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Falls off ladder in garage, rushed to hospital

A 44-year-old sustained grievous injuries after falling off a ladder in a garage in Paola on Saturday, the police said.  The incident happened in Triq Għajn Dwieli at 12.10pm. He was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.  The police are investigating. 

Autism headband inventor paraded fake PhD

A Maltese man who in 2012 gave hope to parents with autistic children, by claiming a “neurofeedback” headband he invented could help autistic youngsters, misled the public by touting false credentials as a PhD in neuroscience, The Sunday Times of Malta ca
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Autism headband inventor paraded fake PhD

A Maltese man who in 2012 gave hope to parents with autistic children, by claiming a “neurofeedback” headband he invented could help autistic youngsters, misled the public by touting false credentials as a PhD in neuroscience, The Sunday Times of Malta can reveal. Inventor Adrian Attard Trevisan spent three years between 2012 and 2015 parading himself as having a doctorate degree in neuroscience from University College London (UCL) when he was marketing the headband, known as Mente. According to the inventor, the €1,400 Mente device uses a “neurofeedback system” that analyses brainwaves and plays back custom sounds that have calming effects on autistic children. He only obtained an actual PhD from Milan University in 2015. Along the way, he received flattering coverage from the media, a product launch by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s wife as well as an endorsement by the Prime Minister himself. Dr Attard Trevisan set up a company called AAT Research through which the device was marketed and sold. A former employee at AAT Research who spoke to The Sunday Times of Malta said it was always clear that the young inventor was out of his depth. “This guy got a lot of exposure,...

Unseen cultural heritage

Malta’s strategic position, its closeness to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its involvement, often unwillingly, in the great conflicts of the area, has given it a depth of history and cultural heritage disproportionate to its size. Si
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Unseen cultural heritage

Malta’s strategic position, its closeness to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its involvement, often unwillingly, in the great conflicts of the area, has given it a depth of history and cultural heritage disproportionate to its size. Since prehistoric times, Malta and Gozo have been the destination or staging post of an ever-growing maritime trade operated from one end of the Mediterranean Sea to the other. At various times in the island’s maritime history, the sea around it has become the resting place of great trading vessels tragically shipwrecked or ships and aircraft caught in the crossfire of aerial or sea battles around its shores. These are now a part of Malta’s underwater archaeology, enriching the surrounding waters with a wealth of relics. The sea around Malta is dotted with hundreds of aircraft wrecks that plunged into the sea during World War II as well as ships and craft from across the centuries. A Roman shipwreck carrying a cargo of mortars had been found at Mellieħa Bay in the 1960s. One 2,700-year-old Phoenician wreck was discovered off Gozo and is thought to be the oldest in the central Mediterranean. Explorations have also yielded...

Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

“Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the dance floor, the sporting field or in rather more private circumstances. The task typically requires us to respond spontaneo
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Spontaneity is not that spontaneous after all

“Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the dance floor, the sporting field or in rather more private circumstances. The task typically requires us to respond spontaneously to external events, without any deliberation whatsoever. It ought to be easy – all you have to do is let go – yet it can be infuriatingly difficult. “Stop thinking about it!” is the standard remedial advice, although cancelling thought with thought is something of a paradox. The retort, “I am trying!”, is equally puzzling, for deliberate intent is precisely what we are here struggling to avoid. So what is this act of choosing not to choose, of consciously relinquishing control over our actions? Our new study, published in Communications Biology, has finally provided insights into how this capacity is expressed in the brain. Told you so. wikipedia, CC BY-SA Astonishingly, this fundamental human phenomenon has no name. It might have escaped academic recognition entirely had the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche not given it a brilliant gloss in his first book The Birth of Tragedy, itself a paradoxical work of philosophy in...

Italy joins China's Belt and Road Initiative - and others will follow

Italy is projected to be the first G7 nation to officially endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). And that’s raising the ire of both the European Union and the United States. Having re-entered a recession at the end of 2018, the eurozone’s thir
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Italy joins China's Belt and Road Initiative - and others will follow

Italy is projected to be the first G7 nation to officially endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). And that’s raising the ire of both the European Union and the United States. Having re-entered a recession at the end of 2018, the eurozone’s third largest economy is welcoming China’s President Xi Jinping for a three-day state visit. While there, Italy is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding – making it the 124th nation to sign up for this geographically expansive infrastructure and investment strategy. Proposed in 2013, China’s BRI is a transcontinental project that focuses on infrastructure investment and projects that promote regional cooperation, development and connectivity. It offers participants a means to secure their trade, energy and transport network. China presents it as a win-win relationship aimed at mutual growth. But there are suspicions regarding China’s motivations – it’s seen as a way for China to embed its global influence – and it could make participants dependent on China. Today the BRI is linked to two-thirds of the world’s population, and has to-date seen investment of more than $1 trillion. Read more: China's new Silk Road is all part...

