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Sanofi – Investing in healthcare

Sanofi reported positive results for Q418 beating on revenue and earnings when compared to our estimates and consensus. Revenues last year were led higher by Sanofi’s Genzyme biotechnology unit, were growth was up 37.4 per cent, driven by its immunology an

May heads to Brussels for Brexit crisis talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday prepared to head to Brussels for talks on the Brexit crisis, even though EU leaders have refused any renegotiation of the deal she agreed with them in December. With just five weeks to go until Brexit on March 29
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May heads to Brussels for Brexit crisis talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday prepared to head to Brussels for talks on the Brexit crisis, even though EU leaders have refused any renegotiation of the deal she agreed with them in December. With just five weeks to go until Brexit on March 29, the deal has been blocked by the British parliament and the country appears headed for a chaotic exit that economists warn will wreak havoc in both Britain and the European Union. May is due to meet European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker at 1730 GMT on Wednesday, two days after Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox visited the EU headquarters. The visit also comes a day before Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, is expected to meet the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier as part of a diplomatic ballet aimed at heading off a no-deal Brexit. May's spokesman said the prime minister was «working hard to secure legally binding changes» to the backstop -- a controversial part of the withdrawal agreement she signed with EU leaders at a summit in December. The backstop would keep Britain in the EU customs union and give Northern Ireland a different economic status from...

Unaccompanied children: Over 30,000 went missing between 2014 and 2017

Missing Children Europe’s new secretary general has called on EU member states to develop a sustainable, long-term solution to protect children who arrive at European borders, ahead of a conference in Malta tackling children lost in migration. Aagje Ieven s
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Unaccompanied children: Over 30,000 went missing between 2014 and 2017

Missing Children Europe’s new secretary general has called on EU member states to develop a sustainable, long-term solution to protect children who arrive at European borders, ahead of a conference in Malta tackling children lost in migration. Aagje Ieven said inefficient cooperation between countries and the shortcomings of national asylum and child protection systems led children to mistrust the current systems and seek out dangerous solutions to reunite with their families and to have access to a better quality of life, or simply stay safe. Ms Ieven is urging European leaders to address the lack of solidarity within Europe and to introduce a relocation mechanism following disembarkation. Together with high-level European, UN and African representatives, Ms Ieven will be in Malta this week for the third ‘Lost in Migration Conference: Global Strategies and Political Commitments’, being held at the University of Malta Valletta Campus between tomorrow and Friday. Organised by the President’s Foundation for the Well-being of Society and Missing Children Europe, the conference is geared to look beyond Europe towards the full migratory journey of the child. “As a society, it seems...

Police kill man who injured three in Marseille knife attack

French police on Tuesday shot dead a man who wounded three pedestrians in a knife attack in the southern city of Marseille, officials said. The prosecutor's office said the attack was not politically-motivated. «It's a common law assault,» said pr
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Police kill man who injured three in Marseille knife attack

French police on Tuesday shot dead a man who wounded three pedestrians in a knife attack in the southern city of Marseille, officials said. The prosecutor's office said the attack was not politically-motivated. «It's a common law assault,» said prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux. A fourth person suffered leg wounds from bullet fragments, police said, adding that they had opened fire on the assailant when he threatened them with a weapon. The knife attack occurred in the afternoon on a busy street in the centre of the city, the second largest in France. In October 2017, a man wielding a knife killed two women at the Saint Charles main train station in Marseille in an attack later claimed by the Islamic State group. The assailant was shot dead by soldiers on patrol to guard against such terrorist attacks.

Civil society ‘guardians of the people’ on Constitution

Repubblika, the NGO that promotes the rule of law, has been invited to meet President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and the Labour and Nationalist parties to give them their proposals for a new Constitution, activist Manuel Delia said. Mr Delia made the announce
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Civil society ‘guardians of the people’ on Constitution

Repubblika, the NGO that promotes the rule of law, has been invited to meet President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and the Labour and Nationalist parties to give them their proposals for a new Constitution, activist Manuel Delia said. Mr Delia made the announcement while addressing a vigil outside the Law Courts in Valletta on the 16th month anniversary of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The vigil was organised jointly by Repubblika and Occupy Justice, the activist movement led by women which was formed in the aftermath of Ms Caruana Galizia’s murder. Mr Delia told those gathered: “The Constitution is a pact between the people and those whom the people temporarily appoint to govern. Political parties are on one side of that contract. They can’t simply agree amongst themselves how to restrain their own powers while we simply watch them shake hands.” He added: “We are making it abundantly clear that we will let no one scare us into silence by branding us traitors. We will raise the alarm if and when we see politicians grasp more power than it is absolutely necessary to lend them in the interest of us all.” Mr Delia said Maltese civil society must be the...

