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Three in five worried about adequate pension

Three in five people are worried they would not have an adequate income when they reach old age, according to an EU survey on social insecurities. The study by Eurofound, the EU agency for the improvement of living and working conditions, shows that 61 per ce

A musical and culinary introduction to Valle di Susa

The Alpi Cozie Valsusa choir from Piedmont, Italy, will perform at the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta tomorrow at 6.30pm, as part of the Scatola Magica series of monthly events. The 32-member choir in Malta, directed by Mariano Martina, was formed betwe
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A musical and culinary introduction to Valle di Susa

The Alpi Cozie Valsusa choir from Piedmont, Italy, will perform at the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta tomorrow at 6.30pm, as part of the Scatola Magica series of monthly events. The 32-member choir in Malta, directed by Mariano Martina, was formed between 2017 and 2018, through the merger of two choral ensembles that had been active since the 1960s. It will present several pieces as part of an introduction to the music, traditions, history as well as food and wine from the Valle di Susa, or Valsusa, as it is pronounced in the local language, Piedmontese. This beautiful alpine valley takes its name from the ancient city of Susa, located in the western part of Piedmont, surrounded by the Cozie Alps. La Valle is 80 kilometres long and, with over 90,000 inhabitants, is the largest and most populated in Piedmont. It includes villages, castles and abbeys in the Lower Valley, among them the famous Sacra di San Michele, a symbolic monument of Piedmont, which has even inspired Umberto Eco for Il nome della Rosa. The Alta Valle includes important ski centres between mountains and forests. A glass of wine and local delicacies provided by Alpi Cozie Valsusa Choir will conclude the...

PD calls for transparency on Magħtab incinerator plans

PD leader Godfrey Farrugia has called on the government to be transparent about its plans for an incinerator in Magħtab. “The government needs to be fully transparent on its waste-to-energy plans,” Dr Farrugia said in a statement ahead of a meeting of
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PD calls for transparency on Magħtab incinerator plans

PD leader Godfrey Farrugia has called on the government to be transparent about its plans for an incinerator in Magħtab. “The government needs to be fully transparent on its waste-to-energy plans,” Dr Farrugia said in a statement ahead of a meeting of a parliamentary standing committee that will discuss the incinerator. The committee meeting was convened following an initiative by the PD in Parliament. Dr Farrugia said there were several unanswered questions about the government's plans. «Has the government studied the potential impact of the incinerator on customer attitudes towards recycling? Will Malta still be able to achieve its EU-mandated recycling targets?» he asked. «What assurances can the government give with regards to the impact on air quality in the areas around the proposed incineration plant? »How will the ash produced by incineration be disposed of? Will it be exported?” Dr Farrugia said Malta is still reeling from the consequences of bad planning of waste management in the past and could not afford further mistakes. "To this day, certain central elements of a waste management strategy appear to be missing or are only dealt with as an afterthought. For instance,...

Encyclopaedia of local nobility

Works on the hereditary or merit-based aristocracy of Malta are not lacking, however, Giovanni Bonello says Charles A. Gauci’s book The Peerage and Knightage in Malta is “different”. “It has more density and more intensity. The author is admirably th
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Encyclopaedia of local nobility

Works on the hereditary or merit-based aristocracy of Malta are not lacking, however, Giovanni Bonello says Charles A. Gauci’s book The Peerage and Knightage in Malta is “different”. “It has more density and more intensity. The author is admirably thorough and systematic. He builds the results on solid evidence, when available, so that few would care to challenge his conclusions,” Dr Bonello writes in the book’s preface. He describes the book as “a truly encyclopaedic work on the origins, workings and relevance of all the noble families who have left their mark”. Twenty-five years after his last work on the Maltese nobility, Dr Gauci came up with this 700-odd page work that is divided into three sections dealing with peerage, knightage and the honours system. The honours included in the book span from the latest granted in 2018 to the earliest in 1350. The publication includes a list of Maltese recipients of Maltese honours and awards together with the date of conferment. Relying on information published in The Malta Government Gazette, the author names authorised recipients of foreign honours, though she notes that no names had been published between 1974 and 1987. Authorised...

Watch: Accountancy Board head cagey when asked about Nexia BT

Different exercises were taking place, some public others not, the head of the accountancy regulator said when asked about apparent inaction against financial advisory firm Nexia BT. The Accountancy Board has been accused by MEP David Casa of dereliction of d
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Watch: Accountancy Board head cagey when asked about Nexia BT

Different exercises were taking place, some public others not, the head of the accountancy regulator said when asked about apparent inaction against financial advisory firm Nexia BT. The Accountancy Board has been accused by MEP David Casa of dereliction of duty in the face of multiple reports of wrong-doing by Nexia BT, which had opened secretive structures for two top government officials. Accountancy Board chairman Peter Baldacchino said the regulator could not publicise its every move. “We move consistently with what we have done in the past, that is all I can tell you,” he added. Speaking in general terms without reference to Nexia BT, Dr Baldacchino said the board had always taken action when needed. The Accountancy Board said in the past it would await the outcome of criminal inquiries before taking any action against Nexia BT and its partners, Brian Tonna and Karl Cini. Both men resigned from the Malta Institute of Accountants last year after it was made known they would face disciplinary action in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal. When it was put to Dr Baldacchino that his board had chosen to defer action pending the inquiries, he said there were different...

