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  • Chelsea go three clear after easing to win at Stoke

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    John Terry's early header and Cesc Fabregas's second-half strike restored Chelsea's three-point Premier League lead heading into a busy Christmas programme after a 2-0 win at Stoke City. Chelsea were ahead inside two minutes at the Britannia Stadium when Terry met a Fabregas corner with a powerful downward header. Stoke pushed forward after the break without ever causing fit-again Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois many problems and Fabregas sealed victory with a scuffed finish 12 minutes from time. Chelsea, who host West Ham United on Friday, have 42 points from 17 games with Manchester City, who visit West Brom the same day, on 39 and Manchester United on 32.

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  • Supercoppa final: Napoli win on penalties

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Juventus 2 Napoli 2 (Napoli win 6-5 on penalties) Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero as he saved Simone Padoin's penalty to earn Rafael Benitez's side a dramatic 6-5 shootout victory over Juventus in the Supercoppa final in Doha. The match went into extra-time after Carlos Tevez's fifth minute opener for Juve was cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuain midway through the second half. Tevez scored again in the 106th minute but Higuain levelled the game at 2-2 12 minutes later to take the match to a penalty shootout. Both sides missed their first spot-kicks, with Jorginho's effort saved by Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon before Tevez struck the right post. When Alvaro Morata levelled things up at 4-4 it went to sudden death, with Buffon saving Dries Mertens' effort before Rafael kept out Giorgio Chiellini's spot-kick. The Juve goalkeeper made another save to deny Jose Callejon to give his side the advantage, but Roberto Pereyra sliced his penalty high above the bar. Kalidou Koulibaly then gave Napoli the edge, as he scored to put the shootout 6-5 in their favour. The stage was then set for Rafael, who kept out Padoin's effort to claim victory for Napoli. The early momentum swung in...

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  • Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career spanning more than 40 years, and was perhaps best known for his cover of The Beatles' song With A Little Help From My Friends and for Up Where We Belong. Marshall Arts, which represented Cocker for more than 30 years, confirmed his death. The rock and blues veteran died today after a battle with lung cancer, leaving behind his wife Pam. Edgar Berger, chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment International, who signed Cocker, said: "Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I've ever met. "His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe's wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world." Beatles drummer Ringo Starr paid tribute to his friend, saying: "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends, peace and love." Cocker was born in May 1944 in Sheffield, where he lived until his early twenties. He came to prominence in the early 1960s, famous for his distinctive gravelly voice. His cover of A Little Help...

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  • Six dead in Glasgow bin lorry crash

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Six people have died after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers, knocking down pedestrians "like pinballs". Witnesses described bodies lying in the road after the tragedy in Glasgow city centre which is being treated by authorities as a major incident. Police Scotland said six people had been killed and seven people had been seriously injured. A Police Scotland statement said: "Regarding a major road incident in George Square, Glasgow, please note that we can confirm that six people have been fatally injured as a result." Witness Melanie Greg said the lorry travelled 150 yards along the pavement before crashing in George Square. She told Sky News: "The bin lorry just lost control. It went along the pavement, knocking everyone like pinballs. "There was a baby in a buggy, and it just continued knocking people down until it ended up in the building. Quite horrific, very scary. "The only way it stopped was hitting the building. "People were trying to run out of the way. But when something was coming out behind them like that, how can they run out of the way?" She added: "There was noise, bangs, screams and everything. It was just...

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  • Two Renaissance paintings restored

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Two Renaissance panels have been restored with the support of Banif. The paintings are two of 11 or more, from an altarpiece by Antonio de Saliba (c.1466-c.1535), that was commissioned for the late medieval Rabat Franciscan Minor Observants’ Church of Santa Maria di Gesù (Ta’ Giezu). In the course of the restoration, which lasted a year and a half, a number of interesting insights into the 700-year-old paintings were unearthed, including new colours and new textures. Chief restorer Paul Muscat removed layers of over-painting that had given the work a close resemblance to what was intended by the original artist. In the Madonna and Child panel, the Madonna previously held a rose that she passed on to the Child but the rose was originally a passion flower. The Christ Child had been completely overpainted altering the body entirely and concealing a coral pendant hanging from a necklace. ReCoop Laboratories were commissioned to undertake diagnostic tests on the paintings and restore them to their former glory by the University’s Department of History of Art, directed by Mario Buhagiar and assisted by Charlene Vella. Atlas Insurance, Island Insurance Brokers and ReCoop also supported...

