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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

Announcements - September 26, 2018

CINI. On September 23, GERALD, former bus dispatcher, passed away peacefully at home. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Carmen, his daughter Janet and her husband Charles, his granddaughter Mandy and her boyfriend Marcio, other family members and friends.
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Announcements - September 26, 2018

CINI. On September 23, GERALD, former bus dispatcher, passed away peacefully at home. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Carmen, his daughter Janet and her husband Charles, his granddaughter Mandy and her boyfriend Marcio, other family members and friends. The funeral leaves Mater Dei Hospital, tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, at 3pm, for St Mary’s parish church, Attard, where Mass will be said at 3.30pm, followed by interment at Attard cemetery. Lord, grant him eternal rest. Requiem Mass Tomorrow Thursday’s, Septem­ber 27, 6.30pm Mass at the Immaculate Conception church, Kunċizzjoni, limits of Rabat, will be celebrated for the soul of Fr ARTHUR G. VELLA, SJ. Route: Roman Villa, Bużugrilla, Wied il-Fiddien, Bieb ir-Ruwa and then Kunċizzjoni. All are welcome to attend. In Memoriam CEFAI. In loving memory of our dear KARINA on the 13th anniversary of her demise. Always in our hearts and prayers. Lord, grant her eternal rest. DYCKHOFF. In loving memory of RODGER, my dearest husband, my best friend and my blue sky. Much loved and sorely missed, today being the sixth anniversary of his passing away. Please remember him in your prayers. Patricia. GRECH – ROMEO. In loving memory of...

Cosby accuser: You will always be 'unforgivable'

«You will always be an unforgivable, disgusting, sexual deviant,» Bill Cosby accuser Sunni Welles said after Cosby was sentenced to state prison for up to 10 years. He was marched out of court in shackles after a judge branded him a «predato
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Cosby accuser: You will always be 'unforgivable'

«You will always be an unforgivable, disgusting, sexual deviant,» Bill Cosby accuser Sunni Welles said after Cosby was sentenced to state prison for up to 10 years. He was marched out of court in shackles after a judge branded him a «predator» and sentenced him to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault, capping the downfall of the once-beloved comedian known as «America's Dad.» Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Constand left court with her arms folded, a smile spreading across her face as other women who have accused Cosby came to hug her. Several of those women spoke to reporters after the sentencing. «To me, BC (sic), you will always be an unforgivable, disgusting sexual deviant and an abhorrent sexual predator, and serial rapist,» she said.

A memorial to Daphne - Martin Scicluna

The memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia, which was spontaneously set up at the foot of the Great Siege monument commemorating the fallen Maltese dead 450 years ago, has been cleared away several times since it was first informally established after her murder
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A memorial to Daphne - Martin Scicluna

The memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia, which was spontaneously set up at the foot of the Great Siege monument commemorating the fallen Maltese dead 450 years ago, has been cleared away several times since it was first informally established after her murder almost a year ago. The latest clear-up occurred some 10 days ago when the Minister for Justice and Culture announced the monument was to be restored and safety hoarding was immediately erected to enable the work to proceed. “Activists” returned to the site in the course of the following weekend to mark the 11th month of Caruana Galizia’s death, putting up a banner and lighting candles at the foot of the hoarding, in effect re-establishing the makeshift memorial. This was removed in short order by members of the public cleansing department (insultingly referred to as “garbage cleaners” by offended activists). An activist and journalist, Manuel Delia, has now resorted to legal action, seeking an injunction against the minister to stop him from removing the memorial on the grounds that to do so “trampled on his freedom of expression”. It is for the courts to weigh the argument on grounds of the right to free expression against...

Shocking decision by the PA - John Ebejer

The Planning Authority’s approval of the ITS site development at St George’s Bay has sent shock waves.  The implications of this approval go well beyond the site itself. It reflects a deep malaise in our planning system, one that has consequences across
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Shocking decision by the PA - John Ebejer

The Planning Authority’s approval of the ITS site development at St George’s Bay has sent shock waves.  The implications of this approval go well beyond the site itself. It reflects a deep malaise in our planning system, one that has consequences across Malta and Gozo. The well-choreographed meeting of September 20 was a mere facade hiding the rot that runs deep in our urban planning system. The PA bent over backwards to accommodate the applicant. Thousands objected.   Valid concerns were raised about the visual impact, inadequate transport infrastructure and bad neighbourliness. The PA refused to listen. To me the most straightforward reason for refusal was the floor area ratio policy (FAR). The PA chose to interpret the FAR policy in the most abusive manner to inflict untold distress on Pembroke residents. At the meeting it was disappointing to see the board members accept the case officer’s twisted logic without question. Hopefully the blatant wrong committed will be explained and made clear in an eventual appeal.   If this were a normal application submitted to an autonomous authority, the application would have been thrown out long ago.  Instead it was approved.  Nowhere is...

