Vassallo determined to lift national team’s fortunes

Times of Malta - 1 ora 31 min fa

MFA president Bjorn Vassallo voiced his disappointment at Malta’s performance in the 1-0 defeat to the Faroes Islands in Torshavn on Tuesday and said that the result has only increased the need of a new plan of action to revive the fortunes of the national team, with the appointment of a new technical director high on his agenda. [attach id=779811 type="video"][/attach] Malta’s defeat in Torshavn was met by huge disappointment from the national team followers. In a statement, the South End Core, the official national team supporters club issued a statement yesterday where they questioned whether the Malta FA will take responsibility of the result and whether they had a plan on the agenda to improve the fortunes of Maltese football.  Contacted by the Times of Malta for his reaction on the national team’s defeat against the Faroese, that left the team bottom of Group F, Vassallo admitted that the result was a bitter blow for Maltese football and it has only highlighted the perennial problems afflicting the Beatiful Game in Malta. “Like every football fan in Malta, I am really disappointed with the performance of the team in the 1-0 defeat to the Faroe Islands,” Vassallo...
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Watch: Video shows Utah trooper saving unconscious driver from oncoming train

The Malta Independent - 1 ora 31 min fa

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper is being hailed as a hero after dashcam video shows the moment he rescued a driver from an oncoming train with just seconds to spare, CBS news reports.

Trooper Ruben Correa was on a traffic stop when he got a call about a car that had driven onto the train tracks.

The dashcam video begins after Correa arrived on the scene and shows him scrambling up an embankment to the SUV, which had an unconscious man inside. In the distance, you can see the light from the train grow larger as it gets closer to Correa and the driver.

"At that point, I actually wasn't really thinking. I was just doing my job and my main concern was getting him out of the vehicle," Correa said.

In the video, Correa's voice grows more urgent as he pulled the man out. A split second later, both men escaped disaster.

"The vehicle flew about 30 feet in front of us, and that's when I realized 'Oh wow,' that's a lot closer than what I would've liked," Correa said.

The driver ended up on the tracks after he experienced a medical emergency, which caused him to fall unconscious. After he was pulled from the car by Correa, the driver was checked out at the scene and is expected to be OK.

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Link subsidies to maximum prices

Times of Malta - 1 ora 36 min fa

 Mark Zammit Cordina

This week the Minister of Finance presented in Parliament the Estimates for 2020 (otherwise known as the Budget). My intention is not to write about the Budget, but rather to write about one aspect of public expenditure – subsidies. The Budget presented this week contained a number of these subsidies, some of which have been around for a number of years. These have included reduced stamp duty on property for first-time buyers; assistance with the financing of the initial deposit required to acquire property; a reduced rate of tax on profits derived from the assignment of rights on a promise of sale relating to immovable property; duty reductions available for second-time buyers, the purchase of vacant property in urban conversation areas and the purchase of property in Gozo; a refund scheme for property restoration; exemption from registration tax of electric and hybrid vehicles; schemes contributing towards the efficient use of energy and production of energy from renewable sources; grant on specialised equipment used by persons with disability; a grant for persons who opt to study a foreign language overseas; grants for vehicle scrappage. Subsidies are a tool which governments...
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Powerful new Triumph bike gets new look and more performance

Times of Malta - 1 ora 38 min fa

Triumph has lifted the lid on its new Street Triple RS. The middleweight bike employs techniques learnt through the firm’s development of its Moto2 racing engine, ensuring it pushes out plenty of power while being cleaner than before. Outright power remains the same as the older model at 121bhp, but torque is up – giving the Street Triple RS more in-gear punch. A new exhaust cam has been fitted, along with a lighter crankshaft, clutch and balancer which all help to give the Street Triple RS a boost from low-down. Showa forks and a fully adjustable Ohlins STX40 rear shock come as part of the already respectable mechanical setup, too. [attach id=778239 size="medium" align="left" type="image"]The new Street Triple RS gets race-derived tech[/attach] A new twin catalyser in the exhaust system helps the new bike to meet more stringent Euro5 emissions rules without diminishing the Triumph’s sound.  An up-and-down quickshifter has been included too, helping to give lightning-fast gear changes. Looks-wise, the RS has been given a significant nip-and-tuck. The LED headlights are now sharper and more angular, while the bodywork is more dynamic in design. A redesigned fly screen and silver...
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Daphne's memorial at Great Siege monument cleared out again

Flowers, candles and photographs place at the foot of the Great Siege national monument as a memorial to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galiza were removed overnight.

