Malta Independent

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:07:00 +0100
Government, MUT sign new collective agreement
After months of negotiations and disputes, which culminated in a one-day strike last November, the government and the Malta Union of Teachers have finally put their signature on a new collective agreement for teachers.The agreement was signed on Mond...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:25:00 +0100
Authorities hunt for clues, but motive of man who tried to assassinate Trump remains elusive
The 20-year-old man who tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump first came to law enforcement’s attention at Saturday's rally when spectators noticed him acting strangely outside the campaign event. The tip sparked a franti...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:20:00 +0100
Responsible Cannabis Authority not looking to impose capping on number of associations
The Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis is not looking on imposing a capping to the number of the associations that could be set up, its head Joey Reno Vella said.The reform is intended primarily for the user, so the authority believes that...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 04:43:00 +0100
Spain win record fourth European Championship title by inflicting another painful loss on England
Spain is the king of European soccer for a record fourth time. For England, it’s another agonizing near-miss in the team’s decades-long tale of underachievement.Completing a tournament the team dominated from start to finish, Spain beat E...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:32:00 +0100
Former fire chief who died at Trump rally used his body to shield family from gunfire
The former fire chief who was killed at a Pennsylvania rally for Donald Trump spent his final moments diving down in front of his family, protecting them from the gunfire that rang out Saturday during an assassination attempt against the fo...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:19:00 +0100
MUMN welcomes proposals by Health Ministry regarding the outsourcing of emergency care
The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) welcomes the Health Ministry's decision regarding the outsourcing of emergency service, saying that this is one of the best options to reduce waiting time at Mater Dei Hospital's (MDH) emergency departmen...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 10:28:00 +0100
MATSEC results for Main Session 2024 published
MATSEC results for the first examination session of 2024 were published on Monday, with the total number of registrations for SEC exams (O-Level) being 5,294, and the total registrations for the Matriculation exams (A-Level and Intermediate) being 3,...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 08:52:00 +0100
Failed PL MEP candidate Steve Ellul named CEO of Infrastructure Malta
Labour Party MEP candidate Steve Ellul has been named as the new CEO of Infrastructure Malta, replacing Ivan Falzon who has resigned, the government announced Monday.Ellul’s appointment with a government entity had been widely expected after he...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:10:00 +0100
Call for emergency services outsourcing system launched without consultation - doctors
The Malta College of Family Doctors and the Association of Private Family Doctors said Sunday that the call fof the outsourcing of emergency health services was issued without any prior consultation with medical organisations. The associations were r...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:15:00 +0100
ERA investigating reports of 'green waters'
The Environmental Reasources Authority and and the Environmental Health Directorate are investigating reports of "green water" in a number of bays around Malta.ERA said Sunday samples will be collected and analysed, so as to determine the cause ...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:18:00 +0100
Birthday boy Lamine Yamal wins Euro 2024 and best young player award
Spain’s teenage phenom Lamine Yamal won the European Championship and the tournament’s best young player award just a day after he turned 17.Yamal earned it mostly while he was still 16, but he crowned his contribution to Spain’s su...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:20:00 +0100
England manager Gareth Southgate leaves his future open for now after a Euro 2024 final loss
 Gareth Southgate is leaving his future as England manager open for now after his team's 2-1 loss to Spain in the Euro 2024 final.Southgate's contract expires in December and it's unclear whether he might sign an extension th...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:23:00 +0100
Argentina win record 16th Copa America title, beats Colombia 1-0 after Messi gets hurt
Argentina won its second straight Copa America championship, overcoming Lionel Messi’s second-half leg injury to beat Colombia 1-0 Sunday night on Lautaro Martínez’s 112th-minute goal.Messi appeared to sustain a non-contact in...

