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Tipping the scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

Indonesian authorities on Monday launched an investigation after a police force chief admitted an officer wrapped a live snake around a terrified suspect in a bid to force a confession. Shocking viral footage emerged online showing an alleged pickpocket - han

Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

It has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word «Columbine» into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and sch
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Colorado marks 20 years since the Columbine high school massacre

It has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word «Columbine» into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and school violence. As people on Saturday prepared to mark the anniversary of the massacre in Littleton, Colorado -- in which teenaged shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 Columbine High School students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves -- there were words of grief and loss and anger. The events of that fateful day planted a jarring and lasting sense of vulnerability in Americans' minds. School shootings, once almost unheard of, have become a tragic feature of American life -- requiring all schools to tighten security, forcing even six-year-olds to take part in traumatic «live-shooter» drills. Places that had always seemed the safest -- schools, libraries, even churches and synagogues -- no longer seem so. A rededication  But as folks in Littleton prepared for an official memorial service Saturday, there were also words of hope and signs of a rededication to making things better. Saturday was the third annual...

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo '1,000 per cent' committed to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo said he was «1,000 percent committed to staying» with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just one more point for a 35t
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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo '1,000 per cent' committed to Juve

Cristiano Ronaldo said he was «1,000 percent committed to staying» with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday. Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just one more point for a 35th Scudetto and their latest title triumph helped ease some of the pain of their shock Champions League exit at the Juventus Stadium to Ajax on Tuesday. And a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina was enough to give them a 20-point lead on nearest rivals Napoli with five games to play. Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after less than six minutes. But Alex Sandro's diving header on 37 minutes and an own goal from Fiorentina defender German Pezzella after a Ronaldo cross in the 53rd minute sealed another title to ease their European disappointment. «It was a great season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is not easy to achieve,» said Ronaldo. «It didn't go well in the Champions League but next year it will be better. »I'm staying at Juve, 1,000 percent." It was the 34-year-old's sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real...

Tenpin bowler Xuereb takes silver in European Youth Championships

Sara Xuereb won a silver medal at the European Youth Championships which are currently being held in Vienna, Austria. This is the best result achieved by Xuereb in these championships as she had also stepped on the podium at this level when returning home wit
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Tenpin bowler Xuereb takes silver in European Youth Championships

Sara Xuereb won a silver medal at the European Youth Championships which are currently being held in Vienna, Austria. This is the best result achieved by Xuereb in these championships as she had also stepped on the podium at this level when returning home with a bronze medal. After winning her squad with a brilliant 208 average, Xuereb went on to place third  overall amongst 65 players. In the semi final she disposed of German bowler Nele Niehusenand with ease, and went on to face the overall leader, Victoria Kashirskaya from Russia, in the final. The match developed into a pulsating neck and neck game, which was finally decided in the last frame where Xuereb unfortunately left a split that allowed the Russian bowler to win. Xuereb now goes on to bowl the Masters on Easter Sunday.

More than 100 arrests in France as 'yellow vest' protests continue

French police said they arrested more than 100 «yellow vest» demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protestors taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches. AFP journalists reported scuffles between polic
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More than 100 arrests in France as 'yellow vest' protests continue

French police said they arrested more than 100 «yellow vest» demonstrators in Paris on Saturday as clashes broke out with protestors taking to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches. AFP journalists reported scuffles between police and protesters in the afternoon, after hours of calm, as police used anti-riot grenades and tear gas to disperse marchers in the centre of the French capital. Some protesters threw bottles and other objects at police and set fire to vehicles, safety barriers and bins. Police headquarters reported 126 arrests and 11,000 checks on individual protesters. Paris seemed to bear the brunt of the protests but demonstrations also took place in other French cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse. «We want to live with dignity,» said retired fisherman Joel Blayon at a protest just north of Paris. Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations but which opponents say violate civil liberties. One measure banned protesters from covering their faces, but France's Constitutional Council, its highest constitutional authority, refused to give the green light to...

