News from Malta

Copies of Mela Darba- Legends from Gozo, donated to Gozo libraries

Gozo news - 5 minutes ago

On Wednesday, several copies of the book ‘Mela Darba…’ a collection of Legends from the Island of Gozo,...

Former MP Victor Galea Pace passes away

The Times of Malta - 15 minutes ago

Former Nationalist MP Victor Galea Pace passed away today. He was 72. Mr Galea Pace served as Mayor of Victoria, Gozo, before being elected to Parliament in 1996 and in 1998.

Decision on Ricasoli port facilities for waste oils postponed

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

The planning authority board this afternoon postponed a decision on an application  by Waste Oils Limited to upgrade port facilities at Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara. Mepa Chairman Vince Cassar said that the board had not been presented with sufficient facts to be able to decide. He said that a decision would be taken once Transport Maltawas consulted, and the applicant presented the lease agreement signed with the government in 2013 as the site was the subject of a 30-year lease agreement which expires in 2043.

Archbishop-elect Mgr Charles J. Scicluna celebrates Mass at Ta’ Pinu

Gozo news - 45 minutes ago

Mass was celebrated this morning at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, Gozo, by the Archbishop-elect,...

Registered full-time employment increased by 3.8% in October

Gozo news - 1 hour ago

In October 2014, registered full-time employment increased by 3.8 per cent when compared to October 2013, the National...

Joseph Calleja sings the praises of the Maltese hobza after comments about salt content

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Bakers have found an unlikely ally in their efforts to retain the way the Maltese hobza (loaf) is produced - tenor Joseph Calleja. The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Chris Fearne, told Times of Malta earlier this week that the authorities plan to hold talks with bakers in order to find a way to reduce the salt content in the traditional Maltese loaf. But Calleja, writing in his regular blog today pleaded for the hobza not to be touched.

Lija crash causes traffic jam

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Motorists may experience delays in Mosta Road, Lija (direction from Mosta to Lija) because of a traffic accident, the police said. The accident was reported at 2.45p.

Libyan government halts air strikes for peace talks

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government said today they would halt air strikes on targets allied to the rival administration in order to help ongoing peace talks in Morocco. "We have received orders from the general command to stop flying for three days from now ... to give an opportunity for dialogue in Morocco," said Saqir El-Jaroshi, air force commander, adding: "If we are attacked, we will respond in kind.

Local equities continue to advance

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

The MSE Share Index trended higher for the sixth successive session today with a further 0.2% increase to 3,507.197 points.

Gozo Bishop 'hands over' feast day sermons, says homilies should be relevant to everyday life

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

The Bishop of Gozo said today that after nine years during which he was the main preacher at village feasts, he was now ‘handing over’ to the priests of the communities. In an open letter to the priests of the diocese, Mgr Mario Grech urged them to speak about current issues which affect the lives of their parishioners when they deliver their homilies. He said that he was sometimes criticized because his sermons had not followed the traditional style of the panegierku.

A Million dollar idea

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Luke Galea, ICTSA The Million Dollar Idea, or TMDI, which is a yearly event, is the flagship of ICT students organisation at the University of Malta. For TMDI, young people take part in the weekend-long activities to develop their business ideas, which will then be judged by panel of experts. Find out more about regulations, the idea behind the event, how you can take part, and the goal behind TMDI.

Romanian dancer cleared of smuggling Meow Meow

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

A Romanian woman has been cleared of smuggling a kilogram of mephadrone, better known as Meow Meow, after a court heard how she was not aware of the contents of the package addressed to her boyfriend.  Ana Maria Ciocanel, a 26-year-old dancer, had taken delivery of a package containing the controlled substance in a controlled delivery by the Drug Squad, in which a police officer dressed up as a postman.  Magistrate Miriam Hayman heard Inspector Pierre Grech explain how on March 5, 2011, Customs officers intercepted a package from Prague addressed to a certain Rodney Andrew Molt, who was her boyfriend, with whom she lived.

ECB to raise growth forecasts, flesh out bond-buying plan

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Keen to keep a low profile over the Greek crisis, the European Central Bank will focus on improved growth prospects and unveil some but not all the details of its €1 trillion-plus bond buying plan. The ECB, which left interest rates on hold at record lows at its meeting off-base in Cyprus, will probably lift growth forecasts to reflect a string of positive data surprises. But it could cut inflation projections as it incorporates the full effect of a dramatic oil price fall, backing its case to buy 60 billion euros worth of bonds a month from March to spur inflation.

