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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:26:00 +0100
One Productions chairman Jason Micallef hits out at PBS again over financial losses
One Productions chairman Jason Micallef, a former Labour Party secretary general, once again hit out at Public Broadcasting Services after a National Audit Office report found that the national station registered a €3.5 million loss in the last ...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:10:00 +0100
Updated (2): St James Hospital manager abducted in Tripoli
A Maltese man was abducted in Tripoli yesterday evening, The Malta Independent has learnt.The man, 36-year-old Pierre Baldacchino, is the general manager of St James Hospital.Mr Baldacchino, a father of two girls, was kidnapped at around 5pm. He was ...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:05:00 +0100
Don’t expect me to be tied to an agreement reached when I was not in politics – Simon Busuttil
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil said that people should not expect him to be tied to agreements reached when he was not involved in local politics.Speaking after a meeting with the Ombudsman during which Dr Busuttil presented him with the PN’s...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:13:00 +0100
NAO finds shortcomings in fuel consumption by OPM cars
The National Audit Office has found that three logbooks of cars used by the Office of the Prime Minister were not inspected on a monthly basis by a responsible officer to monitor fuel consumption and to ensure that any irregular use of cars was duly ...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:54:00 +0100
'Drink-driver' crashes car, hides from police in life-size Nativity scene
A suspected drink-driver was not so wise when he tried to hide from police - in a nativity scene, The Telegraph reports.The motorist sought refuge among hay bales and the baby Jesus after the car he was driving crashed into a metal barrier in Ta...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:35:00 +0100
Pope Francis urges Holy Year amnesty for prisoners in peace message
Pope Francis Pope Francis is urging governments consider granting a Holy Year amnesty to prisoners, find alternatives to incarceration and at the very least abolish the death penalty, in his annual peace message released Tuesday.Overall, Francis' mes...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:36:00 +0100
Watch: Uphappy guest slams truck into Oklahoma hotel lobby, just missing two women
Stunning video released Monday shows an angry man ramming his pickup truck through the lobby and into the front desk of an Oklahoma hotel as two women dive for safety at the last second.John Edward Parsley, 62, of Gonzalez, Texas, was held on $1 mill...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:31:00 +0100
Front Harsien ODZ opposes government's manoeuvres for sale of public land to Sadeen group
The Labour Government is selling Malta's public domain through a very rushed process with no transparency. Government has failed to publish its heads of agreement with Sadeen group, has bypassed the parliamentary environment committee and is ignoring...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:58:00 +0100
Roberta Metsola's EASO report backed by overwhelming majority of MEPs
Roberta Metsola's report strengthening the Malta-based European Asylum Support Office (EASO) was adopted by the European Parliament this afternoon with 505 votes in favour, 49 votes against and 14 abstentions.Dr Metsola, Nationalist MEP, has been app...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:45:00 +0100
Court orders liquidation of Maltese Cross Financial Services; licence had been revoked by MFSA
A court today accepted the request made by two directors of Maltese Cross Financial Services Ltd to have their company liquidated. The company had its licence suspended by the financial services regulator MFSA.The two Maltese Cross directors who...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:37:00 +0100
Members of the Malta Canoe Polo Club join Paddle for l-Istrina event
Members of the Malta Canoe Polo Club, joined members from the SeaKats, Dragon Boat Malta and WaveSki Malta in this year's edition of the Paddle for l-Istrina last Sunday.The aim of the event was to collect money which would be later presented to l-is...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:16:00 +0100
United Nations wants world leaders to sign climate deal on 22 April
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is inviting world leaders to the United Nations on April 22 — Earth Day — to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change that was reached in Paris.Ban told reporters Monday he wants leaders of the ne...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:01:00 +0100
MCST under fire for not keeping attendance records of employees; MCST replies
The Malta Council for Science and Technology came under the microscope of the National Audit Office for not keeping any attendance records of its employees.Council chairman Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando was recently reported to be at his MCST office...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:49:00 +0100
Vatican praised for efforts to combat money-laundering
Vatican prosecutors have launched 13 new investigations into suspected money-laundering this year, and currently have frozen some 11 million euros ($12.1 million) as part of beefed-up measures to prevent illicit activity at the Vatican's scandal-marr...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:09:00 +0100
Magistrate hits out at prosecution in case involving thefts of artichokes
A 61-year-old hawker today was fined €1,164 for resisting police officers, threatening and insulting them on two separate occasions – on 22 July and 31 May, 2012. Some of the charges issued are in relation to a series of thefts of artichok...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:41:00 +0100
