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Theft of mobile phone leads to suspended sentence and reimbursement order.

A man was today given a suspended sentence and an order to refund the victim of a stolen mobile phone after pleading guilty to the theft during a night out at a Qawra bar. Romanian-born Daniel Gheorghe State, 28, currently working in Malta as a carpenter, stood before duty magistrate Aaron Bugeja and admitted to having ...

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Do the Maltese have a problem with clean-ups?.

From Marsaxlokk to Mellieħa, they showed up in their hundreds to pick up other people's litter.And as volunteers they worked in the beating sun to keep Malta clean, many of them chatting and swapped stories - in English rather than Maltese.For while expats make up a fraction of Malta's population, a disproportionate number ...

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Call for artists to research multi-sensorial art.

Applications for artists interested in taking part in the Artistic Multi Sensorial Experiences project led by the Malta Society of Arts are now available. Interested artists between the ages of 18-30 are invited to apply, by  October4. The four selected local artists will have the opportunity to research multi-sensorial ...

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Drug ring ferried cannabis between Malta and Sicily via speedboat, court told.

A Maltese man and a young Italian woman caught red-handed with 70kg of cannabis at Għadira Bay, sat in the dock today as their lawyers sought to get them released on bail.  Michael Aquilina, 44, and Greta Grassi, 22, were arrested on September 7 after police surveillance revealed a drug trafficking racket which used ...

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Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus reported in Italy.

Two clusters of the mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya, transmitted by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, have been reported in Italy leading the health authorities in Malta to issue a health warning. They said in a statement that the two related clusters of autochthonous transmission of the virus in Italy were ...

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Malta FA revises Millennium F ticket prices.

The Malta Football Association is constantly looking at ways to entice more people to our stadia and increase the popularity of Maltese football. As part of this on-going drive, the Malta FA has revised the admission prices for the Millennium F sector of the National Stadium for domestic competitions. With immediate effect, ...

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Air Malta introduces cheap fares, hives off ground handling to separate company.

Air Malta has introduced a new system of cheap fares and hived off its ground handling operations into a separate aviation services company, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said today. He confirmed this morning that agreement was reached with the General Workers Union to move around 450 Air Malta ground and passenger handlers ...

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Omani sail training ship to visit Malta.

The 85-metre Shabab Oman II sail training ship is to embark on an official, four-day visit to Malta between September 22 and 25. The ship's visit is being organised by Yachting Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority, in collaboration with the Ministry for Tourism, the Ministry for Finance, Transport Malta, Valletta 2018 and ...

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Financial sector could grow to 15% of GDP – survey.

A survey of 43 professionals working in Malta's financial services industry reveals the clear majority expect the sector to enjoy strong growth over the next five years. The sector currently contributes just over 12% of Malta's GDP, but 87% of the respondents of the Managing Partners Group survey believe this will be higher ...

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Autumn equinox at Mnajdra Temples.

Heritage Malta is organising two guided tours of the Mnajdra Temples early on Thursday and Friday to mark the autumn equinox. These will include a tour of the visitor centre and refreshments. The meeting place will be at the Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre entrance at 5.30am. Limited places are available. Tickets are ...

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Visual, performing arts - Żep Camilleri.

The Malta Visual and Performing Arts School is an educational institution for students who have a high propensity towards visual and performing arts, who show great eagerness, and have an immense aptitude to further their artistic competence and ideas. It can engage, inspire and enrich its students, excite their imagination ...

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Announcements

BONNICI. On September 18, HELENA COSTANTINA, née Tabone, aged 93, passed away peacefully at St Elizabeth Home, Nigret, Rabat. She is deeply missed by her daughters Christine, Monica and Edward Martin, and Patricia and George Pace Gouder, her grandchildren Lisa, Sharon, Emma, Rachel, Francesca and Steve, her brothers and ...

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Today's front pages

Good morning. The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. Times of Malta and l-orizzont lead with comments by Marlene Farrugia that the Democratic Party will not cooperate with the Nationalist Party if its leader Adrian Delia has to rely on it to get a parliamentary seat. Times of Malta also reports how ...

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Maltese passengers stranded as Ryanair cancels Pisa flight

Ryanair abruptly cancelled a Pisa-Malta flight on Sunday, leaving passengers stranded and fuming, but the Malta Tourism Authority says it does not expect any more  Malta-based routes to be affected. The low-cost airline on Friday announced it would be cancelling up to 50 flights per day for the next six weeks to improve ...

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Air Malta cabin crew to discuss minister's 'threat'

The Union of Cabin Crew will be holding an extraordinary general meeting today in order to discuss Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi's warning that he may shut down Air Malta altogether if there is no cooperation. We have called an extraordinary meeting to discuss the pending issues, including the minister's threat to close ...

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Watch: Trump supports UN focus on people and outcomes

Updated: 8pm US President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations on Monday as being hamstrung by bureaucracy and mismanagement and urged reforms so that the world body can become "a stronger, more effective" force for peace. More than 120 countries were invited to attend the meeting after signing on to a US-drafted ...

