Malta Independent

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:58:00 +0100
Tourism Ministry terminates Konrad Mizzi’s €80k consultancy contract
The Tourism Minister said on Tuesday evening that it has terminated Konrad Mizzi’s €80,000 MTA consultancy contract.The contract was awarded to Mizzi in December last year just two weeks after the same Mizzi resigned from his role of Touri...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:21:00 +0100
Watch: Muscat says he was not present when Cabinet discussed termination package
Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he was not present when the Cabinet discussed his termination package.Answering questions by The Malta Independent, Muscat said that he is “not entitled to disclose Cabinet discussions, also because...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:27:00 +0100
Updated: Decision on hunting regulator was 'PM's prerogative,' Environment Minister says
Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia said today he respects the Prime Minister’s decision to transfer the hunting regulator under the responsibility of the Gozo Ministry. The Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU), which has traditionally been under ...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:24:00 +0100
Opposition wants Konrad Mizzi’s €80k consultancy contract before Public Accounts Committee
The Nationalist Opposition has asked Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to investigate KOnrad Mizzi’s €80,000 Malta Tourism Authority consultancy contract.The government has said it is investigating the contract, which was given ...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:34:00 +0100
Updated - ‘Political terrorists’: Tony Zarb lashes out at The Malta Independent
Former General Workers Union secretary general Tony Zarb has lashed out at The Malta Independent, labelling us as “political terrorists” for trying to get a comment from former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.In a comment on Facebook togethe...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:10:00 +0100
PN reform and renewal goes beyond change of name – Louis Galea
Reports carried by a section of the media regarding a PN name change do not reflect at all the substance of what is being proposed and discussed in the party, Louis Galea said in a statement. It is obvious that the much needed PN reform has to go far...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:26:00 +0100
After outcry: Proposal to appoint Konrad Mizzi as Malta’s representative on OSCE withdrawn
The government has withdrawn its proposal to name Konrad Mizzi as Malta’s representative on the OSCE and will be seeking legal advice on consultancy job he was given two weeks after resigning, the government said in a statement.On Monday, the g...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:32:00 +0100
What's the future for MGA in the country level regulated markets?
There has been an animated discussion going on in the gaming business as to whether the time for gaming licenses from the Malta Gaming Authority has come to a close. There is a growing feeling that more European countries will follow the lead ta...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:39:00 +0100
Times of Malta fined €9,000 for defamatory article about retired judge
A retired judge has been awarded €9,000 in compensation over a newspaper article containing spurious allegations that he had benefited from an MPs state pension, in addition to his regular pension, despite not having satisfied the length of serv...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:16:00 +0100
Jean Claude Micallef nominated as new Maltese representative for OSCE
MP Jean Claude Micallef has been nominated to be Malta’s representative on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) after the proposal to name Konrad Mizzi for the position was formally withdr...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:57:00 +0100
‘Momentous day’ as Lufthansa Technik Malta welcomes Lufthansa’s first Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Technik Malta celebrated a “momentous day” as it welcome Lufthansa’s brand new Airbus A350-900 in Malta for the first time on Tuesday.The long haul aircraft, registered as D-AIXB, arrived on the island on Friday evening an...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:03:00 +0100
Political and economic instability rated as main reason for drop in sales
The Business Performance Survey 2019, conducted by the Malta Chamber of SMEs, has revealed that that most businesses believe that the reason behind reduction in sales in 2019 was due to political and economic instability.The Malta Chamber of SMEs con...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:32:00 +0100
PN MEPs refused to meet PM Abela together with their Labour counterparts – PL
PN MEPs David Casa and Roberta Metsola refused to meet Prime Minister Robert Abela together with their PL counterparts, the PL said Tuesday.Abela, who is on his first visit abroad, met with the PL and PN MEPs separately in Brussels.The Labour Party s...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:11:00 +0100
Man who robbed singer at knifepoint has sentence reduced
A man who robbed a female rock singer and her friend at knifepoint two years ago has had his sentence reduced on appeal, after a judge declared most of the testimony unreliable.In 2018 Munir Mohamed Ali Gammudi had originally been accused of the atte...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:47:00 +0100
Watch: Tourism Minister to take decision on Konrad Mizzi consultancy job in ‘coming hours’
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli told the press on Tuesday that she will be taking a decision on Konrad Mizzi’s Malta Tourism Authority consultancy contract in the “coming hours” after she receives legal advice.Asked by jour...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
779 benefitting from Subsidiary Unemployment Allowance