Trump declares 'complete exoneration' after Mueller finds no collusion

US President Donald Trump declared Sunday that he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election, in a major boost for his re-election hopes. The long-awaited final report of Special Counsel Robert
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Trump declares 'complete exoneration' after Mueller finds no collusion

US President Donald Trump declared Sunday that he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election, in a major boost for his re-election hopes. The long-awaited final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Moscow's election meddling concluded that no member or associate of the campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in its plot to boost Trump in the vote more than two years ago. While the Mueller report did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice, Attorney General Bill Barr's letter to Congress summarising the still-secret document cleared a dark cloud that had hung over the Trump's legitimacy since he took office in January 2017. «There was no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction. It was a complete and total exoneration,» Trump said of Mueller's conclusions. «It's a shame that the country had to go through this,» he added. «This was an illegal takedown that failed.» Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Trump was «in a really good mood» and «very happy with how it all turned out.» Gidley said the president watched television, talked to staff and made calls during his...

Watch: '40 minutes ago, my brother died': Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona's emotional 50th anniversary mass

Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona marked 50 years in the Catholic Church on Sunday, but also lost a brother who stood behind him when he was first ordained. Mgr. Cremona’s brother passed away less than an hour before the start of a mass held to celebrate hi
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Watch: '40 minutes ago, my brother died': Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona's emotional 50th anniversary mass

Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona marked 50 years in the Catholic Church on Sunday, but also lost a brother who stood behind him when he was first ordained. Mgr. Cremona’s brother passed away less than an hour before the start of a mass held to celebrate his 50th anniversary within the Church. “40 minutes ago, my brother died,” he told the congregation at St John’s co-Cathedral in Valletta, his voice crackling with emotion. “He was one of the witnesses at my ordination. Two days ago, when he was sick, I asked him to pray for me. I believe he is tied to us today.” Mgr. Cremona, who served as Archbishop of Malta between 2007 and 2014 before resigning in favour of Archbishop Charles Scicluna, was not the only cleric marking half a century since being ordained. Archbishop George Frendo, who leads the diocese of Tirana in Albania, also celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest. “We grew up together as Dominicans, we lived parallel lives,” Mgr. Cremona recalled.  Flanked by Archbishop Scicluna, Archbishop Frendo and Apostolic Nuncio Alessandro D’Errico, Mgr. Cremona used his homily to thank god for having adopted him as a son, and remarked that as a priest his dignity resided with...

No Trump-Russia conspiracy, Mueller report concludes

Updated at 10pm with detail US President Donald Trump declared he had been completely exonerated Sunday after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election campaign. But the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller left unresolv
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No Trump-Russia conspiracy, Mueller report concludes

Updated at 10pm with detail US President Donald Trump declared he had been completely exonerated Sunday after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election campaign. But the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller left unresolved allegations that Trump obstructed justice in his attacks on the probe. «There was no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction. It was a complete and total exoneration,» Trump said. «It's a shame that the country had to go through this,» he added. «This was an illegal takedown that failed.» In a summary of Mueller's findings sent to Congress, Attorney General Bill Barr said no Trump campaign official was involved in the Russian conspiracies to hack Democratic computers and flood social media with disinformation to harm Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. «The special counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts,» Barr wrote. On the other hand, Barr said Mueller declined to reach a decision on the evidence against the president of obstruction - almost guaranteeing that Democrats in Congress will push to...

Theresa May holds crisis talks amid rumours of cabinet coup

British Prime Minister Theresa May held crisis talks Sunday with Conservative colleagues as she tries to plot a path through a pivotal week in the Brexit process amid reports her leadership is under imminent threat. Ensconced at her country residence Chequers
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Theresa May holds crisis talks amid rumours of cabinet coup

British Prime Minister Theresa May held crisis talks Sunday with Conservative colleagues as she tries to plot a path through a pivotal week in the Brexit process amid reports her leadership is under imminent threat. Ensconced at her country residence Chequers, the embattled premier met with Tory Brexiteer MPs, including the influential Jacob Rees-Mogg and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson -- widely seen as wanting to replace her. May must decide when, or even if, to ask lawmakers to vote again on her unpopular EU divorce deal which they have already overwhelmingly rejected twice. After a particularly chaotic week even for May's crisis-plagued tenure -- during which she made an ill-judged attack on MPs' intransigence on her plan -- speculation is rife that Conservatives are preparing to force her to resign. The Sunday Times reported she was «at the mercy of a full-blown cabinet coup», with plans afoot for her de facto deputy David Lidington to take over in a caretaker capacity. The newspaper said it had spoken to 11 senior ministers who «confirmed that they wanted the prime minister to make way for someone else» and planned to confront her at a cabinet meeting on...

Boxer Laamouz claims WBC title

Haithem Laamouz rewrote Maltese boxing history on Saturday when he defeated Italian Vittorio Parrinello on points to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Mediterranean title belt at the Corradino Sports Complex. The ten-round fight turned out to be a tight affa
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Boxer Laamouz claims WBC title

Haithem Laamouz rewrote Maltese boxing history on Saturday when he defeated Italian Vittorio Parrinello on points to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Mediterranean title belt at the Corradino Sports Complex. The ten-round fight turned out to be a tight affair with Laamouz showing the better skills on the night to overcome the challenge of Parrinello, a bronze medallist for Italy in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Laamouz has now become the first Maltese boxer to hold a WBC title belt and this success opens the door for him for bigger fights abroad as well as being included in the world rankings of the WBC. 

Watch: Schulz seals dramatic late win for Germany over the Netherlands.

