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San Ġiljan beat Neptunes to remain unbeaten

San Ġiljan preserved their unbeaten record when they edged out Neptunes 9-7  to stay on top of the standings ahead of the start of the play-offs. The result left the Balluta Bay team with the prospect of starting their play-off campaign from the quarter-fi

Malta gets to be part of all the big worldwide lottery draws

IKEA, Starbucks, Primark, EuroMillions – why does Malta tend to miss out on the good stuff? Okay, the lack of Scandinavian furniture will have to wait – but someone has figured out a way to bring you the world’s biggest lottery jackpots. And if you wer
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Malta gets to be part of all the big worldwide lottery draws

IKEA, Starbucks, Primark, EuroMillions – why does Malta tend to miss out on the good stuff? Okay, the lack of Scandinavian furniture will have to wait – but someone has figured out a way to bring you the world’s biggest lottery jackpots. And if you were to win one of those, you could buy as many Primark’s as you want. EuroMillions, Powerball, Mega Millions, Irish Lotto, you name it, Jackpot.com has it, and they are all available to bet on from Malta, no catch. Jackpot.com is an ingenious lottery betting site that is revolutionising the industry and it’s an absolute game changer for lottery fans. Their lottery betting platform bypasses the requirement to live in the participating countries by offering bets on all the best-known lotteries. Simply put, you bet on which numbers you think will win, and if you get a match, the jackpot is yours. No ticket is required and no commissions are charged, so any prizes won will be credited to you here in Malta exactly as they would be if you had won with a physical ticket in the host country. Jackpot.com is also fully regulated by the MGA and UK Gambling Commission, so you’ve got that all-important peace of mind. There is also a friendly and...

Students at Barts Medical School rise to 59

The student population at Barts Medical School in Gozo has risen to 59, but at this rate the target mentioned by the Prime Minister of having 300 after five years will not be met. Compared to last April when the figure stood at 40, the total suggests that th
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Students at Barts Medical School rise to 59

The student population at Barts Medical School in Gozo has risen to 59, but at this rate the target mentioned by the Prime Minister of having 300 after five years will not be met. Compared to last April when the figure stood at 40, the total suggests that the intake in the second year was of just 19 students. However, the details seem to be shrouded under a veil of secrecy as the government has repeatedly refused to divulge any data, even when the matter was raised in Parliament. Two weeks ago, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo declined to reply to questions filed by Gozitan MP Chris Said on the number of students, their nationalities and if any of them had the course expenses covered by a scholarship. In his reply, Mr Bartolo, referred the MP to a reply given to a similar question made last February, in which it was stated that such information could not be divulged as it was “commercially sensitive”. In contrast, a spokesman for Barts in London had no issues whatsoever to disclose the number of students at their medical school in Gozo for the second time this year. While earlier this year he had said that the figure stood at 40, a few days ago he noted that this had risen to...

Watch: Rooney to wear 10 shirt, captain's armband in England farewell

Wayne Rooney will wear the number 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in Thursday's friendly with the United States, manager Gareth Southgate said. «The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 1
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Watch: Rooney to wear 10 shirt, captain's armband in England farewell

Wayne Rooney will wear the number 10 shirt and captain's armband when he comes on for his final England appearance in Thursday's friendly with the United States, manager Gareth Southgate said. «The players are very keen that Wayne wears the number 10 and we believe that is a fitting tribute,» Southgate told a news conference on Wednesday. «All of our group have huge respect for Wayne and they feel that it is fitting that his last game should in the number 10,» added the England manager. Rooney, who now plays in Major League Soccer for D.C United, will start on the bench before entering the field for his 120th and final cap in the international at Wembley Stadium. Southgate did not want to fix a time in the game when Rooney would come on but said he had discussed it with the 33-year-old. «We will give him enough so that I think it is fitting... but we also want to make sure we get the balance of looking at younger players, giving them the right amount of time and making sure our preparation for Sunday is right is another priority.» England face Croatia in a Nations League match on Sunday. "But I have to say it's very important for all of us as a group that he gets a good send...

Press freedom organisations reiterate 'serious concerns' about Malta's freedom of expression

A group of international press freedom organisations have again highlighted “serious concerns” about the state of freedom of expression in Malta.In a statement issued on Wednesday, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, the European Centre for Pres
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Press freedom organisations reiterate 'serious concerns' about Malta's freedom of expression

A group of international press freedom organisations have again highlighted “serious concerns” about the state of freedom of expression in Malta.In a statement issued on Wednesday, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the International Press Institute, and ARTICLE 19 said they had earlier submitted a report to the United Nations outlining their “serious concerns” on the state of freedom of expression and press freedom in the country.The United Nations reviewed Malta’s human rights record on Wednesday through its Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The review receives submissions from national governments as well as civil society organisations. “Owing to ongoing and escalating concerns with freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in Malta”, the group then published an updated report last month.Both reports, the group said, had found that freedom of expression in the country had deteriorated significantly in the lead-up to and in the aftermath of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Read: Press organisations call for independent inquiry into Caruana Galizia murder The group urged UN member...