Live: Police Commissioner testifying in Egrant inquiry case

The court is convening to hear constitutional proceedings filed by the Opposition leader, who is challenging the Attorney General's decision to deny him a full copy of the Egrant inquiry. 10.12am: Mr Cutajar says he has a full copy of the Egrant inquiry. H
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Live: Police Commissioner testifying in Egrant inquiry case

The court is convening to hear constitutional proceedings filed by the Opposition leader, who is challenging the Attorney General's decision to deny him a full copy of the Egrant inquiry. 10.12am: Mr Cutajar says he has a full copy of the Egrant inquiry. He says Assistant Commissioner Ian Abdilla had received it, who then relayed him a copy via email. The police chief says investigators only have an extract of the report, concerning their investigations. 10.10am: Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar takes the witness stand. Also in the court room are PN leader legal representative Vincent Galea and Dr Victoria Buttigieg from the AG's office. 10am: In the last case on November 26, Kurt Farrugia, head of communications at the Office of the Prime Minister, insisted all along that he discussed the Egrant inquiry with nobody, not even with Keith Schembri, his boss, who is cited in the report conclusion. He insisted that the copy was always under lock and key inside his office.  Justice Minister Owen Bonnici had also said he did not discuss Egrant inquiry report with anyone.  Prime Minister said only three people have access to the inquiry: Lawyer Pawlu Lia, the Justice Minister and...

Watch: A quick, unorthodox way of loading a car onto a truck

A video showing a unique way of loading a car onto a truck went viral on Sunday. The Facebook video was reportedly shot in Qormi and shows a car being pushed off a street right into the back of a truck parking on another street at a lower level. Job done.  
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Watch: A quick, unorthodox way of loading a car onto a truck

A video showing a unique way of loading a car onto a truck went viral on Sunday. The Facebook video was reportedly shot in Qormi and shows a car being pushed off a street right into the back of a truck parking on another street at a lower level. Job done.  

Milan held as Donnarumma plays 100th consecutive full game

  Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma played his 100th consecutive full Serie A game and Torino coach Walter Mazzarri was sent off for the third time this season in an otherwise uneventful 0-0 draw on Sunday. Donnarumma, still only 19, made two outstandin
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Milan held as Donnarumma plays 100th consecutive full game

  Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma played his 100th consecutive full Serie A game and Torino coach Walter Mazzarri was sent off for the third time this season in an otherwise uneventful 0-0 draw on Sunday. Donnarumma, still only 19, made two outstanding first-half saves as he punched away Iago Falque's header from close range and turned Andrea Belotti's curling shot past the post. Donnarumma has played 121 consecutive league games for Milan and has played the full 90 minutes in every one since a 0-0 draw with Chievo in March 2016 when he came on as a substitute. Mazzarri, meanwhile, was dismissed in the 90th minute for angrily protesting about a refereeing decision in only his second match back after being ordered by doctors to rest. The former Napoli, Inter Milan and Watford coach, who often cuts an angry figure on the touchline, was sent for check-ups after suffering what Torino described as a «sudden illness» after a training session in November. He was previously ordered from the touchline in the matches against AS Roma and Fiorentina. Patrick Cutrone could have won it for Milan late in the game but shot wide after being sent clear. AC Milan stayed fourth with 26...

Watch: River beat Boca to win Libertadores Cup

River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra-time to win the Copa Libertadores on Sunday in a match that was finally played in Madrid after twice being postponed because of violence at the second leg in Buenos Aires. Boca scored just before halftime through
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Watch: River beat Boca to win Libertadores Cup

River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra-time to win the Copa Libertadores on Sunday in a match that was finally played in Madrid after twice being postponed because of violence at the second leg in Buenos Aires. Boca scored just before halftime through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised for River midway through the second half to force the match into extra-time.

Watch: Zapata hat-trick ends Nicola's Udinese honeymoon

Atalanta forward DuvanZapata scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 Serie A win away to his former side Udinese who suffered their first defeat under new coach Davide Nicola on Sunday. Zapata, who spent two seasons on loan at Udinese, did not celebrate after he gave Ata
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Watch: Zapata hat-trick ends Nicola's Udinese honeymoon

Atalanta forward DuvanZapata scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 Serie A win away to his former side Udinese who suffered their first defeat under new coach Davide Nicola on Sunday. Zapata, who spent two seasons on loan at Udinese, did not celebrate after he gave Atalanta the lead in the second minute, scoring from close range after a corner was flicked on by Rafael Toloi. Kevin Lasagna quickly equalised for Udinese who had taken four points in two games since Nicola replaced Julio Velazquez. Atalanta regained the lead when Zapata put the finishing touch to a solo run by Musa Barrow in the 62nd minute and the Colombian completed his first-ever Serie A hat-trick by scoring on the counter with 10 minutes left. Atalanta are one of five teams with 21 points from 15 games while Udinese, who are 17th, have 13, one place and two points clear of Bologna in the relegation zone. A late goal from Antonio La Gumina gave Empoli a 2-1 win over Bologna in their relegation battle, taking their tally to 10 points out of 12 since Giuseppe Iachini took over as coach. Francesco Caputo gave Empoli, who have 16 points, a 10th-minute lead and Andrea Poli equalised five minutes before...

