News from Malta

Abbas says closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'tantamount to declaration of war'

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Israeli police  shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, a holy site at the heart of the latest violence, was shut down for almost an entire day to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years.

Driver dies two months after crash

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A trailer-truck driver who was grievously injured in a crash in August passed away last week, it was reported today. The 43-year-old man from San Gwann was trapped in the wreckage of his cabin when the vehicle overturned after hitting a barrier in a turn on Garbaldi Street, Marsa. He was pulled out by Civil Protection personnel.

Bishop Grech & Gozo Minister visit 150th anniversary Commemorative Exhibition

Gozo news - 4 hours ago

The Bishop of Gozo Mgr. Mario Grech, together with the Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo, today visited...

Two women critically injured in traffic accident

Malta Media - 4 hours ago

Netvibes ShareThe police have reported that two women were critically injured on Thursday afternoon after the cars they were driving collided head on in Mgarr Road, Żebbiegħ.

Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that Islamic State had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and 55, had been shot at close range, witnesses said.

NGOs slam Spain's push back plans

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Thirteen human rights groups have called on the Spanish government to drop plans to provide a legal basis for summary returns of migrants from its enclaves in North Africa. The Spanish and international organizations wrote to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, urging them to press the Spanish government to withdraw a proposed amendment to Spain’s immigration law. “On the spot (or “summary”) returns prevent asylum seekers from seeking the protection they need and deny all migrants a range of rights,” the groups wrote.

German expert advocates fiscal measures to discourage car use

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Improving the roads infrastructure was important, but, on its own, it would not solve the traffic problems, according to a German traffic expert. Manfred Boltze from Darmstadt University of Technology this afternoon insisted that fiscal measures to make private car use unattractive were a must in any transport plan. Prof.

Updated - German expert advocates fiscal measures to discourage car use - Government considering light rail

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Updated - Government considering light rail or monorail - Improving the roads infrastructure was important, but, on its own, it would not solve the traffic problems, according to a German traffic expert. Manfred Boltze from Darmstadt University of Technology this afternoon insisted that fiscal measures to make private car use unattractive were a must in any transport plan. Prof.

Two women hurt in head on crash

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Two women were hurt this afternoon when their cars crashed head on in Mgarr Road, Zebbiegh. The accident happened at about 3.30 p.

Updated - Two women critical after head-on crash

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Two women were critically injured this afternoon when their cars crashed head on in Mgarr Road, Zebbiegh. The accident happened at about 3.30 p.

Update 2 - Two women critical after head-on crash

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Two women were critically injured this afternoon when their cars crashed head on in Mgarr Road, Zebbiegh. The cars were a Toyota Vitz driven by a 43-year-old woman from St Paul's Bay and a Hyundai Atos driven by a 44-year-old woman from Birkirkara. The accident happened at about 3.

Tax on rented properties reduced to 15%

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

The tax charged on revenue from rented residential properties has been reduced from 35% to 15%. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said the measure was announced in the last Budget and was being brought in now, backdated to January 1. He said the measure was aimed at reducing tax evasion by encouraging landlords to declare the income they made form rented properties.

Liverpool boss Rodgers backs forgotten man Borini

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

One man's loss is another's gain, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who could throw outcast forward Fabio Borini into the fray against Newcastle United on Saturday in the continued absence of leading striker Daniel Sturridge. Italian forward Borini has found first-team chances few and far between at Anfield since signing from AS Roma in 2012 and was sent out on loan to Sunderland last season. He was deemed surplus to requirements on his return to Liverpool, who accepted bids for the player from both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers.

AFM presentation of Long and Efficient Service Medals and Clasps

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

The Armed Forces of Malta hosted a medal awarding ceremony at Luqa Barracks this morning where 109 officers,...

Consumers of tampered smart meters charged in court, one handed suspended sentence

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Fourteen consumers were today charged in court with stealing electricity through their tampered smart meter, allegedly stealing almost €93,000 worth of electricity in total. One of the consumers, Alan Cachia, admitted to the charges brought against him. Magistrate Carol Peralta jailed him for two years suspended for two, ordered him to pay the €400 he owed Enemalta within six months and gave him a general interdiction.