At the end of December, there were 779 foreigners receiving a Subsidiary Unemployment Allowance.This information was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social, Michael Falzon.  PN MP Ivan Bartolo als...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 06:31:00 +0100
‘Think again’: Former PL secretary general slams Konrad Mizzi contract
The revelation that former tourism minister Konrad Mizzi was surreptitiously given a lucrative consultancy job with the Malta Tourism Authority has been slammed from all quarters, including from the Labour end of the political field.Mizzi was given a...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0100
Gaining self-development and joyfulness by being more mindful and compassionate
As January comes to an end, we look at our new year’s resolutions list with a sense of dread. We more or less all have the same list, you know the ones, quit smoking, start exercising, eat healthier, spend less time online, etc. A daunting list...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:59:00 +0100
PM meets European Parliament president in Brussels
Prime Minister Robert Abela today met the president of the European Parliament, Davide Sassoli, in Brussels.Migration and the environment were among the topics that were discussed, a Department of Information statement said.Abela also met the Preside...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:03:00 +0100
Santa Venera family wants return of property used as Labour Party club
A Santa Venera family whose home was requisitioned in the 1960s and abusively transformed into a Labour Party club house has asked the courts to order the property be returned to them, after a decades-long legal battle, arguing that they are bei...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:22:00 +0100
Malta-Comino ferry operator 'will operate only two ferries'
The sole bidder which won the rights to operate a Malta-Comino ferry for at least 15 years has emphasised the cooperative's environmentally-friendly investments, as smaller operators work to block the tender deal in court. Comino Ferries Coop sp...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:06:00 +0100
Man struck by lead pipe, seriously injured
A man was seriously injured after he was hit by a lead pipe in Marsalforn on Monday evening, the police said.The incident took place in Port Street at 8pm, and involved three Somali men.One of them, aged 24, was hit by a lead pipe during a robbery. H...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:38:00 +0100
Man gets 44 months in jail after admitting to string of thefts
A man who admitted to stealing €20,000 worth of jewellery in a 12-day crime spree, had been jailed for 44 months.Avtandil Rusia, 37, from Georgia, had been charged over a string of burglaries from private residences in Rabat, Zebbug, Sliema, Swi...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Updated: Konrad Mizzi gets €80,000 consultancy job two weeks after resigning as minister
Konrad Mizzi was given a job as a consultant with the Malta Tourism Authority less than two weeks after he resigned from his post as tourism minister, a media report says.The agreement, dated 9 December, 2019, was never made public by the govern...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:04:00 +0100
Updated: PN up in arms as government proposes Konrad Mizzi as head of OSCE delegation
The government has proposed former minister Konrad Mizzi as head of Malta’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).The proposal was made during Monday’s Parliamentary sit...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:24:00 +0100
Coronavirus: 4,515 cases, 106 deaths reported as US, others move to evacuate
China's death toll from a new viral disease that is causing mounting global concern rose by 25 to at least 106 on Tuesday as the United States and other governments prepared to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at center of the outbreak....

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:37:00 +0100
President should stay away from anti-abortion protest, group says
The Voice for Choice coalition has told President George Vella’s to stay away from an anti-abortion manifestation in Valletta in February.In a statement on Tuesday, the organisation said that, in choosing to address the conference, th...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:21:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: Malta’s maritime heritage - Opening up Malta’s underwater artefacts
One of the areas the newly appointed Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local government, Jose Herrera, wants to focus on is marine archaeology, he told The Malta Independent during an interview published Monday.This particular sector i...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:47:00 +0100
Chamber demands clarification on Muscat presence during Steward-government meeting
The Malta Chamber of Commerce today demanded clarification from Government regarding reports in the media of a role former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat may have held in a meeting between Steward Healthcare and the Government. The Malta Independent la...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:32:00 +0100
Watch : ‘I have nothing to say’ - Muscat’s no comment on Steward-OPM meeting
Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has refused to comment on his presence last week at a meeting between the Office of the Prime Minister and Steward Healtchare – the company that has the concession to three former-state hospitals.Approached b...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:41:00 +0100
Keith Schembri drops libel suit against The Malta Independent
Former Chief of Staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, Keith Schembri has withdrawn a libel suit he had filed against the Malta Independent over a story which claimed that his company in the British Virgin Islands had received €750,000 in 20...

