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Fitch ratings deal published... without the payment details

Agreements with reputable credit rating agency Fitch to assess the state of Malta’s finances were published this week with details on the fees paid redacted. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna tabled in Parliament copies of the agreements with Fitch by both t
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Fitch ratings deal published... without the payment details

Agreements with reputable credit rating agency Fitch to assess the state of Malta’s finances were published this week with details on the fees paid redacted. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna tabled in Parliament copies of the agreements with Fitch by both the Nationalist and Labour administrations in reply to a request by Nationalist MP Simon Busuttil. The agreements note that the credit rating exercise was being sought by the Maltese government and that it was based on information supplied to the agency by the government. “Fitch is not your adviser and is not providing you or any other party with any financial advice or any legal, auditing, accounting, appraisal, valuation or actuarial services. A rating should not be viewed as a replacement for such advice or services,” the agreement says. “You warrant that all information you or your agents provide to Fitch, as of the date such information is provided, (i) contains no untrue statement of material fact and does not omit a material fact necessary in order to make such information, in light of the circumstances in which it was provided, not misleading and (ii) does not infringe or violate the intellectual property rights of a...

Mater Dei cuts emissions and saves money with €6.5m chiller replacement project

Mater Dei Hospital is expected to significantly cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year after replacing 14 air-cooled chillers with higher-efficiency ones which require less gas to cool the air. The replacement project saw engineers swap out old chillers w
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Mater Dei cuts emissions and saves money with €6.5m chiller replacement project

Mater Dei Hospital is expected to significantly cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year after replacing 14 air-cooled chillers with higher-efficiency ones which require less gas to cool the air. The replacement project saw engineers swap out old chillers which were installed when the hospital first opened in 2003 with new ones over two phases, with seven chillers swapped out in each phase. Apart from the significant emissions reductions – the equivalent of installed more than 3,700 300Wp-rated photovoltaic panels – replacing the chillers is also expected to cut the hospital’s electricity bill by around €1.1 million every year.   Air-cooled chillers are used to control air temperatures throughout Mater Dei’s 300,000 sqaure metres of space. The project, which began last year, will cost €6.5 million when maintenance costs for the new chillers over a 15-year period is factored in, the Health Ministry said. “The ministry takes pride in pushing forward a greener agenda that will guarantee a healthier environment to benefit us all,” said Health Minister Chris Fearne. “We see this as part of our mission firmly believing that prevention is, was and will remain better than cure.” Mater...

New airline will not compete with Air Malta, Tourism Minister says

There are no plans for Malta MedAir to become a fully-fledged airline, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Saturday. Earlier this week, Times of Malta reported how Air Malta staff was concerned that MedAir would be taking over certain operations from Air Ma
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New airline will not compete with Air Malta, Tourism Minister says

There are no plans for Malta MedAir to become a fully-fledged airline, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Saturday. Earlier this week, Times of Malta reported how Air Malta staff was concerned that MedAir would be taking over certain operations from Air Malta while shrinking the national airline’s business. A move to launch a new helicopter service between Malta and Gozo accentuated concerns, with Air Malta staff citing it as a concrete example of how MedAir, run by former Malta Tourism Authority CEO Paul Bugeja, could threaten the national airline. Asked about the issue on Saturday, Dr Mizzi said there were no plans for the new company to offer services in direct competition with Air Malta.  He confirmed that MedAir would be providing a Malta-Gozo helicopter service but insisted the only reason the company was recruiting technical staff was because it needed to acquire certification required for its operations to be code-shared. A code-share agreement is a common aviation agreement whereby airlines agree to sell each other's tickets on some routes. Air Malta was «demanding» that MedAir obtain IOSA (IATA operational safety audit) accreditation, he said. Part of the...

