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  • ‘X-Men experience’ at Comic-Con

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an X-Men-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive experience uses the Oculus Rift VR headset to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the X-Men films. The 360-degree, 90-second virtual adventure will take place on the Comic-Con show floor inside Fox's booth. Attendees will sit in a replica of Professor X's wheelchair and virtually hunt mutants in the San Diego Convention Centre. Fox is using the VR stunt to promote the Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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  • Costs of campaigning

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Voters were bombarded with advertising and invitations to social events, but none of the candidates for the European Parliament declared spending more than the legal limit of €18,635 on their personal campaign. According to the sworn declarations that each submitted to the Electoral Commission following the May 24 election, the 32 candidates together spent €250,500 on trying to get elected. The biggest expense was on printing and postage – at €46,000 and €40,000 respectively – and on advertising, at €82,000. In fact, voters could hardly turn their heads without encountering adverts on junk... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Man cleared of breaking aunt’s arm after she threw urine at him

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A man was today acquitted of breaking his aunt’s arm after she threw a bowl of urine at him during an argument. Terence Zahra, 30, of Marsascala, was charged with seriously injuring Maria Liberata Gatt in September 2012, after they argued about sewage that was allegedly seeping from his property to hers. On the day of the incident, Ms Gatt reported the seepage to the Health Department and her nephew went to her house where he allegedly swore at her. The court heard she then went inside, grabbed a bowl she used to collect the seeping urine in and threw the contents at Mr Zahra. But while Ms Gatt said that her nephew then pushed her to the ground, he insisted that she slipped as she turned to go back inside. She fractured her arm in the fall. Magistrate Neville Camilleri noted that Ms Gatt’s version was not corroborated by any of the witnesses who testified.  

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  • Probiotics ‘can aid blood pressure’

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The live bacteria and yeasts usually eaten in yoghurts modestly lower blood pressure. Eating probiotics regularly may help lower blood pressure, according to research findings. The live bacteria and yeasts usually eaten in yoghurts or taken as food supplements were shown to modestly lower blood pressure when taken for two months or more in a review published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Researchers examined nine studies involving 543 adults with both normal and raised blood pressure. The found that consuming probiotics lowered systolic blood pressure – the highest blood pressure reading when the heart beats – by an average 3.56 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). Diastolic blood pressure – the lowest level blood pressure reaches as the heart relaxed between beats – was lowered by an average 2.38 mm Hg, compared to adults who didn't consume probiotics. Probiotics with multiple bacteria were more effective at lowering blood pressure than those with a single bacteria. The concentration of bacteria in a dose also affected results. Jing Sun, lead author and senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, said: "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics can be part of a healthy lifestyle...

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  • Government not keeping promise to fight corruption, PN says

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The government has not yet appointed a new Permanent Commission Against Corruption to replace the old one the term of which expired in November, the Nationalist Party said. It said this was in spite of the Prime Minister’s promise to halt corruption. The PN noted that the commission was still receiving cases which were not being investigated. Through Parliamentary questions, the Opposition had already put pressure on the government to appoint the commission but the Prime Minister and the Justice Minister continued to insist on not appointing anyone, the party said. It said it believed that corruption should be fought and appealed to the government to appoint the commission as soon as possible.

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  • Fifth of deaths in Gaza are now of children

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A three-year-old girl inside a classroom of a school in Gaza City after her family was displaced due to the violence in Gaza. Photo: Jozef Nateel/Save the Children Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza has pushed up the death toll of children and civilians, while the number of displaced people has risen to more than 100,000, according to an NGO on the ground in the Palestinian territory. Over the past 12 days, one in five of those killed and almost a third of the injured Palestinians were children, the NGO Save the Children said. The number of dead among children has risen by more than 40 per cent since the ground operation began on July 17. Beyond the “unacceptable death toll”, more than 72,000 children in Gaza are in desperate need of counselling and... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Leone Goes Pop Marsalforn concert cancelled due to strong winds

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Leone Philharmonic Society of Victoria, Gozo, would like to announce that the repeat performance of the 7th...

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  • Schizophrenia genes ‘breakthrough’

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into schizophrenia that could “open a window” to finding new treatments for the disease. Eighty-three new genes associated with schizophrenia have been identified in a wide-ranging study. A total of 108 loci – locations on genes – were discovered in the research undertaken by the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, a group of more than 80 institutions. Samples from more than 150,000 people, almost 37,000 of whom had been diagnosed with the disease, were examined and the new locations were found showing a difference in the DNA sequence between those with the illness and those without. One of the authors, David Curtis of University College London, said the findings, published in the science journal Nature, are significant. “This study puts psychiatry into the same category as other parts of medicine,” he told the BBC. “In the past we have struggled with the view that psychiatric conditions are not 'real' illnesses but early genetic studies had limited successes. Now we show with confidence that there are biological processes going awry.” Michael O'Donovan from Cardiff University, which was also involved in the research said: “For...

