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  • 2021 single-use plastic deadline drastic but necessary, MEP Roberta Metsola

    2021 single-use plastic deadline drastic but necessary, MEP Roberta Metsola

    The war on single-use plastic needed drastic action, MEP Roberta Metsola said on Friday, as she detailed why she pushed for an outright ban by 2021. “This is a close deadline, but we cannot afford to waste any more time. Too much time has already...

  • Broken education system blamed for school violence

    Broken education system blamed for school violence

    Chronic understaffing and a “trickle-down” of institutional frustration was leading to growing tension between students across the public schooling system, teachers warned. “Do we need to have a full-blown school shooting or some other kind of...

  • Cocaine constable arrested during Gozo football match

    Cocaine constable arrested during Gozo football match

    A 21-year-old Gozitan police constable was arrested last weekend after he was caught in possession of six sachets of suspected cocaine, police sources confirmed. The sources said the young constable, who had only recently joined the Corp, was...

  • Land reclamation dropped from Corinthia project, Konrad Mizzi says

    Land reclamation dropped from Corinthia project, Konrad Mizzi says

    Land reclamation is “not on the table” as part of a proposed Corinthia Group mega-development project in St Julian's, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Monday. Last month Times of Malta reported that the government had granted unlimited rights...

  • 40-week waiting time for Mater Dei outpatients

    40-week waiting time for Mater Dei outpatients

    Lengthy waiting times for outpatient appointments have been singled out by the European Commission, with a new report saying the Maltese were waiting an average of 40 weeks for a first appointment at the national hospital.   According to the...

  • Church fund to combat financial inequality launched

    Church fund to combat financial inequality launched

    A new Church fund launched on Monday will help tackle the growing economic inequality between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in Malta, said former minister and Central Bank governor Josef Bonnici.  The Voluntary Solidarity Fund aims to address...

  • If you don’t want more foreigners, say goodbye to pensions, warns Muscat

    If you don’t want more foreigners, say goodbye to pensions, warns Muscat

    Those who didn’t want more foreigners on the island were also turning their back on economic growth and social measures like pensions, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Sunday. Speaking during a political activity in a jam-packed Birkirkara...

  • Watch: Mobile phone gamer hopes to turn pro

    Watch: Mobile phone gamer hopes to turn pro

    A Maltese mobile phone gamer is hoping to go pro as he travels to the ‘World Cup’ of a popular strategy game this weekend.  Spending hours glued to your mobile phone, crushing ‘candy’ or catapulting ‘angry birds’ might seem like a bad habit for...

  • Crime fighting goes digital

    Crime fighting goes digital

    New specialised software will help police and customs clamp down on fraud, while cameras will help locate stolen cars and other irregularities on the road, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia said on Friday. Addressing a press conference, Dr...

  • 677 counterfeit euro banknotes reported in 2018

    677 counterfeit euro banknotes reported in 2018

    Some 677 counterfeit euro banknotes were reported to the Central Bank last year. In a statement, the Central Bank said it had received 286 notes in the second half of last year and 391 in the first half of 2018. This was actually a 24% decrease...