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Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties with Russia.

The Republic Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, on Friday hosted ballet, play and musical performance The Crystal Palace. Held as part of the 50th anniversary of Russian-Maltese diplomatic relations, the show included a recreation of the atmosphere of the 18th century using original Baroque ...

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Imam laughs off talk of Muslim political party.

Imam Mohammad Elsadi denied speculation that he is testing the waters on the possibility of setting up an Islamic party with the aim of having the first Muslim MP in five years' time. The head of the Maltese Muslim community issued the denial when the Times of Malta sought clarification regarding a Facebook post in which he ...

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Share index climbs to over 4-month high.

Following the minimal declines registered in the previous two trading sessions, the share index rebounded by 0.35% today to an over four-month high of 4,744.232 points as the gains in the share prices of six equities outweighed the small dip in GO. However, trading volumes were weak as only €0.13 million worth of shares ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours.

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 4.00pm Turkey national soccer team coach Fatih Terim has left his job two weeks after he was involved in a brawl in a ...

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Aquatic sport correspondent Alex Vella passes away.

Acquatic sport correspondent Alex Vella passed away on Tuesday, aged 75. Vella had been a loyal correspondent for the Times of Malta for the past 30 years, covering all major waterpolo and swimming events with great professionalism. During his time with the Times of Malta he also acted as football correspondent for Premier ...

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New ifs Malta committee elected.

Kenneth B. Micallef has been confirmed as president of the Institute of Financial Services Malta for another year. The committee also welcomed two new members: Jean Paul Attard and Christian Farrugia. The ifs Malta Committee for 2017-2018 is composed as follows: president: Kenneth B. Micallef; vice-presidents: Peter Calleya ...

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Bird trapping 'breaches EU law' - ECJ prosecution.

Updated 3.50pm - Added ministry statement  Current trapping arrangements of seven species of wild finches do not respect Malta's obligations under EU law, according to an Opinion issued today by the Advocate General at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Malta is currently locked in a dispute with the European ...

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Traveller's undeclared €12,990 confiscated.

A Sicilian passenger travelling to Malta on the catamaran last Monday was today fined and forced to forfeit almost €13,000 in favour of the public coffers after being found in possession of a substantial amount of undeclared cash. Modica-born Enrico Borrometi, 40, was stopped by customs officials at the Valletta Deep ...

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Top EU jurist says Malta's finch-trapping against EU law.

Advocate general Eleanor Sharpston told the Court of Justice of the EU on Wednesday that Malta's legislation, which permits trapping of finch species, is against EU law. Trapping the birds is a tradition on the Mediterranean island, but forbidden under the EU Birds Directive. The advocate general, whose advice the court ...

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Online apps help you calculate your pension.

If you are more than 50 years old, you can now log online and calculate your monthly pension, or estimate how much cash you would have in hand if you choose to retire at a home for the elderly.Two online apps have just been launched by the Social Solidarity Ministry that tackle a demographic group which makes up a fifth of ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours.

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 12.00pm Juventus are reportedly set to relaunch a bid for Paris St Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The Bianconeri ...

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Cospicua parish church gets security alarms

Security alarms were being fitted at the Cospicua parish church yesterday after thieves broke in and stole about €30,000 in gold and other valuables over the weekend. Parish priest Anton Cassar told the Times of Malta he could hardly believe the theft had happened at the place of worship. They stole a lot of gold and ...

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New India connection for Freeport provides 'unprecedented opportunities'

Malta Freeport Terminals has added a new weekly service to its thriving operations which links major ports in India, Pakistan, Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf. The service, known as 'IndaMed', is operated by three of the world's largest shipping lines: CMA CGM, APL and COSCO Shipping. The first vessel to service ...

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Today's front pages

The Times of Malta's main story reports that Cabinet is discussing a sex offender's law which will close the gaps which currently allow them to work with children even after conviction. Its secondary story follows on from yesterday's and confirms that authorisation had been given last April for the magistrate to appoint any ...

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Unity and tolerance

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca has been a unifying force in the country. Like her predecessor, she has demonstrated that she is above partisan politics and determined to open and maintain channels of dialogue between Malta's political parties and civil society. Last month, she twice pleaded for national unity in the ...

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No arrests three weeks after Buġibba football violence

No arrests were made in connection with disturbances in Buġibba three weeks ago by a group of Serbian football fans, the police confirmed. The incidents occurred on July 5, when Red Star Belgrade fans who were in Malta for the Europa League tie against Floriana FC hurled abuse at passers-by and, in some cases, vandalised ...

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Individual independence

A man had a problem with a building site next door to his home. Exasperated, he contacts the Office of the Prime Minister. Within less than an hour, the mayor phones him and, next day, public sector officers were on site and the case was solved. It is called government customer care. It works but it is wrong. Either this ...

