News from Malta

Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

President Barack Obama could ask the US Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A Senate Democratic aide on Friday said the Obama administration could detail by early to mid-September the amount of additional money it wants for the military operations, although the aide did not estimate the size of the possible funding request. The administration has indicated it does not want to put combat troops into the region, although it has said it is evaluating all options on how to deal with Syria.

Prime Minister gets a cold shower

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Prime Minister took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge today, along with Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi. He then promptly nominated two editors and Mr Mizzi to take the challenge. See what went on in the video link below.

Bus group will not contest preferred bidder decision

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

Island Buses Malta Limited (IBML) one of the bidders for the bus service contract, said today it would not contest the government's choice of preferred bidder. Referring to queries by the media after the government selected Autobuses Urbanos de Leon S.L.

White House calls Chinese move near US plane a provocation

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

The White House on Friday called a Chinese jet's close brush with a US surveillance plane over Japan a deeply concerning provocation and said US officials have protested to Beijing. The Chinese plane came within 30 feet of the American aircraft recently, the Pentagon said earlier. Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser, told reporters the move was a "deeply concerning provocation.

Abseiling 'false alarm' at Wied iz-Zurrieq

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Policemen and an army patrol boat were deployed to Wied iz-Zurrieq this afternoon after reports that a man who had been abseiling down a cliff near the sea was missing. The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m.

Archbishop urges all those suffering for the Church not to be disheartened

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Archbishop Paul Cremona this evening urged all those who, with him, were suffering in order to strengthen the Church not to be disheartened. Speaking in a week which has seen questions raised about his leadership of the Church, owing to his health, Mgr Cremona said: "I urge you who are suffering with me for the strengthening of the Church in Malta not to be disheartened, and, like our brother Christians abroad who through their suffering are giving all, to hold firm to the end. Take courage.

Archbishop urges all those suffering for the Church with him not to be disheartened

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Archbishop Paul Cremona this evening urged all those who, with him, were suffering in order to strengthen the Church not to be disheartened. Speaking in a week which has seen questions raised about his leadership of the Church, owing to his health, Mgr Cremona said: "I urge you who are suffering with me for the strengthening of the Church in Malta not to be disheartened, and, like our brother Christians abroad who through their suffering are giving all, to hold firm to the end. Take courage.

1,400 mothers benefit from new community post-natal care project

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Some 1,400 mothers have, since April, benefited from a new community post-natal care project, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Chris Fearne, said today. He said during a visit to a family that midwives had made 3,500 visits to over 1,400 mothers. “Such midwifery services aim to bridge the gap between acute and community care and improve quality of care for post-natal mothers and their families”, Dr Fearne said .

Jum l-Gharb commemoration next week in Pjazza Zjara tal-Madonna

Gozo news - 6 hours ago

Jum l-Gharb 2014 is being commemorated on Friday, the 29th of August, starting with a Thanksgiving Mass at...

Barcelona residents fight back against drunken, naked tourists

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A record tourism year may be a boost for Spain's struggling economy, but in one corner of Barcelona residents are furious about drunken holidaymakers and a new fad for carousing naked in public. People of La Barceloneta, tucked behind a beachfront which attracts millions of visitors a year, have taken to the streets several days in a row to protest against a rise in unruly tourism and to demand more control over low-cost accommodation. The marches come after complaints of raucous late-night partying, increasing litter and drunken antics like the fad for nudity around town, captured by residents in photos published in national newspapers.

Court lifts ban on the publication of Gozitan priest’s name

Gozo news - 9 hours ago

Gozo Court Magistrate Neville Camilleri, this afternoon upheld an appeal brought by Inspector Silvana Briffa on behalf of...

PN to meet stakeholders in the health sector

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

The government’s refusal to regularly consult with stakeholders was leading to “avoidable administrative blunders” in the health sector, Opposition health spokesman Claudio Grech said. Speaking at a meeting with the Medical Association of Malta, Mr Grech said open dialogue with stakeholders could help avoid medical impasses which had been cropping up across the island. These included problems with doctor training and a “crisis” at the Intensive Therapy Unit in Mater Dei Hospital.