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 07:47:00 +0100
Biker injured in Marsascala collision
A motorcyclist was injured on Sunday evening following a collision in Marsascala, the police said Monday.The accident took place in Sant’Antnin Road at 9.15pm.It involved a Smart, driven by a 42-year-old man of Siggiewi, and a Kymco bike.A woma...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 06:09:00 +0100
Updated (2) - Watch: Trump injured but 'fine' after assassination attempt; shooter, 1 attendee dead
 Former President Donald Trump was the target of an assassination attempt Saturday at a Pennsylvania rally, days before he was to accept the Republican nomination for a third time. A barrage of gunfire set off panic, and a bloodied Tru...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 19:34:00 +0100
What we know about the 20-year-old suspect in the assassination attempt of Donald Trump
The man who officials say tried to assassinate former President Donald Trump was a 20-year-old from a Pittsburgh suburb not far from the campaign rally where one attendee was killed.Investigators were working Sunday to gather more informati...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 06:18:00 +0100
Donald Trump injured in an assassination attempt. Here's what to know
What began as a jubilant rally Saturday for Donald Trump days before he becomes the official Republican presidential nominee ended in mere minutes with the former president bloodied and a suspected would-be assassin shot dead by t...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 16:24:00 +0100
Shannen Doherty, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star, dies at 53
 Shannen Doherty, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star whose life and career were roiled by illness and tabloid stories, has died at 53.After years with breast cancer, Doherty died Saturday, according to a statement from her publicis...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 09:00:00 +0100
Economists say government needs courage, strong political will to shift Malta’s economic model
Economists say that the government needs to be courageous and have a strong political will to begin shifting Malta’s economic model which, in the past decade, has been structured on imported labour.Finance Minister Clyde Caruana has frequently ...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 09:30:00 +0100
The Church schools battle and the 1987 constitutional amendments
Where did you stand when the Labour Party embarked on a battle to close down the Church schools in 1984? Was that conflict, which was ultimately lost as a result of public protest, necessary?The issue had been raised by the Labour government prior to...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 08:00:00 +0100
Discussions should be held to prohibit smoking of tobacco products in public – ARUC Head
The Head of the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) Joey Reno Vella said that discussions should be held on the ethics and responsibility of smoking tobacco products in public spaces, as it causes just as much a nuisance as smoking c...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 08:30:00 +0100
‘A’ level pressure: ‘C’ grades are an achievement, not a failure – lecturer
Unbeknown to some, summer may be a difficult time for students, and their loved ones. They may be standing at a crossroads in life, are considering a reparatory exam in September or even thinking of repeating a year altogether following undesired A l...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 11:07:00 +0100
‘I want a stronger, safer and fairer Europe’ – Roberta Metsola
Roberta Metsola has said that she wants a stronger, safer and fairer Europe, "that people can feel and touch in their daily lives."She posted a message on Facebook ahead of the election for the European Parliament President that will take place next ...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 13:04:00 +0100
Bernard Grech blasts PM Abela’s government for general lack of planning
Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech hit out at Prime Minister Robert Abela and his administration over their lack of planning while in power during an interview on NET FM on Sunday.Grech described the government's absent planning by referencing th...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 16:14:00 +0100
No development should occur on ODZ land, Prime Minister says
Prime Minister Robert Abela has stated that the government's strategic direction vis-à-vis ODZ land is that no developments should occur in these areas.Abela responded to questions sent by the public during an interview with MaltaDaily. Some i...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 10:00:00 +0100
TMIS Editorial: Abela has crossed another line
Prime Minister Robert Abela has made yet another improper statement related to the judiciary. Unsurprisingly, we add, given his track record.After keeping members of the media waiting for almost three hours under the scorching July sun while he was g...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 11:00:00 +0100
Euro 2024 final: Spain goes for record 4th title, England looks to end 58-year wait for major trophy
Spain and England meet in the final of the European Championship on Sunday. Spain is seeking a record fourth title at the Euros to break a tie with Germany/West Germany, while England is bidding for a first major trophy in men's soccer sinc...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 19:46:00 +0100
