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Watch: Musical roadtrip across the USA - New York

   In 10 episodes, Music on the Road roadtrips across the United States to explore America's music scene. From the Colombian coast to the East River in Brooklyn, Elkin Pautt and his group Delsonido are playing cumbia to the sound of dub step. A musical gesture that reflects their desire for ...

Electrogas deal raises 'obvious questions', says PN shadow minister

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is continuously spinning facts in his favour, energy shadow minister Marthese Portelli said this afternoon, insisting the new power station inaugurated yesterday was nothing but another monument to corruption'.Addressing a press conference at the Nationalist Party ...

Ivanka Trump joins Merkel, Lagarde at Berlin women's summit

Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to the US president, is in Berlin for a women's summit where she is due to discuss support for women entrepreneurs with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde. Trump will take part in a podium ...

80,000 flowering plants used in infiorata

Around 80,000 flowering plants were used to design Malta's EU Council Presidency logo, which is the theme of this year's infiorata in St George's Square. as part of the fourth edition of the Valletta Green Festival. The infiorata is part of the fourth edition of the Valletta Green Festival. The ...

Marriage breakups becoming more amicable

A third of separating married couples did so amicably following mediation over the past year, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici said earlier today. In 2012 only a fifth of couples did not need to go to court. Dr Bonnici said nearly all the separation cases filed in the family court this year had already ...

Government to employ local wardens, union says

The government has taken up a GWU suggestion to employ all local wardens in a centralised agency, the union said this afternoon. It said it looked forward to talks with the government on how the reform would be carried out, saying the move would see to the wardens gaining more respect. The wardens ...

Housing Authority ordered to repair building that poses a danger to minister's legal office

A civil court has ordered the Housing Authority to carry out structural repairs in a dilapidated Valletta property which is posing a threat to the neighbouring premises housing the legal office of the Environment Minister. Minister Jose Herrera, owner of the premises at 51, St Christopher Street, ...

Customs officers report varied haul of seized items in first quarter of this year

19,896 chocolate eggs, 8,328 pairs of flipflops and 32,800 mobile phone batteries/covers were among the items seized by customs officers in the first three months of this year. Data issued today by the Customs Department also shows that inspectors seized 26,030 cans of pineapple and 24 security ...

Watch: Europol can investigate trans-border corruption in Malta

Europol can investigate trans-border corruption in Malta without needing the permission of the Maltese government or of another member state, director Rob Wainwright told the European Parliament. Claims of international corruption involving Maltese and Azerbaijani politicians was raised during a ...

Court refuses PM's request to hear Egrant libel cases with urgency

Updated with court's reaction A court has refused the Prime Minister's request to hear libel cases against Daphne Caruana Galizia with urgency. Separate applications filed by the PM's chief of staff Keith Schembri were also rejected. Magistrate Francesco Depasquale said that the court was very busy ...

Taxi driver who hid drugs in fuel cap jailed

A taxi driver was given a nine-month prison sentence and a¬†‚ā¨950 fine after facing drug trafficking charges following the discovery of three packets of cannabis resin inside the fuel cap¬†of his vehicle on New Year's Eve seven years ago. Antonio Frendo, 68, from Birkirkara, was found guilty of ...

'A horrible marker of time' - Madeleine McCann's mother on life 10 years on

Madeleine McCann's mother has described the 10th anniversary of her daughter's disappearance as a "horrible marker of time, stolen time". In a message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, Kate McCann added: "We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks. "It's likely to be ...

John Bundy on Times Talk

Public Broadcasting Services chief executive John Bundy will be the guest on tomorrow's edition of Times Talk.  Mr Bundy, a former Nationalist Party candidate and prominent media presenter on both political party stations, was appointed to head the state broadcaster last August.  During the ...

Wikipedia founder out to 'fix the news' with collaborative website

Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, has launched a website aimed at countering the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to ...

'Panama firms cannot be audited'

Panama companies could not be audited because the jurisdiction lacked transparency, financial services law practitioner David Griscti has told the Times of Malta. Both Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Keith Schembri, said that audits they commissioned for their New ...

Malta still has EU's largest gender employment gap

Malta continues to have the largest gender employment gap across EU member states, despite progress in encouraging more women to enter the workforce.  New figures released by Eurostat today showed that while Malta has one of the EU's best male employment rates, with 83.1 per cent of men aged ...

Plastic-munching moth could help ease pollution

A moth that prefers plastic to pullovers could help solve the problem of discarded shopping bags and packaging, researchers believe. The larvae of the greater wax moth normally thrive on beeswax, making them a hated enemy of bee keepers across Europe. But a chance discovery has shown that they will ...

Malta has EU's largest gender employment gap

Malta continues to have the largest gender employment gap across EU member states, despite progress in encouraging more women to enter the workforce.  New figures released by Eurostat today showed that while Malta has one of the EU's best male employment rates, with 83.1 per cent of men aged ...