Nico Schulz's 90th minute winner fired Germany to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, lifting the pressure off coach Joachim Loew. It was Germany's first win in a competitive game since last year's Worl
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Watch: Schulz seals dramatic late win for Germany over the Netherlands.

Nico Schulz's 90th minute winner fired Germany to a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, lifting the pressure off coach Joachim Loew. It was Germany's first win in a competitive game since last year's World Cup, and came after a game in which Loew's side showed strength and fragility in equal measure. The Germans were magnificent in the first 45 minutes in Amsterdam, but were outplayed in the second half as the Dutch came back from 2-0 down against their rivals for the second time since November. Yet Schulz prodded in a last-gasp winner against the run of play to hand Germany the win. Germany burst out of the blocks and Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen had to beat away a fierce shot from Serge Gnabry after just two minutes. With a quarter of an hour gone, the visitors took a deserved lead when Schulz burst up the left wing and found Leroy Sane with a low cross. As Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt slipped on the turf, Sane slipped away and smashed the ball past Cillessen. The Dutch looked equally dangerous at the other end, however, and the veteran Ryan Babel forced two outstanding saves in quick succession from Manuel...

Vella gives training camp overview ahead of Kosovo test

Malta U-21 coach Silvio Vella gave an overview of his side's 2-1 win over Turkmenistan on Friday, the amazing facilities in Turkey, this training camp in Antalya, and the preparations ahead of the Kosovo friendly on Tuesday. TURKMENISTAN MATCH “I was ver
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Vella gives training camp overview ahead of Kosovo test

Malta U-21 coach Silvio Vella gave an overview of his side's 2-1 win over Turkmenistan on Friday, the amazing facilities in Turkey, this training camp in Antalya, and the preparations ahead of the Kosovo friendly on Tuesday. TURKMENISTAN MATCH “I was very pleased with the spirited performance by the boys on Friday,« Vella said. »We created a lot of chances but at times, we could have been more clinical in front of goal.« Against Turkmenistan Marcus Grima made his full debut while Zachary Grech, Neil Frendo and Paul Mbong all made their first bow for this U-21 team. “I was really delighted with all four debutants,» Vella said. «The entire team played really well. Let’s not forget that this is a new squad and the start has been very positive but we still have a lot of work to do to keep pushing this group of players in their development. “We must keep performing at this level, the players need match fitness to improve, we have some players playing abroad, others are slowly getting more playing time domestically. »These are encouraging things as we need to keep working together with the clubs to maintain this momentum and raise the standards of this group of players.” TURKEY...

Jesuit residence opens up in more ways than one

Located just next door to the University, the new Youth Hub officially opened on Wednesday provides a welcoming, multi-functional space that also offers practical support and friendship. When a ‘Youth Hub’ was inaugurated last Wednesday at Dar Manwel Magr
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Jesuit residence opens up in more ways than one

Located just next door to the University, the new Youth Hub officially opened on Wednesday provides a welcoming, multi-functional space that also offers practical support and friendship. When a ‘Youth Hub’ was inaugurated last Wednesday at Dar Manwel Magri, the Jesuit residence near the University of Malta, the project involved more than simply removing a little-used library in a large area at the front of residence and replacing it with easy chairs for students to ‘chill out’ in. The opening of wide doors at the front of the building, located next door to one of the University’s main entrances, has facilitated access to its entire ground floor, while the Jesuit community has moved its living quarters to the first floor. Previously people had to climb a long flight of stairs to reach the main door. Most of the books previously held at the Jesuits’ library have been donated to the MUSEUM library in Blata l-Bajda, while some went to the Jesuits’ Mount St Joseph retreat house in Mosta. The project’s realisation is a long-held dream come true for the local Jesuit community. Provincial delegate Fr Michael Bugeja SJ pointed out that Fr Gianfranco Matarazzo SJ, provincial of the new...

A teacher in a remote Kenyan village is named the world's best

A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said. Peter Tabichi, who organisers say gives away 80 percent of his monthly income to the poo
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A teacher in a remote Kenyan village is named the world's best

A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said. Peter Tabichi, who organisers say gives away 80 percent of his monthly income to the poor, received the prize at a ceremony Saturday in Dubai hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman. «Every day in Africa we turn a new page and a new chapter... This prize does not recognise me but recognises this great continent's young people. I am only here because of what my students have achieved,» Tabichi said. «This prize gives them a chance. It tells the world that they can do anything,» he added after beating nine finalists from around the world to claim the award. The Dubai-based Varkey Foundation, which organises the event and handed out the prize for the fifth time, praised Tabichi's «dedication, hard work and passionate belief in his students' talent». All this combined, it said in a statement, «has led his poorly-resource school in remote rural Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country's best schools in national science competitions». Tabichi, 36, teaches at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani...