Thousands march in London for a second Brexit referendum

Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europeans from across Britain convened in London on Saturday calling for another referendum on EU membership with the country mired in political paralysis over Brexit. Opponents of Britain's departure from the European Union gathe
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Thousands march in London for a second Brexit referendum

Hundreds of thousands of pro-Europeans from across Britain convened in London on Saturday calling for another referendum on EU membership with the country mired in political paralysis over Brexit. Opponents of Britain's departure from the European Union gathered near Hyde Park at noon and prepared to converge on Westminster in what organisers are calling the «Put it to the people march».  Speakers including Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and opposition Labour deputy leader Tom Watson will then address the crowds at a mass rally outside parliament. «Brexit is a complete and utter mess,» Khan said on the eve of the event. «I'll be marching on Saturday with people from every part of our country -- from every walk of life -- to demand that the British people get the final say.» The protest -- set to be one of the largest in the capital in decades -- comes after EU leaders this week granted a delay to Brexit, prompting Prime Minister Theresa May to make a renewed bid to win MPs' backing for her divorce deal. However she faces daunting odds with lawmakers deadlocked for months over how to implement the 2016 referendum vote to leave, reflecting...

UPDATE - Deputy Minister reportedly killed in Al-Shabaab attack

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla is reported to be among the multiple dead following an Al-Shabaab attack on a Somali government building on Saturday.
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UPDATE - Deputy Minister reportedly killed in Al-Shabaab attack

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla is reported to be among the multiple dead following an Al-Shabaab attack on a Somali government building on Saturday.

Broke, but ‘nephew’ wants some more

You’re at the counter—as usual. The music from the two big speakers mounted at both corners of the counter aren’t loud today, so you can easily hear when the akaunta says: “Karibu mzee.” And when you chat with this young fellow on the stool next to
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Broke, but ‘nephew’ wants some more

You’re at the counter—as usual. The music from the two big speakers mounted at both corners of the counter aren’t loud today, so you can easily hear when the akaunta says: “Karibu mzee.” And when you chat with this young fellow on the stool next to yours, Sam, you don’t have to shout.

Banking on beauty: use of online platforms.

When we talk of beauty and makeup in Tanzania, beauty enthusiasts will quickly point out brands such as Lavvy makeup, Kylie’s line of cosmetics and Fenty beauty as some of the leading brands.
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Banking on beauty: use of online platforms.

When we talk of beauty and makeup in Tanzania, beauty enthusiasts will quickly point out brands such as Lavvy makeup, Kylie’s line of cosmetics and Fenty beauty as some of the leading brands.

EDITORIAL – March 22nd. 2019

By Mr. Henry Lawrence – Referendum Day, Wednesday April 10, is only three weeks away. On that day the voters of Belize will make a decision concerning the future safety
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EDITORIAL – March 22nd. 2019

By Mr. Henry Lawrence – Referendum Day, Wednesday April 10, is only three weeks away. On that day the voters of Belize will make a decision concerning the future safety

Social Media Craze Claims Burning Home

Friday, March 22nd. 2019 The use of mobile devices and the craze to post live updates on social media sites was brought to the forefront recently, as one woman whose
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Social Media Craze Claims Burning Home

Friday, March 22nd. 2019 The use of mobile devices and the craze to post live updates on social media sites was brought to the forefront recently, as one woman whose

Bus Association Concerns Push Transport to React

Friday, March 22nd. - By Marion Ali - The Transport Department is taking measures to ensure that Guatemalan bus companies that have been given permits to make commercial runs from
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Bus Association Concerns Push Transport to React

Friday, March 22nd. - By Marion Ali - The Transport Department is taking measures to ensure that Guatemalan bus companies that have been given permits to make commercial runs from

Thieves Target Caribbean Tires in OW

Friday, March 22nd. - By Marion Ali - Thieves have reportedly targeted Caribbean Tires Wholesale office in Orange Walk Town. The Accountant of the company, Rosita Wade, reported to Police
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Thieves Target Caribbean Tires in OW

Friday, March 22nd. - By Marion Ali - Thieves have reportedly targeted Caribbean Tires Wholesale office in Orange Walk Town. The Accountant of the company, Rosita Wade, reported to Police

Belize Rural North Politics of Violence?