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Betting on friendly matches worries football officials

Football administrators are helpless when overseas betting companies offer clients the opportunity to bet on friendly pre-season matches between lowly Maltese teams. The fear is that these legal bets could encourage match-fixing in low profile games, which could easily slip through the scrutiny of administrators. But for ...

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Poor pensioner

Can you pick up a rip-off somewhere? The massive traffic jams are agonisingly pushing the money we spend on inflated petrol prices down the drain. Admittedly, there can be no short-term solution. In the meantime, the car-congested streets do not portray the real picture of Malta's standard of living. Take the cost of a drug ...

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Promise of sexual encounter ends up in fracas as accused realised host was transgender

Eight police officers were called in last Sunday afternoon to restrain one frustrated man who wrought havoc in the home of a host after the promise of a sexual encounter went terribly wrong. The man, in his thirties, was arraigned this afternoon on charges relating to the episode, wherein he admitted to insulting and ...

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Broad trading activity on the Stock Exchange

The share index eased by 0.05% to 4,727.870 points as the declines in the share prices of five equities slightly outweighed the gains in seven other shares. GO, RS2 and Mapfre Middlesea closed the day unchanged. The most actively traded equity today was Malta International Airport which extended yesterday's gains by a ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 3.51pm He's been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool, but could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Stoke this summer? The Sun ...

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Chopping down Lija trees was unpopular but necessary - Transport Minister

Chopping down Holm Oak trees in Lija to make way for a new lane of traffic was an unpopular but necessary decision to take, Transport Minister Ian Borg said today.  In comments laying out the government's busy roadworks schedule for the summer months, Dr Borg said during morning and evening rush hours around 2,400 vehicles ...

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Watch: Gung-ho driver risks motorcyclist's life with reckless manoeuvre

A video of a reckless driver risking a motorcyclist's life by undertaking on the hard shoulder has prompted a storm of condemnation on social media.  The brief video shows a motorcyclist driving along the inside lane of Triq Mikiel Anton Vassalli when a Toyota Aygo suddenly appears on their left-hand side and squeezes ...

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Wine trade and shipping artefacts donated to Maritime Museum

More than 50 artefacts pertaining to the wine trade and shipping in Malta in the early 20th century have been donated to the Maritime Museum. The artefacts - from the personal collection of the Dacoutros family - were presented to the museum by John Dacoutros. The donation includes a built up wooden model of the Maria ...

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Malta in sixth place for solar energy use

Malta lies in sixth place among EU member states for the amount of solar heating when adjusted to reflect the size of the population. A EurObserver report on solar energy reported that Malta had 0.119 square metres of solar installations per capita in 2016, generating 0.083 kilowatt hours per person. This compares very ...

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Electric vehicles grant scheme extended

Transport Malta, in conjunction with the Ministry for Transport, is extending the grant scheme on environment-friendly vehicles with another €150,000. The scheme aims to reduce emissions generated from road traffic improving air quality levels by reducing the number of old motor vehicles from the roads, promoting the ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 11.20am Watford are interested in signing Valencia centre-back Aymen Abdennour. SkySports reported that they have ...

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Three of every four use car to get to University

Over three-quarters of the students and staff at the University of Malta use a car to get there – either as a driver or passenger – with a third also using the bus at times, and just under a quarter sometimes walking'. Only three per cent use a motorcycle and just two per cent use a bicycle. The results emerge from a ...

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Hotel, guesthouse guests up almost 9 per cent in May

Guests at hotels, guesthouses, hostels and tourist villages were up by almost 9 per cent in May when compared to the same month last year, new NSO data shows. National Statistic Office figures show that 166,842 guests spent a collective total of 848,039 nights in Malta that month. All forms of collective accommodation ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 10.05am Emilio Izaguirre confirmed his departure from Celtic with an emotional farewell message. The 31-year-old ...

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Two of every three use car to get to University

Over two-thirds of the students and staff at the University of Malta use a car to get there – either as a driver or passenger – with a third also using the bus at times, and just under a quarter sometimes walking'. Only three per cent use a motorcycle and just two per cent use a bicycle. The results emerge from a ...

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Inefficient transport

In the five years I have been living in Malta, this is the worst time in terms of the bus service. I read in the Times of Malta that the operator was planning to use 33 more buses in summer but what is really happening is that there are fewer buses on the Valletta-St Julian's route and, again, most of them are completely ...

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Correspondences art exhibition

Malta Contemporary Art is presenting an exhibition, titled Correspondences, a project that links a programme of nine exhibitions presented in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Malta to an international colloquium held at Casa das Artes, Oporto, Portugal. A letter excerpt included in Jacques Derrida's La Carte Postale is taken as ...

