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Over 20 applications so far for Social Impact Awards.

Over 20 entities have applied to be considered for the second edition of the Social Impact Awards, prompting the organisers to extend the deadline till June 14. The response from sponsors has also been positive, enabling the organisers to double the amount that will be granted to the winners to €80,000. PWC is once again ...

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PN proposes metro system with four lines - Busuttil.

The Nationalist Party this morning unveiled details of its metro concept with party leader Simon Busuttil saying four underground lines were being proposed in a €2.3 billion project. Addressing a news conference in Msida, he said that the first line, which would cost €425 million, would link Valletta to Msida, Sliema ...

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Watch: 'Malta will survive as financial services jurisdiction'.

Malta will survive the current onslaughts on its reputation as a financial services jurisdiction, the chief executive officer of Grant Thornton International told the Times of Malta. Ed Nusbaum was in Malta for a meeting of around 40 country and regional manager of the auditing and advisory firm, the world's fifth largest ...

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After 11 tonnes of waste removed, L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa back to disastrous state.

L-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa was back to a disastrous state today following a massive clean-up last week. Volunteers from Malta's Żibel group reported to have cleared 10.7 tonnes of waste from l-Aħrax, one of the island's richest Natura 2000 sites, last week. But earlier today, the crew reported that the area was back to a ...

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Watch live: PN proposes metro system with four lines - Busuttil.

The Nationalist Party this morning unveiled details of its metro concept with party leader Simon Busuttil saying four underground lines were being proposed in a €2.3 billion project. Addressing a news conference in Msida, he said that the first line, which would cost €425 million, would link Valletta to Msida, Sliema ...

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Other side of the picture.

We are continually reminded that the economy is doing well and that the government's finances are in balance. But the Labour speakers never remind us that this is all thanks to previous Nationalist administrations who, following Malta's accession to the EU, gave our economy a great boost. Let's not forget that following the ...

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Today's front pages.

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says the Gozitan building contractor, who after the last election was granted whistleblower status by the Attorney General to testify in ongoing court proceedings against the husband of former Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono, was awarded another ...

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Another €210,000 in government jobs awarded to Gozo whistleblower.

A Gozitan building contractor, who after the last election was granted whistle-blower status by the Attorney General to testify in ongoing court proceedings against the husband of former Gozo minister Giovanna Debono, was awarded another €210,000 in government jobs by the Ministry for Gozo, the Times of Malta is informed. ...

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A project in progress.

TheatreThe Gżira ProjectSalesian Theatre, Sliema In its initiative to take theatre back to the people, the Malta Arts Council has hit on a great formula in the sustainable use of local venues by using village and town theatres for national productions. By elevating the calibre of productions presented locally – rather ...

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Watch: Marlene Farrugia vs Arnold Cassola.

Partit Demokratiku leader Marlene Farrugia and Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola are the first two candidates to field questions on Times Two, a Times of Malta pre-election online series.  We invited 12 candidates from the different parties to pair up to answer the same set of questions each, avoiding most ...

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T'he Pilates of the Mediterranean' – analysis of Maltese society.

Columnist and academic Fr Joe Borg has published a collection of 73 short essays analysing Maltese society. 'The Pilates of the Mediterranean. Reflections on God, politics, the media and society' is an analysis of contemporary society. The book is based on a selection of commentaries chosen from the hundreds of commentaries ...

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Man swindled of €175,000 to get part refund

A couple managed to swindle an Irishman of almost his entire life savings – €175,000 – but he should be getting €92,131 back, thanks to a court judgment. Irishman John McCormack ended up almost destitute after forking out money to a married couple he befriended when he settled in Malta and took over the running of a ...

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MSE Share Index moves lower on weak volumes

The MSE Share Index erased some of yesterday's gains as it dropped by 0.14% to 4,629.671 points today. Trading activity was subdued as only €0.15 million worth of shares changed hands. The most actively traded equity was Malta Properties Company plc which lost 1.9% to the €0.51 level across 103,110 shares. The Company ...

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Conditionally discharged after insulting, then apologising to Pullicino Orlando

A man was conditionally discharged after facing criminal proceedings over insulting the chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando in a Facebook post. Last October, Valletta resident Stefano Zampa had posted a link to an article about how Dr Pullicino Orlando, as MCST chairman, had ...

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Air Malta special offer on three destinations

Air Malta has announced special prices on flights to Palermo, Prague and Marseille.  The offer runs till 8.59am on Friday for travel this month and in June. Fares start at €40 for Palermo, €64 for Prague and €60 for Marseille. All fares are inclusive of taxes and any charges. Tickets can be purchased from the ...

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International crowdfunding platform launched

An international consortium including the Malta Communications Authority has launched a crowdfunding portal to help fund innovative ventures. 'Crucial Crowdfunding' is an ERASMUS+ supported project, and is designed for a wide stakeholder base ranging from entrepreneurs and SMEs to startups and social enterprises or even ...

