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  • Woman grievously injured after being hit during Ghajnsielem horse races

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    A 37-year-old woman, from Marsa has been grievously injured after she was hit by a sulky horse during...

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  • Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

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    Six scientists are locking themselves inside a small dome in Hawaii for a year to study the effects of long-term space travel. Sean Carberry reports.

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  • St Julian’s feast celebrated with gostra and hunting traditions

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    Spectators lined the beach in St Julians this evening to watch the traditional ġostra, which sees competitors run up a 65-foot long lard-covered pole. The tradition, which dates back to the 1800s, forms an integral part of the feast of St Julian’s. A wooden pole is placed at an angle and covered in 15 litres of lard. Four flags are placed at the very end. Members of the ġostra club run up the pole in 15-minute intervals to remove as much lard as possible before attempting the dash for a flag. According to the entry requirements, one has to be a resident of St Julian’s and form part of a team of volunteers who help set up decorations for the village feast to be able to take part. Another St Julian's tradition saw hunters saluting their patron saint firing of a musketterija as the statue was taken out of the church. The hunters fired blank cartridges filled with black powder from the roof of the parish church. The tradition started in 1982. Although musketterija is usually linked with fireworks, the word originated from the word 'musket'. Not only was St Julian a hunter, the town, St Julian's, was also a hunting area in the time of the knights, when it was unbuilt and rural.

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  • Updated: Rubinho and Evra see red as Serie A champions Juventus slump to Roma defeat

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    Juventus had two men sent off as their dismal start to the Serie A season continued at Roma. The champions, who lost their opening match at home to Udinese last week, went down 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico and had Rubinho and Patrice Evra sent off in the final quarter. Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring for Roma with an impressive free-kick just past the hour mark and, after their opponents had been reduced to nine men, Edin Dzeko headed home with 11 minutes remaining to double the advantage. Paulo Dybala pulled a goal back in the 88th minute and the visitors launched a belated battle for an unlikely point. However, it did not come and Juve, who won the league by 17 points last season, find themselves without a point from their first two games of this campaign. Napoli threw away a two-goal lead at home to Sampdoria. A pair of first-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain had Napoli in charge but Eder netted twice in as many minutes just before the hour - the first a penalty - to earn the visitors a point. Stevan Jovetic took his goal tally to three in two games for Inter Milan, who won 2-1 at Carpi. Jovetic opened the scoring in the 31st minute and, after Antonio Di Gaudio had levelled for...

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  • Rubinho and Evra see red as Serie A champions Juventus slump to Roma defeat

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    Juventus had two men sent off as their dismal start to the Serie A season continued at Roma. The champions, who lost their opening match at home to Udinese last week, went down 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico and had Rubinho and Patrice Evra sent off in the final quarter. Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring for Roma with an impressive free-kick just past the hour mark and, after their opponents had been reduced to nine men, Edin Dzeko headed home with 11 minutes remaining to double the advantage. Paulo Dybala pulled a goal back in the 88th minute and the visitors launched a belated battle for an unlikely point. However, it did not come and Juve, who won the league by 17 points last season, find themselves without a point from their first two games of this campaign.

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  • Woman seriously injured in horse accident

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    A 37-year-old woman from Marsa was grievously injured this afternoon when she was hit by a horse that was being ridden during a race in Triq L-Imġarr, Għajnsielem. She is not in a critical condition. The accident happened at 5.30pm. The police said the woman was taken to Gozo General Hospital for treatment.

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  • Times of Malta photographer Matthew Mirabelli completes Ironman challenge

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    The Times of Malta’s photographer Matthew Mirabelli this evening achieved his childhood dream of becoming an Ironman after completing the Ironman Vichy challenge in France in 11 hours 44 minutes. The triathlon challenge involved a 3.8-kilometre swim in lake Allier, a 180-kilometre bike ride through the regions of Allier and Puy-de-dome and a 42-kilometre run through the shores of Lac d'Allier and historical Vichy. Mr Mirabelli described the gruelling challenge as was very tiring but rewarding. "It was something I have wanted to do since I was 12 but kept putting off. Now I finally did it," he said. Mr Mirabelli said that although his goal was to finish the challenge, he also wished to complete it in under 12 hours and he succeeded. To become an Ironman, one has to complete the challenge in less than 17 hours. The triathlon was no easy task and although he had trained hard for it, he did not really know what to expect and found it to be not just physically challenging but also mentally. "You go through a finish line and have to start all over again. You go through another finish line but it's not over, you have to start again," he said. It was so tough that as it was underway he...

