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Watch: Mbappe saves French blushes in 2-2 draw with Iceland

France substitute Kylian Mbappe engineered two late goals to rescue a 2-2 draw against Iceland and spare the blushes of the world champions in their friendly in Guingamp on Thursday. The home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession and created plenty of g

Russian soccer fans hurt in Rome metro escalator accident

An escalator in a Rome metro station packed with CSKA Moscow soccer fans broke on Tuesday, injuring at least 20 people as they were flung down the stairs, Italian police said. Seven people was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica stati
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Russian soccer fans hurt in Rome metro escalator accident

An escalator in a Rome metro station packed with CSKA Moscow soccer fans broke on Tuesday, injuring at least 20 people as they were flung down the stairs, Italian police said. Seven people was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening. State television RAI broadcast a video of the incident that showed the escalator suddenly speed up, leaving people in a tangled crush at the bottom, unable to jump free. The station was full of Russian fans headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were to play AS Roma in the Champions League. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi visited the metro station and said the local transport authority had opened an investigation. «From what witnesses have said, it seems that some fans were jumping and dancing on the stairs,» Raggi told reporters. Italian media said some soccer supporters were trapped between the metal plates of the steps.

Watch: Real end winless run against Plzen but doubts remain

Real Madrid calmed tensions over their dire recent form by earning a 2-1 win at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday, snapping a run of five games without victory and easing the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui. Real held on for a far
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Watch: Real end winless run against Plzen but doubts remain

Real Madrid calmed tensions over their dire recent form by earning a 2-1 win at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday, snapping a run of five games without victory and easing the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui. Real held on for a far-from convincing win which takes them joint top of Group G with AS Roma on six points after three games but failed to answer serious questions about their form ahead of Sunday's 'Clasico' away to arch rivals Barcelona. Real Madrid - Viktoria Plzeň Live Score

Watch: Juve take charge of Group H with win at Man United

Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to take charge of Champions League Group H with a maximum nine points from three games. Paulo Dybala's 17th-minute goal, a simple conversion after a low cross from the right by former United fa
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Watch: Juve take charge of Group H with win at Man United

Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to take charge of Champions League Group H with a maximum nine points from three games. Paulo Dybala's 17th-minute goal, a simple conversion after a low cross from the right by former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, proved decisive but the Italian champions could have returned home with a much more convincing margin. United's Spanish keeper David De Gea made a series of good saves including an excellent effort to keep out a second-half strike from Ronaldo. Paul Pogba struck the post with a left-foot effort from outside the box in the 75th minute but Jose Mourinho's side struggled to create openings against a superb Juve defence.   Manchester United - Juventus Live Score

Watch: Man. City flex muscles with rampant win at Shakhtar

Manchester City began to pull their weight like proper Champions League heavyweights when they became the first English team to win at Shakhtar Donetsk in European competition with a handsome 3-0 win in their group F match in Kharkiv on Tuesday. What looke
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Watch: Man. City flex muscles with rampant win at Shakhtar

Manchester City began to pull their weight like proper Champions League heavyweights when they became the first English team to win at Shakhtar Donetsk in European competition with a handsome 3-0 win in their group F match in Kharkiv on Tuesday. What looked a potentially difficult 1,700-mile visit to the Ukrainian champions, who had beaten Pep Guardiola's men in the group stages last year, was made to look effortlessly routine as the dazzling David Silva orchestrated their dominance. City could easily have scored more but the victory put the English champions top of the group on six points, a point clear of Lyon, who drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim, who have two points along with bottom-placed Shakhtar.

Watch: Dzeko the destroyer as Roma home joy continues

AS Roma's Edin Dzeko drew level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the top of this season's Champions League scoring charts as the Italians set the pace in Group G with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday. The Bosnia-Herzegovina stri
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Watch: Dzeko the destroyer as Roma home joy continues

AS Roma's Edin Dzeko drew level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the top of this season's Champions League scoring charts as the Italians set the pace in Group G with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday. The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker netted twice in the first half to take his tally in the competition to five goals, before setting up Cengiz Under to score the third just after the break as Roma continued a strong run of home form in Europe. Eusebio di Francesco’s side were unbeaten in Rome during their run to the semi-finals last season and have not suffered a home defeat in European competition since a 1-0 Europa League loss to Villarreal in February 2017. The result leaves Roma top of the section level on six points with Real Madrid, two ahead of CSKA and five clear of Viktoria Plzen, who lost 2-1 to the European champions in Spain. Roma - CSKA Moscow Live Score

