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Brilliant Luksika eyes on second WTA 125K crown

Luksika Kumkhum reached her second WTA 125K Series final after she toppled  Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 7-5 6-3 in the US$125,000 Taipei OEC Open on Saturday.
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Brilliant Luksika eyes on second WTA 125K crown

Luksika Kumkhum reached her second WTA 125K Series final after she toppled  Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 7-5 6-3 in the US$125,000 Taipei OEC Open on Saturday.

The flight secret behind Malta's UN climate change initiative

Malta’s 30-year-old climate change initiative would never have gone ahead, according to its author, had he not been sat next to its main opponent on an eight-hour flight.  “I had been trying to sit next to this man for six months but he would have nothin
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The flight secret behind Malta's UN climate change initiative

Malta’s 30-year-old climate change initiative would never have gone ahead, according to its author, had he not been sat next to its main opponent on an eight-hour flight.  “I had been trying to sit next to this man for six months but he would have nothing to do with me... when I found out he was in the airport VIP lounge, I made sure to get bumped up and then there was no escaping me,” David Attard told a University seminar yesterday. Prof. Attard’s role as the island’s adviser to the UN was so significant that Malta was subsequently one of only 12 countries to be invited to a secret meeting to draw up the rules.  He recounted how Mostafa Tolba, an Egyptian scientist who at the time stood at the helm of the UN’s Environment Programme, had been staunchly against the Malta initiative.  It took Prof. Attard the duration of a flight from New York City to Amsterdam to convince him otherwise. “Had I not, we wouldn’t have been able to press ahead. When we landed we were best of friends,” he said, adding that it was an ex-student who he happened to meet that day who had pointed Dr Tolba out to him at the airport. The gathering was held to celebrated 30 years since the island’s UN...

Gozo reverse osmosis plant contract sealed

Works on an €11m reverse osmosis plant in Gozo are set to begin in “a few weeks” after a contract for the water generation facility was signed. The facility, which was granted planning approval in September, will have the capacity to produce 9,000 cubi
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Gozo reverse osmosis plant contract sealed

Works on an €11m reverse osmosis plant in Gozo are set to begin in “a few weeks” after a contract for the water generation facility was signed. The facility, which was granted planning approval in September, will have the capacity to produce 9,000 cubic metres of fresh water per day, at a production cost of around €0.40 per cubic metre. It will be situated at Ħondoq ir-Rummien, within an existing Water Services Corporation site which will be restored. Until now, Gozo has relied upon groundwater reserves and an underwater pipeline to Malta for its fresh water needs. Water Services Corporation CEO Richard Bilocca said that the project was part of the company’s “unprecedented investment” strategy, which would top €130 million. A call for tender for the plant was won by Israeli firm AST Clean Water Technologies.   Company representative Boaz Shitzer and Department of Contracts director-general Anthony Cachia signed the contract on Saturday morning at Ħondoq, at a ceremony presided over by Energy Minister Joe Mizzi, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana and parliamentary secretary for EU Funding Aaron Farrugia. The project is co-financed through EU Cohesion funds.

Dogman crime thriller

Matteo Garrone, the master film-maker behind Gomorrah returns to the crime thriller genre with the tension-filled and relentlessly captivating Dogman.  Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is a small and gentle dog groomer who wants two things, to look after his dogs a
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Dogman crime thriller

Matteo Garrone, the master film-maker behind Gomorrah returns to the crime thriller genre with the tension-filled and relentlessly captivating Dogman.  Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is a small and gentle dog groomer who wants two things, to look after his dogs and take his daughter on exotic holidays. But to fund this lifestyle he runs a side business which has more unsavoury clientele and he soon finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorises the entire neighbourhood. When Simone exploits him too much Marcello must make a crucial and potentially dangerous decision in order to regain his dignity. Marcello Fonte won Best Actor at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film, in Italian with English subtitles, is showing at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, today at 8.30pm.

German transport minister wants to welcome Uber, others by 2021

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to open the German market to car pooling services offered by Uber and other companies by 2021, Focus magazine reported Saturday.
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German transport minister wants to welcome Uber, others by 2021

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to open the German market to car pooling services offered by Uber and other companies by 2021, Focus magazine reported Saturday.

Toronto private school expels eight teens after incidents, alleged sex assault

Eight students at a prestigious Toronto private school have been expelled in connection with two disturbing incidents, one of which involved an alleged sexual assault of a teen that was captured on video and has since triggered a criminal investigation.
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Toronto private school expels eight teens after incidents, alleged sex assault

Eight students at a prestigious Toronto private school have been expelled in connection with two disturbing incidents, one of which involved an alleged sexual assault of a teen that was captured on video and has since triggered a criminal investigation.

Passengers allege stolen property following crash landing in Guyana

Canadian passengers aboard a chaotic Fly Jamaica flight that crash landed in Guyana last week are thankful to be home, but many are upset about what happened in the following days.
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Passengers allege stolen property following crash landing in Guyana

Canadian passengers aboard a chaotic Fly Jamaica flight that crash landed in Guyana last week are thankful to be home, but many are upset about what happened in the following days.