Arrogance of power

When a political party wins an election by a wide majority, it is likely that over time it becomes arrogant and goes against principles it fought for in its election campaign. Joseph Muscat’s government lost no time in showing signs of arrogance of power af
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Arrogance of power

When a political party wins an election by a wide majority, it is likely that over time it becomes arrogant and goes against principles it fought for in its election campaign. Joseph Muscat’s government lost no time in showing signs of arrogance of power after his party won a large majority in the 2013 election. Only days after taking office, he immediately showed how he planned to operate when he appointed a staunch Labour supporter as head of the civil service, stirring up the first major controversy. From then on, his government not only swept overboard most of the political commitments his party had made in the election campaign, but began to excel in inflating the party’s ego and downplaying claims of corruption and wrongdoing that engulfed the administration over time.  A second big election win last year gave the Labour government a free hand, as it were, to ride roughshod in matters that touched key good governance principles, such as full transparency in government transactions and accountability. The government began governing in an almost authoritarian manner, keeping all its cards to its chest. In response to mounting pressure for greater transparency, it only...

Council, residents, objects to plans for Mellieħa complex

The Mellieħa council is objecting to the construction of an eight-storey complex on the grounds that the development is too massive and would be in breach of various planning policies. A number of residents have also expressed concerns about the increase in
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Council, residents, objects to plans for Mellieħa complex

The Mellieħa council is objecting to the construction of an eight-storey complex on the grounds that the development is too massive and would be in breach of various planning policies. A number of residents have also expressed concerns about the increase in traffic which this complex would bring about, but such fears have been dismissed by the Environment and Resources Authority. Located next to Valyou Supermarket, on two adjacent plots spread over 3,600 square metres, the project includes 120 apartments, a hotel, shopping complex and an underground car park. The development application was filed in May last year by Gozitan development company J Portelli Projects, who are also behind Mercury Towers in Paceville, together with Agius Projects and DTX Projects. Up to 2015 the land in question was government owned, when this asset was put for sale through a public call. While the selling price was never made public, the conditions stated that only bids of at least €2.5 million would be considered. The decision dealt a fatal blow to the council’s plan of acquiring the land for the construction of a community centre complete with an indoor pool. That proposal had been floated in...

Customs to sell 50,000 alcoholic drink bottles

Some 50,000 bottles of alcohol will be sold by the Customs Department to the highest bidder, along with a quantity of cigarettes and cigars. The items were seized by inspectors earlier this year. The drinks include whisky, vodka, gin, brandy, rum, Champaign,
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Customs to sell 50,000 alcoholic drink bottles

Some 50,000 bottles of alcohol will be sold by the Customs Department to the highest bidder, along with a quantity of cigarettes and cigars. The items were seized by inspectors earlier this year. The drinks include whisky, vodka, gin, brandy, rum, Champaign, wines and beers divided in 134 lots. The sale will be held at noon on Friday, October 5. The lots can be seen as from Monday at Newport Bonded Stores, Marsa and Barriera Bonded Stores at Valletta seafront. Viewing is between 8am and noon and 12.30pm and 3.30pm until Friday. 

Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

Updated 8.49pm - Popular TV comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved actor's downfall from «America's Dad» to convicted felon. Cosby, 81, was fou
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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

Updated 8.49pm - Popular TV comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a woman, capping the once-beloved actor's downfall from «America's Dad» to convicted felon. Cosby, 81, was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the drugging and sexual assault of his one-time friend Andrea Constand, a former Temple University administrator, at his Philadelphia home in 2004. He goes to jail immediately Cosby is the first celebrity to be convicted for sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields. His lawyers have already vowed to appeal the conviction. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill also decided to designate Cosby a «sexually violent predator» under Pennsylvania law. Under that designation, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counselling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life. Neighbours and schools will be notified of his address and crimes. More than 50 other women also have accused Cosby of sexual...

Watch: United crash out of League Cup to Derby on penalties

Manchester United slumped out of the League Cup with a defeat on penalties to Championship side Derby County at Old Trafford, after the third-round tie ended 2-2 in normal time on Tuesday. With no extra time in this season's competition, the contest went stra
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Watch: United crash out of League Cup to Derby on penalties

Manchester United slumped out of the League Cup with a defeat on penalties to Championship side Derby County at Old Trafford, after the third-round tie ended 2-2 in normal time on Tuesday. With no extra time in this season's competition, the contest went straight to spot kicks and Frank Lampard's Derby won 8-7 with Phil Jones's effort saved by visiting keeper Scott Carson. Eight minutes later, Romero was dismissed for handling outside the box and Derby grabbed what they thought was the winner when United's substitute keeper Lee Grant parried a shot from Mason Mount and Jack Marriott nodded in the loose ball. But in the fifth minute of added time, substitute Fellaini headed in a Diogo Dalot cross to force the shootout.