PN the 'underdog' in MEP elections - Puli

The Nationalist party was going for the MEP elections as the «underdog» and a work in progress, the party's general secretary said adding that «the tougher the conditions, the greater our determination to work hard». Speaking during th
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PN the 'underdog' in MEP elections - Puli

The Nationalist party was going for the MEP elections as the «underdog» and a work in progress, the party's general secretary said adding that «the tougher the conditions, the greater our determination to work hard». Speaking during the opening of the PN general council, Clyde Puli encouraged people not to lose heart.  The party faced tough challenges, working against a government that «used fake news» and was not afraid of character assassination, he said. Mr Puli said that had it not been for the PN's media, only the governments voice would be heard. «Our message is often distorted,» he noted. The party spoke on things that affected the country, but the message was not reaching people, he warned. We will not shut down the party's media, despite insistence to do so, he said. Reflecting on his first year as secretary general, Mr Puli said 2018 was the year the party designed a future for itself. It reformed its finances to gain financial sustainability which would guarantee that the party could focus on its work. The party saw the highest number of paid-up members in 13 years last year, raising €1.5 million in the process, Mr Puli said. During 2018, it worked to defend workers,...

Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that helps remov
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Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds. A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process that helps remove the «cellular garbage» that can build up as cells age and cause a range of diseases and disorders. «It is always nice to find a scientific rationale for traditional medical folk tales,» said Frank Madeo, a professor at the University of Graz's Institute of Molecular Biosciences, in Austria. Madeo, who helped lead the research, said the substance known as 4,4'-dimethoxychalcone or DMC, which occurs naturally in Ashitaba plants, induces a process called autophagy. «This is a cleansing and recycling process,» he told AFP. It removes «superfluous material, especially cellular garbage like aggregated proteins.» That «cleaning» process is key to sustained good health as the body ages. When cells fail to promptly and efficiently remove damaged parts, they can build up and that can lead to diseases including cancer. There are already a handful of compounds known to scientists that work to stimulate the cleaning process. Fasting...

French murder suspect could be linked to 40 unsolved cases: police

French investigators have identified around 40 unsolved disappearances and other cold cases potentially linked to a former soldier who was arrested last year and charged with two murders in southeast France. Nordahl Lelandais has already confessed to the kill
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French murder suspect could be linked to 40 unsolved cases: police

French investigators have identified around 40 unsolved disappearances and other cold cases potentially linked to a former soldier who was arrested last year and charged with two murders in southeast France. Nordahl Lelandais has already confessed to the killing of a hitchhiking soldier in April 2017, and the abduction and murder of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in August 2017. He has also been charged with the sexual assault of two second cousins, both minors. After just over a year of reviewing Lelandais's background and movements, police say he could be connected with around 40 unsolved cases, mainly in the Rhone-Alpes region. «At this point, Nordahl Lelandais hasn't been formally and legally implicated in any of these cases,» Jean-Philippe Lecouffe of the national gendarmerie military police force told journalists at its headquarters outside Paris on Monday. Most of the cases are unsolved disappearances, while fewer than a dozen involve minors, said Lecouffe, who didn't rule out the possibility that more cases might come under review. He did not disclose the specific cases under review, but they may include the 2011 disappearance of a man at the Elements electronic music...

Beane defends HSBC dividends in spite of falling profits

It was good business to pass profits through the shareholders when this was feasible, HSBC Bank Malta’s chief executive officer Andrew Beane told the Times of Malta. HSBC Bank Malta will this year be giving its shareholders a dividend pay-out representing 4
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Beane defends HSBC dividends in spite of falling profits

It was good business to pass profits through the shareholders when this was feasible, HSBC Bank Malta’s chief executive officer Andrew Beane told the Times of Malta. HSBC Bank Malta will this year be giving its shareholders a dividend pay-out representing 47 per cent of net profits, in spite of the fact that its profits slid by 23 per cent to €38.6 million in the financial year ended December 2018. The board recommended a final dividend pay-out ratio of 30 per cent of net profit, bringing the full year ratio to 47 per cent. Asked whether the dividend was aimed at appeasing the main shareholder, the HSBC Group, Mr Beane insisted that the dividend policy was set by the local board with the interests of all the shareholders in mind, depending on how much capital the bank needed to move its business forward. “It’s good business to pass it through to shareholders,” he said. HSBC Bank Malta has paid out more than €100 million in dividends over the past five years, reducing the ratio slightly in the second half of this year “because of technical requirements”.

Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for visit by Supreme Leader

Wearing traditional dress, the children in Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten belt out Korean songs and recite their Korean vocabulary - skills they hope to show off to Kim Jong Un when he visits Vietnam next week. The reclusive North Korean leade
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Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for visit by Supreme Leader

Wearing traditional dress, the children in Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten belt out Korean songs and recite their Korean vocabulary - skills they hope to show off to Kim Jong Un when he visits Vietnam next week. The reclusive North Korean leader is making his first trip to Vietnam to meet with US President Donald Trump between February 27 and 28. It is their second summit, during which Washington hopes to see progress on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear programme.  The serious summit agenda was far from the minds of toddlers at the Vietnam-DPRK Friendship Kindergarten on Tuesday. Instead the three-to-five-year-olds sang and danced in the 'Kim Il Sung' classroom named after Kim Jong Un's grandfather, one of Hanoi's closest allies during the Vietnam War. «Jal gaseyo!» the kids chanted - goodbye in Korean - at the school where portraits of communist leaders past - Kim Il Sung, his son Kim Jong Il and Vietnam's revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh - hang on the wall.  Established in 1978 at a time when conflict-battered Hanoi still received aid from Pyongyang, the school was built almost entirely with North Korean donations, from the blankets and mattresses for naptime to...

PN wants Gozo's status as regional island in Constitution

The Opposition wants to enshrine Gozo as a regional island in the Constitution enabling Gozitans to get the executive powers to take their own decisions about the island. Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said the
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PN wants Gozo's status as regional island in Constitution

The Opposition wants to enshrine Gozo as a regional island in the Constitution enabling Gozitans to get the executive powers to take their own decisions about the island. Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said the Opposition wanted to set up a regional council for Gozo that would be elected directly by Gozitans and would have executive powers on all that affected Gozo and its development. It would also be given adequate finances including from European funds. The Labour government was, on the other hand, setting up an authority for the regional development of Gozo which authority was to be controlled by the minister. A Bill setting up the authority was currently being debated in Parliament. Dr Delia said the authority was not what Gozo and the Gozitans deserved. Such an authority would not empower Gozitans to take their own decisions but the minister would keep taking decisions on their behalf. The authority would be appointed directly by the minister and it would take over from the government enforcement responsibilities. It would not have executive powers or finances to implement projects. Dr Delia said this showed yet again that...

Free zones to be in Customs’ hands - not Freeport Corporation

The Customs Department is offering to move out of its historic premises in Valletta to new offices near the former Air Malta headquarters, with director general Joseph Chetcuti saying the site would be the logical one for another free zone. There is currentl
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Free zones to be in Customs’ hands - not Freeport Corporation

The Customs Department is offering to move out of its historic premises in Valletta to new offices near the former Air Malta headquarters, with director general Joseph Chetcuti saying the site would be the logical one for another free zone. There is currently only one free zone in Malta – at Malta Freeport – which is regulated by the Free Zones Act, and falls under the remit of the Economy Ministry. Mr Chetcuti said it had been confirmed that his department would oversee them. In August 2016, Aaron Farrugia, then the CEO of the Freeport Corporation had said that it was the logical authority which should take over free zones, which set off a huge backlash with wrangles go on behind the scenes for some time. Read: No use crying over spilled milk “I was concerned,” Mr Chetcuti admitted, “but not any longer. Malta Enterprise and the Economy Ministry, when they were talking about the logistics hub, were originally envisaging passing the control to another authority. We resisted that and the final outcome respects the common good,” he said. “Free zones should be either near a sea port or the airport – as then they can be securely enclosed and controlled 24/7 by Customs, which would...

Insight into the genius of Arrighi

Silver has no colour and one ray of light could throw the whole composition off. This is where the photographer’s style comes into play – making him an artist as much as a sculptor. And this is what Daniel Cilia does in the new The Apostolato book, accor
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Insight into the genius of Arrighi

Silver has no colour and one ray of light could throw the whole composition off. This is where the photographer’s style comes into play – making him an artist as much as a sculptor. And this is what Daniel Cilia does in the new The Apostolato book, according to Cardinal Prospero Grech, himself a photography enthusiast. “Whoever looks closely at the photographs in this volume cannot help but admire both Daniel Cilia’s insight and technique, by means of which he opens the reader’s eyes to the genius of Arrighi,” Cardinal Grech said. Cardinal Grech also commends the printer’s role in the foreword to the book, which serves as a “beautiful monument” to the collection of 18th-century statues adorning the Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral museum. The volume came into being 20 years ago through a larger conservation project. The Apostolato was in a deteriorating state of preservation and restoration kicked off in 2007. The collection of 15 silver statues featured in the new limited edition publication dates back to between 1741 and 1743. Made by Roman silversmith Antonio Arrighi and portraying the Apostles, John the Baptist, St Paul and Our Lady, the statues had been commissioned by the...