Konrad Mizzi demanded Panama Papers correspondence in 2016

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi engaged an international reputation consultancy firm in April 2016 to gain access to all Panama Papers correspondence in which he and his Panama company were mentioned, leaked documents show. Dr Mizzi has mounted his defence agai
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Konrad Mizzi demanded Panama Papers correspondence in 2016

Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi engaged an international reputation consultancy firm in April 2016 to gain access to all Panama Papers correspondence in which he and his Panama company were mentioned, leaked documents show. Dr Mizzi has mounted his defence against reports about 17 Black by claiming ignorance of a December 2015 e-mail sent by his own financial advisers Nexia BT, in which 17 Black was identified as one of the main sources of income for his offshore firm. The e-mail was found in the Panama Papers leak, a trove of documents leaked from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca. A joint investigation by the Times of Malta and Reuters revealed that 17 Black is owned by power station investor Yorgen Fenech. Dr Mizzi said last week during an interview on Saviour Balzan’s TVM programme Xtra that he had only found out about 17 Black “from the media”. Documents seen by The Sunday Times of Malta show the London law firm Schillings demanded that Mossack Fonseca hand over all documents, e-mails and letters involving Dr Mizzi. “Our mutual client is understandably concerned and aggrieved by the recent leak of his private and confidential data from your systems to an investigative news...

Watch: Bale strike gives Madrid narrow win over struggling Huesca

Gareth Bale ended a three-month goal drought in La Liga to give Real Madrid a nervy 1-0 win away to basement club Huesca on Sunday, taking his side back into the top four at the expense of Alaves. The Wales forward, who had not found the net in the league
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Watch: Bale strike gives Madrid narrow win over struggling Huesca

Gareth Bale ended a three-month goal drought in La Liga to give Real Madrid a nervy 1-0 win away to basement club Huesca on Sunday, taking his side back into the top four at the expense of Alaves. The Wales forward, who had not found the net in the league since Sept. 1 but had scored in the Champions League, gave Real an ideal start by volleying home a cross from Alvaro Odriozola in the eighth minute. Huesca, bottom of the table with a meagre seven points and without a win since the opening day of the season, did not lay down against the European champions though, and it took a flying save from Thibaut Courtois to prevent Ezequiel Avila levelling soon afterwards. Bale was denied another goal in the second half by Huesca's keeper and the home side laid siege to Real's area in the final stages but fell short of an equaliser as Courtois tipped a dangerous free kick over the bar in stoppage time and Dani Carvajal made a frantic clearance. Real's eighth win in nine games in all competitions under coach Santiago Solari saw them climb above Alaves into fourth in the standings on 26 points after 15 games, five behind leaders Barcelona.

Wolves' late strike sinks ten-man Newcastle

  Ten-man Newcastle United were beaten 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday when Matt Doherty scored in the fifth minute of added time. The home side suffered from having United States international defender DeAndre Yedlin sent of
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Wolves' late strike sinks ten-man Newcastle

  Ten-man Newcastle United were beaten 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday when Matt Doherty scored in the fifth minute of added time. The home side suffered from having United States international defender DeAndre Yedlin sent off for a professional foul with more than half an hour to play. Manager Rafa Benitez was furious, apparently believing a covering defender was in position to prevent an attempt on goal. Promoted Wolves, who had beaten Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday after six games without a win, went ahead in the 17th minute with Diogo Jota's second goal of the week. Newcastle equalised six minutes later when Salomon Rondon, having crashed a free kick against the bar, crossed for Ayoze Perez to score. But Doherty's last-gasp header from close range pushed Wolves into the top half of the table and left Benitez's side 15th, three points above the bottom three. Standings provided by Sofascore LiveScore

Libya shutting down its biggest oilfield

Libya is shutting down production at its biggest oilfield after tribesmen and state-paid security guards seized the El Sharara facility, threatening oil workers, several field engineers and protesters said on Sunday. If confirmed by state oil firm NOC, the sh
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Libya shutting down its biggest oilfield

Libya is shutting down production at its biggest oilfield after tribesmen and state-paid security guards seized the El Sharara facility, threatening oil workers, several field engineers and protesters said on Sunday. If confirmed by state oil firm NOC, the shutdown at the 315,000 barrel-per-day field would also force the closure of the El-Feel oilfield, located in the same remote and lawless southern desert. El-Feel usually pumps around 70,000 bpd. «El Sharara is closed,» one engineer said. A spokesman for the tribesmen which call themselves the Fezzan Anger Movement, Mohamed Maighal, also said the field was shut. NOC confirmed only that guards had forced the closure of some pumps at El Sharara «which will result in on-site tanks filling within the next few hours and thus force a production shutdown,» a statement said. NOC could not be reached for further comment but said it would issue another statement later. It warned of «catastrophic consequences». «Shutting down production at the El Sharara field will have catastrophic, long-term consequences, it would take a long time to resume production because of the sabotage and theft that are likely to happen,» NOC said in a...