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  • Updated: Swansea end United unbeaten start, Southampton win

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    Swansea City came from behind to end Manchester United's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with an impressive 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium. After an entertaining first half ended goalless Juan Mata fired Luke Shaw's teasing cross into the roof of the net in the 48th minute before Swansea took control. Andre Ayew restored parity with a headed effort 13 minutes later before Bafetimbi Gomis maintained his superb form with a low shot five minutes later as the Welsh side registered their third successive league victory over United. Earlier, Dusan Tadic's brace and a goal from Graziano Pelle gave Southampton's stuttering league campaign lift-off with a comfortable 3-0 victory over promoted Norwich City at St Mary's . Norwich defender Steven Whittaker was sent off having received two yellow cards within four first-half minutes for professional fouls as the south-coast club registered their first victory of the season. Swansea, who have eight points from four games, leapfrogged United, with seven, into fourth. Southampton moved up to 10th with five points while Norwich sit one point adrift in 14th.

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  • Tadic brace gives Southampton lift-off

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    Dusan Tadic's brace gave Southampton's stuttering Premier League campaign lift-off with a comfortable 3-0 victory over promoted Norwich City at St Mary's. After Graziano Pelle poked Southampton ahead in the 45th minute Tadic took over with an impressive display, scoring quick-fire goals midway through the second half to give the south coast club their first victory of the season. Norwich defender Steven Whittaker was dismissed having received two yellow cards within four first-half minutes for professional fouls. Victory moved Southampton up to 10th with five points while Norwich sit one point adrift in 14th. Manchester United visit Swansea City later today.

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  • Eni finds ‘supergiant’ natural gas field off Egypt

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    Italian energy company Eni has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, it revealed. A company statement today is calling it the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. Eni said after full development, the discovery will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt's natural gas demands "for decades." The news came a day after Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian leader's office said. Eni said the discovery - made in its Zohr prospect "in the deep waters of Egypt" - could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 100 sq km. The discovery well is about 120 miles from the Egyptian coast, and is at a depth of 4,757ft in the Shorouk Block, the company said. "Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world's largest natural gas finds," Eni said in a statement. "The discovery, after its full development, will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt's natural gas demand for decades." "Eni will immediately appraise the field with the aim of accelerating a fast-track development of the discovery," the energy company...

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  • Heritage Malta museums and sites open for free on Victory Day

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    Heritage Malta has announced that it will be opening the majority of its museums and sites for free...

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  • SDM opposes the Government’s proposal for earlier school hours

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    Studenti Demokristjani Maltin has said in a statement today that although it is reasonable to say that school...

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  • EU-bound refugees fill latest train from Macedonia

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    Carrying their children,bottles of water and few belongings, hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees boarded a train in southern Macedonia today to continue their journey towards Serbia and ultimately EU countries further north. Around 500 migrants boarded the government-provided train, which runs twice a day to Serbia's border with Hungary, the last leg of the migrants' journey before they get into the EU's Schengen passport-free zone. In their search for a better life free of conflict and political instability, almost all hope to reach the more affluent countries of northern and western Europe such as Germany and Sweden. As the flow of people taking the Balkans route towards western Europe continues, the UN estimates that up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria. In response to the flow of migrants, Hungary is building a 3.5-metre high fence along its 175-kmborder with Serbia, taking a hard line on what right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban says is a threat to European security, prosperity, and identity.

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  • Enemalta scheduled power suspension in Xaghra on Tuesday

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    Enemalta has advised that due to scheduled maintenance works on the electricity grid in Gozo, there will be...

