News from Malta

McDonald's starts table service in Germany

The Times of Malta - 30 minutes ago

McDonald's Corp is introducing table service in Germany as it reinvents itself as a "modern, progressive burger company" under new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook. Diners at its Frankfurt Airport restaurant in Germany, one of the company's toughest markets, will now be able to be served at their table after placing an order either at the front counter, a digital kiosk or with waiter carrying a tablet PC. "This is completely new for McDonald's," Thomas Brand, head of development and restaurant innovation for Germany, told a company magazine The special edition was handed out to guests at the reopening after renovation of the restaurant, McDonald's' biggest in Germany, which has more than 500 seats.

Anton Borg elected Chamber of Commerce president

The Times of Malta - 45 minutes ago

Anton Borg has been elected president of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, having previously served as president of the Federation of Industry which merged with the Chamber in 2009. In his first address, Mr Borg outlined his priorities for the Malta Chamber for the coming two-year term. He made reference to the Economic Vision 2014-2020 that the preceding council adopted and which has been widely accepted by both political parties and the authorities.

Programme of events taking place during Holy Week in Xaghra

Gozo news - 45 minutes ago

Visitors to Xaghra during Holy Week will be able to witness contrasting celebrations starting with the sombrely remembrance...

One dead, one hurt as car is used to ram US spy agency gates

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

Guards shot one man dead and seriously wounded a second when they tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate at the Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters of the National Security Agency, news reports said. Federal law enforcement officials told Reuters that two people in a car tried to ram the spy agency's gate and initial indications are that at least one was seriously injured. The motive was unknown but the incident was not related to terrorism, the officials said.

Debono case: Political scandal' without precedent' - Labour

The Times of Malta - 1 hour ago

The Giovanna Debono case is one that reflects bad political judgement by the Opposition leader and the PN general secretary, Labour president Daniel Micallef said today. The case revolves around claims by three contractors that they were told by the minister's husband to carry out private works for constituents which were then meant to be paid for by the ministry. Mrs Debono and her husband have both denied the claims.

Busuttil hits out at John Dalli claims

The Times of Malta - 2 hours ago

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil reacted strongly this afternoon to comments by John Dalli that he had helped orchestrate his downfall. The comments were published in The Malta Independent.  "As I stated last Saturday, it seems that for John Dalli crossing over to the Labour Party and shaming Malta by being dismissed from the European Commission is not bad enough.

‘The Sound of Music’ opens 9th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music

Gozo news - 2 hours ago

Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 9th edition, opens on Saturday, the 11th of April, with a semi-staged performance...

Finance ministry hails deficit reduction figures

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

The finance ministry this afternoon welcomed official figures showing that the deficit has been narrowed by almost €230 million in two years. The ministry noted that the deficit was €362 million in the last year of the former government. It was reduced to €263 million in the first year of the present government and narrowed down to €136 million in the second year.

Mt. Hawke & Porthtowan CC from the UK take on Marsa in 3-game series

Gozo news - 3 hours ago

The Marsa CC entertained a new touring team from England, Mt. Hawke & Porthtowan CC, in a varied...

Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Casablanca after bomb threat

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

A Turkish Airlines flight carrying more than 250 people en route to Brazil was forced to change course and land in Casablanca today after a bomb threat, the airline's second scare in two days. Flight TK15 had departed from Istanbul and was headed for Sao Paulo when a note with the word "bomb" was found in the lavatory, a spokeswoman said. The plane declared an emergency and diverted to the North African city, she said.

Enemalta scheduled power suspension in Ghajnsielem on Wednesday

Gozo news - 3 hours ago

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

Germanwings pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies - prosecutor

The Times of Malta - 3 hours ago

The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies, German state prosecutors said on Monday. "Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot (Andreas Lubitz) was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies," the prosecutors' office in Duesseldorf, where the pilot lived and where the flight from Barcelona was heading, said in the statement. Since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies towards others in visits to doctors.

Syrian charged with cannabis trafficking

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A Syrian national was today granted bail after pleading not guilty to cannabis trafficking and possession of the drug found in circumstances denoting it was not for his personal use. Alnafouri Mohamed Nour, 20, from San Gwann, was charged with the possession of around 60 grams of cannabis, with relapsing and with having breached various court orders. He was granted bail against a deposit of €2,000 and a personal guarantee of €10,000.