What happens after the Brexit vote? Four possible scenarios explained

UK MPs have started to debate the final Brexit withdrawal agreement ahead of a “meaningful vote” which will still go ahead on Tuesday, despite a newspaper claim that it will be postponed.   There are various possible scenarios that might play out after
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What happens after the Brexit vote? Four possible scenarios explained

UK MPs have started to debate the final Brexit withdrawal agreement ahead of a “meaningful vote” which will still go ahead on Tuesday, despite a newspaper claim that it will be postponed.   There are various possible scenarios that might play out after that vote, some of which are outlined below. 1. MPs vote in favour of the deal This is possibly the easiest outcome in terms of pushing forward with Brexit, but the hardest to obtain, given the sheer number of Conservative MPs who have said they will vote against the deal. A vote in favour would give the prime minister the power to tell the EU that the deal has been ratified by parliament. But the government would still need to pass a hefty amount of legislation as the Brexit process continues. This would begin with the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – a piece of legislation which the House of Commons Library thinks could happen before Christmas. In the event that this first option doesn’t happen (which seems increasingly likely), the future is all a bid muddled. This is partly because it depends if MPs vote in favour of any amendments to the motion on December 11. Here, the possible outcomes would be: 2. MPs vote against the deal...

An engaging enough ensemble

Creed II3 starsDirector: Steven Caple Jr.Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa ThompsonDuration: 130 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd In almost 50 years in movie business, Sylvester Stallone’s most beloved role is arguably that of Rocky Balboa,
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An engaging enough ensemble

Creed II3 starsDirector: Steven Caple Jr.Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa ThompsonDuration: 130 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd In almost 50 years in movie business, Sylvester Stallone’s most beloved role is arguably that of Rocky Balboa, the working class Italian-American amateur boxer from Philadelphia who hits the big time when he gets the chance to fight in the world heavyweight championship. The 1976 film Rocky was a calling card for Stallone like no other – and the character has deservedly etched itself in the hearts of millions of moviegoers worldwide. Over the next 40-plus years, Stallone stuck with the character for eight more films, six bearing the titular character’s name and the last two shifting the focus on up-and-coming boxer Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed (Anthony B. Jordan), son of Rocky’s former rival Apollo. 2015’s Creed introduced us to the character, with Stallone’s Rocky stepping into his corner as Donnie’s trainer, the actor graciously ceding the limelight to the new kid on the block.  Creed II continues to follow Donnie’s career, as he starts to enjoy his newfound success and plans to commit to his girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thomson), all the while...

All of the effort

Panorama RestaurantBritish HotelSt Ursula StreetVallettaTel: 2122 4730 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 4/10Overall: 6/10 A man wiser than myself said that all the effort in the world won’t matter unless you’re inspired. The man is wonderfully
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All of the effort

Panorama RestaurantBritish HotelSt Ursula StreetVallettaTel: 2122 4730 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 4/10Overall: 6/10 A man wiser than myself said that all the effort in the world won’t matter unless you’re inspired. The man is wonderfully nuts if his writing is anything to go by. Chuck Palahniuk hit us with Fight Club, creeped us out with Choke, and in general had us scratching our heads with oddities such as Pygmy. In every case, whether you love or hate (the latter being more likely) his novels, they are nothing if not deeply inspired. The way he teases stories from everyday life and weaves them into his wonderfully weird narrative shows that he is inspired by absolutely everything and everyone around him. He has an unusual approach. He tells a fragment of a story to an unsuspecting human he’s encountered at a party, at the gym, or while out walking, for instance. If the story is good enough, his prey is not left speechless. A good enough story will prompt someone to recount a story from their own lives, spilling truth that’s inspired by fiction. These truths, often exposing a deep vulnerability, eventually make it into a Chuck Palahniuk novel, sufficiently...

Gaming Authority CEO: ‘We need to step up compliance’

The new CEO of the Malta Gaming Authority has called for an improvement in the culture of compliance, saying that this does not depend solely on the regulator and the government.  “Compliance cannot only belong to the regulator. It has to belong to everyon
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Gaming Authority CEO: ‘We need to step up compliance’

The new CEO of the Malta Gaming Authority has called for an improvement in the culture of compliance, saying that this does not depend solely on the regulator and the government.  “Compliance cannot only belong to the regulator. It has to belong to everyone: the service provider, the licensee, the accounting firm working with them, the whole ecosystem,” said Heathcliff Farrugia in an interview. “I would not say I am worried at this stage. But we either want compliance and to grow in a properly regulated way, or we start leaving loopholes and everyone will be happy in the short term – but find problems in the long term,” he warned. Mr Farrugia took over a few months ago when his predecessor Joe Cuschieri moved to the Malta Financial Services Authority. Mr Farrugia had worked at the authority for five years prior to his promotion. Last week the Times of Malta reported that a number of Maltese gaming companies licensed by the authority are being implicated by Italian prosecutors as serving as a money-laundering machine for Italian mafias. Last February, in the wake of growing concerns from Italy that gaming companies had been infiltrated by the Mafia, Mr Cuschieri had pledged to...