On board the oil price roller-coaster

It is no news that commodity prices are volatile and unpredictable. Countries which are dependent on the extraction of natural resources have their faith linked to the price of a particular commodity or a group of commodities. The end result of a shock in th
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On board the oil price roller-coaster

It is no news that commodity prices are volatile and unpredictable. Countries which are dependent on the extraction of natural resources have their faith linked to the price of a particular commodity or a group of commodities. The end result of a shock in the price of a commodity is usually adversity across the producing nation and its citizens. The opposite holds true when commodity prices trade at high levels for long. The price of oil was a case in point during the first decade of the 21st century when resource-rich countries benefitted from high commodity prices. During this period brent crude oil reached a high of nearly $144 in 2008. During the last 10 years the price of oil was not as benign. Brent crude oil has been on a roller-coaster since the last financial crisis, during which the price of oil tumbled, as oil traders expected demand to decline on recessionary fears. Since then it recovered ground and back in June 2014 brent crude traded at $115 a barrel but again hit a multi-year low in early 2016 as it hovered around the $30 level. The sharp sell-off came on the back of global growth worries and at a time when global demand was due to turn negative. However, over...

Local teacher comes third at international bikini fitness competition

A Maltese teacher whose hobby as a bikini fitness model took a more serious turn last summer has placed third in her first-ever pro-level tournament. Leanne Bartolo took a podium place at the WFF World Championship in California, just six months after victor
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Local teacher comes third at international bikini fitness competition

A Maltese teacher whose hobby as a bikini fitness model took a more serious turn last summer has placed third in her first-ever pro-level tournament. Leanne Bartolo took a podium place at the WFF World Championship in California, just six months after victory at the European Bikini Championship shot her into the pros. Ms Bartolo was the only European contender to make it to the WFF finals, where she competed with athletes from the USA, Australia, Mexico and South Africa, among others. Her target was to place among the top six. Instead, she ended up third. “I didn’t know what hit me,” she said. “I was overwhelmed with joy, I still can’t believe it. I was sharing the stage with professionals who do this for a living while I do this in my free time. My priority is always the kids in the classroom”. With all her hard work and strict diet paying off, Ms Bartolo is now setting her sights on two other upcoming competitions – defending the European championship title she won last summer and going for glory at a competition in South Korea. Ms Bartolo is also keen to encourage other locals to take up the sport, and will be taking part in local qualifiers for the European championship in...

Cultural and scenic walks

A balanced variety of cultural and scenic walks in Malta and Gozo are being held this month by the Ramblers Association. Participants are to wear good non-slip shoes and adequate clothing for autumn weather. Surfaces may be slippery when wet, which is likely
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Cultural and scenic walks

A balanced variety of cultural and scenic walks in Malta and Gozo are being held this month by the Ramblers Association. Participants are to wear good non-slip shoes and adequate clothing for autumn weather. Surfaces may be slippery when wet, which is likely at this time of year. A walk being held tomorrow will take in Buskett and its surroundings. The moderate walk involves steep inclines and rough terrain in the Buskett woods and nearby Wied l-Isqof. It starts at the covered car park in Buskett at 9am and lasts some four hours. Ramblers will be taken to Gozo for a moderate walk which starts at the Mġarr ferry terminal at 10.30am on Wednesday and will take about four hours from the harbour to Xlendi via Ta’ Ċenċ. On November 25 ramblers will go to Żurrieq valley for a moderate to hard walk over rough terrain that starts off from the parvis of Żurrieq parish church at 9am. It will follow paths along Wied Bassasa and Wied Babu for about four hours. In case of inclement weather, walks may be cancelled. For further information call 9949 7080 or 7733 2433 or visit http://www.ramblersmalta.org or www.facebook.com/ramblersmalta.

Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism. A statement from the food retailer said that
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Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism. A statement from the food retailer said that John Brown Media – which produces the Waitrose & Partners Food Magazine – had announced Sitwell would step down as editor of Waitrose & Partners Food magazine with immediate effect. The statement added: In the light of William’s recent email remarks, we’ve told John Brown Media that we believe this is the right and proper move - we will be working with them to appoint a new editor for the magazine. We have had a relationship with William for almost 20 years and are grateful for his contribution to our business over that time. The row erupted after freelance journalist Selene Nelson pitched a series on “plant-based recipes” to the magazine, given the rise in popularity of vegan products in recent years. Waitrose, like many UK supermarkets, has recently expanded its vegan product range and, as Sitwell’s own article in The Times in January 2018 noted – in less than welcoming terms – the number of vegan cookbooks available has...

CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder- sources

The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally. The sour
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CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder- sources

The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally. The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved. The CIA's finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler directly to the killing. The Saudi Embassy in Washington rejected the CIA assessment. «The claims in this purported assessment is false,» a spokeswoman for the embassy said in a statement. «We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.» US Vice President Mike Pence, on a visit to Papua New Guinea, told reporters traveling with him that he could not comment on classified information. "The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity. It was also an affront to a free and independent press and the United States is determined to hold all of those...

