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Late Pulisic goal rescues draw for 10-man Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic scored an 84th minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim on Saturday as Hertha Berlin provisionally climbed to top spot with a 4-2 demolition of Borussia Moenchengladbach. The American, who got the winner at Club Brugge in a 1-0 Europa League group stage victory in midweek, tapped the ball home after good work from Marco Reus to earn his team a point. Brazilian Joelinton put the hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime and Hoffenheim looked to be cruising after having two other efforts disallowed and also hitting the woodwork. Things turned worse for the visitors when Diallo was sent off for a last-man foul on Andrej Kramaric but Pulisic timed his run to perfection to tap in Reus' cutback. The result leaves Dortmund in third place on eight points, with leaders Bayern Munich, second on nine, taking on out-of-form Schalke 04 away later on Saturday. Undefeated Hertha saw striker Vedad Ibisevic score twice as the Berliners crushed Gladbach to go top of the table with their third win in four games. Werder Bremen, with 39-year-old striker Claudio Pizarro making his first start of the season, squandered a two-goal lead but still managed to...

Thousands march in Warsaw demanding higher public sector pay
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Thousands of protesters marched through the Polish capital on Saturday demanding higher public sector pay, piling pressure on the Law and Justice (PiS) government ahead of a municipal election in October. PiS, an economically left-leaning party with a conservative social agenda, swept into power in 2015 on a promise of massive welfare spending, more traditional values in public life and a boost in support for less-privileged Poles. But trade unions are demanding more state money, particularly for salaries in the public sector, including education and healthcare, as the economy powers ahead at a rate that's among the highest in Europe. Poland's gross domestic product has expanded by four to five percent on an annual basis each quarter since the beginning of last year, propelled largely by domestic consumption. But economists warn that Poland may begin to suffer from weaker economic sentiment prevailing across Europe, wage pressures and labour shortages in the coming years. And the PiS has stopped making promises on large-scale welfare spending. "We can't live pay cheque to pay cheque ... Our families are starving," Jan Guz, head of the OPZZ trade union told protesters. OPZZ,...

Woman found dead in Gozo
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A 23-year-old Nigerian woman was found dead in Victoria on Saturday. The police said the woman was found in her apartment in Triq il-Kapuċċini, at 1.15pm. Police do not suspect foul play, according to sources.  The victim was hospitalised on Friday with stomach pains but discharged herself later in the day. An autopsy will determine whether that was the cause of death. A magisterial inquiry is being held.

S&P affirms Malta’s positive ratings
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Ratings agency Standard and Poor has affirmed Malta ‘A-/A-2’ long-term and short-term ratings saying the country’s economy has continued to expand at a fast pace, facilitating employment growth and government debt reduction. The outlook, it said, remained positive. The Finance Ministry welcomed the ratings. The positive outlook indicated that the agency could raise the ratings on Malta over the next 12 months if: • Economic growth and government fiscal and debt metrics performed in line with its expectations; and • The authorities strengthened supervisory standards and co-ordination with respect to the country's international financial sector. The agency said it could revise the outlook to stable if there was a substantial slippage in Malta's fiscal performance, if risks to financial stability increased, or if external demand from Malta's key trading partners deteriorated. S&P said its ratings on Malta were supported by its strong growth performance, recurring current account surpluses driven by its large services exports, and the improving general government budgetary position and fiscal management. The ratings were constrained by Malta's relative vulnerability to changing...

Watch: Ferguson returns to Old Trafford for first time since operation
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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford for the first time since having brain surgery, receiving a warm welcome as he attended Saturday's Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Smiling and waving to fans, the 76-year-old Ferguson took his seat in the directors' box for the first time since his operation in May. The Scot had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on May 5 and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital. The last time Ferguson attended a game at Old Trafford was in April, when he presented outgoing former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative gift. "It's great to go back to the stadium and it's going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts," Ferguson told MUTV. "It had to happen some time and I've been looking forward to it. It was important getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game." Ferguson was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice, the Premier League 13 times and five FA Cups. He was knighted in 1999, the year United won the treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

Watch: Mitrovic strikes as Fulham hold Watford
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Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the target again as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 home Premier League draw against a Watford side left cursing too many missed first-half chances at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Watford's best start to a top-flight campaign had looked set to continue as Andre Gray's goal after 90 seconds, as he cashed in on poor Fulham defending, saw them take first-half command. Javi Gracia's team, unchanged for the sixth league game, showed why they have been the season's revelation and looked set for a fifth win in six matches only to spurn several fine chances offered largely by inept home defending. Yet Fulham were re-energised after the break with prolific Serbian striker Mitrovic becoming joint league top scorer with his fifth goal of the season in the 78th minute and almost grabbing the points with a late header that rattled the bar.   Fulham - Watford Live Score

Public inquiry into whether Caruana Galizia murder could have been avoided ruled out
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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has ruled out a judicial public inquiry into whether Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder could have been avoided. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Dr Muscat said there was no need for a public inquiry because as far as he knew the family had full confidence in the independent magistrate who was taking care of the investigation and who had no intrusion. “I would like to remind you that three people have already been arrested and there are ongoing procedures on the issue. That is almost unprecedented." The family is claiming that unless a public inquiry is held, the Prime Minister would not be fulfilling his obligation under the European Convention of Human Rights. Asked whether he would consider the family’s request to go beyond the magistrate’s inquiry to a full public inquiry, Dr Muscat said the government had seen exactly what the ECHR is saying and he believed the obligations were being fulfilled. He said he also believed investigators needed to be given the space to investigate and he was not too sure whether a second public inquiry, whatever that meant, could lead to a better result. Dr Muscat said that some sort of Parliamentary inquiry can be carried out...

UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine
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Drug giants Novartis, Bayer and Roche on Friday lost a bid to stop British doctors from recommending a cheaper drug option for people with an eye disease that causes blindness, the High Court in London ruled. A drug industry group said the decision was “extraordinary" and was bad news for future regulatory cooperation between Britain and the European Union after Britain's exit from the bloc next year. The companies had sought to block doctors from 12 health groups in the north of England from making Roche's cancer therapy Avastin the preferred option for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), even though it is not licensed for this use. Avastin works similarly to Bayer's Eylea and Roche's and Novartis's Lucentis, but those drugs were made specifically for the eye. "Treating clinicians can lawfully choose Avastin for opthalmic use on grounds of cost," according to the ruling. It added that NICE, the UK's drug cost effectiveness agency, had concluded that using Avastin for AMD was safe. Avastin costs around £28 per injection, according to the judgment, while Eylea costs around £816 per injection and Lucentis costs around 551 pounds per injection. The actual prices vary,...

State of the art: can robots be Rembrandts?
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A French collective of artist-entrepreneurs are creating fine art using a computer algorithm, with one of their creations to be auctioned by Christie's. Lucy Fielder reports for Reuters.

829 students still waiting for a seat on free mini-bus service
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More than 800 students are still on the waiting list for a seat on a free mini-bus that will transport them to school when the new scholastic year kicks off in the coming days. Speaking during a press briefing on Saturday, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo confirmed there were still 829 students from Church and independent schools on the waiting list for transport as part of a scheme that will see the government funding the service for all students. Admitting that he was concerned about these students, Mr Bartolo said the ministry was currently carrying out a mapping and matching exercise in an attempt to address the situation. Read: Church, private schools fear transport chaos Times of Malta reported on Thursday that many schools were told by service providers they could not guarantee the service like previous years and parents who have paid for private school transport for many years were informed there was no room for their children anymore because vans were already full-up. Asked when he believed the situation would be resolved, given that school doors re-open next week, Mr Bartolo said he could not say but insisted that the government was committed to addressing the...

Malta Independent

Maltese prelate signs Vatican breakthrough deal with China on bishop appointments
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The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics.The accord was signed in Beijing during a meeting between China's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Wang Chao, and the Vatican undersecretary for state relations, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri (above)The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in recent years, with the Vatican agreeing to accept seven bishops who were previously named by Beijing without the pope's consent.The development comes nearly seven decades after the Holy See and Beijing severed official relations. Beijing's long-held insistence that it must approve bishop appointments in China had clashed with absolute papal authority to pick bishops.With the status of the seven bishops now reconciled, the Vatican said all bishops in China are now in communion with Rome — even though the Catholic community in China is still split between Catholics who belong to the official Chinese church and those in the underground church who remained loyal to the pope."Pope Francis hopes that, with these decisions, a new process may begin that will allow the wounds of the past to be overcome, leading to the full communion of all Chinese Catholics," a Vatican statement said.Some Chinese Catholics have opposed such a deal, notably Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, who before the deal was announced called it a sell-out of Chinese Catholics who refused to join the state Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and who paid the price of remaining faithful to Rome during years of persecution.There was also no immediate mention in the deal of the status of several underground bishops named by the pope.Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, speaking in Vilnius, Lithuania, where Pope Francis was visiting, indicated the accord would serve as a blueprint for future appointments of bishops, who lead the faithful in their dioceses.Burke told reporters the aim of the accord "is not political but pastoral, allowing the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities."The Vatican's No. 2 official indicated that the pope and the Chinese authorities would jointly approve new bishop appointments."What is required now is unity, is trust, and a new impetus: to have good pastors, recognized by the Successor of Peter (Pope Francis) and by the legitimate civil authorities," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.A Vatican official, speaking earlier this year on the contours of the plan, said the deal allows the pope to effectively veto future bishop names proposed by Beijing. That official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because diplomatic negotiations were involved, had described it as the best arrangement the Holy See could achieve for now.The deal's provisional nature left open the possibility of improvements down the line.The Vatican described the provisional agreement as "the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement" following a "long process of careful negotiation."While the agreement could help pave the way for formal diplomatic ties and possibly an eventual papal trip to China, it was also sure to anger Catholics who vigorously advocated for the Vatican to maintain a hard line on caring for the 12 million Catholic faithful in China.     In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry said "China and the Vatican will continue to maintain communications and push forward the process of improving relations between the two sides." 