The mementoes had been left there during the manifestation held on Wednesday to commemorate the second anniversary of the murder.

Eyewitnesses said the clearing out took place at around 1am.

The mementoes have systematically been removed each time activists place them. 

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Amnesty accuses Turkey of 'war crimes' in Syria

Times of Malta - 2 ore 5 min fa

Turkish forces and Syrian rebel allies have committed "war crimes" including summary executions during their offensive in northeast Syria, Amnesty International said on Friday. Amnesty accused Ankara's forces of "serious violations and war crimes, summary killings and unlawful attacks" in the operation launched on October 9. There was no immediate response from Ankara, which announced a suspension of the attacks late Thursday, but it says all possible measures have been taken to avoid civilian casualties. Despite the suspension, sporadic attacks were still reported.  Ankara's operation aims to remove the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from areas near its border in northern Syria. The offensive has killed at least 72 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Turkish military forces and a coalition of Turkey-backed Syrian armed groups have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian life," Amnesty said. The charges were based on the testimony of 17 people including medical, aid and rescue workers, journalists and displaced people, as well as video footage, it said. "The information gathered provides damning evidence of indiscriminate attacks in...
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Emirates offers special rates from Malta to Dubai

Times of Malta - 2 ore 21 min fa

The Dubai-based Atlantis Aquaventure and Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has launched special fares to Dubai. Each ticket for a flight departing from Malta will also include a complimentary day pass to Atlantis Aquaventure & The Lost Chambers Aquarium – one of Dubai’s most popular touristic attractions. Atlantis Aquaventure is more than just a water park with its record-breaking water slides over 17 hectares of fun. Located at Atlantis the Palm, it’s a true attraction with its 1.2 kilometres of pristine beach and a stunning view of Dubai skyline. The Lost Chambers is the UAE’s largest aquarium and home to over 65,000 marine animals including black tip reef sharks, hundreds of rays from the Arabian Sea and beyond as well as colourful fish and jellyfish. Emirates customers across all classes can redeem this offer by buying their flights to Dubai on until October 27, for travel until February 29, 2020. Economy class passengers can enjoy special fares starting at €499 and business class passengers can enjoy special fares starting at €2,549. To avail the offer, once customers have purchased the tickets within campaign duration, they will get an e-mail from Emirates with unique access code...
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Calling all musical fans

Times of Malta - 2 ore 27 min fa

FM Theatre Productions returns following the successes of My Fair Lady and Mamma Mia! with another hit musical, We Will Rock You. Based on songs by the legendary British rock band Queen, We Will Rock You is one of the most popular and longest-running musicals on London’s West End and has also been produced in six continents. The band’s timeless classic songs such as Radio Gaga, Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You, will be performed by a stellar cast of local and international artists, including West End leads Katie Paine and Jordan Carr. We Will Rock You will be performed at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, today at 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday-20 at 2.30pm and 8pm. Tickets are available online at
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Watch: Fire rips through Luqa factory

Times of Malta - 2 ore 57 min fa

An explosion rocked a factory in Luqa industrial estate late on Thursday night, sparking flames which were put out by firefighters before they spread further.  Police received reports of a fire at the site on Triq l-Ingiered at around midnight. Luqa residents reported hearing the rumble of an explosion. Squad cars and Civil Protection Department personnel were dispatched to the site.A police spokesman said that nobody was at the site at the time and that the flames were put out by firefighters without further incident.  A police investigation is under way.  [attach id=779979 type="video"]An eyewitness shot video of the fire.[/attach]
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Can Pete Buttigieg, cool and cerebral, second that emotion?

The Malta Independent - 3 ore 5 min fa

John McAnear, a 77-year-old Air Force veteran, stood in an audience of hundreds in suburban Des Moines with an oxygen tank at his side, wheezing as he implored Pete Buttigieg to protect the Veterans Administration.

The Democratic presidential hopeful offered a respectful, if perfunctory, "thank you for serving" and skipped any attempt to bond over their mutual military service. Instead, Buttigieg offered a list of proposals to fix the VA.