Inter survive second-half lapse to beat Fiorentina

Inter overcame one of their notorious lapses to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in Serie A and notch their third win in a week on Tuesday, suggesting their early-season troubles may be behind them. Danilo D'Ambrosio scored the winner in the 77th minute despite Fiorentin
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Inter survive second-half lapse to beat Fiorentina

Inter overcame one of their notorious lapses to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in Serie A and notch their third win in a week on Tuesday, suggesting their early-season troubles may be behind them. Danilo D'Ambrosio scored the winner in the 77th minute despite Fiorentina dominating the second half until that point as Inter suffered exactly the sort of blackout which has exasperated coach Luciano Spalletti. Inter have 10 points from their opening six games which have included three wins as well as shock defeats to Sassuolo and Parma. The last week has seen them beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and Sampdoria in Serie A, both with stoppage time goals. Kevin Mirallas struck the post early on for Fiorentina but Inter went ahead on the stroke of halftime with a Mauro Icardi penalty awarded for handball by Vitor Hugo following a VAR review. Federico Chiesa levelled six minutes after halftime with a long-range shot which deflected off Milan Skriniar and the visitors took control after that. It looked only a matter of time until Fiorentina scored a winner but instead, from an Inter throw-win, D'Ambrosio swapped passes with Icardi and fired past Alban Lafont.   Standings provided by...

Free school transport «causing havoc», tourism agents claim

Travel and tourism agents want coaches to be seasonally imported from other EU member states, amid serious concerns that a new free school transport system is disrupting their operations. The Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents said on Tuesday
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Free school transport «causing havoc», tourism agents claim

Travel and tourism agents want coaches to be seasonally imported from other EU member states, amid serious concerns that a new free school transport system is disrupting their operations. The Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents said on Tuesday that several key coach operators had advised tourism agents their coaches were no longer available before 9am and between 1.45pm and 4pm on school days, causing havoc with full day and afternoon excursion programmes. “This restriction is gravely impacting tourism agents’ ability to meet their contractual obligations to operate excursions and airport transfers efficiently,” the federation said. “It is also compounding the already existing widespread abuse and malpractice by some coach operators who double book their vehicles during charters.” The federation called on the authorities to act swiftly to facilitate and incentivise the importation of additional coaches from other EU states on a seasonal or temporary basis to meet the surge in demand. “This will ensure that the considerable investment and effort made by the MTA and the industry stakeholders to attract low and shoulder season group tourism and especially cruise...

Man hands missing wallet to police... after taking cash and trying to withdraw more

A man called at a police station to hand in a wallet he found in the street only after taking cash and attempting to use a bank card he found in it, a court was told on Tuesday. Lulzim Sharka, 37, found the wallet containing some €120 in cash as well as a
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Man hands missing wallet to police... after taking cash and trying to withdraw more

A man called at a police station to hand in a wallet he found in the street only after taking cash and attempting to use a bank card he found in it, a court was told on Tuesday. Lulzim Sharka, 37, found the wallet containing some €120 in cash as well as a bank card. On Monday night he tried to use the card to withdraw more cash from an ATM in Republic Street, Valletta. When his attempt failed he went to Valletta police station and handed over the wallet and the bank card, but minus the cash, the court was told. Later, when confronted by the police about the missing money, he handed over €110, explaining that he had used €10 to buy cigarettes and food. The man was marched to court on Tuesday where he admitted to the attempted theft from the ATM and the theft of the €10 from the victim’s wallet. Prosecuting Inspector Priscilla Caruana Lee pointed out that the court needed to send out a message that “foreigners should not come to Malta and commit such crimes.” Legal aid counsel Ishmael Psaila countered that the punishment had to fit the crime, adding that there was to be no distinction just because the accused happened to be a foreigner. Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo declared...

Baby falls down shaft in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

A one-year-old boy was seriously injured on when he fell down the shaft of a residential building in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq on Tuesday afternoon. An ambulance was at the scene on Triq il-Lampara within minutes of the incident having been reported to police at 3
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Baby falls down shaft in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq

A one-year-old boy was seriously injured on when he fell down the shaft of a residential building in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq on Tuesday afternoon. An ambulance was at the scene on Triq il-Lampara within minutes of the incident having been reported to police at 3.30pm.  A police spokesperson confirmed that an infant had been injured in the three-or four-storey fall.   Eyewitnesses reported seeing two police cars escorting the ambulance as it sped towards Mater Dei Hospital.  More to follow.

Michael Kors takes over fashion icon Versace in $2.12bn deal

US fashion group Michael Kors has agreed to buy Versace in a deal valuing the revered designer at $2.12 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday, making it the latest Italian brand falling into foreign hands. As part of the deal, Michael Ko
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Michael Kors takes over fashion icon Versace in $2.12bn deal

US fashion group Michael Kors has agreed to buy Versace in a deal valuing the revered designer at $2.12 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday, making it the latest Italian brand falling into foreign hands. As part of the deal, Michael Kors agreed to buy all of Versace's outstanding shares for a total enterprise value of €1.83 billion , to be funded in cash, debt and shares in Michael Kors Holding Ltd, which will be renamed Capri Holdings Ltd. US private equity firm Blackstone, which bought 20 per cent of Versace back in 2014, will fully exit its investment. The Versace family, which currently owns 80 per cent of the fashion house via a holding company called Givi, will receive €150 million of the purchase price in Capri shares. The deal is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter, subject to regulatory approvals.

