Times of Malta

UK government aims to boost exports to 35% of GDP
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The British government will set out a new export strategy on Tuesday aimed at boosting exports to 35 per cent of gross domestic product, as it looks to increase trade ties with the rest of the world after leaving the European Union. The Department for International Trade, set up after the 2016 Brexit vote, estimates that 400,000 businesses believe they could export but don't. It said last year goods and services exported by British companies accounted for 30 per cent of GDP. "We are determined to support, connect and grow UK companies on the world stage through our international network," British trade minister Liam Fox will say in a speech to a business audience in London, according to extracts released in advance. "As we leave the EU, we must set our sights high and that is just what this Export Strategy will help us achieve." The government said better use of Britain's overseas network, online tools and promotion of export finance support available from government would be among the measures put in place to encourage more businesses to export. Adam Marshall, Director General of employers group the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Our biggest competitors invest heavily in...

Estate agents' federation slams housing secretariat for 'humiliating' homeless woman
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The Housing Parliamentary Secretariat should focus on improving the desperate public accommodation situation rather than “rubbishing” a woman who had just wound up sleeping on the street, the Federation of Estate Agents said on Tuesday. In a statement, the federation said it had looked on aghast at the “public drubbing” given to a young mother who had just become homeless. “This morning we woke up to be regaled with the full weight of officialdom publicly contradicting this homeless woman and rubbishing everything she has said. And this multiple times on the morning news broadcast of the national news station,” the federation said. It was reacting to news report on State broadcaster TVM that a young mother had ended up sleeping in her car with her two children and pet dog. According to the broadcaster, complex social problems had resulted with this mother, who made €500-a-month, not making ends meet. To make matters worse, she had been refused entry to public shelters for, among other reasons, having a pet. Read: Half of homeless shelter residents are foreigners “I've been running around with my children. I take them to the beach to use public showers. And, to escape the sun, I...

Fenech hopes he can steer Wanderers to top four placing
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The opening day of the 2018-19 BOV Premier League provided a glut of emotions last week as the first round of matches produced some unexpected results. Balzan, coming from an encouraging performance in the Europa League, went down to new-look Birkirkara 1-0 while Floriana suffered an unexpected 2-0 defeat to Ħamrun Spartans.  However, the biggest upset of the Match Day 1 was provided by Sliema Wanderers who made a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 win over champions Valletta at the National Stadium on Saturday. Ryan Fenech was the architect behind Sliema’s impressive performance as the former Valletta midfielder scored a well-taken brace before setting up the other to crown a perfect debut after his close-season move from Balzan. “We could not have hoped for a better start to the season,” Fenech told the Times of Malta. “Our fixtures schedule didn’t provide us with a favourable start as facing Valletta and Floriana in our opening two matches is quite a challenge. But we prepared well and didn’t feel any sort of pressure to win against Valletta. “We worked really hard tactically to ensure we were ready to face Valletta. In the first 20 minutes we suffered a lot and they...

Malta probe into Venezuela money laundering scam ongoing ‘for two years’
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Maltese police officers have been working with US federal agents for nearly two years in an international investigation into an alleged Venezuelan money laundering racket, Times of Malta has learnt. Police sources said officials from the US Homeland Security Department had travelled to Malta as part of the wide-ranging investigation that had a special focus on the Maltese financial jurisdiction. “We have been to the US and they have been here. This investigation is one of the biggest we have been working on in recent years and has been an ongoing matter for quite some time,” the sources said. According to a criminal complaint filed in the courts of Miami last month, staggering sums of money were syphoned from Venezuela’s state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, in a complex money-laundering scheme that could even involve the country’s President Nicolás Maduro. Some of the funds, amounting to about €511 million, were allegedly wired to a Maltese firm between late 2014 and early 2015. The Sunday Times of Malta named the Swiss-owned Portmann Capital Management Limited as the Maltese firm at the centre of the scandal. It was also reported that the Maltese authorities had, in...

The judicial sale by auction of the Indian Empress
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The sale of the Indian Empress in June attracted the attention of the global superyacht community and international brokers, international yachting media, potential owners, and creditors of this yacht are watching the space very closely. This needs to be seen in the context of our Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure (COCP) and the Merchant Shipping Act, which have assisted greatly in making Malta an important mari­time jurisdiction. The amendments to article 742 of our COCP in 2006 laying out an extensive list of claims for which our courts would have jurisdiction in rem over vessels, the powers given to mortgagees of vessels under the Merchant Shipping Act as well as the introduction of the court-approved private sale also in 2006, have contributed significantly to the increase of cases with a maritime flavour being heard by our courts. The absence of a specialised admiralty court has not stopped the development of a robust body of maritime case law, principally due to the fact that cases with a maritime flavour are referred to the same judges who have over the years developed the law that we have by coming out with some very interesting pronouncements and establishing...

Malta women set for Austria training camp
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The Malta women’s squad will travel to Austria on Tuesday for a five-day training camp. Mark Gatt, the national women’s coach, has selected a squad of 20 players for the training camp, being held in Koessen, the same town where the men’s senior national team had a seven-day training camp earlier this year. This pre-season training camp is intended to aid the women’s national team’s preparations for their two friendly matches against Hungary at the Centenary Stadium in October. “This training camp has come at the right time for us,” coach Gatt told www.mfa.com.mt. “As our next commitments are the two friendly matches against Hungary, the warm-up games we will play during our Austria training camp will surely help our preparations for the coming tests. “We have several experienced players missing through injuries but we’ve called up three young players aged under 19 and two newcomers, Simone Buttigieg and Yolande Attard, both of Swieqi United. “This training camp will enable us to work on team building and unity. It’s also a great opportunity for the young players to gain experience with the national team.” Gatt’s team will be playing two friendly matches in Austria, the first...

