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"All are welcome here, but understand that when foreigners come to Malta they must abide by the laws of our country, criminal laws in particular." In view of the man's early admission and cooperation with the police, he was jailed for two years. Lawyer Victor Bugeja appeared as legal aid for the defendant.
No amount of fine talk will undo Malta's harm to free press in the EU if those who ordered Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder are not caught. That is the message from EU politicians at work on the case, in which Malta's best known journalist was killed by a car bomb, yet little progress has been made after six ...

Malta is in a state of emergency due to the rapid overdevelopment that has taken place over the past few years, according to Graffiti Movement activist Andre Callus. Interviewed on Indepth by The Malta Independent Editor-in-chief Rachel Attard, Callus said: "Malta is the most built up place in Europe," ...
In the most recent EuroStat survey, Malta posted an 11,7% year-on-year upturn in shopping in February and became the only member state to register double digit increases. Second place went to Poland (+7,9%) and third place to Ireland (+7,1%). This compared to the relatively flat EU28 increase in retail ...
Transport Malta published a tender for the construction of a canopy at the recently extended Valletta Bus Terminus, to shelter bus passengers. The canopy will be constructed on both sides of the ditch, covering all boarding bays, while the minimalist design will ensure the least visual impact on the historic ...
Malta's cabinet has given the go-ahead to three separate bills relating to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, including measures that would introduce a framework for regulating cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Amongst the three bills, the Virtual Financial Assets Bill sought to create ...

They contain pricing information and contracts that Malta's current government has so far refused to share with the public. Some of the material concerns a deal with Azerbaijan's state-owned oil and gas company Socar, worth more than €1bn, under which Malta agreed to import all the gas needed to supply ...
Mr Packham made the claims at a round table discussion on Spring hunting which was held in Brussels yesterday in collaboration with Birdlife Malta. The event was hosted by Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp who is a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left.
With freedom come huge rights and huge responsibilities. But as big as the challenges are, as huge as the responsibilities turn out to be, freedom must be cherished all the time. Freedom is the basis of what we are today. Malta obtained its de jure and de facto freedom from foreign rulers incrementally.
The European Banking Authority has confirmed that it is “currently carrying out a preliminary enquiry in Malta,” adding that at this stage, it cannot comment further. Questions sent by The Malta Independent to the EBA in the wake of news that Pilatus Bank chairman Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad has been arrested ...
After being unmasked, the knights took the decision to suspend him. In a statement, the order said it “strongly condemns the vile attack against the Pope.” “The Order of Malta dissociates itself from the positions conveyed and considers the content of the book a grave offence to His Holiness, Pope Francis.”.
Out of a total 87,190 international students attending English language courses in Malta in 2017, Italy (29.4%), Germany (11.8%) and France (10.5%) accounted for more than half of total students. Student numbers from Brazil and Poland increased significantly in 2017, with 4,519 and 4512 students ...
Bitcoin price took a 4% knock late Thursday after news that the Japanese financial regulator was about to crack down on the popular cryptocurrency exchange Binance, the world's largest by traded value. What really affected Bitcoin's price was a Nikkei report that said Binance might face criminal charges ...
Malta's banking regulator has frozen all transactions for customers, executives and shareholders at Pilatus Bank with immediate effect following the arrest and indictment in the US of its Washington-based Iranian owner, Ali Sadr, who was charged on Tuesday with money laundering and evading sanctions.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev chose Reykjavik, Iceland. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin huddled at Yalta. Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev will always have Paris. So where should President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet up for the first ...
According to the data, Malta spent 12 per cent of its GDP on social protection, the lion's share – 7.4 per cent – going into pensions. Though this was the largest share of spending, in line with the prevailing trend in all other EU States, Malta is still one of the countries that spends the least on social protection.
A study seeking to assess the state of play for media pluralism and press freedom in Malta has found that political independence of the media is among the highest risk factors. The wider study analyses media pluralism in 28 EU member states as well as Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...