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Agreement with Vitals Global Healthcare formally signed

The government has signed a public-private partnership agreement with Vitals Global Healthcare for the running of Gozo General Hospital, St Luke's Hospital and Karin Grech Hospital.  READ: Vitals gets 30-year deal on hospitals The independent media were not invited for the signing ceremony. The Health Ministry said that ...

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Watch: Maltese personalities sing to raise environmental awareness

Some of Malta's best-known personalities teamed up with GreenPak, one of Malta's waste recovery schemes, to encourage a widespread effort in crushing and recycling plastic bottles. The campaign consists of a light-hearted video in which the chosen participants sing along to the 1990s Jennifer Paige hit Crush. Gianni ...

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Watch: Candidates raise eyebrows at unexpected questions

Coverage of the 2017 election campaign has been one of the most intense in recent years, and many voters will no doubt be groaning at the idea of yet more press conferences and debates.  But what if you were able to see candidates in a new light? In a pre-election series, Times of Malta invited 12 candidates from the ...

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Oldest priest in Malta dies, leaves body to science research

Malta's oldest priest, Fr Joseph Borg Micallef, or Dun Ġużepp as he was affectionately known, has died, aged 94.  Dun Ġużepp's body will be given up for research at the Department of Anatomy at the University of Malta upon his request to help with medical research. The funeral will be held on Saturday at St Publius ...

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Malta's tax rules 'compliant' with EU legal principles

Maltese financial services practitioners operate within a legal and regulatory framework of the highest standards, the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners said today. The statement was published following the publication of the Malta Files' which described Malta as a haven for tax evasion. Read: Malta is a target ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

'Winner-take-all' electoral system 'threatening quality of life'

The political parties must work together to solve issues that would otherwise continue to plague the country with consequential social and economic repercussions', the Today Public Policy Institute said today. In an electoral system where the winner takes all, courageous policy decisions, acknowledged informally by ...

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Russia denies interference in Malta's affairs

Russia has strongly denied any involvement in the Maltese general election or the Egrant company claims. In a statement this afternoon, the Russia Embassy said it "categorically rejects" the allegations, saying they were "absolutely unfounded and untrue." "Russia has never interfered into Malta's domestic affairs and has no ...

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Malta-registered ship found carrying explosives

The Greek authorities are investigating the discovery of explosives that were being transported by a Maltese-flagged cargo ship from Turkey to Sudan, the Associated Press has reported. It quoted the Greek Coast Guard as saying it stopped the Mekong Spirit, which had set sail from a Turkish port with a crew of 17, yesterday ...

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Muscat refuses to 'speculate' on possible Russian spy involvement

Updated 10.40am with Busuttil comments The security services had received both generic and specific' information on possible Russian retribution over decisions taken by Malta, Joseph Muscat said. However, the Prime Minister insisted he would not speculate when asked by journalists whether he personally believed the ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Malta tax haven in the spotlight – The European Panama?

EIC network has dug into hundreds of thousands of documents that show that Malta operates a tax system where companies pay the lowest tax on profits in the EU The post Malta tax haven in the spotlight - The European Panama? appeared first on Olive Press News Spain.

- The Olive Press - ES

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Shipping movements

These ships are expected in Malta: The Green Fast from Annaba to Annaba , the MV Eurocargo Venezia from Genoa to Catania and the MSC Rosa M from Singapore to Barcelona today. The Maersk Arun from Bejaia to Skikda and the Kriti I from Palermo to Palermo tomorrow. The MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Catania on Saturday. The ...

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Potential of 'Russian retribution' flagged last December

The government got a first vague warning about potential Russian retribution some six months ago, shortly after a fuel tanker was refused entry into the Grand Harbour, the Times of Malta has learnt. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday that Malta's Security Service had been alerted to possible Russian interference in ...

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Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says the government got a first vague warning about potential Russian retribution some six months ago, shortly after a fuel tanker was refused entry into the Grand Harbour. In another story, it says the father and younger brother of the suicide ...

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Policies trying to deter migrants 'set to fail'

Policies that try to deter migration are not working and are set to fail, according to researchers who are calling for safe and legal ways to cross to the EU. As things stand, there does not seem to be much political will to increase legal access to the EU, but people are still migrating and, sadly, dying, Maria Pisani, one ...

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Mozart at Midnight

A special event starting at midnight on Saturday is paying homage to Austrian composer Mozart in the beautiful courtyard of the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta. When he had the resources to do so, Mozart enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and would often host private concerts late into the night. Besides the ever popular Eine ...

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Watch: PN council approves electoral programme, Busuttil promises peace of mind

The Nationalist Party this evening approved its electoral programme, promising tax cuts, major investment in transport systems and a commitment to clean up politics. The programme was drawn up together with the Democratic Party, whose candidates will feature on the PN ballot on election day.  The PN approved the programme ...