UK ministers back May on Brexit but she faces battle in parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement. More than two years after th
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UK ministers back May on Brexit but she faces battle in parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a referendum, May told reporters outside her Downing Street residence that she had won over her divided cabinet, which includes some senior Brexiteers. «The collective decision of cabinet was that the government should agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outline political declaration,» May said outside her Downing Street residence after a five-hour cabinet meeting. «I firmly believe that the draft withdrawal agreement is the best that could be negotiated,» May said as protesters shouted anti-Brexit slogans from the end of the street. It was not immediately clear whether any ministers had resigned over the deal, which May hopes will satisfy both Brexit voters and EU supporters by ensuring close ties with the bloc after Britain leaves on March 29. But May, the weakest British leader in a generation, now faces the ordeal of trying to push her deal through a vote in the British...

GWU silent on president’s conflict

The General Workers’ Union has kept silent over news revealed by this newspaper that its president, Victor Carachi, is on the government’s payroll as one of its consultants. Questions by the Times of Malta on whether the union’s administration has been
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GWU silent on president’s conflict

The General Workers’ Union has kept silent over news revealed by this newspaper that its president, Victor Carachi, is on the government’s payroll as one of its consultants. Questions by the Times of Malta on whether the union’s administration has been made aware that its president is giving consultancy services to the government while acting as chief of the largest trade union were so far ignored. Both GWU Secretary General Josef Bugeja and Mr Carachi have so far failed to reply. Last week, Times of Malta reported that Mr Carachi has been put on the government payroll and is receiving €12,500 a year as consultant to MIMCOL, the state agency responsible for government investments. MIMCOL currently falls under the political remit of Economy Minister Chris Cardona and the nature of Mr Carachi’s role is not yet known. Considered as a moderate voice in the union, Mr Carachi has been employed as GWU president since 2008. Until then he was an employee of HSBC. In his role as GWU president, Mr Carachi is also on the board of directors of some 11 private companies owned by the GWU, including of its various commercial arms which span from the Mellieħa Bay Holiday Complex to an insurance...

Watch: Pink Fashion Show’s fifth anniversary soars sky high

The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event, was held on Tuesday evening in aviation-themed surroundings, creating the setting for the top trends of the winter to take off from one of the most anticipated runways of the year. Hundreds of guests, fashion blo
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Watch: Pink Fashion Show’s fifth anniversary soars sky high

The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event, was held on Tuesday evening in aviation-themed surroundings, creating the setting for the top trends of the winter to take off from one of the most anticipated runways of the year. Hundreds of guests, fashion bloggers and fashionistas, equipped with their boarding pass-style invitations, eagerly attended the show at the Intercontinental Arena, St Julian’s to watch 30 models parade the collections of 11 brands on the runway-design catwalk. This was followed by an after-party. As soon as they arrived at the check-in desk, guests were greeted by Air Malta air hostesses and were thrilled to each receive a Go Light free flight ticket. In typical Pink Fashion Show style, they were treated to other surprises and goodies from the moment they walked through original security metal detectors. In an announcement, they were told by their ‘captain’ to fasten their seatbelts and get ready for take-off as a screen on the runway displayed footage from the cockpit of an Air Malta plane soaring into the air. The brands participating in The Pink Fashion Show, a twice-yearly event, showcased the best of winter wear from Charles & Keith, Cortefiel,...

Scavenger hunt in Vittoriosa

The Kumm. WEB Team within the Society of St Mary and King George V Band Club of Mqabba are organising a scavenger hunt around Vittoriosa on Sunday. Participants will venture around the city’s narrow streets in an exciting chase for clues, hidden treasure, v
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Scavenger hunt in Vittoriosa

The Kumm. WEB Team within the Society of St Mary and King George V Band Club of Mqabba are organising a scavenger hunt around Vittoriosa on Sunday. Participants will venture around the city’s narrow streets in an exciting chase for clues, hidden treasure, various challenges and fun.  Teams will battle it out for fantastic prizes. The three-hour hunt is on between 2 and 5pm.  Participants will meet  near Cafe Riche at 1.30pm to register and a briefing. Teams, made up of a maximum of five players, need to take a digital camera or a mobile phone. Registrations may be made by e-mail on info@santamarija.com or by private message on www.facebook.com/santamarija.