France's ban on full-body Islamic veil violates human rights - UN rights panel

The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France's ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and ordered it to review the legislation. France had failed to make the case for its ban, the committee said, and gave i
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France's ban on full-body Islamic veil violates human rights - UN rights panel

The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France's ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and ordered it to review the legislation. France had failed to make the case for its ban, the committee said, and gave it 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken. «In particular, the Committee was not persuaded by France’s claim that a ban on face covering was necessary and proportionate from a security standpoint or for attaining the goal of 'living together' in society,» it said. Decisions taken by the committee, a panel of independent experts who oversee compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), are not legally binding, but under an optional protocol of the treaty, France has an international legal obligation to comply «in good faith». The committee's findings come after complaints by two French women convicted in 2012 under a 2010 law stipulating that «No one may, in a public space, wear any article of clothing intended to conceal the face.» The Committee said the ban disproportionately harmed their right to manifest their religious beliefs and could lead to them being confined at...

Watch: Talking points from the Premier League weekend

Chelsea rescued a late 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United while champions Manchester City scored five without reply against Burnley. City lead the standings on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur two points behind them. H
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Watch: Talking points from the Premier League weekend

Chelsea rescued a late 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United while champions Manchester City scored five without reply against Burnley. City lead the standings on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur two points behind them. Here are five talking points from the weekend's Premier League action: COLD RECEPTION FOR MOURINHO It was a sunny autumn afternoon when Manchester United travelled to Chelsea on Saturday's early kickoff. However, it turned out to be a frosty encounter for United coach Jose Mourinho, who not only saw his side concede a late equaliser but was taunted by the fans of his former club and reacted angrily to the celebrations of a Chelsea assistant. Ross Barkley's stoppage time goal ensured Maurizio Sarri's side maintained their unbeaten record this season. But the celebration of Chelsea's technical assistant Marco Ianni in front of Mourinho resulted in the Portuguese angrily getting to his feet before stewards had to intervene. The incident drew taunts from some home supporters - the same fans who used to laud Mourinho in two spells as coach at Stamford Bridge. However, Sarri acknowledged that his man had gone too far. "I didn't see...

Danske Bank: the story of Europe's biggest money laundering scandal

It is clear that Danske Bank has failed to live up to its responsibility in the case of possible money laundering in Estonia. So said Thomas Borgen, CEO of Denmark’s biggest financial institution, when he resigned after admitting that around €200 billio
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Danske Bank: the story of Europe's biggest money laundering scandal

It is clear that Danske Bank has failed to live up to its responsibility in the case of possible money laundering in Estonia. So said Thomas Borgen, CEO of Denmark’s biggest financial institution, when he resigned after admitting that around €200 billion of questionable money flowed through the Danish bank’s Estonian branch from 2007-15. To put that figure into some perspective, the GDP of Estonia in 2017 was €29 billion and the figure in question is approaching two thirds of the GDP of Denmark itself at €324 billion. It raises serious questions over the capacity of banks – and governments – to combat the serious scourge of money laundering. The European Commission has called the case the “biggest scandal in Europe” and Danske Bank and Denmark and Estonia’s financial watchdogs face an inquiry from the European Union’s banking supervisor to see whether they broke the law. Money laundering facilitates crime, undermines financial systems and ultimately can seriously damage economies. This is all well recognised – and yet it seems that even the world’s most sophisticated financial regimes cannot control the flow of suspect money through the system. To get some perspective on the...

Watch: Serie A talking-points

Inter Milan's dramatic stoppage-time win over neighbours AC Milan ended a weekend which also saw Juventus drop their first points of the season. Here are some of the talking-points. Donnarumma not to blame for Inter goal AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso refuse
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Watch: Serie A talking-points

Inter Milan's dramatic stoppage-time win over neighbours AC Milan ended a weekend which also saw Juventus drop their first points of the season. Here are some of the talking-points. Donnarumma not to blame for Inter goal AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso refused to blame goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma for Mauro Icardi's goal which gave Inter a 1-0 win in the derby. Donnarumma was caught in two minds as Matias Vecino floated over a long cross from the right. The 19-year-old initially came for the ball, then changed his mind and his indecision allowed Icardi a free header at the far post. «The whole defence was at fault, we are not going to single out anyone,» Gattuso said. «He misread the situation but we didn't lose because of Donnarumma, we lost because we didn't have enough courage and because Inter played better.» Team of the Week provided by Sofascore LiveScore

Special preview of Bohemian Rhapsody

A special preview of Bohemian Rhapsody will be held tomorrow  at the Embassy Cinemas, Valletta at 8.30pm. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and s
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Special preview of Bohemian Rhapsody

A special preview of Bohemian Rhapsody will be held tomorrow  at the Embassy Cinemas, Valletta at 8.30pm. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Mercury, surrounded by darker influences, shunned Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Mercury manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing an Aids diagnosis, he led the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. For tickets, go to http://embassy.azurewebsites.net or https://bit.ly/2xFMcm4 .

