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Our commitment to excellence is unwavering – CWG boss

A full-service IT company, CWG Ghana, has stressed that it continues to pursue excellence in its business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
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Our commitment to excellence is unwavering – CWG boss

A full-service IT company, CWG Ghana, has stressed that it continues to pursue excellence in its business and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Chief Imam visited church to send a ‘radical message’ – Sheikh Aremeyaw

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has said religious tolerance has been deepened with Sunday’s gesture by the head of the Islamic community in Ghana.
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Chief Imam visited church to send a ‘radical message’ – Sheikh Aremeyaw

Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam has said religious tolerance has been deepened with Sunday’s gesture by the head of the Islamic community in Ghana.

Drunken yob, 20, caused holiday jet take-off to be aborted after foul-mouthed rant

Kodie Richardson's outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey, a court heard.
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Drunken yob, 20, caused holiday jet take-off to be aborted after foul-mouthed rant

Kodie Richardson's outburst terrified fellow passengers on board a Thomas Cook Airlines flight about to set off from Manchester Airport for Turkey, a court heard.

How two British fathers embraced at Sri Lankan morgue while searching for their children

Matthew Linsey, 61, said yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson, 43, as they searched for their families in the bloody aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
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How two British fathers embraced at Sri Lankan morgue while searching for their children

Matthew Linsey, 61, said yesterday how he met Ben Nicholson, 43, as they searched for their families in the bloody aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

Earthquake rocks Nepal: 4.8-magnitude quake strikes shake Kathmandu with tremors felt in India too

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in Kathmandu in Nepal, with tremors felt in India as well. The quake struck at a depth of 29km at around 5.30am on Wednesday.
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Earthquake rocks Nepal: 4.8-magnitude quake strikes shake Kathmandu with tremors felt in India too

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck in Kathmandu in Nepal, with tremors felt in India as well. The quake struck at a depth of 29km at around 5.30am on Wednesday.

Police give up investigating HALF of all crimes if the chance of an arrest is too small

Many forces across the UK 'screen out' crimes they have no chance of cracking, and up to 80 per cent of bike thefts and muggings are dropped with no arrests made. Police blame funding cuts.
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Police give up investigating HALF of all crimes if the chance of an arrest is too small

Many forces across the UK 'screen out' crimes they have no chance of cracking, and up to 80 per cent of bike thefts and muggings are dropped with no arrests made. Police blame funding cuts.

Singer Neneh Cherry wins slice of £220,000 pot to boost career

Neneh Cherry (pictured in London this month), 55, known for her 1988 track Buffalo Stance, has won a slice of a £220,000 pot under the Music Export Growth Scheme.
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Singer Neneh Cherry wins slice of £220,000 pot to boost career

Neneh Cherry (pictured in London this month), 55, known for her 1988 track Buffalo Stance, has won a slice of a £220,000 pot under the Music Export Growth Scheme.

North Korea’s leader may visit Pacific Fleet’s headquarters in Russia’s Vladivostok

It is not ruled out that Kim will meet with representatives of North Korea’s diaspora in Vladivostok
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North Korea’s leader may visit Pacific Fleet’s headquarters in Russia’s Vladivostok

It is not ruled out that Kim will meet with representatives of North Korea’s diaspora in Vladivostok

Zelensky should not meet with Putin 'face to face', warns adviser

According to the adviser, Zelensky’s talks with the Russian leader should involve representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom
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Zelensky should not meet with Putin 'face to face', warns adviser

According to the adviser, Zelensky’s talks with the Russian leader should involve representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom

SCG goes ‘Bag to the Future’ with three top fashion brands

SCG Cement has launched the “Bag to the Future” project, in collaboration with the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) and three of Thailand’s leading fashion brands – Issue, Kloset & Etcetera and Urface.
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SCG goes ‘Bag to the Future’ with three top fashion brands

SCG Cement has launched the “Bag to the Future” project, in collaboration with the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) and three of Thailand’s leading fashion brands – Issue, Kloset & Etcetera and Urface.