What happened on... November 14

10 years ago The Times Friday, November 14, 2008 Pullicino Orlando slams St John’s museum plans Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando yesterday called on the government to divert funds allocated for the “extravagant” underground extension of St John
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What happened on... November 14

10 years ago The Times Friday, November 14, 2008 Pullicino Orlando slams St John’s museum plans Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando yesterday called on the government to divert funds allocated for the “extravagant” underground extension of St John’s Co- Cathedral Museum in Valletta to the restoration of forts St Elmo and St Angelo. He called for the exploration of cheaper and more viable alternatives, including exhibiting some of the museum items in a nearby palazzo. The argument is aligned with that of environmentalists, with whom he had fallen foul following the controversy that had surrounded an application for an open-air disco on ecologically sensitive land the MP owns in Mistra. Yesterday’s was the first public position taken by a Nationalist MP against the project. Judge denies conflict with judiciary’s code of ethics Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco has defended himself for the first time against the claim that his involvement with the Malta Olympic Committee breaches the judiciary’s code of ethics, quoting a judgment of Chief Justice Vincent DeGaetano who sits on the Commission for the Administration of Justice. 25 years ago - The Times Sunday, November 14, 1993 Action...

This week at the cinema - November 14, 2018

The Hate U Give (2018)Genre: DramaDirector: George Tillman JrStarring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, CommonDuration: 133 minutesClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd The 2018 drama is based on the bestseller novel by US first
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This week at the cinema - November 14, 2018

The Hate U Give (2018)Genre: DramaDirector: George Tillman JrStarring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, CommonDuration: 133 minutesClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd The 2018 drama is based on the bestseller novel by US first-time author Angie Thomas which was released only last year. The plot follows a high school student, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black neighbourhood where she lives and the wealth, mostly white private school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friends at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr decides to stand up for what is right. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won critical acclaim and Stenberg was showered with praise for her performance. Jim Famurewa of Empire wrote: “A sophisticated adaptation of a hugely important book that adeptly handles its daunting themes, and provides a platform for a star-making performance from Amandla Stenberg.” He further comments:...

Light pollution blamed as record number of seabirds get stranded

A record 24 stranded Scopoli’s Shearwaters have been recovered and released back to sea so far this year, BirdLife Malta said on Wednesday. It said the number, five more than last year, showed the worrying effect of increasing levels of light pollution acr
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Light pollution blamed as record number of seabirds get stranded

A record 24 stranded Scopoli’s Shearwaters have been recovered and released back to sea so far this year, BirdLife Malta said on Wednesday. It said the number, five more than last year, showed the worrying effect of increasing levels of light pollution across the Maltese Islands. These stranded birds are fledglings, young birds that have left the nest on their maiden flight and become disoriented by bright lights from coastal developments and towns, resulting in them becoming stranded on land. Most stranded shearwaters were found at Ħal Far and the Freeport in Malta, and Victoria and Xlendi in Gozo – areas with high levels of light pollution. This trend was also seen in the record numbers of stranded Yelkouan Shearwaters earlier in the year. Grounded shearwaters are extremely vulnerable to predation, collision with vehicles, and dehydration, making light-induced strandings a leading cause of mortality for young shearwaters worldwide. "A change in our nocturnal environment has seen shearwater strandings increase dramatically in recent years. The current period of rapid urbanisation and development that Malta is currently undergoing is likely the major contributing factor to this...

MFSA closes case against Times of Malta

The Malta Financial Services Authority has informed the Times of Malta it has decided “not to proceed further” on a news report about the Manoel Island project. Under the title ‘Tumas Group to take over Manoel island project’, Times of Malta reported
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MFSA closes case against Times of Malta

The Malta Financial Services Authority has informed the Times of Malta it has decided “not to proceed further” on a news report about the Manoel Island project. Under the title ‘Tumas Group to take over Manoel island project’, Times of Malta reported on October 9 that the group would be buying the majority of shares in the project from Midi plc. Referring to a company announcement by Midi that no preliminary agreement had been struck with the Tumas Group and that talks were ongoing, the MFSA had asked this newspaper to provide it “with justifications relating to the publication of the media report”. In a subsequent communication, the financial services watchdog asked the Times of Malta to disclose the sources of the information contained in the report. Times of Malta objected and its legal adviser informed the MFSA the request was in breach of journalistic freedoms and the newspaper’s rights and obligations at law. The MFSA replied saying that, “mindful of your client’s fundamental rights and freedoms”, it “decided not to proceed further on this matter”. It said it wanted “to clarify that its requests for information are aimed at enhancing market integrity and protecting...

