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Oil, vinegar containers recalled

Malle W. Trusseaur branded stainless steel oil and vinegar containers must not be used as they contain a high level of lead which could migrate into the food when used, the health authorities said. The containers can be seen in the photo above.
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Oil, vinegar containers recalled

Malle W. Trusseaur branded stainless steel oil and vinegar containers must not be used as they contain a high level of lead which could migrate into the food when used, the health authorities said. The containers can be seen in the photo above.

Watch: Spartans chief threatens team withdrawal

Ħamrun Spartans president Nunzio Antignani has threatened to withdraw his team from the BOV Premier League if the Malta Football Association or the Malta Football Referee Association fail to take any action following an incident during his team’s 1-1 draw
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Watch: Spartans chief threatens team withdrawal

Ħamrun Spartans president Nunzio Antignani has threatened to withdraw his team from the BOV Premier League if the Malta Football Association or the Malta Football Referee Association fail to take any action following an incident during his team’s 1-1 draw against Gżira United on Friday. The Spartans were leading 1-0 heading into stoppage time when Gianmarco Conti fired home a spectacular equaliser for the Maroons sparking jubilant scenes of celebration by the Gżira players and officials. Antignani posted video footage showing Gżira goalkeeper Justin Haber kissing referee Trustin Farrugia Cann after his team’s equaliser and that incident sparked the ire of the Ħamrun supremo who labelled the behaviour of Haber and the referee Farrugia Cann unacceptable. “90 minutes dominated, u fantastic squad, an exceptional group. But also 90 minutes of wrong referee decisions to end up with an equaliser in the 90th minute and.. the goalkeeper of the opposing team kissing the referee," he wrote “We will contact the Malta FA tomorrow morning and the association of the referees and if we won’t be given justice on Sunday we will contact the Integrity office of UEFA and we will consider whether to...

Conti's late leveller rescues Maroons

ĦAMRUN SPARTANS  1 Criaco 14 GŻIRA UNITED             1 Conti 90 Gżira United needed a stoppage time equaliser from new signing Gianmarco Conti to bag a 1-1 draw against Ħamrun Spartans at the National Stadium The result lifted Gżira just
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Conti's late leveller rescues Maroons

ĦAMRUN SPARTANS  1 Criaco 14 GŻIRA UNITED             1 Conti 90 Gżira United needed a stoppage time equaliser from new signing Gianmarco Conti to bag a 1-1 draw against Ħamrun Spartans at the National Stadium The result lifted Gżira just one point adrift of leaders Hibernians, who face Valletta on Sunday, while Ħamrun remained fourth on 27 points. The match was off to a frantic start. Only 30 seconds elapsed when Moukanza’s throughball put Wilfried Domoraud clear but the Spartans striker was denied by the onrushing Justin Haber. At the other end Haruna Garba sped past his marker but his firm drive was pushed away by Manuel Bartolo. The match remained a lively affair with Ħamrun breaking the stalemate on 14 minutes. Priso played in Marco Criaco who burst through from the left and beat Haber with a low drive. Gżira were rattled and Ħamrun came close on 20 minutes when Nayar’s overhead kick finished just over. Nine minutes from the break, it was the Reds who almost doubled their lead when Domoraud found the steaming Priso inside the area but the Cameroon forward fired wide from close in. Gżira finally came close six minutes from the break when Justin Mengolo almost surprised...

Sliema, Floriana share spoils

The old firm derby between Sliema Wanderers and Floriana ended all square in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Sliema’s resistance was broke on 21 minutes. Arthur Oyama delivered a teasing cross into the goalmouth and Lucas Vieira was on hand to head home. While Fl
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Sliema, Floriana share spoils

The old firm derby between Sliema Wanderers and Floriana ended all square in an entertaining 1-1 draw. Sliema’s resistance was broke on 21 minutes. Arthur Oyama delivered a teasing cross into the goalmouth and Lucas Vieira was on hand to head home. While Floriana were content to keep soaking their opponents’ pressure after the break, the Blues had the onus of taking the game to their opponents. Younes Marzouk blasted over the bar as Jefferson’s attempt was blocked by Ini Akpan with difficulty but both occasions showed that Wanderers’ propensity to push down the flanks was causing problems for Floriana. Another neat move and Sliema equalised. Michele Sansone started the move with a sharp cross towards Frank Temile who completed formalties in front of Akpan. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

€242 million of EU funds invested by 2018

By 2018, €242 million of EU funds were invested in Malta’s infrastructure, security, creation of jobs, skills, and better standard of living – the full amount allocated to Malta in the 2014-2020 programming period. Parliamentary Secretary for European F
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€242 million of EU funds invested by 2018

By 2018, €242 million of EU funds were invested in Malta’s infrastructure, security, creation of jobs, skills, and better standard of living – the full amount allocated to Malta in the 2014-2020 programming period. Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia said on Friday that the proper management of EU funds played a significant part in the economic success achieved by the country in recent years. “What this effectively means is that Malta invested all the funds allocated to it on time and will not be sending any funds back as stipulated in the automatic decommitment principle,” he said. He stressed that this achievement would place Malta’s negotiating team in a stronger position to get a fair deal in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), for which the negotiations are expected to come to a close by autumn of this year. • The programmes for which the cumulative total financial target was reached are the Regional Development Fund (€104.8 million), the European Social Fund (€33.8 million), Cohesion Fund (€65 million), the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (€20.9 million), the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (€5.9...

