News from Malta

Missouri deploys 2,200 national guardsmen after Ferguson riots

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced an additional presence of National Guardsmen to the region after last night's violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. "The guards rapid response teams will be positioned to be ready to act at a moment's notice if challenges arise. All together, that will be more than 2,200 National Guardsmen in the region," Nixon said during a press conference at the University of St.

Chelsea qualify in style with five-goal romp

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo. Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Willian doubled the lead with a fierce low shot on the half hour as the Group G leaders extended their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions. A Jan Kirchhoff own goal in the 44th minute made it 3-0 and second-half goals from substitutes Didier Drogba and Ramires mean Schalke's qualification hopes now hang in the balance.

Messi treble sets Champions League goals record

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he struck a hat-trick in today's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put Barcelona 2-0 ahead. The 27-year-old added further goals in the 58th and 87th minutes to extend his record, having also netted a treble to break the La Liga all-time scoring mark on Saturday.

Trip Advisor rates Seabank Resort at 8th best all-inclusive resort in Europe

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The db Seabank Resort and Spa of Mellieha Bay has been announced as the 8th Best All-Inclusive Resort in Europe by TripAdvisor. The db Seabank Resort was already among the top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe, placing at number 17 last year.  TripAdvisor compiles its data from the views of the millions of clients using its services..

Live: Joseph Muscat: Budget is built on optimism

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Prime Minister Joseph  Muscat said this evening that the crucial word about the Budget was ‘optimism’. Speaking in Parliament, he said the silent majority  was confident that the country was moving forward and would continue to progress. The people also knew that their own conditions were improving.

Live: Joseph Muscat: Agreement reached for launch of distribution of medicines

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Prime Minister Joseph  Muscat said this evening that the crucial word about the Budget was ‘optimism’. Speaking in Parliament, he said the silent majority was confident that the country was moving forward and would continue to progress. The people also knew that their own conditions were improving.

Joseph Muscat: Agreement reached for launch of distribution of medicines

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Prime Minister Joseph  Muscat said this evening that a heads of agreement had been reached for a pilot project which will see the door-to-door distribution of medicines in two localities, in line with an electoral pledge. Dr Muscat was speaking in Parliament about the Budget. He said the crucial word about the Budget was ‘optimism’.

2 films being shown for free at the Oratory Don Bosco as part of LUX Film Days

Gozo news - 10 hours ago

As part of the LUX Film Days 2014, the Slovenian film – Class Enemy – A 2013 film...

Manuel Mallia: I did not see statement on shooting incident before it was issued

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

The Minister of Home Affairs, Manuel Mallia, said this evening that he did not write or authorise the statement issued (by the government) on Wednesday about the shooting incident in which his driver was involved. The statement raised a storm of controversy when it was wrongly claimed that the minister’s driver, Constable Paul Sheehan, had fired warning shots ‘in the air’ at a car which had earlier hit the minister’s car. It later resulted that the minister's driver shot had hit the car.

HSBC Contact Centre ready to welcome prospective employees at EURES Job Fair

Gozo news - 10 hours ago

HSBC UK Contact Centre (HBEU), home to Malta’s largest number of contact centre employees, is inviting the upbeat...

Teenage girls reported missing

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Two teenage girls have been missing since yesterday, the police said. They are Sephora Camilleri,15 and Donna Edris, 16.(See pictures above) The police said anyone having information about them should phone on 119 or 21 224 0019.

Company not responsible for cable damage caused by trenching

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A court has turned down an application by Enemalta to order an excavator company to pay it €216,555 in compensation for a power cut caused by trenching works in Mosta on October 30, 2002. The corporation had sued Denfar Excavators Ltd and held it liable for damages caused when one of its excavators damaged a power cable in Triq Pantar during trenching for drainage pipes. Denfar Excavators Ltd successfully argued in court, however, that its staff had taken the necessary precautions and asked Enemalta to indicate where its cables were.

Quick-thinking thief steals €13,000 in cash

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The police are studying CCTV footage after a man apparently stole some €13,000 in cash from an office at the Sparkle Image detergents shop in Gzira yesterday afternoon. The cash was apparently being counted on a desk when the person responsible briefly moved away. The thief promptly entered her office, grabbed the cash and left.