Christmas in Gozo with special events, festivities and much, much more

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

The island of Gozo is preparing for a variety of festivities and special events which will be spread...

MEPA approves new building extension at Mater Dei Hospital

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board has approved planning permission for the development of a new...

Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride today, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in Fort Kent to take a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend, MSNBC and other networks reported. Hickox, 33, who tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa, said that she plans to take the issue to court if the state did not lift the quarantine by later today.

Germany to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled soccer hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured. The disturbances coincided with growing concern that Western-led air strikes to stop the advance of Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq are radicalising some young people with Muslim immigrant backgrounds in Germany and elsewhere. Sunday's clashes, when some 4,000 hooligans - many drunk - and neo-Nazis hurled objects at police who responded with pepper spray and water cannons, also raised fears of violent youths with no political agenda joining forces with a racist group.

Somali jailed for use of fake passport

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A Somali migrants was jailed for six months suspended for two years after pleading guilty to travelling from Malta to Denmark with a forged passport. The migrant, who cannot be named as he is a minor, travelled with a counterfeit passport and other false documents last year. As soon as he arrived in Denmark, he tore up all the forged documents, prompting the Danish authorities to arrest him and interrogate him.

Former Enemalta chairman denies misuse of public funds

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Former Enemalta chairman Alex Tranter appeared in court today charged with misappropriating public funds through the use of the corporation's credit card abroad. Mr Tranter, 51, from Swieqi, who pleaded "definitely not guilty", is charged with misuse of funds when he was chairman of the State energy provider in 2007 and 2008. He was chairman between 2005 and 2010.

Infamous Mellieha thief jailed

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Infamous Mellieha thief jailed The thief whose photograph made the rounds on Facebook as he was burgling a villa in Mellieha was this afternoon jailed for a year after pleaded guilty.Jason Scerri, 40, from Balzan, also admitted to being a relapser, to breaching bail conditions over a separate case and to breaching a court order. Before Magistrate Francesco Depasquale, Mr Scerri pleaded guilty to stealing €2,060 worth of gold and cash from the villa in Santa Maria Estate.

Thief jailed

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A man was jailed for three years this afternoon after admitting to the theft of various items, including paintings, bathroom mixers, and crystal chandeliers from a residence in Tarxien. Christian Bonello, 29, from Paola, a sprayer who admitted he has a drug addiction problem, stole the items between October 17 and 27. Among the things he stole were paintings, chandeliers, light fittings, tools, bathroom mixers and electrical fittings.

Sliding ratings

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Norway, which has previously provided TV viewers with five hours of live knitting, a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction - a rockslide on a mountain - but no-one knows when it will happen. For days, local media have focused webcams on an isolated, rubbly mountainside in Mannen, western Norway, and national broadcaster NRK is streaming it live on its website in anticipation of the big event. Last week, 11 people were evacuated from the area, now declared a no-go zone.

PN raises questions on new power plant shareholders

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The Nationalist Party this afternoon raised a number of questions on the financial difficulties reportedly effecting Gasol - the lead partner of the consortium entrusted by the government to build a new gas fired power station by next March. Addressing a press conference PN deputy leader Mario de Marco once again called on the government to come clean on the project and not continue to hide important information from the public. Making it clear that the PN supports power generation through gas and has no problems with any of the members of the consortium he said that he hopes that gaasol's financial situation will not badly affect the project.

Electrogas insists it is well funded and will honour power station commitments

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Updated - The Electrogas Consortium, which has been contracted by the government to build and operate the new gas-fired power station, insisted this evening that all of its members possess the necessary financial resources to continue funding the development costs of the project. Earlier, the Nationalist Party raised a number of questions on the financial difficulties reportedly affecting Gasol - the lead partner of the consortium. Electrogas said each member of the consortium is dedicated to completing the development of the project as quickly as possible and in accordance with all agreements and time schedules agreed with Enemalta.

Domincan Order stops priest from exercising his duties after abuse allegations

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations. In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took (unspecified) actions about him. But it also pointed out that claims against him were withdrawn several times.

Dominican Order stops priest from exercising his duties after abuse allegations

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations. In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took (unspecified) actions about him. But it also pointed out that claims against him were withdrawn several times.