Hitting it big time

George Caruana, better known in the music world as Tony Carr, celebrates his 91st birthday today. He was born in Valletta in 1927 and spent his early years mingling with musicians and other people who worked in the bars in Strait Street, or The Gut, as it wa
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Hitting it big time

George Caruana, better known in the music world as Tony Carr, celebrates his 91st birthday today. He was born in Valletta in 1927 and spent his early years mingling with musicians and other people who worked in the bars in Strait Street, or The Gut, as it was better known by the sailors and soldiers who frequented the music halls and bars there.  During his younger years, Caruana experienced the turbulent years of the war, but following the cessation of hostilities and life painfully returning to normal, activities in the bars slowly began to blossom. Warships of all Allied nations and troop movement brought great wealth to Valletta and since music was performed live, these venues also required bands and musicians to entertain. Venues such as the Old Vic Music Hall, the Cairo Bar, the Cotton Club, Morning Star, Charlie’s Bar and many others practically covered the entire street. Others such as the Egyptian Queen and Las Vegas were just around the corner in Old Theatre Street. These were the years when big names like Joe Curmi, Leli Borg Bonaci, Charles and Oscar Lucas, Leli Spiteri and Vinny Vella played in the bars and halls of Strait Street. Inspired by renowned drummers like...

Watch: 'Do we want farmers or land speculation?'

A new organisation has been set up to face Malta's silent crisis in the agriculture sector. And agriculture expert Malcolm Borg says the country is in a race against time to save such an important sector.  Watch the full interview in Wednesday's edition of T
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Watch: 'Do we want farmers or land speculation?'

A new organisation has been set up to face Malta's silent crisis in the agriculture sector. And agriculture expert Malcolm Borg says the country is in a race against time to save such an important sector.  Watch the full interview in Wednesday's edition of Times Talk. 

Drop registered in cruise liner passengers

There were 188,943 cruise passengers between July and September, 11.9 per cent fewer than in the same period in 2017. The National Statistics Office said there were 95 cruise liner calls in the period, four fewer than in the previous year. At 80 per cent, tra
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Drop registered in cruise liner passengers

There were 188,943 cruise passengers between July and September, 11.9 per cent fewer than in the same period in 2017. The National Statistics Office said there were 95 cruise liner calls in the period, four fewer than in the previous year. At 80 per cent, transit passengers accounted for the absolute majority of total traffic, reaching 151,204. A total of 6,819 passengers visited Gozo, while 11,949 passengers spent at least one night on board their berthed liner. On average, every vessel that berthed in Malta carried 1,989 passengers, 178 less than the previous year. Passengers from EU states comprised 66.8 per cent of total traffic, the major markets being the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain. The total number of passengers from non-EU countries stood at 62,640, 43.7 per cent of whom came from the United States. On a gender basis, female passengers made up 52.1 per cent of the total. The largest share of passengers fell within the 40-59 age bracket and were followed by those aged between 60 and 79. During the first nine months of the year, total cruise passengers stood at 441,547, 8.6 per cent less than in the same period in 2017. Of these, 67 per cent came from EU...

Adopting different management styles to generate investment returns

The process of investment management can take various forms, with the more traditional type taking either an active or passive approach in an attempt to generating investment returns. The passive approach generally consists of the process of mirroring the con
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Adopting different management styles to generate investment returns

The process of investment management can take various forms, with the more traditional type taking either an active or passive approach in an attempt to generating investment returns. The passive approach generally consists of the process of mirroring the constituents of a reference benchmark with equal weightings and asset holdings. A typical example of passive investment strategies include Index funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). It comes as no surprise that most investors tend to have an inclination towards maximum yielding returns, and in fact, there exists a large number of funds which essentially take on active investment management strategies which essentially cater for such demands. Investment managers who are active in their day-to- day management styles, tend to seek to generate value added returns in excess to returns on a reference benchmark, a term better known as alpha. Key ratios that fund managers usually use in assessing the active value added risk in a portfolio include the information ratio and the Sharpe ratio. The information ratio is a means of assessing the mean active risk return per unit of active risk. Put simply, it measures the ability of a...