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Watch: World not ready to abandon fossil fuel cars for electric

The world is far from being able to ditch fossil fuel cars in favour of electric ones, with no capacity to churn out 100 million battery packs a year, the former CEO of Aston Martin told the Times of Malta. There are 80-100 million cars built every year. By 2030, 30 per cent of the cars will be electric but these will still ...

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Love, light and life as sustainable festival gets underway

Malta's most sustainable not-for-profit festival began today with a yoga session in the shade of trees sheltering headlands between Golden Bay and Għajn Tuffieħa beach. The 2017 edition of The Bubble Festival will run for a full week all the way through to Sunday night, and a jam-packed timetable of events means ...

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A famous prostitute

Back in the late 1980s, in the heyday of Mikhail Gorbachev, an old doyen observer of politics used to tell me and those who cared to listen: Perestroika was a famous prostitute!' … normally followed by a couple of expletives, usually in Maltese. I am tempted to borrow my late interlocutor's phraseology and characterise ...

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Malaga route for Air Malta next summer

Next summer Air Malta will inaugurate a twice weekly scheduled service to Malaga, the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest in Spain. Paul Sies, chief commercial officer, said the airline would be announcing more routes for summer 2018. Besides connecting the popular Malaga area, the new route is also ...

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80 BMWs used for the EU presidency to be auctioned on Wednesday

40 BMW cars used during Malta's EU presidency events will go under the hammer on Wednesday to raise funds for the Community Chest Fund. BMW and Muscats Motors, its official dealer in Malta, had provided 40 BMW '5 Series' and 40 BMW '4 Series' Gran Coupe cars for all the six months of the EU presidency. The cars will now be ...

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Watch: Busuttil hands Delia the 'keys of responsibility'

Simon Busuttil symbolically handed over the keys of his office to his successor Adrian Delia at PN headquarters today. In a brief ceremony, he again congratulated the new PN leader and said he was handing him the "keys of responsibility". He said leading the PN was an honour and a privilege, but also a heavy responsibility, ...

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University students develop game to build computer studies skills

Playing computer games while learning may seem like a dream for most students, but for those interested in computer studies, this will soon be the way they become familiar with the subject. A group of seven University of Malta students have in recent weeks designed and developed an online game aimed at helping those in ...

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Major works at airport to improve baggage handling

Major works will be kicked off in the coming days at Malta International Airport, in preparation for the upgrade of the airport's baggage handling system. The works are part of the airport's €12 million Terminal Reconfiguration Project which kicked off a year ago, which has already resulted in the relocation of a number ...

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One in five Maltese is a victim of online shopping fraud

One in five Maltese has been a victim of online shopping fraud, a new EU-wide survey has found. The latest Eurobarometer survey, released last week, found that one-fifth of Maltese respondents complained that items they had purchased were not delivered, were counterfeit or were not as advertised. That places Malta among the ...

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Prime Minister in NY for General Assembly

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is in New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations. He left Malta yesterday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela and Edward Zammit Lewis, chairman of the House foreign affairs committee.  

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A heavy burden

I am an 80-year-old pensioner and a grandmother of four boys, the oldest 20 and the youngest nine. I have spent the best part of my life teaching both at primary and secondary levels. I simply cannot bear to see any more children bent double like old men under their heavy satchels. Unbelievable but true, I have seen pupils ...

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Shipping movements

The following ships are expected in Malta: The CMA CGM Titan from Suez to Valencia, the APL California from Koper to Damietta, the Okee Ann Mari from Algiers to Mersin, the Durande from Tanger Med to Odessa , the Northern Guard from Port Said to Casablanca, the Cardiff from Antwerp to Piraeus, the Safmarine Nakuru from ...

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Malta's most sustainable festival is back

The Bubble Festival returns this week at the stunning headland between Golden Bay and Riviera. This year it will be themed the Festival of Light. Last year's festival made headlines for ensuring not a single kilogram of litter went to landfill, and efforts have been stepped up for this year's event. All plastic and canned ...

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Announcements

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Wg. Cdr. BRIAN ESSEX, MBE, AFC , will be held on Friday, October 13, at 10.30am at St Paul's Pro-Cathedral, Valletta. All those wishing to attend will be very welcome. A collection will be taken for Hospice Malta. Obituaries ELLUL. On September 17, at St James Hospital, ANTON, aged ...

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Today's front pages

Good morning. The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers today. Times of Malta reports that one in five Maltese is a victim of online fraud.  The Malta Independent quotes new PN leader Adrian Delia saying the party will continue fighting corruption as from today. l-orizzont asks if Adrian Delia's victory was ...

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AD: abortion is a reality in Malta, discussion needed

New Alternattiva Demokratika leader Carmel Cacopardo has backed calls for a public discussion on abortion. In his first speech to party members over the weekend, the architect said abortion was a reality in Malta, as scores of women were going abroad every year to terminate their pregnancies. Taking a leaf from a call made ...

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How will history judge Simon Busuttil?

Simon Busuttil's tenure as PN leader has come to an end after four years characterised by a dogged campaign against corrupt government but which ended with a massive defeat at the polls. What did he do right? Where did he go wrong? Jacob Borg and Keith Micallef sought the view of political commentators. 'Crusader who put ...