Watch: This was a massive win for Valletta, says coach Agius

VALLETTA 1 Alba 30 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 Miguel Alba’s strike in the first half was enough for Valletta to complete the job over Tarxien Rainbows and move five points clear of Hibernians.  A Hibernians slip against Senglea Athletic tomorrow would award the de
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Watch: This was a massive win for Valletta, says coach Agius

VALLETTA 1 Alba 30 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 Miguel Alba’s strike in the first half was enough for Valletta to complete the job over Tarxien Rainbows and move five points clear of Hibernians.  A Hibernians slip against Senglea Athletic tomorrow would award the defending champions their 25th title with one game spare.  It was one way traffic from the start as Valletta controlled proceedings from the early stages of the game.  Nwoko was the first to attempt his luck when he received the ball on the edge of the area before firing a curling effort just to be denied by inches.  Moments later, Mario Fontanella pounced on a Tarxien mistake at the back but his close-range effort was blocked by goalkeeper Maverick Buhagiar.  On the 18th minute, Fontanella thought to have opened the score for Valletta but his goal was disallowed for an offside as the Citizens were piling up their pressure to forge ahead. Tarxien were blocking all passing channels, forcing the Citizens to attempt their luck from the distance. Miguel Alba saw his wonderful effort from outside the area but failed to hit the base of the net.  Yet, the Argentine midfielder was not to be denied on the half-hour mark. Joseph Zerafa cut...

Listen: More to come from Malta's tennis player Pellicano, says coach Juan Giner

Helene Pellicano soared to new heights this week as the young Maltese player has now broken into the world’s top 30 juniors in the latest list that was published this week. Pellicano, who turned 17 on Thursday, has jumped 16 places in the latest ITF Junior
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Listen: More to come from Malta's tennis player Pellicano, says coach Juan Giner

Helene Pellicano soared to new heights this week as the young Maltese player has now broken into the world’s top 30 juniors in the latest list that was published this week. Pellicano, who turned 17 on Thursday, has jumped 16 places in the latest ITF Junior rankings after reaching the final of the Grade 1 tournament held in Vrsar, Croatia last week. This result comes just a few weeks after Pellicano won the ITF Junior tournament in Vinaros. The Valencia-based player has now moved to 28th in the world junior rankings and is Malta’s highest ranked player.  “It’s a great result for Helene in Croatia but we are always looking at the bigger picture and our ultimate goal is to ensure that she continues to work hard and develop her talent,” Juan Giner, Pellicano’s coach, told the Times of Malta yesterday. “Our focus when working with a 16-year-old player is not on tournament results but to maintain her progressional progress. “At our academy we see many girls like Helene, who come with a lot of promise, but to justify their talent with results we need to work very hard and that is what we are doing with her. “She is at a very delicate age in her career where it is important to work on...

Watch: Malta U-17 waterpolo team show character in Slovakia to reach semis

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team placed second in their group at the Novaky International tournament in Slovakia after winning two of their three section matches. Karl Izzo’s team are using this tournament as part of their preparations for the upcomin
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Watch: Malta U-17 waterpolo team show character in Slovakia to reach semis

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team placed second in their group at the Novaky International tournament in Slovakia after winning two of their three section matches. Karl Izzo’s team are using this tournament as part of their preparations for the upcoming European Championship qualifying tournament which will be held in Malta later on this month. On Saturday morning, the Malta U-17 team bagged their second win in their group when they edged past Ukraine 8-7. After strolling to a 4-0 lead on the half-way mark, the Maltese had to contend with Ukraine's fightback as the former Russian Republic won the third session 6-1 to lead the match 6-4. But the Maltese refused to panic and sealed their comeback win by winning the final session 3-1. Jake Muscat was the team's leading scorer with five goals with Benji Cachia and Seb Busuttil also on the team's scoresheet. The result means that Malta will now play against Germany or Georgia in the semi-final this evening. On Friday, the Malta team opened their commitments with a 15-6 defeat to Hungary. Jake Muscat netted four goals with the other nettings coming from Benji Cachia and Seb Busuttil. The Maltese youngsters improved considerably...

Quarter of tourists book Malta trips through Airbnb

Over a quarter of those booking holidays in Malta use Airbnb-style services, dealing directly with individuals instead of hotels, official data shows. According to the European Union’s statistics office, 26 per cent of those who booked accommodation in Malt
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Quarter of tourists book Malta trips through Airbnb

Over a quarter of those booking holidays in Malta use Airbnb-style services, dealing directly with individuals instead of hotels, official data shows. According to the European Union’s statistics office, 26 per cent of those who booked accommodation in Malta last year did so via websites or mobile applications from another “private individual”, the second highest rate across Europe. The figure shot up from the previous year’s 20 per cent. Most of the individuals making the bookings in such a manner, the statistics office noted, used dedicated websites or applications but other sites or apps, including those of social networks, were also used. Among the EU member states, the country with the highest proportion of individuals arranging accommodation online through another private individual was Luxembourg (44 per cent), followed by Ireland and Malta (both 26 per cent). In contrast, the proportion was below 10 per cent in seven member states: Cyprus (three per cent), Czechia (five per cent), Latvia (seven per cent), Greece, Romania, Slovenia (all eight per cent) and Bulgaria (nine per cent). As the popularity of people providing accommodation to tourists has soared in Malta in...