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:13:00 +0100
'I'm being raped': Weinstein accuser details alleged assault
Harvey Weinstein accuser Mimi Haleyi testified Monday that weeks after arriving in New York to work for one of his shows, she found herself fighting in vain as the once-revered showbiz honcho pushed her onto a bed and sexually assaulted her, undeterr...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100
‘Despite the criticism, we solved major cases’: Lawrence Cutajar’s resignation letter published
Despite all the criticism, we managed to solve several major cases, former Police Commissioner told Prime Minister Robert Abela in his resignation letter.Cutajar resigned earlier this month, after having served as chief of police for three and a half...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:07:00 +0100
Justyne Caruana named chairperson of Consideration of Bills Committee
Former Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana has been named as the new chairperson of the Consideration of Bills Committee.She will be replacing Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, who was appointed parliamentary secretary for EU funds in the new Robert Abela Cabinet.C...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:12:00 +0100
PM Robert Abela leaves all options open in Steward deal renegotiation
Prime Minister Robert Abela says he is leaving all options open as the government renegotiates a deal with Steward Healthcare on the privatisation of three Maltese public hospitals.Speaking to MaltaToday, Abela said he is doing a thorough stocktake o...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:34:00 +0100
Daphne inquiry - Witnesses keep telling board: 'not me, ask the other one'
Former MFSA chief Joe Bannister said he can give an assurance that the MFSA did its job, "I just can't tell you how".He was replying to a string of questions by the board of inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and, a few seconds ...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:56:00 +0100
Updated: Diabolical - Birdlife Malta slams decision to place hunting regulator under Gozo Ministry
Birdlife Malta has described as "diabolical" a decision by Prime Minister Robert Abela to make Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri responsible for the hunting regulator - the Wild Birds Regulation Unit.Earlier on Monday, it was announced that Camilleri wil...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:43:00 +0100
Afforestation projects, valley management now part of Tourism Ministry portfolio
Monday was not a good day for environmentalists, with news emerging of Prime Minister Robert Abela's decision to hive off the hunting regulator - the Wild Birds Regulation Unit - from the Environment Ministry and placing under the Gozo Ministry, led ...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:54:00 +0100
Updated: Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on
Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism a...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:25:00 +0100
Former Labour MP says Justyne Caruana's ‘forced resignation… step in wrong direction’
Former Labour MP Lino Debono has described the “forced resignation” of Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana as “a major step in the wrong direction”.In a letter to the media, Debono, who was elected from the Gozo district in 1981 and...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:33:00 +0100
Atrocities of Nazi extermination camps cannot be forgotten, repeated – President Vella
The atrocities that took place at the Nazi extermination camps should not be forgotten, President George Vella said Monday.He was taking part in a ceremony to mark the liberation, 75 years ago, of the Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland. Auschwitz...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:12:00 +0100
Government still ‘defending filthy’ deal – Adrian Delia
Government is still trying to defend the “filthy” Vitals Global Healthcare hospitals takeover deal instead of trying to give back to the Maltese people what is rightfully theirs, according to Opposition Leader Adrian Delia. Delia was spea...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:03:00 +0100
Upper Barrakka balustrades damaged in suspected vandalism attack
A number of stone balustrades on the staircase leading down to the Saluting Battery, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, were found topped over this morning, in a suspected vandalism attack.The Saluting Battery is run by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna - a heritag...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:49:00 +0100
Herrera to introduce submarine tours as an initiative to savour Malta’s maritime heritage
Six years have passed since his time as Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government, Minister Jose Herrera has found himself heading the Ministry of National Heritage, Arts and Local Government after the recent cabinet reshuffle. Herrera...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:22:00 +0100
Two cars crash, one of them careens into pedestrian
A woman was seriously injured after a car careened into her following a crash with another vehicle in St Julian’s this morning, the police said.The accident happened in Gorg Borg Olivier Street at 7.30am.It involved a Kia driven by a 44-year-ol...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:39:00 +0100
100 people caught smoking inside establishments, 50 with glass bottles on the street
District police officers conducted 80 inspections in a number of establishments across the Maltese islands since 1 January 2020, a statement read, leading to a number of people being charged.The inspections took place in establishments which offer al...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:09:00 +0100
PA to hear controversial proposal for Pieta hotel near Villa Frere this Thursday
The Planning Authority is set to hear the case of a controversial Pieta development on a site next to Villa Frere in a meeting this Thursday.The application would see the demolition of buildings and the construction of a 149-room four star hotel. The...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:03:00 +0100
