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  • 2019: Changing of the guard at the top?

    2019: Changing of the guard at the top?

    New President, Cabinet reshuffle and Constitutional Convention In six months’ time it will be exactly 100 years since the Sette Giugno riots of 1919, which are widely considered the main catalyst for the eventual achievement of self-governance in...

  • Valletta – a community in its death throes?

    Valletta – a community  in its death throes?

    As smaller businesses make way for a parade of homogenous bars, and the original community continues to dwindle, Ramona Depares asks whether the soul of our capital city has been sold off together with the development permits. In December 2016,...

  • Filling big shoes - Fr Alex Cauchi keeps alive Fr George Grima's missionary zeal

    Filling big shoes - Fr Alex Cauchi keeps alive Fr George Grima's missionary zeal

    “I am not, and I don’t want to become, another Dun Ġorġ Grima.”  That’s one thing Fr Alex Cauchi makes amply clear early in our interview. “He was one – the founder of the movement. I’m simply keeping his legacy alive as its director.” This is not...

  • Simon Schembri named Police Officer of the Year

    Simon Schembri named Police Officer of the Year

    Police officer Simon Schembri was met with a long standing ovation on Sunday morning as he walked up to collect the Officer of the Year title during the force’s annual award-giving ceremony. The 48-year-old traffic policeman lost an arm last year...

  • Watch: Pope Francis appeals for solidarity with migrants stranded off Malta

    Watch: Pope Francis appeals for solidarity with migrants stranded off Malta

    Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for effective solidarity by European governments with 49 migrants stranded on two ships which are sheltering from rough seas off Malta. In remarks following the Angelus at St Peter's Square, Pope Francis...

  • Defiant Delia complains of coordinated media attacks against him

    Defiant Delia complains of coordinated media attacks against him

    Some sections of the media were harming the country, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday, standing by his decision to sue a media organisation that reported details about his marital breakdown and the ensuing political fallout. Speaking...

  • Migrants standoff: Easiest thing is to play the 'Christmas saint,' says Muscat

    Migrants standoff: Easiest thing is to play the 'Christmas saint,' says Muscat

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday that he did not want to set a precedent by letting in a group of migrants stranded on board NGO rescue boats just off the coast of Malta. Speaking during a brief telephone interview on the Labour Party’s...

  • PN executive ‘will discuss Delia’

    PN executive ‘will discuss Delia’

    The PN’s executive committee, its second-highest decision-making body, is set to tackle allegations being made against party leader Adrian Delia. Plans to convene the committee to discuss the way forward were confirmed by its president Mark...

  • Today's front pages - January 6, 2019

    Today's front pages - January 6, 2019

    The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Sunday. The Sunday Times of Malta reports that PN’s executive committee is totackle the allegations being made against party leader Adrian Delia. Plans to convene the committee were...

  • Marsaxlokk breakwater inches a step closer

    Marsaxlokk breakwater inches a step closer

    A tender has been issued for a team to oversee the long-awaited breakwater at Qrejten in Marsaxlokk, offering a ray of hope that the project will come to fruition. The Contracts Department recently issued a call for a full-time project management...

  • Valletta foodbank to branch out as demand continues to grow

    Valletta foodbank to branch out as demand continues to grow

    The foodbank in Valletta, which fed more than 80 families in the week before Christmas, is looking for distribution centres outside of the capital to be more accessible to people in need. Run by the St Andrews’ Scots Church, the bank provides food...

  • Malta has Europe's second-highest rate of police officers

    Malta has Europe's second-highest rate of police officers

    The number of officers in the Malta Police Force is the second highest in Europe on a per capita basis, fresh data shows. According to Eurostat, there were 505 police officers for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2016. Surpassed only by Cyprus, which...

  • Recaptured after 24 hours on the run

    Recaptured after 24 hours on the run

    A 45-year-old who escaped from police custody on Friday was recaptured and arrested on Saturday after 24 hours on the run.  Abdulsalam Ben Hamed, a Libyan national, had managed to escape Qormi police station shortly after noon on Friday. In a...

  • 'Pitiful' dogs in Dingli prompt animal welfare investigation

    'Pitiful' dogs in Dingli prompt animal welfare investigation

    An owner of tied-up dogs in Dingli has been instructed to find a “more suitable” means of housing the animals after an investigation by the Animal Welfare Directorate, an Environment Ministry spokesman said. “Shocking” pictures of the dogs were...

  • Hotels and restaurants report good business during festive season

    Hotels and restaurants report good business during festive season

    Hotels and restaurants reported good business during the festive season, which brought to an end another record-breaking year in terms of tourist arrivals. While official statistics for 2018 have yet to be published, by October Malta had already...

  • Archbishop defies clampdown, visits migrant rescue vessel stuck in Malta

    Archbishop defies clampdown, visits migrant rescue vessel stuck in Malta

    Updated at 9.50pm with association of social workers statement Archbishop Charles Scicluna visited a migrant rescue vessel currently impounded in Malta on Saturday to express solidarity with NGOs' mission to save lives at sea, in defiance of a...

  • Illegal dumping near Siġġiewi coast

    Illegal dumping near Siġġiewi coast

    Illegal dumping has been taking place on the coast near Siġġiewi with irreparable damage to flora and fauna, the Democratic Party warned on Saturday. Pictures relayed to the media showed illegal dumping close to an incline leading to a quarry off...

  • 40 protected trees gone in Buqana Road, authorities pledge to plant 1,000 more

    40 protected trees gone in Buqana Road, authorities pledge to plant 1,000 more

    Infrastructure Malta has pledged to plant 1,000 indigenous trees as compensation for the removal of at least 40 protected trees, which were uprooted as part of a road-widening project. Heavy machinery was used on the trees in the street on Friday,...

  • Despite warning, ministry gave €4.5m direct orders in six months

    Despite warning, ministry gave €4.5m direct orders in six months

    Entities falling under the political remit of Justice Minister Owen Bonnici persisted in the allocation of direct orders despite warnings by the National Audit Office. More than 280 direct orders were handed out to individuals and companies in the...

  • Migrant family centres ‘at full capacity’

    Migrant family centres ‘at full capacity’

    Families with children had to be moved into Ħal Far because venues where they were normally accommodated were at full capacity, the Times of Malta has learned. A Home Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said the families were living in a small compound...

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