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

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

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

No evidence to support Mcast allegations, inquiry board concludes

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

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

Archbishop celebrates Maundy Thursday Mass

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

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

Greco’s work ‘based on facts not impressions’

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

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

Teen migrants refused bail because of missing signature

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

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

Schoolchildren want a more diverse PE curriculum

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

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

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe

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

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

A Christian vision for the European Parliament

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

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

Bizarre resurfacing job was a unique case – roads agency

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

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

Night buses are free of charge for the Easter holidays

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

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

Watch: More than a pinch of salt…

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

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

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

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

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

Malta U-17 waterpolo team victorious during Slovakia training camp

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

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

Central Banks effectiveness?

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

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

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

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

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

Shipping movements - April 18, 2019

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

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

Four simple ways to make life better for tenants

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

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

Plans for Fino showroom to rise to 18 floors in Mrieħel

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

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

Good Friday walk in aid of Puttinu Cares

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

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

Wooden gazebo at Manoel Island catches fire

No one was injured when a wooden gazebo within the former Funky Monkey complex on Manoel Island caught fire on Wednesday evening, the police said. The fire was brought under control after the Civil Protection Department rushed to the site in Gżira at around
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Wooden gazebo at Manoel Island catches fire

No one was injured when a wooden gazebo within the former Funky Monkey complex on Manoel Island caught fire on Wednesday evening, the police said. The fire was brought under control after the Civil Protection Department rushed to the site in Gżira at around 7.45pm. Arson has not been ruled out. Meanwhile, Facebook users reportedly claimed that a group of hooded teenagers were seen running away from the music venue and soon after a plume of smoke was spotted over the establishment. A rubbish fire was also reported in Luqa at around the same time.

28 people killed in Portuguese tourist bus accident

At least 28 people were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, local mayor Filipe Sousa told local media. The regional protection service did not confirm the toll when questioned by AFP. Images from the scene showe
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28 people killed in Portuguese tourist bus accident

At least 28 people were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, local mayor Filipe Sousa told local media. The regional protection service did not confirm the toll when questioned by AFP. Images from the scene showed the wreckage of the bus which appears to have come off the road and rolled over. Around 50 people are believed to have been on board. He said all the tourists on the bus were German but it was not clear if the fatalities occurred only in the bus. The scene of the crash has been sealed off and the injured transferred to a hospital in the capital, Funchal, Lusa news agency said. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is flying to the island to visit the scene, the agency added.

Lazio back in Champions League chase with Udinese win

Lazio kept their Champions League ambitions alive on Wednesday thanks to a routine 2-0 Serie A win over Udinese. Simone Inzaghi's seventh-placed side ended a three-game winless run to move three points behind fourth-placed AC Milan who occupy the final Champi
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Lazio back in Champions League chase with Udinese win

Lazio kept their Champions League ambitions alive on Wednesday thanks to a routine 2-0 Serie A win over Udinese. Simone Inzaghi's seventh-placed side ended a three-game winless run to move three points behind fourth-placed AC Milan who occupy the final Champions League place. Leaders Juventus are almost certainties to win their eighth title in a row while second-placed Napoli are well-placed to take second, seven ahead of Inter Milan who are in turn five ahead of their city rivals. But behind the top three the battle is tight with Roma a point behind AC Milan in fifth followed by Atalanta, Lazio and even Torino -- who are five points adrift -- still in the running for elite European football with six games to play. Ecuador forward Filipe Caicedo put Lazio ahead after 21 minutes with the ball bouncing off the post and into the net for his fifth goal of the season. Lazio doubled their lead three minutes later when Brazilian midfielder Sandro clumsily turned a Sergej Milinković-Savić header into this own goal. Udinese's Argentine playmaker Rodrigo De Paul missed a penalty after the break as the side from north-eastern Italy sit just three points off the drop zone.   Standings...

Watch: Liverpool crush Porto to reach Champions League semi-finals

Liverpool set up a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday after their superstar front three all scored in a 4-1 win away at FC Porto that saw them cruise into the last four 6-1 on aggregate. Porto got their consolation sh
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Watch: Liverpool crush Porto to reach Champions League semi-finals

Liverpool set up a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday after their superstar front three all scored in a 4-1 win away at FC Porto that saw them cruise into the last four 6-1 on aggregate. Porto got their consolation shortly after when Militao -- who will join Real Madrid next season -- rose to head in from an Alex Telles corner, finally giving their support something to cheer. They will be glad to see the back of Liverpool, however. Mane missed the target after rounding Casillas, but Henderson set up fellow substitute Firmino to head in the visitors' third on 77 minutes and Van Dijk nodded in from a corner to round out the scoring.