Questioning crime

One of the best ways to avoid financial scams is to always ask why certain information is requested, says Inspector Timothy Zammit, head of the Cyber Crime Unit. A number of factors – including island status, small geographical size and population, a stron
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Questioning crime

One of the best ways to avoid financial scams is to always ask why certain information is requested, says Inspector Timothy Zammit, head of the Cyber Crime Unit. A number of factors – including island status, small geographical size and population, a strong fa­mily structure and religion – contribute to Malta enjoying relative safety from traditional crime. Yet cyber crime does not recognise social or geographical structure. As long as Malta is connected – and it is, by far, one of the most connected in Europe, with the latest statistics showing that 80.1 per cent of the total population are regular internet users, and 87 per cent of these are on social media – then cyber crime will follow the same trends as in other, larger countries. With the increased reliance on technology, cyber crime is on the rise. “Back in 2003, we used to handle 50 cases every year,” says Inspector Timothy Zammit, who heads the Cyber Crime Unit. “Last year, we handled 870 cases, which translates into an average of two to three new cases every day.” There are two main categories of cyber crime. The first is the traditional form of crime – such as fraud – which adopted technology as a means to the same end.

Waste management reform needs fixing, Labour MP admits

More work needs to be done for new waste management regulations to work smoothly, parliamentary secretary for local government Silvio Parnis said. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Parnis said there was «a lot to be done to fix» the new regulations on wa
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Waste management reform needs fixing, Labour MP admits

More work needs to be done for new waste management regulations to work smoothly, parliamentary secretary for local government Silvio Parnis said. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Parnis said there was «a lot to be done to fix» the new regulations on waste management but insisted the government had moved forward and people playing their part. New waste management regulations, which came in effect earlier this month, have left many residents concerned and others fuming. Under the revised system, households must dispose of food remains, flowers and leaves in white rubbish bags. This organic waste is collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The system ran into trouble before it started, with many households not receiving a small garbage receptacle being distributed for free in time.  Residents in some localities subsequently complained about organic waste either not being collected, or about collectors dumping it and inorganic waste together in the same truck.  Read: Waste mix-up leaves St Paul’s Bay residents fuming Shadow minister for local government Robert Cutajar said he was pleased to note that Mr Parnis agreed that the Opposition’s concerns were warranted. “Local councils are...

Real Madrid confirm Solari as coach with three-year contract

European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first-team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.  The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim
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Real Madrid confirm Solari as coach with three-year contract

European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first-team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.  The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager in place of sacked former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago. Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club's history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday. He played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane, who became the club's coach and won three Champions League titles in a row before stepping down. Solari led Real's reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month after the club's poor run of form culminated in a painful 5-1 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona. He has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday's 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.

Żabbar shop owner foils armed robbery

Gunshots rang out in Żabbar on Tuesday evening as an attempted robbery was derailed by a shop owner. A hooded man armed with a pistol had entered a store on Triq il-Kbira shortly before 8.10pm, the police said in a statement. He ordered the shop owner to han
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Żabbar shop owner foils armed robbery

Gunshots rang out in Żabbar on Tuesday evening as an attempted robbery was derailed by a shop owner. A hooded man armed with a pistol had entered a store on Triq il-Kbira shortly before 8.10pm, the police said in a statement. He ordered the shop owner to hand over money in the till - but faced resistance when the owner and others inside the store fought back. In the ensuing tussle, the pistol went off. Thankfully, nobody was injured. Officers from the police's Rapid Intervention Unit quickly reached the scene and arrested a 46-year-old man. Investigations are ongoing, the police said.

In Egypt, a bee therapist uses venom to treat patients

On his rooftop in the outskirts of Cairo, Omar Abulhassan raises thousands of bees - not for the honey, but their venom. After reading about the benefits of bees in the Koran, Abulhassan, 30, decided five years ago to raise the insects and use the venom in al
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In Egypt, a bee therapist uses venom to treat patients

On his rooftop in the outskirts of Cairo, Omar Abulhassan raises thousands of bees - not for the honey, but their venom. After reading about the benefits of bees in the Koran, Abulhassan, 30, decided five years ago to raise the insects and use the venom in alternative therapy. He believes bee stings can relieve pain and cure illnesses such as rheumatism. «These are not the only benefits,» said Abulhassan, who has no medical background. «It helps with having a better mood.» He now treats about five people a month. In a typical session, he'll use six bees to sting his patient in different parts of the body. Mohamed Abdelfattah, 29, a regular patient, said the therapy improves his mood and makes him feel healthy. «I constantly receive treatment using bees to increase my immunity and body strength,» said Abdelfattah. The benefits of bee-sting therapy have not been scientifically proven, said Mahmoud Abdullatif, an experienced beekeeper and member of the Arab Federation of Beekeepers. «This needs studies and scientific equipment and research so that we can understand what the bee venom contains and how we can benefit,» he said.