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  • Chamber expected reform over appointment of judge

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Chamber of Advocates said it would have expected the government to follow the proposals made by the Justice Reform Commission on the appointment of judges when selecting former Labour MP Wenzu Mintoff for the post. The commission had proposed setting up an authority within the Commission for the Administration of Justice to recommend names for consideration as members of the judiciary, after conducting a proper vetting process. This would dilute the sole discretion enjoyed by the Justice Minister, who is not obliged to consult the commission before appointing a judge. Read the full story in Times of Malta, the e-paper or timesofmalta.com premium here.

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  • Malta one of 4 countries to meet 2013 target on specific spectrum bands

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Today the European Commission has published a report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU. The...

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  • Russia ‘will help investigation’

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    President Vladimir Putin says Russia will do "everything in its power" to facilitate an investigation into the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crash, but accused Kiev and the West of escalating the conflict in the region. During a meeting with Russia's Security Council, Mr Putin said Russia was willing to put pressure on the rebels, but that "that was not enough" to resolve the situation. He condemned Kiev for continuing to shell parts of the region, asserting that international observers on the scene could "barely stick their heads out" because of safety concerns. Mr Putin also lashed out at the West, accusing Nato of bolstering its forces across eastern Europe. The Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

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  • Flight fail… Again

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A New York pilot has experienced deja phew. The pilot, who made an emergency landing last week in the middle of a Long Island highway, did the exact same thing on Friday in almost exactly the same place. Suffolk County police say a single-engine Challenger plane landed on the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway because of engine trouble. Pilot Frank Fierro landed the same plane in almost the same place on July 10.

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  • Mount Carmel patient was not assaulted but force was used, board concludes

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Force was used to control a Mount Carmel hospital patient who complained he was fed up of watching Labour’s television station, a board set up to investigate the matter has established. The board, however, found no evidence of assault but established the patient had been injected with medication to be put under control and said there were a number of irregularities in the way this was done. It recommended that the competent authorities should continue to investigate these irregularities which were related to the administration of a particular medicine. All necessary steps, including disciplinary action, should be taken, it said. The patient had allegedly been punched and slightly injured on May 20 and the Mental Health Commissioner set up a board to investigate the incident. In its report, the board said that although the allegation that the television was on a political station could not be proven, it was likely to be true. The board recommended that clear guidelines should be established in writing on the use of television in halls, particularly when it came to programmes of a political nature which could lead to arguments between patients or between patients and staff. Staff...

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  • Patient was not assaulted but force was used, board concludes

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Force was used to control a Mount Carmel hospital patient who complained he was fed up of watching Labour’s television station, a board set up to investigate the matter has established. The board, however, found no evidence of assault but established the patient had been vaccinated to be put under control and said there were a number of irregularities in the way it was done. It recommended that the competent authorities should continue to investigate these irregularities which were related to the administration of particular medicine. All necessary steps, including disciplinary action, should be taken, it said. The patient had allegedly been punched and slightly injured on May 20 and the Mental Health Commissioner set up a board to investigate the incident. In its report, the board said that although the allegation that the television was on a political station could not be proven, it was likely to be true. The board recommended that clear guidelines should be established in writing on the use of television in halls, particularly when it came to programmes of a political nature which could lead to arguments between patients or between patients and staff. Staff should be given...

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  • Leaders condemn anti-Semitic demos

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have condemned what they say is a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries amid protests against the conflict in Gaza. In a joint statement the ministers said that "anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies". While the ministers say they respect freedom of speech, they say they will do everything possible to fight "acts and statements that cross the line to anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia". Since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza, participants at anti-Israel demonstrations across Germany have frequently used anti-Semitic slogans and also called for Jews to be gassed. In France, pro-Palestinian youths have clashed repeatedly with police, and on Sunday set fire to cars, pillaged stores and attacked two synagogues in the Paris suburbs. Jewish groups have expressed shock and disgust about the growing anti-Semitism in Germany and other European countries with strong Muslim communities. Berlin authorities this week banned pro-Gaza protesters from chanting an anti-Semitic slogan. Police spokeswoman Cosima Pauluhn added Tuesday...

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  • Fallen angel

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A statue of an angel in Msida has fallen off its pedestal, crashing to the ground. A reader took the photo above at around 2pm. He said the pedestal did not seem to have been hit and it was more likely that the statue was thrown off by the wind into the main road.

