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Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We called it “adv
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Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We called it “advertising”. Today’s consumers are no longer simply on the receiving end of advertising through mass media channels. The billions of us who use Facebook, Instagram and the like every day, have become a key part of the process of persuasion itself. Through these social media channels we present highly edited, stylised versions of our lifestyles and are able to trade ideas and information in an instant. This activity places us not at the end of one of the linear processes of marketing, but at the very heart of our own unique world of communication, content and commerce. Almost every activity we engage in now involves some form of commercial exchange.  It was only during the 1980s that researchers began taking an interest in consumption outside the narrow parameters laid down by pure economics. And they were quick to recognise that the influence of persuasion had extended well beyond simply encouraging people to buy goods that they...

Ronaldo committed to Juve, says Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday. Allegri's injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to
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Ronaldo committed to Juve, says Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday. Allegri's injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to lift their eighth straight Serie A title, days after a shock home 2-1 defeat to the Dutch side that saw them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate. «Cristiano is the future of Juventus. He has done very well this year and will do so next season, of course he is disappointed like all of us but he's calm about it,» said Allegri. «Cristiano has had an extraordinary season and will play tomorrow.» Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo had been bidding for a sixth Champions League title to add to his four won with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United. The 34-year-old joined Juventus from Real last summer in a 100 million-euro ($117 million) deal which runs until 2022, with a reported annual salary of 31 million euros. He scored six of his teams' 14 Champions League goals this season and has 19 so far in Serie A, four behind leading scorer Fabio Quagliarella. "Ronaldo's arrival did not give us any certainty of winning the Champions...

No cooking at €4m state-of-the-art kitchen at St Vincent de Paul

A new €4 million state-of-the-art kitchen inaugurated almost a year ago at St Vincent De Paul Residence has never been used to prepare meals for residents and staff, Times of Malta is informed. Instead, food is being supplied by contractor James Caterers,
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No cooking at €4m state-of-the-art kitchen at St Vincent de Paul

A new €4 million state-of-the-art kitchen inaugurated almost a year ago at St Vincent De Paul Residence has never been used to prepare meals for residents and staff, Times of Malta is informed. Instead, food is being supplied by contractor James Caterers, cooked at the company’s facilities in Fgura and Bulebel and then transported every morning to the government elderly people’s home in Luqa. The meals are then stored inside the new kitchen and distributed during the day, catering industry sources said. “The new kitchen is only being used as a storage facility by the contractor and also for the washing of trolleys and other related equipment before they are sent back to the private caterer to be re-used in the following days,” senior officials at the Luqa complex told the newspaper, insisting on anonymity. The new kitchen was “sheer waste of money” and justifiably raised suspicion that the project was really meant to serve another purpose other than cooking food, they added. When approached, Vincent de Paul Residence CEO Josianne Cutajar admitted that “some of the food preparation and processing is being done in offsite facilities”. However, she insisted some of the food “is...

Archbishop leading Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is on Friday leading the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta. In the chanting of the 'Reproaches', the reading of the Passion, and the receiving the pre-consecrated Host, Catholics unite and contemp
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Archbishop leading Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is on Friday leading the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta. In the chanting of the 'Reproaches', the reading of the Passion, and the receiving the pre-consecrated Host, Catholics unite and contemplate on death to sin in the Death of the Lord. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day, a legal holiday around much of the world. Follow the proceedings above.

Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

A four-year-old bid to jail members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder, billed as one of the most important trials in modern Greek history, could be nearing its conclusion. With a log of some 350 witnesses, more than 100 lawyers on both
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Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

A four-year-old bid to jail members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder, billed as one of the most important trials in modern Greek history, could be nearing its conclusion. With a log of some 350 witnesses, more than 100 lawyers on both sides and a case file 1.5 terabytes in size, the «historic» trial that began on April 20, 2015, could credibly be completed by the end of the year, says prosecution lawyer Chryssa Papadopoulou. «For the first time since the Nuremberg Trials, a political party stands accused of operating as a criminal organisation, with its members committing acts of violence,» Papadopoulou told AFP at the Athens court of appeals where the trial is taking place. With local and European elections upcoming in May, and national elections expected in October, the verdict will have heavy political implications -- Golden Dawn is the fourth largest party in parliament with an electorate of more than 300,000. Party founder and leader Nikos Michaloliakos, a 61-year-old mathematician and Holocaust denier, and another 68 defendants face sentences of five to 20 years in prison. Their main charge is participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to...

