nadur crash

    An Isuzu ended up in a field near Triq ir-Rabat in Nadur after a collision with a Kia at 6.45am on Wednesday. The police said that the Isuzu was being driven by a 43-year-old from from St Julians while the Kia was being driven by a 68-year-old...

  • Manuel Mallia's attempt to oust Caruana Galizia murder monitor fails

    Manuel Mallia's attempt to oust Caruana Galizia murder monitor fails

    A request by former Labour home affairs minister Manuel Mallia to withdraw the mandate of Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt as Council of Europe rapporteur monitoring investigations into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder has been rejected.  Reacting to the...

  • 'Too many chiefs, not enough Indians, and no arrows' - Yachting Malta chairman

    'Too many chiefs, not enough Indians, and no arrows' - Yachting Malta chairman

    Yachting Malta needs to persuade all the stakeholders in the yachting industry to pull on the same rope, its new chairman John Huber told the Times of Malta. The yachting industry is notoriously fragmented, with various organisations vying rather...

  • PA finds no evidence of excavations at Mnajdra quarry despite pictures

    PA finds no evidence of excavations at Mnajdra quarry despite pictures

    Planning Authority enforcement officers found “no evidence of any excavation activity” at a disused Siġġiewi quarry close to megalithic temples despite documented evidence of fresh rock cutting and illegal core testing. Unesco sources told the...

  • Dramatic accident leaves car up a tree

    Dramatic accident leaves car up a tree

    A 72-year-old man who lives in Xewkija lost control of his car Tuesday evening and kept driving into a rubble wall, police said. Dramatic photos show the BMW embedded in the tree after it crashed through a rubble wall. The driver, from Xewkija,...

  • Bats could be unlikely saviours of old buildings

    Bats could be unlikely saviours of old buildings

    Demolition of old buildings often runs into opposition from nearby residents but in the case of a century-old house in Santa Venera, the ‘residents’ are of a different sort: a colony of roosting bats that appears to have settled in the house or...

  • Adults have one to two alcoholic drinks a day

    Adults have one to two alcoholic drinks a day

    Adults in Malta consume between one and two alcoholic drinks every day, a study published in world-renowned medical journal The Lancet has found. Drinkers’ prevalence was notably higher in Malta than the global average, which, according to the...

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