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  • Robin Williams’ ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County, Williams, 63, was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from serve depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document. Williams' death stunned his former Hollywood colleagues, who remembered him for his generosity and humble nature. The actor's madcap comic style launched him to prominence as a friendly alien in the late 1970s TV series "Mork & Mindy," and his dramatic versatility also earned him an Oscar for his role as a fatherly therapist in 1997's "Good Will Hunting." Williams' family has not announced plans for a memorial. Fellow comedian Billy Crystal will give a tribute to Williams at the annual television Emmy Awards on Aug. 25.

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  • ‘Oh my God that’s horrible,’ and then go on eating their dinners

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Shortly after his release from a Libyan prison in 2011, American journalist James Foley warned against irrational risk-taking during a TV interview. “It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth seeing your mother, father, brother and sister bawling. No matter what romantic ideal you have. I should have known that a long time ago.” But Foley returned to the front lines and last Wednesday, he was shown to the world, kneeling in orange robes, before he was brutally butchered by a bunch of irrational Islamic savages by the name of Isis.  Comments that Foley was aware of the immense danger he was facing, and therefore should have known better, especially after his Libya ordeal, are downright myopic. Are war correspondents driven by an adrenaline rush? Certainly! Egos? Perhaps. But most of all they are driven in their quest to report the truth (or a semblance of it) from the most godforsaken regions in the world. It is easy to accuse certain media organisations of having an agenda, of failing to get their priorities right. Yes, they sometimes do, and I’m the first to admit it. But if it weren’t for brave journalists like Foley, we would never have an idea of the suffering of millions of...

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  • Update 4, video – Man shot dead in Fgura, days after release on bail

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was shot dead in Fgura this evening, less than two weeks after he was granted bail after himself being accused of attempted murder. The man, Jonathan Pace, was  shot in the back and the head at about 9.15 p.m. He was inside a first floor apartment at the time and the shots were fired through a balcony door, which was shattered. He died in hospital. A boy and a woman were seen crying Miet id-Daddy (Dad has died) as his death became known. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher,  was facing court proceedings where he was pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence. Mr Muscat had been shot outside his house in Msida. A man who was close to the scene of this evening's shooting was hospitalised suffering from shock.    

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  • Update 3 – Man shot dead in Fgura, days after release on bail

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was shot dead in Fgura this evening, less than two weeks after he was granted bail after himself being accused of attempted murder. The man, Jonathan Pace, was  shot in the back and the head at about 9.15 p.m. He was inside a first floor apartment at the time and the shots were fired through a balcony door, which was shattered. He died in hospital. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher,  was facing court proceedings where he was pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence. Mr Muscat had been shot outside his house in Msida. A man who was close to the scene of this evening's shooting was hospitalised suffering from shock. Meanwhile, sources said a car was found burnt near Fgura shortly after the incident. It is not known if it is related to the shooting.  

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  • Update 3 – Man shot dead in Fgura

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was shot dead in Fgura this evening, less then two weeks after he was granted bail after himself being accused of attempted murder. The man, Jonathan Pace, was  shot in the back and the head at about 9.15 p.m. He died in hospital. He was inside a first floor apartment at the time and the shots were fired through a balcony door, which was shattered. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher, is currently facing court proceedings where he is pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence. Mr Muscat had been shot outside his house in Msida. Mr Pace was granted bail less than two weeks ago. A man who was close to the scene of this evening's shooting was hospitalised suffering from shock. Meanwhile, sources said a car was found burnt near Fgura shortly after the incident. It is not known if it is related to the shooting.  

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  • Update 2 – Man involved in murder case shot in Fgura

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was critically injured in a shooting incident in Triq Mahatma Gandhi in Fgura this evening. According to initial reports the man, Jonathan Pace, was  shot in the back and the head at about 9.15 p.m.. He was inside a first floor apartment at the time and the shots were fired through a balcony door, which was shattered. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher, is currently facing court proceedings where he is pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence. Mr Muscat had been shot outside his house in Msida. Mr Pace was granted bail on August 8. A man who was close to the scene of this evening's shooting was hospitalised suffering from shock. Meanwhile, sources said a car was found burnt near Fgura shortly after the incident.   

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  • Update 1 – Man involved in murder case shot in Fgura

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was critically injured in a shooting incident in Triq Mahatma Gandhi in Fgura this evening. According to initial reports the man, Jonathan Pace, was  shot in the back and the head. He was inside an apartment at the time and the shots were fired through a window, apparently from a car. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher, is currently facing court proceedings where he is pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence. Mr Muscat had been shot outside his house in Msida. Mr Pace was granted bail on August 8. CAR FOUND BURNT A car was found burnt near Fgura shortly after the incident. The police are investigating a possible link.  

