News from Malta

Tunisia: Essebsi claims poll win

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's presidential elections but incumbent Moncef Marzouki refuses to concede defeat. Paul Chapman reports.

Electoral office spent €4,000 on 9 dinners

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

The electoral office spent more than €4,000 on nine dinners during election time, including two for which no one turned up, according to an audit. This expenditure during last year’s general and local elections was labelled “imprudent” by the National Audit Office. It included €527 for liquors and wine but this amount was deemed not to be exhaustive since details on the photocopied chits provided for the audit were not always clear.

The Christmas Spirit around the globe

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Around the globe people prepare for the Christmas holiday season with Pope Frances at the Vatican offering wishes for a truly Christian Christmas of joy, hope and fraternity. In war-torn Syria, Christians in Damascus prepare treats for the holiday, while in Russia parts of Moscow's Red Square are decked out for the season as children enjoy festive merry-go-round rides. In Europe, Germany's famous Dresden Christmas Market is up and running for the season with children enjoying the traditional German holiday cake Stolen.

Elton John and partner tie the knot

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Singer Elton John and his long-term partner David Furnish marry in a star-studded ceremony at their home in south-east England. Paul Chapman reports.

Catamaran tickets to Sicily for new word game winner

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Win a trip to Sicily with our new word game. The winner of the new word game series, which kicks off today, will be whisked off to Sicily with another member of his family or a friend. Virtu Ferries are offering two return passenger catamaran tickets valid until next December. The prize includes fuel and port services charges.

Are we being served?

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

One would believe that the local councils encourage its inhabitants to recycle paper, plastic, metal etc. Not so the Għargħur local council. I have been phoning the council and asking for grey bags for quite some time.

The law courts’ crumbling columns

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The façade of the law courts in Valletta introduces us, day in day out, to the TV news from there. I feel ashamed to have to watch the accent on the crumbling lower bases of the façade columns. What an eyesore.

Etymology of two words

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Ġużé Aquilina’s Maltese-English Dictionary is an etymological one. Regarding words derived from Arabic and Sicilian/Italian, it was not so tiring for the erudite professor to trace the etymology or origins us such words. Not so in case of words derived from other languages, particulary outside the Semitic family or the Romance group.

President on religion and culture

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

With reference to the President of Malta’s address on the occasion of Republic Day, may I express my doubts regarding the phrase: “Tibdil soċjali kbir ġenneb mhux ftit lir-reliġjon Kattolika bħala forza organizzativa tal-kultura”, which was translated into English as: “The Catholic religion is no longer central to cultural activity because of the vast changes happening in our society.” It seems to me that the phrase in Maltese expresses the President’s concern that many social changes have made the Catholic religion less important as a contributor to culture. The phrase in English, however,...

Innovative employment relations

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The EESC, an EU consultative institution composed of representatives of employers, employees and civil society, recently issued its opinion on Employee Financial Participation (EFP) in Europe. The practices of EFP may consist of three schemes: profit sharing; employee shares of stock options; and a collective employee share ownership model financed from a profit share additional to remuneration. In Malta, however much we may believe in the precept of linking pay with productivity, such practices of workers’ participation are neither well diffused not broad-based.

Local results

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

BOV Division Two: Senglea Athletic vs San Ġwann 1-2; Mellieħa vs Żejtun Corinthians 2-1; Għaxaq vs Dingli Swallows 0-0; Ħamrun Spartans vs Żabbar St Patrick 2-0; Għargħur vs Siġġiewi 0-0; Xgħajra Tornadoes vs Swieqi United 2-2. GFA Division One: St Lawrence Spurs vs Xewkija Tigers 0-7; Nadur Youngsters vs Sannat Lions 8-0. Youth FA U-17: Pembroke vs Kirkop 0-3; Luqa St Andrew’s vs Tarxien 3-5; Mġarr United vs Naxxar Lions 1-3; Floriana vs Pietà Hotspurs 0-4; Mellieħa vs Qrendi 8-0; Lija-Iklin vs Attard 7-1; Rabat vs Siġġiewi 0-0; Ħamrun vs Dingli 10-0; Birżebbuġa vs Sta Venera 1-4.

Boundary ‘tweaking’ unjustified

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Out of development zones and within them, our countryside and rural areas are due to shrink again if, according to Michael Falzon, Parliamentary Secretary in charge of Planning, the government makes tough decisions to enact yet another rationalisation exercise to further extend building areas already expanded in 2006. Many of us believe that a truly courageous and tough decision by a government with such a wide mandate as that enjoyed by the current administration, would be to put a definite end to the extension of building boundaries, not to expand them. The easiest way to boost the...

