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Watch: Malta may ask France to permanently return de Valette's dagger.

A request to the French authorities to hand over the de Valette dagger for keeps, to have it on permanent display in Malta, is not being excluded by the government. The dagger and an ornamental sword – both given to Grand Master Jean de Valette by King Philip II of Spain shortly after the Great Siege of 1565 in ...

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Malta newspapers review.

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. Times of Malta reports that the number of people tested at the sexual health clinic has tripled in recent years, according to official data. l-orizzont highlights praise for the local economy by the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund in ...

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True picture of building industry.

The Malta Developers' Association, an aggressive and influential lobby group on behalf of construction development in Malta, launched a survey of the building industry during an event held at the Prime Minister's Office. Apart from giving a snapshot of the current state of the construction industry, the MDA is hoping the ...

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Chetcuti not ready to give up on Olympics.

Malta's leading shooter William Chetcuti could not hide his disappointment yesterday following the ISSF decision to remove Double Trap from the Olympic programme in the 2020 Games in Japan. For the past 15 years, the 31-year-old had established himself as one of the world's top performers in the discipline, winning two gold ...

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'Il-Qarċilla' at Fort St Angelo on Monday.

Heritage Malta is to host the traditional carnival qarċilla at Fort St Angelo on Monday.  Il-qarċilla is a poetic farce in Maltese which up to 100 years ago formed part of the carnival celebrations held in Valletta and was also very popular in a number of villages. The plot evolves around a man, acting as a notary, ...

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Poetic farce for carnival.

New life is being breathed into a 100-year old tradition when Heritage Malta presents Il-Qarċilla on Monday in Vittoriosa. This is a poetic farce in Maltese which formed part of the carnival celebrations held in Valletta and was also very popular in a number of villages. This year's Qarċilla is written by Maltese poet and ...

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Friendly 'giggle'.

My wife and I, together with our two children, Ben and Sarah, had visited Malta in 1991. While in Gozo for a day, our children had a beautiful 'conversation' with a local boy on the steps of his parents' shop. I think it was in St George's Square, Victoria. I captured the moment in a photograph . It was a beautiful moment ...

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Boy, 7, fails to take school transport home.

An investigation is underway by the Education Ministry to see why a seven-year-old Marsascala Primary student did not take the school transport at noon and was found in another locality, the government said. The transport was early as examinations are currently underway, it said. No other information was given by the ...

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Pana Committee MEPs kept clear of local issues.

The Pana Committee visited Malta on a fact-finding mission into the Panama Papers, taxation and money laundering on Monday. Philip Leone-Ganado unpacks the outcome of a day of high-profile meetings. With a wide remit to lead an inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion, Pana Committee MEPs largely aimed ...

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Soft drinks to contain 10 per cent less sugar by 2020.

The Maltese soft drinks industry has announced it will reduce added sugars in its products by 10 per cent by 2020, as part of a recent European soft drink industry 10 per cent sugar reduction commitment. This initiative responds to changing consumer preferences and calls from member states and the European Commission for a ...

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Malta International Airport's profits rise to €21 million.

Malta International Airport's profits increased from €19.3 million to €21 million last year.  In a notice on the Malta Stock Exchange, the company said increases in revenues were registered by the company's aviation and non-aviation segments. The group's global sum for the year was €73,064,828, up from €66,965,843 ...

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EU hails progress in Malta's finances - says traffic congestion costing the economy

The European Commission has praised the progress of Malta's economy but warned that public administration still suffers from some inefficiency, and access to finance continues to pose structural challenges to investment, particularly for the private sector. It also said that traffic congestion continues to generate ...

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Another three ERDF projects announced

Three projects worth around €7 million will be undertaken through the European Regional and Development Funds , Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg announced today. The first project – Invest - aims to increase physical infrastructure for the provision of vocational education and training to secondary school students. The ...

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Guide outlining best practices for rights of transsexuals launched

A guide outlining the best practices for the rights of transsexual people was launched this afternoon, giving practical examples on how to implement such rights. Speaking during a press briefing ahead of the high-level ministerial conference being held tomorrow, Richard Kölher, Transgender Europe senior policy officer said ...

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Watch: Trailer for Malta-made film Limestone Cowboy released

A bearded man in a leather jacket and stetson hat stands before a whooping crowd waving American flags.  "Cheer for your leader!" he yells as he soaks in the adulation. A voice cuts into earshot. "They're mocking you," it warns.  A newly-released trailer for Malta-made feature film Limestone Cowboy hints at the dark side ...

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'He could have been my own brother' - President expresses regret over migrant's suicide

President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said this morning that the migrant who killed himself could have been my own brother'. Of course I am shocked and worried, with anyone who feels the need to take their own life. He could have been my own brother,' she said. Times of Malta yesterday reported how Ghanaian Frederick Ofosu, ...