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  • Man shot in Fgura

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man was critically injured in a shooting incident in Triq Mahatma Gandhi in Fgura this evening. According to initial reports the man, Jonathan Pace,  was  shot in the back and the head. Mr Pace, 31, from Gudja, the owner of Tyson Butcher, is currently facing court proceedings where he is pleading not guilty to trying to kill 52-year-old Vince Muscat, known as il-Koħħu, firing a gun in an inhabited area, causing damage and not having a licence.  

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  • Art appreciation and education at the Heart of Gozo museum

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Il-Hagar| Heart of Gozo museum in Victoria has said that an important objective which the museum is aiming...

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  • ‘No health risk’ from Ebola pair

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Two American aid workers discharged from hospital after being treated for the deadly Ebola virus pose no public health risk, their hospital carers said. Officials in Atlanta announced the release of Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol today. Dr Brantly left Emory University Hospital today and Dr Writebol left on Tuesday. Family and officials say they're free of the virus. Dr Writebol's husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location. They were at the hospital nearly three weeks after being infected with the virus in Africa. Dr Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at the hospital, said at a news conference that their release did not pose a public health risk. At the news conference, Dr Brantly said it is "a miraculous day". Dr Brantly, 33, said: "I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family. As a medical missionary I never imagined myself in this position. Dr Brantly and his wife stood holding hands before he read from a written statement. He choked up several times while thanking his aid group, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, and the Emory medical team standing behind...

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  • Power of vacuum cleaners faces curb

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Consumers who like a powerful vacuum cleaner have been urged to buy one now before new energy rules that restrict motor sizes come into effect next month. A new EU energy label to be introduced from September 1 means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts. The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models in the UK have motor sizes that exceed this, "so if you're in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the models currently available sell out". Of seven awarded Best Buy status since January 2013, five have motors of more than 1,600 watts, it said. The maximum wattage will be lowered even further to 900 watts by 2017. Current cleaners boast an average of 1,800 watts. For the first time, the labels will give vacuum cleaners A to G ratings for energy use, cleaning performance on carpets and hard floors, and dust emissions. The label also requires a minimum level of performance for the vacuum to be sold in the EU. But the scheme is self-regulating, meaning that manufacturers will create their own labels, and Which? said it was unclear if the results were being corroborated by...

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  • 15 birds released back into the wild today following rehabilitation

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    15 birds, including honey buzzards, marsh harriers, common kestrels, short eared owls, a hobby, turtle doves, a collared...

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  • Oil falls towards 14-month low below $102 on ample supply

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Brent crude oil fell below $102 a barrel today, near a 14-month low, on plentiful fuel supplies and as Chinese economic data pointed to slowing demand, although prices steadied in early US trading. US crude oil prices fell to the lowest since January below $93 a barrel before bouncing back towards $94 as a gauge of future US economic activity rose more than expected in July. The world's top two crude oil benchmarks have fallen by more than $10 a barrel since June on a build-up of supply in the Atlantic Basin and diminishing worries over the risk that conflicts in the Middle East would hit production. Libya has resumed exports from its largest port, helping push its oil output to the highest level for months, while top exporter Saudi Arabia raised its output in July to 10 million barrels per day (bpd). "Supply fears have been quelled by an increased export volume from Libya," said Dorian Lucas, an analyst at energy consultancy Inenco. Brent crude for October dropped as low as $101.21 a barrel on Thursday before recovering to trade down 35 cents at $101.93 by 1406 GMT. It touched $101.07 on Tuesday, its lowest since June 26, 2013. US crude slipped to its lowest since January at...

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  • airX Malta International Airshow set to be the largest edition to date

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    This years’ edition of the airX Malta International Airshow is set to be the biggest edition ever organised....

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  • Rehabilitated birds released

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Fifteen birds, including honey buzzards, marsh harriers, common kestrels, short eared owls, a hobby, turtle doves, a collared dove, and a yellow legged gull were released into the wild today, following rehabilitation. The release was coordinated by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights. After brief period of acclimatization, most of these birds are expected to proceed on their annual migration south to the African continent, according to  the secretariat. The birds had been handed in by members of the public after they were injured. They were treated by the Government Veterinary Services. Every year, on average just over 100 wild birds recovered by NGOs and members of the public and require some form of veterinary intervention. Dr Gabriella Fumia, who oversees treatment and rehabilitation of wild birds at the government’s facility in Luqa said that around two thirds of all birds received at the facility were successfully treated and rehabilitated. Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes said that the government was preparing major improvements to procedures and facilities concerning rehabilitation of wild birds. He said the government is in...