Prosperity index vs ‘risk of poverty’ data

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Is it not ironic that at the same time that one report classifies Malta high in a prosperity index, figures released by the European Union’s statistical agency show that almost a quarter of the island’s population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion? Both may be correct for, while the first report measures prosperity on a broad set of measures, not just on economic growth, the Eurostat figures concentrate on the number of people at risk of poverty. Since, quite naturally, the prosperity index does take into account the performance of the economy, which, as is well known, is doing...

Instant gratification could damage your finances

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The study of behavioural finance is spreading rapidly, and leading financial services providers like Barclays Wealth are making good use of psychology to better understand their customers’ needs and provide them with the services that they really need. Some psychologists are busy researching what drives people to take certain decisions on their finances that may superficially seem very daring. One book that attempts to answer this question is the Marshmallow Test published by Walter Mischel, a professor of psychology from the University of Columbia.

Rio preparations on track – mayor

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Brazil's Ricardo Winicki Santos stands on his windsurfing board during practice at the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. Preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are on track and facilities are set to be delivered on time, the mayor of host city Rio de Janeiro said on Friday. Mayor Eduardo Paes said the main hurdles to preparations had been overcome and there should be no problem meeting deadlines if work continues at the current pace. “It’s never a comfortable situation, but things are quite up-to-speed,” Paes told reporters in Rio.

ECB considers making weaker eurozone states bear more QE risk

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, have told Reuters that the ECB could require central banks in countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money or provisions to cover potential losses from any bond-buying, reflecting the riskiness of their bonds. Such a move could help persuade a reluctant Germany to back plans to buy state bonds.

No way back for Pietersen despite Cook sacking

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Alastair Cook England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook’s dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen. The South African-born maverick’s undermining of Cook was one of the reasons Pietersen was cast aside by England in January after England’s 5-0 defeat in the last Ashes series in Australia. The swashbuckling stroke-maker has a much better relationship with middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan, who has replaced Cook as captain for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

Rack of lamb with a pistachio crust  

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Serves 4 IngredientsRack of lamb, weighing around 700g2 tbsps butter25g pistachios25g breadcrumbsA quarter of a sprig of parsley2 tbsps mustard150ml red wine200ml bound roast sauce50g cherriesA quarter of a sprig of thymeSalt and pepper Method Preheat the oven at 180 ° C. In a roasting pan add one-and-a-half teaspoons of butter and a pinch of salt and let it roast for about five minutes. Grind the pistachios and mix with the breadcrumbs and parsley in a food processor until finely chopped.

Beautiful are the beasts

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

It is indeed very sad to open the newspaper and read about cases of atrocious cruelty to animals: a horse being mercilessly whipped, a dog is beaten and then abandoned in a quarry, an exotic reptile too is beaten and abandoned in a skip... the shameful list of atrocities goes on. Why are some people so cruel to animals?

­­­Shipping movements

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The following ships are expected in Malta: The Santa Bettina from Aliaga to Tanger Med, the Stjerneborg from El Khoms, the Saint Roch from Sfax, the Sirius from Alexandria to Mersin and the Hansa Oldenburg from Mersin to Antaly (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the MV Euroferry Malta from Salerno to Catania, the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa (both Sullivan Maritime), the BC Hamburg from Sfax to Misuratah and the Rio Charleston from Antwerp to Haifa (both Thomas Smith & Co. Ltd), today.

Cartoon of the day

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

How about Xmas in North Korea?

Scotland legal chief and FBI boss discuss Lockerbie

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Scotland's top law officer has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing. Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC described Friday's talks with James Comey as "very useful" and said they discussed in detail various avenues of inquiry currently being examined. "Despite the difficulties we remain hopeful that progress will be made," Mr Mulholland said.

Two arrested after 3kg cocaine haul

Malta Media - 13 hours ago

Netvibes ShareThe police have reported that a 28-year-old Nigerian woman who lives in Italy was arrested by the police on Saturday night after she was caught trying to smuggle in three kilogrammes of cocaine. The substance was found in the suitcase she was carrying on her way from Pozzallo on board the Sicily-Malta catamaran. Further investigations led the police to arrest a 35-year-old man who lives in Safi.

Istrina activities conclude in Gozo, more events being held on Friday

Gozo news - 13 hours ago

Thousands of people from different Gozitan localities warmly welcomed the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca during the...

Arrests made after school massacre

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Several people have been arrested in connection with the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in north-west Pakistan, according to officials. Pakistan's interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said "quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into custody" adding that the interrogations were "moving ahead in a positive manner". He did not disclose their identities or say how many they were.

Gabbiadini header rescues a point for Sampdoria

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Manolo Gabbiadini, who is expected to leave Sampdoria next month, grabbed the equaliser in a 2-2 home draw with Udinese today that lifted his team up to fourth in Serie A. Pedro Obiang put the hosts in front after 15 minutes but Udinese turned the match around with first-half goals from Alex Geijo and Danilo. Substitute Gabbiadini, who according to media reports is set to join Napoli in the January transfer window, headed Sampdoria level on the hour.

