Seventy-two MEPs from across political groups have described Jason Micallef's behaviour in the wake of Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder as undignified and unacceptable and called for his immediate removal from the post of chairman of Valletta 2018. The MEPs referred to a letter published by PEN International and endorsed by 250 international authors that expressed outrage at the behaviour of Mr Micallef. Read: Jason Micallef slammed as 'outrageous' by international writers The MEPs said the vilification of Ms Caruana Galizia, even after her assassination, and the calls for the clearing of the memorial in her tribute in Valletta and for banners demanding for justice to be removed are actions they considered incompatible with those of an official that represents the European Capital of Culture. Mr Micallef created a stir last month when he posted a picture of the big crowd for the St Patrick's Day celebration in St Julian's and in a twist of the last words written by Ms Caruana Galizia, wrote: «St Patrick's Day in Malta. The situation is desperate. There is happy people everywhere you look.» Just hours after this PEN letter was published, Mr Micallef proceeded to continue with...
More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, with almost two in three planning to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement, according to a survey on Thursday. The UBS Investor Watch, which tracks the sentiments of more than 5,000 people with at least $1 million in assets, showed nine out of 10 were adjusting spending habits and making long-term investments to finance their longevity. But around one-in-four respondents based in the United States and Britain said they were not making any such financial changes, highlighting a shortfall in retirement planning in two of the world's most important economies as life expectancy rises, especially among the rich. «The idea of living to 100 would have seemed absurd up until recently. Now, it's destined to become commonplace,» Nick Tucker, Head of UK Domestic at UBS Wealth Management, said. Tucker said prospective centenarians needed to plan for a 30 or 40-year retirement. That meant making and protecting wealth across all market cycles during that time, and deciding how to share their money more effectively with descendants. The prospect of living longer and passing a smaller legacy...
Chris Cardona has denied even being at a Siġġiewi bar at the same time as one of the men charged with killing Daphne Caruana Galizia. The Economy Minister is in the eye of a storm after the Daphne Project reported that Dr Cardona's presence at the bar, frequented by at least one of the men suspected of murdering the journalist, had been flagged to the inquiring magistrate. The story was based on the account of two witnesses who said they saw the minister at the bar before and after the October 16 assassination. Read: Chris Cardona's presence at bar ‘frequented by murder suspect’ flagged to magistrate The Daphne Project is made up of a consortium of investigative journalists from 18 international media houses, including Times of Malta. In replies to the Daphne Project, the Economy Minister had said that he «does not recall» having any discussions with any the three individuals accused of carrying out the car bombing. Brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio stand accused of Ms Caruana Galizia’s assassination, along with Vincent Muscat. The men deny the charges. Asked by Times of Malta on Thursday whether he was ever at the bar while any of the accused men were there, Dr Cardona...
An Italian man who travelled to Malta in search of a job but ended up involved in a fight, has been let out on bail after pleading not guilty in court. Fulvio Ripoli, a 29-year old born in Rome and residing at Fgura, currently unemployed, landed on the wrong side of the law on account of his alleged involvement in the fight which broke out inside a Fgura bar. Another co-national who was involved, ending up suffering eye injuries. The alleged culprit was also slightly injured in the brawl. Mr Ripoli was arrested and charged on Thursday for involuntary grievous bodily harm upon the other Italian man. He was also charged with having assaulted and threatened the alleged victim and with having breached the public peace. Defence lawyer Mark Mifsud Cutajar formally requested the prosecution to retrieve any CCTV footage from the scene of the crime which could shed light upon the dynamics of the incident, thereby making sure that all evidence was preserved. Moreover, the defence lawyer informed the court that his client was formally giving notice of a police complaint which he intended to file against his alleged victim. Although having allegedly explained to the police how he too had...
