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Birds inspired many a composer

Conductor Michael Laus will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert entitled Birds in Music, featuring works inspired by the most musical of creatures in the animal world – birds. Organist Joanne Camilleri joins the orchestra for a per
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Birds inspired many a composer

Conductor Michael Laus will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert entitled Birds in Music, featuring works inspired by the most musical of creatures in the animal world – birds. Organist Joanne Camilleri joins the orchestra for a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Organ Concerto in F major, nicknamed ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale’ for the bird song motifs present in its allegro movement. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi drew on music from baroque era composers for his Gli Uccelli, but each movement in his suite also seeks to transcribe bird song as well as other bird actions into music. Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G Minor earned the nickname La poule because of a jerky rhythm in the first movement, evoking the clucking of a hen. The concert will be held on Saturday from 7.30 to 9pm at the Robert Samut Hall, Floriana. For tickets visit www.showshappening.com.

Chadwick Lakes green water ‘natural phenomenon’

Bright green water at Chadwick Lakes is a natural phenomenon and had no significant harm on the marine species there, a leading marine biologist said. Many were alarmed to see the water at Chadwick Lakes turn bright green, however, expert Alan Deidun noted, t
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Chadwick Lakes green water ‘natural phenomenon’

Bright green water at Chadwick Lakes is a natural phenomenon and had no significant harm on the marine species there, a leading marine biologist said. Many were alarmed to see the water at Chadwick Lakes turn bright green, however, expert Alan Deidun noted, the waters there normally turn green towards the end of the rainy season.  This is mainly due to the high concentration of nutrients in the water.   “These nutrients most likely leach from the surrounding fields after runoff from heavy rainfall, as a result of intense fertiliser use in local agriculture,” Prof. Deidun said. The nutrients fuel a bloom of phytoplankton populations in the water, turning it into a rather alarming shade of green.  The phenomenon, a disturbance known as eutrophication, can result in the depletion of oxygen levels and in blocking out sunlight, necessary for marine life using the light for photosynthesis, Prof. Deidun said. Most of the species in the water were probably adapted to its occurrence, given the site was a heavily-impacted and disturbed one. The site was also “far from pristine”, he said. The phenomenon will fizzle out with the onset of the dry season in a few weeks’ time, he...

Film on politics of war

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) returns with The Favourite with a ferociously brilliant cast – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Early 18th century England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pinea
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Film on politics of war

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) returns with The Favourite with a ferociously brilliant cast – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Early 18th century England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at return to her aristocratic roots.  As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. The film will be shown on Sunday at 6.30pm at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema, St James Cavalier, Valletta. For more information call 2122 3200 or visit www.kreattivita.org.

Two-hour extr-abba-ganza

International multi-award-winning show Arrival – The Hits of Abba will be held tomorrow and on Saturday at 8pm at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. Voted ‘Best Abba Show’ and ‘Most Authentic Abba Show’ over the past six years, this sho
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Two-hour extr-abba-ganza

International multi-award-winning show Arrival – The Hits of Abba will be held tomorrow and on Saturday at 8pm at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. Voted ‘Best Abba Show’ and ‘Most Authentic Abba Show’ over the past six years, this show has toured internationally, selling out in over 28 countries worldwide and delighting audiences of all ages. The fantastic, high-energy show will feature a vast catalogue of hits loved by generation after generation, including Mamma Mia, Waterloo, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes it All, Thank Your for the Music and many more. A two-hour winning formula of original Abba harmonies, the show will feature authentic replica costumes, stunning vocals, an accomplished live band and interactive video projection throughout. For tickets go to showshappening.com.

The force of Bizet’s Carmen

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural f
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The force of Bizet’s Carmen

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. An encore of Carmen will show on Sunday at 2.30pmat the Spazju Kreattiv cinema, St James Cavalier, Valletta. For more information, call 2122 3200 or visit www.kreattivita.org.

Jailed poet in Somaliland ‘must be freed’

Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet also known as Abdirahman Abees, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said today.
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Jailed poet in Somaliland ‘must be freed’

Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet also known as Abdirahman Abees, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said today.

Is Ethiopia mediating a deal between Somalia and Somaliland?

The government of Somalia on Wednesday applauded Somaliland’s president Musa Bihi for his cooperation, after years of tension over sovereignty questions.
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Is Ethiopia mediating a deal between Somalia and Somaliland?

