Articles by Ivan Martin
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Ivan Martin

  • 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...

  • Over €3m stolen in BOV cyberattack ‘recovered’

    Over €3m stolen in BOV cyberattack ‘recovered’

    Bank of Valletta has recovered more than €3 million of the €13 million stolen by hackers last month, the bulk of the rest being frozen in foreign jurisdictions, financial services industry sources said. The sources said that between €3 million and...

  • George Vella set to be Malta's next president

    George Vella set to be Malta's next president

    Updated at 6.20pm with Alfred Sant's statement George Vella is set to become Malta's next president, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.  In a tweet, Dr Muscat said that he was nominating his former Foreign Affairs...

  • Holocaust denial not an issue in Malta, survey finds

    Holocaust denial not an issue in Malta, survey finds

    Holocaust deniers can cause the Jewish community great distress but a recent study found that most Maltese do not consider this a problem on the island. An EU-wide survey found that just six per cent of Maltese people consider holocaust denial an...

  • Teachers need insurance cover, union insists

    Teachers need insurance cover, union insists

    Teachers are getting pushed around and need insurance cover, according to the Union of Professional Educators. Addressing a press conference outside the Office of the Prime Minister, union president Graham Sansone said both indemnity insurance,...

  • Employing persons of trust is ‘a cultural matter’, head of civil service says

    Employing persons of trust is ‘a cultural matter’, head of civil service says

    The head of the civil service defended the high number of persons of trust on the public payroll, insisting it was a cultural matter. The number of persons of trust, now amounting to about 700, was highlighted as an issue of concern in an...

  • BOV hackers ‘planned back door opportunity’

    BOV hackers ‘planned back door opportunity’

    Hackers who broke into Bank of Valletta’s IT systems last month could have tried to keep a ‘back door’ to try to regain access though this was noticed and blocked, the Times of Malta is informed. Sources close to the investigation into last...

  • Konrad Mizzi eyeing Labour leadership

    Konrad Mizzi eyeing Labour leadership

    Updated 8.10am, adds Konrad Mizzi's tweet The highly controversial minister Konrad Mizzi is actively considering a party leadership bid, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt.  Cabinet ministers and Labour Party delegates confirmed that Dr Mizzi, a...