Watch: Mavericks rout Curry-less Warriors 126-91

Luka Doncic had a triple double and Dirk Nowitzki underlined his final game at Oracle Arena with a throwback performance as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Golden State Warriors their worst loss of the season on Saturday. Doncic finished with a game high 23
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Watch: Mavericks rout Curry-less Warriors 126-91

Luka Doncic had a triple double and Dirk Nowitzki underlined his final game at Oracle Arena with a throwback performance as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Golden State Warriors their worst loss of the season on Saturday. Doncic finished with a game high 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Nowitzki, who is likely in his final NBA season, scored a season high 21 points in a 126-91 blowout victory by the visiting Mavs. Germany's Nowitzki scored 10 of the game's first 16 points, helping Dallas seize a 14-2 early lead. He was cheered loudly in the introductions by the crowd at Oracle, which is scheduled to close at the end of the season. Nowitzki had five three pointers and Doncic and Maxi Kleber each drained four as Dallas outscored the Warriors 63-12 from beyond the arc to earn their first win in Golden State since 2012. The loss on their home floor came on a night when the Warriors chose to sit out Stephen Curry. The 35-point margin of defeat was the largest of the season for Golden State, eclipsing a 33-point rout by the Boston Celtics. The Mavericks had a 50-point win over Utah and a 38-pointer over Charlotte earlier in the season. Kevin Durant had 25 points in 29...

Pedersen seals win for Juve women in front of record crowd at Allianz Stadium

Danish international Sofie Pedersen sealed a home win for Juventus women who marked the team's first game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin by playing on front of a record crowd for a top-flight women's game in Italy, three months before the start of the World
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Pedersen seals win for Juve women in front of record crowd at Allianz Stadium

Danish international Sofie Pedersen sealed a home win for Juventus women who marked the team's first game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin by playing on front of a record crowd for a top-flight women's game in Italy, three months before the start of the World Cup in France. The championship-leading Juve women's team, who usually play their home games at Vinovo in the suburbs of the city, played rivals Fiorentina with 39,027 watching at the Allianz. Juventus decided against charging fans an entry fee for the game at the 41,500-capacity arena, with the turnout beating the previous record for a women's football match in Italy of 14,000 spectators. Pedersen nodded in the winner seven minutes from time, as Juventus moved four points ahead of Fiorentina in the top-of-the-table clash with three matches to go in the 12-team women's league. «Today will be an important day for the whole movement of women's football,» tweeted Juventus men's captain Giorgio Chiellini. «Girls enjoy the Stadium!!!» he wrote, adding the club's slogan «Fino Alla Fine (until the end) Juventus!!!» Italian international defender Cecilia Salvai was stretched off in the second half, but was carried back onto the...

Watch: Friggieri gem gives Malta U-21 win over Turkmenistan

Malta 2 Turkmenistan 1 The Malta U-21 national team battled to earn a hard fought 2-1 win over Turkmenistan in first international friendly at their Antalya training camp, in Turkey. Malta started well and had the best chances in the first half, as Silvio
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Watch: Friggieri gem gives Malta U-21 win over Turkmenistan

Malta 2 Turkmenistan 1 The Malta U-21 national team battled to earn a hard fought 2-1 win over Turkmenistan in first international friendly at their Antalya training camp, in Turkey. Malta started well and had the best chances in the first half, as Silvio Vella's team was tactically disciplined against this stubborn side ready to pounce on every single mistake. In the second half, Malta kept its composure and was only punished temporarily with the opponents leveller from a penalty before Aidan Friggieri’s dazzling goal just before the hour mark settled the score. After nine minutes, Sliema Wanderers defender Kurt Shaw fired a powerful shot that went just over the Turkmenistan goal. Malta opened the score on 27 minutes when Aidan Friggieri sent a corner from the left, ball fell pretty on Zachary Brincat’s right foot who drifted the ball in the bottom corner. Turkmenistan replied on 34 minutes when Borjakov Ali tried his luck from 35metres out but Andreas Vella in Malta goal was aware and saved comfortably. Malta went close again following a good move on the left from Beerman who sent a hard low cross, the ball hitting Friggieri who was in an open goal position before the ball...

It happened this month: Giuseppe Garibaldi in Malta – March 1864

Undoubtedly, the mere mention of the unification of Italy in the 19th century conjures visions of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the soldier-patriot who selflessly did so much to further the unity of his homeland. Initially, his efforts were unsuccessful – the 1848 Ro
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It happened this month: Giuseppe Garibaldi in Malta – March 1864

Undoubtedly, the mere mention of the unification of Italy in the 19th century conjures visions of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the soldier-patriot who selflessly did so much to further the unity of his homeland. Initially, his efforts were unsuccessful – the 1848 Roman Republic is an example – but his great success in Sicily and southern Italy with his legendary mille (The Thousand) paved the way for their incorporation in the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Three years later, when he was 57 years old, Garibaldi arrived in Malta for a two-day visit when he was at the peak of his fame. He arrived on March 23, 1864, and his visit is the subject of this month’s anniversary story. In the early hours of Wednesday, March 23, during Holy Week, the paddle-boat Valletta of the P&O Lines steamed into Marsamxett Harbour from Marseilles en route to Alexandria. On board, there were Giuseppe Garibaldi and his two sons, Menotti and Riciotti, who had embarked from their island of Caprera two days previously to go to England. Garibaldi took up lodgings at the Imperial Hotel, Valletta, later known as St James Hotel, situated at 134, St Lucia Street. It was demolished through enemy action in World War II and a...

