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  • Today's front pages - March 20, 2019

    Today's front pages - March 20, 2019

    The following are the top stories in the newspapers on Wednesday. Times of Malta reveals that hunters are expected to ask for permission to shoot turtle dove when they lobby for a spring hunting season at a decisive meeting of the Ornis committee...

  • One of the oldest streetscapes in St Julian's faces development, but residents are having none of it

    One of the oldest streetscapes in St Julian's faces development, but residents are having none of it

    St Julian’s residents are rallying to protect one of the oldest preserved streetscapes in the town from development plans they say would destroy the area’s intangible heritage. A development application recently published by the Planning Authority...

  • Cocaine worth €32.4m found in Freeport containers

    Cocaine worth €32.4m found in Freeport containers

    Updated Wednesday 3.35pm Cocaine with an estimated value of €32.4 million was found hidden inside four containers at the Malta Freeport, Customs announced on Tuesday evening.   The drug haul was made after Customs officials scanned 12 containers...

  • FKNK report proposes 2019 turtle dove spring hunting

    FKNK report proposes 2019 turtle dove spring hunting

    A report proposing lifting the moratorium on spring hunting has been submitted to the government and the Nationalist Party by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation. The report, “Traditional Turtle Dove Hunting in Spring on the Maltese...

  • Health Ministry ‘insists’ on IT contract renewal

    Health Ministry ‘insists’ on IT contract renewal

    Pressure is being mounted on the Finance Ministry to approve the renewal of a lucrative IT contract provided at Mater Dei Hospital by a company owned by the husband of Health Minister Chris Fearne’s chief of staff, Finance Ministry, sources told...

  • Relaxation of rule of law in Europe ‘dangerous tendency’

    Relaxation of rule of law in Europe ‘dangerous tendency’

    The relaxation of the rule of law, especially among European Union newcomers, could become a dangerous tendency, Andrius Kubilius, who is running to be the next secretary general of the Council of Europe, has warned. The Council of Europe, founded...

  • Rain and strong winds expected to usher in spring

    Rain and strong winds expected to usher in spring

    Just when you thought it was safe to pack your umbrellas and take out your beachwear, you might want to rethink your plans.  Three days of showers and strong winds are forecast, starting from Wednesday, according to the Meteorological Office. Rain...

  • New plans submitted to develop 17th-century Lija garden

    New plans submitted to develop 17th-century Lija garden

    An appeal is expected to be heard this week over the Planning Authority’s refusal to allow the development of six townhouses at a 400-year-old garden in the heart of Lija. The developer filed the appeal after the Planning Authority last December...

  • Roadworks at Il-Lunzjata resume days after ERA stop notice

    Roadworks at Il-Lunzjata resume days after ERA stop notice

    Roadworks by State agency Infrastructure Malta at Il-Lunzjata, in the limits of Rabat, have resumed just days after the Environment and Resources Authority issued a stop and compliance order. The environment watchdog intervened in the wake of...

  • PN proposes ‘hybrid’ system to address e-counting mechanism flaws

    PN proposes ‘hybrid’ system to address e-counting mechanism flaws

    The Nationalist Party is proposing a “hybrid system” to resolve what it claims to be serious issues in the electronic counting system, set to be used in the upcoming European and council elections. Under this system, each ballot is manually...

  • Man walks free after being found not guilty of drug trafficking

    Man walks free after being found not guilty of drug trafficking

    A man charged with drug-trafficking, facing the prospect of life imprisonment, walked out of court free late on Monday night after a week-long trial which ended in a 'not guilty' verdict.  Edward Cardona, 36, from St Paul’s Bay, stood accused of...

  • Three isolated cases of measles reported

    Three isolated cases of measles reported

    Public Health authorities are investigating three separate, unrelated, confirmed cases of measles, as precautions are taken to ensure these cases remain isolated. In 2018, there were five imported cases and one case of local transmission. Since...

  • Two hospitalised after car smashes into barrier in Marsa

    Two hospitalised after car smashes into barrier in Marsa

    Updated 12.20pm Two pensioners have been hospitalised after their car hit concrete barriers being used to separate lanes during roadworks on Triq Aldo Moro in Marsa. The car, a Mercedes Benz, overturned, trapping the 76-year-old driver from...

  • Lija residents fight plans for five-storey block and boutique hotel

    Lija residents fight plans for five-storey block and boutique hotel

    Lija residents are objecting to plans for a five-storey apartment block in a street just outside the village core which currently features only two-storey terraced houses. Residents say the proposal in Triq tal-Mirakli, similar to several that...

  • Turkish ‘village’ units to be turned into classrooms

    Turkish ‘village’ units to be turned into classrooms

    A construction firm which planned to build a makeshift ‘village’ to host Turkish construction workers is in pole position to turn some of its ‘unused’ prefabricated units into classrooms for government schools. UNEC Ltd a few weeks ago hit the...

  • Today’s front pages: March 19, 2019

    Today’s front pages: March 19, 2019

    These are the stories which made it to the front pages of Tuesday's newspapers: The Times of Malta reports that the prefabricated units that were to be used to house Turkish temporary workers will instead be used as classrooms. It also features...

  • Mapfre MSV Life plc declares 2018 bonuses

    On March 5, 2019 Mapfre MSV Life plc announced the bonus rates for With Profits Plans for the year ended December 31, 2018.  A Regular Bonus Rate of 2.35 per cent was declared on the company’s core products namely the comprehensive flexi plan...

  • Prisoner stopped from harming himself in lock-up

    Prisoner stopped from harming himself in lock-up

    A 19-year-old Maltese man was stopped from harming himself while he was being held in custody at the police headquarters. The police managed to stop him in time but the man was sent to Mater Dei as a precaution. The incident took place at 7pm on...

  • Gozo ferries 13 times more polluting than the vehicles they carry

    Gozo ferries 13 times more polluting than the vehicles they carry

    Updated 8.20pm The Gozo ferries churned out 13 times the pollution that their cargo of vehicles would generate if they drove through a tunnel instead, a town hall debate on the proposed permanent link heard on Monday night. The debate, organised...

  • Local enforcement agency accounts should be scrutinised – MP

    Local enforcement agency accounts should be scrutinised – MP

    The Opposition would be demanding that the accounts of the Local Enforcement System Agency (LESA) be tabled in the House of Representatives, said MP Robert Cutajar. Mr Cutajar referred to the LESA reform in negative terms, arguing that local...

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