Syrian charged with cannabis trafficking

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A Syrian national was today granted bail after pleading not guilty to cannabis trafficking and possession of the drug found in circumstances denoting it was not for his personal use. Alnafouri Mohamed Nour, 20, from San Gwann, was charged with the possession of around 60 grams of cannabis, with relapsing and with having breached various court orders. He was granted bail against a deposit of €2,000 and a personal guarantee of €10,000.

Iran nuclear talks in final stretch

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers are fast approaching the deadline for an agreement aimed at finally ending Tehran's nuclear standoff with the west. The ministers have been in marathon negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland to reach a deal. But according to observers, three major sticking points still have to be resolved.

'Sex on duty' police officer jailed

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

A police officer in the UK has been jailed for three years and nine months for having sexual relationships with three women while on duty. PC Darren Heath, 45, who is suspended from all duties at Gloucestershire Police, pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in a public office. Bristol Crown Court heard Heath bedded one woman just minutes after informing a family that their loved one had been killed in a car crash.

Murder victim’s family appeals libel suit

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The wife and children of murder victim Paul Degabriele, Is-Suldat, have appealed a libel suit filed against weekly newspaper Il-Mument by the over an article that described him as a dangerous criminal. Anna Maria, Nadeah and Ryan Degabriele called on the Appeals Court to overturn a previous court decision that found the description justified in the context of Mr Degabriele's criminal record, with its "never ending" list of offences and convictions from when he was still 15 years old. Mr Degabriele’s heirs complained that the front page article of Il-Mument on June 16, 2013, two weeks after he was shot dead, had implicated him in high-profile murders over the past months.

GO moves higher on last day for dividend

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

The share price of GO plc today closed higher on the last trading day with the entitlement to the final net dividend of €0.07 per share. The equity of the quad-play telecoms operator turns ex-dividend as from the next trading session on Wednesday.

Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid

The Times of Malta - 4 hours ago

Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry. "Of course, if the role is offered to me I would agree to it but once again there is an amazing coach in place," Zidane, the Real Madrid reserve coach, told Canal Plus. "I've got time, I'm learning.

GP cleared of professional misconduct

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

A general practitioner was cleared of alleged professional misconduct today after a court ruled that his misdiagnosis of bursitis when the patient in fact suffered from necrotizing fascitis was not the result of negligence. Mr Justice Anthony Ellul in the First Hall of the Civil Court delivered the judgment following an action for damages filed by Stephen Micallef against Dr Raymond Fenech. Mr Micallef told the court that he had consulted Dr Fenech on July 28 2008 when he was suffering pain in his right hand.

MUBE claims 'excellent response' to HSBC industrial action

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

The Malta Union of Bank Employees said today there had been an excellent  response by its members at HSBC to a communications ban directive. "This solidarity effectively demonstrates that the local staff is not at all satisfied with the current situation contrary to the ‘happy picture’ continuously being portrayed by the bank. MUBE has learnt a lot from this action as feedback suggests that top management needs to work much harder on making HSBC the best place to work," it said.

Supermarket shelf stacker charged with 2013 theft

The Times of Malta - 5 hours ago

A man who works as a supermarket shelf stacker today denied his involvement in the theft of several items of jewellery from a house in Valletta, during which a 76-year-old woman was held against her will and slightly injured. The theft took place in St Ursula Street in Valletta on November 19, 2013. James Agius, 26, from Floriana, was charged after another person, who at the time was just 13 years old, had admitted to the crime and told the police that he was not alone.

Man accused of three murders offered job as security officer

The Times of Malta - 6 hours ago

A man accused of three murders insisted with the court today that his bail conditions were affecting his employability. Lawyer Mario Spiteri, representing Jason Galea, told the court that his client had found a job as a security officer but was unable to work because of his bail conditions. He was making submissions before Magistrate Josette Demicoli on an application filed before the court requesting an amendment to his bail conditions.

No Campaign shoots down 'Yes' camp 'lies'

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The spring hunting No Campaign this morning reacted to 'lies' by the Yes campaign ahead of the April 11 referendum. Spokespersons Saviour Balzan and Moira Delia said it was not true that people should vote Yes in order to be like their European counterparts, because no one else in Europe had a spring hunting season. Furthermore, while the European Union did allow derogations, there was no derogation anywhere for spring hunting of turtle dove and quail.

Updated - No Campaign shoots down 'Yes' camp 'lies'

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The spring hunting No Campaign this morning reacted to 'lies' by the Yes campaign ahead of the April 11 referendum. Spokespersons Saviour Balzan and Moira Delia said it was not true that people should vote Yes in order to be like their European counterparts, because no one else in Europe had a spring hunting season. Furthermore, while the European Union did allow derogations, there was no derogation anywhere for spring hunting of turtle dove and quail.