Brussels warns of new row brewing over Italy finances

The EU warned Sunday of a new row brewing with Italy over its budget, barely a few months after both sides agreed on a hard-fought deal with Rome's disputed 2019 finances. «I'm really worried. In no other EU member state has the economy cooled so dramat
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Brussels warns of new row brewing over Italy finances

The EU warned Sunday of a new row brewing with Italy over its budget, barely a few months after both sides agreed on a hard-fought deal with Rome's disputed 2019 finances. «I'm really worried. In no other EU member state has the economy cooled so dramatically. Already in our winter forecast, we had expected Italy to post growth of only 0.2% (in 2019),» said European Commission Vice President Vladis Dombrovskis. «It shows clearly that the direction taken by the government in Rome is damaging for the economy. The interest rates have risen, instability also,» he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper, noting that investor confidence has failed to improve in the country. The commission will take stock of the situation in June and discuss next steps. Italy's public debt is a big problem and now sits at €2.3 trillion, or 131% of Italy's GDP - way above the 60% EU ceiling. After a bitter row, Italy's populist coalition government committed to not adding to its colossal debt load this year. But Rome's projection for its 2019 budget was based on growth of 1% of GDP, which international organisations now view as too optimistic. The International Monetary Fund sees growth reaching only 0.6%, while...

‘I know instinctively what ingredients will work’

Terence Mirabelli speaks to Stephen Cordina, a self-made entrepreneur who owns a successful business producing fragrances, oils and cosmetics. “I want to be normal,” wrote Stephen Cordina on his classroom’s blackboard, when his teacher asked pupils wha
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‘I know instinctively what ingredients will work’

Terence Mirabelli speaks to Stephen Cordina, a self-made entrepreneur who owns a successful business producing fragrances, oils and cosmetics. “I want to be normal,” wrote Stephen Cordina on his classroom’s blackboard, when his teacher asked pupils what they wanted to become when they grew up. Meet him today, and you wouldn’t think there’s anything abnormal with Malta’s leading aromatherapist. But it wasn’t always like that. From an early age he was judged difficult by teachers, who did not understand why young Stephen had a tough time learning to read and write. “I was considered illiterate and an idiot,” he says. This led to him being bullied, and the distress made him develop a stutter – now gone. “I had very low self-esteem at the time and by the age of 12 had thought of suicide twice,” says the now 38-year-old Mr Cordina. To defend himself from the bullying he took up Spirit Combat, a martial art, and won several championships in the process. This doggedness to overcome obstacles has been the driving force throughout his life. At the age of five, on his first trip to Malta from his home village of Sannat, he “fell in love with the glamour of Valletta” and the scents of the...

Woman critical after accident

A 59-year-old woman who lives in Xewkija is in a critical condition following a traffic accident in Xewkija. The police said the accident happened in Triq Santa Katerina at 4am. The woman lost control of the Nissan Almera she was driving and crashed into a w
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Woman critical after accident

A 59-year-old woman who lives in Xewkija is in a critical condition following a traffic accident in Xewkija. The police said the accident happened in Triq Santa Katerina at 4am. The woman lost control of the Nissan Almera she was driving and crashed into a wall. She was taken to Gozo General Hospital by accident and later transferred to Mater Dei by helicopter. An inquiry is being held.

Magisterial inquiry into Delia's forgery claims under way

A magisterial inquiry is looking into documents containing his forged signature, Adrian Delia told party enthusiasts gathered at the party’s Mellieħa club on Sunday. He said he called for the investigations to be carried out with urgency to establish wheth
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Magisterial inquiry into Delia's forgery claims under way

A magisterial inquiry is looking into documents containing his forged signature, Adrian Delia told party enthusiasts gathered at the party’s Mellieħa club on Sunday. He said he called for the investigations to be carried out with urgency to establish whether there are links between the forgeries and money laundering allegations concerning him. Earlier, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat advised Dr Delia to request a magisterial inquiry into money laundering allegations. Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Dr Delia announced he had asked the police to investigate documents that contained his signature and that he said were forged. While not describing the documents in further detail, Dr Delia said these had been brought to his attention around the same time he received questions from The Sunday Times of Malta. The Sunday Times of Malta has reported that a year after the FIAU flagged a “reasonable suspicion of money laundering” by the Opposition leader, the police investigation has hit a brick wall. The newspaper also said that a report by the anti-money laundering unit drafted in March 2018, concluded that sufficient information was available to conclude that Dr Delia and his...

Investigators unwrap Delia Soho links, but case runs out of steam

A year after the FIAU flagged a “reasonable suspicion of money laundering” by Opposition leader Adrian Delia, the police investigation has hit a brick wall.  The Sunday Times of Malta can confirm that a report by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit
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Investigators unwrap Delia Soho links, but case runs out of steam

A year after the FIAU flagged a “reasonable suspicion of money laundering” by Opposition leader Adrian Delia, the police investigation has hit a brick wall.  The Sunday Times of Malta can confirm that a report by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit drafted in March 2018, concluded that sufficient information was available to conclude that Dr Delia and his bank account in Jersey “may have been used for money laundering” (see details below). However, senior police sources explained that although the intelligence report handed to them this time last year had recommended a criminal probe, this had been left on the back burner for several months as the case was deemed too difficult to crack and not as pressing as other matters. “We do not have great hope for this investigation. We opened inquiries into the report’s findings. However at this point it depends largely on other jurisdictions – some of which are very secretive – handing over the necessary information, as well as probing a 15-year-old prostitution racket which allegedly operated in another country,” the source said.  Four months ago The Sunday Times of Malta reported how a London-based prostitution racket and the...

