News from Malta

Astra Theatre’s Nabucco performed to a packed auditorium

Gozo news - 15 minutes ago

Nabucco at the Astra Theatre was performed to a full auditorium on Thursday, and the audience were not...

Roma draw at Sampdoria, Parma lose fifth game in row

The Times of Malta - 30 minutes ago

Roma, thumped 7-1 at home by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, pulled themselves together to secure a goalless draw at Sampdoria today while Parma sank to their fifth Serie A defeat in a row, losing 3-1 at home to Sassuolo. Parma are bottom with three points from eight games, a dramatic downturn from last season when they exceeded expectations by finishing sixth. Sassuolo, who had previously scored only four goals this term, managed two in the first 24 minutes when Sergio Floccari was left unmarked to head in and Francesco Acerbi touched the ball home from close range following a free kick.

IS launch new attack on Kobani

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Fighters from the Islamic State group have launched a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists said. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani and a large number of mortar shells were fired into the town. Machine gun fire could be heard from inside the town where black smoke was billowing.

Kurds protest in Valletta

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

Members of the Kurdish community in Malta this afternoon protested against the genocidal war waged by Isis (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the Middle East. As they walked down Republic Street in Valletta carrying flags and posters they  chanted "Stop killing Kurdish People", "Isis go to hell" and "Turkey stop supporting Isis, Freedom for Kurdistan". They also thanked Europe and the US for helping Kurds.

Hibs beat Birkirkara to go seven points clear

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

Hibernians strengthened their grip on this year’s Premier League title race as they edged past Birkirkara 1-0 in front of a packed Hibs Stadium to go seven points clear at the top of the standings. The Paolites were off to a strong start and after only three minutes the woodwork denied them an opener when Clayton Failla’s cross-shot came off the bar before the Stripes cleared. But the Hibs struck in their next attempt on nine minutes.

Greens earn thrilling victory against Mosta

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

FLORIANA 3 MOSTA 2 Floriana earned a late winner as the Greens dragged themselves back from two goals down to earn a thrilling victory against Mosta. Mosta dominated the first half and Sasa Jovanovic and Manolito Micallef gave Enrico Piccioni a double lead before half-time. After the break, Matteo Picciollo, surprisingly left on the bench, turned the game on its head to inspire his side’s amazing revival, serving Vito Plut two assists to level before Mosta goalkeeper Borg’s mistake allowed Slovenian striker to complete his hat-trick.

Italians protest over job reforms

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for job reform. Two marches took place in the heart of the Italian capital, snarling traffic for hours. Protesters cheered CGIL union head Susanna Camusso when she promised more protests and strikes unless Mr Renzi abandons efforts to make it easier for employers to fire workers.

Innovative attractions to feature in Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem 2014

Gozo news - 5 hours ago

In order to enhance the visitor’s experience, the organising committee of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem having been discussing the exciting...

Over 200 migrants on the way to Malta

Malta Media - 5 hours ago

Netvibes ShareAround 220 migrants are expected to be brought to Malta on Saturday evening after they were rescued by a cargo ship.

THE HAS BEENS ARE NOW

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

The Labour Party, currently governing the country, if that's what you can call not sticking to promises, not starting anything new, barely keeping the economy afloat and making sure your boys and girls get their plums, recently brought in Alastair Campbell to give itself a bit of reflected glory. You know, much in the same way it's been dazzling everyone with a couple of rock'n'roll parties to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Independence, the tenth anniversary of joining the EU and then two other wholly artificial anniversaries of wholly unimportant events, it rolled out someone who... This article is part of our premium content.

Qormi make Tarxien pay the penalty

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Qormi moved into fourth place in the Premier League with a scrappy win over a 10-man Tarxien side. The two goalkeepers were hardly tested in a dull first half and it was Qormi who mustered the first notable move of the game shy the half hour mark when Effiong raced into the box but pressed by Alessandro Lopes Pereira, he rolled the ball to the advancing Anderson Quatrochi Santos whose low drive produced a smart save from Sean Cini, the Tarxien goalkeeper. At the start of the second half, the ineffective Xerri made way for Luke Zahra as Mizzi tried to add some pace in defence.

