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  • Feast of the Holy Family commemorated at Ta’ l-Ibragg Hospital

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    The feast of the Holy Family was commemorated at Ta’ l-Ibragg Hospital in Victoria. The activity was led...

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  • ADZ join in with youth of Europe’s “demand to keep the internet open”

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    Maltese Young Greens ADZ, join the of Youth of Europe in its demands to keep the internet open....

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  • Facebook post lands worker in jail

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    An online gripe about work has landed a US citizen in a Middle Eastern jail. Ryan Pate, a helicopter mechanic from Belleair Bluffs, Florida, took to Facebook after a dispute over sick leave with the company he was working for in the United Arab Emirates. He was home in Florida at the time, but when he returned to Abu Dhabi last month, he was told to report to the police station, where he was arrested for breaking an Emirates law on slandering his employer. He spent about 10 days in jail, he said, and is now free on bail awaiting a March 17 trial. His supporters say he faces up to five years in prison and a steep fine if convicted. "I just couldn't register it in my head because as an American growing up in the United States, the First Amendment right is just ingrained in my brain," he said in a phone interview. "I never even entertained the fact that I would wind up in prison out here for something I put on Facebook in the United States." Pate, 30, said the incident stemmed from a trip to Florida in December. During his return, he spent the holidays with family and proposed to his girlfriend, Jillian Cardoza, but also was trying to get treatment for a back injury. There was...

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  • PN Cabinet did not discuss deal on Cafe Premier – Mario de Marco

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    The Nationalist Cabinet never discussed any potential deal for purchase of the lease of the contentious Café Premier, according to former tourism minister Mario de Marco. “No, Café Premier was not discussed by Cabinet during the last legislature,” Dr de Marco said, adding that he had never discussed the issue with the café’s former director. He was reacting to café director Mario Camilleri’s comments that he met Dr de Marco in the months before the last general election to discuss a purchase deal for the lease on his indebted eatery. Dr de Marco said he had met Mr Camilleri on two occasions during his term as a parliamentary secretary and as a minister, neither of which had led to a discussion of the establishment’s finances. Read more on Times of Malta.

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  • ‘No impact assessment of kiosks at Għadira’

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    The Malta Tourism Authority did not carry out an environmental impact assessment before starting the “upgrade” of seven kiosks at Għadira Bay, because the interventions merely replaced the existing structures, according to the authority. Subjecting facilities and their location to an EIA is one of the conditions on which beaches are judged before being awarded the Blue Flag certificate, a yearly award based on strict environmental criteria. Għadira was among nine Maltese beaches to have Blue Flag status in 2014. Asked whether it had performed an EIA on the site, the MTA said the initiative to replace the existing kiosks was four years old and the idea was to clad them in timber for a uniform look. An agreement was reached in 2012 between the government and stakeholders, so these are not new kiosks but replacements for existing ones, the MTA said. Read more on Times of Malta.  

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  • Press digest

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    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta says a group of US investors agreed to buy Saint James Group’s flagship hospital in Sliema. In another story it quotes the Malta Tourism Authority saying it did not carry out an environmental impact assessment before starting the “upgrade” of seven kiosks at Għadira Bay, because the interventions merely replaced existing structures. The Malta Independent also leads with the sale of Saint James Hospital saying the deal will be finalised in two weeks time. L-Orizzont leads with a report of the Prime Minister’s speech in Gharghur yesterday during which he said that in its first two years his government implemented major social reforms. In-Nazzjon says that a major fight followed an argument on promotions at the Labour Party club in Victoria last Friday. International news AGI quotes UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon telling the UN Security Council a deal between rival Libyan governments in Tripoli and Tobruk to fight Islamic State (ISIS) militants has “never been closer in the last seven-eight months”. He said the Islamist militia was “strengthening its presence on the ground”.

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  • US ambassador slashed in the face

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    The American ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an assault during a breakfast speech in Seoul but that his injuries were not life threatening. Still photographs showed Lippert bleeding after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a breakfast forum. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Lippert was being treated at a hospital. US President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.