Sitting comfortably at home? You can win a recording-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot

Mega Millions, the huge multi-state American lottery, is offering a record jackpot prize of $1.6 billion (€1.4 billion) in its upcoming draw, after last Friday’s drawing produced no winner of the grand prize. The previous record was set by Powerball, whic
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Sitting comfortably at home? You can win a recording-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot

Mega Millions, the huge multi-state American lottery, is offering a record jackpot prize of $1.6 billion (€1.4 billion) in its upcoming draw, after last Friday’s drawing produced no winner of the grand prize. The previous record was set by Powerball, which awarded $1.586 billion to three lucky winners back in January 2016. Imagine winning so much money. Someone could win an incredible jackpot this week, so why shouldn’t it be you?If you thought playing American lotteries was only possible if you were American, or if you traveled to the United States, think again. As the official Powerball website clearly states: “You do not have to be a [US] citizen or a resident to play the game.” Anyone, the website confirms, can “purchase a Powerball ticket… play the game and… collect prizes.”You can play Mega Millions and be in with a chance on winning its historic jackpot, without leaving your home in Malta.To play Mega Millions from Malta, all you have to do is register at theLotter.com, the world’s leading online lottery ticket purchasing service. At theLotter.com you will be able to purchase official Mega Millions lottery tickets, as well as entries to any of the other 50+ lotteries from...

Documentary on electronic music

The documentary film Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise – presented by Electronic Music Malta, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and the German-Maltese Circle – will be screened tomorrow at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema at St James Cavalier, Valletta fr
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Documentary on electronic music

The documentary film Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise – presented by Electronic Music Malta, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and the German-Maltese Circle – will be screened tomorrow at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema at St James Cavalier, Valletta from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Konrad ‘Conny’ Plank was one of the most innovative sound designers and music producers of his time. He was a pioneer of krautrock and a trailblazer of electronic pop music. Bands and artists such as NEU!, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Ultravox and Eurythmics recorded with him; even now they stress the influence he had on their music. Conny died at the age of 47. Twenty-five years later, his son Stephan along with co-director Reto Caduff, went in search of the man who as a boy he had often seen only behind the mixing console and produced this documentary about Conny’s life and relationship with acts which helped shape electronic music as we know it today. The screening will be preceded by a discussion and vinyl listening session. Tickets are available from www.kreattivita.org.

Watch: Rooney inspires DC United into the MLS playoffs

Wayne Rooney scored two goals and assisted another as his DC United side won 3-1 against New York City FC to secure their Major League Soccer playoff place, capping a remarkable turnaround since the striker joined in June. When the former England captain was
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Watch: Rooney inspires DC United into the MLS playoffs

Wayne Rooney scored two goals and assisted another as his DC United side won 3-1 against New York City FC to secure their Major League Soccer playoff place, capping a remarkable turnaround since the striker joined in June. When the former England captain was unveiled as DC United’s marquee signing this year, they were bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference with two wins in 14 matches and had been eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup. However, 12 goals and seven assists in 19 appearances from the former Everton and Manchester United man has helped DC United climb up the standings to fifth and reach the playoffs with one game of the regular season to spare. The team are now unbeaten since the end of August and have won their last five matches. «Playoff spot secured. Proud of this team!» Rooney posted on Twitter on Monday along with a picture of the squad after the win over NYCFC. «He's a great player, very easy to play with. He makes everything easier,» fellow DC United forward Luciano Acosta said. DC United's next match is a trip to Chicago Fire, with the possibility of third place in the Eastern Conference up for grabs should they win. Such a finish would ensure home advantage in the...

First cycle of IVF treatment under new law to start on Thursday

The first batch of patients to go through IVF under the terms of the new legislative regime will start their treatments on Thursday. The information was given by Health Minister Chris Fearne, responding to a parliamentary question by MP Silvio Grixti. The ne
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First cycle of IVF treatment under new law to start on Thursday

The first batch of patients to go through IVF under the terms of the new legislative regime will start their treatments on Thursday. The information was given by Health Minister Chris Fearne, responding to a parliamentary question by MP Silvio Grixti. The new law came into effect last June, after considerable controversy. Government MPs voted for the Bill but the Opposition – who were given a free vote – were all against it. It only got to that stage after a Constitutional application, protests by pro-life groups, and even a last-minute attempt by 500 doctors who were against the freezing on multiple embryos. Even after Parliament approved the Bill, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca made it clear that she was only signing it into law out of «out of loyalty» to the Constitution. The amendments made to the law enable same-sex couples and single parents to access IVF treatment, but plans to introduce altruistic surrogacy were dropped. Dr Fearne said that once the law had been enacted, a protocol had been drawn up by the Embryo Protection Authority, which was presented to the parliamentary health committee, which had in turn approved it unanimously.

