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  • ‘Frequent’ rejection of Freedom of Information requests flagged to UN

    ‘Frequent’ rejection of Freedom of Information requests flagged to UN

    The government’s “frequent” rejection of Freedom of Information requests was flagged to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Times of Malta has learnt. In a meeting with the UN, PEN International representative Sarah Clarke said there were...

  • 'Daphne's treatment a disgrace' - press freedom organisations

    'Daphne's treatment a disgrace' - press freedom organisations

    A group of press freedom organisations have demanded that an independent public inquiry be set up to look into whether journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder could have been avoided. The group, in Malta on an international freedom of...

  • Everyone has privacy while voting - or do they?

    Everyone has privacy while voting - or do they?

    We are all familiar with the voting process: exchange your voting document with a ballot sheet and mark your preferences within the privacy of a booth. With your back to the assistant commissioners, you can even draw the curtain to ensure that not...

  • Police get first ever collective agreement, shorter week and a pay rise

    Police get first ever collective agreement, shorter week and a pay rise

    The first-ever collective agreement between the Police, unions, and the government was signed on Monday. Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia said the agreement would see constables and police inspectors bumped up a scale on the public sector...

  • Service station extension ‘unnecessary’ – NGO

    Service station extension ‘unnecessary’ – NGO

    “Piecemeal” plans to extend an ODZ fuel station in Marsascala, submitted before the facility has even been built, have raised the concerns of the Environment and Resources Authority. The Planning Authority controversially issued a permit for a...

  • Rent reform: minimum lease periods but no fixed prices

    Rent reform: minimum lease periods but no fixed prices

    Updated 3.30pm with AD statement Minimum lease periods are being considered in the government’s proposed reform of the rental market, but rent prices will remain at landlords’ discretion.The new White Paper published on Monday proposes mandatory...

  • Drug-trafficking case held up in court for six years

    Drug-trafficking case held up in court for six years

    A man undergoing proceedings for alleged drug trafficking had his rights breached when his case was not decided within a reasonable time, a court ruled on Monday. Robert Agius was arraigned in May 2012 for alleged involvement in a...

  • AFM ordered to pay for rental car wrecked during training

    AFM ordered to pay for rental car wrecked during training

    The Armed Forces of Malta have been ordered to pay for a rented car that was irreparably damaged when it overturned while being used for VIP protection training. The incident happened 10 years ago. The AFM rented the car from John’s Garage without...

  • Auditors to 'advise and monitor' Satabank on MFSA orders

    Auditors to 'advise and monitor' Satabank on MFSA orders

    Updated at 1.50pm with Central Bank statement Auditors EY have been appointed by the MFSA to “advise and monitor” Satabank, after a joint inspection and audit by the MFSA and FIAU found shortcomings in the bank’s anti-money laundering...

  • Flight attendant falls out of parked aircraft

    Flight attendant falls out of parked aircraft

    A flight attendant fell out of an Air India Boeing 777 while closing the aircraft's door at Mumbai airport. The 53-year-old woman suffered a serious injury to one of her legs, but was conscious, according to media reports. The flight to New Delhi...

  • Mount Carmel Hospital: Care plans not always followed

    Mount Carmel Hospital: Care plans not always followed

    Two thirds of nurses at the State mental health hospital admitted that patients’ specialised care plans were not being followed, according to a report by the Mental Health Commissioner.   According to Commissioner John Cachia’s annual report, 22...

  • Meghan Markle is pregnant

    Meghan Markle is pregnant

    Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, due in the spring of 2019, the couple's office Kensington Palace announced on Monday. The baby will be seventh-in-line to the British...

  • Malta needs to prepare for climate change, experts say

    Malta needs to prepare for climate change, experts say

    Malta must take ambitious measures to stave off the effects of climate change, a local climatologist has urged, in the wake of a landmark UN report calling for rapid, unprecedented efforts to prevent disaster. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on...

  • September weather was warmer and drier than normal

    September weather was warmer and drier than normal

    September was warmer and drier than the 30-year climate norm, the MIA met office said on Monday. In a review of summer weather, the Met Office said air temperatures for the season varied between a lowest of 18.1˚C recorded in September and a...

  • Caruana Galizia tributes cleared again - one day before anniversary

    Caruana Galizia tributes cleared again - one day before anniversary

    Tributes to Daphne Caruana Galizia laid at the Great Siege Monument by international press freedom NGOs on Sunday were cleared away during the night, a day before the anniversary of the journalist’s murder.Flowers, candles and messages had been...

  • Strike briefly halts Gozo ferry service

    Strike briefly halts Gozo ferry service

    A strike by harbour workers employed by a contractor at Mġarr harbour caused a brief stoppage of the Gozo ferry service on Monday morning. The workers, reportedly protesting over their working conditions, stopped working at about 6am, forcing...

  • Watch: At least 13 people killed in flashfloods in southern France

    Watch: At least 13 people killed in flashfloods in southern France

    Updated 2 pm, increasing death toll  At least 13 people have been killed in southwestern France by some of the worst flash floods in a century, local authorities said on Monday. Television pictures showed raging, muddy rivers - swollen by...

  • The question: How has Daphne's murder changed Malta?

    The question: How has Daphne's murder changed Malta?

    Updated at 11.27am  There appears to be national consensus that justice must be done before the country can heal the wound created by the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. “The whole country wants justice to be served. Only then can we...

  • Man hit with a chisel as argument gets out of control

    Man hit with a chisel as argument gets out of control

    A man is in hospital and another is under arrest after a brawl at Sliema seafront last night. The police said the incident happened in an establishment at about 9pm and involved two men from Hamrun aged 41 and 43. The 43-year-old was...

  • Talks on Lidl project continuing, but land space remains a problem

    Talks on Lidl project continuing, but land space remains a problem

    The considerable amount of land required by Lidl for its planned distribution centre in Malta is holding up the project, according to Economy Minister Chris Cardona. The news is not bad for all stakeholders: in fact it will be welcomed by local...

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