Malta seals diplomatic ties with fellow small island nation

Malta has established diplomatic ties with the equatorial microstate São Tomé and Príncipe. The African island nation was one of the very few countries Malta had no official diplomatic relations with, but that changed on Tuesday when a protocol agreemen
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Malta seals diplomatic ties with fellow small island nation

Malta has established diplomatic ties with the equatorial microstate São Tomé and Príncipe. The African island nation was one of the very few countries Malta had no official diplomatic relations with, but that changed on Tuesday when a protocol agreement was signed between Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela and his counterpart from São Tomé and Príncipe, Urbino Botelho.    Singed on the fringes of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, minister Abela said the diplomatic agreement followed Malta’s increased interest in Africa. Prior to the signature ceremony, a bilateral meeting was held in which the two ministers discussed Malta’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council between 2023-24. In New York, the minister also attended an informal meeting of the European Union Foreign Ministers, chaired by the Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, with Libya and Syria on the agenda. Reaffirming their full support to the UN Special Envoys, European leaders stressed the need for a revitalised political process in both countries in a bid to restore stability and security in the Mediterranean...

Watch: Moviment Graffiti's PA anger

One week after the Planning Authority voted 10-4 in favour of db Group's plans to build a 38-storey tower and mega hotel at St George's Bay, activists are still fuming.  Moviment Graffiti’s Andre Callus was one of the people spearheading opposition to t
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Watch: Moviment Graffiti's PA anger

One week after the Planning Authority voted 10-4 in favour of db Group's plans to build a 38-storey tower and mega hotel at St George's Bay, activists are still fuming.  Moviment Graffiti’s Andre Callus was one of the people spearheading opposition to the project, and his disdain at the way in which the planning process played out continues to simmer.In this Times Talk interview, Mr Callus revisits some of his key concerns about the massive project, stews at the “pathetic” display put up by key PA board members and warns against the “pro-business” road Malta is heading down. Watch the full interview with Mr Callus on Wednesday morning.

Outrage over Church's handling of sexual abuse scandals justified, Pope says

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that young people around the world were right to feel outrage at the Roman Catholic Church's handling of its sexual abuse scandals as it grapples with a wave of new cases in countries including Chile and Germany. Pope Francis, wh
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Outrage over Church's handling of sexual abuse scandals justified, Pope says

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that young people around the world were right to feel outrage at the Roman Catholic Church's handling of its sexual abuse scandals as it grapples with a wave of new cases in countries including Chile and Germany. Pope Francis, who was wrapping up a four-day trip to the Baltics, has come under fire from victims groups and other members of the Church who say he has not done enough to make bishops accountable for mishandling or covering up abuse cases. «They are outraged when they do not see clear condemnations of sexual and economic scandals,» he told about 1,000 young people gathered in a Lutheran church in the Estonian capital Tallinn. He spoke hours before the Catholic Church in Germany was due to present a report on its sexual abuse record. Its findings were leaked to German magazine Der Spiegel earlier this month and showed that nearly 1,700 of its clerics and priests had sexually abused 3,677 minors over a 70-year period ending in 2014. A similar study in the US state of Pennsylvania shook the American Catholic Church in August and last week the number of Chilean bishops who have resigned over a recent sex abuse scandal rose to seven. Pope...

Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats to perform in Malta

The Boomtown Rats, fronted by Bob Geldof, will be performing in Malta in December.  The Irish band will be playing at the Aria Complex on December 6 in an event organised by Rock 'n Malta. The Boomtown Rats are the first Irish rock band to reach number in th
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Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats to perform in Malta

The Boomtown Rats, fronted by Bob Geldof, will be performing in Malta in December.  The Irish band will be playing at the Aria Complex on December 6 in an event organised by Rock 'n Malta. The Boomtown Rats are the first Irish rock band to reach number in the UK with their album A Tonic for the Troops with feature song Rat Trap. Between 1977 and 1985 the band released six albums and rose to fame with 12 of Top 40 UK hits including controversial I Don’t Like Mondays, a number one hit in 1979 that propelled the band to success and rock royalty. Four of the original members; Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe, will be performing hits including She's So Modern, Like Clockwork, Banana Republic and Someone's Looking at You. Tickets are €25 from https://www.showshappening.com/nng/The-Boomtown-Rats or from Sunset Records in Sliema.

