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  • Watch: Bendy buses burn at San Ġwann scrapyard

    Watch: Bendy buses burn at San Ġwann scrapyard

    Old bendy buses used by former bus operator Arriva have gone up in flames in a San Ġwann scrapyard, sending massive plumes of black smoke into the air.  The fire was reported at around noon, with firefighters from the Civil Protection Department...

  • More people attending cinema, live theatre and music events

    More people attending cinema, live theatre and music events

    People who have attended live performances and venues at least once in the last year report higher life satisfaction than those who do not, according to a major new cultural participation survey (see the pdf link below). The study, published today...

  • Permits for ODZ villas in Kalkara break all the rules - FAA

    Permits for ODZ villas in Kalkara break all the rules - FAA

    A decision to approve permits for four "massive" villas in an outside development zone in Kalkara was "completely unacceptable" and local residents were right to appeal the decision, environmental NGO Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar said this...

  • Time to bake some 18th century Pane di Spagna

    Time to bake some 18th century Pane di Spagna

      When whole societies dreamt of eating white bread, the Inquisitor in Malta was preparing a fine version - the Pane di Spagna. This was commonly prepared in sophisticated kitchens in the early modern world and an 18th-century recipe was found in...

  • ‘House of Cards was a dystopia… now it is a reality show’

    ‘House of Cards was a dystopia… now it is a reality show’

    When three-time Academy Award nominated director Agnieszka Holland first directed an episode of House of Cards three years ago, she was concerned that the cynical, murderous, portrayal of Washington politicians would have a dangerous effect on...

  • Most permanent secretaries retain same post of last legislature

    Most permanent secretaries retain same post of last legislature

    Only a few changes were made in top civil service posts after the last general election. According to an internal memo, most of the permanent secretaries retained the same post they occupied in the last legislature. There were only a few...

  • Today's newspapers in review

    Today's newspapers in review

    The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says that the absence of fire safety measures within building regulations has prompted the Chamber of Engineers to call on the government to take immediate action to...

  • Finance Minister avoids MEPs on money laundering, tax haven claims

    Finance Minister avoids MEPs on money laundering, tax haven claims

    Finance Minister Edward Scicluna was careful not to engage with MEPs who again pressed him on Malta’s commitment to fight money laundering, Panama Papers leaks and claims of the island being used for tax evasion. Prof. Scicluna told the European...

  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birkirkara bypass crash

    Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birkirkara bypass crash

    A Gozitan motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision on the Birkirkara Bypass this afternoon. The police said the crash, at 5.15pm, involved a Honda 125 motorcycle driven by a 21-year-old man from Munxar and a Peugeot 106 driven by a...

  • PD to join Opposition parliamentary group

    PD to join Opposition parliamentary group

    The Democratic Party has given the formal go-ahead for its leader, Marlene Farrugia, to join the Opposition parliamentary group.   "This will ensure that there will be a more coordinated and effective parliamentary opposition," it said. The PN and...

  • Abandoned Buġibba building ‘an accident waiting to happen’

    Abandoned Buġibba building  ‘an accident waiting to happen’

    What for years was a hub of activity in the heart of Buġibba is today an abandoned building full of empty beer cans, debris and dangling wires. The space, which for over a decade housed the popular McDonald’s outlet in the seaside locality, has...

  • Man reported missing

    Man reported missing

    George Galea,59, has been reported missing, the police said. He was last seen near his residence in Birzebbuga. Anyone having information was asked to phone on 119 or 21224001or call at a police station.  

  • Family granted partial refund of house price after bedroom ceiling collapses

    Family granted partial refund of house price after bedroom ceiling collapses

    A couple and their baby son who narrowly avoided being crushed to death when the ceiling of their bedroom caved in have been awarded compensation of €30,000 as a partial refund of the sale price from the prior owner of the house. Karl Rizzo Naudi...

  • Baby rescued in Comino

    Baby rescued in Comino

    A 19-month-old baby girl was rescued in Comino this afternoon after bathers spotted her unconscious in the sea at the Blue Lagoon. The girl, a Czech, was given first aid by rescuers of the Emergency Response Rescue Corps and regained consciousness...

  • Watch: Glenn Bedingfield, Rosianne Cutajar, former ministers make it to Parliament

    Watch: Glenn Bedingfield, Rosianne Cutajar, former ministers make it to Parliament

    Updated 5pm  Casual elections among Labour candidates were held today, filling seats vacated by Labour MPs elected on two districts.   Seven seats were up for grabs, and they were taken by two former ministers, a former MP and four newcomers.

  • Refusal of Ħondoq kiosk extension welcomed

    Refusal of Ħondoq kiosk extension welcomed

    A decision by the Planning Commission to refuse an extension to a kiosk at Ħondoq, Gozo, had been welcomed by Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar. The FAA hailed it as a decision in favour of the environment.    "This decision is a win for the environment...

  • Low cost airline to fly between Malta, Belfast and Birmingham next year

    Low cost airline to fly between Malta, Belfast and Birmingham next year

    Low-cost airline Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will introduce weekly flights between Malta and Belfast and Malta and Birmingham in summer next year.  Jet2.com will thus operate flights between Malta and seven UK airports next summer. The airline also...

  • Part of the Rabat road to be closed tonight

    Part of the Rabat road in Attard, direction Valletta, will be closed today between 8pm and midnight for emergency repairs, Transport Malta said.   Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes, drive carefully and follow instructions by...

  • Four arraigned over drug operation

    Four arraigned over drug operation

    A foreign couple and two Maltese men were today remanded in custody following their arraignment over drug-related charges after the Malta police last Sunday evening managed to break up a suspected drug trafficking ring which allegedly had been...

  • Pornography lecture which pitted Anthony Burgess against conservative Malta to be published, 45 years on

    Pornography lecture which pitted Anthony Burgess against conservative Malta to be published, 45 years on

    Updated 2pm A 1970 lecture about pornography which outraged its University of Malta audience and caused a furore within Maltese intelligentsia is to be published in book form for the first time.  Anthony Burgess, best known for his seminal novel A...