Gothic, horror and science fiction exhibition
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The Other Side is an exhibition of science fiction and horror collector’s items on display at the Storm Petrel Foundation. The exhibition features original film posters, first edition books, comics, graphic novels and press books, among others. The Other Side may be viewed today at 6.30pm at The Storm Petrel Foundation, 79, San Anton Street, Attard (opposite Villa Bologna). Entrance is against a donation. For more information e-mail info@stormpetrelfoundation.org.

What happened on... August 21
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10 years ago - The Times Thursday, August 21, 2008 1,050 object to co-cathedral museum expansion proposals The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation’s mu­seum extension proposals attracted a re­cord number of objections to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority – 1,050 over the past two weeks as opposed to the last highest figure of 120 against Gozo’s Ħondoq ir-Rummien project. Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, together with Friends of the Earth, yesterday continued their crusade against the two proposals: a three-storey excavation or, alternatively, a three-storey building in the co-cathedral’s courtyard. According to FAA, the works would spread from Republic Street to Merchants Street and into the entire depth of St John’s Square and street, including the water reservoirs, while the foundation had said they would extend from Merchants Street to the middle of the parvis, underneath the paved area and not touching the underground cisterns. The excavation proposal to house the Gobelins tapestries would see St John’s Square being dug down to a depth of beyond 11 metres, over three storeys, Miriam Cremona said. She described the result as a “quarry” in the heart of Valletta and...

Sirens have last word as Neptunes dismiss Valletta
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Sirens pipped Exiles in a close encounter yesterday to obtain a one-goal advantage in the first of a two-match play-off, while Neptunes were too good for Valletta in the other quarter-final. Exiles took most of their chances in the opening session, as they combined well with accurate and deadly finishing, scoring twice before Sirens pulled one back for a 2-1 first-session lead.  Sirens managed to turn the result in their favour when scoring twice but Exiles soon regained some sort of momentum to net twice in succession and take a  4-3 lead before ends were changed. In the third session, Nicolas Bicari restored the equilibrium when drilling in from 10 metres to keep the match well poised before the final quarter. It was tit-for-tat now as both teams annulled each other’s efforts when they shared four goals before Jacob Sciberras provided the final salvo when netting the winner. Earlier, Neptunes took the Citizens by storm in the first match of the day to defeat them fairly and squarely to the tune of 15-6. The undoubted skills of Petar Muslim, Stevie and Jordan Camilleri were distinct factors which helped the team, guided by assistant coach Nenad Navarin, on for the suspended...

Money market report for the week ending August 17

On August 13, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO).  The operation was conducted on August 14, and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €2.74 billion, €0.01 billion lower than the bid amount of the previous week. The amount was allotted in full at a fixed rate equivalent to the prevailing MRO rate of 0.00 per cent, in accordance with current ECB policy. On August 15, the ECB conducted a seven-day US dollar funding operation through collateralised lending in conjunction with the US Federal Reserve. This operation attracted bids of $0.07 billion, which was allotted in full at a fixed rate of 2.41 per cent. Domestic Treasury bill market In the domestic primary market for Treasury bills, the Treasury invited tenders for 28-day and 91-day bills for settlement value August 16, maturing on September 13 and November 15 respectively. Bids of €15 million were submitted for the 28-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €5 million, while bids of €21.50 million were submitted for the 91-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €17.50 million. Since €24 million worth of bills matured during the week, the outstanding balance of...

Malta Independent

The true definition of caring for one another - A couple’s story of love and disability
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Walking through a small door in a tiny alleyway in the village of Zejtun one finds Mario and Therese, a lovely couple in their 50s who have been together for over 17 years. Mario tells of how much patience he has with Therese, whilst she laughs and starts telling me how much she takes care of him.Mario and Therese are still very much in love after all these years perhaps because they both rely on one another in different ways. Mario is completely blind and has been so since a young age, whilst Therese has intellectual difficulties and can only see from one eye.Despite their difficulties, the couple lives a completely independent life relying on each other to get things done. Since Mario cannot see Therese guides him and performs the daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to the best of her ability. On the other hand, Mario takes care of all the day-to-day household duties like bills as well as watching out for Therese’s health since she suffers from diabetes.Photos James CaruanaThe couple live in less than ideal conditions, with only two tiny rooms to call home. At the moment they are in the process of fixing up their small habitat with the help of many generous people.One person in particular who has known the couple for over 15 years is Joan Agius (above), vice-mayor of the Zejtun Local Council. As a councillor of Zejtun Joan got to know the couple and found out what lovely people they are. Since then she has seen to whatever needs they may have, spends time with them, is helping with the refurbishment of their place and even takes them on weekend breaks.Therese also mentions how several neighbours look out for them, bringing them food.Unfortunately, their financial circumstances were exacerbated when a thief robbed them of all their savings.A few months ago Mario and Therese were robbed by a man claiming to be from the electricity company there to take their meter reading. Mario already found this suspicious as he recalled that he had a smart meter and readings were taken automatically.The robber insisted that they owed the company €50 and that if it was not paid their electricity would be cut-off. At this point Mario was worried so he went to get the money to pay him from a box where all their savings where kept. After he gave him the money, the man opened up the box and took all their money. Mario realised what had happened when he heard the box snap shut.Mario went to check if the money was still in the box but by the time he confirmed what had happened the man had already made a run for it. The couple started crying and shouting for help but it was too late, the man had made away with €3,050.  Since this story appeared on the media there have been several people who have come forward to help the couple. A benefactor from Gozo donated all the money that was stolen, whilst other people donated their services to help renovate their home. So far they have had their walls plastered and painted, and a security system installed. They should be having a new toilet installed soon and with some money donated, even a new kitchen. They even found assistance from the Community Chest Fund who donated a table and a wardrobe.Before the security system was installed people used to knock on the couple’s door in the dead of the night, just to “scare us” as Mario recalls. He insists they were not children but adults. To help keep the house clean, Mario and Therese used to employ cleaners with their own money, however as Mario says with despair they all took advantage of their disabilities and never cleaned properly.Mario and Therese fondly recall of the time they met when they were both residents in one of Fr Ang Seychell’s homes. Mario says he had no intention of getting together with Therese at the time, especially because Therese left the home before him. Three years later Mario went to live back in his home in Zejtun and thought “I wonder whatever happened to Therese.”Mario then asked around as to where Therese was staying and once he found out he started visiting her every day. By this point, Therese fell in love with Mario so she asked him to move in with him. Mario sought advice from his brother who told him that it would be nice for him to have company. They then took the decision to move in together.This was the first time Therese had a stable family home saying that her mother had abandoned her when she was a child. Mario also adds that her missing eye, which is currently replaced with a glass one was probably caused by some sort of trauma Therese has no recollection of what happened to her eye. Unfortunately, as a result of her past, Therese has suffered from depression but says “despite everything I am still doing well.”Today Therese is a happy, joyful person showing me all her clothes and telling me how she likes taking care of the way she looks. She even shows me one of her dresses which says “Don’t worry, be happy” which she tells me she will wear to the party Joan will help them host once their house is fixed up. She also spends time telling me a list of all the dishes she can cook, which she is very proud of. Mario and Therese spend their days at a centre for blind people and have recently started going to Dar Il-Kaptan. In the evenings they go to the village square to chat and meet people. Both of them have a passion for music especially 80s classics, which they spend most of the day listening to. Mario also receives a pen drive filled with Maltese romance novels every few day which he enjoys listening to.After several hours chatting away to this lovely couple I make my way out and Therese comes up to me and gives me a big hug and a kiss on my cheek. She thanks me several times for having visited whilst Mario gives me a tap on my back. So much adversity, yet so much courage, Mario and Therese are the true definitions of love and patience that every couple should aspire to.

