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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

Slurry being treated at Gozo plant, WSC says

The Water Services Corporation denies that slurry is being disposed in the open sea from Gozo’s only wastewater plant, insisting the material was being treated using recently-installed equipment. The Times of Malta was alerted a few weeks ago that bowsers l
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Slurry being treated at Gozo plant, WSC says

The Water Services Corporation denies that slurry is being disposed in the open sea from Gozo’s only wastewater plant, insisting the material was being treated using recently-installed equipment. The Times of Malta was alerted a few weeks ago that bowsers laden with slurry were pumping out the waste in a manhole outside the Ras il-Ħobż plant, in the limits of Għajnsielem.  The ‘practice’, which started towards the turn of the year, had raised questions as the plant was not designed to treat farm waste but domestic sewage. In fact, whenever slurry is illegally dumped into the sewers it clogs the plant, with the result that raw sewage is pumped into the sea.  In recent years, there have been various incidents whereby Ras il-Ħobż, a popular diving spot close to the iconic Mġarr ix-Xini Bay, was contaminated with sewage. Watch: Pollution havoc at Gozo diving spot, but WSC says its network is working perfectly During a recent onsite visit, the Times observed four bowsers discharging farm waste in a manhole outside the plant in the space of about an hour.  There was little if any supervision by WSC staff during the operation. However, the sea below, where the plant discharges its...

What happened on... April 22

25 years ago - The Times Friday, April 22, 1994 Malta, Cyprus will join EU after institutional reforms are in place The Greek Minister for European Affairs, Theodore Pangalos, on Wednesday would not be drawn into giving a date when EU membership talks with M
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What happened on... April 22

25 years ago - The Times Friday, April 22, 1994 Malta, Cyprus will join EU after institutional reforms are in place The Greek Minister for European Affairs, Theodore Pangalos, on Wednesday would not be drawn into giving a date when EU membership talks with Malta and Cyprus would start, saying the issue will be discussed after January 1. But he made it clear the two islands will join the EU only after institutional reforms in the community are in place. Greek socialist MEP Karellis asked Mr Pangalos how the presidency of the EU planned to further the procedure for the accession of Malta and Cyprus so that a specific timetable for the opening of membership talks could be drawn up. Mr Pangalos replied: “I refer to my statement to the Parliament on January 19, reaffirming that the Greek presidency feels that the accession of Cyprus and Malta is of the highest political importance. “You are no doubt aware that the Commission has done everything possible to accele­rate matters for both Cyprus and Malta. “New financial protocols are currently being prepared to replace the third financial protocols for both Cyprus and Malta which expired at the end of 1993.” Half a century ago - Times...

Celebrating multicultural libraries

A Libraries Day celebrating multicultural libraries will be taking place tomorrow from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the Central Public Library in Floriana, hosted in conjunction with Malta Libraries. The day will feature a number of readings and books in different la
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Celebrating multicultural libraries

A Libraries Day celebrating multicultural libraries will be taking place tomorrow from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the Central Public Library in Floriana, hosted in conjunction with Malta Libraries. The day will feature a number of readings and books in different languages, dances and food from around the world, with a range of activities to suit all ages. The programme is as follows: 9.30am: Hello! game for all ages on the first floor. 10am-noon: Crafts and themed educational activities for mixed ages on the first floor. One will also be able to experience tastes from around the world, prepared by the Migrant Women Association Malta. 10-11am: Seħer l-Istejjer/The Magic of Stories – animated Maltese reading session for ages four to seven, in collaboration with the National Literacy Agency in the Junior Library. 11am to noon: English reading session for tiny tots in the Junior Library. Noon-12.30pm: Dances from around the world – watching and learning some steps – in the Junior Library. 12.30pm-2pm: Official book donation to the ‘Multicultural Library’ CPL Pilot Project and Networking Session in the Reference Library, with the participation of a number of embassies, UNHCR Malta and...

The great disconnect

A quick glance around any group of people will show you how connected they are. A million notifications a minute light up any event – sharing pictures, videos, thoughts and news. We’re connected, certainly, but are any of us actually connecting to that co
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The great disconnect

A quick glance around any group of people will show you how connected they are. A million notifications a minute light up any event – sharing pictures, videos, thoughts and news. We’re connected, certainly, but are any of us actually connecting to that content – and to the thousands of global lives we touch up every single day? New play DripFeed by local creative youth organisation Studio 18 was written through a partnership with British playwright Rebecca Brewer, and it seeks to answer exactly that question. Created for both young adult and adult audiences, it highlights how it is not uncommon that – among all this hyper-connectivity – we have become alarmingly apathetic and, ironically, disconnected. Together, co-directors Jean-Marc Cafà and Andre Agius knew they wanted to create something that appealed to the Insta-savvy generation but also a piece that felt fresh and exciting from whatever viewpoint.   “We decided to start a movement, a shock to the system intended to snap you back into what was once reality,” explains Agius Cafà, who is also the creative director of Studio 18. “As a team, we like to create, to find relevance, and to ‘feed’. So, for this project, we began...