Alloy wheel theft lands Somali repeat offender in jail for one year
Mohamed Haji Abdilwahid Nur, 36, of Somalia, residing at the Marsa Open Centre, today was given a one-year jail term after he admitted to stealing an alloy wheel from an establishment known as ReBek Tyre Service.The theft took place Monday at 5pm in ...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:29:00 +0100
Leicester stun stumbling Chelsea 2-1, top of Premier League; Mourinho blames players
English football's most lethal double act propelled Leicester to a 2-1 win over stumbling champion Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday, with goals by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez keeping their team top of the standings.The most remarkab...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:01:00 +0100
Saudi Arabia forms Islamic counter-terrorism coalition
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.The announcement published by the state-run Saudi ...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:36:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 14 December
PRESIDENTIAL RACE-REPUBLICAN DEBATEWASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz enters Tuesday's Republican presidential debate with a burst of momentum, a robust campaign infrastructure, and a target on his back as he emerges as Donald Trump's main challe...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:44:00 +0100
PBS makes €3.5 million loss in two and a half years
PBS made pre-tax losses of €3.5 million in two and a half years, the National Audit Office reported to Parliament this evening.A report submitted to the House said that €954,285 and €1,378,912 losses were incurred in the years end...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 18:35:00 +0100
NAO report reveals instances of lack of adherence to Public Procurement Regulations by OPM
Today, the Auditor General presented to the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Annual Audit Report on the Public Accounts for 2014.  It comprises 23 reports on the operations of various Ministries, Departments and other Government...

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:40:00 +0100
A&H magazine out on 20 December with The Malta Independent on Sunday
Celebration and healthly living are incompatible. Or are they? Think 'well being', rather than just 'health'. Flick through the latest issue of A&H for a few great ideas to help you cross the last few names off your shopping list, take time out f...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:14:00 +0100
Updated: Impasse in House solved - Transfer of land to Sadeen group up for discussion Tuesday
As Minister Leo Brincat is making a statement in Parliament about COP 21 in Paris, Government and Opposition are meeting on the sidelines to try and solve a knotty problem of timing that cropped up this evening.Government has made clear today that Pa...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:29:00 +0100
‘God is great, but Isis is greater’ – sms found on mobile phone of Syrian in Pozzallo
A Syrian caught in Pozzallo had text messages praising the Islamic State, include one that read “God is great, but Isis is greater,” Italian media are reporting.The 20-year-old was caught in Pozzallo – from where the catamaran leavi...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:47:00 +0100
Summer 2017 deadline for completion of ferry tunnel underneath Valletta linking Sliema to Cottonera
A ferry tunnel linking Sliema to Cottonera will be completed by the summer of 2017, AX Holdings Chairman Anglu Xuereb said today. Addressing a press conference after AX Holdings was recognised as the preferred bidder for the €10 million project,...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:35:00 +0100
Man guilty of murdering ex-wife charged with threats to police inspector, ex-wife's mother
Nizar El Gadi, who last month was found guilty of murdering his ex-wife (Margaret Mifsud), appeared in court today and was accused of threatening a police inspector and making threatening gestures at his wife's mother.El Gadi, 36, was fund guilty of ...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:25:00 +0100
Updated (2) - Prosecutor: French teacher lied about Islamic State attack claim
A preschool teacher who claimed to have been attacked by a masked assailant invoking Islamic State made up the story, French prosecutors said Monday.The attack reported Monday morning by the teacher set off a manhunt in the northern Paris suburb of A...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:23:00 +0100
Man taken before court after 10 reports of domestic violence filed, prosecuting officer says
A 29-year-old man was brought before the courts after his partner filed over 10 domestic violence reports, a prosecuting officer told the court today.It emerged during the sitting that reports from both parties were received by Inspector Daryl Borg.T...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:33:00 +0100
Malta’s manufacturing Industry experiencing serious problems - Mario de Marco
The Opposition has repeatedly highlighted its concerns on the state of Malta's manufacturing industry. Over the past two years, the value of industrial exports shrunk, the average wage of the manufacturing employees' employees decreased and the contr...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:22:00 +0100
Court to decide on monti relocation within 30 days; government suspends consultation process
Mr Justice Joseph Zammit McKeon today said that he will decide whether to take action on the possible relocation move of the monti open air market further up Merchant Street within the next 30 days.In view of the court proceedings, the government thi...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:28:00 +0100
Two hurt as lifter tips over
Two men were injured when a lifter tipped over The accident happened in Triq it-Timu, Iklin. at about 2.30pm.The two men, respectively 48 and 29 from Siggiewi and Senglea, were rushed to hospital.. 