Plastic in Marsascala bay after summer carnival causes concern
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The ministry for local government has called this year’s edition of the summer carnival a huge success, yet the environmental aftermath raised eyebrows.“It is estimated that around 20,000 people attended this year’s Summer Carnival, which is in its 6th consecutive year, proving once again the immense popularity such initiatives have gained throughout the years. This year’s edition, which was organised by Festivals Malta, was celebrated over the span of three days in Buġibba and Marsascala,” the ministry said in a statement.Images which surfaced on social media however, painted a worrying picture, where confetti which this newspaper was informed included bits of plastic was fired during the celebrations, and was seen littering the sea. This occurred just a few days after a necropsy on a dead leatherback turtle noted that the animal had been severely weakened by ingestion of plastic material which was found in the intestines, showing the damage to marine life plastic litter creates. The turtle had died from pneumonia that developed into a generalised inflammation.Speaking with The Malta Independent, environmentalist and founder of the group Malta Clean up Cami Appelgren highlighted the danger that plastic poses for marine life.“If you are littering and are unable to and don’t clean it up, then you are breaking the law,” she said. Cami explained that one can get permits to allow litter as long as it is cleaned up afterwards, as is seen during feasts and major public events. “The authorities should enforce the law, and if litter cannot be cleaned up, those littering should be fined.”She recommends that the law be made more clear, to specifically mention balloon releases and plastic confetti. Cami said that her petition to ban balloon releases has reached 4,000 signatures, and some politicians have showed interest in possible legislation.The Marsascala situation is not an isolated incident, she said, mentioning the release of balloons during festivities, and confetti in other areas as well. She said that she recently went with a net to Fomm ir-Rih and while it seems fine on the surface, using the net underwater she picked up four handfuls of plastic.Marsascala mayor Mario Calleja said that such issues occur in many other localities, stressing that some litter is normal in during such festivities not just locally, however said that he is not in favour of what happened and will, next time, tell them not to do it taking steps to ensure the situation does not repeat itself. In terms of land litter, he said that it was cleaned up overnight.The Local Government ministry posted an image yesterday, showing the Cleansing and Maintenance Division using a net to pick-up some plastic during the day time after the Summer Carnival, however by that time it is unknown as to how much plastic went further out into the bay.In response to questions, the ministry confirmed that the Cleansing and Maintenance Division took immediate action during the night to clean the areas as soon as the Summer Carnival activities both in St Paul’s Bay and in Marsascala were over. “The division did a thorough job and collected all the rubbish, swept the streets and power washed the area including the promenade.  Early yesterday morning, the division also collected the paper and plastic and other material that fell in the sea.” 

Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests
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Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood.Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that they are believed to be numerous and few are open about their sexual orientation. Moderates want the church to eliminate the need for secrecy by proclaiming that gay men are welcome if they can be effective priests who commit to celibacy.Among the most outspoken moderates is the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and writer whose book, "Building a Bridge," envisions a path toward warmer relations between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community."The idea of a purge of gay priests is both ridiculous and dangerous," Martin said in an email. "Any purge would empty parishes and religious orders of the thousands of priests (and bishops) who lead healthy lives of service and faithful lives of celibacy."That outlook infuriates some conservative Catholics.Citing McCarrick's case, Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute, which promotes traditional Catholic teaching, says there must be a "complete and thorough removal of all homosexual clergymen from the church.""It is going to be difficult and will likely result in a very serious priest shortage," Hichborn said. "But it's definitely worth the effort."While the McCarrick scandal has intensified debate in the U.S. about gays in the priesthood, it's a global issue. Recent gay priest sex scandals have surfaced in Chile, Honduras, France and Italy.In the U.S., where investigations may determine if church leaders turned a blind eye to McCarrick's penchant for young seminarians, there have been follow-up allegations of sexual misconduct in seminaries. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, who said Monday that he didn't see a letter sent to his office by a priest in 2015 concerning McCarrick's activities, recently announced an investigation into his diocesan seminary.Catholic teaching, when it comes to homosexuality, is nuanced. The church says gays should be treated with dignity and respect, yet it has long taught that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered."In 2005, the Vatican stated that even celibate gays should not be priests, saying church leaders cannot accept seminary applicants who "practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture.'"Pope Francis has reaffirmed this policy, despite his famous "Who am I to judge?" comment in 2013 when asked about a purportedly gay priest.In a May meeting with Italian bishops, Francis said, "If there's even the slightest doubt, better to not accept them" into seminary, according to participants at the closed-door session.On the front lines in implementing that policy are priests like the Rev. Thomas Berg, admissions director at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York.Berg said he and his colleagues strive to rigorously screen the young men applying for admission, assessing their psychosexual development and emotional maturity. Applicants are asked about their dating history and their level of attraction to other males; Berg believes the process has reduced the number of seminarians with same-sex attraction.As for gays already serving as priests, Berg says he doesn't advocate a "witch hunt" to root them out. But he says the church needs to identify sexually active priests, challenge them to repent, and consider their removal from the priesthood.Berg proposes that dioceses appoint independent watchdogs — ideally people with law enforcement background — to receive and assess anonymous allegations of clergy sexual misconduct."Our problem is sexually active priests who are breaking their commitment to celibacy," Berg said. "That wreaks havoc."Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which advocates equality for LGBT Catholics, questioned the effectiveness of the seminary screening process."Anecdotally, what we're finding is that the policy encourages people to lie," DeBernardo said. "If a man feels called to the priesthood, he'll rationalize that he should not admit his sexuality."The effort to exclude gays complicates things for those who do become priests, DeBernardo added."The institutional leaders want to promote a message that gay men should not exist in the priesthood," he said. "So they don't offer healthy, holy examples of gay priests who are living their celibacy in effective ways."Rome-based journalist Robert Mickens, a veteran of Vatican coverage, argued in a recent essay that the church should be more forthright in acknowledging the substantial presence of gay priests."Rather than encourage a healthy discussion about how gays can commit themselves to celibate chastity in a wholesome way, the Church's official policies and teachings drive such men even deeper into the closet," Mickens wrote.Some conservative Catholics blame the climate of secrecy directly on gay clergy, contending there is a "homosexual subculture" in many dioceses and seminaries."Numerous reports from clergy and seminarians are coming out worldwide which confirm the existence of networks of homosexually active men who cover for each other," said the Rev. Paul Sullins, who has taught sociology at Catholic University in Washington.The current debate over gay priests is framed by the allegations against McCarrick — that he allegedly had sex with adult seminarians as well as abusing minors. Pope Francis ordered him removed from public ministry in June.In past years, the debate has often focused on the problem of child sex abuse by priests — and the extent to which homosexuality played a role. Those questions are being revisited following the recent release of a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailing alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by about 300 priests in six dioceses over a 70-year period.A study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, released in 2011, concluded that gay priests were no more likely than straight priests to abuse minors. Some conservatives, noting that about 80 percent of the abuse victims were male, nonetheless cite the findings to advocate for a purge of gay priests.One of the top conservatives in the U.S. Catholic leadership, Cardinal Raymond Burke, indicated this month that he favors at least a partial purge."Now it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root," he said in an interview with Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a conservative advocacy group."What is needed is an honest investigation into the alleged situations of grave immorality followed by effective action to sanction those responsible," Burke said. "Shepherds can go astray ... and then must be appropriately disciplined and even dismissed from the clerical state."One of Burke's moderate colleagues, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, sounded a different tone in an interview with the Jesuit magazine America."I really believe that the issue here is more about a culture of clericalism in which some who are ordained feel they are privileged and therefore protected so that they can do what they want," Cupich said. "People, whether heterosexual or homosexual, need to live by the Gospel."