Petrol station owners cleared of selling diesel with high sulphur content

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

PSeven people who together manage a family petrol station in Zurrieq have been cleared of selling diesel with a high sulphur content after a court ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.  The court ruled that tests by a court-appointed expert could not be carried out because the samples taken from diesel pumps in 2009 had not been preserved properly, leading to possible tampering with court evidence.  Magistrate Antonio Micallef Trigona was ruling in the case against Gianni Camilleri, 68, Frangiska Bellizzi, 68, Wigi Camilleri, 76, Emanuele Camilleri, 79, Angela Zammit, 80, Marija Caruana, 24 and Edward Camilleri, 47.

Full-time employment up

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Registered full-time employment increased by 3.8 per cent in October when compared to October 2013, according to Employment and Training Corporation administrative data published by the National Statistics Office. The data showed that, over a period of one year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) increased by 3.

Winter Moods launch The Journey

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Winter Moods today launched The Journey, their sixth CD album. The album goes on sale from local record shops and online on Friday. It was recorded in 2014 at Temple Studios in Mistra and was produced and mixed by David Vella.

10 lies in a week about the Cafe Premier - Beppe Fenech Adami

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

The people deserved to know the whole truth about the Café Premier scandal and the Prime Minister should shoulder political responsibility, PN deputy leader Beppe Fenech Adami insisted today. Addressing a news conference, the PN deputy leader said that Dr Muscat had been caught lying about the Cafe in at least 10 instances in just one week. Dr Muscat lied when he claimed the court proceedings would have lengthened as the Attorney General unequivocally said this was the route the government should have taken.

Czech woman jailed over cocaine importation

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A Czech woman was this morning jailed for eight years and fined €20,000 after admitting to the importation of almost one kilogram of cocaine which was found hidden in her stomach and her underwear.  Lucie Azuka, 24, admitted to importing the cocaine with a total street value of almost €60,000 in July 2013.  Before Michael Mallia, Ms Azuka opted to plead guilty to the charges brought against her rather than face a trial by jury.

Man who spent 43 years dealing with two court cases awarded €5,000

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A 74-year-old man has been awarded €5,000 in damages after a court found that a delay of over 40 years for two civil cases to be decided was in violation of his fundamental human rights. Zakkarija Calleja told the court that he had spent the last 43 years dealing with two court cases filed in 1970 and in 1971. The cases, both of a civil nature, were in the names "Ignazio Gatt vs Zakkarija Calleja" and "Zakkarija Calleja vs Ignazio Gatt and were both heard by the First Hall of the Civil Court.

Young teenagers given career advice

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

More than 100 women turned up at the Verdala Palace this morning to give advice to 14-year-olds about a career they might have already set their eyes on, or professions they have not yet considered. The 300 female students from four church schools have a large choice of professional women to speak to, including a chef, a police superintendent, a soprano, a magistrate and diplomats. Organised by Business and Professional Women (Malta), hosted President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, and partially sponsored by a grant from the US Embassy, the event is also supported by the National Council of Women and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which tomorrow launches its Women Forum.

Pope: Awaken a sense of gratitude towards grandparents & the elderly

Gozo news - 5 hours ago

Grandparents were the focus of Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Rome.

Ex-Ukraine minister held in Spain

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Spanish police have arrested former Ukraine finance minister Yuri Kolobov, who is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state funds. Kolobov was detained in the eastern coastal town of Altea, where he is believed to have been living since August, a Civil Guard statement said. The 41-year-old was arrested on an order issued through Interpol in October.

Former teacher at St Edwards' College fined for libelling bursar

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

A former teacher at St Edwards' College was found to have libelled the college's bursar by means of an email she circulated to 47 persons. Magistrate Francesco Depasquale condemned Francesca Stivala to pay €1,000 to the bursar, Sandro Bruno, by way of libel damages. Mr Bruno told the court that in his capacity as bursar of the college he administered its accounts department and was also responsible for contracts of employment for all college employees.

Making the most of Quantitative Easing

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Today marks the day that the European Central Bank will probably announce the start of its quantitative easing program. Assuming that the ECB starts purchasing Malta Government Stocks in March, the typical Maltese investor used to hoarding Government Bonds, has the opportunity to maximise their return on their investments over the coming months. The following are some thoughts that an investor should keep in mind.

University Students’ Council declares position as against spring hunting

Gozo news - 5 hours ago

The University Students’Council (KSU) has said in a statement that it “categorically declares its position: against the retention...

Toll in Ukraine mine blast hits 32

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine has risen to 32, according to officials. The self-appointed government in rebel-held Donetsk added that one person remains unaccounted for. The blast occurred before dawn yesterday more than 3,200ft underground at the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, where bitter fighting has raged for almost a year between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces.