No hiding place for out-of-form United stars: Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his under-achieving Manchester United players there is no “hiding place” for them and they are playing for their futures at the club. The United manager, whose side exited the Champions League this week in limp fashion agai
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No hiding place for out-of-form United stars: Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his under-achieving Manchester United players there is no “hiding place” for them and they are playing for their futures at the club. The United manager, whose side exited the Champions League this week in limp fashion against Barcelona, said he is looking to the likes of Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba to rediscover their best form as they battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. United face three crucial league games with Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea that will have a huge say on whether they finish in the top four. But with big name stars such as Martial and Pogba desperately struggling for form in a run that has seen United lose five of their last seven league and cup games, the United manager has laid out demands to his players. “I’ve learnt a lot about them over the months I’ve been here now and you get to know them,” said Solskjaer.  “Most of them have really impressed me in their attitude and, of course, there are some who need to get a reality check of where they’re at. “Every day in training, every game when you’re playing there’s no hiding place and everyone can see what your level’s at we’re working with fantastic...

Maltese professor had link to Russian troll factory

Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud's «various Russian contacts» included a one-time employee of a Russian troll factory which ran social media campaigns designed to sow discord in the US, the Mueller report found.  The report, which looked into clai
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Maltese professor had link to Russian troll factory

Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud's «various Russian contacts» included a one-time employee of a Russian troll factory which ran social media campaigns designed to sow discord in the US, the Mueller report found.  The report, which looked into claims of Russian interference in the US election, established that one of Prof. Mifsud's Russian contacts in London had worked for the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian agency identified as carrying out the Russian interference operations identified by the investigation. The report describes the IRA as running a social media campaign designed to provoke and amplify political and social discord in the United States.  It was based in St Petersburg and and received funding from Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin and companies he controlled, the report found.  Mr Prigozhin is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, investigators added.  IRA's 'information warfare' The IRA used social media accounts and interest groups to sow discord in the US political system through what it termed «information warfare.» The campaign evolved from a generalised programme designed in 2014 and 2015 to undermine the US electoral...

13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains.
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13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains. «The roof of the building collapsed because of heavy rains last night ... at this point we have a total of 13 fatalities,» said Lennox Mabaso, spokesman for the provincial traditional affairs department. «Such a tragedy. 13 fatalities 16 people treated by paramedics,» tweeted Robert McKenzie, spokesman for Kwa-Zulu Natal province's emergency services.

LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.  «Avocados, avocados from Michoacan,» one man shouts with his foot on top of a box filled with the fruit. «Agua fresca!» «Tacos!» c
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LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.  «Avocados, avocados from Michoacan,» one man shouts with his foot on top of a box filled with the fruit. «Agua fresca!» «Tacos!» call out others. Shaded from the burning Californian sun by awnings and rainbow-colored umbrellas, customers advance slowly along a sidewalk crammed with stalls that burst into life every morning before being packed up and stashed away at night. Some 50,000 street vendors, the majority of whom are women, are estimated to work in Los Angeles.  The sector, which has roots that stretch back more than a century, is estimated to be worth some $500 million a year and is today a vital lifeline for the undocumented workers who have made the city their home. But despite being found across this vast metropolis, it is a form of work that long remained illegal. Vendors were at the mercy of police who had the power to seize their goods, fine and even arrest them. That changed on January 1 when the Safe Vending Act went into effect in California, decriminalising the activity and leaving to municipalities the power to establish permits, sanitation and security issues. The move...