Blackout: PN hits out at discrimination in payouts, transfers of staff

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

The Nationalist Party said today that there should be no discrimination between businesses and households in compensation given for power cuts. In a statement over the signature of George Pullicino, spokesman for Enemalta, the party said the €25 payment which the government would give ‘certain people’ after last week’s blackout was not compensation, but payment for people to keep their mouths shut. This was shown by the fact that the government would compensate certain households but not businesses, which had suffered thousands of euro in damages.

Updated - Blackout: PN hits out at discrimination in payouts, transfers of staff

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Updated - Adds PL reaction - The Nationalist Party said today that there should be no discrimination between businesses and households in compensation given for power cuts. In a statement over the signature of George Pullicino, spokesman for Enemalta, the party said the €25 payment which the government would give ‘certain people’ after last week’s blackout was not compensation, but payment for people to keep their mouths shut. This was shown by the fact that the government would compensate certain households but not businesses, which had suffered thousands of euro in damages.

Gunmen execute 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel today, a day after Israeli forces killed three Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to die in the six-week war. Militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down seven of those condemned, whose faces were covered and hands bound, in front of worshippers emerging from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, in the first public executions in the enclave since the 1990s. A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said.

Hamilton gives Rosberg the Spa treatment

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Lewis Hamilton lapped six tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a twice halted Belgian Grand Prix second practice session this afternoon After championship leader Rosberg had set the pace in the morning with a lap just 0.097 seconds faster than the Briton's best, Hamilton turned the tables after lunch with a substantially quicker effort. The time of one minute 49.

Gozo’s Aurora Theatre announces Il Trovatore Cast

Gozo news - 9 hours ago

Less than two months away from one of the grandest nights of classical music in Gozo, the Teatru...

Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 30 Sunnis

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security source said 30 people had been killed when the militias attacked the mosque in Baquba, capital of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, on the Muslim day of prayer. Some witnesses put the death toll higher.

Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 46 Sunnis

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security source said 46 people had been killed when the militias attacked the mosque in Baquba, capital of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, on the Muslim day of prayer. Some witnesses put the death toll higher.

Westin take up Hilton's ice bucket challenge, and nominate tourism minister

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

The management and staff of the Westin Dragonara this afternoon took up an ALS ice bucket challenge made by their competitor friends at Hilton Malta. Some 30 members of staff led by General Manager Michael Camilleri Kamsky and a number of guests lined up for their bucket of ice and water under a scorching sun by the pool. In turn, they nominated Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, Air Malta CEO Louis Giordimaina and Starwood Hotels vice president Robert Koren.

Man forced entry into partner's home to see children

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A court heard this morning how a man forced entry into his partner's apartment after she did not allow him to see his two young children. He also injured a policeman. Wayne Borg, 22 denied the charges and was granted bail.

Court lifts ban on priest's name in Gozo sex abuse case

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

A court in Gozo has upheld an appeal by the police to lift the ban on the name of a priest accused of defiling minors. The priest, Fr Jesmond Gauci, was arraigned on Monday but the court had imposed a ban on his name and on the case. The police argued that there is no direct link between the priest and his alleged victims.

European satellite navigation: Galileo launches 2 more satellites today

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

Due to improved weather conditions, the Galileo satellite launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana is now scheduled...

MFSA update on Maltese Cross Financial Services

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The MFSA today issued an update of its investigation into the affairs of Maltese Cross Financial Services Limited. The MFSA had suspended the operations of the company on August 7. On August 12 the Authority took regulatory action against Jean Claud Bugeja, one of the three directors of the company, whereby the approvals granted to him to act as a director, compliance officer and money laundering reporting officer of the company were revoked.

Man describes circumstances leading to his sister's rape

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

A man this morning described the circumstances which led to his sister being allegedly raped by two foreigners in Floriana. Abdiraman Abukar and Liban Mohamud, both 26 stand charged with raping the Italian woman on March 24 last year. A court had previously heard that DNA and sperm from the two men were found on her clothes and under her fingernails.

Ferry crewman who returned bag with cash says smile was enough of a reward

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

A Gozo Channel crewman who found and returned a woman's handbag with €2,000 said the woman's smile was enough of a reward for him. Ina Pavlova forgot her bag on the ferry two days ago but the crewman found it and returned it to her untouched (See story  http://www.timesofmalta.