Announcements - October 23, 2018

ATTARD. On Monday, October 22, at Mater Dei Hospital, JOSEPH S. of Marsa, residing at Birkirkara, aged 86, passed away peacefully after a short illness, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his brothers and sister, Fr Wistin Atta
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Announcements - October 23, 2018

ATTARD. On Monday, October 22, at Mater Dei Hospital, JOSEPH S. of Marsa, residing at Birkirkara, aged 86, passed away peacefully after a short illness, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his brothers and sister, Fr Wistin Attard, OFM Cap., Mary, John, Frans and his wife Victoria, David and his wife Rose, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. The funeral cortège leaves Mater Dei Hospital, today, Tuesday, at 7.45am, for the Holy Trinity parish church, Marsa, where Mass præsente cadavere will be said at 8.30am, followed by interment in the family vault at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Puttinu Cares, Mater Dei Hospital, would be appreciated. Lord, grant him eternal rest. DEBONO. On October 22, at Mater Dei Hospital, MICHAEL, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Antoinette, his daughter Natalie and her husband Stefan, his son David and his wife Kristel, his daughter Clare and her husband Ivan and his grandchildren Nicole, Andrew, Emma, Daniel, Hannah, Duncan and Ralph, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass praesente...

Today's front pages - October 23, 2018

All newspapers today give extensive coverage to Monday's presentation of the Budget for 2019. The Times of Malta says there are no new or raised taxes, vacation leave is to be increased by a day and another tax rebate cheque is to be given. The Malta Independ
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Today's front pages - October 23, 2018

All newspapers today give extensive coverage to Monday's presentation of the Budget for 2019. The Times of Malta says there are no new or raised taxes, vacation leave is to be increased by a day and another tax rebate cheque is to be given. The Malta Independent says the Budget is building on the success achieved. In-Nazzjon leads with the press conference given by Opposition leader Adrian Delia during which he said the government could not continue to hide behind the problems it had created. L-Orizzont describes Budget measures as progressive ones which strengthened success.

Mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause of Alzheimer's

More than 30 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia. Unfortunately, there is no cure, only drugs to ease the symptoms. However, my latest review, suggests a way to treat the disease. I found the stronge
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Mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause of Alzheimer's

More than 30 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia. Unfortunately, there is no cure, only drugs to ease the symptoms. However, my latest review, suggests a way to treat the disease. I found the strongest evidence yet that the herpes virus is a cause of Alzheimer’s, suggesting that effective and safe antiviral drugs might be able to treat the disease. We might even be able to vaccinate our children against it. The virus implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), is better known for causing cold sores. It infects most people in infancy and then remains dormant in the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system that isn’t the brain and the spinal cord). Occasionally, if a person is stressed, the virus becomes activated and, in some people, it causes cold sores. We discovered in 1991 that in many elderly people HSV1 is also present in the brain. And in 1997 we showed that it confers a strong risk of Alzheimer’s disease when present in the brain of people who have a specific gene known as APOE4. The virus can become active in the brain, perhaps repeatedly, and this probably causes...

Humble pomegranate seed provides clue to how Yemen's war fuels hunger

The tiny, red pomegranate seed may not look like much but it helps explain why Yemen's civil war has brought millions of people to the brink of famine. Pomegranate exports were a key source of income for people in Saada in northwest Yemen, a province under th
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Humble pomegranate seed provides clue to how Yemen's war fuels hunger

The tiny, red pomegranate seed may not look like much but it helps explain why Yemen's civil war has brought millions of people to the brink of famine. Pomegranate exports were a key source of income for people in Saada in northwest Yemen, a province under the control of the Houthi movement aligned with Iran. Before the war began in 2015, farmers exported 30,000 tonnes of the fruit. Those exports have fallen by around a third and farmers blame lack of fuel and water for irrigation and the impact of aerial bombing by a coalition of forces led by Saudi Arabia and armed by the United States, France, Britain and other Western countries. Markets and roads have been targeted, making it much more dangerous and, crucially, more expensive to get pomegranates by truck to Yemen's main port in Hodeidah, the farmers say. The coalition is fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government that was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis. Many bombs have fallen on civilian areas. The coalition denies targeting civilians deliberately. «The pomegranates are dying because of lack of water because of the blockade,» said farmer Rabeea al-Abdy. He was referring to stringent measures...