'I might as well have published Egrant inquiry online': AG defends decision to deny Opposition a copy

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was also handed a full copy of the Egrant inquiry as he was providing legal counsel to the Prime Minister and his wife, the Attorney General told a court on Tuesday. Speaking under oath during a two-hour long hearing, Attorney Ge
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'I might as well have published Egrant inquiry online': AG defends decision to deny Opposition a copy

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was also handed a full copy of the Egrant inquiry as he was providing legal counsel to the Prime Minister and his wife, the Attorney General told a court on Tuesday. Speaking under oath during a two-hour long hearing, Attorney General Peter Grech said that he had first given Joseph Muscat a photocopied version of the full Egrant inquiry report and then sent Dr Bonnici an electronic copy some days later. Dr Grech was testifying in constitutional proceedings filed by leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, who is challenging the AG’s decision to deny him a full copy of the Egrant inquiry, which runs into some 1,500 pages. He insisted that he was correct to deny Dr Delia a copy of the full inquiry, saying that doing so would have been «throwing it into the political arena». «Handing it to the Opposition leader, I might as well have published it online,» Dr Grech said. Dr Grech told the court that magistrate Aaron Bugeja, who was leading the inquiry, had contacted deputy AG Philip Galea Farrugia to let him know that the report was ready. Read: Egrant inquiry finds falsified signatures, differing testimonies and no proof On July 20, Dr Galea Farrugia had...

World's wealthiest eye more private equity after bumper 2017

The world's wealthiest families plan to allocate more money to private equity after the asset class helped drive an average 15.5 per cent rise in the value of their investments in 2017, according to a survey. Some 311 family offices - set up to manage the wea
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World's wealthiest eye more private equity after bumper 2017

The world's wealthiest families plan to allocate more money to private equity after the asset class helped drive an average 15.5 per cent rise in the value of their investments in 2017, according to a survey. Some 311 family offices - set up to manage the wealth of one or more rich families - took part in the survey, conducted by Swiss bank UBS, whose wealth management arm manages around $2.5 trillion in assets, and Campden Wealth. The strong gains in 2017 followed an average return of 7 per cent in 2016 and were driven by developed and developing market listed equities, which returned 23 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, and private equity, which returned 18 per cent, the survey showed. For 2018, the family offices expected their direct venture capital and private equity investments to deliver the best returns, of 13 per cent, followed by private equity funds, at 11 per cent, and direct real estate investments, at 8.4 per cent. «Family offices have delivered their strongest returns since we began measuring their performance five years ago,» Sara Ferrari, head of UBS' Global Family Office Group, said. "This reflects the bull market, as well as family offices' ability to...

Hundreds of residents protest at plans for Luqa warehouses

More than 400 Luqa residents are opposing plans to build warehouses and a solar array instead of a large farm outside the development zone at the edge of Wied il-Kbir. The farm in Ħal Farruġ, across the road from the St Vincent de Paul home for the elderly
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Hundreds of residents protest at plans for Luqa warehouses

More than 400 Luqa residents are opposing plans to build warehouses and a solar array instead of a large farm outside the development zone at the edge of Wied il-Kbir. The farm in Ħal Farruġ, across the road from the St Vincent de Paul home for the elderly and a small residential community, includes some 13,000 square metres of virgin land – nearly the size of two football pitches – and is within the limits of a valley system protected under various planning policies. An application submitted to the Planning Authority, which closes to public consultation today, seeks to demolish the farm and excavate the site to build a complex of warehouses and a car park, with a solar farm covering the roof of the parking area and warehouses. Although the application says the built-up area will remain the same as the existing buildings, published plans show that most of the rest of the site will be taken up by the parking area, internal roads and landscaping. Moreover, residents who objected to the plans claim the farm is still active, and not “disused” as stated in the application, a distinction with policy implications. Hundreds of residents, many from the adjacent streets, have submitted...

Croatia proposes raising retirement age to 67, unions object

Croatia on Monday proposed raising the retirement age to 67 from 2031, and trade unions said they would protest. The current retirement age is 65 years for men and 62 for women, although women's retirement age is due to rise gradually over the next 12 years t
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Croatia proposes raising retirement age to 67, unions object

Croatia on Monday proposed raising the retirement age to 67 from 2031, and trade unions said they would protest. The current retirement age is 65 years for men and 62 for women, although women's retirement age is due to rise gradually over the next 12 years to 65. Under the new proposal, which the labour and pensions ministry put forward for a public debate in the next three weeks, men and women would have to retire at 67 from 2031. The ministry also proposed that pensions would be 4 percent lower for each year of an earlier retirement. Labour Minister Marko Pavic said the goal was to make the pension system sustainable and pensions higher in the future. The main trade unions said they were likely to organise protests in the coming weeks, saying the measures would hit older employees who are often under pressure to retire earlier for health reasons or because employers wanted to get rid of older staff. Each year the budget needs to finance about 17 billion kuna ($2.69 billion) from taxes to cover a gap in the pay-as-you-go public pension scheme which costs about 39 billion kuna annually.