Announcements - March 24, 2019

Obituaries GAUCI. On March 20, GEORGE, of Victoria, Gozo, (ex-teacher), aged 82, passed peacefully away in the arms of his wife, com­forted by the rites of the Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his great loss his wife Lina, his brothers Rev. Can John and Tarc
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Announcements - March 24, 2019

Obituaries GAUCI. On March 20, GEORGE, of Victoria, Gozo, (ex-teacher), aged 82, passed peacefully away in the arms of his wife, com­forted by the rites of the Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his great loss his wife Lina, his brothers Rev. Can John and Tarcisio, his sisters Luigia and her husband Joseph, Marisa, Carmen, widow of his brother Anthony, his brothers-in-law Joseph, Maurice and Victor, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, among whom Fr Ugolin Scerri, OFM Conv., and Fr Joseph, OFM Conv., and friends, especially members of the Legion of Mary, of which he was a member since the age of 17 until his death. The funeral cortége leaves Gozo General Hospital tomorrow Monday, March 25, at 4.30pm for St George’s Basilica, Victoria, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 5pm, followed by interment in the family grave at St Mary’s cemetery, Victoria. Donations to missions/charitable institutions of one’s choice will be greatly appreciated. Lord grant him eternal rest. MUSCAT. On Saturday, March 23 at 8pm, MARIA passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of the Holy Church and surrounded by all her family, leaving beautiful memories of a dear wife, and a loving...

Australia hit with second 'severe' cylcone in two days

A severe category 3 cyclone blew into the key mining region of Pilbara in Western Australia Sunday, forcing evacuations and a halt to port operations, as the north of the country dealt with the effects of an even more powerful storm that hit the previous day.
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Australia hit with second 'severe' cylcone in two days

A severe category 3 cyclone blew into the key mining region of Pilbara in Western Australia Sunday, forcing evacuations and a halt to port operations, as the north of the country dealt with the effects of an even more powerful storm that hit the previous day. Cyclone Veronica weakened from a category 4 storm before its core winds hit the coast near the mining centre of Port Hedland, but officials warned the system was slow moving and would continue pounding the region with gale force winds and heavy rain for 24 to 48 hours. The Bureau of Meteorology said Veronica's forward movement had stalled around midday Sunday before its eye made landfall, and was forecast to weaken to a category 1 storm overnight and then veer west along the coastline. It said the «severe» storm was producing wind gusts of up to 200 kilometres per hour, pushing a storm surge of up to two metres onto the coast. Rainfall was expected to hit 20-40 centimetres, it said. «Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with damaging waves and very dangerous coastal inundation,» the bureau said. Major mining and energy companies took precautionary steps across the region, a hub of liquefied...

Rare albino penguin makes debut at Polish zoo

A rare three-month-old albino penguin made its first public appearance at a zoo in the Polish Baltic port city of Gdansk, where its keepers claim it is the only one of its kind in captivity. The all-white African black-foot penguin was born on December 14, bu
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Rare albino penguin makes debut at Polish zoo

A rare three-month-old albino penguin made its first public appearance at a zoo in the Polish Baltic port city of Gdansk, where its keepers claim it is the only one of its kind in captivity. The all-white African black-foot penguin was born on December 14, but zoo staff decided to keep its arrival secret as they were unsure the vulnerable newborn would survive. Zoo staff are waiting until they are able to determine its sex to name the youngster. «As far as we know, there is no other such specimen alive (in captivity) in the world,» Michal Targowski, director of the Gdansk Zoo, told the TVN24 commercial news channel. «The baby is active, in good health, eats well and, what's very important, its parents are taking very good care of it,» Targowski said. To ensure its safety, the youngster is being kept with a small group of six adults, including its parents, part of a group of 70 penguins living at the Gdansk Zoo. «We're really doting on him so that nothing bad happens to him», Targowski, explaining that other penguins in the troop could take exception to the baby's unique look and harm it. African black-footed penguins, also known as jackass penguins due to their braying noise,...

Farmers’ lot is not a happy one

Agriculture may be the most taken-for-granted industry on the island. Why shouldn’t it be when Malta has become almost completely dependent on imported food? Both the supermarkets and your local grocer are stuffed with fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy fro
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Farmers’ lot is not a happy one

Agriculture may be the most taken-for-granted industry on the island. Why shouldn’t it be when Malta has become almost completely dependent on imported food? Both the supermarkets and your local grocer are stuffed with fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy from nearby Sicily and even faraway China, rendering a lot of local produce – except to those who seek it out specifically – a near irrelevance. If local farmers were to cease all supply today, we would still survive very well indeed. Not so, however, the other way around. It seems the realisation has not yet sunk in that dependence on imported food is a strategic weakness for a country. It would be a serious threat to our wellbeing if some natural or man-made crisis were to cause overseas supplies to dry up. It’s as if August 15, 1942, when Malta was saved from the brink of war-induced starvation, never happened.  Other countries are working to­wards strengthening their food security, such as Qatar (which is battling a blockade from neighbouring Gulf states) and Singapore. Even if only for this reason, Malta needs to have a close look at the sector with a view to rever­sing its gradual but steady decline. Instead, we have tales...