Of the many ways the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is different from his better-known rivals, there is this: his ingrained emotional restraint in a show-all-tell-all era.

"You don't really get the warm fuzzies from him," said Lisa Ann Spilman, a retired Air Force officer who attended Buttigieg's event. "But I really like how intelligent and down to earth he is."

As Buttigieg, whose campaign appears better positioned organizationally in Iowa and financially overall than former Vice President Joe Biden's, attempts to climb into the top tier of Democrats, voters will be taking a measure of him in all ways, including whether he can make the kind of personal connection they have come to expect, at least since Bill Clinton showed he could feel their pain.

Buttigieg chafes at being labeled an emotionless technocrat, and his supporters cite his intellectual agility as his main draw, particularly against someone like President Donald Trump, whose strained relationship with the truth is so frequently on display.

In a candidate debate Tuesday, Buttigieg showed rare outward fire, pointedly challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren on her health care plan and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke on gun control. "I don't need lessons from you on courage, political or personal," Buttigieg said to O'Rourke.

"I don't mind being a little professorial at times," Buttigieg acknowledged in a conversation with reporters last month. He added, "Sometimes I think I'm misread because I'm laidback. I'm misread as being bloodless."

But to describe him as wooden or mechanical gets it wrong. Upbeat in his trademark white shirt with sleeves half-rolled, Buttigieg projects energy and youthful diligence.

He is not a fiery podium speaker like Sen. Bernie Sanders. He isn't given to big hugs or open self-reflection, like Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

In interactions with voters, Buttigieg's style is evolving. During a late summer stop in southeast Iowa, he noted his mother-in-law "is alive because of the Affordable Care Act," but moved on without describing her illness or asking if his audience had similar experiences.

It's notable because Buttigieg is trying to frame his message around empathy in what he calls the nation's "crisis of belonging."

And it does not always work. When the question turned to cancer at the Iowa State Fair, he said before discussing his plans, "Cancer took my father earlier this year, so this is personal," skipping over any elaboration of the pillar Joe Buttigieg was to his only child.

When the questioner noted her family's loss, he said politely, "I'm sorry. So, we're in the same boat," and then turned to a discussion of research.

Buttigieg's mother, Anne Montgomery, says in boyhood, her son was fun, curious, literate and multitalented, but "a reserved person."

"It's been a part of his life for a long time," she said in an Associated Press interview.

What Buttigieg suggests is his tendency to "compartmentalize" has been a liability for some other candidates, most notably for the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis.

He offered an almost programmatic answer when asked during a nationally televised debate if he would support the death penalty if his wife were raped and murdered.

Dukakis, who lost in a landslide, acknowledges today that he "botched it" and that his answer fed the narrative that the pragmatic, policy-oriented Massachusetts governor was emotionless.

Buttigieg, Dukakis told the AP, is warm and thoughtful, "but he also happens to be very, very bright, and that, I think, is the biggest part of his appeal." Dukakis has endorsed his home state senator, Warren.

"He's not a typical politician," said Kelsie Goodman, an associate principal for a Des Moines area high school who first saw Buttigieg at an event last month. "And he's an intellectual judo master."

As the campaign progresses, there are signs Buttigieg is becoming more comfortable opening up.

At an outdoor event at Des Moines' Theodore Roosevelt High School last Saturday, he ignited laughter and cheers for his answer to a question about how he would approach debating Trump.

"We know what he's going to do, and it just doesn't get to me. Look, I can deal with bullies. I'm gay and I grew up in Indiana. I'll be fine," he deadpanned.

In a rare personal revelation, he told reporters on a bus ride across northern Iowa that he dreads the thought of his husband, Chasten, being subjected to the cruelties of modern politics.

"Another agonizing feeling is to watch that happening to someone you love," he said. "At least if it's happening to me, I can go out there and fight back."

Still, what Buttigieg's most vocal advocates praise as his coolness so far seems to be doing little to dampen views of him in Iowa, where he has invested heavily in time and money in hopes of a breakthrough finish. In a September CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll, 69% of likely Iowa caucus participants said they viewed Buttigieg favorably, second only to Warren.

Where Buttigieg clearly connects personally is along the rope line with supporters and when the merely curious meet him after he leaves the stage.

