News from Malta

Japanese hostage Goto 'beheaded'

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

An online video is purporting to show Islamic State group militants beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. The video, released late today, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Mr Goto. The video, released via militant websites, bore the symbols of previous Islamic State group videos.

NASA launches rocket with satellite to track climate change

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth's soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change. The tiny amount of soil moisture links the planet's overall environmental systems - its water, energy and carbon cycles - as well as determines whether particular regions are afflicted with drought or flooding. "It's the metabolism of the system," NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lead scientist Dara Entekhabi told reporters at a pre-launch news conference.

Vatican probes two for 'child porn'

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Two Polish-born prelates are being investigated by Holy See authorities for alleged possession of child pornography, a Vatican spokesman said. Father Federico Lombardi today identified one of them as Monsignor Bronislaw Morawiec, an administrator at St Mary Major Basilica, a Rome church where Pope Francis sometimes prays. The spokesman said Mgr Morawiec has already been convicted by the tiny city-state's justice system of fraud, part of efforts to assure that the Holy See's financial practices meet international standards.

Chelsea and Man City play out a 1-1 stalemate

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

League leaders Chelsea stayed five points clear of champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after the two frontrunners in the title race fought to 1-1 stalemate at Stamford Bridge. The goals came in a three minute spell before halftime with Chelsea the first to strike after 41 minutes when Branislav Ivanovic crossed for Eden Hazard, whose low ball across goal found Loic Remy who side-footed it into the empty net. City equalised three minutes later when Jesus Navas crossed into the area.

Four skiers killed in avalanche

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

Four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the south east of Switzerland, police said. Police in Graubuenden canton said the avalanche on the slopes of the Piz Vilan mountain this afternoon swept away seven members of a nine-strong group of skiers. Rescuers recovered three bodies and four seriously injured people, who were flown to hospitals in St Gallen, Zurich and Chur.

Hibernians steal draw from jaws of defeat

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi HIBERNIANS 1 MOSTA 1 Hibernians stole a draw from the jaws of defeat against Mosta. Hibernians strode forward from the word ‘go’. The Paolites were dominating possession but they were toiling to breach the Mosta defensive lines as Tyrone Farrugia and Yannick Ossok were vigilant at the back and when they succeeded to go beyond the Blues’ wall with fast exchange of passes between Jorginho and Edison, the leaders found Omar Borg up to task.

New members of Labour Party executive elected

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

The 12 newly elected members of the Labour Party's executive are Ġuża Cassar, Monica Farrugia, Frans Agius, Mario Azzopardi, Nikita Zammit Alamango, Emanuel Rocco, Ray Falzon, Michael Parnis, Alfred Zammit, Catherine Fenech, Jurgen Zammit and Neville Gafa’. A total 627 out of the 745 delegates eligible to vote cast their vote.

Żebbuġ edge Qormi in tight derby

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Żebbuġ Rangers stepped up their relegation fight as they needed a Rashid Yussuf goal late in the match to see off struggling Qormi 1-0 in a tight derby at the Hibs Stadium. The match was evenly balanced in the first half with scoring chances few and far between. Qormi created the better opportunities towards the end of the half when on 43 minutes Alfred Effiong pounced on  a miscommunication between Żebbuġ goalkeeper Matthew Bartolo and Yessous Camilleri to move clear but in front of a gaping goal he fired the ball into the side netting.

Huge crowd at Podemos party rally

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid today in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year. Podemos supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain before packing the avenue leading to Puerta del Sol square in what was the party's largest rally to date. State broadcaster TVE said that hundreds of thousands were at the march, but no official attendance figures were provided.

First of planned reductions in fuel prices come into effect on Monday

Gozo news - 6 hours ago

Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, has announced today that “as planned, Enemed has this week closed a number of...

Environmental Health warning on Tribusteron 90 (Food supplement)

Gozo news - 6 hours ago

The Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health has advised that from information received through the...

Balloon feat pilots land off Mexico

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon have landed safely off the coast of Mexico after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean. Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, of Russia, landed off Baja California, about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, on Saturday and were greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pair came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.

IS acknowledges defeat at Kobani

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Members of the Islamic State group have acknowledged for the first time that they were defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said airstrikes by the US-led coalition were the main reason why they were forced to withdraw from Kobani. On Monday, activists and Kurdish officials said the town was cleared of IS fighters, who once held nearly half of the town.

