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Young man injured in traffic accident

A 19-year-old man from Victoria was grievously injured this afternoon after crashing into a wall at Nadur. The police said the accident happened in Triq ir-Rabat corner with Triq Ta' Xħajma at 5.20pm when the young man lost control of his car. A medical team gave him first aid on site and members ...

Gay marriage split would condemn PN to eternity in Opposition, Busuttil warns

A split on the gay marriage issue would condemn the Nationalist Party for an eternity in Opposition, Simon Busuttil warned this evening warned. Delivering the concluding speech of the party's first general council following the June 3 general election defeat, Dr Busuttil said: The conservative and ...

Young man injured in traffic accident

A 19-year-old man from Victoria was grievously injured this afternoon after crashing into a wall at Nadur. The police said the accident happened in Triq ir-Rabat corner with Triq Ta' Xħajma at 5.20pm when the young man lost control of his Mini Cooper S. A medical team gave him first aid on site and ...

Vandal has no memory of smashing Swieqi resident car window

A Swieqi vandal, caught on tape, admitted to damaging a resident's car but insisted he had no idea what he had done'. Michelle Sullivan told the Times of Malta she had walked into the new Swieqi police station to tell a police officer that she had come home to find her car's wing mirror had been ...

Venezuela hits out at EU and US for 'ignoring helicopter terror attack'

A Venezuelan minister has denounced the international community for not condemning the actions of a helicopter pilot the government accuses of using gunfire and grenades to attack the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry. Foreign relations minister Samuel Moncada singled out Canada, the European ...

Maestro Schembri 'abandons' final national orchestra performance

A concert by the National Philharmonic Orchestra last Saturday, which was to close the season in style, ended up in controversy when the conductor Brian Schembri did not turn up for the performance. Although an announcement before the start of the concert said that Maestro Schembri was not available ...

George Vella made his own chief of staff an Ambassador

Before bowing out of politics, Foreign Minister George Vella ensured his own chief of staff  would become Malta's Ambassador to Ireland, replacing a lower-ranking chargé d'affaires. Dr Vella's decision to send Leonard Sacco to Dublin has already been cleared by both the Maltese and Irish ...

Passenger critical after San Ġwann accident

A 70-year-old woman from Naxxar was critically injured in an accident at Triq Bella Vista in San Ġwann today at 1pm. The police said that the collision involved a Mazda Demio driven by a 22-year-old from Mqabba and a Chevrolet Trax driven by a 70-year-old man from Naxxar. The woman was a passenger ...

Share index at 7-week high

The share index extended yesterday's gains by a further 0.38% to a seven-week high of 4,698.417 points, mostly reflecting the gains in the share prices of IHI , RS2 , MIA and HSBC which offset the 0.3% drop in GO.Total value of equities traded today improved to a two-week high of €0.58 million. ...

Justice Minister: I cannot ask whether magistrates have sought to investigate overseas

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici told Parliament today he was precluded by law from giving information as to whether a magistrate conducting an inquiry had requested to go abroad to further follow up the process. In a parliamentary question, Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi asked the minister whether any ...

Footballer stands trial for attempted murder of 15-month-old baby

A football player who allegedly shook a 15-month-old baby so hard he caused the child permanent brain damage stood in the dock today as his trial by jury got underway.  Mellieħa resident Akande Rotimi Williams, 27, Nigerian-born with a Maltese residence permit, stands accused on three separate ...

'Europe not doing enough to protect human rights'

Europe is not doing enough to protect human rights, especially when it comes to safeguarding children's needs, according to the director of the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA. We need to invest far more in a culture of human rights, a culture where no decision can be taken, no policy ...

'Clever boy' Obama returns to Indonesia for a family holiday

From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former US President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man ...

Final Kappara flyover wing wall to start being built tomorrow

The construction of the last remaining wing wall for the Kappara flyover will start tomorrow morning, Transport Malta said. For safety reasons, existing traffic management on the northbound lanes of Regional Road will be slightly modified during works.  Vehicles will be able to proceed towards St ...

Watch: Simon Busuttil defends PN position backing gay marriage

Malta's gay community is right to demand marriage equality and a bill being debated in parliament simply formalises the term 'marriage' for same-sex couples, Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil said.  Speaking on NET TV, the PN leader defended his decision to push forward with party support for ...

Refuse truck driver ordered to compensate motorcyclist for collision damages

A refuse truck driver involved in a collision with a motorcyclist in Gozo three years ago, has been ordered to pay the victim €58,345 in damages. Charles Zahra had been driving an ERF truck, registered in the name of Joseph Mercieca, one March afternoon at around 3.40pm, when a collision occurred ...

