25 years ago - The Times

Friday, April 15, 1994

Ecclesiastical Tribunal cases down by 34 per cent

There was a drop of about 34 per cent in the number of new cases presented to the Maltese Ecclesiastical Tribunal last year. Of the 63 cases presented, 52 were pleas for a declaration of nullity of marriage.

9,000 government flats to be offered for sale to occupants

Some 9,000 government-built apartments are soon to be offered for sale to their occupants. In the coming days, the Housing Authority will launch a scheme to encourage occupants to buy their apartments, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing Ċensu Galea said yesterday. Some 700 units, comprising maisonettes and apartments, are to be built in the next three years.

Call to protect Villa Francia

Lija’s local council has called on the government to take steps to protect Villa Francia in Lija. The villa is deteriorating fast. Villa Francia was bequeathed to the government for use as either the official residence of the prime minister, a school or museum or a home for the elderly.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Tuesday, April 15, 1969

From Gozo to Vietnam

Specialist Sixth Class Maurice Cauchi from Victoria, Gozo, now a US citizen, is one of the top US Army photographers in South Vietnam. Decorated four times and wounded in action, his motion picture work for documentary and news releases is considered as being among the finest filming done in Vietnam. Cauchi, who is married, has members of his family living at No. 88, Palm Street, Victoria.

New airline granted licence

Air Melita has been granted a 10-year licence to operate scheduled jet airline services from Malta to 13 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Joseph B. Mathis, managing director, said efforts were being made to start operations within three months. The airline was planning to buy three aircraft.

Skeletons found at church

A hidden corridor has been discovered round the eastern transept of St Gregory church, Żejtun. Skeletons were found lying along the corridor, believed to have been used by villagers during raids by Turkish corsairs. The theory is that the Turks found the people hidden there, killed them and blocked the entrance.

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