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  • ‘No arrests’ in Malta over international car smuggling racket

    ‘No arrests’ in Malta over international car smuggling racket

    A wide-ranging investigation into an international car smuggling racket has yielded no arrests here despite the alleged involvement of two Maltese nationals, Times of Malta is informed. The Italian police said last week two Maltese men had...

  • Traffic chaos, unlocked exits and other state school hazards

    Traffic chaos, unlocked exits and other state school hazards

    Haphazard parking, unlocked exits and the need for a “culture of safety”, have been highlighted as the main shortcomings in a security audit of Malta’s schools.  The audit, being conducted by security review firm Shield Security Consultants, at...

  • How would you like your uniform, sporty or formal?

    How would you like your uniform, sporty or formal?

    Parents and teachers have a week to weigh in on whether to ditch traditional school uniforms in favour of tracksuits, the Education Ministry said.  A one-week consultation will begin on Monday after students gave their feedback earlier this...

  • Not enough people on Gozo to justify metro connection

    Not enough people on Gozo to justify metro connection

    Gozo’s population would have to explode to 150,000 people for a metro line on the sister isle to be deemed feasible, according to the consultancy firm working on the government’s mass transportation plans. Government sources said the UK...

  • Tuna farms broke the law, but were allowed to carry on

    Tuna farms broke the law, but were allowed to carry on

    Inspectors found major irregularities in most of Malta’s tuna farms during routine checks last year but the operations were allowed to continue on, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. Sources in the Fisheries Department said that inspections on...

  • New gender action plan intended to weed out discrimination

    New gender action plan intended to weed out discrimination

    A new gender equality action plan will weed out discrimination at the workplace, Equality Minister Helena Dalli said on Friday. Addressing a press conference to mark International Women’s Day, Dr Dalli announced the start of a public consultation...

  • New President George Vella will head constitutional reform committee

    New President George Vella will head constitutional reform committee

    President designate George Vella is expected to take over from his predecessor, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the helm of the constitutional reform steering committee, Times of Malta has learnt. The former foreign affairs minister had apparently set...

  • Refugee crisis: a voice of hope

    Refugee crisis: a voice of hope

    Like most radio show hosts, Meron Estefanos’s phone is a busy one, buzzing relentlessly whether she is on or off air. But unlike most, when her chat show line rings, the calls do not come from someone seeking relationship advice, complaining about...

  • Watch: Malta in the middle of cross-continent luxury car smuggling operation

    Watch: Malta in the middle of cross-continent luxury car smuggling operation

    Updated at 5.50pm Two Maltese men allegedly acted as intermediaries in an international car smuggling racket cracked open by Italian and Maltese authorities, police sources confirmed on Wednesday.  Police in Ragusa, Sicily said they had made...

  • President Coleiro Preca evasive on Constitutional reform role

    President Coleiro Preca evasive on Constitutional reform role

    President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca would not comment on whether her successor George Vella would replace her at the helm of the Constitutional reform steering committee. The government announced on Tuesday it was nominating Dr Vella to take over...