Listen: Maltese people always reserve me warm welcome, says Cordina

Next Saturday will be fight night for Welsh boxer Joe Cordina as he will challenge Andy Townend for the vacant British Lightweight title at the O2 Arena, in London. Cordina, 27, will be making his first appearance on the ring since August 4, when he defeate
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Listen: Maltese people always reserve me warm welcome, says Cordina

Next Saturday will be fight night for Welsh boxer Joe Cordina as he will challenge Andy Townend for the vacant British Lightweight title at the O2 Arena, in London. Cordina, 27, will be making his first appearance on the ring since August 4, when he defeated Sean Dodd to claim the Commonwealth Lightweight title.  He is currently undefeated in his professional boxing career with eight wins from eight bouts, including six KOs.  The Times of Malta sports desk joined Cordina for a conversation about his upcoming fight which has the potential to set him up for bigger fights in the near future.  Moreover, Cordina also spoke about his Maltese heritage which shoulders more responsibility on him as it represents a part of his family.  In addition, in this audio Cordina also discussed:  Take us through your preparation: «I could not have asked for a better preparation and I am looking forward to face such a strong opponent. Looking beyond the British title: »Winning the British title would be great but I need to step up for bigger stages...fighting for the world title«. What does representing your Maltese heritage mean to you: »It is a weight on my shoulders but it is a good feeling for...

Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a «seastead» home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of «freedom&r
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Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a «seastead» home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of «freedom». Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend Supranee Thepdet, known as «Bitcoin Girl Thailand», are facing charges of threatening the kingdom's independence after authorities found their ocean-based home about 12 nautical miles from shore. But Elwartowski told AFP their home was 13 nautical miles out, which he said is just outside Thailand's territorial waters. An official complaint was filed to a Phuket police station, police colonel Nikorn Somsuk confirmed Wednesday.  «The navy and its team... found a concrete tank floating on the sea but there was no one on it,» Nikorn told AFP. «So they filed a charge citing criminal code article 119.» If they are officially charged and found guilty, the maximum sentence Elwartowski and Supranee could face is the death penalty. Nikorn said the navy would have to meet with provincial officials «to consider what to do next». The Royal Thai Navy said on Facebook the couple "did not seek permission from...

Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord By
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Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord Byron. According to the city of Athens, it was completed in 1972 and acquired by the state in 1992, at a time of intense nationalist feeling over a bitter name dispute with the newly-independent former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis insisted Friday the move had «nothing» to do with the Macedonia dispute. «The decision to erect the statue was taken in 2015. This is a mark of the delays of Greek bureaucracy,» Kaminis told AFP. The fourth-century BC warrior king, born in today's northern Greek region of Macedonia, is a hero figure to Greeks. For decades, Athens accused Skopje of seeking to usurp its ancient heritage. Until now, there had also been no agreement in Athens on where to place the statue. A decade ago, a nationalist government in Skopje launched an initiative to erect its own statues to Alexander and his father Philip. In February, the former Yugoslav republic was officially renamed North...

New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.  Alfred Keating, 59, was New Zealand's top defence official when a hidden camera was f
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New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.  Alfred Keating, 59, was New Zealand's top defence official when a hidden camera was found in the embassy bathroom in July 2017.  He had denied a charge of attempting to make an intimate visual recording but a High Court jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at the end of a two-week trial, local media reported. A small camera mounted inside a heating duct in the bathroom was discovered when the panel it was attached to fell to the floor. The court was told the camera's media card had traces of Keating's DNA, and it had also at one time been connected to his laptop. Prosecutor Henry Steele said Keating's motivation was to covertly film his colleagues using the toilet and «was not an act of espionage.» Judge Robert Ronayne told the jury their task was to decide whether the totality of the evidence meant they could be sure it was Keating or someone else who planted the device.  Keating, who appeared emotionless in the dock as the verdict was read out, will be sentenced on June 25 and faces up to 18 months in...

Chelsea fight off Slavia to join Arsenal in Europa League semis

Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy. Leading 1-0 from last week's fi
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Chelsea fight off Slavia to join Arsenal in Europa League semis

Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy. Leading 1-0 from last week's first leg in the Czech capital, Chelsea appeared to be cruising towards the last four after an early goal blitz at Stamford Bridge. Pedro struck the opener on five minutes before an unfortunate Simon Deli turned into his own net and Olivier Giroud added a third with barely quarter of an hour gone in London. Tomas Soucek pulled one back for Slavia on 26 minutes, but Spain forward Pedro replied immediately to restore the Blues' three-goal lead. Maurizio Sarri's side were made to sweat though as two sublime, quick-fire goals by Petr Sevcik just after half-time gave Slavia hope of an incredible comeback with 35 minutes still to play. Chelsea eventually saw off the threat to progress 5-3 on aggregate despite an unconvincing second-half display. The 2013 Europa League champions will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four after the Germans eliminated Benfica on away goals. Eintracht lost 4-2 in Portugal a week ago, but goals by...

