Malta Independent

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:08:00 +0000
US vetoes Arab-backed UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza
The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed and widely supported U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in the embattled Gaza Strip, saying it would interfere with negotiations on a deal to free ...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:10:00 +0000
Navalny's mother appeals to Putin to release her son's body so she can bury him with dignity
The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appealed Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin to intervene and turn her son's body over to her so she can bury him with dignity.Lyudmila Navalnaya, who has been trying to get his body si...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:56:00 +0000
Plea deal: 40 years in prison for Jesper Kristiansen for Sliema double murder
Jesper Kristiansen, one of three men accused over a double murder in Sliema four years ago, was jailed for 40 years on Tuesday. Kirstiansen, from Denmark, was accused of murdering Christian Pandolfino and Ivor Maciejowski at their Sliema home in...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 09:45:00 +0000
TMID Editorial: Navalny’s spirit will live on
The death of Alexei Navalny reverberated around the world on Friday.The 47-year-old Russian, described as the main opponent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in a prison where he was serving time on charges that he always insisted were politi...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:04:00 +0000
Laptop used by Marsaxlokk priest facing money laundering charges believed to have been ‘lost’
The laptop belonging to the former parish priest of Marsaxlokk charged with misappropriation, money laundering, fraud and forgery, could not be found in the Courts’ strongroom, according to a court expert.Keith Cutajar said that on 24 January 2...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 09:39:00 +0000
Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo
The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one film, but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own spotlight — all of which are to be directed by Sam Mendes.For the first time, the Beatles...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 17:01:00 +0000
PAC to summon former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter to testify on Electrogas
The government has summoned former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter – who served as the chair of the state electricity provider between 2005 and 2010 – to testify about the National Audit Office’s investigation into the awarding of th...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 10:28:00 +0000
Tiktok’s request for suspension of 'Gatekeeper' status under Digital Markets Act dismissed
On 9 February 2024, the General Court of the European Union (the “GC”) rejected the application issued by Bytedance Ltd – TikTok’s parent company (the “Applicant”) – for interim measures vis-à-vis the ...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:22:00 +0000
Man cleared of abusing stepdaughter, girl lied about him for switching off internet connection
A girl invented a story about her being abused by her stepfather after he switched off the internet for disciplinary purposes, a court ruled Tuesday.The man was cleared of the charges brought against him after a report by his 15-year-old stepdaughter...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 17:11:00 +0000
Grech asks Speaker to investigate PBS’ coverage of his speech in climate change debate
Opposition Leader Bernard Grech sought a breach of privilege ruling from Speaker Anglu Farrugia to investigate the state broadcaster's coverage of his speech in the debate discussing a Bill to set up a Climate Action Authority.Grech on Tuesday quoted...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:52:00 +0000
PN makes request for Russian Embassy's street to be named after Alexei Navalny
PN MP Beppe Fenech Adami on Tuesday made a request for the street where the Russian Embassy is located in Malta to be renamed after the late Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny.Fenech Adami spoke in Parliament, where he requested on behalf of th...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:04:00 +0000
Injured Palestinian girl arrives in Malta for treatment
Malta has welcomed a young Palestinian girl who was injured in an Israeli airstrike for her to receive the necessary treatment.Prime Minister Robert Abela and his wife Lydia greeted three-year-old Selah Hajras, who suffered severe leg injuries when h...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 17:51:00 +0000
Just over 492 kg cocaine seized by police in 2023 - Home Affairs Minister
The police seized just over 492kg of cocaine in 2023 Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said on Tuesday.The minister was replying to a parliamentary question by PN MP Darren Carabott.Camilleri also listed other drugs which were seized, such as 7.8...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:19:00 +0000
Arnautovic helps Inter beat Atlético 1-0 in 1st leg of Champions League last 16
Marko Arnautović came off the bench to help Inter Milan to a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.Arnautović replaced the injured Marcus Thuram at halftime and redeemed himself ...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:25:00 +0000
De Jong penalty earns PSV Eindhoven 1-1 draw with Dortmund in Champions League round of 16
Luuk de Jong converted a penalty to cancel out a goal by his former teammate Donyell Malen as PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 matchup.Malen scored against his old club in ...