Update 2 - No Campaign shoots down 'Yes' camp 'lies'

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The spring hunting No Campaign this morning reacted to 'lies' by the Yes campaign ahead of the April 11 referendum. Spokesmen Saviour Balzan and Moira Delia said it was not true that people should vote Yes in order to be like their European counterparts, because no one else in Europe had a spring hunting season. Furthermore, there was no derogation anywhere for spring hunting of turtle dove and quail.

Tusk in Malta to discuss regional situation

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is in Malta for official talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. They will discuss the situation in Libya, immigration and ways to stabilise the region, among other issues.

Live - Tusk in Malta to discuss regional situation

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is in Malta for official talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. They will discuss the situation in Libya, immigration and ways to stabilise the region, among other issues. See his press conference with Dr Muscat below.

Tusk: 'We cannot open our doors to everyone' - EU president discusses Libya, migration, with PM

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is in Malta for official talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Speaking at a press conference after their meeting the prime minister said Mr Tusk’s visit confirmed his commitment to the region and that the situation was of concern to the whole European community and it was on its agenda. He said his meeting with Mr Tusk had discussed how they felt the situation would develop in the Mediterranean in the next few months and how the situation might change with the formation of a national or partial-unity government in Libya.

‘Vitae’ – An exhibition of sculptures by Gozitan artist Mario Agius

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

‘Vitae’ is an exhibition of sculptures by Gozitan sculptor Mario Agius. ‘Vitae’ meaning life is a showcase of...

PN leader ‘only now informed’ of Gozo e-mail

The Times of Malta - 7 hours ago

Simon Busuttil said he only got to know on Friday of an e-mail sent last year to the PN general secretary outlining the “works for votes” scam under former Gozo minister Giovanna Debono. The Nationalist Party leader yesterday told Times of Malta the email was brought to his attention by PN secretary general Chris Said. “The e-mail published today [yesterday] was brought to my attention two days ago [Friday] after Dr Said checked his mailbox following the publication of the name of the contractor [who is making the allegations],” Dr Busuttil said.

International scientific effort to upgrade marine mammal conservation

Gozo news - 7 hours ago

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi, gave a valid and relevant opening address at the European...

S.Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a new nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height.

Government’s Consolidated Fund registered deficit of €136.3 m

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

In 2014, the Government’s Consolidated Fund registered a deficit of €136.3 million, the National Statistics Office said today....

EU states specialising in financial services should not be labelled tax havens – Sant

Gozo news - 8 hours ago

Alfred Sant has told the European Parliament that EU member states operating financial services cannot be accused that...

GWU-backed unions seek recognition as representatives of disciplined forces

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

Three new General Workers Union-affiliated unions grouping policemen, soldiers and correctional officers are formally requesting recognition as trade union representatives of those sectors, GWU general secretary Tony Zarb announced this morning. Addressing a news conference at the union’s headquarters in Valletta, Mr Zarb said that the three unions already had more than 800 members between them.During the event representatives from Police Officers Union, Armed Forces Union and the Correctional Officers Union formally signed the affiliation agreement with the GWU.

Second blogger hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka today, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Washikur Rahman, a secular blogger, was attacked by young religious students on a busy street in the centre of Dhaka, a police official said. "Police on duty near the spot caught two attackers red-handed with three machetes as they were fleeing the scene after the incident," police official Humayan Kabir told Reuters.

Killer pilot's girlfriend 'pregnant'

The Times of Malta - 8 hours ago

The girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is pregnant with his child, according to reports. Lubitz deliberately crashed an Airbus A320 into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 people on board. As questions continue to be asked about his mental and physical health after he locked the captain out of the plane's cockpit and brought down the plane, it has been reported that his girlfriend is expecting his child.

UK's Labour warns of "chaos" over Europe if PM Cameron wins election

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

Britain's opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband will say later today that Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on European Union membership will subject business to two years of chaos if the Conservatives win the election. Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will formally start today after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy.

Couple run over by their own car

The Times of Malta - 9 hours ago

A man in the UK  suffered a broken leg and a woman was also taken to hospital after the couple were apparently run over by their own car. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the incident in Lid Lane in Cheadle, Staffordshire, yesterday afternoon. A spokesman said: "Crews responded to an incident following reports that two people had been injured by their own car.


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