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Pedestrian hit in Paola accident

A 29-year-old Nigerian national was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in Paola. The incident happened in Triq il-Perit Dom Mintoff in Paola at 6am on Thursday. The car was bring driven by a 34-year-old man from Tarxien. Police investigations are unde

Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “ass
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Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. The Malta Independent says Malta Industrial Parks has assured the Żejtun mayor that only 48,000 square meters were planned for the extension of Bulebel’s industrial development. In-Nazzjon says Opposition leader Adrian Delia will on Monday request the Courts to declare the agreement with Vitals null. Read: Delia to file court case to “get hospitals back” L-Orizzont says Air Malta will start operating flights from Sicily and Sardinia to London.

French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in th
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French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year from 9.6 per cent in the previous three months, national statistics office INSEE said last week. That drop was the steepest since the 2008 financial crisis, suggesting a clear break below the levels of around 10 per cent of the last few years as an economic recovery in the eurozone gathers pace. Around four months after, as his first major policy initiative as president, Macron changed labour rules to gave firms increased flexibility to hire and fire staff, the French economy is creating jobs at its fastest rate since 2007, INSEE said last week. Whether unemployment can fall much further without additional reforms is far from certain, however. “I think it’s too soon to say that Macron’s reforms are having a positive impact, but it’s clear that stronger activity and a more positive business environment are boosting employment,” Economist Diego Iscaro of IHS Markit said. Surveys have showed business...

'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stic
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'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stick to his plan to only serve two terms in office, he was not going anywhere anytime soon. Party sources said this was being interpreted internally as a message to hold off to those who thought it was time to start the race to replace him. “The message is ‘I am not going anywhere yet’ so hold off,” one party source said. Dr Muscat’s remarks came a week after a radio interview in which he insisted he would stick to his decision to leave the helm of the party after winning two general elections. Sources said that shortly after the interview was published, the PL was buzzing with rumours that Dr Muscat had unofficially blown the whistle for the start of a leadership succession race. “The feeling within the party over the past few days has been that those who fancy they have chances at the leadership can start actively campaigning, rather than doing so in back rooms and in hushed voices,” the sources said.

Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went do
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Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather, crashing into Mount Dena in southern Iran. The TV says search teams reached the crash site before dawn on Monday. The station said the weather had improved, and broadcast footage of a helicopter joining the search. Aseman Airlines said all on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including six crew members. The crash was yet another fatal aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying necessary aeroplane parts due to Western sanctions over its contested nuclear programme.

Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a co
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Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a common dream – to turn their love of film into something tangible. Determined to make this happen, these free spirits combined their talents and stepped into their own world of film-making, creating Three Generations Down (TGD). The team’s stand-out production right now is Cancer Warriors. “We are investigating the power of natural and physical therapies over traditional chemotherapy in a breakthrough programme set up and designed by our very own Donatello Pisani, who is a pharmacist, master coach and author working with local cancer patients. The results have been mind-blowing. There actually is a way to help combat cancer and we’re capturing every moment. It’s going to be spell-binding,” says founder Mike Tabone, also a medical doctor. The TGD team never stops. It currently has two short films in post-production: Colour, which won the 2017 ICA Festival award, and Get Out, a short that delves into supernatural...

Relocation of pens ‘reduced tuna size’

Azzopardi Fisheries has said an application to double the number of tuna cages at its offshore farm is necessary because the quality of its tuna has been hit by the imposed relocation. The operator has applied to increase the number of cages at Sikka l-Bajda
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Relocation of pens ‘reduced tuna size’

Azzopardi Fisheries has said an application to double the number of tuna cages at its offshore farm is necessary because the quality of its tuna has been hit by the imposed relocation. The operator has applied to increase the number of cages at Sikka l-Bajda from 12 to 24. The extra cages will not hold any additional tuna but will ensure that the fish have sufficient space to allow them to reach optimal size before harvesting. The farm was relocated from St Paul’s Bay last year on the Planning Authority’s orders after tuna farms around the island were identified as the source of oily slime which plagued beaches and coastal areas. The relocation was intended as a temporary, two-year measure until the approval of a designated aquaculture zone on the same site. In a Project Description Statement, the operators said that as a result of the relocation, stocking density in the permitted cages was double that of previous years, such that the tuna did not grow to full size due to excessive competition in a relatively small area. They also said that due to delays in the permitting process, much of the purchased tuna had to be kept on tow for a considerable period of time before they...