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:27:00 +0000
Haaland comes to the rescue for Man City with second-half goal in 1-0 win over Brentford
Erling Haaland added Brentford to his list of Premier League conquests when he came to Manchester City's rescue with a 71st-minute goal to clinch a 1-0 win Tuesday.It looked like City would be dropping points in a tight title race for the second time...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:16:00 +0000
Man stabbed in Paola
An elderly man was stabbed following a fight with another person in Paola, the police said Tuesday.The 69-year-old from Zejtun was taken to hospital with grievous injuries which are not life threatening, the police said.The incident took place just a...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 12:19:00 +0000
Updated (2): Closure of Paola street where façade collapsed was scheduled for Thursday - mayor
The façade of a building was demolished into a street in Paola this morning in works which the locality’s mayor says had no permit to close the road, but which the police say did.The works happened in a construction project in Triq l-Ark...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:42:00 +0000
Film Commissioner’s salary is 13 times the minimum wage, PN says
The increase of the film commissioner's salary to €150,000 is a clear example of how the labour government is continuously pigging out, the Nationalist Party said TuesdayPN MP spokesperson for Culture, Art and National Heritage Julie Zahra told ...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:56:00 +0000
PN ‘disappointed’ over government’s failure to propose more PAC witnesses for Electrogas probe
The PN on Tuesday said that government members have failed to propose names of further witnesses to sit before the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) open investigation on the awarding of contracts by Enemata to the Electrogas consortium, citing...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:32:00 +0000
The keeper of the Vatican's secrets is retiring - Here's what he wants you to know
The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word "Se...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 13:46:00 +0000
‘Malta’s quest for economic growth has created new forms of misery and slavery’ – PN
On the World Day of Social Justice, today, the Nationalist Party has criticised the present societal situations concerning poverty and accommodation in the country.“Malta’s quest for economic growth has created new forms of misery and sla...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 07:04:00 +0000
There is no conflict between the economy and the environment - Metsola
The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola said that the European Green Deal must be a growth strategy. “There is no conflict between the economy and the environment. We cannot have one without the other. This is about opportunity...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:36:00 +0000
WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition
 Julian Assange's lawyers began their final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that his actions had exposed serious criminal acts by U.S....

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 07:36:00 +0000
As the Ukraine war enters a third year, Putin waits for Western support for Kyiv to wither
When the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, some analysts predicted it might take as few as three days for Russian forces to capture the capital of Kyiv.With the war now entering its third year, Russian President Vladimir Putin&nbs...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:24:00 +0000
Judge rules against Joseph Muscat’s attempt to ‘move goalposts’ in human rights case
A judge has turned down Joseph Muscat’s request to include a new request in the human rights case he filed in relation to the Vitals-Steward magisterial inquiry.Judge Doreen Clarke ruled on Monday that the former prime minister’s attempt ...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:17:00 +0000
Casa highlights need to ‘step up our joint efforts to create a more inclusive society’
In a pledge to promote inclusivity and accessibility for persons with disabilities, PN MEP David Casa recently met with the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability (MFOPD)."The meeting, spearheaded by Marthese Mugliette, President o...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 07:37:00 +0000
Most of Russia’s opposition is either dead, in exile abroad or in prison at home. What happens now?