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  • Emirates special Economy Class fares from Malta to Dubai & Larnaka

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Emirates has said that for a limited time only it is offering a 50 percent discount on Economy...

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  • Gozitan denies hiding 10 illegal shotguns, 100,000 smuggled cigarettes

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A Gozitan man yesterday pleaded not guilty to hiding 10 illegal shotguns and 100,000 smuggled cigarettes in his pet shop. Johnny Sultana, 47, of Victoria, was charged with being in possession of the illegal firearms on August 11 and the years before in Id-Dura Pet Shop, in Viani Street. He was also charged with being in possession of 100,000 contraband cigarettes on which excise duty had not been paid. Mr Sultana also pleaded not guilty to failing to account for three registered shotguns, being in possession of weapons without a police licence and having shotgun cartridges that were larger than permitted by law. Magistrate Paul Coppini granted him bail against a personal guarantee of €5,500. Mr Sultana was arrested last week after Gozitan criminal investigation department officers swooped down on his shop and allegedly found shotguns, ammunition and cigarettes. His arraignment had to be postponed after he complained of stomach pains and went to hospital. Police Inspector Frank Tabone prosecuted.

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  • Maltese teams lead dragster championship

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Two Maltese teams are leading the FIA European Drag Racing championship, with just over half the races completed. Kalanc Team are on the top rung, with their driver Chris Polidano winning in Germany and placing second in Finland. The other Maltese team, Mr Whippy and driver Monty Bugeja won in Finland. The other competing teams are from the UK, Sweden and Germany. The remaining races are in Sweden on August 21 and the UK on September 4. Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Chris Agius recently met the two teams and discussed their sport as well as motorsport in Malta.

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  • Nursing aide seeks free medicine on top of €31,000 injury compensation

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A nursing aide who was injured while at work in Paola Health Centre and awarded €31,000 in compensation, this morning complained that medicines she is taking are no longer given for free by Mater Dei hospital. Alexia Muscat said in a judicial protest that during the court case where she sought compensation for her injuries, the Director General of Public Health and the Chief Government Medical Officer objected to her claim for payment for medicine. They argued that once the medicines were given for free from Mater Dei hospital then she should not receive an extra payment. The situation has now changed and she was told to pay for the medication as it was expensive, Ms Muscat said. Ms Muscat had suffered with a 10 per cent disability when in October 1999, she fell down a ladder, a distance of some 1.5 metres, while retrieving a patient’s file. In July last year she was awarded €31,446.54 in damages by a court. Lawyer Joe Brincat said his client had a right to receive free medication for the injuries she suffered as a result of an unsafe work environment. 

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  • Is €25 the right amount of blackout compensation?

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Some 8,000 families will have €25 knocked off their electricity bill as a form of compensation after spending more than 12 hours without power during last week’s cut across Malta and Gozo. Ivan Martin went to Qormi, one of the worst affected localities, to find out whether its residents deem the compensation to be adequate.

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  • No fly zoo-ne

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season, including giant panda Tian Tian. A Notice To Airmen, or NoTam, has been published by the Civil Aviation Authority asking pilots not to fly in the area if possible to reduce noise from low-flying planes and helicopters. NoTams are usually issued to alert aircraft pilots to potential hazards along a flight route such as cranes, closed runways or large public events. The zoo said the notice was put in place mainly to protect its breeding penguins but the likely pregnancy of Tian Tian was also a factor.

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  • MSE Share Index edges higher on gains of large-caps

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Trading on the stock exchange this morning was less intense, with just under €63,000 worth of trades taking place on the Borza. The MSE Share Index edged marginally higher to 3,299.511 points, as the decline in the share price of Lombard did not offset the gains in BOV, HSBC and GO. A single trade of 2,000 shares in Lombard Bank Malta plc caused the price to decline by 3.1% to €1.55. The Group reported subdued performance in their interim financial statements issued yesterday afternoon, as lower interest margins as well as higher costs and impairments resulted in a 25% decrease in net profits attributable to the bank’s shareholders, despite the increase in revenues from Maltapost. The directors acknowledged that the bank is operating in an environment where EU regulatory changes might affect the risk appetite of the bank, although the local forecasts of GDP growth could result in new opportunities for the group that will allow it to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. Meanwhile, Bank of Valletta plc and HSBC Bank Malta plc traded in positive territory this morning as their respective share prices increased to €2.12 and €1.975 respectively. Similarly, GO plc reached yet...

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  • Pakistani aircraft on evacuation flight stops in Malta

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A Pakistan International Airlines aircraft evacuating workers from Libya stopped in Malta this afternoon to refuel because no fuel was available at Mitiga airport in Tripoli. It was the second evacuation flight operated by Pakistan.    