Man charged with hold-up gets three years in jail
A Maltese man who held up a kebab shop owner and a hotel receptionist at knifepoint whilst on bail for other offences, has been jailed for 3 years and fined, also losing €6,000 in bail money.Sean Farrugia, 30, from Birkirkara stole €420 fro...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:16:00 +0100
Updated: Armed Forces rescue 142 migrants in two operations
The Armed Forces of Malta rescued a total of 142 migrants who were in distress on Sunday, the AFM said in a statement on Monday.The migrants were brought to shore in two groups, the AFM said in two separate statement.The first group of migrants were ...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 07:48:00 +0100
80 dead, 50 million under lockdown: China extends holiday to contain virus
China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80.Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:51:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: Joseph Muscat - His continued presence does more harm than good
Joseph Muscat’s continued public presence is doing more harm than good for Prime Minister Robert Abela’s image.Muscat did not resign in glory, as he and die-hard supporters try to portray, but in disgrace. Muscat’s legacy has left a...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:06:00 +0100
No intention to kick Jason Micallef out of Valletta agency - Minister Herrera
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera told The Malta Independent that he has no intention of removing Jason Micallef from his position as Chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency.Micallef was appointed Chairma...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:20:00 +0100
Man injured, another arrested after Gozo fight
A man was injured and another was arrested after a fight in Gozo, the police said.The incident took place just before midnight in Triq il-Port, Zebbug.The police said that a 39-year-old foreign man who resides in Zebbug suffered serious injuries in t...

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:05:00 +0100
Dutchman remanded in custody on charges of cocaine trafficking
A Dutch citizen has been remanded in custody after he was arrested at his hotel on suspicion of trafficking cocaine.Magistrate Doreen Clarke heard how Xafiero Lantveld, 23, from Suriname, who holds a Dutch passport, was arrested after the police Drug...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:30:00 +0100
OPM mum on Joseph Muscat’s termination package
The Office of the Prime Minister has remained mum on Joseph Muscat’s termination package, but workings by this newspaper put the figure at around €135,000 over three years.Muscat had announced he would resign in December of last year, in t...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 08:30:00 +0100
‘My values led me to take the hardest political decision of my life’ – Justyne Caruana
Former Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana has praised the policies of integrity adopted by Prime Minister Robert Abela while saying that adhering to her values has led her to take the “hardest decision” of her political life. Caruana made the ...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0100
Muscat’s presence at OPM-Steward Healthcare meeting raises eyebrows
Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat attended a meeting between the Office of the Prime Minister and Steward Healthcare last week, the government has confirmed. The Malta Independent on Sunday has so far not established why Muscat attended the meeting...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 21:13:00 +0100
Updated; Basketball legend Kobe Bryant dead in California helicopter crash
Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41.Bryant died in a he...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0100
Watch: Robert Abela - 10 days, 10 quotes
“If Muscat plans to introduce abortion, he will find me fighting him”Abortion has been a subject of controversy for many years. As the Joseph Muscat government introduced more and more civil rights, it was inevitable that talk on the...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0100
Casa again asks ACCA to launch investigation into Nexia BT’s Karl Cini
Nationalist MEP David Casa has again written to the the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) asking it to launch an investigation into wrongdoings by Nexia BT’s Karl Cini. In his letter to the ACCA’s head of EU Affairs, C...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:54:00 +0100
Residents say more archaeological remains unearthed during Central Link excavations
Residents of Attard say that more archaeological remains have been unearthed during excavation work paving the way for the building of the Central Link project.The Attard Residents Environmental Network posted photos of what they say are remains foun...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:44:00 +0100
Geology matters, so do lives – Peter Gatt on collapsed buildings
Well-known geologist Peter Gatt has commented about the recent Facebook post by Caroline Micallef, who argued that after her home was demolished nine months ago due to neighbouring construction work, nothing has been done.The incident dates back to 2...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 10:52:00 +0100
Updated: 'We have again shown what big hearts the Maltese people have' - President Vella
President George Vella told a crowd in St George's Square in Valletta that the Maltese people have once again shown the world what big hearts they have.President Vella was addressing a crowd just after the 11th edition of the annual Fun Run organised...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0100
TMIS Editorial - From police to logistics: a consolation prize
The removal of Lawrence Cutajar from the post of Police Commissioner last week was a positive step forward. His appointment this week as government consultant for public safety and logistics, however, took us two steps back. We must make it clear fro...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:03:00 +0100
Alfred Sant expresses doubts about Conference on the Future of Europe