 Alexei Navalny was asked four years ago what he'd tell Russians if he were killed for challenging President Vladimir Putin.“You’re not allowed to give up,” he told a documentary maker. “If they decide to k...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:12:00 +0000
Last quarter of 2023 sees 37% drop in number of approved dwellings – NSO
During the last quarter of 2023 a total of 1,292 new dwellings were approved, registering a decrease of 37.4 per cent when compared to the same quarter in 2022, the NSO said Tuesday.Approved residential building permits and dwellingsBuilding permits ...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:57:00 +0000
TMID Editorial: Local council elections
The EU and local council elections in June are around four months away. So far, the focus has mainly been on the EU elections, but the election of local councillors is also important.Ensuring that the best people for the job are chosen means the diff...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:59:00 +0000
Andreas Brehme, scorer of West Germany's winning goal in the 1990 World Cup final, dies at 63
Germany’s 1990 World Cup hero Andreas Brehme has died.Brehme endeared himself to the nation in the final when he scored a late penalty after team captain Lothar Matthäus’ boots broke to give West Germany a 1-0 win over Diego Maradona...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:25:00 +0000
First ‘specific’ tobacco control strategy being developed, minister says
Health Minister Jo Etienne Abela said that the first 'specific' strategy to control tobacco is currently being developed, which will include a wide range of targeted initiatives aimed at reducing the prevalence of smoking and protecting public health...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 20:18:00 +0000
Candles lit, flowers laid, images of Navalny affixed to Embassy doors in protest following his death
People gathered outside the Russian Embassy in San Gwann on Monday, in a protest following the death of Alexei Navalny.Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive an...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 09:27:00 +0000
Photos, candles dedicated to Navalny cleared soon after Repubblika event ends
Photos and candles placed outside the Russian Embassy in San Gwann were cleared soon after an activity held by Repubblika on Monday evening.The removal of the mementoes was described as “intolerance of the Putin regime” by Repubblika.This...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:54:00 +0000
New lane to be added from Armier roundabout to Cirkewwa Terminal
A new lane will be added along the road from the Armier roundabout towards the Ċirkewwa terminal in a new infrastructure project that will be completed before the upcoming summer, with the aim of facilitating smoother and quicker traffic flow to...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:54:00 +0000
NAO uncovers governance concerns over government’s leasing of private properties
A preliminary review of the Leasing of private property by Government has uncovered governance concerns, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.Auditor General Charles Deguara presented the preliminary review to Speaker of the House of Represe...

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 07:47:00 +0000
Ursula von der Leyen is seeking a second term as head of the EU's powerful Commission
Germany's Ursula von der Leyen will seek a second term as head of the European Union's powerful Commission in a move that could make her the most significant politician representing the bloc's 450 million citizens in over a generation.Follo...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:37:00 +0000
Wife of man crushed to death mistakenly told husband injured someone, court told
The son of a man who was crushed to death by a truck told a court on Monday that his mother had received a phone call mistakenly telling her that her husband needed to be calmed down after he had injured someone.Martin Micallef testified that his mot...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:33:00 +0000
Manufacturing sector is creating new opportunities for the next generation - PM
The manufacturing sector is continuously strengthening and diversifying into new areas that lead to better careers for the next generation, expanding into innovative fields such as robotics and specialized engineering, which are emerging in our count...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:53:00 +0000
Film Commissioner gets pay rise despite being investigated by Auditor General - PN
The Nationalist Party noted on Monday how the Film Commissioner Johann Grech has received salary bump, increasing his yearly income to €150,000 despite being under investigation by the Auditor General “after spending millions in public mon...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:21:00 +0000
The government is 10 years late in addressing climate change - PN Leader
The government is 10 years late in addressing climate change, PN Leader Bernard Grech said on Monday.Parliament was discussing a Bill to set up a Climate Action Authority.In Parliament, Grech said that the PN has been calling for an agency on climate...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:46:00 +0000
Navalny's widow vows to continue his fight against Kremlin, punish Putin
The widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny vowed on Monday to continue his fight against the Kremlin while authorities denied his mother access to a morgue where his body is believed to be held after his death last week at an Arc...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:57:00 +0000
Public consultation launched to declare the Maltese honeybee a National Species
Students from Birkirkara and Safi Primary schools were the first participants in the public consultation which is set to declare the Maltese honeybee as Malta's national insect.The Foundation for the Conservation of the Maltese Honey Bee has lon...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:04:00 +0000
Man grievously injured in Zurrieq traffic accident
A 32-year-old man was grievously injured in a traffic accident on Monday, the police said.The accident occurred at 2.30pm in Zurrieq, on Triq il-Wied. The accident occurred between a Mitsubishi Colt driven by a 32-year old from Zurrieq and a truck dr...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 19:32:00 +0000
Preparations for the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck well under way
All is in place for the celebration of the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck, which will take place in Valletta on Saturday 24th February, the Għaqda tal-Pawlini has said."Għaqda tal-Pawlini together with the Collegiate Chapter of St Paul's Ship...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:42:00 +0000
PA initiates process to clarify interpretation of building height limitations
The Planning Authority (PA) said Monday it has started the process to revise policy P35, which is a specific policy introduced in November 2015 through the Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Standards (DC15). The purpose of this revision...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:54:00 +0000
Israel vows to 'finish the job' in Gaza as War Cabinet member threatens a Ramadan deadline for Rafah
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off growing calls to halt the military offensive in Gaza, vowing to “finish the job” as a member of his War Cabinet threatened to invade the southern city of Rafah if remaining I...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 14:13:00 +0000
President encourages students to continue studies in sectors related to environmental protection
President George Vella encouraged young people to continue their academic studies in sectors related to environmental protection, while addressing secondary school students during an event related to the CORALLO project."You have a challenge ahead of...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:30:00 +0000
New PA circular regarding measurement of building heights could result in greater density - NGO
NGO Għawdix has expressed concerns about a recently issued circular by the Planning Authority regarding the measurement of building heights.On the same day that the Planning Authority flaunted a circular meant to design facades for Gozo's d...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:07:00 +0000
Planning application proposing warehouse complex on ODZ land in Mqabba to go before PA board
A planning application proposing a warehouse complex on land located outside the development zone in Mqabba is set to go before the Planning Authority Board on Thursday.This full development application proposes the construction of an industrial/ware...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:44:00 +0000
Teenager injured as car crashes into parked vehicle
A teenager was grievously injured on Sunday evening when the car she was in crashed into a parked vehicle, the police said.The accident happened in Villabate Street, Zabbar, at 8.30pm.The car, a Mazda Demio, was being driven by an 18-year-old man of ...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 13:00:00 +0000
There were 814,000 outbound tourists in 2023, NSO says
Total outbound tourist trips for 2023 numbered 814,005, an increase of 35.3% over 2022, The National Statistics Office (NSO) has said."Total nights spent by outbound tourists went up by 33.9%, surpassing 5.6 million nights. In addition, total estimat...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:52:00 +0000
'Oppenheimer' wins 7 prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards
Atom bomb epic “Oppenheimer” won seven prizes, including best picture, director and actor, at the 77th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, cementing its front-runner status for the Oscars next month.Gothic fant...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:08:00 +0000
Over 400 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin's fiercest foe
Over 400 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday.The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a crushing blow to many Rus...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 09:00:00 +0000
Under Muscat critical thinking was encouraged, under Abela it toned down, Engerer says
Under the leadership of former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat critical thinking within the Labour fold was encouraged, but it’s not the same since Robert Abela has taken over, PL Member of the European Parliament Cyrus Engerer told The Malta Inde...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:22:00 +0000
TMID Editorial: Teachers
During an interview with The Malta Independent on Sunday, the Director General of the Secretariat for Catholic Education Ian Mifsud explained that Church schools face difficulties in recruiting educators when vacancies arise due to a shortage of...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 09:30:00 +0000