Carlos Alcaraz wins Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic and now owns 4 Slam titles at age 21
Carlos Alcaraz was ready from the get-go this time. A year ago in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, Alcaraz got off to a slow start, dropped the opening set and needed five to claim his first championship at the All England C...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 09:26:00 +0100
Man seriously injured in fall on construction site
A man was seriously injured after he fell six metres off scaffolding on a construction site, the police said Sunday.The accident took place in Tal-Handaq, limits of Qormi, on Saturday at 4pm.The man, whose identity is still unknown, was taken to hosp...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 10:59:00 +0100
Global leaders condemn assassination attempt targeting former US President Donald Trump
Global leaders have expressed concern Sunday over an assassination attempt targeting former U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania that left one attendee dead and critically injured two others, with many ...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 10:30:00 +0100
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Sun, 14 Jul 2024 06:13:00 +0100
Four US presidents were assassinated; others were targeted, as were presidential candidates
Before Saturday’s apparent attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, there have been multiple instances of political violence targeting U.S. presidents, former presidents and major party presidential candidates.A look ...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 01:21:00 +0100
Gun shots fired at Trump rally, campaign says former US President is 'fine'
Donald Trump's campaign said in a statement that he was "fine" after being whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd."President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for t...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 10:56:00 +0100
Malta rejects 12,261 visas in 2023, highest rate in Schengen area
Malta rejected 12,261 visas in 2023, accounting for 36.81 per cent of all visa requests, according to reports. These figures make Malta the country with the highest rejection rate among Schengen states, Schengen.News reports.The average number of rej...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 07:16:00 +0100
Police must be seen as being clean of partisan sentiments, President says
The police must be seen as being clean of partisan sentiments in the course of duty, President Myriam Spiteri Debono said Friday.Addressing an event marking the 210th anniversary of the setting up of the police corps, Debono said the police must also...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 12:51:00 +0100
Health precautionary measures for high temperatures
As the temperature continues to rise, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health would like to advise the public on the importance of taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and avoid ...

Sun, 14 Jul 2024 07:08:00 +0100
Pharmacies open today 9am to 12pm & 4 to 7pm
Valletta Empire Pharmacy (Branch), 46 Triq Melita; Marsa Vivien Pharmacy, Triq Patri Magri; Qormi Pinto Pharmacy, 43, Triq San Bastjan; Birkirkara Brown's Pharmacy, 32, Triq Fleur-de-Lys;  San Ġwann San Ġwann Pharmacy, 11, Triq Feli...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 13:16:00 +0100
PN says emergency tender for Mater Dei is a result of lack of planning
The Nationalist Party on Saturday criticised the government’s lack of planning, saying that the sector has been put aside to the detriment of patients.In a statement signed by spokesman Adrian Delia, the PN made reference to an emergency call f...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 18:27:00 +0100
Spain and England to contest Euro 2024 final in a former Nazi stadium where Jesse Owens won gold
Spain and England will play the European Championship final on Sunday in an imposing stadium with a dark history.Built for the 1936 Olympic Games, Berlin's Olympic stadium still bears the scars of World War II and contains relics from its Nazi past.B...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 14:50:00 +0100
Associations say government bill ‘could profoundly impact’ professions and clients
The Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP), The Malta Association of Social Workers (MASW), and the Malta Chamber of Psychologists (MCP) said Saturday they remain very concerned at the amendments according to Bill 104 being proposed ...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 06:38:00 +0100
Law enforcement is not a witch-hunt, PM says
The business community should understand that enforcement and regulation is not a “witch-hunt” against them, Prime Minister Robert Abela said Friday.“Everyone must work within the parameters of the law,” he said when interview...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 08:21:00 +0100
Third turtle nest of 2024 at Ir-Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo
The third turtle nesting site of this season has been spotted during a routine morning patrol by Nature Trust Malta (NTM-FEE) volunteers. The loggerhead turtle nesting site was found at Ir-Ramla l-Ħamra (Gozo), the Environment and Resources Auth...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 11:34:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: A forgettable Euro 2024
To say that this year’s Euros may well end up being quite a forgettable tournament wouldn’t be far off the mark – irrespective of who wins the final tomorrow between England and Spain.Hopes were high: teams made up of many of the bi...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 13:19:00 +0100