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  • Power company to pay $772m in bribery case

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to the US to resolve allegations that it bribed government officials in multiple foreign countries. US justice department officials announced that Alstom would plead guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prosecutors say the company and several subsidiaries falsified books and paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes for contracts for power, grid and transportation projects. Authorities say the bribes were paid in countries including Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The guilty plea was being entered in federal court in Connecticut, where a US subsidiary is located. The justice department says five individuals, including four executives of Alstom and its subsidiaries, have already been charged in connection with bribery-related schemes.

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  • Record weekend: 15,000 visit Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem & 9,00 children attend Dinja tat-Tfal

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Last weekend was a record for Gozo, with two attractions drawing many thousands of people, namely Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem,...

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  • Two charged over 3kg cocaine haul

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A Nigerian woman who allegedly imported three kilograms of cocaine and a Maltese man who accepted the package during a controlled delivery were today arraigned separately in court. Rachael Fred, 29, who lives in Italy, was arrested on her arrival in Malta on the Catamaran from Pozzallo on Saturday night after three kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine was found in a false bottom in her suitcase. Before Magistrate Marseanne Farrugia, Ms Fred denied the charges brought against her. No request for bail was made and she was remanded in custody. The court heard how the police organised a controlled delivery to ascertain who was the person who was accepting the consignment. This led the police to arrest 35-year-old Christopher Polidano, from Safi, who also denied the charges brought against him. When the police tried to stop the man, he entered a car and tried to escape by driving on the pavement, hitting several parked cars in the process. He stopped after crashing into an electricity pole. He appeared in court sporting several facial injuries, including a black eye. His arraignment took longer than expected because defence counsel Franco Debono noted that an order from...

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  • Consultation document launched by the LGA for Digital Games of Skill with Prize

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA), has said that having recognised certain concerns due to the lack of...

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  • Information on the Chapel of St Joseph on Mill-Campus ta’ Ghawdex

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Listeners to this 12th edition of ‘Mill-Campus ta’ Ghawdex,’ the Gozo University Group’s radio programme, will be able...

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  • The farcical side of Maltese politics

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    House visits provide the perfect platform for politicians to meet with their constituents and hopefully obtain their vote. But what happens when politicians get more (or less) than they bargained for? What is the most extravagant thing that has been demanded out of them? A cushy job somewhere, a house of character...? Following the recent release of former EU Commissioner Tonio Borg's book about the funny side of politics, Times Talk will tackle a light topic for the festive season. Here is a sneak peek of tomorrow’s Times Talk that takes a closer look at the awkward moments beyond the political facade. Presented by Times of Malta's head of media Herman Grech and chief reporter Mark Micallef, Times Talk is aired on TVM at 6.45pm.

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  • The farcical side of politics

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    House visits provide the perfect platform for politicians to meet with their constituents and hopefully obtain their vote. But what is the most extravagant thing they have ever been asked for? A cushy job somewhere, a house of character? Here is a sneak peak of tomorrow’s Times Talk that takes a closer look at the funny side of politics.  

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  • Enemalta receives the first €2.5 million payment from ElectroGas consortium

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Government has said that in the last hours the first payment has been received by Enemalta as...

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  • Monkey to the rescue

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A monkey saves the life of another monkey who fell unconscious after being shocked by electrical wiring on a rail track in India's northern city of Kanpur. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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  • Bird Park owners protest over Coast Road project

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The owners of the Bird Park at Kennedy Grove filed a judicial protest against Transport Malta and the Transport Minister over lack of access to the nature park as a result of the project currently under way. Kevin Mallia, representing Bird Park Malta Limited, complained that access to his business was completely blocked, even for pedestrians. He said the project, that began on August 9, started off by closing access of both roads leading to the park. Eventually, even access for pedestrians was blocked, with Transport Malta workers instructing tourists and other visitors to take another direction to the park, which meant a walk of almost six kilometres. In addition to this, a bus stop close by for visitors arriving by public transport was also removed. It was only on October 21, after several meetings with contractors and architects involved in the project, that access was temporarily granted. Mr Mallia said that as a result of limited access, the park had no option but to terminate the employment of a number of workers, as well as loss of earnings. He said that although this problem could have been circumvented with some foresight, no precautions had been taken to limit the...