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Today's front pages

These are the leading stories in today's local newspapers.  Times of Malta leads with claims that an inquiry into Panama company Egrant is currently waiting for the Justice Ministry to sign off on hiring expensive foreign IT experts, with the case deemed too sensitive for local court experts to be hired. The Malta ...

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Labour supply challenges

Economic success can breed its own problems and thus needs to be managed for long-term sustainability. For the past decade, Malta has managed to keep unemployment low, even during the international recession, due to wage moderation, effective social dialogue and job retention policies. The economic recovery and subsequent ...

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Tragicomedy on the beach

A month into yet another summer of discontent over the takeover of stretches of public beaches by a string of operators renting out deckchairs and umbrellas, two government authorities have finally summoned enough courage to check abuse in at least two bays, Armier and Little Armier. But this is a far cry from what the two ...

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Customs seize €25,000 in undeclared cash

Customs officials seized €25,000 in undeclared cash following searches at the airport and seaport yesterday.    Officials working at the Malta International Airport departures lounge seized €12,000 from a Maltese passenger heading to Istanbul. Others working at the seaport discovered €12,990 during a routine ...

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VGH avoids questions about handing hospital procurement to private firm

Medical firms hoping to win supply contracts with the private company tasked with running three public hospitals are being asked to submit their bids to a competitor. A number of medical suppliers told this paper they had been put in a very awkward position, after Vitals Global Healthcare informed them that all procurement ...

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You can now buy Bitcoin from an ATM in Sliema

A local entrepreneur has beaten a budding startup to the race to unveil Malta's first Bitcoin ATM.  The machine, which has been installed outside a Sliema shop on Blanche Huber street, allows users to buy Bitcoin and check their ewallet balance using QR codes displayed on their smartphone. Bitcoin is a decentralised ...

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President leads trade delegation to Ghana

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is going where no Maltese President has gone before: on the first-ever State Visit to Ghana, leading a sizeable trade delegation. She spoke to Matthew Xuereb. The President is viewing her State Visit to Ghana this week in the spirit of exploring engagement with part of the world with which Malta ...

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Lija roadworks to go on through the night

  Roadworks in Lija will continue throughout the night today and tomorrow, Transport Malta has said.  Workers will spend the night hours between 7pm and 5am working on the zebra crossing before moving on to carrying works on the existing roundabout tomorrow night.  Triq il-Mosta will be closed to traffic from Mosta to ...

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Stranded passengers were offered alternatives, Easyjet insists

Easyjet has apologised to passengers left stranded in Malta on Saturday after a flight to Milan's Malpensa airport was cancelled without prior warning.  In comments to the Times of Malta, the budget airline acknowledged that a "technical fault" had forced the flight cancellation and apologised to passengers, but insisted ...

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Helena Dalli's ministry spends €410,438 in advertising

More than three-fourths of the money forked out for advertising by the Ministry for Social Dialogue in the first half of this year was spent on promotion for the Malta EU presidency. According to figures tabled in Parliament last week, entities that fell within the remit of the ministry spent €410,438 in advertising ...

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Editor, writer acquitted over Frans Sammut's obituary

Malta Today's managing editor and a writer were today acquitted of criminal libel over an obituary penned in the memory of acclaimed writer Frans Sammut, after proceedings were instituted upon a complaint filed by the deceased's widow. The Sammut family had taken objection to certain remarks written in the obituary which ...

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Breathalysers to be distributed to seafarers

Disposable breathalysers will now be distributed to seafarers in a bid to reduce excessive drinking while at sea, where the alcohol limit is similar to that on the road. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Malta Road Safety Council Consultant at Transport Malta Pierre Vella said the awareness campaign, which ...

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Live: Football transfers news, rumours

Welcome to this new initiative by Times of Malta's sports desk. We are looking to keep our readers and social media followers updated with all the latest news and gossip regarding the summer transfer window. 3.55pm Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler has committed his future to the club until at least 2020. The ...

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Caravans occupying Mistra Bay, authorities reluctant to act

A veritable fleet of caravans is making a Mistra Bay restaurant owner's life a misery and it seems that the authorities are reluctant to take action. Several caravan owners have descended on Mistra Bay in recent weeks, setting up structures that suggest they intend to make the place their home this summer. During a site ...

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Giant Dubai-based property developer eyeing Malta

A giant Dubai-based property developer is considering expanding its operations to Malta, according to reports. "Malta presents an ideal mix of investment benefits that make it a very attractive place for luxury and hospitality developers looking to expand into the EU zone," Damac chairman Hussain Sajwani said in a ...

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After the illegal deckchairs, Armier is invaded with tents!

Bathers arriving at Armier beach yesterday remained incredulous as they saw a number of gazebo tents erected on the sand.  The structures literally occupied a good part of the popular beach, and some of the owners camped overnight, bathers told Times of Malta. One bather said she had called the Malta Tourism Authority to ...

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