‘Inclusion, not just integration’

Malta’s integration policy looks good on paper and migrants  express the willingness to integrate. But many are getting lost in the bureaucratic processes involved and are even disheartened by what should be the simple act of applying for an ID card, says
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‘Inclusion, not just integration’

Malta’s integration policy looks good on paper and migrants  express the willingness to integrate. But many are getting lost in the bureaucratic processes involved and are even disheartened by what should be the simple act of applying for an ID card, says Ahmed Bugre, head of the Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants. Interview by Sarah Carabott It took Ahmed Bugre two weeks to explain the significance of an identity card to a migrant who had been in Malta for a decade. Once he had all the required documentation in hand, it took the migrant another week to obtain the prized ID – a process that takes any Maltese national a couple of hours. “He kept being sent from one office to another, asked to provide further documents,” Dr Bugre, director of the Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants (FSM), an NGO, told The Sunday Times of Malta. “When it comes to foreigners, public service delivery is seen not as an entitlement but rather as a burden on the system, even though these people are contribu­ting economically to the system.” Dr Bugre was speaking to this newspaper following the death last month of the Nigerian girl Victoria, after she was rushed to hospital from a...

Rochdale sub Davies stuns Spurs to force replay

Substitute Steve Davies earned Rochdale an FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley with his remarkable stoppage-time equaliser against Tottenham. Sky Bet League One's bottom club played superbly to take the lead into half-time thanks to captain Ian Henderson's s
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Rochdale sub Davies stuns Spurs to force replay

Substitute Steve Davies earned Rochdale an FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley with his remarkable stoppage-time equaliser against Tottenham. Sky Bet League One's bottom club played superbly to take the lead into half-time thanks to captain Ian Henderson's sixth goal of their cup run, yet they looked to have been denied when Lucas Moura equalised. Substitute Harry Kane netted a penalty with just two minutes left but, three minutes into four minutes of added time, Dale threw men forward and got their reward as Davies lashed in to make it 2-2. Rochdale fans queued in the snow at the Crown Oil Arena on Monday morning to get their hands on a precious ticket, and within four hours it was the first sell-out anyone at the club can remember. Much of the talk in the build-up was about the pitch after Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino reacted with horror when shown pictures of it after Dale's fourth-round replay win over Millwall. The third-tier side were more than a little miffed to see their achievement completely overshadowed by the playing surface and invested in a new pitch, which was laid on Wednesday. Pochettino's men certainly should have known what to expect having faced AFC...

‘Citizen scientists’ recruited to monitor wild orchids

Volunteers are being trained by an orchid expert in a project to find out the status of orchids growing wild in the Maltese Islands. Among those who have already committed themselves to a nationwide orchid survey are pensioners, local naturalists and universi
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‘Citizen scientists’ recruited to monitor wild orchids

Volunteers are being trained by an orchid expert in a project to find out the status of orchids growing wild in the Maltese Islands. Among those who have already committed themselves to a nationwide orchid survey are pensioners, local naturalists and university students. Running into its second year, the project includes field outings and training by an environmental conservation NGO on how to identify wild orchids. Managed by Greenhouse Malta, the Wild for Orchids project aims to build a stronger conservation argument while keeping the Environment Resources Authority informed of any changes in the status of rare orchids. At the first session held in Gozo, a group of volunteers were shown how to recognise and record all types of wild orchids, including very rare and disappearing species. The session was repeated at another meeting held in the Valletta premises of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. Volunteers heard how adaptation of native orchids to local conditions makes them appear stunted yet this makes them specialised enough to meet the rigours of their environment on the exposed garigue. About 35 species of orchid, including three endemic species, are known locally.

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's «empire»

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. Iran mocked Netanyahu's tough word
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Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's «empire»

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. Iran mocked Netanyahu's tough words, saying Israel's reputation for «invincibility» had crumbled after one of its jets was shot down following a bombing run in Syria. In his first address to the annual Munich Security Conference, which draws security and defence officials and diplomats from across Europe and the United States, Netanyahu held up a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone that flew into Israeli airspace this month. «Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,» he said. «We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.» For his part, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called Netanyahu's presentation «a cartoonish circus, which does not even deserve a response». «What has happened in the past several days is the so-called invincibility (of Israel) has crumbled,» Zarif, who addressed the conference hours after Netanyahu, said, referring to the downing of the Israeli...