The government of Somalia on Wednesday applauded Somaliland’s president Musa Bihi for his cooperation, after years of tension over sovereignty questions.

Semenya says gender rules 'do not empower anyone'

Double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya said Tuesday that proposed rules that would oblige her to lower her testosterone levels «do not empower anyone». The South African appeared Monday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausann
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Semenya says gender rules 'do not empower anyone'

Double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya said Tuesday that proposed rules that would oblige her to lower her testosterone levels «do not empower anyone». The South African appeared Monday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne at the start of a landmark hearing to challenge the rules proposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The controversial measures would force so-called «hyperandrogenic» athletes or those with «differences of sexual development» (DSD) to seek treatment to lower their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount if they wish to continue competing as women. A statement issued by Semenya's legal team said she believes «she and other women affected by the regulations should be permitted to compete in the female category without discrimination» and that they should be «celebrated for their natural talents as are all other athletes with genetic variations». The statement continued: «The IAAF's regulations do not empower anyone. Rather, they represent yet another flawed and hurtful attempt to police the sex of female athletes.» The IAAF says it is introducing the rules to create a «level playing field» for other female runners. The track and field body says: «If a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women.» On Monday, Semenya accused the IAAF of breaching confidentiality rules after it published the names of five expert witnesses who will appear to testify on its behalf. Semenya published her own list of expert witnesses who will speak in support of her this week, including Professor Veronica Gomez-Lobo, professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Georgetown University in the United States. The South African government says the rules specifically target Semenya and has called them a «gross violation» of her human rights. Semenya is not the only athlete potentially affected by the new rules -- the two athletes who finished behind her in the Rio Olympics 800m, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya's Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels. A judgement in the case is expected by the end of March. © Agence France-Presse

Seychelles' long relationship with cinnamon summarised in 6 historical facts

Cinnamon: warm, spicy and aromatic. It's one of the world’s most-used spices. Renowned for its bark and used as an essential oil, it is used as medicine, in food and in beauty products. Once a pillar of the Seychelles’ economy, the plant is today consider
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Seychelles' long relationship with cinnamon summarised in 6 historical facts

Cinnamon: warm, spicy and aromatic. It's one of the world’s most-used spices. Renowned for its bark and used as an essential oil, it is used as medicine, in food and in beauty products. Once a pillar of the Seychelles’ economy, the plant is today considered as an invasive species as it can be seen all over the island nation. Locally cinnamon has its firm place in the Seychellois culinary. A coconut milk curry, like an octopus coconut milk curry, is not considered a proper curry without the aromatic cinnamon leaves. And the Seychellois take this very seriously. This week SNA presents 6 interesting historical facts about cinnamon and the Seychelles - a group of islands in the western Indian Ocean.   1. Pierre Poivre – the spice man Pierre Poivre -- a French naturalist who was the administrator of Mauritius and La Reunion (1767 to 1773) -- is credited with having introduced many spices including cinnamon to Seychelles. In 1771, at the risk of the death sentence, Poivre had personally undertaken a couple of expeditions to the Dutch East Indies (today Indonesia) and managed to smuggle out samples of spice plants, and most important of all cinnamon seedlings, which he brought back to Mauritius.On October 2, 1972, a bust of Pierre Poivre was unveiled in the grounds of the then-Supreme Court building in Victoria to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the introduction of cinnamon to Seychelles by a man who never even set foot on our shores! (Gerard Larose, Seychelles Tourism Board) Photo License: CC-BY   2. Jardin du Roi – the spice garden In 1772, Poivre – whose name in English translates to pepper - dispatched his trusted representative, Antoine Gillot, to travel to Seychelles and under his orders commenced the task to cultivate a spice garden that later became Le Jardin du Rois. Cloves, nutmegs, peppers and the first four plants of cinnamon were planted there. The spice garden, which was located at Anse Royale in the south of the main island of Mahe - flourished until it was destroyed in May 1780. The French who by mistake thought that the British were coming to take over the island purposely set fire to Jardin du Roi.  (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   3. All was not lost thanks to the Mynah birds. The cinnamon trees at the spice garden were all destroyed but fortunately, nature worked its magic and not all was lost. The Mynah birds which fed on the seeds of the cinnamon had already done their part and had propagated the cinnamon seeds all over the hills of Mahe. As a result cinnamon trees grew in the wild and in abundance in the mountains. Today, cinnamon is part of the natural vegetation of the granitic islands of the Seychelles. (Wikimedia Commons) Photo License: CC BY-SA 3.0   4. Commercialisation of the cinnamon  This abundance was the main contributor to the Seychelles exporting its first cargo of 740,123 kilos of cinnamon worth $3,700 to Germany in 1908. One year later 946,194 kilos of cinnamon were exported. Because of the growing consumption of cinnamon worldwide, Seychelles was exporting both essential oils and cinnamon bark to Europe and America. In 1951, 99,332 kilos of cinnamon oil fetched $162,000. (Mustafa Bristol) Photo License: CC-BY   5. Cinnamon – the pillar of the economy By 1921 with a population of just above 25,000. Seychelles had 67 cinnamon leaf oil distilleries and all of the Crown lands on Mahe and Praslin were leased for cinnamon cultivation, totalling over 25,000 acres. Over the years, there was a distillery on the island of Silhouette as well. Leaves collected by workers on a daily quota were 50 kilos for men and 40 kilos for women. The price paid by a proprietor to collectors of leaves from lands owned by himself was 30 cents per tonne. (Romano Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY   6. Chaka Brothers – longest exporters of cinnamon The Chaka brothers – Yakub and Gafoor, were the longest exporters of cinnamon bark from Seychelles. The brothers were up to early 2000, along with local company Seychelles Marketing Board, the only two local exporters. Cinnamon from Seychelles was considered amongst the best -- organically grown with no chemicals used in the planting, growing and processing of the product.   (Wikimedia Commons) Photo License: CC BY 2.0