Myanmar 'too slow' in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticised as «too slow» Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of «enormous frustration.» More than 720,000 Rohing
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Myanmar 'too slow' in allowing Rohingya return: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticised as «too slow» Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of «enormous frustration.» More than 720,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar's northern Rakhine state during a military campaign in 2017 that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has agreed to take back some of the refugees in a deal reached with Bangladesh, but the United Nations insists that the safety of the Rohingya be a condition for their return. «I feel an enormous frustration with the lack of progress in relation to Myanmar and with the suffering of the people,» Guterres told a news conference. «We insist on the need to create conditions for them to be willing to go back,» he said. «Things have been too slow.» Myanmar's government this month postponed a planned visit by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi who was due to travel to Rakhine. UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener is expected to hold talks in Myanmar later this month and report to the Security Council on the steps taken to address the...

Birkirkara bag first win under Riise

A 3-0 success over Pietá Hotspurs was John Arne Riise's first exploit at Birkirkara, achieved with tactical acumen and vast reserves of spirit. The Stripes did get the early goal they wanted. Maurizio Vella sent Matthew Guillaumier free on the right. The
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Birkirkara bag first win under Riise

A 3-0 success over Pietá Hotspurs was John Arne Riise's first exploit at Birkirkara, achieved with tactical acumen and vast reserves of spirit. The Stripes did get the early goal they wanted. Maurizio Vella sent Matthew Guillaumier free on the right. The angle was very acute but the midfielder hit low into the corner behind goalkeeper Nicholas Vella. Seconds after the restart, Gabriel Mensah was denied by Kristijan Naumovski in the Birkirkara goal. Past the hour mark, Uchenna Calistus hit low towards goal with the ball missing the past by a whisker. Gradually Pieta’ promise fizzled out and after 65 minutes, some lovely triangulation down the inside left by Vella and Johann Bezzina worked an opening in the box for substitute Jorginho who power through the middle before slotting the ball past Vella. Nine minutes from time, from a corner by substitute Clayton Failla, on his debut with Birkirkara, Danilo Chapoval rose highest to flick his header over Vella. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

Sea Watch heads to save migrants from sinking vessel

Updated 8.15pm Rescue NGO Sea Watch has dispatched a vessel believed to be sinking to the south of Malta, saying that there were already people floundering in the water. The NGO said that it had picked up communication about the ‘distress case’ but that
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Sea Watch heads to save migrants from sinking vessel

Updated 8.15pm Rescue NGO Sea Watch has dispatched a vessel believed to be sinking to the south of Malta, saying that there were already people floundering in the water. The NGO said that it had picked up communication about the ‘distress case’ but that a merchant vessel nearby was not responding. The Italian search and rescue centre, when contacted, referred the NGO to the centre in Tripoli, saying that it would be responsible, but it failed to get any information. The Maltese search and rescue centre is involved in coordinating the response but is not responsble, according to a spokesman for the airborne section of Sea Watch. The NGO said that in the absence of any information it dispatched one of its vessels, noting that it would take the boat 10 hours to get to the site. The latest information is that there are 50 persons on board the rubber boat and that there were already two people in the water. «The rubber boat was already half sunken and so more casualties are likely,» the spokesman said, noting that no other rescue operation had as yet been confirmed. The spokesman also lamented that the merchant vessel was not responding: "It shows that the overall situation of...

Watch: Siakam lifts Raptors over Suns, Injured Embiid shines for Sixers

Pascal Siakam banked in the winning shot at the final buzzer as the Toronto Raptors won their eighth consecutive home game with a 111-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Siakam's basket, which was upheld by a video review, bounced off the backboar
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Watch: Siakam lifts Raptors over Suns, Injured Embiid shines for Sixers

Pascal Siakam banked in the winning shot at the final buzzer as the Toronto Raptors won their eighth consecutive home game with a 111-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. Siakam's basket, which was upheld by a video review, bounced off the backboard and went in after Suns' Mikal Bridges had tied it 109-109 with 13 seconds to go. «To be honest I didn't know what I was going to do. I just wanted to take the last shot, whatever shot that was,» Siakam said. «We came out early and had lead and let them get back in the game. We knew they were going to fight. We just had to make the big plays and we did.» Siakam finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won six of their last seven contests. «We call him P-Skills for a reason,» said CJ Miles. «He's got a lot of skills. There's a lot of things he can do with the basketball.» Toronto coach Nick Nurse wasn't please that his team squandered a 16-point lead but he was happy with the way Siakam closed it out. «He made a great move and finished it off.» Miles returned from missing a couple of games with a hip problem to score 13...