The return of Labour’s prodigal sons and daughters
The parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps one of the most told and well-known stories of the Bible. It speaks of a younger son taken by the extravagance and indulgence that money brings, but who ultimately squanders his fortune and ends up working a...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:30:00 +0000
Allowing priests to marry might attract more vocations – Carmelite prior
Fr Charles Mallia, who was recently elected as the Provincial prior of the Maltese Carmelite Province, said that that allowing Catholic priests to marry could increase vocation numbers.In line with recent comments made by Archbishop Charles Scicluna ...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 08:00:00 +0000
Church schools face difficulties when needing to recruit staff due to shortage – Curia official
Church schools are having difficulties to find educators to recruit when vacancies arise due to a shortage of candidates in the sector, Director General of the Secretariat for Catholic Education Ian Mifsud told The Malta Independent on Sunday.The sit...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 07:30:00 +0000
‘About time’ discussions were initiated to establish clear timeframe for responding to PQs – PN MP
PN MP and spokesperson for Culture, Art and National Heritage Julie Zahra said that it is “about time” Parliament held discussions to stipulate a definite timeframe in which ministers must answer parliamentary questions. There are a multi...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:28:00 +0000
TMIS Editorial: Bartolo, Grech forced to surrender
Finally, after two years of secrecy, foot stamping, resistance to the obvious and court action at the expense of the taxpayer, the Malta Film Commission – hand in hand with the Tourism Ministry – has been forced to surrender.At the end of...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:16:00 +0000
PN places flowers, candles outside Russian Embassy in memory of Navalny
The Nationalist Party placed flowers and candles outside the Russian Embassy in memory of Alexei Navalny, a critic of Russian President Putin who dies in a Russian prison on Friday.The flowers and candles were placed by PN spokesman for foreign Affai...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:09:00 +0000
Premier League: Floriana drop precious points in draw against Balzan
Floriana could only manage a 2-2 draw against relegation haunted Balzan, losing two precious points in their fight for Hamrun Spartans for the title. The Spartans, as expected, had an easy win against Sirens in the morning and now they enjoy a five-p...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:05:00 +0000
Hojlund's scoring form has Man United pushing for top-4 spot; Brighton cruise at Sheffield United
The goals are suddenly flowing freely and easily for Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund.That was about the only thing that came easily for United in a 2-1 win at Luton on Sunday, but the Dane's scoring form could be enough to fuel a l...

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:07:00 +0000
De Rossi's impact at Roma is clear with 4 wins in 6 games, more attacking style than Mourinho
New Roma coach Daniele De Rossi stretched his record to four wins in six matches with a 3-0 victory at Frosinone in Serie A on Sunday.Using more offensive tactics than Jose Mourinho, his predecessor, De Rossi has moved Roma up from nin...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 14:12:00 +0000
Organisations call on government to stop 'collaborating with actors who violate human rights’
25 organisations and entities have called on the Maltese government to stop collaborating with "actors who violate human rights," and instead start coordinating with humanitarian rescue organisations to save lives at sea.In a statement regarding migr...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 17:18:00 +0000
Motorbike rider grievously injured in Gozo accident
A motorbike rider was grievously injured in an accident in Gozo.The accident, between a motorbike being ridden by a 27-year-old man from Kercem and a Peugeot Partner driven by a 42-year-old man from Zejtun, took place at noon on Triq Għajn G...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 13:29:00 +0000
Metsola’s call for EU to increase military capabilities does not distort Malta’s neutrality - Grech
The European Parliament President's call for Europe to increase its military capabilities does not distort Malta's neutrality, PN Leader Bernard Grech said on Sunday.Last week European Parliament President Roberta Metsola called on EU countries to "s...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 12:26:00 +0000
Government recognises need for balance between economic development and the environment - Abela
The government recognises the need for balance between economic development, social development and the environment, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Sunday while addressing a political activity.He referred to the recent news that the government w...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:45:00 +0000
Repubblika to organise protest in front of Russian Embassy on Monday