Charles Busuttil: Restoring Malta’s music patrimony
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Charles Busuttil’s workshop is in many senses like that of any other serial tinkerer.  The old bicycles on the wall, the upturned little boat, the assortment of old furniture neatly placed in a corner and the workbenches ringed with a variety of tools all point towards a man who, like so many others in Malta, loves to restore and fix things.  However, whereas the centrepiece of such a workshop would normally be a vintage car, the centrepiece of Charles’ workshop couldn’t be more different.  Instead of an antique vehicle, laying on a stand to the side of the workshop’s passageway is a string contrabass.  This isn’t simply any instrument however, Charles says me as he sets onto adjusting one of the instrument’s three strings; it was made in 1858 in Rabat by a certain Joseph Tonna, and it is such a rare and high quality instrument that it’s extremely difficult to put a value on.  It’s not the only string instrument in the workshop too; everywhere you look there are old guitars, lutes, banjos and even violins hanging from hooks on shelves.Photos Alenka FalzonThis is because Charles Busuttil is a restorer of musical instruments and has been such ever since 1992.  He got into the hobby somewhat out of necessity, he explains to me, as since he had changed his course at University he lost the right to a stipend and as a result needed something to do as a small source of income.  Since he was already in the music scene, he ended up fixing up his friends’ guitars and the hobby slowly grew from there.  The motivation for it is in many senses down to Charles’ father, Felix. Charles explains how his father was an engineer by trade who lectured on the subject, and was the type of person who used to make everything himself, pointing to a spray compressor made from a water geyser, the power-brake of a wartime truck, a washing machine spin dryer and the back of a school chair which Charles still uses today, 30 years after it was made.  A lot of Charles’ childhood was spent in the workshop with his father, and this do-it-yourself attitude rubbed off on him so much that today he teaches his two young boys to work by that same attitude; that if something needs to be fixed, they are more than capable of fixing it themselves.The support of his father throughout the years was essential for Charles.  They both travelled abroad to places like Florence and Germany to study courses related to restoration; the tools and clamps that Charles uses today to put violins back together are his father’s creation, and they worked together on various projects such as the reproduction of a Maltese guitar totally from scratch.  Felix passed away four years ago, but it’s very clear that his spirit stills lives on in his son.Restoring musical instruments is a painstakingly slow process, and that is partly due to the state that the instruments are in when they arrive at Charles workshop.  Indeed the condition of these instruments upon arrival is not particularly good; one old Bohemian violin that Charles brings out from a plastic bag is in fact more reminiscent of a set of Meccano than of a centuries old classical instrument.  And yet, Charles manages to give these instruments a new lease of life and bring them back to near-pristine, working condition. The process to get to that point is arduous however.  The first step is generally putting the jigsaw puzzle together, starting with the face of the violin.  Where the pieces are separate, they are ‘stitched’ together with thin pieces of wood against the grain to restore them back together.  The most important part of the violin is however the majiera.  A violin will have a number of majieri corresponding with the number of sections on the instrument, and these small curved pieces of wood are essentially the pieces that give strength to the violin.  Charles uses a set of clamps that his father custom made for this very purpose of joining the violin pieces.  The neck is also restored separately and put back into place, before everything is prepared to be varnished and polished with prolonged periods of drying in between.  Incidentally, the prolonged drying periods explains the number of violins hanging from the shelves too.On paper, this all seems to be a fairly simple process.  In practice however, it’s a long and tedious process.  In fact, a violin like the one Charles shows us on his workbench would take him around a year and a half to completely restore.  The restoration of the contrabass sitting in the passageway however has taken much longer than that; Charles explains that this is a project that has taken him the best part of four years to complete.  It’s taken him that long because it was an exhaustive process.  He shows us pictures of the contrabass in its un-restored state, saying how if you merely touch the wood, your hand would go through it.  The pictures are a far cry of what the instrument looks like today; and astonishingly he then says that we’re looking at is all the original bird’s eye maple wood. Its pristine external look hides an interior that is an intricate jigsaw puzzle of stitched wood and supporting pieces.  The attention to detail that has been afforded to this instrument is second to none; from the ivory tuning pegs, to each metal detail and even the strings made of real guts which Charles imported from India specifically for this instrument.  This attention is well justified however, as it is unique.  Its maker, Joseph Tonna, was extremely well respected in his field, and it is rumoured that some of his instruments were actually sold in Italy.  In fact, Charles says he wouldn’t be at all surprised if the rumours turned out to be true because the quality of Tonna’s instruments is excellent.  It’s a special instrument; so much so that Charles finds it difficult to put a value on it, both because of its quality and because he isn’t aware of any other one like it in Malta. It’s also interesting because it’s a three string instrument, which is because in the Renaissance period operas such as those of Vivaldi that needed an instrument that could give a certain element of power that went beyond what the viola and cello, which were the traditionally preferred instrument in this regard, could offer.This remained till the 1900s when jazz started to come into fashion and the contrabass started being played with the fingers as opposed to with the bow.  The nature of jazz required lower notes than before, and so the three-string contrabass developed into a four-string double bass which also had a different shape.  What happened was therefore was that around the world, three string contrabass’ were modified to become four-string instruments, Charles explains as he points across the workshop to an example of what he is explaining.  This makes the example sitting in front of us in the workshop all the more valuable; both in a monetary sense and in a historical sense.This instrument is one of the pieces that is going to be on display in an exhibition in March 2019 staged by the Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in Mdina which will bring together Maltese musical instruments, and instruments that are tied to Malta or Maltese people in some way or form. The contrabass is one of these items; but it’s not the only item that’s come out of Charles’ workshop that will be on exhibition.He disappears into the back of the workshop and comes out with two cases in hand which he lays onto the workbench.  He opens them to reveal a banjo mandarin and a mandolin, both of which belonged to the Maltese author Mikiel Spiteri, better known as Kilin.  These instruments are different to each other; the mandolin is a bit bigger and made of wood, whilst the banjo mandarin has a more circular body and has a top made of metal, and although they are played in the same manner, they have different sounds.  The instruments are part of Charles’ own collection and he has restored them so that they are once again in pristine condition.Music was an important part of Kilin’s life, and both these instruments are mentioned in his books, Charles explains.  He says that Kilin owned these two, a small tamburlin and the famous Wenzu.  The name Wenzu, which is the Maltese shortened version of ‘Lawrence’, is prominent in Kilin’s books; in fact his book Kif Ghidtlek Wenz won the literary award for non-fiction prose in 2002 whilst the well-known Tlikki Tlikki ma' Wenzu, which it is said was Kilin’s favourite out of all the works he wrote, was published in 2001.  Charles explains the origin of Wenzu; it’s not a person, or animal – it’s a radio, specifically a German radio brand called Lorenz, which he used to take on walks with him into the countryside.It’s important to note that each instrument that Charles restored is in such a condition that it can be played.  That is something that he emphasises on; musical instruments are made to be played and not to be showpieces in a cupboard or on the wall, he explains.Charles concludes with an appeal.  Malta as an island has seen more foreign influence than most; it has been a passageway for different races, nationalities and cultures.  As a result the musical patrimony that this country has per capita is enormous when compared with others.  However it is under threat; with houses becoming smaller, people having to make choices on space and antiques going out of fashion, a lot of old instruments are being thrown into the dump.  Charles’ final appeal is for us to retain these instruments and save them, for “if we don’t have a sense of conscience, this patrimony will be lost”.  