Watch: Tottenham edge City to reach Champions League semis

Manchester City's bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City on Wednesday was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg de
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Watch: Tottenham edge City to reach Champions League semis

Manchester City's bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City on Wednesday was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit. Four goals were scored in a crazy opening 11 minutes as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva cancelled out two Son Heung-min away goals for Tottenham. City finally looked set for the last four when further goals from Sterling and Sergio Aguero put them ahead in the tie for the first time. But there was a further twist when Fernando Llorente's controversial goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard. VAR intervened again deep into stoppage time to save Spurs once more when Sterling thought he had completed his hat-trick only for Aguero to be ruled offside in the build-up. Tottenham's reward is a semi-final clash against Ajax. Pep Guardiola will face more questions over his failure to land the Champions League three seasons into his City's reign, but after a more conservative approach for the first leg was criticised, he set the tone for a thrilling 90 minutes. Kevin de...

US Embassy awards $25,000 to migrant project

A project aimed at helping female refugees and migrants who survived violence has been awarded $25,000 by the US Department of State. The funding was presented by the US Embassy through the Julia Taft Refugee Fund to the Migrant Women Association Malta (MWAM
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US Embassy awards $25,000 to migrant project

A project aimed at helping female refugees and migrants who survived violence has been awarded $25,000 by the US Department of State. The funding was presented by the US Embassy through the Julia Taft Refugee Fund to the Migrant Women Association Malta (MWAM) for its Better Future project. The 18-month project created and implemented a mental health framework to treat female refugees and migrants suffering from sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV). The concept involves a client-centred approach that incorporates an understanding of how the victim views the violence, and training interpreters and practitioners to work together. MWAM published the framework in a handbook for mental health practitioners and other entities working in or related to the field. The Council of Europe hailed MWAM’s approach as a ‘best practice.’ During the presentation at the Embassy, US Chargé d’Affaires Mark Schapiro discussed the Embassy’s #BreakThe Glass initiative to identify and address obstacles that hinder women’s economic empowerment, career development, and representation, noting that combatting SGBV was crucial to any agenda to advance women’s economic and political interests.

Henderson thriving after Klopp lifts shackles

Jordan Henderson has emerged as the unexpected driving force in Liverpool's midfield after persuading Jurgen Klopp to grant him the freedom to roam. Henderson has spent most of his career as an unsung support act for more glamourous team-mates with Liverpool
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Henderson thriving after Klopp lifts shackles

Jordan Henderson has emerged as the unexpected driving force in Liverpool's midfield after persuading Jurgen Klopp to grant him the freedom to roam. Henderson has spent most of his career as an unsung support act for more glamourous team-mates with Liverpool and England. But the 28-year-old has won Klopp's trust so completely that he goes into Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Porto firmly established as one of the key components of Liverpool's push for a European Cup and Premier League double. Ever since joining Liverpool from his hometown club Sunderland in 2011, Henderson had struggled to silence the critics who have questioned his ability to influence matches against the very best opposition. Those doubters seized on criticism from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, who once wrote in his autobiography that he opted not to sign Henderson because of the way he ran. «We looked at Jordan Henderson a lot, and Steve Bruce was unfailingly enthusiastic about him. But we noticed that Henderson runs from his knees, with a straight back,» Ferguson said. "The modern footballer runs from his hips, and we thought this gait might cause him problems later in...

Leading expert on Le Corbusier in Malta

World-renowned architectural historian William J. R. Curtis will this evening be the guest speaker at a talk by Architecture Alive. The presentation is entitled ‘On transforming Le Corbusier: The continuing presence of his creative universe’. Curtis is th
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Leading expert on Le Corbusier in Malta

World-renowned architectural historian William J. R. Curtis will this evening be the guest speaker at a talk by Architecture Alive. The presentation is entitled ‘On transforming Le Corbusier: The continuing presence of his creative universe’. Curtis is the bestselling author of the seminal book Modern Architecture Since 1990 and is also the author of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, establishing him as the leading expert on Le Corbusier. The event is being hosted by Studjurban and the Planning Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Malta. It is also being supported by the Kamra tal-Periti and Places: Design and Living. The event will take place at the Aula Prima in the University of Malta, Valletta Campus today. Doors open at 6pm and the talk will start at 6.30pm, followed by drinks and canapés.