Malta's Beerman will learn from Old Firm debut - Rangers youth coach

Myles Beerman may not realise it yet, but he will one day be grateful for the Hampden torment he suffered at the feet of Patrick Roberts, according to Rangers youth boss Graeme Murty. The Ibrox teenager endured a torrid first 45 minutes as he made his Old Firm debut in Sunday's Scottish Cup ...

'Smart Teeth' gives you the chance to learn from a dentist

Malta Café Scientifique are offering everyone the opportunity to gain insight into the future of teeth regeneration, an art which proves vital in today's world. Next week's event Smart Teeth will offer audiences the chance to learn from and question the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the University ...

Arkansas enacts first double execution in 17 years

Yesterday's plans materialised as two inmates received lethal injections about three hours apart in Arkansas' first double execution in the US since 2000. The first inmate, Jack Jones, was executed on schedule, shortly after 7pm local time. But lawyers for the second, Marcel Williams, convinced a ...

Blue badge parking at Ta' Qali stadium abused by 'irresponsible drivers'

A blue badge holder who often watches football at Ta' Qali is being forced to choose between parking on double yellow lines and risk being fined or miss part of the match. The 45-year-old football fan told this newspaper that although there were parking spots available for people with a disability ...

Twenty-five faces of Gozo

Gozo's colourful side was exposed in a set of 25 photographs by Daniel Cilia showing what the island has to offer beyond its sea, sun and sand. Exhibited at the Committee of the Regions Building in Brussels, the photos will remain on display until April 30. The exhibition, themed 'Gozo ‚Äď faces of ...

Valletta-based IBB hotel group to open new hotel in Germany

Valletta-based hotel group IBB Hotel Collection is on track to open a new hotel in Germany this coming June.    The hotel, in the centre of historic town Ingelheim, will be the eleventh in the IBB Hotel Collection and will be geared towards attracting business and private visitors. "With local ...

Ramos red could cost Real dear

With Real Madrid trailing 2-1 to great rivals Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday, there was something of an air of inevitability as Sergio Ramos was sent off for the 22nd time in his professional career. In Ramos's words, his sending off proved decisive' as Barca went on to win 3-2. Ramos had ...

Faithless DJ set by Sister Bliss to delight the crowds this Friday

Sister Bliss will delight Gianpula crowds with a 90-minute set including anthems from legendary electronic act Faithless this coming Friday, as Sunglasses at Night celebrates its eighth birthday.  The world-famous DJ has been handpicked by the Sunglasses at Night crew to ensure clubbers see out the ...

Risk-on mode, more of that please

And just like that, the first round of the French elections are over, with Le Pen and Macron emerging as winners and scheduled to go head-to-head in the second round of elections in a couple of weeks' time. What has been important for the markets over recent weeks and the What has been important for ...

Regular 45 minute workouts boost brain power in over-50s

Exercising for at least 45 minutes several times a week can boost brain power in the over-50s, research suggests. Several types of exercise help improve thinking, attention, memory skills and executive function , a new analysis of 39 studies found. Aerobic exercise such as swimming, cycling and ...

Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of battle

Ministers from Australia and New Zealand have joined hundreds of people at the site of the Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey to remember those who were killed on the 102nd anniversary of the start of the ill-fated campaign. The solemn ceremony began at dawn on Tuesday under tight security following a ...

Rare plants clinging to life on UK's road verges

Some of the UK's rarest plants are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to look after the road verges that have become their final refuge, it has been warned. Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road verges, with fen ragwort hanging on in just one native ...

Sir Elton John cancels shows due to 'potentially deadly' infection

Sir Elton John has cancelled a series of shows in the US after suffering from a "potentially deadly" bacterial infection that forced him to spend two nights in intensive care. The singer, 70, contracted the infection during his recent tour of South America. He became "violently ill" during the ...

Suarez heaps praise on Messi after Barca star nets 500th goal

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez led the tributes to Lionel Messi after the Argentinian scored the 500th goal of his career to give Luis Enrique's side a last-gasp 3-2 win over 10-man Real Madrid. Messi struck twice in a dramatic victory to take Barcelona to the top of LaLiga. Ivan Rakitic was also on ...

No barrier to crossing at Porte des Bombes

Swapping hedges with barriers along the Portes des Bombes thoroughfare might not have been the most aesthetically sensitive option, but it at least stopped reckless pedestrians from crossing the busy road.  Or so Transport Malta thought.  Photos posted on Facebook group Malta Dizastru ...

Cameron's former special advisor in Malta to debate Brexit

Mats Persson, David Cameron's former special adviser will be among the main speakers at a Brexit breakfast debate in Malta next week.  Mr Persson was part of the team which renegotiated the terms of the UK's membership of the European Union in 2015 and 2016, and before that served as director of ...

