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Daily News 29 / 03 / 2017.

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 29 / 03 / 2017 Brussels, 29 March 2017 President Juncker in Malta for the EPP Congress and Citizens' Dialogue with Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat and Commissioner Vella Today and tomorrow President Juncker will be in Malta...

- EU - EU

Air Malta special offers to coincide with Amitex fair.

Air Malta has announced special prices to coincide with the Amitex Holiday Show, opening this weekend at the MFCC. The offer is available to 21 destinations with one-way prices starting at €39 inclusive of taxes and charges. The sale being offered for a travel period between May 1 and December 6. It will run for a week ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Watch live: Juncker, Muscat, in public dialogue on the future of the European Union.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is taking part in a public dialogue on the future of Europe along with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Commissioner Karmenu Vella. Organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta, the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee and the Strickland Foundation, the ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Juncker wants 'pastizzi' and Cisk, paid by the prime minister.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was in good humour at an EU dialogue meeting in Malta this afternoon, joking that he was looking forward to pastizzi and Cisk, paid for by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Mr Juncker and Dr Muscat took part in a public discussion focused on the future of Europe. Commissioner Karmenu ...

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Watch: EU 'will fail' unless populism is tackled, warns Busuttil.

Brexit was the result of populism and the European Union could fail unless it dealt with rising populist sentiment, Simon Busuttil said this afternoon.The Nationalist Party leader was speaking at a press conference during the European People's Party congress, which is being held in Malta today and tomorrow. READ: The ...

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Editor's decision not to publish potentially defamatory right of reply allowed by law.

A criminal libel case filed by the Ramblers Association against David Lindsay, editor of the Malta Independent on Sunday, has been dismissed after the court declared that the editor was justified in delaying the publication of a potentially defamatory reply by the association to seek legal advice. The case arose after the ...

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Coach driver injured.

The driver of a private bus was injured this morning when the bus and a truck carrying bricks collided at a bend in Mellieha. The incident happened at about 10.30.   The bus was being driven by a 37-year-old from Floriana while a 46-year-old from Xewkija was driving the truck.  Photo Justine Byrne - facebook: Times of ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

UK must be worse off after Brexit: Malta.

Brexit negotiations must be transparent and honest but the UK must be left worse off when it leaves the European Union, the EU's presidency says.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Visit Fort St Angelo for just €2 on Freedom Day.

Fort St Angelo will open for a reduced price of €2 on March 31, Freedom Day, and the opening times will be extended by an hour, Heritage Malta said. This will give regatta enthusiasts the opportunity to follow the races from the fort's impressive bastions. The regatta is a traditional rowing event held twice yearly in the ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Buy a painting while doing your bit for ALS research.

A three-day art fair to be held in May will showcase some of Malta's finest art while also raising money for a charitable cause.  The Malta Art Fair will feature more than 50 booths across 2,000 square metres at the MFCC grounds in Ta' Qali, with all profits going to aid ALS Malta.  It will showcase classic to ...

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Reduced entry price at Fort St Angelo on Republic Day.

Fort St Angelo will open for a reduced price of €2 on March 31, Freedom Day, and the opening times will be extended by an hour, Heritage Malta said. This will give regatta enthusiasts the opportunity to follow the races from the fort's impressive bastions. The regatta is a traditional rowing event held twice yearly in the ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Air Malta planning to reduce flying staff by at least 60

Air Malta is planning to reduce its flying staff – mainly pilots and cabin crew – by at least 60 by the end of June to slash costs, as a plan submitted to Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis shows. According to the plan, prepared by the ailing carrier's top management last summer, it is aiming to have 28 fewer pilots ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says Air Malta is planning to reduce flying staff by at least 60. It also reports President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca's statement on Times Talk, that political parties should be funded by the state. The Malta Independent says there were 1,516 ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Thermaltake's View 28 is a gull-wing case with beautiful lighting

There are many considerations when selecting a case beyond its specs, like how it looks and how easy it is to get into. Thermaltake has taken all of those things into consideration in the design of its new View 28 mid-tower case. The post Thermaltake's View 28 is a gull-wing case with beautiful lighting appeared first on ...

- Digital Trends - US

Do you know Christina or Lisa?

The people behind a play about Christina Ratcliffe, a woman who came to Malta to work as an entertainer and was later decorated for her contributions to the war effort, are looking for anyone who knew her or her friend Lisa. The story of Ms Ratcliffe, who landed here as a cabaret performer and stayed on after falling in ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Ex-Libya exporters seek new market in Algeria

Maltese manufacturers are looking at Algeria to replace lost business in Libya as the country remains plagued with instability. Algeria ranked first for new markets in the profiling exercise of manufacturing companies conducted by Trade Malta, a partnership between the government and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, ...

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Construction vehicles causing danger near Mcast institute in Mosta

The Malta Union of Teachers has urged the Minister of Transport to intervene urgently because of a danger posed by heavy construction vehicles near the Mcast Institute for Creative Arts in Mosta. It said construction and heavy vehicles are causing safety problems to students and staff and property has been damaged.