Prediction on pools in ODZ is proven right

In July, the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) warned that if three ODZ villas in Żejtun were approved, the developers would be back with applications for swimming pools.  In November, the developers were back with applications for swimming pools. T
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Prediction on pools in ODZ is proven right

In July, the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) warned that if three ODZ villas in Żejtun were approved, the developers would be back with applications for swimming pools.  In November, the developers were back with applications for swimming pools. The Planning Authority had overruled objections from environmental and cultural heritage authorities, as well as a negative recommendation from its own case officer, to approve the plans for three tourist villas on a vacant plot in the rural area of Ta’ Salvaturi, outside development zones. The ERA warned at the time that approval would create a precedent for further development in the area, as well as adding pressures for extensions or related developments such as swimming pools, resulting in even more ODZ land being taken up. Less than four months later the warnings have been vindicated, with the submission of applications seeking to add swimming pools to two of the villas, extending beyond the built-up area already approved. The applications, formally published last week, have still to be assessed by the Planning Authority and are expected to be decided in January. The July decision marked third time lucky for the...

Messi shines as Barca thrash Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga. The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on 28 point
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Messi shines as Barca thrash Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday's Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga. The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid on 28 points, swept to victory in Cornella as Messi put on a sublime show in the week he was ranked the fifth best player in the world at Monday's Ballon d'Or awards. The Argentine whipped a free kick into the top right corner in the 17th minute before brilliantly setting up Ousmane Dembele to double Barcelona's lead. Luis Suarez added the third just before halftime with a shot from a tight angle that deflected in off goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Messi completed the rout with another special free kick in the 65th minute and VAR ruled out a consolation from Oscar Duarte for offside at the other end. Espanyol's fourth consecutive league defeat left them ninth in the standings.   Espanyol - Barcelona Live Score

Tottenham climb back into third with win at Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into third place in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. Having seen Chelsea and Arsenal climb above them in the day's earlier games, Tottenham knew anythin
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Tottenham climb back into third with win at Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur moved back into third place in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. Having seen Chelsea and Arsenal climb above them in the day's earlier games, Tottenham knew anything other than three points would see them finish the weekend outside the top four. With their crucial clash away to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, manager Mauricio Pochettino started with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen on the bench, but Son Heung-min stepped up to the mark with a wonderful left-footed opener on the stroke of halftime. Leicester struggled to muster anything in reply, with Dele Alli making sure of the win in the 58th minute, heading home his 50th goal for Tottenham from Son's cross. The visitors could even afford to bring Kane on for a run out, but the England striker -- who had scored 13 goals in his previous 11 appearances against Leicester in all competitions -- could not add to his personal tally. Tottenham's fifth victory in six league games, and eighth on the road, moved them to within six points of leaders Liverpool. They have 36 points with Chelsea and Arsenal on 34. Leicester are ninth...

Lacklustre Kell Brook beats Michael Zerafa on points

Kell Brook looked far from convincing as he recorded a unanimous points victory over Australia's Michael Zerafa in Saturday's super-welterweight fight in Sheffield. Having spent the build-up to the fight taunting Amir Khan over what he claimed was the Bolto
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Lacklustre Kell Brook beats Michael Zerafa on points

Kell Brook looked far from convincing as he recorded a unanimous points victory over Australia's Michael Zerafa in Saturday's super-welterweight fight in Sheffield. Having spent the build-up to the fight taunting Amir Khan over what he claimed was the Bolton man's reluctance to fight him, the 32-year-old produced a performance which would hardly have had his compatriot running scared. Despite a fast start in the opening round, the Yorkshireman was well below his best, looking laboured and allowing his unheralded opponent to land with far too many shots. However, he was still too good for Zerafa, winning the final eliminator for the WBA super-welterweight world title by 118-110, 119-109 and 117-111 on the judges' scorecards. Brook admitted after the fight, his first since March, he had felt «rusty» and «flat» before again turning his attention to Khan. «I've got the buzz again, I'm reborn,» Brook said on Sky Sports. «Next year, 2019, I'm coming for them big boys. It's now or never. Amir, I'm ready, I'm hungry, I'm fit.» Khan appears more likely to pursue a fight against American welterweight Terence Crawford than focus on an all-British super-fight, but promoter Eddie Hearn...

UK PM May expected to delay Brexit vote, demand better deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to delay Tuesday's key parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal and head to Brussels to demand better terms from the European Union, the UK Sunday Times newspaper reported. The newspaper cited «ministers an
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UK PM May expected to delay Brexit vote, demand better deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to delay Tuesday's key parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal and head to Brussels to demand better terms from the European Union, the UK Sunday Times newspaper reported. The newspaper cited «ministers and aides» who said they expected her to announce on Sunday that she was delaying the vote. It is widely expected she will lose and ministers are concerned that the scale of defeat would be such it could bring down her government. May will head to Brussels next week to make a final appeal to the European Union to improve Britain's exit deal from the bloc, according to the newspaper, after warnings from ministers that better terms were needed to win lawmaker support. May's spokesman said on Friday the vote would go ahead next week despite calls from some lawmakers for a delay. With her own future in the balance, May has repeatedly insisted that her deal, which envisages continued close ties with the EU, is the only one on the table and that the alternatives are a painful 'no-deal' exit from the EU or possibly no Brexit at all. But the pressure on May mounted over the weekend after Conservative lawmaker Will Quince quit his government...