Back to the golden era

Another film, Stan & Ollie, will be shown at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema at St James Cavalier today at 7.30pm. Steve Coogan and John Reilly play the legendary film icons Laurel and Hardy – the world’s favourite comedy double act. Diminished by age and wit
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Back to the golden era

Another film, Stan & Ollie, will be shown at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema at St James Cavalier today at 7.30pm. Steve Coogan and John Reilly play the legendary film icons Laurel and Hardy – the world’s favourite comedy double act. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they start crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they reconnect with legions of adoring fans, old and new. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie cannot quite shake the spectre of Laurel and Hardy’s past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. Further screenings of the filmwill take place on Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 9pm and February 27 at 7.30pm. For more information, call 2122 3200 or...

Rebel British MPs take up their seats in parliament

The seven MPs who broke away from the UK's main opposition Labour Party took their seats as an independent group in parliament for the first time on Tuesday as rumours swirled of possible further defections. The biggest split in British politics in nearly fou
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Rebel British MPs take up their seats in parliament

The seven MPs who broke away from the UK's main opposition Labour Party took their seats as an independent group in parliament for the first time on Tuesday as rumours swirled of possible further defections. The biggest split in British politics in nearly four decades showed up divisions in both Labour and the ruling Conservatives that have been stretched to breaking point since the Brexit referendum in 2016. One of the seven lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, said on Tuesday that he now wanted to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest. «There needs to be an alternative,» he told BBC radio. The MPs said they were leaving the party over leader Jeremy Corbyn's support for Brexit and his failure to stamp out anti-Semitism. Left-wingers were divided over the creation of the «Independent Group», pointing to the ultimate failure of the Social Democratic Party started by four rebels from the Labour Party in 1981. «During a national crisis over Brexit, the breakaway of seven MPs with no policy programme is a dangerous distraction,» wrote Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, who once supported the SDP. But Labour's...

Man admits injuring tenant he intended to scare

A man who allegedly intended to scare an unwelcome guest out of his home but ended up injuring him, has been handed a suspended jail term. Tripoli-born Mousa Sulayman Mousay Bin Husayn, 26, residing at Pieta’, was charged with having unintentionally injure
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Man admits injuring tenant he intended to scare

A man who allegedly intended to scare an unwelcome guest out of his home but ended up injuring him, has been handed a suspended jail term. Tripoli-born Mousa Sulayman Mousay Bin Husayn, 26, residing at Pieta’, was charged with having unintentionally injured the man to whom he had been lately acting as host. Prosecuting Inspector Robert Vella explained how the accused had wanted to part company with the other man, but ended up arguing with him. It was during that argument that Bin Husayn grabbed a kitchen knife in an attempt to scare the other man. But the altercation somehow resulted in the other man suffering slight injuries to his thigh. Mr Bin Husayn had later turned up at Pieta’ police station to report the incident. Inspector Vella further explained that the knife had been cleaned, as had the area of the house where the incident took place. The knife, sealed in brown packaging, was handed to the court. The accused pleaded guilty, saying he never intended to hurt the other man but had simply wanted to scare him away. The court was informed that the victim would shortly be released from hospital where he is receiving treatment for slight injuries. Magistrate Rachel Montebello...

EP committee endorses 'severe criticism' of Malta's rule of law

A European Parliament committee on Tuesday voted in favour of a resolution raising rule of law concerns in Malta. The rule of law resolution about Malta and Slovakia sailed through the civil liberties committee, with 40 votes in favour and seven against. MEP
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EP committee endorses 'severe criticism' of Malta's rule of law

A European Parliament committee on Tuesday voted in favour of a resolution raising rule of law concerns in Malta. The rule of law resolution about Malta and Slovakia sailed through the civil liberties committee, with 40 votes in favour and seven against. MEP Sophie in’t Veld, who led the rule of law missions to the two countries, heralded the large majority in the committee expressing “severe criticism” of the Maltese and Slovakian government for the insufficient action being taken against corruption and crime, and for not finding who ordered the killings of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak. The resolution will be voted on in plenary next month. The civil liberties committee called on a full and independent public inquiry into the murder and into the response by the public authorities to it. 'Hate speech and disparagement' According to the resolution, the Maltese authorities have not yet sought to obtain data stored on Ms Caruana Galizia’s laptops and hard drives from the German federal police. The data was handed over by representatives of the Caruana Galizia family. The resolution raises concerns about the “hate speech and disparagement” of the memory of Ms Caruana...

French comedy film

Guillaume Canet, 43, is told by a young co-star that he’s no longer rock ’n’ roll and cannot sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong and gets help from his girlfriend, Marion Cotillard. The film, in French, with English subtitles, will be s
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French comedy film

Guillaume Canet, 43, is told by a young co-star that he’s no longer rock ’n’ roll and cannot sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong and gets help from his girlfriend, Marion Cotillard. The film, in French, with English subtitles, will be shown tomorrow at 7.30pm at the Spazju Kreattiv cinema. Entry is free, but booking is required. This screening is a collaboration between the Alliance Française de Malte Mediterranée and Spazju Kreattiv with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.