Muscat underlines commitment to a multilateral approach to world's challenges

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York on Monday, focusing mainly on migration.  He said the conference was paying tribute not only to a person but rather to the values he embodied: reconciliation over revenge; c
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Muscat underlines commitment to a multilateral approach to world's challenges

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York on Monday, focusing mainly on migration.  He said the conference was paying tribute not only to a person but rather to the values he embodied: reconciliation over revenge; cooperation over conflict; hope over hate. «It is in this spirit of cooperation that we must grapple with the emerging challenges that are already adding to the existing economic pressures and political tensions. Whether climate change or migration, effecting change will depend on our capacity to mobilise our resources towards the underlying causes,» Dr Muscat said.  «By shifting our efforts towards sustainable development, conflict resolution and peace-building, we can try to prevent the wars and alleviate poverty that dispossess millions of people. In the near future, shifts in extreme weather risk becoming an additional factor that compels people to flee their homes and abandon their communities. »Malta has always maintained that we are greater than the sum of our individual interests. Initiatives like the Paris Accord continue to provide scope for global optimism. This strong sign of unity should also be visible in our...

Education of deaf children ‘still poor’

  Dorianne Callus was born profoundly deaf. Her parents realised this when she was eight months old. But she is bilingual and can communicate by speaking or by signing. Her speech is not always clear; she mispronounces some words since she cannot hear them
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Education of deaf children ‘still poor’

  Dorianne Callus was born profoundly deaf. Her parents realised this when she was eight months old. But she is bilingual and can communicate by speaking or by signing. Her speech is not always clear; she mispronounces some words since she cannot hear them. And she can only speech-read from speakers’ lips and body language. The lives of an estimated 200 deaf people in Malta have improved substantially as a result of technology and the introduction of a number of services over the years, mainly sign language interpreting, which started in 2000. Another 200 deaf people, however, have not learnt sign language. Callus, who is an active member of the Deaf Association, says that education of deaf children in Malta is still poor. “Many of them are not being exposed to sign language and practically all the teachers supporting these children are not professionally trained in this area.” With the support of her parents and a teacher of the deaf who used to visit her twice a week, she has always attended mainstream schools and been able to live as normally as possible. But even with a good standard of education, she has always faced limitations in her studies and career – mostly because...

Modric, Marta win Best FIFA player 2018 awards

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year for 2018, while Orlando Pride's Brazil forward Marta won the women's award at a ceremony on Monday. Modric, 33, won the Champions League with Real and then played a majo
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Modric, Marta win Best FIFA player 2018 awards

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year for 2018, while Orlando Pride's Brazil forward Marta won the women's award at a ceremony on Monday. Modric, 33, won the Champions League with Real and then played a major role in Croatia's run to the World Cup final where they were beaten by France. It is the first time since Brazilian Kaka's triumph in 2007 that the men's prize was not won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi -- neither of whom attended the ceremony held at London's Royal Festival Hall. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the close season, was second in this year's awards with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in third place. The 32-year-old Marta, who plays in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States, had won the previous FIFA Women's Player of the Year award five times, most recently in 2010. France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps took the Men's Coach of the Year award, with compatriot Reynald Pedros claiming the women's award after winning the Champions League with Olympique Lyonnais. Voting for the player and coach categories was conducted by national team captains and...

Traffic deviations as fortifications get facelift

Traffic will be re-routed in some parts of Valletta as works will commence next month on the restoration of the British fortifications in the ditch area. Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation said that works would start on October 24 and take around seven we
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Traffic deviations as fortifications get facelift

Traffic will be re-routed in some parts of Valletta as works will commence next month on the restoration of the British fortifications in the ditch area. Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation said that works would start on October 24 and take around seven weeks, when the dtich area will be closed, with vehicles not able to get from Triq San Nikola to Triq il-Lanċa. Vehicle going toward the ditch from the waterpolo pitch and from Triq il-Lanċa will be able to pass through Jews Sally Port and get to Triq San Nikola from there.

Gentlemen's clubs need to be regulated by legislation, judge insists

A judge presiding over appeal proceedings in respect of two owners of a gentlemen’s club has stressed the need for laws to regulate such places of entertainment in a society that is becoming “increasingly permissive.” Madam Justice Edwina Grima highlig
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Gentlemen's clubs need to be regulated by legislation, judge insists

A judge presiding over appeal proceedings in respect of two owners of a gentlemen’s club has stressed the need for laws to regulate such places of entertainment in a society that is becoming “increasingly permissive.” Madam Justice Edwina Grima highlighted the need for such intervention by the government when presiding over the case of Raymond Micallef and Vincent Micallef who had been cleared of running a brothel and of breaching employment regulations. The two men were acquitted in 2012 but an appeal was filed by the Attorney General. The case dated back to November 2006 when police raiding a club called Huggins in Paceville came across a number of scantily-dressed Romanian girls chatting with male customers at the bar, while two others were performing a pole and lap dance respectively. The court was told that during the raid the police had found nothing illegal. The prosecution had not summoned either the girls or the customers as witnesses. Madam Justice Grima observed that although gentlemen’s clubs have mushroomed, and in spite of a consultation plan to regulate such outlets, the state had so far promulgated no legislation in this regard. The time was ripe for such clubs...