Give us back our freedom - Francis Zammit Dimech

Only recently, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our country’s Freedom Day. Later on this year, we shall celebrate our 55th anniversary since acquiring Independence.  The significance of acquiring Independence and subsequently being able to declare tha
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Give us back our freedom - Francis Zammit Dimech

Only recently, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our country’s Freedom Day. Later on this year, we shall celebrate our 55th anniversary since acquiring Independence.  The significance of acquiring Independence and subsequently being able to declare that Malta has made further steps ahead by becoming a Republic and by proclaiming freedom from depending on having foreign forces stationed in the country, even if that itself was done on the basis of a negotiated contract that the Labour government had reached with the government of the United Kingdom in the early seventies, can only be that the people enjoy sovereignty and freedom. One report after another is indicting the present government for threatening our freedom, rule of law and our democracy.  Spokespersons for the government try whenever possible to put the blame on Nationalist politicians for somehow conniving to ‘betray the country’ and fester such reports. This kind of spin is itself an affront to democracy and to human rights, in particular to our freedom of expression, befitting more of a dictatorship than of a government that genuinely has our rights and the rule of law at heart. Still, even this spin can never...

The uncomfortable truth

Aware of how good governance has been thrown to the wind and the rule of law often respected in the breach, many may not have been surprised to learn that Malta dropped 12 places in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 press freedom index. But one may be per
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The uncomfortable truth

Aware of how good governance has been thrown to the wind and the rule of law often respected in the breach, many may not have been surprised to learn that Malta dropped 12 places in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 press freedom index. But one may be perturbed, even shocked, to realise that this island has fallen 31 places since 2016. In his now characteristic I-am-on-top-of-everything attitude, the Justice Minister reacted saying the government is committed to ensure journalists can work “without hindrance and in all freedom, in accordance with the core values of a democratic society”. He mentions the Media and Defamation Act, which, among other things, abolished criminal libel, introduced mediation and prohibited the multiplicity of libel lawsuits on the same journalistic report. The minister then notes that, last year, 19 civil libel cases were filed, a third of the amount presented in 2017 and a quarter when compared to 2008, considering this as being indicative “of the growing levels of freedom of journalistic expression”. The minister may be right, however, the drop in the number of libel cases opened in 2018 could also have been a direct and indirect result of Daphne...

Quitting heroin easier than quitting tobacco - Caritas

Quitting heroin is easier than quitting tobacco for some people because of the additional barrier of illegality, according to Caritas, which believes legalising recreational cannabis would do more harm than good. The NGO is concerned that unverified claims ab
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Quitting heroin easier than quitting tobacco - Caritas

Quitting heroin is easier than quitting tobacco for some people because of the additional barrier of illegality, according to Caritas, which believes legalising recreational cannabis would do more harm than good. The NGO is concerned that unverified claims about its health benefits only make cannabis more appealing and raises expectations. “When it comes to medicinal cannabis, we have to be careful what message we pass on. In Malta there is no clear definition of what conditions it should be prescribed for, and we have crossed paths with people who believe it will solve all their problems,” director Anthony Gatt told the Times of Malta. Mr Gatt said there have been people who swapped conventional medicine prescribed for pain management with medicinal cannabis. However, the latter had no effect and their health actually regressed.  Read: Medical professionals oppose cannabis legalisation Caritas, which has not objected to medicinal cannabis to treat specific conditions, has been approached by concerned parents who feel at a loss when confronted by health benefit claims from their children. Mr Gatt said the NGO was insisting that passing on messages that cannabis was not a...