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  • Kentucky shopkeeper shoots thief with his own gun

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    A 21-year-old Kentucky shopkeeper wrestled with a thief who tried to hold up her shop and then shot another one with his own gun - and it was all recorded on CCTV in her shop. See below    

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  • Cache of weapons found in young woman’s car

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    Bianca Micallef, 23, of Melbourne, has been remanded in custody after she was caught by police allegedly driving with a cache of weapons in her car, including nine guns, five machetes and a samurai sword, Australian media reported. The woman was returning from a police station, where she was fulfilling a bail requirement for a previous offence, when the police pulled her over. The weapons were discovered in boxes on the back and front passenger seats, the court heard. Ms Micallef was charged with 27 offences, including nine counts of a prohibited person possessing a firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing a drug of dependence and committing an indictable offence on bail. She denied all knowledge of the weapons and told the police they likely belonged to her boyfriend, Robert Cameron, who had previously used the car. A clear bag containing a crystal substance believed to be amphetamines and an iPhone and iPad containing photos of some guns, including one of Ms Micallef holding a rifle, were also found in the car, the police claimed.

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  • Chelsea get back to the day job as top teams all win

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    After a Champagne Sunday, leaders Chelsea got back to the bread and butter of churning out Premier League points with Eden Hazard's header sealing a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United last night. Champions Manchester City, 2-0 winners over bottom club Leicester City, would have hoped Chelsea suffered a hangover from their League Cup final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, but Jose Mourinho's side are made of sterner stuff. Hazard was left unmarked after 22 minutes to score the only goal of the game and steadfast Chelsea weathered a physical battering by the hosts to reach 63 points, five clear of City with a game in hand. David Silva and James Milner scored to keep City in touch, although Manuel Pellegrini's side were unimpressive against a Leicester side who have now lost 16 of their last 22 league matches. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho knows the value of grinding out victories as the season reaches the home straight and was effusive in his praise of his players. "My team were brothers on the pitch and that is important if you are to win the most difficult league in the world," the Portuguese told reporters. (West Ham) are the best at the way they play. It is not just...

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  • Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

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    A gold statue of Buddha housed at Hungary's Natural History Museum has been found to contain the mummified body of an ancient Chinese monk believed to be nearly 1,000 years old. Monika Kiss Stefan of Hungary's Natural History museum where the Buddha is housed, said the Dutch owner had no idea of what his statue was hiding.  "He lent it to the Dutch Assen museum for an exhibit and they put it under a CT machine, x-rayed it and discovered that the statue hides a mummy of a monk." The monk appears to have prepared meticulously for his own death. Investigators say he had eaten only seeds and the root of a poisonous plant in the belief it would repel maggots. They say, that in accordance with known tradition he probably spent 1,000 days in a pit meditating until he finally passed away...going through self-mummification in the process. Museum curator, Ildiko Pap says he does not believe it was suicide.  "It's only us and those who lived later who considered this to be suicide. It had several reasons. Basically, not everyone was allowed to try this, only Buddhist masters who reached a very high level could do this with a permit. Their own reason was to reach a certain level, to reach...

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  • Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

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    A gold statue of Buddha housed at Hungary's Natural History Museum has been found to contain the mummified body of an ancient Chinese monk believed to be nearly 1,000 years old. Monika Kiss Stefan of Hungary's Natural History museum where the Buddha is housed, said the Dutch owner had no idea of what his statue was hiding.  "He lent it to the Dutch Assen museum for an exhibit and they put it under a CT machine, x-rayed it and discovered that the statue hides a mummy of a monk." The monk appears to have prepared meticulously for his own death. Investigators say he had eaten only seeds and the root of a poisonous plant in the belief it would repel maggots. They say, that in accordance with known tradition he probably spent 1,000 days in a pit meditating until he finally passed away...going through self-mummification in the process. Museum curator, Ildiko Pap says he does not believe it was suicide.  "It's only us and those who lived later who considered this to be suicide. It had several reasons. Basically, not everyone was allowed to try this, only Buddhist masters who reached a very high level could do this with a permit. Their own reason was to reach a certain level, to reach...