Less than half of Rolex Middle Sea Race participants finished race

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Photo: Martin Attard, DOI The overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Malta's Lee Satariano, owner of Artie, was presented with his trophy by Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Louis during a ceremony at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. A total 122 boats set off from Grand Harbour last Saturday but just over 50 boats finished the race. The first days were slow with light winds, testing the patience and powers of concentration of the sailors and also giving them an opportunity to admire the scenery, spot a dolphin or two and pray for wind.

Pieta prevail in battle of newcomers

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

Pieta Hotspurs bagged their second win in their last three matches when they edged past Zebbug Rangers 1-0 at Hibs Stadium. It was Zebbug who made the brighter start as after three minutes of play Yessous Camilleri connected to Carlo Monti’s corner-kick but his firm header came off the bar. On 22 minutes, Monti almost profited from a lack of communication between Orosco Anonam and David Cassar but the Scottish midfielder was denied by a timely intervention from the Hotspurs no.

Impressive West Ham see off champions Man City

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

West Ham United maintained their impressive start to the season when they beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League. Manager Sam Allardyce described it as "a famous win" after Hammers beat City for the first time in five years for their third successive victory. The result was a blow for City who could be eight points behind leaders Chelsea if Jose Mourinho's men win at Manchester United tomorrow.

Updated: Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 and moved into second place while champions Manchester City slipped back to third after losing 2-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League. Chelsea, who play at Manchester United tomorrow, lead the title chase with 22 points from their eight matches, while Saints, who beat Stoke with Sadio Mane's eighth goal of the season, are second on 19 from nine games. City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham who won with goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho.

Update 2: Man City beaten at West Ham, Southampton win again

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

West Ham United and Southampton maintained their unlikely but impressive starts to the season when the Hammers beat champions Manchester City 2-1 and Saints moved up to second with a 1-0 win over Stoke City. Chelsea, who visit Manchester United tomorrow, lead the Premier League title chase with 22 points from eight matches while Saints are second with 19 from nine games. Manchester City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham through goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho.

Two Maltese politicians among the world's craziest

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung.

Two Maltese politicians named among the world's craziest

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung.

Two Maltese named among the world's craziest people in politics

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung.

‘Youth Start-up Village’ held in Victoria as part of SME Week activities

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

Young Business Entrepreneurs together with MEIB organised a ‘Youth Start-up Village’ on Saturday morning in Victoria, there was...

Jum Ghawdex and the history behind it on this week’s Mill-Campus ta’ Ghawdex

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

In the 4th programme Mill-Campus ta Ghawdex interviewed Dr.Alfred Grech – President Emeritus and a Member of Circolo...

New medical simulation centre opened at Mater Dei Hospital

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

Health care professionals including nurses, doctors and surgical trainees have a brand new simulation centre training facility at...

Enemalta scheduled power suspension in Victoria on Sunday

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

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

Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan marksmen is set to make his long-awaited Barca debut in El Clasico at Real Madrid later on Saturday after completing a four-month ban for sinking his teeth into Italy defender Georgi Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil. It was the third time that Suarez bit an opponent, with previous incidents at former clubs Ajax in 2010 and Liverpool in 2013 punished with seven and 10-match bans respectively.

Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died.

Church launches code of ethics for volunteers

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The church today launched a code of ethics for volunteers aimed at giving voluntary work to take a holistic approach encompassing both the volunteer as well as the beneficiaries of the various voluntary organisations within the Archdiocese of Malta. This code, which can be read in the pdf link below, was drawn up by the Diocesan Office for Voluntary Work. It is intended to help both the volunteer and the voluntary organisation.

Heads you win

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The toss of a coin has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. Wilber Medina was chosen to be mayor of Pillpinto near the tourist centre of Cusco after he and his rival each garnered 236 votes in municipal elections this month. Peru's electoral law allows for tied races to be decided by a coin toss.

€270,000 in EU funds allocated for a digital Gozo promotional campaign

Gozo news - 10 hours ago

The Parliamentary Secretariat for European funds has announced the allocation of € 270,000 from the European Social Fund...

