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281 illegal immigrants intercepted off the coast of Gozo

A group of 281 sub-saharan illegal immigrants were earlier today intercepted onboard a fishing-boat by an Armed Forces of Malta patrol vessel off the coast of Gozo.The group claimed to be Eritrean, and had left Libya some two days. Their vessel had been spotted initially in the morning by on overflying locally-registered private aircraft at [...]
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BirdLife Malta refuses to participate in today’s Ornis meeting

BirdLife Malta has said that it will not be attending today’s Ornis Committee meeting “as the government’s tactics have shown that the Ornis Committee is nothing more than a government created smokescreen for the politicised hunting issue.” Birdlife said the decision follows the government adopting amendments to Malta’s spring hunting framework legislation twice in a [...]
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Malta’s asylum applications decreased by 94% in 2010

In 2010, there were 257 800 asylum applicants registered in the EU27, or 515 applicants per million inhabitants. It is estimated that around 90% of these were new applicants and around 10% were repeat applicants. In 2009, there were 264 000 asylum applicants. In 2010, the main countries of citizenship of these applicants were Afghanistan [...]
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February industrial producer price index on the increase

Provisional data indicate that the industrial producer price index edged up by 0.4 per cent in February when compared to January. Monthly comparison In February, the producer price index for total industry went up by 0.4 per cent, primarily as a result of an increase in producer prices of 0.7 per cent in the intermediate [...]
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100th anniversary commemoration of Prof Guze Aquilina

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Guze Aquilina will be commemorated on Thursday, the 7th of April by the Circolo Gozitano at its premises at 6 Sir Adrian Dingli Street, in Victoria. Prof Joseph Aquilina, who was born in Munxar, Gozo, on the 7th of April 1911 and died at the age of [...]
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FAA lectures next month on the situation of Malta’s water

Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA), said that as nothing is forever and this was never truer than in the case of Malta’s most precious commodity, its fast- diminishing water supply. If Mdina is Malta’s Silent City then water could be described as its Silent Crisis – one which is looming ever closer. Fortunately, forewarned is [...]
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Beyond in Earth Hour 2011 at The Aurora Opera House

The Aurora Opera House, Victoria, Gozo, joined the Earth Hour 2011, initiative with a general lights-out of its exterior illumination on Saturday, the 26th of March 2011, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. In an effort to go beyond the hour as is being emphasised this year, the theatre is in the process of switching to the [...]
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The March 29th 2011 edition of the Maltese Herald

This weeks March 29th 2011 edition of The Maltese Herald Gozo section is now available for download by clicking here Previous editions are also available by clicking on this link. The stories covered in this weeks issue are: 1. The Astra Theatre was recently the venue of a most enjoyable evening featuring a cluster of [...]
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BirdLife responds to Malta’s spring hunting amendments

Birdlife Malta has said that today’s amendments to Malta’s spring hunting legislation are the second such amendments in just a few weeks which were not discussed at the Ornis Committee. “This shows that the committee is nothing more than a smokescreen.” These tactics show that the spring hunting issue is a political one, and this [...]
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Government reaches agreement with EC on spring hunting

Prime Minister, Lawrence Gonzi, announced in Parliament earlier this afternoon, that an agreement had been reached between the government and the European Commission over spring hunting. In a legal notice published today it states that hunters may hunt a maximum of 5,000 quails as well as 11,000 turtle doves, providing they do not exceed a [...]
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Migrants from war-torn Libya arrive in Malta this afternoon

The Armed Forces of Malta said that earlier this afternoon at around 2.00pm, the French maritime rescue co-ordination centre (MRCC) at La Garde informed the Armed Forces of Malta’s Operations Centre at Luqa Barracks, that a French naval vessel had encountered a 60-foot long vessel to the East of Malta. Said vessel was reported to [...]
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Europeans don’t know how much waste they throw away

Almost 60% of EU citizens do not think their household produces too much waste, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today. This is in stark contrast to statistics that show Europeans throw away on average more than half a tonne of rubbish every year. The survey also reveals a lack of awareness of the amount [...]
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Marsa C.C take on the returning team Ampthill C.C

Ampthill won the toss and elected to bat first. After a poor start losing both openers to the bowling of Bikram Arora, D.Thompson (fifty four runs) and R.Haxell (forty runs) guided their team to wards the 177 run total. They put on a partnership of seventy one runs. N.Lewin (eleven runs), R.Hardy (ten runs) and [...]
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AD calls for fair responsibility sharing for Libyan refugees

Commenting on the Government’s position regarding political refugees from Libya, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party appealed for fair responsibility sharing amongst EU countries with relatively much less asylum seekers and refugees in proportion to the countries’ population. Robert Callus AD spokesperson on Migration and Citizenship said that, "Malta has nearly always acted responsibly in [...]
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