Watch: Thousands take part in processions over Malta

Even though the spectacle probably prevailed over the spiritual, the Good Friday processions in many localities offered those present an occasion to follow Jesus on his path of “humiliation”, as Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday. The traditional processio
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Watch: Thousands take part in processions over Malta

Even though the spectacle probably prevailed over the spiritual, the Good Friday processions in many localities offered those present an occasion to follow Jesus on his path of “humiliation”, as Pope Francis said on Palm Sunday. The traditional processions, involving the participation of well over 1,000 people and costing thousands of euros to organise, are held in over 20 localities and are the culmination of the Holy Week activities, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Sunday tomorrow, the Catholic Church’s biggest feast. Apart from statues depicting salient episodes from the Passion of Our Lord, the processions, which date back to as early as the 16th century, also included people in period costumes and brass bands playing funeral marches. In some localities visitors could also see people donning tunics and with faces covered carrying wooded crosses or pulling heavy chains. Some even crawled on their knees.  Traditionally, they are people asking God for some special grace and thanking the Lord for having their prayers answered. After another quiet day today, the Church turns into a jubilant mood tomorrow to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord. In various...

'This will be my last election' - Alfred Sant

Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant submitted his nomination for the European elections on behalf of the Labour Party on Saturday saying this will be the last election he will be contesting. “This will be my last political campaign,” the MEP said after pres
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'This will be my last election' - Alfred Sant

Former Prime Minister Alfred Sant submitted his nomination for the European elections on behalf of the Labour Party on Saturday saying this will be the last election he will be contesting. “This will be my last political campaign,” the MEP said after presenting his nomination in Naxxar. Dr Sant said he is contesting the European elections after being convinced that everyone should be “on deck” to achieve two important targets at the European Parliament. “We must counter with truth the mudslinging campaign at the European Parliament. This campaign was supported with the active help of local political forces aimed at tarnishing Malta’s reputation in Europe and elsewhere. Secondly we will work incessantly to create a social conscience in Europe and to give our utmost to eradicate inequalities across the continent," Dr Sant said. Dr Sant served as prime minister between 1996 and 1998, where he infamously froze Malta's EU application, before losing three successive general elections, the last in 2008 with a wafer-thin majority.  Dr Sant thanked Alison Zerafa Civelli, Helena Dalli, Christian Zammit and Joe Debono Grech for endorsing his nomination. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had...

'Lost' Benfica fans story was a hoax, magazine says

The story of two Benfica supporters who supposedly drove to the wrong Frankfurt in Germany when they were trying to get to a Europa League match was revealed Friday to be a publicity stunt. A number of international media outlets, including AFP, ran the st
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'Lost' Benfica fans story was a hoax, magazine says

The story of two Benfica supporters who supposedly drove to the wrong Frankfurt in Germany when they were trying to get to a Europa League match was revealed Friday to be a publicity stunt. A number of international media outlets, including AFP, ran the story of the two men who said their car's satnav had led them to Frankfurt an der Oder, 610 kilometres from Germany's financial capital where the match between the Portuguese side and Eintracht Frankfurt was played on Thursday. French media company franceinfo revealed on Friday that the story was a hoax. The Instagram account that described the supposed journey was in the name of Alvaro Oliveira, but was in fact run by an actor, Marcelo Rodrigues. An Instagram post on Friday confirmed that the stunt was carried out by a German football magazine called 11Freunde. Benfica lost the quarter-final second leg match 2-0, meaning Frankfurt won the tie on away goals and progressed to a semi-final against English side Chelsea.