The rents White Paper - John Consiglio

The Times of Malta’s boxed summary (October 16) of the recently issued Rental White Paper (WP) is a good place from where to start an analysis of the document. Every person with a social conscience has a duty to study the WP carefully, and for politicians t
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The rents White Paper - John Consiglio

The Times of Malta’s boxed summary (October 16) of the recently issued Rental White Paper (WP) is a good place from where to start an analysis of the document. Every person with a social conscience has a duty to study the WP carefully, and for politicians too of course, inevitably because the WP’s consequences and aftermaths will determine very much to what extent ours will continue to be an honest, caring and Christian society. Pending my much lengthier direct submissions as part of the formal requested public consultation, I point out hereunder some brief observations using precisely The Sunday Times of Malta’s ‘At a glance’ synthesis. “Encouraging long-term contracts either through mandatory minimum periods or financial incentives.” Long-term contracts should, in theory, help stabilise what is presently a jungle market, heavily and obscenely skewed in the owners’ favour. Let us not, however, run away with the idea that fiscal incentives will be any panacea which owners will not try to (with their accountants’ aid) manipulate in their favour at the expense of either the renting occupants or the nation’s fisco itself. “Requirement to register rental contracts, property...

Money market report for week ending October 19

On October 15, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on October 16 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €7.86 billion, €0.56 billion higher than the bid a
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Money market report for week ending October 19

On October 15, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on October 16 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €7.86 billion, €0.56 billion higher than the bid amount of the previous week. The amount was allotted in full at a fixed rate equivalent to the prevailing MRO rate of zero per cent, in accordance with current ECB policy. On October 17, the ECB conducted a seven-day US dollar funding operation through collateralised lending in conjunction with the US Federal Reserve. This operation attracted bids of $0.08 billion, which was allotted in full at a fixed rate of 2.69 per cent. Domestic Treasury bill market In the domestic primary market for Treasury bills, the Treasury invited tenders for 28-day and 91-day bills for settlement value October 18, maturing on November 15 and January 17, 2019, respectively. Bids of €40 million were submitted for the 28-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €15 million, while bids of €55 million were submitted for the 91-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €21 million. Since €31 million worth of bills matured during the week, the outstanding balance...

Garden structures

I refer to the article titled ‘Need for public gardens’ by Astrid Vella (October 15). Unfortunately, the writer, who is living in New York, is again misinformed about the facts. I write because I am one of the six owners of the property she mentions, the
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Garden structures

I refer to the article titled ‘Need for public gardens’ by Astrid Vella (October 15). Unfortunately, the writer, who is living in New York, is again misinformed about the facts. I write because I am one of the six owners of the property she mentions, the twin palazzo Villino Giannin. She charges that our architect failed to submit all the required photographs. However, she failed to state that, over the past 14 years, we have had at least three site visits at the property by various planning authority boards. She also stated, and I quote, that “it has now been revealed that part of the site claimed as fully-owned by the applicant, in fact, belongs to third parties”. Another inaccurate piece of information. The site is owned by no other that the family that inherited it. Someone is claiming to own a pavement adjacent to the site. What I cannot stand in this country is that people like the correspondent bother to interfere only in specific cases. I wonder why. She failed to mention that a neighbour of the said property was allowed to remove all the garden structures and excavate when this same property formed part of our building and, in fact, we have three windows overlooking the...

Sterner stuff

Following an unusually public rebuke of Donald Trump by Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General, over implications of criminal behaviour by the former as part of a guilty plea by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the subsequent retaliatory tweets by
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Sterner stuff

Following an unusually public rebuke of Donald Trump by Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General, over implications of criminal behaviour by the former as part of a guilty plea by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the subsequent retaliatory tweets by the President, the US Attorney General had this to say: “While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations”. It was a clear indication of the Justice Department’s independence from political interferences. If only, here in Malta, we had public officials made of sterner stuff.

Muscat announces further measures after Budget speech

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced increases to the in-work benefit when he addressed a press conference after the Budget speech on Monday. Dr Muscat said the government was removing discrimination suffered by workers formerly employed in a government e
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Muscat announces further measures after Budget speech

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced increases to the in-work benefit when he addressed a press conference after the Budget speech on Monday. Dr Muscat said the government was removing discrimination suffered by workers formerly employed in a government entity who benefited from an early retirement scheme before 2008 but had never been given a raise since.   With regard to the in-work benefit, he said rates were being increased between €50 and €100 per child of the workers involved. Those people aged over 26 living on social benefits who opted to return to studying would also be given a stipend equivalent to the minimum wage. He also announced assistance to workers who used to work in Libya to regularise their social benefits situation and thus benefit from a better pension.  In his address, Dr Muscat said he was proud to lead a government which had again not taken anything from the people but was actually giving the people more, both financially and in free time.