Century-old Malta tram benches found

Four benches which used to form part of a Malta tram have been offered for sale to the Malta Railway Foundation, which has issued an appeal for financial assistance. Paul Galea, the man behind the foundation, said he had inspected the benches in a private residence in Zebbuġ and could confirm that ...

More than 600 homes promised in €54m social housing project

A €53.7 million social housing project financed by loans from the European Investment Bank and the Council of Europe Development Bank was launched today by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna. A total of 16 sites owned by the Housing Authority have been identified in order to construct over 600 ...

Gay marriage discriminates against children, Cana Movement says

Equality before the law should not be a pretext to deny differentiation, the Cana Movement said today as it entered the controversy over the wording used in amendments to the marriage law. The law is being amended to formally introduce same-sex marriage. References to fathers and mothers are being ...

Priest who violently assaulted a child gets suspended jail term

A Gozitan priest who committed violent indecent assault against a child has received a suspended sentence. The priest was condemned to a jail term of one year suspended for three years after facing sexual offence accusations related to three underage girls. Jesmond Gauci, 44, from Xagħra, was ...

Watch: A return following deportation

  Karan lived in Norway with his family for six years before they had their asylum application rejected and were deported back to Iraq. In the autumn of 2015, Karan, now aged 11, arrived in Norway, having made the dangerous journey from Iraq for the second time. This time, only Karan and his father ...

Watch: Pietru Pawl Busuttil, man who was framed by the police, passes away

Updated 2.37pm - Added video Pietru Pawl Busuttil, the man who was framed for the shooting of Raymond Caruana in 1986, has passed away.  He died at Sir Anthony Mamo oncology centre aged 73.  Mr Busuttil was arrested by the police on December 11, 1986 after it was claimed that a machine gun used ...

UK prosecutors charge six people over 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Britain's state prosecution service today announced criminal charges against six people over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, the country's worst sporting disaster. The victims, all Liverpool supporters, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough ...

Two companies with active bonds have gearing ratio over 80%

Two companies with bonds listed on the Malta Stock Exchange have gearing ratios over 80 per cent, according to an analysis by Charts Investment Management Service. PTL has the highest gearing – a measure of a company's debt compared to its underlying capital – at 89.91 per cent, with a bond of ...

Mcast announces its courses prospectus

Mcast has launched its Prospectus 2017-2018 for full-time courses starting in October 2017.The Open Days are being held It also announced that Open Days will be held between this Friday and Tuesday, July 4 J at theStudents' House, Mcast Main Campus, in Paola.  The new Prospectus contains detailed ...

Watch: Video of black liquid streaming into the sea at Ricasoli goes viral

Video of a black substance flowing out of a pipe and into the sea by Fort Ricasoli has gone viral, with social media users outraged by the blatant pollution of Malta's marine environment. The discharge, which many social media users believe was oil, came from the Ricasoli Tank Cleaning Facility, a ...

Baby born on Dallas flight given free flights for life

A baby born during a flight to Dallas has been given free flights on his birthday for life by a US airline. Cristina Penton, who was 36 weeks pregnant, went into labour during a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas/Fort Worth, the Spirit Airline said. The flight was diverted to New Orleans but Ms ...

Let's talk inflation

Interest rate curves generally help assess the state of an economy. In the US, the recent flattening of the yield curve, has done enough to keep investors alert to the possibility of a future recession. An interest rate curve, more specifically a yield curve, generally plots bonds of the same credit ...

Trike rider hospitalised following St Paul's Bay crash

A 53-year-old Englishman living in Qawra was hospitalised this morning following a crash between his three-wheeled Boom Trike and a Hyundai Coupe.  The accident happened at around 10am on Triq il-Pijunieri in St Paul's Bay, police said.  The man was taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance. No ...

Calamatta Cuschieri move to new head office

Calamatta Cuschieri financial services providers have moved to new head offices at Ewropa Business Centre on the Birkirkara bypass.   The company, whose history goes back to 1972, now employs 135 people. It offers a wide range of services ranging from the traditional stockbroking to capital ...

Hong Kong residents seek British passports amid fears for future

Many Hong Kong residents, worried about growing encroachment by Beijing as the financial hub marks 20 years since its return to China, are rushing to secure British passports as a safety net in the case of social unrest or the erosion of civil liberties. British government data, diplomatic sources ...

Zarb appointed MedBank director

Former PwC partner John Zarb has been appointed as an independent non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee at Mediterranean Bank, taking over the role vacated by former BOV chairman Frederick Mifsud Bonnici. The bank said in a company announcement that Mr Mifsud Bonnici would be ...

Obstacle course: 46 kiosks selling tours on 1km stretch of promenade

There are no fewer than 46 different kiosks set up along a one-kilometre stretch of the Sliema promenade, with no system in place to control either the number or the area they take up with boards. Between two kiosks at the busiest section of the Ferries, there were a staggering 26 boards, narrowing ...

