News from Malta

Council elections vote-counting starts - What to look out for

The Times of Malta - 10 minutes ago

The counting of votes cast in local elections in half of Malta’s localities has started at Naxxar counting hall, with the focus clearly being on whether the PN has managed to narrow the 17% deficit it suffered when the elections were held in the same 34 localities in 2012. The PN has said it does not expect to win a majority, as many of the localities where the elections were held are traditionally Labour-leaning. But it hopes to narrow the gap and show it is ‘back in business’ – a term used by Opposition leader Simon Busuttil.

Outrage at buildings close to old burial site

The Times of Malta - 30 minutes ago

A burial complex dating from the Roman period and discovered during excavation works in Manikata will be surrounded by a block of 23 apartments and seven penthouses, sparking outrage at the “disrespect towards our cultural Photographs showing the walled-up burial tomb in the midst of the excavation site have drawn the condemnation of environmental NGOs and hundreds of The site appears to contain an already despoiled small classical period burial complex with four chambers – some having head rests and lamp holders – but seems to have been used for domestic uses or for the keeping of animals at a later period. A Mepa spokesman said the site was initially granted a development permit in 2009. No archaeological monitoring conditions were set because the archaeological features were yet undiscovered.

Teenagers planned Australian terror attack for ANZAC centenary

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said. Five men aged 18 and 19 were detained in the city's southeast in the early hours of today in a series of raids, police said, as the culmination of a month-long operation code-named Operation Rising. Senior police officials said they were confident the threat had been contained.

Valletta draw leaves Hibs on brink of title

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

VALLETTA-3, SLIEMA WANDERERS-3 Valletta and Sliema Wanderers shared the spoils in a thrilling 3-3 draw that leaves Hibs on the brink of winning the title. The Citizens needed a win to keep Hibs waiting for another week but they could only manage a point after twice coming from behind. The draw means that Hibs, now eight points clear of Valletta with a game in hand, will wrap up the title if they beat Floriana on Saturday.

Balzan strengthen hold on fourth place

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

QORMI 1 BALZAN 5 Bojan Kaljevic took just 20 minutes to decide the outcome of this match when he struck twice to help Balzan strengthen their hold on the fourth place in the standings. The game had barely started when Bojan Kaljevic scored one of the quickest Premier League goals this season after just 47 seconds. Balzan attacked straight from the kick-off and the Montenegrin striker, totally unmarked after bursting through from midfield, slotted home from Terence Agius’s through pass.

Labour Party remembers Manwel Dimech

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

The Labour Party this evening held a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the death of Manwel Dimech. The ceremony was held in Valletta near the house where Dimech was born. Wreaths were laid at the door of the house by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and members of the Labour Party’s administration.

EU has 'duty to act' over migrants

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

EU member states must take up their responsibilities to help deal with the thousands of migrants pouring across the Mediterranean, the commissioner for migration said. Dimitris Avramopoulos said that while the EU is developing the policies, the member states and their resources must implement them. His comments come as some 10,000 migrants have been rescued making the perilous crossing to Europe in the past week, while hundreds of others are feared drowned.

Editor's choice of your photos - April 17

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Email your photos to mynews@timesofmalta.com and, should the editor select any of them, they will be published in a gallery like the one above. Preferably the photos should be landscape and at least 620 pixels wide.

31st edition of Fiera ta’ l-Ghadira this coming Sunday in Kercem

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

A reminder that the very popular, annual event ‘Fiera ta’ l-Ghadira,’ is being held at Kercem, Gozo, this...

Labour Party official gave voter voting documents two days before election, court hears

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

A voter this afternoon insisted he had not been given any plausible explanation as to why his 2013 voting documents were in possession of the Labour Party’s former electoral commissioner. Sliema resident Benedict Grech, who works and lives in Switzerland, said it was Joseph Falzon who called him on his mobile two days before the election and told him to go to the Gżira Orpheum where he handed him his voting documents. He said he filed an official complaint with the Electoral Commission after Mr Falzon failed to explain how he was in possession of his voting documents for the general and local council elections.

PL official warned voter to keep quiet after giving him voting document

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

A voter this afternoon insisted he had not been given any plausible explanation as to why his 2013 voting documents were in possession of the Labour Party’s former electoral commissioner. Sliema resident Benedict Grech, who works and lives in Switzerland, said it was Joseph Falzon who called him on his mobile two days before the election and told him to go to the Gżira Orpheum where he handed him his voting documents. He said he filed an official complaint with the Electoral Commission after Mr Falzon failed to explain how he was in possession of his voting documents for the general and local council elections.

A special wedding at MIA – All for the love of aviation

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

A Maltese captain and his stewardess fiancee made international headlines when they celebrated their marriage by chartering a...