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  • Gozo Philatelic Society to present exhibition prizes at its next AGM

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Gozo Philatelic Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, the 4th of January, starting at...

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  • Large caps lift share index to 5-week high

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The share index trended higher for the third consecutive session as positive movements across most of the large cap equities lifted the local equity benchmark by a further 1.1 per cent during this morning’s session to a fresh five-week high of 3,303.699 points. In the banking sector, the share price of HSBC advanced by 3.9 per cent to regain the €1.97,5 level across five deals totalling 15,445 shares. Similarly, Bank of Valletta edged 0.2 per cent higher to recapture the €2.21,5 level on volumes of 15,860 shares. The bank’s equity will continue to trade with the entitlement to the recently approved one for 11 bonus share issue until  January 14. GO also performed positively with the share price ending this morning’s session two per cent higher at the €2.55 level across eight trades totalling 18,455 shares. Support for the quad-play telecoms operator has resurfaced after last week’s reports in the Greek press that Vodafone and Wind Hellas (which together own almost 40 per cent of Forthnet) are set to launch a binding bid for the remaining shares in Forthnet SA after the Christmas holidays. Meanwhile, the Greek incumbent OTE is not expected to lodge its bid for Nova (the pay-TV...

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  • Prime Minister’s New Year greetings

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle will exchange New Year’s greetings with the public at Auberge de Castille on New Year’s Eve. Those interested should call to leave their details on 2200 2400 and visit between 3.30 and 5pm, the government said. The Cabinet Room and the Ambassadors’ Hall will be open for viewing and visitors will be able to sign the Visitors' Book.

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  • Pope issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they are supposed to be joyful men of God. Pope Francis's Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See was no joyful exchange of holiday good wishes. Rather, it was a sobering catalogue of 15 sins of the Curia that Pope Francis said he hoped would be atoned for and cured in the new year. His criticism included: How the "terrorism of gossip" can "kill the reputation of our colleagues and brothers in cold blood". How cliques can "enslave their members and become a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body" and eventually kill it by "friendly fire". How some suffer from a "pathology of power" that makes them seek power at all costs, even if it means defaming or discrediting others publicly. Pope Francis, who is the first Latin American pope and never worked in the Italian-dominated Curia before he was elected, has not shied from complaining about the gossiping, careerism and bureaucratic power intrigues...

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  • Patrick Dalli files libel suits against Times of Malta

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Patrick Dalli, husband of Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli, today filed two libel suits against Times of Malta over a series of articles about alleged illegal works on a farmhouse in Zejtun. In his libel cases, signed by lawyer Edward Gatt, Mr Dalli is claiming that the articles were libellous and aimed at tarnishing his reputation. The articles, written by journalist Caroline Muscat, dealt with the controversy surrounding the Zejtun farmhouse owned by the Dallis. One article he complained about was entitled “Minister shuns questions over husband’s property”.

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  • Personalities and prisoners in football game for l-Istrina

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preco and Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela this morning kicked off a football match at Tedesco Stadium in Hamrun between personalities and inmates of the Corradino Correctional Facility. The match was held in aid of l-Istrina.

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  • Fire rescue

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said the man told firefighters he was sleeping when his dog Buddy nudged him and woke him up. The man saw a fire burning in a bedroom in the rear of the house. The Sacramento Bee reported the man suffered from smoke inhalation and had soot on his face. Mr Padilla said the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters had found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house. He said the home had significant damage.

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  • Electrogas makes first €2.5 million payment to Enemalta

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The first payment of €2.5 million, one of 12 for a total of €30 million, has been made by Electrogas to Enemalta, the government said. The whole sum is being paid over a 12-month period. The government said the payment is part of Enemalta’s financial plan which was to strengthen Enemalta. It also enabled tariffs to be lowered for families last March and for businesses the coming March. Electrogas is building a gas power station. The station, due to have been completed in March, was delayed and the first production is now expected in June 2016.  

