Cagliari back fourth as Balotelli lifts Brescia

Times of Malta - 2 ore 17 min fa

Mario Balotelli (right) talks to his brother Enoch before the match against SPAL.

Daniele Ragatzu struck late as Cagliari snatched a comeback 2-2 draw at Sassuolo to move fourth in Serie A on Sunday, as Mario Balotelli scored his 50th Italian league goal to lift Brescia off the bottom of the table. But Fiorentina fell to their fourth consecutive defeat 2-1 at Torino, with coach Vincenzo Montella under increasing pressure with the Tuscany side just five points above the relegation zone. Cagliari again left it late thanks Ragatuz’s equaliser after 90 minutes, having snatched victory against Sampdoria on Monday five minutes into injury time. The Sardinian side move fourth, four points behind third-placed Lazio, and equal on points with Roma in fifth. Inter remain top of the table after their goalless draw against Roma on Friday with champions Juventus two points behind after falling to their first defeat of the season 3-1 at Lazio on Saturday. Sassuolo, in 14th, had been two goals up after Domenico Berardi struck after seven minutes and was then involved in Djuricic’s goal after 36 minutes. ‘Delicate moment’  Joao Pedro’s header got the Sardinians back into the game after the break, but Berardi missed from the spot, with Jeremie Boga having a goal ruled offside...
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Pepe and protest pig: Internet memes come to life at Hong Kong rally

Times of Malta - 2 ore 59 min fa

Among the sea of faces on Hong Kong's streets on Sunday were more than one hundred people wearing quirky over-sized animal masks -- a band of activists bringing popular protest internet memes to life. Hong Kong's democracy movement is largely leaderless and organised online.  LIHKG, a local Reddit-like web forum that serves as a virtual command centre for the movement, is filled with memes and a host of animal cartoon characters that have been embraced by activists.  The most popular are a cute pig and a shiba inu dog, who often appear dressed in the movement's ubiquitous yellow tradesman helmets. The other is Pepe the Frog, who carries none of the far-right baggage he does in the West, used by Hong Kong protesters as an irreverent symbol of their dissatisfaction with Beijing's rule. On Sunday a group of activists joined the crowds wearing colourful Pepe, pig and shiba masks made out of fibreglass, their wobbly heads in stark relief against a vast forest of umbrellas as the crowds marched.  The stunt was the brainchild of Simon Lau, a former government advisor who has since founded the pro-democracy online radio station Sing Jai.  "There is a story of Hong Kong people's...
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Opposition leader hopes for investigation that does not look at faces

Times of Malta - 3 ore 7 min fa

Opposition leader Adrian Delia on Sunday hoped that an investigation that did not look at faces would be carried out in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia for the process leading the country to return to normality to be embarked upon. Speaking during a fund collection marathon organised by the party, Dr Delia said that those investigating the murder should have the courage to investigate all and they would find behind them the support and defence of a whole country that wanted justice. Although the country was in crisis, the current Prime Minister’s successor was already showing he was one with him and unless all steps were taken for Joseph Muscat to leave immediately, the Labour Party’s mask that nothing was going to change would fall.  Would PL leadership contender Chris Fearne investigate and remove former minister Konrad Mizzi? Or would he leave him there because he needs his vote? Was this another pact with the devil? The country was currently in a constitutional and institutional crisis and one could not act like business as usual. He mentioned the party’s 15 good governance proposals aimed at strengthening the countries institutions, presented on Saturday, saying these...
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EU budget rules need rethink, says new commissioner

Times of Malta - 3 ore 34 min fa

Paolo Gentiloni

The EU's new economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the bloc should consider loosening its strict budget deficit rules to respond to climate risks and weak growth, echoing a similar call by French President Emmanuel Macron. The rules, which aim to enforce budgetary discipline among European Union members, were born out of the financial crisis and needed to be updated, Gentiloni told the Monday edition of the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. "We have different challenges now: the fight against climate change and the danger of having low growth and low inflation for an extended period," he said in comments translated into German. The EU's so-called Growth and Stability pact limits budget deficits to three percent of gross domestic product and overall debt to 60% of GDP in member states. Some countries have achieved compliance through either years of austerity or economic good fortune, while others lag behind with massive debt mountains. Critics have long argued that countries need more flexibility to be able to spend where needed to boost growth and fight downturns. Macron recently added his voice to calls for EU states to be allowed to loosen the purse strings. "We need more...
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Valletta, Hibs lose ground on leaders

