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  • Guarantee full access to media, PM is told

    Guarantee full access to media, PM is told

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has been urged to guarantee independent media “full, regular access and interviews” by a group of international press freedom organisations following their three-day mission to Malta. In a report, following a series of...

  • New plant in Gozo will offer 'secure, drastically-improved' water

    New plant in Gozo will offer 'secure, drastically-improved' water

    A new investment will offer Gozo a secure supply and drastically improved quality water, while ensuring the sustainability of the island's water table, the Water Services Corporation has assured. The corporation said it had awarded the tender for...

  • Today's front pages - October 20, 2018

    Today's front pages - October 20, 2018

    These are the main stories featured in Saturday's newspapers: Times of Malta reports that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has been urgedto guarantee independent media “full, regular access and interviews” by a group of international press freedom...

  • Early school leavers in Malta are highest in the EU

    Early school leavers in Malta are highest in the EU

    The number of early school leavers in Malta is the highest in the European Union – a percentage that has to be halved by 2020 to meet EU targets. Figures released on European Statistics Day, marked on Saturday, show nearly one out of every five...

  • Konrad Mizzi ‘unavailable’ for rule of law meeting

    Konrad Mizzi ‘unavailable’ for rule of law meeting

    Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi will again not meet top European officials in Malta probing the rule of law, telling the Times of Malta he was “unavailable” for a meeting with the Council of Europe rapporteur next week. Dr Mizzi last faced MEPs in...

  • Rental White Paper 'balanced and neutral' - Sandro Chetcuti

    Rental White Paper 'balanced and neutral' - Sandro Chetcuti

    The White Paper on rent reform is "balanced and neutral" according to Sandro Chetcuti, head of the Malta Developers Association.  Speaking at a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary for Social Housing Roderick Galdes, held as part of the public...

  • Tourists found in possession of 2 kilos of cocaine arrested

    Tourists found in possession of 2 kilos of cocaine arrested

    A man and a woman have been arrested after they were found in possession of cocaine on arrival in Malta from Paris. The police said the two people, who are from the Caribbean but hold a French passport, arrived in Malta on Friday morning. They...

  • Risk of female genital mutilation in Malta 'high'

    Risk of female genital mutilation in Malta 'high'

    Half of the girls in Malta who originate from countries where female genital mutilation is practised are at risk of this severe form of violence. The percentage of girls at risk is the highest among countries forming part of research by the Europe...

  • John Dalli's former aide files protest over AG's discretionary powers

    John Dalli's former aide files protest over AG's discretionary powers

    Former John Dalli aide Silvio Zammit on Friday filed a judicial protest against the Attorney General’s discretionary powers. The protest came a day after a Magistrates’ Court declared that there was sufficient grounds for Mr Zammit to be placed...

  • Stop chasing information on Cardona's Monaco trip - ministry

    Stop chasing information on Cardona's Monaco trip - ministry

    Any requests for further information on a trip Economy Minister Chris Cardona  made to Monaco should be withdrawn, the Times of Malta was told. The ministry’s permanent secretary, Nancy Caruana, said the information sought by Times of Malta had...

  • Japanese delegation to visit Malta

    Japanese delegation to visit Malta

    A delegation from Japan shall be visiting Malta to see what the country is doing in the blockchain sector, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The Prime Minister, who was speaking during the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting in Brussels, said...

  • Ryanair flight delayed after captain falls sick

    Ryanair flight delayed after captain falls sick

    Passengers flying to Bergamo on Friday had to wait for a few hours after their flight was delayed when the captain fell sick. Irate Ryanair customers contacted Times of Malta saying they were told the flight, which was set to leave at 7 am, had to...

  • Church commission makes third appeal in three years for national study of property market

    Church commission makes third appeal in three years for national study of property market

    The Church’s Environment Commission has reiterated its request to the government to launch a national study on property. It made its appeal - the third one in three years - in a letter to Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, requesting its proposal...

  • Sunglasses thief gets suspended sentence

    Sunglasses thief gets suspended sentence

    A man was given a suspended sentence over the theft of items from two stores at the Tigné shopping mall on Wednesday afternoon. Slovenian-born Stefan Mitrovic, 40, who lives in Qawra, admitted to stealing sunglasses and perfumes from two...

  • Airline passenger data goes real-time as EU directive takes off

    Airline passenger data goes real-time as EU directive takes off

    Airlines will now be required to send an updated list of passenger information right after planes’ doors close, after a European directive was implemented in Malta. Passenger name record data contains a wide range of information, such as dates of...

  • Son gets suspended sentence for stealing cash from elderly father

    Son gets suspended sentence for stealing cash from elderly father

    A man who admitted to stealing €5,000 in cash from his elderly father’s room at the home where the latter was cared for was on Friday given a suspended sentence and ordered to refund the money. Raymond Bonnici, the 57-year old Marsa resident who...

  • Trappers will have to use larger mesh on their nets

    Trappers will have to use larger mesh on their nets

    Trappers will have to use larger net mesh sizes to avoid the capture of smaller bird, according to a legal notice issued on Friday, a day before the autumn trapping season opens. The net mesh size has been increased from 30mm to 45mm. Another new...

  • Watch: Farmers band together to create their first-ever lobby group

    Watch: Farmers band together to create their first-ever lobby group

    Stagnant political will, increased bureaucracy and lack of traceability at Pitkalija are some of the challenges that the first farmers' organisation is flagging. For too long farmers been left to their own devices, battling higher customer...

  • No bail for underage driver, as teen follows his father's wishes

    No bail for underage driver, as teen follows his father's wishes

    Updated at 1.45pm An underage driver who allegedly drove at police officers after they spotted him driving a stolen car will remain behind bars after he declined to request bail.   The teen was arrested late on Wednesday after Rapid Intervention...

  • Goodbye, administrative committees? Local council reform proposals unveiled

    Goodbye, administrative committees? Local council reform proposals unveiled

    Administrative committees for hamlets such as Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq and Swatar could soon be dissolved and their authority reinvested in local councils. The proposal was revealed on Friday morning by parliamentary secretary for local councils, Silvio...

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