Floriana and Tarxien share the spoils

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

FLORIANA 1 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 1 While Floriana were the more enterprising side in the first half, Tarxien rose to the challenge after the break. With the forceful wind blowing behind their backs, Floriana ran the show in the opening half. Hardly eight minutes from the start had elapsed when Steve Pisani had a chance to put Floriana ahead but shot just wide from the edge of the box.

Hull relegation fears mount after another home defeat

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Hull City's Premier League relegation fears increased today when they lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle United who won for the first time since interim manager John Carver took over from Alan Pardew at the start of the year. It was Hull's sixth home defeat of the season and they have now failed to score in their last four matches since beating Everton 2-0 on New Year's Day. All three Newcastle goals came from left-foot shots from outside the penalty area, Remy Cabella making the breakthrough with his first goal for the club after 40 minutes.

Updated: Sturridge scores on comeback as Liverpool beat West Ham

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrated his return after a five-month injury layoff when he came off the bench to score as Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League. Sturridge, who last played on August 31, came on in the 68th minute and found the net 12 minutes later to seal the points for Liverpool who climbed above West Ham into seventh spot in the table. Raheem Sterling had given them the lead six minutes into the second half at Anfield.

Augustinians, Franciscan Minor Conventuals & the Capuchins – Lecture

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

Wirt Ghawdex has organised its next public lecture, which is entitled “The Friaries & Churches of Augustinians, The...

All square between Naxxar, Pietà

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

PIETÀ HOTSPURS-1, NAXXAR LIONS-1 Relegation strugglers Naxxar Lions and Pietà Hotspurs shared the points in a 1-1 draw that did little to boost their survival hopes. The Hotspurs were the better side in the opening stages while Naxxar improved after the change of ends but their pressure failed to yield a second goal. The game started on a quiet note but, on 18 minutes, Pietà Hotspurs took the lead.

Fuel prices to go down 4c on Monday

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The price of diesel and petrol will go down by 4 cents on Monday and will continue to go down over the coming months, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said today. Further reductions are expected to be announced over the coming months. The minister said in a statement that, as planned, Enemed this week closed a number of transactions which would result in a reduction of both petrol and diesel prices at the pump.

Updated: Fuel prices to go down 4c on Monday; Opposition says prices still fourth highest in Europe

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

(Adds Opposition statement) The price of diesel and petrol will go down by 4 cents on Monday and will continue to go down over the coming months, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said today. Further reductions are expected to be announced over the coming months. The minister said in a statement that, as planned, Enemed this week closed a number of transactions which would result in a reduction of both petrol and diesel prices at the pump.

Gozo Rugby Club elects new Committee & discusses its future plans

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

The Gozo Rugby Club recently held its Annual General Meeting for the year 2015, during which new members...

Total refusal of Hondoq development hoped for – SOS Hondoq

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

Readers Letter - “This week, the Chairman of MEPA stated on RTK radio, that work is continuing on...

Maltese hunters kill chance of 190,000 chicks each spring – SHout Report

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

Moira Delia has launched the SHout report on shocking effects of spring hunting, saying that “spring never comes...

‘A Night at the Theatre’ with the Gozo Youth Wind Band

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

The annual Grand Concert on the occasion of the Don Bosco Feast, is being presented tomorrow, Sunday, 1st...

Sergio Mattarella elected Italy president

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Italian MPs have elected Constitutional Court judge Sergio Mattarella president on the third day of voting. Mattarella's victory was clinched today when he amassed 505 votes, a simple majority, with the count incomplete. Prime minister Matteo Renzi had pushed hard for Mattarella's election, and some of Renzi's rebellious Democrats had protested that the prime minister had imposed his choice on them.

Man charged with trying to steal wallet

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A Somali man this afternoon pleaded not guilty to trying to steal a man’s wallet. Prosecuting Inspector Trevor Micallef told the court the police had received reports that Abdirashid Hamud, 28, was speaking to a man on a bus stop and tried to steal his wallet twice. He objected to a request for bail, saying the victim still had to testify.