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  • Chelsea beat West Ham to stay five points clear

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    Chelsea’s Gary Cahill (right) in action with West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho. Premier League leaders Chelsea chalked up another three points with a 1-0 victory at West Ham United yesterday to protect their five-point lead over champions Manchester City. City, who laboured to a 2-0 win over bottom club Leicester City, might have hoped Chelsea would suffer a hangover from their League Cup final win over Tottenham Hotspur but Chelsea are made of sterner stuff and Eden Hazard’s header decided matters at Upton Park. David Silva’s goal and a late effort from James Milner enabled City to stay in touch, although Manuel Pellegrini’s side were unimpressive at the Etihad Stadium where Leicester belied their lowly position. Silva pounced from close range to put City ahead after an unconvincing start and Milner came off the bench to settle nerves in the last minute. It was far from a fluent display from City but the result will at least take some of the heat off manager Pellegrini after a testing few days. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers to keep them third, nine points behind Chelsea. Manchester United hung on to fourth, two points above resurgent Liverpool, with Ashley Young’s 89th-minute goal sealing a...

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  • Barca reach cup final

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    Barcelona’s Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez was also on target as they reached the King’s Cup final with a 3-1 win away to Villarreal yesterday that gave them a 6-2 aggregate victory. Villarreal were dreaming of overturning the first-leg defeat at the Nou Camp to reach their first final but their hopes were hit when Neymar scored after three minutes. Lionel Messi swung in an inviting cross from the right wing, allowing Neymar to nudge the ball past keeper Sergio Asenjo. Villarreal rallied despite the size of the task ahead and Jonathan dos Santos converted a Jaume Costa cross after 39 minutes to level the score on the night. Barca were struggling to cope with Villarreal’s attack, but any realistic chance of a comeback was extinguished when Tomas Pina was sent off after 64 minutes for a reckless challenge on Neymar from behind. Suarez latched on to a long ball from Javier Mascherano and rounded the keeper to put Barca ahead and Neymar nodded home a Xavi cross to seal a victory that was tainted by an ankle injury for midfielder Sergio Busquets. Barca, who were beaten in last year’s final by Real Madrid, will face either Espanyol or Athletic Bilbao, who were playing their...

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  • Gabbiadini nets Napoli equaliser

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    Manolo Gabbiadini’s away goal in the first leg of a Coppa Italia semi-final match-up with Lazio yesterday gave Napoli a slender advantage before next month’s decider. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose gave Lazio the lead after 33 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, latching onto Felipe Anderson’s sumptuous through ball before slotting it underneath Mariano Andujar. But holders Napoli hit back to make it 1-1 through Gabbiadini. The Italy international, who arrived from Sampdoria in January, tapped home Gonzalo Higuain’s slide-rule pass in the 58th minute. Reigning Serie A champions Juventus contest the other semi-final and meet in Turin tonight. Coppa Italia SFs (1st legs)Lazio vs Napoli - 1-1. Second leg: April 8. Today: 20.45 Juve vs Fiorentina. Second leg: April 7.

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  • Tourism industry: quo vadis?

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    Upmarket tourism is possibly one of the most misused terms that one finds in any strategic document mapping out the future direction of this important industry. The size of our islands combined with one of the densest populations in Europe presents policymakers with formidable challenges to project Malta as a unique quality holiday destination for travellers. The need to attract more affluent visitors first started to the felt in the late 1980s when it became evident that the ‘bucket and spade’ sun seekers from the UK were not going to justify the heavy investment that local entrepreneurs... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Deafening ARMS silence

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    Having received written confirmation from the EU that I was entitled to a refund from ARMS Ltd regarding their overcharging for my water and electricity, I wrote to them one month ago. Result: nothing. No reply or even an acknowledgement. So I sent them an e-mail two weeks ago to chase them up. Guess what? Nothing, no reply or acknowledgement. Perhaps they mistakenly think I am going to go away! No chance. Get your act together ARMS Ltd, do the right thing and refund me and others whom you have been ripping off for years. This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Tide turning against Ancelotti at faltering Real