66 believed dead in Iran plane crash

An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran on Sunday during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj in the southwest of the country, Iranian media reported. The ATR-made plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crash
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66 believed dead in Iran plane crash

An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran on Sunday during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj in the southwest of the country, Iranian media reported. The ATR-made plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom, news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying. Semirom's governor said rescue helicopters were unable to land in the crash site because of heavy fog and emergency workers were trying to reach the area by land, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. State-run PressTV said 66 people were on board the plane, which disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran's Mehrabad airport. They are believed to have died.  Mehrabad is located in western Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some international routes. Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. Tehran says US sanctions have long prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West.

Going vinyl

When did you start working on the new EP? Around three months ago. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and go a step further using different techniques and equipment which I wasn’t used to. I approached a good friend of mine, who is the engineer of this
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Going vinyl

When did you start working on the new EP? Around three months ago. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and go a step further using different techniques and equipment which I wasn’t used to. I approached a good friend of mine, who is the engineer of this EP, Edwin Balzan (he is also doing great things to support the local scene with EMM) and asked to start working on some music on just analogue equipment, the computer was only used to record. I have tried to go with a similar approach in the past in some studios in Berlin, but I was never in the right mindset to let myself go in the process. Surprisingly enough, we recorded the most essential sounds of the EP in just one day. It was a fantastic feeling and a fascinating venture which I’m sticking to for all my future projects. Is there a specific mood or theme to the works? Both Grey Game and Seeds are more dancefloor-oriented tracks. I wanted to portray the emotions I get when travelling around the world and playing to various kinds of audiences. How would you describe the music? The tracks are between Tech House and Electronic, with some African elements. This specific sound has defined me as an artist and it is also the...

Magistrate must caution Casa, order criminal action if FIAU information is revealed - Mallia

A magistrate due to hear MEP David Casa present alleged findings in an FIAU report about minister Konrad Mizzi should first warn the MEP that by some doing he would be incriminating himself in a crime, former minister Manuel Mallia told a Labour politica
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Magistrate must caution Casa, order criminal action if FIAU information is revealed - Mallia

A magistrate due to hear MEP David Casa present alleged findings in an FIAU report about minister Konrad Mizzi should first warn the MEP that by some doing he would be incriminating himself in a crime, former minister Manuel Mallia told a Labour political conference on Sunday. Information and reports from the FIAU (Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit) are confidential and leaking them is a crime in terms of the law, Dr Mallia said. Without mentioning Mr Casa by name, Dr Mallia said that should someone still go ahead with revealing the alleged FIAU information, the magistrate must order criminal action as the rule was equal for everyone. This was what the rule of law was about, he said.  Mr Casa said on Saturday that on Monday he would head to court to present all evidence in his possession to prove Minister Konrad Mizzi's connection with corruption and money laundering. Mr Casa revealed he had been invited by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja to present all evidence in his possession under oath after presenting an application in court on Friday. The MEP said the damning FIAU report concludes that criminal investigations should start against Minister Mizzi on alleged money laundering and...

Of national politics and social problems

Alfred Buttigieg: The collected playsSelf-published, 2017 Alfred Buttigieg is one of a handful of Maltese authors who have established themselves as playwrights on the Maltese stage in the past half-century. A co-founder, with Michael Fenech, of the group Ate
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Of national politics and social problems

Alfred Buttigieg: The collected playsSelf-published, 2017 Alfred Buttigieg is one of a handful of Maltese authors who have established themselves as playwrights on the Maltese stage in the past half-century. A co-founder, with Michael Fenech, of the group Ateatru in the last years of the Mintoff-Karm Mifsud Bonnici era, he was a strong believer in the use of theatre as a tool of social and political change. And it was his full-length play Ir-Rewwixta tal-Qassisin, based on a historical episode in Malta’s 18th century but meant to comment on Malta’s political condition in 1986 when the play was produced at the Manoel Theatre, that brought him very strongly to the notice of theatregoers and politicians. The three plays he has produced since then, all of them staged, have not been about national politics but about social problems and social change. They are notable for their skilfully written dialogues; his last play, Mela hawn xi Manikomju?, is known for its vivid characterisation of old women in a terminal hospital ward. The present volume contains English versions, none performed so far, of the four plays I have referred to. However, it contains none of his shorter pieces – such...