Watch: Anti-gay protester dressed up as Pete Buttigieg appears whipping 'Jesus'

Pete Buttigieg's surge in popularity seems to have angered several anti-LGBT Christian protesters with a bizarre video emerging showing a man dressed up as the Democratic Party contender whipping a man dressed up as Jesus. The video, shared by a Getty Imag
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Watch: Anti-gay protester dressed up as Pete Buttigieg appears whipping 'Jesus'

Pete Buttigieg's surge in popularity seems to have angered several anti-LGBT Christian protesters with a bizarre video emerging showing a man dressed up as the Democratic Party contender whipping a man dressed up as Jesus. The video, shared by a Getty Images producer, shows notorious anti-abortion activist Randall Terry dressed as the Indiana mayor whipping a man wearing a costume of Jesus Christ near a Marshalltown campaign stop. Another man dressed up as Satan appears to be egging him on, shouting on a loudspeaker, “Yes, more blood, Peter!” and “Every vote is a lash on the back of Christ.” It happened a day after that same protestor attempted to interrupt another event held by Mr Buttigieg, according to press reports. Conservative protesters have expressed their dismay at a gay man running for President, and at homosexuality itself. Mr Buttigieg, the son of a Maltese migrant and an American woman, has emerged as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination to take on Donald Trump in next year's election.     

Watch: Malta U-17 waterpolo team show character in Slovakia

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team experienced mixed fortunes on the opening day of the Novaky International tournament in Slovakia. Karl Izzo’s team are using this tournament as part of their preparations for the upcoming European Championship qualifyi
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Watch: Malta U-17 waterpolo team show character in Slovakia

The Malta U-17 waterpolo national team experienced mixed fortunes on the opening day of the Novaky International tournament in Slovakia. Karl Izzo’s team are using this tournament as part of their preparations for the upcoming European Championship qualifying tournament which will be held in Malta later on this month. The Malta team opened their commitments with a 15-6 defeat to Hungary. Jake Muscat netted four goals with the other nettings coming from Benji Cachia and Seb Busuttil. The Maltese youngsters improved considerably in their second match of the day after they overcome a strong Romanian side 12-11 with a last-gasp winner. Muscat was again Malta’s leading goal-getter with nine goals with Julian Farrugia, Mark Carani and Benji Cachia also on the mark. Malta coach Karl Izzo was visibly elated with his team’s showing. “I am very happy with the great team spirit the boys showed to turn the result around against Romania,” the Malta coach said. “All the boys performed excellently, especially Jake Muscat and captain Benji Cachia. The preparations for the European Junior Waterpolo Championships Qualification Tournament are going very well and we have time to improve tactically...

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday. The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with t
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Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday. The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved. Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police. When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. Police said Friday that one of the 18 people arrested in connection with her death had accused the school's principal of ordering the attack. The teacher «told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused», senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation, told AFP. Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local police station chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as «not a big deal». Iqbal said at least five of those under arrest, including three of Rafi's classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before...

Watch: Durant fired up as Warriors rout Clippers

Kevin Durant scored 38 points as the Golden State Warriors made sure they didn't blow another big lead by routing the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 in game three of their playoff series on Thursday. The Warriors ensured there was no repeat of game two, where
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Watch: Durant fired up as Warriors rout Clippers

Kevin Durant scored 38 points as the Golden State Warriors made sure they didn't blow another big lead by routing the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 in game three of their playoff series on Thursday. The Warriors ensured there was no repeat of game two, where they squandered a 31-point lead in the second half, allowing the Clippers to engineer the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history. Golden State compiled another huge lead at almost the identical part of Thursday's game by taking a 88-57 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter. Durant made sure the outcome was different this time. He finished 14-for-23 from the floor and was just five points shy of his playoff career high despite playing only 29 minutes. «He was aggressive from the start at both ends,» said Golden State coach Steve Kerr. «He attacked. He showed everybody who Kevin Durant is.» After taking just 24 shots and totaling 44 points in the first two games of the series, Durant came out blazing in game three, hitting his first six shots. «The coach made some subtle changes. Other than that everybody stuck to the game plan,» said Durant. Now down 2-1, the Clippers also will host game four in the best-of-seven set on...

Milan fined 86,000 euros for Kessie, Bakayoko shirt prank

Milan and the Serie A club's players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie have been fined a total of 86,000 euros for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi's shirt like a trophy after Saturday's 1-0 win over their Champions League rivals, according to Ital
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Milan fined 86,000 euros for Kessie, Bakayoko shirt prank

Milan and the Serie A club's players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie have been fined a total of 86,000 euros for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi's shirt like a trophy after Saturday's 1-0 win over their Champions League rivals, according to Italian media. Milan agreed with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on a payment of 86,000 euros -- 33,000 euros per player and 20,000 euros for the club, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia reported. The fine was cut by a third as Milan agreed to pay it immediately. Acerbi had angered the Milan pair when he said there was «no comparison» between the teams before the game. He said swapped his shirt with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko «to put an end to the issue» but was furious when they held it aloft on front of Milan's fans afterwards. Both apologised with the Ivorian Kessie, whose penalty sealed the win, insisting it was «just a joke, nothing more». The match finished with scuffles on the pitch, with the two teams to meet again in the Coppa Italia semi-final on April 24 in the San Siro. «A lot is being said about this incident, we got it wrong and have apologised. We can't do any more than this,» Milan coach...