Nursery rhymes come to life at Pembroke school

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Video: Mark Zammit Cordina Nursery rhymes came to live at St Catherine's High School in Pembroke this morning with students, staff, parents, guardians, relatives, ex-students, ex-staff and friends turning up to school dressed as their favourite character. The event was an attempt by the school to break a Guinness World Record of the largest number of persons dressed as nursery rhyme characters gathered at a single venue while raising money for Puttinu Cares.

EC approves operational programme European Maritime Fisheries Fund

Gozo news - 6 hours ago

The Parliamentary Secretariat for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds, has announced that the European Commission has...

Malta International Airport hosted 8.1% more passengers in February

Gozo news - 6 hours ago

Malta International Airport hosted 208,896 passengers in February, registering an increase of 8.1 per cent over the same...

Boat moorings will ruin Pretty Bay - Birzebbuga council

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

The Birzebbuga council is protesting against plans to place some 300 boat moorings at Wied Il-Buni, saying that these would jeopardise plans to give Blue Flag status to the nearby Pretty Bay.  Mayor Joe Farrugia urged authorities to reconsider this project, saying it would ruin one of the few remaining sandy beaches in the south of the island. The council is proposing to relocate these moorings to St Georges Bay, also in Birzebbuga.

Sex offenders, event permits and loopholes

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Charles Dickens was really not understating his case when he made one of his characters declare that the law is an ass. Consider this; Maltese law forbids a DJ/musician/entertainer from taking part in an event if he has been found guilty of a minor drug offence (please note the focus on ‘minor’, which includes possession for personal use). This is on the basis that he might be of bad influence to the event-goers, encouraging them to likewise indulge in drugs.

University Students' Council against spring hunting

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

KSU's position in Maltese. The University Students' Council, KSU, has declared itself against spring hunting. In a statement, it said that sustainability outweighed hunting and the current situation could not continue. The necessary measures had to be taken to address the current an untenable situation - not to antagonise hunters but for the conservation of the species.

Never give up, girl says after nine-month coma

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Raisa Falzon with her father, Mark, and one of her many pets – Kelbinu. When Raisa Falzon woke up from a nine-month coma she lifted her right arm and placed her hand on the face of her younger brother, Miguel, who was sitting by her hospital bed. That gentle movement was the first means of communication used by Raisa – who was then 16 – after suffering a brain haemorrhage on March 19, 2013. Since the day she woke up, in mid-December, Raisa has been working tirelessly to re-learn how to communicate.

8.1% increase in passengers at Malta International Airport

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Malta International Airport hosted 208,896 passengers in February, an increase of 8.1 per cent over the same month last year, according to results published on the Malta Stock Exchange. In its announcement, MIA said February’s results were due to an increase in aircraft movements increasing seat capacity increase by 3.

Is political corruption acceptable?

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

University of York philosophy professor Susan Mendus. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier A morally sound politician is a myth but corruption to secure a good political outcome for society can possibly be more acceptable than shady dealings done for purely self-serving motives, according to political philosophy professor Susan Mendus. “It’s rather naive for people to accept that politics can be incorrupt. Both Plato and Machiavelli have argued that you can’t have politics without deceit and corruption.

Updated: Maltese national critically injured in Libya

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A 34-year-old man from Kappara is in a critical condition after he was injured in an incident involving a firearm in Libya, the government said. He was brought to Malta with an air ambulance last night. In a statement, it said it was not yet known how the incident happened and the government was still not in a position to independently verify the facts.

Updated: Maltese man critically injured in Libya

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A 34-year-old man from Kappara is in critical condition after he was injured in an incident involving a firearm in Libya, the government said. The man was brought to Malta by air ambulance last night. In a statement, the government said it had not yet been established how the incident happened and was still not in a position to independently verify the facts.

Updated: Maltese man critically injured in Libya, evacuated

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A 34-year-old man from Kappara is in critical condition after he was injured in an incident involving a firearm in Libya, the government said. The man was brought to Malta by air ambulance last night. In a statement, the government said it had not yet been established how the incident happened and was still not in a position to independently verify the facts.

Update 2: Maltese man critically injured in Libya, evacuated

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A 31-year-old man from Kappara, Matthew Dingli, is in critical condition after he was injured in an incident involving a firearm in Libya, the government said. Sources told timesofmalta.com that no foul play is suspected and the injury may have been "accidental".

Feast of the Holy Family commemorated at Ta’ l-Ibragg Hospital

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

The feast of the Holy Family was commemorated at Ta’ l-Ibragg Hospital in Victoria. The activity was led...


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