The €70 million three-year Marsa junction project is «on track», and motorists will be able to commute across three new lanes by summer, according to details given on Thursday. Based on current progress, new lanes on Triq Ġuze Gatt, Triq il-Gvern Lokali and Triq Aldo Moro will be completed as part of the second phase in the coming months, Transport Minister Ian Borg said. Addressing the media with European Commissioner Corina Crețu at the project site, which sees some 8,000 vehicles every hour, Dr Borg said that by the end of the year, €6.2 million would have been invested in the project. This translated into three kilometres of new or rebuilt lanes, 11,500 tonnes of asphalt for new lanes, the demolition of two factory buildings, six kilometres of trenches for utilities or telecommunications networks, 1.7 kilometres of storm water systems and 400 metres of cycle lanes. Apart from drastically reducing waiting time for commuters, less traffic congestion would mean improved air quality for the neighbouring localities of Marsa and Paola, the minister added. The Marsa Junction project will see the elimination of the traffic lights system to allow for uninterrupted traffic flow. So...
A formal complaint calling on the police to investigate Economy Minister Chris Cardona following revelations by the Daphne Project, was made on Thursday afternoon by Occupy Justice. The Daphne Project, a consortium of international media houses, including Times of Malta, reported on Tuesday that Dr Cardona had been seen chatting in a bar with one of the suspects in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, before and after the crime was committed. Dr Cardona denied the claim, which the journalists said is backed by two witnesses. A crowd of some 100 people gathered outside Valletta police station as officials of Occupy Justice entered the building to file their complaint. «Rather than investigate whoever put up posters on Monday, the police should investigate these allegations,» an Occupy Justice official said. As the report was filed, the crowd chanted 'Justice, Justice' while some were also heard chanting 'mafia' as Equality Minister Helena Dalli, who happened to be in a nearby restaurant, was seen passing by. The Valletta event was initially meant to be in support of former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil after his car was spotted carrying posters calling for justice after...
Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando has asked the Commission for the Administration of Justice to look into what he said is a «very serious shortcoming» by Magistrate Anthony Vella when he did not insist on obtaining the laptop used by murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia for the murder inquiry. «It is now public knowledge that Magistrate Vella ignored the request of the police officers investigating the assassination of Mrs Daphne Caruana Galizia to take possession of a laptop withheld from them by family members. This may have been a crucial piece of evidence in this case – a case that has shocked our country and the world,» the former MP said in a letter to President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who heads the commission. Six months have now elapsed since this request was made. «This behaviour may or may not have been influenced by Magistrate Vella’s connections with the aforementioned family,» Dr Pullicino Orlando said. 'An unacceptable and dangerous precedent' The former MP, a frequent target of Ms Caruana Galizia's blogs, and now a chairman of the Malta Chairman for Science and Technology, also wrote on his Facebook page that an unacceptable and dangerous precedent was being...
A light aircraft has crashed in Northern Ireland, reportedly killing two people. Emergency services are at the scene of the crashed plane, which is on fire, near Belfast International Airport. Read Full Article at RT.com
An ex-army chief has questioned claims that Syria’s Bashar Assad used chemical gas against his own people in Douma. Major-General Jonathan Shaw expressed doubts over the attack, noting that Assad had already “won the war.” Read Full Article at RT.com
At the banks of a storm drain which stretches from Alajo to Avenor in Accra, rubbish has been damped delicately close waiting for rains to play the part and wash the refuse away.
There was chaos at Amuzukope in Kasoa in the Central Region Thursday morning when a private developer and members of a community clashed over a piece of land.
The Interior Minister has condemned the police brutality against The Multimedia Group reporter, Latif Iddrisu at the Police CID Headquarters.
A slip-up by supermarket Asda in an online order saw a woman charged £930 for a single banana.
The headmaster of the Tweneboah Koduah Senior High School in the Ashanti Region, has been interdicted following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Hundreds of people from his community of Slave Lake gathered Wednesday to remember Lukan, one of the 16 people killed when the Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-trailer on April 6.
The mother of a toddler who was found dead in Quebec City yesterday was taken to hospital with self-inflicted injuries ahead of her planned court appearance today.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending her comparison of Ontario Progressive Leader Doug Ford to U.S. President Donald Trump this week, saying she doesn't think her remarks will undermine the province's trade relationship with the U.S. in any way.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled provinces have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of alcohol from another province, as long as the primary aim of the restriction is not to impede trade.
A woman who drove into the CIA headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia, with a loaded gun, a passport and $100,000 in cash while wearing a wig is being held without bond.