Watch - Updated (2): 829 parents still on waiting list for school transport
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829 parents of non-state school children are still on the waiting list for school transport, according to the latest statistics released by government.In a press conference addressed today, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and members of his staff stressed that government is and will continue to work for all students to be catered for.The ministry is currently working on the mapping situation, ensuring that if there are any spaces available on buses not yet full, students are assigned.  The minister could not say by when the situation would be solved, but added that government is committed to solving it.The minister also said that the number of transport operators has been increasing, and that 75 operators have thus far signed on.As for state school students, the minister announced that there are 868 vehicles signed on, and 14,000 students will be carried. The minister said that state-school transport logistics were always handled by the state and will continue to be done so. The preparations for state school students have concluded, the routes planned and parents informed as to where their children are meant to be picked up from.For non-state school children the system remained the same where the parents contact the operators directly, or a coordinator for a particular school, who then handles it.Turning to the question surrounding supervisors on the transport, the minister announced that there will be supervision for kindergarten students of state schools gradually introduced this year.As for the monitoring service, through which parents would be able to tell through a mobile application that their children have boarded or exited the bus, will the introduced by the end of the year for state schools. As for independent and church schools, it will start to be introduced by the beginning of 2019.The ministry had signed two separate 5-year agreements, one with operators for state school transport, and the other for non-state school transport. Whereas prior to the agreement, non-state school transport operators would charge different amounts to parents, not the prices have been agreed upon by the state, varying according to route and vehicle type.Government said that on Monday, educators and professional staff will return to schools, meaning that there will be an increase of vehicles on the roads during certain hours.  On Monday, some non-state schools also start their year, while state schools open on Wednesday. The ministry appealed to the public to cooperate with traffic management officials.In a statement, the Nationalist Party said that the government's procrastination is cuasing problems for more than 800 families.The PN said that this is creating uncertainty at a time when students and their parents are gearing up for the new scholastic year.Video by Michael Camilleri

Nigerian young woman found dead in Victoria apartment
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A Nigerian woman was found dead in an apartment in Victoria this afternoon, the police said.The 23-year-old was found dead in Kapuccini Street at 1.15pm.She was certified dead on site.Magistrate Joanne Vella Cuschieri is leading an inquiry.

Police bust illegal bird taxidermy operation
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The Police Force’s Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) unit has discovered an illegal bird taxidermy operation in Safi, The Malta Independent is informed. Sources said the police arrested a father and son who are avid hunters and taxidermists and who have had brushes with the law in the past. Officers were in the area investigating reports of hunting illegalities when they stumbled upon these persons who were fixing fresh bird carcasses, a source explained. At their property, officers found around 12 bird carcasses, including protected Honey Buzzards (Kuċċard) which all appear to be freshly-killed birds from this season. The raid was led by inspector Eliot Magro, who was recently transferred to lead the ALE section, the source said. His predecessor, inspector Colin Sheldon, was removed from his responsibilities just at the start of this year’s autumn hunting season and during the peak migration of various protected species, the source continued.The father and son who were arrested are known to organise hunting ‘tours’ for Maltese hunters in Africa.Around four years ago, they were taken to court after a number of protected eagles were found at their property for taxidermy purposes. This newspaper was told that some of the birds found on that occasion were from the previous year’s (2013) infamous massacre, during which many rare and highly-protected eagles, such as Short-toed Eagles and Booted Eagles, were illegally shot down in a shooting spree at Dingli, Buskett, Girgenti, Siġġiewi and Żebbuġ. The autumn hunting season is currently underway. Birdlife Malta says it has recorded 20 cases of illegal hunting so far. Questions sent to the police about the taxidermy bust were not answered by the time of going to print. 

Standard and Poor’s affirms Malta’s A-/A-2' ratings with a positive outlook
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The Ministry for Finance said it welcomed the latest credit rating report by Standard and Poor’s which affirms Malta’s A-/A-2' ratings with a positive outlook.Standard and Poor’s acknowledges that in recent years, the Government has consolidated government finances, reduced general government debt relative to GDP, and undertaken several structural reforms, notably those that have increased female participation in the labour market and reduced the country’s energy bill.Indeed, the report states that the positive rating reflects Malta’s strong growth performance, the recurring current account surpluses driven by Malta’s large services exports, and the improving general government budgetary position and fiscal management.Standard and Poor’s notes that significant investments in energy and logistics were important contributors to growth in 2014 to 2016, while growth in the exports of services such as tourism, logistics, and e-gaming are expected to continue fuel growth in the coming years. In 2019, it expects growth to moderate but to exceed that of peers at similar income levels and stages of development.The report notes that the implementation of recommendations from spending reviews, the fast pace of growth of new economic sectors, and increases in government revenues have allowed the consolidation of public finances. It further projects that, with recurrent fiscal surpluses, the debt-to-GDP ratio will decline to under 40 per cent in 2021 from a projected 47 per cent in 2018.On the banking sector, the report notes that the domestic banks are highly liquid and possess a low loan-to-deposit ratio.Standard and Poor’s acknowledges that macroeconomic policymaking will remain geared toward further fiscal consolidation. Indeed, it notes that efforts to further reform state-owned enterprises, reduce skill mismatches, and improve the long-term sustainability of public finances will be implemented gradually, alongside increased public investment to plug infrastructure gaps.Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna commented: “I am pleased to note that Standard is attributing Malta’s exceptional economic performance to the Government’s economic, fiscal, and social policies and the undertaking of reforms. The Government intends to continue along this successful path as promised in its electoral programme”. 