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Malta warned about risks of political parties owning media outlets

Malta should revise its public service media legislation to include safeguards against political interference, a European-wide study suggests. The lack of independence in terms of the governance and funding of such media was indicated as a particular issue of concern by national experts consulted during research on media ...

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All 111 children who went missing in 2016 were found

In Malta, in 2016, as many as 111 children went missing but in all instances they were found and returned home, according to the Missing Children Europe report issued to mark International Missing Children's Day tomorrow. A large number of the cases involved adolescents who failed to return home when expected, and six ...

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WWII performer's friend Lisa found 70 years later

More than 70 years after she was photographed walking alongside Christina Ratcliffe, a cabaret performer decorated for her wartime efforts, Lisa Mallia will relive the harshest yet loveliest years'. On Friday, Ms Mallia will watch a musical called Star of Strait Street about her post-WWII friend, whom she met aged eight in ...

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Dodgy Gaming Business: Malta Plays Fast and Loose with Online Gambling Firms

When it comes to online gaming, Malta is a true paradise. The country's supervisory controls are loose and officials often look the other way, opening the door for possible money laundering and tax evasion, a whistleblower claims.

- Spiegel Online - DE

Malta Leaks: Playing the Shell Game in the Mediterranean

Malta poses as a model member of the European Union, but it makes its living off of large European companies seeking to avoid higher tax rates back home. DER SPIEGEL went to the island nation to investigate, and found a lot of empty offices and empty words.

- Spiegel Online - DE

Voters irked by barrage of calls and messages

David Vella, 34, was driving home after a long day's work when his phone rang. I activated my car's hands-free system and answered the call. I couldn't believe it – another politician asking me for their support. I had received three other calls that day already,' he said. Mr Vella is one of several Times of Malta readers ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Internet satirists are Putin on a show

  Claims of Russian secret service involvement in Malta's general election drew many shades of merriment today, as evidenced by some of the memes uploaded to social media. Here is a selection of some of the tongue-in-cheek internet responses to this morning's news.   

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Naivety or a distraction from the real issues?

A few weeks ago, a US-based group calling itself Veri Cattolici bought newspaper space for a full page advert saying that our bishops are unorthodox and are risking eternal damnation. Over the weekend another far-right and 'Catholic' conservative group came out of the woodwork. The self-styled 'Maltese Catholics United for ...

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Vodafone shake-up continues... Malta crossed off the list with €500m merger

Vodafone has agreed a €506m  tie-up with a cable, broadband and TV provider in Malta, the latest market to be shaken up by the telecoms giant.  Announced today, Vodafone Malta will join forces with Melita. The deal is subject to sign-off by Maltese regulators and expected to complete in the second half of the year. ...

- City AM - UK

Refugees drown off Libya's Mediterranean coast

Rescue operation by Malta-based aid boat just one of 15 under way off Libya's coast, according to Italy's coastguard.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Watch: The Strand turns a shade of brown

Updated 2.40pm - Added video An underground leak at Sliema's The Strand has turned the sea along the iconic promenade a murky brown, with water gushing out from beneath paving slabs onto the road and seeping into the adjacent sea. Pressure from the high-pressure leak has forced parts of the paving up, with water finding an ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

GO warns that competition could be hindered by Vodafone/Melita merger

GO today said it hoped that the regulators reviewing the proposed merger between Vodafone and Melita announced earlier today would safeguard competition. It said it would participate fully' in the consultation process to ensure that competition was not threatened by the creation or strengthening of a dominant position. The ...

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Vodafone agrees merger with Melita in Malta

Apax Partners, Fortino Capital and Vodafone Group announced an agreement to combine cable, broadband and pay TV provider Melita and mobile operator Vodafone Malta. The combined company's mobile and enterprise business will operate under the Vodafone brand. It will offer quad-play bundled mobile, fixed broadband, fixed ...

- Telecompaper - NL

Muscat raises spectre of Russian meddling in Maltese election

Updated 11.09am Malta's Security Services services have been alerted to possible Russian interference in the local general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said this morning.  The Prime Minister was reacting to a report published on Intelligence Online which said that the UK's MI6 and the US CIA were concerned about ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

New president for the Malta Business Bureau

David Zahra has been appointed president of the Malta Business Bureau , taking over from John Vassallo. Dr Zahra founded David Zahra & Associates Advocates in 2011, after a number of years practising with one of Malta's leading law firms. He is actively involved in corporate M&A, financial services and corporate finance ...

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Malta-themed garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden inspired by a Maltese quarry has been named the best show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.  The M&G Garden, designed by award-winning gardener James Basson, features exposed limestone walls as well as endemic Maltese plant species hitherto never seen before on UK shores.  Two Maltese limestone pillars form the ...

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Keeper Sultana is GFA player of year

The Gozo FA honoued its leading performers throughout the 2016/17 season during a gala night earlier this month. The governing body presented 21 awards that catered for all competitions organised by the governing body including the GFA women's league and the youth competitions. The voting process involved a panel that ...

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