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  • Police detain fifth suspect over Austria truck migrant deaths

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    A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighbouring Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said. A national police statement said the Bulgarian national was arrested yesterday evening. Police said they will seek to have him held in custody on suspicion of human trafficking. Yesterday, a court in the central city of Kecskemet - from where prosecutors say the truck departed - placed four other suspects under preliminary arrest pending possible indictment. Those men, three Bulgarians and an Afghan, were arrested on Thursday in southern Hungary. The truck with the dead migrants was found earlier that day parked along the Budapest-to-Vienna highway. Austrian experts are performing autopsies on the victims: 59 men, eight women and four children.

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  • SDM opposes proposed earlier school hours

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    Although school hours had a relative impact on traffic congestion, there were wider issues evident by the continuation of the problem in summer that needed to be targeted before implementing any rush decisions, Studenti Demokristjani Maltin said this afternoon. The government yesterday launched a white paper on traffic congestion and whether schools could play a role in alleviating this challenge. Its aim is to provide an overview of the school operational logistics and transport system and find ways on whether this can help minimise traffic across the country. It said in a statement the government should focus on bigger issues such as the public transport, and also offer incentives to promote car pooling and the use of other means of transportation such as motorbikes and bicycles. “Whilst it is encouraging that traffic is not seen as a perception anymore, we believe that more reasonable and effective methods can be used to tackle this problem. “This is why we fully agree with the proposition that a nationwide transportation-system for students is organised according to the localities rather than the individual schools,” SDM said.

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  • Fire fighters fight blaze at Birżebbuġa garage

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    Civil Protection personnel from the Hal Far fire station were out in full force early this morning to fight a blaze in a basement garage in Birżebbuġa. No one was injured but most of the contents in the garage were destroyed.  

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  • Pope: Let’s stop crimes like deaths of migrants in trucks

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    Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway. Pope Francis invited faithful in St Peter's Square in Rome to pray silently with him for migrants who die "on their terrible journeys." He also prayed that God would "help us to cooperate effectively to impede these crimes, which offend the entire human family". Pope Francis noted Vienna's cardinal was in the square. Four men are being investigated by Hungarian authorities in the human trafficking case. With Christians in Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere fleeing persecution among the huge numbers of migrants seeking safety, the pope implored the international community to "do something to put an end to the violence and abuses" of power.

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  • Eddie Fenech Adami discharged from hospital

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    Former President and prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami has been discharged from hospital where he was kept for observation after suffering a minor heart attack yesterday afternoon. Dr Fenech Adami, 81, was admitted to hospital after temporarily losing consciousness while on a boat trip with his son and MP Beppe, together with other family members.  

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  • Senglea man charged with theft

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    A 34-year-old man from Senglea was this afternoon remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty to theft. Christopher Scerri was charged with stealing a number of items from a residence in Kalkara and with attempting another theft from a residence in Senglea. He was also charged with being in possession of stolen goods and a relapser.

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  • Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

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    Egypt's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made in court after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news." The ministry said it objected to John Casson's comments, calling them "unacceptable interference" in the country's judiciary. The court sentenced the three journalists on Saturday, sparking international outcry in the latest attack on free speech in the country. Speaking to television cameras in Arabic after the verdict, Mr Casson said he was concerned it could "undermine confidence in the basis of Egypt's stability, both in Egypt and abroad". The comments were posted on the British Embassy's Facebook page, and were met with a wave of negative reaction in Arabic and English. Meanwhile, deported Australian journalist, Peter Greste called on Egyptian prosecutors to provide evidence against him.

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  • Italy provisional squad for game against Malta in Azerbaijan

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    Italy provisional squad The provisional Italy squad for the game against Malta in Azerbaijan on September 20 can be seen in the pdf link below.  

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  • Cardona aide on hotel board

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    Mario Azzopardi, pictured with Joseph Muscat, is a director of a four-star hotel owned by a joint venture between the Maltese government and a Libyan investment company. A ministry chief of staff has been appointed as a State representative on the board of directors of a four-star hotel owned by a Maltese-Libyan joint venture. Mario Azzopardi, who also owns a boutique in Birkirkara, was nominated as a director of Vivaldi Hotel Limited in June 2013 – shortly after his appointment as chief of staff at the Economy Ministry. In recent weeks, Economy Minister Chris Cardona has come under fire following a number of appointments involving relatives of his chief of staff, most notably an 18-year-old nephew as director of a newly established government security... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Libya detainee ‘may be facing deportation’