Kazakhstan to launch above 100 industrial projects this year

ASTANA. KAZINFORM «120 industrial projects will be implemented this year in Kazakhstan under the state industrialization program,» Industry and Infrastructure Development Minister of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek said. «It is planned to reali
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Kazakhstan to launch above 100 industrial projects this year

ASTANA. KAZINFORM «120 industrial projects will be implemented this year in Kazakhstan under the state industrialization program,» Industry and Infrastructure Development Minister of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek said. «It is planned to realize about 120 projects worth KZT 1.1 trln, including a ferrosilicium plant in Karaganda region with investments attracted up to KZT 30.6 bln, a ceramic tiles and ceramic porcelain tiles plant in Aktobe region worth KZT 6.9 bln. About 20,000 new workplaces will be created then,» the Minister told the board meeting. According to him, above 1,250 projects worth KZT 7.9 trln were put into operation throughout realization of the program. About 120,000 permanent jobs were created. Some 100 projects to the amount of KZT 1.3 trln were implemented in 2018. Above 13,000 permanent jobs were created. https://www.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-to-launch-above-100-industrial-projects-this-year_a3500458

Kuwaiti media to shoot stories about Kyrgyzstan and broadcast on their TV channels

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. / Kabar /. Kuwaiti media will shoot stories about Kyrgyzstan and broadcast on their TV channels, Minister of Information and Youth Affairs of Kuwait Mohammed Al-Jabri told reporters after talks with Minister of Culture, Information an
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Kuwaiti media to shoot stories about Kyrgyzstan and broadcast on their TV channels

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. / Kabar /. Kuwaiti media will shoot stories about Kyrgyzstan and broadcast on their TV channels, Minister of Information and Youth Affairs of Kuwait Mohammed Al-Jabri told reporters after talks with Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic Azamat Zhamankulov, who are in Kuwait for an official visit. The two sides signed today an agreement in the field of cooperation for mutual information support. Mohammed al-Jabri said that the signed document is important because it will be the impetus for the development of bilateral cooperation. In addition, the Minister noted that he was pleased with the arrival of his colleague from Kyrgyzstan, whose visit coincided with the celebration of the national holiday of Kuwait and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. “We reached agreements, in April, we create a group from the media, culture and information sphere of Kuwait, which will visit Kyrgyzstan. They will prepare materials and programs that will be covered in Kuwait,” he said. Mohammed al-Jabri noted that he received an official invitation to Kyrgyzstan and accepted it with pleasure.

Number of crimes committed against children increases in Kyrgyzstan every year.