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  • BOV, IHI trade higher

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The MSE Share Index edged 0.3 per cent higher during this morning’s trading session to 3,360.619 points as two of the four active securities traded in positive territory. A trade of 2,982 shares of International Hotel Investments plc lifted the price of the equity to 71c1, reflecting a 1.57 per cent increase over the previous closing price. Similarly, Bank of Valletta plc edged 0.4 per cent higher to €2.09,8 on activity of 12,643 shares. Meanwhile, the share price of HSBC Bank Malta plc registered a marginal decline to €2.09,9 on weak volumes of 1,500 shares. Go plc was the only other active equity with the share price maintaining the €2.30 level on activity of 4,232 shares across three deals. On the bond market, the Rizzo Farrugia MGS Index retreated to 1,059.426 points as Eurozone yields regained the 1.17 per cent level as demand for ‘safe-haven’ assets eased after Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists cooperated with Malaysian authorities with respect to the victims and remains of the Malaysian Airlines plane downed last week in Ukrainian airspace. On Thursday afternoon the prices of the new Malta Government Stock are expected to be announced. The Treasury will be offering a...

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  • New garden now open to the public at the Victoria Bus Terminus, Gozo

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The final additions on the landscaping around the public sculpture entitled ‘Childhood’ by Antoine Paul Camilleri have now...

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  • Witness in murder case warned against committing perjury

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A witness who overheard a convicted murderer boasting about taking part in a botched robbery during which a man was killed, was this afternoon warned about committing perjury as he testified against two men who are pleading not guilty of the crime. Magistrate Josette Demicoli warned Justin Fenech about the consequences of committing perjury when he said he could not remember anything about what he had told police 12 years ago during investigations into the murder. He was testifying in the case against James Vella, known as Il-Frejżer, and Chris Scerri, known as Buttuni or Gazzetti, over the murder of bank messenger Alphonse Ferriggi. Mr Ferriggi was killed with a single shot to the head outside a Bank of Valletta branch in San Ġwann during a robbery in 2000. His attackers thought he was carrying money but he was about to deposit worthless letters and mail seconds before he was killed. Mr Scerri and Mr Vella were charged last week after the police carried out a comprehensive review of the case and found corroborating evidence to the testimony of Mr Zammit who placed the men at the murder scene. So far, two men, Joseph Zammit, 55, known as Żeppi Redgħu, and Richard Grech, 44, of...

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  • Subway boss fired after fatal crash

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The head of Moscow's subway system has been sacked in the wake of a rush-hour derailment in which 22 people were killed and 136 others injured, according to Russian news agencies. Ivan Besedin, who had been in the job since 2011, was dismissed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Mr Sobyanin said the crash "has crossed out the major work that was carried out over the last years". Mr Besedin was replaced by Dmitry Pegov, a former railway official. One day after the fatal crash on July 15, investigators detained two Moscow subway workers and said they were preparing to file criminal charges against them. In recent months, subway workers have complained of declining safety standards in the system and disorganised measures for aiding stricken passengers.

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  • Chamber presents economic vision with 52 recommendations for Malta

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has issued its economic vision for Malta, making 52 specific recommendations which it said politicians would have to tackle sooner or later. The document is also designed to guide investors and stakeholders about Malta’s future economic direction, facilitating a more efficient allocation of resources. The recommendations include the privatisation of Wasteserv and the setting up of a regional financial district with exclusive jurisdiction over all civil and commercial disputes within the district. Chamber president David Curmi said that without the support of other stakeholders, it would be unlikely to get the political will to see the recommendations through. He said the chamber was providing a business agenda for the government rather than accepting a government agenda for business. Building on the seven sectors outlined in the government’s Vision 2015 report, the Chamber identified four new sectors which have potential for economic growth. It takes stock of Malta's limited resources, the global scenario and the country's economic strengths and past achievements. The economic vision can be read in the pdf link below.

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  • Chamber issues economic vision for Malta

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Economic Vision The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has issued its economic vision for Malta, making 52 specific recommendations which it said politicians would have to tackle sooner or later and many which should have been seen to by now. Chamber president David Curmi said that without the support of other stakeholders, it would be unlikely to get the political will to see the recommendations through. Building on the seven sectors outlined in the government’s Vision 2015 report, the Chamber identified four new sectors which have potential for economic growth. The economic vision can be read in the pdf link below.