Archbishop appoints new episcopal vicar for dioconia
Archbishop Charles Scicluna has appointed Fr Martin Micallef as the new Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia to assist the Archbishop in the Church’s work with persons in need, the Curia announced Saturday. Fr Micallef is currently the Director of Dar ...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 13:24:00 +0100
ADPD objects to application to build private school in Attard
ADPD-The Green Party has objected to the building of a private school in Attard, saying it wants to protect the interests of the community and the present and future needs of the state school in the locality.Addressing media, ADPD – The Green P...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 18:29:00 +0100
Barbora Krejcikova wins Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam trophy by beating Jasmine Paolini
Barbora Krejcikova kept insisting that nobody — not her friends, not her family, not even herself — would believe she won Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam title.Her first major championship, as an unseeded player at the ...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 06:28:00 +0100
Government opens call for interest in 24/7 private emergency services
The health ministry on Friday issued an urgent call to the private sector to outsource emergency care amid pressure on the service at Mater Dei.Any interested parties have just eight days in which to submit their application.The Ministry said that th...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 09:32:00 +0100
PN reiterates stand to have police chief appointed by 2/3 majority vote in Parliament
The Nationalist Party expressed its appreciation to police officers who carry out their duties diligently in spite of the internal difficulties being faced by the corps. In a statement on the 210th anniversary of the setting up of the police force, t...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 06:45:00 +0100
Alec Baldwin weeps in court as judge announces involuntary manslaughter case is dismissed
A New Mexico judge on Friday brought a sudden and stunning end to the involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin, dismissing it in the middle of the actor's trial and saying it cannot be filed again.Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer dismiss...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 07:43:00 +0100
As nativist politics surge across Europe, ‘Euros’ showcase a more benign form of nationalism
When nationalism combines with football in the stadiums and streets of Europe, it tends to not end well.For decades, images of drunken fans adorned with nationalist symbols and flags fighting one another – or the police &nda...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:29:00 +0100
Man dies after falling off ladder
A man has died after he fell off a ladder on Friday, the police said.The accident took place in a farmhouse in the limits of Victoria at 9.45am.The man, aged 57 of Fontana, was certified dead on site.Magistrate Simone Grech is leading an inquiry.

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 10:58:00 +0100
Judge orders Attorney General to give copies of Caruana Galizia murder inquiry to Maksar brothers
The Attorney General has been ordered to request further copies of the magisterial inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, after a judge upheld a disclosure request by the two men accused of supplying the bomb used to kill her.The Criminal...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:47:00 +0100
Judge orders prosecutors to close Enemalta oil scandal evidence-gathering
The Maltese courts have accorded €7,000 in damages to the Enemalta oil scandal suspect Tancred Tabone, whose prosecution and continued freezing of assets has not yet resulted in a trial since his arraignment in 2013.Tabone, owner of the Forestal...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:17:00 +0100
January-May tourist arrivals up 24.6%, NSO says
Inbound tourists for the first five months of 2024 amounted to 1,239,956, an increase of 24.6 per cent over the same period in 2023, the NSO said Friday. Total nights spent by inbound tourists went up by 14.9 per cent, surpassing 7.1 million nights.T...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 10:42:00 +0100
Applications for 2025 Gozo Regional Carnival open online
The Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri said that the 2025 edition of the Gozo regional Carnival aims to increase participation and make the event bigger.He added that in order to do this, the organization of the Gozo carnival has been passed onto Even...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:00:00 +0100
Archbishop presides over Mass to celebrate 210th anniversary of police corps
Those who are combatting criminality, corruption, and the abuse of power are sent “like sheep among wolves”, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said during a Mass on the occasion of the 210th anniversary of the founding of the Maltese Police Cor...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 10:46:00 +0100
2024 regulations for the categorization of farmers announced
A new set of regulations have been launched with the aim to sort agricultural holdings and farmers based on their economic activity.Announcing the regulation, Minister for Agriculture Anton Refalo said that this will also allow policy makers to bette...