63-year-old hit by car in Gżira

A 63-year-old was grievously injured on Thursday when he was hit by a car in Gżira. The police said the accident happened in Triq il-Gżira at 5.30pm. The victim was hit by a Vauxhall Astra that was bieng driven by a 40-year-old from Birkirkara. He wa taken
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63-year-old hit by car in Gżira

A 63-year-old was grievously injured on Thursday when he was hit by a car in Gżira. The police said the accident happened in Triq il-Gżira at 5.30pm. The victim was hit by a Vauxhall Astra that was bieng driven by a 40-year-old from Birkirkara. He wa taken to hospital by ambulance. The police are investigating.

Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

A man in Britain was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs who have previously opposed Brexit. Jarod Kirkman, 51, admitted in court last week that he used a fake email address to send the «
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Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

A man in Britain was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs who have previously opposed Brexit. Jarod Kirkman, 51, admitted in court last week that he used a fake email address to send the «malicious communications» to various lawmakers. All the recipients supported remaining in the European Union in Britain's divisive 2016 referendum - though some have since voted in favour of Brexit legislation. Kirkman, from Luton just north of London, sent the messages to Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles, Conservative MPs who have all quit the party in recent months over its attitude towards the issue. Meanwhile his targets also included the opposition Labour Party's shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman and prominent pro-EU MP Yvette Cooper, as well as moderate Conservative lawmaker Nicky Morgan. Kirkman also pleaded guilty to a charge of racially harassing the black Labour lawmaker David Lammy. Jaswant Narwal, from England's state prosecution service, said the sentence should serve as «a warning to anyone thinking of sending threatening messages». He added: "Jarod Kirkman sent abusive emails from fake accounts...

'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointment

'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointmentUS | politics | investigation | Mueller | Trump | presidency associated with xWashington, United States | AFP | Thursday 4/18/2019 - 18:30 UTC+2 | 231 words GRAPHIC CONTENTCONTAINS STRONG LANG
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'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointment

'End of my presidency': Trump reacts to special counsel appointmentUS | politics | investigation | Mueller | Trump | presidency associated with xWashington, United States | AFP | Thursday 4/18/2019 - 18:30 UTC+2 | 231 words GRAPHIC CONTENTCONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE IN THIRD PARA US President Donald Trump reacted with dismay when told a special counsel had been appointed to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Mueller report published Thursday. Trump was informed on May 17, 2017 of the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, the report said. «When Sessions told the president that a special counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm fucked,'» the report said, citing notes from the meeting. Trump then became angry at Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation because of his prior contacts with Russian officials, it said. "The president became angry and lambasted the attorney general for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating 'How could...

No evidence to support Mcast allegations, inquiry board concludes

No evidence has been found to support allegations of an administrative and operational nature at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, the Education Ministry said. The inquiry had started after a senior member of the Mcast staff made serious alle
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No evidence to support Mcast allegations, inquiry board concludes

No evidence has been found to support allegations of an administrative and operational nature at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, the Education Ministry said. The inquiry had started after a senior member of the Mcast staff made serious allegations of irregularities. In a statement, the ministry said that after the allegations were made, it set up an inquiry board to investigate them in July. The allegations had also been referred to the police. The ministry said that in spite of the conclusions, the minister still recommended that the report was immediately handed over to the police. It also passed on the report to the Mcast board of governors. The inquiry, the ministry said, highlighted a number of administrative and operational shortcomings at Mcast over the years and under different administrations. The ministry requested Mcast to analyse these parts of the report and take the necessary action. It concluded that since the report was passed on to the police for investigations, it had been legally advised not to publish it. Mcast was to continue to cooperate with the authorities concerned. Times of Malta had reported that the allegations of a criminal nature...