Tight league finale will befit national team, says Farrugia

The 2018-19 BOV Premier League is set for an exciting finale this weekend when everything is still to play for as the title race, the battle for fourth spot and the relegation tussle will all be decided on Match Day 26. Hibernians responded in style to Vallet
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Tight league finale will befit national team, says Farrugia

The 2018-19 BOV Premier League is set for an exciting finale this weekend when everything is still to play for as the title race, the battle for fourth spot and the relegation tussle will all be decided on Match Day 26. Hibernians responded in style to Valletta’s 1-0 win over Tarxien Rainbows as two goals late in the first half earned them a 2-0 win over Senglea Athletic on Monday that moved them just two points adrift of the league leaders. Now all will be settled on Saturday when Valletta take on fourth-placed Ħamrun Spartans at the National Stadium, at 4pm, while concurrently the Paolites host Balzan at the Hibs Stadium. It will be far from a plainsailing assignment for the two title rivals as their opponents are engulfed in the race for fourth place, which could yield a Europa League berth, along with Sliema Wanderers who face Pietà Hotspurs on Saturday at the Centenary Stadium, with kick-off set also at 4pm. The relegation issue will be decided a day before with all three relegation candidates in action at 8pm. Second-from-bottom Qormi face Mosta at the National Stadium, while St Andrews, who are third-from-bottom, take on Gżira United at the Centenary Stadium. Senglea...

What happened on... April 24

25 years ago - The Sunday Times Sunday, April 24, 1994 Vegetables to be testedfor pesticide residue The Board of Standards is soon to start testing vegetables to establish the level of residue from pesticides, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Lawrenc
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What happened on... April 24

25 years ago - The Sunday Times Sunday, April 24, 1994 Vegetables to be testedfor pesticide residue The Board of Standards is soon to start testing vegetables to establish the level of residue from pesticides, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Lawrence Gatt said yesterday. Mr Gatt was speaking at a poorly-attended public forum held by the Consumers’ Union to discuss the Bill for Consumer Protection. He said a lot of amendments were to be made to the Bill. One of these amendments was to protect the media and other bodies which made public the names of companies who did not give a good service to consumers. The minister expressed disappointment at the “lack of response by individuals to the two White Papers and the law which had been published”. Three youths on the run The police are searching for two Egyptians who escaped from their cell at police headquarters on Friday afternoon. They are Iddigini Ibrahim Afras Ibrahim and Elmanzahir Ashraf Mohammed. The two were being kept by thepolice after they were found in Malta without a permit.  Half a century ago - Times of Malta Thursday, April 24, 1969 The Maltese Cross in Biafra and Vietnam The Sovereign Military Hospitaller...

Second quake strikes as Philippines hunts for survivors

Philippine rescuers raced Tuesday to reach some two dozen people still feared buried under a building near Manila that collapsed a day earlier in a deadly earthquake, as a powerful second tremor hit the nation. The US Geological Survey put the second quake -
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Second quake strikes as Philippines hunts for survivors