MEP Alfred Sant has voted in favour of the motion in the European Parliament regarding the Future of Europe conference but he expressed doubts on whether the Conference will be worthwhile.The European Commission is committed to holding a Conference o...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:22:00 +0100
Government defends against criticism over renewable energy target
The Energy Ministry and the Opposition have taken aim at each other over Malta's renewable energy targets.The Nationalist Party on Saturday hit out at the government, arguing that the latter did not manage to reach the 10% renewable energy target for...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:04:00 +0100
Updated: Three injured in three-car crash in Fgura
Three persons were injured in a crash involving three cars in Fgura on Saturday evening, the police said.The crash took place at 10.15pm in Zabbar Road, corner with St Peter Street.One of the cars was a BMW, driven by a Syrian man, aged 26, who lives...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0100
Picking your police chief: From elections in UK to direct appointments in Cyprus
Malta’s all new system for the appointment of its Police Commissioner has been the subject of much discussion throughout the past week.Ever since Prime Minister Robert Abela announced last Tuesday what the government will be proposing as the ne...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0100
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Sun, 26 Jan 2020 06:55:00 +0100
Cardinal at centre of two Popes storm doubles down on celibacy
A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.In an interview with Italian da...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 07:17:00 +0100
1,975 infections, 56 dead: Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation
The new virus accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:55:00 +0100
Instead of being investigated, former police chief got another job – Delia
Instead of being investigated for his shortcomings during his tenure as police chief, Lawrence Cutajar obtained a three-year job with the government, Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said this afternoon.Speaking in Gozo, Delia said hinted that there wa...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:10:00 +0100
Only in Malta: Player sent off, but another replaces him
The FA Trophy match between Xewkija Tigers and Pieta Hotspurs this afternoon will be remembered not for the score or level of play showed, but for a bizarre incident that could lead to repercussions.Although Xewkija Tigers had a man sent off, they en...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:07:00 +0100
PM pilots boat to Comino, and then visits Gozo
It was an unusual afternoon for Prime Minister Robert Abela, who first piloted a boat for a brief stop on the island of Comino before visiting Gozo.On Comino, the PM met the three residents who permanently reside on the island, and later stopped in t...

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 06:45:00 +0100
Pharmacies opening today between 9am and noon
Valletta: Collis Williams Pharmacy, 15, Republic Street; Ħamrun: Cosmed Pharmacy, Soccors, 7, St Franciscans Street in Villambrosa Street; Qormi: St George's Pharmacy, 21, Main Street; Birkirkara: St Jude Pharmacy, 213, Valley Road; Msida: Mayer...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:25:00 +0100
Incredible but true: two years on, the fuel stations policy remains unchanged - NGO
Moviment Graffitti said today it is disappointed that although two years ago to the date, on the 25th January 2018, the then Environment Minister José Herrera, had asked for the fuel stations policy to be revised, this has not happened yet. Ex...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:28:00 +0100
Are we really against crime? Malta needs to do much more to be believed – Bartolo
Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo said this morning that Malta needs to do much more to be believed that it is working against criminals.In a post on Facebook, Bartolo said Malta’s reputation does not depend on what we say about our country.&ldq...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:36:00 +0100
Updated: Lawrence Cutajar appointed consultant for public safety and logistics
Former police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar has been employed by the Home Affairs Ministry as a consultant on public safety and logistics with a €31,000 yearly package.A spokeswoman for Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri told Times of Malta C...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:11:00 +0100
Maltese terrier named Valetta to take part in opera
A Maltese terrier carrying the name of the capital city is set to take part in an opera in England, British media report.Valetta, who lives in Worthing with owner Orla O’Hagan, will play singer Musetta’s trusty dog in a Theatre ...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:55:00 +0100
11th edition of President’s Fun Run on Sunday
The 11th edition of the annual Fun Run organised by the Office of the President in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund will be held on Sunday.The activity was originally scheduled for November but it had been postponed because of bad weather. The p...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 09:50:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: Carnival float - In bad taste
A float linking Archbisop Charles Scicluna and a Church home to child abuse, caused a whole uproar this past week, with many arguing that it is in bad taste.The float features the Archbishop, flanked by two babies with devil's horns and pointy t...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:41:00 +0100
1,200 infected, 41 dead: China leader calls situation grave as virus spreads to Europe, Australia
China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and ...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:44:00 +0100
Home for homeless young people opened in Paola
After two years of hard work and dedication the Alberto Marvelli Residence in Paola was opened this morning. To mark the life of a past Salesian pupil, Alberto Marvelli, the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco in partnership w...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 09:06:00 +0100