Watch: Djokovic and Biles win Laureus sports people of year awards

Novak Djokovic's stupendous comeback from injury last year which saw him win two Grand Slam titles earned him the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award on Monday at a lavish ceremony. Sports journalists from around the world formed part of the judiciary panel a
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Watch: Djokovic and Biles win Laureus sports people of year awards

Novak Djokovic's stupendous comeback from injury last year which saw him win two Grand Slam titles earned him the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award on Monday at a lavish ceremony. Sports journalists from around the world formed part of the judiciary panel and the Times of Malta Sports Desk also cast their vote in these prestigious awards.The 31-year-old Serbian - who added the Australian Open in January to the Wimbledon and US Open crowns he won in 2018 after coming back from elbow surgery - won the award for a fourth time beating the likes of France's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and NBA superstar LeBron James.Iconic American gymnast Simone Biles won Sportswoman of the Year for a second time on the back of the 21-year-old's historic achievement last year in adding a fourth all-around world championship to her full to bursting medals cabinet.Djokovic was delighted with his award - voted on by the 68 members of the Laureus Academy which includes sporting legends such as nine-time singles Grand Slam champion Monica Seles and Britain's six-time Olympic track cycling gold medalist Chris Hoy. "Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and...

'Pregnant' cat burglar smuggled kittens through Taiwan airport

An alleged cat burglar from Hong Kong reportedly smuggled two stolen Persian kittens through Taiwan's biggest airport by hiding them under her clothes and pretending to be pregnant, local media said Tuesday. The brazen theft prompted authorities at Taoyuan ai
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'Pregnant' cat burglar smuggled kittens through Taiwan airport

An alleged cat burglar from Hong Kong reportedly smuggled two stolen Persian kittens through Taiwan's biggest airport by hiding them under her clothes and pretending to be pregnant, local media said Tuesday. The brazen theft prompted authorities at Taoyuan airport to launch an investigation into how the woman was able to breeze through security without her feline contraband being spotted, Apple Daily reported. The Taiwanese tabloid said police obtained footage from the airport showing the woman, carrying a white bag, leaving a public washroom more plump than when she entered before passing through security. Cat breeder Chang Chin-yi told AFP she noticed two kittens -- Anngi and Da Lili -- had been stolen on February 5.  «It was during feeding time, I went in... with bowls of meat and that's when I saw that the cats were missing,» she said inside her apartment in an upmarket suburb of New Taipei City where she has some 40 Persian cats that sell for as much as $3,300 each.  Chang immediately suspected a Hong Kong woman who planned to buy Anngi and had stayed at her house the month before. Chang changed her mind on the purchase fearing the woman already had too many cats. "(She)...

Watch: Drugs, walls and maps in Mexico (ARTE)

Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a difficult job: His northern neighbour is planning on building a wall along the frontier whilst drug cartels and corruption do untold damage internally. Focus on a country under pressure.
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Watch: Drugs, walls and maps in Mexico (ARTE)

Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a difficult job: His northern neighbour is planning on building a wall along the frontier whilst drug cartels and corruption do untold damage internally. Focus on a country under pressure.

Get artsy with carnival masks

A mask-making workshop for kids aged six to 12 will be held on Saturday at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum in Mdina. The carnival workshop, ideal for artsy children, starts at 10.30am. Pre-booking is essential. To secure a place, e-mailbookings@palazzof
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Get artsy with carnival masks

A mask-making workshop for kids aged six to 12 will be held on Saturday at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum in Mdina. The carnival workshop, ideal for artsy children, starts at 10.30am. Pre-booking is essential. To secure a place, e-mailbookings@palazzofalson.com or call 2145 1021. A €15 donation per child will include all materials for the workshop.

First international e-mobility summit to be held in Malta

Malta will be hosting the first international e-mobility summit on March 8 at the Inter­Continental Arena in St Julian’s. The summit will bring to­gether key international industry players, electric vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and citizens together w
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First international e-mobility summit to be held in Malta

Malta will be hosting the first international e-mobility summit on March 8 at the Inter­Continental Arena in St Julian’s. The summit will bring to­gether key international industry players, electric vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and citizens together with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and MEP Miriam Dalli who was instrumental in securing a consensus across the EU to introduce stricter emissions standards in the EU by 2030. The European Parliament’s historic vote in October 2018 will lead to a 45 per cent cut in CO2 emissions in Europe by 2030. This will lead to improvements in the quality of the environment, expenditure on research and development and the crea­tion of new jobs. The revolution that is being brought about by e-mobility is undeniable. The International Energy Agency expects the number of electric cars on the road to increase from two million in 2016 to 70 million in 2025. The 2019 e-mobility summit will provide a platform for EU policy makers and stakeholders to discuss the key challenges preventing some consumers from understanding the benefits of driving an electric vehicle. The summit will also present the latest technologies and how the e-mobility sector is...