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Court rejects Norman Lowell appeal

An appeals court has confirmed a decision rejecting libel complaints filed by far-right activist Norman Lowell against MaltaToday managing editor Saviour Balzan and editor Matthew Vella.  Mr Lowell had taken exception to three reports published by the newspaper in May 2006 which had hinted at a possible link between a ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Watch: President discusses political rivalry, state funding on Times Talk

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca fields questions on the political tempo, State funding and the need to change the Maltese president's role in a frank interview on Times Talk.  Ms Coleiro Preca speaks about the perception of business lobbies influencing political parties and argues the case against the President being ...

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PA schedules former Gozo milk factory

The Planning Authority has designated the administration building of the former milk factory in Xewkija, Gozo, as a scheduled Grade 2 building. The 1950s modernist building, designed by the renowned Maltese Architect Joseph Huntingford , is located in Triq l-Imgarr and Triq il-Pitkali. In the 1950s and early sixties, Mr ...

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Two historical sites to be opened to visitors this Sunday

Mqabba's Tal-Mintna Catacombs and the church of the Annunciation at Ħal Millieri will both be opened to the public this coming Sunday, thanks to a collaboration between two heritage NGOs and Mqabba local council.  Tal-Mintna Catacombs Tal-Mintna Catacombs, managed by Heritage Malta, are a group of three small catacombs ...

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Poroshenko to meet with EU Council and EP presidents in Malta on March 29-30

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will deliver a speech during his working visit to the Republic of Malta on March 29-30 at the congress of the European People's Party , as well as hold a meeting with the leadership of the institutions of the European Union. According to the press service of the president, the The post ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

Major power cut hits Malta

Updated 10.40am - Power restored in most areas, says government Much of Malta was left without electricity this morning following a power cut that struck shortly before 10am.  People in Attard, Birkirkara, Ħamrun, Iklin, Gozo, Marsa, Marsascala, Mġarr, Mosta, Naxxar, Rabat, San Ġwann, Santa Venera, Sliema, St Paul's ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Free online culture, information channel on Times of Malta

Times of Malta has teamed up with ARTE, the European culture channel, to present a regular range of free fascinating programmes and documentaries. ARTE produces bold documentaries, arts programmes, musical performances and avant-garde magazines, among others. Subtitled in English, the programmes will be uploaded to the ...

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More guests in Malta, but fewer in Gozo this past January

Total guests and nights spent in collective accommodation establishmentsin January advanced by 17.1 and nine per cent respectively when compared to the same month last year. In January, total guests in collective accommodation establishments - hotels, guesthouses, tourist villages and hostels - numbered 86,854, while total ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

University of Malta listed among world's top places to study game design

The University of Malta's Institute of Digital Games has earned a #23 ranking on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the top 25 graduate schools to study game design for 2017. Founded in 2013 and led by director Gordon Calleja, the institute offers M.Sc and Ph.D courses in game design-related fields, with ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Air Malta retirement schemes on agenda of newly-established committee

Air Malta workers can expect an agreement on retirement schemes and the negotiation of a new collective agreement by the end of June, the government said today.  In a statement announcing the creation of a committee to discuss these two issues, the Tourism Ministry said the committee would ensure workers' rights were ...

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Constitutional bodies

The issue of autonomy of constitutional authorities such as the Broadcasting Authority or the Electoral Commission has recently cropped up. To what extent are these institutions really independent? Both of them are entrusted with important functions. The Electoral Commission not only draws the electoral divisions which may ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Brexit impact on our economy

Malta and the UK have strong historic ties, which since 2004 have included membership of the EU. Thus the UK's decision to exit the Union has macroeconomic implications for Malta. The Central Bank of Malta, in this light, has just published a policy note that tries to estimate the short-to-medium-term economic impact of ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

BA board members say chairwoman did not tell board about government job

Two board members of the Broadcasting Authority have publicly contradicted statements made by chairwoman Tanya Borg Cardona last week that she disclosed her 'government job' to the board. Christopher Scicluna, a sitting board member, said the first time he learned about Ms Borg Cardona's engagement with the government to ...

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Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says two Broadcasting Authority board members have publicly contradicted statements made by chairwoman Tanya Borg Cardona last week that she had disclosed her 'government job' to the board. In another story, the newspaper says serious concerns ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Win in Malta crucial says Hamsik

Marek Hamsik said the 3-1 victory over Malta on Sunday was central to Slovakia's chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals in Russia. The Slovaks had no margin of error at the National Stadium to maintain their hopes of finishing in second place in Group F behind England who continued to lead the way after a ...