Man jailed two years for threatening police officers

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

A Somali man was today jailed for two years after admitting to threatening two police officers. Abdifatah Abdi, 20, of Paola, threatened the two female officers and attempted to damage a police car by throwing stones at 10pm yesterday. The incident took place when the two officers, from the vice squad, went to Marsa and came across Mr Abdi arguing with a prostitute.

190,000 more bird eggs could be laid each year if spring hunting was banned

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Spring hunters in Malta were responsible for preventing 190,000 eggs from being laid each year if they shot a pair of turtle doves and quail each, the Spring Hunting out campaign (Shout) said today. There are 10,000 registered spring hunters in Malta. The campaign said that turtle dove numbers across Europe had declined by over 80 per cent and over 20 million of these birds disappeared since 1980.

190,000 more chicks possible each year if spring hunting is banned

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Spring hunters in Malta were responsible for preventing 190,000 eggs from being laid each year if they shot a pair of turtle doves and quail each, the Spring Hunting out campaign (Shout) said today. There are 10,000 registered spring hunters in Malta. The campaign said that turtle dove numbers across Europe had declined by over 80 per cent and over 20 million of these birds disappeared since 1980.

Updated: 190,000 more chicks possible each year if spring hunting is banned

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

(Adds hunters' statement) Maltese hunters kill the chance of at least 190,000 chicks born each spring, the Spring Hunting out campaign (Shout) said today. TV presenter and animal rights activist Moira Delia and Birdlife Malta trustee Mark Sultana addressed a press conference today saying this was a conservative estimate based on 10,000 registered spring hunters in Malta each shooting a pair of turtle dove and quail. In addition, Mr Sultana said the spring hunting season acts as a cover for the targeting of rare and protected birds with over 38 protected species being illegally shot in Malta during the last four spring hunting seasons.

No threat or risk to Malta’s national security - Home Affairs Minister

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

There had been no threat or risk to Malta’s national security in the last few days but the government was closely monitoring all developments at regional and European Union level, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said today. Speaking after rumours spread on social media yesterday that the army had been placed on high alert due to an imminent threat, the minister said the only change was to the armed forces’ state of armament, which included the weapons carried by members of the armed forces. “This is an internal procedure which takes place from time to time.

New MFA state of the art clinic at national stadium

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

The Malta Football Association’s clinic has been moved to Level 2 of the National Stadium’s Millennium Stand in Ta’ Qali. It will be open between 8.30am and 7.

Photos of the week - Times of Malta

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

Motorcyclist injured in accident

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A 26-year-old British motorcyclist who lives in Marsaskala was hospitalised this morning after he crashed into concrete bollards. His condition is not yet known. The police said the accident happened in Mikiel Anton Vassalli Street, Gzira at 6am.

Run-in as owl swoops to conquer

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A flying fiend which has been attacking joggers in an Oregon park is a notorious barred owl, experts say - a species the US government is spending millions to kill. One runner who was attacked in Salem on January 13 said he thought he was having a stroke when the bird twice struck him on the head. Barred owls are particularly territorial and vicious during their mating season, which lasts a few more weeks.

Gozo College Boy’s Secondary hold exhibition on culture diversity

Gozo news - 11 hours ago

The form 3 Core Curriculum Programme and form 4 CCP students from the Gozo College Boy’s Secondary School....

Anger after mosque bombing kills 59

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested today after a bombing at a Shiite mosque killed at least 59 people. In Shikarpur, the site of the blast, mourners held a mass funeral for the dead in Friday's attack. Thousands of Shiite mourners beat their chests and heads, wailing as other non-Shiites also took part.

Applications for entry in church schools

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Applications for entry into church school kindergartens and first year primary in the next scholastic year are being received on Monday, Tuesday and February 9, the Curia said. A total of 25 places were available for boys and 30 for girls in kindergarten and 244 for boys and 144 for girls in first year primary.

Childcarers deserve better working conditions – Alternattiva Demokratika

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party said today that since the issue of childcarers’ working conditions was highlighted...

Energy minister to discuss fuel prices with social partners on February 9

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The Energy Minister has agreed to meet the social partners to discuss fuel prices as these continue to fall in Europe and a meeting has been set for February 9. John Bencini, who heads the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, is expected to communicate the minister’s decision with the members of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. The members are this morning discussing the fuel prices with Opposition leader Simon Busuttil.


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