Priest 'was warned' over abuse claims

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A priest has been stopped from exercising his duties and removed from his posts following sexual abuse allegations. In a statement about alleged abuses committed by the priest, the Dominican Order said it had warned him several times and it took (unspecified) measures about him. But it also pointed out that claims against him were withdrawn several times.

Mater Dei given permit for new six-storey building expanding emergency ward

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

The planning authority today approved a permit for an expansion of Mater Dei hospital’s emergency ward, which will also include a national crisis unit. The permit extends the original given for two floors to a building consisting of five storeys plus an additional basement level. These will accommodate emergency wards and the national crisis unit.

Hunters asked to refrain from shooting moorhens

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

St Hubert Hunters (KSU) have instructed members to refrain from shooting moorhens following the recording of a breeding pair of rare vagrants, the Allen’s gallinule. The organisation also urged other hunters to do the same. In a statement this afternoon it said the recording of the Allen’s gallinule was feather in the cap of dedicated ornithologists Natalino Fenech and Michael Sammut.

Malta places second for quality of foreign direct investment

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Malta placed second worldwide for the quality of foreign direct investment (FDI) it attracted, Industry Minister Chris Cardona said quoting the IBM Global Location Trends Report (2014, which takes into account the FDI projects approved last year. Reacting to the report, Dr Cardona said this was a clear indicator that the strategy the government had embarked upon was bearing fruit. Ireland placed first in the quality and value of FDI Index.

Malala donates prize to Gaza school

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a United Nations school in Gaza which was damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war, the UN said. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said Malala was donating all the World's Children's Prize award which she collected in Sweden yesterday. UNRWA quoted Malala as saying Palestinian children deserve a quality education, and that "without education, there will never be peace".

Kitty caught

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

A US woman was arrested on a drink-driving charge after she was pulled over wearing a Hello Kitty costume. Police stopped Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, Maine, when she was spotted driving in the wrong lane. Officers said she refused to take a breath test and was arrested for operating under the influence.

National Lifelong Learning Strategy launched for public consultation

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

The government rolled out a draft National Lifelong Learning Strategy for public consultation, targeting adult education and training for people aged between 25 and 64 years. Social Dialogue Minister said that the 2020 strategy aimed to address the low rate of adults who pursued education and training beyond compulsory schooling age, early school leavers with minimal skills and the low number of women actively at work or engaged in training. What they might have learnt 20 or 30 years ago may no longer be relevant, Dr Dalli pointed out.

Migrant in distress evacuated to Mater Dei

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A female migrant in distress was yesterday evacuated to Mater Dei Hospital by an Italian navy helicopter after finding herself in distress, Italian media has reported. Asca.it said the woman was on a boat with another 87 migrants to the south east of Lampedusa.

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Sweden's new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition. The EU member country has joined two other western European nations - Malta and Cyprus - which have officially recognised Palestine. Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said Sweden had decided on the move because the "criteria of international law" had been fulfilled, saying there is "a territory, a people and government".

Urgent appeal for blood donations

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

The National Blood Transfusion Service has issued an urgent call for blood. In an appeal on Facebook it said that its O positive blood reserve was critical and urged people with this type of blood to donate immediately Donors should take with them their identity card.

UĦM condemns management behaviour at Leisure Clothing

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

The Union Ħaddiema Maghqudin condemned all type of worker exploitation and said the case of Leisure Clothing was one case of precarious employment. The director of the Chinese state-owned operating at the Bulebel industrial estate has been arrested as part of an investigating into exploitation of workers and human trafficking. The man, who is Chinese, was arrested on Tuesday and it is understood that the police raided Leisure Clothing in Bulebel to assess conditions.

UĦM, Chamber condemn management behaviour at Leisure Clothing

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

The Union Ħaddiema Maghqudin condemned all type of worker exploitation and said the case of Leisure Clothing was one case of precarious employment. The director of the Chinese state-owned operating at the Bulebel industrial estate has been arrested as part of an investigating into exploitation of workers and human trafficking. The man, who is Chinese, was arrested on Tuesday and it is understood that the police raided Leisure Clothing in Bulebel to assess conditions.


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