Fresh setbacks slow search for Spanish toddler in well

The six-day search for a toddler who fell down a well in Spain ran into more setbacks on Friday, with engineers warning they still needed days to reach him. Julen Rosello, who is two, fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 metres deep on Sunday while pla
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Fresh setbacks slow search for Spanish toddler in well

The six-day search for a toddler who fell down a well in Spain ran into more setbacks on Friday, with engineers warning they still needed days to reach him. Julen Rosello, who is two, fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 metres deep on Sunday while playing as his parents had lunch nearby in the southern town of Totalan near Malaga, family members said. Since then, there has been no sign he is still alive but rescue work has continued day and night in a major operation that has gripped Spain. Rescuers for now are unable to get to where they believe the child is because the well is blocked by layer of earth, sand and stones believed to have been dragged down by Julen when he fell. They had been preparing to start digging a shaft vertical to the well, which has a diametre of just 25 centimetres, and were hoping to start drilling on Friday. But drilling was delayed due to problems found in the land during preparatory work. Engineer Angel Garcia Vidal told reporters his team had run up against «a solid bit of rock, a very hard outcrop of slate, which is slowing down our work.» Once drilling begins, he said it could take 15 hours «in favourable conditions» to complete. When it...

Watch: Sharapova stuns Wozniacki as ice men Nadal and Federer plough on

Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who clinically disposed of their opponents. The Russian five-time Grand Slam winner, who has strugg
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Watch: Sharapova stuns Wozniacki as ice men Nadal and Federer plough on

Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who clinically disposed of their opponents. The Russian five-time Grand Slam winner, who has struggled since returning from a drugs ban in 2017, was at full throttle in ending the Dane's dream of a second major title. Sharapova won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 with the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena and will next play in-form local hope Ashleigh Barty, who bounced Greece's Maria Sakkari, for a berth in the quarter-finals. Second seed Nadal called young Australian Alex de Minaur «one of the best in the world» ahead of their evening clash, then proceeded to hand him a tennis lesson, dismantling the teenager 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal's reward is a meeting with Tomas Berdych, who rallied to beat Argentine 18th seed Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. The Czech veteran reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2015 but is unseeded this year as he returns from a back injury that almost forced his retirement last year. Swiss great Federer was also on fire in taming big-serving American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to stay on track for a third...

Delia drops libel action against LovinMalta

Opposition leader Adrian Delia has dropped a libel action against media house LovinMalta after the claims were dropped. Lovin Malta had published an article saying that Dr Delia was going around with €500 notes «that might be coming from donations mad
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Delia drops libel action against LovinMalta

Opposition leader Adrian Delia has dropped a libel action against media house LovinMalta after the claims were dropped. Lovin Malta had published an article saying that Dr Delia was going around with €500 notes «that might be coming from donations made to the party», a claim he denied. «Lovin Malta has since tried to verify the claim made an unnamed PN MP. However, we have been unable to do so. In fact, there seems to be no evidence that Dr Delia is going around with €500 notes, nor that these might be coming from party donations,» the media house said. The PN said in a statement that it was fully in favour of freedom of the press but that the media should not allow itself to be used by third parties for «character assassination».

Mansueto ready for Gudja’s promotion push

Gudja United 2Mqabba 0 Gudja United coach Josef Mansueto is ready to lead Gudja United to a promotion push as the southerners kept up the pace with the Division One pacesetters when they beat Mqabba 2-0 on Wednesday. Dhonathan Santos Da Hora was the hero for
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Mansueto ready for Gudja’s promotion push

Gudja United 2Mqabba 0 Gudja United coach Josef Mansueto is ready to lead Gudja United to a promotion push as the southerners kept up the pace with the Division One pacesetters when they beat Mqabba 2-0 on Wednesday. Dhonathan Santos Da Hora was the hero for Gudja as the Brazilian netted a first-half brace to lead the team to a comfortable victory over the struggling Division One side. They remain third in the standings on 23 points, seven adrift of leaders Sirens. “We have just won promotion and our main aim is to consolidate our position in the First Division,” Mansueto told the Times of Malta. “But we just don’t want to be a second-tier side to make up the numbers. If we come to a point that a promotion place is there for the taking, then why not give it a try. We have more strength in depth now after we signed four new players. “Against Mqabba we made three substitutions, with the players coming on having little playing time this season. Mqabba are always difficult to play against but today we controlled them well and we deserved to win.” Gudja took the ground running and surged ahead after 12 minutes when in a swift break Cremona found Diacono who quickly served Santos Da...