Archbishop celebrates Maundy Thursday Mass

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is celebrating Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the washing of the feet. Maundy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.
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Archbishop celebrates Maundy Thursday Mass

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is celebrating Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the washing of the feet. Maundy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. The washing of the feet symbolises Christ’s washing of his 12 Apostles, the first bishops and priests. Archbishop Scicluna will this year be washing the feet of 16 people including parents who followed a Caritas Drug Rehabilitation programme, people who are widowed or separated, Caritas clients and volunteers and married couples from the Iklin and Santa Luċija parishes. Watch the proceedings live above.

Greco’s work ‘based on facts not impressions’

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption - Greco based its reports “on facts, not on impressions or perceptions”, its president, Marin Mrčela, said on Wednesday. Though not referring to any report in particular, Mr Mrčela insisted th
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Greco’s work ‘based on facts not impressions’

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption - Greco based its reports “on facts, not on impressions or perceptions”, its president, Marin Mrčela, said on Wednesday. Though not referring to any report in particular, Mr Mrčela insisted that “no country is immune to corruption”, adding Greco did not “look at perceptions. We look at the measures countries have taken or did not take to implement the international anti-corruption standards they have adopted. “Our work is objective, even-handed, impartial and expert-based and this is our strength. Our reports are based on facts, not on impressions or perceptions, and our recommendations have to be fully implemented by all our member states,” he said. Mr Mrčela was speaking during an international conference organised by the Council of Europe and the European Studies Institute of MGIMO University in Russia. He noted that the body’s reports were not aimed at being a “name-and-shame activity”. “We don’t criticise for the sake of it. We are like a group of friends advising another friend on how best to achieve a goal, how best to approach a challenge, to improve for one’s own good. That advice is based on knowledge and...

Teen migrants refused bail because of missing signature

The three migrants charged with the seizure of a merchant vessel have been refused bail. A joint request to this effect was turned down by Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti on a procedural point. The accused, aged 15, 16 and 19, and charged with seizing control of t
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Teen migrants refused bail because of missing signature

The three migrants charged with the seizure of a merchant vessel have been refused bail. A joint request to this effect was turned down by Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti on a procedural point. The accused, aged 15, 16 and 19, and charged with seizing control of the ship El Hiblu 1 through the use or threat of force and intimidation, remain in police custody. Watch: Five arrested as AFM storms hijacked ship and escorts it to Malta Earlier in the week, a court of magistrates ruled there was sufficient evidence for the youths to be indicted. In court, the Attorney General observed that there was a missing signature on the joint bail application. It was argued that all three of the accused’s lawyers had to sign the bail application and it was not clear who was appearing for whom. Defence lawyers will now have to reapply for bail, filing separate applications after the Easter holidays.  

Schoolchildren want a more diverse PE curriculum

School children are seeking a more diverse curriculum when it comes to their physical education classes at school as well as better facilities that can be used throughout the year and not hampered by seasonal conditions. This was one of the main outcomes of
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Schoolchildren want a more diverse PE curriculum

School children are seeking a more diverse curriculum when it comes to their physical education classes at school as well as better facilities that can be used throughout the year and not hampered by seasonal conditions. This was one of the main outcomes of a recent dissemination meeting hosted in Malta as part of the Diypes Project, a two-year Erasmus+Sport project started in 2017, with the aim to find a participative approach to increase participation and engagement of high school students in physical education and sport classes. The project was jointly implemented in five partner countries - Albania, Italy, Malta, Romania and Slovakia and achieved some fruitful results based on partner national PE curriculum research and analysis, intervention activities and feedbacks on both good practices and challenges. Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Malta (Fopsim) is the project partner in the country. “One of the most pressing challenges hindering better outcomes of the PE curriculum included the cultural and family mindset viewing PE as a ‘not so important and useful subject'. "Most parents tend to put pressure on students to achieve more in the rest of the subjects...

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report. The politically charged case
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Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report. The politically charged case over whether or not Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow - and whether the president sought to derail that probe - has captivated Washington for the better part of two years. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI, was appointed to investigate the extent of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and tilt it in Trump's favour. He concluded that 22-month investigation in March, and Barr's summary of the report made public indicated he found no collusion. Barr reiterated those findings on Thursday. «The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,» the attorney general told reporters. But the initial Mueller report summary left unanswered the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct the probe - which is why Washington has...