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  • Drug couriers jailed for 14 and eight years respectively

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A drug courier who tried to import €191,862 worth of cocaine to Malta has been jailed for 14 years and fined €30,000. Csaba Fazakas, 62, a Romanian, was arrested at the airport on April 23, 2011 after arriving on a flight from Zurich. The drug was found in two packets in a false bottom of his suitcase. Mr Fazakas pleaded guilty before undergoing trial by jury. In a separate case, another man, Hungarian national Nemeth Arpad, 37, was jailed for eight years and fined €23,000 for importing 57 cocaine capsules in his stomach. He was arrested on June 18 last year after flying in from Madrid. Customs and police officers had been tipped off about him and promptly placed him under arrest.

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  • 13 countries participating in biggest ever Malta airshow

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Thirteen countries will be participating in the biggest ever Malta International Airshow next month. Joe Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society said the show will feature four aerobatic teams: the Italian Frecce Tricolori, the Spanish Patrulla Aguila’, the Turkish team Turkish Stars and the RAF Red Arrows. There will also be flying displays by a Swiss F18, Belgian F16, Czech L-159 alca, among others.  The airX Malta International Airshow will be held on September 27-28. Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis praised the Malta Aviation Society for their commitment in providing the country with a high standard national event . “It is not only an enjoyable event for the Maltese but it also raises Malta’s profile overseas. We are now firmly on the map of international airshows and this year will see a record number of participating aircraft and 4 aerobatic teams, making the airX Malta International Airshow a world class event”, said Dr Zammit Lewis.

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  • This year’s airshow to be a record

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    Thirteen countries will be participating in the biggest ever Malta International Airshow next month. Joe Ciliberti, President of the Malta Aviation Society said the show will feature four aerobatic teams: the Italian Frecce Tricolori, the Spanish Patrulla Aguila’, the Turkish team Turkish Stars and the RAF Red Arrows. There will also be flying displays by a Swiss F18, Belgian F16, Czech L-159 alca, among others.  The airX Malta International Airshow will be held on September 27-28. Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis praised the Malta Aviation Society for their commitment in providing the country with a high standard national event . “It is not only an enjoyable event for the Maltese but it also raises Malta’s profile overseas. We are now firmly on the map of international airshows and this year will see a record number of participating aircraft and 4 aerobatic teams, making the airX Malta International Airshow a world class event”, said Dr Zammit Lewis.

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  • Man tries to steal police inspector’s car

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man who allegedly tried to steal a police inspector's car was arrested by a policeman in Paceville yesterday and taken to court today. Simon Chircop, 46 of Attard, pleaded not guilty to trying to steal Inspector Pierre Micallef Griaud's car in Church Street, at about 5 p.m. yesterday. Police Inspector Trevor Micallef, prosecuting, said that when under arrest, Mr Chircop also threatened the inspector that he would damage the car.  Bail was denied.

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  • Master in court for keeping trawler in poor condition

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    The Egyptian master of the Maltese-registered trawler Golden Dawn was taken to court today and accused of entering harbour without prior notice and not keeping the vessel in a seaworthy condition. Ahmed Maylou was also accused of not having the required navigational charts or documents on his ship, not having a log book, being unable to communicate in English as a ship's master, not having an oil record book and a garbage discharge book. Bail was granted against a deposit of €5,000 and a personal guarantee of €20,000.  

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  • Man hit by former partner’s train

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    A man has been killed by a train driven by his former partner in Scotland. Gary Wells, 36, was struck by the train near Fort William station on Tuesday morning. Emergency services were called to the incident but he died at the scene. Diane MacDonald, who reportedly separated from Mr Wells recently, was driving the ScotRail train between Mallaig and Queen Street, Glasgow. She was informed of the death later. A statement issued by her employer on behalf of Miss MacDonald said: "The circumstances are extremely upsetting for everyone involved. "We would ask the media to please respect our privacy while we come to terms with what has happened." British Transport Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious. A spokesman said: "We were called to a rail crossing in Inverlochy, Fort William, shortly before 8am on Tuesday August 19 to a report that a man had been struck by a train. "Colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service also attended, but a 36-year-old man from the Fort William area was pronounced dead at the scene. "His death is currently not being treated as suspicious. "The man's family have been informed. A report will be sent to the procurator...

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  • Tattoo ink recalled

    Aug 21 • News • 0 Views

    The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority said dangerous tattoo inks and kits may have been placed on the market in Malta. It said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of tattoo ink, needles, and kits by White & Blue Lion, Inc., of Industry, California. The ink is in 5ml bottles of all colours with a best-used-by date of 16 Dec 2016. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405474.htm

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