Today's front pages - December 9, 2018

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Sunday. The Sunday Times of Malta reports that corruption costs Malta €725 million per year, according to a study by the European Greens. That is more than is spent annually on education. The newsp
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Today's front pages - December 9, 2018

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Sunday. The Sunday Times of Malta reports that corruption costs Malta €725 million per year, according to a study by the European Greens. That is more than is spent annually on education. The newspaper also reports that there is no discussion on the 'Delia case' within the structures of the PN, a week after the newspaper reported that the PN leader is part of an investigation into alleged money laundering when he worked as a lawyer 14 years ago.  The Malta Independent on Sunday quotes Air Malta chairman Charles Mangion as saying that the airline is not currently seeking a strategic partner, but is focussing on growth.  It also reports that 27 couples opted for IVF treatment after recently-approved legislation. Nine are expected a baby, the prime minister announced last week.  MaltaToday says that two doctors who flagged a case where an air ambulance was not immediately available to ferry a heart attack patient from Gozo to Malta have been transferred out of Gozo hospital. Steward Healthcare says it was the two doctors themselves who asked to be transferred.  The newspaper also reports that former PBS CEO John Bundy has...

China calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, calling the case «extremely nasty.» Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's global chief financial offic
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China calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, calling the case «extremely nasty.» Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on December 1 and faces extradition to the United States, which alleges that she covered up her company's links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. The executive is the daughter of the founder of Huawei. If extradited to the United States, Meng would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, a Canadian court heard on Friday, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge. No decision was reached at the extradition hearing after nearly six hours of arguments and counter-arguments, and the hearing was adjourned until Monday. In a short statement, China's Foreign Ministry said that Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had issued the warning to release Meng to Canada's ambassador in Beijing, summoning him to lodge a «strong protest.» Adam Austen, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said Saturday there is "nothing to add beyond...

Muscat heckled by MEP Ana Gomes during meeting for European left - report

Updated 2.40pm Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called on European socialist parties to embrace a “politics of progressive disruption” on Saturday, after he was heckled by a critical Portuguese MEP, according to a report. Dr Muscat’s message for the left t
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Muscat heckled by MEP Ana Gomes during meeting for European left - report

Updated 2.40pm Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called on European socialist parties to embrace a “politics of progressive disruption” on Saturday, after he was heckled by a critical Portuguese MEP, according to a report. Dr Muscat’s message for the left to welcome change rather than fear it was partially derailed by firebrand MEP Ana Gomes, who heckled the Prime Minister as he took the stage in Lisbon and followed that up with a series of tweets lambasting him as a “crook”.   In his speech at a Party of European Socialists congress being held in Lisbon, Dr Muscat urged the political left to venture out of their comfort zones and to be willing to take their cues from their political rivals. “When a conservative politician steals one of our good ideas, he is called smart. But when one of us does that, we call him a traitor,” he said a senior statesman had once told him. “The great successes of our movement came when we broke with the past”. Emphasising that change was inevitable, Dr Muscat encouraged fellow politicians to embrace technology. “We progressives cannot be the Luddites of the new technological revolution,” he said, as he argued that the threat technology posed to...

On suspended sentence... arrested for drug possession

A man was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs upon his arraignment on Saturday, after having spent the past three months under police bail. Charleston Cassar, a 26-year old Cospicua resident was charged with aggrava
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On suspended sentence... arrested for drug possession

A man was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs upon his arraignment on Saturday, after having spent the past three months under police bail. Charleston Cassar, a 26-year old Cospicua resident was charged with aggravated possession of cocaine and heroin, during the operative period of a suspended sentence. He was further charged with recidivism. Inspector Anthony Scerri informed the court how in September a police search had resulted in the arrest of six individuals. Mr Cassar was subsequently granted police bail pending ongoing investigations. However, upon being informed by a court-appointed expert that the man’s DNA had been discovered on a knife and scales retrieved during the search, the police promptly re-arrested the suspect on Friday. A request for bail was objected to by the prosecution in view of the ongoing investigations which could lead to further arraignments. Defence lawyers countered that there was no real fear of tampering since the evidence leading to the arrest had been scientific in nature. Moreover, Mr Cassar had been on police bail for the past three months and had every opportunity to talk to the other persons...

Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

The Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas once wrote: ‘A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him’. The Czech lawyer and activist Milada Horáková wrote ‘Man doe
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Human Rights – a literacy ‘must

The Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas once wrote: ‘A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him’. The Czech lawyer and activist Milada Horáková wrote ‘Man doesn't live in the world alone; in that there is great happiness, but also a tremendous responsibility’. On December 10, we mark International Human Rights Day and celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The quotes above reference their significance. Despite its critics, its weaknesses and contradictions, the human rights ideal and the frameworks and practices built around them continue to inspire people worldwide.Human rights have put their mark on national constitutions, have routinely formed the basis of law and have been a focal point for those opposing ignorance, bigotry, abuse and tyranny. In the round, they have also become a process through which states (and increasingly individuals) hold each other to account, even if not in a court of law. Despite the cynics and the constant attempts to dismiss the agenda as nothing more than ‘high-minded idealism rather than realism’ or (as in many parts of the world) a ‘western’...