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University decision on English proficiency test was hasty, PN says

A University decision for new students to take an English proficiency test and if necessary follow an English Communicative Aptitude Programme was taken in haste, the Nationalist Party said today. "While appreciating the initiative being taken by the University of Malta to ensure that students are sufficiently proficient in ...

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Which websites would need to register under a proposed Media Act?

An online start-up with news and opinions about politics and culture will have to register under the controversial proposed Media Act, but a law firm with news about legal developments will not, the government has insisted. The Times of Malta contacted the government for clarification after public outrage at a proposed ...

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Former Malta international Bogdanovich fined for firearm violations

Former Malta international footballer Daniel Bogdanovich was today fined €1,000 after a court found he had kept firearms in unsecured locations at his home and sent his wife a threatening SMS.  Mr Bogdanovich was cleared of causing his wife fear of physical violence but he was ordered to stay away from her for three ...

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'I am a fighter' - Claudia Faniello

Claudia Faniello had a four-year break from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest before she returned in style to clinch the title last week. It was Ms Faniello's ninth attempt at the festival and in a revealing Times Talk interview she attributes this never-say-die attitude to her mother's role in her upbringing. We were ...

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Malta's economy is doing well - IMF

Malta's economy remains strong with an appropriate balance between lowering public debt and sustaining economic growth, the International Monetary Fund has said.  The IMF's executive board commended local authorities for implementing "sound macroeconomic policies,", saying these had contributed to "strong economic ...

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PN backs gay marriage

MZPN and FOIPN said today they were four-square with Opposition leader Simon Busuttil in his push to bring about gay marriage. "We note that this position is consistent with calls from the PN leader 12 months ago, and is a position which we back out of a true sense of responsibility and belief," the groups were quoted as ...

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Blow for Malta as double trap is taken off Olympics list

Double Trap will no longer form part of the Olympics programme following a decision by the a Executive Committee of the International Shooting Sport Federation. The world governing body approved a set of proposals by its Ad hoc committee to remove double trap from the Olympic programme and replace it with a Mixed Trap ...

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Malta newspapers review

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. Times of Malta reports that migrants who risked losing their benefits unless they procured a passport from their country of origin will continue to enjoy the same rights after the government made a U-turn. The Malta Independent says Nexia BT refused to answer ...

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Nexia BT confused me with Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi tells MEPs

Konrad Mizzi told the Pana Committee that in their e-mails, Nexia BT must have attributed to him things attributable to OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri. During the closed-door session at the Parliament building in Valletta on Monday, the visiting MEPs sitting on the committee asked why Nexia BT e-mails showed he had set ...

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Wrong bomb, Mr Prime Minister

When, on Monday, the Prime Minister stood up in Parliament to say he had passed through Msida only minutes before a car bomb exploded there, a few hundred metres away inside Valletta, a different bomb was being ignited: the Panama committee was giving its initial reaction to its fact-finding mission in Malta. Committee ...

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Amnesty highlights concerns on migrants' detention

Amnesty International has issued its annual global report on the state of human rights. In its section on Malta it focuses mostly on the treatment of migrants, noting concerns regarding the detention of migrants while also noting progress in some aspects. Amnesty also highlights that abortion remains prohibited in Malta in ...

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Customs seize 65.9 kg of chewing tobacco

Customs officers have seized 65.9 kilograms of Snus at the express freight section.   The items were found in a package addressed to a private individual, the Customs Department said. "The recipient is a Maltese resident, and it is suspected that he was importing the prohibited item for resale." The department said it has ...

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LGBTIQ+ conference

A conference entitled Family #UnconditionalLove is being held this afternoon in Mosta. Organised by Drachma, a local support group for LGBTIQ people and for parents with LGBTIQ children, this international conference will gather participants from 15 different countries and offer a unique opportunity to listen to experiences ...

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Careful transformation

With reference to the letter by Joe Diacono , Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential Home, as the new owners of this classical building, would like to reassure readers we will be carrying out a smooth transformation of the former Imperial Hotel into a five-star care home for the elderly. This will be achieved by preserving ...

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Polish FM visits Malta

Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Monday visited Malta to talk with his counterpart George Vella about a range of issues such as bilateral relations, migration and the future of the EU after Brexit, the Polish foreign ministry said.

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Gay marriage to be introduced in Malta soon

Updated at 4.45pm Gay marriage could soon be introduced in Malta as a Marriage Equality Bill is in the process of being drafted, Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli announced this afternoon. Speaking during an event organised by the NGO Drachma, the minister said the Civil Union Law gave gay couples the same rights as ...

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Melita must pay €10,000 fine for ignoring contract termination requests

Updated 6.45pm with Melita statement Melita must pay a €10,000 fine after it ignored customers' requests to terminate their phone and internet service contracts, an administrative review tribunal confirmed today. The tribunal was confirming a decision previously reached by the Malta Communications Authority, which found ...