F1 - Rosberg leads Hamilton in Belgian practice

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Formula One leader Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in opening Belgian Grand Prix practice this morning after renewing his duel with Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton. Returning refreshed from the August break, Rosberg set a best time of one minute 51.577 seconds around the classic Ardennes circuit.

Government to promote entrepreneurship by women

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

The government is currently designing a national platform to promote  entrepreneurship by women and narrow the gender gap in this area,  Economy Minister Chris Cardona said this morning. He made his comments as he greeted Zita Gumbai, a Hungarian politician who is the president of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Women. Dr Cardona said that Malta has one of the lowest rates of female entrepreneurship in Europe, with less than five per cent of Malta’s women  identifying themselves as self employed.

Restaurateurs fume as canopy removed

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

Two Gozitan restaurateurs are fuming at what they claim is discriminatory treatment by the Land Department after it removed a wooden canopy yesterday from outside their eatery in Marsalforn. Workers turned up outside Neptunes Bar and Restaurant and began to dismantle the canopy 48 hours after a judge threw out a fourth request by the brothers, Francis and George Schembri, to stop the department from removing the structure. Francis Schembri said the issue revolves around the contestation of ownership of the porch outside the restaurant.

Bridge laid across Dock 1

The Times of Malta - 13 hours ago

A 40-metre steel bridge has been laid across  the disused Dock 1 in Cospicua, linking the promenades of Senglea and Vittoriosa. The bridge marked the last phase of the Cottonera Waterfront rehabilitation project, which has seen the Dock 1 area, perhaps Malta's oldest industrial zone, turned into a recreational area. The completion of the project is due to be officially marked on Wednesday.

Environmental NGOs call for protection of Malta’s public areas

Gozo news - 13 hours ago

Environmental NGOs, Flimkien ghal-Ambjent Ahjar Friends of the Earth, Malta and the Ramblers’ Association of Malta are calling...

Automatic weapon used in yesterday's murder - appeal from bail decision was rejected last week

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Yesterday’s fatal shooting of Tyson Butcher owner Jonathan Pace in Fgura was carried out with an automatic firearm which sprayed a large number of bullets, neighbours said this morning. It was like musketterija, one neighbour said, referring to festa fireworks fired in quick succession. The police were this morning still piecing together how the murder took place.

Fgura murder was drive-by shooting - Police

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Senior police officers said today that yesterday's murder in Fgura was a drive-by shooting in which shots were fired from an SUV. Tyson Butcher owner Jonathan Pace was hit by five bullets and died a short time after. Between 15 and 20 shots were fired, Inspector Chris Pullicino said.

Neighbours, police, catch car vandals

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Vigilant neighbours and a timely response by the Rapid Intervention Unit led to the arrest of two foreigners, aged 22 and 23, who were seen damaging cars in Swieqi early this morning, the police said. The arrests were made early this morning at Triq il-Hemel. Residents have frequently complained of vandalism, including slashed tyres and scratches on their cars.

Updated - Neighbours, police, catch car vandals

The Times of Malta - 14 hours ago

Vigilant neighbours and a timely response by the Rapid Intervention Unit led to the arrest of two foreigners, aged 22 and 23, who were seen damaging cars in Swieqi early this morning, the police said. The arrests were made early this morning at Triq il-Hemel. The two are understood to be Spaniards.

Gozitan farmers supplied 7.1% of total supply of fresh fruit & veg in Q2

Gozo news - 14 hours ago

In the second quarter the volume of fresh fruit and vegetables edged up by 0.1 per cent, whereas...

17 new FDI projects approved by Malta Enterprise in first half of 2014

Gozo news - 14 hours ago

A total of 17 new foreign direct investment projects have been approved by the Malta Enterprise Board of...

‘I pulled terrified boy from the road’ - Fgura school gates still open yesterday

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

The three-year-old boy who wandered out of a State summer school on Monday was found crying and alone in the middle of a busy arterial road, according to the man who plucked him out of harm’s way. Bernard Sammut, a sales representative who was on his way to a nearby supermarket, told Times of Malta he had spotted the “terrified” boy running through Hompesch Road in Fgura as cars tried to dodge him. The child was seen calling out for his mother as traffic whizzed past him at around 10.

Rescued Koala given mouth to mouth

The Times of Malta - 16 hours ago

A Koala which ran up a tree after being hit by car was rescued by fire-fighters and given mouth to mouth resuscitation. It survived.


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