Don’t panic

Over recent weeks, since January 26 to be exact, financial markets have seen the most notable spike in volatility experienced over the last two years. The calmest period in financial markets since the 2008 crisis has been swiftly disrupted by the mounting con
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Don’t panic

Over recent weeks, since January 26 to be exact, financial markets have seen the most notable spike in volatility experienced over the last two years. The calmest period in financial markets since the 2008 crisis has been swiftly disrupted by the mounting concerns on inflation risks in the US. Despite the ultra low level of unemployment in the US, currently 4.1 per cent, the Federal Reserve (‘Fed’) was still awaiting to see signs of wage growth pressures – not the quantum of jobs created but the level of capacity utilisation within the labour market. Market players have therefore been eyeing the monthly US non-farm payroll reports, giving particular focus to the average hourly earnings growth figure in order to anticipate changes in monetary policy by the Fed and reassess the inflation outlook in the US. January’s employment report which was reported on February 2 showed the strongest rate of wage growth recorded since May 2009. The year-on-year increase in average hourly earnings reported for January came in at 2.9 per cent, exceeding market consensus expectations of 2.6 per cent. This piece of information gives the Fed a long awaited sign of rising price pressures in a tight...

Lukaku double sends Man United into FA Cup quarter-finals

Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to send Jose Mourinho's side through to the quarter-finals. The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played
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Lukaku double sends Man United into FA Cup quarter-finals

Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to send Jose Mourinho's side through to the quarter-finals. The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played of this year's competition and now has 11 goals from his past 10 FA Cup appearances. Lukaku's first came after three minutes, and the striker scored again in the second half after United mounted a quick counter-attack against a side who beat them at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League last October. Saturday's fifth-round late kickoff also featured English football's latest video-assisted referee (VAR) decision when United's Juan Mata had a goal disallowed after being ruled fractionally offside before the interval. United's midfielder Paul Pogba missed the game due to illness. Huddersfield Town - Manchester United Live Score West Bromwich Albion's tumultuous week took a final turn for the worse as they were knocked out by Southampton, whose 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns secured the visitors a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2005. Defeat always seemed likely for West Brom, who are bottom of the Premier...

Man arrested in drugs operation

A 28-year-old was arrested by the police drugs squad on Saturday following an operation in St Paul's Bay. Police said around three kilos of cannabis resin was found, allegedly destined for trafficking.  A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. The suspect is
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Man arrested in drugs operation

A 28-year-old was arrested by the police drugs squad on Saturday following an operation in St Paul's Bay. Police said around three kilos of cannabis resin was found, allegedly destined for trafficking.  A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. The suspect is expected to be arraigned on Sunday.  

Big guns avoid each other in quarter-final draw

Manchester United were drawn at home to Brighton in an FA Cup quarter-final draw which saw all the big guns avoid each other on Saturday evening. Jose Mourinho's men learned they would face the Seagulls shortly after sealing their place in the last eight wit
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Big guns avoid each other in quarter-final draw

Manchester United were drawn at home to Brighton in an FA Cup quarter-final draw which saw all the big guns avoid each other on Saturday evening. Jose Mourinho's men learned they would face the Seagulls shortly after sealing their place in the last eight with a 2-0 fifth-round win at Huddersfield thanks to Romelu Lukaku's brace. Wigan or Manchester City, who meet on Monday night, will host Southampton, while Chelsea visit Leicester and the winners of Sunday's Rochdale-Tottenham tie will travel to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea. Chelsea and Leicester advanced on Friday night, with respective 4-0 and 1-0 victories over Hull and Sheffield United. Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea face a replay after their fifth-round clash at Hillsborough ended goalless on Saturday lunchtime. The quarter-final ties will be played over the weekend of March 16-19.

Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

An explosive device wounded four Israeli soldiers, two severely, near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, spurring Israeli air strikes later in the day against Palestinian militant targets. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
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Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza border explosion

An explosive device wounded four Israeli soldiers, two severely, near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Saturday, spurring Israeli air strikes later in the day against Palestinian militant targets. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which occurred along the southern frontier of the territory, controlled by the Islamist group Hamas. «Today's incident on the Gaza Strip border is severe. We will respond appropriately,» said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli media said it was the highest number of Israelis wounded in a single incident since the 2014 Gaza war. An Israeli army spokesman said the explosive device had been hidden near the fence a day earlier, attached to a flag, during a Palestinian protest along the border. In response, he said, the military struck six targets in Gaza including a weapons manufacturing site and an underground tunnel for militants being built in the direction of Israel. Palestinian officials said the Israeli attacks included air strikes against three Hamas training camps and a fourth belonging to a smaller militant group, causing no injuries.

Roma improve European chances

Roma gave themselves a boost in the battle for Serie A's European places by winning 2-0 at Udinese on Saturday. The game was goalless for 70 minutes before rising Turkish star Cengiz Under scored his fourth goal in three games with a ferocious left-footed dri
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Roma improve European chances

Roma gave themselves a boost in the battle for Serie A's European places by winning 2-0 at Udinese on Saturday. The game was goalless for 70 minutes before rising Turkish star Cengiz Under scored his fourth goal in three games with a ferocious left-footed drive from outside the box. Diego Perotti made the game safe in the last minute, tucking away from Radja Nainggolan's throughball to extend Roma's winning run to three. Inter missed the chance to climb above Roma and into third after they were beaten 2-0 by Genoa. Andrea Ranocchia's 45th-minute own goal and a strike from Goran Pandev saw Genoa record their third league win in five games and climb to 12th place. Chievo pulled themselves away from the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Cagliari. Emanuele Giaccherini's unstoppable free-kick and Roberto Inglese's excellent solo strike put the hosts two goals to the good and though Leonardo Pavoletti pulled one back, Cagliari came up short. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

Biggest crochet blanket for charity

Numerous crochet blankets which will go on to become part of the world’s biggest covering five football fields, are currently being exhibited at Palazzo de La Salle, St George’s Square and HSBC in Valletta. Created over the past 18 months by Maltese and G
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Biggest crochet blanket for charity

Numerous crochet blankets which will go on to become part of the world’s biggest covering five football fields, are currently being exhibited at Palazzo de La Salle, St George’s Square and HSBC in Valletta. Created over the past 18 months by Maltese and Gozitan crocheters – most of whom are from the Malta Lace Club, the Malta Cross Stitch Club or the Malta Society of Arts – the crochet blankets will then travel to the Dutch town of Leeuwarden, which also holds the title of European Capital of Culture for 2018. The project, which has brought together numerous countries, seeks to demonstrate power, warmth, diversity, connection and colour through this age-old craft. Made entirely from recycled wool, the blanket is expected to make it into the Guinness World Book of Records. “This has been a joint effort by various people,” explains Carmen Ellul, one of the administrators of the project and a teacher of crochet at the Malta Society of Arts. “Some of us undid old woolen garments, others knitted the 10x10cm granny squares, and others put them together in 140x200cm blankets. It’s been an amazing journey and I would like to thank everyone who helped along the way.” Although Malta was...

Watch: The transport of the future (ARTE)

How will we travel tomorrow? In Los Angeles the hyperloop project is researching high-speed rail modelled on pneumatic tube networks or will the driverless car be the next transport revolution?
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Watch: The transport of the future (ARTE)

How will we travel tomorrow? In Los Angeles the hyperloop project is researching high-speed rail modelled on pneumatic tube networks or will the driverless car be the next transport revolution?

Malta ‘will also have to take’ migrants saved in the Med - Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi, whose party is touted to return to power in next month's Italian election, insists not all migrants saved in the Mediterranean will disembark in Italy as Malta would have to accept them too. “There is no doubt that migrants who risk thei
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Malta ‘will also have to take’ migrants saved in the Med - Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi, whose party is touted to return to power in next month's Italian election, insists not all migrants saved in the Mediterranean will disembark in Italy as Malta would have to accept them too. “There is no doubt that migrants who risk their life and cross the Mediterranean have to be saved. However, we will not accept that all disembark in Italy. Those saved close to Malta will have to be taken to and disembark in Malta,” the former Italian prime minister and leader of Forza Italia said on Rai Tre. Harshly criticising an agreement made by the incumbent centre-left government, through which Italy accepted to take all migrants saved in the Mediterranean, Mr Berlusconi said things would be different if his party was elected to government. “It is not on that we continue to shoulder all the burden alone. Other countries that have responsibility for search and rescue will also have to share in the burden,” he said. Until 2011, when Mr Berlusconi shared power with the anti-immigration movement Lega Nord, Malta and Italy had clashes on who should take irregular immigrants saved in Malta’s search and rescue area. Read: Pregnant woman's funeral on stranded cargo...