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. / Kabar /. Almost 1,500 crimes against children were recorded last year, head of the department for fighting corruption, supervising law enforcement in the social sphere and protecting children's rights Aslan Atabiyev told during the r
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Number of crimes committed against children increases in Kyrgyzstan every year.

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. / Kabar /. Almost 1,500 crimes against children were recorded last year, head of the department for fighting corruption, supervising law enforcement in the social sphere and protecting children's rights Aslan Atabiyev told during the round table on the topic “Prevention of violence against children, as well as the prevention of juvenile delinquency”. He said that the number of crimes committed against children increases every year. Thus, 1.107 crimes against children were registered in Kyrgyzstan in 2017 and in 2016 - 862. “In 2017, the number of offenses increased by 28%, and in 2018 - by 24%. Most crimes are committed in Bishkek, Talas and Osh oblasts. In Naryn, Jalal-Abad and Chui oblasts, these statistics are less,” said Aslan Atabiev.

Government intends to instill family values through media – Vice Prime Minister

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. The government intends to instill family values ​​through the media, Vice Prime Minister Altynai Omurbekova told at a round table on “Prevention of Violence against Children, as well as the Prevention of Juvenile Delinqu
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Government intends to instill family values through media – Vice Prime Minister

Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. The government intends to instill family values ​​through the media, Vice Prime Minister Altynai Omurbekova told at a round table on “Prevention of Violence against Children, as well as the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency”. She said that for the government of the Kyrgyz Republic prevention and suppression of ill-treatment and violence against children remains one of the most acute and pressing problems requiring a comprehensive solution at the state level. She noted that the Prime Minister in January 2019 gave a number of specific instructions to address the problem of violence against children, including the development of a plan of emergency and long-term measures to prevent ill-treatment and violence. “Now the government is working on the implementation of the law on protection from family violence. A media plan has been developed for conducting an information campaign in the media about family values, positive parenting, eradication of corporal punishment as a method of educating and disciplining children,” Omurbekova said.

Today's processes in Central Asia and One Belt One Road Initiative can be complementary – Kyrgyz expert

Tashkent, Feb. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Today's processes in Central Asia and the Chinese One Belt One Road Initiative can be complementary, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic Kuvanychbek Shadybekov told in an exclusiv
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Today's processes in Central Asia and One Belt One Road Initiative can be complementary – Kyrgyz expert

Tashkent, Feb. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Today's processes in Central Asia and the Chinese One Belt One Road Initiative can be complementary, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic Kuvanychbek Shadybekov told in an exclusive interview with a Kabar correspondent during an international conference «Interconnectedness in Central Asia: Challenges and New Opportunities» in Tashkent. In his opinion, these infrastructure projects improve the quality of life of the population living in the region and, in this regard, the most important thing is to find common ground throughout this initiative in order to maintain the interests of all countries that are on the way of this initiative. “At today's conference, we have been discussing not only inter-humanitarian cooperation, but also infrastructure cooperation, economic projects, transport logistics issues. In my opinion, in this matter, in this area, this Chinese initiative could have a very serious impetus for all integration processes that are present in Central Asia and along the entire Silk Road route in a new historical condition,” the Kyrgyz expert concluded.

В Бресте при строительстве жилого квартала нашли черепа и кости сотен расстрелянных в гетто во время войны

Останки более чем 600 жертв расстрелов в брестском гетто нашли в пределах нынешних улиц Советской, Дзержинского, Куйбышева и проспекта Машеро
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В Бресте при строительстве жилого квартала нашли черепа и кости сотен расстрелянных в гетто во время войны

Останки более чем 600 жертв расстрелов в брестском гетто нашли в пределах нынешних улиц Советской, Дзержинского, Куйбышева и проспекта Машерова при строительстве жилого квартала. Не исключено, что инвестдоговор будет полностью расторгнут, а вместо жилого комплекса на участке появится сквер.

В США арестован лейтенант береговой охраны, вдохновленный манифестом Брейвика и планировавший «уничтожение цивилизации»

Правоохранители нашли у 49-летнего Кристофера Пола Хессона несколько тысяч патронов и 15 единиц огнестрельного оружия. Мужчина, употребляя оп
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В США арестован лейтенант береговой охраны, вдохновленный манифестом Брейвика и планировавший «уничтожение цивилизации»

Правоохранители нашли у 49-летнего Кристофера Пола Хессона несколько тысяч патронов и 15 единиц огнестрельного оружия. Мужчина, употребляя опиоидный анальгетик трамадол, планировал нападения на гражданских лиц, политиков и журналистов. В его компьютере была целая таблица из имен конгрессменов, сенаторов, медийных деятелей.