Germans hold too much firepower for young Malta side

Germany 23 Malta      9 (3-4, 7-1, 5-2, 8-2) The Malta water polo national team suffered their second defeat in the World League after going down to a superior German side in Krefeld, on Tuesday.  After a bright start to the match, which saw the visitors
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Germans hold too much firepower for young Malta side

Germany 23 Malta      9 (3-4, 7-1, 5-2, 8-2) The Malta water polo national team suffered their second defeat in the World League after going down to a superior German side in Krefeld, on Tuesday.  After a bright start to the match, which saw the visitors’ race into a four-goal lead, the Germans quickly restored order with a devastating performance in the second session, highlighted by their pacey play, to all but settled the tie in the hosts’ favour.  From then on, the Germans continued to score at regular intervals, with the young Maltese side continuing to battle to keep the score respectable.  The Maltese were off to a flier as for the majority of the opening session they played some excellent waterpolo, making the most of all the man up opportunities that came their way and defending very diligently.  In fact, Malta raced into a commanding four goal lead as they managed to score from all four man-up sets they won throughout the first session with Jeremy Abela and Ben Plumpton helping themselves to a brace each.  Towards the end of the first session, the home side started to get into the picture and they managed to pull three goals back through a Ben Reibel brace and another...

Authorities urged to resolve problems caused to Satabank clients

The Nationalist Party has called for a quick end to the Satabank saga before it causes negative implications on Malta. Accounts at the bank have been frozen since October 20 after an inspection and audit by the MFSA and FIAU found shortcomings in the bank’
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Authorities urged to resolve problems caused to Satabank clients

The Nationalist Party has called for a quick end to the Satabank saga before it causes negative implications on Malta. Accounts at the bank have been frozen since October 20 after an inspection and audit by the MFSA and FIAU found shortcomings in the bank’s anti-money laundering procedures.  The PN said the MFSA needed to communicate more effectively with clients. It observed that although the authority had said that it would start to allow withdrawals, as long as clients opened an account in another bank, clients were finding it difficult to open another account elsewhere.  And those who already had another account were also still finding it difficult to access their funds at Satabank. As a result, many companies and their clients had run into difficulty. Some foreign companies were also reportedly seeking alternative jurisdictions.   The PN said that while serious due diligence was important, clients who always observed conditions should not pay the price for other people's actions.   The authorities should, therefore, propose solutions for these people. 

Two women accused of thefts are freed

Two Bulgarian women accused of pickpocketing were set free after they won an appeal, as the footage lifted from the shop in question had not been appropriately analysed. The two women, Iliyana Kirilova Ilieva and Genoveva Stoilova, had been given a five-mont
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Two women accused of thefts are freed

Two Bulgarian women accused of pickpocketing were set free after they won an appeal, as the footage lifted from the shop in question had not been appropriately analysed. The two women, Iliyana Kirilova Ilieva and Genoveva Stoilova, had been given a five-month prison term after being found guilty of pickpocketing last June while at a clothing store in Valletta. In his appeal, the women’s lawyer Etienne Calleja had argued that the verdict had relied on the video lifted from the shop. However, he argued, the video could not be taken as concrete proof unless analysed by a forensic expert. The court of appeal agreed that it could not be confirmed that the women were the ones in the footage. This case had had an additional complication as the women were heavily pregnant while they were serving their sentence, and their lawyer had insisted in an earlier judicial protest that they should move them to hospital for medical care. Dr Calleja had accused the director of Corradino Correctional Facility Alexander Dalli of failing to give adequate treatment to the women, noting that he had offered the women to option of staying in the library “because it has air-conditioning”. “These children...

University lectures spilling over to the Junior College

University lecturers are informing their students that some of their lessons are going to be held at the Junior College in Msida this year as there are no available classrooms at the campus in Tal-Qroqq. Irked students from the department of social well-bein
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University lectures spilling over to the Junior College

University lecturers are informing their students that some of their lessons are going to be held at the Junior College in Msida this year as there are no available classrooms at the campus in Tal-Qroqq. Irked students from the department of social well-being told the Times of Malta that in recent weeks, their lecturers informed them that tutorials, where larger groups are split up into smaller ones, would be held at the Junior College. The students were told that this was being done because there were no available classrooms at the University at those particular times. When the students complained that the time needed to get from one place to another could prove to be a problem, especially if they had other lectures before or after, they were told they were free to find alternative venues themselves and propose them to the lecturers. Read: One in every six motorists at university lives within 2km of campus According to the students, the majority of them were turning up late as a result, not only missing the lesson themselves but also disrupting the entire class. 'Complex operation'  Contacted about the matter, a spokesman for the University confirmed that four tutorial groups...

Creating new ‘constellations of meaning’

A celestial constellation has inspired the major closing visual arts exhibition of Valletta 2018. Bringing together different disciplines and artworks ‒ from installations, painting, photography to interventions in the landscape and even embroidery ‒  Co
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Creating new ‘constellations of meaning’

A celestial constellation has inspired the major closing visual arts exhibition of Valletta 2018. Bringing together different disciplines and artworks ‒ from installations, painting, photography to interventions in the landscape and even embroidery ‒  Constellation Malta takes visitors to various heritage sites across the Maltese islands with the aim of creating a dialogue between our rich heritage, contemporary art and popular culture. “As the chosen venues were placed in different parts of the islands, an imaginary map was created, a map with different points of light, which in my imagination became stars that could create new constellations of meaning,” said art historian and curator Rosa Martinez, who is based in Barcelona, Spain. “The title appeared as a way to recognise how reflections on art, culture, social and political issues could be sent to the world from this specific place on the planet. Local visitors could enrich their visions with the new light emanating from the projects of artists who had never before exhibited in Malta, while the international visitors could discover new meanings thanks to the interaction between contemporary art and your amazing heritage...

EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

The European Union's executive proposed on Tuesday that Britons be allowed to visit the bloc without visas after Brexit and stepped up preparations in case of a no-deal divorce. Speaking after the European Commission sat in Strasbourg, deputy head Frans Timme
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EU proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

The European Union's executive proposed on Tuesday that Britons be allowed to visit the bloc without visas after Brexit and stepped up preparations in case of a no-deal divorce. Speaking after the European Commission sat in Strasbourg, deputy head Frans Timmermans said a Brexit deal with Britain was the bloc's preferred solution. «Very intense negotiations are ongoing. It is clear that although we are making progress, we are not there yet,» he told a news conference. «We also discussed a number of issues related to our no-deal planning. You have to do that anyway. We are working very hard for a deal and let's be clear that is by far our preferred option. But we need to prepare for all options.» The Commission said Britons would need no visas for stays of up to 90 days. «In the scenario where the UK leaves the EU without a deal, this would apply as of 30 March 2019. If a deal is reached, however, it would apply as of the end of the transition period,» the Commission said in a statement. «This proposal is entirely conditional upon the UK also granting reciprocal and non-discriminatory visa-free travel for all EU member states, in line with the principle of visa reciprocity,» it...

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, dead at 95

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday. As a writer
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Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, dead at 95

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday. As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers. «He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating,» his daughter J.C. Lee said in a statement to Reuters. «He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.» She did not mention Lee's cause of death but the TMZ celebrity news website said an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival. Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His...

Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019

The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday. The Metropole du Grand Paris council said on its Twitter feed it had voted to ban diesel
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Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019

The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday. The Metropole du Grand Paris council said on its Twitter feed it had voted to ban diesel cars registered before December 31, 2000 from the area within the A86 second ring-road, which includes Paris and 79 municipalities around it, a region with 5.61 million inhabitants. The ban will use France's new «Crit'Air» vignette system, which identifies cars' age and pollution level with colour-coded stickers. Cars with the Crit'Air 5 sticker (1997 to 2000-registered diesels) as well as cars without a sticker will be banned. The council plans to gradually tighten regulations in order to allow only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars on Greater Paris roads by 2030. In central Paris, pre-2000 diesels have been banned since July 2017. Fifteen French metropolitan areas including Lyon, Nice, Aix-Marseille and Toulouse last month agreed to install or reinforce low-emission zones by 2020. The French government hopes this will prevent European Union sanctions over non-respect of European air quality standards.

Bulgaria becomes latest EU state to shun UN migration pact

Bulgaria on Monday joined the growing ranks of European Union nations opposed to a United Nations pact that aims to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 membe
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Bulgaria becomes latest EU state to shun UN migration pact

Bulgaria on Monday joined the growing ranks of European Union nations opposed to a United Nations pact that aims to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 member nations except the United States, which backed out last year. It followed the biggest influx of migrants into Europe since World War Two, many fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. However, the right-wing governments of Hungary and Austria have since said they will not sign the final document at a ceremony in Morocco in December over concerns that it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration. Poland, the Czech Republic and now Bulgaria have signalled they may follow suit. «The position of the Bulgarian government will be not to join the United Nations' global pact on migration,» the deputy leader of the main ruling centre-right GERB party, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, said after a meeting of coalition chiefs. GERB's anti-migrant junior coalition partner, the United Patriots, is strongly opposed to the UN pact, which it says endangers national interests. The Bulgarian parliament will debate the pact on...

Busuttil to play role in assessment of Ramona Frendo's nomination to Euro court

Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil sits on the panel that will assess the nomination of lawyer Ramona Frendo to the post of judge at the General Court of the European Union. Contacted by the Times of Malta, Dr Busuttil would not be drawn into commentin
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Busuttil to play role in assessment of Ramona Frendo's nomination to Euro court

Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil sits on the panel that will assess the nomination of lawyer Ramona Frendo to the post of judge at the General Court of the European Union. Contacted by the Times of Malta, Dr Busuttil would not be drawn into commenting as to whether he would support Dr Frendo, saying he was not at liberty to comment on individual nominations. The family lawyer’s nomination to the prestigious post was announced by the government last week. The post was recently vacated by Peter Xuereb, whose nomination to the European Court of Justice was recently approved. Prof. Xuereb had been nominated to the EU General Court in 2016. Prior to that, he served as head of the University of Malta’s department of European and Comparative Law and chair of its Institute of European Studies. Questions have been raised about whether Dr Frendo’s affiliation with the PL will prove to be an obstacle to her nomination. Apart being a prominent supporter of the Labour Party in the 2013 election campaign, Dr Frendo has also served in a number of government-nominated roles. A 2017 report by the panel that Dr Busuttil sits on said that a prospective judge’s independence, impartiality,...