Times of Malta - 3 ore 46 min fa

 Stephen Gatt

VALLETTA 1 Fontanella 42 HIBERNIANS 1 Nanni 62 A 1-1 stalemate provided little cheer for either Valletta or Hibernians as the two title hopefuls lost further ground to the Premier League pacesetters. In fact, the final scoreline favoured leaders Floriana who are now six points clear of Valletta with the Paolites now a further point back. The match could have gone either way even though Hibernians’ second half charge almost earned them all spoils but they saw their aspirations thwarted by Valletta goalkeeper Henry Bonello who produced two excellent saves at the death to avoid further damage to his team. Hibs coach Stefano Sanderra opted for three-man defence with Joseph Mbong and Artiles Izquier on the flanks. There was again no place for Timothy Tabone Desira as Bjorn Kristensen got the nod in a three-man midfield alongside Dunstan Vella and Jake Grech. Valletta were deployed in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Kyrian Nwoko and Mario Fontanella taking up the two attacking roles and Matteo Piciollo deployed behind them. Irakli Dzaria was back in the starting formation and handed probing duties in front of the defence. The Citizens looked the more aggressive side in the opening exchanges.
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Have I got news for you...

Times of Malta - 3 ore 47 min fa

 Mark Zammit Cordina

December 1: Muscat to step down Joseph Muscat announces he will step down as prime minister until his successor is chosen in a leadership process in January. “This is what the country needs at the moment,” he says in a televised address to the country at the end of another turbulent day in Maltese politics. Amid unprecedented pressure, Muscat pledges he will first resign as leader of the Labour Party on January 12 and “in the days after” will resign as prime minister. “In the meantime, I will continue to carry out my responsibilities as prime minister and leader of the Labour Party. I am ensuring stability in the leadership of the country,” he says. December 2: Protesters block MPs inside parliament Furious protesters prevent MPs from leaving Parliament during a demonstration demanding the immediate resignation of Joseph Muscat. In a sign of tension, Labour MP Clifton Grima and Nationalist MP Karol Aqulina are at one point seen shoving each other, before shaking hands. Protesters block one of the exits, trapping MPs behind the barricades between Freedom Square and Ordnance Street and even throw eggs at government MPs. In anticipation of the protest, police ask shops nearby to...
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Delia asks Fearne: Will you remove Mizzi and have him investigated?

The Malta Independent - 3 ore 48 min fa

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia has urged Chris Fearne to declare if he will remove PL MP Konrad Mizzi and have him investigated.

Delia spoke during a fund raising marathon on NetTV.

Delia said he attended tonight's protest, and spoke about the reported arrest of Keith Schembri. He said that "we are in a country where people need to cheer when a sliver of justice occurs. That is the state of the country, where we celebrate when something that would happen immediately in a normal country takes place."

"This person was the most important person in the country for the past six years, with practically all the power of the Prime Minister in his hands."

This is not a normal country, Delia said, adding that it is now being uncovered that nothing is normal.

"It is not normal for the Prime Minister to be the chief of Police, or worse yet, for Keith Schembri to be."

He said that he had to file a court case to bring back three hospitals to the public, adding that the Attorney General (AG) could have filed that case if he wanted.

"Not only didn't the AG do it, he defended it against me."

"You don't have a government protecting criminals, but is taken up by criminals," Delia said.

"We are hearing about thinks happening that you would not even dream about."

He said that he hopes that every person involved, regardless of what position they had, are caught, and that a complete investigation is conducted which does not look at faces in order to again start on the road to normality.

He said that the PN is ready to protect anyone willing to reveal the truth and speak about it.

Delia said that the Maltese people are not corrupt, but the government is at it is captured by criminality. Delia said that Muscat must leave now, and that would at least give a good signal.

Delia highlighted that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna is under Magisterial criminal inquiry. He spoke about his meeting with the MCESD and said that he has a plan in mind as to how to exit this crisis. He said that he will send them a document that the PN is drafting.

Asked about the resignation of Konrad Mizzi, Delia highlighted that this had happened in the past, but was then given a lot of power again.

He said that Mizzi is supporting Chris Fearne for PL Leader, and asked if Fearne will remove Mizzi and have him investigated. "Or will he need his backing and leave him there?"