Pfizer to Raise Prices on 41 Drugs

Pfizer plans to resume its practice of raising drug prices early next year after bowing to pressure from President Trump over the summer when the company rolled back some increases.
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Pfizer to Raise Prices on 41 Drugs

Pfizer plans to resume its practice of raising drug prices early next year after bowing to pressure from President Trump over the summer when the company rolled back some increases.

PG&E Shares Surge on Hopes of State Support

Shares of PG&E opened sharply higher on investor hopes that California officials would move to rescue the utility from wildfire-related liabilities that threaten to plunge it into bankruptcy.
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PG&E Shares Surge on Hopes of State Support

Shares of PG&E opened sharply higher on investor hopes that California officials would move to rescue the utility from wildfire-related liabilities that threaten to plunge it into bankruptcy.

Mother and daughter living in a hospital room for FIFTEEN months costing taxpayers £180,000

Ruth Kidane, 21, and mother Mimi Tebeje, 50, have been living at Barnet Hospital, North London, for 15 months after claiming they were homeless with nowhere to go.
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Mother and daughter living in a hospital room for FIFTEEN months costing taxpayers £180,000

Ruth Kidane, 21, and mother Mimi Tebeje, 50, have been living at Barnet Hospital, North London, for 15 months after claiming they were homeless with nowhere to go.

Johnston Press puts itself into administration amid debt crisis 

Johnston Press, the publisher of the i newspaper, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, has announced its intention to place itself in to administration.
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Johnston Press puts itself into administration amid debt crisis 

Johnston Press, the publisher of the i newspaper, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post, has announced its intention to place itself in to administration.

US-China divisions dominate APEC summit

The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting.
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US-China divisions dominate APEC summit

The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines among members suggested little prospect of consensus at the weekend meeting.

Alejano: Magdalo are not terrorists; Duterte is disrespectful

Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Saturday lashed back at President Rodrigo Duterte for his comments likening Magdalo members to terrorists.
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Alejano: Magdalo are not terrorists; Duterte is disrespectful

Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Saturday lashed back at President Rodrigo Duterte for his comments likening Magdalo members to terrorists.

EU army: Will it be easy for Europe to get rid of American political diktat?

The creation of a European army would be a boon for Russia-EU relations, various military experts have told RT. It would mean getting rid of the US political diktat – and that's why Washington will not allow it. Read Full Article at RT.com
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EU army: Will it be easy for Europe to get rid of American political diktat?

The creation of a European army would be a boon for Russia-EU relations, various military experts have told RT. It would mean getting rid of the US political diktat – and that's why Washington will not allow it. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Migrant tsunami’: Tijuana mayor threatens to deport US-bound migrants amid tensions & clashes

The arrival of growing crowds of migrants to Tijuana has led to increased tensions and clashes with locals, with the mayor warning that those who disturb the “tranquility and security” of his city will be deported. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Migrant tsunami’: Tijuana mayor threatens to deport US-bound migrants amid tensions & clashes

The arrival of growing crowds of migrants to Tijuana has led to increased tensions and clashes with locals, with the mayor warning that those who disturb the “tranquility and security” of his city will be deported. Read Full Article at RT.com

Shanghai ‘earthscraper’: World’s 1st underground hotel opens in China inside abandoned quarry

After almost 10 years of construction, Shanghai has unveiled to the public its ‘earthscraper’ hotel built vertically along the precipice of an underground, water-filled quarry. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Shanghai ‘earthscraper’: World’s 1st underground hotel opens in China inside abandoned quarry

After almost 10 years of construction, Shanghai has unveiled to the public its ‘earthscraper’ hotel built vertically along the precipice of an underground, water-filled quarry. Read Full Article at RT.com

Meter-high flames & huge plumes of smoke: Moscow oil refinery catches fire (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Fire has engulfed an oil refinery plant in Moscow. Social media images show fire burning in at least two locations, with thick black smoke covering the air. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Meter-high flames & huge plumes of smoke: Moscow oil refinery catches fire (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Fire has engulfed an oil refinery plant in Moscow. Social media images show fire burning in at least two locations, with thick black smoke covering the air. Read Full Article at RT.com

Argentine military sub San Juan missing for 1 year found deep in Atlantic, military confirms

The submarine ARA San Juan that vanished in the Atlantic over a year ago with 44 sailors on board has finally been detected at a depth of 800 meters, the Argentine military has confirmed. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Argentine military sub San Juan missing for 1 year found deep in Atlantic, military confirms

The submarine ARA San Juan that vanished in the Atlantic over a year ago with 44 sailors on board has finally been detected at a depth of 800 meters, the Argentine military has confirmed. Read Full Article at RT.com

Global economy rebounds too slowly from 2008 crisis — Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that the cumulative government debt in the world has increased significantly and developing markets have become more vulnerable
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Global economy rebounds too slowly from 2008 crisis — Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted that the cumulative government debt in the world has increased significantly and developing markets have become more vulnerable

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