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  • MEPA publishes proposed Solar Farm Policy for Malta and Gozo

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A new proposed policy framework has been published by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) together with...

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  • President greeted by thousands in different Gozitan localities

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    Thousands of Gozitan families from different localities warmly welcomed the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca during L-Istrina activities held in Gozo over the weekend. The activities started from Għarb and through each locality visited by the President, a special entertainment program was prepared, which included music from bands and choirs of children singing the hymns of Christmas. The President thanked all the people present for making this such a special occasion and she explained that the real reason for Christmas is to spread love and joy to one another. She also said that if everyone donated just a little the Malta Community Chest Fund can have the opportunity to do great things by helping those who are really in need.  After Għarb, the President of Malta visited the sports complex in Victoria where special activities were held by a large number of children in aid of l-Istrina. Present for this activity were the Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo. The visit the continued towards Żebbuġ where the President of Malta was welcomed with this year’s song of solidarity for l-Istrina 2014 ‘Int min Int'. Here, the President said that Gozo’s population might be small but...

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  • Jailed for drug possession

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A man was this morning jailed for six-and-a-half years and fined €15,000 after he pleaded guilty to possession of almost a kilogram of cannabis and cocaine in March this year. Aaron Sciortino, 36, from Zejtun ,pleaded guilty, avoiding a trial by jury, to being in possession with intent to traffic the cannabis and cocaine found in his car during a road block. In pleading guilty, Mr Sciortino utilised a new procedure that bypasses the need of lengthy compilations of evidence. The prosecution and the defence said an agreement had been struck following a plea bargaining exercise. He jailed him for six-and- a-half years. Lawyers Franco Debono and Arthur Azzopardi appeared for the accused.

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  • China ‘is against cyber attacks’

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    China has told the US that it is against cyber attacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made the comments to US secretary of state John Kerry in a phone conversation, but did not blame North Korea for the hackings against Sony Pictures, the ministry said in a statement. Sony Pictures cancelled the release of the film The Interview, a comedy that revolves around the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after receiving threats of terrorist attacks from hackers. US federal investigators have connected the hackings to North Korea. The US has reached out to China, North Korea's key ally, for help as President Barack Obama weighs possible responses to the cyber attack. Although China holds considerable leverage over the North and its technological infrastructure, involving Beijing could pose complications because Mr Obama has pointedly accused China of engaging in its own acts of cyber theft. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned against suggesting that China was used as a platform for the...

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  • More than €5000 raised through Police charity activities

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Police held two separate activities in the aim to raise money for L-Istrina and the Community Chest Fund.  The first activity was organised on the 20th of December in the Police’s Shooting Range at Ta’ Kandja where a shooting competition was held. More than 150 people took park in the activity and a total of €1500 were raised.  Then on the 21st of December a Charity Ride was organised which started from the Police’s Garage and ended in Ta’ Kandja. More than 425 motorcycles were involved in the Charity Ride and around €4000 were raised.  The Police Corps would like to thank all those who participated in these events and made sure there were a success. 

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  • More than €5000 raised through Police activities

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    The Police held two separate activities in the aim to raise money for L-Istrina and the Community Chest Fund.  The first activity was organised on the 20th of December in the Police’s Shooting Range at Ta’ Kandja where a shooting competition was held. More than 150 people took park in the activity and a total of €1500 were raised.  Then on the 21st of December a Charity Ride was organised which started from the Police’s Garage and ended in Ta’ Kandja. More than 425 motorcycles were involved in the Charity Ride and around €4000 were raised.  The Police Corps would like to thank all those who participated in these events and made sure there were a success. 

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  • Consultation document on digital games of skill issued

    Dec 22 • News • 0 Views

    A consultation document to elicit the industry’s view of a regulated market regarding digital games of skill with prize via distance communication that are offered commercially has been issued by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA). The document was issued following concerns due to the lack of specific regulation.Other legislation, mainly consumer legislation, addressed certain facets of the offering of the games. “Nevertheless, the authority feels that specific regulation of this form of gaming, or guidelines relating thereto, may be required.” The LGA currently regulates games of chance with prize, and games of chance and skill with prize. The consultation document can be accessed here. Contributions and feedback from interested parties can be sent to skillgames.lga@lga.org.mt by February 4.

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