He spoke of the photo Muscat posed for with the two PL Leadership contenders, three hands as one. He said Muscat didn't leave because the PL MPs made him. "But he had to leave as he had no other choice, as all that was revealed but journalists and said by civil society and the opposition, made him leave. Those who are to come are already making it seem as though they are one of the same as Muscat."

He said that he cannot really trust the PL to bring the country back on the course to normality.

Delia turned to certain proposals the PN has, and spoke of the importance of the autonomy and independence of public broadcasting, having the Chief Justice appointed through a 2/3rds Parliamentary majority, and ensuring that the AG truly serves as the advocate of the common good of the people. 

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Sirens ease past Rainbows to go third

Times of Malta - 4 ore 55 min fa

 Stephen Gatt

TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 SIRENS                       3 Romarinho 15, 59pen Okoye 63 Romarinho scored twice to fire Sirens to victory that lifts them to third in the standings. The Brazilian striker scored the opener when he controlled a long ball from Romeu Romao before thumping home. The Sirens forward then converted from the spot before Emmanuel Okeye finished off a sweeping move to seal the win. Tarxien Rainbows who conceded 37 goals in 11 matches this season, made a bright and confident start which belied thier recent dismal run but a lack of belief in the last third meant they were unable to convert their early pressure into a goal. There was little action at either end in the opening stages before in-form Sirens broke the deadlock with their first attack on the quarter hour mark. Romeu Romao picked up the ball on the right flank and ran to the corner flag to whip in a perfect cross for Romarinho to hit past Rudy Briffa. Tarxien were slightly edging the possession stakes, but a lack of cutting edge in the final third proved their downfall. Aleksa Andrejic saw his close-range effort blocked by David Cassar as Destin Mambouna went close with a 20-metre free-kick. Sirens were...
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Keith Schembri in police custody again on Melvin Theuma phantom job - report

The Malta Independent - 5 ore 11 min fa

Keith Schembri was speaking to the police again on Sunday and released a statement detailing what he knew about the phantom job given to a middleman connected to the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, reports say.

Schembri was in police custody on Saturday as the police widened their investigations after Melvin Theuma testified in court that he had been given a job with the government and, although he never turned up for it, he received a salary for several months.

Schembri was again questioned by the police on Sunday, Times of Malta reports.

The job was given just before the 2017 election, at the same time that the plot for the assassination of the journalist was hatched. The job ended the following August.

Theuma was granted a presidential pardon to provide details on how he acted as a middleman between businessman Yorgen Fenech and the three men who executed the investigative journalist on October 16, 2017.  

This is the third time that Schembri was questioned by police. His first arrest was on the day he submitted his resignation, 26 November, when he was named as being involved in the murder of the journalist. He had then been released without charge. The second time was on Saturday.

The police have already questioned Theuma and also called in the OPM’s head of customer care, Sandro Craus, who was the person who called Theuma to bring him in for a meeting with Schembri. 

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Watch: Red-hot Vardy fires title-chasing Leicester to club record win

Times of Malta - 5 ore 30 min fa

Leicester's Jamie Vardy rushes past Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa.

Leicester closed the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool as Jamie Vardy extended his red-hot streak with a brace in Sunday's record-breaking 4-1 rout of Aston Villa. Brendan Rodgers' second-placed side moved within eight points of Liverpool thanks to goals from Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans at Villa Park. Jack Grealish had reduced the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half, but Leicester cruised to an eighth consecutive top-flight victory, setting a new club record that smashed the previous best from the 1962-63 season. Vardy has now scored in eight consecutive Premier League appearances and is the competition's top-scorer with 16 goals this term. The 32-year-old striker's blistering run has given him a chance of equalling his sequence of scoring in 11 successive matches during Leicester's 2016 title-winning campaign. Leicester's surge up the table, after 12 wins from their last 14 league games, has made them unexpected title contenders again and leaves them in position to qualify for the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp's men remain heavy title favourites and the acid test of Leicester's credentials will come with successive fixtures against Manchester City and...
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Keith Schembri under arrest