Philippine rescuers raced Tuesday to reach some two dozen people still feared buried under a building near Manila that collapsed a day earlier in a deadly earthquake, as a powerful second tremor hit the nation. The US Geological Survey put the second quake -- on the central island of Samar -- at 6.4 magnitude, stronger than the one that wrought significant damage Monday near the capital in the north. The latest quake sent terrified locals fleeing into the streets, with the authorities reporting 10 injuries -- mostly from falling objects and one person who panicked and injured a leg jumping off a building. «No one started crying, but of course some panicked because it was really strong,» said Rey Estrobo, a supervisor at a hotel in Borongan town, near the epicentre. At the same time, the toll in Monday's quake rose to 16, with most of the fatalities in the worst-hit northern province of Pampanga, national disaster officials said. More than 100 others were injured by falling rubble on Monday, including in Manila, according to police. However, initial reports indicated relatively minor destruction in Samar given the strength of Tuesday's quake, which could be down to differences in ground composition. «The damage is more pronounced if the houses and buildings are built on a foundation of soft soil,» seismologist Myla Advincula told AFP, referring to Pampanga's soft sediment. «It enhances the shaking effect.» «We're thankful we avoided serious damage compared to Pampanga,» regional civil defence chief Henry Torres said, adding damage in Samar was limited to road and building cracks, a collapsed church wall, and a brief power outage. Scores of rescuers in the northern town of Porac spent Tuesday using cranes and jackhammers to peel back the pancaked concrete structure of a four-storey market building where the Red Cross said 24 people were unaccounted for. «Every minute, every second is critical in this rescue,» Cris Palcis, a volunteer rescue dog handler, told AFP. «Time is short for the people under the rubble so we have to be quick.» Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda told journalists that rescuers could still hear at least one person trapped beneath the rubble, and were digging delicately to avoid accidentally crushing the survivor. Rogelio Pacelo was shopping with his wife and child when the market building collapsed around them, but incredibly they made it out, almost without a scratch. «I thought this only happens in movies. I thought that was the end of the world, it's our end,» he told journalists. «I looked for a way out.» The quake also damaged several centuries-old churches which were crowded with worshippers in recent days as the majority-Catholic Philippines marked the Easter holiday. - 'Ring of Fire' - Porac-based Father Roland Moraleja said the 18th-century belfry of the Saint Catherine of Alexandria church collapsed in the quake. «It was the only part left from the old church,» he told AFP. «The historical value is now gone, but we are hopeful that it will rise again.» High-rise buildings in the capital swayed after the tremor struck Monday evening, leaving some with large cracks in their walls. Thousands of travellers were stranded after aviation authorities shut down the secondary Clark Airport, which is located on the site of the former US military installation that lies about an hour's drive north of the capital. It was still closed on Tuesday as officials assessed the heavy damage to the terminal building and some cracking on the air traffic control tower. Monday's quake was centred on the town of Castillejos, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Manila, local geologists said. Seismologists put the tremor at 6.3 initially, but subsequently downgraded it to a 6.1 magnitude. The Philippines is in the Pacific «Ring of Fire», an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. © Agence France-Presse

Seychelles testing drones to monitor waters for illegal fishing, potentially lowering costs

Seychelles Air Force pilots have received initial training to operate drones that will be used to monitor illegal fishing activities in the waters of the island nation. Improved surveillance and lower costs could be the result of the new initiative.  Surve
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Seychelles testing drones to monitor waters for illegal fishing, potentially lowering costs

Seychelles Air Force pilots have received initial training to operate drones that will be used to monitor illegal fishing activities in the waters of the island nation. Improved surveillance and lower costs could be the result of the new initiative.  Surveillance of fisheries activity will be done through project ‘FishGuard’ with the cooperation of the Seychelles Fisheries Authority, the Seychelles Air Force and the Seychelles Coast Guard. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has a vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres, which presents a challenge when it comes to the monitoring of illegal fishing. “Unmanned vehicles for the purpose of monitoring illegal fisheries are being deployed in many places around the world, and we wanted to see its effectiveness in our context,” said Johnny Louys, manager of monitoring control and surveillance at the fisheries authority. Louys said that the main benefit is a substantial decrease in surveillance cost and the improved coverage of conventional means of surveillance. A drone is an unmanned aircraft that may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in conjunction with onboard sensors and Global Positioning System (GPS). He added that the partners in the project “are also hoping that it reduces deployment time to respond to suspected activities.” Currently, local authorities fighting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities are using patrol vessels and aircraft. The Coast Guard is supporting the project by providing a vessel for at-sea deployment of the drones, and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that safety requirements are met and required flight authorisations are obtained. Louys said, “The project is still in the testing phase as we have encountered some technical problems with the units that we were hoping to deploy for the project. We are hoping to rectify these technical issues with the units and reinitiate the tests soon.” Further training for air force pilots in Seychelles is expected to take place once all calibration of equipment is completed Test flights were unsuccessful due to unfavourable weather conditions and it is anticipated that successful flights will begin in two weeks’ time he added. FishGuard is the brainchild of Badr Idrissi and Younes Moumen, co-founder of ATLAN Space -- a technology startup developing unmanned aerial vehicles with artificial intelligence. The drones are programmed to be self-reliant and capable of making independent decisions based on data collected. The National Geographic awarded ATLAN Space with funding to partner its ‘FishGuard’ pilot programme. Seychelles is only providing logistical support. Trygg Mat Tracking, a Norwegian non-profit analytical firm specialising in providing fisheries intelligence and analysis to countries to combat illegal fishing, will support the pilot programme.  The firm will facilitate the transfer of information from the local fisheries authority and global databases and fed to the drone. Another partner is GRID-Arendal for the provision of relevant Earth Observation data.