Rights group slams 'inhuman' treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the «inhuman and degrading treatment» of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police. «Foreign nationals deprived of their liberty by t
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Rights group slams 'inhuman' treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the «inhuman and degrading treatment» of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police. «Foreign nationals deprived of their liberty by the Greek authorities must be treated humanely and with dignity,» the Council's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) said. The committee published the report after visiting the country - which has been at the frontline of the migration crisis in Europe - over 10 days in April 2018. «Conditions of detention were found to be grossly sub-standard in some of the police and border guard stations visited,» it said. At one centre in the Evros region in the northeast on the Turkish border, families, children, pregnant women and single men were held together for weeks and sometimes months in a centre that offered just one square metre of living space per person. It said such conditions «can easily be considered as amounting to inhuman and degrading treatment.» The committee also said it received «credible allegations of police ill-treatment (slaps, punches, kicks, baton blows and verbal abuse) from foreign nationals held» in the Evros...

Gory spirit festival lights up Cambodian capital

Spirit mediums in headdresses and lurid make-up, their cheeks pierced by needles and tongues cut by knives, led a striking procession Tuesday through the Cambodian capital to mark the end of Chinese New Year. Hundreds of people poured through an alley for th
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Gory spirit festival lights up Cambodian capital

Spirit mediums in headdresses and lurid make-up, their cheeks pierced by needles and tongues cut by knives, led a striking procession Tuesday through the Cambodian capital to mark the end of Chinese New Year. Hundreds of people poured through an alley for the colourful annual festival, known as the Hei Neak Ta, or the spirit parade. The procession mixes Chinese ritual and local folk traditions in a country where beliefs in the spirit world run deep.  Believers invite spirit-possessed mediums into their shops and homes to bless them with good luck or to banish illness or bad fortune. The mediums forced needles and spears through their cheeks and cut their tongues, using their blood to write mystical diagrams known as yantras on paper slips before distributing them to the crowd. «It is a ceremony to invite spirits to bless people so they could make more money from their business, have prosperity and live with happiness,» medium Pov Pheakna told AFP, taking a break from the raucous proceedings.  «This is a superstition. Some people believe in it, some people don't... I believe in this ceremony.» As did many of the festival-goers crammed into the tight alley. "I believe this...

EU to control emissions from trucks, eventually

Provisional agreement has been reached between the EU's institutions for a Regulation setting, for the first time, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks. But it will not happen any time soon. The rule will apply only to new trucks, from 2030. Tuesday's dec
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EU to control emissions from trucks, eventually

Provisional agreement has been reached between the EU's institutions for a Regulation setting, for the first time, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks. But it will not happen any time soon. The rule will apply only to new trucks, from 2030. Tuesday's decision follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. As part of the sets of legislative proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission, it is a further stepping stone for modernising the European mobility sector and preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century, the European Commission said. In terms of Tuesday's agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30% lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions.  Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “With the first-ever EU emission standards for trucks agreed, we are completing the legal framework to reach the European target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. The European Parliament and Council have reached an ambitious and balanced agreement. The new targets and incentives will help...

Cuba eyes Qatar, Algeria for oil with Venezuela in crisis

With top ally Venezuela in crisis, Cuba is moving to cover its oil needs elsewhere, seeking possible alternative supplies in Qatar and Algeria, officials said Monday. Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca was in Qatar on Sunday, and headed to Algeria Monda
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Cuba eyes Qatar, Algeria for oil with Venezuela in crisis

With top ally Venezuela in crisis, Cuba is moving to cover its oil needs elsewhere, seeking possible alternative supplies in Qatar and Algeria, officials said Monday. Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca was in Qatar on Sunday, and headed to Algeria Monday, the foreign ministry said. In Doha, Malmierca met with prime minister and interior minister, Abdullah bin Nasser Khalifa al Thani, as well as with finance and other authorities. Cuba is socialist Venezuela's closest international ally. Since the 2000s, Venezuela has provided oil and economic support to the Americas' only Communist regime, while Havana has sent Caracas thousands of doctors, sports coaches and military advisers. Many experts say there are Cuban advisers in the highest levels of the Venezuelan army. With Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro facing a serious crisis, «there is real concern (in Cuba) about the loss of earnings,» a diplomat recently told AFP after meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. The loss of Venezuelan oil would weaken a Cuban economy that is already performing poorly, with annual growth of only about 1 per cent and shortages of food. With a 40 per cent drop in Venezuelan oil...

Corpse found in St Paul's Bay residence

Updated 9.30pm The corpse of a woman has been found in a residence in St Paul's Bay by the police. Sources said that the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition but that the woman was a 69-year-old Briton living in Malta. No other information has been
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Corpse found in St Paul's Bay residence

Updated 9.30pm The corpse of a woman has been found in a residence in St Paul's Bay by the police. Sources said that the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition but that the woman was a 69-year-old Briton living in Malta. No other information has been confirmed at the moment, although other media are reporting that the woman's widower had been keeping the body there since she passed a few months ago, because he did not want to be parted from her.  