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:11:00 +0100
Opposition requests copy of Sadeen's accounts, net asset value and due diligence report
The Opposition insisted today that the government was going against its own planning laws when choosing Zonqor Point over a Tarxien site for the development of the American University of Malta. It argued that, according to MEPA, the Tarxien site was ...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0100
Citizens will have the right to defend their name when mentioned in Parliament - Speaker
Speaker Anglu Farrugia today said that reform of parliamentary standing orders will give citizens who are mentioned in Parliament a right to defend themselves.In cases where MPs, protected by their parliamentary privilege, damage a person or a compan...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:33:00 +0100
Oil prices drop towards 11-year lows on worsening glut
Oil prices fell for a seventh straight session on Monday, coming close to 11-year lows, on growing fears that the global oil glut would worsen in the months to come in a pricing war between leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers.Brent crude LCOc1 fell b...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:52:00 +0100
Il-Bona murder trial: Defence argues Allan Galea’s actions were all in self-defence
The defence counsel in the Twanny Borg Il-Bona’s murder trial today argued that Allan Galea’s response to Il-Bona’s “unjust and inevitable” threats were all in self-defence.The defence rested its case earlier today. My J...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:57:00 +0100
PN’s good governance proposals augur well for the local political scene – Marlene Farrugia
Independent MP Marlene Farrugia believes that the PN’s good governance proposals augur well for the local political scene, which has been plagued by murky governance for many years and has recently taken a turn for the worse.“The publicat...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:10:00 +0100
€200,000 investment in photovoltaic panels for Daughter of the Sacred Heart Schools
Parliamentary Secretary for the 2017 EU Presidency and EU funds Ian Borg today inaugurated a €200,000 photovoltaic installation project for the Daughters of the Sacred Heart schools, in particular Marija Tereza Nuzzo school in Marsa.A number of ...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:19:00 +0100
Champions League: Juventus to face Bayern, Arsenal to play Barcelona; Europa League draws
The Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings Monday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011, a...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:03:00 +0100
Nigerian man handed suspended sentence after admitting to forging travel documents
A Nigerian man admitted to forging travel documents in court today, in order to leave the island.Christian Ezike, 28, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Monica Vella, and was handed out a two-year prison sentence suspended for three years. Police inspe...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:45:00 +0100
Police assistance requested to verify amount of fuel consumed by Busuttil's car - Speaker
Speaker Anglu Farrugia told The Malta Independent that police assistance in the fuel consumption investigation regarding Simon Busuttil’s car was requested so that the actual amount of fuel being consumed could be clarified.He said that the nor...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:14:00 +0100
Serbian man imprisoned for stealing from a parked Land Rover
Aleksandar Stojanovic, a 36-year-old from Serbia, has been imprisoned today after stealing items from a parked Land Rover.Mr Stojanovic was charged with stealing a bag which contained an iPhone, two Nokia mobile phones, a GPS as well as a small camer...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:59:00 +0100
Government will continue providing care and support for victims of violence - Helena Dalli
Addressing a closing conference on an EU Project entitled Forms of Violence in Malta – a gender perspective organised by the NCPE, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli reiterated the government’s...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 08:30:00 +0100
Midwifery services provided by government to continue, 'business as usual'