Sudan's removal from terror list will be stopped if brutal repression continues: U.S.

February 20, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Special Assistant to the U.S. President and Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council (NSC), Cyril Sartor, Wednesday warned that the violent crackdown on protesters threatens Sudan's removal from the list of co
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Sudan's removal from terror list will be stopped if brutal repression continues: U.S.

February 20, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Special Assistant to the U.S. President and Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council (NSC), Cyril Sartor, Wednesday warned that the violent crackdown on protesters threatens Sudan's removal from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. Sartor paid a 4-day visit to Khartoum for talks with the government officials on the second phase of the Sudanese-American process to normalize bilateral relations, including the 26-year Sudan's designation (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY

LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s lava-inspired parade float

MANILA, Philippines -- The much-anticipated grand homecoming for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray kicked off Thursday and she would be parading in the metro aboard a fiery red float. Drawn from the 25-year-old beauty queen's lava-inspired Mak Tumang gown,
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LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s lava-inspired parade float

MANILA, Philippines -- The much-anticipated grand homecoming for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray kicked off Thursday and she would be parading in the metro aboard a fiery red float. Drawn from the 25-year-old beauty queen's lava-inspired Mak Tumang gown, the float designed by the renowned Fritz Silorio was blazing red and capped by an enlarged impression of the Mikimoto crown. Silorio is the same designer who made the float for a similar grand homecoming parade for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in 2016. The grand homecoming parade for Gray will navigate the cities of Pasay, Manila, and Makati, starting around 2 p.m. at the Sofitel Hotel and culminating along Ayala Avenue...Keep on reading: LOOK: Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s lava-inspired parade float

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Taiwan's ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia's first gay marriage law on Thursday,a bill offering same sex-couples «permanent unions» as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conserva
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Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Taiwan's ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia's first gay marriage law on Thursday,a bill offering same sex-couples «permanent unions» as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has had a stuttering and troubled journey towards delivering on their 2016 election promise to grant same-sex couples equal marriage rights. In November, conservatives won a referendum against revising the island's Civil Code to allow gay marriage, in a blow to President Tsai Ing-wen's party and a stark illustration of the social divide caused by the issue. The referendum came after Taiw...Keep on reading: Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

UP, DLSU in 2019 Asia-Pacific university rankings

MANILA, Philippines --- Two Philippine universities were included in the Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019 released by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE). In 2018, only the University of the Philippines (UP) earned a spot in the ranking, bu
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UP, DLSU in 2019 Asia-Pacific university rankings

MANILA, Philippines --- Two Philippine universities were included in the Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019 released by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE). In 2018, only the University of the Philippines (UP) earned a spot in the ranking, but this year, De La Salle University (DLSU) also made it to the list. READ: UP among top Asian universities in 2018 DLSU entered in the 201-259 bracket while UP improved its ranking from 151-160 in 2018 to 101-110 in 2019. China-based Tsinghua University topped the university ranking while the National University of Singapore ranked second. THE's ranking analyzed universities in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The ov...Keep on reading: UP, DLSU in 2019 Asia-Pacific university rankings

Fire in centuries-old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh --- A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka's Chawkbazar area was mostly
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Fire in centuries-old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh --- A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka's Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic firefighting efforts. Some of the about 50 people injured were critically burned. The district dating to the Mughal era, 400 years ago, is crammed with buildings separated by narrow alleys, with residences commonly above shops, restaurants or warehouses on the ground floors. The blaze started late Wednesday night in one building but quickly spread to others, fire department ...Keep on reading: Fire in centuries-old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills 70

‘Xi cult’ app is China’s red hot hit

BEIJING --- A propaganda app that puts China's powerful President Xi Jinping in anyone's pockets has become a hit in the country -- with a helpful nudge from Communist Party officials. Millions have downloaded the app, which tracks the amount of time user
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‘Xi cult’ app is China’s red hot hit