Motorist drives off with refueling hose attached

A motorist drove off from a Rabat fuel station with the refuelling pipe still attached to her car, footage uploaded to Facebook by the station owner shows. No serious damage was caused because the pipe's connection is flexible, in view of such eventualities
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Motorist drives off with refueling hose attached

A motorist drove off from a Rabat fuel station with the refuelling pipe still attached to her car, footage uploaded to Facebook by the station owner shows. No serious damage was caused because the pipe's connection is flexible, in view of such eventualities. The driver reversed when she realised what had happened, Mario Camilleri said in a Facebook post. It is not known what prompted the driver to drive away in the first place. It is an event which has happened before to the most professional of drivers. In 2008, Ferrari driver Felipe Massa drove out of his pit with a fuel line attached to his car. He stopped at the end of the pit lane and mechanics rushed to pull the hose off, but the delay cost him the race, and possibly the championship that year.

Commissioner for Standards in Public Life is appointed, at last

Former Parliamentary Secretary George Hyzler has been sworn in as the first ever Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. The post was established under the Standards for Public Life Act which came into force on October 30. Dr Hyzler, a former Nationalist
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Commissioner for Standards in Public Life is appointed, at last

Former Parliamentary Secretary George Hyzler has been sworn in as the first ever Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. The post was established under the Standards for Public Life Act which came into force on October 30. Dr Hyzler, a former Nationalist MP and former president of the Chamber of Advocates, will investigate breaches of an ethical nature committed by members of Parliament and civil servants engaged on a position-of-trust basis.  The law, approved in March last year, also provides for the establishment of a parliamentary committee empowered to propose sanctions against offending legislators, even though the House would have the final say on what course of action to take, if any. The committee is also empowered to scrutinize the MPs’ declaration of assets and to probe any unethical behaviour. The idea of having an ethical behaviour watchdog for MPs goes back to the final days of the PN government in 2012, when then deputy prime minister Tonio Borg presented a Bill in Parliament. However, the dissolution of Parliament a few months later meant the Bill could not move ahead, until, in May 2014, the Labour government made its own proposal, which was very similar to...

Talk on heraldry and nobility in Malta

Heraldry and nobility are subjects that always fascinate, and Malta’s past is full of interest and intrigue when it comes to Malta’s nobility.  In a lecture about heraldry and nobility in Malta, Charles Gauci will give the reasons for the introduction o
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Talk on heraldry and nobility in Malta

Heraldry and nobility are subjects that always fascinate, and Malta’s past is full of interest and intrigue when it comes to Malta’s nobility.  In a lecture about heraldry and nobility in Malta, Charles Gauci will give the reasons for the introduction of titles in Malta, their origins and the status of the nobility today. Gauci will delve into heraldry, showing how a typical coat of arms is composed, and how these differ around the world when compared to Malta. Participants will also hear interesting and amusing anecdotes about Maltese noble families.  A semi-retired consultant in pain medicine and a lecturer in human anatomy at the University of Malta, Gauci has been writing about various aspects of the Maltese nobility since the late 1970s and signed copies of his latest book The Peerage and Knightage in Malta will be on sale after the talk. This event will open Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar’s 2018-2019 cultural programme. The talk will take place at the Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana on Wednesday at 6.30pm. The lecture will be conducted in English. For more information visit www.faa.org.mt or www.culturemalta.org.

Watch: 17 Black in 90 seconds

An exclusive joint investigation between Times of Malta and Reuters revealed last week that local businessman Yorgen Fenech is the ultimate beneficial owner of mystery company 17 Black.  The news has refocused attention on the Electrogas power station dea
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Watch: 17 Black in 90 seconds

An exclusive joint investigation between Times of Malta and Reuters revealed last week that local businessman Yorgen Fenech is the ultimate beneficial owner of mystery company 17 Black.  The news has refocused attention on the Electrogas power station deal, which was won by a consortium featuring Mr Fenech as a partner and director, and led to a flurry of calls for Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri to resign. We have simplified the key facts into a 90-second video. For more details, read the full story or check out a timeline of the key events.