Repubblika is organizing a protest outside of the Russian embassy on Monday, following the death of Alexei Navalny, it said in a statement.Navalny, 47, was serving a 19-year prison sentence on extremism charges in a remote penal colony abov...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:13:00 +0000
Mediator says talks on Gaza not 'progressing as expected' after momentum in recent weeks
Talks on a potential cease-fire deal in Gaza “have not been progressing as expected” in the past few days after good progress in recent weeks, key mediator Qatar said Saturday, as Israel's prime minister accused the Hamas milita...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:14:00 +0000
Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny's team confirms his death and says his mother is searching for his body
Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson confirmed Saturday that the Russian opposition leader had died at a remote Arctic penal colony, saying he was “murdered," but it was unclear where his body was as his family and friends searched for...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:30:00 +0000
Why the United States needs NATO – 3 things to know
Former President Donald Trump has long made it clear that he deeply resents NATO, a 75-year-old military alliance that is composed of the United States and 30 other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.Trump escalated h...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:29:00 +0000
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Sat, 17 Feb 2024 18:48:00 +0000
Man dies in fall from balcony
A man has died after he fell one storey from a balcony, the police said Saturday.The accident happened in Zurrieq Road, Safi, at 4pm.The man, aged 79, fell one storey from a balcony in his own residence.He was certified dead on site.Magistrate Caroli...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:25:00 +0000
Bishops list five blessings for our country in Pastoral Letter for Lent
For this year’s Lent, the Bishops proposed that as a country, and as Christians, “we ought to reflect on the five gifts of God that Dun Karm Psaila, the national poet, reminds us of in Malta’s national anthem: sound judgement, mercy...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 06:22:00 +0000
Western officials and Kremlin critics blame Putin and his government for Navalny's death in prison
World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government.“It is obvious that he was killed by Puti...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 18:57:00 +0000
Memorial to Navalny outside Russian embassy removed, another created in Valletta
A memorial to Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who died in a prison on Friday, was removed soon after it was placed outside the Russian embassy in San Gwann on Saturday, NGO Repubblika said.A photo of Navalny, with...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:16:00 +0000
Russia takes control of a city in eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian troops withdraw
Russia said its forces took complete control Saturday of a city in eastern Ukraine that was the focus of intense combat for months, a development that Moscow could use to boost morale as the second anniversary of its full-scale invasion of Ukrai...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 07:20:00 +0000
Pharmacies open today 9am to 12pm & 4 to 7pm
Floriana St Publius Pharmacy, 48, Miratur Street; Ħamrun Thomas' Pharmacy, 796, St Joseph High Road; Żebbuġ Plaza Pharmacy, 86, Main Street; Birkirkara Herba Pharmacy, 166, Salvu Psaila Street; San Ġwann Brown's Medical Plaza Disp...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 07:08:00 +0000
Drug- and alcohol-related heart disease and stroke deaths rising
While deaths from cardiovascular disease were falling over the first two decades of this century, those involving substance use rose an average of 4% per year, according to new research.The study, published recently in the Journal of the American Hea...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 13:29:00 +0000
Abela criticises ‘Brussels bubble’ for not respecting farmers' realities, backs protection of sector
Prime Minister Robert Abela on Friday said that he “firmly believes” in the protection of the agricultural sector, and criticised the “Brussels bubble” for drafting regulations which do not respect the realities that farmers f...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 09:30:00 +0000
Planning Authority approves permit for decommissioning tanks of San Luċjan plant
The Planning Authority has approved the decommissioning permit for the San Luċjan plant, with the aim of commencing the dismantling of the tanks and the closure of the facility previously used for Heavy Fuel Oil storage.The company Petromal will...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:18:00 +0000
Premier League: Stripes earn point with last-gasp penalty
 Late drama was the highlight of this match between Hibernians and Birkirkara, two sides used to fight for the title, but now both distant from the title race.The match was boring at times, but the final moments made this game a thrilling affair...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:25:00 +0000
Salah's back and Liverpool and Arsenal win big in the EPL as Man City slip
Big wins for Liverpool and Arsenal felt even bigger after Manchester City lost ground in the race for the English Premier League title on Saturday.Leader Liverpool won at Brentford 4-1 and Arsenal routed Burnley 5-0 before City wa...