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  • Selfie evidence

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewellery from a southern Illinois boutique say they arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. Police arrested 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, earlier this month on retail theft charges. Authorities say a distinctive leopard-print dress was among the items stolen July 11 from Mortie's Boutique in West Frankfort. The store's co-owner, Kert Williams, says he posted about the stolen items on Facebook and that people who saw Williams's posting and those of Saxton made the connection and helped police.

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  • PM calls for EU sanctions on Russia

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today called for EU sanctions on Russia. He said during an interview on CNN that the “EU certainly needs to act by the end of this week to impose further sanctions on Russia”. Dr Muscat was being interviewed on The Business View by Nina dos Santos. He also spoke on the migration problem being faced by Malta and Italy, which he said were being left alone to tackle the problem.

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  • Plane crash bodies reach Kharkiv

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    A train bearing the bodies of the people who died in the Malaysia Airlines crash has arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, on their way to the Netherlands. The train pulled into a station in Kharkhiv, where Ukrainian authorities have set up their crash investigation centre. For many, it is the next stop on their journey home to the Netherlands. Of the 295 who died, 193 were Dutch citizens. Oleksander Kharchenko, spokesman for the state committee on the crash, said "we will do our best" to send the bodies to the Netherlands on Tuesday. Ukraine has agreed to send remains of all the victims there for identification and forensic investigation. The train stopped overnight in the contested city of Donetsk but left around 3am, the Ukrainian emergency services ministry said. In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers were meeting to decide how to react to the disaster. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius blamed "terrorists supplied by Moscow" for the airliner's destruction and the deaths of everyone aboard, and said he hoped the EU will impose beefed-up sanctions on President Vladimir Putin's Russia. Mr Linkevicius called for an arms embargo - a direct challenge...

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  • Israel jets strike 70 Gaza targets

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Israeli air strikes pummelled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip today as the UN chief and the US Secretary of State began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 570 Palestinians and 29 Israelis. Overnight, Israel bombed five mosques, a sports complex and the home of the late Hamas military chief, a Gaza police official said. The Israel military announced early today that two more soldiers had died - one from sniper fire yesterday and one from as yet unexplained causes - bringing the military death toll to 27. It is the highest number of Israeli military fatalities for any campaign since the 2006 Lebanon war. Two Israeli civilians have also been killed in the latest conflict. The Israeli campaign, launched on July 8, is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire into Israel - some 2,000 rockets have been launched over the past two weeks, the military says - and destroying tunnels which the military claims Hamas has constructed from Gaza into Israel for attacks against Israelis. The air strikes set off huge explosions that turned the night sky over Gaza City orange early today. The sound of the blasts mixed with the thud of shelling,...

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  • Increase in full- and part-time employment

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Registered full-time employment increased by 3.3 per cent in February compared with the same month last year, part-time primary jobs by 5.8 per cent, according to the National Statistics Office. The NSO said administrative data provided by the Employment and Training Corporation showed that over a year, the labour supply (excluding part-timers) increased by 3.4 per cent, to reach 168,288. This was mainly attributed to increases in the full-time gainfully occupied population (+5,123) and in registered unemployment (+474). The number of persons registered as full-time self-employed rose by 353 when compared with February last year, while the number of persons registered as employees increased by 4,770. Male and female full-time employment went up by 2.1 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively, over 2013 levels. In a statement in the afternoon, the government welcomed the statistics.

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  • Commemorative plaque unveiled marking 200th anniversary of Malta Police

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    The 12th of July marked the 200th anniversary since the Malta Police Force was established. To commemorate the...

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  • Energy should remain under public ownership, says Zminijietna

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Zminijietna – Voice of the Left said in a statement today that the State should retain control of...

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  • Drivers’ odd hard shoulder stops

    Jul 22 • News • 0 Views

    Instances of illegal stopping on motorway hard shoulders include people picking flowers, renewing their insurance and even trying to sell their car. One motorist pulled over after seeing "Fire" on his dashboard display. It turned out to be the name of an Adele track he was listening to. On another occasion, traffic officers found two cars on the hard shoulder, with the owners halfway through the selling and buying process for one of the cars. The list, from the Highways Agency, of bizarre reasons for stopping also included the case of a couple who, when asked if they had broken down, replied they were taking pictures of their newborn grandchild in their open-top sports car as it was "a lovely day". Other instances have included: :: A motorist who parked up and fell asleep on the M6; :: A group of motorcyclists who parked on the hard shoulder on the M1 to review their route and have a drink; :: A mobile phone operator, stopping at regular intervals in his private car carrying out signal tests on the hard shoulder. The agency said that between July and September 2013, a total of 2,062 drivers stopped on the hard shoulder when there was no emergency - an illegal act. It is also...

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