Final stretch for Gnejna turtle eggs
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The time for the Loggerhead turtle eggs to hatch is upon us, as the 60 day incubation period will officially have been reached this Saturday. This means that they are expected to hatch at a moments notice, although rain might cause an early hatching.For the second time in as many years, a nest of loggerhead turtle eggs had been cordoned off from the public to ensure that the hatching process is not disturbed by man or machine. Gnejna Bay is currently being monitored by members of Nature Trust Malta, urging people to avoid the area.All marine turtles are considered endangered, so they are protected worldwide. The Loggerhead is the most common of marine turtles in the Mediterranean, closely followed by the Leatherback and the Green turtle, the latter being more common in the open sea towards America.Up until now, the nest has withstood multiple bouts of flash storms that took the island by surprise. A conservation disaster no doubt averted by the necessary measures and great work done by Nature Trust and the Environment and Resources Authority.Whilst the condition of the eggs is unknown, all measures are being taken to secure a successful hatching. Although according to a previous statement by the ERA, the main issue in the Gnejna Bay area is that the upper layer of sand has a layer of blue clay underneath, which tends to retain water, and may get waterlogged. This layer causes a reduction in the amount of air that the turtles in the egg nest need to breathe and develop successfully.At the time of hatching they dig through the sand to the surface – usually at night, when the shroud of darkness protects them from potential predators, and decreases the chance of damage from the sand surface temperatures. They then proceed to navigate towards the ocean by using the brighter horizon created by the reflection of the moon and starlight off the water’s surface.In the unfortunate circumstance where a number of eggs do not hatch, Nature Trust may be granted permission to extract DNA from the unhatched eggs for research purposes. A similar process could be done on the successful hatchlings to be able to log the turtles, and provide better care and conservation in the future.

Updated: Excessive heat, heavy loads and steep route contributed to death of karozzin horse
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Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri has confirmed that a combination of excessive heat, heavy loads and the steep route contributed to the death of a horse pulling a Karozzin earlier this month.The Necropsy has finally concluded, and the Parliamentary Secretary said that Animal Welfare has filed a criminal complaint against the owner. "Animal abuses will not be tolerated," he said.The incident happened in St Francis Street, which leads up from the harbour to the War Memorial, at around 1pm on 8 August.  Witnesses said that the horse stood on its hind legs and seconds later collapsed and died.The karozzin was carrying tourists at the time. In a statement, Both Camilleri and Environment Minister Jose Herrera said that no type of animal cruelty is acceptable, and as such acts like this should be condemned. In a statement, they said that the process to introduce new regulations regarding the use of Karozzini within the context of animal welfare already started.The legal provisions by which a criminal complaint was filed, the statement read, surround articles in the Animal Welfare Act which dictate that animals shall not be caused any unnecessary pain, suffering or distress and that "any person shall take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which he is responsible or for which he agrees to look after shall be met to the extent required by good practice and in pursuance to the good health and well-being of the animal."This was the second recent incident including the collapse of a horse, the first having seen a mare also pulling a karozzin collapse. The Animal Welfare Department examined that mare after its fall and concluded that it had not suffered from serious injuries and there was no sign of animal cruelty.The police went on site and some traffic congestion was reported.As a result of these incidents as well as others in the past, A group of activists, some of them representing Animal Liberation Malta (ALM), had rallied at the Triton Fountain in Valletta to protest against the use of horse-drawn carriages.   

Pope on sex abuse: 'We showed no care for the little ones'
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Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children."With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives," Francis wrote. "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them."The Vatican issued the three-page letter ahead of Francis' trip this weekend to Ireland, a once staunchly Roman Catholic country where the church's credibility has been devastated by years of revelations that priests raped and molested children with impunity and their superiors covered up for them.Priestly sex abuse was always expected to dominate the trip, but the issue has taken on new gravity following revelations in the U.S. that one of Francis' trusted cardinals, the retired archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused and harassed minors as well as adult seminarians.In addition, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania last week reported that at least 1,000 children were victims of some 300 priests over the past 70 years, and that generations of bishops failed repeatedly to take measures to protect their flock or punish the rapists.In the letter, which was issued in seven languages, Francis referred to the Pennsylvania report, acknowledged that no effort to beg forgiveness of the victims will be sufficient but vowed "never again."He said, looking to the future, "no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated."Francis didn't, however, provide any indication of what concrete measures he is prepared to take to sanction those bishops — in the U.S. and beyond — who covered up for sexually abusive priests.Francis several years ago scrapped a proposed Vatican tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops, and he has refused to act on credible reports from around the world of bishops who have failed to report abusers to police or otherwise botched handling cases, and yet remain in office.Francis also has kept on his nine-member kitchen cabinet a Chilean cardinal long accused of covering up for pedophiles, an Australian cardinal currently on trial for historic sex abuse charges and a Honduran cardinal recently implicated in a gay priest sex scandal involving his trusted deputy.In Chile, where a church sex abuse scandal exploded earlier this year, Francis strong-armed the country's 31 active bishops to offer their resignations en masse over their handling of abuse. So far he has accepted five of their resignations.Unlike the U.S. bishops' conference, which has referred only to "sins and omissions" in their handling of abuse in response to the Pennsylvania report, Francis labeled the misconduct "crimes.""Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others," he wrote in the letter. "An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion."It was the second Vatican response in recent days to the Pennsylvania grand jury report, which has sparked a crisis in confidence in the U.S. Catholic leadership and led to calls for ordinary faithful to withhold donations.Last week, the Vatican spokesman issued a statement calling the abuses described in the report "criminal and morally reprehensible" and said there must be accountability for those who raped children "and those who permitted abuse to occur."Subsequently, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said it was planning to ask Francis to authorize a Vatican investigation into the McCarrick scandal, since it was apparently an open secret in some Catholic circles that the cardinal regularly invited seminarians to his New Jersey beach house, and into his bed.There has been no comment from the Vatican as to whether the pope would approve such an investigation. The question is delicate, given there is evidence that Vatican officials knew as early as 2000 of McCarrick's penchant for seminarians, yet still appointed him as Washington archbishop and a cardinal.The Vatican has long been loath to investigate its own, especially since many of the Vatican officials in charge in 2000 are still alive, albeit retired.Any investigation into McCarrick that goes to the top would likely implicate St. John Paul II and his closest advisers. They have already been implicated in the decades-long cover-up of one of the 20th century's most notorious priestly pedophiles, the late founder of the Legion of Christ, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, but have never been held to account.