Surplus recorded in general government accounts

A surplus of €127.9 million was recorded by the general government in the third quarter of 2018, according to the National Statistics Office. The NSO said that between July and September, total revenue stood at €1,234.5 million, an increase of €75.3 mil
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Surplus recorded in general government accounts

A surplus of €127.9 million was recorded by the general government in the third quarter of 2018, according to the National Statistics Office. The NSO said that between July and September, total revenue stood at €1,234.5 million, an increase of €75.3 million when compared to the third quarter of 2017. The main contributors were taxes on production and imports and current taxes on income and wealth with an increase of €58.1 million and €26.3 million respectively. Decreases were registered in net social contributions receivable (€7.6 million), market output (€7.3 million), and current transfers receivable (€1.9 million). Total expenditure in the third quarter amounted to €1,106.7 million, an increase of €103.2 million over the corresponding quarter of 2017. Increases were recorded mainly in current transfers payable (€32.1 million), capital transfers payable (€31.8 million), compensation of employees (€21.3 million), gross capital formation (€18.8 million), subsidies payable (€4.2 million) and social benefits and social transfers in kind (€2.7 million). Decreases were recorded in property income payable (€5.1 million), intermediate consumption (€2.4 million) and current taxes on...

Scholarship applicants left in limbo, months after courses begin

Students who applied for a grant under the tertiary education scholarship scheme are still awaiting selection results, despite the regulations saying courses should have started by the end of last year. Speaking to Times of Malta on condition of anonymity, af
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Scholarship applicants left in limbo, months after courses begin

Students who applied for a grant under the tertiary education scholarship scheme are still awaiting selection results, despite the regulations saying courses should have started by the end of last year. Speaking to Times of Malta on condition of anonymity, affected students said that while in previous years the results were published in September, this year’s deadline for submission of applications was moved forward to October. According to the scholarship regulations, published on the government’s website, students had to also submit a letter of acceptance from the University they planned to attend by September 5. Yet, it has now emerged that the results have still to be released, with those unable to fork out the money for the course, especially those who were relying on the scholarship to attend a university abroad, having to either drop out or postpone their studies. If a student decides to forge ahead with study plans, they risk not being selected for the scholarship, thus having to pay fees that often amounted to thousands of euros, one student pointed out. Apart from course fees, the scholarship also offers “additional allowances”, including grants for those studying...

Watch: Creating utopia (ARTE)

Do human beings have the vision to create utopia? And if so, should we start out small or think really big? From digital algorithms to old-fashioned local politics, Streetphilosophy asks: how do we create a better world?
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Watch: Creating utopia (ARTE)

Do human beings have the vision to create utopia? And if so, should we start out small or think really big? From digital algorithms to old-fashioned local politics, Streetphilosophy asks: how do we create a better world?

France to try 14 people over January 2015 Paris attacks

French anti-terror judges have recommended that 14 people be tried in connection with the January 2015 jihadist attacks in and around Paris, a judicial source told AFP Friday. The attacks against the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, a po
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France to try 14 people over January 2015 Paris attacks

French anti-terror judges have recommended that 14 people be tried in connection with the January 2015 jihadist attacks in and around Paris, a judicial source told AFP Friday. The attacks against the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, a police woman in the nearby suburb of Montrouge, and a Jewish supermarket killed 17 people and marked the start of a wave of jihadist attacks in France. Eleven people are in custody suspected of assisting in the attacks, while another three are wanted by police. Under French law, they can appeal the decision to send them to trial. The trial, whose date will be determined at a later date, will come more than four years after brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015. The next day a policewoman was gunned down just outside Paris, while another gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, took hostages at a Jewish Hyper Cacher shop, four of whom were killed. All three attackers were killed in two separate shootouts with police. Those to be tried are accused of «complicity» in assisting the attackers, including providing them with weapons. Judicial sources said investigations in connection...

Highlights from the Valletta International Baroque Festival

Tomorrow Noon: Olivier Spilmont, director and the Ensemble Alia Mens perform during the Musica Poetica – Bach Cantata and Concertos at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 4pm: Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba, performs in Back to the Future at the Oratory of Ou
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Highlights from the Valletta International Baroque Festival

Tomorrow Noon: Olivier Spilmont, director and the Ensemble Alia Mens perform during the Musica Poetica – Bach Cantata and Concertos at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta. 4pm: Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba, performs in Back to the Future at the Oratory of Our Lady of Charity, next to St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Street, Valletta. The programme includes, among others, works by Sieur Dubuisson, Nicolas Hotman or Hauttemant, Marin Marais, Sieur Demachy, Philippe Hersant, Sieur de Sainte Colombe and Philippe Hersant. 7.30pm: Antonio Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo will be performed at Our Lady of Victory Church, Senglea, by Divino Sospiro, Massimo Mazzeo, sopranos Gemma Bertagnolli, Silvia Frigato, counter tenor Filippo Mineccia, mezzo soprano Rosa Bove, tenor André Lacerda and Hugo Oliveira, bass. Sunday Noon: Johann Christoph Pepush’s Venus & Adonis  will be performed at the Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa, by The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. 5.30pm: Lucia Micallef on the piano and Nicolas Dautricout on violin, perform in Bach to Balanchine. The programme includes pieces by Bach, Schumann, Stravinsky and Vitali. Monday Noon: Our Lady of Porto Salvo Church,...