A Christian vision for the European Parliament

In the run up to the European Parliament elections, the Justice and Peace Commission is organising a dialogue event about a proposal document issued by the commission. The discussion of these proposals aims at fostering a spirit of healthy political dialogue
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A Christian vision for the European Parliament

In the run up to the European Parliament elections, the Justice and Peace Commission is organising a dialogue event about a proposal document issued by the commission. The discussion of these proposals aims at fostering a spirit of healthy political dialogue in preparation for this political appointment.The four main political parties will be represented in this event, together with leaders of Church movements and organisations. The meeting will be held on April 23 at Dar il-Ħanin Samaritan, Santa Venera at 6.30pm. Following the meeting, the discussion may continue in the garden were some refreshments will be served.For registration send an email to gustizzjaupaci@maltadiocese.org .

Bizarre resurfacing job was a unique case – roads agency

A photo of a parked car surrounded by freshly-laid tarmac has done the rounds on social media amid questions on certain work practices being adopted during road resurfacing jobs. Infrastructure Malta, which was responsible for the job, insisted this was an e
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Bizarre resurfacing job was a unique case – roads agency

A photo of a parked car surrounded by freshly-laid tarmac has done the rounds on social media amid questions on certain work practices being adopted during road resurfacing jobs. Infrastructure Malta, which was responsible for the job, insisted this was an exception as towing away the vehicle would have damaged it. The bizarre incident happened on Monday in Isouard Street, St Paul’s Bay, during emergency work to repair 17 residential roads in the locality. The images uploaded on Facebook stoked a debate and prompted questions on the reason why the vehicle had not been towed away before the work, which had been announced days in advance, started. Others poked fun at Infrastructure Malta saying it made no sense at all to forge ahead with work without ensuring the road was completely clear. Contacted by Times of Malta, an Infrastructure Malta spokesman said this was a “unique case”. He noted that the car could not been towed away without being damaged. Though no further details were given on the matter, there were suggestions on Facebook this was due to the fact that the car had automatic transmission. The spokesman said the decision to carry on with the work was made to avoid...

Night buses are free of charge for the Easter holidays

All personalised Tallinja cardholders may use the buses free of charge during the night during the Easter holidays, Malta Public Transport said. The offer is applicable on all night routes trips between Friday and April 30. Customers need to pay with their pe
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Night buses are free of charge for the Easter holidays

All personalised Tallinja cardholders may use the buses free of charge during the night during the Easter holidays, Malta Public Transport said. The offer is applicable on all night routes trips between Friday and April 30. Customers need to pay with their personalised Tallinja Card and their firsttwo trips will be refunded. There is no need to apply. Night Routes can be identified by the «N» in front of the route number.

Watch: More than a pinch of salt…

Episodes from the Passion of Our Lord are annually retold through various media but one of the most striking remains salt. The Domus Pius IX  of Cospicua has been setting up a Last Supper display since 1954, annually drawing hundreds to their premises along
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Watch: More than a pinch of salt…

Episodes from the Passion of Our Lord are annually retold through various media but one of the most striking remains salt. The Domus Pius IX  of Cospicua has been setting up a Last Supper display since 1954, annually drawing hundreds to their premises along the stepped Matty Grima Street. At first, the members used cereal grains and split peas to create their artworks, but in 1968 they introduced salt. Soon after, they started experimenting with coloured salt. This year, the display features about 90 ‘plates’ of art made of salt, rice and pasta. The theme Irgħa in-Nagħaġ Tiegħi (Tend my Sheep) focuses on St Peter, the first disciple of Jesus and the first Pope of the Catholic Church. Many of the scenes narrate episodes from the saint’s life through replicas of famous artworks such as Guercino’s St Peter Weeping Before the Virgin (1647) and Bernardo Strozzi’s The Release of St Peter (circa 1635) and Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St Peter (1601). “Instead of painting with a brush, these artists use a teaspoon,” art critic E.V. Borg commented. “It’s a laborious process as each scene is very detailed and replete with religious symbolism,” he added. Each side of the long, central...