Sat, 13 Jul 2024 10:52:00 +0100
2024 Civil Society Fund launched with a budget of €150,000
The 2024 Civil Society Fund has been launched with applications opening on the 17th of July and an allocated budget of €150,000. The Ministry for Inclusion said an aim of the Fund is to allow registered voluntary organizations be more vocal on t...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:17:00 +0100
Dry June brings second heatwave of year to Malta; high temperatures expected in coming days
Following the trend set by the previous months, June welcomed the summer season with warm and dry weather. Despite the 3rd of June becoming the wettest day of the month, with most of the 3.8mm of rain measured throughout the month falling on this day...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 12:44:00 +0100
Man admits to €3,400 Pokémon card theft from San Ġwann
A man has admitted to stealing nearly €3,400 worth of Pokémon trading cards, giving a novel interpretation to the franchise’s famous “gotta catch ‘em all” slogan.35 year-old Norwegian man Joar Are Lyngas, a self-em...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:08:00 +0100
Beatrice Njoya wins Miss Universe Malta competition
Beatrice Njoya was the winner of Miss Universe Malta 2024, the organisers announced on their Facebook page. Janei Desira from Zejtun was the first runner-up, and Julieth Vasco from Floriana was the second runner-up.The final night of the 9th edition ...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:45:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: What is the government’s plan?
It is very easy to question what the government’s long-term plan is for the country, mainly because looking around, it is hard to see one.We can talk about having a good economy all we like, but looking around, do we like the island we’ve...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 08:43:00 +0100
Steward Health Care facing criminal investigation in the US - CBS
Federal authorities in Boston have opened a criminal investigation into Steward Health Care, a company that owns dozens of hospitals nationwide, including nine in Massachusetts, CBS reports.Federal prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston ...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 10:52:00 +0100
Spain and England meet in Euro 2024 final but it isn't a classic, deep-rooted international rivalry
The Women’s World Cup final. Now the men’s European Championship final.For two pre-eminent soccer countries, Spain against England is hardly a classic and deep-rooted international rivalry but back-to-back title matches in the s...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 10:19:00 +0100
Updated: Judge turns down PN request to have State Advocate open case to recoup hospitals’ €400m
A judge has turned down a request by the Nationalist Party to have the State Advocate open a case to recoup €400 million which were paid by the government to the operators of public hospitals in a deal which was rescinded by the courts last year...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 09:59:00 +0100
Enough evidence for Pakistani businessman, wife to face trial over hospitals’ deal, court rules
A court has declared Thursday that enough evidence has been found to commit a Pakistani businessman and his wife to trial over the hospitals’ deal that was annulled last year.Sufficient prima facie grounds were found for Shaukat Ali C...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:41:00 +0100
Abela does not exclude action against 'vindictive' Bernard Grech over 'perjury' in Vitals funds case
Prime Minister Robert Abela on Thursday accused Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech of being “vindictive” and of committing a criminal act in the form of perjury, and did not exclude taking legal action against his political counterpar...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:57:00 +0100
Government takes action over tables and chairs in St George’s Square, Victoria
Action in St George's Square in Victoria, Gozo was taken on Thursday morning to ensure that the tables and chairs are placed within the confines of the existing masterplan, the government has said in a statement."This action occurred through coordina...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 17:50:00 +0100
Ħondoq ir-Rummien local plan review documentation signed – Gozo Minister
The Minister for Gozo and Planning, Clint Camilleri, has stated that he has signed the final documentation for the Local Planning Review for Ħondoq ir-Rummien, granting it its long desired protected status.This documentation still needs to be br...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 11:18:00 +0100
Updated: Only a Nationalist government can get hospitals’ money back - Grech
Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech said Thursday that it is now clear that only a Nationalist government can get the €400 million given to Vitals Global Healthcare and Steward Health Care back, after a court ruled that it could not force the...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 10:03:00 +0100
Scicluna wanted additional payments to Steward to be blocked – Cabinet memo
Cabinet secretary Ryan Spagnol has confirmed a Cabinet decision taken on 1 October, 2019, in which then-finance minister Edward Scicluna had clarified that no additional payments be made to Steward Health Care without express Cabinet approval. T...