Watch: Moment Genoa bridge collapsed; experts ‘knew’ structure had weakened 20 percent
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Video has emerged of the exact moment when the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed, killing 43 people. An Italian news magazine reported on Monday that engineering experts had determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent. Despite the findings, Espresso wrote that "neither the ministry, nor the highway company, ever considered it necessary to limit traffic, divert heavy trucks, reduce the roadway from two to one lanes or reduce the speed" of vehicles on the key artery for the northern port city.A large section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed Aug. 14 during a heavy downpour, killing 43 people and forcing the evacuation of more than 600 people living in apartment buildings beneath another section of the bridge.  Prosecutors are focusing their investigation into the cause of the bridge's collapse on possible faulty maintenance or design flaws but have not identified any targets.After workers heard creaking noises coming from the part of the bridge that was still standing, firefighters suspended an operation to allow evacuated residents to retrieve their belongings from apartments under the bridge.The Italian news agency ANSA reported that officials have ruled out that the sound could be caused by wind, and that more checks are underway.Firefighters on the ground confirmed the reports but declined to be identified as they were not authorized to speak to the media. Work continued to clear the tons of bridge debris that cascaded onto a dry riverbed below.In its report, Espresso cited the minutes of a meeting of the Genoa public works superintendent, which included Roberto Ferrazza, an architect named to head a government commission looking into the disaster, and Antonio Brencich, an engineer who has been outspoken about the bridge's flaws.Former Transport Minister Graziano Delrio told a news conference Monday that "no one ever signalled the necessity of limiting traffic" on the bridge.Espresso reporter Fabrizio Gatti told SKY TG24 that a reduction of 20 percent strength would not be significant in a modern bridge, but on a structure with the known defects of the Morandi Bridge it should have merited swifter, more decisive action."Everyone was well aware of the situation on that bridge," Gatti said.Bidding on a 20-million-euro ($22.8-million) contract to reinforce two of the major supports for the bridge, including one that collapsed, was scheduled to close next month.The Italian government, meanwhile, appeared divided on how to proceed in relation to Autostrade per l'Italia, the company that operated the section of highway that collapsed.Transport and Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli was quoted by the Milan daily Corriere della Sera as saying that he supported the nationalization of Italy's toll highways like the including the bridge."Think of all the revenues that would return to the government through tolls, to use not to donate to shareholders' dividends but to reinforce the quality of service and security on our roadways," Toninelli was quoted as saying.But Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, who is also Italy's interior minister, told reporters he remains in favour of public-private cooperation in infrastructure.Premier Giuseppe Conte says procedures have begun to revoke Autostrade per l'Italia's concession to operate some 3,000 kilometers (nearly 1,900 miles) of Italian highways, about half of the total highways operated by private companies.Italy's main union confederation estimates it would cost Italy between €15 billion and €18 billion to revoke the highway rights.The company that owns Autostrade, Atlantia, lost 9.5 percent in its shares to 17.50 euros in trading Monday, after a late opening due to volatility. It shed 22 percent last Thursday, the first trading day after the government announced its intentions, before returning to positive gains on Friday.

Updated: PL says Casa threatened journalist after his hypocrisy was exposed; Casa responds
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Recent revelations that EPP MEP David Casa put close family relatives on the European Parliament payroll as assistants within his MEP Office (in breach of the EP’s own rules) is not only a textbook case of nepotism and corruption, but underline Casa’s political dishonesty and hypocrisy, the Labour Party said in a statement.One should recall that, just a few short weeks ago, MEP Casa stood up within the EP and vigorously defended the work carried out by journalists and the media, slamming SLAPP lawsuits and affirming that “harassment has no place in the EU”. He even went as far as to meet with the President of the European Commission to call on the European Commission to implement an EU anti-SLAPP directive to combat the abusive practices intended to intimidate and silence investigative journalists.“A free press that is protected from abuse, intimidation and harassment is a prerequisite to a properly functioning democracy. We must be vigilant in identifying emerging threats to investigative journalism and take the necessary measures to address them,” MEP Casa announced following the meeting.And yet, the moment a newspaper published a story that exposed his own wrong doing, MEP Casa was quick to resort to legal threats in order to gag the newspaper and prohibit it from reporting facts which he did not wish to be publicly known, the PL said.It seems that MEP Casa is only a defender of freedom of speech and of investigative journalism only as long as he the reports being published do not concern him specifically. When they do, his first reaction is to resort to legal threats, intimidation, and harassment.He is guilty of perpetrating the same chilling effect on journalists which he denounced with such enthusiasm only a few weeks ago.MEP Casa goes to great lengths to preach about the importance of public standards such as transparency, honesty, and of being held accountable by investigative journalists. But it seems that the moment he finds himself required to live up to those self-same public standards, then he seems to think they no longer apply.Instead of trying to threaten and intimidate journalists simply for publishing facts which make him uncomfortable, MEP Casa would do well to live up to his own standards, and start coming up with answers.'My work must be hitting a nerve" - David CasaIn response, Casa issued a statement of his own. "Saviour Balzan's MaltaToday published a contorted story where they implied I broke EU rules despite them having been provided with the specific legislation proving that this is not the case by me. The assertions made in the article are intentionally inaccurate and misleading.  There is nothing irregular, illegal, there is no breach of EU rules and neither are there any ethical concerns that are raised by this story.""The purpose of the MaltaToday story is intended to damage my reputation on the basis of deceit. It is part of a concerted and sustained effort by the Labour Party to silence its critics.  In the last month, I have been threatened with legal action by the FIAU after publishing a leaked report that calls for police action against Konrad Mizzi for corruption and money laundering. I have also been threatened with legal action by Keith Schembri's lawyers who represent the notorious Pilatus Bank. And I have been the target of a hate campaign culminating last week with Labour Party activists calling for me to be hanged," Casa said"I have been at the forefront in calling for the protection of investigative journalism. I have recently submitted amendments to significantly increase the protection afforded to journalists through the Whistleblower legislation currently being negotiated in the European Parliament and for which I am the responsible EPP MEP in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. I have launched an ongoing campaign to push for EU legislation that would protect journalists from abusive lawsuits. But this story is not the result of investigative journalism - it is an affront to journalism and a betrayal of the handful of MaltaToday readers that might still be under the misguided impression this newspaper is not in the Labour Party's pocket.""Still it is ludicrous to claim that I threatened Saviour Balzan's MaltaToday. I stated that if they publish a story they know to be untrue I will take measures to protect my reputation. I did not collude with powerful businesses to financially cripple a journalist through the courts in Arizona. The desperate efforts to circulate this non-story are both tedious and nauseating. I understand that my work upsets many people in the Labour Party. But so long as they don't act on their continuous threats they are going to have to learn to live with it." 