Watch: Ramos helps Spain edge Norway in Euro qualifiers

Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy's win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but go
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Watch: Ramos helps Spain edge Norway in Euro qualifiers

Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy's win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset. The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England. Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times. The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Ireland struggle Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar. The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O'Neill. The result...

Schools ‘cannot handle’ children with disability, parents say

Parents of children with disability are concerned the education sector is not equipped to handle them, with the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability reporting a “sharp increase” in education-related complaints The amount of complaints lodg
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Schools ‘cannot handle’ children with disability, parents say

Parents of children with disability are concerned the education sector is not equipped to handle them, with the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability reporting a “sharp increase” in education-related complaints The amount of complaints lodged by the end of last week was almost half the total for the whole of 2018, a Commission spokesperson told Times of Malta.  The commission’s investigations unit had received about 82 education-related complaints last year, the spokeswoman said, adding that 33 new cases were now being investigated. “The increase might be due to people with a disability becoming more aware of their rights and also because of the commission’s role as a regulator for the rights of people with a disability,” the spokeswoman noted. Parents who spoke to the Times of Malta on condition of anonymity said mainstream schools were ill-equipped to handle children with disability. It felt as though such children did not have a voice, one parent said. Certain teachers were not trained to work with such cases, putting them at the back of the class and virtually segregating them, the parent added. The commission spokeswoman said the cases brought to their...

Delia says his signature was forged on documents, demands police investigation

Updated at 8pm with Labour reaction  Opposition leader Adrian Delia has asked the police to investigate documents containing his signature which he says were forged. In a press conference held on Saturday evening, Dr Delia said that forged documents concerne
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Delia says his signature was forged on documents, demands police investigation

Updated at 8pm with Labour reaction  Opposition leader Adrian Delia has asked the police to investigate documents containing his signature which he says were forged. In a press conference held on Saturday evening, Dr Delia said that forged documents concerned alleged activity of his dating to around 15 years ago. He did not describe the documents in further detail, although in a letter sent to police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and seen by Times of Malta, Dr Delia said that the documents «were used to conduct financial transactions».  Dr Delia told the press that the documents had been brought to his attention at around the same time The Sunday Times of Malta had sent him questions related to claims that the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit had investigated him. The Sunday Times of Malta has reported that the FIAU had opened an investigation into suspected money laundering breaches by Dr Delia, in relation to work he did as a lawyer back in the early 2000s. Dr Delia has vehemently denied the allegations, insisted he knew nothing of that investigation and called on the police commissioner to question him.  In his letter to the police commissioner, Dr Delia asked...

Watch: Gutsy Malta see off Faroe Islands

MALTA         2  Nwoko 14 Borg 77 pen. FAROE ISLANDS            1 Thomsen 90 The Malta national team ended a 13-year wait for a home win in a competitive match on Saturday, scoring a goal in each half to overcome the Faroe Islands in thei
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Watch: Gutsy Malta see off Faroe Islands

MALTA         2  Nwoko 14 Borg 77 pen. FAROE ISLANDS            1 Thomsen 90 The Malta national team ended a 13-year wait for a home win in a competitive match on Saturday, scoring a goal in each half to overcome the Faroe Islands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.  Goals from Kyrian Nwoko and a Steve Borg penalty handed the national team their first win in an international competition since a 2-1 win over Hungary at Ta' Qali in 2006. Malta started brightly as they kept with Farrugia’s promise of playing a high-pressing game giving little time to the visitors to settle with the ball in their feet. On 14 minutes, the National Stadium erupted with joy when Malta took the lead with a brilliant goal. Rowen Muscat sent a long ball inside the area towards Paul Fenech and the Balzan midfielder immediately tapped the ball towards Nwoko, who anticipated his marker to head past goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen. Malta were clearly on top and the Valletta striker almost added a second 18 minutes in. Mbong charged through on the right and after elegantly avoiding his marker he lobbed the ball towards Nwoko, who headed just wide. Malta’s midfield trio of Guillaumier, Muscat and Fenech were...

Eichmann's captor, former Israeli spy Rafi Eitan, dies aged 92

Former Mossad spy Rafi Eitan, who commanded the audacious 1960 capture of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday aged 92, Israeli public radio announced. Eitan, the handler for Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy analyst who passed Israel thousands of top secret d
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Eichmann's captor, former Israeli spy Rafi Eitan, dies aged 92

Former Mossad spy Rafi Eitan, who commanded the audacious 1960 capture of top Nazi Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday aged 92, Israeli public radio announced. Eitan, the handler for Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy analyst who passed Israel thousands of top secret documents, was himself wanted by American authorities for a time. He died in the afternoon at Tel Aviv's Ichilov hospital, the radio said, without giving further details. Israeli leaders paid tribute to him with rare public words of praise from Mossad. «The late Rafi Eitan was a pillar of the intelligence community in general, and the Mossad in particular,» agency chief Yossi Cohen wrote in a statement. «The foundations that Rafi laid in the first years of the state are a significant layer in the activities of the Mossad even today.» Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: «Rafi was one of the heroes of the state of Israel's intelligence service in countless acts for Israel's security.» «We mourn his passing,» he added in a statement. Eitan was born on a kibbutz in British-ruled Palestine in November 1926. He was nicknamed «Rafi the Stinker» after he fell into a sewer during a military operation prior to the...