Russia vows to 'restore' military balance if US scraps nuclear treaty

Russia said on Monday it would be forced to respond in kind to restore the military balance with the United States if President Donald Trump carried through on a threat to quit a nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles. But Moscow signalled it m
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Russia vows to 'restore' military balance if US scraps nuclear treaty

Russia said on Monday it would be forced to respond in kind to restore the military balance with the United States if President Donald Trump carried through on a threat to quit a nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles. But Moscow signalled it may be willing to give some ground, with a senior official telling Trump's national security adviser that Russia was ready to address US concerns about how the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was being implemented. Trump drew a warning of «military-technical» retaliation from Moscow after saying on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Cold War-era pact which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles. Signed by then-President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the treaty required the elimination of all short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe. Its demise could raise the prospect of a new arms race, and Gorbachev, now a frail 87-year-old, has warned that unravelling it could have catastrophic consequences. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Trump's withdrawal plan a matter of deep concern for Moscow. "Such...

Watch: Wage increase eaten away by food price inflation - Delia

Workers were seeing a reduction of their wages in real terms and the Budget had done nothing to address the situation, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Monday. He said the cost of living adjustment given in the Budget, at just €2.33, was literally eat
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Watch: Wage increase eaten away by food price inflation - Delia

Workers were seeing a reduction of their wages in real terms and the Budget had done nothing to address the situation, Opposition leader Adrian Delia said on Monday. He said the cost of living adjustment given in the Budget, at just €2.33, was literally eaten away just in the past few weeks with increases in food prices. Workers, he said, were not benefiting from economic growth. «We are seeing increased pressure on prices and wages. The people are seeing their spending power deteriorate.»   Furthermore, he said, economic growth was not coming about from production growth but from population growth, which in turn caused pressure in various sectors of the infrastructure and raised property prices. The Budget, he said did nothing to ensure that pensions were adequate and sustainable in the long term. On spending on roads, Dr Delia said the government was not making any new proposals to ease traffic congestion. The government was widening the roads, but this was not an adequate solution for the fast increase in the number of cars on the roads.  The government was trying to solve today's problems while it was ignoring the problems of tomorrow.  The only honest paragraph in the...

Watch: NBA roundup: Kings ruin Westbrook's return

Yogi Ferrell stole the ball from Russell Westbrook and scored a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the first half, capping a flurry that helped the Sacramento Kings build a double-digit lead en route to a 131-120 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder o
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Watch: NBA roundup: Kings ruin Westbrook's return

Yogi Ferrell stole the ball from Russell Westbrook and scored a buzzer-beating layup at the end of the first half, capping a flurry that helped the Sacramento Kings build a double-digit lead en route to a 131-120 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Ferrell's hoop capped a personal five-point burst in the final 10.3 seconds of the second period and a 15-4 Sacramento run to finish the half. The surge gave the Kings a lead they never relinquished on their way to snapping a season-opening, two-game losing streak. Westbrook, making his season debut following offseason knee surgery, had 32 points for the Thunder (0-3). Oklahoma City was playing its home opener following road losses against Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers. Sacramento's Iman Shumpert finished with a team-high 26 points while De'Aaron Fox contributed 22 points and 10 assists. Paul George had 29 points for the Thunder, who got 10 points and 14 boards from Steven Adams. Nuggets 100, Warriors 98 Gary Harris scored 28 points, Juancho Hernangomez blocked Damian Jones' last-second layup, and host Denver beat Golden State to improve to a Western Conference-best 3-0. Nikola Jokic had 23 points...

Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal comeback against Leicester

Super-sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged two goals in three minutes to extend Arsenal's winning run with a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday. Leicester started stronger and Ben Chilwell forced the first goal of the game whe
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Aubameyang double inspires Arsenal comeback against Leicester

Super-sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged two goals in three minutes to extend Arsenal's winning run with a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday. Leicester started stronger and Ben Chilwell forced the first goal of the game when his cross deflected off Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and in past goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the 31st minute. But Arsenal grew into the game and captain Mesut Ozil equalised after he stroked in a left footed shot off the post to finish off a flowing move. Substitute Aubameyang then stole to show after he came on as a substitute in the 61st minute to ensure Arsenal stretched their winning streak in all competitions to 10 games. He was there to tap in to an empty net from another low Bellerin cross in the 63rd minute, and again finished a smooth team move orchestrated by Ozil in the 66th minute. Arsenal's next league game is away at Crystal Palace on Sunday, after they play Sporting in Lisbon on Thursday in the Europa League. Leicester City host West Ham on Saturday. Arsenal - Leicester City Live Score

Earth, wind and fire at the Rolex Middle Sea Race

On the morning of the third day of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, well over half of the fleet had rounded the active volcano Stromboli, which marks the most north-easterly corner of the 606-mile race course. Fairer winds returned to the Rolex Middle Sea Race over
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Earth, wind and fire at the Rolex Middle Sea Race