Opportunistic thief steals €13,000 in cash

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The police are studying CCTV footage after a man apparently stole some €13,000 in cash from an office at the Sparkle Image detergents shop in Gzira yesterday afternoon. The cash was apparently being counted on a desk when the person responsible briefly moved away. The thief promptly entered her office, grabbed the cash and left.

Seher il-Punent Festival: 8th edition taking place in Gharb next month

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo together with the Mayor of Gharb David Apap, today launched the...

PBS CEO says he never heard anyone say Silvio Scerri wanted Normal Vella moved

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

PBS chief executive Anton Attard said in court today that he never heard anyone mention that the chief of staff of the Home Affairs Ministry, Silvio Scerri, wanted to get rid of presenter Norman Vella. Mr Attard was testifying this afternoon before the Employment Commission that is hearing the case that Mr Vella, the former presenter of TVHemm, instituted against Mario Cutajar, head of the civil service, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Mr Vella is claiming political discrimination in the way he was re-deployed from PBS to the Immigration Department, where he had originally worked.

PBS CEO says he never heard anyone say Silvio Scerri wanted Norman Vella moved

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

PBS chief executive Anton Attard said in court today that he never heard anyone mention that the chief of staff of the Home Affairs Ministry, Silvio Scerri, wanted to get rid of presenter Norman Vella. Mr Attard was testifying this afternoon before the Employment Commission that is hearing the case that Mr Vella, the former presenter of TVHemm, instituted against Mario Cutajar, head of the civil service, and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Mr Vella is claiming political discrimination in the way he was re-deployed from PBS to the Immigration Department, where he had originally worked.

We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast graveyard, says Pope Francis

Gozo news - 13 hours ago

Safeguarding human dignity was a key theme of the formal address delivered by Pope Francis to Members of...

Getting shirty

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

The Australian prime minister's threat to "shirtfront" Russia's president during an international summit this month has prompted a dictionary to broaden its definition of the word beyond an Australian football term for a shoulder charge to an opponent's chest. Russian officials ridiculed the threat made by prime minister Tony Abbott at a news conference last month, warning that President Vladimir Putin was a judo expert. Susan Butler, editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, the definitive authority on Australian English, said the controversy made her editors realise that the term had taken on a broader meaning in recent decades than an illegal manoeuvre on the football field.

3 more prosecutions following CABS reports: Repeat offender has to pay €1,000

Gozo news - 13 hours ago

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) today welcomed the sentence against a hunter who was filmed by the...

Three fined €1,000 after Cabs reports

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

A hunter who was filmed by volunteers from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) while  hunting at Salina before the start of the hunting season in April has been fined €1,000 and has had his hunting licence revoked for two years. In welcoming the court's judgement, Cabs said the man was apprehended by the police after it filmed him with a loaded shotgun and an illegal bird caller. Meanwhile, in separate cases, two bird trappers from Bingemma and Zejtun were fined €1,000 each for illegally trapping protected birds in April and July.

Three fined €1,000 each after Cabs reports

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

A hunter who was filmed by volunteers from the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) while  hunting at Salina before the start of the hunting season in April has been fined €1,000 and has had his hunting licence revoked for two years. In welcoming the court's judgement, Cabs said the man was apprehended by the police after it filmed him with a loaded shotgun and an illegal bird caller. Meanwhile, in separate cases, two bird trappers from Bingemma and Zejtun were fined €1,000 each for illegally trapping protected birds in April and July.

PTL Holdings plc bond issue heavily oversubscribed

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

PTL Holdings plc, the holding company of PTL International, said today that due to heavy oversubscription for the €36 million 5.1% Unsecured Bonds 2024, the subscription lists which opened on Monday morning closed soon after at 9.30.

Seher in-Punent Festival at Gharb

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

The eighth edition of the Seher il-Punent Festival will be hosted by Gharb Council between December 5-7. The council said this year's edition will be linked to Christmas and will feature a Christmas and Crafts Village on all the three days. During the opening of the festival by Gozo Minister Anton Refalo, the focus will be on a religious re-enactment which will see the 'Holy Family' depart for the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem nativity display.

Enemalta scheduled power suspension in Nadur on Thursday

Gozo news - 13 hours ago

Enemalta has advised that due to scheduled maintenance works on the electricity grid in Gozo, there will be...

MSE Share Index unchanged as volumes dwindle

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

The MSE Share Index ended this morning’s session practically unchanged at 3,294.820 points as trading activity dwindled to below the €100,000 mark. In the banking sector, Bank of Valletta plc eased 0.