Stone stackers defy gravity at European championships

Expertly balancing one rock on top of another at the European Stone Stacking Championships, competitors combine skill and artistic creativity to come up with gravity-defying constructions. Now in its third year, the event takes place in the Scottish coastal t
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Stone stackers defy gravity at European championships

Expertly balancing one rock on top of another at the European Stone Stacking Championships, competitors combine skill and artistic creativity to come up with gravity-defying constructions. Now in its third year, the event takes place in the Scottish coastal town of Dunbar, east of the capital Edinburgh. Saturday's competition down on the Eye Cave Beach was all about quantity: the most stones balanced vertically in 30 minutes. Sunday's battle put the emphasis on artistic merit: creating anything from stones or found objects within three hours. The winner receives a trip to the Llano Earth Art Festival in Texas where the 2020 World Rock Stacking Championships will be held. «Stone stacking is one of the most ancient art forms. It may go back to the beginning of mankind,» organiser James Craig Page told AFP. «However, it was brought to the attention of the public over the last 15 years by Bill Dan from California and more recently Michael Grab,» two of the best-known artists. «Events like Llano Earth Art Festival and its World Rock Stacking Championship, and the European Stone Stacking Championships, are helping to promote this ever-growing art form. »The skills required to become...

Malta lose to Macedonia in Fed Cup play-off

Team Malta finished sixth in the Fed Cup Group 3 (Europe/Africa, Zone A) after losing 2-0 to North Macedonia in the play-off for fifth/sixth place, in Helsinki, Finland  The Maltese were no match to the Macedonian in both the first and second rubber. Aleksan
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Malta lose to Macedonia in Fed Cup play-off

Team Malta finished sixth in the Fed Cup Group 3 (Europe/Africa, Zone A) after losing 2-0 to North Macedonia in the play-off for fifth/sixth place, in Helsinki, Finland  The Maltese were no match to the Macedonian in both the first and second rubber. Aleksandra Simeva defeated Krysta Dimech 6-0 6-0 while Ana Ristevska overcame Maja Glumac 6-1 6-0. The doubles match in Rubber three was not held. Malta had moved into the play-off after finishing third in Pool A. Drawn with Finland, Lithuania and Iceland, the Maltese lost 3-0 to both Lithuania and Finland before wrapping up its commitments with a 2-1 win against Iceland. Against the Nordic side, Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco lost the first rubber against Anna Soffia Gronholm 6-3 6-0. Nonetheless, the Maltese turned the score to their favour as Elaine Genovese won 6-2 6-0 agaisnt Iris Staub and Genovese together with Farrugia Saaco overcame Gronholm and Staub in the doubles 6-3 4-6 7-6. 

Fognini becomes first Italian champion in Monte Carlo in 51 years

Colourful Fabio Fognini defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, the first Italian to triumph at the clay court showpiece in over half a century. The 13th seed, based just 20 kilometres over the border in San Remo, followed o
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Fognini becomes first Italian champion in Monte Carlo in 51 years

Colourful Fabio Fognini defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 to win the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, the first Italian to triumph at the clay court showpiece in over half a century. The 13th seed, based just 20 kilometres over the border in San Remo, followed on from compatriot Nicola Pietrangeli, who watched his record fall from the royal box at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Pietrangeli won the trophy in the principality in 1961, 1967 and 1968. He came to the court after the trophy ceremony to pose for pictures with his new tennis heir, who was following up his shock semi-final win over 11-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal. «I was born nearby so this is extraordinary,» Fognini, 31, said. «I started the season rather badly, so this is unbelievable. I'm very content with this victory, especially with all of the Italians here today.» The 48th-ranked Serb Lajovic was playing in the first ATP final of his career and got to the title match without the loss of a set. Fognini looked to be temporarily hampered as he limped momentarily after breaking Lajovic for 3-2 in the second after claiming the opening set in 44 minutes. During a medical timeout, he was taped on his right thigh and...

Watch: Cuthbert stunner keeps Chelsea in touch with Lyon in Champions League

Erin Cuthbert kept Chelsea's hopes of a first-ever Champions League final alive with a superb second half volley on Sunday as Lyon narrowly beat the Blues 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final. Cuthbert rocketed home a long-distance volley 18 minutes fro
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Watch: Cuthbert stunner keeps Chelsea in touch with Lyon in Champions League

Erin Cuthbert kept Chelsea's hopes of a first-ever Champions League final alive with a superb second half volley on Sunday as Lyon narrowly beat the Blues 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final. Cuthbert rocketed home a long-distance volley 18 minutes from the end in a stirring second-half display that will give Emma Hayes' side hope of seeing off the French side in England next weekend. Lyon, who are five-times winner of the competition and in the hunt for their fourth straight title, looked set to cruise through at half-time thanks to Magdalena Ericsson's own goal and a glancing finish from Amandine Henry. Chelsea squeezed past Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 thanks to a last gasp winner from Maren Mjelde in the previous round, and will be more confident of knocking out the dominant force in women's football after taking the game to Lyon in the second period. However they could rue Fran Kirkby missing a soft-looking penalty on the stroke of half-time, and giving away two sloppy goals in the first half that could yet see them knocked out. Lyon were gifted their opener in the 27th minute when Blues centre-back Ericsson turned Delphine Cascarino's cross past her own goalkeeper...