MPO’s Rockquiem today

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will today be performing a rock re-imagining of Mozart’s famous last work in what will be its first-ever concert at St Agatha’s Auditorium, Rabat. Rockquiem, penned by German composer Stefan Wurz and based on Mozart’s Re
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MPO’s Rockquiem today

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will today be performing a rock re-imagining of Mozart’s famous last work in what will be its first-ever concert at St Agatha’s Auditorium, Rabat. Rockquiem, penned by German composer Stefan Wurz and based on Mozart’s Requiem, will be performed by the MPO with a rock band in tow, under the direction of Italian conductor and chorus master Riccardo Bianchi. The vocal parts will be handled by the MPO chorus and four soloists: soprano Marta Leung, alto Antonella Carpenito, tenor Stefano Marra and bass Giuseppe Zema. The Requiem was famously left unfinished when Mozart died at the young age of 35, and the fact that he was writing a Mass for the dead at the time helped fuel a number of fanciful legends. Tickets for Rockquiem may be purchased on showshappening.com or at the door.  A free park-and-ride service will be operating from the Mdina Ditch car park and the Domus Romana (Roman Villa).

President's office insists it 'absolutely plays no part' in Paqpaqli għall-Istrina organisation

The Office of the President insisted on Saturday that it does not have any organisational role in Paqpaqli għall-Istrina as a court case discusses the ill-fated 2015 edition which left several spectators injured. «The President did not assume any orga
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President's office insists it 'absolutely plays no part' in Paqpaqli għall-Istrina organisation

The Office of the President insisted on Saturday that it does not have any organisational role in Paqpaqli għall-Istrina as a court case discusses the ill-fated 2015 edition which left several spectators injured. «The President did not assume any organisational role in Paqpaqli għall-Istrina. It would have been irresponsible for the Head of State, who had no knowledge, and no technical expertise in automotive issues, to have done so,» a statement from the Office of the President said. The delicate court case took a turn on Thursday morning, after former president George Abela told the court that as president, he had felt the need to fully shoulder the responsibility of charity events such as Paqpaqli għall-Istrina, seemingly contradicted Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca's testimony. He was testifying in the compilation of evidence in a case instituted by the police against a number of people involved in the organisation of the 2015 charity edition of Paqpaqli ghal l-Istrina motorshow in which a supercar crash injured 21 people. But through a four-page statement to the press, the office of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said it wanted to appeal for the truth. "While seeking to clarify any...

A story of freedom and love

A studio tucked away in Valletta has been a hive of activity as 11 dancers each day stepped into the world of Bizet’s femme fatale ahead of ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble’s premiere ofCarmen yesterday. “As a firm believer that dance not only entertains but i
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A story of freedom and love

A studio tucked away in Valletta has been a hive of activity as 11 dancers each day stepped into the world of Bizet’s femme fatale ahead of ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble’s premiere ofCarmen yesterday. “As a firm believer that dance not only entertains but informs and makes people reflect, we felt that Carmen’s story of freedom and love would resonate with our audiences,” artistic director Paolo Mangiola said. The contemporary adaptation of Georges Bizet’s 1875 lyric opera has been left in the hands of José Agudo, the London-based award-winning choreographer, who chose this popular opera because he was captivated by the untamed spirit of Carmen. “Carmen, played by Yasmin Priyatmoko Bohn, is a complex story about individuality and sexual freedom, love and pleasure, and, ultimately, about death and a destiny of a gypsy woman,” Agudo said. “My new dance work re-examines this rich tapestry of human motives and emotions and aims to address higher-order issues, such as the conflict between conformity and freedom, the tension and aggression unleashed by narcissistic and obsessive human behaviour and the belief that this journey of twists and turns we call life is valuable.” Agudo, who is...