Protest against femicide and domestic violence held in Valletta
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A protest against domestic violence was held in Valletta this morning.Women carrying placards with the names of women who were killed in their own homes were at the front of the group, which also included President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Deputy Speaker Claudette Buttigieg and representatives of both Partit Demokratiku and Alternattiva Demokratika.The women had red spray painted on their faces and hands, and called for better protection of women. The protesters met at City Gate and walked down Republic Street towards St George's Square when they placed the placards containing the names of the victims on the ground along with messages against domestic violence and femicide.Four women were killed in domestic violence incidents this year.  Photos Michael Camilleri

Air Malta’s suspension of pilot over Facebook comment was ‘knee-jerk’ reaction, says ALPA
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A decision by Air Malta to suspend a pilot over a Facebook comment was a “kneejerk “ reaction, the airline pilots’ association (ALPA) said on Saturday. On Friday, Air Malta said it had suspended the pilot over comments made in relation to a technical inflight return on one of its aircraft. “The management has taken note of these reports and is taking immediate action and commencing an investigation by an appointed board of inquiry,” the airline said.The Labour Party’s news portal reported on Wednesday that the pilot had “taken pleasure” from the fact that an Air Malta aircraft had developed a technical issue during industrial action ordered by the pilots’ union. ALPA had instructed its pilots not to operate a new aircraft because it lacked a button that allowed pilots to erase the cockpit recording after an uneventful flight. The action was suspended after Air Malta filed a warrant of a prohibitory injunction against the union.The technical fault had developed on the same aircraft that was at the centre of the dispute meaning it could not operate despite the court order.The pilot in question had written in social media post that he was ‘amused’ that the technical issue had arisen at a time when ALPA was telling pilots not to fly that particular plane. In a statement, ALPA said the pilot was suspended “following a knee-jerk reaction by the company’s management to a public outcry regarding a misleading article appearing on a political party media portal.” “Five months ago, the pilot in question referred to the irony of when an aircraft ‘follows’ an ALPA directive.  This was maliciously taken out of context by the person who forwarded it to an online political party portal,” the union said. “Additionally this was an attack on a representative of the pilot workforce intended only to intimidate the pilot community. One has to bear in mind that this comment was posted on a closed group pilot forum.”ALPA said the only reason why it was not issuing an immediate industrial action “is to not let our passengers carry the brunt of our company’s bad management decisions.”It said the pilot in question is “a highly dedicated and professional individual who would never act irresponsibly towards his passengers, fellow colleagues and the company. The whole pilot community is united in its support for this individual.”

Three major Marsa road projects to be completed in coming days – Ian Borg
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Cemetery intersection, the widening of the Marsa-Ħamrun Bypass and the rebuilding of parts of Triq Diċembru 13 and the northern end of Triq Aldo Moro, are being completed this month and in the beginning of October, with most of the new lanes and improved junctions becoming available to road users as from next week, transport minister Ian Borg announced on Saturday morning. Borg gave an update on the concluding phases of works on the route from Marsa to Santa Venera. The €14.2 million investment to upgrade the arterial south-central road link that is giving road users over 15 kilometres of new or rebuilt lanes and 10 upgraded junctions along this route, reducing travelling times and increasing road safety whilst improving air quality in nearby localities.The minister said Infrastructure Malta contractors were working tirelessly to reach set goals and to finish as much of the work as they could before the beginning of the scholastic year.Most of the works were carried out this summer, after Infrastructure Malta increased project resources to complete them ahead of schedule, and open as many of the new and rebuilt lanes as possible before the beginning of the scholastic year. The widening of the Marsa-Ħamrun bypass was originally scheduled to be ready in 2019, but the extensive works involved, including the building of two new lanes and the rebuilding of road’s central strip, were completed several months in advance.During the last few weeks, the final works of these projects were ongoing round the clock. Several Infrastructure Malta contractors were completing the planned upgrades along different sections of the route, under the guidance of the agency’s project management teams. Where possible, works that required partial closures of existing lanes, including the laying of the final asphalt surfaces, were scheduled to take place at night to minimise difficulties to road users.Besides the re-alignment and widening of existing roads to improve vehicular flows and junction safety, these three projects also included the development of over 38 kilometres of new underground water, electricity and telecommunication network cable and pipes, to replace existing ones and to introduce new capacity for future requirements. Some of these networks, including high voltage electricity cables, were placed in 1.5 kilometres of newly-built walk-through underground culverts, which will facilitate future maintenance and repairs without the need to dig up the new road surfaces. Another 3.8 kilometres of underground stormwater pipes and culverts were installed beneath the new roads as well. Through these projects, Infrastructure Malta developed 2.8 kilometres of new pavements, rebuilt six bus lay-bys in a safer design and installed over four kilometres of new vehicle restraint systems (crash barriers) and 350 pole-mounted street lighting luminaires along the projects’ 2.5-kilometre road corridor.A 400-metre cycle lane was introduced in Triq Aldo Moro, to eventually link to other cycling-friendly infrastructure being developed in other ongoing and upcoming projects along the same route, including the development of the new seven-flyover intersection instead of the Addolorata Cemetery traffic lights junction, the rebuilding of part of Vjal Santa Luċija and the introduction of two new tunnels as part of the Santa Luċija roundabout project, and the rebuilding of Triq Ħal Luqa linking this roundabout to Luqa and Gudja.       The three projects being completed in the next few weeks between Marsa and Santa Venera are not the only arterial road network upgrades being implemented this summer. Infrastructure Malta has already completed the upgrade of Żebbuġ’s two main roundabouts and the widening of Triq l-Imdina, the arterial road between them. The agency has also completed the upgrade of the T-junction linking Triq tal-Barrani with Gudja and Għaxaq and the widening and upgrade of part of T’Alla u Ommu Hill linking Burmarrad to the Birguma area of Naxxar. The widening of Vjal l-Avjazzjoni, between Gudja and Luqa, the rebuilding of Triq Bormla between Żabbar and Żejtun and of Triq tal-Balal between Naxxar and San Ġwann and the upgrade of the Mosta Technopark roundabout are in progress as well.   