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:29:00 +0100
Conference League: Greens obtain win after scare; precious draw for Marsaxlokk in Albania
Floriana-Tre Penne 3-1Floriana easily won the first leg of the first qualifying round of the Conference League against San Marino’s Tre Penne after suffering an early second scare when Tre Penne took a surprise lead.Floriana dominated the first...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 13:52:00 +0100
Independent councillor appointed Floriana mayor, with PN councillor as deputy mayor
Floriana has its new mayor – independent candidate Nigel Holland.Nationalist Party councillor James Aaron Ellul will serve as the deputy mayor.In the previous term, the council had been led by a Labour mayor. The PL, this time, lost the majorit...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 14:10:00 +0100
TMID Editorial: The Church’s generous gesture
Good news is many times not given the importance it deserves.On too many occasions, when something positive takes place, it is quickly overcome by other pieces of information that speak of scandals, disasters and other problems in our society. The me...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 18:16:00 +0100
Association for Consumer Rights encourages ‘constructive dialogue’ over proposed legal amendments
The Association for Consumer Rights (ACR) said that it encourages constructive dialogue to ensure any legal amendments involving psychologists to uphold public safety and consumer choiceIn response to the proposed amendment aimed at broadening the qu...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:46:00 +0100
Motorbike rider grievously injured in accident
A motorbike rider was grievously injured in an accident on Triq Bir Miftuħ, in Gudja, the police said.Police went on site and from preliminary investigations found that a crash occurred between a Ford Transit, driven by a 32-year-old man from In...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 10:53:00 +0100
Repubblika condemns Abela’s 'attempt to intimidate' magistrate over Fearne case
NGO Repubblika on Thursday said that Prime Minister Robert Abela’s words about the possible re-nomination of former Deputy PM Chris Fearne as Malta’s EU Commissioner are “an attempt to intimidate” the Magistrate who must make ...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 16:23:00 +0100
SkolaSajf starts with over 12,000 children enrolled
The 2024 edition of SkolaSajf kicked off yesterday with more than 12,000 student applicants. This year's edition, through the theme "Life is my Adventure," saw an increase in the number of applications from previous years, the government said.This ye...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 14:52:00 +0100
A decade after the Islamic State group declared a caliphate, it's defeated but remains lethal
A decade after the Islamic State militant group declared its caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria, the extremists no longer control any land, have lost many prominent leaders and are mostly out of the world news headlines.Still, the g...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 14:41:00 +0100
Chris Fearne set to be re-nominated as EU commissioner if court does not indict him
Former Health Minister Chris Fearne might still get the nod to become Malta’s European Commissioner if the court hearing his Vitals case finds there not enough prima facie evidence to indict him, Prime Minister Robert Abela said Wednesday.Takin...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 21:57:00 +0100
11 charged in investigation into customs fraud and corruption of public officials
In an investigation into customs fraud and corruption led by the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) in Valletta (Malta), 11 suspects were charged on Wednesday, including nine individuals (six customs officers and three customs operators) and ...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 09:48:00 +0100
Court hears from members of hospitals steering committee as case against Fearne, Scicluna continues
The case against Chris Fearne, Edward Scicluna and a host of others continued on Wednesday, as the court heard witness testimony about the work of a steering committee appointed to administer the implementation of the hospitals concession.Fearne, Sci...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 18:50:00 +0100
PN says Robert Abela’s pressure on judiciary over Fearne case is unacceptable
The PN on Wednesday said that comments made by Prime Minister Robert Abela regarding the court proceedings against ex-Deputy Leader Chris Fearne amount to unacceptable pressure on the Magistrate hearing the case.On Wednesday, Abela told journalists t...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 05:33:00 +0100
With a late goal fit for a king, England reaches another Euro final by beating Netherlands 2-1
England is into another European Championship final after its latest dramatic, come-from-behind win that even took King Charles III on a roller coaster ride.Ollie Watkins, who came on for captain Harry Kane in a bold call by England coach Gareth Sout...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 18:04:00 +0100
Re-open Mellieha police station, PN tells government
PN MP Robert Cutajar has, in Parliament, insisted with Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri to immediately re-open the police station in Mellieha.The Mellieha police station has been closed since 2020, a decision by the Home Affairs Ministry who sai...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 08:11:00 +0100
‘Mismanagement, lack of vision, lack of direction’: Swieqi mayor slams government