CABS/police operation against illegal trapping finds huge mist net installation in Gozo

Illegal bird trapping equipment including a huge mist net were found over the past week as members of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) led police officers to seven illegal trapping sites for Turtle Dove and Quail in Gozo. Two illegal cage traps wer
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CABS/police operation against illegal trapping finds huge mist net installation in Gozo

Illegal bird trapping equipment including a huge mist net were found over the past week as members of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) led police officers to seven illegal trapping sites for Turtle Dove and Quail in Gozo. Two illegal cage traps were found near Għasri and the outskirts of Victoria, three sets of clap nets in San Lawrenz, Zebbuġ and Għasri, one ground net for Quail-trapping in Marsalforn and a massive vertical mist net which poachers had set up in a fenced property below the Gordan lighthouse.   CABS said that the operation revealed that poachers have adopted a new technique to trap turtle doves with so-called sputnik-traps` which are installed on top of cages containing live Turtle Doves. Sputnik-traps are normally used by pigeon fanciers to secure returning racing pigeons in the loft; but attached to an aviary they are a very effective mechanism to trap wild birds. With a size of about 100 square metres the mist net found below the lighthouse was one of the biggest of its kind ever found by CABS on Malta and Gozo. “Its dimension and professional setup suggest that this trap was set up and operated by several poachers who intended to catch hundreds of...

Seven arrested after drugs raid

Seven persons have been arrested following a drugs raid on a garage in Qormi. The raid was conducted by the police Drugs Squad, the Special Intervention Unit and district police.  The arrested persons are from Qormi, Valletta, Żejtun, Msida and St Paul's Ba
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Seven arrested after drugs raid

Seven persons have been arrested following a drugs raid on a garage in Qormi. The raid was conducted by the police Drugs Squad, the Special Intervention Unit and district police.  The arrested persons are from Qormi, Valletta, Żejtun, Msida and St Paul's Bay and aged between 38 and 47. Several packets containing suspected cocaine and heroin were found, the police said. TVM said those arrested included Roddy Williams, who stands accused of having kept his wife Natalie locked up in a cave in Kalkara in 2017. He had allegedly been living in the garage. Williams had been out on bail since March 9 last year, but failed to keep contact with police after March 2 this year. 

Pope thanks Notre-Dame firefighters on behalf of whole Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday thanked the firefighters who risked their lives to save the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on behalf of the entire Catholic Church. «The gratitude of the whole Church goes to all those who did everything they could, even riskin
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Pope thanks Notre-Dame firefighters on behalf of whole Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday thanked the firefighters who risked their lives to save the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on behalf of the entire Catholic Church. «The gratitude of the whole Church goes to all those who did everything they could, even risking their lives, to save the Basilica,» he said during the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square. Francis said he had been «very saddened» by the vast blaze on Monday which gutted the great Paris landmark, destroying the roof, causing the steeple to collapse and leaving France reeling in shock. A firefighter suffered injuries during the blaze, which at one point threatened to bring down one of the two monumental bell towers on the western facade of the cathedral that is visited by 13 million tourists each year. The Holy Crown of Thorns, believed to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion, was saved by firefighters, as was a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis IX. Rescuers formed a human chain at the site of the disaster to evacuate as many artefacts as possible. The bells of all cathedrals in France will sound at 6.50 pm on Wednesday, 48 hours after the fire started.  

European car sales stay in reverse

European car sales fell 3.9 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, marking the seventh-straight monthly drop, an industry body said Wednesday. «Demand decreased in all major EU markets,» the European Automobile Manufacturers Assoc
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European car sales stay in reverse

European car sales fell 3.9 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, marking the seventh-straight monthly drop, an industry body said Wednesday. «Demand decreased in all major EU markets,» the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said, with the biggest falls in Italy, down 9.6 per cent, Spain 4.3 per cent, Britain 3.4 per cent and France 2.3 per cent. Germany's Volkswagen Group, which is still trying to move past the «dieselgate» emissions scandal, saw sales decrease 1.1 per cent but it remained Europe's top carmaker. French carmaker PSA (Peugeot, Citroen and Opel), the second ranked by market share, saw sales dip 1.4 per cent in March compared to 2018. By volume, auto sales in March fell to 1.72 million from 1.79 million a year earlier. For the three months to March, auto sales were down 3.3 per cent compared with first quarter 2018. The association had warned in February - when total sales fell 1.0 per cent - that manufacturers could expect the car market to remain «stable at best» in 2019, forecasting growth of «less than 1 per cent».