Woman reported missing

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

  A 58-year-old woman, Maria Cutajar, has been missing since Wednesday, the police said. They said she was last seen wearing black trousers and a white shirt. She has short brown/black hair.

Updated: Missing woman found

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

  Maria Cutajar, the 58-year-old woman who had been missing since Wednesday has been found, the police said.

EU criticised for 'promising death' to asylum seekers

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Through its actions of lack thereof, the European Union was clearly promising asylum seekers death, the European Association for the defence of Human Rights (AEDH) said this afternoon. It said in a statement that to cope with the daily and growing tragedies, the European Commission did nothing more than announce the upcoming publication of a “European agenda on migration”. “The European Union cannot say more clearly that the Sudanese, Eritreans, Syrians who want to save their freedom – and their life- by trying to reach the coasts of Europe are promised death,” it said.

No one injured in Birkirkara fire; rubbish fire at Raffles

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

No one was injured in a fire at a residence in Triq Agius de Soldanis, Birkirkara at 4pm. The fire, which is believed to have been caused by an appliance, was quickly brought under control by members of the Civil Protection Department. The CPD also brought under control a rubbish fire at the former Raffles Disco in St Andrews.

Developer Charles Polidano, ic-Caqnu, appeals €100,000 fine

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Lawyers for construction magnate Charles Polidano and those from the Attorney General’s office this afternoon made submissions in an appeal he filed from a €100,000 fine for the felling of protected trees in Balzan. In 2013, a magistrate had found the Polidano Group guilty of breaches of environmental protection and planning laws, after it was found that several protected trees had been illegally cut down and that a rubble wall had also been demolished. He had applied to turn the site in Balzan into a complex of 43 apartments and an underlying car park for 120 cars.

Ukraine death toll 'above 6,100'

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

The number of people killed in a year of fighting in Ukraine has passed 6,100, it has been revealed. The figure was published by the United Nations, which said it is increasingly worried that breaches in a ceasefire will further worsen the human rights situation in parts of the country's east. The UN human rights office in Geneva estimated that at least 6,116 people have been killed and 15,474 wounded since last April.

MFSA temporarily suspends GlobalCapital listing, share trading

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

The listing and trading of the shares of GlobalCapital and the 5.6 per cent GlobalCapital bonds 2014/16 has been suspended by the Malta Financial Services Authority to prevent any false market being created in the securities of GlobalCapital. The MFSA said in a statement it took its decision after the major shareholder in GlobalCapital plc, BAI Co (Mtius) Ltd, which is the owner of 48.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk taking place in Gozo – Everyone welcome

Gozo news - 14 hours ago

Everyone is welcome to join the Breast Care Support Group Europa Donna Malta, in a Gozo Breast Cancer...

Raccoon hangs out at top of crane

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto by climbing a crane about 698ft up a skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs of a crane 58 storeys high. The photo was snapped by crane operator Rob MacFarlane who has a popular Twitter stream that showcases photos of the city from high above.

Finn admits slightly injuring policemen while drunk

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A Finn was today handed a suspended jail term and fined €950 after he pleaded guilty to slightly injuring two police officers during a disturbance while under the influence of alcohol. Riku Markus Makinen, a 23-year-old online gaming employee who lives in Ta Xbiex, pleaded guilty to injuring the officers, damaging a police uniform, being drunk and disorderly in public and breaching the peace. Sources said the incident began at Ghadira Bay yesterday when the Finn got drunk and started bothering people around him.

€225,000 Marsalforn Valley restoration project inaugurated

Gozo news - 14 hours ago

The Marsalforn Valley project was inaugurated today by the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo. The Eco-Gozo Regional...

Share index down for second consecutive week

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

The share index ended in negative territory for the second consecutive week with a drop of a further 0.5 per cent as today’s 0.2 per cent gain failed to offset the declines earlier this week.

Man charged with raping girlfriend says consent withdrawn halfway through act

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

A man changed with raping his partner and mother of his child claimed today that the sexual act was consensual until the woman decided to withdraw consent half way through. The man, 22 from Msida, whose name cannot be published by court order, pleaded not guilty to raping his girlfriend between 9 and 11.30am yesterday at the woman's house.

Dispatcher puzzled by Alaska Airlines call

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Recordings reveal an emergency dispatcher seemed understandably confused by a call from a baggage handler who fell asleep inside the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Los Angeles and said he needed someone to stop the plane. "I'm inside a plane, and I feel like it's moving in the air. Flight 448.