Caruana Galizia justice billboards removal sparks protests

A decision to remove a number of billboards on Friday night, including ones calling for justice in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case, has been described as tantamount to a regime using its power to trample on basic freedoms of those who criticise it.  The go
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Caruana Galizia justice billboards removal sparks protests

A decision to remove a number of billboards on Friday night, including ones calling for justice in the Daphne Caruana Galizia case, has been described as tantamount to a regime using its power to trample on basic freedoms of those who criticise it.  The government may have had every reason at law to enforce the removal of billboards but it has neglected those reasons every day before Friday night, Occupy Justice said in a statement. It decided to carry out the action because of the 'Ebbing, Missouri' style protest billboards went up that same morning. The banners put up by the #OccupyJustice read «A journalist killed. No Justice», «A country robbed. No Justice», and «No resignations. No Justice.» The banners echo the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in which an anguished mother seeks justice for her murdered daughter. Occupy Justice said the authorities chose a Friday night to carry out its enforcement, causing traffic chaos and inconvenience, «to combine its vile act of suppression with our gathering in Valletta at the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial». Watch: Mintoff picture will remain on Caruana Galizia memorial as 'symbol of violence,...

When society collapses

Adrian Buckle’s new play, Collapse, premieres tonight. Set in a dystopian future under siege, Collapse begins on the chaotic and violent streets of an unnamed city, with armed soldiers raping and killing at whim. There, a young woman named Greta lives toget
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When society collapses

Adrian Buckle’s new play, Collapse, premieres tonight. Set in a dystopian future under siege, Collapse begins on the chaotic and violent streets of an unnamed city, with armed soldiers raping and killing at whim. There, a young woman named Greta lives together with her damaged boyfriend Robbie, who is not allowed outside for the sake of his safety. Together the lovers have created a bullet-proof bubble around themselves, full of stories and fairy tales, and oblivious to the trouble outside. That is, until Stella comes to visit, at which point Greta and Robbie’s world is turned upside down. Collapse stars an all-American cast made up of Bryan Jennings, Whitney Ellis, Ashley Allen and Jeffrey Kieviet and is being directed by Dave Barton, who also flew to Malta from California especially to spearhead the piece. Barton describes the play as a very black comedy with laugh-out-loud moments that prove Buckle’s talent for comedy. “I admire the worlds he’s created, love the characters and appreciate the fantasy elements. Working on it in the States, its political, feminist take on relationships feels right at home with the recent Women’s March and #MeToo. I can’t say much more than that,...

British PM rules out second Brexit referendum

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out a second vote on the country's membership of the European Union, saying there was no going back on the result of the June 2016 vote. «We are leaving the EU and there is no question of a second referendum o
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British PM rules out second Brexit referendum

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out a second vote on the country's membership of the European Union, saying there was no going back on the result of the June 2016 vote. «We are leaving the EU and there is no question of a second referendum or going back and I think that's important,» May told the Munich Security Conference. «People in the UK feel very strongly that if we take a decision, then governments should turn not round and say no you got that wrong,» she said when asked if Britain would consider a second referendum.

Rossi turns 39 as MotoGP tests in Thailand

Valentino Rossi celebrated his 39th birthday on the test track on Friday with MotoGP having a first taste of Thailand's Chang International Circuit that will make its debut on the calendar this year. The Italian great, a nine times world champion, completed 7
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Rossi turns 39 as MotoGP tests in Thailand

Valentino Rossi celebrated his 39th birthday on the test track on Friday with MotoGP having a first taste of Thailand's Chang International Circuit that will make its debut on the calendar this year. The Italian great, a nine times world champion, completed 74 laps of the Buriram layout and ended the day as the fastest Yamaha rider and eighth overall. «The last three or four years, I think I always rode the M1 (bike) on my birthday,» said Rossi, whose contract runs out at the end of this year but has shown no signs of wanting to retire. «From one point of view it's a bit difficult, because you have to work, but from another point of view this is the best way to spend my birthday.» LCR Honda's British rider Cal Crutchlow was fastest in the heat, despite a crash, with Suzuki's Spanish rider Alex Rins second and reigning world champion Marc Marquez third on a factory Honda. «It seemed quite fast to me when I lapped it on a scooter yesterday, but today riding my bike, I realized it was slower than I was expecting, with many second or third-gear corners,» Marquez said of the layout. "Still, there are some hard acceleration and braking points, and it will probably be challenging to...