Watch: 'Cruel' exit will not change Guardiola's support of VAR

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted VAR does produce «fair football» despite a cruel Champions League quarter-final exit on away goals to Tottenham after a pulsating tie ended 4-4 on aggregate. City were 4-3 victors in Wednesday's secon
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Watch: 'Cruel' exit will not change Guardiola's support of VAR

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted VAR does produce «fair football» despite a cruel Champions League quarter-final exit on away goals to Tottenham after a pulsating tie ended 4-4 on aggregate. City were 4-3 victors in Wednesday's second leg, but for the third straight season failed to reach the last four under Guardiola as two big VAR reviews went in Spurs' favour. And VAR went against City again deep into stoppage time as delirium soon turned to disbelief inside the Etihad when what would have been a hat-trick for Sterling was ruled out.

Malta U-17 waterpolo team victorious during Slovakia training camp

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team are currently in Slovakia where they are stepping up their preparations for the upcoming European Junior Championships qualification tournament which will be played in Malta between April 30 and May 4. During their stay
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Malta U-17 waterpolo team victorious during Slovakia training camp

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team are currently in Slovakia where they are stepping up their preparations for the upcoming European Junior Championships qualification tournament which will be played in Malta between April 30 and May 4. During their stay in Slovakia, the Maltese youngsters, under the charge of coach Karl Izzo, have been training and playing friendly matches to step up their intensity before their commitments in the continental qualifiers. In the first two days, the Maltese team played against the U-20 KVP Novaky side and won both matches. On Wednesday, the Maltese selection played against the Slovakian U-17 national team. After five sessions of 15 minutes each, Malta won the game 20-13. On Thursday, morning the two teams met again in another friendly and Karl Izzo's team again won the match 19-13. Besides training and competing, most of the players are also studying for their MATSEC O-Levels. The players are having study sessions with the tutor the ASA engaged to accompany the team in Slovakia.

Central Banks effectiveness?

Central banks are crucial for supporting growth, controlling inflation and stabilising economies - a duty that is growing increasingly difficult as these institutions become more politicised. A significant moment for Central Banks was last week when the Marc
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Central Banks effectiveness?

Central banks are crucial for supporting growth, controlling inflation and stabilising economies - a duty that is growing increasingly difficult as these institutions become more politicised. A significant moment for Central Banks was last week when the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes were released, giving us insight into the Federal Reserve's views on the global economy and rate cuts, and the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to remain on its ultra-accommodative path. Fed rate cuts From the minutes of the March FOMC meeting, the Fed does not expect to raise rates this year as a result of the global economic slowdown and uncertainty over trade policy. It seems that the Fed is confident that it has acted quickly enough in changing its policy stance, that it does not need to do more any time soon, and that the US economy will be able to endure a global slowdown. This could be worrying, as the Fed may become satisfied in remaining with this holding pattern - just as it became satisfied about regularly raising rates last year. The minutes changed market expectations dramatically. As of end of March, a greater than 65 per cent probability was assigned to one or...

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Foreign labourers with sufficient Japanese language skills will for the first time be enlisted to decommission the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant under new visa rules, the station's operator said Thursday. The step comes after Japan this mon
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Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Foreign labourers with sufficient Japanese language skills will for the first time be enlisted to decommission the reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant under new visa rules, the station's operator said Thursday. The step comes after Japan this month launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population. Operator TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power) has previously used highly skilled foreign engineers in Fukushima, but generally refrained from accepting foreign labourers in work crews there -- in part because the jobs requires strong command of the Japanese language to understand technical instructions. But the government's new visas are available to foreigners with strong Japanese language skills in 14 sectors suffering critical labour shortages such as construction, farming and elderly care. «The (visa) system is designed for people with certain skill sets and language skills. We will accept foreigners who are industry-ready,» TEPCO spokeswoman Mayumi Sugahara told AFP. Roughly 7,200 people work at the Fukushima plant at any given time, and Sugahara said TEPCO has not had difficulty attracting...