Smelly comet

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether. That heady bouquet, according to Swiss researchers, is the "perfume" of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientists at the University of Bern said they have determined what the comet would smell like by analysing the chemicals in its coma, the fuzzy head surrounding the nucleus.

Medical simulation centre inaugurated

The Times of Malta - 10 hours ago

A new €450,000  medical simulation centre was inaugurated at Mater Dei Hospital. Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne said health care professionals including nurses, doctors and surgical trainees now had a brand new simulation centre to allow them to develop their medical and surgical techniques in a simulated environment. Ray Galea, head of post graduate medical training, said the centre was divided into two large areas over a total of 250 square metres and was training some 460  postgraduate and undergraduate doctors  in diagnostics and surgical procedures throughout the year.

High number of Scopoli’s Shearwaters stranded: Appeal for less light pollution

Gozo news - 10 hours ago

BirdLife Malta has today reported 17 cases of young Scopoli’s Shearwaters stranded inland due to the effects of...

Google vice president jumps from stratosphere beating world record

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Google's vice president, Alan Eustace, jumped from the stratosphere on Thursday breaking Felix Baumgartner's world altitude record performed over New Mexico. Eustace was lifted up 41,420 metres by an enormous balloon while wearing a specially designed pressurized space suit, the Paragon Space Development Corporation said. He remained in a free fall for approximately 4.

Light pollution strands Scopoli's shearwaters inland

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

BirdLife has reported 17 cases of young Scopoli’s shearwaters stranded inland due to the effects of light pollution in the past two weeks. The organisation is appealing to the authorities to tackle coastal light pollution, and to the public to report shearwater strandings. The Scopoli’s shearwater is one of four nesting seabirds in the Maltese Islands.

Malta’s illegal boathouses: Is it a free for all?

The Times of Malta - 11 hours ago

Tuesday’s edition of Times Talk will discuss illegal boathouses in Malta, with particular reference to Armier and its environs. Is the government justified in providing electricity to squatters on public land? Why is it abetting such illegality?

Exhibition celebrating 400th anniversary of Saint Ursula closes Sunday

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

The Cathedral of Gozo will be celebrating the 400th anniversary on the 31st of October, since the arrival...

Malta to feature in History Channel series

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The History Channel 2 will on Wednesday be featuring Malta entirely in an episode from the series "In Search of Aliens". The episode "The Mystery of the Cyclops" will boost the island's historical sites to millions of viewers through its multiple broadcasts. Its investigation on the theory of extraterrestrial involvement is expected to trigger interest particularly with extraterrestrial fans around the world.

EU funds to be used for Gozo digital promotion campaign

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

Some €270,000 from European Social Fund are to be used for a digital promotion campaign for Gozo, the Parliamentary Secretariat for European Funds said. Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg said the aim of the campaign was to place Gozo on a greater competitive level in the increasingly influential e-marketing sector of on-line interactivity, predominantly in the field of social media. This would be done through the redesigning of the visitgozo web portal improving visual impact and visitor interactivity and retention with the aim of increasing interest in Gozo as a travel destination.

Gozo, Island of Joy: Lykke Stjernswärd’s fine art photographic exhibition

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

This week saw the opening of a new fine art photographic exhibition by acclaimed Swedish photographer and author...

PN to fight requisitioned properties discrimination - Chris Said

The Times of Malta - 12 hours ago

The Nationalist Party is willing “to go all the way” to rectify political discrimination enjoyed by the Labour government through the use of requisitioned public properties for party purposes, PN general secretary Chris Said said today. Speaking during the Radju Malta programme Ghandi x’Nghid, he said that while the PN agreed with the principles of the Party Financing Bill, for it to be a fair law, parties had to start on a level playing field. He said that six of the parties held by the PL were requisitioned from private families and the party should start by returning these properties.

Over 200 migrants expected to arrive in Malta today, after AFM rescue

Gozo news - 12 hours ago

On Thursday , Malta’s Rescue Coordination Centre was informed that a fishing boat carrying around 200 migrants was...


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