Juventus v Torino derby moved from 70th anniversary of Superga tragedy

Next month's Turin derby between city rivals Juventus and Torino has been rescheduled to avoid overshadowing the 70th anniversary of the Superga air disaster, the Lega Serie A announced on Friday. The match will now take place in Juventus Stadium on Friday, M
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Juventus v Torino derby moved from 70th anniversary of Superga tragedy

Next month's Turin derby between city rivals Juventus and Torino has been rescheduled to avoid overshadowing the 70th anniversary of the Superga air disaster, the Lega Serie A announced on Friday. The match will now take place in Juventus Stadium on Friday, May 3 at 1830GMT instead of Saturday, May 4 at 1300GMT. On May 4, 1949, 18 players of the Torino football club, among the best in the world at the time, were killed along with 13 other people when their plane crashed into the Basilica of Superga, near Turin. It was the first such tragedy to strike the world of football. The 'Grande Torino' team had won five of their seven Serie A titles in the 1940s but struggled for decades after the tragedy. The match was moved because of strong pressure from Torino and the club's fans. Juventus are top of Serie A and poised to seal an eighth consecutive Scudetto, with Torino in eighth position with six games to play.

Watch: 150 years of the Good Friday procession in Mosta

Several Good Friday processions were held in towns and villages across Malta and Gozo. Many people watched and took photos with others joining in the prayers as participants in Biblical costumes, brass bands and others carried statues representing the variou
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Watch: 150 years of the Good Friday procession in Mosta

Several Good Friday processions were held in towns and villages across Malta and Gozo. Many people watched and took photos with others joining in the prayers as participants in Biblical costumes, brass bands and others carried statues representing the various stages of the passion of Christ made their way past the crowds. Videographer Mark Zammit Cordina filmed the procession in Mosta, which has been taking place for 150 years. This was the first year, however, that women in Biblical costumes took part in this locality’s solemn celebration.

Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We called it “adv
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Power of persuasion goes way beyond mere advertising

There was a time when persuasion was easy to recognise. It was the stuff on billboards and flyers or between the articles in newspapers and magazines. It interrupted TV and radio programmes and it was obviously trying to sell us something. We called it “advertising”. Today’s consumers are no longer simply on the receiving end of advertising through mass media channels. The billions of us who use Facebook, Instagram and the like every day, have become a key part of the process of persuasion itself. Through these social media channels we present highly edited, stylised versions of our lifestyles and are able to trade ideas and information in an instant. This activity places us not at the end of one of the linear processes of marketing, but at the very heart of our own unique world of communication, content and commerce. Almost every activity we engage in now involves some form of commercial exchange.  It was only during the 1980s that researchers began taking an interest in consumption outside the narrow parameters laid down by pure economics. And they were quick to recognise that the influence of persuasion had extended well beyond simply encouraging people to buy goods that they...

Ronaldo committed to Juve, says Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday. Allegri's injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to
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Ronaldo committed to Juve, says Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to Juventus next season despite his bitter disappointment at the Italian giants Champions League flop, coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday. Allegri's injury-hit side host Fiorentina on Saturday needing just a point to lift their eighth straight Serie A title, days after a shock home 2-1 defeat to the Dutch side that saw them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate. «Cristiano is the future of Juventus. He has done very well this year and will do so next season, of course he is disappointed like all of us but he's calm about it,» said Allegri. «Cristiano has had an extraordinary season and will play tomorrow.» Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo had been bidding for a sixth Champions League title to add to his four won with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United. The 34-year-old joined Juventus from Real last summer in a 100 million-euro ($117 million) deal which runs until 2022, with a reported annual salary of 31 million euros. He scored six of his teams' 14 Champions League goals this season and has 19 so far in Serie A, four behind leading scorer Fabio Quagliarella. "Ronaldo's arrival did not give us any certainty of winning the Champions...