Malta-Gozo tunnel: could a 'permanent link' become a traffic bottleneck?

A tunnel to Gozo is at present ineligible for funding under the EU’s TEN-T network, MEP Michael Cramer (European Green Party) told The Sunday Times of Malta yesterday. This funding was something that, once the network is revised, was mentioned as a possibil
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Malta-Gozo tunnel: could a 'permanent link' become a traffic bottleneck?

A tunnel to Gozo is at present ineligible for funding under the EU’s TEN-T network, MEP Michael Cramer (European Green Party) told The Sunday Times of Malta yesterday. This funding was something that, once the network is revised, was mentioned as a possibility by Transport Minister Ian Borg two weeks ago. On the other hand, EU rules allow the government to subsidise fast ferry connections between the islands, Mr Cramer said. The MEP, who sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, was in Gozo to take part in a debate about transport between the islands. Several candidates for next month’s European elections took part. Mr Cramer’s appearance was arranged by independent candidate Arnold Cassola. “You have a big problem with traffic jams, and a tunnel will attract more cars, so the time that would be gained in the tunnel would be lost in exacerbated traffic jams,” Mr Cramer said. “The plan is for a one-lane tunnel that feeds into wider roads, and the tunnel itself could become a bottleneck in peak times. This means that a tunnel is not likely to improve the time it takes to get to your destination.” The German MEP says that the Committee on Transport and...

Man injured in fall from balcony

A 32-year-old man was grievously injured in a fall from a balcony this afternoon. The police said the accident happened in Triq Ta’ Nawċiera, Qawra at 4.15pm. The man, who is from Ukraine, fell when the balcony wall collapsed. He was taken to hospital by a
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Man injured in fall from balcony

A 32-year-old man was grievously injured in a fall from a balcony this afternoon. The police said the accident happened in Triq Ta’ Nawċiera, Qawra at 4.15pm. The man, who is from Ukraine, fell when the balcony wall collapsed. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. The police are investigating.

Watch: Hamraoui puts Barcelona within reach of Women's Champions League final

Barcelona have one foot in the final of the Women's Champions League after Kheira Hamraoui's second half winner gave them a deserved 1-0 win at Bayern Munich in Sunday's semi-final first leg. Hamraoui, who won the tournament with Lyon last season, showed h
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Watch: Hamraoui puts Barcelona within reach of Women's Champions League final

Barcelona have one foot in the final of the Women's Champions League after Kheira Hamraoui's second half winner gave them a deserved 1-0 win at Bayern Munich in Sunday's semi-final first leg. Hamraoui, who won the tournament with Lyon last season, showed her class with a well-taken winner to give Barcelona a deserved lead and a one-goal advantage ahead of the second leg next week. With both sides looking to make their first ever appearance in the final, the game proved to be a cagey affair for long periods. Bayern had their backs to the wall for much of the first half, as Barcelona dominated possession. Clear cut chances remained few and far between for the visitors, although they twice struck the woodwork with speculative efforts from both Vicky Losada and Hamraoui. Bayern rallied shortly before half-time, with chances falling to Sara Daebritz and Fridolina Rolfoe. The hosts continued to be pushed back after the break, however, and Barcelona finally unlocked the defence just after the hour mark. A slick move on the right wing saw Mariona Caldentey set up Hamraoui, who found the far corner with a sharp finish. Daebritz came close to equalising for Bayern on 73 minutes,...

Comedian Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency in landslide

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment. Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was pla
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Comedian Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency in landslide

A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, exit polls showed, dealing a stunning rebuke to the country's political establishment. Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73% of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by several think tanks. It was an extraordinary outcome to a campaign that started as a joke but struck a chord with voters frustrated by poverty, corruption and a five-year war in eastern Ukraine that has claimed some 13,000 lives. The 41-year-old star of the TV series «Servant of the People» will now take the helm of a country of 45 million people beset by challenges and having run on the vaguest of political platforms. «I will never let you down,» Zelensky told jubilant supporters at his Kiev campaign headquarters where he was showered with glittering confetti after the exit polls were released. «While I am not formally president yet, as a citizen of Ukraine I can tell all post-Soviet countries: 'Look at us! Everything is possible!'.» Zelensky won in all regions of the country, defeating...

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohame
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Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said. «There was utter chaos,» said the manager, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the company. The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend. «It was 8.30am and it was busy. It was families,» the manager told AFP. «He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,» he added. «One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.» Read: How world leaders reacted to Sri Lanka terror blasts The bomber also died. Parts of his body were found intact by police and taken away. Other hotel officials told how the bomber, a Sri Lankan, checked in giving an address that turned out to be false, saying he was in the city for business. Two other hotels,...