Shipping movements - April 18, 2019

The following ships are expected in Malta: The Corona J from Annaba to Al Khums, the CMA CGM Andromeda from Genoa to Beirut, the APL Oregon from Aliaga to Valencia, the CMA CGM Nerval from Antwerp to Piraeus (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Maersk Lota fro
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Shipping movements - April 18, 2019

The following ships are expected in Malta: The Corona J from Annaba to Al Khums, the CMA CGM Andromeda from Genoa to Beirut, the APL Oregon from Aliaga to Valencia, the CMA CGM Nerval from Antwerp to Piraeus (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Maersk Lota from Malaga to Genoa, the Geeske from Bejaia (both Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the MSC Agadir from Gioia Tauro to Valencia (John Ripard & Son Ltd), the X-Press Annapurna to Genoa (Bianchi & Co Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Genova from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime Ltd) and the Barbara Krahulik from Catania (SMS Shipping) today. The Atlantic Silver from Gemlik to Annaba, the Contship Gin from Bejaia to Bejaia (both CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) tomorrow. The APL Raffles from Antwerp to Jeddah, the CMA CGM Rabelais from Piraeus to Rotterdam, the Okee Lilo from Tunis to Algiers (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Liverpool Express to Caucedo (Bianchi & Co Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime Ltd), the Maersk Sebarok from Port Said to Port Tangier (Thomas Smith and Co Ltd) and the Barbara Krahulik from Catania (SMS Shipping) on Saturday. The CMA CGM Aristote from Algiers to Mersin, the Atlantic Geneva from...

Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

Everyone knows how important it is to have a home. It’s no surprise that being homeless is bad for a person’s health: it can even kill. And it’s just as obvious that housing which is damp, cold, overcrowded or riddled with toxins is a recipe for poor he
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Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

Everyone knows how important it is to have a home. It’s no surprise that being homeless is bad for a person’s health: it can even kill. And it’s just as obvious that housing which is damp, cold, overcrowded or riddled with toxins is a recipe for poor health. Yet the place you call home can also affect your health and well-being in subtler, but similarly important, ways. In particular, our research shows that tenants’ health is affected by whether they feel at home – and this, in turn, is heavily influenced by the treatment they get from their landlord. We followed more than 70 tenants renting from three different social and private housing organisations in and around Glasgow over the first year of their tenancy. Through interviews with the tenants, we discovered that there were four simple things that landlords, letting agents and housing associations could do to reduce stress and make tenants feel more at home in their properties. 1. Have a good relationship The tenants involved in our research told us how important it was to be able to deal with a named member of staff, who knows them personally and understands their situation. This was particularly true when tenants had had...

Plans for Fino showroom to rise to 18 floors in Mrieħel

The Fino showroom in Mrieħel could be set for redevelopment into a massive office and commercial development rising to 18 floors, as the industrial area continues its transformation into a high-rise business hub. Fino and Sons Ltd, one of the first companie
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Plans for Fino showroom to rise to 18 floors in Mrieħel

The Fino showroom in Mrieħel could be set for redevelopment into a massive office and commercial development rising to 18 floors, as the industrial area continues its transformation into a high-rise business hub. Fino and Sons Ltd, one of the first companies to set up shop in the Mrieħel industrial area in the 1970s, has submitted plans to demolish its existing manufacturing and retail complex and build seven blocks of between nine and 15 floors each, all set on three “podium floors”. The existing complex occupies a footprint of just under 20,000 square metres, about the size of three football pitches. In a project description statement submitted to start the process of the extensive environmental studies that will be required, the developers say the project will create high-end offices to attract international companies active in financial services, commerce, IT real estate and others. According to the planning document, the number of office workers would be in the region of 8,000 and the commercial facilities are expected to generate about 450 jobs. “Through the proposed development, Fino seek to diversify their business portfolio through their participation in the property...

Good Friday walk in aid of Puttinu Cares

Mixja Ġimgħa l-Kbira will take place tomorrow from Mellieħa parish square to the Granaries in Floriana in aid of Puttinu Cares. Organised by SDM (Studenti Demokristjani Maltin), the fundraising walk is being held between 12.30am and 5am and leaves from Mel
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Good Friday walk in aid of Puttinu Cares

Mixja Ġimgħa l-Kbira will take place tomorrow from Mellieħa parish square to the Granaries in Floriana in aid of Puttinu Cares. Organised by SDM (Studenti Demokristjani Maltin), the fundraising walk is being held between 12.30am and 5am and leaves from Mellieħa parish church.