BEIJING --- A propaganda app that puts China's powerful President Xi Jinping in anyone's pockets has become a hit in the country -- with a helpful nudge from Communist Party officials. Millions have downloaded the app, which tracks the amount of time users spend browsing inspirational quotes from the Chinese leader and watching short videos of his speeches and travels. People are rewarded with points for sharing articles or answering quizzes on Communist heroes, and one day they may be able to redeem their scores for gifts such as pastries and tablets. But it's not all fun and games. Some people say they felt pressured to download it, others hope it can help their careers, a...Keep on reading: ‘Xi cult’ app is China’s red hot hit

Malaysia to Put Former Goldman Sachs Banker on Trial Before U.S. Extradition

The home affairs minister said Roger Ng will have to face criminal charges over the IMDB scandal in Malaysia before he can be sent to the U.S. to face related charges there. The post Malaysia to Put Former Goldman Sachs Banker on Trial Before U.S. Extraditio
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Malaysia to Put Former Goldman Sachs Banker on Trial Before U.S. Extradition

The home affairs minister said Roger Ng will have to face criminal charges over the IMDB scandal in Malaysia before he can be sent to the U.S. to face related charges there. The post Malaysia to Put Former Goldman Sachs Banker on Trial Before U.S. Extradition appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Family Ties Thwart Cambodia’s Efforts to Tackle Bride Trafficking to China

Survivors who return to Cambodia often decide against filing police complaints because they fear implicating their relatives in criminality. The post Family Ties Thwart Cambodia’s Efforts to Tackle Bride Trafficking to China appeared first on The Irrawa
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Family Ties Thwart Cambodia’s Efforts to Tackle Bride Trafficking to China

Survivors who return to Cambodia often decide against filing police complaints because they fear implicating their relatives in criminality. The post Family Ties Thwart Cambodia’s Efforts to Tackle Bride Trafficking to China appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Britain Managing Huawei Risks, Has No Evidence of Spying: Official

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said he wanted to «more fully understand the UK's reasoning.» The post Britain Managing Huawei Risks, Has No Evidence of Spying: Official appeared firs
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Britain Managing Huawei Risks, Has No Evidence of Spying: Official

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said he wanted to «more fully understand the UK's reasoning.» The post Britain Managing Huawei Risks, Has No Evidence of Spying: Official appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Merill GBP hedged share class launched

Following the success of the Merill SICAV plc, which has now surpassed €70 million in assets under management, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of a new GBP hedged share class under the Merill High Income Fund.  The pu
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New Merill GBP hedged share class launched

Following the success of the Merill SICAV plc, which has now surpassed €70 million in assets under management, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of a new GBP hedged share class under the Merill High Income Fund.  The purpose of this share class is to allow investors who are long in Sterling or in holdings denominated in GBP, which invest predominantly in UK assets, to diversify their portfolio by investing in a fund with a wider sectorial and geographical exposure. The net asset value (NAV) of the share class will be hedged against GBP thereby eliminating the EURGBP currency pair exposure. The Merill SICAV plc is incorporated as an open-ended collective investment scheme, registered in Malta, qualifying as a Maltese UCITS in terms of the UCITS Directive, and licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority. The fund is self-managed, however, the day-to-day investment management of this new GBP hedged share class will also be managed by the team of professionals at Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd. “In view of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its possible repercussions on UK focused investments, being direct holdings or collective...

Shipping movements - February 21, 2019

The following ships are expected in Malta: The Maersk Arizona from Algiers to Algiers, the Maersk Lota from Malaga to Genoa (both Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the X-Press Annapurna to Genoa (Bianchi & Co Ltd), the CMA CGM Leo from Genoa to Beirut (CMA CGM Malta Ag
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Shipping movements - February 21, 2019

The following ships are expected in Malta: The Maersk Arizona from Algiers to Algiers, the Maersk Lota from Malaga to Genoa (both Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the X-Press Annapurna to Genoa (Bianchi & Co Ltd), the CMA CGM Leo from Genoa to Beirut (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) and the Barbara Krahulik from Catania (SMS Shipping) today. The Dimitris C from Algiers to Salerno, the Oued Ziz from Tunis to Tunis, the Gesina Schepers from Misurata to Catania, the Hansa Marburg from Tripoli to Misurata, the CMA CGM Moliere from Hamburg to Edekhelia, the APL Norway from Genoa to Damietta, the CMA CGM Cassiopeia from Suez Canal to Valencia (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd), the Maersk Kotka from Port Said to Port Tangier (Thomas Smith & Co Ltd), the MSC Agadir from Gioia Tauro to Valencia (John Ripard & Son Ltd) tomorrow. The Okee Lilo from Tunis to Tunis, the Performance from Piraeus to Rotterdam, the Pacaya from Dekhelia to Algiers, the Hansa Cloppenburg from Algiers to Mersin, the Fas Dammam from Algiers to Tripoli (all CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) and the Barbara Krahulik from Catania (SMS Shipping) on Saturday. The Kreta S from Algiers to Algiers, the Jaguar from Algiers to Algiers (both CMA CGM...