Stronger emergency measures needed to protect victims of domestic violence - VSM
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Victims of domestic violence area reaching out for support but are not finding it, Krista Tabone, the director if Victim Support Malta, has warned. Tabone is also calling for stronger emergency measures to ensure that the victims of domestic violence are given the necessary protection. A march against femicide is being organized in Valletta today in the wake of attacks on female victims, the latest and most shocking one being the murder of a mother of six who was a known victim of domestic violence. Lourdes Agius was allegedly strangled by her partner at her home in Paola. Many have questioned how the woman ended up murdered when the police knew that there was a history of violence in the household. Domestic violence, which mostly affects women, but also many men, has been discussed at length over the past years, to ensure strong and universal protection for victims of abuse. But despite all that has been done, the most recent case has shown that there are still shortcomings when it comes to reporting and dealing with domestic abuse. Contacted by The Malta Independent, Tabone said that in general NGOs are very concerned at the moment. “This is not the first murder this year. Even the fact that we have to add ‘this year’ is concerning.”The fact that people are reaching out for support and they are not finding it is very concerning, she said, insisting that, “at the end of the day we need to make sure that more action is taken when people actually pluck up the courage to go and report domestic violence.”“We need more instant and concrete action when it comes to these kinds of cases, and we need to ensure the protection of victims.”With regards to the present, and the steps that should be taken, Tabone believes that there must be more emergency protection, and more training for the authorities to enable these protections to be accessible more easily and urgently.“We need more enforcement of protection orders as well, because we are aware of cases where people do have a protection order but the perpetrators are still able to access them.”An example of the inefficiencies in the current system pointed out by Tabone is the method of reporting when the protection order has been broken.“The burden of reporting when the protection order is broken is in the hands of the victim. So, if there is, for example, a protection order that limits the accused from contacting by SMS or calling, and the accused contacts the victim – then the burden is on the victim to inform the police.”She also insisted that the over-use of suspended sentences is a very big concern, stating that she “cannot understand how you can harm another person and get off with nothing.” Tabone said there are too many cases where low penalties are handed out when it comes to domestic violence.Tabone criticized the current system as “ridiculous, particularly when you have someone who is in a situation where their life is being threatened by an intimate partner, and to add insult to injury, for them to protect themselves they need to leave their home.”Other steps that could be taken as a means to prevent such violence from taking place, is the implementation of a system whereby on top of the victim being able to stay in their home, there will be enforceable and strong protection measure in place.She also suggested tagging the perpetrators, potentially with an ankle monitor or some form of technology, so that when they go close to the victim, the authorities are alerted and they are arrested.Lorraine Spiteri, another long-time advocate on this issue, reasoned that although Malta was the 1st country to ratify the Istanbul Convention, the country has still seen an increase in domestic violence.The cause, she explained, could be a number of things – mainly lack of funding, culture and lack of education. 

Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage with plea for tolerance
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Pope Francis urged Lithuanians to use their experience enduring decades of Soviet and Nazi occupation to be a model of tolerance in an intolerant world as he began a three-nation tour of the Baltic region amid renewed alarm over Russia's intentions there.Francis was greeted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybuskaiteova at the airport and immediately launched into a hectic schedule of political meetings, encounters with Lutheran and Russian Orthodox leaders, and the ordinary Catholic faithful who are a majority in Lithuania but minorities in Latvia and Estonia.Speaking outside the presidential palace in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Francis recalled that until the arrival of "totalitarian ideologies" in the 20th century, Lithuania had been a peaceful home to a variety of ethnic and religious groups, including Christians, Jews and Muslims.He said the world today is marked by political forces that exploit fear and conflict to justify violence and expulsions of others."More and more voices are sowing division and confrontation - often by exploiting insecurity or situations of conflict - and proclaiming that the only way possible to guarantee security and the continued existence of a culture is to try to eliminate, cancel or expel others," Francis said.He said Lithuania could be a model of openness, understanding, tolerance and solidarity."You have suffered 'in the flesh' those efforts to impose a single model that would annul differences under the pretense of believing that the privileges of a few are more important than the dignity of others or the common good," he said.Francis was travelling to the region to mark the 100th anniversaries of their independence and to encourage the faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism. During the 1940s Nazi occupation, Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community was nearly exterminated."Fifty years of occupation left their mark both on the church and on the people," said Monsignor Gintaras Grusas, archbishop of Vilnius. "People have deep wounds from that period that take time to heal."Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which each have ethnic Russian minorities, are also in lockstep in sounding alarms about Moscow's military maneuvers in the Baltic Sea area following Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support of separatists fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine.The Vatican, however, has been loath to openly criticize Moscow or its powerful Orthodox Church.The Baltic countries declared their independence in 1918 but were incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940 and remained part of it until the early 1990s, except for the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation during World War II. All three joined the European Union and NATO in 2004 and are strong backers of the military alliance, which sees them as a bulwark against Russian incursions in Eastern Europe.The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. His credibility has taken a blow recently following missteps on the church's priestly sex abuse scandal and recent allegations that he covered up for an American cardinal.His visit to Vilnius coincides with the 75th anniversary of the final destruction of the Vilnius Ghetto, on Sept. 23, 1943, when its remaining residents were executed or sent off to concentration camps by the Nazis.Until Francis' schedule was changed three weeks ago, there were no specific events for him to acknowledge the slaughter of some 90 percent of Lithuania's 250,000 Jews at the hands of Nazi occupiers and complicit Lithuanian partisans — a significant oversight for the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.At the last minute, the Vatican added in a visit to the Ghetto, where Francis will pray quietly on the day when the names of Holocaust victims are read out at commemorations across the country.Francis will also visit the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, located in a former gymnasium that served as the headquarters of the Gestapo during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation and later as the headquarters of the feared KGB spy agency when the Soviets recaptured the country.The issue of Lithuanian complicity in Nazi war crimes is sensitive here, with the Jewish community campaigning to have street signs named for heroes who fought the Soviets removed because of their roles in the executions of Jews."I think the presence of the pope is showing attention to the Holocaust and to the Holocaust victims," said Simonas Gurevichius, chairman of the Vilnius Jewish Community. "However, it is not the pope who has to do the work, it is Lithuania as a country and as a society who needs to do the work."

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ARA: Qatt rajt qattus bħal dan f’Malta?

Uħud sufin u oħrajn qishom tigri żgħar – qtates ta’ razez differenti qed jikkompetu f’wirja internazzjonali li qed issir f’Malta li tixhed ukoll id-dilletanti numeruzi ta’ dawn l-annimali domestiċi. Aktar... The post ARA: Qatt rajt qattus bħal dan f’Malta? appeared first on TVM Maltese.

L-ekonomija Maltija kompliet tikber b’pass mgħaġġel b’żieda fl-impjiegi u tnaqqis fid-dejn tal-Gvern – S&P

L-aġenzija internazzjonali Standard and Poor ikkonfermat ir-rating ta’ Malta fil-Livell A- bi prospetti pożittivi wara li l-ekonomisti tagħha sabu li l-ekonomija Maltija kompliet tikber b’pass mgħaġġel, b’żieda fl-impjiegi u tnaqqis... The post L-ekonomija Maltija kompliet tikber b’pass mgħaġġel b’żieda fl-impjiegi u tnaqqis fid-dejn tal-Gvern – S&P appeared first on TVM Maltese.

FILMAT: Ara l-goals tar-rebħiet ta’ Valletta u Balzan u d-draw bejn Pieta’ u Senglea

The post FILMAT: Ara l-goals tar-rebħiet ta’ Valletta u Balzan u d-draw bejn Pieta’ u Senglea appeared first on TVM Maltese.

L-irħajjel ‘Tad-Daħla’ fir-Rabat jiċċelebra l-festa tal-kappella ddedikata lil Santa Katerina

Il-festi titulari fl-istaġun sajfi ġew iċċelebrati kollha. Iżda l-festi għadhom għaddejjin. Fil-fatt, fi tmiem din il-ġimgħa qed jiġu ċċelebrati ħafna festi żgħar f’kappelli li għandna f’Malta u Għawdex. Waħda minnhom... The post L-irħajjel ‘Tad-Daħla’ fir-Rabat jiċċelebra l-festa tal-kappella ddedikata lil Santa Katerina appeared first on TVM Maltese.

