News from Malta

Jaguar XKE stolen in NY in 1968 recovered en route to Netherlands

The Times of Malta - 15 minutes ago

US authorities have recovered a Jaguar XKE stolen 46 years ago outside a New York City apartment after finding it on a ship to the Netherlands and tracking down the 82-year-old original owner of the British luxury car, officials said. A man who shipped the car from the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport complex submitted paperwork to US Customs and Border Protection in June, and an analyst who checked out the vehicle saw it had been reported stolen, said California Highway Patrol investigator Mike Maleta. By that time, the crate with the 1967 Jaguar was already two days away by ship en route to the Netherlands, which is a hot market for vintage cars, Maleta said.

Three years jail over drugs found in a Kinder egg

The Times of Malta - 15 minutes ago

A man was jailed for three years after he was found guilty of trafficking heroin which was found hidden inside a Kinder chocolate egg package. Anthony Borg, 51, from Zebbug, was also fined €2,500 after he hid 27 sachets of heroin in the popular chocolate egg package between 1999 and 2002. Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras heard how when the police went to his house to investigate, they came across people who had gone there to buy drugs.

Lifecyclists cross the finishing line

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

All but one of the 22 cyclists taking part in the Actavis Lifecycle Challenge 2014 crossed the finishing line in Tokyo this afternoon, after a gruelling 2,000 kilometre ride that veterans of the extreme event described as the hardest yet. Apart from two days when the cyclists had to go up 15 kilometres of steep mountains, the route took them through several major towns with traffic lights every 100 metres, stretches of pitch black roads and tunnels with no cycling lanes. Cyclists got separated from the back up vans almost every day and there were falls regularly.

Motorcyclist injured in accident

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

A 28-year-old man from Mosta was grievously injured this morning when the Yamaha 80 he was riding was involved in a collision with a Toyota Yaris that was being driven by a 31-year-old man from Mellieha. The accident happened at 10.20am in Triq San Gorg, Naxxar.

French airstrike targets IS depot

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

France says it has carried out its first airstrike in Iraq and has destroyed a logistics depot held by the Islamic State group. The office of president Francois Hollande's says Rafale fighter jets struck the depot in north eastern Iraq and the target was "entirely destroyed". Hollande's office said other operations will continue in the coming days.

French strikes kill dozens in Iraq

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Four French airstrikes have killed dozens of fighters from the Islamic State group in a contested area of northern Iraq. French president Francois Hollande said Rafale fighter jets struck a logistics depot in north eastern Iraq and the target was "entirely destroyed". The airstrikes were France's first in Iraq after Mr Hollande agreed to bolster Iraq's fight against IS fighters The US has also carried out airstrikes against the extremist group.

Gozo Observer 30th edition for summer 2014 issued by the Gozo Campus

Gozo news - 1 hour ago

The 30th edition of the Gozo Observer has just been issued by the University of Malta Gozo Campus...

‘Waterfun Park’ this Sunday in Xlendi Bay, entertainment and sport for all

Gozo news - 1 hour ago

Xlendi Bay will be turned into a ‘Waterfun Park’ this Sunday, the 21st of September, with a full...

GSK fined in China bribery case

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

A court has fined British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline three billion yuan and sentenced its British former manager in China and others to prison for bribing doctors and hospitals to use its products, a state news agency reported. The fine was the biggest ever imposed by a Chinese court, the Xinhua News Agency said. The case, which was first publicised in mid-2013, highlighted the widespread use of payments to doctors and hospitals by sellers of drugs and medical equipment in a poorly funded health system that Chinese leaders have promised to improve.

Quickfish Guide helping to create culture of sustainable fishing & consumption

Gozo news - 2 hours ago

The fish4tomorrow campaign and Greenhouse Malta have launched their latest Youth in Action funded project at the Malta...

Monkey business

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Chimpanzees are not quite the soft cuddly distant cousins of humans that we thought - because they have a key trait in common with us. We're both natural-born killers, scientists have shown. And in fact, evidence suggests our closest animal relatives have an almost psychopathic tendency towards violence and slaughter that is not the result of human interference.

'Raining' inside a bus

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Commuters on the public bus covering route three, from Valletta to Cottonera at 4.30pm yesterday, had to open an umbrella to shelter from the "pouring rain". The "rain" inside the bus was the air conditioning unit dripping water on surprised commuters.

Industrial turnover down 2.6% in Q2 and by 11.1% on last year

Gozo news - 2 hours ago

Provisional seasonally adjusted industrial turnover in the second quarter decreased by 2.6 per cent over the previous quarter....