On the morning of the third day of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, well over half of the fleet had rounded the active volcano Stromboli, which marks the most north-easterly corner of the 606-mile race course. Fairer winds returned to the Rolex Middle Sea Race overnight with breeze filling in from the west. It was not all good, with many crews reporting thunderstorms, reduced visibility and volatile local effects. George David's, Rambler, accelerated in the fresher conditions making short work of the leg from Stromboli to Favignana, turning the corner just before 0900 CEST this morning. In the previously lighter conditions, Dieter Schön's German Maxi72, Momo, had been a constant threat to David’s pursuit of a fourth successive Line Honours title. Rambler has now extended the lead to over 30-miles, and barring a serious problem looks to be secure. With 250 miles to go, their eventual finish time depends upon how conditions develop. The American Maxi is well outside the 2007 record pace and, with the stronger winds unlikely to arrive off north-west Sicily until this evening, she is expected to arrive some time tomorrow. During the night, the two leading multihulls in the race split...

At 79, nun supports deprived families in the Philippines

When they reach their 60s, most people start thinking of their retirement, but instead, Sr Annie Catania headed to the Philippines to support deprived families. Over the past 15 years she has been living and working with victims of the “wealth injustices
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At 79, nun supports deprived families in the Philippines

When they reach their 60s, most people start thinking of their retirement, but instead, Sr Annie Catania headed to the Philippines to support deprived families. Over the past 15 years she has been living and working with victims of the “wealth injustices” in Manila who do not afford to rent a room that they can call home. During a short visit to Malta, the 79-year-old recalled that a few years ago she had urged readers to help her turn into reality a “big dream” that would change the lives of some of these families.  She now wants to thank the Maltese who have financed, among others, the building of 13 homes that host people who would otherwise sleep on the streets. The complex is called Saint Paula’s village, after the foundress of the congregation St Dorothea. The largest family hosted there comprises seven children, and one family has actually started a tailoring business from one of these houses, Sr Annie told the Times of Malta on World Mission Sunday. The building of more houses depends on more sponsorships. Sr Annie, who forms part of the Sisters of St Dorothy community there, said the unjust sharing of wealth often led people to poverty. Salaries could range between €2...

Man accused of mowing down policeman also faces drug charges

The underage driver who mowed down traffic policeman Simon Schembri in May, has been charged over a drug possession incident dating back a year. Some three months into the compilation of evidence against Liam Debono over the attempted murder of the police off
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Man accused of mowing down policeman also faces drug charges

The underage driver who mowed down traffic policeman Simon Schembri in May, has been charged over a drug possession incident dating back a year. Some three months into the compilation of evidence against Liam Debono over the attempted murder of the police officer, the prosecution filed additional charges over the incident. Describing this move as one that was not «normal» in terms of procedural law, defence lawyer Franco Debono questioned whether any steps had been taken by the prosecution in respect of the earlier episode, which took place eight months before the Simon Schembri incident. Facing questions under cross-examination, Inspector Spiridione Zammit confirmed that no charges had been issued since investigations were still ongoing. Dr Debono asked who had decided to add these charges three months into the compilation of evidence, prompting Inspector Zammit to explain he had been informed by a colleague from the Drug Squad that fresh charges over the drug possession incident were to be added to the charges in the compilation. «No reason was given. I did not ask anyone about this,» the inspector continued. The new charges concern an episode dating back to October 30, 2017...

Watch: Shocking video shows body double used to cover journalist's murder

Newly leaked CCTV footage has emerged that appears to show a man leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul wearing the clothes of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official who identified the man as Musta
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Watch: Shocking video shows body double used to cover journalist's murder

Newly leaked CCTV footage has emerged that appears to show a man leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul wearing the clothes of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official who identified the man as Mustafa al-Madani, a «body double» and member of a 15-man Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target Khashoggi. The footage appears to show the Saudi agent entering the consulate without a beard and wearing a blue and white checked shirt and dark blue trousers. Footage from later in the day appears to show him leaving the consulate dressed as Khashoggi, but wearing the same pair of trainers that he had arrived in. Wearing glasses and a fake beard in an apparent attempt to further resemble the journalist, the agent is seen touring a number of landmarks in the Turkish city after leaving the consulate. The apparent Saudi aim was for footage of the man to be picked up by CCTV and distributed, thereby bolstering claims made in the days after Khashoggi’s disappearance that he had left the consulate unscathed. The killing of the Saudi journalist is a complicated murder that has been «monstrously planned», the spokesman for Turkey's ruling...

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