With year-round sun and new boutique hotels, Malta's compact capital is the place to be right now. Here's how to spend 48 hours in Valetta. Valletta is the European Capital of Culture 2018. 5. Valletta is the European Capital of Culture 2018 ...
Following years of wrangling, the government this evening announced that Malta will be signing onto the Public Prosecutor's Office. Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has informed his fellow EU justice ministers that Malta is to formally submit its interest in joining. The submission, Bonnici said, will be made in ...
The European Commission has sent Malta a letter of formal notice – a first 'warning' in Brussels-speak – for not levying the correct amount of VAT on the provision of yachts. In detail, the infringement procedure is over Malta's use of a reduced VAT rate for the lease of yachts. The same warning was sent to ...
RSM, one of Malta's leading audit, tax and advisory firms has announced the appointment of Timothy Zammit and Gordon Micallef as partners with the firm. Given their experience, Timothy and Gordon's appointment will further strengthen RSM's corporate structure. Timothy will be responsible for the tax and ...
Malta joins the world in emphasising empowerment for women, recognition and equality between genders on International Women's Day. This year's event comes on the back of figures that show the wage gap in Malta between genders worsening to 11% over the past four years and renewed calls for ...
In defiance of all spin about Women's Day and the best time ever, the gender pay gap in Malta has actually increased from 7.7% in 2011 to 11% in 2016, Eurostat said yesterday. In 2011, the gender pay gap in Malta was amongst the lowest in the EU. In 2016, it was not amongst the highest in the EU.
The European Commission has put Malta, Greece and Cyprus on notice of infringement proceedings for not levying the correct amount of Value Added Tax on the provision of yachts. This issue can generate major distortions of competition and featured heavily in the coverage of last year's 'Paradise ...
President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, together with the Countess of Wessex, presided over the bell-ringing ceremony of the Malta Stock Exchange on the occasion of International Women's Day, organised by 100 Women in Finance in collaboration with the Malta Stock Exchange. The President ...
On International Women's Day, a day allocated to celebrating women and raising awareness about their rights, The Malta Independent, together with UNHCR Malta, meet up with two women who, after fleeing war and conflict, are rebuilding their lives and marching ahead, despite the challenges of a new ...
Ryanair today launched its Malta winter 2018 schedule with 8 new routes, and 48 routes in total will help deliver 2.5m customers p.a. through Malta Airport next year, the airline said in a statement. Ryanair's Malta W18 schedule will deliver 8 new routes: Barcelona (4 weekly), Bratislava (2), Budapest (2), ...
On a Saturday evening in January, an estimated 110,000 people – more than a quarter of Malta's population – funnelled into Valletta, its tiny gem of a capital, to celebrate the city's inauguration as Europe's Capital of Culture 2018. "National pride has reached historic levels," proclaimed the Prime Minister, ...
The European Union's executive branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands, arguing that they have engaged in tax policies that undermine the integrity of the European single market. "These practices have the potential to undermine the fairness ...
The policy document entitled 'A Proposal for Rent Regulation in Malta', published last week, has been endorsed by 17 NGOs that are mostly involved in the field of social action. It is a proposal for rent regulation in a situation where everything concerned with property in Malta is spiralling out of control and ...
Opposition Leader Adrian Delia this morning said Identity Malta was “breaking the law” by not providing the Nationalist party (PN) with the requested information on the last general election. Speaking at political activity at the PN club in San Gwann, Delia announced that if this information is not given to PN ...
It was developed by a team that were funded by Scotsman George Smith and built in Malta. It was reported that the vehicle was spotted running a 45-minute test run from Kampung Losong village and an island called Pulau Wan Man several kilometres away. Terengganu's Chief Minister Ahmad Razif told ...
Portes de Bombes in Floriana was illuminated in red and gold on Friday evening, in an activity carried out by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) as part of the EU-China Light Bridge initiative, one of the projects to mark the EU-China Tourism Year. "Various iconic landmarks, buildings and sites throughout ...
New research has shown that the first inhabitants of Malta arrived about 700 years earlier than previously thought. Results of the five-year research, which was carried out by an international interdisciplinary team who worked together to shed light on environmental changes and their effect on the human ...