Times of Malta - 6 ore 9 min fa

 Darrin Zammit Lupi

The former chief of staff of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was rearrested on Sunday and released a statement to the police detailing what he knew about the phantom job given to Melvin Theuma.  The police investigation began last week after the middleman in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case declared in court that he had been granted a phantom €1,200-a-month job at the same time that he had been commissioned to plot to kill the journalist.  [attach id=805561 size="large" align="left" type="image"]Keith Schembri[/attach] Keith Schembri was called in for questioning by the police after Tony Muscat, the former CEO of the company which employed Melvin Theuma between May and September 2017 told police while under interrogation that he was following Schembri’s instructions. Theuma was granted immunity to turn State witness after he admitted to having acted as a middleman between businessman Yorgen Fenech and the three men who executed the investigative journalist on October 16, 2017.   He told the court last week that he had received a call from Fenech one fine day informing him about a call he was due to receive from the Prime Minister’s office. The call came and he was called in...
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The cave of Calypso… in Mellieħa

Times of Malta - 6 ore 33 min fa

The view from the cave of Calypso in Mellieħa. The valley is verdant even in summer, due to the freshwater spring.

Most of us remember reading The Odyssey or listening fascinated to our teacher relating how Ulysses managed to evade mythical monsters, outwit witches and sail through stormy seas despite being hampered at all times by the gods who did their best to delay his arrival in his homeland Ithaca. It was after a storm that Ulysses was shipwrecked on the island of Ogygia, where he was to spend seven years with the nymph Calypso. There was much controversy about the actual location of Ogygia, but by the 19th century, most scholars had agreed that the island was either Malta or Gozo. In 1647, Ġan Franġisk Abela wrote that “the passage of Ulysses in Malta, also known as Ogygia or Calypso, has been clearly demonstrated by many authors… P. Manduca, in his manuscript… described an ancient building in the vicinity of the cave of the Virgin (of Mellieħa), constructed with massive boulders, and being exposed to the sea, near the port of the saltpans, which he supposed to be Calypso’s home”. This cited megalithic building could have been the temple at Għajn Żejtuna, whose remains were discovered in 1934 or possibly some other ancient building, of which no traces remain. The book Les Aventures de...
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Live: Thousands march on Castille chanting 'Daphne was right'

The Malta Independent - 6 ore 41 min fa

Thousands of protesters gathered in Valletta this afternoon, marching for truth and justice in the wake of the latest revelations into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, while also demanding the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

This was the latest protest of many that began when 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech was arrested in connection with the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder. Fenech was recently charged.

While Muscat has announced that he will resign after the PL Leadership contest concludes in January, many are arguing that it is far too long for him to remain in power, especially since Yorgen Fenech has been making allegations about people close to him.

Protesters marched from Parliament down Republic Street and around other parts of Valletta, passing by St John's Co Cathedral, and ending up in front of Castille. While marching, the crowd was heard chanting 'Daphne was right', as well as 'mafia', 'justice', 'jail' and 'out'.

The crowd marched holding a banner which read 'Justice', as protesters also held photos of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat has announced that he will be resigning in January.




Photos and videos by Alenka Falzon

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Writing was on wall a few months into first Labour legislature – Marlene Farrugia

The Malta Independent - 6 ore 51 min fa

“The time bomb that killed Malta’s Journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, started ticking , well before 2016,” Opposition MP Marlene Farrugia said.

“In 2017, some of us did our utmost to change the course of the increasingly dark history of the shocking present that was unfolding,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Then, much like we had been doing tirelessly during many preceding months , we tried to describe the even more dismal potential aftermath of a 2017 Labour victory, the tragic trajectory our political state would take.”

See full post below

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Demonstrators gather in Valletta for another national protest

Times of Malta - 7 ore 7 min fa

 Gordon Watson

Protestors are again gathering outside Parliament in Valletta to register their disappointment at the situation that has been allowed to fester in the country.  Times of Malta, which is supporting the protest, is broadcasting the event live on its Facebook page. A link will be uploaded here as soon as the live feed starts. The protesters include a good number of young people as well as families with babies and dogs. Maltese flags are currently being handed out. The protest is the third this week organised by civil society groups Repubblika and Occupy Justice, after a crowd gathered in protest outside the Police Headquarters on Tuesday and outside Parliament the day before. Activists also protested in London’s Parliament Square on Saturday afternoon. Protestors are calling for the imminent resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and for justice to be served to all involved, especially public officers, in the plot to assassinate journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  Updates from the criminal investigation and public inquiry into the murder continued to rock the already unstable political situation as it was revealed that alleged middleman Melvin Theuma met with former OPM chief...
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Annoyingly good food