I am very worried about Libya – President Vella

President George Vella has expressed his grave concern at the unfolding situation in Libya where forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar are attempting to take control of the capital Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government. General Haftar backs a ri
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I am very worried about Libya – President Vella

President George Vella has expressed his grave concern at the unfolding situation in Libya where forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar are attempting to take control of the capital Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government. General Haftar backs a rival administration in eastern Libya. “I am very worried about Libya for a number of reasons. First of all the situation shows the hypocrisy of the international community which seems content to just look the other way as fighting engulfs the country. Secondly this latest conflict is certainly not in the interest of Libya, and has already led to a large number of casualties. We need to emphasise that the only way forward in Libya is a political solution. “And thirdly, Malta could well be flooded by refugees if the war gets out of control and leads to a humanitarian disaster,” Dr Vella told The Sunday Times of Malta. The former foreign minister, who has closely followed the situation in Libya for a number of years, on Friday tweeted his frustration at the lack of international focus on Libya, saying:  “Why are the UN and the Western world turning a blind eye to the humanitarian disaster developing in Tripoli, Libya. It will...

Italian working for mafia organisation arrested in Malta

A 42-year-old Italian wanted for working with a mafia organisation was arrested by the police under a European Arrest Warrant after days of surveillance. The police said in a statement on Sunday the arrest followed an operation named ‘Op Rich’ was carrie
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Italian working for mafia organisation arrested in Malta

A 42-year-old Italian wanted for working with a mafia organisation was arrested by the police under a European Arrest Warrant after days of surveillance. The police said in a statement on Sunday the arrest followed an operation named ‘Op Rich’ was carried out between members of the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Unit. The Italian, who lived in Swieqi, was well known in Igaming circles in Malta and is expected to be arraigned in the coming days for the extradition procedure to be embarked upon. He is wanted by the Italian authorities for association in the organisation, management and collection of illegal betting on behalf of a mafia organisation. Six people have been arrested under European Arrest Warrants since the beginning of the year. Such operations are aimed for persons sought internationally to be brought to justice, strengthening the fight against criminal organisations.

Bangladesh puts anti-sexual harassment units in schools after girl's murder

Bangladesh has ordered some 27,000 schools to set up committees to prevent sexual violence, an official said Sunday, after a teenager who accused a teacher of sexual harassment was burned to death. The killing of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi has sparked outr
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Bangladesh puts anti-sexual harassment units in schools after girl's murder

Bangladesh has ordered some 27,000 schools to set up committees to prevent sexual violence, an official said Sunday, after a teenager who accused a teacher of sexual harassment was burned to death. The killing of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi has sparked outrage across the South Asian nation of 165 million people and put police action in the case under the spotlight. Protesters in the capital Dhaka staged demonstrations for an 11th day on Sunday, seeking «exemplary punishment» for the killers of the girl. Police say she was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended in Feni, south of the capital, where her attackers ordered her to withdraw a police complaint against the head of the school. When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. Rafi died in hospital on April 10 after suffering 80% burns. At least 20 people, including the head teacher, have been arrested. Activists say the murder has exposed a «culture of impunity» surrounding sex crimes against women and children, and that fact that those who report harassment often suffer a backlash. Amid nationwide protests, the Bangladesh government has ordered more than 27,000 schools and colleges to...

We are all smudged

London’s Royal Academy’s 1997 exhibition Sensation was controversial for a number of reasons. Bad taste, explicit sexual content and general shock factor forced the Royal Academy to declare one of the 15 halls as an adult-only zone. The mannequins of the
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We are all smudged

London’s Royal Academy’s 1997 exhibition Sensation was controversial for a number of reasons. Bad taste, explicit sexual content and general shock factor forced the Royal Academy to declare one of the 15 halls as an adult-only zone. The mannequins of the Chapman brothers and the works of Sarah Lucas were too graphic in sexual content to warrant this cautionary action by the Academy. However, Sensation was one of the most successful collective exhibitions ever, drawing an audience that was intrigued much more by the controversy and backlash rather than by the artistic merit of the exhibits. The Maltese Islands have always been ill at ease with any artistic display of sexually or erotically themed works. Religious and social ‘decorum’ have inhibited local artists from explicit representations of the human body, especially ones that highlight the sexual act. Smudge is an organic artistic collaboration between four contemporary Maltese artists who, maybe somewhat along the lines of the notorious British exhibition, strive to dispel the myth of smuttiness that surrounds one of the seven basic functions that define us as living organisms. Gabriel Buttigieg’s The Infant as Monster...