By Neri This week the People’s Unity Party’s Belize Rural North Standard Bearer Marconi Leal made a public apology after getting into an altercation with a known United Democratic Party
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Belize Rural North Politics of Violence?

By Neri This week the People’s Unity Party’s Belize Rural North Standard Bearer Marconi Leal made a public apology after getting into an altercation with a known United Democratic Party

Lok Sabha polls: H D Deve Gowda to contest from Tumkur; sitting Congress MP objects

Hours after Janta Dal (Secular) announced that former Prime Miniser H D Deve Gowda will be the alliance's candidate from Tumkur Lok Sabha seat, the sitting Congress MP raised strong objection to the move.
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Lok Sabha polls: H D Deve Gowda to contest from Tumkur; sitting Congress MP objects

Hours after Janta Dal (Secular) announced that former Prime Miniser H D Deve Gowda will be the alliance's candidate from Tumkur Lok Sabha seat, the sitting Congress MP raised strong objection to the move.

Nigeria: Keyamo Denies Paying Charly Boy for Atiku Diss Song

[Guardian] The spokesman of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign team Festus Keyamo has denied paying a leader of #OurMumuDonDo Movement and singer Charly Boy for a song.
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Nigeria: Keyamo Denies Paying Charly Boy for Atiku Diss Song

[Guardian] The spokesman of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign team Festus Keyamo has denied paying a leader of #OurMumuDonDo Movement and singer Charly Boy for a song.

Zimbabwe: Price of Crime Shoots Up As Courts Hike Fines By 100%

[New Zimbabwe] The police and magistrates' courts have with immediate effect, increased fines for criminal offences by 100 percent.
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Zimbabwe: Price of Crime Shoots Up As Courts Hike Fines By 100%

[New Zimbabwe] The police and magistrates' courts have with immediate effect, increased fines for criminal offences by 100 percent.

Zimbabwe: Treason Accused Opposition MP Freedom Bid Hits Brickwall

[New Zimbabwe] MDC Kuwadzana East MP Charlton Hwende will have to face trial after a Harare Magistrate dismissed his application against arrest and placement on remand.
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Zimbabwe: Treason Accused Opposition MP Freedom Bid Hits Brickwall

[New Zimbabwe] MDC Kuwadzana East MP Charlton Hwende will have to face trial after a Harare Magistrate dismissed his application against arrest and placement on remand.

Мюллер завершил расследование о вмешательстве России в американские выборы и не собирается выдвигать новых обвинений. Их могут предъявить другие

Спецпрокурор Роберт Мюллер передал итоговый доклад генпрокурору США Уильяму Барру. Основные заключения могут быть представлены конгрессу у
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Мюллер завершил расследование о вмешательстве России в американские выборы и не собирается выдвигать новых обвинений. Их могут предъявить другие

Спецпрокурор Роберт Мюллер передал итоговый доклад генпрокурору США Уильяму Барру. Основные заключения могут быть представлены конгрессу уже в выходные, пока документ остается конфиденциальным. Адвокаты Трампа хотят ознакомиться с выводами до их публикации, против чего выступают лидеры демократов.

Пожар в туристическом автобусе на автотрассе в Китае привел к гибели 26 человек (ФОТО, ВИДЕО)

Вечером 22 марта на скоростной автостраде в китайской провинции Хунань произошло возгорание туристического автобуса. В результате 26 человек
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Пожар в туристическом автобусе на автотрассе в Китае привел к гибели 26 человек (ФОТО, ВИДЕО)

Вечером 22 марта на скоростной автостраде в китайской провинции Хунань произошло возгорание туристического автобуса. В результате 26 человек погибли, еще 28 получили ранения, пятеро из них получили тяжелые травмы. Двое водителей задержаны. Причины пожара в транспортном средстве выясняются.

‘Cancel Brexit’ petition surpasses 4 million signatures to become most popular ever

In another sign of the momentum behind the anti-Brexit movement, thousands of protesters converged on central London on Saturday.
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‘Cancel Brexit’ petition surpasses 4 million signatures to become most popular ever

In another sign of the momentum behind the anti-Brexit movement, thousands of protesters converged on central London on Saturday.