In these moments, he has met people who describe their own stories of stepping out of the shadows, as Buttigieg did coming out as a gay man in 2015. Buttigieg regularly mentions Iowa teenager Bridgette Bissell, who described the courage she took from meeting him to announce she was autistic.

Similar moments, Buttigieg says, prompted him to build his campaign around repairing Americans' sense of connectedness.

In Waterloo recently, local organizer Caitlin Reedy introduced Buttigieg to hundreds at a riverside rally, explaining that she was drawn to him by having experienced the uneasiness of sharing her diagnosis with diabetes.

Leaning forward in his chair on the bus the next day, Buttigieg said the campaign was teaching him how people — feeling left out racially, ethnically, culturally, economically — yearn to connect.

"Where it comes is from going through the process of understanding that you're different," he said, "and then understanding that that's part of what you have to offer."

"Join me in picturing that kind of presidency," he told more than 600 in Waterloo, "not for the glorification of the president, but for the unification of the people."

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What happened on... October 18

Times of Malta - 3 ore 8 min fa

The front pages of Times of Malta from 50, 25 and 10 years ago.  Become a Times of Malta premium member to gain full access to our archive dating back to January 1930.
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Daphne's memorial cleared out again

Times of Malta - 3 ore 11 min fa

 Matthew Mirabelli

A makeshift memorial of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta was cleared again on Thursday night, just over 24 hours after hundreds placed flowers, candles, messages and photographs to mark the second anniversary of her murder. [attach id=780018 size="medium" align="right" type="image"]A child places flowers at the makeshift memorial site during a vigil on Wednesday. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier[/attach] Eyewitnesses said candles, photos of Ms Caruana Galizia as well as handwritten messages placed at the Great Siege Memorial opposite the law courts were dumped at around 1am.  Activists gather at the site on the 16th of every month to remember Ms Caruana Galizia, renew calls for the people responsible for the October 2017 murder to be brought to justice and insist on a public inquiry into the circumstances leading to her murder. Candles, flowers and other items left at the site to honour Ms Caruana Galizia’s memory are regularly swept away, usually by government employees. [attach id=779982 size="large" align="right" type="image"]The memorial just hours before it was cleared. Photo: Justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Facebook page[/attach] Culture Minister...
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€1.2m to beef up security in schools

Times of Malta - 3 ore 22 min fa

 Matthew Mirabelli

The Education Ministry has €1.2 million to spend on beefing up security in schools, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said on Thursday. A total of €717,000 have been budgeted for the introduction of a reception service at the entrance of all State schools and €500,000 for the provision of “security systems”. The issue of lax security in schools made headlines earlier this year following two incidents in schools within the same week last February, leaving teachers slightly injured. After a 15-year-old boy was hospitalised following an attack by another student at Pembroke secondary school, a father allegedly showed up and an assistant head and a teacher were hurt as they tried to break up a fight with another parent. Two men were arraigned over the incident. In another incident, a student and a school official got into a fight at the St Ignatius College secondary school in Qormi. The Malta Union of Teachers had proposed a review of physical access to schools to ensure it was controlled, as well as the allocation of a fund for security and deployment of security personnel.  The teachers’ union had also published a study which found that nearly nine in 10 teachers reported having...
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Kite-flying festival

Times of Malta - 3 ore 34 min fa

Gozo is giving visitors the chance to experience the joys of kiting this weekend as the second edition of the Gozo International Kite and Wind Festival gets under way. [attach id=779919 size="medium" align="right" type="image"][/attach] Everyone is invited to attend the event, which will be led by professional kite masters. The area near San Dimitri chapel, to the north of Gharb, will see a flurry of activity with food stalls and games complementing the main activities. The festival is being held today and on Sunday between 8.30am and 7.30pm and on Saturday between 9.30am and 11pm. To learn more about the event, contact the Għarb local council on 2156 0556.
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Supporting Action for Breast Cancer Foundation for Pink October

Times of Malta - 3 ore 47 min fa

This month, Mapfre Malta has contributed towards the production of a campaign created by the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in order to support the initiative and generate awareness for Pink October. The campaign focuses on generating awareness regarding the prevention and/or early detection of breast cancer, emphasising the importance of regular self-examinations in order to significantly improve the possibility of survival. Founded by Helen Muscat and Esther Sant, Action for Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organisation which provides support to those undergoing the condition by collaborating with other entities in order raise funds and generate awareness towards the cause. Two videos called Know Your Body and Know The Signs were produced by Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. The former video focused on the concept of understanding one’s body in order to help detect any changes that may occur in the breasts, emphasising the importance of early detection in saving your life. On the other hand, the Know The Signs infographic highlighted a number of things to look out for when practising self-examinations, further emphasising that early detection is key to...
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Social cohesion revisited