FBI failed to act on tip accused Florida gunman wanted to kill

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said it mishandled a January tip that the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting. A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz called an FBI
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FBI failed to act on tip accused Florida gunman wanted to kill

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said it mishandled a January tip that the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people in Florida had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting. A person close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz called an FBI tip line on January 5 to report concerns about him, the FBI said in a statement. «The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,» it said. The tip appeared unrelated to a previously reported YouTube comment in which a person named Nikolas Cruz said, «I'm going to be a professional school shooter.» The FBI has acknowledged getting that tip as well but failing to connect it to Cruz, who is accused of carrying out the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday with an AR-15-style assault rifle. «Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,» the FBI said in its statement. "The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative...

Five things to watch at the Winter Olympics - February 17, Day 8

SKELETON (1220 GMT+1) Hot on the heels of Dom Parsons securing a bonus bronze medal in the men's event, defending champion Lizzy Yarnold and team-mate Laura Deas conclude their skeleton campaigns. Yarnold sits in the bronze medal position 0.10 seconds behind
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Five things to watch at the Winter Olympics - February 17, Day 8

SKELETON (1220 GMT+1) Hot on the heels of Dom Parsons securing a bonus bronze medal in the men's event, defending champion Lizzy Yarnold and team-mate Laura Deas conclude their skeleton campaigns. Yarnold sits in the bronze medal position 0.10 seconds behind leader Jacqueline Loelling of Germany, with team-mate Laura Deas just seven hundredths of a second behind in fourth. SHORT-TRACK SPEEDSKATING (1100) After her triple disqualification at the Sochi 2014 Olympics and fourth-placed finish in the 500m on Tuesday after her crash in the final, Elise Christie's redemption story continues in the 1500m. The Scot has played down her chances, but she is world champion in the distance. She must get through the rounds to have any hope of ending her so-far elusive medal search. FREESTYLE (0200) Izzy Atkin, a World Cup winner and World Championships bronze medallist in 2017, competes in the ski slopestyle event at Phoenix Snow Park, hoping to put Britain's disappointing displays in the freestyle disciplines so far behind them. France's Tess Ledeux is the world champion and Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen of Norway is the World Cup leader, so both can be expected to challenge. ALPINE...

Russians charged with 2016 US election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian Internet agency and more than a dozen Russians interfered in the 2016 US election campaign in a multi-pronged effort to support Donald Trump and disparage rival Hillary Clinton, the US Special Counsel said in an indictment on Friday. The charges by
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Russians charged with 2016 US election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian Internet agency and more than a dozen Russians interfered in the 2016 US election campaign in a multi-pronged effort to support Donald Trump and disparage rival Hillary Clinton, the US Special Counsel said in an indictment on Friday. The charges by the office of Robert Mueller described a conspiracy that started in 2014 to disrupt the US election by people who adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; traveled to the United States to collect intelligence; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans. Russia's Internet Research Agency «had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election,» the indictment states. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters in announcing the charges that the investigation was not finished. «Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants' operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton,» the court document said. The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 US intelligence assessment, which...

Willian scores twice as Chelsea advance into last eight

Willian dispatched two inch-perfect finishes as Chelsea cruised past Hull 4-0 and into the FA Cup quarter-finals. The hard-grafting Brazil forward's smart brace sealed a comfortable Stamford Bridge victory stroll, with Olivier Giroud bagging his first Chelse
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Willian scores twice as Chelsea advance into last eight

Willian dispatched two inch-perfect finishes as Chelsea cruised past Hull 4-0 and into the FA Cup quarter-finals. The hard-grafting Brazil forward's smart brace sealed a comfortable Stamford Bridge victory stroll, with Olivier Giroud bagging his first Chelsea goal and Pedro also on target before the half-time whistle. Willian also showed his savvy side, however, appearing to distract David Meyler with a cheeky comment just before the Hull midfielder missed a second-half penalty. Meyler turned around and ruffled Willian's hair - with both men all smiles - but the Hull star's tame spot-kick was then saved by Willy Caballero. And so the 29-year-old forward's low-key labours and wily interventions paid huge dividend once more for Chelsea. Chelsea proved so dominant as to coast through the entire second half, with under-fire manager Antonio Conte applauding fans for lending support by pointedly chanting his name. They punished Hull's nerves without mercy, claiming all four goals in a ruthless first-half showing. Willian whipped home the opener from 20 yards in just the second minute. The Brazilian skinned Kevin Stewart, picked his spot and dispatched a stylish opener, that...

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