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    Carmelo Grech could be deported to Malta rather than having to face smuggling charges in a Libyan court, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. In the latest twist in Mr Grech’s case, it is understood that he faces the possibility of deportation. Libyan authorities were poised to press charges of smuggling against Mr Grech after he was caught with over €300,000 cash at Labrak airport in Al Bayda. It is not clear what led to this sudden change of heart. The Maltese government has been communicating with the internationally recognised Tobruk government since Mr Grech was first arrested earlier this month. Sources said Mr Grech, 60, had contacted his family in Malta yesterday and informed them he was in good health. Read more in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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  • Wagging tails & a warm welcome: Deefer & Tai waiting for forever homes

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    Gozo SPCA said that two weeks ago, for the first time in its near 40-year history, there were...

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  • A call for collective courage on migration: President Juncker & Commissioner Avramopoulos

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    In an op-ed published last week, European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker has taken stock of the recent developments...

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  • How €6 brought a fish meal… and memories flooding back

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    Malta holds a special place in the heart of the woman who co-wrote Tom Jones’s chart topper Delilah. Sarah Carabott spoke to Sylvan Mason after a chance restaurant visit reacquainted her with friends she had not seen for many years. “Malta is my second home. I spent many summers here and made many good friends, but unfortunately, I lost touch with them before mobile phones became a commodity and international calls were expensive,” says Sylvan Mason, as she settles down on a sofa at the hotel’s reception. Ms Mason, 71, has just finished writing fresh lyrics to Delilah – with her old friend... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Joseph Muscat critical of PN’s maths and geography

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    Maths and geography are not the Opposition’s strength the Prime Minister said in a dig at criticism over fuel prices and a phantom visit to North Korea. Joseph Muscat accused the Opposition of being short-sighted in its criticism on fuel prices when it based its calculations on weekly fluctuations. He was speaking on One Radio, the party station, during a brief phone call this morning. The Nationalist Party called on the government to lower the price of petrol and diesel as crude oil plunged to $40 per barrel last week. The price climbed up to $45 by the end of the week. However, the PN statement did not refer to the Brent crude oil price which is used as a benchmark in Europe but used instead the crude oil WTI index, which is used as a benchmark in the Americas. The PN said motorists in Malta were paying among the highest prices for fuel across Europe despite a drop in crude oil prices. But Dr Muscat was unapologetic for his government’s policy to go for price stability in petrol and diesel as opposed to the previous administration’s policy to changes fuel prices every month. He said the price of fuel had consistently been reduced since 2013 for the long haul. “At the beginning...

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  • Simon Busuttil calls on government to publish inquiry report on Gaffarena’s Valletta property deal

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    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this morning urged the Prime Ministry to publish the findings of a government inquiry on the controversial €1.65 million expropriation deal for half a property in Old Mint Street in Valletta. Last June the Internal Audit and Investigation Department had been asked to probe the agreement  for which Mark Gaffarena got cash and land in exchange. Referring to recent reports that the inquiry had been concluded, Dr Busuttil asked “what is the Prime Minister waiting for to publish the IAID report?” Speaking during a short telephone interview on Radio 101, the Opposition leader  remarked that the list of scandals in Labour's 25 months, would have been unimaginable in 25 years of Nationalist administration. “This is the result of Labour’s colonisation of public entities by deploying its own people,” he added. Not only was Labour’s meritocracy pledge thrown out of the window, this ‘colonisation’ was fuelling institutionalised meritocracy, he said. Dr Busuttil noted that taxpayers were the one who were funding these scandals. The Opposition leader said that had he been in the Prime Minister’s shoes he would have reversed the Gaffarena deal, asked Lands...

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  • Review of system due after 100 families ignore truancy

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    Not one of the 100 families issued with a final warning to pay their outstanding truancy fines or face legal action has complied with the order, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt. The situation, however, has prompted the government to review the system and move away from punishing parents who may need help. Last January this newspaper reported that the Attorney General had sent a letter of final notice to 100 families who had repeatedly ignored fines for not sending their children to school. The letter had instructed them to settle their dues or be taken to court. However, a spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday confirmed that, seven months later, none of the families had complied. Read more in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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