Chelsea still a team in transition, says Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said his team is going through a rebuilding phase and the best is yet to come despite reaching the FA Cup final and leading the Premier League title race in his first season at the club. Chelsea last secured a league and FA Cup double in 2010 under Italian manager ...

China clamps down on excess steel, Japan decries Trump 'protectionism'

Twenty-nine Chinese steel firms have had their licences revoked as Beijing kept up its campaign to tackle overcapacity in the sector ‚Äď just days after US President Donald Trump said he would open a probe into cheap steel exports from China and elsewhere. Analysts say the revocations were unlikely ...

Balzan will keep fighting till the end ‚Äď coach Spiteri

The 2016-17 Premier League title race will be going down to the wire as Hibernians' 0-2 upset by Birkirkara on Sunday left the Paolites leading the standings just two points clear of second-placed Balzan with only two matches to go. Prior to last weekend's matches, the general feeling among the ...

'Life-changing' scoliosis surgery gives young man new hope

Aaron Camilleri can finally lie on his back, more than a decade since he started developing severe scoliosis. The curve in his back is nearly all gone, replaced by long scars, which for the 21-year-old act as a reminder that everything is possible'. He told this newspaper that he now feels reborn ...

Senglea Athletic end 35-year wait

Melita 0Senglea Athletic 3 Senglea Athletic ended a 35-year wait when they were promoted to the Premier League following a comfortable victory over Melita. Steve D'Amato's men needed just 45 minutes to wrap up the points and remain just one point behind joint-leaders Lija Athletic and Naxxar who ...

Eurozone money markets see chance of ECB hike in early 2018

Eurozone money markets yesterday priced in a higher chance of a rise in European Central Bank interest rates after Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election. Forward Eonia bank-to-bank rates dated for the ECB policy meeting on March 8 next year stand at around minus 30 ...

Premier League statistics

BalzanKaljevic 23 ; Da Silva Souza 8; Piciollo 7; Effiong 6; Nafti 5, Micallef 5 ; Fenech 3; Serrano 2; Agius, Arab, Bruno, Anderson. Own goal: Lima .Red cards: Serrano ; Da Silva Souza ;‚ÄąEffiong ; Grima ; Anderson ; Janjusevic ; Arab ; R.‚ÄąFenech ; Bruno . BirkirkaraPlut 11 , Dimitrov 10; Temile ...

'Massacre and terrorism from the air'

Eighty years ago tomorrow, Guernica in Spain was heavily bombed during the Spanish Civil War. The attack gained infamy because it involved the deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force. Charles Debono says that the aircraft being used during this war were known, as evident from a ...

Ten member states register surplus

Ten countries ‚Äď including Malta ‚Äď in the European Union registered a surplus in 2016, Eurostat reported yesterday. Luxembourg , Malta , Sweden , Germany , Greece , the Czech Republic , Cyprus and the Netherlands , Estonia and Lithuania registered a government surplus, while Bulgaria and Latvia ...

Today's front pages

The following are the top stories in national newspapers today. Times of Malta says Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had private meetings with the President yesterday over the political situation prompted by the Egrant allegations. In another story, the newspaper ...

Football news

Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is keen to score more goals in the club's four remaining Premier League games and help them avoid relegation, the Spaniard has said. Llorente, who is Swansea's leading goalscorer with 12 strikes, opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-0 home win over Stoke City. It ...

International appointment for Helen O'Grady academy principal

Well-known actor Alan Montanaro, principal of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Malta has been invited to join the academy's international training and development team. A number of new branches are expected to open in several new territories, including Moscow, Turkey, Croatia, Asia and South ...

Alonso sees Indy as a bigger challenge than Le Mans

Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso sees next month's Indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race as he seeks to win motorsport's famed 'Triple Crown'. The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula One driver,' the Spaniard told reporters ...

Greek Bank seeking legal advice over Lombard bid

The Investment Bank of Greece is seeking legal advice on Lombard Bank's intention to bid for the 49.01 per cent of its shares held by Cyprus Popular Bank before deciding how to vote during Thursday's annual general meeting. IBG is handling the sale of CPB's overseas investments following the ...

Power to inquiring magistrate

What Magistrate Aaron Bugeja is conducting is an inquiry under the Criminal Code, not an inquiry under the Inquiries Act. Apart from the fact that such an inquiry can in practice only commence if the police decide to act ‚Äď and, in this case, they acted much too late ‚Äď such inquiries were ...

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo puts itself up for sale

British luxury retailer Jimmy Choo was seeking offers for the company as part of a review of its strategic options to maximise shareholder value, it said yesterday. The firm, which specialises in shoes and accessories, said it had discussed the strategic review process with its majority shareholder, ...