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  • New mental health hospital completion date set for 2025

    New mental health hospital completion date set for 2025

    The new mental health hospital adjacent to Mater Dei is not expected to be up and running before 2025, Health Minister Chris Fearne told Times of Malta on Wednesday. The deadline was given during a news conference marking the launch of a public...

  • Unemployment goes down by almost 23 per cent in October

    Unemployment goes down by almost 23 per cent in October

    The number of people registering for work stood at 1,790 in October, decreasing by 22.8% compared to the same month in 2017. There was also a decline of over 520 people among those registering as unemployed, when compared to the corresponding...

  • 'A few minutes later I heard the explosion': Matthew Caruana Galizia testifies in court

    'A few minutes later I heard the explosion': Matthew Caruana Galizia testifies in court

    Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew recalled the fateful October day his mother was killed as he testified in court on Wednesday. “I got up at around 9am. My mother made coffee. We were sitting at the same desk. Mother got a phone call at around...

  • Man hit by car in Żabbar

    Man hit by car in Żabbar

    A 79-year-old man from Żabbar was seriously injured on Wednesday when he was hit by a car in his home town. The police said the accident happened in Triq Villabate at 8.30am. The man was hit by a car that was being driven by a 41-year-old man from...

  • Stella Maris college breaching agreement, union warns

    Stella Maris college breaching agreement, union warns

    Updated 5pm with college statement Stella Maris college was breaking terms of the collective agreement, the Union of Professional Educators warned. In a statement, the union said teachers were working well beyond the stipulated amount of agreed...

  • Cospicua students miss around 24 school days a year, study finds

    Cospicua students miss around 24 school days a year, study finds

    Each student from Cospicua missed an average of 23.7 days of school a year, the highest average number of absences per student in each locality, statistics show. The National Statistics Office found that the average number of absent days per...

  • Manoel Island mega-project poised for approval

    Manoel Island mega-project poised for approval

    The planned Manoel Island mega-development appears set for approval later this month after a positive recommendation from the Planning Directorate. In its assessment ahead of a final decision by the Planning Authority on December 20, the...

  • Pillion rider injured in Mellieħa accident

    Pillion rider injured in Mellieħa accident

    A 19-year-old woman from Ta’ Xbiex was grievously injured in a traffic accident in Mellieħa on Tuesday. The police said the accident happened in Triq il-Marfa at around 9.15pm. The woman was riding pillion on a Honda CBR. The main rider, a...

  • Mystery official ‘bumped into’ Libyan militia leader during controversial visit

    Mystery official ‘bumped into’ Libyan militia leader during controversial visit

    Government official Neville Gafà admitted he “bumped into” one of Tripoli’s most notorious militia leaders during his controversial Libya visit last month but played it down as “nothing serious”. Mr Gafà, who faced allegations of posing as a...

  • Today's front pages - December 5, 2018

    Today's front pages - December 5, 2018

    The following are the main stories in Wednesday’s newspapers. Times of Malta says that according to the latest figures, eating out and hotel accommodation amount to a fifth of what families spend, the highest rate in Europe. In another story, the...

  • Satabank victims to 'advertise' their problems

    Satabank victims to 'advertise' their problems

    Satabank victims have started a project to make known to millions of European citizens and foreign investors, the problems they are facing and the way in which the government is managing the situation. Accounts at Satabank, a small international...

  • Malta has lowest employment for women with disabilities

    Malta has lowest employment for women with disabilities

    Malta has the lowest percentage of women with disabilities in full-time employment, according to the European Institute for Gender Equality, which believes such individuals are doubly disadvantaged. Marking the International Day of People with...

  • Former Xgħajra deputy mayor cleared of harassing his former girlfriend

    Former Xgħajra deputy mayor cleared of harassing his former girlfriend

    Former Xgħajra Labour deputy mayor Neil Attard has been cleared of harassing his former girlfriend through a series of messages allegedly sent by means of fake Facebook profiles. The woman had stated under oath that Mr Attard had seemed unwilling...

  • Proposed law to pave way for cremation services

    Proposed law to pave way for cremation services

    The Cremation Bill, which could make bidding farewells to loved ones more affordable to those not owning a grave, is expected to be presented in Parliament when the House reconvenes after the Christmas break. There are no crematoria in Malta...

  • Arts Council: no financial statements, €2.1 million in direct orders

    Arts Council: no financial statements, €2.1 million in direct orders

    Arts Council Malta has prepared no financial statements for the last two years, the National Audit Office said in a damning report which noted shortcomings in several areas.Auditors also highlighted the “habitual” use of direct orders, the failure...

  • Preliminary assessment shows cliff top Mellieħa hotel cannot have additional floors

    Preliminary assessment shows cliff top Mellieħa hotel cannot have additional floors

    An application by the Panorama Hotel for the building of an additional three floors may not fall within the Height Limitation Adjustment Policy for Hotels, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg indicated in Parliament on Tuesday. Times of Malta...

  • Man accused of assault, threatening policemen

    Man accused of assault, threatening policemen

    A 28-year-old Somali man is being held behind bars after being accused of assaulting and seriously injuring another man with a knife and resisting and threatening four policemen. The police said the man was arraigned before Magistrate Paul Coppini...

  • Audit office concerned by weak administrative control on foreign students following university courses

    Audit office concerned by weak administrative control on foreign students following university courses

    The National Audit Office has expressed ‘major concern’ about weak internal controls relating to foreign students following courses at the University of Malta. It said that entitlement to maintenance grants was not always duly verified, and...

  • 'I don't read newspapers', Gaffarena tells the court

    'I don't read newspapers', Gaffarena tells the court

    The man behind an Old Mint Street property expropriation saga has denied, while under oath, calling his notary to speed up a propery purchase the day after The Sunday Times of Malta revealed the deal. “I don’t read newspapers. How would that...

  • Court finds no evidence to back blackmail claims

    Court finds no evidence to back blackmail claims

    A man has been cleared of blackmail and harassment charges, 12 years after criminal proceedings were launched following a report filed by a former prison inmate. Joseph Grech, 55, was investigated as one of two suspects who, back in 2006,...

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