Gozo Horse Racing Association organises the start of ‘Autumn Heats’

Gozo news - 2 hours ago

Following the great success of the ‘Pre-Season Meeting,’ held last weekend, the Gozo Horse Racing Association is organising...

Floods shut down Philippine capital

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon have caused widespread flooding in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices. Thousands of people were evacuated from severely inundated communities, some with rapidly flowing waters more than neck high, local authorities said. Radio stations reported residents taking shelter in the second floor of homes where the water had reached the ceiling of the ground floor.

Shocking migrant story may not be the only one - Muscat

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

The harrowing story told by immigrants who survived after their boat was rammed by people smugglers may not be the only one of its kind, according to the Prime Minister. Joseph Muscat said the latest tragedy recounted by immigrants who were brought to Malta last week confirmed that unless anything was done, criminal gangs would continue to act with impunity. "The stories being told are genuine...

‘I still adore Malta after 60 visits’

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Seventy-five-year-old John Hughes loves everything about Malta, which explains why he just marked his 60th holiday on the island since 1980. There is only one thing he would change: he would bring back the old, yellow route buses. “Get the old buses back.

Dark heart

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A dwarf galaxy 500 times smaller than our own Milky Way has a giant dark heart, scientists have discovered. M60-UCD1 is the smallest galaxy known to contain a super-massive black hole at its centre, one with a mass equivalent to 21 million suns. The finding suggests that huge black holes may be more common than was previously thought.

Hunt for missing plane to resume

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

Crews will resume the underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at the end of the month. They will begin the search in an area farther south than initially planned, a senior search official said. The search had been due to start next week, but the first of three ships that will scour a remote patch of the Indian Ocean for the plane that vanished in March needed to undergo some additional work in Indonesia.

Driver injured as lifter overturns

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The driver of a lifter was injured this morning when his vehicle overturned in Mdina Road, Qormi at around 9am. His condition is not yet known but it is unlikely that his injuries are serious. Traffic is being diverted.

Driver injured as fork lifter overturns

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The 17-year-old driver of a fork lifter was injured this morning when his vehicle overturned in Mdina Road, Qormi at around 9am. His condition is not yet known but it is unlikely that his injuries are serious. Traffic is being diverted.

Driver injured as fork lift truck topples over

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The 17-year-old driver of a fork lift truck was injured this morning when his vehicle toppled over in Mdina Road, Qormi at around 9am. His condition is not yet known but it is unlikely that his injuries are serious. Traffic is being diverted.

Updated: Man injured as fork lift truck topples over

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A 17-year-old man suffered grievous injuries this morning when a fork lift truck toppled over in Mdina Road, Qormi at around 9am. He is not in a critical condition. Investigations are underway to see who was actually operating the lifter, despite initial reports that it was being operated by the teenager, the police said.

Young flamingo targeted by hunters dies

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The juvenile flamingo collected by police from Sliema last week died on Sunday morning from gunshot wounds, the Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary has confirmed. Members of the public informed the police on September 11 that a flamingo had landed near Exiles and the bird was taken to the government vet. Times of Malta revealed it had been shot and followed the bird’s progress.

Cameron wants to devolve powers, but not just for the Scots

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

The Scottish electorate's rejection of independence was greeted with delight by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said that the victory margin of around 55%-45% had settled the issue "for a generation... perhaps for a lifetime". Speaking outside 10 Downing Street shortly after the No vote became a mathematical certainty, Mr Cameron said he would ensure that commitments to further devolution to Scotland made during the campaign would be "honoured in full", announcing the appointment of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games supremo Lord Smith to oversee the drafting of proposals in legislation published by January.

British PM David Cameron wants to devolve powers in UK, but not just for the Scots

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

The Scottish electorate's rejection of independence was greeted with delight by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said that the victory margin of around 55%-45% had settled the issue "for a generation... perhaps for a lifetime". Speaking outside 10 Downing Street shortly after the No vote became a mathematical certainty, Mr Cameron said he would ensure that commitments to further devolution to Scotland made during the campaign would be "honoured in full", announcing the appointment of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games supremo Lord Smith to oversee the drafting of proposals in legislation published by January.

Labour woes despite Scottish 'No'

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Ed Miliband and his UK Labour Party will breathe a huge sigh of relief at the Scottish people's rejection of independence. Not only would a Yes result have been potentially politically terminal for the leader, but it would have threatened the very nature of a party that draws heavily on its strength north of the border. But the No vote is far from the end of Mr Miliband's problems.

Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in Florida

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself, authorities said. Don Spirit, identified by authorities as the suspect, called the 911 emergency line and killed himself after a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said. Everyone in the house was killed, Schultz said.

'Angelina effect' on cancer tests

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the UK as a result of what doctors have dubbed the "Angelina effect". In May last year, actress Angelina Jolie revealed to the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy to prevent her getting breast cancer. She took the decision after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that greatly increases the risk of developing the disease.

Sevilla sparkle, Inter win as Europa League returns with goal glut

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Sevilla's love affair with the Europa League was immediately rekindled as last season's champions and three-times winners began this year's group stage with a 2-0 home victory over Feyenoord. On-loan midfielder Gerard Deulofeu's set-pieces proved too hot to handle for Feyenoord as two of his first-half free kicks were turned home by Grzegorz Krychowiak and Stephane Mbia as a new-look Sevilla side comfortably cruised home. Europe's second-tier competition, so often derided for lacking the sparkle of its Champions League cousin, was ushered back into action with some stand-out individual displays and a glut of goals across its opening 24 group games.

Tokyo, here we come!

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

We are on our way to Tokyo! The cyclist that had to drop out because of bike problems has borrowed the bike belonging to the injured one so 21 should be crossing the finish line some time this afternoon, although only 20 are still in the challenge. After the nightmares of the first few days, the route moved into the countryside and although this meant two days with steep climbs of over 15km, the cyclists did not have to contend with traffic and traffic lights.

Police investigate Glasgow electoral fraud cases

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Officials at the referendum count in Glasgow are investigating 10 cases of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations. Glasgow City Council said police had been called. They said it related to possible cases of impersonation, where people pretend to be someone else, cast the vote, then the real person turned up to vote.

Scotland referendum outcome still uncertain as No takes slight lead

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Early results in the Scottish referendum delivered comfortable majorities against independence in small districts but the campaign in favour of independence won Dundee, the first major population centre. Overall, the No camp appeared to be leading by a small margin. Voters rejected independence in the No strongholds of Orkney and the Shetland Islands as well as the key Yes targets of Clackmannanshire and the Western Isles, while pollster YouGov said it was 99% certain of a No victory after a post-ballot survey of more than 1,600 Scots found a 54%-46% majority for remaining in the UK.

Update 2: Scotland referendum - No camp takes stronger lead after Aberdeen win

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Updated 5.30am The campaign against Scottish independence appeared to be strengthening its lead over the Yes campaign this morning, having won Aberdeen and most of the smaller towns. Early results had delivered comfortable majorities against independence in small districts but the campaign in favour of independence had appeared to be on a fightback when it won Dundee.

Update 3: Scotland referendum - No camp takes stronger lead after Aberdeen win

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Updated 5.44am The campaign against Scottish independence strengthened its lead over the Yes campaign this morning, having won Aberdeen and most of the smaller towns. Early results had delivered comfortable majorities against independence in small districts but the campaign in favour of independence had appeared to be on a fightback when it won Dundee.

Update 4: Scotland rejects independence

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Last updated 5.52am Scottish voters have rejected independence from Great Britain, voting by a margin of some 10 percentage points to stay in the union, according to projections. There were wins for Yes in four of Scotland's 32 local authority areas - Glasgow, Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

Update 5: Scotland rejects independence, Salmond concedes, demands more powers fast

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Last updated 7.30 am  Scotland has rejected independence, despite the Yes campaign winning a majority in the largest city. Overall, the No vote won more than 55.

Update 6: Scotland rejects independence, Salmond concedes, demands more powers fast

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Last updated 8.30 am , includes Salmond, Cameron reactions. Scotland has rejected independence, despite the Yes campaign winning a majority in the largest city.

Sea bass set on a bed of potato mash and assorted vegetables

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

2 medium potatoes, peeledand quatered100ml cream20g butter1 small carrot1 small marrow30g cherry tomatoes150g peas1 whole sea bass Method Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain.

Artificial sweeteners ‘are bad’

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Experts say that massive, unsupervised consumption of artificial sweeteners must change. Sugar-free sweeteners could increase glucose intolerance and diabetes risk by affecting bacteria in the gut, a study has suggested. From improving metabolism and helping people to slim, widespread use of artificial sweeteners may be fuelling the obesity and diabetes epidemic, it is claimed. Scientists found that giving mice water laced with three commonly used artificial sweeteners in doses equivalent to those which are recommended for humans caused them to develop glucose intolerance.


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