Three men ordered to pay man they attacked in Paceville €21,000

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Three men have been ordered to pay more than €21,000 in damages to another man they had attacked in Paceville five years ago after a court established that the man had suffered a permanent disability. Adrian Agius filed his action for damages before Mr Justice Anthony Ellul against Steve Magro, Malcolm Buttigieg and Dylan Muscat. Mr Agius told the court that in April 2010 he had been attacked by the three men while in a bar in Paceville.

Minister embarks on eco-contribution removal consultation meetings

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Environment Minister Leo Brincat today started a series of consultation meetings in preparation for the removal of the eco-contribution in line with the announcement made in the 2015 Budget. Mr Brincat, who held separate meetings with the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry as well as the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, said the aim would be to remove eco-contribution from imported electronic and electric products by the end of the year. However, by mid June importers need to take up one of the various waste management schemes or submit a plan on how they would align themselves with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive of the EU.

Minister appeals to parents to communicate with children

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Schools, parents and the education sector needed to work together to boost Maltese and English literacy among children, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said this afternoon. Speaking during the launch of a new initiative at the Zabbar primary as part of the National Literacy Strategy, Mr Bartolo told parents “before you find time to read to your children, find time to speak to them.” He said that a lot of parents spent a lot of time on electronic gadgets and there were three years olds with communication problems as a result.

Vince Farrugia to be charged with perjury, court rules

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

A magistrate has ordered the police to prosecute former GRTU chief Vince Farrugia for perjury and subornation of witnesses in the criminal case against developer Sandro Chetcuti.  Magistrate Aaron Bugeja found that there was enough prima facie evidence for this criminal case against Mr Farrugia to start. However, he found that there was not enough evidence to take action against Mr Farrugia for the fabrication of false evidence.

Space station gets espresso machine

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

The SpaceX supply ship has arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts. The space station crew captured the Dragon capsule on Friday morning - three days after its Florida launch - with the help of a giant robot arm. The cargo carrier holds more than 1,800kg of much-needed food, experiments and equipment.

Italy rescues badly burnt migrants

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

Italy rescues badly burnt migrants Migrants with severe burns were rescued at sea by the Italian coastguard in the early hours of today. One 25-year-old woman had died of her injuries onboard the dinghy. It was carrying between 60 to 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and was intercepted by the coastguard who found many of the people onboard suffering from severe burns, including young children.

Pope considering visit to Cuba

The Times of Malta - 17 hours ago

Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his US trip in September but no decision has been made yet, the Vatican said. Pope Francis has been credited with having helped the US and Cuba reach their historic rapprochement by writing to the leaders of both countries and having the Vatican host their delegations for the final negotiations. Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis "is considering the idea of a Cuba leg" but that discussions with Cuba are at an early stage.

Relatives should not overturn one's organ donation decision

The Times of Malta - 18 hours ago

Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne believes that relatives of people who decide they want to donate their organs should not be able to overturn this decision when the person dies. Similarly, if a person decides not to donate their organs, that decision should be respected. However, he said, he believed that if a person who died never expressed his or her views on the matter then the relatives should be able to take the decision.

Garage owner restrains thief

The Times of Malta - 18 hours ago

A man who is believed to have entered a garage in Triq Reggie Miller, Gzira, to steal was arrested shortly after he was restrained by its owner at 10.30am. The police said it appeared that the 39-year-old suspect was found rummaging through a parked car and tried to flee when confronted by its owner, who managed to successfully restrain the intruder.

Archbishop's official photo

The Times of Malta - 18 hours ago

  The Curia this morning published Archbishop Charles Scicluna's official photo. It was taken in Mdina during his installation on March 21. The Curia said that the official DVD of the installation can be ordered from Media Centre Ltd on  2569 9100, e-mail: info@mediacentre.

Good response to opening sessions of iLead – The Creative Leader Academy

Gozo news - 19 hours ago

Last weekend marked the start of iLead, the Gozo Youth Council’s leadership academy, with two successful international expert...

Get up to €900 on a new car: Transport Malta extends scrappage scheme

Gozo news - 19 hours ago

Following the success of the scrappage scheme launched last December, Transport Malta has said that the scheme has...

Italian fishing boat seized near Libya, apparently by pirates

The Times of Malta - 19 hours ago

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said, underlining the mounting insecurity in the southern Mediterranean. The stretch of the sea between North Africa and Italy has descended into chaos in the last two weeks as calmer spring weather has led to an upsurge in migrant boats attempting the crossing from increasingly lawless Libya.

Updated: Italian fishing boat seized near Libya, apparently by pirates

The Times of Malta - 19 hours ago

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said. Libyan government launches have stopped such boats in the past, sometimes as they investigated disputes over fishing territories. But there have been no reports of pirate attacks.


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