A small step for China: Mars base for teens opens in desert

A Mars base simulator sits in the middle of nowhere in China's Gobi desert, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers. Surrounded by barren hills in northwest Gansu province, «Mars Base 1&raq
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A small step for China: Mars base for teens opens in desert

A Mars base simulator sits in the middle of nowhere in China's Gobi desert, but instead of housing astronauts training to live on the Red Planet, the facility is full of teenagers. Surrounded by barren hills in northwest Gansu province, «Mars Base 1» opened to the public on Wednesday with the aim of exposing teens - and soon tourists - to what life could be like on the planet. The facility's unveiling comes as China is making progress in its efforts to catch up to the United States and become a space power, with ambitions of sending humans to the moon someday. The white-coloured base has a silver dome and nine modules, including living quarters, a control room, a greenhouse and an airlock. The teenagers don spacesuits and go on treks in the desert, where they can explore caves in the martian-like landscape. The closest town is Jinchang, some 40 kilometres away. The company behind the project, C-Space, plans to open the base - currently an educational facility - to tourists in the next year. C-Space had help from the Astronauts Centre of China and the China Intercontinental Communication Centre, a state television production organisation, in its quest to create a realistic...

Mizzi claims Panama inquiry request breaches his human rights

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi this week filed a Constitutional Case against the Attorney General claiming fresh calls for an inquiry into his Panama Papers dealings breached his human rights. An earlier request for such an inquiry was successfully blocked in
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Mizzi claims Panama inquiry request breaches his human rights

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi this week filed a Constitutional Case against the Attorney General claiming fresh calls for an inquiry into his Panama Papers dealings breached his human rights. An earlier request for such an inquiry was successfully blocked in January on appeal by Dr Mizzi, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his top aide Keith Schembri, among others. Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil and civil society group Repubblika took to the courts to again demand an inquiry in March due to the “institutional paralysis” over the Panama Papers scandal. Dr Mizzi in his court application argued that no decision should be taken about whether such an inquiry is warranted until his human rights case is heard. The Tourism Minister said the fresh request for an inquiry breached his right to a fair hearing as the law allowing such requests by citizens was being abused. In comments to the Times of Malta, Repubblika said it was outrageous that a government minister used the institutions of the State to run away from the law. “Human rights laws exist to protect citizens from their government. Konrad Mizzi thinks they exist to protect the government from citizens”, Repubblika...

Guardiola in need of Tottenham turnaround for some Champions League vindication

Manchester City remain in contention for a historic haul of four trophies this season, but winning the one by which Pep Guardiola's time at the Etihad will be judged depends on overturning a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg deficit against Totten
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Guardiola in need of Tottenham turnaround for some Champions League vindication

Manchester City remain in contention for a historic haul of four trophies this season, but winning the one by which Pep Guardiola's time at the Etihad will be judged depends on overturning a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg deficit against Tottenham on Wednesday. City’s long-term pursuit of Guardiola has delivered what it promised domestically. Premier League records for points, goals and wins were smashed in romping to the title last season. Guardiola’s men are on course to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League despite Liverpool, 18 times English champions, posting what is likely to be a club record points tally. City have already retained the League Cup and will be heavy favourites to claim more silverware when they face Watford in next month's FA Cup final. However, the far less heralded Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini also won Premier League titles in the decade since the club's Abu Dhabi backers began pouring in billions of pounds of investment. The grand plan was for Guardiola to lead City to the promised land in the Champions League, which so far he has failed to do. The Catalan has constantly used City's lack of history in...

No to geo-blocking

Geo-blocking is illegal on all counts and the European Commission, as the EU’s competition watchdog, will waste no time in enforcing EU anti-trust rules against any trader which seeks to impede cross-border trade. This has been made amply clear by the recen
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No to geo-blocking

Geo-blocking is illegal on all counts and the European Commission, as the EU’s competition watchdog, will waste no time in enforcing EU anti-trust rules against any trader which seeks to impede cross-border trade. This has been made amply clear by the recent Commission’s Statement of Objections addressed to Valve, owner of the Steam video game distribution platform, and five videogame publishers, alleging a breach by these entities of EU competition rules. The EU’s unjustified geo-blocking regulation which came into force on December 3, 2018, clearly prohibits geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions across Europe. Any tactics employed by traders which serve to undermine online shopping and cross-border sales across EU member states, are therefore clearly illegal. This regulation applies, among other goods, to PC video games distributed on CDs, DVDs but not to downloads. The anti-trust proceedings which the Commission opened against Valve and the video game publishers reaffirm the objective of the regulation, namely that of allowing consumers to truly benefit from a digital single market. Valve, via Steam, digitally distributes PC video games from each of the...

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