'Valletta FC are going to be the envy of other Maltese clubs' says Sciriha

Valletta FC have announced that they have signed an agreement with a group of Saudi investors who will take the majority of control of the Premier League club. In a live video on their club's facebook page, Valletta FC president Victor Sciriha could not hide
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'Valletta FC are going to be the envy of other Maltese clubs' says Sciriha

Valletta FC have announced that they have signed an agreement with a group of Saudi investors who will take the majority of control of the Premier League club. In a live video on their club's facebook page, Valletta FC president Victor Sciriha could not hide his satisfaction after an agreement was finally sealed that will see the Saudi investors take 70 per cent control of the club. The signing of the agreement was in the air for the last few weeks after club vice-president Alexander Fenech had told Times of Malta that an agreement was reached with the Saudi investors and the Citizens were only waiting for the club members to approve the deal being proposed. An extraordinary general meeting was called last month and the club members gave an overwhelming vote of approval. Having received the club backing, Valletta president Victor Sciriha, vice-president Alexander Fenech and team manager Gerald Ellul flew to Dubai last weekend for the signing of the agreement. «This is an historic day for Valletta FC,» president Victor Sciriha said during the ceremony on Monday. «I am honoured to have met such nice people who are willing to invest seriously in Valletta FC. »We have been in talks...

The elderly to be chauffeured for their errands in pilot project

A pilot project launched on Monday will see elderly people in three localities being provided with transport to carry out basic errands. Residents of Żurrieq, Gżira and Mosta will be the first to benefit from the service, called Silver T, Parliamentary Se
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The elderly to be chauffeured for their errands in pilot project

A pilot project launched on Monday will see elderly people in three localities being provided with transport to carry out basic errands. Residents of Żurrieq, Gżira and Mosta will be the first to benefit from the service, called Silver T, Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis said.  The service will be operated by St Vincent de Paul Home. Holders of Kartanzjan will be receiving information at home on how they will be able to book their transport two or three days in advance between 7am and 2 pm. They may use the transport to go to the town clinic, bank, local council, the market or church.      

No-deal Brexit would hit trucks, airlines and pet owners, UK government warns

Leaving the European Union without a proper divorce deal could ground airlines, stop hauliers from lugging goods to the world's biggest trading bloc and even make headaches for pet owners who want to take their dogs on holiday, according to government documen
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No-deal Brexit would hit trucks, airlines and pet owners, UK government warns

Leaving the European Union without a proper divorce deal could ground airlines, stop hauliers from lugging goods to the world's biggest trading bloc and even make headaches for pet owners who want to take their dogs on holiday, according to government documents. With just six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that negotiations are at an impasse and that the EU must come up with new proposals on how to craft a divorce settlement. Many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper an agreement, thrusting the world's fifth largest economy into a «no-deal» Brexit that they say would spook financial markets and silt up the arteries of trade. Britain, which has warned it could leave without a deal, published 25 technical notices on Monday covering everything from commercial road haulage and buying timber to airline regulations and taking pets abroad. «If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission,» the government said. Overall, the...

Removal of Caruana Galizia memorial was a breach of rights, court told

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and the Director-General for Public Cleansing were accused in court on Monday of breaching the right of freedom of expression when they repeatedly removed the makeshift memorial to journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta. B
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Removal of Caruana Galizia memorial was a breach of rights, court told

Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and the Director-General for Public Cleansing were accused in court on Monday of breaching the right of freedom of expression when they repeatedly removed the makeshift memorial to journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta. Blogger and activist Manuel Delia in an application before the First Hall, Civil Court, said their actions constituted a breach of fundamental rights. He recounted how on Saturday, September 15 at around 10.30am he and other activists had placed a banner showing the Maltese flag, the word “JUSTICE” and an image of Ms Caruana Galizia on the hoarding around the Great Siege Monument. Numerous persons had also placed candles and related items.  Later that day the banner and the other items were removed and Mr Delia said he filed a police report. Whilst at the police station, he was informed that it had been workers from the Cleansing and Maintenance Department within the Justice Ministry who had been tasked with the removal of the banner, flowers, candles and the rest. In the presence of police officers, his lawyers had written to the Director-General, Ramon Deguara, who confirmed that the objects had been removed by his...