Economic activity being driven in wrong direction

Economic growth is a direct function of productivity which measures the amount of leverage an economy can generate from its two primary inputs, labour and capital. Without productivity, an economy is solely reliant on the mentioned inputs. Due to the limited
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Economic activity being driven in wrong direction

Economic growth is a direct function of productivity which measures the amount of leverage an economy can generate from its two primary inputs, labour and capital. Without productivity, an economy is solely reliant on the mentioned inputs. Due to the limited nature of both labour and capital, productivity being heavily dependent would cause problems over time. Leveraging labour and capital, or becoming more productive, provides the dynamism to an economy. Unfortunately, productivity requires work, time, and sacrifice. It’s a function of innumerable factors including innovation, education, government policies, and financial incentives. Labour Labour is largely a function of the demographic makeup of an economy and its employees’ skill set and knowledge base. In the short run, increasing labour productivity is difficult. Realising changes to skills training and education take time but they do have meaningful effects. Similarly, changes in birth rate patterns require decades to influence an economy. Within the labour force, the biggest trend affecting current and future economic activity, both domestic and globally, is the aging of the baby boomers. This outsized group of the...

First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary

A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the «Wild Boars» football team says his focus is on authenticity and the mission's «unsung» heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood s
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First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary

A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the «Wild Boars» football team says his focus is on authenticity and the mission's «unsung» heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood studios jostling to make their versions of the saga. Tom Waller says «The Cave», which is aiming for Thai release for the July anniversary of the operation, will be a «genuine» retelling of the gripping mission to extract the 12 boys and their coach from the waterlogged Tham Luang cave. Its cast features more than a dozen of the real-life rescue heroes as well as extras such as the cooks who provided food round-the-clock food as officials and the world's media massed at the cave entrance. The «Wild Boars» spent more than a fortnight trapped in the dark before divers rescued them in an mission of unprecedented complexity - diving the boys out through twisting passageways while they were heavily sedated. Waller, a Thai citizen with an Irish father and whose work includes «The Last Executioner», said he did not immediately think he would take on the project despite its real-life dramatic arc. "I thought it was going to be just a magnet for vultures who...

Maltese bird breeders clinch top prizes at European event

Maltese bird breeders won top prizes at the coveted Annual World Show organised by the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale, netting the best results since Malta started competing in 1998. The 42 Maltese breeders clinched 25 medals: 10 gold, nine silver an
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Maltese bird breeders clinch top prizes at European event

Maltese bird breeders won top prizes at the coveted Annual World Show organised by the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale, netting the best results since Malta started competing in 1998. The 42 Maltese breeders clinched 25 medals: 10 gold, nine silver and six bronze, placing Malta 12th overall. This was the best ever showing at this prestigious event, Malta getting a higher ranking than other larger European countries such as England, Ireland, Denmark, Croatia and Poland. A total of 3,307 breeders from 24 countries, exhibiting 24,861 birds, competed in different categories and classes at the world championship that was held in Zwolle, the Netherlands earlier this month. A number of bird breeding clubs joined forces to compete in the event through the Bird Breeders Association COM Malta. Bird breeders competing in this annual event exhibit species mainly bred in the previous year, as demanded by the rules of most categories. This demands that competitors breed top quality birds each year because a bird can only be exhibited once. Steven Ciappara told the Times of Malta preparations for the annual event started in about February with the breeding of birds that would be...

House prices in Malta up 3.1% in third quarter of the year

House prices in Malta increased by 3.1% in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, Eurostat said. In a release on house prices, the EU’s statistical arm said that house prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 1.6% in th
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House prices in Malta up 3.1% in third quarter of the year

House prices in Malta increased by 3.1% in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, Eurostat said. In a release on house prices, the EU’s statistical arm said that house prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU in the third quarter of 2018, compared with the second quarter of 2018. When compared to 12 months prior, house price increases during the third quarter of 2018 were more significant, at 4.3% in both the euro area and the EU. Among the member states for which data was available, the highest annual increases in house prices in the third quarter of 2018 were recorded in Slovenia (+15.1%), the Netherlands (+10.2%) and Ireland (+9.1%), while prices fell in Sweden (-2.1%) and Italy (-0.8%). Compared with the previous quarter, the highest increases were recorded in the Netherlands (+3.3%), Malta (+3.1%) and Croatia (+2.8%), while decreases were observed in Italy (-0.8%), Romania (-0.7%), Finland (-0.4%), Slovakia (-0.3%) and Hungary (-0.2%).