Local councils need more autonomy and power to be able to work on fixing issues directly without having to go to the government, Swieqi Mayor Noel Muscat said while speaking with The Malta Independent.“I always ask what the government has done ...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 16:21:00 +0100
Situation in Birkirkara local council can be resolved through more dialogue, PM says
The situation in Birkirkara's local council can be resolved through more dialogue, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Wednesday while answering questions from the media.A meeting of the Birkirkara local council was held on Tuesday, in order to discu...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 10:33:00 +0100
Cryptic message by former Labour MP hints at campaign against him
A cryptic message by former MP Joseph M. Sammut has strongly hinted that a campaign had been mounted against him, one that eventually pushed him out of politics.In a post on Facebook Wednesday, Sammut said that he is closely following the “atte...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 07:51:00 +0100
Vatican will prepare a document on the role of women in leadership in the Catholic Church
The Vatican said that its doctrine office will prepare a document on women in leadership roles in the Catholic Church, a new initiative to respond to longstanding demands by women to have a greater say in the church’s life.The documen...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:10:00 +0100
Malta’s population reaches 563,443 in 2023, up by 3.9% - NSO
The estimated total population of Malta and Gozo at the end of 2023 stood at 563,443, up by 3.9% when compared to the previous year.The population increase in 2023 was mainly driven by a total net migration (immigration less emigration) of 20,960 per...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 16:59:00 +0100
€33 million investment onshore power supply project inaugurated at Grand Harbour
Shore-to-ship technology which allows cruise liners to directly connect with Malta's power grid was launched and inaugurated at the Grand Harbour by Prime Minister Robert Abela on Wednesday. Up to five cruise liners will be able to make use of the te...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 08:31:00 +0100
NGO Ghawdix seeks scheduling British Barracks at Fort Chambray as a protected site
NGO Ghawdix on Wednesday said it is calling on the Planning Authority and Superintendence of Cultural Heritage to schedule the British Brracks at Fort Chambray in Gozo as a protected site.On 26 June, the NGO said in a statement, the National Audit Pa...

Thu, 11 Jul 2024 08:00:00 +0100
Infections after surgery more likely due to bacteria already on skin than from microbes in hospital
Health care providers and patients have traditionally thought that infections patients get while in the hospital are caused by superbugs they're exposed to while they're in a medical facility. Genetic data from the bacteria causing these infections &...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:21:00 +0100
Man ‘wanted’ by police cleared of charges
A man who the police said was wanted in relation to a pending court case has been cleared of all charges, and has claimed that he had never been summoned to appear before a magistrate.On 2 July, the police issued a statement saying that the man, Fran...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:17:00 +0100
TMIS Editorial: Health and safety at work
One area which needs improving in Malta is health and safety at the workplace.This is evident by the number of accidents that occurred at workplaces over the years, primarily in high-risk sectors such as construction. There have been improvements mad...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 13:09:00 +0100
Law report: The CJEU Rules on the Obligation of Traders when Online Contracts are concluded
On the 30th of May 2024, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") laid down its preliminary ruling in the case of VT and UR v Conny GmbH , concerning the interpretation of Directive 2011/83/EU (the "Consumer Rights Directive") as to th...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 12:40:00 +0100
Man wanted by the police
The police are looking for Aboubakar Diakite, "he is wanted by order of the Magistrate in connection with a pending Court case.""If you have any information, please send us a pm or call the Police GHQ even in anonymity on 21224001/ 119 and quote 15/2...

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:29:00 +0100
Minister Silvio Schembri highlights ‘proactive measures’ in transition to electric vehicles
Minister for the Economy, Enterprise and Strategic Projects Silvio Schembri has highlighted Malta's proactive measures in transitioning towards electric vehicles (EVs), including the recent launch of the Green Mobility Scheme.“In recent years, ...

Tue, 09 Jul 2024 16:43:00 +0100
Speaker rules necessary protection should be provided to Fearne and his family
The Commissioner of Police should provide the necessary protection to PL MP Chris Fearne and his family, in addition to continuing investigations in relation to the frame-up reports, the Speaker of the House of Representatives ruled on Tuesday.Speake...

Tue, 09 Jul 2024 19:26:00 +0100
PL local councillor blocks PL’s plans for independent candidate to become mayor of Birkirkara
The local councillor elected on the Labour Party's ticket who got the most votes for the party in Birkirkara has blocked the PL's plans for an independent candidate to be elected mayor.Local councillors in Birkirkara have been unable to agree on who ...

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