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana has given assurances that the midwifery service provided by government will “keep going, business as usual”.A recent report in The Times of Malta said that HealthMark would no longer provide midwife...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:51:00 +0100
Cross-dressing Mafia kingpin arrested while coming to Malta loses appeal
An Italian appeals court has confirmed a four year jail sentence for a fugitive mafia boss whose reputation for cross-dressing and writing eloquent notes to his son earned him the nickname 'the poet boss'.Aldo Gionta, the fugitive boss of a Naples Ca...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:31:00 +0100
Updated: Kosovo opposition releases tear gas in parliament
Opposition lawmakers released tear gas Monday in Kosovo's parliament as they once again tried to pressure the government into renouncing deals with Serbia and Montenegro.Clouds of smoke from two tear gas canisters forced lawmakers out of the debating...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:37:00 +0100
Maltese photographer among finalists at prestigious portrait prize in London
For the second consecutive year, a photographic portrait by local photographer Joe P Smith has been short-listed for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Joe’s work...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:04:00 +0100
Paceville main road to be closed for two days because of repair work
The Water Services Corporation said that due to urgent repair works on the wastewater main, part of Triq Santu Wistin, in the direction of St George’s Bay will be closed for traffic on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December.To reach Paceville cen...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:11:00 +0100
Floriana local council asks why it is being ignored on AFM Hay Wharf project
The Floriana local council has expressed its disappointment that its request to meet the Cultural Patrimony Superintendence to discuss the Armed Forces of Malta Hay Wharf project has not been met.The council said that it asked for a meeting several m...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:35:00 +0100
New collective agreement for BOV employees signed with General Workers Union
Bank of Valletta announced today the signing of a new collective agreement with the General Workers Union.  The agreement, the first of its kind since the GWU won recognition at the Bank earlier this year, was signed by Mario Mallia, Chief Opera...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:53:00 +0100
Gozo tunnel proposal not realistic, unsustainable - Alternattiva Demokratika Youths
Alternattiva Demokratika Zghazagh feels that the push for a tunnel between Gozo and Malta is all about securing Gozitan votes, without actually providing a viable long term solution for the real issue: the traffic and congestion from Cirkewwa towards...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:14:00 +0100
Annual rate of inflation at 1.3 per cent in November
In November, the annual rate of inflation stood at 1.3 per cent. A year earlier the annual rate was 0.6 per cent.The largest upward impacts on annual inflation were brought about by the Restaurants and Hotels Index (0.37 percentage points), the Food ...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:36:00 +0100
Shifting economic landscape, good prospects await accountancy students
While encouraging accountancy students to be prepared to face a shifting economic landscape once they join the labour market, Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna pointed out that good prospects await them. “Your future employers are doing well...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:26:00 +0100
Updated - Egypt: No sign yet of 'terrorist act' in Russian plane crash
A preliminary investigation into the crash of a Russian passenger plane has found no indication yet of any "illegal or terrorist act," Egypt's chief investigator said in a report released Monday.The vaguely worded statement released by Ayman el-Muqad...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:59:00 +0100
Australia court: UK company misled consumers over painkiller Nurofen
An Australian court on Monday ordered Nurofen's owner to stop selling several versions of the popular painkiller that were identical to its standard ibuprofen pills but nearly twice as expensive.The Federal Court ruled that British consumer...