Times of Malta - 3 ore 57 min fa

The Budget 2020 brings back on the national agenda the importance of social cohesion. People may have different views of what social cohesion is all about. It certainly is not another name for the welfare state. It is more the glue that holds society together through shared values, beliefs and behaviours. While there is always an underclass in every society, no one can deny that the new economy, while creating a new prosperous class, has also left many others behind because of their inability to cope with the changes of an evolving economic reality. Pensioners, the sick, single parents, persons with disabilities and others who from an early stage in life fail to see a future for themselves or their families need the support of the rest of society to integrate more into the community. The working poor are a reality that the Budget 2020 attempts to help through various micro measures that will hopefully make their future prospects that much brighter. It would be a mistake to interpret this attempt to promote social cohesion as a nostalgic desire to revive some of the less desirable aspects of the welfare state. The culture of dependence on state support could do more harm than...
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Birkirkara, Mġarr secure big wins

Times of Malta - 3 ore 57 min fa

Birkirkara and Mġarr United made it two wins out of two after beating Kirkop United and Mosta respectively on Matchday Two of the women’s championship. The Stripes netted seven past Kirkop United, highlighting their offensive prowess as they have already scored 15 goals in two outings. Ethiopia international Loza Abera was once again one of Birkirkara’s main protagonists as she found the net twice, opening the score on 15 minutes before adding a second five minutes before half-time. In between, Veronique Mifsud, Ann-Marie Said and Kailey Willis had helped Birkirkara open a four-goal lead inside the first 24 minutes. After the change of ends, Malta international Ylenia Carabott, who was making her first start this season, made it 6-0 before Tracy Teuma sealed Birkirkara’s win. Kirkop pulled one back through Isabelle Mazzitelli, formerly of Birkirkara. Featuring for Kirkop was Sarah Urpani, who has recently swapped the Stripes for the Reds on a one-year loan deal. Mġarr provided Mosta a difficult start to the women’s championship as they cruised to a 6-0 win. Brenda Borg was the Greens’ hero when she netted a hat-trick on 23, 59 and 80 minutes. It was Roxanne Micallef who drew...
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Today's front pages - October 18, 2019

Times of Malta - 4 ore 3 min fa

The following are the top stories in Malta's newspapers on Friday: Times of Malta, The Malta Independent and In-Nazzjon give prominence to the deal struck on Thursday between the UK and the EU over Brexit, which was later endorsed by EU leaders attending a summit in Brussels.  In other stories, Times of Malta reports that Maltese offshore holdings are believed to have reached a staggering €5.2 billion – the joint highest rate in the EU in terms of the size of the economy.   The Malta Independent quotes a union official as saying that the Education Ministry was ‘taking advantage of educators’. In another story, it says 100,000 litres of oil derived from the feeding process at fish farms was collected and sold by operators.   L-orizzont says the FBI was prepared to help Maltese investigators probing Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination. In other stories it quotes an interview with the CEO of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services on violence of children towards their parents and another story quoting a paedophile saying that the only thing he regretted was being jailed.  In-Nazzjon says a man of Maltese descent planned a terror attack in Melbourne, Australia.     
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Explosion in disused factory in Luqa causes fire

The Malta Independent - 4 ore 4 min fa

An explosion in a disused factory in Luqa led to a fire last night, luckily injuring no-one.

The explosion took place at around midnight in Imgieret Road, the police said.

It led to a fire which was brought under control by members of the Civil Protection Department.

The cause of the explosion is unknown.

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Pink Friday at the Eden Cinemas

Times of Malta - 4 ore 6 min fa

Eden Cinemas are supporting the International Breast Cancer awareness month. If you watch any of the latest blockbuster movies showing at these cinemas today, including Joker, Maleficent 2, Gemini Man, Abominable and IT: Chapter Two, €1 from each ticket will go towards the Marigold foundation in aid of Pink October. For the films’ schedule, visit
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