AĠĠORNAT: Tinstab mara mejta f’appartament f’Għawdex

Għall-ħabta tas-13:15, instabet mara mejta f’appartament fi Triq il-Kapuċċini, ir-Rabat Għawdex. Il-mara, hija Niġerjana ta’ 23 sena. M’hemm l-ebda suspett ta’ involviment ta’ terzi persuni. Dwar il-każ infetħet inkjesta mill-Maġistrat... The post AĠĠORNAT: Tinstab mara mejta f’appartament f’Għawdex appeared first on TVM Maltese.

Partita futbol ta’ ħbiberija bejn it-team tal-AFM u l-Esercito Italiano

Fl-Okkażjoni tal-45 sena li tfakkar ir-relazzjonijiet ta’ koperazzjoni bejn il-Forzi Armati ta’ Malta u l-Esercito Italiano se tkun organiżżata logħba football nhar it-Tnejn li ġej fil-Luxol Stadium. Bħala parti mill-preparazzjoni... The post Partita futbol ta’ ħbiberija bejn it-team tal-AFM u l-Esercito Italiano appeared first on TVM Maltese.

Imut il-kantant Chas Hodges tal-grupp Chas and Dave

Chas Hodges, il-kantant ta’ Chas and Dave tilef il-ġlieda kontra l-kancer u miet dalgħodu fl-eta ta’ 74 sena. Il-grupp Chas and Dave kisbu l-fama fl-1970 bil-kanzunetti popolari tagħhom ‘Rabbit’ u... The post Imut il-kantant Chas Hodges tal-grupp Chas and Dave appeared first on TVM Maltese.

Simpożju li jesplora l-lokalitajiet Maltin

‘Il-Villaġġ Malti’ –  ir-raba’ simpożju organizzat minn Wirt iż-Żejtun se jkun qiegħed iqajjem kuxjenza dwar il-protezzjoni tal-valuri kulturali u jfiehem aħjar il-formazzjoni u l-karatteristiċi tal-ibliet u tal-irħula Maltin. Numru ta’... The post Simpożju li jesplora l-lokalitajiet Maltin appeared first on TVM Maltese.

Il-maġġoranza tat-tfal tal-iskola jibbenefikaw minn trasport b’xejn – 829 student qed jistennew risposta

Il-maġġoranza tal-istudenti tal-Knisja u Indipendenti għandhom rashom mistrieħa li minn nhar it-Tnejn ser juzaw it-trasport b’xejn għall-iskejjel. Madankollu għad fadal 830 student li qegħdin jistennew biex jinstabilhom operatur tat-trasport. Il-Ministru... The post Il-maġġoranza tat-tfal tal-iskola jibbenefikaw minn trasport b’xejn – 829 student qed jistennew risposta appeared first on TVM Maltese.

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Steward – operaturi tal-isptar ta’ Għawdex – tkeċċi 468 f’Ohio
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Il-Kumpanija Steward Helth Care, li hija l-operatur tal-isptar ta’ Għawdex, ta’ Karin Grech, u ta’ San Luqa, keċċiet 468 ħaddiem f’Ohio fl-Istati Uniti meta għalqet sptar ilbieraħ. Skont is-sit Becker’s Hospital Review, Steward kienet ħabbret il-pjanijiet tagħha li se tagħlaq l-isptar f’Awwissu minħabba nuqqas kbir fin-numru ta’ pazjenti. “Minkejja investiment kontinwu, in-Northside Regional Medical Center […] The post Steward – operaturi tal-isptar ta’ Għawdex – tkeċċi 468 f’Ohio appeared first on Newsbook.

Pilota tal-Air Malta sospiż
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Pilota tal-Air Malta ġie sospiż milli jaħdem minħabba kummenti li għamel fuq il-midja soċjali. Fi stqarrija qasira, l-Air Malta qalet li l-kummenti kienu dwar ħsara teknika li żviluppat fuq ajruplan tal-kumpanija. L-amminstrazzjoni tal-kumpanija qalet li fetħet inkjesta dwar il-każ. Il-pilota ġie sospiż sakemm titlesta l-investigazzjoni. L-Erbgħa li għadda titjira tal-Air Malta li kellha titlaq għal […] The post Pilota tal-Air Malta sospiż appeared first on Newsbook.

Tingħalaq il-bajja tal-Balluta
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Il-bajja tal-Balluta ngħalqet b’mod temporanju wara li naqas ir-ramel minħabba l-maltemp skont il-Gvern. Fi stqarrija konġunta l-Awtorità Maltija għat-Turiżmu (MTA) u l-Ministeru għat-Turiżmu qalu li minkejja li naqas xi ramel, xorta fadal biżżejjed. Qalu li ilhom isegwu x’kien qed jiġri mir-ramel fuq il-bajja kważi kuljum. F’Awwissu l-bajja tal-Balluta f’San Ġiljan tkabbret permezz ta’ proġett ta’ […] The post Tingħalaq il-bajja tal-Balluta appeared first on Newsbook.