Mount Carmel workers and patients 'are being humiliated' - Delia

Workers and patients at Mount Carmel Hospital are being humiliated by the government, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday. Speaking during a short telephone phone-in on Net FM, Dr Delia hit out at the conditions at the mental health hospital. The Ti
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Mount Carmel workers and patients 'are being humiliated' - Delia

Workers and patients at Mount Carmel Hospital are being humiliated by the government, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Sunday. Speaking during a short telephone phone-in on Net FM, Dr Delia hit out at the conditions at the mental health hospital. The Times of Malta revealed this week how three-quarters of the wards at the hospital have condemned ceilings. In one ward, the foundations too gave way and cracks were so wide that rats were sneaking in, according to a technical report. In their report, architects declared rooms in most wards as being unsafe and ordered their immediate closure so patients were being transferred to adjacent wards that also had structural problems in the ceiling. PN campaign for European elections In his address, Dr Delia announced that the PN would be kicking of its campaign for the local council and European Parliament elections on Monday. He said the campaign would be a continuation of a journey where the party continued to listen to people’s aspirations and problems. Dr Delia said the PN would be presenting solutions to these problems, and would show it had the ideas and energy, as well as the moral will, to take the country in a better...

Juventus celebrate twice over as women's team secure title

Juventus celebrated twice over on the weekend as their women's team beat Verona 3-0 to retain their Serie A title on the same day that the men extended their domination with an eighth consecutive championship triumph. English forward Eniola Aluko scored the t
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Juventus celebrate twice over as women's team secure title

Juventus celebrated twice over on the weekend as their women's team beat Verona 3-0 to retain their Serie A title on the same day that the men extended their domination with an eighth consecutive championship triumph. English forward Eniola Aluko scored the third goal after 68 minutes in Verona after Sweden's Petronella Ekroth (33) and Cristiana Girelli (56). It is the first title for 102-times capped Aluko in Italy since joining Juventus in June 2018 having won three with Chelsea in England. Juventus won the title one point ahead of second-placed Fiorentina. «The emotions are indescribable, to achieve this for the second time is something extraordinary,» said Juventus women's coach Rita Guarino.

Rewards and employee well-being

Rewards can either be classified as intrinsic – namely those that satisfy the employee through the job content, or extrinsic – which are rewards external to the job itself, such as the provision of bonuses and promotions. The magnitude of the motivating p
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Rewards and employee well-being

Rewards can either be classified as intrinsic – namely those that satisfy the employee through the job content, or extrinsic – which are rewards external to the job itself, such as the provision of bonuses and promotions. The magnitude of the motivating potential inherent in rewards varies among employees according to their different abilities and needs. However, the reality is that choosing to pursue an extrinsic reward may cause the loss of certain resources but allow for the attainment of others. Thus, employees are required to assess the benefits and consequences of their reward choices prior to engaging in a certain level of reward-seeking behaviour. It is important to specify that the process of reward-seeking and reward outcome are different concepts. The process of reward-seeking is deemed to be prompted by the expectations and motivation of engaging in such behaviour while reward outcome re­lates to the actual output resultant from that behaviour. Despite the vast research on the productive aspect of rewards, little is known on how the changes in employees’ behaviour, made to enhance their chances of achieving a reward, influence their well-being. There is no consensus...

A windy Easter could be followed by some dusty days

Locals woke up to a blustery Easter Sunday this year, with winds howling across the country at speeds which at times reached gale force strengths. The easterly and southeasterly winds are expected to continue throughout the day and the Malta Airport meteorolo
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A windy Easter could be followed by some dusty days

Locals woke up to a blustery Easter Sunday this year, with winds howling across the country at speeds which at times reached gale force strengths. The easterly and southeasterly winds are expected to continue throughout the day and the Malta Airport meteorological office warned mariners that they should expect winds of up to force 8 on the Beaufort scale and very rough seas until at least 10pm on Sunday. Gusts are expected to be especially strong on Sunday night and early on Monday morning, reaching speeds of up to 20 metres per second.  Strong winds are expected to persist on Monday before dying down to more moderate levels on Tuesday.  Dust on the horizon High winds could lead to some dusty days: models created by meteorologists at the University of Athens predict large amounts of dust from the Sahara to be blown up across the central Mediterranean over the coming days. The massive dust cloud – caused by a depression over Algeria - could reach as far north as the UK and Ireland, the models suggest.  

The pizza dissonance

ElbaCoast RoadBaħar iċ-ĊagħaqTel: 9949 9960 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 It takes effort to hold two contradictory opinions in one’s mind at the same time, acknowledging both as valid. We saw photos of the plumes of smok
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The pizza dissonance

ElbaCoast RoadBaħar iċ-ĊagħaqTel: 9949 9960 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 It takes effort to hold two contradictory opinions in one’s mind at the same time, acknowledging both as valid. We saw photos of the plumes of smoke above a famous Parisian skyline. After the four-letter expletives had been said (we can curse better than the French, even about their own calamities), we took a moment to react to what was doubtlessly a tragic loss to our collective cultural and architectural legacy. Then the usual arguments commence. Instead of pouring in the hundreds of millions we need to repair Notre-Dame, why not feed the hungry? Instead of spending money on a rather hazy picture of a black hole, why not try and cure cancer? Is it possible that our species can’t hold two equivalently important things in our minds at once? My friendly beer dealer, a man who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the liquid and supplies a wonderful selection of brews recently added a particularly unusual one to the mix he brought over. It is a blonde in appearance and yet it’s a porter. Porters are usually very dark, so dark even their frothy head is brown in appearance. Drinking...