Watch: Izzo wary of Germany's fast transitions

Malta coach Karl Izzo is hopeful the national team will be able to contain Germany's transitional play when the two countries go head to head in a World League match at the National Pool on Tuesday (start: 5pm). Malta is still in search of its first point in
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Watch: Izzo wary of Germany's fast transitions

Malta coach Karl Izzo is hopeful the national team will be able to contain Germany's transitional play when the two countries go head to head in a World League match at the National Pool on Tuesday (start: 5pm). Malta is still in search of its first point in the continental qualifiers of the prestigious tournament but Izzo is confident his team will be able to give a good run for their money to the superior Germans. «We are expecting a very difficult match against a quality German side who have proven in the last years to be one of the best emerging European countries,» Izzo said. «However, looking back at our away match in Germany late last year we have cause for encouragement as in the opening stages of the match the team produced one its best performances in the competition. »In my opinion it will be important that we are not too exposed with their fast breaks as they can make a lot of damage to us. If we manage to contain them we surely are capable of giving them a good challenge." For Tuesday's match, Izzo is boosted by the return of two key players, namely Matthew Zammit and Dino Zammit.

Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when he was 30, forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the Western Cap
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Tiny S.Africa beach restaurant crowned best in world

A tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on Monday. Chef Kobus van der Merwe, who only learned to cook when he was 30, forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the Western Cape near his Wolfgat restaurant, where he also makes his own bread and butter. The Wolfgat just opened last year in a 130-year-old cottage and cave on the beach at Paternoster. It's seven-course tasting menu costs the equivalent of €53, a fraction of what you are likely to pay at a top Paris table. But its humble setting, and Van der Merwe's belief in sustainable, back-to-basics cooking won over the judges of the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in the French capital. The 38-year-old can only feed 20 people at a sitting, which usually lasts two and half hours. With dishes such as twice-cooked laver (seaweed), angelfish with bokkom sambal and wild garlic masala, limpets, mussels and sea vegetables harvested within sight of its «stoep» (porch), it also won the prize for best «Off-Map Destination». Bearded Van der Merwe - a former food blogger - said apart from the influence of the subtle spices of local Cape Malay cooking, his...

Sarri on the brink as Pogba fires United into FA Cup last eight

Paul Pogba drove Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals and pushed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri closer to the sack as the troubled holders crashed to a 2-0 defeat on Monday. Pogba set up United's opening goal for Ander Herrera with a majestic cros
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Sarri on the brink as Pogba fires United into FA Cup last eight

Paul Pogba drove Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals and pushed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri closer to the sack as the troubled holders crashed to a 2-0 defeat on Monday. Pogba set up United's opening goal for Ander Herrera with a majestic cross and the France star added the second himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side produced a commanding display at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's lacklustre fifth round exit -- their first FA Cup defeat since the 2017 final -- was another painful blow for Sarri, who is facing a fight to save his job following a dismal debut season. Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat for 28 years when they were thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City earlier this month, an indignity that came just weeks after a humiliating 4-0 loss at Bournemouth. Amid claims Sarri has lost the support of his players, the former Napoli boss watched ashen-faced as Chelsea collapsed again for a fifth defeat in their last 10 games. Sarri was subjected to chants of «you don't know what you're doing» and «you're getting sacked in the morning» from frustrated Chelsea fans, who called for their former star Frank Lampard, now in charge of Derby, to replace the Italian. It was...

‘Church needs a paradigm shift’ in order to reverse dropping attendance

Fr Joe Inguanez, director of the Church research institute Discern, speaks to Mark Wood in the aftermath of its latest census on church attendance, which shows a continuing downward trend. The Sunday Mass census painted a picture of falling attendance stretch
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‘Church needs a paradigm shift’ in order to reverse dropping attendance

Fr Joe Inguanez, director of the Church research institute Discern, speaks to Mark Wood in the aftermath of its latest census on church attendance, which shows a continuing downward trend. The Sunday Mass census painted a picture of falling attendance stretching into the future. In your introduction to the publication, you speak of the need for the Church to act immediately and not blame “the world”. What sort of action do you think the Church needs to take straightaway? There is no single action which can solve this problem. However, if I were to choose one solution, I think what we need is to change. What the Maltese Church needs is a paradigm shift in its pastoral ministry. However, change always meets resistance. Both individuals and institutions suffer from the law of inertia. There is an urgent need to start a number of processes of re-evangelisation, and in certain cases evangelisation. It is clear from the Gospel that evangelisation took place in a time of religious crisis. This first evangelisation was ushered by a man living in poverty, John the Baptist, who summoned his generation to a ‘metanoia’. This means no less than ‘a change of mind’. This is what repentance...