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Licensed to grill

Four members from the Malta Barbecue and Grilling Association recently competed successfully in the Good Food Festival, better known as Grillfest, held in Parnu, Estonia. This was the third consecutive year that the Malta team participated in this annual competition which is attended by more than 50,000 visitors. The Malta ...

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Fight against ageism and retirement myths

One area where Malta fails in promoting progressive socio-economic policies is in the fight against ageism. Nowhere is this more evident than in the attitude of policy makers, as well as business leaders, in encouraging older people to remain active in the labour market beyond the statutory retirement age. We will live to ...

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Passengers' baggage

Without trying to distract from the announcement by Ryanair's CCO, David O'Brien, that Malta will be linked with 12 more routes from next April, one wonders why no prominence was given at the same time to the airline's new policy regarding carry-on luggage, as reported in the UK press this past weekend. According to these ...

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History of art public lecture

The University of Malta's Department of History of Art is organising a public lecture entitled 'Artistic Patronage as Self Representation in Counter Reformation Rome: The Boncompagni Corcos Family and their Chapels from Durante Alberti to Alessandro Algardi. It is being delivered by Guendalina Serafinelli, a post-doctoral ...

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Now there's more than a barman to listen to your woes

From thumping baselines to flashing lights and smothering crowds, music festivals can be a stressful and disorienting place. Throw alcohol, drugs and mental health issues into the mix and things can get hoary. But a new concept is hitting the local festival scene, offering anyone feeling overwhelmed more than simply a space ...

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Government workers take three times more sick leave than in the private sector

Public sector workers take three times more sick leave than employees in the private sector, figures show. While public sector workers take an average of nearly eight days each of sick leave per year, those in the private sector take just two-and-a-half, according to figures highlighted by Malta Employers Association ...

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How many more road deaths can we tolerate?

As the number of fatal road accidents rises, Sarah Carabott asked the experts about the causes and the ways that driving could be made safer. Three ingredients for safer roads: enforcement, fines, points system Malta should step up enforcement, increase traffic fines and introduce a point system that would force drivers ...

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Sir Francis Grenfell, Governor of Malta

In this article, the fourth in a series of five features on Malta's Vanity Fair Governors, Christopher Grech writes about Sir Francis Grenfell and his wife, who died in Malta. There is something comical about an Anglo-Saxon wearing what must be that quintessentially Ottoman article of headdress: the fez or tarboosh. Is it ...

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Now, there's more than a barman to listen to your woes

From thumping baselines to flashing lights and smothering crowds, music festivals can be a stressful and disorienting place. Throw alcohol, drugs and mental health issues into the mix and things can get hoary. But a new concept is hitting the local festival scene, offering anyone feeling overwhelmed more than simply a space ...

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Estonian president discusses migration crisis with colleagues at Arraiolos meeting - The Baltic Times

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid who discussed the migration crisis with her colleagues at the Arraiolos meeting in Malta said that......

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Watch: New PN leader wants change of mentality, 'not earthquakes'

New Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia said today that in the same way Malta's independence paved a new road which united the country, he was confident that the PN leadership election was also a new road for unity and progress.  Dr Delia was replying to questions on Net TV in the first interview since becoming party ...

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The joy of teaching and learning creative writing

I remember  walking up St Mary Street in Sliema that sticky evening in June six years ago.  Past the spreading tree and the red  phone box and into Dingli Street. I let myself into the office I'd hired from the English Speaking Union. Today it's a Gentlemen's Barbers shop.  Then, it was a large L-shaped room, with a ...

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English nerds go glam

Take a dash of wit, add a couple of weird anecdotes, set to music andyou get Happyness – both band and feeling, judging by the music. Ramona Depares catches up with the band members ahead of their performance in Malta as part of Nil By Mouth. Who are Happyness? And why Happyness? So, we're Benji, Jon EE and Ash from ...

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Farrugia keen to impress against Basel

After represening his home nation of Malta in a high-profile match against England earlier this month for the 2018 World Cup qualifications, Jean Paul Farrugia is ready to be on the forefront of another huge match, this time at club level. This afternoon Farrugia's Swiss club, FC Chiasso, will host Switzerland's biggest ...

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Ecovis Malta adds technology advisory to its services

Ecovis Malta has announced the launch of Ecovis Technology Advisory, a range of services designed to help businesses raise the bar by leveraging the application of technology. Ecovis Technology Advisory will be offering organisations support and assistance in IT strategy, planning, risk management, infrastructure design and ...

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International prestigious rating for Malta fund

Hermes Linder Fund was recently awarded the much coveted five-star rating for the first time by Morningstar. Hermes Linder Fund Sicav plc is a Maltese investment company which currently has over €300 million assets under management and is licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority . The fund is managed by a Praude ...

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An ocean free of plastic - G. Kathleen Hill

The fight against plastic pollution is one of four main strands of the 2017 Our Ocean Conference that will be hosted by the European Union in Malta on October 5 and 6, 2017. High-level ocean champions from around the world will gather under the motto 'Our Ocean – an Ocean for Life' to underscore the importance of ocean ...

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