Sustainable technology and hacking the future

For those terrified that the younger generation is wasting away its youth with video games, a Trendwatching study in 2013 tartly observed that women over 55 were spending more time playing online than men aged 15-24. At the same time, the underlying games bei
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Sustainable technology and hacking the future

For those terrified that the younger generation is wasting away its youth with video games, a Trendwatching study in 2013 tartly observed that women over 55 were spending more time playing online than men aged 15-24. At the same time, the underlying games being played shared one characteristic –they were overwhelmingly developed by men. Women in IT are vastly outnumbered by men – amounting to just 26 per cent of computing jobs. Remarkably, women in technology used to be more prevalent – as many as 35 per cent or more of IT graduates in the early stages of the tech revolution during the 1980s were women. Yet IT products are being consumed equally by women – sometimes disproportionately so. In fact: 82 per cent of Pinterest users are female. Both Twitter and Facebook have a female majority user base. However, the legacy of marketing from the 1980s remains: the computers are toys-for-boys narrative at the epicentre of personal computer advertising helped skew an entire industry. Technology has become a male bastion from the top down – barely five per cent of tech industry leadership positions are held by women. Beneath the surface, it is remarkable how consciously or subconsciously...

Murdered man was a Good Samaritan, community recalls

The Ivorian man murdered earlier this month had most probably been walking home after offering food and support to migrants at the Ħal Far centre when he was shot.  Lassana Cisse, 42, often checked in on his fellow countrymen at the open centre after work,
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Murdered man was a Good Samaritan, community recalls

The Ivorian man murdered earlier this month had most probably been walking home after offering food and support to migrants at the Ħal Far centre when he was shot.  Lassana Cisse, 42, often checked in on his fellow countrymen at the open centre after work, trying to ensure they were doing well in a new country. Members of the migrant community told The Sunday Times of Malta that he was probably returning home on foot from one such visit when he was killed on Triq tal-Ġebel in Birżebbuġa on April 6. The incident came just two months after a 17-year-old migrant from Chad was hit by a car and left unconscious by the side of the same road. Migrants who live in the area and elsewhere in Malta have since been living in fear, with Mr Cisse’s flatmates now barely sleeping at night. Two teams investigate case The “deafening silence” from the police had exacerbated the sense of helplessness among migrants, they said. Police sources said they had not been vocal on the matter because they are concerned about the possibility of prompting racially motivated copycat murders. Investigations, however, are ongoing. Patrols and police surveillance around migrant hotspots had also been increased in...

On death and children

This year’s edition of the International Spring Orchestra Festival is themed around the Bauhaus movement and takes inspiration from Egon Schiele’s Death and the Maiden. Adam Brimmer interviews artistic director Karl Fiorini. This year’s theme for the f
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On death and children

This year’s edition of the International Spring Orchestra Festival is themed around the Bauhaus movement and takes inspiration from Egon Schiele’s Death and the Maiden. Adam Brimmer interviews artistic director Karl Fiorini. This year’s theme for the festival is Bauhaus, which apart from the eponymous band is more tied to a design/architectural movement rather than a musical one. What made you pick this theme? Although the bond between the programme and the movement might seem subtle, it is a strong one. The term ‘Bauhaus’ came to me in my teenage years when I was fascinated by the discovery of new repertoire and composers; their lives, their friendships. A case in point was Gustav Mahler, whose still young widow, Alma, married the architect Walter Gropius, the founder of Bauhaus. At the age of 13 or 14, the expression caught my attention in a very vivid way. However, it was only a couple of years ago when I was looking more attentively at this movement that it struck me that in a few years’ time Bauhaus would turn a century in 2019. I started thinking about repertoire connected with or written during that period, which embraced New-Objective and Modernist tendencies. However,...

Today's front pages - April 21, 2019

The Sunday Times of Malta reports that Malta is one of three countries the Council of Europe has selected for a review of respect for democratic processes. The newspaper also reports that Air Malta is set to make a loss this year, and that a migrant murdered
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Today's front pages - April 21, 2019

The Sunday Times of Malta reports that Malta is one of three countries the Council of Europe has selected for a review of respect for democratic processes. The newspaper also reports that Air Malta is set to make a loss this year, and that a migrant murdered earlier this month was most likely returning home after helping people at Ħal Far when he was shot. The Malta Independent on Sunday leads with an account by a drug mule who says ‘I did not think twice about swallowing capsules to smuggle drugs to Malta’. Malta Today reports that Castille has been told to get a handle on UN envoy Alex Sciberras Trigona, who has reportedly annoyed US and Russian diplomats by ‘aggressively’ trying to broker a Trump-Putin summit in Malta. It-Torċa reports that the General Workers’ Union is at work to see how to implement the EU’s Work-Life Balance directive as soon as possible. Il-Mument reports that not a single woman taking part in the Labour Party's LEAD programme for women leaders will be contesting next month's election, with the project in reality being a vehicle for Miriam Dalli's political career.  Illum follows up on reports of problems at Mount Carmel Hospital, with Health Minister...