No cooking at €4m state-of-the-art kitchen at St Vincent de Paul

A new €4 million state-of-the-art kitchen inaugurated almost a year ago at St Vincent De Paul Residence has never been used to prepare meals for residents and staff, Times of Malta is informed. Instead, food is being supplied by contractor James Caterers,
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No cooking at €4m state-of-the-art kitchen at St Vincent de Paul

A new €4 million state-of-the-art kitchen inaugurated almost a year ago at St Vincent De Paul Residence has never been used to prepare meals for residents and staff, Times of Malta is informed. Instead, food is being supplied by contractor James Caterers, cooked at the company’s facilities in Fgura and Bulebel and then transported every morning to the government elderly people’s home in Luqa. The meals are then stored inside the new kitchen and distributed during the day, catering industry sources said. “The new kitchen is only being used as a storage facility by the contractor and also for the washing of trolleys and other related equipment before they are sent back to the private caterer to be re-used in the following days,” senior officials at the Luqa complex told the newspaper, insisting on anonymity. The new kitchen was “sheer waste of money” and justifiably raised suspicion that the project was really meant to serve another purpose other than cooking food, they added. When approached, Vincent de Paul Residence CEO Josianne Cutajar admitted that “some of the food preparation and processing is being done in offsite facilities”. However, she insisted some of the food “is...

Archbishop leading Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is on Friday leading the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta. In the chanting of the 'Reproaches', the reading of the Passion, and the receiving the pre-consecrated Host, Catholics unite and contemp
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Archbishop leading Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Archbishop Charles Scicluna is on Friday leading the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St John’s CoCathedral in Valletta. In the chanting of the 'Reproaches', the reading of the Passion, and the receiving the pre-consecrated Host, Catholics unite and contemplate on death to sin in the Death of the Lord. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day, a legal holiday around much of the world. Follow the proceedings above.

Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

A four-year-old bid to jail members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder, billed as one of the most important trials in modern Greek history, could be nearing its conclusion. With a log of some 350 witnesses, more than 100 lawyers on both
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Endgame in 'historic' 4-year Greek neo-Nazi party trial

A four-year-old bid to jail members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of murder, billed as one of the most important trials in modern Greek history, could be nearing its conclusion. With a log of some 350 witnesses, more than 100 lawyers on both sides and a case file 1.5 terabytes in size, the «historic» trial that began on April 20, 2015, could credibly be completed by the end of the year, says prosecution lawyer Chryssa Papadopoulou. «For the first time since the Nuremberg Trials, a political party stands accused of operating as a criminal organisation, with its members committing acts of violence,» Papadopoulou told AFP at the Athens court of appeals where the trial is taking place. With local and European elections upcoming in May, and national elections expected in October, the verdict will have heavy political implications -- Golden Dawn is the fourth largest party in parliament with an electorate of more than 300,000. Party founder and leader Nikos Michaloliakos, a 61-year-old mathematician and Holocaust denier, and another 68 defendants face sentences of five to 20 years in prison. Their main charge is participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to...

No hiding place for out-of-form United stars: Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his under-achieving Manchester United players there is no “hiding place” for them and they are playing for their futures at the club. The United manager, whose side exited the Champions League this week in limp fashion agai
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No hiding place for out-of-form United stars: Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his under-achieving Manchester United players there is no “hiding place” for them and they are playing for their futures at the club. The United manager, whose side exited the Champions League this week in limp fashion against Barcelona, said he is looking to the likes of Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba to rediscover their best form as they battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. United face three crucial league games with Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea that will have a huge say on whether they finish in the top four. But with big name stars such as Martial and Pogba desperately struggling for form in a run that has seen United lose five of their last seven league and cup games, the United manager has laid out demands to his players. “I’ve learnt a lot about them over the months I’ve been here now and you get to know them,” said Solskjaer.  “Most of them have really impressed me in their attitude and, of course, there are some who need to get a reality check of where they’re at. “Every day in training, every game when you’re playing there’s no hiding place and everyone can see what your level’s at we’re working with fantastic...

Maltese professor had link to Russian troll factory

Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud's «various Russian contacts» included a one-time employee of a Russian troll factory which ran social media campaigns designed to sow discord in the US, the Mueller report found.  The report, which looked into clai
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Maltese professor had link to Russian troll factory

Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud's «various Russian contacts» included a one-time employee of a Russian troll factory which ran social media campaigns designed to sow discord in the US, the Mueller report found.  The report, which looked into claims of Russian interference in the US election, established that one of Prof. Mifsud's Russian contacts in London had worked for the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian agency identified as carrying out the Russian interference operations identified by the investigation. The report describes the IRA as running a social media campaign designed to provoke and amplify political and social discord in the United States.  It was based in St Petersburg and and received funding from Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin and companies he controlled, the report found.  Mr Prigozhin is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, investigators added.  IRA's 'information warfare' The IRA used social media accounts and interest groups to sow discord in the US political system through what it termed «information warfare.» The campaign evolved from a generalised programme designed in 2014 and 2015 to undermine the US electoral...