Church set to make changes as summit on sex abuse opens on Thursday

Pope Francis kicks off a red-letter global child protection summit Thursday for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges for change clamour for incisive reforms. The pontiff has set aside three and a half days to convince Ca
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Church set to make changes as summit on sex abuse opens on Thursday

Pope Francis kicks off a red-letter global child protection summit Thursday for reflections on the sex abuse crisis, while victims tired of hearing pledges for change clamour for incisive reforms. The pontiff has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle paedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018, from Chile to Germany and the United States. The 82-year-old hopes to raise awareness through prayers, speeches, working groups and testimonies from victims. The idea is that the 114 heads of bishops' conferences will return home with clear ideas on how to spot and deal with abuse. The task is made difficult by the fact that some churches, in Asia and Africa in particular, deny the problem exists. «My hope would be that people see this as a turning point,» said American Cardinal Blase Cupich, one of the pope's trusted allies in the United States and one of the summit's four organisers. The US Catholic Church has been shaken by one of the gravest crises in its history, with the defrocking last week by Pope Francis of a former cardinal -- American Theodore McCarrick -- over accusations he sexually abused a...

Civil society: flourishing opuntia? - Benjamin Dalli

The opuntia ficus-indica may have originated several time zones away, yet the prickly pear, an alien species, found itself pasted on the emblem of Malta for over a decade. To the reckless passer-by, the cactus is a threat. For the wiser rambler, it can be a s
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Civil society: flourishing opuntia? - Benjamin Dalli

The opuntia ficus-indica may have originated several time zones away, yet the prickly pear, an alien species, found itself pasted on the emblem of Malta for over a decade. To the reckless passer-by, the cactus is a threat. For the wiser rambler, it can be a summertime treat.  Civil society was introduced to Malta formally shortly after Independence. Today, hundreds of voluntary organisations are registered with the commissioner. It is dubious whether this indicates that civil society has flourished akin to our beloved flora. Malta has been doing pretty well for itself, at least prima facie. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Malta among the world’s healthiest democracies – quite a feat for a country of its age, size and history. Century after century, the Maltese people were subjugated to some other ruler; none was known for their democratic credentials – bar Britain. Yet among full democracies, Malta trails behind in political participation. The factors assessed included adult literacy, voter turnout and party political membership, arguably the three strongest points keeping Malta afloat in the area.  Evidently, that isn’t enough.  Politics is still considered a taboo across...

Integrity in public life

Those serving in public life, whether as politicians or as officials in the public service, know that they are in a position of trust. They are just stewards of the processes that ultimately serve society. Public figures are expected to abide by high standard
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Integrity in public life

Those serving in public life, whether as politicians or as officials in the public service, know that they are in a position of trust. They are just stewards of the processes that ultimately serve society. Public figures are expected to abide by high standards of exemplary behaviour that are characterised by selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Recent revelations about the behaviour of a member of Parliament and a high-ranking public official can raise legitimate questions as to whether these public officials are committed to the principle of integrity. These two incidents have similarities but are also different in some ways. Labour MP and chairman of Heritage Malta Anton Refalo was charged in court with assaulting his son after he allegedly spread revenge porn of his ex-girlfriend. The Magistrates’ Court acquitted Dr Refalo as the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove its case. So an alleged case of domestic violence by a member of Parliament produced no sanctions because of insufficient criminal evidence. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and former Rabat mayor Frank Fabri was...

New Details of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Health Venture Emerge in Court Testimony

The health-care joint venture is looking at how to redesign health insurance, among other efforts, according to newly unsealed court testimony from an executive at the health startup.
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New Details of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Health Venture Emerge in Court Testimony

The health-care joint venture is looking at how to redesign health insurance, among other efforts, according to newly unsealed court testimony from an executive at the health startup.

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