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:01:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 13 December
WASHINGTON — Working to ease public jitters ahead of the holidays, President Barack Obama will use visits to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center this week to try to explain his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group abr...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 12:31:00 +0100
President appeals to politicians not to waste time bickering and instead, unite
President Marie Louise Coleiro today appealed to politicians to unite, instead of wasting time on unnecessary bickering, during her Republic Day speech.Her address brought a number of issues to the fore, primarily terrorism, domestic violence and the...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:32:00 +0100
Updated (2): Libyans urged to accept cease-fire, embrace UN unity plan
Diplomats trying to help Libya emerge from the chaos that terrorists have exploited said Sunday that rival political factions in the North African country need to accept an immediate cease-fire and embrace a U.N.-brokered plan aimed at creating a "se...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:02:00 +0100
‘The law applies to everyone, except Ian Borg’ – Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil
Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil criticised the way Prime Minister Joseph Muscat handled the Ian Borg situation, saying that "the rule of law applies to everyone, except Ian Borg".He was referring to the recent damning Ombudsman report which found th...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:43:00 +0100
Updated (3) - French far right collapses in regional runoff elections
Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front collapsed in French regional elections Sunday, failing to take a single region after dominating the first round of voting, pollsters projected. The conservatives surged against the governing Socialists, changi...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0100
Big Brother: Maltese government leads the world in Facebook user data requests
The Maltese government’s thirst for information on Facebook users is, once again, the world’s largest, according to the social media network’s most recent biannual report on government data requests.The report, which covers the firs...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:30:00 +0100
Maltese ships owned by Turkish president’s son being implicated in ISIS oil trade
As Russia continues to accuse Turkey and its presidential family of directly benefitting from the trade in oil with the Islamic State, it transpires that the oil tankers allegedly involved in the illicit business are registered in Malta and all fly t...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:15:00 +0100
Initial results show 19 Saudi women elected for first time
At least 19 Saudi women have won seats on local municipal councils a day after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country's history, according to initial results released to The Associated Press on Sunday.The women who won hai...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:34:00 +0100
Twelve members appointed to the National Order Of Merit, including Tony Zarb
On Republic Day each year, the President, on behalf of the Government and the people of Malta, pays public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields of endeavours.This year’s Investiture Ceremony aga...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:02:00 +0100
Updated: Arsenal beat Aston Villa to go top of English Premier League, Newcastle beat Spurs
As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took Sunday's other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama.Newcastle was facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:24:00 +0100
Russian destroyer wards off Turkish fishing ship in Aegean
A Russian destroyer used small arms fire on Sunday to ward off a Turkish fishing ship and prevent a collision in the Aegean Sea, the Defense Ministry said, calling the actions of Turkey's vessel "provocative."The guided missile destroyer Sm...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:13:00 +0100
President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro lays wreaths on Republic monument in Marsa
President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca placed wreaths on the monument of the Republic in Marsa and on the monuments of deceased former presidents earlier today.The President was accompanied by her husband Mr Edgar Preca and by members of ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:02:00 +0100
Thousands march in support of Poland's new government
Thousands of backers of Poland's ruling conservative party marched in Warsaw on Sunday with the party leader to show their support for its policies amid a growing political conflict.The march, led by Law and Justice party head Jaroslaw Kaczynski, cam...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0100
Government aiming to fast-track controversial AUM agreement through Parliament
The government is aiming to fast-track the controversial agreement with Sadeen Group – the Jordanian company that will be running the American University of Malta. The government published the draft agreement signed with Sadeen Group last Thurs...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:59:00 +0100
President Marie Louise Coleiro collects donations for L-Istrina in Gozo
President Marie Louise Coleiro collected donations for L-Istrina yesterday evening in Gozo.She visited a number of localities, including Qala, where she met the Mayor and inhabitants inside the Parish Church. She was presented with a donation by the ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:30:00 +0100
CHOGM’s failed Ħaġar Qim tent still littering heritage site, two weeks after summit
Not only was it a dreadful idea to host a dinner for visiting heads of state during last month’s CHOGM in a tent next to Ħaġar Qim temple, given the area’s typically poor weather in November, but the world heritage site is still...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0100