Snake charmer

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Sajal Biswas, a snake charmer, puts the head of a snake into his mouth as he performs on a roadside on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura. According to Biswas, he earns around 400 to 500 rupees ($6.45 to $8.

Woman forgives neighbour who allegedly injured her with broomstick

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A 31-year-old Somali man was cleared of threatening his neighbour and injuring her with a broomstick after the victim declared in court that she had forgiven him. Nor Mohamed Madahey, who lives in Safi, was charged with assaulting his neighbour - Roda Abdallah Obey - and threatening her with a knife following a disagreement in their apartment block on Sunday at about 9.30pm.

Woman forgives neighbour who injured her with broomstick, knife

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A 31-year-old Somali man was cleared of threatening his neighbour and injuring her after the victim declared in court that she had forgiven him. Nor Mohamed Madahey, who lives in Safi, was charged with assaulting his neighbour - Roda Abdallah Obey - and threatening her with a broomstick and a knife following a disagreement in their apartment block on Sunday at about 9.30pm.

Case against Birdlife members charged with holding dead birds starts to be heard

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Three Birdlife members, who were photographed holding dead birds to highlight illegal hunting, appeared in court today to face charges of possession of protected species. The case started on the insistence of the Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FKNK) and its members are expected to give evidence in the next sitting scheduled for January 14. Magistrate Anthony Vella started hearing the case against Birdlife members Fiona Burrows, Nicholas Barbara and Caroline Rance who are pleading not guilty.

Birdlife members in court for 'possession of protected species' - Police had concluded there was no case

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Three Birdlife members, who were photographed holding dead birds to highlight illegal hunting, appeared in court today to face charges of possession of protected species. The case was instituted on the insistence of the Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FKNK). Magistrate Anthony Vella started hearing the case against Birdlife members Fiona Burrows, Nicholas Barbara and Caroline Rance who are pleading not guilty.

Man found unconscious in drainage tunnel

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A man has been hospitalised after he was found unconscious in a water drainage tunnel in Marsa. The discovery was made by a passerby at about noon. It is understood that the man is about 30 years old, from Paola.

British woman hit by car in St Paul's Bay

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

A 65-year-old British woman who lives in St Paul’s Bay was injured when she was hit by a car at 11.45am. She is not in a critical condition.

Bride rescued after surfing ordeal

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

A bride who went body boarding after her wedding had to be rescued by lifeboats when she became stranded on rocks. Jennifer Grant had been taking a post ceremony surf in Newquay, Cornwall, when she got into difficulty at 2.30pm on Sunday.

An evening with Speri wines

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

  CassarCamilleri will be hosting a wine and culinary experience on Thursdayat Zeri’s restaurant in Portomaso. Patrons will have the opportunity to indulge in wines from the Italian winery Speri alongside an array of dishes tailor made to match the wines to be served. Speri winemaker and owner Giuseppe Speri, will give a presentation on each wine being served with each course.

Godwin Farrugia's act of bravery acknowledged

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

A memento has been presented to Godwin Farrugia by the Malta Tourism Authority in recognition of his heroic act when he rescued 13 Italian divers at Wied iz-Zurrieq. The divers had gone diving at Wied iz-Zurrieq to explore the Um El Faroud, in spite of the rough seas. They were soon taken away by the current.

Design policy document proposing increase in minimum property sizes

The Times of Malta - 17 hours ago

A new design policy document is proposing an increase in the minimum size of one, two and three bedroom properties as it seeks to do away with modern day slums. The policy is proposing that the minimum size of a one-bedroom property is increased from 45 to 55 square metres , that of a two-bedroom property from 76 to 90 square metres , that of a three-bedroom property from 96 to 115 square metres. Architect Victor Sladden, who chaired the working group which drafted the document, said the policy was also proposing disallowing the residential use of basements.

Urban & architectural design policy document proposes new vision and direction – MEPA

Gozo news - 17 hours ago

A new proposed policy document (DC2014) which sets out a new direction in terms of urban and architectural...

New life of grime for ex-police dog

The Times of Malta - 17 hours ago

A nine-stone former police dog is poised to be the latest weapon to be used to sniff out sewer-blocking fat, oil and grease. Hector the bloodhound has swapped a life of crime for one of grime by being trained to detect blockages on Southern Water's 40,000km network of sewers. The company, which serves Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, hopes to deploy Hector to sniff out problem areas through air gaps at ground level.


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