More than 210,000 people cross the Gozo channel during Santa Marija week
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According to Gozo Channel figures, the Gozo Ministry has said, 211,071 people and 56,528 vehicles crossed the channel during Santa Marija week. The Gozo Channel operated no less than 742 voyages between the two islands, while operating without a schedule in order to meet the demand.Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana is satisfied by these figures, and said that the Gozo Channel saw an increase in the number of passengers and vehicles crossing to Gozo over last year. The number of passengers rose by 4% a statement by her ministry read, and the number of vehicles rose by 6%.The minister said that she wants Gozo to truly be a unique tourist attraction, through the events the island offers. She said that continuous ongoing work is underway in the Gozo tourism product. Joe Muscat, CEO of the Gozo Tourism Association said that this week was one of the best weeks for tourism on the island this year. 

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Dalwaqt tkun tista’ żżomm volpi fid-dar
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L-isplużjoni fiċ-ċirkolazzjoni tad-demm taħt il-lenti
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Ara fi x’ħin l-aktar li jsiru inċidenti fit-toroq
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L-Italja ddaħħal l-immigranti; jieqaf il-battibekk ma’ Malta
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L-Italja se tkun qed tippermetti l-gwardja tal-kostja b’vapur b’177 immigranti salvati mill-baħar ħamest ijiem ilu biex jidħol Sqallija, skont il-Ministru għat-Trasport Taljan Danilo Toninelli. B’hekk waqaf il-battibekk bejn l-Italja u Malta dwar fejn għandhom jinżlu l-immigranti. Skont ir-Reuters, il-Kummissjoni Ewropea se tkun qed taħdem fuq soluzzjoni biex jinqasmu l-migranti abbord il-bastiment Diciotti mal-imsieħba Ewropej tal-Italja […] The post L-Italja ddaħħal l-immigranti; jieqaf il-battibekk ma’ Malta appeared first on Newsbook.

Tarbija ta’ ġimagħtejn tinstab f’kaxxa tal-kartun
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Tarbija li għandha biss ġimgħatejn instabet abbandunata f’ġenb ta’ triq f’kaxxa tal-kartun u mgeżwra fil-kutri. Magħha kellha flixkun ħalib. It-tifla li kellha biss 16-il ġurnata nstabet minn persuna li kienet għaddejja fit-triq fiċ-Ċina, u wara li nstema’ l-biki tagħha. Meta ħarġu lit-tarbija mill-kaxxa sabu nota taħtha li kienet tgħid li t-tarbija twieldet fl-4 ta’ Awwissu. […] The post Tarbija ta’ ġimagħtejn tinstab f’kaxxa tal-kartun appeared first on Newsbook.

€5,758 għall-manutezjoni ta’ każin tal-banda fil-Birgu
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Ġie ppreżentat ftehim li se jagħti €5,758 lis-Soċjetà Mużikali San Lawrenz fil-Birgu sabiex ikunu jistgħu jiffinanzjaw parti mix-xogħol tagħhom ta’ manutenzjoni fil-każin. Is-Segretarju Parlamentari għall-Għaqdiet tal-Volontarjat, Clifton Grima sostna li huwa fid-dmir tal-Gvern li jagħti appoġġ materjali lill-għaqdiet volontarji. Dan il-fond partikolari qed jopera sabiex jiffinanzja proġetti li hemm bżonn jiġu mwettqa minn organizzazzjonijiet volontarji […] The post €5,758 għall-manutezjoni ta’ każin tal-banda fil-Birgu appeared first on Newsbook.

Lukanda fid-Dwejra: Il-Ministeru għal Għawdex mhux involut fil-konsultazzjoni
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Il-Ministeru għal Għawdex ma kienx involut fil-konsultazzjoni għall-proġett tad-Dwejra. Dan jista’ jiżvelah Newsbook.com.mt hekk kif minn dokumenti li ra, il-Ministeru għal Għawdex ma jissemma mkien. Sa issa, il-Ministeru la ċaħad u lanqas ikkonferma dan. Ilbieraħ Newsbook.com.mt żvela kif għas-sejħa internazzjonali li saret kien hemm biss proposta waħda li ġiet sottomessa f’perjodu ta’ erba’ xhur. Il-proposta […] The post Lukanda fid-Dwejra: Il-Ministeru għal Għawdex mhux involut fil-konsultazzjoni appeared first on Newsbook.

Taħsibx li għandek ir-radju bil-ħsara…
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Xogħol ta’ manutenzjoni fuq it-Torri tal-Għargħur se jwassal għaċ-ċans li t-trasmissjoni se tiġi ridotta minħabba raġunijiet ta’ sigurtà. Dan ikkonfermatu fi stqarrija l-Awtorità tax-Xandir li spjegat li x-xogħol ta’ manutenzjoni se jkun qed isir l-Erbgħa 22 ta’ Awwissu bejn is-7am u l-11am u l-Erbgħa 29 ta’ Awwissu bejn is-7am u s-1pm. Intant l-awtorità skużat ruħha […] The post Taħsibx li għandek ir-radju bil-ħsara… appeared first on Newsbook.