Times of Malta - 7 ore 59 min fa

Japanese Restaurant Madoka20, St George’s RoadSt Julian’s Tel: 2701 1440 Food: 9/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10 In its most literal sense, the Japanese word ‘Madoka’ translates as ‘circle’. It is used as a girls’ name or surname, meaning real, true, excellent or beautiful, and it also implies calm, contentment or serenity. The word seems a fitting choice, therefore, for a restaurant serving “truly authentic Japanese cuisine” and whose website wishes patrons a “relaxed and enjoyable meal”. But I wanted to find out if Madoka lived up to its name, or if it was ‘all mouth and no trousers’ as they say back in er… eh-hem, well, I wouldn’t want to blow my cover, but you get the gist. I consulted, as per usual, the almighty maker and breaker of culinary reputations that is Tripadvisor, and if the big T was on the money (which it usually is) then we were in for a treat. Madoka comes ‘highly recommended’ with five glittering stars. Of its 60 or so reviews to date, about 80 per cent rate it as ‘excellent’ and the rest merely ‘very good’. The comments refer to Madoka’s “genuine Osaka street food” as “authentic”, “high quality” and “more than fantastic.” One even describes it as...
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Would you still vote PL?

Times of Malta - 8 ore 4 min fa

‘I’m shocked but I would still vote Labour’ [attach id=805156 size="medium" align="right" type="image"][/attach] Desmond Zammit Marmara, a former PL councillor, said like many others he feels “shocked” about the murder investigation’s links to party officials. As a loyal party member who writes regularly about the PL, Mr Zammit Marmara told Times of Malta he felt a responsibility towards his readers and started to doubt whether he had been wrong about the party all along. “To be honest, I never thought that the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been linked to anything political. I thought it was the Mafia or it was related to business with no links to politics. Then you wake up one day and find out you were totally wrong about it.” Initially, he had even defended the people involved because he always believed the Nationalists and their allies were inflating the claims, he explained. Still, despite his great disappointment in the leadership, he has not lost faith in the party and would still vote Labour, hoping the new prime minister would “make a clean sweep”. Looking back at the last seven years, Mr Zammit Marmara said the party managed to deliver most of its...
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Watch: ‘I put my booster on’: Son reveals secret to wonder-goal

Times of Malta - 8 ore 10 min fa

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min (centre) celebrates his goal with Lucas Moura (left) and Harry Kane.

Son Heung-min admitted he considered passing before the Tottenham winger “put his booster on” to score his astonishing goal of the season contender against Burnley. Son’s stroke of genius was hailed as one of the best goals in Tottenham’s glittering history as he virtually ran the entire length of the pitch before firing home in Saturday’s Premier League clash in north London. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho dubbed the South Korea star “Son-aldo” in reference in a brilliant strike scored by Brazilian legend Ronaldo for Barcelona against Compostela in 1996. But Son said he was actually looking to pass to Dele Alli before instead setting off on the counter-attacking gem that earned comparisons with Lionel Messi and George Weah. “I saw Dele (Alli) running on the left side, and many Burnley players,” Son said. “I tried to pass first of all to Dele, because he was open but then one of their players followed him so he wasn’t open any more. “Then I was just thinking ‘should I go?’, and I put my booster on. I took the right timing to the booster on. “Then in two or three seconds I was in front of the goal and I was really surprised. This kind of goal, especially at home, it makes me so...
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Unrelenting transport chaos as French strike bites

Times of Malta - 8 ore 19 min fa

Public transport in France was crippled for a fourth day Sunday as the government prepared to respond to anger over pension reforms that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets as workers embarked on open-ended protest. President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior cabinet ministers are scheduled to hold a "working meeting" late Sunday to discuss a government project which the country's powerful labour unions claim will force many to work longer for a smaller retirement payout. The strikes, which began Thursday over plans for a single, points-based pension scheme, recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government. Macron's move to modernise France's retirement system is part of an election pledge to put the country on a solid financial footing -- a mission that calls for painful changes in a country where many people have seen their spending power decline.  The biggest labour unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government protests by "yellow vest" activists, and with Macron's popularity falling. The mass strike closed schools...
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Father Sandro Overend nominated as Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Benghazi

The Malta Independent - 8 ore 53 min fa

In a decree issued on 8 December, Pope Francis nominated Father Sandro Overend as the Apostolic Administration of the Apostolic Vicariate of Benghazi in Libya.

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