Updated: Inter fight back for Lazio point

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Felipe Anderson and Mateo Kovacic exchanged goals of real quality as Inter fought back to rescue a 2-2 draw with Lazio at San Siro. Inter boss Roberto Mancini glowered from the touchline after watching Felipe Anderson score his first brace in Serie A - the Lazio midfielder's second goal arrived at the end of a wonderful run - but the hosts' luck would change. Kovacic halved the deficit with a stunning volley, charging the Inter team with confidence and putting Rodrigo Palacio in a position to score his first goal of the season, a goal that spared his side from defeat.

A Gozo SPCA pet sponsorship makes a perfect & unusual present for Christmas

Gozo news - 14 hours ago

There are only a few shopping days left for Christmas, and if you are still trying to decide...

Valletta too strong for Sliema

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

VALLETTA-3, SLIEMA WANDERERS-1 Valletta put their upset to Hibs behind them as they produced a clinical performance to beat Sliema Wanderers 3-1. Hamza Barry took centre-stage for the champions after the Gambian scored a brace, his second all but sealing the points as it gave the champions a 3-0 advantage by the 55th minute. It took Valletta three minutes to take the lead.

Pope Francis sends Christmas wish of hope, joy and fraternity

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Pope Francis addresses thousands of visitors in St. Peter's Square and wishes them a truly Christian Christmas of joy, hope and fraternity. Nathan Frandino reports.

Christmas eve children's mass at Stella Maris College

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

The Stella Maris College in Gżira will once again organise a Christmas Evening Children's Mass at Stella Maris College.  This Mass, animated by Fr. Justin Schembri, is similar to traditional Christmas Masses however it is 'conducted' by children who take part actively from the traditional Christmas Sermon but also with a small sketch depicting the importance of Christmas through the film story 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.

Police officer shot dead in Florida

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

A police officer has been shot and killed in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred at around 3am and that a suspect has been taken into custody. A news conference is to be held later.

Gift Ideas for Co­workers

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

The Christmas season is in full gear, and many of us are busy preparing for special events, parties, and gift-giving. Many work places promote the idea of giving your colleagues a little something for Christmas, usually through Secret Santa. But what do you get for a co-worker whom you might not know very well, or what can you buy if you have to give something to your boss?

Christmas Theme Party Ideas

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Christmas is a great time to invite your friends and family over for a party – all you need is something to munch on, drinks, and good company. However, after a few years of doing the same thing, a party can seem a little boring to some – so why not switch things up a little, and make it a theme?  If you can't think of a fun theme for your party, worry not.

Johnson strikes late to earn Sunderland derby win

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in a frantic Premier League Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park. With a minute remaining, and seconds after Moussa Sissoko had almost won it for hosts Newcastle, Johnson kept his cool to slam a shot past keeper Jak Alnwick and wrap up a fourth successive win for Sunderland in the fixture. It was only Sunderland's third league victory of the season and lifted them to 14th place with 19 points.

Skrtel rescues Liverpool against Arsenal, Sunderland win derby

The Times of Malta - 15 hours ago

A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League. Inferior for most of the match, Arsenal had led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud after Philippe Coutinho had put the hosts deservedly ahead. However, Skrtel, who required six minutes of treatment on a head wound, thundered in a late header from Steven Gerrard's corner to deny Arsenal.

Woman claims bouncers beat her up in Paceville

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

A woman who tried to stop a Paceville bouncer from hitting her friend was beaten up repeatedly by two bouncers “who showed no mercy” early this morning. Michelle Sullivan, 45, of Swieqi, said she was enjoying a good night in Paceville at a bar in Estilo when Dutch men at a nearby table started having a go at a friend. One of the men in her group confronted them just after a bouncer spoke to them and the same bouncer came over to their table and told her friend to calm down.

Tokens for children enrolling for the first time at Gozo Central Public Library

Gozo news - 16 hours ago

All children enrolling for the first time with the library at the Gozo Central Public Library, situated in...

Two arrested after cocaine haul

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

Three police officers were slightly injured in an operation which resulted in the arrest of a Nigerian woman and a Maltese man and the recovery of three kilograms of cocaine. The police said that the 28-year-old woman, who lives in Italy, was arrested on her arrival in Malta on the Catamaran from Pozzallo last night after some three kilograms of they believed was cocaine were found in a false bottom in her suitcase. Further investigations led the police to arrest the 35-year-old man, who lives in Safi this morning.

Haruna brace boosts Birkirkara

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

BIRKIRKARA-2, QORMI-0 Shola Shodiya Haruna scored a brace as Birkirkara returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Qormi. Haruna was on target in the dying stages of both halves to rescue Birkirkara who were below-par for most of the game. Qormi had several scoring chances, especially in the second half, but their finishing was poor and when they did get a shot at goal, Birkirkara goalkeeper Justin Haber stood in their way.

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