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    Toni Kroos (right) is in his first season at Real Madrid. With Real Madrid’s attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games, the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti. Such is the level of expectation at the Bernabeu that winning a coveted 10th European Cup last season and overseeing their Spanish record 22-match winning streak before Christmas, has done little to bolster the Italian’s position. They are two points clear at the top of La Liga and well placed to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at Schalke 04 in their last 16 first leg but they are not playing with the same gusto as earlier in the campaign. Fans and the Madrid media alike have been harsh in their criticism of the side and that puts extra significance on the Clasico against second-placed Barcelona later this month. During Real’s 22-match winning run they averaged more than three goals a game but now have 24 from the last 13 matches. Cristiano Ronaldo has been unable to sustain the sensational form with which he began the season and has a modest seven goals in 2015, while Karim Benzema has five and Gareth Bale three. Their combined total is the same as Lionel Messi’s at Barcelona. Real’s...

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  • Honesty in high places

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    Life is full of surprises, not always welcome! Former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi has admitted being caught by surprise by the revelations that two former Nationalist ministers held undeclared overseas accounts. Not very long ago, we were shockingly surprised to hear about judges who were being charged with bribery. And, more recently, another bolt from the blue surprised us all when the oil procurement scandal hit us unexpectedly. When faced with all these serious and outrageous scandals, how can the man in the street trust the politicians, the courts and other authorities that are there... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Saints head to Switzerland

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    Southampton have jetted off to Switzerland for a break ahead of what James Ward-Prowse believes are the 10 biggest matches in the club’s history. Saints’ late, and somewhat fortuitous, victory against Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening got them back to winning ways after their remarkable season started to go off kilter. The latest in a line of disjointed displays looked set to cost Ronald Koeman’s men, only for Sadio Mane to strike late on to secure a 1-0 win which moved them back to striking distance of the top-four. It means Champions League qualification remains a realistic prospect for Saints, whose players flew to Switzerland yesterday for a break ahead of what Ward-Prowse knows is a crunch period. “I think it will be great to just have a good time, the pressure of the Premier League is massive, especially where we are in the table,” the midfielder said. “It’s good to get away, put our feet up and have a bit of a laugh with the group. “It should be a good bit of fun and then we’ll move on from there. “These next 10 games are probably the biggest in the club’s history and we’re determined as a group of players to make history for the club. “We want to get us to the biggest...

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  • Sepp Blatter wants points deductions for racism

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    Sepp Blatter during the CONMEBOL Congress at the Paraguayan football headquarters, yesterday. Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said yesterday. “The biggest problem we’ve had in recent days here in this continent is racism, discrimination. This is unacceptable,” Blatter said. “We must deduct points, relegate a team. The moment we have the courage to do that discrimination will end,” he told the presidents of South American football confederations and other officials at the start of CONMEBOL’s Congress at its Paraguayan headquarters. The most recent case of racism in South America involved Panama striker Luis Tejada, of Peruvian side Juan Aurich. He walked off the pitch during a match after being racially insulted by fans of Cienciano. There have been frequent cases of racial abuse of players in Europe and South America in recent years but Blatter said fines or the closing of stadiums were not enough punishment. “I think that one day (racism) will disappear from football... but that’s not enough, we need new conditions,” Blatter said. “We have the regulations but they are not being applied in the whole world by the disciplinary and control bodies,” said Blatter, who will...

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  • Remove Church cobwebs

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    I am confident our new Archbishop has what it takes to spring clean the Church of its cobwebs. Mgr Charles Scicluna should begin by compensating those abused by the clergy. Why should those poor chaps be made to go through hell to get what they really deserve? One common observation made by many parishioners is that the Sunday Mass sermon should not take longer than 10 minutes. Suggestion boxes should be introduced in all parish churches and complaints addressed. Village feast paganism should be shown the red card soonest. These are just a few irksome situations that have been blemishing... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Announcements