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Financial reporting season kicks-off

The share index partly erased yesterday's drop of 0.47% as it rebounded by 0.19% to 4,728.649 points.Trading activity was spread across eight equities: three moved higher, four closed the day flat whilst Malta Properties Company plc was the only negative performing equity with a decline of 1.3% to a fresh five-month low of ...

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€50 million project to add 640 social-housing units

A €50 million investment will see the first of 640 new social-housing units ready by the end of the year, the Social Solidarity Ministry said. This will be the first substantial drive in years by the Housing Authority to build social housing units as the government responds to growing criticism that it has failed to ...

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Joint Statement of President Juncker, Prime Minister Rajoy and Prime Minister Costa on the amicable settlement concerning the Almaraz case

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 21 February 2017 Following our meeting in Malta on 3 February 2017, on the initiative of President Juncker, we have reached an amicable settlement on the Almaraz case. We consider that, in view of the immense economic, social and geopolitical challenges the European Union is...

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Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

Updated at 3.45pm with BirdLife statement The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday March 25 and Friday April 14, both days inclusive, the government announced today following advice by the Ornis Committee. Hunting may take place between two hours before sunrise and noon. Only those ...

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Claudia Faniello on Times Talk

Fresh from victory at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Claudia Faniello speaks about the emotions of finally making it to the top on her ninth attempt.The singer, who will represent Malta at Eurovision in Kiev next May, talks about her relationship with her mother and brother Fabrizio, who twice made it to the finals. ...

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Naxxar resurfacing works tonight

Transport Malta will carry out asphalting works tonight and tomorrow night in Naxxar at Triq il-Balal near the junction to Iklin. The road will be closed between 8pm and 5am. Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes, drive carefully and follow instructions by officials on site.

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Inquiry into allegations involving PN deputy leader concluded, will not be published as yet

An inquiry into claims that police halted a money laundering probe when they discovered of Beppe Fenech Adami's involvement as director of the firm involved has been concluded, the government said. It said in a statement today that the Prime Minister received the inquiry report yesterday. However, since the investigation ...

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Watch: 'Choose Malta' video takes a leaf out of the Trainspotting manual

  Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh used the monologue to convey the despair of a heroin junkie caught in Edinburgh's drug scene.  Now the 'choose life' riff made famous by Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting has been given a new, brighter lease of life in a YouTube video urging tourists to 'choose Malta'. Italian-Maltese video ...

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Gay marriage to be introduced in Malta soon

Gay marriage could soon be introduced in Malta as a Marriage Equality Bill is in the process of being drafted, Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli announced this afternoon.  Speaking during an event organised by the NGO Drachma, the minister said the Civil Union Law gave gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ...

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Street vendors 'making Malta a giant flea market'

Street vendors are turning Malta's prime sites into flea markets, the GRTU and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association said in a joint statement yesterday. "We are concerned that anyone who wishes to start selling anything to just set up a stall at a place of their choosing and start trading. This is turning even ...

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de Valette's dagger to return to Malta for the first time since 1798...on loan

The dagger that belonged to Grand Master de la Valette is to be brought to Malta on loan from the Louvre for a Heritage Malta exhibition coinciding with Malta's EU Presidency. The dagger, together with a sword, had been presented to the grand master by King Philip II of Spain after the victory of the Great Siege.   ...

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Government confirms spring hunting season for quail

The 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday March 25 and Friday April 14, both days inclusive, the government announced today following advice by the Ornis Committee. Hunting may take place between two hours before sunrise and noon. Only those persons who are issued with a Special Spring ...

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Guilty of sexually assaulting woman while giving her a lift

A Gozitan man who sexually assaulted an English woman will spend time behind bars after a court of appeal overturned his earlier acquittal by a magistrate's court. Paschalino Cefai, had been acquitted on charges of having committed a violent indecent assault upon the woman whom he met at a bar in Marsalforn, Gozo one ...

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Man facing deportation takes his own life

A migrant facing deportation to Ghana as a result of the government's decision to review humanitarian protection laws has taken his own life, Times of Malta has learnt. Frederick Ofosu, who is in his early 30s, was found strangled with an electric cable in a Qawra building site on Saturday night.  He left a recorded ...

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HSBC profits up by a third to €62.2m

HSBC Malta said today it made a profit before tax of €62.2m for the year ended 31 December 2016, an increase of €15.4m, or 33%, compared with the previous year. Adjusted profit before tax, which excludes the effect of non-recurring items, was €59.4m, 3% down on 2015 but in line with management expectations. Gross ...

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A game of cat and mouse

During his brief stint, a year ago, as deputy leader of the Labour Party, the Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, had said his wife would not seek another term as Malta Enterprise envoy in China once her term expired in August. Many, especially in the Labour camp, must have breathed a sigh of relief ...

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Malta newspapers review

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. All the newspapers feature yesterday's car bomb on their front pages. In other stories, Times of Malta quotes the European Parliament's Pana Committee saying it found no conclusive evidence of money laundering in its Panama Papers investigations in Malta. The ...

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