What Gozo needs

I sometimes talk to expats living in Gozo and they tell me every small island north of Scotland has a small airstrip to take fixed-winged small aircraft. It would be hugely beneficial if we could have something like it in Gozo. It is not true it will encroac
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What Gozo needs

I sometimes talk to expats living in Gozo and they tell me every small island north of Scotland has a small airstrip to take fixed-winged small aircraft. It would be hugely beneficial if we could have something like it in Gozo. It is not true it will encroach on the natural environment. If the existing heliport is extended where construction waste and debris lies, the airstrip should suffice. Also, the channel ferry service should be liberalised. The Gozo Channel Co. monopoly is stifling Gozo. Imagine if Virtu Ferries were to ferry people and cargo to Valletta. Imagine if a small private company offers a fast ferry service to the Three Cities. It will also benefit Gozo Channel Co. as it will take some load off it. Obviously, the facilities in Mġarr would have to be changed and upgraded to be able to handle the services resulting from the liberalisation. But if hundreds if not billions of euros can be found for a tunnel, how can the government not find the money to invest in these facilities? I think the permanent link between Malta and Gozo will be detrimental to Gozo if it is to serve private cars. An underground transport system in Malta connecting to Gozo is the best idea. We...

Watch: Curry and Warriors outgun Pelicans, Harden sizzles in loss

Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140. Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and 15 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 poin
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Watch: Curry and Warriors outgun Pelicans, Harden sizzles in loss

Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140. Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and 15 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 points and 14 assists as the Warriors also tied a franchise record with 24 made three pointers. Golden State attempted 49 shots from beyond the arc. Curry became the first player to make eight or more threes in three consecutive games, giving him 28 threes in that span. «When you get hot like that, you really don't see anything but the rim,» Curry said. «You just try to stay on balance and get to your spot, wherever that is. »These are shots I work on, I have confidence in them, I know my teammates do.« Said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, »It is insane what he does." The teams also set a record for combined three pointers made in a game with 43. The previous record was 41 when Golden State faced Sacramento earlier this month. Anthony Davis finished with 30 points and 18 rebounds while Elfrid Payton had 12 assists for the Pelicans, who made 19 baskets from beyond the arc. Elsewhere, James Harden scored a season-high 58 points...

Watch: Serena blitzes Bouchard to reach Aussie Open third round

Serena Williams stormed past Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and into the Australian Open third round Thursday as her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title gathered pace. The American won 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes, setting up unseeded Ukrainian teenager D
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Watch: Serena blitzes Bouchard to reach Aussie Open third round

Serena Williams stormed past Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and into the Australian Open third round Thursday as her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title gathered pace. The American won 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes, setting up unseeded Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska as the next hurdle in her bid for another major to equal the mark set by Australian great Margaret Court. The 37-year-old won her 23rd major Down Under two years ago while two months pregnant and is the bookies' favourite to claim an eighth Australian title, despite being seeded 16th. Williams said she was wary of Bouchard, who is on the comeback trail after a slide down the rankings to number 79 in the world. «It wasn't an easy match tonight, Eugenie's been to the final of Wimbledon (in 2014) and the semi-finals of other Grand Slams,» she said. World number one Simona Halep limped into an Australian Open third round clash with Venus Williams Thursday after being pushed to the limit by unseeded Sofia Kenin over three sets. The Romanian downed the 37th ranked American 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 over two-and-a-half hours in another unconvincing display after also struggling in her opening match. The pressure on the...

Court redress over requisitioned property in Malta ‘effective in theory, not in practice’

Although constitutional redress proceedings were an effective remedy in theory, they were not so in practice, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in two cases involving requisitioned properties in Paola and Qormi. In the circumstances, it noted, such pro
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Court redress over requisitioned property in Malta ‘effective in theory, not in practice’

Although constitutional redress proceedings were an effective remedy in theory, they were not so in practice, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in two cases involving requisitioned properties in Paola and Qormi. In the circumstances, it noted, such proceedings could not be considered as an effective remedy for the purposes of the European Human Rights Convention with regard to arguable complaints on requisition orders which, though lawful and seeking legitimate objectives, imposed an excessive individual burden on the owners. The relevant provision of the convention says: “Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in [the] Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.” The cases were about a 20th-century corner townhouse in Nazzarenu Street, Paola, and a property situated in an alley in St Francis Square, Qormi. The first had been requisitioned in April 1986 and the other in December 1992. The four owners of the Paola house – Mary Grech, Christopher Mintoff, Stephanie Mintoff and Lilian Wismayer –instituted constitutional redress...

Trump grounds Speaker's plane in tit-for-tat

President Donald Trump clipped the wings of Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, scrapping her foreign travel plans in a new twist to the government shutdown feud. Pelosi had suggested postponing Trump's January 29 State of the Union address to C
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Trump grounds Speaker's plane in tit-for-tat

President Donald Trump clipped the wings of Democratic party leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, scrapping her foreign travel plans in a new twist to the government shutdown feud. Pelosi had suggested postponing Trump's January 29 State of the Union address to Congress. Although she cited the shutdown's effect on security, she appeared to want to deny the president one of his chief annual moments in the limelight. In a letter laced with sarcasm and accompanied by his dramatic signature, Trump responded in kind. «I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over,» he wrote. «I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is appropriate.» Rubbing it in, Trump said that Pelosi could still book her own non-government flights. «Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,» he wrote. The personal feud between Trump and Pelosi is just one facet of a political crisis sparked by the Democrats' refusal to approve funding for a Trump project to build more walls along the US-Mexican...