13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains.
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13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 13 people and injuring at least 16, officials said Friday. The accident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Dlangubo, north of Durban, after heavy rains. «The roof of the building collapsed because of heavy rains last night ... at this point we have a total of 13 fatalities,» said Lennox Mabaso, spokesman for the provincial traditional affairs department. «Such a tragedy. 13 fatalities 16 people treated by paramedics,» tweeted Robert McKenzie, spokesman for Kwa-Zulu Natal province's emergency services.

LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.  «Avocados, avocados from Michoacan,» one man shouts with his foot on top of a box filled with the fruit. «Agua fresca!» «Tacos!» c
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LA street vending legalisation offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.  «Avocados, avocados from Michoacan,» one man shouts with his foot on top of a box filled with the fruit. «Agua fresca!» «Tacos!» call out others. Shaded from the burning Californian sun by awnings and rainbow-colored umbrellas, customers advance slowly along a sidewalk crammed with stalls that burst into life every morning before being packed up and stashed away at night. Some 50,000 street vendors, the majority of whom are women, are estimated to work in Los Angeles.  The sector, which has roots that stretch back more than a century, is estimated to be worth some $500 million a year and is today a vital lifeline for the undocumented workers who have made the city their home. But despite being found across this vast metropolis, it is a form of work that long remained illegal. Vendors were at the mercy of police who had the power to seize their goods, fine and even arrest them. That changed on January 1 when the Safe Vending Act went into effect in California, decriminalising the activity and leaving to municipalities the power to establish permits, sanitation and security issues. The move...

Listen: Maltese people always reserve me warm welcome, says Cordina

Next Saturday will be fight night for Welsh boxer Joe Cordina as he will challenge Andy Townend for the vacant British Lightweight title at the O2 Arena, in London. Cordina, 27, will be making his first appearance on the ring since August 4, when he defeate
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Listen: Maltese people always reserve me warm welcome, says Cordina

Next Saturday will be fight night for Welsh boxer Joe Cordina as he will challenge Andy Townend for the vacant British Lightweight title at the O2 Arena, in London. Cordina, 27, will be making his first appearance on the ring since August 4, when he defeated Sean Dodd to claim the Commonwealth Lightweight title.  He is currently undefeated in his professional boxing career with eight wins from eight bouts, including six KOs.  The Times of Malta sports desk joined Cordina for a conversation about his upcoming fight which has the potential to set him up for bigger fights in the near future.  Moreover, Cordina also spoke about his Maltese heritage which shoulders more responsibility on him as it represents a part of his family.  In addition, in this audio Cordina also discussed:  Take us through your preparation: «I could not have asked for a better preparation and I am looking forward to face such a strong opponent. Looking beyond the British title: »Winning the British title would be great but I need to step up for bigger stages...fighting for the world title«. What does representing your Maltese heritage mean to you: »It is a weight on my shoulders but it is a good feeling for...

Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a «seastead» home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of «freedom&r
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Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a «seastead» home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of «freedom». Chad Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend Supranee Thepdet, known as «Bitcoin Girl Thailand», are facing charges of threatening the kingdom's independence after authorities found their ocean-based home about 12 nautical miles from shore. But Elwartowski told AFP their home was 13 nautical miles out, which he said is just outside Thailand's territorial waters. An official complaint was filed to a Phuket police station, police colonel Nikorn Somsuk confirmed Wednesday.  «The navy and its team... found a concrete tank floating on the sea but there was no one on it,» Nikorn told AFP. «So they filed a charge citing criminal code article 119.» If they are officially charged and found guilty, the maximum sentence Elwartowski and Supranee could face is the death penalty. Nikorn said the navy would have to meet with provincial officials «to consider what to do next». The Royal Thai Navy said on Facebook the couple "did not seek permission from...

Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord By
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Athens installs first Alexander the Great statue - after 27-year delay

Athens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades. The 3,50-metre equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord Byron. According to the city of Athens, it was completed in 1972 and acquired by the state in 1992, at a time of intense nationalist feeling over a bitter name dispute with the newly-independent former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis insisted Friday the move had «nothing» to do with the Macedonia dispute. «The decision to erect the statue was taken in 2015. This is a mark of the delays of Greek bureaucracy,» Kaminis told AFP. The fourth-century BC warrior king, born in today's northern Greek region of Macedonia, is a hero figure to Greeks. For decades, Athens accused Skopje of seeking to usurp its ancient heritage. Until now, there had also been no agreement in Athens on where to place the statue. A decade ago, a nationalist government in Skopje launched an initiative to erect its own statues to Alexander and his father Philip. In February, the former Yugoslav republic was officially renamed North...

New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.  Alfred Keating, 59, was New Zealand's top defence official when a hidden camera was f
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New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.  Alfred Keating, 59, was New Zealand's top defence official when a hidden camera was found in the embassy bathroom in July 2017.  He had denied a charge of attempting to make an intimate visual recording but a High Court jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at the end of a two-week trial, local media reported. A small camera mounted inside a heating duct in the bathroom was discovered when the panel it was attached to fell to the floor. The court was told the camera's media card had traces of Keating's DNA, and it had also at one time been connected to his laptop. Prosecutor Henry Steele said Keating's motivation was to covertly film his colleagues using the toilet and «was not an act of espionage.» Judge Robert Ronayne told the jury their task was to decide whether the totality of the evidence meant they could be sure it was Keating or someone else who planted the device.  Keating, who appeared emotionless in the dock as the verdict was read out, will be sentenced on June 25 and faces up to 18 months in...

Chelsea fight off Slavia to join Arsenal in Europa League semis

Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy. Leading 1-0 from last week's fi
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Chelsea fight off Slavia to join Arsenal in Europa League semis

Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy. Leading 1-0 from last week's first leg in the Czech capital, Chelsea appeared to be cruising towards the last four after an early goal blitz at Stamford Bridge. Pedro struck the opener on five minutes before an unfortunate Simon Deli turned into his own net and Olivier Giroud added a third with barely quarter of an hour gone in London. Tomas Soucek pulled one back for Slavia on 26 minutes, but Spain forward Pedro replied immediately to restore the Blues' three-goal lead. Maurizio Sarri's side were made to sweat though as two sublime, quick-fire goals by Petr Sevcik just after half-time gave Slavia hope of an incredible comeback with 35 minutes still to play. Chelsea eventually saw off the threat to progress 5-3 on aggregate despite an unconvincing second-half display. The 2013 Europa League champions will meet Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four after the Germans eliminated Benfica on away goals. Eintracht lost 4-2 in Portugal a week ago, but goals by...

63-year-old hit by car in Gżira

A 63-year-old was grievously injured on Thursday when he was hit by a car in Gżira. The police said the accident happened in Triq il-Gżira at 5.30pm. The victim was hit by a Vauxhall Astra that was bieng driven by a 40-year-old from Birkirkara. He wa taken
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63-year-old hit by car in Gżira

A 63-year-old was grievously injured on Thursday when he was hit by a car in Gżira. The police said the accident happened in Triq il-Gżira at 5.30pm. The victim was hit by a Vauxhall Astra that was bieng driven by a 40-year-old from Birkirkara. He wa taken to hospital by ambulance. The police are investigating.

Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

A man in Britain was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs who have previously opposed Brexit. Jarod Kirkman, 51, admitted in court last week that he used a fake email address to send the «
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Man jailed for sending email threats to anti-Brexit MPs

A man in Britain was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after sending threatening and racially aggravated emails to seven MPs who have previously opposed Brexit. Jarod Kirkman, 51, admitted in court last week that he used a fake email address to send the «malicious communications» to various lawmakers. All the recipients supported remaining in the European Union in Britain's divisive 2016 referendum - though some have since voted in favour of Brexit legislation. Kirkman, from Luton just north of London, sent the messages to Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles, Conservative MPs who have all quit the party in recent months over its attitude towards the issue. Meanwhile his targets also included the opposition Labour Party's shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman and prominent pro-EU MP Yvette Cooper, as well as moderate Conservative lawmaker Nicky Morgan. Kirkman also pleaded guilty to a charge of racially harassing the black Labour lawmaker David Lammy. Jaswant Narwal, from England's state prosecution service, said the sentence should serve as «a warning to anyone thinking of sending threatening messages». He added: "Jarod Kirkman sent abusive emails from fake accounts...

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