Indepth: Discussion on how to remove Police Commissioner must be given importance
While the government has announced a new method of appointing Police Commissioners, no one is speaking about how police chiefs should be removed, lawyer Roberto Montalto said on Indepth. Interviewed by The Malta Independent Media Consultant Rachel At...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 09:46:00 +0100
Malta ‘taking the necessary precautions in relations to coronavirus’
The Superintendence of Public Health said today it is monitoring the situation of the clusters of pneumonia detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for D...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:25:00 +0100
Watch - Carnival float: Political satire welcome, but attributing falsities is not – Jose Herrera
While the State is obliged to give everyone as much freedom as possible, it also has an obligation to protect citizens from humiliation, Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Jose Herrera told The Malta Independent.On Thur...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:04:00 +0100
Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40
China's most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events.The National He...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:19:00 +0100
Lou Bondi’s €51,000 government contract not renewed
Lou Bondi’s contract as a government consultant will not be renewed, The Malta Independent has learnt.His contract, established by the Office of the Prime Minister, was set to expire at the end of this month.Each time there is a change of portf...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:21:00 +0100
Building collapse: We need mechanism to provide alternative accommodation to victims - PM
There should be a mechanism that immediately provides victim of building collapses with alternative accommodation, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Friday. He was speaking during a visit to the offices of the Malta Developers Association in Guarda...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:41:00 +0100
Watch: Central Link - I am not informed about archaeological discoveries - Ian Borg
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said he is not well informed about the archaeological discoveries found on a part of the Central Link project. “I have not been informed regarding the archaeological findings; ...

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 09:26:00 +0100
Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe
When Clara Massons  was in labor  with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons' belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:32:00 +0100
Watch: Updated (2): Hillman's MGA contract terminated; decision 'had to be taken' - PM
Parliamentary Secretary Clayton Bartolo has terminated Adrian Hillman's consultancy contracts with the Malta Gaming Authority in a show of "zero tolerance" to anyone tarnishing the industry's reputation.In a tweet late on Thursday, Bartolo said the f...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:54:00 +0100
MDA president says donations to political parties should be replaced with public financing
Malta Developer’s Association President Sandro Chetcuti has called for the abolition of the donations to political parties system, noting that it should be replaced with a system of public financing for the parties.Speaking to Prime Minister Ro...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:21:00 +0100
Wied Qirda: ERA, IM ‘collaborating’ to ensure that valley is restored to its natural state
Infrastructure Malta (IM) and the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) said they are collaborating to ensure that repair works at Wied Qirda in Zebbug ensure the protection of the valley.Last year, IM had launched works to remove an illegal, dec...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:42:00 +0100
Ministers should not discriminate between media houses – George Hyzler
The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life, George Hyzler, has concluded that it would be discrimination and a breach of ethics if a minister invited some media houses but not others to press conferences.The Commissioner came to this conclusion af...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:18:00 +0100
Mellieha Bay hotel redevelopment to increase number of rooms by 150
A proposal has been filed to redevelop the Mellieha Bay Hotel, increasing the number of guest rooms by over 150, from the existing 313 guestrooms to 472.Documents detailing the description of the project were filed with the Environment and Resources ...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:46:00 +0100
Simon Busuttil’s tweet on my VGH involvement is ‘malicious’, minister says
Finance Minister Edward Scicluna filed a libel suit against former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil for a post he uploaded on Twitter implying that the minister was “embroiled in a money laundering investigation.”The choice of word...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:57:00 +0100
‘Prostitute’ remark: former MCWO Chair hopes female MPs are not silenced by abuse
The former chairperson of the Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations said today she hopes female Parliamentarians are not silenced by verbal abuse.Lorraine Spiteri, who has been working in favour for women's rights for 40 years, was refer...

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:02:00 +0100
Government should stop ‘dragging its feet’ and work on education sector: PN
With the education sector going through a crisis due to a lack of long-term planning, Robert Abela’s government must stop “dragging its feet” and provide the necessary security for educators and students, the Nationalist Party said....

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:08:00 +0100
Liquigas requests findings of inquiry into 9 January gas cylinder explosion
Liquigas has requested a copy of the findings of a magisterial inquiry into the explosion of a gas cylinder earlier this month. The company said that, should the magistrate accede to this request, it will inform the public of the outcome of the enqui...

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