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  • ‘We cannot enforce the law without staff,’ NGO watchdog warns

    ‘We cannot enforce the law without staff,’ NGO watchdog warns

    The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations has warned that his office is finding it impossible to enforce recently-enacted legal safeguards because of a severe understaffing problem.Presenting his annual report to Parliament’s Social Affairs...

  • Developers propose trading system to 'protect' quaint urban areas

    Developers propose trading system to 'protect' quaint urban areas

    Developers have suggested a new trading system that would, they say, encourage the protection of unspoilt areas in and around village cores. The proposed system would see developers purchase what is known as the gross floor area of a property near...

  • Watch: Waves crash against Sliema coast as winds pick up speed

    Watch: Waves crash against Sliema coast as winds pick up speed

    People were again donning their jackets and looking for umbrellas on Wednesday as heavy winds, expected to reach Force 7 took over the Maltese islands. The winds, as well as rain, are expected to continue until at least the end of this week. In...

  • Storm caused €120,000 damage to road signs, bus shelters and walls

    Storm caused €120,000 damage to road signs, bus shelters and walls

    The major storm on February 23 and 24 caused €118,500 worth of damage to the transport sector, including the destruction of two bus shelters, and fallen walls. Transport Minister Ian Borg said, in reply to a parliamentary question by MP Edward...

  • Marsa crash victim, 76, dies

    Marsa crash victim, 76, dies

    A senior citizen who smashed his car during a Tuesday morning crash in Marsa has passed away.  In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the police said that the 76-year-old Birkirkara man had died in hospital.  The elderly man was driving a...

  • Judgment annulled due to formal error

    Judgment annulled due to formal error

    A man’s conviction over a theft committed 13 years ago is to be re-examined after a court of appeal pointed out a formal error which brought about the nullity of the judgment delivered by the Magistrates’ Court. Mark Zahra, 47, had been given a...

  • Cold spell makes February second coolest month on record

    Cold spell makes February second coolest month on record

    February may have started off on a relatively warm note, with the month’s air temperature peaking at 19.4°C on its second day. But a sharp drop in air temperatures to a frosty low of 3.7°C on the 23rd, coupled with a mean minimum temperature of...

  • Civic amenity sites looking more like junk yards - PN

    Civic amenity sites looking more like junk yards - PN

    The Nationalist Party wants parliament's environment committee to discuss the situation at civic amenity sites, saying they were now looking more like junkyards.  In a statement, the PN said that waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) schemes...

  • Reformed man gets probation instead of jail on appeal

    Reformed man gets probation instead of jail on appeal

    A man was given probation in lieu of an effective jail term after a court of appeal deemed it would be “unjust” to remand him in custody and risk undoing all his efforts at getting his life back on track. Reginald Bugeja, now 46, had been facing...

  • Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    The official publication of guidelines on the way superyachts pay VAT has brought an end to the threat of action by the European Commission, with the yachting industry breathing a sigh of relief that it is back to business. The European Commission...

  • Local farmers need fuel subsidies, says PN MEP candidate

    Local farmers need fuel subsidies, says PN MEP candidate

    Local farmers should be given the opportunity to buy diesel at reduced prices like their counterparts in many other EU member states, the Nationalist Party said on Wednesday. Maltese farmers were paying double what Sicilian ones paid, MEP...

  • PN outlines cancer fight policy

    PN outlines cancer fight policy

    More funds for prevention, early diagnosis and higher-quality treatment are the main proposals of a Nationalist Party policy document on the fight against cancer. Shadow health minister Stephen Spiteri presented 30 proposals to better respond to...

  • Crane Currency employing many more people than planned

    Crane Currency employing many more people than planned

    A customer centre was inaugurated on Wednesday at Crane Currency's Malta plant to showcase the currency printer's work to its clients. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who unveiled a commemorative plaque, hailed the company’s achievements, saying...

  • Watch: 'I will keep my promises but courts come first,' Muscat says of Egrant publication

    Watch: 'I will keep my promises but courts come first,' Muscat says of Egrant publication

    The prime minister will be deciding whether or not to publish the entire Egrant inquiry report once a court hands down a decision on whether the Opposition should have a copy. In reply to questions by the Times of Malta on Wednesday, Prime...

  • Watch: Daphne murder masterminds will be charged when there is all the evidence - PM

    Watch: Daphne murder masterminds will be charged when there is all the evidence - PM

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday morning insisted that the masterminds behind the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia will be charged once there is all the evidence in hand. Dr Muscat took questions from journalists following the...

  • Minister's husband files judicial protest after losing libel case

    Minister's husband files judicial protest after losing libel case

    Minister Helena Dalli’s husband has filed a judicial protest claiming that his rights were breached by an appeals court, which dismissed a libel case he had opened over articles in the Times of Malta. Patrick Dalli had filed two libel suits...

  • Acid tanks, white powder and fake €100 notes: court hears of drug trafficking operation

    Acid tanks, white powder and fake €100 notes: court hears of drug trafficking operation

    Jordan Azzopardi, the suspected mastermind behind a cocaine and heroin trafficking ring faced court today for the start of the compilation of evidence. The court heard that: Police tracked Azzopardi's operations for several months, raiding...

  • Use surplus to fund paternity leave, Casa says

    Use surplus to fund  paternity leave, Casa says

    Malta’s economic surplus should be invested in increased paternity and equal parental leave, which would help bridge the gender employment and pay gap in the long-run, according to Nationalist MEP David Casa. “Malta has a growing economy and the...

  • Divided opposition over new Gozo Regional Development Authority

    Divided opposition over new Gozo Regional Development Authority

    The Democratic Party on Monday will be voting alongside the government in parliament for the setting up of a Regional Development Authority for Gozo, breaking ranks with the Nationalist Party, which is to vote against. The PD said on Monday that...

  • Hunters want to start shooting turtle dove once more

    Hunters want to start shooting turtle dove once more

    Updated 4.30pm, adds Birdlife press conference Hunters are expected to ask for permission to shoot a protected bird when they lobby for a spring hunting season at a decisive meeting scheduled for Wednesday. As the migration season, which sees...

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