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Figolli in aid of Hospice

As part of its fundraising activities for Easter, Hospice Malta is again selling traditional figolli. These are available in the shape of  cars, hearts, lambs and butterflies, made with pure almond filling, white fondant icing and a chocolate egg. ■ Orders may be made until Wednesday, April 12, by sending an e-mail to ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Gozitan hoteliers back proposals for more autonomy for Gozo

A proposal to grant a higher degree of autonomy to the sister island has received the backing of the Gozo Tourism Association, which is calling for a regional assembly. Incorporating MPs, mayors and various representatives from civil society as well as constituted bodies, the proposed entity would not, however, substitute ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Gozo Ministry's big spending on Preti painting shows distorted priorities - shadow minister

The Gozo Ministry's decision to spend €400,000 on the purchase of a Preti painting for the Gozo Museum showed a distorted sense of priorities and raised questions on who authorised this financial outlay, the shadow minister for Gozo, Chris Said, said in parliament this evening. Speaking on the adjournment, Dr Said said ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Malta's fight against childhood obesity

Despite ambitious plans and a top political priority to fight childhood obesity, Malta has only managed to halt the rise of obese and overweight children.

- EU Observer - EU

A dangerous balancing act in San Ġwann

Commuters and residents could only look in disbelief after an excavator was spotted perched dangerously on loose earth at the edge of a large building site in San Ġwann. A reader who sent this picture said the excavator was seen whipping up debris from the ground below. He pointed out that the position of the vehicle posed ...

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Heritage Malta spending €31,000 on exhibition of historic de Valette dagger

Heritage Malta is spending €31,000 in connection with the temporary exhibition in Malta of Grand Master de Valette's ceremonial dagger. Information given by Culture Minister Owen Bonnici in parliament shows that €20,000 were spent on the purchase of materials for the exhibition. €7,000 were allocated for the ...

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Quarry owners need fiscal incentives to accept construction waste - MDA

Quarry owners should be given short-term fiscal incentives for accepting construction waste, the developers' lobby has told Environment Minister Jose Herrera.  "Authorities have been taking quarry owners for a ride for over 20 years," Malta Developers Association president Sandro Chetcuti said during a meeting between the ...

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Watch: Blazing city cab chokes Valletta in black smoke

Updated 1.47pm - Added video A tower of black smoke dominated the Valletta skyline this afternoon after an electric-power city cab caught fire by Quarry Wharf.  Smoke from the flaming cab engulfed the area around Victoria Gate and Barbara Bastions and could be seen from across the Grand Harbour. Times of Malta readers in ...

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30 Tree Protection Areas announced

Thirty Tree Protection Areas were announced by the Environment and Resources Authority today as part of its efforts to protect important sites that harbour rare and endangered trees. In Malta there are approximately 60 native tree species of which 66% are rare or endangered. The total number of TPAs is now 60, including ...

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Facebook hosts Boost your Business event in Malta

Over 250 small and medium enterprises gathered at the Valletta Waterfront, to attend the first Boost your Business event organised by Facebook in Malta. Forming part of the Facebook European Roadshow 2017, BYB's objective is to inform small and medium enterprises how to best leverage Facebook's 1.9 billion users and up to ...

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Romania's second most populous city is now just a flight away

The first passengers to fly on a new route linking Malta with Romania's second most populous city were given a special welcome at Malta International Airport yesterday evening.  Wizz Air passengers flying from Cluj-Napoca were welcomed by hosts dressed in traditional Maltese costume and treated to a cake-cutting ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Maltese referee to lead England U-21 friendly match

An under-21 friendly match between Denmark and England will be officiated by a team of Maltese referees, the Malta Football Association said today. Referee Clayton Pisani and assistant referees Alan Camilleri and Duncan Sultana will take charge of the match at the BioNutria Park Stadium in Randers, Denmark which will be ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Unemployment hit a new low in February, official figures show

The number of registered unemployed stood at 2,766 in February when compared to 4,511 looking for work 12 months ago.  New figures released by Jobsplus showed that when compared to February 2016, registrants for work decreased irrespective of how long they hadbeen registering, with the largest decrease recorded among ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Local playwrights have until Thursday to get their act together

Playwrights with an idea for a theatrical script related to the theme of 'island stories' have until noon this Thursday to apply for mentoring and resources under a Malta Arts Fund project.  The Get Your Act Together project will see two chosen playwrights receive all the necessary mentoring and resources needed to stage ...

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Vella demands response ahead of group opener

Silvio Vella says his players have a point to prove when they open their 2019 UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying campaign against Belgium, in Louvain, tonight . The U-21s had a rough build-up to today's Group Six opener after conceding a hammering 5-0 de-feat to Luxembourg, in Kehlen, on Thursday in a match heavily ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

€8 billion annual risk of money laundering

Malta faces an annual €8 billion money laundering risk, according to figures quoted in a study presented to the European Parliament's Pana committee. The committee, which visited Malta in February for a fact-finding mission on the island's involvement in the Panama Papers scandal, was this month presented with a study on ...

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Deviant behaviour at school

The film Backboard Jungle, released in 1955, is about a group of students led by a youth rebel who engages in anti-social behaviour at school with the expressed aim of frustrating and unsettling teachers. Although now the blackboard has been replaced by the white board it looks as if the film is still relevant to the ...

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Islam taught in schools

Should Islam be taught in schools in Malta? This question has recently featured quite prominently in the public sphere. The issue peaked some days ago on Xarabank, the programme which everybody loves to criticise but everybody loves to watch. I saw most of it and was impressed by the civil debate despite disagreements among ...

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