Pet groomer gets €1,000 compensation after offensive Facebook posts

A pet groomer who felt aggrieved by Facebook posts by a former customer on a site shared by some 12,000 members, has been awarded €1,000 in libel damages. Charmaine Martin, partner of PN candidate Wayne Hewitt, filed for libel earlier this year over comment
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Pet groomer gets €1,000 compensation after offensive Facebook posts

A pet groomer who felt aggrieved by Facebook posts by a former customer on a site shared by some 12,000 members, has been awarded €1,000 in libel damages. Charmaine Martin, partner of PN candidate Wayne Hewitt, filed for libel earlier this year over comments posted by Jasmine Urry on the ‘Group PN’ Facebook site. It had all been sparked off by a message sent by Ms Martin in February 2018, informing Ms Urry that she would be resuming her pet grooming services after a temporary shutdown due to health reasons. That message was soon met with a firm ‘NO THANK YOU’ from Ms Urry who had traded comments with Ms Martin when the latter allegedly posted “insults towards our leader Dr Adrian Delia.” That message was soon followed up by a post on the ‘Group PN’ telling Ms Martin “that’s what you get when you mix work and politics,” with a clear reference to “Hewitt’s partner.” The following day, a second post published on the group page read “Sorry, but this is my truth. Don’t mix politics and work Charmaine (Hewitt’s partner)” All efforts to contact Ms Urry proved futile and although the police were called in to attempt to resolve the matter, Ms Urry refused to cooperate, prompting Ms...

Allianz – A stock that continues to deliver

Following Allianz’s Q3 2018 results, we maintain our BUY recommendation on the stock and Price Target of €207. We like Allianz for the following reasons: * Very well capitalised * Buybacks * Strong management provides confidence * Indicative Gross Dividen
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Allianz – A stock that continues to deliver

Following Allianz’s Q3 2018 results, we maintain our BUY recommendation on the stock and Price Target of €207. We like Allianz for the following reasons: * Very well capitalised * Buybacks * Strong management provides confidence * Indicative Gross Dividend yield of 4.28% * Sustainable earnings growth Allianz reported a good set of results for Q3 2018. They stand out for the following reasons: 1. No unusual losses were incurred during the quarter due (eg from hurricanes) 2. Allianz's combined ratio in its property and casualty division, a key measure of profitability, was 93.1%, down from 96.9% a year ago. Readings below 100 indicate profitability The combined ratio is calculated by taking the sum of incurred losses and expenses and then dividing them by earned premium. 3. Pimco reported strong inflows of €15bln compared to consensus expectations of €10bln Investment Rationale Management also confirmed that Allianz is on track to exceed the mid-point of its target range for operating profit of €10.6-11.6bn. Our model is factoring in operating profits coming in at top end of guidance. Allianz delivered a good operating performance in the first three quarters of the year, with...

The knights in Sardinia

Did you know that the Knights of Malta were also in Sardinia? Their symbols appear in different parts of the island: Santu Lussurgiu, Sassari, Guspini and Cagliari. Fr Angelo Manca, a Salesian from Sardinia, will be talking about the remains of the presence
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The knights in Sardinia

Did you know that the Knights of Malta were also in Sardinia? Their symbols appear in different parts of the island: Santu Lussurgiu, Sassari, Guspini and Cagliari. Fr Angelo Manca, a Salesian from Sardinia, will be talking about the remains of the presence of the Knights of Malta in Sardinia. One of the best ones is actually in Santu Lussurgiu, in the province of Oristano, Sardinia, where Fr Angelo was born. This is probably why he became so interested in the Knights of Malta in Sardinia. Fr Angelo, one of the members of the team working on Salesian historical research for the Sardinia Autonomous Region since 2000, has already published two books. He will answer questions before concluding the evening over a glass of wine and some treats. Entrance is free. The talk will be held at the  Italian Cultural Institute, St George’s Square, Valletta, tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Cabinet ministers not equal in Joseph Muscat's eyes - PD

Joseph Muscat's failure to act following the latest 17 Black revelations showed that the members of Cabinet are not all equal in his eyes, the Democratic Party said on Monday.  «Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat is responsible for what is happening and
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Cabinet ministers not equal in Joseph Muscat's eyes - PD

Joseph Muscat's failure to act following the latest 17 Black revelations showed that the members of Cabinet are not all equal in his eyes, the Democratic Party said on Monday.  «Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat is responsible for what is happening and is displaying a lack of decency towards the position he holds and his duty towards the country,» the party said.    «Without doubt, there are members of the PL Government and members of the PN Opposition whose code of conduct is deplorable, but because this behaviour comes from both sides of the House does not mean that Dr Joseph Muscat can renege on his responsibilities towards members of his Executive.» It said it had long demanded the suspension of Chief-of-Staff Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi. «The reasons are obvious. They are both members of the Executive and their mere presence influences the Cabinet which is obliged to investigate them in a timely and complete manner. This should have been done long ago, however, it appears that Dr Joseph Muscat wants to continue dragging his feet in this regard. »The rule of law and the credibility of our country should be safeguarded from even the tiniest hint of misdemeanor by...

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