Charity takes centre stage in Christmas edition of Pink

Charity and giving take centre stage in the Christmas edition of Pink, with a focus on those who need the supplies of the food bank in Valletta and why, as well as a spotlight on the real volunteers, working behind the scenes, outside the glory and the limeli
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Charity takes centre stage in Christmas edition of Pink

Charity and giving take centre stage in the Christmas edition of Pink, with a focus on those who need the supplies of the food bank in Valletta and why, as well as a spotlight on the real volunteers, working behind the scenes, outside the glory and the limelight. In the December issue, the magazine for women meets those who will be facing the festivities alone this year, having plucked up the courage to leave a marital home – and practically a lifetime – plagued with drug and alcohol addition as well as mental illness. One woman talks about finally finding freedom after having endured a marriage of misery and the dread and sadness that comes with that too. As always, fashion plays a major part of the magazine, with a showcase of the brands on the runway at The Pink Fashion Show; what went on behind the scenes; who wore what off the catwalk; what happened at the after-party; the sponsors and the VIP guests at the fashion event of the year. New fashion blogger on the block, Melissa Pace, overrides her disability and gets styling while actress, activist and educator Pia Zammit continues to express her exasperation at all that was wrong in Malta in 2018 before focusing on the...

Drives over central strip, but puncture lands fleeing driver in police hands

A young driver who attempted a movie-like manoeuvre to escape a police encounter on Thursday, only to be let down by a punctured tyre, was granted bail upon her arraignment on Saturday. Naomi Tanti, 24, from Mosta, had been driving through Naxxar when she wa
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Drives over central strip, but puncture lands fleeing driver in police hands

A young driver who attempted a movie-like manoeuvre to escape a police encounter on Thursday, only to be let down by a punctured tyre, was granted bail upon her arraignment on Saturday. Naomi Tanti, 24, from Mosta, had been driving through Naxxar when she was approached by officers from the Drug Squad. Upon sensing their presence, the woman attempted to flee the scene by driving over the central strip, ending up on the wrong side of the road. However, her bid to escape was foiled by a punctured tyre which soon enabled the police to arrest her. A search revealed cannabis and prohibited weapons inside the woman’s car. The woman was arraigned and charges of simple possession of cannabis, resisting arrest, disobeying legitimate orders, driving dangerously, going against a no-entry sign and possessing a pointed weapon without the necessary police licence. She was also charged with possessing a prohibited butterfly knife and with breaching bail conditions. The woman’s defence counsel requested bail, arguing that according to the European Court the main purpose of bail was to ensure that the accused is present in court during proceedings. For the past two years, their client had always...

Pharmacies open today - December 8, 2018

Empire Pharmacy, 77, Old Theatre Street, Valletta (2123 8577);The Cross Pharmacy, 859, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun (2122 7682);Fatima Pharmacy, 82, Triq il-Ferrovija, Santa Venera (2148 2856);Mackie’s Pharmacy, L. Casolani Street, Ta’ Paris, Birkirkar
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Pharmacies open today - December 8, 2018

Empire Pharmacy, 77, Old Theatre Street, Valletta (2123 8577);The Cross Pharmacy, 859, St Joseph High Road, Ħamrun (2122 7682);Fatima Pharmacy, 82, Triq il-Ferrovija, Santa Venera (2148 2856);Mackie’s Pharmacy, L. Casolani Street, Ta’ Paris, Birkirkara (2149 6089);O’Hea Pharmacy, 128, Manoel Street, Gżira (2133 0268);St Julian’s Pharmacy, 24, George Borg Olivier Street, St Julian’s (2136 9426);Remedies Pharmacy, 133, Rudolph Street, Sliema (2134 4722);Misraħ Kola Pharmacy, Pitkali Street, Attard (2143 4137);St Albert Pharmacy, Oratory Street, Għargħur (2141 3402);Brown’s Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Mellieħa (2152 3536);Theresa Jo Pharmacy, 3A, Xintill Street, Tarxien (2167 2703);White Cross Pharmacy, Shop A, Block 1, Fuq San Pawl, Cospicua (2182 1671);San Ġwakkin Pharmacy, 1, St Anne Street, Marsascala (2163 7994);Gudja Pharmacy, Triq il-Kappillan c/w William Baker Street, Gudja (2169 6422);Milia’s Pharmacy, 42, Blue Grotto Avenue, Żurrieq (2168 9971);Kristianne Pharmacy, Pietru Pawl Saydon Street, Żurrieq (2164 7391);Plaza Pharmacy, 86, Main Street, Żebbuġ (2146 7459);Ideal Pharmacy, 63, Main Street, Rabat (2145 5479);Taċ-Ċawla Pharmacy, 7th June 1919 Street, Victoria...