Following Moody's and DBRS' credit rating upgrades last week, Fitch has now affirmed Malta's sovereign credit rating at A+ resulting from its upgrade last year, "while commending Malta's high governance indicators," a government statement read, while adding that "these results, Fitch remarks, reflect a ...
Contrary to popular belief, dairy farmers might be the guardians we didn't know we needed. Farmers are essential to the environment, as they keep agricultural land active and protect against overdevelopment. “The perception out there is that the farmer does harm to the environment,” Clint Camilleri, ...
Italian boxing Olympic champion Patrizio Oliva (above, right) has opened up a mozzarella business in Malta, Italian media report. Oliva, who won the gold medal in the light welterweight division in the 1980 Olympic Gamea held in Moscow, said he will now divide his life between his beloved Naples and St ...
Questions sent to the police communications office yesterday on whether any of the Malta-based companies mentioned had been investigated were unanswered at the time of writing. The sources noted that the bulk of the irregularities allegedly committed by those named in the sanctions were not believed ...
Albania police seize Colombian cocaine from banana shipment that passed through Malta ... Ardi Veliu on Wednesday said two people were arrested a day earlier after the cocaine, in small packages, was found in a container that was unloaded from a ship coming from Colombia via Italy and Malta.
Cassar has actively objected to the development of the American University of Malta campus in Zonqor. He and two other Marsascala councillors had moved a motion urging the government to give the land back to the public. The PL-led council had defeated the motion. Cassar had also urged government ...
Speaking to The Malta Independent yesterday, Abedin personally thanked Port and Freeport Chaplain Fr Joe Borg who housed the crewmen at Seafarers' Centre, which sits alongside the Ta' Liesse church in Valletta. He also thanked Paul Falzon, from the International Transport Workers' Federation and ...
On a Saturday evening in January, an estimated 110,000 people – more than a quarter of Malta's population – funnelled into Valletta, its tiny gem of a capital, to celebrate the city's inauguration as Europe's Capital of Culture 2018. “National pride has reached historic levels,” proclaimed the prime minister, ...
HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c. ('the bank') reported a profit before tax of €49.8m for the year ended 31 December 2017. This represents a decrease of €12.4m or 19.9% on the previous year. The bank confirms its business model and risk management change programme was substantially completed in 2017 ...
The other day I found that my usual barber had decided to hang his scissors and I had to look for another. Searching the internet, since all barbers seem to have a website these days, I managed to register an appointment with a newcomer... an Italian from Reggio Calabria who came to sell his skills in Malta ...
One Breath Freediving and Malta a Vela (Malta by Sail) have announced they will be conducting freediving and sailing liveaboard excursions across the Maltese Islands, beginning this coming Spring. These trips, departing from Malta, will cover the highlights of all three islands of Malta, Gozo & Comino, ...
Glyn Jones, chief executive of Southend airport owner Stobart Aviation, said: “With our multi award winning facilities, fast and frequent train services to London and market-leading record for punctuality, we look forward to providing great service to passengers from Malta, Sicily and Sardinia alike.” ...
Civil Society Network said today that is supports action to stop the privatization and commercialization of Malta's public hospitals. It also expressed its solidarity with patients, medical Unions and health workers. Government is transforming public health to real estate at the expense of the common good.
There are currently 2,163 pending inquiries in Maltese and Gozitan courts, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has revealed. In reply to a Parliamentary Question by by MP Mario Galea, Bonnici provided figures which showed that there were 1,769 pending inquiries in Malta from 1987-2018; and 394 pending ...
I'M writing this from the island state of Malta (population roughly the size of Edinburgh). The socket into which I plugged my computer takes a conventional British plug. Cars drive on the left – there are a lot of cars squeezed into the narrow, hilly roads of Valletta, the Maltese capital. Signs everywhere are in ...
During this year's edition of the international trade fair, BOOT, a leading trade event for water sport activities which took place at the end of January in Dusseldorf, Germany, Malta was presented with the destination award for scuba diving. Taucher.net, the largest German speaking online portal for divers, ...


 

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