Mother Accuse Father Of Kidnapping Son

Tuesday, April 23rd. 2019 San Pedro Police are on the lookout for Luis Manuel Llanos, who has been accused of kidnapping his son, Jaysen Manny Llanos. According to the child’s
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Mother Accuse Father Of Kidnapping Son

Tuesday, April 23rd. 2019 San Pedro Police are on the lookout for Luis Manuel Llanos, who has been accused of kidnapping his son, Jaysen Manny Llanos. According to the child’s

SAP sets new mid-term margin targets after first-quarter operating loss

German business software company SAP set ambitious new mid-term targets on Wednesday to boost profit margins as it reported a first-quarter operating loss that chiefly resulted from a restructuring charge.
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SAP sets new mid-term margin targets after first-quarter operating loss

German business software company SAP set ambitious new mid-term targets on Wednesday to boost profit margins as it reported a first-quarter operating loss that chiefly resulted from a restructuring charge.

All aboard for Vladivostok: Kim follows in father's tracks

Waving and smiling, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boarded one of his signature olive-green trains early Wednesday, following in his father's tracks to head for Vladivostok and a summit with Vladimir Putin.
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All aboard for Vladivostok: Kim follows in father's tracks

Waving and smiling, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boarded one of his signature olive-green trains early Wednesday, following in his father's tracks to head for Vladivostok and a summit with Vladimir Putin.

Osaka 'dodged bullet' in Stuttgart as rival Halep pulls out

World number one Naomi Osaka said Tuesday she had «dodged a bullet» after Simona Halep, her main pursuer in the WTA rankings, pulled out of this week's tournament in Stuttgart. 
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Osaka 'dodged bullet' in Stuttgart as rival Halep pulls out

World number one Naomi Osaka said Tuesday she had «dodged a bullet» after Simona Halep, her main pursuer in the WTA rankings, pulled out of this week's tournament in Stuttgart. 

South and east are leading India out of poverty

In 2018, India happily lost the distinction of being the country with the largest number of poor. The number of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1.9 a day) has been falling fast.
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South and east are leading India out of poverty

In 2018, India happily lost the distinction of being the country with the largest number of poor. The number of people living in extreme poverty (less than $1.9 a day) has been falling fast.

I have several friends in opposition, Mamata still gifts me kurtas every year: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday revealed that he shares a warm relationship with many opposition leaders, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. In an interview to ANI with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the Prime Minister said that th
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I have several friends in opposition, Mamata still gifts me kurtas every year: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday revealed that he shares a warm relationship with many opposition leaders, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. In an interview to ANI with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the Prime Minister said that the Trinamool Congress chief sends him kurtas and Bengali sweets “once or twice” in a year.

Court fails to read case after 18 accused persons fail to show up

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday failed to read Preliminary Hearing (PH) to 31 accused persons, because 18 other co-accused failed to appear in court.
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Court fails to read case after 18 accused persons fail to show up

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday failed to read Preliminary Hearing (PH) to 31 accused persons, because 18 other co-accused failed to appear in court.

Party gone bad: Tabora Nurse killed by mob after stabbing reveler to death

Urambo District Hospital nurse, Oscar Mwakipesile, was on Monday night killed by an angry mob after he was accused of murdering another resident of Izimbili Village.
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Party gone bad: Tabora Nurse killed by mob after stabbing reveler to death

Urambo District Hospital nurse, Oscar Mwakipesile, was on Monday night killed by an angry mob after he was accused of murdering another resident of Izimbili Village.