Two planes collide at Malta airport, no injuries reported

Two passenger planes collided at Malta International Airport on Thursday night, with initial reports saying nobody on board was injured.  A Ryanair aircraft arriving from Bari in Italy clipped the wing of a departing Turkish Airlines jet from Malta's airpor
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Two planes collide at Malta airport, no injuries reported

Two passenger planes collided at Malta International Airport on Thursday night, with initial reports saying nobody on board was injured.  A Ryanair aircraft arriving from Bari in Italy clipped the wing of a departing Turkish Airlines jet from Malta's airport around 9pm. The aircraft which was heading to Istanbul was manoeuvring on the apron, when the incident happened, according to reports.  The passengers were seen leaving the Turkish Airlines aircraft shortly after the incident, witnesses said. The Ryanair return flight was expected to be delayed by almost two hours.  Engineers were swiftly on the scene to establish the extent of the damage. Further details to follow. 

PN ethics committee remains in limbo

The Nationalist Party’s consultative committee on ethics and proper conduct was not reconstituted after Adrian Delia was elected leader, the Times of Malta has learnt. This newspaper asked the PN for the names of the five members sitting on the committee, a
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PN ethics committee remains in limbo

The Nationalist Party’s consultative committee on ethics and proper conduct was not reconstituted after Adrian Delia was elected leader, the Times of Malta has learnt. This newspaper asked the PN for the names of the five members sitting on the committee, as stipulated by the party statute, and whether the allegations against Dr Delia were referred to it, but the questions remained unanswered. Senior PN sources said the members of the former ethics committee relinquished their post when the new leader was elected but they were not substituted. According to the PN statute, the ethics committee, which would operate as an internal disciplinary mechanism, is nominated by the administrative council every year on the recommendation of the party leader. The committee should consist of a chairman and four other members, including the administrative council president, an office currently occupied by MP David Stellini. The last time the committee was functioning, it had investigated money laundering and other allegations against Dr Delia prior to the PN leadership race. At the time it was chaired by former PN secretary general Louis Galea and included former ambassador Joe Cassar, since...

Italy's Berlusconi says he will run for European Parliament

Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi announced Thursday that he will run in May's European Parliament election, in yet another comeback bid for the 82-year-old billionaire. Berlusconi, who lost out in Italy's elections last year to
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Italy's Berlusconi says he will run for European Parliament

Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi announced Thursday that he will run in May's European Parliament election, in yet another comeback bid for the 82-year-old billionaire. Berlusconi, who lost out in Italy's elections last year to a far-right and populist coalition, said he wanted to inject some «deep thinking» into Europe as he announced his candidacy for the bloc's polls.   The media magnate will be a high-profile candidate to become a member of the European Parliament in the election, in which traditional parties are expected to face major challenges from far-right and eurosceptic populists. «At my grand age, I have decided out of a sense of responsibility to head for Europe, where there is a lack of deep thinking about the future of the world,» he said at a meeting of his centre-right Forza Italia (Go Italy) party in Sardinia. Dubbed «the immortal», Berlusconi dominated Italian politics for more than two decades and managed to return to prominence after a series sex scandals, serial gaffes and legal woes. Despite being forced out of parliament in 2013 after a tax fraud conviction, Berlusconi made an astonishing return to lead Forza Italia into...

Edward Scicluna playing the three monkeys amid Vitals concerns - de Marco

The Nationalist Party has criticised the finance minister for having played down serious concerns on the Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) deal. «Rather than protecting the taxpayer as he is duty bound to do, Edward Scicluna yet again opted to protect his
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Edward Scicluna playing the three monkeys amid Vitals concerns - de Marco

The Nationalist Party has criticised the finance minister for having played down serious concerns on the Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) deal. «Rather than protecting the taxpayer as he is duty bound to do, Edward Scicluna yet again opted to protect his Cabinet colleagues, particularly Minister Konrad Mizzi,» shadow finance minister Mario de Marco said in a statement. Konrad Mizzi, he said, had transferred three of Malta's state hospitals to a company, Vitals, that had no experience in the health sector. After failing to honour its obligations, Vitals sold the concession to another company making hundreds of millions of euros profits in the process, behind the people's back. «Minister Edward Scicluna at the very least should have taken steps to suspend the sale of the hospitals, pending an investigation into the matter. However, as happened in the case of Pilatus Bank, Minister Scicluna played the three monkeys game and refused to talk or listen to the serious concerns being raised,» Dr de Marco said.  This was why, he added, Opposition leader Adrian Delia has taken this matter to court in a bid to recoup the hospitals and to safeguard the interest of the Maltese taxpayers.

Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

January is a popular month for newspapers to publish health and fitness articles. One that caught my eye was in The Times and featured health fanatics who have reached “peak zen” (whatever that is). There’s Alex Beer (38), a model, Tim Gray (39), founde
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Why you shouldn't follow the health regimes of these 'peak zen' people

January is a popular month for newspapers to publish health and fitness articles. One that caught my eye was in The Times and featured health fanatics who have reached “peak zen” (whatever that is). There’s Alex Beer (38), a model, Tim Gray (39), founder of a web marketing company, and Dasha Maximov (30), a freelance business consultant. Let’s start with Alex Beer’s regime. He likes to drink “slightly pink” raw coconut water the minute he wakes up. Staying hydrated is important, but there’s no reason to choose coconut water over the regular stuff. A recent study found no difference in hydration when using tap water or coconut water. Between meetings, Beer likes to drink a charcoal shot. Activated charcoal is often marketed as an aid to rid the body of toxins. If you’ve been poisoned, activated charcoal is brilliant, if not, it’s not much use. It doesn’t detox you – that’s what your kidneys are for. The same goes for the digestive enzymes (which Beer also likes to take) – you’ve already got those in your body and they do a pretty good job on their own. Read more: Activated charcoal doesn't detox the body – four reasons you should avoid it Moving on to Tim Gray. The...

MIA surges as it issues 2019 forecasts

The MSE Equity Price Index erased some of Wednesday's sharp decline as it rebounded by 0.6% to 4,381.425 points on Thursday. The increase was largely driven by the gains in MIA and GO. On the other hand, RS2 and MIDI trended lower whilst a further five equiti
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MIA surges as it issues 2019 forecasts

The MSE Equity Price Index erased some of Wednesday's sharp decline as it rebounded by 0.6% to 4,381.425 points on Thursday. The increase was largely driven by the gains in MIA and GO. On the other hand, RS2 and MIDI trended lower whilst a further five equities closed the day unchanged. Malta International Airport plc surged 4.3% to regain the €6.00 level across 5,100 shares. Today, the airport operator issued the 2018 traffic results as well as the passenger and financial forecasts for 2019. During 2018, MIA registered a 13.2% increase in passenger movements to a new record (the ninth consecutive) of 6.81 million movements. Furthermore, for the fifth consecutive year, the growth in the shoulder months outpaced the peak summer months. For 2019, MIA is expecting a further growth in passenger numbers of 5.8% to 7.2 million. This growth includes 18 new route developments including flights to Amman and the launch of daily operations to Doha by newcomer Qatar Airways. MIA also outlined its financial targets for 2019, namely revenues of €96 million, EBITDA of €59 million and net profit of €31 million. The airport operator also reiterated its plans on various multi-million capital...

Business sentiment fell slightly in December

The Business Conditions Index eased slightly in December over the previous month, as economic sentiment fell as lower confidence within the industry and retail sectors as well as among consumers offset higher confidence in construction and services. This was
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Business sentiment fell slightly in December

The Business Conditions Index eased slightly in December over the previous month, as economic sentiment fell as lower confidence within the industry and retail sectors as well as among consumers offset higher confidence in construction and services. This was one of the conclusions of the Central Bank of Malta's Economic Update based on information available up to January 14, 2019. In November, tourism activity increased at a slower pace in annual terms. Industrial production rose, while retail trade fell on a year earlier. Conditions in the labour market remained favourable as the number of registered unemployed remained low from a historical perspective and the unemployment rate declined further on year ago levels. The annual rate of inflation based on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices moderated further to 1.4% in November. The rate based on the Retail Price Index, which is the more relevant measure of consumer price inflation for domestic households, was stable at 1.6%. Maltese residents’ deposits grew by 4.6% in the year to November, while credit to residents grew by 3.5%. Meanwhile, the cash-based Consolidated Fund recorded a deficit in November. The Economic Update is...

Protesters switch to padlocks to dodge Caruana Galizia flower clean-ups

Activists supporting the call for justice following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia have found a way to leave their mark at the Great Siege monument by attaching padlocks to the surrounding fence. For the past year, all the candles, plants and pho
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Protesters switch to padlocks to dodge Caruana Galizia flower clean-ups

Activists supporting the call for justice following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia have found a way to leave their mark at the Great Siege monument by attaching padlocks to the surrounding fence. For the past year, all the candles, plants and photos left at the site have been cleared away almost immediately, over 200 times. Just hours after the monthly vigil on Wednesday, the tributes and calls for justice were once again cleared up. The issue has even ended up in court, and has generated a number of aggressive outbursts. Read: Daphne portrait returned to Great Siege Monument, hours after official ceremony Read:Caruana Galizia activists incensed as Great Siege monument is blocked for 'restoration' Read: Another layer of defence added to Great Siege Monument But the activists from Occupy Justice and il-Kenniesa, who held their monthly vigil in Valletta on Wednesday to mark the 16th month since the gruesome murder also left their messages on padlocks attached to the fencing around the monument. One  activist wrote on Facebook: "Shout out again to Il-Kenniesa, padlocks are a brilliant idea and there are so many creative things that have been done to them. All tributes...