Hooded thief robs Birkirkara store

A hooded robber threatened a Birkirkara shop attendant with a knife as he stole an undisclosed amount of cash in a Friday evening robbery. The man allegedly entered the shop on Triq Guze Orlando at around 8pm and emptied the cash register before making his ge
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Hooded thief robs Birkirkara store

A hooded robber threatened a Birkirkara shop attendant with a knife as he stole an undisclosed amount of cash in a Friday evening robbery. The man allegedly entered the shop on Triq Guze Orlando at around 8pm and emptied the cash register before making his getaway in a car. A 19-year-old shop attendant and two female customers aged 24 and 34 were unhurt in the incident. Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit is leading an inquiry into the case. The police said they are investigating further.

International vaudeville extravaganza

Curtain Raiser Entertainment is organising a vaudeville extravaganza entitled The Little Big Show at City Theatre, Valletta, today and tomorrow. The show features clowns/comedians, acrobats, impersonators, illusionists and other special skills artists from Ru
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International vaudeville extravaganza

Curtain Raiser Entertainment is organising a vaudeville extravaganza entitled The Little Big Show at City Theatre, Valletta, today and tomorrow. The show features clowns/comedians, acrobats, impersonators, illusionists and other special skills artists from Russia, Bulgaria and Malta. It is suitable for all the family but children must be aged five or above. The Little Big Show will be held at the City Theatre, Old Bakery Street, Valletta, today at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 3pm and 7.30pm. For tickets, visit www.ticketor.com/curtainraiser/upcomingevents?pageid=141560 or call 7991 8857/2189 5072

Christmas Times out today

Old photos have a particular tone. It’s like a patina which, unlike the ‘loud’ gloss of the present, whispers of happy memories.  Describing his favourite Christmas photo in Christmas Times, Nicholas de Piro d’Amico Inguanez recalls a moment – capt
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Christmas Times out today

Old photos have a particular tone. It’s like a patina which, unlike the ‘loud’ gloss of the present, whispers of happy memories.  Describing his favourite Christmas photo in Christmas Times, Nicholas de Piro d’Amico Inguanez recalls a moment – captured in the sepia tones of an old photo – of the family gathered on Christmas Day in 1971. The drawing room is decorated for the festive season. The presents wait for their moment of ripped glory. And the Christmas tree sits on the grand piano, strutting its hour upon the stage. “It’s a glimpse of something that is no more,” Marquis de Piro says. “A painful and happy memory.” Christmas Times, out today with the Times of Malta, packs an assortment of memories from Christmases past. But not only. The present makes an appearance in the form of cribs, ideas for eco-friendly festivities, roasts, bakes, panto wardrobes and glam fashion ideas. And the future takes shape of resolutions for a better year. Christmas Times is produced and published by Allied Newspapers Ltd.  

What happened on... December 8

10 years ago - The Times Monday, December 8, 2008 Oil price too low for a surcharge – Joseph Muscat At the current price of oil, the surcharge on energy bills should be zero, Labour leader Joseph Muscat said yesterday, pointing out that there had been n
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What happened on... December 8

10 years ago - The Times Monday, December 8, 2008 Oil price too low for a surcharge – Joseph Muscat At the current price of oil, the surcharge on energy bills should be zero, Labour leader Joseph Muscat said yesterday, pointing out that there had been no extra charge when crude last fell to $42 per barrel. He reiterated the calculations released by the Labour Party in the past weeks, saying that with slipping oil prices it did not make sense to increase the surcharge on energy bills from the current 95 per cent to an equivalent of 185 per cent. His comments, made yesterday at a party activity in Paola, come as the international price of crude oil dropped below $42 per barrel, its lowest since January 2005. The last time oil prices had been this low Malta did not even have a surcharge, he argued, accusing the Prime Minister of creating uncertainty in the country especially because he introduced the utility tariffs retroactively from October 1, without the meters being read. Dr Muscat maintained that the new tariffs were not being introduced because of high oil prices but to cover inefficiencies and the government’s waste. “How can it be that when fuel prices are falling all over...

Saturnalia – the predecessor of Christmas

As part of the Natalis Notabilis event which is being held this week in Rabat, Heritage Malta is inviting the public to visit the Domvs Romana at the discounted admission fee of €2 per person. Visitors will also have access to new information related to th
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Saturnalia – the predecessor of Christmas

As part of the Natalis Notabilis event which is being held this week in Rabat, Heritage Malta is inviting the public to visit the Domvs Romana at the discounted admission fee of €2 per person. Visitors will also have access to new information related to the ancient Roman festival known as Saturnalia – the predecessor of Christmas. The small museum of the Domus Romana is built around the remains of a rich, aristocratic Roman town house (domus) which was accidentally discovered in 1881. Although very little remains of the house itself, the intricate mosaics which survived for centuries, as well as the artefacts found within the remains, are testimony enough of the original richness and story of this remarkable abode. At the Domvs Romana, visitors can get a glimpse of life in a Roman domestic household, with aspects ranging from the actual division of roles in a Roman family, to fashion, education, entertainment, food and drink. The museum holds an interesting collection of common and imported household items used, as well as a set of marble statues portraying the Emperor Claudius and his family. This year, visitors can also explore some of the ancient Roman traditions connected to...

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