Medvedev orders to present new Administrative Code concept by June 1

Deputy Prime Minister and the Head of the Russian Government Office Konstantin Chuichenko has been assigned to coordinate the work process
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Medvedev orders to present new Administrative Code concept by June 1

Deputy Prime Minister and the Head of the Russian Government Office Konstantin Chuichenko has been assigned to coordinate the work process

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Congress president Rahul Gandhi to 'positively consider' Kerala's Wayanad as second seat

Top Congress leaders in Kerala have urged Rahul Gandhi to contest from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, which is being seen as a safe seat for the party. The move is aimed at boosting the Congress in south India but also comes amid reports that the race in Amethi
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2019 Lok Sabha polls: Congress president Rahul Gandhi to 'positively consider' Kerala's Wayanad as second seat

Top Congress leaders in Kerala have urged Rahul Gandhi to contest from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, which is being seen as a safe seat for the party. The move is aimed at boosting the Congress in south India but also comes amid reports that the race in Amethi for the party president could be tighter this time.

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Digvijaya Singh to be Congress candidate from Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on Saturday announced that former chief minister Digvijaya Singh will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Bhopal constituency on Congress ticket.
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2019 Lok Sabha polls: Digvijaya Singh to be Congress candidate from Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on Saturday announced that former chief minister Digvijaya Singh will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Bhopal constituency on Congress ticket.

'Considering to quit': Ashok Chavan allegedly heard in viral audio clip

The Congress, which has lost quite a few leaders ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, was on Saturday troubled by reports of a viral audio clip of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in which he purportedly talks about the possible resignation from the pa
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'Considering to quit': Ashok Chavan allegedly heard in viral audio clip

The Congress, which has lost quite a few leaders ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, was on Saturday troubled by reports of a viral audio clip of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in which he purportedly talks about the possible resignation from the party. The former chief minister of Maharashtra has not commented on the alleged audio clip so far.

T-rex found in Canada is world's biggest

The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world's biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton. Nicknamed Scotty for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed th
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T-rex found in Canada is world's biggest

The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world's biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton. Nicknamed Scotty for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed the night it was discovered, the T. rex was 13 metres long and probably weighed more than 8,800 kilos, making it bigger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, the team from the University of Alberta said. «This is the rex of rexes,» said Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. «There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust,» Persons said. While the giant carnivore's skeleton was discovered in 1991, paleontologists spent more than a decade just removing the hard sandstone that covered its bones. Only now have they been able to study it and realize its uniqueness, which is not limited to its size. «Scotty is the oldest T. rex known,» having lived into its 30s, Persons said. "By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a...

Air Malta registers profit, but ‘not out of the woods yet’

Malta's national airline was not “out of the woods yet” despite registering a slight profit for the first time in years, CEO Charles Mangion said on Saturday. Air Malta registered a profit of €1.2 million, fuelled by an increase in revenue of over €7
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Air Malta registers profit, but ‘not out of the woods yet’

Malta's national airline was not “out of the woods yet” despite registering a slight profit for the first time in years, CEO Charles Mangion said on Saturday. Air Malta registered a profit of €1.2 million, fuelled by an increase in revenue of over €7 million generated by an increase in passenger traffic of around 11 per cent and decreasing fuel costs, a news conference was told.  The airline had registered a loss of €10.8 million in 2017. “In spite of these positive results, we cannot rest on our laurels. A lot more needs to be done to get the company out of the woods and on firm sustainable grounds,” Dr Mangion said. He said the airline needed to continue to adapt to change, adding other airlines and low-fare carriers will continue to pose challenges. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi hailed the turnaround, insisting that the airline had better operational control and was registering success in ticket sales. The airline is now in a position to change its fleet and will receive two new aircraft in the coming months, the minister said, adding there were plans to also open a pilot academy in the future.    

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