Clashes in France as police crack down on 'yellow vest' protests

Clashes broke out in the latest «yellow vest» protests in French cities Saturday but a massive police deployment prevented more of the rioting and looting that marred last week's rally in Paris. More than 40,000 people took to the streets across F
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Clashes in France as police crack down on 'yellow vest' protests

Clashes broke out in the latest «yellow vest» protests in French cities Saturday but a massive police deployment prevented more of the rioting and looting that marred last week's rally in Paris. More than 40,000 people took to the streets across France for a 19th consecutive week of anti-government protests -- 5,000 of them in the capital -- Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said. Protest organisers estimated the nationwide turnout much higher at more than 127,200. Most of the «yellow vest» protests were relatively calm but scuffles broke out in Paris in the afternoon. Police fired tear gas against hooded demonstrators, many wearing gas masks or helmets. A 75-year-old woman was seriously injured in the southern city of Nice when she fell and hit her head during a police charge. Castaner said 172 people were detained nationwide and hundreds of others questioned or fined. Authorities had vowed zero tolerance of any violence, outlawing the protests in a large area of western Paris for the first time. That included the Champs-Elysees, the scene of last Saturday's rampage by hundreds of black-clad agitators. This time around 6,000 security forces backed by armoured vehicles and...

Fitch ratings deal published... without the payment details

Agreements with reputable credit rating agency Fitch to assess the state of Malta’s finances were published this week with details on the fees paid redacted. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna tabled in Parliament copies of the agreements with Fitch by both t
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Fitch ratings deal published... without the payment details

Agreements with reputable credit rating agency Fitch to assess the state of Malta’s finances were published this week with details on the fees paid redacted. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna tabled in Parliament copies of the agreements with Fitch by both the Nationalist and Labour administrations in reply to a request by Nationalist MP Simon Busuttil. The agreements note that the credit rating exercise was being sought by the Maltese government and that it was based on information supplied to the agency by the government. “Fitch is not your adviser and is not providing you or any other party with any financial advice or any legal, auditing, accounting, appraisal, valuation or actuarial services. A rating should not be viewed as a replacement for such advice or services,” the agreement says. “You warrant that all information you or your agents provide to Fitch, as of the date such information is provided, (i) contains no untrue statement of material fact and does not omit a material fact necessary in order to make such information, in light of the circumstances in which it was provided, not misleading and (ii) does not infringe or violate the intellectual property rights of a...

Mater Dei cuts emissions and saves money with €6.5m chiller replacement project

Mater Dei Hospital is expected to significantly cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year after replacing 14 air-cooled chillers with higher-efficiency ones which require less gas to cool the air. The replacement project saw engineers swap out old chillers w
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Mater Dei cuts emissions and saves money with €6.5m chiller replacement project

Mater Dei Hospital is expected to significantly cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year after replacing 14 air-cooled chillers with higher-efficiency ones which require less gas to cool the air. The replacement project saw engineers swap out old chillers which were installed when the hospital first opened in 2003 with new ones over two phases, with seven chillers swapped out in each phase. Apart from the significant emissions reductions – the equivalent of installed more than 3,700 300Wp-rated photovoltaic panels – replacing the chillers is also expected to cut the hospital’s electricity bill by around €1.1 million every year.   Air-cooled chillers are used to control air temperatures throughout Mater Dei’s 300,000 sqaure metres of space. The project, which began last year, will cost €6.5 million when maintenance costs for the new chillers over a 15-year period is factored in, the Health Ministry said. “The ministry takes pride in pushing forward a greener agenda that will guarantee a healthier environment to benefit us all,” said Health Minister Chris Fearne. “We see this as part of our mission firmly believing that prevention is, was and will remain better than cure.” Mater...

New airline will not compete with Air Malta, Tourism Minister says

There are no plans for Malta MedAir to become a fully-fledged airline, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Saturday. Earlier this week, Times of Malta reported how Air Malta staff was concerned that MedAir would be taking over certain operations from Air Ma
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New airline will not compete with Air Malta, Tourism Minister says

There are no plans for Malta MedAir to become a fully-fledged airline, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said on Saturday. Earlier this week, Times of Malta reported how Air Malta staff was concerned that MedAir would be taking over certain operations from Air Malta while shrinking the national airline’s business. A move to launch a new helicopter service between Malta and Gozo accentuated concerns, with Air Malta staff citing it as a concrete example of how MedAir, run by former Malta Tourism Authority CEO Paul Bugeja, could threaten the national airline. Asked about the issue on Saturday, Dr Mizzi said there were no plans for the new company to offer services in direct competition with Air Malta.  He confirmed that MedAir would be providing a Malta-Gozo helicopter service but insisted the only reason the company was recruiting technical staff was because it needed to acquire certification required for its operations to be code-shared. A code-share agreement is a common aviation agreement whereby airlines agree to sell each other's tickets on some routes. Air Malta was «demanding» that MedAir obtain IOSA (IATA operational safety audit) accreditation, he said. Part of the...

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