Sterling hits 7-month low against resurgent euro

Sterling hit a seven-month low to the euro today, losing ground to renewed strength in the single currency after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the days of the bank's stimulus programme are numbered. Compared to a recovery against the dollar after its 2 percent drop following ...

Chocolate mealworm cake and cricket salad, anyone?

Polish scientists have created a host of insect-based recipes, in an attempt to address future world food shortages. But would you try them? See video above. 

University launches 2017/8 undergraduate prospectus

The University of Malta has just published its undergraduate prospectus for the coming academic year, complete with details relating to all the undergraduate courses offered this October. The university hosts over 11,500 students, including around 1,000 international students from 92 countries. ...

Strong focus on growth in new Air Malta commercial plan

The government will soon be meeting trade unions, workers and the opposition to discuss a new plan to restore Air Malta to profitability and growth, new Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi told parliament this morning. He said the national flag carrier had been making losses for 10 years and dying a ...

Japan, EU press ahead on free trade pact

Japanese and European Union negotiators meeting in Tokyo aim to reach a free trade deal that would stand against a protectionist tide threatening the global economy, and make the United States think twice over pursuing inward-looking policies. Japan and the EU have been negotiating since 2013, but ...

Strong focus on growth in new Air Malta commercial plan

The government will in the near future be meeting trade unions, workers and the opposition to discuss a new plan to restore Air Malta to profitability and growth, new Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi told parliament this morning. He said the national flag carrier had been making losses for 10 years and ...

Malta crashes to bottom of EU road death table

Malta registered the largest increase in road deaths in 2016, with fatalities doubling over the previous year, according to a new European report. The island was also one of the only two countries to register a higher number of road deaths when compared to 2010, the European Transport Safety Council ...

Watch: This teen's actions prove it pays to be kind

I only did what I had to do. I did nothing special.' Those were the words of 13-year-old Leah Cocks who has just received the John XXIII Award for Kindness. Leah came to the rescue of 14-year-old Kelly Grech without any prompting. The two girls were at the middle school in Tarxien together. They ...

More than 60 acts lined up for Sunscape festival

German superstars Tube & Berger will headline this year's Sunscape Festiva lalongside UK reggae & jungle legend General Levy, UK based Psy Dub sensation OTT and dub, dubstep pioneer Radikal Guru, Cygna, and Urban Warfare Crew. The Ramla Bay-based festival will feature more than 60 acts across three ...

More than 60 acts lined up for Sunscape festival

German superstars Tube & Berger will headline this year's Sunscape Festiva lalongside UK reggae & jungle legend General Levy, UK based Psy Dub sensation OTT and dub, dubstep pioneer Radikal Guru, Cygna, and Urban Warfare Crew. The Ramla Bay-based festival will feature more than 60 acts across three ...

Watch: 'We nag because animal abuse keeps repeating itself with impunity'

Enforcement of animal rights is still very lacking despite having a parliamentary secretariat for the protection of animals, activist Moira Delia says. Interviewed on Times Talk, Ms Delia says activists like her are often portrayed as naggers but blames this on the lack of enforcement that allows ...

Railway carriage restoration picking up steam

Work on the restoration of the only surviving third class Malta Railway carriage is picking up steam, but much remains to be done, as the pictures issued by Birkirkara Local Council show. The council commissioned the works, assisted by funding provided by the central government. The carriage had ...

Sicily race crash driver says car developed a throttle malfunction

The Maltese rally driver involved in a high-speed crash in Sicily on Sunday said he tried his best to stop but could not get clear of spectators crammed in an emergency slip road. Eight people were injured during the hill climb race in Piedimonte. Ryan Mangion said yesterday that when the car ...

Helicopter attacks Venezuela court, Maduro denounces coup bid

A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry late yesterday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup. The aircraft fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry, where scores of ...

Pesticides laboratory tests 'taking too long'

It is taking too long to receive the results of laboratory tests on pesticide residues, as products could still  be consumed to the possible detriment of consumers' health. The National Audit Office found that in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the Market Surveillance Directorate re-ceived the laboratory test ...

Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspaper front pages today. Times of Malta leads with an audit report which says unsafe children's products may be on the market because of insufficient market surveillance.  In-Nazzjon features yesterday's PN announcement that it has settled all bills ...

Hurricanes storm back to snatch draw with Lions

The Wellington Hurricanes launched an extraordinary comeback by scoring two tries while British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson was in the sinbin and snatched a 31-31 draw in the visitors' final midweek match of their New Zealand tour yesterday. Wes Goosen and Vaea Fifita crossed during the man ...