Voomquest fuelled by Enemed takes on Chioggia

Voomquest’s first effort to take their powerboat championship overseas brought them to the seaside town of Chioggia, Venice, Italy. The Grand Prix of Italy Trofeo Citta di Chioggia had a fantastic follow-up to its first day with a testing session followed b
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Voomquest fuelled by Enemed takes on Chioggia

Voomquest’s first effort to take their powerboat championship overseas brought them to the seaside town of Chioggia, Venice, Italy. The Grand Prix of Italy Trofeo Citta di Chioggia had a fantastic follow-up to its first day with a testing session followed by the second race of the weekend.  The VQ003 line-up included entries from France, Belgium, Corsica as well as three teams from Malta. The race witnessed five teams battle it out with Team Freccia Blu (Beppe Debono and Dustin Mifsud) coming in first, Team Cutting Edge (Steve Bezzina and Michael Abela) following closely behind in second place, Team Marine Diffusion (Dominique Martini and Jean Luc Martini), and Team No Comment (Francis Notschaele and Sam Howes) following. Team Atomic & Grey (Benjamin Van Riet and Robbe Van Riet) did not make it to the finish line as the boat flipped during the last lap of the race. Team Interceptor Remax (Michael Xuereb and Jonathan Aquilina) did not make it to the second race due to a flip during the first race.This marks the third Voomquest Enemed event for the ‘Lifestyle on Edge’ brand, having previously organised two grand prix earlier this year in Malta. Now solely under the leadership of...

Safeguarding our nation’s paper treasures

As a stunning new photographic exhibition by Alex Attard gets set to go on show next month, ANABEL ATTARD explores its fascinating inspiration: the little-known Notarial Archives.  Ever heard of the Notarial Archives in Valletta? Perhaps not. I’ll admit
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Safeguarding our nation’s paper treasures

As a stunning new photographic exhibition by Alex Attard gets set to go on show next month, ANABEL ATTARD explores its fascinating inspiration: the little-known Notarial Archives.  Ever heard of the Notarial Archives in Valletta? Perhaps not. I’ll admit – I hadn’t before I came into contact with photographer Alex Attard’s upcoming exhibition, which goes through the lens to provide a never-before-seen snapshot of this incredible destination. But wait, I am getting ahead of myself. What exactly are the Notarial Archives? “Put simply, they are a treasure trove for Malta’s hidden history; a collection of over 20,000 volumes,” explains Joan Abela, the consultant historian for the Notarial Archives ERDF Rehabilitation Project. “They constitute an outstanding primary source for historical investigation and provide an uninterrupted 600-year-old link with the past.” In fact, as Joan explains, these archives are commonly referred to by historians as a place where the ‘collective memory of the Maltese nation’ is stored. Here, between the covers of the beautifully bound registers, lies a fascinating (and mostly still-undiscovered) social and economic history of both private and public...

Directives by new teachers' union are illegal, ministry says

The Ministry of Education insisted on Monday that directives issued to teachers by a new trade union were illegal because the union was not the one recognised as representing educators. The Union of Professional Educators on Friday told members and non-member
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Directives by new teachers' union are illegal, ministry says

The Ministry of Education insisted on Monday that directives issued to teachers by a new trade union were illegal because the union was not the one recognised as representing educators. The Union of Professional Educators on Friday told members and non-members not to send resources for photocopying at the government printing press and those with full load not to do extra duties. It complained that although the last sectoral agreement signed by another union (the MUT) was meant to address teachers’ heavy workloads, teachers of Maltese and mathematics were given a load of 25 lessons each per week and education officials were unwilling to offer any solution or compensation. The printing press directive followed a decision by education authorities in the last scholastic year to enforce a circular issued by the Office of the Prime Minister in 1995 laying down that all printing by government departments must be done at the State printing press. The Ministry for Education said that in terms of the Recognition of Trade Union Regulations 2016, “once a union is recognised as the sole collective bargaining union, no other union may intervene on a collective matter related to the employees...

France's 2019 budget to ease tax burden on households, firms

France will reduce the tax burden on households and companies by nearly €25 billion next year, the government said in its 2019 budget bill, pushing the deficit up towards an EU cap as the economy fails to gain pace. Households will see their tax bill reduce
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France's 2019 budget to ease tax burden on households, firms

France will reduce the tax burden on households and companies by nearly €25 billion next year, the government said in its 2019 budget bill, pushing the deficit up towards an EU cap as the economy fails to gain pace. Households will see their tax bill reduced by a total €6 billion while business taxes will fall by €18.8 billion, resulting in the overall tax burden decreasing to 44.2 per cent of national income, the lowest for France since 2012. With his approval ratings falling sharply, President Emmanuel Macron wants to cut taxes to revive the economy and create jobs, while also honouring an EU rule to keep the budget deficit below 3 per cent of gross domestic product. Taxes rose sharply under Macron's two predecessors. A more sluggish-than-expected economy is complicating that effort. «In this difficult moment the European Union is going through now, France must respect its financial commitments too keep all of the political credibility that it needs,» Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told journalists. The government confirmed that the public sector budget deficit was set to rise to 2.8 per cent of GDP next year from 2.6 per cent this year. That would lift the budget shortfall...

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