Trump calls discussions about removing him «treasonous»

US President Donald Trump said Monday a top Justice official's reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an «illegal and treasonous» push against him. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised
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Trump calls discussions about removing him «treasonous»

US President Donald Trump said Monday a top Justice official's reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an «illegal and treasonous» push against him. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised the possibility of removing the president in 2017 after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, according to Andrew McCabe, who replaced Comey as the bureau's acting director. McCabe and Rosenstein «look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught.....,» Trump said in a series of tweets. «This was the illegal and treasonous 'insurance policy' in full action!» Trump has often attacked the federal investigations into his campaign's links to Russia as a «witch hunt» aimed at sabotaging his presidency. The «insurance policy» he cited refers to an ambiguous text message a top FBI investigator sent to his lover in August 2016 that alludes to their concerns about then candidate Trump, which the president often points to as evidence of a «deep state» conspiracy against him.  «I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I'm afraid we can’t take that risk,»...

Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

The evidence against chemical pesticides is mounting. An estimated 7m people are at risk from exposure to pesticides globally, while a million a year suffer or die from pesticide associated diseases. And that says nothing of the damage they are thought to be
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Virus-infested fungus could help cut chemical pesticides

The evidence against chemical pesticides is mounting. An estimated 7m people are at risk from exposure to pesticides globally, while a million a year suffer or die from pesticide associated diseases. And that says nothing of the damage they are thought to be doing to other wildlife. Yet when humanity needs to produce approximately two billion tonnes of crops every year to feed itself and the population is still increasing, it’s difficult to see how we can grow the necessary food without pesticides. But there is another way to kill insects that destroy crops without hurting humans or other wildlife. It involves harnessing more natural means in the form of microorganisms. This kind of biological control has typically not been found to be as successful as chemical approaches. However, our recent research suggests that teaming up insect-killing fungi with “friendly” viruses could help develop next-generation insecticides that are both environmentally friendly and highly efficient. Fungal-based insecticides contain insect-killing fungi. When they come into contact with an insect, they use pressure and enzymes to force their way into its body. Then the fungus uses the nutrients of the...

NGO watchdog crippled by staff shortage flagged two years ago

The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations has warned that his Office is unable to fulfil its duties due to an acute staff shortage, a “crisis” which has not been addressed despite having been flagged by his predecessor in 2017. “Authorities seem to b
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NGO watchdog crippled by staff shortage flagged two years ago

The Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations has warned that his Office is unable to fulfil its duties due to an acute staff shortage, a “crisis” which has not been addressed despite having been flagged by his predecessor in 2017. “Authorities seem to be totally unconcerned with the need to abide by the [Voluntary Organisations] Act and getting approval for even three additional staff is an unsurmountable obstacle incapacitating the workings of the Office and the need to carry out the necessary investigations as requested and required by Moneyval and the Auditor General,” Anthony Abela Medici lamented. Dr Abela Medici sounded the alarm bells in his 2018 annual report, in which he gave an overview of his first few months in office,  after succeeding Prof. Kenneth Wain in May last year. He remarked that last year brought about new responsibilities and obligations for the Office with respect to the fight against money laundering and terrorism. Moreover, new legislation obliging all voluntary organisations to enrol with the Office meant that the administrative capacity had to be beefed up to cater for the added workload.  In view of this, the NGO watchdog required lawyers,...

BMIT share price surges 12% on debut

The MSE Equity Price Index climbed 1.21% to a four-month high of 4,543.662 points as various equities trended higher while only MPC finished in negative territory. Much of Monday's attention was centred around BMIT as the equity started trading following the
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BMIT share price surges 12% on debut

The MSE Equity Price Index climbed 1.21% to a four-month high of 4,543.662 points as various equities trended higher while only MPC finished in negative territory. Much of Monday's attention was centred around BMIT as the equity started trading following the listing of the company’s shares on the MSE Official List last Friday. BMIT Technologies plc rose 12.2% to the €0.55 level from its IPO price of €0.49 on high volumes totalling 3.56 million shares having a market value of €1.97 million. BMIT is 51% owned by GO plc and specialises in the provision of data centre, cloud and managed IT services, offering an extensive range of services and solutions to a wide range of business customers. Positive sentiment towards GO plc lifted the equity to yet another multi-year high of €4.40 (+0.9%) on a total of 6,846 shares. The company is due to publish its 2018 full-year financial results on March 8. Ahead of publication of the 2018 full-year results on Tuesday, HSBC Bank Malta plc advanced by 1.8% to regain the €1.74 level, albeit on just 1,085 shares. International Hotel Investments plc added 5.4% to the €0.68 level (the highest in almost eight months) on volumes of 42,780 shares and RS2...

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