Air Malta forecasts loss in 2019

The national airline is expecting to register an operating loss in the financial year ending March 2019. The airline’s board of directors is forecasting another loss-making year despite continued efforts to increase revenue and lower costs, according to th
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Air Malta forecasts loss in 2019

The national airline is expecting to register an operating loss in the financial year ending March 2019. The airline’s board of directors is forecasting another loss-making year despite continued efforts to increase revenue and lower costs, according to the full financial statements for year ending March 2018 deposited last week with the registry of companies. The airline recently declared a profit of nearly €1.2 million. This represents the operating profit before restructuring costs and non-recurring items. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, whose portfolio includes Air Malta, touted this as a “success story” coming after nearly two decades of yearly losses. He did not give the financial statements to the press. The figures just published, however, show that were it not for a nearly €34 million in revenue from the disposal of landing rights in 2018, the airline would have registered a loss of €17 million (after restructuring costs and non-recurring items). This would have been larger than the loss recorded in the previous year, which had reached nearly €14 million. Citing the most recent data available to the company up until its AGM held last month, the airline said it “will most...

Pothole jolt returns man's dangerous heartbeat to normal

Large potholes can be a health hazard, but one in Nebraska has turned out to be quite literally a lifesaver. Paramedics in the US state this week reported that a man being rushed to hospital with a racing could well have been saved thanks to a pothole. The 59
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Pothole jolt returns man's dangerous heartbeat to normal

Large potholes can be a health hazard, but one in Nebraska has turned out to be quite literally a lifesaver. Paramedics in the US state this week reported that a man being rushed to hospital with a racing could well have been saved thanks to a pothole. The 59-year-old had a racing heartbeat of more than 200 beats a minute. When the ambulance he was in hit a large pothole, his heartbeat returned to normal. It might sound unrealistic, but doctors say a sudden jolt – like that of hitting a large pothole – can help the heart regain its regular beat. Abnormal heartbeat – arrhythmia – can prevent normal circulation of blood to the heart and brain. It is usually treated with drugs, electric shocks... and occasionally potholes.

Things to do today - April 21, 2019

• Watch Risen Christ processions at Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, Valletta, Mosta, Naxxar, Għargħur, Rabat, Żebbug, Paola, Luqa, Żejtun, Qormi and in Gozo at Victoria, Kerċem, Xewkija, Nadur, Fontana, Qala, Xagħra, Żebbuġ and Għarb. • Take your
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Things to do today - April 21, 2019

• Watch Risen Christ processions at Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, Valletta, Mosta, Naxxar, Għargħur, Rabat, Żebbug, Paola, Luqa, Żejtun, Qormi and in Gozo at Victoria, Kerċem, Xewkija, Nadur, Fontana, Qala, Xagħra, Żebbuġ and Għarb. • Take your children to the Eden Cinemas, Paceville, from 11am onwards to enjoy a wide range of films and animations, including Dumbo, Shazam, Missing Link, Wonder Park, Five Feet Apart and Captain Marvel. For tickets, visit edencinemas.com.mt. • Watch the documentary The Prado Museum at the Eden Cinemas, Paceville, at 3pm, covering six centuries of Spain’s history told through the 9,000 works of art found in the 200-year-old museum. • Watch At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel’s biography of Vincent van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe, at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, St James Cavalier, Valletta, at 5.30pm. For tickets, www.kreattivita.org. • Watch Pulp Fiction at Sheer Bastion, Senglea, at 8pm, part of Open Air Cinema Week, organised by Jugs Malta. http://ticketline.com.mt.

Sleeping family locked in as burglars ransack villa

The gang believed to be behind the burglary of dozens of apartments in the Sliema and St Julian’s area appear to have become more daring. Last week robbers broke into a Swieqi villa at night and locked family members asleep inside their bedrooms while the
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Sleeping family locked in as burglars ransack villa

The gang believed to be behind the burglary of dozens of apartments in the Sliema and St Julian’s area appear to have become more daring. Last week robbers broke into a Swieqi villa at night and locked family members asleep inside their bedrooms while they ransacked the place. According to CCTV footage obtained by the police from nearby residences, two or three robbers were inside the house for at least 20 minutes while another waited for them outside. The police were contacted in the morning by the family after they woke up to find themselves locked inside their bedrooms.  Last week The Sunday Times of Malta reported that dozens of residences in the Sliema and St Julian’s area had been targeted by robbers either from the same gang or using similar methods to gain entry. The thieves, often posing as workers to fool neighbours, have been drilling through front door locks, even those considered to be among the more secure, and removing them entirely from the outside. The majority of burglaries have been from apartments rather than houses. In all cases, the thieves stole jewellery, cash and watches. Larger items, such as televisions, gaming consoles, hi-fi systems, laptops and...

Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

It has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word «Columbine» into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and sch
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Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

It has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word «Columbine» into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and school violence. As people on Saturday prepared to mark the anniversary of the massacre in Littleton, Colorado -- in which teenaged shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 Columbine High School students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves -- there were words of grief and loss and anger. The events of that fateful day planted a jarring and lasting sense of vulnerability in Americans' minds. School shootings, once almost unheard of, have become a tragic feature of American life -- requiring all schools to tighten security, forcing even six-year-olds to take part in traumatic «live-shooter» drills. Places that had always seemed the safest -- schools, libraries, even churches and synagogues -- no longer seem so. A rededication  But as folks in Littleton prepared for an official memorial service Saturday, there were also words of hope and signs of a rededication to making things better. Saturday was the third annual...

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo '1,000 per cent' committed to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo said he was «1,000 percent committed to staying» with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just one more point for a 35t
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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo '1,000 per cent' committed to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo said he was «1,000 percent committed to staying» with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just one more point for a 35th Scudetto and their latest title triumph helped ease some of the pain of their shock Champions League exit at the Juventus Stadium to Ajax on Tuesday. And a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina was enough to give them a 20-point lead on nearest rivals Napoli with five games to play. Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after less than six minutes. But Alex Sandro's diving header on 37 minutes and an own goal from Fiorentina defender German Pezzella after a Ronaldo cross in the 53rd minute sealed another title to ease their European disappointment. «It was a great season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is not easy to achieve,» said Ronaldo. «It didn't go well in the Champions League but next year it will be better. »I'm staying at Juve, 1,000 percent." It was the 34-year-old's sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real...

Tenpin bowler Xuereb takes silver in European Youth Championships

Sara Xuereb won a silver medal at the European Youth Championships which are currently being held in Vienna, Austria. This is the best result achieved by Xuereb in these championships as she had also stepped on the podium at this level when returning home wit
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Tenpin bowler Xuereb takes silver in European Youth Championships

Sara Xuereb won a silver medal at the European Youth Championships which are currently being held in Vienna, Austria. This is the best result achieved by Xuereb in these championships as she had also stepped on the podium at this level when returning home with a bronze medal. After winning her squad with a brilliant 208 average, Xuereb went on to place third  overall amongst 65 players. In the semi final she disposed of German bowler Nele Niehusenand with ease, and went on to face the overall leader, Victoria Kashirskaya from Russia, in the final. The match developed into a pulsating neck and neck game, which was finally decided in the last frame where Xuereb unfortunately left a split that allowed the Russian bowler to win. Xuereb now goes on to bowl the Masters on Easter Sunday.

More than 100 arrests in France as 'yellow vest' protests continue

French police said they arrested more than 100 «yellow vest» demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protestors taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches. AFP journalists reported scuffles between polic
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More than 100 arrests in France as 'yellow vest' protests continue

French police said they arrested more than 100 «yellow vest» demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protestors taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches. AFP journalists reported scuffles between police and protesters in the afternoon, after hours of calm, as police used anti-riot grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers in the centre of the French capital. Some protesters threw bottles and other objects at police and set fire to vehicles, safety barriers and bins. Police headquarters reported 126 arrests and 11,000 checks on individual protesters. Paris seemed to bear the brunt of the protests but demonstrations also took place in other French cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse. «We want to live with dignity,» said retired fisherman Joel Blayon at a protest just north of Paris. Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations but which opponents say violate civil liberties. One measure banned protesters from covering their faces, but France's Constitutional Council, its highest constitutional authority, refused to give the green light to...

Watch: This was a massive win for Valletta, says coach Agius

VALLETTA 1 Alba 30 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 Miguel Alba’s strike in the first half was enough for Valletta to complete the job over Tarxien Rainbows and move five points clear of Hibernians.  A Hibernians slip against Senglea Athletic tomorrow would award the de
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Watch: This was a massive win for Valletta, says coach Agius

VALLETTA 1 Alba 30 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 Miguel Alba’s strike in the first half was enough for Valletta to complete the job over Tarxien Rainbows and move five points clear of Hibernians.  A Hibernians slip against Senglea Athletic tomorrow would award the defending champions their 25th title with one game spare.  It was one way traffic from the start as Valletta controlled proceedings from the early stages of the game.  Nwoko was the first to attempt his luck when he received the ball on the edge of the area before firing a curling effort just to be denied by inches.  Moments later, Mario Fontanella pounced on a Tarxien mistake at the back but his close-range effort was blocked by goalkeeper Maverick Buhagiar.  On the 18th minute, Fontanella thought to have opened the score for Valletta but his goal was disallowed for an offside as the Citizens were piling up their pressure to forge ahead. Tarxien were blocking all passing channels, forcing the Citizens to attempt their luck from the distance. Miguel Alba saw his wonderful effort from outside the area but failed to hit the base of the net.  Yet, the Argentine midfielder was not to be denied on the half-hour mark. Joseph Zerafa cut...

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