Public health sector short of 400 nurses – MUMN General Secretary Colin Galea
General Secretary of the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses Colin Galea speaking to The Malta Independent on Sunday said that public healthcare services are short of nurses and need 400 more to meet local demand.His comments come in the light of the ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:04:00 +0100
Updated: Roma survives Napoli onslaught to draw 0-0; Fans jeer AC Milan after 1-1 draw
Juan Cuadrado scored against his former club to help Juventus beat Fiorentina 3-1 in Serie A on Sunday, as the Turin club's title challenge gathered pace.Late goals secured a victory that came shortly after title rival Napoli was held to a goalless d...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:55:00 +0100
Government exploring possibility of ‘latching on’ to Algerian gas supply
The government is exploring the possibility of “latching on” to Algerian gas supply, which would be possible thanks to the existence of exit clauses in the contract signed with ElectroGas, the private consortium building the new gas‐...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:51:00 +0100
Mepa board suspends Freeport applications on concerns about height of cranes and overflying plans
The Mepa board yesterday suspended after a long and animated discussion two applications by the Freeport regarding the repositioning of the new cranes that have been bought.The board reached this decision, on the suggestion by its chairman Vince Cass...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:50:00 +0100
Mistake in charge sheet keeps man who admitted drug trafficking out of jail
A man was spared jail yesterday because of a mistake on the charge sheet. Andre Falzon, 22, was charged with being in possession of 57 ecstasy pills during a party in Corradino.He was arraigned in September 2013, admitted to all charges and was sente...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:48:00 +0100
PM has lost all his credibility after he voted against what he had pledged - PN
PN MPs Marthese Portelli and Ryan Callus claimed yesterday that  Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has lost all his credibility after he voted against what he had pledged prior to the March 2013 election. They were referring to the amendments on the ...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:47:00 +0100
Labour Party refuses Busuttil call for Marlene Farrugia to head environment committee
The government has turned down a request to have Marlene Farrugia, an independent MP, head the parliamentary committee for the environment and planning.The call was made by Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil who, following a leading article published y...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:46:00 +0100
Two men arrested shortly after robbery from gaming outlet
Two men, a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old, where arrested shortly after less than €500 in cash were stolen from a gaming establishment.The robbery took place on Wednesday night at about 9.40pm in Triq il-Kbira, Mosta, when a hooded man entered t...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:45:00 +0100
Learning Support Assistant cleared of sexually abusing 11-year-old girl
A court has acquitted a Gozitan Learning Support Assistant of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl who has learning disabilities after finding that the girl’s testimony was highly inconsistent and declaring that the prosecution had failed to pr...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:43:00 +0100
One in five children in Europe subjected to some form of sexual violence
One in five children in Europe falls victims of some form of sexual violence, Dr Charles Azzopardi said yesterday referring to statistics from the Council of Europe.He was addressing a conference regarding the European Day on the Protection of Childr...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:42:00 +0100
Gas pipeline proof of PN’s diversified energy policy - Nationalist Party
The placement of the gas pipeline project between Malta and Sicily on the common interest project list of the EU is positive news, the Nationalist Party said yesterday.In a press release, the PN said this confirms that the PN’s energy policy is...

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:40:00 +0100
TMI joins EU journalists in lawsuit against European Parliament
For the first time ever, journalists representing all European member states – including Malta through The Malta Independent –  have teamed up to file complaints with the European Court of Justice against the European Parliament (EP)...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:39:00 +0100
Two Syrians arrested in Bergamo before embarking on flight to Malta
Two Syrians were arrested in Bergamo’s airport Orio al Serio, Italy just before they were to embark on a flight to Malta, Italian media reported yesterday.The two, aged 19 and 30, were travelling with an Austrian and Norwegian passport respecti...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:30:00 +0100
Maltese ‘patriots’ harass and threaten 19-year-old Muslim woman for promoting equality
The so‐called Għaqda Patrijotti Maltin (Maltese patriots) – an anti-Islam racist group – has proved that ignorance knows no bounds by harassing a 19‐old Maltese Muslim woman who is doing her utmost to eliminate religious ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0100
The Malta Independent editorial: Government-sponsored zero accountability
It is pretty much par for the course that the government at large is using, time and time again, the very same tactics of working the system to protect its individual members who stand accused of the same thing – of leveraging the country&rsquo...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0100
The PN's good governance proposals: an actionable plan or a PR stunt?