It has been a rough month for retired general and former Trump National Security Advisor HR McMaster. A few weeks after he announced he would be leaving the West Wing - the culmination of months of tension between him and the Trump administration - McMaster's father passed away last week at a retirement community in Philadelphia, according to the New York Post. Now, McMaster's father's death is being investigated by local authorities as «suspicious» after allegations surfaced that the elder McMaster didn't receive the proper care.
Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.
New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.
During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets as “a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists.” Warning that the groups’ unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience, “If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings.”
The global financial environment is changing faster and more significantly than at any other time in recent history. It is driven by a variety of forces, coming from multiple directions. These include government-driven issues such as rising national debt, «quantitative easing,» the new «ball-in» policies, recently legalized by the G7 countries, the Greek debt, (which is indicative of the dangers inherent when currency control is disconnected from monetary policy control), and Saudi-driven devaluation of energy on a global scale. Civil unrest driven by the Islamic State, Russia in Eastern Europe, uncontrolled mass emigration, and nat...Keep on reading: IS2CP brings the ‘up side’ to PH, Asia
WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's «not going to be fruitful.» Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim «got along really well» in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, «We've never been in a position like this» to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons. But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is be...Keep on reading: Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim
PALM BEACH, Florida --- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He's met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he's Trump's second-most frequent caller. Yet the «bromance» between Trump and Abe has its limits. Trump appeared to be successful Tuesday in reassuring Abe that he would take Japan's concerns to heart during his upcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. But Wednesday brought public disagreements, as Trump spurned his guest's top economic and trade priorities. Principal among them: ...Keep on reading: Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe ‘bromance’
For Jeff Viernes, trust is the biggest reason Che'Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian has been reaping the rewards in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup. Viernes reunited with coach Stevenson Tiu at the Revellers' camp just early this month, but the guard enjoys the full confidence from his coach and he hasn't wasted any of that. «With coach Steve (Tiu), I know how big his trust is on me. No matter how bad my game is, he knows that he can depend on me. No matter how much I struggle, he's still willing to entrust the last shot on me,» said Viernes. That faith was put to the test on Thursday in Game 2 of the Revellers' semifinals series against Akari-Adamson as they found themsel...Keep on reading: Viernes not letting coach’s trust go to waste in D-League title bid
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhv3wqBH5Gi/?taken-by=jamesyap18 James Yap gave a short but heartfelt message for his son Bimby Aquino Yap who just celebrated his 11th birthday on April 19. In his Instagram post on Thursday, he assured Bimby that he would always be there for him even if they don't each other often. «Happy birthday Bimb! I miss you and think about you everyday. Alam ko na ang tagal na natin di nakapagspend ng time together, at di nagkikita, but i want you to know that I'm always here for you. I will always be your papa. I hope you enjoy your birthday!» he wrote. Yap now has a new family with Italian girlf...Keep on reading: James Yap posts sweet birthday message for Bimby
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Le Ministre d'Etat, Ministre de la Famille et de la Protection de l'Enfance, Josué Mbadinga Mbadinga a séjourné, le week-end écoulé, à Moabi, dans sa circonscription politique, dans le Département de la Douigny, situé dans la province de la Nyanga. Le Membre du Gouvernement y est allé sur invitation de l'Association des Jeunes Emergents Volontaires (AJEV), qui œuvre dans les actions à fort impact social visant à accompagner le Président de la République Ali Bongo Ondimba dans la recherche des solutions (...) - POLITIQUE / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda has hit back at ministers and other prominent figures who have criticised his campaign against “irresponsible parents”.
Artiste Nasseb Abdul popularly known as Diamond Plutinumz was on Thursday, April 19, 2018, grilled by Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in connection with an indecent footage he had posted on social media.
Only 57 per cent of the proposed budget of Sh1.07 trillion for health in last financial year was received by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children by February this year.
The UK reportedly prevented a raid on a mobile company suspected of money laundering because it donated to the Conservative Party, despite the Home Office vowing to implement the toughest anti-money laundering plan in a decade. Read Full Article at RT.com
A policy implemented while Theresa May was home secretary was like «Nazi Germany,» an ex-civil-service boss says. Lord Kerslake added that ministers and civil servants alike were «troubled» by the «hostile environment» policy. Read Full Article at RT.com