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 06:30:00 +0000
Juventus' Serie A title hopes fading after draw; Napoli winless in 5 matches with Barca next
Juventus’ chances of catching Serie A leader Inter Milan have been fading match by match over the last month.The Turin club's winless streak in the league extended to four matches on Saturday when it twice had to come back from a goal down to d...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 13:36:00 +0000
Chamber of Architects, MDA launch National Building Council; to set higher standards for industry
The Chamber of Architects and the Malta Developers Association have launched the National Building Council, a joint initiative set to impose higher standards to all workers involved in the building industry, as well as the industry itself.During a pr...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 16:54:00 +0000
Company refutes claims made by MEP Alex Agius Saliba
Francis Busuttil & Sons Marketing said Saturday it has never sought to take advantage of its position as one of Malta’s main foodstuffs importers, and always seeks to offer consumers the best possible prices&nb...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 17:01:00 +0000
Teenager reported missing for fourth time
Sharona Grima, aged 14, has again been reported missing to the police.The last time she was seen was in Mgarr.Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the police on 21224001/119.This is the fourth time that the teenager has g...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 14:17:00 +0000
Woman who received fraudulent disability benefit claims she was misled by PL functionary
A lawyer representing an elderly woman who ended up facing charges related to the severe disability benefits racket has told a court that she had been hoodwinked by Labour customer care agents.This emerged in a sitting before Magistrate Donatell...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 06:17:00 +0000
Malta’s first National Water Conference discusses the third River Basin Management Plan
Water conservation is a shared responsibility of all citizens and we need to work together to ensure the sustainability of this critical natural resource, Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Regeneration of the Grand Harbour Miriam Dalli sai...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 16:52:00 +0000
Only people-friendly roads will reduce traffic congestion, ADPD says
ADPD-The Green Party on Saturday said that whereas other countries are looking at how to reduce the effects of car pollution, in Malta, government is continuing the long standing Maltese tradition of building car-centric infrastructure to the detrime...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:36:00 +0000
Collaboration agreement signed between Police Force and Heritage Malta
The Police Force and Heritage Malta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to both parties working hand in hand in various areas, including restoration, education, cultural activities, and research, among others.The collaboration ag...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 11:30:00 +0000
TMID Editorial: The social media factor
The more time passes, the more people seem to become dependent on social media.One can see so many walking with their mobile phones in their hand, scrolling up and down to check what is taking place, oblivious to the surroundings. It’s not the ...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 06:49:00 +0000
Judge orders Trump to pay $355 million for lying about his wealth in staggering civil fraud ruling
A New York judge ordered Donald Trump on Friday to pay $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years in a sweeping civil fraud verdict that pierces his billionaire image but stops short of putt...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:30:00 +0000
Imprisoned opposition leader, Putin critic Alexei Navalny has died
Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests, died in prison Friday, Russian authorities said. He was 47.Navalny, who was serving a 19-year...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 11:38:00 +0000
Four parcels of government land to be transformed into urban open spaces by Project Green
8,000 square metres of developable government land spread across four localities has been passed to Project Green for transformation into urban open spaces for the public enjoy.This was announced in a press conference in Ta’ Giorni in St Julian...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 10:13:00 +0000
Testing of the Aquatic and Sports Centre to begin in March
Minister for Gozo and Planning Clint Camilleri on Saturday visited the ongoing works at the Aquatic and Sports Centre in Victoria, Gozo, which are now at a “very advanced stage,” with the testing of the facility to begin in March.Once com...

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 09:51:00 +0000
Council for Voluntary Sector launches training initiatives scheme for voluntary organisations
The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) has once again launched the Training Initiatives Scheme, which offers further financial support to voluntary organisations and their members individually.A statement on Saturday read that €40,000...

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 15:30:00 +0000
Two arrested in connection with cannabis, cocaine find
A man and a woman were arrested by the police on Thursday as officers seized cannabis and cocaine in two residences in Fgura and Cospicua.The police said that in a private residence in St Thomas Street, Fgura, officers lifted 12 cannabis plants, and ...

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