Following the publication of the Nationalist Party’s good governance proposals last Sunday, The Malta Independent on Sunday asks three leading political and social commentators for their views on the proposals and on whether they have gone far ...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0100
‘The fear of migration felt by many EU citizens is based on misinformation’ – S&D MEP
The fear of migration felt by many EU citizens is based on misinformation, said Kashetu Kyenge, co-rapporteur of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group of the European Parliament, speaking at a seminar to discuss the situation in the Mediterr...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:41:00 +0100
World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 12 December
VENEZUELA-CONGRESSCARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro tells Venezuela's military to be prepared for a fight as the country remains tense after a landslide defeat for his socialist party in congressional elections. CHILE-CALL-IN C...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:53:00 +0100
Updated: Climate change - Nearly 200 nations pledge to slow global warming
Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.The "Paris agreement" aims to...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:09:00 +0100
Euro 2016 draw - Full programme: England in group with Russia, Wales, Slovakia; tougher for Italy
Defending champion Spain begins its quest for a third straight European Championship title against the Czech Republic, while host France also escaped with a relatively unthreatening group in Saturday's draw and opens against Romania on June 10.Spain'...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:06:00 +0100
PN reiterates call for Joseph Muscat to sack Ian Borg, MEPA to revoke his building permit
More than a week has passed since the Ombudsman sent a report about Ian Borg to the Permanent Commission against Corruption yet Joseph Muscat has not done what everyone is expecting him to do and sack the Parliamentary Secretary, the PN said this aft...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:19:00 +0100
Former GWU Secretary General Tony Zarb to be bestowed with Gieh ir-Repubblika award tomorrow
The former Secretary General of the General Workers Union, Tony Zarb, will be bestowed with the Gieh ir-Repubblika tomorrow, Net News is reporting. The PN’s media house said that, when contacted, Mr Zarb did not deny he would be given the award...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:05:00 +0100
Maltese flag features in another ISIS video depicting 'Armageddon battle' with the West
The Maltese flag has featured in a second ISIS video which purports to show the terror group’s conquest of the Italian capital. The video shows old Russian-made ISIS tanks rolling onto Rome, which is depicted as a desert wasteland.The clip then...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:05:00 +0100
Bishops urge forgiveness in the face of terrorism, protection of life from conception
Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech have touched upon the subjects of terrorism, the protection of life from the moment of conception and migration in their latest pastoral letter, which marks the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:25:00 +0100
Imprisoned Daniel Holmes publishing poetry on Instagram with the help of his parents
Daniel Holmes, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for cultivating cannabis, is writing and publishing poetry on Instagram with the help of his parents, Wales Online reports. The Welshman, 37, was arrested in July 2006. Five years later he was j...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:01:00 +0100
Media coverage of Valletta Summit and CHOGM valued at over half a billion
Media coverage for the November Valletta and CHOGM summits has been valued at over half a billion euro, according to marketing firm M&C Saatchi  who carried out a report for the Maltese government.Aneil Bedi, a partner at Saatchi, said the c...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:15:00 +0100
Updated: Man City pile misery on Swansea with late Toure goal; United beaten by Bournemouth
First it was criticism of Manchester United's playing style. Then came the team's limp exit at the Champions League group stage. On Saturday, it was a loss to tiny Bournemouth in one of the Premier League's biggest-ever mismatches.The probl...

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:35:00 +0100
Leaders Inter move four points clear with 4-0 win at Udinese
Mauro Icardi hit back at his critics with two goals as Inter Milan moved provisionally four points clear in the Serie A by comfortably beating Udinese 4-0 on Saturday.The Inter captain and Stevan Jovetic both took advantage of how...

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:06:00 +0100
PN condemns behaviour of Labour Party Valletta councillor
The Nationalist Party today condemned the behaviour of Labour Party Valletta councillor Raymond Azzopardi.In a statement, the PN said that the Local Governance Board had doubly condemned Mr Azzopardi for first comparing the PN to ISIS and later broke...



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