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    MIFSUD. On March 4, at Casa Leone, St Julian’s, CARMELINA (Mima), aged 90, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her caring sister, Mabel Agius Condachi, her nephews, nieces and respective families, relatives and friends. Mass præsente cadavere will be said today at 2pm at Casa Leone chapel, followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. The family would like to thank all the staff at Casa Leone for their care and dedication. Lord, grant her eternal rest. SAMMUT. On March 4, JOSEPH, aged 84, husband of Evelyn née Zammit, passed away peacefully comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Evelyn, née Zammit, his children Paul and his wife Roberta, Caroline, Chris and his wife Lorna, James and his wife Doreen, his grandchildren Benjamin, Angela, Robert, Rebecca, Philippa and Matthew, his sister Vivi, his brothers and sisters-in-law, their respective spouses, other relatives and friends. The funeral leaves Mater Dei Hospital tomorrow at 7.45am for St Pius X parish church, Santa Lucija, where Mass præsente cadavere will be said at 8.30am followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata...

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  • MIA’s share price rallies as dividend surges unexpectedly

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    Last week, Malta International Airport plc published its 2014 financial statements and while the double-digit growth in pre-tax profits was expected, given the news earlier this year that passenger figures increased by 6.4 per cent, the extent of the increase in the final dividend at +77 per cent was very much unpredicted. The airport operator has a straight-forward business model with good visibility of future income streams. The number of passenger movements remains the most important determinant for the company’s operations and the monthly passenger traffic announcement provides the... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Solidarity with lawyer

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    I would like to express my solidarity with Tonio Azzopardi and my admiration toward Magistrate Marseann Farrugia (‘Jailed for assaulting his mother’s lawyer’, February 27) over the assault suffered by the former and the just punishment meted out by the latter. This was yet another reminder that the so-called liberal professions can and do face serious threats to their physical safety. This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • The Papal Nuncio

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    During a press conference that was held at the Curia, Apostolic Nuncio Aldo Cavalli read to the public the nomination of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the next Archbishop of Malta. This announcement was made by the Papal Nuncio precisely because it was his role to do it. The Holy See has bilateral diplomatic relations with most countries, however, the role of apostolic nuncios is unique in world affairs. It has practically nothing to do with the things with which diplomats usually devote their time to, such as security problems, visas and trade issues. The main purpose of the Vatican entering in... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Britain agrees sale of Eurostar stake to British, Canadian funds

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    Eurostar trains at St Pancras International Station in London. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters Britain agreed to sell its 40 per cent stake in the Eurostar rail link for £585 million to a consortium comprising the Canadian public pension fund Caisse de Depot du Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and the British asset manager Hermes. The government announced the deal for its stake in the high-speed rail link between Britain and continental Europe yesterday following a competitive sale process begun in October by finance minister George Osborne. Osborne said the price tag had “exceeded expectations”. According to 2013/14 government accounts, the share capital value of the stake was £325 million. Investment bank UBS advised the government on the sale. The deal is part of a trend for institutional investors such as pension funds and insurers to push into infrastructure projects as they are squeezed by low interest rates globally. Such investments are high-yielding and match the long-term liabilities in pension and savings schemes, but a lack of attractive schemes has pushed up prices. The finance ministry said it expected the deal to be completed by the second quarter of 2015. The consortium, Patina Rail LLP, will result in CDPQ, which has an infrastructure investment portfolio...

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  • The safer the workplace…

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    In summer and autumn of last year, 49,320 establishments in 36 countries across Europe, including all 28 EU members, six candidate countries and two European Free Trade Association states, participated in ahuge survey which aimed to assist workplaces in tackling occupational health and safety while promoting the well-being and health of employees. The initial findings of this pan-European study, known as the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2), have now been published and make for interesting reading. The European workforce is known to be an ageing one... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Football at Mater Dei

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    Would Go and Melita consider coming to an agreement whereby patients at Mater Dei Hospital would be in a position to access football matches which are exclusive to Go? Contrary to everyone else, patients have no choice and, therefore, this would be a highly appreciated move for the benefit of sick people. This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Economic performance

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    Lately, on being offered a drink in official surroundings, instead of the usual “Evviva”, I felt like uttering “troika” in the wake of the three simultaneous glowing reports on our economic performance from the trio of international institutions. But then I remembered that the Greeks would not like it. This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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