Quddiesa għal dawk li tilfu tarbija
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Se tiġi organizzata quddiesa għal dawk li tilfu tarbija. Il-quddiesa qed issir b’kollaborazzjoni bejn Dar Ġużeppa Debono u l-Komunità Anawim. Dawk li tilfu tarbija minħabba abort, intervent tal-IVF, still birth, miscarriage, jew raġunijiet oħra huma mistienda li jattendu. Fi stqarrija, l-għaqdiet qalu li l-quddies se ssir fis-Santwarju Nazzjonali tal-Madonna Ta’ Pinu, l-Għarb, Għawdex, nhar it-Tlieta […] The post Quddiesa għal dawk li tilfu tarbija appeared first on Newsbook.

18-il operatur ġdid tat-trasport tal-iskejjel
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Il-Ministeru għall-Edukazzjoni ħabbar li 18-il operatur tat-trasport tal-iskejjel ġdid żdied mas-57 li kien hemm qabel sabiex l-istudenti tal-iskejjel tal-Knisja u indipendenti jibda jkollhom trasport b’xejn. Dan tħabbar fi stqarrija fejn il-Ministeru sostna li dan jikkonferma l-impenn tiegħu biex kemm jista’ jkun aktar studenti li jattendu l-iskejjel tal-Knisja u indipendenti, li għadhom ma sabux trasport ikunu […] The post 18-il operatur ġdid tat-trasport tal-iskejjel appeared first on Newsbook.

Il-Papa jgħid lill-Kapuċċini biex jimxu fuq l-eżempju ta’ San Franġisk
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Aktar kmieni dan ix-xahar il-Papa Franġisku laqa’ l-parteċipanti tal-85 Kapitlu Ġenerali tal-Kapuċċini li kien qed jiltaqa’ f’Ruma u ħeġġiġhom jimxu fuq l-eżempju ta’ San Franġisk. “Fil-passi ta’ Kristu u fuq l-eżempju ta’ San Franġisk, li tgħallem l-umiltà u li jkun ta’ servizz meta ltaqa’ mal-lebbrużi, aħdmu biex tgħixu relazzjonijiet u tagħmlu attività reliġjuża b’umiltà u […] The post Il-Papa jgħid lill-Kapuċċini biex jimxu fuq l-eżempju ta’ San Franġisk appeared first on Newsbook.

Għalliema ordnati ma jistampawx materjal fl-istamperija tal-Gvern
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L-Unjin tal-Edukaturi Professjonali (UPE) ħarġet direttiva fejn ordnat lill-għalliema sabiex ma jibgħatux ir-riżorsi li għandhom bżonn jagħmlu kopji tagħhom fl-istamperija tal-Gvern. Direttiva oħra ordnat sabiex l-għalliema li diġà għandhom ħinhom mimli bix-xogħol ma jaċċettawx xogħol żejjed li jista’ jiġi mitlub minnhom. Dawn id-direttivi nħarġu wara sensiela ta’ laqgħat mal-entitajiet u l-Ministeri konċernati li ma wasslux […] The post Għalliema ordnati ma jistampawx materjal fl-istamperija tal-Gvern appeared first on Newsbook.

Il-Qorti Ewropea tista’ twaqqaf Brexit
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Il-Qorti Skoċċiża qalet li l-Qorti Ewropea tal-Ġustizzja (ECJ) għandha tagħmel appell legali sabiex jiġi deċiż jekk il-Gran Birittanja weħidha tistax tibdel il-ħsieb dwar li titlaq mill-Unjoni Ewropeja. Wara ġimgħa t’ aħbarijiet ħżiena għall-pjanijiet tal-Prim Ministru Theresa May, nies li pparteċipaw f’petizzjonijiet qalu li għandu jkun hemm ċertezza legali dwar dan il-proċess. Huma qalu li dan […] The post Il-Qorti Ewropea tista’ twaqqaf Brexit appeared first on Newsbook.

Filmat: Iwaddab il-bagalji għal fuq it-trolley
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Il-ħaddiem li jieħu ħsieb li l-bagalji tal-passiġġieri jittellgħu u jitniżżlu minn fuq l-ajruplan inqabad f’filmat iwaddab l-bagalji minn fuq il-conveyor belt għal fuq il-karretta li jużaw biex iwassluhom ġol-ajruport ta’ Manchester. Elizabeth Evans, li għandha 28 sena ħademt filmat ta’ dan il-ħaddiem iwaddab bagalja b’mod selvaġġ tant li din spiċċat mal-art minflok fuq il-karretta. Hi […] The post Filmat: Iwaddab il-bagalji għal fuq it-trolley appeared first on Newsbook.

“L-ebda mara ma għandha tgħix fil-biża’ li tinqatel mir-raġel”
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emPOWer sostniet li l-ebda mara ma għandha tgħix fil-biża’ li tinqatel minn raġel abbażi tal-ġeneru. emPOWer hija pjattaforma ta’ 17-il organizzazzjoni tan-nisa li ngħaqdu mill-President ta’ Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. Dan qalitu fi stqarrija fejn spjegat li Malta kienet waħda mill-Istati Membri tal-Unjoni Ewropea li ffirmat il-Konvenzjoni ta’ Istanbul kontra l-vjolenza fuq in-nisa, madanakollu rrimarkat […] The post “L-ebda mara ma għandha tgħix fil-biża’ li tinqatel mir-raġel” appeared first on Newsbook.